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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

Van der Garde critical of Force India block

Giedo van der Garde believes that a Force India cost him time during his qualifying lap at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Van der Garde set the 19th fastest time in Q1 but reckons he could have set a quicker lap time without being impeded. "In qualifying we went for two runs on the options," he said. "On the first run everything went to plan and I was up in tenth until the cars ahead went from primes to options. On the second […]

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Abu Dhabi Grand PrixView

The titles may be wrapped up but there are still three Formula 1 races to win before the season is over. The first of those takes place at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull are the 2013 champions but the Formula 1 season is not yet over. Three teams are in the fight for second place in the constructors’ standings while there is still a mathematical possibility for any of the five drivers behind Vettel to be crowned vice-champion. […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hamilton promises to keep pushing in fight for second

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he will keep pushing across the final three races of the season as his team bids to secure second in the constructors' championship. Hamilton has not finished on the podium since the Belgian Grand Prix but insists that consistency is vital across the remaining three races, starting this weekend in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton has claimed pole position twice at the Yas Marina circuit and won the race in 2011. "The race in Abu Dhabi is always a fun weekend and […]

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013

Prost: 'Great' Vettel will win more titles

Quadruple world champion Alain Prost says that Sebastian Vettel is 'a great champion' and reckons he will go on to win more titles. Vettel matched Prost's feat of winning four titles after claiming victory at the Indian Grand Prix. Prost, who currently works as an ambassador for Renault, won the championship in 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993. "I'm delighted to see Sebastian win the title," he said. "He is a great driver and he has had some outstanding wins this year, some of the best […]

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013

Lotus apologises over Raikkonen radio message

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has apologised for the heated radio messages that were exchanged between the team and Kimi Raikkonen during the Indian Grand Prix. Raikkonen was struggling on worn tyres and was told to "get out of the f***ing way" by one Lotus team member. Raikkonen, who sent back a similarly angry reply, was battling with team-mate Romain Grosjean for third place, with Felipe Massa close behind. Grosjean eventually finished the race in third, while Raikkonen was forced to pit for fresh tyres […]

Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Newey: Vettel an all-time great

Red Bull Racing chief technical officer has paid tribute to Sebastian Vettel after he and the team secured their fourth successive title at the Indian Grand Prix. Newey joined Red Bull at the start of 2006 and has been instrumental in their success across the past few seasons. Newey believes that Vettel's fourth title elevates him among the greats of Formula 1. "It’s difficult to verbalise what these Championships mean to be honest," he said. "Coming into the weekend we knew we had a good […]

Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Perez elated after best result of season

Sergio Perez says he is extremely satisfied after securing his best result of 2013 in the Indian Grand Prix. Perez finished the race in fifth place, pulling off a double move on Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton late on in the race. "I was finally able to enjoy a clean race without any bad luck," he said. "Fifth place is a great result for me. Without question, I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders, but it’s always sweeter when you perform well while […]

Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Di Resta delighted at returning to top 10

Paul di Resta expressed his delight after securing a top 10 finish at the Indian Grand Prix. Di Resta finished his team's home event in eighth place, registering his first points since the British Grand Prix in June. "It’s great to score points here in India – the team’s home Grand Prix and a really important race for us," he said. "We took an aggressive strategy by pitting at the end of the first lap to change from softs to medium tyres – which was […]

Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Vettel claims fourth world title with Indian Grand Prix win

Sebastian Vettel has clinched his fourth world title after romping to victory at the Indian Grand Prix. Red Bull also sealed their fourth successive Constructors' championship but it was not the perfect day as Mark Webber lost second position due to an alternator failure. Nico Rosberg finished in second place, with Romain Grosjean coming from 17th on the grid to complete the podium. Felipe Massa was fourth, with Sergio Perez matching McLaren's best result of the season with fifth. Lewis Hamilton finished sixth, ahead of […]

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Alonso says split strategies provides best Ferrari hope

Fernando Alonso says splitting strategies is Ferrari's best hope of achieving a strong result in the Indian Grand Prix. Ferrari, like Red Bull, opted to split Alonso and Felipe Massa, with the Spaniard qualifying on prime tyres and Massa setting his best time on the options. Alonso will start from eighth place, three spots behind his team-mate. "Before qualifying we looked at what might be the best strategy and it was very difficult to choose between two possibilities of equal worth," said Alonso. "Using the […]

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Maldonado blames traffic for Q1 exit

Pastor Maldonado says that his early exit in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix was caused by traffic. Maldonado set only the 18th fastest time in Q1 and was knocked out of qualifying. "I was faced with traffic twice on my first run in Q1 on the soft tyres, once in the first corner and also again in Turn 10, which compromised my qualifying as you only really have one chance to get a clean lap on the soft tyres because the degradation is so […]