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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hungary: Qualifying

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

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Friday, July 30, 2010

F1 quote of the day

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: Ron Dennis, executive chairman of McLaren Automotive is seen in the McLaren garage during qualifying for the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone on June 10, 2010, in Northampton, England. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)


"So I find it slightly infuriating, and I've voiced my opinion, when my guys get out of the cars and say, 'I wish I was on the front row' and build in the media the perception that we're giving them cars that are less capable of winning races - I do point out to them, 'Well, I still think you won four races between the two of you. Aren't you leading the world championships?' It's the nature of drivers." -- Ron Dennis to AUTOSPORT
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Hungary: Practice

Red Bull and Ferrari seem set to duke it out at the Hungaroring, while McLaren still looks to be slightly behind the curve. Of course, qualifying will reveal if the boys from Woking will be in damage limitation mode again this weekend.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 30: Sakon Yamamoto of Japan and Hispania Racing Team drives during practice for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 30, 2010 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


First session
  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull-Renault one min 20.976 secs
  2. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull-Renault 1:21.106
  3. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 1:22.072
  4. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:22.444
  5. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams-Cosworth 1:22.601
  6. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.764
  7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:22.772
  8. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:22.777
  9. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:22.792
  10. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams-Cosworth 1:22.966
  11. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 1:23.003
  12. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:23.007
  13. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1:23.249
  14. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.327
  15. Paul di Resta (Britain) Force India-Mercedes 1:23.520
  16. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.780
  17. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.868
  18. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:24.075
  19. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus-Cosworth 1:25.032
  20. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus-Cosworth 1:25.210
  21. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.990
  22. Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin-Cosworth 1:26.686
  23. Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT-Cosworth 1:26.990
  24. Sakon Yamamoto (Japan) HRT-Cosworth 1:28.157

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 30: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive during practice for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 30, 2010 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Second session
  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull-Renault 1 min 20.087s
  2. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:20.584
  3. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:20.597
  4. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:20.986
  5. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1:21.195
  6. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:21.308
  7. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 1:21.375
  8. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams-Cosworth 1:21.623
  9. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:21.730
  10. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:21.773
  11. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:21.809
  12. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams-Cosworth 1:21.844
  13. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:22.039
  14. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1:22.212
  15. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.469
  16. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 1:22.507
  17. Sebastien Buemi(Switzerland) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.602
  18. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes 1:23.138
  19. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 1:24.553
  20. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.376
  21. Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 1:25.669
  22. Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth 1:26.745
  23. Sakon Yamamoto (Japan) HRT - Cosworth 1:26.798
  24. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth 1:27.705

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Race prep part deux: Hungary

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My take on team orders

From the moment Felipe Massa rocketed off the line and into first place last Sunday at Hockenheim, you knew the Brazilian was going to have to turn in a masterful drive. Not only did he need to keep Sebastian Vettel behind him, he needed to keep Ferrari behind him.

As Fernando Alonso pressured, even complaining (whining?) over the radio on the ridiculousness of it all, it was quickly becoming clear that the Ferrari mentality, ever present if not as visible as Austria 2002, was going to come into play. It was only a matter of how it would go down.

In the old days (last year), you could simply botch a pit stop. But without refueling, any switch would have to happen on the track.

In fairness, the Scuderia did give Massa the chance to put it out of reach. Before the fateful call, Rob Smedley was pressuring Massa to extend the lead, something he could not consistently do. It is important to note that Alonso did not seem THAT much faster. Of course, I do not have access to the telemetry.

When Smedley's voice came over the radio, “OK, so, Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?” there was no mistaking what "that message" was. Time's up. There was no doubt Smedley did not like giving that message to his charge, you could tell by the tone of his voice. It was that emotion that likely triggered the obvious tip off to the few who did not understand that message, “Good lad. Just stick with it now. Sorry.”

To me, there was never any doubt that decision would be made. Alonso is in a better position in the championship, and it made sense from the team's point of view and its history. Was Vettel going to catch Ferrari? No. In fact, it was pretty evident Red Bull had decided third was the best it was going to do and had dialed back to play it safe. This was simply about maximizing the points for the driver in the better position in the championship.

So what of Article 39.1 of the FIA’s Sporting Regulations? “Team orders which interfere with the race result will be prohibited.” Seems an obvious infraction, doesn't it?

My guess is Ferrari will argue there were no team orders favoring one driver or another prior to the race, that it was an off-the-cuff decision, and thus, not "team orders." Legal baloney, you may say, but if any team has lawyers who know every loophole in the regulations, it is Ferrari, and the past proves that.

The regulation itself is hooey, anyway. Team orders have always existed, and the sport has always been about team first. Peter Collins gave up his CAR, for Pete's sake, and we regard that as the ultimate gentlemanly sacrifice. Team orders will always exist, and in listening to drivers turned pundits over the last week, exist throughout the field. Ferrari just happened to be under the microscope Sunday because it was in the front of the field. And in a way, team orders are right. Companies spend a lot of money to go racing, and need to maximize profits in the way they see fit.

Team vs. Individual. In any team sport, a manager makes decisions regarding players in an effort to win for the organization. F1, more than most motor sports, emphasizes the team. Who really cares about Andretti Autosport in Indycar or Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in NASCAR? It is more about the driver in those series. But in F1, it is just as much about team as driver. Look in the stands, and you will see just as many flags and the like for Mercedes and Ferrari as you will for Schumacher and Hamilton. Try that in Indycar.

But it certainly doesn't make for good racing. Audiences were thrilled by the race-long battle between Alonso and Massa (one year to the day removed from life threatening injuries), and they felt cheated. And well they should. Fans, for the most part, don't get jazzed about the constructors title, they cheer for individuals.

Fans wanted to see another Turkey, when Vettel and Mark Webber threw away a certain 1-2 going wheel to wheel, and Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton put on a thrilling show. Ferrari, however, point to Red Bull as justification of its decision. And it is right to do so from its point of view. But if that were the only case, why swap the cars at all? It wasn't necessary unless you were favoring Alonso's championship run.

Worse, it's the way that it was done that leaves a bitter taste. It was so blatantly obvious. From Smedley's "sorry" call, however noble the intention, to Massa's anger in post-race interviews, to Alonso's mock innocence to having any knowledge of the situation, to Stefano Domenicali's take on the whole situation. It was amateur.

Alonso, especially, comes off in a bad light. He does not help his case by talking about what a great victory it was (his best since Singapore, according to one journalist). Even Michael in his heyday didn't take pride in that kind of win. He knew it was "necessary," at least in his eyes at the time, and said as much in post race interviews Sunday, but he didn't "rub it in."

In the end, there is one basic question. Does the sport exist for the fan, or the company? The sport would not exist without the fan, but frankly, not enough of the audience is going to go away. Ferrari isn't going to lose that many fans over this decision. And the anti-Ferrari faction is likely to be energized by it.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Webber on Hungary

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Race prep: Hungary

The dust hasn't settled over Hockenheim (frankly, how could it, but we'll have a take on that later) and it's already time to get ready for Hungary.

Here's a pic from last year, when Ferrari rallied behind Felipe Massa...

26.07.2009 Budapest, Hungary, The Team of Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari stands with an sign on the grid to show that they are with Felipe in the hospital after his bad crash yesterday in Qualifying - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Sunday Pre-Race Grid - PHOTO: FOTOSPORTS INTERNATIONAL/xpb.cc


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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ferrari fined, referred to WMSC, result stands

Ferrari have been fined $100,000 and will have to explain itself to the World Motor Sport Council, but the German Grand Prix result is unchanged. Read the full story here. 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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Breaking: Ferrari summoned by the stewards...

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Alonso leads controversial Ferrari 1-2 in Germany

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 25: Felipe Massa (R) of Brazil and Ferrari takes the lead at the first corner from team Fernando Alonso (L) of Spain and Ferrari at the start of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 25, 2010 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Provisional result
  1. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 67laps 1hr 27m 38.864s
  2. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 04.1s
  3. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +00m 05.1s
  4. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 26.8s
  5. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 29.4s
  6. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 43.6s
  7. Robert Kubica Poland Renault-Renault +1 lap
  8. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +1 lap
  9. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +1 lap
  10. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault +1 lap
  11. Kamui Kobayashi Japan BMW Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
  12. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth +1 lap
  13. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Williams-Cosworth +1 lap
  14. Pedro de la Rosa Spain BMW Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
  15. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
  16. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Force India-Mercedes +2 laps
  17. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +2 laps
  18. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth +3 laps
  19. Bruno Senna Brazil HRT-Cosworth +4 laps
  • Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Cosworth 56 laps completed
  • Lucas di Grassi Brazil Virgin-Cosworth 50 laps completed
  • Sakon Yamamoto Japan HRT-Cosworth 19 laps completed
  • Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Cosworth 3 laps completed
  • Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 laps completed
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Germany: Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel took pole at Hockenheim, but Fernando Alonso made it difficult, as a resurgent Ferrari looks set to make a statement at the German Grand Prix.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 24: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after finishing first during qualifying for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 24, 2010 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)


It took Vettel's final run to knock Alonso from the top spot, the Spaniard starts second. Felipe Massa starts third, while an error by Mark Webber sees the Australian starting fourth.

July 24, 2010 - Hockenheim, GERMANY - epa02259654 Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Scuderia Ferrari in action during the qualifying session at the Hockenheimring race track in Hockenheim, Germany, 24 July 2010. German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing took pole position, followed by Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Scuderia Ferrari in second and Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Scuderia Ferrari on third. The German Formula One Grand Prix will take place in Hockenheim on 25 July.


The McLarens make up the third row.

Q1 was halted for eight minutes to remove debris following a heavy crash by Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi.


Force India Formula One driver Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy removes a part of his car to get out after crashing in the qualifying session for the German F1 Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit in south-western Germany July 24, 2010. Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany won the qualifying session for the German F1 GP ahead of Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and Alonso's Ferrari fellow team mate Felipe Massa of Brazil.  REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay  (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


So, just when it seemed this year's championship was down to Red Bull and McLaren, Ferrari reminds it is a long season. But do the Scuderia have race pace?

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

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Germany: Practice

As expected, rain greeted the drivers at Hockenheim for the morning session.Adrian Sutil took top honors, followed by Felipe Massa, who put in one of his famous wild rides in the wet to finish second, and Jenson Button in third.

Lewis Hamilton stole the show, however, losing his McLaren in the slippery conditions and damaging all four corners of the car and severely hampering his running time with the new blown difuser.

July 23, 2010 - Hockenheim, GERMANY - epa02258415 The car of British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of McLaren Mercedes is lifted on a truck after Hamilton was forced out during the first training session at the Hockenheimring race track in Hockenheim, Germany, 22 July 2010. The German Formula One Grand Prix will take place in Hockenheim on 25 July.


McLaren’s mechanics were hard at work, however, managing to rebuild the car and get him back out for the tail end of the second session.

A drying track meant drivers could get to the serious business. At end of day it was Fernando Alonso taking the top spot, pursued by the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel, Massa in the second Ferrari and Mark Webber in the second Red Bull.

July 23, 2010 - Hockenheim, GERMANY - epa02258716 Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Scuderia Ferrari steers his car during the second practice session at the Hockenheimring race track in Hockenheim, Germany, 23 July 2010. The German Formula One Grand Prix will take place in Hockenheim on 25 July.


If Ferrari is going to get back into the championship race, it will need to start here. The time is now, before Red Bull and McLaren seal this up as a two horse race. Qualifying will prove if the Scuderia have what it takes to take the fight to the leaders, or if McLaren and Red Bull will steal the show.

Combined free practice times
  1. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 16.265s
  2. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 16.294s
  3. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 16.438s
  4. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 16.585s
  5. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 16.827s
  6. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 16.971s
  7. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 17.004s
  8. Robert Kubica Poland Renault-Renault 1m 17.009s
  9. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 17.056s
  10. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Williams-Cosworth 1m 17.204s
  11. Kamui Kobayashi Japan BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1m 17.336s
  12. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 17.547s
  13. Pedro de la Rosa Spain BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1m 17.573s
  14. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 17.701s
  15. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 17.739s
  16. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Force India-Mercedes 1m 17.871s
  17. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 18.147s
  18. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 19.327s
  19. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 19.553s
  20. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Cosworth 1m 20.008s
  21. Lucas di Grassi Brazil Virgin-Cosworth 1m 20.106s
  22. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Cosworth 1m 20.377s
  23. Bruno Senna Brazil HRT-Cosworth 1m 21.988s
  24. Sakon Yamamoto Japan HRT-Cosworth 1m 23.066s
  25. Fairuz Fauzy Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 1m 30.938s*

all times unofficial

* denotes driver setting time in first of two 90-minute sessions, when track remained wet

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Race prep: Germany

July 22, 2010 - Hockenheim, Germany - (L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing with Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing in the FIA Press Conference...Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Preparations.



FIA Thursday press conference - Germany

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hockenheim with Vettel

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Monday, July 19, 2010

The week that was...

Much centered on the relationships at Red Bull post wing-gate, with the team vowing to clear the air with Mark Webber. This it did, Webber admitting in recent days he said too much (ya think?) and Christian Horner saying maybe he could have explained things better. Here on in, leader in the championship gets the goods.

May 16, 2010 - Monte Carlo, Monaco - F1 GP of Monaco, Monte Carlo 13.- 15. May 2010..Podium - Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing - Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director - Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing.


Webber wasn't the only one unhappy with things surrounding Vettel, however, as Adrian Sutil had a few words for his countryman.

"I had some good battles today but the last one was not fair. Sebastian pushed me off the track and I lost seventh place. It's annoying. I don't think that's the way you have to pass with a car that is two seconds faster."


For his part, Vettel said it wasn't intentional.

The other big passing incident of the race, Fernando Alonso on Robert Kubica (resulting in a penalty for the Spaniard), continues to make news.

Charlie Whiting says Ferrari was told to give the spot back, the team claims otherwise.

And McLaren is hoping to have that exhaust-blown diffuser ready for Germany.

The race to be F1's 13th team continues

Keen to avoid another USF1, Bernie Ecclestone has put a big price tag on the entry.

USF1. That was embarrassing, says Jose Maria Lopez.

Among those aiming to be that team? Pesky Stefan GP and... Villeneuve Racing?

Looks like Villeneuve is tied up with perennial hopefuls Durango. Also in the frame, American Cypher Group continues to make noise.

As for the more established teams, Frank Williams compared the independent life to tying up with a manufacturer, while Lotus looks to be lining up with Renault power.

Who goes where?

Meanwhile, rumors persist Kimi Raikkonen could be on his way back. First, Martin Whitmarsh said the Finn deserved to be in the sport, then Norbert Haug confirmed he paid a friendly visit to him.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - MAY 27: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland in the Service Park outside the Algarve Stadium during the Shakedown of the WRC Rally Portugal on May 27, 2010 in Vilamoura, Portugal. (Photo by Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images)


Why the traction? The continued struggles of one Michael Schumacher. Over the course of the week, both Jackie Stewart and Bernie Ecclestone question the future of the seven times world champion.

Raikkonen seems set to stay in rallying, however.

Toro Rosso said it is sticking with its lineup next season, and though Sebastien Buemi threw that into question, saying he hadn't signed anything, it looks likely both drivers will return.

Were that it were so easy at HRT. Just when we are finished getting our minds around Bruno Senna's replacement in Britain, word is Senna is back but Karun Chandhok out for Germany (money, money, money...).

And Virgin says they want to hold on to Timo Glock.

In with the new...

In track news, Austin says all is good, while South Africa gets caught up in rumors about the future.

Korea remains quiet. No news is good news?

Bring on Germany!

HEPPENHEIM - JULY 18: Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel performs donuts in the streets of his home town of Heppenheim during the 'Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Home Run' F1 display in build up to round 11 of the Formula One at Germanys Hockenheim circuit, on July 18, 2010 in Heppenheim, Germany. (Photo by Dean Treml/Getty Images for Red Bull)



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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Webber makes his point at Silverstone

Mark Webber beat his teammate off the line and dominated the British Grand Prix, a day after a new controversy over favoritism at Red Bull cast a shadow on the team's season.

Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia reacts after winning the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, central England, July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


Sebastian Vettel suffered a terrible start that not only saw him lose out to Webber, but clash with Lewis Hamilton, go off track and suffer a puncture that put him to the back of the field. Only a timely safety car would allow him to battle back for a seventh place finish.

Hamilton would go on to offer Webber his stiffest competion, but it was soon clear second was the best he was going to do.

Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes, holding off Jenson Button. Rosberg continues to have the best of Michael Schumacher, who finised ninth. Williams, Sauber and Force India all picked up valuable points.

Ferrari suffered another day to forget, with both drivers out of the points. For the second race in a row, Fernando Alonso was penalized, this time for cutting a corner to get by Robert Kubica. Instead of letting the Renault have the place back, the Spaniard was rewarded with a drive-through once Kubica retired.

So Red Bull closes the gap heading to Germany. "Not bad for a number two driver" was Webber's take on the radio, proving much remains to be sorted out following the team's decision to give Vettel one of Webber's wings Saturday.

McLaren still hold the edge in the constructors' while Hamilton and Button both are ahead of the Red Bull duo in the drivers' championship. If Red Bull wants to take this thing, it had best get its house in order.

  1. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull-Renault 1h 24m 38.200s
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren +00:01.360
  3. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:21.307
  4. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 00:21.986
  5. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams - Cosworth 00:31.456
  6. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber-Ferrari 00:32.171
  7. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 00:36.734
  8. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 00:40.932
  9. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 00:41.599
  10. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 00:42.012
  11. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes 00:42.459
  12. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland)Toro Rosso - Ferrari 00:47.627
  13. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 00:59.374
  14. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 01:02.385
  15. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 01:07.489
  16. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 1 lap
  17. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth 1 lap
  18. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth 2 laps
  19. Karun Chandhok (India) HRT - Cosworth 2 laps
  20. Sakon Yamamoto (Japan) HRT - Cosworth 2 laps
  • Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 8 laps
  • Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 23 laps
  • Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 33 laps
  • Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 43 laps

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FIA post-race press conference - Great Britain

British Grand Prix - selected team & driver quotes

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Britain: Qualifying

A dominant Red Bull swept the front row, Sebastian Vettel edging Mark Webber at Silverstone.

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Fernando Alonso starts third in the Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton was the better of the McLarens in fourth (Jenson Button starts 14th in his “undriveable” McLaren), while Nico Rosberg starts fifth. As for Rosberg’s teammate, more disappointment for Michael Schumacher, who starts tenth.

Post qualifying, Tonio Liuzzi was docked five places to 20th for impeding Nico Hulkenberg.

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

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Britain: Practice

Red Bull led both sessions Friday at the reworked Silverstone.

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 09: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing exits his garage to drive during practice for the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone on June 9, 2010, in Northampton, England. (Photo by Malcolm Griffiths/Getty Images)


It was Sebastian Vettel in the morning session ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren and Robert Kubica in the Renault.

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In the afternoon, it was Mark Webber’s turn, with Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari splitting the two Red Bulls in second.

Webber was taking nothing for granted, claiming some teams may be sandbagging.

Meanwhile, HRT clarified the Senna situation...

“In respect to the rumors about Bruno Senna’s current states with Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team, the team wants to confirm that Bruno Senna has all the support of the Spanish team, that he remains one of the Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team official drivers and that he will be continuing to drive in the remaining races of the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship.”


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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Race prep: Britain

Bruno Senna has been dropped in favor of test driver Sakon Yamamoto for the British Grand Prix.

May 08, 2010 - Barcelona, Spain - A team photo for the Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) (L to R): Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) Test and Reserve Driver; Karun Chandhok (IND); Bruno Senna (BRA); Christian Klien (AUT) Test and Reserve Driver...Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day.


Rumors had been swirling around Senna’s teammate, Karun Chandhok, so the move came as a bit of a surprise.

The team plans to release details Friday.

Meanwhile, in other driver news, Renault has extended Robert Kubica through the 2012 season.

Kubica had been considered a possibility for Ferrari, but the Scuderia chose instead to retain Felipe Massa.

And American Jonathan Summerton is putting his eggs in the Cypher Group basket for 2011.

The hopefuls are aiming for the spot vacated by US F1 for 2011, includes a number of ex-US F1 employees, and claims to have a technical partnership with a current F1 manufacturer.

One organization the Cypher Group won’t have to beat out is ART Grand Prix, which announced it was withdrawing it’s bid to become F1’s 13th team in 2011.

The Nicolas Todt-led team had been thought to be a leading contender for the slot.

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Sir Frank Williams has stepped aside as chairmanship of Williams Grand Prix Engineering. Adam Parr, current chief executive officer, takes over. But Williams made it clear he has no plans to fade into the woodwork.


CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 05:  Sir Frank Williams of Great Britain and team Williams during day three of The Goodwood Festival of Speed at The Goodwood Estate on July 5, 2009 in Chichester, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Red Bull gifted Adrian Newey a 2009 RB5 chassis in recognition of his contribution to the team.

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Despite announcing a deal to hold a race in Austin, Texas, Bernie Ecclestone has not given up on a New York-area race. Ecclestone confirmed circuit designer of choice Hermann Tilke is “now looking into it,” prompting speculation there could soon be two U.S.-based grands prix in the near future.

Of course, it is still likely there could be none...

Hoping to avoid that outcome, Korean Grand Prix organizers say they are well on track to hold the country's inaugural Formula 1 race later this year.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Silverstone with Mark Webber



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