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Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Vettel still seeking improvements

World champion Sebastian Vettel says he was happy with the handling of the Red Bull RB9 after setting the fastest time during practice for the United States Grand Prix. Vettel, who was only 18th in first practice, was quickest on both compound tyres and demonstrated rapid long run pace around the Circuit of the Americas. "The circuit was quite slippery today; I was happy with the car, but you always know you can improve here and there," he said. "I think we got through the […]

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013

Hulkenberg admits 2014 Lotus seat now unlikely

Nico Hulkenberg has admitted the likelihood of a Lotus race seat for 2014 has dropped almost to zero. Asked by the Swiss newspaper Blick to say where he is going after the Brazil finale, the Sauber driver answered: "I can only say that I am going (on), but not where. "The options are well known," said the German, who despite having a seat fitting at Enstone this week ultimately decided against replacing Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen for the last two races of 2013. "Force India, Sauber, […]

Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013

Vettel says doubters will remain even if he switches teams

Sebastian Vettel says he is not contemplating leaving Red Bull, having wrapped up his fourth successive title with the team. Vettel, 26, was asked whether his critics would only regard him as an all-time great if he achieved success outside of Red Bull but believes they would still find reason to doubt his talents. Vettel is currently contracted to Red Bull until the end of 2015. "I think that even if I go to another team I will still have my doubters," he said. "You […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Vettel: Relationship with Webber not lacking in respect

Sebastian Vettel says he has 'enormous respect' for outgoing Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber and reckons that the gap between them is closer than many people think. Vettel, who has won 11 races this season and secured his fourth world championship in India, has had on track battles with Webber, most notably in Turkey three years ago and in Malaysia earlier in 2013. "We always shared respect especially on the track when we were fighting each other," Vettel said at a press conference at Red […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Vettel says rapid pace was 'scary'

Sebastian Vettel labelled his seventh successive win as 'incredible' after wrapping up his 11th win of 2013 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel took the lead at the start and was never headed as he won at the Yas Marina Circuit for the third time. The reigning champion pulled out a margin of over a second a lap during the first stints, before managing his tyres and securing victory by half a minute. “I think today was incredible; the pace we had was scary […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Content Rosberg hopeful of retaining second

Nico Rosberg is sure that Mercedes can retain second place in the constructors' championship with two races remaining in 2013. Rosberg finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in third place, allowing Mercedes to open up an 11 point advantage over nearest rivals Ferrari. "I had a great start to the race and was able to catch Mark [Webber] off the line," he said. "I thought there might be a chance to get Seb but it wasn't quite possible." "I was able to push hard in […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Vettel's magnificent seven leaves him in eleventh heaven

Sebastian Vettel leads every lap at the Yas Marina Circuit to record his seventh successive victory and eleventh of 2013, ahead of Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg. Formula 1 has held less interesting races, but it's fair to say that the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won’t go down in the history books as a classic. Sebastian Vettel stormed off into the distance to secure his seventh successive victory – and 11th of 2013 – and behind him the action […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Webber: set-up tweaks led to pole

Mark Webber says that minor tweaks made to his Red Bull RB9 during qualifying assisted him on his way to pole position. Webber eclipsed team-mate Sebastian Vettel by a tenth of a second to claim his best grid slot at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. "This weekend so far has gone pretty smoothly for us," he said. "It’s not the easiest venue, because of the changing temperatures. We run in the afternoon and then at night, so you have to be on top […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mechanical failure hinders Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton believes a mechanical failure during Q3 cost him a shot at a front row start for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton was on a hot lap when his Mercedes snapped sideways exiting turn 13 and pitched him into a spin. Hamilton had set the fourth fastest time prior to the mechanical problem. "Fourth place feels pretty good this evening considering the time was set on my first Q3 lap," he said. "Unfortunately on my second lap it looks like something gave way […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Vettel quickest in final practice in Abu Dhabi

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time during final practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel's time of 1:41.349 was 0.222s faster than team-mate Mark Webber Lewis Hamilton was third, ahead of Nico Rosberg in fourth, with Romain Grosjean in fifth. Jenson Button set the sixth fastest time, with Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez in seventh and eighth. Kimi Raikkonen and Jean-Eric Vergne rounded out the top 10. It was another difficult session for Ferrari as Fernando Alonso set only the 11th quickest time, […]

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

Webber happy with form despite difficult season

Mark Webber says that he is pleased with his own form in 2013 despite having failed to win a race. Webber's 2013 has been plagued by misfortune, retiring from three of the last four races due to mechanical problems. But the Australian, who will move to Porsche's LMP1 project in 2014, remains happy with his own form. "The reason I got to Formula 1 is because I hung in there and fought like hell," he said ahead of this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. "It's […]