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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hamilton breaks through for victory in China

Lewis Hamilton broke Sebastian Vettel's string of victories, reeling the Red Bull in on the 52nd lap to take McLaren's first win of the season Sunday in Shanghai.

Red Bull's gamble on a two-stop strategy proved to be its undoing as Vettel's fading rubber made it impossible to hold Hamilton off.

Mark Webber drove a stunning race from 18th on the grid to finish third.

Jenson Button and Hamilton took Vettel at the start, but an odd mistake from Button in the first round of pit stops, when he pulled into the Red Bull pit box, proved costly and allowed Vettel to get out ahead.

Button would finish fourth.

Pirelli made the race interesting, and it was clearly going to come down to tire strategy. Tire degradation was what was asked for this year by the supplier, and it delivered some exciting racing.

For a while it looked as if Nico Rosberg was going to be able to pull out a Shanghai surprise for Mercedes, but fuel concerns forced him to dial it back. He finished fifth ahead of the two-stopping Massa and Alonso, sixth and seventh respectively, cementing three stops was the way to go in this contest.

Of note further back,
Heikki Kovalainen finished 16th in the Lotus in what he hailed as the team's “best ever performance,” as the squad was able to stay in touch with the rest of the field.

The lone retirement was STR's Jaime Alguersuari, who lost a wheel shortly after pitting. Toro Rosso were fined 10,000 euros for the mistake.

Vettel and Red Bull still lead the standings, but McLaren should make it a contest. What a difference from the end of winter testing, when McLaren was really on its back foot. It should be interesting to see what new bits become available as the circus moves to Europe in three week's time.

Result

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1h 36m 58.226s
  2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull +00:05.198
  3. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull 00:07.555
  4. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 00:10.000
  5. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:13.448
  6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 00:15.840
  7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 00:30.622
  8. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 00:31.026
  9. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 00:57.404
  10. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 01:03.273
  11. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 01:08.757
  12. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Renault 01:12.739
  13. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams 01:30.189
  14. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso 01:30.671
  15. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1 lap
  16. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 1 lap
  17. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 1 lap
  18. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1 lap
  19. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus 1 lap
  20. Jerome d'Ambrosio (Belgium) Virgin 2 laps
  21. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin 2 laps
  22. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) HRT 2 laps
  23. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 2 laps
  • Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso 47 laps


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Saturday, April 16, 2011

China: Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel put himself in prime position to make it three for three in 2011 by taking a stunning pole in China.


Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton start second and third in the McLarens, but Vettel was in a league of his own.


Nico Rosberg showed some pace in the Mercedes, qualifying ahead of the Ferraris. No doubt Maranello is looking forward to some major updates upon the return to Europe.


There were some surprises in the top ten, including both the Toro Rossos and Force India's Paul di Resta.


Among the disappointed: KERS-less Mark Webber failed to get out of Q1; and Vitaly Petrov, who put the Renault into Q3, was unable to participate when his car came to a stop and the end of Q2.



  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1:33.706

  2. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:34.421

  3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:34.463

  4. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:34.670

  5. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:35.119

  6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:35.145

  7. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso 1:36.158

  8. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1:36.190

  9. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso 1:36.203

  10. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault No 3Q time

  11. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1:35.874

  12. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 1:36.053

  13. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1:36.236

  14. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:36.457

  15. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams 1:36.465

  16. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Renault 1:36.611

  17. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1:36.956

  18. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 1:36.468

  19. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 1:37.894

  20. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus 1:38.318

  21. Jerome d'Ambrosio (Belgium) Virgin 1:39.119

  22. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin 1:39.708

  23. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) HRT 1:40.212

  24. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 1:40.445

FIA post-qualifying press conference


Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

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Friday, April 15, 2011

China: Practice

First session

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull 1:38.739

  2. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull 1:39.354

  3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:40.845

  4. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:40.940

  5. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Renault 1:40.987

  6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:41.046

  7. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 1:41.189

  8. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1:41.222

  9. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1:41.231

  10. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso 1:41.328

  11. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:41.361

  12. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:41.434

  13. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 1:41.494

  14. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 1:41.579

  15. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1:41.610

  16. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1:41.752

  17. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams 1:41.939

  18. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:42.301

  19. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1:43.792

  20. Jerome d'Ambrosio (Belgium) Virgin 1:44.089

  21. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) HRT 1:44.359

  22. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin 1:44.438

  23. Luiz Razia (Brazil) Lotus 1:44.542

  24. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 1:45.019

Second session



  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1:37.688

  2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:37.854

  3. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:37.935

  4. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:37.943

  5. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:38.105

  6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:38.507

  7. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1:38.735

  8. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Renault 1:38.805

  9. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1:38.859

  10. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 1:39.327

  11. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1:39.538

  12. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1:39.667

  13. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso 1:39.771

  14. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:39.779

  15. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso 1:39.828

  16. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams 1:39.925

  17. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 1:39.953

  18. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 1:40.476

  19. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus 1:41.482

  20. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 1:42.902

  21. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) HRT 1:43.850

  22. Jerome d'Ambrosio (Belgium) Virgin 1:44.008

  23. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin 1:44.747


  • Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India no time

Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes


FIA Friday press conference - China

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George, Hoagy and F1

George Harrison gets cornered in Montreal and talks about great music and why he loves F1...

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Race prep: China (cont.)


"By a mistake I put myself out of contention in Australia in qualifying and the race was going good until the problem again. In Malaysia it was just not there. The car was not competitive and we were struggling. I am sure it is going to be a lot better here. We have new parts, we have new things and we are hoping for a much, much brighter weekend."


- Rubens Barrichello


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hard at work in Texas

F1Austin posts a video showing contstruction work at the Circuit of the Americas...



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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Race prep: China


"I am, of course, looking forward to racing in Shanghai as challenges fire me up as much as everybody else in our team. We know that we have little time to build after the race in Malaysia but we are learning with every lap that we race, so we are heading there with an open mind and full of ambition to do better than in the opening races. We know that our fans in China are very enthusiastic and really get behind us, so we will definitely try to put on a good show for them."

- Michael Schumacher

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Two for two for Seb

Sebastian Vettel held off Jenson Button to take his second victory of the season in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Tires play a deciding role as Button was able to challenge by 19 laps on the primes while his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, was forced to take a fourth stop.

Nick Heidfeld came in third, proving Renault's speed in Melbourne was no fluke.

KERS-less Mark Webber was fourth and Felipe Massa was the best of the Ferraris in fifth.

A spirited battle between Hamilton and Fernando Alonso resulted in both drivers having 20 seconds added to their race times by the stewards: Hamilton for blocking and Alonso for causing a collision.

Alonso remains in sixth but Hamilton's penalty drops him to eighth behind Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi, who once again was one of the most exciting drivers on the circuit. Mixing it up with the likes of Webber and Schumacher, Kobayashi delivered Sauber's first points of the season following its Australia disqualification.

Vettel and Red Bull are solidly in control of both championships as the series now moves on to China.

Results

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull 1:37:39.832
  2. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +00:03.261
  3. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Renault 00:25.075
  4. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull 00:26.384
  5. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 00:36.958
  6. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 00:57.248*
  7. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 01:06.439
  8. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 01:09.957*
  9. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 01:24.896
  10. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 01:31.563
  11. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 01:41.379
  12. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1 lap
  13. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso 1 lap
  14. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso 1 lap
  15. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 1 lap
  16. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin 2 laps
  • Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 4 laps
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) HRT 10 laps
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (Belgium) Virgin 14 laps
  • Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus 25 laps
  • Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 33 laps
  • Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams 34 laps
  • Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 42 laps
  • Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 48 laps
*penalty

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Formula Fun

Having a baby? Need to get to the hospital fast? Who would you chose?

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Malaysia: Qualifying

It's Sebastian Vettel on Pole at Sepang after he edged Lewis Hamilton at the end of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Mark Webber starts third and Jenson Button fourth as Red Bull and McLaren continue to be fastest on the grid in the early going.

Fernando Alonso managed fifth in the Ferrari, while Nick Heidfeld took sixth as Renault continue to impress.

And good news for HRT as both Tonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan managed to beat the 107 percent rule and qualify.

Qualifying

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull 1min 34.870 secs

  2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:34.974

  3. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull 1:35.179

  4. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:35.200

  5. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:35.802

  6. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Renault 1:36.124

  7. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:36.251

  8. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1:36.324

  9. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:36.809

  10. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1:36.820

  11. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:37.035

  12. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso 1:37.160

  13. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso 1:37.347

  14. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1:37.370

  15. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams 1:37.496

  16. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 1:37.528

  17. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1:37.593

  18. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1:38.276

  19. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 1:38.645

  20. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus 1:38.791

  21. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin 1:40.648

  22. Jerome d'Ambrosio (Belgium) Virgin 1:41.001

  23. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) HRT 1:41.549

  24. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 1:42.574

FIA post-qualifying press conference - Malaysia


Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Malaysia: Practice

First session

  1. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull 1:37.651

  2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:39.316

  3. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:39.791

  4. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 1:40.377

  5. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1:40.443

  6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:40.453

  7. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Renault 1:40.525

  8. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams 1:40.581

  9. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:40.601

  10. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:40.646

  11. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1:40.734

  12. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1:40.748

  13. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso 1:40.770

  14. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1:40.872

  15. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:40.927

  16. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus 1:41.620

  17. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull 1:41.627

  18. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 1:41.642

  19. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin 1:42.154

  20. Jerome d'Ambrosio (Belgium) Virgin 1:42.540

  21. Davide Valsecchi (Italy) Lotus 1:44.054

  22. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) HRT 1:45.228

  23. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 1:46.267

  24. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1:47.932

Second session



  1. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 1:36.876

  2. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:36.881

  3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:37.010

  4. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1:37.090

  5. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:38.088

  6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:38.089

  7. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:38.565

  8. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Renault 1:38.570

  9. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:38.583

  10. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso 1:38.846

  11. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1:38.968

  12. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams 1:39.187

  13. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1:39.267

  14. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1:39.398

  15. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 1:39.603

  16. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1:39.625

  17. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1:39.809

  18. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso 1:40.115

  19. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin 1:40.866

  20. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus 1:41.890

  21. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 1:43.197

  22. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) HRT 1:43.991

  23. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 1:44.886

Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes


FIA Friday press conference - Malaysia

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Race prep: Malaysia (cont.)


"I always enjoy coming here. This is one of those circuits that really makes me smile when I land into Malaysia, as it is a very flowing circuit. I have had some pretty good races here in the past, not just the one that I won but also other races where I haven’t been on the podium but have had great races with people around here. It is one of those circuits where you can really have a good tussle as corners flow into each other."


- Jenson Button


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Friday, April 1, 2011

Race prep: Malaysia


“Malaysia is the first real track we go to, as Australia is a semi-street circuit. It’s hot and rains every day, but the question is when and how much? It will be a tricky one... Generally the overseas races are special, as you go there a few days earlier than usual, so you get to see different things. I enjoy that and am looking forward to it.”


-Sebastian Vettel

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