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Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vettel using 'secret' exhaust-blown solution

Sebastian Vettel's dominance is being powered by a clever post-'exhaust blowing' solution, a specialist Italian magazine claims. After the reigning world champion extended his 2013 points lead with a dominant performance in Singapore, former F1 team boss Giancarlo Minardi raised doubts about the legality of Vettel's Red Bull. Minardi, watching trackside at Marina Bay, said Vettel's car displayed worryingly good handling, while his Renault engine "sounded similar to past seasons when traction control went into action". Indeed, Autosprint has now revealed an exclusive video that […]

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013

Raikkonen to assess fitness during practice

Kimi Raikkonen says he will assess the state of his back during free practice in Korea. The Finn suffered from back pain throughout the Singapore Grand Prix weekend. He struggled to take part in third practice and could only qualify in thirteenth place. He finished in third place in the race. Raikkonen's back issues started following a heavy testing accident at Magny Cours in 2001. "It’s better than it was on Saturday in Singapore which is when it didn’t feel too good," Raikkonen said of […]

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013

Russian Time joins GP3 field

GP2 championship leading team Russian Time will enter the GP3 Series in 2014 and 2015. Russian Time has bought Bamboo Engineering's entry and will make their first appearance at the post-season test in Abu Dhabi. "We’re pleased to welcome Russian Time to GP3 Series for the next two seasons," said series CEO Bruno Michel. "Their rookie year in GP2 Series in 2013 has been extremely strong so far with five wins, three podium finishes and three pole positions. They’re currently leading the teams’ standings with […]

Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Grosjean 'getting better and better'

Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane believes that Romain Grosjean has been getting 'better and better' through the 2013 season. Grosjean had a low key start to 2013 after some controversial moments in 2012, but finished on the podium in Germany and qualified in third place in Singapore. "I think Romain himself has made - I wouldn't call it a breakthrough - but since the Nurburgring, Hungary, he's just been getting better and better and better," said Permane. While Grosjean ended up retiring in Singapore, […]

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013

Domenicali urges Ferrari to keep pushing

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says that his team must not give up in the fight for the 2013 championship. Fernando Alonso is 60 points behind Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship, while Ferrari is 103 points back on Red Bull in the Constructors' Championship. Domenicali admits that the title is no longer in Ferrari's hands, but that the team must jump at any opportunity. "The fight for the title is ever more difficult but we must not give up the chase, even by a […]

Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013

Points for McLaren after podium gamble fails

McLaren driver Jenson Button says he is pleased after finishing in seventh place in the Singapore Grand Prix. McLaren gambled by pitting under the safety car and running a 36 lap stint on the prime tyres. Button held third place for a while but was eventually overhauled by quicker rivals. "We thought we might have a chance of a podium, but in the end we didn’t have the pace to keep us ahead of the closing cars. It was good fun trying though, and we […]

Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013

Vettel crushes opposition to dominate in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel crushed his rivals to complete a hat-trick of Singapore Grand Prix wins. Vettel beat Fernando Alonso by 32 seconds to record the 33rd win of his Formula 1 career. Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen started the race from thirteenth place but came through to complete the podium. Vettel's only opposition came at the start, when front row starter Nico Rosberg got ahead of him into the first corner. But Rosberg ran too deep, allowing Vettel to usurp his compatriot and head into a lead which […]

Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013

Leimer, Bird set up Abu Dhabi showdown

Fabio Leimer and Sam Bird will head to November's GP2 final event in Abu Dhabi separated by just seven points in the championship. Leimer finished in fifth place in the feature race and followed it up with third place in the sprint race. Bird dropped down the order in the feature race, but battled back to secure eighth place and the reversed grid pole. From there, he controlled proceedings and was never troubled as he collected his fifth win of the season. The results mean […]

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hamilton targets podium after disappointing qualifying

Lewis Hamilton has expressed his disappointment after qualifying in fifth place for the Singapore Grand Prix and admitted that he simply was not fast enough. Hamilton was unable to match team-mate Nico Rosberg in the final segment of the qualifying hour. The result means that Hamilton will start alongside Felipe Massa on the third row of the grid. "Qualifying didn't quite come together for me this evening," he said. "I tried my best out there but I just didn't have a great feeling in the […]

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013

Ferrari duo urge improvements after difficult practice

Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa have urged their team to improve after a difficult couple of practice sessions in Singapore. Alonso was sixth in second practice, with Massa back in fifteenth place. "We can’t say this was a good start, because we weren’t competitive, but if we consider that last year, at the end of a difficult weekend we managed to get on the podium, we definitely aren’t throwing in the towel yet" said Alonso. "We have yet to analyse the data, but […]

Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2013

Da Costa ends win drought, Magnussen extends lead

Red Bull youngster Antonio Felix da Costa has ended his victory drought by winning the second Formula Renault 3.5 Series race in Hungary. It is Da Costa's first win since the opening round of the season at Monza in April. Da Costa, whose future is likely to be decided this month, is the leading contender for the vacant Toro Rosso seat next season. The Portuguese driver started from second place on the grid at the Hungaroring and while he dropped to third, he took the […]

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013

Schumacher: Only a red suit will stop Vettel boos

The only way Sebastian Vettel can stop Italian fans from booing him is by joining Ferrari. That is the claim of Michael Schumacher, who on the one hand was the beloved hero of the Italian 'tifosi', delivering five consecutive titles until 2004. On the other hand, Schumacher is the friend and former mentor of German countryman Vettel, whose reception on the Monza podium last Sunday displeased even Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. "Thanks to the fans who are fantastic," Montezemolo said at the Frankfurt motor […]