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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

FIA releases 2011 entry list

Mar 14, 2010 - Sakhir, Bahrain - Red Bull driver SEBASTIAN VETTEL in the lead at the Formula One Grand Prix in Sakhir, Bahrain.


Notable: Sauber is officially Sauber F1 Team, Lotus is recognized as "Team Lotus" and Virgin now has "Marussia" added. Among drivers, there are quite a few empty seats, including the number twos at Renault and Williams, as well as both seats at Force India, STR, HRT and Virgin. The only new name on the list is Sauber's Sergio Perez.

Red Bull Racing
1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Mark Webber

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
3. Jenson Button
4. Lewis Hamilton

Scuderia Ferrari Marboloro
5. Fernando Alonso
6. Felipe Massa

Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
7. Michael Schumacher
8. Nico Rosberg

Renault F1 Team
9. Robert Kubica
10. TBA

AT&T Williams
11. Rubens Barrichello
12. TBA

Force India F1 Team
14. TBA
15. TBA

Sauber F1 Team
16. Kamui Kobayashi
17. Sergio Perez

Scuderia Toro Rosso
18. TBA
19. TBA

Team Lotus
20. Jarno Trulli
21. Heikki Kovalainen

HRT F1 Team
22. TBA
23. TBA

Marussia Virgin Racing
24. TBA
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

2010 eval: Scuderia Toro Rosso

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 01: Sebastien Buemi (top) of Switzerland and Jaime Alguersuari of Spain unveil the new Scuderia Toro Rosso STR5 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 1, 2010 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)


Synopsis: A quiet year for STR as the team made the transition to building its own car as per the Concorde Agreement. Equally quiet behind the wheel, as for once there was no turmoil regarding drivers.

Points: 13

Highlight: Sébastien Buemi finished in the top 10 four times, while teammate Jaime Alguersuari did so on three occasions.

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Lowlight: After collecting 39 points and a race win in 2008 (with now champion Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel), the last two seasons have likely been more sobering than Franz Tost would have liked.

Drivers:

Mar. 11, 2010 - Sakhir, BAHRAIN - epa02075196 Scuderia Toro Rosso teammates Swiss Formula One driver Spanish Formula One driver Jaime Alguersuari (L) and Sebastien Buemi (R) walk on paddock at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, 11 March 2010. The Formula One Grand Prix of Bahrain will take place on 14 March 2010.


  • Sébastien Buemi turned in four points-paying performances as opposed to five retirements. He had the better of his teammate through most of the season, though Alguersuari seems to have more of a buzz about him. In short, Buemi has done well, but not well enough to increase interest in him.
  • Jaime Alguersuari got his first full season under his belt after replacing Sébastien Bourdais last year. His 2010 got off to a strong start when he delivered top 10s in Malaysia and Spain, echoing his strong 2009 STR debut. But the young Spaniard would not see points again until the finale in Abu Dhabi. Alguersuari’s reputation received a boost in Australia, where he raced Michael Schumacher wheel-to-wheel and credited the seven-times world champion for “showing him the way” to drive in F1.

MONTREAL - JUNE 11: Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Red Bull Racing is seen with Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo (R) of Australia 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)


A look ahead: Why does this team exist? When Dietrich Mateschitz bought Minardi from Paul Stoddart, the idea was to use the team as a training ground for Red Bull’s young drivers. But with car sharing out the window, Mateschitz’s investment in Faenza has increased greatly, bringing into question the value of owning the team. Indeed, STR has been on the block since 2008, according to rumors, yet there has been no sale, despite the interest of several teams to take F1’s open entry. Why? Whatever the reason, STR remains in Red Bull hands, and both Buemi and Alguersuari have been confirmed for 2011. Neither look likely to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull, but keep an eye on reserve Daniel Ricciardo, who will drive every Friday at the expense of one of the established drivers. Given this team’s history, I’d bet the farm Ricciardo will be promoted to a race seat before the end of the 2011 season, and he is the first since Vettel to show the promise of great things in this sport. 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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Albuquerque stuns vets at Race of Champions

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Filipe Albuquerque of Portugal (right) celebrates with runner up Sebastien Loeb of Fance after winning the individual event during the second day of the race of champions event at the Esprit Arena on November 28, 2010 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Filipe Albuquerque took two out of three rounds of the final to defeat Sebastien Loeb and claim the Race of Champions individual crown in Dusseldorf.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Filipe Albuquerque of Portugal in action during the second day of the race of champions event at the Esprit Arena on November 28, 2010 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)


The GT racer saw off Sebastian Vettel in the semis. Heikki Kovalainen withdrew after his crash and Alain Prost was eliminated early, as were Americans Travis Pastrana, Tanner Foust and Carl Edwards. 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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Video: Kovalainen crashes at Race of Champions

Video of Heikki Kovalainen's spectacular crash after a suspension failure on his Audi R8 at the Race of Champions. The Finn was ok.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

ROC: Vettel, Schumacher take nations title

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel won the fourth straight Nations Cup for Germany Saturday at the Race of Champions in Dusseldorf.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 27: Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher of Germany celebrate winning the race of champions event at the Esprit Arena on November 27, 2010 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)


The pair sneaked through the group stage after Vettel fell to Americans Tanner Foust and Travis Pastrana and Schumacher was edged by Bertrand Baguette. But wins in their remaining heats gave them enough of an advantage on a tie-break with Team USA's Pastrana and Carl Edwards to advance.

Formula One driver Michael Schumacher (R) drives during the Race of Champions (ROC) at the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Alex Domanski (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


A loss by Vettel in the three-race final against Jason Plato and Andy Priaulx meant the world champion had to rely on Schumacher to take the win.

Alain Prost's French team was eliminated by Britain in the semi-finals, while Heikki Kovalainen's Team Nordic was eliminated in the group stage.

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2010 eval: Lotus Racing

Feb. 10, 2010 - Jerez, Spain - Lotus Racing logo, during Formula One Testing.


Synopsis: The best of the new teams in 2010, led by Malaysian Tony Fernandes and featuring the much traveled Mike Gascoyne as technical boss. Known as 1Malaysia F1 Team in Malaysia, the team received a late entry into the sport after BMW Sauber left, but defied the odds by having their challenger ready for the season opener. Reliability was an issue all season, but structurally the team looks sound.

Points: 0

Highlight: Nailing down 10th in the championship, out dueling HRT and Virgin. Despite reliability questions with the gearbox, Heikki Kovalainen rattled off a string eight classified finishes to close out the season.

REFILE CORRECTING TYPO Flames and smoke are seen pouring out of the car of Lotus Formula One driver Heikki Kovalainen of Finland after it caught fire during the Singapore F1 Grand Prix at the Marina Bay circuit September 26, 2010. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (SINGAPORESPORT - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING IMAGES OF THE DAY)


Lowlight: Celebrating the team’s 500th race in June was a bit irksome. A protracted legal battle over rights to use the Lotus name with automaker Proton continues into the winter.

Drivers:

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Lotus Racing drivers Jarno Trulli (L) of Italy and Heikki Kovalainen of Finland pose with the Lotus T127 during the Lotus F1 launch at The Royal Horticultural Halls on February 12, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)


  • Some part of Heikki Kovalainen must be in shock at how quickly it all turned around. From defeating the old hands at the Race of Champions to rides with Renault and McLaren, the Finn looked to be on course to battle for a championship. Instead, he spent 2010 battling for scraps with a new team. Still, he drove a solid campaign, including a string of finishes at the end of the season and consistently bettering his teammate. Kovalainen surly would like to get back into the top 10, but with little movement on the driver front this year, looks likely to stay where he is.
  • Jarno Trulli turned in a competent season, and at 36 gives Lotus an experienced veteran presence behind the wheel. Trulli had a NASCAR test over the summer, and there are rumblings he could jump to another series, but that seems unlikely to happen. Both drivers have shown an interest in staying for 2011, saying all the right things in the press, and the team’s young drivers don’t yet look ready to push out one of the vets.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Lotus F1 Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne and Lotus F1 Team Principal Tony Fernandes talk during winter testing at the Circuito De Jerez on February 19, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)


A look ahead: Interviews with members of this team seem to genuinely think it is on the road to success, and it is hard not to think this team could challenge for the midfield in the next few seasons. It has the funding HRT lacks, and the commitment Virgin seems to lack. The team has addressed the reliability issues, turning to Renault power and Red Bull Technology for the gearbox. Essentially, the car will be Gascoyne’s take on the Red Bull, less the billion-gazillions of development money of the champions. Fernandes made a friendly bet with fellow airline enthusiast Richard Branson in the 2010 championship, it might not be out of line to consider making a similar bet with Vijay Mallya for 2011. 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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Friday, November 26, 2010

ROC on-board

Andy Priaulx takes us for a lap on the Race of Champions stadium course.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Video: Vettelheim

Via Red Bull Racing, video of World Champion Sebastian Vettel's Heppenheim homecoming.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ROC field set

BEIJING - NOVEMBER 04:  EDITORS NOTE: A TILT SHIFT LENS HAS BEEN USED IN THE CREATION OF THIS IMAGE Britain's Jenson Button (White) and USA's Tanner Foust (Red) take part in the Race of Champions Beijing 2009 at Beijing National Stadium on November 4, 2009 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)


The 2010 edition of the Race of Champions takes place Nov. 27-28 in Dusseldorf, Germany, pitting drivers from various series against each other on a stadium course in equally prepared equipment. World Champion Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost and Heikki Kovalainen will represent the F1 world in this year's event.

The lineup
  • Carl Edwards, 2007 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
  • Travis Pastrana, 11-time X-Games gold medalist
  • Tanner Foust, 2010 X-Games rally and rallycross gold medalist
  • Sebastian Vettel, 2010 Formula 1 World Champion
  • Michael Schumacher, Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion
  • Alain Prost, Four-time Formula 1 World Champion
  • Sebastien Loeb, Seven-time World Rally Champion
  • Mick Doohan, Five-time World 500cc Motorcycling Champion
  • Heikki Kovalainen, Formula 1
  • Tom Kristensen, Eight-time Le Mans 24-Hour race winner
  • Andy Priaulx, Three-time World Touring Car Champion
  • Jason Plato, Two-time British Touring Car Champion
  • Alvaro Parente, GP2, winner ROC South Europe 2010
  • Filipe Albuquerque, A1GP, winner ROC South Europe 2010
  • Jeroen Bleekemolen, Two-time Porsche Supercup Champion
  • Bertrand Baguette, 2009 World Series by Renault Champion, IndyCar
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2010 eval: Virgin Racing

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Sir Richard Branson attends the media launch for the new Virgin Racing team at the Louise Blouin Foundation on December 15, 2009 in Notting Hill, London, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Synopsis: Another of F1’s 2010 debutantes, one would have thought Virgin Racing would come to the show well heeled. In fact, the team acted as one of the sport’s minnows, drawing the ire of Bernie Ecclestone. Originally accepted as Manor Grand Prix, the team boasts the experienced John Booth as the Sporting Director and Nick Wirth as the technical director. The car, the VR-01, is the first F1 car designed entirely using CFD computer simulation technology. The team shrugged off some early season woes to challenge Lotus as the best of the newbies in 2010.

Points: 0

Highlight: Several double finishes, including best of the new teams in Turkey. The team has shown a computer designed car within a budget could survive a season in the sport, though not competitively. Several sponsorship agreements reached over the course of the year seem likely to result into increased investment in the team.

May 29, 2010 - Istanbul, Turkey - F1 GP of Turkey, Istanbul 27.- 30. May 2010..Lucas Di Grassi [BRA] Virgin Racing.


Lowlight: Embarrassingly, the team developed a fuel tank too small to complete a race. The team was allowed to redesign the chassis rather than be forced to run at reduced speed.

Drivers:

Mar. 25, 2010 - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - epa02091334 Brazilian Formula One driver Luca di Grassi (L) of Virgin Racing and German teammate Timo Glock (R) walk on the paddock at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, Australia, 25 March 2010. The Formula One Grand Prix of Australia will take place on 28 March 2010.


  • Timo Glock deserved an opportunity after Toyota pulled out of F1 at the end of the season, and Virgin gave him that chance. He consistently had the better of his teammate, and seems set to retain the position.
  • Lucas di Grassi’s position may be more up in the air, depending on what new Russian sponsor Marussia is looking for. Di Grassi completed Virgin’s first finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix, but did not necessarily distinguish himself as a rising talent in 2010.

ITAR-TASS: SHEFFIELD, GREAT BRITAIN. NOVEMBER 12, 2010. Pilots of the Virgin Racing Formula One team Lucas Di Grassi (BRA), Timo Glock (GER) and Nikolai Fomenko, CEO of Marussia Motors company and a well-known musician, showman and car-racer, L-R, pose for a photo after Marussia Motors has signed an investment contract with the Virgin Racing Formula One team. (Photo ITAR-TASS/ Marussia Motors press service) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom


A look ahead: Is Richard Brandon serious about F1? Red Bull proved commitment can face off the established big guns, but Branson so far seems to enjoy dabbling in the sport. He had his shot at Brawn, yet chose to start from scratch. Rumor has it Wirth has a limited window to produce. Given the lessons learned in 2010, can computer design truly create a competitive car on a budget? Will the injection of cash from sponsors help propel the team forward? A lot of questions, and not many answers. Virgin is a bit of a mystery. 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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Sunday, November 21, 2010

In photos: The champion comes home

Red Bull Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel holds a town sign of his home town Heppenheim with its name changed into Vettelheim during a welcome party for Vettel in Heppenheim, November 21, 2010. Vettel, 23, won the season-ending F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi last Sunday becoming Formula One's youngest world champion. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


Red Bull Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel signs autographs as ten thousands of motor racing fans attend a welcome party for Vettel in his German home town of Heppenheim, November 21, 2010. Vettel, 23, won the season-ending F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi last Sunday becoming Formula One's youngest world champion. REUTERS/Alex Domanski (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING IMAGES OF THE DAY)


Red Bull Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel holds car license plate of his home town reading World Champion during a welcome party for Vettel in his German home town of Heppenheim, November 21, 2010. Vettel, 23, won the season-ending F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi last Sunday becoming Formula One's youngest world champion. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


HEPPENHEIM, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 21: Some 15,000 people attend a reception for Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel in his home town on November 21, 2010 in Heppenheim, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)


HEPPENHEIM, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 21: Fans cheer during a visit of new Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel in his home town on November 21, 2010 in Heppenheim, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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2010 eval: HRT

Mar. 10, 2010 - (L to R): Bruno Senna (BRA) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) with Karun Chandhok (IND) Hispania Racing F1 Team.


Synopsis: This was the debut of the HRT F1 team, rescued from the ashes of the Campos Meta entry after an 11th hour takeover by José Ramón Carabante. One of the three new entries for the 2010 season, the Colin Kolles-run squad is the first Spanish team in F1. Little was expected from the new teams this year, and on that count HRT delivered.

Points: 0

Highlight: Making the grid? Remaining there for the whole season? Both were accomplishments. Among the new teams, HRT had neither Branson’s money or the organization of the Lotus entry, but Kolles’ ability to find money when needed kept the hounds at bay during the season. Several times both cars reached the finish, though several laps off the pace.

Aug. 01, 2010 - Budapest, Hungary - Bruno Senna (BRA) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1 and team mate Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1 battle for position...Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race.


Lowlight: The lack of funding meant no development on a woefully inadequate Dallara-designed car. Musical chairs among the drivers, including heavy use of an equally inadequate Sakon Yamamoto, meant little continuity. But the worst came shortly after the close of the season, when a partnership with Toyota Motorsport was canceled due to lack of payment, despite the addition of former Telefónica chief executive officer Juan Villalonga to the team.

Drivers:

May 09, 2010 - Barcelona, Spain - F1 GP of Spain, Barcelona 06.-09. May 2010..Team Hispania F1 Racing 2010..Karun Chandhok (IND) Hispania Racing F1 Team - Sakon Yamamoto (JAP) Test Driver, Hispania Racing F1 Team - Bruno Senna [BRA] Hispania Racing F1 Team - Christian Klien (AUT), Test Driver, Hispania Racing F1 Team.


  • Bruno Senna was announced when the team was still run by Campos. Hopes that the Senna name would draw sponsorship to the team fell short of expectations. Was replaced for the British Grand Prix by Yamamoto, but was back behind the wheel for the rest of the season. Kolles blamed Senna’s performance for the drop, but more likely it was Yamamoto’s funding and Chandhok’s contract situation that axed Senna for the race. In a bad car, Senna was adequate, but has yet to show the promise of his name.
  • Karun Chandhok was announced as the second driver after the takeover. India’s second F1 driver suffered a number of technical failures prior to being dropped for Yamamoto from Germany on. It’s difficult to say if he got a fair shake. Chandhok has had the support of Bernie Ecclestone in the past, who would surly like to see an Indian driver racing for an Indian team for the new Indian Grand Prix. If he is to get a seat at Force India, he’ll have to do it on merit, Vijay Mallya seems to favor competitive drivers over nationality. Otherwise, Narain Karthikeyan would still be in F1.
  • Sakon Yamamoto was officially signed to develop the car. Whether that was for his technical knowledge from his testing days or for developmental funding is an interesting discussion. Yamamoto was consistently off the pace of his teammate, to the point of being lapped in Hungary. Replaced by Christian Klien in Singapore due officially to food poisoning. He returned for Japan and Korea, and then was replaced by Klien for the rest of the season.
  • Christian Klien was signed as a reserve driver and made his team debut on Friday in Germany. He made his race return in Singapore, where he bettered Senna by a second in qualifying. He raced the final two races of the season for Yamamoto. While data is limited, over the course of the three races, the veteran seemed by and far to be the best of HRT’s 2010 drivers. Still, it is doubtful the ex-Jaguar man did anything to prolong his F1 career.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 30: Hispania Racing Team Principal Colin Kolles is seen at the team bosses press conference 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)


A look ahead: Of all the teams on the grid, HRT seeems te most likely to fall by the wayside. Making it through 2010 was an accomplishment, just ask USF1. But a lack of funds, a difficult era to locate sponsorship, and burning bridges with not one, but two organizations that could build a car would certainly seem to have the team on its back foot. A deal with Williams to do the back end of the car seems like a step in the right direction, and could result in further cooperation over drivers. But without a car, it could all be moot. Kolles is used to keeping underfunded teams alive, so HRT can’t be completely counted out, but the odds look long. 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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Mortara makes Macau history

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Edoardo Mortara became the first man to win the prestigious Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau for the second time Sunday.

The race is often a stepping stone to greater things. Past winners include Riccardo Patrese, Roberto Moreno, Ayrton Senna, David Brabham, Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher, Ralph Firman, Darren Manning, Lucas di Grassi and Mike Conway.







  1. Edoardo Mortara Signature 15 laps/39m30.753s
  2. Laurens Vanthoor Signature +2.120
  3. Valtteri Bottas Prema +3.156
  4. Marco Wittmann Signature +6.230
  5. Renger van der Zande Motopark +10.631
  6. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin +13.173
  7. Jean-Eric Vergne Carlin +16.508
  8. Roberto Merhi Prema +19.313
  9. Felix Rosenqvist Performance +20.343
  10. Carlos Huertas Hitech +21.362
  11. Felipe Nasr Raikkonen +22.994
  12. Alexandre Imperatori Toda +23.926
  13. Hideki Yamauchi Hanashima +25.486
  14. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin +25.989
  15. William Buller Fortec +31.563
  16. Yuji Kunimoto TOM's +36.143
  17. Rafael Suzuki TOM's +36.621
  18. Oliver Webb Fortec +41.413
  19. James Calado Carlin +41.753
  20. Yuhi Sekiguchi Three Bond +46.198
  21. Adderly Fong Sino Vision +46.336
  22. Lucas Foresti Fortec +46.731
  23. Hywel Lloyd CF/Manor +49.720
  24. Kimiya Sato Motopark +52.555
  • Daniel Abt Signature 2 laps
  • Rio Haryanto Raikkonen 0 laps
  • Michael Ho Raikkonen 0 laps
  • Carlos Munoz Hitech 0 laps
  • Daniel Juncadella Prema 0 laps
  • Alexander Sims Raikkonen 0 laps
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pirelli test wraps up

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 19: New Pirelli Formula 1 Tyres being used by the teams for the first time during the Formula 1 Pirelli Tyre Testing at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 19, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)


And so the 2010 season officially comes to a close...

  1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m40.529s 105 laps
  2. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m40.685s 74 laps
  3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m40.825s 66 laps
  4. Rubens Barrichello Williams 1m41.294s 100 laps
  5. Robert Kubica Renault 1m41.614s 91 laps
  6. Gary Paffett McLaren 1m41.622s 46 laps
  7. Oliver Turvey McLaren 1m41.740s 30 laps
  8. Paul di Resta Force India 1m41.869s 35 laps
  9. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1m42.110s 43 laps
  10. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1m42.145s 97 laps
  11. Tonio Liuzzi Force India 1m42.416s 46 laps
  12. Sergio Perez Sauber 1m42.777s 46 laps
  13. Jarno Trulli Lotus 1m44.521s 83 laps
  14. Pastor Maldonado Hispania 1m44.768s 65 laps
  15. Timo Glock Virgin 1m44.783s 82 laps
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Mortara seals Macau pole

  1. Edoardo Mortara Signature 2m11.165s
  2. Valtteri Bottas Prema 2m11.383s +0.218
  3. Laurens Vanthoor Signature 2m11.594s +0.429
  4. Daniel Abt Signature 2m11.919s +0.754
  5. Marco Wittmann Signature 2m11.937s +0.772
  6. Roberto Merhi Prema 2m12.063s +0.898
  7. Carlos Huertas Hitech 2m12.543s +1.378
  8. Felix Rosenqvist Performance 2m12.664s +1.499
  9. Renger van der Zande Motopark 2m12.682s +1.517
  10. Daniel Juncadella Prema 2m12.861s +1.696
  11. Jean-Eric Vergne Carlin 2m13.042s +1.877
  12. Alexander Sims Raikkonen 2m13.261s +2.096
  13. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 2m13.511s +2.346
  14. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 2m13.520s +2.355
  15. Hywel Lloyd CF/Manor 2m13.536s +2.371
  16. Felipe Nasr Raikkonen 2m13.576s +2.411
  17. James Calado Carlin 2m13.609s +2.444
  18. Oliver Webb Fortec 2m13.651s +2.486
  19. Alexandre Imperatori Toda 2m13.752s +2.587
  20. Carlos Munoz Hitech 2m14.660s +3.495
  21. Rafael Suzuki TOM's 2m14.733s +3.568
  22. Lucas Foresti Fortec 2m14.743s +3.578
  23. Yuhi Sekiguchi Three Bond 2m14.826s +3.661
  24. Rio Haryanto Raikkonen 2m14.860s +3.695
  25. Kimiya Sato Motopark 2m15.671s +4.506
  26. Michael Ho Raikkonen 2m16.314s +5.149
  27. Hideki Yamauchi Hanashima 2m18.456s +7.291
  28. Yuji Kunimoto TOM's 2m18.473s +7.308
  29. Will Buller Fortec 2m20.368s +9.203
  30. Adderly Fong Sino Vision no time
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Mortara tops first Macau quali

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  1. Edoardo Mortara Signature 2m13.068s 10 laps
  2. Valtteri Bottas Prema 2m13.181s +0.113 10 laps
  3. Marco Wittmann Signature 2m13.593s +0.525 12 laps
  4. Laurens Vanthoor Signature 2m13.925s +0.857 12 laps
  5. Carlos Huertas Hitech 2m14.043s +0.975 12 laps
  6. Renger van der Zande Motopark 2m14.062s +0.994 11 laps
  7. Felipe Nasr Raikkonen 2m14.217s +1.149 11 laps
  8. James Calado Carlin 2m14.266s +1.198 12 laps
  9. Alexandre Imperatori Toda 2m14.315s +1.247 12 laps
  10. Daniel Abt Signature 2m14.512s +1.444 12 laps
  11. Oliver Webb Fortec 2m14.666s +1.598 12 laps
  12. Jean-Eric Vergne Carlin 2m14.751s +1.683 12 laps
  13. William Buller Fortec 2m14.855s +1.787 12 laps
  14. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 2m15.019s +1.951 12 laps
  15. Yuhi Sekiguchi Three Bond 2m15.128s +2.060 12 laps
  16. Hideki Yamauchi Hanashima 2m15.209s +2.141 12 laps
  17. Yuji Kunimoto TOM's 2m15.338s +2.270 12 laps
  18. Alexander Sims Raikkonen 2m15.350s +2.282 9 laps
  19. Roberto Merhi Prema 2m15.505s +2.437 8 laps
  20. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 2m16.124s +3.056 6 laps
  21. Rio Haryanto Raikkonen 2m16.139s +3.071 12 laps
  22. Lucas Foresti Fortec 2m16.358s +3.290 12 laps
  23. Hywel Lloyd CF/Manor 2m16.695s +3.627 12 laps
  24. Kimiya Sato Motopark 2m16.884s +3.816 12 laps
  25. Felix Rosenqvist Performance 2m16.889s +3.821 12 laps
  26. Rafael Suzuki TOM's 2m18.459s +5.391 12 laps
  27. Adderly Fong Sino Vision 2m18.942s +5.874 10 laps
  28. Daniel Juncadella Prema 2m20.892s +7.824 3 laps
  29. Michael Ho Raikkonen 2m22.672s +9.604 10 laps
  30. Carlos Munoz Hitech no time laps
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Break out the new rubber

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 19: Rubens Barrichello of Brazil and Williams F1 Team in action during the Formula 1 Pirelli Tyre Testing at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 19, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)


“We’re very pleased with this first day of testing and the excellent working relationship that has been struck up between our engineers and all the teams and drivers. We’re gathering plenty of useful information and valuable suggestions, as well as some encouraging comments. So far, I would say that everything has gone according to plan. In particular we are very pleased with the reliability and stability of our tyres as well as with the turn-in performance of the front tyre. The lap times set by all the teams have been excellent, and they have each covered a lot of ground as can be seen from the number of laps run. The teams are also making the most of these test sessions to try out different set-ups and some new ideas for 2011, which provides us with an even greater challenge and more meaningful results. I would say that we are in a strong position now to approach the first official tests in February 2011 with a good package.” - Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director.

  1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m40.170s 94 laps
  2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m40.500s 77 laps
  3. Gary Paffett McLaren 1m40.874s 94 laps
  4. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1m40.950s 83 laps
  5. Robert Kubica Renault 1m41.032s 39 laps
  6. Rubens Barrichello Williams 1m41.425s 91 laps
  7. Paul di Resta Force India 1m41.615s 20 laps
  8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m41.778s 81 laps
  9. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1m42.019s 71 laps
  10. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m42.859s 20 laps
  11. Timo Glock Virgin 1m44.124s 78 laps
  12. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1m44.686s 88 laps
  13. Pastor Maldonado Hispania 1m45.728s 83 laps
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Red Bull takes a look at 2010

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Young guns day two

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 17: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing in action during the Young Driver Testing at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 17, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)


Daniel Ricciardo continued to shine for Red Bull in the final day of young driver's testing at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit,setting a pace in the neighborhood of newly crowned champion Sebastian Vettel.

Meanwhile, Ferrari's new test driver, Jules Bianchi, got to run for speed Wednesday and impressed, as well.

Friday, tire testing begins on the new Pirelli rubber.

Results
  1. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m39.548s 45
  2. Jules Bianchi Ferrari 1m40.635s 62
  3. Jerome D'Ambrosio Renault 1m40.863s 27
  4. Gary Paffett McLaren 1m40.879s 46
  5. Paul di Resta Force India 1m40.901s 27
  6. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m40.974s 43
  7. Sam Bird Mercedes 1m41.084s 47
  8. Sergio Perez Sauber 1m41.894s 38
  9. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m42.850s 46
  10. Luiz Razia Virgin 1m43.950s 42
  11. Rodolfo Gonzalez Lotus 1m44.312s 41
  12. Josef Kral Hispania 1m44.752s 54
  13. Yelmer Buurman Force India 1m45.120s 14
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ricciardo tops the young guns

Red Bull reserve Daniel Ricciardo top the charts on the first day of the young driver test at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit. Testing continues Wednesday.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 16: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing prepares to get in the car during the Young Driver Testing at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 16, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)


  1. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 39.616s
  2. Oliver Turvey Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 40.726s
  3. Antonio Felix da Costa Portugal Force India-Mercedes 1m 41.381s
  4. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1m 41.432s
  5. Dean Stoneman Britain Williams-Cosworth 1m 41.522s
  6. Mikhael Aleshin Russia Renault-Renault 1m 42.073s
  7. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 42.489s
  8. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 42.736s
  9. Sam Bird Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 42.985s
  10. Jerome D'Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1m 43.518s
  11. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Hispania-Cosworth 1m 43.750s
  12. Jules Bianchi France Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 43.894s
  13. Rodolfo Gonzalez Venezuela Hispania-Cosworth 1m 44.924s
  14. Rio Haryanto Indonesia Virgin-Cosworth 1m 49.439s
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Williams: Rubinho stays, Hulk out

Williams Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello of Brazil (L) and teammate Nico Hulkenberg of Germany display casts of their hands for the Driver Wall of Fame exhibition, which recognises the first participants of the South Korean F1 Grand Prix, after the qualifying session at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam October 23, 2010. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


Wasting no time kicking off the post-season, Williams confirmed both Rubens Barrichello would stay for 2011, while "the team can also confirm that Nico Hulkenberg will not contest the 2011 FIA World Championship with AT&T Williams."

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The quotable F1: Luca di Montezemolo

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 13: Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari, is seen in the pitlane before qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)


"For all of us it's a difficult day, the night hasn't lessened the bitter taste after the sad end to an extraordinary season. We're sorry to see that there are some politicians on the outside who are ready to push for the guillotine when things go badly. We don't understand anyone who revels in self-defeatism, who sinks into the culture of 'everything's gone wrong, we have to start all over again'. They are vices that are very Italian, that we must learn to shake off." - Luca di Montezemolo responds to a call for his resignation by politician Roberto Calderoli of Italy's Northern League party over the team's "demented strategy" in Abu Dhabi.
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Young drivers lineup

Some young guns will get the chance to prove their mettle with Formula 1 equipment starting Tuesday during a two-day test at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 29:  General views of the new circuit during previews to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on October 29, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


A look at the young drivers field:

Red Bull
  • Daniel Ricciardo, 21, Australian (Red Bull reserve driver, 2009 British Formula Three champion)

McLaren
  • Gary Paffett, 29, British (McLaren reserve driver, 2005 DTM champion)
  • Oliver Turvey, 23, British (2008 British Formula Three runner-up)

Ferrari
  • Jules Bianchi, 21, French (Ferrari 2011 test driver, 2009 Formula Three Euroseries champion)

Mercedes GP
  • Sam Bird, 23, British (2010 GP2 series - fifth place)

Renault
  • Jerome D’Ambrosio, 24, Belgian (Four Friday F1 sessions in 2010 with Virgin, 2007 Formula Master champion)
  • Mikhail Aleshin, 23, Russian (2010 World Series by Renault champion)

Williams
  • Pastor Maldonado, 25, Venezuelan (2010 GP2 Series champion)
  • Dean Stoneman, 20, British (2010 FIA Formula Two champion)

Force India
  • Yelmer Buurman, 23, Dutch (2006 British Formula Three - fourth)
  • Antonio Felix da Costa, 19, Portuguese (2009 Formula Renault 2.0 champion)
  • Paul di Resta, 24, British (Force India reserve driver, 2006 Formula Three Euroseries champion)

BMW Sauber
  • Esteban Gutierrez, 19, Mexican (2010 GP3 Series champion)
  • Sergio Perez, 20, Mexican (BMW Sauber 2011 race driver, 2010 GP2 Series runner-up)

Toro Rosso
  • Jean-Eric Vergne, 20, French (2010 British International Formula Three champion)

Lotus
  • Vladimir Arabadzhiev, 26, Bulgarian (2008 Formula Master Italia champion)
  • Rodolfo Gonzalez, 24, Venezuelan (2006 British National Formula Three champion)

Virgin
  • Jerome D’Ambrosio, 24, Belgian (Four Friday F1 sessions in 2010 with Virgin, 2007 Formula Master champion)
  • Luiz Razia, 20, Brazilian (Virgin reserve driver, 2006 South American Formula Three champion)
  • Rio Haryanto, 17, Indonesian (2009 Formula BMW Pacific champion)

HRT
  • Pastor Maldonado, 25, Venezuelan (2010 GP2 Series champion)
  • Josef Kral, 20, Czech (2007 Formula BMW series runner-up)
  • Davide Valsecchi, 23, Italian (2010 GP2 Asia Series champion)

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sebastian Vettel: Winner takes all in Abu Dhabi

Sebastian Vettel dominated the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, only surrendering the lead for his pit stop. Thanks to safety car, an early call by Mark Webber to change rubber, and Ferrari's attempt to cover Webber's strategy, the German becomes the sport's youngest ever champion.

Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany walks away from his car after crashing with Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy during the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 14, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING IMAGES OF THE DAY)


Vettel shot into the lead off the line, but Michael Schumacher's spin that resulted in a head on with Tonio Liuzzi led to the safety car that would change everything, as Vitaly Petrov and Nico Rosberg made the decision to pit immediately.

After the restart, Mark Webber struggled with his tires, and chose to pit early on lap 11. Determined to keep the Australian behind him, Ferrari and Fernando Alonso chose to come in a short time after. The result was both came out behind Petrov and Rosberg, in effect putting an end to their championship challenges.

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain makes a pit stop during the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 14, 2010. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


Vettel, meanwhile, charged off into the distance, pursued by Lewis Hamilton. A long run by Jenson Button put the 2009 champion into the lead when Vettel and Hamilton pitted, but his own stop restored order.

Vettel claimed to be in the dark about the championship situation until after he had crossed the line and Alonso's and Webber's places were official, but once told the powerful emotion of the situation was evident over the radio.

Hamilton was second and Button third in the McLarens.

Prior to the race, it looked as if Alonso had done all he needed to claim the title, as any Red Bull driver's championship would require one driver helping the other, and with the two so separated on the grid that seemed unlikely. Ironically, it was Webber's early stop which forced Ferrari into a strategic error and opened the door for Vettel.

So as the sun set in Abu Dhabi, so it set on the 2010 season, perhaps the most exciting in recent memory. Five drivers in the hunt before the penultimate race, four in contention for the finale.

Red Bull members celebrate with Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany as he wins the championship and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 14, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


And after the race, as 2010's finest piece of machinery, the RB6, sat obsolete near the podium, we look ahead to 2011. Young drivers and new rubber will be tested in the coming days, and after a short break, teams will unveil their new challengers. So it is in Formula 1 -- a moment to savor a hard fought victory, then back at it.

Result
  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull-Renault 1hr 39mins 36.837secs
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren +00:10.162
  3. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 00:11.047
  4. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:30.747
  5. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 00:39.026
  6. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 00:43.520
  7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 00:43.797
  8. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull-Renault 00:44.243
  9. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 00:50.201
  10. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 00:50.868
  11. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber-Ferrari 00:51.551
  12. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams-Cosworth 00:57.686
  13. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 00:58.325
  14. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber-Ferrari 00:59.558
  15. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:03.178
  16. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Williams-Cosworth 01:04.763
  17. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth 1 lap
  18. Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 2 laps
  19. Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth 2 laps
  20. Christian Klien (Austria) HRT - Cosworth 2 laps
  21. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 4 laps
  • Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth 12 laps
  • Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 55 laps
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes 55 laps


Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (C) emotionally celebrates his championship and Grand Prix win on the podium with Britain's McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button (R) at the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 14, 2010. REUTERS/Steve Crisp (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


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Sebastian Vettel is world champion

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads McLaren's Lewis Hamilton of Britain at the start of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 14, 2010. REUTERS/Steve Crisp (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


Sebastian Vettel became the youngest world champion with a win in Abu Dhabi.

Lewis Hamilton was second and Jenson Button third.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Abu Dhabi: Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel put himself in the best possible position to lay his claim on the driver's championship, taking pole in Abu Dhabi Saturday.


Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso (R) of Spain after qualifying for the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at Yas Marina circuit November 13 , 2010. REUTERS/Steve Crisp (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)



The same certainly cannot be said for Mark Webber, who will start fifth. Not only is the Australian behind third place Fernando Alonso, who he must beat to keep his hopes alive, but also Jenson Button, who will not be an easy target to get around. Add to the mix Ferrari's Felipe Massa in fifth, and Webber will be sure to have his hands full.

Lewis Hamilton starts second. The odds are long, but it is an ideal place to be if you are hoping all the other contenders drop out.

For either Red Bull driver to overtake Alonso, they will need the help of their teammate. At the moment that looks difficult, and Webber will need a blistering start to make his title dreams come true, an error by Alonso or a Ferrari mechanical failure. As the circus races off into the Abu Dhabi sunset Sunday, the Ferrari driver may have all but sealed the title.


ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 13: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Provisional grid

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

FIA post-qualifying press conference - Abu Dhabi

Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Abu Dhabi: Practice

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 12: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 12, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

First session

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull-Renault 1min 42.760secs
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:43.369
  3. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:43.785
  4. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:43.840
  5. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 1:44.080
  6. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:44.121
  7. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:44.199
  8. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1:44.604
  9. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:44.718
  10. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1:44.737
  11. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:45.160
  12. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1:45.445
  13. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams - Cosworth 1:45.474
  14. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 1:45.552
  15. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes 1:45.585
  16. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:46.003
  17. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 1:46.644
  18. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:47.105
  19. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth 1:48.450
  20. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 1:48.472
  21. Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 1:49.375
  22. Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth 1:49.590
  23. Christian Klien (Austria) HRT - Cosworth 1:50.274
  24. Fairuz Fauzy (Malaysia) Lotus - Cosworth 1:51.705

McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives during the second practice session of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 12 , 2010. REUTERS/Steve Crisp (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)



Second session

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1min 40.888secs
  2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1:41.145
  3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:41.314
  4. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:41.315
  5. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 1:41.576
  6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:41.583
  7. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1:42.096
  8. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:42.132
  9. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes 1:42.203
  10. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:42.222
  11. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:42.246
  12. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 1:42.449
  13. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 1:42.535
  14. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1:42.768
  15. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams - Cosworth 1:42.914
  16. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1:42.950
  17. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:43.128
  18. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:43.584
  19. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth 1:45.180
  20. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth 1:45.259
  21. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 1:45.612
  22. Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 1:46.053
  23. Christian Klien (Austria) HRT - Cosworth 1:47.210
  24. Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth 1:47.434

FIA Friday press conference - Abu Dhabi

Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Race prep: Abu Dhabi (cont.)

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 11: (L-R) F1 World Championship contenders Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing, Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes and Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing pose for a photograph at the drivers press conference during previews to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 11, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How the F1 championship can be won

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates at the podium after finishing third in the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo November 7, 2010.       REUTERS/Bruno Domingos (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)
Fernando Alonso
  • If he wins, he is champion.
  • If Mark Webber wins, Alonso must finish second.
  • If Sebastian Vettel wins, Alonso must finish fifth or better.


SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 06: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing is pictured in the garage during qualifying for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos Circuit on November 6, 2010 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)

Mark Webber
  • For Webber to win the championship, Alonso must finish worse than second.
  • If Vettel wins, then Webber must finish second.


Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates winning the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo November 7, 2010.      REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)

Sebastian Vettel
  • For him to win, Alonso must finish worse than fifth and Webber must finish worse than second.



SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 05: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes prepares to drive during practice for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos Circuit on November 5, 2010 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton
  • Hamilton must win and the other three can't get any points.






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The quotable F1 - Paul Stoddart

25.03.2009 Melbourne, Australia, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing and Paul Stoddart - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Wednesday - PHOTO: FOTOSPORTS INTERNATIONAL/xpb.cc


"If this championship is decided by less than seven points, Mark is the world champion in my mind. The rules say no team orders and if you aren't playing by the rules, you shouldn't benefit. If Mark misses the title by seven points or less, it would be unfair and wrong. The chance was there to right the wrong (by orchestrating a Webber victory in Brazil) but it wasn't taken. The language that was going on in my house when that position wasn't swapped . . . If I was the team boss there's no question that (Webber) would have won that race on Sunday. In my mind he's already the world champion and probably the most deserving for many a year." - Paul Stoddart in The Australian
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Putinator

What could be more fun than Vladimir Putin in a Renault F1 car? Thanks to Grand Prix Diary for this one. Wonder where the humor went with the demise of the F1-specific Red Bulletin? If you don't have it bookmarked, you should. It's a must read.

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Race prep: Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 01:  Nico Rosberg of Germany and Williams 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 Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


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Abu Dhabi with Seb

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Inside a simulator

The BBC profiles the Williams Formula 1 team's simulator.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

And then there were four...

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber delivered a 1-2 in Brazil to seal the Constructors for Red Bull, while a third place showing by Fernando Alonso sets up a four-way drivers title showdown for the season-ender in Abu Dhabi.

REFILE - WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION  Red Bull Formula One technical chief Adrian Newey (bottom), is congratulated by drivers Sebastian Vettel of Germany (red bull hat) and Mark Webber of Australia (top L, blue cap) and the entire crew after they won the Constructors' Championship title for the 2010 season after the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo November 7, 2010. Vettel won the race and Webber finished second.   REUTERS/Bruno Domingos (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)



Vettel got past pole sitter Nico Hulkenberg at the start, Mark Webber following suit a few turns later, to allow the Red Bulls to speed off into the distance. Hulkenberg put in a strong drive, forcing the title challengers to earn their way past and ultimately finishing eighth, a performance that will hopefully seal a seat for the rookie in 2011.

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (R) takes the lead from Williams' Nico Hulkenberg of Germany on the first curve of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo November 7, 2010.    REUTERS/Rickey Rogers (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


All long, Fernando Alonso has maintained all he needs are podiums, and it is proving to be true. The Spaniard's third place at Interlagos keeps Webber eight points adrift. Vettel trails by 15 and will need some luck on his side, while Lewis Hamilton admitted post race only a miracle would give him the championship. Teammate Jenson Button overcame a poor qualifying to finish fifth, but bowed out of the title hunt Sunday.

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel (2nd L) of Germany celebrates with teammate Mark Webber (L) of Australia, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso of Spain and Red Bull team chief Christian Horner, after finishing first, second, and third, respectively, in the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo November 7, 2010. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)


One title down, one to be determined as the circus moves to Abu Dhabi in a week's time for what should be a fitting end to a thrilling season.

Result
  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1:33:11.803
  2. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault +00:04.243
  3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 00:06.807
  4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 00:14.634
  5. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 00:15.593
  6. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:35.320
  7. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 00:43.456
  8. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 1 lap
  9. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 1 lap
  10. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1 lap
  11. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1 lap
  12. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1 lap
  13. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1 lap
  14. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams - Cosworth 1 lap
  15. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1 lap
  16. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1 lap
  17. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1 lap
  18. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth 2 laps
  19. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 2 laps
  20. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth 2 laps
  21. Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth 2 laps
  22. Christian Klien (Austria) HRT - Cosworth 6 laps
  • Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 9 laps
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India-Mercedes 22

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