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June 10th, 2013
Sebastian Vettel’s victory in the Canadian Grand Prix showed that he is still improving as a driver, according to his Red Bull boss Christian Horner. The triple world champion took his third win of the season in Montreal with the biggest winning margin of the campaign that helped open up a 36-point advantage in the drivers’ standings.
June 9th, 2013
Adrian Sutil will approach FIA race director Charlie Whiting about what he feels is an inconsistent application of Formula 1′s blue flag rules. Sutil was given a drive-through penalty for disregarding blue flags when the drivers battling for second place came up to lap him. But the German vehemently disagreed with the officials’ call.
June 8th, 2013
Paul Hembery: “As has so often been the case in the past in Canada, today was all about rain: which is frequently what makes this such an exciting and unpredictable race.
June 8th, 2013
Five drivers have been summoned to see the Canadian Grand Prix stewards for not lining up properly at the end of the second qualifying segment in Montreal. Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen, Toro Rosso duo Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, Williams driver Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez of McLaren have been requested to see the stewards after failing to leave the pitlane in order when all the cars were lined up to go out for the final two minutes of Q2
June 7th, 2013
Paul Hembery: “The rain in the morning meant that the drivers didn’t really get to assess the new construction of the rear as thoroughly as they would have liked to, but initial feedback has been positive. We’ll be analysing a lot more data about this new construction over the next few days before drawing a final conclusion, but we don’t expect this to be a massive change. It’s only a minor alteration to ensure that none of the previous delaminations – which do not impact on safety – recur, and it doesn’t affect the fundamental characteristics, performance or durability of the tyre
June 6th, 2013
Sebastian Vettel has no doubts that Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will have had a ‘big help’ from their recent Pirelli tyre test. After welcoming the fact that the FIA has decided to open disciplinary proceedings against Mercedes for its running of a 2013 car at Barcelona last month, Vettel says that suggestions his rivals did not benefit cannot be taken seriously
June 3rd, 2013
Lewis Hamilton does not need to make drastic changes in order to answer Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg’s challenge, according to team principal Ross Brawn. The 2008 world champion has been outpaced by Rosberg in recent grands prix, with the German capturing pole position for the last three consecutive races and claiming a dominant victory on the streets of Monaco. Hamilton said in the aftermath of that victory that the pressure was on him to improve , but Brawn believes he simply needs more time to gel with his new team
May 25th, 2013
Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Ross Brawn has ruled out using one of his drivers as a sacrificial lamb in the Monaco Grand Prix to try to guarantee his outfit victory. With Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton securing the front row in Monte Carlo, the team could boost its chances of a win by using one of the drivers to hold the rest of the field up while the other is allowed to break free at the front
May 25th, 2013
Paul Hembery: “Qualifying got off to a tricky start as the drivers were immediately confronted with wet conditions for the first time all weekend in Q1, making it difficult to judge the amount of grip available – particularly as some parts of the circuit were much wetter than others. Generally we saw that the track got a lot quicker as each session went on, making the timing of each qualifying run absolutely crucial.
May 24th, 2013
Formula 1 drivers are going to face as tough a challenge as the teams next year in adapting to the new technical regulations, reckons former champion Alain Prost. As F1 gears up for the switch to 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines, Prost is in no doubts about the amount of work that is going to be needed for anybody to be successful in 2014
May 23rd, 2013
McLaren junior racer Stoffel Vandoorne has been given a five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Formula Renault 3.5 race in Monaco for crashing under yellow flags in free practice. Vandoorne topped the session – his first around the streets of the Principality – but he was involved in an accident that brought the red flags out with two minutes to go
May 22nd, 2013
Sebastian Vettel insists that Red Bull is not alone in being unhappy about Pirelli’s tyres, and thinks it unfair his team are being singled-out as whiners. Rivals have criticised Red Bull’s outspoken views on the impact of more aggressive tyres this year, even though it is leading the constructors’ championship and Vettel is on top of the drivers’ standings. The team’s stance was further questioned after the Spanish Grand Prix when owner Dietrich Mateschitz suggested F1 was no longer ‘racing’ because Vettel stopped four times – even though he adopted a similar tactic to win the race in 2011.
April 23rd, 2013
Lotus believes that unlocking a better understanding of Pirelli’s medium compound tyre is key to helping Kimi Raikkonen deliver the grid positions he needs to win more races and maintain his title shot.
April 22nd, 2013
In a year when rivalry between team-mates has hit new heights – following issues at Red Bull in Malaysia and Force India in Australia and China – it was McLaren’s turn in Bahrain to find itself trying to deal with a frenetic fight between its two drivers. As Jenson Button and Sergio Perez battled furiously with each other – banging wheels and making contact with each other – the team knew it was in a difficult situation in wondering whether it needed to intervene. While emotions ran high on Sunday, both in terms of radio communication and post-race television interviews, the situation calmed down in the hours after the race.
April 21st, 2013
Paul Hembery: “It was fantastic to see such brilliantly close racing all the way down the field, from the start to the finish of the grand prix. To some extent this was down to the fact that there was only a small performance gap between the two compounds, meaning that we saw lots of different thinking on strategy. On this occasion, there was no clear advantage in starting on particular compound when it came to overall race time.
April 21st, 2013
Lewis Hamilton – 5th: “I’m really happy with our result today. It’s been a tough weekend for us but we got through it and finishing in fifth place was some good damage limitation. My race didn’t start well at all
April 16th, 2013
Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali believes the team is in control of its own world championship destiny this year having proved the pace of its car with victory in the Chinese Grand Prix. Last season, Fernando Alonso was able to open up a 40-point lead in the drivers’ standings before the August break through consistent scoring as other teams’ performances fluctuated.
April 14th, 2013
Paul Hembery: “Strategy played a key role in today’s race, with the medium tyre proving particularly effective at the beginning of the grand prix on full fuel. This initially rewarded the drivers who started on the medium tyre, and also meant that those who started on the soft tyre completed a short first stint in order to move onto the medium as quickly as possible. “As a result we saw plenty of overtaking, with many of the strategies reliant on the drivers passing as many cars as possible to gain track position before their next stops.
April 13th, 2013
Paul Hembery, motorsport director: “It’s clear that tyre strategy is going to play a key role tomorrow and we saw that in qualifying today. With a difference of around 1.5 seconds between the medium and the soft tyre, qualifying on the softer compound was the natural choice in terms of outright time. However, the soft tyre delivers its best in qualifying over just one lap – a little bit like a qualifying tyre – which is why the drivers left it until late in many of the sessions to go out and set a time
April 13th, 2013
Mercedes will have no hesitation in imposing team orders on its drivers again if it is in the outfit’s best interests, despite suggestions it had abandoned the policy after the controversial Malaysian Grand Prix . Niki Lauda, the outfit’s non-executive chairman, said several times in China that Mercedes would not use team orders anymore after Nico Rosberg was left unhappy at being told to hold position behind Lewis Hamilton at Sepang.