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Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014

Gearbox problem hinders Perez's progress

Sergio Perez's build-up to this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix was hit by a gearbox problem in second practice, restricting the Mexican to just eighth laps in the 90 minute session. Perez was unable to take the circuit during the first hour of running as Force India repaired an electronics control problem relating to the gearbox. Perez ended the session in 15th place but missed out on much of the track action. "It was quite a difficult day because we lost a lot of track time […]

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014

Ricciardo accepts blame for practice crash

Daniel Ricciardo accepted responsibility after crashing out of Friday's second free practice session in Japan. Ricciardo was preparing for a hot lap when he slid wide at the final corner and nestled his Red Bull RB10 into the tyre barriers. The Australian admitted that he was unable to prevent the collision, which left his RB10 with front left damage. "It wasn't really a problem, I just made a mistake," Ricciardo said. "I did my first quick lap and then everyone's cooling after that and on […]

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014

Verstappen 'not close to limit'

Toro Rosso debutant Max Verstappen says he was not even close to the limit during his free practice outing in Japan. The Dutch driver, who became the youngest person to compete in an official session at 17 years and three days, set the 12th fastest time, just 0.4s down on future team-mate Daniil Kvyat. While Verstappen's session was ultimately curtained by an engine issue, he said he was not pushing too hard during the 90 minute session. "Of course I was not even close to […]

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014

Hamilton heads Rosberg in second session

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton set the quickest time during the second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Hamilton’s time of 1:35.078 was 0.240s clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg on the Option compound tyre. Neither Mercedes driver enjoyed completely clean running as Hamilton saved a lurid moment as he exited the second Denger corner while Rosberg locked up a couple of times into the Casio Triangle and had to run deep. Valtteri Bottas set the third fastest time for Williams but was […]

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014

Maldonado gets engine grid drop

Pastor Maldonado will take a 10 place grid penalty into this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix after Lotus elected to use a sixth internal combustion engine in his E22. Drivers are only permitted to use five parts of any of the six components which make of the Power Unit and if they exceed the limit they will drop 10 places from wherever they qualify, a situation already felt by Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat. If Maldonado qualifies lower than 12th, the remainder of his grid drop will […]

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014

Rosberg tops opening Suzuka session

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time during the opening practice session ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. In dry and fine conditions the German set a time of 1:35.461s to end up 0.151s quicker than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari, half a second behind Rosberg, with Valtteri Bottas in fourth place for Williams. Kimi Raikkonen ensured that both Ferrari drivers finished inside the top five while Daniel Ricciardo was sandwiched by McLaren pair Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button. Reigning […]

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014

Vettel aiming to be 'smart' over penalties

Sebastian Vettel says he will need to be 'smart' with engine penalties if he is to minimise the damage a grid drop will inflict on one of his remaining five race weekends. Vettel is one of a handful of drivers just one component change away from copping a 10 place grid drop, a fate which has already befallen Toro Rosso racer Daniil Kvyat. While admitting that a grid drop is inevitable before the end of 2014, Vettel is sure Red Bull can be tactical and […]

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014

Stevens gets Marussia practice outing

Formula Renault 3.5 racer Will Stevens is set to take part in the opening practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix for Marussia. Stevens has previously tested for Caterham but is expected to replace compatriot Max Chilton in the opening 90 minute session at Suzuka. Chilton said he had no problem in handing over his Marussia MR03 to Stevens. "I know Will very well, he's a good friend of mine, and I'm more than happy to do so," he said. "I started karting against him […]

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bianchi 'ready' if Ferrari call comes

Jules Bianchi says he would be 'ready' to step up to a seat with Ferrari should a vacancy open up at the team. While Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso both have contracts for next year, there remains uncertainty as to whether Alonso will remain with the squad into 2015. Marussia racer Bianchi has been a member of Ferrari's Driver Academy for five years and has tested for the outfit on a number of occasions, most recently at the in-season test at Silverstone in July. "Yes […]

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014

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The final stint of a frenetic Formula 1 campaign begins in the land of the rising sun this weekend, with title protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg separated by just three points. Japan’s famous Suzuka Circuit is one of the highlights on the calendar and neither Hamilton nor Rosberg have triumphed at the iconic figure-of-eight layout – a statistic they will be keen to amend on Sunday afternoon. But should either of them come to grief, rivals will be pouncing to pick up the pieces. […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

'No decision' yet on McLaren-Honda line-up

Honda's head of motorsport Yasuhisa Arai has insisted that no decision has been made with regards to McLaren's driver line-up for the 2015 campaign. Honda will return to Formula 1 in 2015 as McLaren's engine supplier and the team has yet to confirm its driver pairing for next season. Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen currently race for the team, but persistent rumours suggest that Honda wants to make a marquee signing ahead of its Formula 1 return. But Arai insists that Honda, which revealed an […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Merhi eager ahead of Suzuka outing

Roberto Merhi says he 'will not be starting from zero' as he prepares for his second practice outing with Caterham at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. Formula Renault 3.5 frontrunner Merhi will participate in the opening practice session at Suzuka, in place of Marcus Ericsson, having replaced regular driver Kamui Kobayashi in the first session in Italy last month. Merhi believes his experience from Monza, when he was quicker than Ericsson, will aid his progress on Friday. "I’m very happy to be driving in another […]