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Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Massa anticipating emotional close to Ferrari career

Felipe Massa is expecting this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix to be an emotional affair as he leaves Ferrari after a decade long association with the team. Massa joined Ferrari as their test driver in 2003 and after racing for Sauber for two years, he returned to Ferrari in 2006 and has been with the team as a race driver ever since. "It’s a fantastic place to race and to finish an incredible time with Ferrari," he said. "It's a very long time. It’s our eighth […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The final countdown: Brazilian Grand PrixView

The 2013 Formula One season draws to a close this weekend with round 19, the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. Sebastian Vettel is seeking to make it nine in a row, but there's still plenty to play for... Formula 1 moves quickly from the United States of America to Brazil this weekend, for the final round of the 2013 season at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, most commonly known as Interlagos (literally 'between the lakes'), in Sao Paolo. It is not only the end of […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kovalainen targets stronger race in Brazil

Heikki Kovalainen has targeted a strong race day in Brazil after finishing only 14th at the United States Grand Prix. Kovalainen, filling in for injured compatriot Kimi Raikkonen, qualified in the top 10 but lost front downforce during the race, forcing him to make an unscheduled pit stop. "The race didn’t go the way we wanted and I’m not sure if it was the car or if the driver was just a little rusty! We had a problem with the front wing losing downforce which […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Maldonado insists he's not crazy after outbursts in Austin

Pastor Maldonado has said that stress contributed to his emotional outbursts across the weekend at the United States Grand Prix. Maldonado said prior to the event that he was 'very happy' to be leaving Williams and inferred that a team member had sabotaged his car after he could manage only 18th place on the grid in qualifying. "Sometimes you get too stressed and you get stuck in the moment," he said. "But maybe there is something behind that after three years, and sometimes you can […]

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013

Austin-tatious Vettel makes it a great eight: US GP review

World champion Sebastian Vettel continued his supremacy of the second half of the season as he scored his eighth successive victory, ahead of Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. “This year I feel I have a car that can win 10 races... up front and have the tyres working as they did [on Sunday] we can fight with them,” said Lewis Hamilton, having just won the Hungarian Grand Prix in July. The Brit had put in a commanding performance and proposed 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

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

Hulkenberg achieves maximum in tricky qualifying

Nico Hulkenberg believes he extracted the maximum from the Sauber C32 during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix. Hulkenberg set the fourth fastest time in the final segment of the session. "I have felt comfortable with the car over the whole weekend, but it was a different story in Q1 and Q2, as the wind picked up compared to FP3 this morning," he said. "It was a tail wind out of turn one and, therefore, also sector one and a bit in sector two. […]