Posted on April 20, 2014


After out-qualifying Sebastian Vettel for the third time this season and leaving his team-mate second best in consecutive races for first time since 2012, Daniel Ricciardo has had an impressive start to his career at Red Bull. In Bahrain his pace led to the four-time World Champion moving aside, under orders from the team, as the Australian was on the faster tyre at the time. Fast forward to Sunday afternoon and just after one third distance in the 56 lap race once again Red Bull management edict comes over the radio to Vettel: “Seb, let Ricciardo through he is faster More…

Posted on April 20, 2014


Lewis Hamilton has completed the first hat-trick of race victories in his Formula One career, driving untroubled to head a Mercedes one-two at the Chinese Grand Prix and closing in on Nico Rosberg’s Championship lead, whilst Fernando Alonso completed the podium. In a bizarre footnote, due to a chequered flag marshalling error, the race rest was declared officially after 54 of the 56 laps. The 25th win of Hamilton’s career sees him join Mercedes team boss, Niki Lauda and two-time World Champion Briton Jim Clark at eighth in all-time Grand Prix victories. Nico Rosberg still leads the championship, but his More…

Posted on April 19, 2014


Lewis Hamilton has put himself in the box-seat for a hat-trick of race victories by mastering the wet conditions in Shanghai to take pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix, heading Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel. The 34th pole of the Briton’s career, his third of 2014, was thoroughly dominant, as he topped each phase of qualifying with a margin over the Red Bull pair and the sister Mercedes of Nico Rosberg. However, come the top ten shoot-out and Hamilton stepped up a gear, initially holding provisional pole by 6/10ths of a second over the pack as the intermediate tyre More…

Posted on April 6, 2014


If Formula 1 in 2014 is a battle of the taxi drivers, as Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo called it this morning, then it could catch on. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg gave an exemplary display of close racing today to have a race-long battle in the Bahrain Grand Prix, with Hamilton claiming victory at the Sakhir circuit following an enthralling race, in which Sergio Perez completed the podium. He now has two victories to Rosberg’s one, but the German still leads the world championship. It is the 24th victory of Hamilton’s career, equalling the tally of Juan Manuel Fangio, More…

Posted on April 5, 2014


Nico Rosberg headed Lewis Hamilton to give Mercedes its first front-row lock out of 2014 by dominating qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, eclipsing the remainder of the field by 0.9s. Daniel Ricciardo came closest to the Mercedes pair but will drop to 13th for tomorrow’s race due the penalty received in Malaysia for an unsafe release. On the weekend of his 150th Grand Prix start, it was Rosberg’s fifth career pole, the German equalling the tally of his 1982 World Championship winning father, Keke. After establishing a comfortable margin throughout the weekend, qualifying saw little change as the duo More…

Posted on April 4, 2014


Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team showed ominous pace in Free Practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix to head the field by a comfortable margin on the first day at the Sakhir Circuit, with Fernando Alonso completing the top three, a second down on Hamilton. Having set the fastest lap ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg in this morning’s first practice session using Pirelli’s medium compound tyre, the order was unchanged when the switch to the soft compound came during qualifying simulations in FP2, with Rosberg settling in behind the Briton, 0.36s adrift of Hamilton’s 1:34.325 pace, with Alonso a further More…

Posted on April 4, 2014


This weekend the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain marks a decade as part of the sport of Formula One and it has named a corner after seven times world champion Michael Schumacher, who remains in a coma after a ski accident. Following a civil conflict that led to the race being abandoned in 2011, and which is still in the background to the event each year, the Middle East’s first F1 venue this weekend stages its 10th grand prix and to raise the bar and ring the changes, it is hosting its first night race. Here, Shaikh Salman, the CEO of More…

Posted on March 30, 2014


Lewis Hamilton made up for the ground lost last time out in Australia, dominating the Malaysian Grand Prix from lights to flag, heading a Mercedes one-two with Nico Rosberg in second and Sebastian Vettel in third. It was the first Mercedes 1-2 of the modern F1 era. It is his first win in Malaysia and the 23rd win of Hamilton’s career, joining Nelson Piquet with the eleventh most victories in Formula One. And after claiming pole position only for his Mercedes car to suffer engine issues and a subsequent retirement in Melbourne, there were no such troubles today with the More…

Posted on March 29, 2014


Lewis Hamilton maintained his clean sweep of 2014 pole positions by claiming the top spot in Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying, heading Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg at a treacherously wet Sepang circuit. The second pole of the year for Hamilton is 33rd of the Briton’s career, equalling Jim Clark’s British record and the tally of four-time World Champion Alain Prost. “The lap was far from being my optimum,” said Hamilton, who trailed Rosberg when they were using intermediate tyres early in the session, but had the edge on full wets. “I should have been able to eke out a little More…

Posted on March 28, 2014


Nico Rosberg continued Mercedes’ pacesetting form by topping the times in Free Practice for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. The top three cars were 7/100ths of a second apart; six cars were separated by just 0.2 seconds. The Australian GP winner set a benchmark time of 1:39.909, with Raikkonen and Vettel joining the German in dipping below the 100-second barrier, all with the use of the medium tyre, the softer of the two compounds on offer this weekend. The option tyre gave an improvement of around 0.8s for the leading cars, but suffered More…

Posted on March 23, 2014


Red Bull’s Wings For Life charity are offering the chance to compete along side Mark Webber and other stars as part of the foundation’s World Run, whilst the top 50 fund raisers will receive a tour of Red Bull’s Milton Keynes factory. The World Run, which takes place on May 4th, will see thousands of runners compete concurrently in thirty-five different locations around the world, all starting at 11am GMT, to raise funding for the spinal cord injury charity. The UK host will be Silverstone, where along with Webber, International rugby players George North and Thom Evans will do their More…

Posted on March 16, 2014


Nico Rosberg justified Mercedes’ billing as 2014 Formula One favourites by producing a faultless drive to claim victory in the Australian Grand Prix, the German finishing some 24 seconds ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen, both of whom claimed their first podium finish. The fourth win of Rosberg’s career came on a day when only his team-mate could have offered a challenge. However, for pole sitter Lewis Hamilton the chance of battling with Rosberg for the top step never materialised. At the start, the second following Jules Bianchi’s failure to get away, Rosberg shot into the More…

Posted on March 15, 2014


Lewis Hamilton clinched pole position for the Australian Grand Prix in a thrilling session that saw high winds and a rain shower make for an dramatic climax, with home favourite Daniel Ricciardo taking second place ahead of Nico Rosberg. It is the 32nd pole of Hamilton’s career, equalling compatriot Nigel Mansell with the sixth highest tally of all time. Mercedes’ Friday pace was clear once again this morning as Rosberg set the fastest time and Mercedes continued their dominance – in dry conditions at least. They looked set to fill the front-row with little exertion. However, with a quickening wind More…

Posted on March 14, 2014


As 2014 Formula One got down to business in Melbourne today, Lewis Hamilton bounced back from an on-track stoppage in the first session to set the fastest time of the day in Free Practice Two and lead a Mercedes one-two ahead of Nico Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso completing the top three. With new regulations causing reliability issues during pre-season testing – for some more than others – it seems that the final two weeks of preparation have allowed for an improvement in durability, particularly for Red Bull Racing, who set the fourth- and sixth-fastest times in the afternoon with More…

Posted on March 11, 2014


Fernando Alonso has been revealed as the most marketable driver in Formula One after an independent study found him to have the highest level of appeal, influence and trust in the sport, whilst Jenson Button beat compatriot Lewis Hamilton to the most marketable in the UK market. Repucom, a world leader in sports market research which is used by many of the teams and sponsors in F1, has compiled a list of the most marketable drivers in Formula One, using a set of measurements to show that Alonso holds the highest global appeal, ahead of Hamilton and Felipe Massa. The More…

Posted on March 8, 2014


Now that the final car of 2014 has been revealed in the form of a Martini liveried Williams, the team at JA on F1 have compiled a list of their top five best looking cars and the reasons for choosing. Have a look through and post your thoughts below giving your own top five. And it is with Thursday’s announcement of Martini’s return to Formula One that we begin. The FW36 ran through pre-season testing under a plain blue colour scheme as the highly expected Martini deal, inked months ago, was scheduled to be announced in the following week. It More…

Posted on March 6, 2014


Williams today officially announced their much predicted partnership with Martini, taking the drinks brand on as a title sponsor and rebranding the team Williams Martini Racing. It has been common knowledge in Formula One for some months that the Grove squad would tie-up with the Italian company and bring an iconic colour scheme last seen on the 1975 Brabham back to the sport. The team, formerly under the sponsorship banner of Venezuelan oil company PDVSA through its association with Pastor Maldonado, has suffered in terms of results in recent years but a switch to Mercedes-power this season has been a More…

Posted on March 4, 2014


With the changes in F1 technical regulations this year to small capacity hybrid turbo engines, placing the emphasis on resource efficiency, innovations in F1 will increasingly filter down into the automotive and other industries and this will be an important story for the sport to tell. Today, however, we saw a good example of existing F1 technology being repurposed for applications which have no connection with automotive, but which also aim to reduce environmental impact; in this case in aviation. McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT), part of the McLaren Group, are to work alongside a consortium of technological development companies to More…

Posted on March 2, 2014


Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes ended pre-season testing in ominously potent style today, with the Briton topping the times in Bahrain, ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Fernando Alonso. But Hamilton did not eclipse the fastest time of the winter, set by Felipe Massa on Day 3 in 1m 33.258s With only 12 days now remaining until the new 1.6 litre turbo-charged engines are fired up for the first free practice session in Melbourne, today offered the teams their final chance to confirm reliability and assess short run pace, and in those regards there were varying degrees of success and failure. Hamilton More…

Posted on March 1, 2014


Felipe Massa reconfirmed Williams’ strong showing in testing by posting the fastest time on the penultimate day of Formula One pre-season testing in Bahrain today, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen. The former Ferrari driver also logged 99 laps as elsewhere Red Bull Racing and Lotus once again struggled. After completing over 230 laps around the Sakhir circuit across the opening two days this week, today saw the team demonstrate the FW36′s raw pace, Massa setting the fastest time seen in Bahrain this year, a 1:33.258, in the final minutes of the day on Pirelli’s supersoft tyre. Massa had More…

Posted on February 28, 2014


Sergio Perez maintained his position as pacesetter at this week’s final Formula One pre-season test in Bahrain, heading a tightly-bunched  top three completed by Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo, Mercedes and Lotus, meanwhile, were force to cut their running short for the second day in succession. Lewis Hamilton’s penultimate day in the Mercedes W05 before the Australian Grand Prix did not start well – a trip to the gravel trap bringing out the first of four red flags on the day. There were no lingering problems following the Briton’s stop, however, and he soon was back out and conducting a More…

Posted on February 27, 2014


Force India’s Sergio Perez set the pace as the final four days of pre-season testing got underway in Bahrain today, the former McLaren driver finished ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen on another worrying day for Renault and its customer teams. With just four days until the teams turn their attention to Melbourne it was another strong day for Mercedes-powered cars, with all but Rosberg completing more than 100 laps and building on the reliability that they have shown throughout the winter. As for the works Mercedes driver, even he put in 89 laps, but described it as a More…

Posted on February 25, 2014


Following months of speculation that Rob Smedley would follow Felipe Massa to Williams F1, the former Ferrari engineer has today been announced as Head of Vehicle Performance at the Grove squad. He will join the team between the Malaysian and Bahrain Grands Prix. Smedley will take up a newly created position in the team, working alongside engineers trackside while assisting with the of the FW36 development across the season. His engineering experience will also see him support Andrew Murdoch and Jonathan Eddolls, the respective race engineers of Massa and Valtteri Bottas. The team also announced that in an effort to More…

Posted on January 31, 2014


As the first pre-season test of 2014 drew to a close at a gloomy Jerez and the teams began to pack up and contemplate the warmer climes of Bahrain at the next test on February 19, it was Felipe Massa who topped of the timesheet, the Williams driver finishing ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Force India’s Daniel Juncadella. And for Red Bull Racing there will be much to contemplate, as the team again ended running early. After completing seven laps in the morning, with Daniel Ricciardo again at the wheel, the team encountered mechanical trouble. Deeming the issue unresolvable More…

Posted on January 31, 2014


Red Bull’s first pre-season test of 2014 has come to a premature end after the Milton Keynes squad struck further mechanical issues on the final day in Jerez and has therefore decided to turn its attentions to the next test in Bahrain. It comes at the end of a difficult week for the current Champions, in which they only completed twenty-one laps due to recurring power unit problems. It is by some margin the least productive test that the team has had endured it entered F1 in 2005. It leaves just eight days of testing in Bahrain, over two sessions More…

Posted on January 30, 2014


McLaren continued to set the pace in Jerez as rookie Kevin Magnussen wasted no time in getting up to speed in Formula One, the Dane finishing ahead of Williams’ Felipe Massa and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. Red Bull Racing’s woes continued, however, with new recruit Daniel Ricciardo managing just three laps as the ERS problems that stopped the team yesterday again forced them to abandon running. Mclaren covered 92 laps with its two drivers, Magnussen and Jenson Button, while Mercedes did 62 laps and Williams 47. Force India was the only Mercedes powered car to struggle for mileage. Williams has had More…

Posted on January 29, 2014


McLaren’s Jenson Button topped the timesheets in Jerez today, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, but the second of day of pre-season testing was defined by problems for Renault-powered teams. While Mercedes-powered teams logged 212 laps today and Ferrari-powered cars put in 100 tours of the Spanish circuit, Red Bull Racing, Caterham and Toro Rosso, which all use Renault’s Energy F1-2014 power unit, completed just 19 laps today. Sebastian Vettel managed just eight laps in his RB10 before the team called a halt to proceedinga citing a problem with the car’s energy store. Toro Rosso fared even worse, with rookie Daniil Kvyat More…

Posted on January 28, 2014


Following this morning’s trio of car unveilings in Jerez, Caterham this afternoon rolled out their Renault powered CT05 Formula One, after morning teething problems saw a delay in proceedings. With rookie Marcus Ericsson at the wheel the team finally revealed their 2014 F1 challenger shortly after 3pm local time, with the car’s interesting front-nose assembly being the most notable feature. As can be seen above the radically shaped nose is almost flush with the leading edge of the front-wing, meaning no protrusion. However, unlike the cars we have seen so far there is a wide vanity panel beyond the forward More…

Posted on January 28, 2014


The build-up the 2014 Formula One season took an exciting step today as four-time champions Red Bull Racing unveiled its latest challenger, the RB10, at an early morning launch in Jerez. Ahead of the most anticipated four days of pre-season testing in recent history, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo drew the covers on the car with which Sebastian Vettel will challenge for a fifth title in a row. There is, however, some way to go before that can happen, admitted the defending champion, who said the team must first understand and develop the package they’ve brought to Jerez. “It’s a More…

Posted on January 26, 2014


Sauber has unveiled its 2014 challenger, the C33, with the team’s Chief Designer Eric Gandelin saying a key element in the design process has been to build a car that can be adapted throughout the upcoming season. Revealed in an online launch, the new car, which will once again feature Ferrari power, sports a nosecone solution similar to that seen on the McLaren MP4/29 and in the early images of the new Williams machine. The C33, which will be raced by Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez, retains last year’s grey livery . With teams facing radically altered technical regulations, Gandelin More…

Posted on January 23, 2014


Following a successful year in the McLaren Young Driver Programme, Stoffel Vandoorne has been promoted to the role of reserve driver for the Woking squad, it has been announced today. As part of the move, twenty-one year old Vandoorne will also graduate to GP2, racing for ART GP, the path the team used with Lewis Hamilton in 2006, meaning that he will be developing his skills whilst always on call for McLaren. The young Belgian has had an impressive career thus far, winning the European Formula Renault Championship in 2012 before ending as runner-up to Kevin Magnussen in last year’s More…

Posted on January 22, 2014


The announcement that Kamui Kobayashi is returning to the F1 grid this year with Caterham was greeted positively by F1 fans and it was noticeable in the Caterham factory yesterday how buoyed the team were with his signing. Kobayashi lost his place on the F1 grid in 2013 because he couldn’t rustle up a budget, with Japanese businesses unwilling to find him. He has returned on a deal whereby he appears to be racing effectively for nothing, with Caterham believing that preferable to running a pay driver with less talent and pulling power with fans. Now he’s regained his place, More…

Posted on January 21, 2014


Caterham F1 have today announced Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson as their 2014 race drivers, and in doing so have completed this year’s Formula One grid. Ericsson will race with the number 9 and Kobayashi 10. The line-up has been expected in recent weeks with Kobayashi always on the verge of a race seat following his untimely exit at the end on 2012, when it seemed he had a budget in place to retain his seat at Sauber. However, the funding behind Esteban Gutierrez and the signing of Nico Hulkenberg left the popular Japanese driver looking elsewhere. After a year More…

Posted on January 19, 2014


This week the FIA announced a three-year contract extension for Pirelli as the sole tyre supplier to Formula One and as part of the deal the Italian company has managed to enshrine in the new sporting regulations plenty of protections, to avoid a repeat of the embarrassments of the last year. The contract extension, which will see the Italian company act as sole supplier until the end of 2016, was a long time in the making as Pirelli insisted on changes to the sport’s testing regulations in order to provide more on-track data and to have adequate means to develop More…

Posted on January 15, 2014


Red Bull’s title partner, Infiniti, has become the first Formula One team sponsor to receive over US $1billion in a season in advertising value – according to the leading global research company Repucom. Against a backdrop of declining TV audiences in some markets, the figure is an astonishing one, considering that the cost of a title sponsorship for a leading F1 team is around £70 million per year. Although Repucom’s data suggests a high return on investment ratio, good sponsorships for teams are proving hard to find, with only a handful of teams lucky enough to have a title sponsor. More…

Posted on January 15, 2014


McLaren and team partners, GlaxoSmithKline, have today announced the ‘Pit Stop Challenge’, a competition for secondary school students to use science in order to reduce the teams’ pit stop time. Aimed at 11-14 year olds, those that take part will be asked to explain their solutions via contact with GSK, with the shortlisted finalists appearing before a panel of judges at GSK’s Human Performance Lab. The teams can investigate any area of the pit stop and the science behind, whether it be improving engineering aspects or that of nutrition and rest. The winning team will be invited to a factory More…

Posted on January 12, 2014


The FIAs decision to reinstate personal numbers in Formula One has been met with Universal approval, and this week the numbers that will be associated with the current crop of drivers until their final race have been announced. The decision to bring back permanent race numbers was made in order to create more personality around the driver as well as increasing marketing potential. Numbers such as the ‘Red 5’ of Nigel Mansell and #27 of Gilles Villeneuve are still remembered today, however a check of the previous year’s Constructor standings is required to find what number Fernando Alonso won his More…

Posted on January 11, 2014


Marussia have confirmed an unchanged driver line-up for 2014 after today announcing that Max Chilton will retain his seat alongside Jules Bianchi. This makes Caterham the only team yet to confirm their drivers with Charles Pic, Giedo van der Garde and GP2′s Marcus Ericsson the leading contenders. For Chilton, who set a record in his rookie season last year of completing every race had a question mark surrounding his 2014 plans given his financial backing and the opportunity to change teams. But after the confirmation of Sauber and Force India’s line-ups prior to the new year it was expected that More…

Posted on January 8, 2014


With its first race set to take place in Beijing this September, Formula E has today made a step towards announcing its first set of drivers as eight established names signed up to the series’ Drivers’ Club. The Drivers’ Club, which includes six former Formula One competitors, sees those announced giving their endorsement to the series and putting their name in the hat for a race seat. Up until now Lucas Di Grassi had acted as the sole test driver of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car, however the group of eight can now carry out pre-season tests. Included are More…

Posted on December 19, 2013


Mercedes have had quite a day’ first they announce the exciting news that they are to add two big names from main rivals Red Bull to their ever-growing roster of technical staff by employing Mark Ellis and Giles Wood. Then Nico Rosberg suffered a Pirelli tyre failure at 320km/h on the final day of the three day Bahrain test, ending Mercedes’ activity at the test. Rosberg was moved to Tweet about it: “Just spun at full speed 320km/h on Bahrain straight cause my tyre blew up without warning,” he wrote. “Thanks to that need to get some toilet paper now” More…

Posted on December 12, 2013


Sergio Perez’s Formula One future has been secured today after being announced as Nico Hulkenberg’s team mate at Force India, at an unveiling in London’s Mexican Consul. This confirms that both Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta will need to look elsewhere for a 2014 seat. But for Perez, whose future had been thrown in to the air following his surprise departure from McLaren, he had options with Force India, Sauber and even a switch to Indycar as a possibility for future plans. However, he will now join Force India to create a strong driver line-up. Force India will go More…

Posted on December 9, 2013


In an effort to prolong the Championship race of a Formula One season, the F1 Strategy Group and the Formula One Commission have announced that double points will be awarded at the final race of the season, from 2014 onwards. The decision, which is just one of a raft of changes decided unanimously in Paris today is aimed at forcing teams and drivers to maintain their progression and performance in to the final lap of the season. This therefore means that 50 points will be available for victory at next year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and 86 for a on-two, More…

Posted on December 8, 2013


After missing out on the vacant seat at Toro Rosso, Antonio Felix Da Costa has been named as Red Bull’s test and reserve driver for 2014, alongside Sebastian Buemi. The Portugese Red Bull Junior driver was overlooked for the seat made vacant by Daniel Ricciardo’s move to Red Bull, with Russian GP3 Champion Danii Kyvat being favoured by Helmut Marko. Red Bull clearly still regard Da Costa very highly as he sat in as reserve driver during the 2013 season at races that clashed with Buemi’s World Endurance Championship events, and has also completed two Young Driver tests for the More…

Posted on December 5, 2013


Red Bull’s charity partner, Wings For Life, is holding an auction for some very special items worn by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, which is to take place at a Bonham Auction in Oxford, next Monday December 9th. The charity, which conducts research projects and clinical trials in to the cure for spinal cord injury, have selected one helmet from Vettel and two from Webber, now retired from F1. 2013 saw Vettel take his first German Grand Prix victory at the Nurburgring, wearing a suitably topical helmet. The glittering helmet coloured in Germany’s national colours will sit alongside two helmets More…

Posted on November 30, 2013


The Mumbai-based company, Mahindra Group, has announced that it is to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship from 2014 under the name of Mahindra Racing. They become the eighth team to join the new series, which is set to host its first race in Beijing in September next year. At the same time, one of Japan’s leading broadcasters, TV Asahi, has taken exclusive TV rights for the series in Japan. The Mahindra Group is one of the largest multinational corporations in India and covers a broad range of businesses. Expertise in aerospace, agriculture and financial services now includes the More…

Posted on November 24, 2013


The 2013 Formula One season ended in dramatic fashion today as pit lane confusion, changeable conditions and drive-through penalties spiced up the 71 lap Brazilian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel took another dominant win ahead of Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso. The 39th win of Vettel’s career – just two short now of Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna – was a special one, extending his run of consecutive wins to nine and matching his idol Michael Schumacher’s record of thirteen wins in a single season. Vettel looked set to have his work cut out after losing the lead to Nico Rosberg off More…

Posted on November 23, 2013


Sebastian Vettel mastered the tricky conditions at Interlagos to take a dominant pole position in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso. It is the 45th pole of his career, the ninth of 2013 and puts himself in the perfect position to equal Michael Schumacher’s thirteen Grand Prix victories in one season. The session was run in treacherous conditions, initially allowing for use of the intermediate tyre only for heavy rain to fall at the climax of Q2. That put a halt to proceedings and a half an hour delay followed. Up until that More…

Posted on November 17, 2013


Sebastian Vettel took care of some unfinished business in Austin today as he claimed a straightforward victory in the American Grand Prix, ahead of Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber. It is the 38th win of his career, taking him to twelve in 2013 and adding another record to his ever-growing CV. He is the first man to win eight consecutive Formula One races in a single season. For Grosjean this was the sixth podium of the season and a hard fought one, built on a strong start and then soaking up the pressure from Mark Webber in the final stages. More…

Posted on November 16, 2013


Sebastian Vettel required a stunning final sector to steal pole position for the American Grand Prix from Mark Webber’s grasp and give Red Bull a fifth front-row lock-out of 2013, ahead of Romain Grosjean. It is the 44th pole of Vettel’s career and the 8th of 2013. And number fourty-four proved to be more difficult that at first glance. After dominating Free Practice throughout the weekend the four-time World Champion had been expected to leave a clear gap between himself and his outgoing team mate. However, Webber continued his fine form in the twilight of his F1 career and held More…

Posted on November 15, 2013


It was once again a Red Bull Friday in Austin today as Sebastian Vettel headed Mark Webber in practice for the American Grand Prix, ahead of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. After narrowly losing the race victory to Lewis Hamilton last year, Austin remains an un-ticked box for Vettel and Red Bull and today’s pace illustrated that they are in no way letting their foot off the gas. He is also looking to set a new record of eight consecutive wins in a season. And on the basis of his form here in qualifying simulation and long runs on both types of More…

Posted on November 11, 2013


Two more 2014 Formula One seats have been cemented today as Williams announced that Felipe Massa will partner Valtteri Bottas in the Grove squad. Massa’s future has been uncertain since he learned of being replaced at Ferrari by Kimi Raikkonen, but the Brazilian insists that he had been in extended talks with a number of other teams, including Lotus and McLaren. For what is described as a “multi-year” contract, the driver has been brought in to bring Williams forward from the ninth best team in the pit lane in what has been a difficult five years for the team. And More…

Posted on November 10, 2013


Kimi Raikkonen is to miss the final two races of the 2013 Formula One season after choosing to undergo surgery for a recurring back problem. The Finn, in his final fortnight as a Lotus driver before returning to Ferrari, has complained of back issues throughout the year and his manager Steve Robertson announced on Sunday morning that his driver will sit out the American and Brazilian Grand Prix. It is a decision that F1 has been poised for in recent weeks, although the reasoning for his departure has come as a shock. Raikkonen and the Lotus team have suffered a More…

Posted on November 8, 2013


Next weekend’s Grand Prix in Austin is set to host the 2013 F1 in Schools World Finals, and Head of Judges Gary Anderson believes that the standards will be higher than ever. The annual event, in which school children develop and produce a miniature Formula One car, is taking place in America for the first time, where a winning team will be chosen on Thursday 14th November. The thirty-eight teams must produce a car of 21cm in length, which has been designed using 3D modelling and cut out of a block of balsa wood, that is to be raced along More…

Posted on November 3, 2013


Sebastian Vettel equalled the record of seven consecutive Formula One victories in one season after driving an immaculate race to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ahead of Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg. He was emotional afterwards on the podium as he dedicated the win to his parents, who have not attended a race for quite some time and again in the press conference when he contemplated the great names whose records he is catching and equalling. It is the 37th win of his career, just four less than Ayrton Senna, and the 11th of this season. The all time More…

Posted on November 2, 2013


So it’s official: Sebastian Vettel does make mistakes – just not when the championship is still up for grabs. With just three races to drive in his Formula One career, Mark Webber produced a sensational lap to snatch a popular pole position from Vettel at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg completing the top three. Prior to this race Vettel had taken pole here twice as had Lewis Hamilton, but both hit trouble today; Vettel made a mistake at the decisive moment in Q3 and opened the door to Webber. Vettel messed up the first corner, while Hamilton’s More…

Posted on November 1, 2013


Graham Macdonald has today been appointed as the new CEO of the Caterham Group, taking the reins from Riad Asmat and assuming responsibility over all arms of the group, including F1. Macdonald, previously CEO of Caterham Cars, will now oversee a range of aspects, including the Formula One team and Mike Gascoyne’s Technology and Composite departments. The Scotsman has taken charge at an exciting time for the Oxfordshire based group, with an array of ventures taking place across a broad range of markets. The introduction of a new Caterham road car and an SUV, paired with airline projects and a More…

Posted on November 1, 2013


A week on from clinching his fourth World Championship and Sebastian Vettel has maintained his impressive momentum by setting the fastest time in Free Practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ahead of Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton. The Red Bull pair of Vettel and Webber have frequently found themselves at the top of the timesheets in FP2, which sends another alarming message to their competitors. Vettel’s advantage of 35/100ths of a second over Hamilton could once again elude to a lack of excitement for the race win, but some indicators today pointed to a closer challenge from Lotus and More…

Posted on October 27, 2013


He certainly divides opinion among fans around the world, but Sebastian Vettel has been heaped with praise from the Formula One community following his fourth consecutive title at the Indian Grand Prix. After a dominant drive to his tenth win of 2013, the young German claimed to be ‘speechless’ at the reality of joining Fangio, Prost and Schumacher as a quadruple Champion. However, he went on to speak candidly about a tough season that has seen his frequent podium finishes ruined by a chorus of boos from fans around the world. “I want to say a big thank you to More…

Posted on October 27, 2013


Fangio, Prost, Schumacher, and now Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull driver has become only the fourth four-time Formula One World Champion with an untouchable drive to victory in the Indian Grand Prix, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean, who put in one of the drives of the season to go from 17th to 3rd in the Lotus. It was fitting that Vettel should clinch it with a win. It is the 36th victory of the German’s career – his sixth in succession, a new record – taking his tally of wins in 2013 to ten. It is the 36th More…

Posted on October 26, 2013


Sebastian Vettel has put himself in the box-seat for a fourth consecutive World Championship at the age of 26, with a dominant display in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. It is the 43rd pole of the German’s career, his third in a row in India, and the seventh of 2013. Such is Red Bull’s dominance at this moment that Vettel’s pole time was 7/10ths of a second faster than Rosberg could manage. Both Mercedes went with the soft tyre because they felt from the practice runs that they had better race pace More…

Posted on October 25, 2013


Alain Prost and former GP2 Championship winning squad DAMS have joined forces to set up a Formula E team, e.dams, to compete in the series when the inaugural season gets underway in September 2014. The four-time World Champion together with DAMS owner, Jean-Paul Driot, launched the team on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, becoming the fifth team to join the Formula E grid for the first race in Beijing. It is a move of relative ease for DAMS, who have the technical and logistical capability to run a competitive team. The Le Mans based squad took Romain Grosjean to his 2011 More…

Posted on October 25, 2013


Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull showed no signs of loosening their grip on the 2013 World Championship as they completed another dominant Friday ahead of this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix. A KERS issue for Vettel in the opening stages of FP2 was quickly remedied, allowing him to repeat his pace in this morning’s session and complete a clean sweep in Friday practice. Mark Webber kept the forthcoming four-time Champion honest as he ended both sessions in second place on a weekend that is set to bring the Red Bull team much joy. But once again Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton More…

Posted on October 24, 2013


The Wings For Life charity, which is part-founded by Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, is to run a 2014 campaign for Formula One fans to compete with one another in raising money for research in to spinal cord injury. The challenge is aimed at groups or individuals who have a passion for the sport and are able to raise funds in return for some exclusive prizes, including a tour of Red Bull’s Milton Keynes factory and signed team memorabilia. In November 2014, the final winner will be chosen and will be handed the opportunity to drive the Red Bull simulator More…

Posted on September 22, 2013


A peerless Sebastian Vettel led all but one corner of the Singapore Grand Prix today as he took a commanding seventh victory of 2013, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. It is the 33rd victory of Vettel’s career – putting him ahead of Alonso to fourth in all-time wins – and his third in Singapore. He extends his championship lead over the Spaniard to 60 points with six races to go. “It’s just a privilege to be part of the team,” said Vettel “To enjoy the moment completely. It’s one of my favourite races here. I’ve won here three More…

Posted on September 21, 2013


He took pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix standing in the Red Bull garage, biting his nails, as his rivals scorched around the Marina Bay Circuit. But even when he isn’t on the circuit, Sebastian Vettel still stays ahead. The championship leader opted not to do a final run in qualifying this evening, believing that his lap of 1m 42.841 would be enough, but fastest sector times from team mate Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean made him sweat. In the end, Rosberg missed out by 9/100ths of a second and Grosjean was 12/100ths only off Rosberg in More…

Posted on September 20, 2013


In F1′s spectacular night race setting, Sebastian Vettel’s rivals were left groping in the dark today after Free Practice. Although Lewis Hamilton topped the times in FP1, Vettel quickly announced himself as the man to beat at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, as he comfortably topped the times during Free Practice on another dominant day for Red Bull. Although Singapore is a high downforce street circuit, the polar opposite to the last race at Monza, the pattern was the same; the Red Bull pair of Vettel and Mark Webber were out of reach of the rest of the field, in More…

Posted on September 19, 2013


The McLaren Group’s technological arm, McLaren Applied Technologies, has announced that its Asia Pacific operations are to be based in Singapore. The move has been made ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, with the scope of expanding the McLaren brand across a fast growing nation. McLaren Applied Technologies covers a range of markets, from pharmaceuticals to the automotive industry, with today’s announcement aimed at increasing the companies level of expertise and innovation. “McLaren Applied Technologies and Singapore have a lot in common,” said Dr Geoff McGrath, Managing Director of McLaren Applied Technologies. “MAT is a young, dynamic, fast growing, More…

Posted on September 8, 2013


Only his own gearbox offered a threat to Sebastian Vettel today, as he produced a faultless drive to take victory at the Italian Grand Prix, with Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber joining him on Monza’s iconic podium. It is Vettel’s sixth win of 2013 and the 32nd of his career, putting him on a par with Championship rival Alonso at joint fourth in all-time victories. But after today, the prospect of his Championship rivals other than Alonso has been extinguished and even Alonso’s chances are slim; Vettel extended his Championship lead to 53 points over the Spaniard, more than two More…

Posted on September 7, 2013


Sebastian Vettel has continued his momentum of a perfect weekend in Monza by taking a pole position for the Italian Grand Prix, by almost two tenths of a second ahead of Red Bull Racing team-mate, Mark Webber. It is Vettel’s fourth pole of 2013, and the 40th of his career. Vettel has shown great pace all weekend and after topping both Q1 and Q2, the German went on to set two laps quick enough for pole position. It will feel all the more sweeter for Red Bull, who also saw Webber take a career best starting position at Monza, as More…

Posted on September 6, 2013


Two time Italian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull gave a clear statement of intent to their competitors today as they topped Free Practice for the Italian Grand Prix by a significant margin, with team mate Mark Webber completing the clean sweep in second place. Vettel sent a daunting message to his rivals by lapping 8/10ths faster than the first non-Red Bull car of Kimi Raikkonen. His long run times on both the hard and medium tyres looked impressive and consistent too. Red Bull set the pace from the outset and headed the field by nearly half a More…

Posted on September 6, 2013


Following a fourth consecutive pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, Lewis Hamilton heads to Monza in high spirits at a track which has brought him success in the past. In an exclusive interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the Mercedes driver speaks candidly of the first year with his new team and how it felt stepping up on to the iconic Monza podium in front of the Tifosi, after winning the Italian Grand Prix in 2012. Here are some of the answers. To hear the full interview, click here 5 Live F1 show, Monza Does it seem More…

Posted on September 5, 2013


Fernando Alonso has today spoken of his desire to extend his contract with Ferrari beyond its current date of 2016 and insists that he wants to end his career with the Italian squad. Speaking as part of Thursday’s FIA Press Conference ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, the Spaniard spoke openly about the circulation of rumours regarding his future and assured that he will finish his career with, “the best team in the world.” After four years with Ferrari and on the rebound froma public dressimg down by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo for negative comments on the car, More…

Posted on September 1, 2013


The McLaren Group has this week announced a commercial partnership with online video-sharing giant, YouTube, as a way of offering their stakeholders a greater insight into the company. The collaboration, which will include investment in to Mclaren’s already large YouTube commitment and following, is aimed at bringing fans closer to what can often be a very closely guarded sport. With YouTube being a world leader in allowing a global database of uploaded videos, the notion of a ‘Commercial Channel’ has become increasingly popular in business. The ability to advertise and promote a brand on a website that is accessed so More…

Posted on August 25, 2013


Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey and his technical staff have launched a new programme with the team’s title partner Infiniti to offer engineering graduates the opportunity to complete a twelve month internship at the team’s Headquarters in Milton Keynes, as part of the ‘Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy’. The scheme – set up to bring through the next group of future F1 innovators – will begin in September 2014 and includes work in both Milton Keynes and at the Infiniti Technical Centre, just eight miles down the road in Cranfield. The candidates will be whittled down to two interns who will More…

Posted on August 23, 2013


Red Bull Racing have entered the second half of the 2013 Formula One season with their tails firmly up, as they completed a dominant one-two on the first day of practice at the Belgian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel set a fastest time, 6/100ths of a second faster than team mate Mark Webber. Although the team were quick to point out that Friday times mean little, with varying fuel loads making a big difference to lap times, the Red Bull cars looked well balanced and fast in both single lap and long run pace. With the Ardennes forest offering up its More…

Posted on August 5, 2013


Caterham F1 Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul says that during a season of changeable fortunes, his outfit are already ahead of their 2014 targets and are setting their sites on an aggressive approach to catch the midfield. Speaking as part of Caterham’s Half-Term Report, the Frenchman discussed their season thus far and how their plans for the coming years are an exciting prospect. He believes that changes in both the aerodynamic and engine specifications taking place next year has encouraged a strong focus on taking an advantage in to the new-era of Formula One. “In parallel with the improvements we’re making More…

Posted on July 28, 2013


Lewis Hamilton drove an imperious race to take his first victory with Mercedes GP at the Hungarian Grand Prix, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. It is his 22nd career win – matching Damon Hill – and a record equalling fourth at the Hungaroring. It was an entertaining race from start to finish, with an action packed opening lap and a tense duel at the end for second place between Vettel and Raikkonen. Vettel, on much fresher tyres, made a move on Raikkonen in the closing stage but the Finn rebuffed him, firmly and fairly. Vettel complained on the More…

Posted on July 27, 2013


Lewis Hamilton surprised both himself and his Mercedes team as he took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix with a sensational lap to beat pre-qualifying favourite Sebastian Vettel. It is Hamilton’s third consecutive pole position – the first time he has managed that – and the 30th of his career. Having stated that missing out on last week’s Young Driver Test at Silverstone, where their rivals tested the new Pirelli tyres, had hampered their chances of a strong result this weekend, Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg showed themselves as pole contenders from the outset of qualifying. The German was More…

Posted on July 26, 2013


It is going to take something special for anyone to beat Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel this weekend in Budapest. The reigning champion topped the time sheets in both the morning and afternoon sessions, ahead of team mate Mark Webber as Red Bull demonstrated superiority in both single lap and long run pace. But it was close in the afternoon; Webber was 4/100ths off his team mate on a single lap qualifying simulation, with Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso all within 0.16s of Vettel’s time. However on the long runs the Red Bull looked ominously fast with both the soft and More…

Posted on July 26, 2013


Ferrari Third Driver Pedro De La Rosa got one over his colleague Fernando Alonso in Budapest on Thursday when he completed a Lego challenge in 2m:45.44, almost ninety seconds faster than Alonso. Ferrari’s long term partner Shell has worked in conjunction with Ferrari and LEGO to produce six limited edition pieces based on iconic vehicles of the Prancing Horses’ history, covering cars throughout its prestigious life away from the racing circuit. Included are classics such as the 150 Italia and the F40, as are more recent models in the form of the 458 Italia and the extremely rare FXX. At More…

Posted on July 23, 2013


McLaren Electronic Systems (MESL) – a branch of the McLaren Group dedicated to control and data systems – has today received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for its outstanding achievement in international trade. The electronics manufacturer, which produces the ECUs supplied to Formula One, Indy Car and Nascar, was recognised for its contribution to aerospace, transport, and automotive markets; having the award presented at the McLaren Technology Centre by Andrew Wates OBE, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Surrey. This is the second Queen’s Award that the company have received for the variety of systems that they produce. The first, from 2009, More…

Posted on July 7, 2013


Sebastian Vettel was today able to do something that he had failed to do his entire F1 career, as he took his first home Grand Prix win, holding off an impressive display by the Lotus pairing of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. It was Vettel’s fourth win of the season and the 30th of his F1 career. “It was a tough race; it was one of the toughest for a long time, ” said Vettel, who described his main emotion at winning his home race as “relief”. “I’m happy the race wasn’t two or three laps longer, as Kimi was More…

Posted on July 6, 2013


Lewis Hamilton extended the Mercedes run of qualifying dominance to take pole position in a tight session for the German Grand Prix, edging out Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. It is the first Mercedes-Benz pole position at the German Grand Prix since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 at the Nordschleife. With this morning’s final Free Practice session highlighting Vettel’s pace it looked set to be a home pole position for the German driver, especially with Hamilton seemingly lost on set up. Midway through FP3 he described the car as “undriveable”. However, come the afternoon there were a number of drivers More…

Posted on July 5, 2013


Sebastian Vettel suffered little hangover from last week’s late retirement as he topped Free Practice ahead of the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, with Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber completing the top three. The running order from Silverstone seems to have changed little in the wake of Pirelli’s product change for this weekend; Red Bull had an edge in single lap and long run pace over Mercedes with the rest following. However Red Bull’s drivers suggested afterwards that Mercedes had possibly masked its single lap pace with a bit of extra fuel in the soft tyre runs this afternoon, More…

Posted on July 4, 2013


British racing driver Will Stevens has been taken under the wing of the Caterham F1 Team as they today announced him at the latest young driver to join the Caterham Racing Academy. The World Series by Renault front-runner will now receive the Leafield squad’s support to enhance his prospects at gaining a seat in Formula One. This will include a focus on physical and mental preparation as well as the important exposure and prestige that comes with joining a Formula One team’s ranks. The academy, set up to develop young talent in to future Grand Prix drivers, is similar in More…

Posted on June 30, 2013


Nico Rosberg claimed victory at the British Grand Prix in an extraordinarily eventful race that illustrated Formula One in its greatest and most negative light, with five tyre failures marring what was a spectacular race. Lewis Hamilton was the first victim of a high speed delamination as he led the race in the opening stages and handed the lead to a fast starting Sebastian Vettel. He had managed to jump Rosberg from the start line and inherited the lead on lap eight following Hamilton’s misfortune. There were further tyre failures in the following laps for Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne, Esteban More…

Posted on June 29, 2013


Lewis Hamilton spread delight across the Northamptonshire countryside today as he took a dominant pole position at his home Grand Prix, heading a Mercedes front-row lock out with Sebastian Vettel completing the top three. But there was dismay for Paul di Resta, who qualified in fifth place only for his Force India car to be found 1.5kg underweight. He was moved to the back of the grid. Following their strong one lap pace in Free Practice, qualifying looked set to be a battle between the Mercedes pair and the Red Bulls as they swapped fastest time throughout the hour. And More…

Posted on June 28, 2013


Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in Free Practice for the British Grand Prix on a gloomy day at Silverstone, with Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel completing the top three. After a rain-disrupted FP1, the afternoon session saw a break in the poor conditions and the field were able to complete some important dry laps ahead of what is predicted to be a dry weekend. With this in mind, today’s rain prohibits us from gaining too much information about the expected pacesetters as temperatures are expected to increase for qualifying and the race itself. However, the dry running will give More…

Posted on June 9, 2013


Sebastian Vettel produced an almost faultless drive to claim a lights to flag victory at the Canadian Grand Prix and extend his World Championship lead over Fernando Alonso, who came home second ahead of Lewis Hamilton. But the day was marked with tragedy as a 38 year old marshal was killed while recovering the damaged car of Esteban Gutierrez. He was hit by a mobile crane and died of head injuries. He made a small mistake into Turn One on Lap 52, running down the escape road and losing four seconds in the process, but it was the only time More…

Posted on June 8, 2013


Sebastian Vettel was able to master the difficult conditions at an overcast and wet Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, taking pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, beating Lewis Hamilton by a tenth of a second. But the undoubted star of qualifying was 23 year old Finn Valtteri Bottas. Bottas was among the front runners throughout all three parts of qualifying, but saved his best for last with a stunning performance in Q3 to leave some big names trailing in his wake. Meanwhile McLaren, which has owned this Montreal circuit for the past three seasons, had a poor session with Sergio Perez More…

Posted on June 7, 2013


Fernando Alonso has bounced back from a below par performance at the Monaco Grand Prix to head the Formula One field in Free Practice around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean. The Ferrari driver set the fastest lap in a qualifying simulation on the supersoft tyre and also put in a strong long run performance with fast, consistent laps. But Red Bull also looked consistent on the long runs and Mercedes looked strong on single lap pace again. Following heavy rain overnight much of Free Practice 1 was run in wet conditions, with More…

Posted on May 26, 2013


It was thirty years ago that Keke Rosberg claimed his second career win around his hometown of Monaco. And today for the first time in Formula One history a son was able to emulate his father and he too collected his second career win around the streets on which he spent his childhood. Nico Rosberg delivered a masterclass in poise in a race full of chaos and incident to win a heavily disrupted Monaco Grand Prix, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. The race saw two safety car periods and a red flag stoppage due to three heavy incidents, More…

Posted on May 25, 2013


As a boy Nico Rosberg was driven through the Monaco tunnel on his way to school. Today as he clinched his first Monaco pole position and Mercedes’ fourth straight pole of 2013, pipping team mate Lewis Hamilton in Monaco qualifying on a drying track. World champion Sebastian Vettel completed the top three ahead of Mark Webber, with Kimi Raikkonen fifth and Fernando Alonso a surprised and disappointed sixth. It was a tough day for Ferrari, with team mate Felipe Massa crashing heavily in Free Practice three and taking no part in qualifying. Tomorrow Rosberg will attempt to become the first More…

Posted on May 23, 2013


Nico Rosberg underlined Mercedes’ claim as pole position favourites for this weekend’s Grand Prix by topping both practice sessions on an eventful Thursday in Monaco. In the faster second session he was the only man to break under the 1m 15s barrier, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. But it looks very close at the front with Ferrari, Lotus and Red Bull all competitive in different ways. The Lotus has exceptional speed at the end of long runs, the Ferrari looks good in all conditions and might challenge the Mercedes for pole, while the Red Bull also looked pretty More…

Posted on May 12, 2013


Fernando Alonso made the perfect use of a blistering start and bold strategy to deliver an emphatic victory to his adoring fans at the Spanish Grand Prix, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. It was a race that was dictated by tyre strategy, with much of the field played it safe by adopting a four-stop strategy, whilst Raikkonen and Lotus were again able to make one less pit stop and he put himself in contention for the race win in the middle stages of the race. It will give further fuel to critics of Pirelli who argue that the More…

Posted on May 11, 2013


Nico Rosberg made it a hat-trick of pole positions for Mercedes GP as he produced two laps fast enough to take the top spot for the Spanish Grand Prix, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. After concentrating on longer fuel-laden runs in Free Practice, Mercedes went in to qualifying somewhat unknown as attentions were focused on Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus. But – as with at China and Bahrain – the one-lap specialist Mercedes was able to eclipse its competitors. Rosberg clinched the third pole position of his career by over 2/10ths of a second, with Vettel a further tenth More…

Posted on May 10, 2013


Sebastian Vettel continued to set the pace during free practice for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, but it was very close between him, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber and it promises to be a very competitive weekend. As with pre-season testing the long run performance of the Lotus of Romain Grosjean was the stand out from the day and combined with Raikkonen’s single lap pace, just 2/10ths of a second slower than Vettel, Lotus look to be a force this weekend as well. There was a scare for Paul Di Resta who suffered what appeared to be a left rear More…

Posted on April 21, 2013


Sebastian Vettel pulled off two key overtakes and managed his tyres to perfection to get early control of the Bahrain Grand Prix and take an easy victory, ahead of impressive drives through the field from Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. It was the same podium as last year’s race, with Vettel again starting on the front row and the Lotus cars being forced to come through the field. After losing his second place to Fernando Alonso at the start of the race, the World Championship leader scythed past the Ferrari in the midfield esses section and promptly set about taking More…

Posted on April 20, 2013


Nico Rosberg made it two Mercedes pole positions in as many weeks as he produced a sensational final lap to take the spoils in Bahrain, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. It was the second pole position of his career and means that Mercedes and Red Bull have both taken half the pole positions this season. But the race could be a different story. After being off the ultimate pace throughout the weekend’s practice sessions Rosberg showed his speed from the outset of qualifying, although he only topped the times in Q3. And after coming close already this year More…

Posted on April 19, 2013


Kimi Raikkonen continued his strong start to the season and highlighted Lotus’ position as front runners for this weekend by topping the time sheets in Friday’s Free Practice, ahead of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel. It looks like being an extremely competitive weekend between the Lotus, Ferrari and Red Bull teams, while Mercedes look to be struggling with tyre management. With much of the afternoon being spent on longer runs and race simulations, the front-runners took their only medium tyre run in the opening half an hour of the afternoon. And it was Raikkonen who found the largest improvement switching More…



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