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Sunday, June 27, 2010

It's Vettel in Valencia

Sebastian Vettel twice held off challenges by Lewis Hamilton to win the European Grand Prix, while a spectacular accident by teammate Mark Webber brought out the safety car and shuffled the field.

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After a terrible start that dropped him from second to ninth, and an early pitstop, Webber ran into the back of Heikki Kovalainen's Lotus, somersaulting in the air and coming to rest against the tire barrier. In a testament to the safety of the modern F1 car, Webber walked away.

June 27, 2010 - Valencia, C. VALENCIANA, Spain - epa02226579 Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing, who survived a spectacular, death-defying crash early in the European Grand Prix, gestures as he watches the FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match between England and Germany in the team's hospitality area at the Valencia Street Circuit, in Valencia, Spain, 27 June 2010.


Big losers as a result of the safety car were Michael Schumacher and the Ferraris, all victims of traffic trying to emerge from the pits. Hamilton avoided that result, but overtook the safety car as it emerged from the pitlane, leading to a drive-through penalty which dropped the McLaren driver from second to...second.

It was pretty much sealed as a two-man race after the safety car cleared, as Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi chose not to stop and found himself in third, the rest of the field, led by eventual third place finisher Jenson Button, stacked up behind him.

Kobayashi would finish seventh with a pair of great passes on new rubber on the final two laps, a great result for Sauber, while Rubens Barrichello delivered a fourth for Williams.

Post-race investigations also added five seconds to the times of Button, Barrichello, Nico Hulkenberg, Robert Kubica, Vitaly Petrov, Adrian Sutil, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Sebastien Buemi and Pedro de la Rosa for speeding under the safety car.

Additionally, Timo Glock had 20 seconds added to his time for ignoring blue flags.

In the end, Fernando Alonso moved up to eighth ahead of Buemi, and Nico Rosberg to tenth ahead of De la Rosa.

Next up: Silverstone.

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull-Renault 1:40:29.571
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren +00:05.042
  3. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 00:12.658
  4. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams-Cosworth 00:25.627
  5. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 00:27.122
  6. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes00:30.168
  7. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber-Ferrari 00:30.965
  8. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 00:32.809
  9. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 00:36.299
  10. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:44.382
  11. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 00:46.621
  12. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) BMW Sauber-Ferrari 00:47.414
  13. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 00:48.239
  14. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 00:48.287
  15. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 00:48.826
  16. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes00:50.890
  17. Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 1 lap
  18. Karun Chandhok (India) HRT - Cosworth 2 laps
  19. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth 2 laps
  20. Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth 2 laps
  21. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 4 laps
  • Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 8 laps
  • Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth 49 laps
  • Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 49 laps

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Europe: Qualifying

Red Bull re-established itself at the top of the grid as Sebastian Vettel edged teammate Mark Webber for a 1-2 ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates after taking the pole position for the European F1 Grand Prix in Valencia June 26, 2010. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


Meanwhile, Ferrari looks to have things back on track with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa staring fourth and fifth ahead of another strong drive from Renault's Robert Kubica in sixth, and Williams was a surprise participant in Q3, as well.

Mercedes, who were thought to be on track to do well at Valencia, had a miserable day. It might be the only thing that will mask an equally miserable day for Michael Schumacher, who will start a season-worst 15th.

Provisional starting grid
  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull-Renault
  2. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull-Renault
  3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren
  4. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari
  5. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari
  6. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault
  7. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren
  8. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams-Cosworth
  9. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams-Cosworth
  10. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault
  11. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso-Ferrari
  12. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes
  13. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes
  14. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes
  15. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes
  16. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) BMW Sauber-Ferrari
  17. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso-Ferrari
  18. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber-Ferrari
  19. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus-Cosworth
  20. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus-Cosworth
  21. Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin-Cosworth
  22. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin-Cosworth
  23. Karun Chandhok (India) HRT-Cosworth
  24. Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT-Cosworth

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Europe: Practice

Nico Rosberg bested a pair of McLarens in the morning session at Valencia, while Fernando Alonso showed Ferrari may have something to offer this weekend as he topped the Red Bulls in the afternoon session.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

More WMSC decisions

MONTREAL - JUNE 11: Kamui Kobayashi of Japan and BMW Sauber drives during practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve June 11, 2010 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Sauber gets to officially drop BMW from its name, while USF1 earns a fine and is barred from all FIA championships for its no-show in 2010.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Changes in store for 2011

Pirelli is the new tire supplier and the return of the 107 percent rule are just two decisions released by the World Motor Sport Council. Read more.

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Valencia with Webber

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Race prep: Europe

In the wake of the Canadian Grand Prix, Ferrari's Luca di Montezemolo hit out at F1’s new teams over their lack of pace.

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 10:  Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari attends a press conference to announce the sponsorship of Ferrari by Santander during previews to the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 10, 2008 in Monza, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)


"Cars which perform at GP2 level should not be allowed to participate in F1 races because they are supposed to race on Sunday mornings..." Montezemolo was quoted by Gazetta dello Sport.


Meanwhile, with the race on as to who will take the spot formerly belonging to USF1, the news seems to be more about who isn’t after the position.

Trevor Carlin has denied reports out of Finland that his British Formula Three team Carlin has applied for the spot, while Prodrive’s David Richards went to great lengths in an interview with the Independent to explain why his organization has not submitted a bid.

“I wasn't prepared to risk everyone's livelihoods.”


It has emerged a little known clause in Jenson Button’s Brawn contract guaranteed him one of his cars if he won the championship.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 01:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP drives during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 1, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


After the fact, it seems, Brawn tried to back out of the deal, claiming limited quantities were manufactured for the 2009 season for cost reasons.'

According to the Mail on Sunday, only the threat of legal action from Button forced Brawn to own up to its half of the bargain.

Finally, HRT’s Karun Chandhok is denying reports his seat is on thin ice due to a lack of funding.

Reports in the media have team boss Colin Kolles talking with possible replacements, including Christijan Albers and Pastor Maldonado.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hamilton wins in Montreal, leads championship

A tire gamble did not pay off for Red Bull and McLaren complete a 1-2 finish in Canada. An obviously happy Lewis Hamilton (no doubt in part due to no challenges from teammate Jenson Button) vaults to the lead in the driver's standings.

June 13, 2010 - Montreal, Canada - Race winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25 ..Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race.


Meanwhile, poor luck for Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who battled back from adversity only to have his front wing banged up while trying to get past Michael Schumacher and into the points. He would later be penalized additional time, but it didn't matter as he finished well back.

While he escaped penalty, Schumacher would get his, passed by both Force Indias in the waning moments and out of the points.

June 13, 2010 - Montreal, Canada - Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01 and Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM03 battle for position...Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race.


Fernando Alonso finished third.

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:33:53.456
  2. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +00:02.254
  3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 00:09.214
  4. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull-Renault 00:37.817
  5. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull-Renault 00:39.291
  6. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:56.084
  7. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 00:57.300
  8. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1 lap
  9. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India - Mercedes 1 lap
  10. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1 lap
  11. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1 lap
  12. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1 lap
  13. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 1 lap
  14. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams - Cosworth 1 lap
  15. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1 lap
  16. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth 2 laps
  17. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 2 laps
  18. Karun Chandhok (India) HRT - Cosworth 4 laps
  19. Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 5 laps
  • Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth 20 laps
  • Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 28 laps
  • Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 40 laps
  • Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth 57 laps
  • Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 69 laps

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Gearbox change for Webber

Mark Webber has been dropped five places on the grid for a gearbox change, moving teammate Sebastian Vettel up to the front row. Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Felipe Massa all benefit.

 

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Canada: Qualifying

Lewis Hamilton ended Red Bull's streak of pole positions by claiming the top spot with a blistering run at the end of qualifying. Turns out the McLaren driver was so low on fuel he stopped on the course after the session and hitched a ride back. The FIA was not amused, and fined McLaren for the incident.

MONTREAL - JUNE 12: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes is driven along the pitlane after finishing first during qualifying for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2010 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Meanwhile, Michael Schumacher struggled, bested again by Nico Rosberg and locked out of the top ten, but it was a great day for Force India, which saw both drivers in the final session.

  1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, 1 minute 15.105 seconds
  2. Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing-Renault, 1:15.373
  3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing-Renault, 1:15.420
  4. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:15.435
  5. Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:15.520
  6. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes, 1:15.648
  7. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:15.688
  8. Robert Kubica, Renault, 1:15.715
  9. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes, 1:15.881
  10. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:16.071
  11. Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth, 1:16.434
  12. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams-Cosworth, 1:16.438
  13. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:16.492
  14. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:16.844
  15. Sebastien Buemi, Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:16.928
  16. Jaime Alguersuari, Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:17.029
  17. Pedro de la Rosa, Sauber-Ferrari, 1:17.384
  18. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari, 1:18.019
  19. Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Cosworth, 1:18.237
  20. Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Cosworth, 1:18.698
  21. Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth, 1:18.941
  22. Bruno Senna, HRT-Cosworth, 1:19.484
  23. Lucas di Grassi, Virgin-Cosworth, 1:19.675
  24. Karun Chandhok, HRT-Cosworth, 1:27.757

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Canada: Practice

MONTREAL - JUNE 11: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes drives during practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve June 11, 2010 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Looks like the usual suspects are ready to shine in Canada, with McLaren giving Red Bull a run for it's money.

And none of this stuff...

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New deal for Massa

May 30, 2010 - (L to R): Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Williams with Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari on the drivers parade...Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Race Day, Istanbul Park.


Ferrari ended speculation over Felipe Massa's seat by extending the Brazilian's contract through 2012.

The deal means the team will keep it's current lineup, seemingly ending speculation Robert Kubica would be lining up with Fernando Alonso in the near future. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Race prep: Canada

Miscommunication at McLaren

McLaren admitted it wrongly told Lewis Hamilton teammate Jenson Button would not press his position in Istanbul, just moments after the Red Bull boys threw away a 1-2 finish.

According to team principal Martin Whitmarsh, Chief engineer Phil Prew told Hamilton Button would not overtake, "but that opinion was clearly wrong."

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Webber, Red Bull extend contract

Mark Webber has signed a one-year extension to remain at Red Bull. Sebastian Vettel is already in the fold for 2011.

Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl as to just what happened between Webber and Vettel in Turkey.

The team's press office claims no instructions were given to change positions, yet reports in the press state Christian Horner told Webber engineer Ciaron Pilbeam to allow Vettel through, but Pilbeam couldn't bring himself to do it.

Force India goes to court

Force India has filed claims Lotus, Mike Gascoyne and Aerolab/Fondtech have infringed on its intellectual property.

Vijay Mallya says the loss of three senior staffers to Lotus will not be a distraction as the team tries to continue its move up the grid. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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Webber on Montreal

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