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Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012

McLaren fastest during the opening session in Budapest

The McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have ended the opening practice session 1st and 2nd respectively ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, as the Woking-based outfit continue to progress with their new upgrades which were introduced last weekend in Germany. The opening session of the weekend was run in glorious sunshine and hot temperatures, a stark contrast to the weather conditions experienced during the last two race weekends at Hockenheim and Silverstone. Once again, the three usual reserve drivers of Jules […]

Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hamilton hopes punctured

2011 German Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton had his hopes of a repeat victory at his 100th grand prix dashed by a second lap puncture at Hockenheim. Having started in seventh position, Hamilton had dropped back to ninth on the first lap, though his day was to get worse when he reported a puncture one lap later, having ran over debris from an earlier incident. Exiting the pits in 21st position, Hamilton would struggle to make ground. He rose as high as 16th before retiring […]

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012

The British Grand Prix from a tyre point of view

After three consecutive street circuits, Formula One returns to one of the most traditional permanent tracks of the year at Silverstone. For Pirelli, this can be considered a second home race, as the company’s motorsport hub is located in Didcot, only around an hour away. During free practice on Friday, the teams will have the opportunity to test a new hard P Zero compound that is under development for the future. Pirelli tried out a number of experimental compounds during last year’s free practice sessions, […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Whitmarsh: Hamilton should have avoided Maldonado crash

Lewis Hamilton should have known better before going wheel-to-wheel with Pastor Maldonado in the dying stages of Sunday's European grand prix. That is the view of the McLaren driver's boss Martin Whitmarsh, after the British team's top 2012 driver fell 23 points off the championship lead at Valencia. He crashed almost within sight of the chequered flag in a dice with Williams' Pastor Maldonado, and it was the Venezuelan who was penalised for the crash by the FIA. And while Maldonado hit out at his […]

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012

Grosjean delights in crazy end to race

Lotus Romain Grosjean admitted his second podium finish this year came as something of a surprise after he powered through to second place from fifth in the final stint of the race. The Frenchman started the race in seventh place and spent the first part of the race holding that position. He dived into pit lane on lap 21 and took on the soft compound tyres he would race on for the remainder of the grand prix. Thereafter he climbed to fifth behind leader Lewis […]

Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012

Strategy right in the end for Vettel

Sebastian Vettel said a switch to a two-stop race seven laps from the end of the Canadian Grand Prix was the right call after a gamble on a one-stop programme failed to yield dividends. Vettel, who started from pole but finished fourth, tried to stay out on degrading soft tyres, along with then race leader Fernando Alonso, after McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton had relinquished the lead to stop for a second set of soft tyres. However, when Vettel’s and Alonso’s times began to fall away dramatically, […]

Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012

Alonso: F1 is looking more like GP2

Formula 1’s most expensive driver Fernando Alonso has hit out at the current regulations of the sport, stating that F1 is looking more like its feeder series GP2. The Spaniard, who is reported to be earning £24m (€30m) per year, believes the constant restrictions on engineering creativity is making the cars look similar and therefore reminiscent of the GP2 Series. Fernando Alonso is currently three points clear at the top of the Drivers’ Championship, after a rocky start to his 2012 campaign. However, by the […]

Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012

McLaren's Street Struggle

Fifth place for Lewis Hamilton and a DNF for Jenson Button saw McLaren slip further behind Red Bull Racing at the top of the Constructors’ Championship. Red Bull Racing now lead McLaren by 38 points, having added 37 in Monaco with victory for Mark Webber and a fighting fourth place for Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton trailed Vettel home in fifth, and Button, after a torrid afternoon, retired in the closing stages. Hamilton did not get off the line well but managed to retain his third position […]

Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012

Red Bulls fight back in China

Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel claimed they were satisfied with the 22 points earned with the fourth and fifth places they respectively earned after battling back from bad starts in the Chinese Grand Prix. Webber, starting from sixth, made a poor getaway and dropped back to into the midfield but after an early stop to take on a fresh of medium tyres, the Australian began to make up ground. In the closing stages, Webber found himself in a train of cars stuck […]

Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pérez: victory was possible

FIA - After becoming the first Mexican to stand on a Formula One podium in 41 years, Sergio Pérez admitted he could have won today’s Malaysian Grand Prix. In the closing stages of the race, Pérez was chasing down Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso for the lead but ran wide on lap 49. The mistake lost Pérez four seconds on track and with just six laps left he was unable to mount another challenge before Alonso took the chequered flag. The Sauber driver hung to second, however, […]

Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012

Caterham show good pace albeit steering issues

Although both Caterham’s failed to finish this weekends Australian Grand Prix, they can move on to Malaysia content with the knowledge that their cars were completing competitive lap times throughout the race. Both Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov retired due to steering issues during Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix. As the two cars’ dodged various incidents on the opening lap, Kovalainen lost the use of his KERs device as well as experiencing DRS issues early on. Regardless of this, the Finn continued setting competitive lap times […]

Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2012

Latvala edges towards Sweden win

Jari Matti Latvala is edging towards his first win of the season after extending his lead on a relatively uneventful day in Sweden. With just six stages remaining on Sunday, Latvala leads Citroen's Mikko Hirvonen by 23 seconds. Petter Solberg, a further 28 seconds behind, completes the podium positions. Mads Ostberg continues his typically strong pace in the snowy conditions as he lies fourth, a mere 11 seconds behind the 2003 champion. Evgeny Novikov still holds 5th, 44.4s ahead of Sebastien Loeb. The Frenchman suffered […]