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Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gutierrez: Late season form shows Formula 1 potential

Esteban Gutierrez believes that his performances in the second half of the season prove that he deserves to remain in Formula 1 next season. Gutierrez made his debut for Sauber in 2013 and scored six points - all courtesy of a seventh place finish in the Japanese Grand Prix. The Mexican, whose future in Formula 1 is uncertain, reckons that he has performed at the expected level since the Singapore Grand Prix. "The bottom line is that I have big goals in F1 and I […]

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013

Hulkenberg and Perez for Force India in 2014

Nico Hulkenberg physically signed on the dotted line of a 2014 Force India contract in Brazil on Sunday. That is the claim of Germany's reliable Sport Bild, as it emerged that the German had until midnight to take up an option granted recently by the Silverstone based team, for whom Hulkenberg raced last year. The 26-year-old had joined Sauber for 2013 after Force India became late in its payments, but it was the Swiss team that found itself in the deeper financial trouble this year. […]

Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2013

Vettel downplays matching Ascari's record

World champion Sebastian Vettel has downplayed his record ninth successive Formula 1 victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Vettel's achievement matches that of double champion Alberto Ascari, who won nine straight races in 1951 and 1952, although the Italian did not enter the Indianapolis 500, which was then part of the championship. "I don’t want to compare the record what we have got today; it’s not fair as it was a different time when Ascari was driving," said Vettel. "Cars broke down more often then […]

Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hulkenberg pleased with top 10 championship result

Nico Hulkenberg says that he is pleased to have finished in the top 10 of the drivers championship for the first time in his career. Hulkenberg finished the Brazilian Grand Prix in eighth place, leaving the German in 10th place in the championship with 51 points. "It was a good race," he said. "I had a good start and nice battles in the first few laps. Then I was by myself for most of the race. The problem today was too much understeer. Because of […]

Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gutierrez and Chilton handed reprimands

Esteban Gutierrez and Max Chilton have been reprimanded after qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Both drivers were deemed to have crossed the white line when entering the pit lane, in breach of the regulations. Gutierrez will start from 18th place, with Chilton rounding out the grid. "I made a mistake in the last corner and was just not able to recover what I gained in sectors one and two. After that it started to rain quite a lot and it was hard to catch […]

Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013

Lack of KERS power costs Rosberg

Nico Rosberg believes a lack of KERS power cost him time to pole sitter Sebastian Vettel after qualifying in second place for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Rosberg, who was quickest in Friday practice, finished the session almost seven-tenths of a second behind his compatriot in wet conditions. "That was a very demanding qualifying session today with really tricky conditions and a long break before the final session," he said. "I'm really pleased to have achieved second place on the grid and a big thank you […]

Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013

Vettel secures pole position in delayed Brazilian GP qualifying

Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position in wet conditions during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. The world champion set a lap time of 1:26.479 to finish six tenths of a second faster than Mercedes's Nico Rosberg. Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari. The start of Q3 was delayed due to the rain intensifying but the final qualifying segment of the season eventually got underway after a 40 minute delay. Vettel seized the advantage on wet tyres but the track dried sufficiently for Intermediates to […]

Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013

Whitmarsh: Rival team reneged on 2014 Magnussen deal

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says that a rival team principal reneged on a deal to sign Kevin Magnussen for 2014. Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Magnussen will race for McLaren next season but Whitmarsh says that he originally had a deal with a rival team for Magnussen to make his debut elsewhere in 2014. "Kevin is an extraordinary young man who deserves to be in F1," Whitmarsh told F1.com. "I hoped and tried to find him a cockpit - I even did a deal […]

Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013

Webber tops final practice session in Brazil

Mark Webber topped the final practice session of his Formula 1 career in Brazil as he went fastest in wet conditions in Brazil. Wet weather continued to plague Interlagos, meaning that teams and drivers preserved wet tyres throughout the opening half of the session. Only Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez set a competitive time during the first 30 minutes of the final practice session of the season. As conditions improved with 25 minutes remaining, several drivers opted to venture out onto the circuit. Lewis Hamilton took top […]

Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013

Rosberg upbeat about challenging Red Bull

Friday practice pacesetter Nico Rosberg reckons that Mercedes can give Red Bull a run for their money at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend. Rosberg was quickest in both rain affected sessions at the Interlagos circuits in Sao Paolo. "Today I had a good start into the weekend, and I was very quick in the rain even though we don't really know about the fuel levels of the other teams," he said. "Therefore we need to read the time sheets with some caution. But generally […]

Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013

Rosberg tops wet day of running in Brazil

Nico Rosberg topped second practice in Brazil after a day of wet weather at Interlagos. Rosberg's time of 1:27.306 was two tenths of a second faster than world champion Sebastian Vettel. Most times were set during the final moments of the session as drivers sought to preserve wet tyres, with further challenging conditions expected across the remainder of the weekend. The wet weather also meant that teams were unable to trial Pirelli's 2014 development tyres, which the Italian company had specifically taken to Brazil. Mark […]

Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hamilton and Rosberg disagree over Massa's Williams move

F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are split over whether Felipe Massa's move to Williams is a boost to the departing Ferrari driver's career. Hamilton, the 2008 world champion, likened Massa's move after a long stint with Ferrari to his own decision to leave McLaren and join Mercedes this year. "It's a great opportunity for Felipe," said the Briton, who was almost beaten to his title by Massa in a thrilling Interlagos finale five years ago. "He was at Ferrari for a very long […]