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Posted on Sunday, October 6, 2013

Webber reckons KERS sparked fire

Mark Webber believes that it was his KERS that caught fire following contact with Adrian Sutil during the Korean Grand Prix. Sutil hit the back of Webber under braking for turn three and while the Force India driver was able to continue, Webber's RB9 caught fire. "I don't know what happened, but obviously he hit me from the inside and that was that. There was quite a lot of damage at the back of the car and I hope it hasn't gone towards the chassis […]

Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Struggling Raikkonen hoping for improvement

Kimi Raikkonen says a mistake on his hot lap in Q3 cost him a better grid slot for the Korean Grand Prix. Raikkonen set the slowest time during the top 10 shootout, although he will be promoted one position courtesy of Mark Webber's penalty. "I made a mistake on my only set of new tyres in the final qualifying session so my lap wasn’t fast enough for a better position, which eventually meant I ended up tenth and will start from ninth position tomorrow," he […]

Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Webber targets fightback from thirteenth

Mark Webber says that he had to compromise the set-up of his Red Bull RB9 as a result of his 10 place grid penalty in Korea. Webber was given a third reprimand of 2013 following the Singapore Grand Prix. The sanction means that Webber, who set the third fastest time in qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix, will start the race from thirteenth on the grid. "We had to take a bit of pace out of the car for qualifying, not much, but it was […]

Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Hulkenberg pleased but wary of McLaren threat

Nico Hulkenberg says he is pleased after qualifying in eighth place for the Korean Grand Prix. The Sauber driver made it through to the final part of qualifying and will move up one place on the grid following Mark Webber's penalty. Hulkenberg is nonetheless wary of the threat posed by the McLaren drivers, who start from tenth and eleventh on the grid. "Today went really well. Q1 and Q2 were like clockwork and my lap in Q3 was good too, but somehow it was more […]

Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Ricciardo disappointed with Q2 exit

Daniel Ricciardo expressed his disappointment after qualifying in thirteenth place for the Korean Grand Prix. Ricciardo has progressed through to Q3 in five of the last six races, but was unable to seal progress into the top 10 in Korea. The Australian will move up one place on the grid courtesy of a penalty for compatriot Mark Webber. "I’m definitely not happy with my position and when the gap to the top ten is so small, you have to also be disappointed," he said. "However, […]

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013

Vettel anticipating fight with Mercedes

Sebastian Vettel is expecting a fight with Mercedes during this weekend's Korean Grand Prix. Vettel was just over a tenth of a second slower than Lewis Hamilton during second practice and believes that Red Bull can go quicker. "There is some room for improvement," said Vettel. "It will be close with Mercedes; of course we’re not sure what others were doing with their fuel loads today, but it seems close ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying." "I like the track here, it’s a shame it’s so far […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Webber warns Formula 1 over pay drivers

Mark Webber has warned Formula 1 that the sport risks losing talented youngsters if there is a continued reliance on taking those drivers with financial backing. A combination of factors - including the continuing economic problems - have resulted in teams requiring to sign 'pay drivers.' Webber will retire at the end of the season and he will be replaced at Red Bull by Daniel Ricciardo. Five drivers made their debut in 2013, but neither GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi nor Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion […]

Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2013

Minardi raises Vettel 'traction control' doubts

Former F1 team owner and boss Gian Carlo Minardi has raised doubts about the legitimacy of Sebastian Vettel's dominance in Singapore last weekend. The 66-year-old, who sold his team before the 2001 season, was trackside at the Marina Bay circuit where Vettel commandingly won. Minardi, whose Faenza based team was subsequently sold to Red Bull and became Toro Rosso, admits he has been troubled by Vettel's often multiple-second advantage over his rivals under the Singapore floodlights. "It's not my intention to devalue Sebastian Vettel, who […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Webber critical of 'comical' penalty

Mark Webber says his reprimand for hitching a ride back to the pits with Fernando Alonso after the Singapore Grand Prix is 'comical.' Webber retired on the final lap at Marina Bay and on the slow down lap, he ran onto the circuit and sat on the side of Alonso's Ferrari, which took him back to the pit lane. Both drivers were given reprimands, but not for the actual ride. Webber was given a reprimand for entering the circuit without permission of the marshals. Webber's […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FIA to brief drivers after Webber-Alonso mischief

The FIA is set to clamp down on the sort of shenanigans seen on the slowing-down lap after Sunday's Singapore grand prix. Fernando Alonso was reprimanded, and Mark Webber pushed ten places down the Korea grid, after the stricken Australian hitched a ride back to the pits on the sidepod of Alonso's Ferrari. It triggered great memories of 1991, when legend Ayrton Senna rode on the Williams sidepod of rival Nigel Mansell at Silverstone. However, publishing video footage of the moment Webber ran across the […]

Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013

Webber handed 10 place penalty for Korea

Mark Webber will drop 10 places on the grid for the Korean Grand Prix after picking up a reprimand in the Singapore Grand Prix. Webber's Red Bull RB9 failed on the final lap in Singapore and he hitched a lift back to the pits with Fernando Alonso. The stewards deemed he contravened article 30.9b of the sporting regulations, which state that he 'entered the track without the marshal's permission between the commencement of the formation lap and the time when the last car enters parc […]

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013

Vettel praises phenomenal car after taking pole

Sebastian Vettel has praised his 'phenomenal' Red Bull RB9 after securing pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix. Vettel set the pole position time on his first run in Q3 and felt that he would be unable to better his lap. He subsequently stayed in the garage for the final few minutes of the shootout and admitted that it was a peculiar feeling. "It was a strange feeling at the end of Q3," said Vettel. "It’s already strange when you stand in the garage with […]