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Posted on Friday, February 10, 2012

Latvala ahead in Sweden

Jari Matti Latvala powered ahead on the opening day of Rally Sweden after a commanding performance in the afternoon bunch of stages. Latvala had been embroiled in a close fight all day with ex team-mate Mikko Hirvonen although the former dealt with high tyre wear better than his rivals to move seventeen seconds clear with just a superspecial stage left remaining today. Behind the two Finns are two Norwegians, Petter Solberg and Mads Ostberg. Solberg has closed to within 3 seconds of Hirvonen and will look […]

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012

Q&A with Sebastian Vettel

Conducted and provided by Red Bull Press Office Q. Back-to-back titles, the record for pole positions, most laps led, 11 wins last year - what's your next target? Sebastian Vettel: Oh, we do it again! Obviously, we had a great year, and I think you know we'll always look back to 2011 and think how special it was, but to be honest, you don't start the season having, you know, expectations to have the same or similar season again. So we know how special it was […]

Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2012

Q&A with Kimi Raikkonen at the Lotus E20 launch

The 2007 Formula 1 World champion talks of his return to the sport with the lotus F1 Team after two years away in the forests and stages of the World Rally championship. Why F1? Formula 1 is something very special in my racing career, and you always want to race at the toughest level, so Formula 1 is where you want to race if you have a choice. How quickly did the deal come about with the Lotus F1 Team? Everything came together quite quickly. […]

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012

Loeb still ahead in Monte Carlo

Sebastien Loeb continues to lead the Monte Carlo Rally after a third day of action, the quietest day of the rally so far. The rally now moves from Valence in Southern France to Monte Carlo, where the bulk of the remaining stages take place. With Loeb driving conservatively, it allowed new team mate Mikko Hirvonen to set a few fastest times. The Finn, who had been struggling, relished the conditions on SS12 and SS13 to close the gap to Petter Solberg. Dani Sordo holds second […]

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012

Loeb continues to dominate in Monte Carlo

Sebastien Loeb's domination of the opening round of the WRC season in Monte Carlo continued on day two of the rally. Loeb now leads by 97 seconds after winning all but one of today's stages. The only stage not won by the world champion was SS8, when Dani Sordo trumped his former team mate by 0.2s. The most exciting battle is for second place, between Mini's Dani Sordo and Ford's Petter Solberg, as the duo continue to swap places on a regular basis. Dry conditions […]

Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011

Alonso jokes as Webber wins FIA prize

Mark Webber has revealed he had mixed feelings when he beat Fernando Alonso to third place in the 2011 constructors' standings. The pair, who are friends, lead similarly guarded private lives, so in the closing stages of the championship they considered the 'prize' that went along with pipping the other to the post for third place. "Only the top three drivers have to go", said Australian Webber, referring to the official FIA prize-giving gala, which was held recently in India. "Jenson, Fernando and I had […]

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011

How Kimi spent his time away from F1 – Part 2

All throughout 2010 Kimi Raikkonen was a silly season by himself. The rumours about what he would do in 2011 started even before he stepped into his Red Bull-sponsored Citroen C4 for the first time in January 2010. The main question was whether he was going to return to F1 or not, but the Iceman would never give a clear answer. He was linked to the Red Bull F1 team and later on with Renault, yes, the same team he is going to drive for […]

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011

How Kimi spent his time away from F1 - Part 1

On November 29th, Lotus Renault GP (Lotus F1 Team next season) announced they had signed 2007 Formula 1 champion Kimi Raikkonen as their number one driver for 2012 and 2013. The news means the 'Iceman' is back in Formula 1 after a two year 'sabbatical', as he called it back in 2009. But what has Raikkonen been doing during this time? One thing is clear, he has not been idle: he has been rallying, racing in NASCAR, racing enduro bikes and snowmobiles, testing Le Mans […]

Posted on Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sébastien Ogier crowned Champion of Champions

Rally ace Sébastien Ogier lifts the Race Of Champions trophy after a Grand Final victory over Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen. Formula 1 great Michael Schumacher is knocked out in the semi-finals along with DTM champion Martin Tomczyk. Schumacher earlier beat reigning F1 champion Sebastian Vettel in a titanic quarter-final showdown between last night’s ROC Nations Cup victors. Sébastien Ogier delivered a thrilling performance to eclipse 15 fellow superstars of motorsport and win the Race Of Champions on a packed afternoon of competition at Düsseldorf’s […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Raikkonen about his F1 return, Pirelli tyres and rallying

In an interview with Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat, 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen talked about his return to Formula One after a two year absence. Raikkonen announced on Tuesday that he will be returning to Formula One with Lotus Renault GP next season on a two year contract. The 'Iceman' revealed that it felt good to return to F1 after two years of competing in the World Rally Championship, saying, "The fact was that I missed racing. The longer I was away from F1, the […]

Posted on Monday, November 28, 2011

Webber ends season on a high

Mark Webber claimed his first win of 2012 at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix after Red Bull Racing team-mate Sebastian Vettel was forced to hand over the lead due to gearbox problems. Webber started from second on the grid and held the position when the red lights went out despite pressure from Jenson Button’s McLaren. Ahead, though, Vettel was through turn one and away. The champion soon built up a solid three-second lead over Webber and the race seemed to be going away from the […]

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2011

Massa thinks Raikkonen return could happen

If Kimi Raikkonen does return to formula one, it won't be because he admires the sport's headline-writers. Speculation is growing by the day that the 2007 world champion could return from his world rally and NASCAR experiment with the Williams team in 2012. As for the specialist media, however, the notoriously reticent 32-year-old prefers rally. "I have the feeling that the rally press is more interested in the discipline, and what is happening on the stages, rather than the F1 journalists who write c*** to […]