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Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Vettel says rapid pace was 'scary'

Sebastian Vettel labelled his seventh successive win as 'incredible' after wrapping up his 11th win of 2013 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel took the lead at the start and was never headed as he won at the Yas Marina Circuit for the third time. The reigning champion pulled out a margin of over a second a lap during the first stints, before managing his tyres and securing victory by half a minute. “I think today was incredible; the pace we had was scary […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Raikkonen: It's just bad luck

Kimi Raikkonen was left to rue his misfortune after being forced out of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the first corner. Raikkonen hit one of the Caterham drivers at the start and sustained irreparable damage to his Lotus E21. "There was some contact in front of me through the first corner so I stuck to the inside, but unfortunately one of the Caterhams touched my front wheel and it broke the track rod," he said. "It wasn’t a heavy impact, but the angle made […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Content Rosberg hopeful of retaining second

Nico Rosberg is sure that Mercedes can retain second place in the constructors' championship with two races remaining in 2013. Rosberg finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in third place, allowing Mercedes to open up an 11 point advantage over nearest rivals Ferrari. "I had a great start to the race and was able to catch Mark [Webber] off the line," he said. "I thought there might be a chance to get Seb but it wasn't quite possible." "I was able to push hard in […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Button takes blame for collision

Jenson Button accepted responsibility for a first lap collision that compromised his progress at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Button started from 12th place but damaged his McLaren MP4-28 when he hit the back of Paul di Resta's Force India. It was the second time in the space of a week that the 2009 world champion was involved in an opening lap shunt. "You make your own luck when you start down in 12th – where first-lap congestion is inevitable – and, sure enough, there […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bottas: Result not reflective of pace

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas believes that his result at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is not reflective of his pace after finishing the race in 15th place. Bottas dropped behind slower rivals at the start but ran within the top 10 for several parts of the race. "I don't think P15 was really reflective of the pace we had today," he said. "My race was compromised by the first lap when I was jumped by the Caterhams who started on the option tyres and so […]

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Vettel takes crushing victory in Abu Dhabi

Sebastian Vettel secured his seventh successive win after crushing the opposition at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel beat pole sitter Mark Webber by half a minute, with Nico Rosberg in third. Romain Grosjean finished in fourth, ahead of Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard remains under investigation by the stewards after exiting the pit lane and exceeding track limits while battling Jean-Eric Vergne. Paul di Resta finished in sixth, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa. Sergio Perez and Adrian Sutil rounded out the top 10. […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Raikkonen excluded from qualifying results

Kimi Raikkonen has been excluded from qualifying after his Lotus E21 failed post-qualifying checks at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Raikkonen had qualified in fifth place but his exclusion means that he will start from the back of the grid. 'After the qualifying practice session an assymetric LHS front floor deflection test was carried on car numbers seven [Raikkonen] and eleven [Nico Hulkenberg],' read the stewards report. 'Car number seven did not comply with article 3.17.5 of the 2013 FIA Formula One technical regulations as […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Webber: set-up tweaks led to pole

Mark Webber says that minor tweaks made to his Red Bull RB9 during qualifying assisted him on his way to pole position. Webber eclipsed team-mate Sebastian Vettel by a tenth of a second to claim his best grid slot at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. "This weekend so far has gone pretty smoothly for us," he said. "It’s not the easiest venue, because of the changing temperatures. We run in the afternoon and then at night, so you have to be on top […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Button puzzled by time loss

A perplexed Jenson Button said that he was frustrated by McLaren's pace deficit after a promising practice session. Button was sixth quickest in final practice but could set only the 13th fastest time in qualifying. "Today was a puzzling session," he said. "I think we struggled to get the tyres working because of the cooler temperatures – I had to take so much rear wing off to try to help balance the car, but it wasn’t enough." "We were maxed-out on the front wing, too. […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Vergne rues Q2 lock-up

Jean-Eric Vergne was left to rue a lock-up at turn eight that cost him a potential place in the top 10 shootout. Vergne will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 14th place on the grid. "Everything went smoothly in Q1 and also in Q2, I managed to improve my time, even on old tyres and I was heading for a really good time at my last attempt, but I locked the wheels massively going into Turn 8 and that wiped out any advantage I […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Technical issues disrupt Marussia progress

Both Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton expressed their frustration after technical problems affected their running ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Bianchi qualified in 20th place but will drop to the back of the grid after sustaining a penalty for a gearbox change. The replacement was necessary after the Frenchman spun off track in final practice. "It has not been a good day on my side, so to work hard together to come back from that is a big plus and I am happy […]

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Disappointed Bottas expected Q3 fight

Valtteri Bottas expressed his disappointment at missing out on a spot in Q3 during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Bottas will start the race from 16th place but felt that Williams could have fought for a top 10 grid slot. "I was expecting that we would be fighting for a place in Q3 so I'm a little disappointed," he said. "As the track conditions were improving other car's times were dropping but we were not able to benefit from that extra grip as […]