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Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013

Hamilton quickest during practice in Korea

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in both practice sessions ahead of this weekend's Korean Grand Prix. Hamilton was a tenth of a second quicker than Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel during the second 90 minute session. Nico Rosberg was third, with Mark Webber in fourth. Webber, whose most recent pole position came at the circuit 12 months ago, will drop 10 places on the grid following his third reprimand of the year in Singapore. Lotus and Ferrari were unable to match the frontrunners over a […]

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Formula 1 returns to Asia for the 2013 Korean Grand Prix, the first of two back-to-back races on the continent. The Korean International Circuit tests the car’s overall performance because of its mixture of high-speed corners, long straights and a slower technical part towards the end of the lap. Supersoft and medium tyre compounds will be used, a change from last season where Pirelli brought the soft and Supersoft. The circuit has been modified since 2012 and one of the changes has been made to […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Korean GP organisers would consider night race

The promoter of the Korean Grand Prix says that he would consider holding the race at night as he bids to strike a better deal with Bernie Ecclestone. Korea joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2010 but has been beset by financial problems and poorly attended races. The 2014 event is set to switch to a date early in the season, with the race scheduled to take place on April 27th. But the FIA has listed the event provisional on the draft 2014 calendar and […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mercedes targets Ferrari in fight for second in championship

Mercedes's Toto Wolff says that beating Ferrari to second place in the Constructors' championship is the team's aim ahead of the last six races of the season. Mercedes is currently seven points behind Ferrari and enjoy a 61 point advantage over fourth placed Lotus. "In the three races since the summer break, our team has scored an average of 20 points per Grand Prix," said Wolff ahead of the Korean Grand Prix. "But it's a measure of our expectations now that we have left each […]

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013

Van der Garde pinning hopes on wet weather

Giedo van der Garde says that wet weather will provide Caterham with their best chance of achieving a good result before the end of the season. Van der Garde used unpredictable weather to his advantage in Monaco and Belgium, when he managed to progress through to the second part of qualifying. "If it rains this year then it’ll definitely be very interesting," he said ahead of the Korean Grand Prix. "Our car likes the wet and two of my highlights this year have been on […]

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013

Force India: McLaren not yet out of reach

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says that his team will not give up in the fight for fifth place in the Constructors' Championship. Force India is currently 14 points behind McLaren, with six races remaining in 2013. The first of those six races takes place in Korea this weekend. "The objective has not changed," said Mallya regarding Force India's plan for the last part of the year. "McLaren have a points lead over us, but they are not totally out of reach. As I’ve said […]

Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2013

Minardi raises Vettel 'traction control' doubts

Former F1 team owner and boss Gian Carlo Minardi has raised doubts about the legitimacy of Sebastian Vettel's dominance in Singapore last weekend. The 66-year-old, who sold his team before the 2001 season, was trackside at the Marina Bay circuit where Vettel commandingly won. Minardi, whose Faenza based team was subsequently sold to Red Bull and became Toro Rosso, admits he has been troubled by Vettel's often multiple-second advantage over his rivals under the Singapore floodlights. "It's not my intention to devalue Sebastian Vettel, who […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

GP3 racer Fontana to test for Lotus

GP3 driver Alex Fontana will make his Formula 1 test debut at Paul Ricard next week. Fontana, 21, is currently in sixteenth place in this season's GP3 series and is a member of the Lotus junior team programme. The Swiss driver will take to the circuit behind the wheel of Lotus's 2010 challenger, the R30, on Monday. "I’m naturally delighted that Lotus F1 Team has given me the opportunity of this test," said Fontana. "Every driver’s dream is to sit behind the wheel of a […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Webber critical of 'comical' penalty

Mark Webber says his reprimand for hitching a ride back to the pits with Fernando Alonso after the Singapore Grand Prix is 'comical.' Webber retired on the final lap at Marina Bay and on the slow down lap, he ran onto the circuit and sat on the side of Alonso's Ferrari, which took him back to the pit lane. Both drivers were given reprimands, but not for the actual ride. Webber was given a reprimand for entering the circuit without permission of the marshals. Webber's […]

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 Monday, September 23, 2013

Rhythm of the night: Singapore Grand Prix review

There may well be six races remaining in the 2013 Formula 1 season but Sebastian Vettel’s form means that the title will probably be wrapped up long before the Brazilian Grand Prix. In Singapore, he simply drove away from the opposition to win for the third successive race; it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that he could collect the next six races. The Singapore Grand Prix wasn’t a race; it was a 61 lap exhibition of man and machine totally at one, with the […]

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013

Alonso saddened by Ferrari regression

Fernando Alonso says it is 'sad' to see Ferrari slip back after he qualified in seventh place for the Singapore Grand Prix. Alonso has not won since May's Spanish Grand Prix but the Ferrari F138 had demonstrated improvements at low downforce circuits at Spa and Monza, where Alonso finished as runner-up to Sebastian Vettel in both events. But while Alonso said that Ferrari was still pushing in its championship bid, he expressed his disappointment at the regression. "I think we need to be realistic and […]