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Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Alonso: We need to beat Mercedes

Fernando Alonso says that Ferrari must beat Mercedes during the United States Grand Prix in order to retain their hopes of finishing second in the constructors' championship. Ferrari is currently 11 points behind Mercedes in the battle for second, with Lotus also in the mix. Alonso will start the United States Grand Prix from sixth place on the grid. "I feel reasonably satisfied with the result of today’s qualifying, because after the problems we have had almost all weekend long and even in Q1, we […]

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013

Rosberg: Mercedes felt on rails in FP2

Nico Rosberg says that the Mercedes W04 felt as if was on rails during second practice for the United States Grand Prix. Rosberg was third quickest at the Circuit of the Americas, behind the Red Bull drivers. "The car felt like it was on rails and I was very happy with the balance," he said. "I hope we can give the Red Bulls something to think about this weekend and I will be pushing 100 per cent for another podium. It's really difficult to get […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lotus confirms Kovalainen for remainder of 2013 season

Lotus has confirmed that Heikki Kovalainen will replace Kimi Raikkonen for the rest of the 2013 season. Raikkonen will skip the final two rounds of the year after electing to undergo surgery on his injured back and compatriot Kovalainen will take over in America and Brazil. Kovalainen completed a seat fitting at the Lotus factory on Wednesday, before flying out to Austin. Kovalainen raced for Lotus under their previous guise, Renault, in his rookie season in 2007, finishing on the podium in the Japanese Grand […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lopez admits frustration with Raikkonen surgery

Gerard Lopez, the head of Lotus' team owner Genii, might be among the cynics after news broke that Kimi Raikkonen will sit out the rest of the season. The Finnish driver and his management say Raikkonen must undergo back surgery to end a run of worsening pain and ensure he is ready to return fighting fit for the start of his Ferrari return in 2014. The cynics, however, might wonder if the timing of the surgery is related to Raikkonen's pay dispute with the financially-struggling […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

GP2 champion Leimer hopes for Formula 1 chance

Fabio Leimer says that he hopes he will be able to step up to Formula 1 after winning the GP2 championship in Abu Dhabi. Leimer finished the feature race in fourth place to open up an insurmountable lead over Sam Bird. Leimer, 24, tested for Sauber at the young driver test in 2011. "We will see, but I hope I can go to Formula 1: it will be hard, for sure, because there are not many seats free, but I hope I can go to […]

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Vettel vows not to change approach

Sebastian Vettel says he will not be changing his approach to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite having wrapped up his fourth successive world title. Vettel has won 10 of this season's 16 races and insists that Red Bull will continue to push for victories in Abu Dhabi, America and Brazil. Vettel has claimed pole position twice at the Yas Marina circuit and won the race in 2009 and 2010, clinching his maiden title at the latter event. He retired on the first lap in […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hamilton promises to keep pushing in fight for second

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he will keep pushing across the final three races of the season as his team bids to secure second in the constructors' championship. Hamilton has not finished on the podium since the Belgian Grand Prix but insists that consistency is vital across the remaining three races, starting this weekend in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton has claimed pole position twice at the Yas Marina circuit and won the race in 2011. "The race in Abu Dhabi is always a fun weekend and […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sebastian Vettel's path to 2013 world title glory

Last season, Sebastian Vettel won his third world title in a nail-biting finale in changeable conditions at Interlagos. In 2013, he faced few dramas as he wrapped up the title with three of the 19 races remaining. Here’s how Vettel won his fourth world title. Multi 21, Seb Red Bull demonstrated the best outright pace in Australia and Malaysia, but with Ferrari and Lotus getting one car ahead of Vettel in Australia, the signs were that Vettel would have a fight on his hands for […]

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013

Lotus apologises over Raikkonen radio message

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has apologised for the heated radio messages that were exchanged between the team and Kimi Raikkonen during the Indian Grand Prix. Raikkonen was struggling on worn tyres and was told to "get out of the f***ing way" by one Lotus team member. Raikkonen, who sent back a similarly angry reply, was battling with team-mate Romain Grosjean for third place, with Felipe Massa close behind. Grosjean eventually finished the race in third, while Raikkonen was forced to pit for fresh tyres […]

Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Rosberg confident Mercedes can retain second

Nico Rosberg says he is sure that Mercedes can retain second place in the constructors' championship across the final three races of 2013. Rosberg claimed his first podium since the British Grand Prix as he finished in second place. "We scored a lot of points and climbed back up to second place in the Constructors' Championship. I'm quite confident that we can keep that position until the end of the season as the team is doing a great job and our car looks good but […]

Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Vettel claims fourth world title with Indian Grand Prix win

Sebastian Vettel has clinched his fourth world title after romping to victory at the Indian Grand Prix. Red Bull also sealed their fourth successive Constructors' championship but it was not the perfect day as Mark Webber lost second position due to an alternator failure. Nico Rosberg finished in second place, with Romain Grosjean coming from 17th on the grid to complete the podium. Felipe Massa was fourth, with Sergio Perez matching McLaren's best result of the season with fifth. Lewis Hamilton finished sixth, ahead of […]

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013

In depth: Alexander Rossi on GP2, Formula 1 and America

In 2007, Formula 1 left Indianapolis for the final time and a few weeks later, America’s only representative on the grid, Scott Speed, was given the boot from Toro Rosso. Five years passed before the sport rekindled its relationship with the USA and now not only is there a race at the purpose built Circuit of the Americas near Austin, but an American driver is knocking on the door of a Formula 1 seat. Alexander Rossi, who admits he had no interest in pursuing a […]