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Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2013

Unhappy Grosjean wanting more in Bahrain

Lotus's Romain Grosjean is aiming to progress further up the field in Bahrain following a disappointing race in China. Grosjean started from sixth place and swiftly dispatched Nico Rosberg to move up to fifth. But the Frenchman slipped back and came home in ninth place. "It was a long, tough race and again we not able to make it work quite as well as we wanted," said Grosjean. "I’m definitely not happy with ninth place; we started P6 and thought we had a good chance […]

Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013

Maldonado: I got everything out of the car

Pastor Maldonado believes that his fifteenth place in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix is a true reflection of Williams's pace. Maldonado made it through to Q2 but couldn't progress any further. "I got everything I could out of the car today," said Maldonado. "I was hoping for a better result but we couldn’t quite put it all together in Q2. It’s not where we want to be so we need to work very hard. We’ve been working hard already but we need time to […]

Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013

Button satisfied to obtain maximum

Jenson Button believes that McLaren achieved the maximum result possible during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. Button toured around the circuit in Q3 on prime tyres, ensuring that he will start the race from eighth place. "Our aim was to be the first Prime-tyre runner on the grid and we did that," he said. "This was the best we could do with what we have." McLaren has struggled during the opening two races of 2013 but the Brit feels that his Q2 pace shows […]

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013

Williams to introduce significant upgrades in Spain

Williams drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas will have to wait until May's Spanish Grand Prix before significant upgrades will be fitted to the Williams FW35. Williams, who finished in eighth place in last year's championship, failed to register a point in the opening two races. Neither Maldonado nor Bottas has managed to qualify higher than sixteenth place. Bottas: Tyres will be the biggest challenge in China Technical director Mike Coughlan insists that the three week break has allowed the team to make progress. "After […]

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013

Tyres will be the biggest challenge, says Bottas

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas says tyres will be the biggest challenge facing the field in China. Several drivers have commented that tyres are becoming the main focus throughout the early part of 2013 and that is a view shared by Bottas. Raikkonen focusing on tyre wear "The weather can be variable so you need a car that works well in different conditions," Bottas said of the Shanghai International Circuit. "Getting the tyres to work will be the biggest challenge facing all of the teams, as […]

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013

Williams downbeat after practice

Williams drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas admit that the team have significant work to do after practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Maldonado was only sixteenth in FP2, with Bottas three places further back. "We didn’t have the pace today unfortunately," said Maldonado. "We need to analyse the data tonight to see what we can do. We have a lot of work to do but we’ll be pushing hard to see what we can achieve tomorrow." "We had a number of parts to test […]

Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2013

McLaren face tough challenge after miserable race

McLaren's Jenson Button and Sergio Perez have conceded that their team faces a challenge after a disappointing Australian Grand Prix. Button finished in ninth place while Perez was a couple of seconds further back in eleventh. "You’d have to say that today’s ninth place isn’t really much to write home about," said Button. "I think we should be pretty satisfied with what we achieved here in Melbourne today. It was a tricky race, and our car isn’t yet quick enough, so I think the team […]

Posted on Saturday, March 16, 2013

Button, Perez support FIA decision to delay qualifying

McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez believe that the FIA had no choice but to postpone qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. Heavy showers meant that Q1 was delayed by half an hour while Q2 was postponed until Sunday. "I believe the FIA had no choice. It was the right call to postpone Q2 and Q3 until tomorrow, for safety reasons," said Button "I think the FIA stewards made the right call to postpone Q2 and Q3. The conditions were becoming too dangerous – […]

Posted on Saturday, March 16, 2013

Maldonado worried Williams have regressed to 2011 form

Pastor Maldonado admitted that Williams have a mountain to climb after slithering out of Q1 ahead of the Australian Grand Prix. In wet conditions Maldonado managed only the eighteenth fastest time while team-mate Valtteri Bottas was only two places higher. "I think we're back to the condition of two years ago in the team," he toldSky Sports F1. "We need to work very hard to solve the problems. The car is undriveable at the moment and we need to work. That's it." Nevertheless the Venezuelan […]

Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013

Red Bull unleash ominous pace but challengers remain close

Two practice sessions of the new season have revealed some light in the pecking order, even if it is too early to conclude who’s going to be the champion. Red Bull Racing set some ominous times during second practice, doubly so when Vettel’s aborted first lap is taken into consideration. He was four tenths clear of the fastest non-Red Bull driver and there’s undoubtedly more lap time to be unlocked. Mark Webber, who perennially underachieves around the Albert Park street circuit, was comfortably second quickest. […]

Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013

Lotus confident of fighting at the front

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen believes that the E21 is a good prospect for the Australian Grand Prix, even if he does not feel that it is currently the quickest car. Raikkonen was sixth and fourth in the opening two practice sessions in Albert Park. "It’s good for the season to start and the car felt pretty strong out there. I don’t think we’re the fastest but it’s a good start. It was nice to have a reliable day after spending some time in the garage […]

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013

Grosjean hoping familiarity assists progress

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean says that a second consecutive season with the team should assist his progress in 2013. The French driver returned to the sport in 2012 and despite scoring three podiums, his season was marred by several high profile incidents, including a race ban for the Italian Grand Prix. "I think consecutive seasons in any category is good from two points of view," he said ahead of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix. "The first is with the driving itself; you’re restarting a season […]