Lewis Hamilton has in the British media hinted his trophies are a ‘push-point’ in his talks with McLaren for a new contract. The 2008 World Champion has been with McLaren since the start of his Formula One career, but the Briton wants to keep his trophies, as it is an old McLaren tradition to keep the driver trophies in the team, and give the driver a replica of the original. But Hamilton wants the original trophies, and not a copy.
Formula One’s Italian tyre supplier Pirelli today announced the tyre allocations for the next three Grands Prix.
Michael Schumacher caused some confusion today at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix at a red-hot Hungaroring. It seemed the seven-times World Champion was the one who caused the aborted start, but on the radio he shouted he had switched off the engine himself after he saw the yellow lights.
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton was elated after taking the first-place trophy today at the Hungaroring this afternoon. “Well, what can I say?! I’m over the moon! The team did a fantastic job! Absolutely brilliant! It was a really enjoyable race — but it wasn’t at all easy. In fact, I reckon that it was one of the toughest races I’ve ever driven — but, guess what, I’ll savour it all the more for that,” said Hamilton.
Bruno Senna was satisfied with his seventh place in Hungary, equalling his seventh place during the Chinese Grand Prix earlier this season. The Brazilian had a problem-free race on the Hungaroring after he had qualified in ninth spot on Saturday.
Again a very hot day at the Hungaroring, with an ambient temperature around 30 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 45 degrees, when 24 cars lined up for the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the last race before the summer break.
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was happy with his qualifying performance, the young Frenchman finished second and will therefore start the race from the front row of the grid today. It is also the best qualifying performance of his Formula One career, and he is hopeful of a good position during today’s race.
Although Fernando Alonso was sixth, and Felipe Massa seventh during this afternoon’s qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Ferrari are nevertheless targeting a podium place tomorrow at the Hungaroring. Alonso was three-tenths of a second slower than pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, and the Spaniard admitted it was already a miracle he qualified for Q3.
Both Sauber drivers were disappointed with their qualifying pace today at the Hungaroring. They already had been struggling during the free practice sessions, and Sauber’s qualifying performance was certainly not what the team expected.
A dry and hot Hungaroring was ready this afternoon for qualifying for round 11 of the FIA Formula One World Championship: the Hungarian Grand Prix. Drivers were certainly not in a hurry to venture onto the track at the start of the first session, top teams who thought not to have any problems to make it into the second session stayed in the garage to save tyres.
Pirelli have allocated the Medium (Prime, white marked) and the Soft (Option, yellow marked) tyre compound for round 11 of the FIA Formula One World Championship. According to Pirelli this combination is to provide the best compromise between the grip and durability needed for the tight and twisty Hungaroring.
The rain during the free practice sessions in Great Britain, Germany, and now Hungary, has hampered McLaren’s testing, said Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh today. “Well, it’s certainly difficult now that we don’t test. If you bring a whole package of upgrades to the car, on Friday morning P1 typically we have our only test session and if it’s wet then it rather handicaps that test,” he said during the usual FIA Friday press conference at the Hungaroring.
Lewis Hamilton was once again the fastest driver at the Hungaroring during the second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday. The 2008 World Champion lapped the circuit in a best-time of 1.21.995s, which was 0.826 second faster than his time this morning.
Mark Webber is another driver who also wants to score a good result at the Hungaroring, the last race before the summer break. “It would be good for everyone in the team to enter the break on the back of a good result. The guys have done a phenomenal job so far this year and they deserve to head on their holidays on the back of a strong finish here,” said the Australian Red Bull driver.
McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton were fastest during the first free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring this morning. Hamilton took first spot with a time of 1m22.821s, Button was second, just 0.101 seconds slower than his team colleague.
The FIA has moved to clamp down the engine mapping regulations after Red Bull had been over-creative with the engine mapping of its Renault engine during the German Grand Prix. FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer found certain inconsistencies in the engine mapping used by the Austrian team.
Force India team owner Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya, is happy with the first half of the season. “I’ve said many times already that this is the best start we have ever had to a season in terms of points scored. So from that perspective I’m satisfied and proud of what we have achieved in the first ten races,” Mallya said.
Maria de Villota has been released from hospital after her testing accident at Duxford Airfield on July 3. The 32-year old Marussia test driver sustained serious head and facial injuries and lost her right eye following a test accident at the British airfield. Last week she was flown back to her native Spain where she was admitted to the La Paz hospital in Madrid.
There’s no room for errors at the Hungaroring this weekend, says Williams’ Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan. “The competition is so tight at the moment that one must ensure that you extract the maximum performance from the car — there is no room for errors,” he said ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
According to Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren wants to pick up as many points as they can at the Hungaroring this weekend, in order to return to the top of Grand Prix racing. Whitmarsh is confident of his team, “I firmly believe that we have the drivers, car and team to win both titles — and I think the difficulties we encountered during the first 10 races of 2012 have strengthened our resilience and hardened our resolve to fight back to the front.”
Mercedes is working hard to find improvements ahead of round 11 of the FIA Formula One World Championship: the Hungarian Grand Prix. But it won’t be easy, said Team Principal Ross Brawn, “There is a limited amount of work that can be done between back-to-back races but we will work hard to find the necessary improvements.”
After their best performance of the season during the German Grand Prix last weekend, Kamui Kobayashi finished fourth and Sergio Perez finished sixth, the Swiss Hinwill-based Sauber team is confident ahead of the last race before the summer break: the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Caterham’s Technical Director Mark Smith thinks the Hungaroring is an interesting challenge for the engineers. “It is a low-efficiency circuit, like Monaco or Singapore, so we run high downforce levels across the whole car and that requires a specific approach to set-up to give the driver maximum grip around the whole lap,” Smith said.
HRT Team Principal Luis Perez-Sala thinks the HRT F112 will suit the Hungaroring and is aiming to continue the progress the Spanish team recently has made. “Both Pedro and Narain are in a good moment of form and given that in theory our car should adapt better to the characteristics of this track, I hope that we can continue with this progress to achieve a good result before heading out on holiday,” said the Spaniard.
Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and Team Principal Stefano Domenicali have praised Fernando Alonso for winning the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. “I wish to thank the whole team and Fernando for this fantastic victory! Hockenheim is in a country that is home to some of the greatest car constructors in the world and that has a great Formula One tradition and a Ferrari was in the number one position on track, yesterday in the wet and today in the dry,” said Montezemolo today
Jenson Button was back at the top during the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring today, he finished second after Sebastian Vettel was stripped of second position after a controversial overtaking manoeuvre when the pair accelerated out of the famous Spitzkehre, the hairpin at the end of the fastest part of the German circuit.
German Sebastian Vettel has been handed a post-race drive-through penalty for his overtaking move this afternoon at the Hockenheim circuit. Just two laps before the end of the race, Vettel overtook his opponent Jenson Button to take second place, but the FIA Stewards have deemed his overtaking manoeuvre was illegal. When he overtook Button, Vettel’s car left the track with all four wheels, which is not allowed.
A dry and sunny Hockenheimring today hosted round ten of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the German Grand Prix. Red Bull was lucky to escape penalties, they had been under investigation by the FIA Stewards as Technical Delegate Jo Bauer suspected the Austrian team used illegal engine mappings, but one hour before the start they were cleared to race.
Both Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will start from their usual place on the grid for the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheim circuit.
Red Bull Racing is under investigation by the FIA Stewards as FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer suspects the Austrian team has breached the technical regulations concerning engine mappings.
McLaren was disappointed after this afternoon’s qualifying for round ten of the FIA Formula One Championship, the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, but they are adamant they will score better on Sunday.
A dry Hockenheim track this afternoon, at least at the start of the first qualifying session, and drivers were quick on track to record a timed lap as rain was expected to hit the German track at any moment. Local hero Nico Hulkenberg put the first time on the board with a lap of 1m18.475s in the Force India, but his time was soon improved and with 15 minutes to go Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was fastest with a lap of 1m16.705s on the medium compound Pirelli tyres.
According to the Marussia F1 team, Maria de Villota has returned to her native Spain after her crash two weeks ago at Duxford Airfield. De Villota has been treated at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge since her crash on July 3. The Marussia test and reserve driver sustained serious head and facial injuries and lost her right eye when her car suddenly accelerated and slammed into the back of a support truck.
Jenson Button was fastest this morning during the first free practice session for the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring, while Pastor Maldonado topped the time sheets this afternoon during the second session.
Everything is ready for round 10 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the German Grand Prix — this year at the Hockenheimring. With two back-to-back races before the summer break — the next round is the following weekend at the Hungaroring — teams want to end these two races on a high before they leave for a well-deserved vacation.
Pirelli will also bring the experimental hard tyre to Hockenheim, as teams were not able to test them on a soggy Silverstone circuit two weeks ago. Drivers will get two sets of the new tyres on top of the usual 11 sets of tyres they get for each race. Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery about the new tyres, “The new hard tyre is not a big evolution, but it has a slightly wider working range, which should make it easier for the teams to get the tyres up to temperature and maintain them in the correct operating window.”
Force India just needs a little bit more luck to score that very illusive podium place this season, according to Team Owner and Team Principal Vijay Mallya. “It’s satisfying to see that we are consistent top ten performers. We need that little bit of extra luck to get on the podium,” Mallya said ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
A German who has never won the German Grand Prix is of course current back-to-back World Champion Sebastian Vettel. He was second in 2009, third in 2010 and fourth in 2011, so he actually went downhill, hopefully for him, he will not finish fifth this year.
HRT aims to be more competitive and to improve its reliability at the German Hockenheim circuit, according to Team Principal Luis Perez-Sala. “The F112 adapts better to the characteristics of the new Hockenheim, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be favourable for us. Our objective for this Grand Prix is to maintain our competitiveness and reliability so that we can continue to advance with the consolidation of the team,” said the Spanish ex-Formula One driver.
Mercedes is eying a strong performance during their home Grand Prix at the German Hockenheimring this weekend. “As the Mercedes-Benz works team, the weekend is always a special one for our team,“ Team Principal Ross Brawn said.
Bruno Senna picked up his Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini on Sunday in the home town of Bandini, Brisighella in Northern Italy. The trophy was awarded to Senna for his achievements in 2011, when he drove for HRT and Lotus.
After a very disappointing British Grand Prix, McLaren is determined to narrow the gap to their opponents and are fully concentrating on the last two races before the summer break.
Marussia rules out technical problems caused the accident test driver Maria de Villota had almost two weeks ago at Duxford Airfield. Marussia has completed an investigation they carried out to see whether the crash was the result of car-related issues, as they were worried such issues could resurface during the British Grand Prix.
Sauber has failed to score points at several occasions, according to Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn. “We have failed to score points this season several times and for a variety of reasons. In hindsight it doesn’t help to pine for those points, as now we have to move forward,” she said ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
One of the highlights of the race season at the Dutch Zandvoort circuit is without a doubt the annual Masters of Formula Three, a very prestigious race to win as many of the past victors have made their way into Formula One. Previous winners were: David Coulthard (1991), Jos Verstappen (1993), Tom Coronel (1997), Takuma Sato (2001), Lewis Hamilton (2005), Paul di Resta (2006), and Valtteri Bottas is the only driver who won the event twice: in 2009 and 2010.
Williams test and reserve driver Valtteri Bottas again topped the time sheets today at a dry Silverstone circuit. Yesterday the Finn completed 120 laps on the Grand Prix configuration of the track, today he completed 170 laps on the shorter International circuit configuration of Silverstone.
Unfortunately for all young drivers hoping to once make it into Formula One, this year’s Young Driver Test has become a sort of farce, as only HRT, Williams and Marussia will be testing at Silverstone on July 12 and 13. The other teams did not wish to test at Silverstone, but will be conducting their Young Driver Test at the Yas Marina Circuit after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 4.
Maria de Villota has made ‘remarkable’ progress according to a statement issued by Marussia. The Spanish driver sustained serious head and facial injuries after a testing accident at Duxford Airfield on July 3. She also lost her right eye and has undergone surgery twice last week at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Although Pastor Maldonado finished 16th at Silverstone last weekend as a result of his clash with Sauber’s Sergio Perez, Williams is happy with the overall performance of team and drivers, said Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer.
It’s been an interesting few months, but overall the continuity and desire for me to continue at Red Bull Racing was very strong. My main focus is on this year’s Championship, which is very important. In addition it’s an amazing bunch of guys and girls at Red Bull Racing and I really, really like working with them. That has a huge effect on me and how I perform in the car and it helped me in my decision.
Mark Webber has extended his contract with Red Bull Racing for another year. There have been speculations the Australian would replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari in 2013, but after his win at Silverstone last weekend he decided to say for another year.
A very disappointing home Grand Prix at Silverstone for McLaren’s Jenson Button, he qualified in 16th place, but at least scored one point as he finished in tenth place. Initially the season started well for the 2009 World Champion, he won the first race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix, but after that things went downhill fast.
Pastor Maldonado was given a 10,000 Euro fine and an official reprimand from the FIA Stewards for his collision with the Sauber of Sergio Perez during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone today.
Sauber driver Sergio Perez was furious after Pastor Maldonado had taken him out at the early stages of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. There is no way around it: Maldonado seems to be involved in more incidents and clashes than any other driver, this time he clashed with Perez who had to give up his race, Maldonado managed to limp back to the pits for repairs, and finished in 16th place, one lap behind the leaders.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber fair and square beat Fernando Alonso and won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this afternoon. The second win for the Australian this season as he also won the Monaco Grand Prix in May. Alonso had been leading the race all afternoon, until his soft tyres started to degrade and the Spaniard was not able to keep Webber behind him.
After today’s qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, drivers fear the race tomorrow will become a lottery if the weather conditions do not improve. Qualifying was halted after several drivers had spun off the track during Q2, and it took almost 90 minutes before qualifying could be resumed.
Although forecasted, there was no rain at Silverstone this morning during the third and last free practice session, but during qualifying for the British Grand Prix this afternoon the rain once more fell down at Silverstone — the track said to be the birthplace of Formula One.
While 24 drivers were battling it out on a very soggy Silverstone circuit, Maria de Villota was fighting her own battle and underwent further surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge today, according to a statement of the Marussia Formula One Team that was issued this evening.
Lewis Hamilton was fastest for McLaren at a very soggy Silverstone today. The 2008 World Champion lapped the circuit eight times to finally record a best-time of 1m56.345s this afternoon during the second free practice session, which was 0.207s faster than Romain Grosjean who was fastest for Lotus during the first free practice session this morning, the first session was also hampered by heavy rain.
Maria de Villota’s accident last Tuesday should be thoroughly investigated, according to Pedro de la Rosa, chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA). “We will put the facts on the table to see if there is anything we need to change to improve,” said the veteran HRT driver.
Three days after her accident at Duxford Airport, Maria de Villota is still in critical condition according to a statement from the de Villota family published on the Marussia website. The full statement signed by her sister Isabelle de Villota, who represents the de Villota family, read:
All teams will get two extra sets of experimental hard tyres on Friday for the British Grand Prix, Pirelli announced. Teams can use the tyres during the first two free practice sessions at Silverstone on Friday, it is the first time this season teams can test new rubber compounds.
Force India is another team based in Great Britain and is therefore also heading for their home Grand Prix at Silverstone. After a very strong performance in Valencia, Team Principal Vijay Mallya is confident his team can make the most of the British Grand Prix this weekend.
Michael Schumacher’s third place in Valencia was a break-through for the seven-times World Champion who made his Formula One return in 2010. He wants to build on this success and is looking for a similar performance for the British Grand Prix this weekend.
Marussia test driver Maria de Villota underwent extensive surgery at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, the procedure started yesterday afternoon and lasted until this morning. De Villota sustained life-threatening facial and head injuries when she crashed into the back of a support vehicle during a test at Duxford Airfield yesterday morning.
Williams has a new aero package for their home Grand Prix at Silverstone, according to Williams’ Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan. “We will bring an updated aerodynamic package to the event which is imperative given the importance of aerodynamic efficiency around this track and how tight the grid is at present,” said Gillan.
Mixed feelings after the European Grand Prix for Lotus as Kimi Raikkonen scored his third podium place but Romain Grosjean had to retire when his Renault engine suddenly stopped. The Frenchman was in second place and thus missed a podium place, Lotus Technical Director James Allison explains what happened.
Kimi Raikkonen wants more, and he is aiming for the top step of the podium during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Finn is currently in sixth place of the Drivers’ Championship, but still 38 points behind leader Fernando Alonso. He is one of the few drivers to have finished all eight races so far this season. He also scored points in all eight races, and has scored three podium places — but he is hungry for more.
With a decent result in Valencia, Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen finished in 13th and 14th place respectively, Caterham is looking forward to their second home Grand Prix at Silverstone. The recent car improvements worked very well at Valencia and both drivers are adamant they will score a good result during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone as well.
Marussia issued a second statement about the condition of Maria de Villota after her crash this morning at Duxford Airfield, where de Villota was conducting straight-line aerodynamic tests for the Marussia Formula One team.
Marussia’s test and reserve driver Maria de Villota has sustained serious injuries during a private test at the British Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire. The accident occurred at 9.15am BST during a straight-line test, according to a team statement de Villota crashed into the back of the team’s stationary support truck.
Sauber is looking for a better performance than in Valencia, where Kamui Kobayashi had to retire after an accident with Felipe Massa, but at least Sergio Perez scored two points as he finished ninth. Sauber has car updates for the ninth round of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship and the team is optimistic ahead of the British Grand Prix.
The Anglo-Russian Marussia team is also looking forward to their home Grand Prix at the last year renewed Silverstone circuit. Marussia recently moved their base to Banbury, just 17 miles from the Silverstone track. Not only is Team Principal John Booth looking forward to racing in his backyard, he is also proud his team has now developed their first major car upgrade.
Lewis Hamilton will carry the Olympic torch on the Monday after the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. On July 9 the 2008 Formula One World Champion will be one of the torchbearers when the Olympic flame will be carried from Luton to Oxford, via Milton Keynes and Buckingham.
Italian tyre supplier Pirelli today announced the tyre compounds allocated for the German and Hungarian Grand Prix. Hockenheim, the host of the German Grand Prix, is a new circuit for Pirelli.
Veteran Pedro de la Rosa thinks three stops for tyres will be exactly right for the British Grand Prix at the demanding Silverstone circuit this weekend. “It’s a quick, high downforce track with a lot of quick corners linked together. It’s very demanding on the tyres, so the logical thing is to go for three stops. Strategies will play a big part,” said the Spaniard.
Tyre management is going to be the key to win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, according to McLaren’s Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh. “The team that best manages the performance delta of the tyres is the one best placed to win, and to do that you have to take every opportunity to gather data and learn from it quickly and effectively. Today, Grands Prix are no longer sprint races that are won or lost on the first lap,” explained the McLaren boss.
Jamie Green (Mercedes Team HWA) was the surprise victor of the fifth round of the German Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) Championship this afternoon on the Norisring. Another very big surprise this afternoon at the Norisring: not a scorching hot circuit like yesterday but heavy rain hit the street track just before the start of the race. Race control had no choice and declared it a wet race and all cars on the start grid had to hastily change to the Hankook wet weather tyres.