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Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Van der Garde aiming to fight Williams

Giedo van der Garde says his target for the Korean Grand Prix is to fight with the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado. Van der Garde will start the race from twentieth place, with Bottas and Maldonado in seventeenth and eighteenth. "Quali was really close! The first run in Q1 was OK but we clearly had some time to make up – not enough to fight the Williams but definitely enough to put us back ahead of [Jules] Bianchi and [Max] Chilton," he […]

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013

Van der Garde happy with Caterham improvements

Giedo van der Garde says that practice for the Korean Grand Prix was one of the most positive days for the team in a long time. Van der Garde was nineteenth quickest during the second of Friday's 90 minute sessions. "Overall I think that as a better Friday than we’ve had for a while," he said. "In the first session, initially the car balance wasn’t great. I had a bit of oversteer on entry into the high and low speed corners and we had some […]

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sutil expecting improved Force India in Singapore

Adrian Sutil is expecting Force India to put in an improved performance at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. Force India has scored just two points across the last four races, courtesy of ninth place for Sutil in Belgium. "Since the new tyres came in it was clearly a step down for us," Sutil said. "We used to be able to do one less stop in the race which was a big advantage compared to others and also the general balance of the car was much […]

Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2013

F1Zone.net Interview: Otmar Szafnauer

When Force India first entered Formula 1, their target was simply to beat Super Aguri, a backmarker team that scored 4 points during their entire time in the sport. Today, Force India is battling McLaren, one of the most successful teams in Formula 1 with 12 drivers' championship and 8 constructors' championship titles, for fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship. Prior to the Belgian Grand Prix, Force India was even leading McLaren by two points in the standings. They are now just five points behind […]

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sutil believes podium is inching closer

Adrian Sutil believes Force India can continue its strong run of form at this weekend's British Grand Prix. Force India currently sit in fifth place in the world championship. Sutil also reckons it is not inconceivable that he can finish on the podium in the near future. "Seven races, very different circuits, but for us the results were similar. The car was strong everywhere and it can also be here. I would say top six," he said. "We were so close to the podium many […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Button expecting stronger McLaren at Silverstone

McLaren's Jenson Button believes his team will be more competitive at next weekend's British Grand Prix. McLaren endured a difficult Canadian Grand Prix as their points streak ended when Sergio Perez and Button trailed home in eleventh and twelfth place. "There are many things a driver needs to be good at here, but he also needs to be working with a good team and driving a good car," he told Autosport about McLaren's prospects at Silverstone. "With us, this grand prix is going to be […]

Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2013

Pic pleased with Caterham progress

Charles Pic says he is pleased with the progression Caterham has made this weekend. Caterham outqualified Marussia for the first time this season, with Pic setting the nineteenth fastest time. "I’m pretty happy with where we finished today," said Pic. "We’d obviously have liked to be a little higher up the grid but with the package we have here in Bahrain I think we got as much as we could today in quali, so we can be reasonably pleased. We have a couple of new […]

Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013

China: post-qualifying press conference

Drivers: 1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 - Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and 3 - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) Q: Lewis, a fantastic, last-minute shoot-out for pole and you won it for your new team. Lewis Hamilton: Yeah, an incredible feeling, so happy to have our first pole for some time. I’m just ecstatic really. The lap was great. The team performed well all weekend so far and I hope that we can carry that into tomorrow. Q: And quite a margin too. LH: Yeah, really surprising […]

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013

Red Bull drivers critical of tyres

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber hit out at the state of the tyres after second practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Vettel was second fastest in Sepang, with Webber sixth, but both drivers fear the weekend is revolving solely around tyres. "It looked pretty OK but quite a mess if you look at how long the tyres last," Vettel told Autosport. "It doesn't look very nice I would say. I hope we have enough tyres to survive the race. It is not a lot of […]

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hulkenberg disappointed to miss out on podium

Long time Brazilian Grand Prix race leader Nico Hulkenberg admitted he is disappointed to miss out on a podium. Hulkenberg led the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton before making a mistake and spinning. The German then collided with Hamilton when he attempted to re-pass him, with a penalty dropping him to fifth. "That was a lot of fun - very entertaining and there was so much happening all the time! We had a great chance to finish on the podium today, but it slipped away, which […]

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hamilton frustrated with Hulkenberg after collision

Lewis Hamilton lamented a collision with Nico Hulkenberg that ended his McLaren career. Hamilton was battling with Hulkenberg for the lead on Lap 55 when the Force India driver hit the front of his McLaren. "It was a little bit unfortunate. The dude didn't even say sorry. So that says a lot. That's what happens when you race with the less experienced. I feel OK, and I feel happy for the team to get the win", he said. "I feel a little bit like 2007. I […]

Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012

Button out to challenge for victory

Jenson Button has said that he is out to challenge team mate Lewis Hamilton for victory. Button qualified in second place, fractionally behind Hamilton, with the two lining up as team mates for the final time in Brazil. "We’re there to win the grand prix as I think every driver it, unless it’s team-mates fighting for the world championship. So, we both want to win the race tomorrow, that’s the aim for both of us", he said. "So we’ll see what we can do. The car seems […]