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Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Chilton expects to stay with Marussia

Max Chilton says he expects to remain with Marussia for a second season in 2014. Chilton made his debut for the team in Australia and recorded a best finish of 14th place in Monaco. Marussia has already confirmed that current driver Jules Bianchi will continue with the team into 2014. "I came into Formula One and was ready, but it definitely takes time to really get it," Chilton told The Official F1 website. "Since the [summer] break I’ve felt a lot more comfortable, and also the […]

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Driver Ratings

Rating the drivers for their performance at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel | Infiniti Red Bull Racing | 1st | 10/10 Vettel’s extraordinary run of success continues as he was untroubled in Abu Dhabi, eventually winning the race by half a minute. It was only the third time in history that a driver has won seven races on the bounce and at this rate, you’d have to be a brave person to bet against Vettel making it nine before the season concludes in […]

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

Button takes blame for collision

Jenson Button accepted responsibility for a first lap collision that compromised his progress at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Button started from 12th place but damaged his McLaren MP4-28 when he hit the back of Paul di Resta's Force India. It was the second time in the space of a week that the 2009 world champion was involved in an opening lap shunt. "You make your own luck when you start down in 12th – where first-lap congestion is inevitable – and, sure enough, there […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Van der Garde critical of Force India block

Giedo van der Garde believes that a Force India cost him time during his qualifying lap at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Van der Garde set the 19th fastest time in Q1 but reckons he could have set a quicker lap time without being impeded. "In qualifying we went for two runs on the options," he said. "On the first run everything went to plan and I was up in tenth until the cars ahead went from primes to options. On the second […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Webber leads Red Bull 1-2 in Abu Dhabi qualifying

Mark Webber secured pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after a last gasp effort at the Yas Marina Circuit. Webber's time of 1:39.957 was 0.118s faster than team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who made a mistake at the first corner on his final flying lap. Mercedes share the second row of the grid, with Nico Rosberg ahead of Lewis Hamilton after the Brit spun off at turn 14 on his second attempt. Hamilton informed his team that something failed on the back of the W04 […]

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013

Button reckons McLaren in 'reasonable shape'

Jenson Button believes that McLaren is in a reasonable shape ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Button was seventh quickest in second practice under the lights at the Yas Marina Circuit. "It was a pretty good day in terms of understanding the car. Our direction with the set-up looks reasonably good, too." "I also think both tyres are working reasonably well around here. I got my fastest lap on my first attempt on the Option tyre, which most people didn’t, so I’m quite happy […]

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013

Alonso fearful of Ferrari regression

Fernando Alonso says that Ferrari needs to make changes in order to be competitive at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Alonso, who has not won a race since May, was eighth quickest in second practice at the Yas Marina circuit. "Compared to other Fridays, today we were a bit less competitive than usual and now we need to work out if that is down to the fact that the track characteristics do not suit our car, or if it’s a question of set-up," he said. […]

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013

Grosjean fastest in opening practice in Abu Dhabi

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean continued his good run of form by setting the fastest time during first practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Grosjean's time of 1:44.241s was almost two tenths of a second faster than Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton. World champion Sebastian Vettel was third, with team-mate Mark Webber in fourth. Vettel had a brief scare at the end of the session as he misjudged his entry into his pit box and narrowly missed the crouching Red Bull mechanics. Nico Rosberg set the fifth […]

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Vettel vows not to change approach

Sebastian Vettel says he will not be changing his approach to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite having wrapped up his fourth successive world title. Vettel has won 10 of this season's 16 races and insists that Red Bull will continue to push for victories in Abu Dhabi, America and Brazil. Vettel has claimed pole position twice at the Yas Marina circuit and won the race in 2009 and 2010, clinching his maiden title at the latter event. He retired on the first lap in […]

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sutil comfortable in 'very important' fight for sixth place

Force India driver Adrian Sutil believes that his team has pulled out a comfortable buffer over rivals Sauber in the fight for sixth place in the constructors' championship. Force India had been coming under increasing pressure from their Swiss rivals but outscored them by six points at the Indian Grand Prix. "Eighth and ninth position was almost the maximum we could achieve," he said. "Six points as a team, now 23 points ahead of Sauber, which is quite a good gap. It’s not over yet, […]

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Maldonado yet to decide on future

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado says he has not yet taken a decision on where he will drive in 2014. Maldonado has scored just a single point all season and is thought to be engineering a move to Lotus, alongside Romain Grosjean. Lotus team principal Eric Boullier revealed in India that the team is speaking to Maldonado about a potential drive in 2014. "At the moment, I don’t have a decision," Maldonado told NBC Sports ahead of this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. "The decision will be […]