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Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Force India: No room for complacency

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya has urged his squad not to get complacent despite a 24 point buffer to Sauber in the fight for sixth place in the championship. Mallya is hoping that wet weather this weekend in Brazil could aid his team in pulling off a strong result. Last season, Nico Hulkenberg led the Brazilian Grand Prix and finished the race in fifth place for the team. "It was important that we secured such strong results in India and Abu Dhabi," he said. […]

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013

'Solid' result pleases Hulkenberg, Gutierrez misses out

Nico Hulkenberg says he is pleased after a good weekend in Austin resulted in him scoring eight points courtesy of a sixth place finish. Hulkenberg started the race in fourth place and battled with Fernando Alonso over fifth, but ultimately had to play second fiddle to the Spaniard. "A very solid result yet again," he said. "If I’m not mistaken, since Monza that would have been the eighth points finish in a row if it wasn’t for the brake disc failure in India and the […]

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013

Bottas elated after claiming first points

Valtteri Bottas declared himself 'very happy' after claiming his first points in Formula 1. Bottas qualified in ninth place and made up a position at the start and briefly challenged Ferrari's Fernando Alonso for seventh, before slipping back. He retained eighth place until the chequered flag, scoring four points for Williams, who previously had taken just a single point all year courtesy of Bottas's team-mate Pastor Maldonado. "I'm very happy to get my first points in Formula One today," said Bottas. "The whole weekend has […]

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013

Happy Hamilton determined to retain second

Lewis Hamilton expressed his happiness after finishing the United States Grand Prix and vowed to retain second place in the constructors' championship for Mercedes. Hamilton's fourth place means that Mercedes has a 15 point buffer over Ferrari with just a single race remaining in Brazil. "That felt good out there this afternoon and I'm really happy with fourth place," he said. "It was so nice to have a race where I could fight for position and make progress. The car felt much better today than […]

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013

Perez expected more than seventh

McLaren driver Sergio Perez admitted he was slightly disappointed to finish the United States Grand Prix in seventh place. Perez overtook Fernando Alonso on the first lap of the race but lost out to the Spaniard during the pits and settled for seventh. "To be honest, I was expecting to achieve a little bit more than seventh today," he said. "On the opening lap, I managed to push past Fernando, and the car initially felt pretty strong. After that, however, between about lap 10 and […]

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ricciardo laments tough end to race

Daniel Ricciardo was left lamenting a difficult final few laps as he lost out on a top 10 finish. Ricciardo had held tenth position but was overtaken by Jenson Button with a couple of laps remaining. "It was a tough end to the day, really tough," he said. "It looked as though we were going to hang on to the flag to get the point for tenth place, but then in the last five laps, I lost pretty much all the grip I had and […]

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013

Vettel makes history with eighth successive victory at US GP

Sebastian Vettel secured his record breaking eighth successive victory after strolling to the win at the United States Grand Prix. Vettel led from start to finish to beat Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber, claiming his 12th victory of the season. Grosjean got ahead of Webber at the start and was able to defend against the Australian for the rest of the race, equalling the best result of his Formula 1 career. Lewis Hamilton jumped up to third place at the start but was quickly usurped […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Alonso: We need to beat Mercedes

Fernando Alonso says that Ferrari must beat Mercedes during the United States Grand Prix in order to retain their hopes of finishing second in the constructors' championship. Ferrari is currently 11 points behind Mercedes in the battle for second, with Lotus also in the mix. Alonso will start the United States Grand Prix from sixth place on the grid. "I feel reasonably satisfied with the result of today’s qualifying, because after the problems we have had almost all weekend long and even in Q1, we […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Brake disc failure and traffic hurts Sutil

Adrian Sutil was left to lament a series of issues that resulted in him missing the cut for Q2 during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix. Sutil encountered Max Chilton on one of his flying laps and his session ended prematurely when a brake disc failure forced him to park his Force India during the closing stages of Q1. "It’s a disappointing result today," he said after qualifying in 17th place. "The car has been quick through all the sessions, but things didn’t go […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Kovalainen targeting solid points finish

Heikki Kovalainen believes he can score decent points during the United States Grand Prix. Kovalainen, driving in place of the injured Kimi Raikkonen, qualified his Lotus in eighth place. It was the first time the Finn has qualified in the top 10 since the Japanese Grand Prix four years ago, when he was driving for McLaren. Kovalainen cited compatriot Raikkonen's typical progression from lowly grid slots. "I knew yesterday that we had a good car, but I didn’t really set myself a target for qualifying," […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mercedes duo perplexed by tyre difficulties

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were left puzzled at the the W04's use of tyres following qualifying for the United States Grand Prix. Hamilton, who has never been defeated in the USA, qualified in fifth place, while Rosberg was knocked out in Q2. It represented Mercedes's worst qualifying result of the year. "That was a really tricky session this afternoon so I have to be pleased with fifth place although, of course, I'd rather have been fighting for a position on the first […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Vettel snatches pole position from Webber in Austin

World champion Sebastian Vettel snatched pole position from team-mate Mark Webber during the final moments of qualifying for the United States Grand Prix. Webber held provisional pole position and lowered his own benchmark and Vettel appeared to be heading for second position after a tardy first and second sector. But Vettel lit up the timing screens in the final sector to steal pole from Webber. Romain Grosjean set the third fastest time, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and 2012 race winner Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso was […]