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Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Webber: Pole slipped through my fingers

Mark Webber was left to rue a minor mistake that he believes cost him pole position for the United States Grand Prix. Webber set pole position provisionally and lowered his own benchmark, only for team-mate Sebastian Vettel to eclipse his time and take top spot. Webber reckons that without a mistake at turn 19, he could have bettered the lap set by Vettel. "I didn’t think I had done enough on the second run in Q3, we [Seb and I] both had two shots with […]

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

Lead McLaren Perez hoping to put on a show

Sergio Perez expressed mixed emotions after qualifying in seventh place for the United States Grand Prix. Perez, starting his penultimate race for McLaren, says he hopes to be able to put on a good show for the local fans, with many having travelled across the border from nearby Mexico, Perez's home country. "Obviously, I’m very pleased, but, when you’re so close to the cars in front, you still want to improve," he said. "In that respect, I’m slightly disappointed – but if you’d told me […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Furious Maldonado hits out at Williams

A furious Pastor Maldonado suggested that his Williams team had sabotaged his car ahead of qualifying for the United States Grand Prix. While team-mate Valtteri Bottas topped Q1 and eventually qualified in ninth place, Maldonado was knocked out in Q1 and will start the race from 18th place on the grid. "I never got 100 per cent from the tyres, I think in my car somebody is playing with the pressure/temperature, it's not that clear," said Maldonado, who will leave the team at the end […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ricciardo happy despite missing out on Q3

Daniel Ricciardo says he is pleased despite narrowly missing out on a place in the top 10 shootout during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix. Ricciardo will start the race at the Circuit of the Americas from 11th place on the grid. "Overall, I am pretty happy with eleventh, which is clearly very close to making the cut to Q3," he said. "However in Q1 I was frustrated with the balance of the car and I felt I was quite lucky to get into […]

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 […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Kovalainen content with straight forward day

Heikki Kovalainen endured a trouble free day during practice for the United States Grand Prix as he returned to track action and set the fifth fastest time in second practice. Kovalainen, who is replacing the injured Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus, said that he had no major issues with the car. "It’s been a pretty smooth landing, joining Lotus F1 Team. We’ve had no major issues on track and we just need to keep chipping away to see how good we can get the car for […]

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013

Rossi pleased with Austin debut

Alexander Rossi expressed his delight after participating in the opening practice session for the United States Grand Prix. Despite running being curtailed firstly due to fog and latter courtesy of technical problems with the medical helicopter, Rossi was 19th fastest of the 22 runners, managing 21 laps of the Circuit of the Americas. "I'm very pleased with how my FP1 session went, both for me and for the team," he said. "It was a proud moment when I drove out on track as the first […]

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013

Button handed three place grid penalty

Jenson Button has been handed a three place grid penalty for the United States Grand Prix after overtaking under red flags during the opening practice session. Button was deemed to have overtaken Daniil Kvyat after the red flag was shown, when the session suspended due to a technical difficulty with the medical helicopter at the Circuit of the Americas. As a result, Button will start three places lower from wherever he qualifies on Saturday.

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013

Alonso quickest in disrupted first practice session

Fernando Alonso topped a disrupted first practice session ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix. Alonso was 0.029s faster than the McLaren of Jenson Button, with Williams's Valtteri Bottas in third. Esteban Gutierrez was fourth, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Felipe Massa, Mark Webber, Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado rounded out the top 10. The start of the session was delayed due to fog that lingered over the Circuit of the Americas. The medical helicopter was unable to fly in the conditions, […]

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013

Raikkonen has successful back surgery

Kimi Raikkonen is recovering after undergoing successful back surgery in Strasbourg. Raikkonen suffered from back pain following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and opted to miss the final two races of the season. 'As planned, Kimi Räikkönen underwent back surgery yesterday at The University Hospital of Strasbourg' read a Lotus statement. 'Lotus F1 Team is happy to report that the operation was totally successful, according to Professor Afshin Gangi.' 'Kimi will now rest for a few days and he will start his recovery process as […]

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013

Button: Signing Magnussen a 'massive risk'

Jenson Button says that McLaren's signing of Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Kevin Magnussen is a 'massive risk'. McLaren confirmed ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix that Magnussen will make his debut for the team in 2014, alongside Button. "It's a situation that could light up your career or put an end to it early if it doesn't go well," Button said. "It's a massive risk for a driver to jump in at the deep end with a team that should be fighting […]