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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 rounds off season with ninth successive victory

Sebastian Vettel signed off his 2013 championship season in style by storming to victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix, equalling Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a single Formula 1 season. Vettel lost the lead to Nico Rosberg at the start but quickly got through on his compatriot and was never troubled as forecast rain failed to materialise. Vettel's only danger came when Red Bull did not have his tyres ready at his second stop, slashing his lead from 12 to five seconds. Mark […]

Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013

Lotus hopes for Quantum deal 'next week'

Lotus insists the team's 35 per cent sale to Quantum remains on track, even though the investment group missed its latest deadline set by chief Mansoor Ijaz. Ijaz had said in Austin that the deal would be complete by the end of this week, but team boss Eric Boullier now says he is hoping to settle the issue "by early next week". "Well, there is still some discussion ongoing, especially now between bankers," the Frenchman said in Brazil. "The process is not fully completed but […]

Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013

Maldonado and Hulkenberg keys to 2014 'silly season'

Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg remain the keys to the last phase of F1's 2014 'silly season'. PDVSA-backed Maldonado, a grand prix winner, is the powerful 'pay driver' on the move, reportedly with EUR 40 million in tow and on the lookout for a new team after his Williams split. It is believed that if Lotus' 'Quantum' investment deal falls through, locking the highly-rated Hulkenberg out, Maldonado is in pole position to replace Kimi Raikkonen in 2014. But Maldonado muddied the waters at Interlagos on […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Di Resta admits Indycar switch an option for 2014

Paul di Resta has admitted he might consider a move to America's premier Indycar series for 2014. We reported last week that the retirement of the Scot's famous cousin, Dario Franchitti, could have opened up the top Ganassi seat for di Resta in 2014. After three years in F1 with the Silverstone based team, 27-year-old di Resta is struggling to hang onto his Force India seat. The highly rated Nico Hulkenberg, the team incumbent Adrian Sutil, and also the possibly Carlos Slim-backed McLaren refugee Sergio […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Force India: No room for complacency

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya has urged his squad not to get complacent despite a 24 point buffer to Sauber in the fight for sixth place in the championship. Mallya is hoping that wet weather this weekend in Brazil could aid his team in pulling off a strong result. Last season, Nico Hulkenberg led the Brazilian Grand Prix and finished the race in fifth place for the team. "It was important that we secured such strong results in India and Abu Dhabi," he said. […]

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013

Austin-tatious Vettel makes it a great eight: US GP review

World champion Sebastian Vettel continued his supremacy of the second half of the season as he scored his eighth successive victory, ahead of Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. “This year I feel I have a car that can win 10 races... up front and have the tyres working as they did [on Sunday] we can fight with them,” said Lewis Hamilton, having just won the Hungarian Grand Prix in July. The Brit had put in a commanding performance and proposed the […]

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013

United States Grand Prix: Driver Ratings

Rating the 22 drivers for their performance during penultimate race of 2013, the United States Grand Prix, which was won by reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, ahead of Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber. Sebastian Vettel | Infiniti Red Bull Racing | 1st | 10/10 Vettel was comfortably quickest in second and third practice but qualifying was a different proposition as he faced a serious threat from team-mate Mark Webber. Vettel pulled a lap out of the hat to claim his 44th career pole and his […]

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013

'Solid' result pleases Hulkenberg, Gutierrez misses out

Nico Hulkenberg says he is pleased after a good weekend in Austin resulted in him scoring eight points courtesy of a sixth place finish. Hulkenberg started the race in fourth place and battled with Fernando Alonso over fifth, but ultimately had to play second fiddle to the Spaniard. "A very solid result yet again," he said. "If I’m not mistaken, since Monza that would have been the eighth points finish in a row if it wasn’t for the brake disc failure in India and the […]

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sutil critical of Maldonado after shunt

Adrian Sutil hit out at rival Pastor Maldonado after the duo collided on the opening lap of the United States Grand Prix. Sutil and Maldonado were battling for the position on the back straight when they touched, with Sutil being speared into the barriers and retirement from the race. Sutil joked that an 'emergency area' needs to be set-up around the Williams driver. "We have many incidents with this driver and for sure maybe you have to have an emergency area around him to avoid […]

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013

Vettel makes history with eighth successive victory at US GP

Sebastian Vettel secured his record breaking eighth successive victory after strolling to the win at the United States Grand Prix. Vettel led from start to finish to beat Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber, claiming his 12th victory of the season. Grosjean got ahead of Webber at the start and was able to defend against the Australian for the rest of the race, equalling the best result of his Formula 1 career. Lewis Hamilton jumped up to third place at the start but was quickly usurped […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Gutierrez, Chilton handed penalties for impeding

Esteban Gutierrez and Max Chilton have been penalised after impeding rivals during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix. Gutierrez, who qualified in 10th place, will drop to 20th on the grid after impeding Pastor Maldonado during the first segment of qualifying. 'Car #12 unnecessarily impeded car #16 between Turns 19 and 20 whilst performing manoeuvres that the stewards consider dangerous', read the stewards report. Chilton impeded Maldonado, as well as Force India's Adrian Sutil, during Q1. The Brit qualified in last place and will […]