Monthly Archives: September 2013

FIA Publish 2014 Calendar

The FIA has published the calendar for the 2014 season at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Croatia today.

The 22-race schedule includes the Mexican, Austrian, New Jersey and Russian rounds, with both the Mexican and New Jersey carrying a provisional stamp, with the races subject to circuit approval. The Korean Grand Prix has also been provisionally scheduled, but India has lost its place on the calendar, just three years after its inaugural Grand Prix.

  • Australian Grand Prix – 16th March
  • Malaysian Grand Prix – 30th March
  • Bahrain Grand Prix – 6 April
  • Chinese Grand Prix – 20th April
  • Korean Grand Prix (provisional) – 27th April
  • Spanish Grand Prix – 11th May
  • Monaco Grand Prix – 25th May
  • New Jersey Grand Prix (provisional) – 1st June
  • Canadian Grand Prix – 8th June
  • Austrian Grand Prix – 22nd June
  • British Grand Prix – 6th July
  • German Grand Prix – 20th July
  • Hungarian Grand Prix – 27th July
  • Belgian Grand Prix – 24th August
  • Italian Grand Prix – 7th September
  • Singapore Grand Prix – 21st September
  • Russian Grand Prix – 5th October
  • Japanese Grand Prix – 12th October
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – 26th October
  • Austin Grand Prix – 9th November
  • Mexican Grand Prix (provisional) – 16th November
  • Brazilian Grand Prix – 30th November
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Bittersweet Result For Red Bull

It was a bittersweet result for Red Bull at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Mark Webber retired from the Grand Prix following various faults appearing on the car and eventually dropped out of the race on the last lap.

“I think I did pretty much everything I could today, “Webber said. “We had pace in the car when we needed, we managed the tyres and made a very good undercut on Nico, I was really happy with that lap.

“Then six laps from the end, the guys were getting worried about the car. So, yeah, it’s annoying but someone’s had a tougher day than me somewhere and that’s the way it goes. I was having to short shift, but then, unlike Monza, we started to lose a lot of power. We were just trying to get home at that point but then on the last lap we caught fire.”

And once again, Vettel cruised to victory while his team-mate suffered mechanical issues. It was a flawless victory for the German who led from the first corner to the checkered flag.

“It’s just been a fantastic weekend.” Vettel said. “The start was close, but then we had strong race pace, especially when the safety car came in, and we pushed very hard to try to build up a gap.

 “The last ten laps seemed to go on forever inside the car. I kept my concentration by reminding myself how easily you can make a mistake around here, the walls are close and if you don’t pay enough attention it can go wrong pretty quickly. I focused on hitting the brakes correctly and on saving the tyres.

“We didn’t expect to be that strong, but it’s a team effort. Everyone is pushing hard and I think the secret, if there is one, is that we love what we do and we’re so passionate. The conditions aren’t great here with the heat, but the team always pushes hard and I think that’s what makes the difference. 

Mark Webber got a lift back to Parc Ferme with Fernando Alonso but was later reprimanded for it. As it was his third reprimand, he will take a ten-place grid penalty at the Korean Grand Prix.

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Video – Fernando Alonso Gives Mark Webber A Lift

Both men were reprimanded for the incident, and Mark Webber will take a ten-place grid penalty for receiving his third reprimand of the season.

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September 22, 2013 · 5:18 pm

Webber Receives Ten Place Grid Penalty For Korea

Red Bull’s Mark Webber has been handed a ten-place penalty for the upcoming Korean Grand Prix following a reprimand.

The Australian broke down on the final lap of today’s Singapore Grand Prix and flagged Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso down on the parade lap, in a repeat of the duo’s 2011 taxi at the German Grand Prix.

The Stewards deemed the men to have acted in a manner that would present a danger for other drivers, as Alonso had to stop on track, and reprimanded the duo.

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More Of The Same From Seb

Nobody could stand in Sebastian Vettel’s way as he eased himself to a mundane victory under the 6,000 lights of the Singapore street circuit. A brief spell of around four seconds proceeded the processional Grand Prix as Rosberg beat Vettel to the first corner and gave hope of a race, but overshot his braking and allowed Vettel to retake the lead. Fernando Alonso had a superb start to jump from seventh to third at one of the Spaniard’s strongest circuits, whilst Hamilton joined his team-mate by overshooting the first corner and illegally overtaking Felipe Massa. The entire grid made it unscathed through the first lap as Hamilton was ordered to give the place back to Massa.

Two laps down and Vettel led a two-second lead on Rosberg. Excluding several pit stops, nothing notable happened on track for the first twenty laps.

Eventually, Sergio Perez broke the procession and made a move on Nico Hulkenberg. Nico was forced to take to run off track as Perez was on his inside, but didn’t gain an advantage. However, the stewards made yet another of their infamous mistakes and ordered the German to hand the place to Perez – despite the fact that Nico was ahead of Perez before the incident and didn’t gain an advantage.

Two laps later Daniel Ricciardo out-braked himself and hit the barriers at the tunnel and prompted a Safety Car. On the restart, Rosberg failed to challenge Vettel and he shot off far into the distance.

Romain Grosjean was running high in the order following his third in Qualifying before being told that his engine pneumatic system lacked air. He sat in the box for over forty seconds as a Renault engineer got down on his knees and pumped the engine with air. However, the problem proved fatal and Grosjean was forced to pit two laps later to retire from the race.

Far back, Gutierrez held seventh from Webber and the Mercedes duo. Mark Webber was the first to make a move on the Mexican and slid past him into turn 7. Rosberg was held up behind the Sauber until turn 9 while Hamilton followed his team-mate on the exit of turn 12. The trio now hunted Jenson Button in third, Kimi Raikkonen in fourth, Sergio Perez in fifth and Nico Hulkenberg in sixth. Webber was catching the latter by a fantastic three seconds a lap.

The Trio was soon upon the German and he moved past him at the same point that he passed the sister Sauber as Kimi pulled a fantastic move around the outside of Button for the final podium position. Webber took the fight to Perez through turn 7 and passed him in turn 8 as Rosberg moved past Hulkenberg at the sixth corner.

Paul di Resta binned his Force India at turn 7 for his third retirement in three races, following yet another Q1 drop out for the Scott. Webber was still moving up the grid, taking fourth from Button into the first corner. Rosberg passed Perez a lap later and then targeted his McLaren team-mate as Hamilton overtook Perez towards the tunnel.

In the dying stages, Webber was told to short shift every gear on every corner. Could the Aussie drop out on the last lap after a fantastic late charge?

Felipe Massa was also fighting late on and moved passed Jenson Button – who had lost four place in five laps. Rosberg came right up to the gearbox of Webber’s dying car and was challenging for fourth as Button led Perez from Hulkenberg and Sutil in the remaining Force India. Webber was a sitting duck on the final lap and Rosberg cruised past the Aussie and Hamilton followed suit seconds later.

His next words were to radio “I’m in trouble, I’m in trouble”, and urged to carry on to the line. “Yeah, no can do” he replied. Massa coasted past the Red Bull which then burst into flames, as Vettel crossed the line to win the Singapore Grand Prix.

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Fernando Alonso
  3. Kimi Raikkonen
  4. Nico Rosberg
  5. Lewis Hamilton
  6. Felipe Massa
  7. Jenson Button
  8. Sergio Perez
  9. Nico Hulkenberg
  10. Adrian Sutil
  11. Pastor Maldonado
  12. Esteban Gutierrez
  13. Valtteri Bottas
  14. Jean-Eric Vergne
  15. Mark Webber
  16. Giedo van der Garde
  17. Max Chilton
  18. Jules Bianchi
  19. Charles Pic
  • Romain Grosjean – Engine air-intake issue
  • Paul di Resta – Crash
  • Daniel Ricciardo – Crash

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Sebastian Storms To Singapore Pole

Pastor Maldonado was the first man to take to the track for the first of the three Qualifying sessions at the Singapore Grand Prix, and was followed out by Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen – the latter complaining of back pain. Maldonado set the opening time before Hamilton took top honours, which was then taken by team-mate Rosberg. Nico Hulkenberg came out on the softer compound tyres and became the new fastest driver.

Vettel’s first timed lap put him second behind Hulkenberg, while Webber crossed the line and went fastest by a tenth, soon bettered by Rosberg as he returned to the top again. The top time would be changed several times before the checkered flag flew. On the other end of the field, Felipe Massa was in the drop-zone until his last lap which set him thirteenth. Paul di Resta was not so lucky, dropping out of the first session for the fifth time in eight races. Pastor Maldonado joined him in the drop-zone with eighteenth, Charles Pic was nineteenth, Giedo van der Garde twentieth, Jules Bianchi twenty-first and Max Chilton twenty-second, and last.

Kimi Raikkonen was the first man to leave the pits during Q2. The Finn was soon followed out by Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa, the latter struggling with grip all weekend. Raikkonen set a benchmark lap which was soon bettered by both Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso. Next, both Mercedes drivers came out for a lap and went fastest, Rosberg ahead of Lewis, by six-tenths of a second over Alonso, while running used super-soft tyres.

Vettel was keen to reassert his dominance over the grid and started his fastest lap when the Mercedes duo rolled into the pits. The reigning World Champion was half a second up mid-way through his lap and was .987 up by the time he crossed the finishing line. In the sister Red Bull, Webber slotted in second, eight-tenths behind Vettel. Webber’s 2014 replacement Daniel Ricciardo moved himself up to fourth provisionally whilst Vergne took ninth. Each McLaren had only one timed lap apiece with Button slipping into the top ten but Perez being knocked out from fourteenth. Kimi Raikkonen may have been put off by his back pain, en route to Qualifying thirteenth while Nico Hulkenberg and Jean-Eric Vergne were eleventh and twelfth. Adrian Sutil was fifteenth and Valtteri Bottas was sixteenth.

As per usual, there was no hanging about when the green light came on at the beginning of Q3. The usual idea is to get out quickly, set a fast lap, return to the pits and refuel, and go back out on track. The fastest lap will usually be found during the dying seconds of the session when the track is ‘greenest’.

Sebastian Vettel started his first timed run 1.42.841 crossed the line to set his benchmark lap time. Nico Rosberg took second, Webber third, Hamilton fourth and Grosjean fifth. Getting back to the pitlane, Vettel climbed out and walked away, confident that his six-tenths lead would be enough to keep him on pole.

Felipe Massa came out for a single run and went sixth provisionally. Both Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber slid around the track in the hopes of denying Vettel pole position – Rosberg missed out by .1 whilst Webber missed out by .3.Hamilton was next across the line to go fourth, until Romain Grosjean went third.

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Romain Grosjean
  4. Mark Webber
  5. Lewis Hamilton
  6. Felipe Massa
  7. Fernando Alonso
  8. Jenson Button
  9. Daniel Ricciardo
  10. Esteban Gutierrez
  11. Nico Hulkenberg
  12. Jean-Eric Vergne
  13. Kimi Raikkonen
  14. Sergio Perez
  15. Adrian Sutil
  16. Valtteri Bottas
  17. Paul di Resta
  18. Pastor Maldonado
  19. Charles Pic
  20. Giedo van der Garde
  21. Jules Bianchi
  22. Max Chilton

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Q2 Report

Kimi Raikkonen was the first man to leave the pits during Q2. The Finn was soon followed out by Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa, the latter struggling with grip all weekend. Raikkonen set a benchmark lap which was soon bettered by both Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso. Next, both Mercedes drivers came out for a lap and went fastest, Rosberg ahead of Lewis, by six-tenths of a second over Alonso, while running used super-soft tyres.

Vettel was keen to reassert his dominance over the grid and started his fastest lap when the Mercedes duo rolled into the pits. The reigning World Champion was half a second up mid-way through his lap and was .987 up by the time he crossed the finishing line. In the sister Red Bull, Webber slotted in second, eight-tenths behind Vettel. Webber’s 2014 replacement Daniel Ricciardo moved himself up to fourth provisionally whilst Vergne took ninth. Each McLaren had only one timed lap apiece with Button slipping into the top ten but Perez being knocked out from fourteenth. Kimi Raikkonen may have been put off by his back pain, en route to Qualifying thirteenth while Nico Hulkenberg and Jean-Eric Vergne were eleventh and twelfth. Adrian Sutil was fifteenth and Valtteri Bottas was sixteenth.

  • Nico Hulkenberg
  • Jean-Eric Vergnne
  • Kimi Raikkonen
  • Sergio Perez
  • Adrian Sutil
  • Valtteri Bottas

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