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Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Di Resta elated by sixth place

Paul di Resta hailed his Force India team after securing sixth place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Di Resta started from 11th place but pulled off a one stop strategy to finish in the top six for the first time since the Bahrain Grand Prix. "It’s a great feeling to finish sixth and make the one-stop strategy work," he said. "I said yesterday that we had opted to set the car up more for the race and it really paid off today." "There were […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Vettel says rapid pace was 'scary'

Sebastian Vettel labelled his seventh successive win as 'incredible' after wrapping up his 11th win of 2013 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel took the lead at the start and was never headed as he won at the Yas Marina Circuit for the third time. The reigning champion pulled out a margin of over a second a lap during the first stints, before managing his tyres and securing victory by half a minute. “I think today was incredible; the pace we had was scary […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Hulkenberg puzzled by problematic handling

Nico Hulkenberg says he is at a loss to explain why he struggled with his Sauber C32 during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hulkenberg started the race from fifth place but eventually came home in 14th. His race was compromised by a drive through penalty, which was awarded following his unsafe release into the path of Sergio Perez. "I’m not quite sure what happened today," he said. "I had felt comfortable with the car all weekend, but from lap one I was struggling with it. […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Ecclestone backs Raikkonen over strike threat

Bernie Ecclestone has backed Kimi Raikkonen's threat to strike after the Finn revealed he has not been paid "a single euro" in 2013. Raikkonen only travelled to Abu Dhabi at the last minute, but he is now warning he will sit out Austin and Brazil if the team does not pay him a reported EUR 15 million. "He has signed a contract with somebody and they need to pay him," F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone told the Mirror. "I feel sorry for him but he […]

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Alonso: Relationship with Ferrari is perfect

Fernando Alonso has insisted that his relationship with Ferrari is 'perfect', despite the partnership failing to yield a title for the fourth successive season. Alonso's relationship with Ferrari was questioned mid-season amid rumours that the Spaniard met with representatives from Red Bull during the Hungarian Grand Prix. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo subsequently publicly rebuked his driver. "It is fantastic," Alonso said ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. "Every weekend I repeat the same thing. So I guess in Austin on Thursday the first […]

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 […]

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013

Opinion: How Red Bull can gain an early 2014 advantage

As the Sebastian Vettel/Red Bull juggernaut marches on towards a fourth successive title, much of the attention now switches to 2014. The sport will enter a new era consisting of modified regulations, the most significant being the 1.6 litre V6 power units. Teams will be eager to stretch out the miniscule of advantages over their rivals as if you get it right early on, it will make 2014, 2015 and even 2016 far more simpler to manage. Red Bull got it right at the start […]

Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013

Maldonado ends Williams points drought

Pastor Maldonado finished in tenth place in the Hungarian Grand Prix, scoring both his and Williams's first point of the season. It ends a points drought for the team that dated back to last year's United States Grand Prix in Austin. The Venezuelan drove a strong race and was able to score his first points finish after Nico Rosberg’s late retirement on lap 64. "I had a really good start from P15 and made a few overtaking manoeuvres during the race which were on the […]

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013

British Grand Prix: Button's Silverstone jinx

2009 world champion Jenson Button has never achieved a podium finish in 13 attempts at his home race. Here's why...

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013

'Long term' F1 deal for New Jersey

The promoter of the American Grand Prix says a new long term deal is now in place to hold a Formula 1 race around the streets of New Jersey. The inaugural race around the streets of Weehawken was due to take place this weekend but was postponed in October 2012 and the contract cancelled by Bernie Ecclestone. But race promoter Leo Hindery insists that the event will take place in 12 months' time. "Thanks to the patient, invaluable support of Bernie Ecclestone and FOM [Formula […]

Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013

What's it going to be then, eh?

Recent events have focused on the subject of 'pay drivers' in the sport. Rather than being critical, there needs to be focus on why teams have resorted to using them...

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013

STR8 unveiled in Jerez pit lane

Toro Rosso has revealed their challenger for the 2013 Formula One season. The STR8, the team's eighth creation, will be driven by Daniel Ricciardo and Jean Eric Vergne. Toro Rosso slipped to ninth in the championship in 2012 and recruited technical director James Key. "Going into this season is a completely different experience to this time last year, when I had to deal with a lot of unknowns," says Jean Eric Vergne. "This year, I will still be learning – you never stop learning – […]