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Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dominant Magnussen seals FR3.5 title

McLaren young driver Kevin Magnussen sealed the Formula Renault 3.5 championship with a dominant display at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Magnussen secured pole position for both races in Spain and was untroubled across the weekend, clinching the title courtesy of his victory in race one. Will Stevens was within touching distance of Magnussen in the first race but had to settle for second, ahead of McLaren youngster Stoffel Vandoorne. The Belgian driver hounded Magnussen for the lead during the second race but after the compulsory […]

Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013

Raikkonen targets improved qualifying performance in India

Kimi Raikkonen says that improving his performance in qualifying is essential for his chances of competing at the front in next weekend's Indian Grand Prix. Raikkonen has struggled in qualifying since the summer break, with his best grid position coming in Belgium, when he set the eighth fastest time. Raikkonen was lnocked out of Q2 in Italy and Singapore, but recovered to finish on the podium at the Marina Bay street circuit. "Hopefully we finally get it right in qualifying as the last five qualifying […]

Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2013

Grosjean thrilled at challenging Red Bulls

Romain Grosjean has expressed his delight after finishing on the podium in the Japanese Grand Prix. Grosjean took the lead at the start and maintained a comfortable gap to Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Grosjean was eventually usurped by Vettel following the second round of stops and the Frenchman was also passed by the three stopping Webber with a handful of laps remaining. "Today was just a very, very good race," he said. "What a start! It was superb to go past […]

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013

De Villota death related to testing accident

The family of Maria de Villota have said that her death was caused by injuries sustained in her testing crash in 2012. De Villota was found dead in a hotel early on Friday morning in Seville. De Villota was returning to the pits at Duxford Aerodrome in July 2012 when her Marussia car struck a team support truck. She sustained serious skull injuries and lost the use of her right eye. 'Maria left us while she was sleeping, approximately at 6am, as a consequence of […]

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013

Small error costs Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen says a small error on his hot lap in Q3 cost him time during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. Raikkonen will start the race on Sunday from ninth place on the grid. "The car has felt much better here than it has in recent races; even if we don’t have a better position on the grid for tomorrow," he said. "A small mistake on my quick lap cost me a little bit of time and it’s very close here, so a small […]

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013

Japanese Grand PrixView

Formula 1 heads straight to Japan after last weekend's Korean Grand Prix, for round 15 of the Championship. Suzuka is a favourite circuit for many drivers because of its classic layout and its fast and technical characteristics. There are no room for mistakes at Suzuka as the circuit features a combination of corners which flow together, denying the drivers any rest. The circuit is equally challenging for the teams, who need to find a compromise for a good overall car balance. Suzuka has a high-downforce […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Grosjean pushing to beat Raikkonen

Romain Grosjean says that his battle with Kimi Raikkonen during the Korean Grand Prix shows that both drivers are extracting the maximum from the Lotus E21. Grosjean was Sebastian Vettel's main challenger until the deployment of the safety car and was subsequently passed by Raikkonen, following a mistake from the French driver. Grosjean finished the race in third place, behind Raikkonen, for the third time this season. "If we’re fighting for the same piece of track and the same position then it means we’re both […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Raikkonen sure that Lotus can win again in 2013

Kimi Raikkonen believes that Lotus can win another race before the end of this season. Raikkonen won the opening race of 2013 in Australia but in spite of finishing on the podium a further seven times, he has yet to add to his victory tally. Raikkonen has won at three of the five venues that Formula 1 has yet to visit this year and took his only victory of 2012 in Abu Dhabi. "Qualifying was pretty awful for me in Korea, but it’s difficult to […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rosberg: Suzuka layout should suit Mercedes

Nico Rosberg says that this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix should play to the characteristics of the Mercedes W04. Rosberg, who has not claimed a podium finish since June's British Grand Prix, reckons that the W04 should suit Suzuka's high speed layout. "Suzuka is one of the most exciting circuits of the year and I love racing there," he said ahead of this weekend's race. "Our car has been fast in high-speed corners this season as we seem to have good downforce so I hope the […]

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013

Grosjean was 'begging for team orders'

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says that Romain Grosjean was "begging" for team orders during the closing laps of the Korean Grand Prix. Grosjean made a mistake exiting the final corner and was passed by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Grosjean's attempts at re-passing Raikkonen were thwarted by the appearance of the fire truck immediately after he was overtaken by the Finn. The Frenchman was heard on the radio asking to be allowed through, but Boullier informed his driver that he would have to race Raikkonen if […]

Posted on Sunday, October 6, 2013

Raikkonen edges out Grosjean at Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen says that he is unsure whether a better grid slot at the Korean Grand Prix would have given him a chance of beating Sebastian Vettel. Raikkonen started from ninth place but finished the race in second, behind championship leader Vettel. "Second place is okay and a good result for the team, but we’re here to win and having to fight your way to the front from a bad starting position is not ideal," he said. "Qualifying was pretty awful for me, but it’s […]

Posted on Sunday, October 6, 2013

Rosberg deflated by front wing failure

Nico Rosberg labelled his Korean Grand Prix as "tough" after finishing the race in seventh place. Rosberg was passing team-mate Lewis Hamilton for third place when the front nose failed. Rosberg pitted and dropped down the order, but he eventually recovered to seventh position. "That was another very tough race for me," he said. "I couldn't believe what happened with the wing: I was on course for a podium finish after overtaking Lewis and two seconds later, the front wing just broke." "It was pretty […]