A few days ago Ferrari President Luca Cordera di Montezemolo told his Ferrari team that he was proud to have been a contender for the 2012 Drivers’ Championship until the very last race, the flamboyant Italian has now called upon his team to produce a car that is capable of winning right from the start.
FOM CEO Bernie Ecclestone has labelled Ferrari’s complaint about Sebastian Vettel’s alleged passing under yellow a ‘complete joke’. Ferrari has asked the FIA, Formula One’s governing body, for clarification, after video footage of the incident surfaced on the internet. On the footage Vettel overtakes the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne between Turns 3 and 4, while yellow lights are flashing.
According to reports from Autosport and the German Auto, Motor und Sport magazine the FIA has deemed Vettel’s overtaking manoeuvres during the Brazilian Grand Prix were legal. On Tuesday videos surfaced in which Vettel apparently overtakes Kamui Kobayashi and later Jean-Eric Vergne under yellow.
Valtteri Bottas will replace Bruno Senna in 2013, Williams announced this morning, and for the young Finn it is a dream come true. The 23-year old driver had already joined Williams in 2010 and became the official test and reserve driver for the Grove-based outfit, and has participated in 15 Friday morning practice sessions this season, and Bottas is now ready for his new role as race driver.
The Williams Formula One team announced this morning they have signed Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas for 2013, which means another piece in the 2013 driver line-up puzzle has fallen into its place. It will be the third season for Venezuelan Maldonado, while Bottas, until now test and reserve driver, has been promoted to race driver.
The above title could be the new text on yet another Kimi Raikkonen T-shirt, as the Finn seemingly couldn’t find his way back to the track after he had gone off the Interlagos circuit and then had to use the escape road. Unfortunately it was a dead-end road, and Raikkonen had to turn his car around and take the same road back, then practised his rally skills a bit and rally crossed over the grass back onto the circuit.
Ferrari came close to winning this year’s Formula One Drivers’ Championship at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Brazil yesterday. When Sebastian Vettel was forced into a spin by Bruno Senna during the first lap, Ferrari, of course, saw an opportunity and when Felipe Massa helped Alonso to third place, things were looking good for Ferrari.
Mixed emotions for Lewis Hamilton in Brazil yesterday, after taking the pole the 2008 World Champion he had set his sights on winning the race as a farewell present for his McLaren team. But it wasn’t to be, after taking the lead from Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, he was in a good position to win the race.
During a chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Jenson Button won the race for McLaren, and Sebastian Vettel won the 2012 World Championship by finishing fifth and became the youngest triple-champion ever in Formula One. His rival Fernando Alonso finished on the podium in second place, but it wasn’t enough to grab the title.
The whole Formula One fraternity is looking forward to the title deciding race today, the 20th and last race of the season at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace. A circuit where many titles were won, but also lost, most notably the race in 2008 was a race Formula One fans will never forget.
Lewis Hamilton did what he had vowed to do during his last race for McLaren, and took pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix, round 20 of the FIA Formula One World Championship. Jenson Button made it an all-McLaren front row as he took second place, but all eyes were of course on the two remaining title contenders Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, who were very disappointing as they took fourth and eighth position respectively on tomorrow’s start grid.
Jenson Button was quickest during the final free practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos this morning. The McLaren driver recorded a time of 1m13.188s, which was also the fastest time of the weekend so far. Both Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were second and third, Vettel was only 0.057s off Button’s pace.
A very important weekend for both Ferrari and Red Bull, after 19 races Sebastian Vettel is leading the Formula One Drivers’ Championship, 13 points ahead of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, both teams will do the utmost to clinch the title on Sunday at the Brazilian Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, named after Brazilian driver Carlos Pace who was active in Formula One during the 1970’s but, unfortunately, the rising star was killed during an aircraft accident in 1977.
Lewis Hamilton almost burst out in tears when he was quizzed about his McLaren exit by BBC reporter Lee McKenzie. The interview will be aired during the BBC preview of the Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of today’s qualifying at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.
Lewis Hamilton was again the fastest driver during the second practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos this afternoon. Sebastian Vettel was second for Red Bull, however, on this occasion Hamilton had a 0.274s advantage on the German double World Champion, who couldn’t improve on the time he had set in the first practice session; earlier today the difference between the two was only 0.009s.
Lewis Hamilton was fastest during the first free practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace this morning. The 2008 World Champion beat Sebastian Vettel, but only just, as the difference was nine thousandths of a second. Each team was handed two extra sets of the 2013 prototype Pirelli tyres today, Hamilton set his time on the new 2013 tyres, while Vettel set his fastest time on the regular 2012-spec tyres.
Caterham F1 today announced they have signed a multi-year contract with Charles Pic, the Frenchman who currently drives for Marussia, will be the team’s race driver in 2013 and beyond. Caterham were impressed with Pic’s first season in Formula One, and decided to sign the 22-year old driver from Montélimar, France.
Sauber has signed Mexican Esteban Gutierrez as their 2013 race driver, and he will be racing alongside Nico Hulkenberg who will leave the Force India team at the end of the season. The 21-year old Mexican will succeed his compatriot Sergio Perez who will move to McLaren in 2013.
After 19 races the FIA Formula One World Championship will be decided at the Sao Paulo Interlagos circuit, the two remaining contenders for the 2012 title are separated by 13 points; both Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are ready for the final showdown in Brazil. Both drivers won two World Championships, and they are equally eager to add another one to their tally this weekend.
Michael Schumacher is another driver who will say farewell to his team as he will retire from the sport for the second time after the last race of the season at Interlagos, but this time his farewell will be for good. The German seven-times World Champion reckons his second retirement will this time not be as emotional as it was in 2006.
Pirelli will bring the Hard (Prime, silver marked) and Medium (Option, white marked) tyre compounds to the final race of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix at the very fast Interlagos circuit. The 4.309km circuit is a mix of fast sweeping corners, long straights, hairpin bends and elevation changes, and the Brazilian Grand Prix is an excellent venue for the 2012 title showdown.
After his amazing win at the Circuit of the Americas, Lewis Hamilton has set his sights on winning his final race for the McLaren team. Hamilton recently signed a three-year deal with Mercedes, but he wants to say goodbye to his team in style, and there’s no better place to do that than at the Brazilian Interlagos circuit.
November 19 Daimler now fully owns Mercedes Formula One team
The German Daimler company now fully owns the Mercedes Formula One team, as the German carmaker has bought the remaining 40 percent stake in the team, previously owned by the Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments company.
HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan has responded to claims he was responsible for Sebastian Vettel losing his first place to Lewis Hamilton during the closing stages of the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
Ferrari defended their decision to provoke a five-place grid penalty for Felipe Massa by deliberately breaking the seals placed on the gearbox by the FIA, therefore both Ferrari drivers were able to start from the clean side of the grid which, according to all drivers, was a huge advantage.
In what only can be described as an enthralling race, Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel and became the first winner of the United States Grand Prix at the already classic Circuit of the Americas. Vettel’s second place was enough for Red Bull to take the 2012 Constructors’ Championship, but as Fernando Alonso finished third, the Drivers’ Championship remains undecided.
Felipe Massa gets a five-place grid penalty for exchanging the gearbox of his Ferrari, which means his team mate Fernando Alonso will now start from seventh place on the grid, but more importantly, he will also start from the clean side of the grid, as all drivers have said it is a major disadvantage to start from the even-numbered or left-hand side of the grid.
Drivers have voiced their concerns about what they call ‘the dirty side of the grid’, the left-hand side of the start grid at the Circuit of the Americas where the even numbers will start the United States Grand Prix. Drivers have complained that particular part of the track is dirty and slippery, and they fear starting the race at the left-hand side of the track could ruin their race.
Despite the fact Sebastian Vettel has so far completely dominated the United States Grand Prix and took pole for today’s race, Fernando Alonso, who will start the race from eighth place on the grid, still is adamant he can grab this year’s Formula One crown.
Sebastian Vettel was unbeatable again at the Circuit of the Americas this afternoon during qualifying for tomorrow’s United States Grand Prix. The double-World Champion made no bones about it and dominated qualifying, he is the master of going Faster at the Austin circuit, he already showed that during the free practice sessions. Vettel took pole with a lap of 1m35.657s, which was also the fastest time ever recorded on the by Hermann Tilke designed circuit.
Sebastian Vettel made it three in a row today during the third and final free practice session for the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas this morning. The German double-World Champion recorded a time of 1m36.490s after completing 18 laps in his Red Bull. But this time it wasn’t a complete wipe-out, as Lewis Hamilton came closer and closer and was now in second place, just 0.258 seconds slower than Vettel.
After two practice sessions on Friday, and despite the overwhelming advantage Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull seem to have on the Circuit of the Americas, Fernando Alonso still believes he can grab the 2012 Drivers’ Championship for Ferrari. “It’s no surprise to see the two Red Bulls ahead of the field: in the last few races they have had the best package, therefore today’s result is logical,” said the Spaniard on Friday.
Current World Champion Sebastian Vettel once again topped the charts at the Circuit of the Americas during the second free practice session, as he again took first place for Red Bull, but this time he was followed by his Australian team colleague Mark Webber who took second place. As predicted, this afternoon Vettel improved on the fastest time he set this morning, but the difference wasn’t as much as expected, the German improved his time with 0.407 seconds.
Sebastian Vettel stunned the opposition this morning at the Circuit of the Americas during the first practice session for the United States Grand Prix, as he was fastest for Red Bull with a lap of 1m38.125s, which was 1.418 seconds faster than the number two, Lewis Hamilton.
The use of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) during the free practice sessions and qualifying will be restricted next year, the FIA — Formula One’s governing body — announced. Drivers will only be able to use it at the same places where they are allowed to use it during the race.
HRT driver Pedro de la Rosa is apparently unfazed by the news that his team was put up for sale by owner Thesan Capital, a Spanish investment company. The Spanish outfit is for sale for 40 million Euro, if the team can’t find a buyer before December 2, it could be all over, there have been rumours part of the staff has already been dismissed.
After a great result at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where Pastor Maldonado finished fifth and Bruno Senna finished in eighth place, Williams is looking forward to the final two races of the season. But, first a leap into the unknown, as the Circuit of the Americas is a brand-new by Hermann Tilke designed track, new to all drivers and teams.
More news has emerged about the financially stricken HRT team, German and Spanish media have suggested that 32 employers have already been dismissed, and even hinted HRT engineers are currently concerned about the safety of drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan, as now only a few people are preparing the cars before they are shipped to the circuit, the rest is done by the crew in the garage.
Pirelli has allocated the medium (Prime, silver marked) and hard (Option, white marked) rubber compounds for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, at the brand-new purpose-built facility the Circuit of the Americas, according to Pirelli a conservative tyre choice for a circuit with many unknown factors. All teams will get an extra set of the hard tyres on Friday during free practice in order to help them to understand the new track.
Force India has officially given up on taking sixth place from rival Sauber in the Constructors’ Championship, as Vijay Mallay’s Team is now 29 points behind the Swiss outfit. Asked a bout the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Mallya said, “I have mixed feelings because we extended our run of points finishes, but on the other hand our two main rivals were ahead of us and scored well. With two races to go Sauber are almost out of reach and Williams are just 22 points behind us.”
Sauber is well-prepared for the penultimate round of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship, the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. The Swiss outfit has done a lot of work on the simulator at their base in Hinwil, Switzerland, to prepare for the unknown.
After Kimi Raikkonen’s historic win for Lotus, the first since 1987, the team is already looking forward to the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, a brand-new stare-of-the-art facility near Austin, Texas.
Just ahead of the United States Grand Prix, HRT owner Spanish investment company Thesan Capital has said in a statement the Spanish outfit is for sale, and are currently ‘in talks with a number of groups interested in buying the team’.
Double World Champion Sebastian Vettel can clinch his third successive Formula One title this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). During an eventful Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Vettel was demoted to the last place of the start grid after a fuel issue during qualifying, but the German nevertheless finished in third position picking up 15 points.
One of the greatest drivers in Formula One, Mario Andretti, who won the Formula One title in 1978 for Lotus, is thrilled to see Formula One has finally found a new home in the United States. He was the man to drive the first lap in a Formula One car at the Circuit of the Americas a few weeks ago, and is of course a great fan of Formula One racing. Andretti was the second American after Phil Hill to be crowned Formula One World Champion, Hill won the title in 1961 driving a Ferrari 165.
As a car manufacturer, Mercedes is also looking forward to the United States Grand Prix this weekend. “It is five years since we last visited the United States and there is a great sense of anticipation in Formula One to be returning to a custom-built, state-of-the-art venue at the Circuit of the Americas,” Mercedes Motorsport Director Norbert Haug said.
HRT is looking forward to the United States Grand Prix this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas, but like all other teams, they will be heading for uncharted territory, and according to Team Principal Luis Perez-Sala, adapting to the new circuit will be crucial.
Although Lewis Hamilton retired from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix while in the lead for McLaren, the 2008 World Champion has already left all of this behind him and is now looking forward to a new challenge: the United States Grand Prix.
Although Red Bull Racing has pointed the finger at Renault after the Abu Dhabi qualifying debacle, the French engine manufacturer refuses to take the blame for the incident which cost Sebastian Vettel his third qualifying place, and as a result the current World Champion had to start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the pit lane.
“Language gentlemen, language!” is what the FIA said in a letter that was sent to all teams after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. According to the BBC, FIA Director of Communications Norman Howell warned teams and drivers about the use of foul language during official media events.
Alessandro Zanardi drove the BMW M3 DTM car at the German Nurburgring today, the 46-year old Italian drove 36 laps in a special gold painted BMW as part of a three-day celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of BMW M, and of course to celebrate their successful return to the DTM series.
On Tuesday Caterham announced Tony Fernandes would step down as Caterham F1 Team Principal, today the Malaysian outfit confirmed Cyril Abiteboul has been promoted to the role of Team Principal with immediate effect.
The annual Formula One Young Driver Test is more and more becoming a farce as smaller teams use the programme as a means to generate revenues, while other teams test parts instead of drivers. McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh said in Abu Dhabi, “With the limitation on track testing, all teams play a different game. A lot of the small teams use young driver testing for revenue and a team like ours uses it largely for a range of technical developments.”
Mark Webber, who was taken out of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after 37 laps, was frustrated about the many accidents and incidents. Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean and Paul di Resta were dicing for position ahead of the Australian, but Perez was a bit too greedy as he thought he could pass Grosjean and di Resta in one move.
Kimi Raikkonen scored the first win for Lotus during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit today, during a turbulent race with several incidents and accidents and two Safety Car periods. Fernando Alonso was second for Ferrari, while Sebastian Vettel finished third after he had started from the pit lane.
Sebastian Vettel has been excluded from qualifying after the current World Champion parked his Red Bull under the walkway of the Yas Hotel, earlier today Vettel maintained he didn’t know why his team had ordered him to stop after the chequered flag had been waved. “I don’t know why I had to stop,” he said. “It was probably some problem but it shouldn’t be something major.”
“It will be massively, massively tough to take pole here,” said Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner ahead of qualifying for round 18 of the FIA Formula One Championship, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Mixed results for Caterham today at the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina circuit, a bad day at the office for Dutchman Giedo van der Garde, who had to sit out his stint in the Caterham during the morning session. When he went out for his usual installation lap, he encountered electronic problems, returned to the garage and was sidelined for the rest of the session.
Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel was fastest for Red Bull during the second free practice session today at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The German set a time of 1m41.751s, which was 1,534 seconds faster than this morning’s fastest time.
Formula One’s governing body, the FIA (Federation Internationale de L’Automobile), has dramatically increased the entry fees for the Formula One 2013 season. As usual all teams have to pay an entry fee, but the minimum fee of $398,000 has gone up to $500,000.
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time during the Friday morning practice for round 18 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The McLaren driver lapped the Yas Marina circuit in 1m43.285s, while his team colleague Jenson Button was second, 0.333 seconds slower than Hamilton.
Fernando Alonso is still confident his Ferrari team will fight to end, he said ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. “I think we believe and we trust in the team and the job we do, we have shown that we never give up and know how to fight until the end. When things become stressful and difficult, we can still give 100% and the team has a lot of experience fighting for World Championships,” said Alonso, who is currently second in the Drivers’ Championship, 13 points adrift of leader Sebastian Vettel.
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, who signed for another year with Lotus, has admitted his chances of winning the 2012 Drivers’ Championship are pretty much over. Raikkonen finished seventh in India, and is still third in the race for the title, but he is 67 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel. “The Drivers’ Championship battle is pretty much gone for me I think, but hopefully in the next race we can have the speed to be able to take more Championship points,” said the Finn ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Pastor Maldonado encountered many problems during the Indian Grand Prix, while Bruno Senna saved the day as he scored one point for his team. Williams is now looking for a trouble-free weekend in Abu Dhabi, and Mark Gillan, Williams’ Chief Operations Engineer, thinks cooling the car will be important.
Pirelli has nominated the Medium (Prime, white marked) and Soft (Option, yellow marked) rubber compounds for round 18 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Yas Marina circuit has a smooth and fast surface, and has a wide variety of corners, taken at different speeds.