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Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013

Alonso quickest in rain affected opening practice

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time during a rain affected first practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix. Alonso's time of 1:55.198 was 0.026s quicker than Paul di Resta. Adrian Sutil was third, with Sergio Perez and Nico Rosberg rounding out the top five. The 90 minute session started in wet conditions, with drivers taking to the circuit solely for installation laps. The circuit began to dry after half an hour, with Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber among the first drivers to […]

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013

Hamilton the fastest driver on 2013 grid

Lewis Hamilton is the fastest driver on the 2013 grid, the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport reports in a mid-season analysis. Although the Mercedes driver only broke through for his first win of the year in Hungary, correspondent Michael Schmidt revealed Hamilton's average qualifying position so far in 2013 is a field-best of 2.36. Red Bull's championship leader Sebastian Vettel's average grid position is 2.45, ahead of Hamilton's Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg, at 4.00. The strongest driver in the crucial races, of course, is […]

Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013

Berthon controls GP2 sprint race

Nathaniel Berthon has claimed victory in the GP2 sprint race in Hungary. Berthon started the race from pole position having finished in eighth place in the feature race. Reigning GP3 champion Mitch Evans finished in second, with Fabio Leimer third. Marcus Ericsson was fourth, ahead of Felipe Nasr and James Calado. Feature race winner Jolyon Palmer finished in twelfth place, having started on the option tyres after not using them en route to his aforementioned victory. The safety car was briefly deployed following a large […]

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013

Montezemolo not ready for 2014 Massa talks

Luca di Montezemolo on Wednesday said he is not ready to talk about Felipe Massa's future at Ferrari. The Brazilian has been involved in a string of on-track incidents dating back every race since Monaco, amid speculation the Italian team might finally choose another teammate for Fernando Alonso next season. "Yes, these are critical moments," team boss Stefano Domenicali said after Massa's spin into retirement at the Nurburgring, "and of course we are not happy with the results. "But we have to support Felipe, because […]

Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013

Rosberg wins chaotic British Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg claimed victory at a chaotic British Grand Prix, marred by several tyre failures throughout the field. Rosberg fended off Mark Webber through the final laps to secure his third career victory by just 0.7s. At the start contact between Webber and Romain Grosjean dropped the Australian down to fifteenth place. Adrian Sutil rocketed up to fourth while Felipe Massa also made an outstanding start to move up seven places to fifth. Paul di Resta started on the hard compound tyres and quickly moved […]

Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013

Rosberg fastest in final practice

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time during final practice for the British Grand Prix. Rosberg's time of 1.31.487 was 0.146s clear of team-mate Lewis Hamilton Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel was third, over a half of a second down on Hamilton's quickest time. Mark Webber was fourth, ahead of Romain Grosjean, Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso. There was another worrying incident for Pirelli when Sergio Perez suffered a tyre failure early on in the 60 minute session. Perez's left rear tyre suffered an 'instantaneous failure', […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Brawn hits back at test-gate rivals' 'spin'

Ross Brawn has hit back at Red Bull's "spin", after the reigning world champions said sitting out the young driver test next month will not hurt Mercedes. At the end of the recent 'test-gate' hearing, the FIA tribunal banned Mercedes from attending next month's test for rookie drivers at Silverstone. But Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko said that is hardly a penalty at all. "You can't really try anything in the young drivers test," he said. "The drivers at the wheel are just learning about […]

Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2013

Frustrated Sutil criticises stewards and Maldonado

A frustrated Adrian Sutil expressed his frustrations with the stewards after being handed a drive through penalty in the Canadian Grand Prix. Sutil was running in eighth place when he was deemed to have ignored blue flags. The subsequent sanction dropped him to tenth. "I was quite disappointed with the drive-through," Sutil told Sky Sports F1. I was just racing [Kimi] Raikkonen, trying to push on. I tried to give them the straight to pass me, and that is where Hamilton overtook me with the […]

Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013

Vettel pips Alonso in second practice

Sebastian Vettel narrowly edged out Fernando Alonso to set the fastest time during second practice at Barcelona. Vettel's time of 1:22.808s was 0.017s quicker than Alonso as the drivers were able to undertake running on a dry track following a damp first practice session. Mark Webber was third, followed by Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. Lewis Hamilton recovered from an early spin at Turn 12 to set the sixth fastest time, with team-mate Nico Rosberg in seventh. Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta finished in […]

Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013

Alonso fastest as Formula 1 returns at soggy Barcelona

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time during a first practice session affected by wet weather. His team-mate, Felipe Massa, was second, with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne in third. The session started with drivers requiring to use full wet tyres. This was bad news for most teams, who are desperate to test their large update packages ahead of the race. Romain Grosjean suffered a minor spin under braking at Turn 10 in his Lotus, while a few other drivers struggled while turning into the chicane. The […]

Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013

Leimer takes first GP2 win of 2013

Swiss racer Fabio Leimer took the spoils as the GP2 season kicked off in Malaysia. Leimer passed pole sitter Stefano Coletti with five laps remaining while the Rapax driver was also passed by James Calado as he struggled with his tyres. It was the Racing Engineering driver's first win since Barcelona 2011. "It feels really great because last year we were fighting every time for the win but unfortunately we could never win," said Leimer. "Now it’s the first race of the season and I […]

Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013

Vettel takes Malaysian pole in rain affected session

Sebastian Vettel mastered tricky conditions to claim the 38th pole position of his career in Malaysia. Rain hit the circuit halfway through Q2, leaving the track wet enough for Intermediate tyres in Q3. Felipe Massa was second for Ferrari, ahead of team-mate Fernando Alonso in third for the fourth successive race. Lewis Hamilton was fourth with Mark Webber fifth for Red Bull. Nico Rosberg was sixth, ahead of championship leader Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus E21. The wet weather helped McLaren's progress, although they could […]