Championship Standings: 1 Lewis Hamilton 291
2 Nico Rosberg 274
3 Daniel Ricciardo 199
4 Valtteri Bottas 145
5 Sebastian Vettel 143
6 Fernando Alonso 141
7 Jenson Button 94
8 Nico Hulkenberg 76
9 Felipe Massa 71
10 Kevin Magnussen 49
11 Sergio Perez 47
12 Kimi Räikkönen 47
13 Jean-Eric Vergne 21
14 Romain Grosjean 8
15 Daniil Kvyat 8
16 Jules Bianchi 2
17 Adrian Sutil0
18 Marcus Ericsson 0
19 Pastor Maldonado 0
20 Esteban Gutierrez 0
21 Max Chilton 0
22 Kamui Kobayashi 0
23 Andre Lotterer 0
Wins 1 Lewis Hamilton9
2 Nico Rosberg 4
3 Daniel Ricciardo 3
Team Wins 1 Mercedes 13
2 Red Bull 3
Podiums 1 Nico Rosberg 13
2 Lewis Hamilton 13
3 Daniel Ricciardo 7
4 Valtteri Bottas 5
5 Sebastian Vettel4
6 Fernando Alonso 2
7 Kevin Magnussen 1
8 Jenson Button 1
9 Sergio Perez1
10 Felipe Massa 1
1 Mercedes 26
2 Red Bull 11
3 Williams 6
4 McLaren 2
5 Ferrari 2
6 Force India 1
1 Nico Rosberg 8
2 Lewis Hamilton 7
3 Felipe Massa 1
Team Pole Positions
1 Mercedes 15
2 Williams 1
1 Lewis Hamilton 6
2 Nico Rosberg 5
3 Sebastian Vettel 1
4 Kimi Raikkonen 1
5 Felipe Massa 1
6 Sergio Perez 1
7 Valtteri Bottas 1
Team Fastest laps
1 Mercedes 11
2 Williams 2
3 Red Bull 1
4 Ferrari 1
5 Force India 1
1 Daniel Ricciardo 945
2 Jenson Button 939
3 Kevin Magnussen 929
4 Valtteri Bottas 929
5 Kimi Raikkonen 895
6 Nico Hulkenberg 894
7 Fernando Alonso 884
8 Nico Rosberg 881
Latest F1 News and Commentary
A chat about 2012 Toro Rosso driver line-up
Q&A with the new drivers and management The day after they were confirmed as a Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers, we caught up with Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost, also talks about the teamâs 2012 driver line-up. "I was actually at home, it was after dinner and the phone call came. It was short, sharp and to the point, but it contained all the news I wanted to hear. It was an awesome Christmas present and a big relief. I was with Mum and Dad at the time and I came out of my room and told them the news and it felt pretty special," said Ricciardo.
Red Bull celebrates F1 championships in Milton Keyes
Hometown celebration for F1's best team Approximately 60,000 spectators turned out in Milton Keynes today to see Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel and seven-times GP winner Mark Webber drive their Red Bull Racing cars on the cityâs streets. The duo were joined by Team Principal Christian Horner, who had just returned from the FIA Awards in India with Mark and Seb, and Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey.
Lola remembers former driver Peter Gethin, who died yesterday at the age of 71, was one of the most dependable and versatile racing drivers of the late 1960s and 1970s. Successful in most forms of motor sport at his time, Gethin was a true enthusiast who won many races driving for Lola amongst many other constructors. Perhaps best known for winning the now legendary 1971 Italian Grand Prix for BRM, Gethin was a well liked and respected racing driver.
Webber wins Brazilian GP, Vettel slowed by gearbox
by Mark J. Cipolloni Australian Mark Webber won his first F1 race of the year at Interlagos in Sao Paulo, Brazil as his Red Bull teammate ran into gearbox trouble forcing him to let Webber ahead for the win. Jenson Button passed the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso late in the going to take the final podium position. Alonso was 4th with Felipe Massa and Adrian Sutil rounding out the top-6.
by Mark J. Cipolloni We told you years ago Sebastian Vettel was the best F1 driver of this era and that prediction continues to hold true. Vettel stormed to his 15th pole position of 2011 for the Brazilian GP at Interlagos and broke a tie he had with Nigel Mansell at 14 poles. Vettel was the only driver to break into the 1m11sec bracket (1m11.918s), just enough to pip his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.
Schumacher the top overtaker in F1 Overtaking - how much, not enough, or too much of the 'wrong' sort - has been a frequent topic throughout the 2011 season, since the advent of DRS (the Drag Reduction System) and Pirelli tires. What is beyond all doubt is that the overall levels of overtaking have climbed to record levels - there have been nearly 1500 passes so far in 18 races. However, no standard definition of an overtaking maneuver exists.
After Vettel suffers puncture on lap 1 After world champion Sebastian Vettel retired on the first lap due to damage from a rear tire puncture, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso was 8.4 sec. behind for Ferrari, with Jenson Button completing the podium for McLaren. Vettel took the lead from pole at the first corner, but just one corner later his Red Bull was forced into a wild spin as its right rear tire deflated.
Vettel does it again, beats McLarens for Abu Dhabi pole
by Mark J. Cipolloni Every era in F1 has its best driver, a driver that is simply faster than all the rest, and we are living through the Sebastian Vettel era now. The Red Bulls were slower than the McLarens all weekend but on the final lap of qualifying at Yas Marina for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel carried his slower Red Bull to the fastest time in Q3 to win pole position by 2/10ths of a second. Lewis Hamilton will start 2nd barely faster than his teammate Jenson Button.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Like he has done so many times this season, World Champion Sebastian Vettel took off from his pole position and was never headed as he won the inaugural Indian Grand Prix from Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Pole position, fastest lap, it was Vettel's 11th win of the season. He also set a F1 record for leading the most laps in a season - 711 - clearly cementing himself as the best F1 driver of this era. Mark Webber came home 4th in the 2nd Red Bull and Michael Schumacher was 5th for Mercedes, once again beating his teammate Nico Rosberg who was 6th.
by Mark J. Cipolloni F1 World Driving champion Sebastian Vettel won his 13th pole position of 2011 by beating McLaren's Lewis Hamilton for Sunday's Indian GP. Vettel's teammate Mark Webber was third ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari. Jenson Button was fifth and Felipe Massa sixth despite a crash at the very end of Q3 when his right front suspension collapsed on his Ferrari. Hamilton will lose three grid positions as a result of a penalty he received Friday for not slowing for caution flags.
Starting in June 2013 NJ Gov. Chris Christie and the Mayors from Weehawken and West New York announced today that F1 will race on a 3.2-mile course on City Streets along the Hudson River overlooking the Manhattan skyline starting in June 2013. "This is another example of what New Jersey can do when we work together," Christie said. "I can assure the people from Formula One this is going to be one of the wisest decisions you've ever made."
by Mercedes The Formula One drivers will only turn a wheel for the first time at the Buddh International Circuit on Friday morning. But although those practice laps will mark the beginning of a new learning process, the teams and drivers are far from starting from zero when they actually take to the track. Preparations for the race have been underway for nearly a year - and by race day, around one million simulations of the race will already have been completed.
by Mark J. Cipolloni New Jersey, start your engines. Formula 1 is coming to the Garden State in 2013. The course will run along the Hudson River in Weehawken and West New York, where the New York City skyline will provide a dramatic backdrop. The race will be called the Formula 1 Grand Prix of America and AutoRacing1.com took a lap around the planned circuit that was announced Tuesday at the Port Imperial ferry terminal in Weehawken. We numbered the turns as they 'may' be numbered and captioned the photos accordingly.
Vettel wins Korean GP, clinches title for Red Bull
Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel let polesitter Lewis Hamilton lead three laps of the Korean Grand Prix Sunday before Vettel showed him who was the best driver in F1 today by passing him going into Turn 4. The race from there was essentially over. Vettel won the Korean GP comfortably in the Red Bull-Renault, followed by Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren- Mercedes 12.0 seconds behind.
F1 Lewis Hamilton finally broke Sebastian Vettel's stranglehold on F1 pole positions in 2011 by winning the pole position for the South Korean GP, his first pole since Canada. Jenson Button was third in the 2nd McLaren ahead of Mark Webber in fourth in the 2nd Red Bull. It's McLaren - Red Bull - McLaren - Red Bull at the front with Felipe Massa fighting for his job and again beating teammate Fernando Alonso as the Ferraris fill row three.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Jenson Button won the Japanese grand prix but, as the Suzuka spectator's sign confirmed, "Today is Vettel's day". Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel mathematically clinched his second consecutive title by finishing third, also behind Fernando Alonso. "We would have loved to win it but Sebastian is world champion," said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner on BBC 1 television.
by Mark J. Cipolloni World Champion Sebastian Vettel, the fastest man in F1, did it again on Saturday at Suzuka taking his 12th pole position of the year in his Red Bull Renault, just beating McLaren's Jenson Button who was fastest in every practice session of the weekend until then. And it is not his car that makes him fast, because his teammate Mark Webber was a full 7/10ths slower.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Formula One's second coming of Ayrton Senna did it again. Defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel completely dominated the Singapore Grand Prix F1 race on Sunday night on the floodlight lit city streets. Turning laps over 1 second faster per lap than anyone else, it was as if we were watching Senna's dominance of Monaco in 1993 all over again. Only difference this time was that Senna crashed but Vettel did not. Jenson Button finished less than 2 seconds back but it was not that close as Vettel backed off over the final 10 laps and cruised to victory.
Formula 1 Sebastian Vettel won his 11th pole position of the season in Singapore, leading an all-Red Bull front row to keep the team's 100 per cent pole record for the year intact. Jenson Button took third for McLaren, 0.005s ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton, who had picked up a puncture later in Q2 and only did one early run in Q3. The best Ferrari could manage was fifth and sixth, ahead of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes.
by Mark J. Cipolloni In dominating Ayrton Senna-like fashion, Sebastian Vettel won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, his eighth win of the season. It was a crushing defeat of his opposition by he and his Red Bull-Renault. Jenson Button finished in second in the McLaren-Mercedes 9.5 seconds behind, followed by Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari, 16.9 seconds behind. Vettel took the lead on lap 4 with a sensational Senna-like outside pass of a fast-starting Alonso at Lesmo and was never headed for the rest of the afternoon.
by Mark J. Cipolloni If there ever was a heir apparent to Ayrton Senna's title as the fastest man in F1 it would have to be defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel. On Saturday he won yet another pole position, his 10th of the season for Red Bull, easily outrunning McLaren's Lewis Hamilton 1m22.275s to 1m22.725s.
by Mercedes Amid the attention attracted this year by both DRS and the performance characteristics of the Pirelli tires, the return of KERS has been somewhat swamped in the public eye. Yet there's a firm case to suggest that it, too, has played its own crucial role in enabling the significant increase in overtaking for 2011, with the system being variously used to boost drivers into the 'DRS zone' (i.e. less than one second behind the car in front), during the overtaking maneuver itself, or even to defend against a car behind with DRS in operation.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, the best F1 driver in the current era, took a convincing first victory (for him) in the Belgian GP at Spa Sunday ahead of his teammate Mark Webber. Jenson Button was third for McLaren ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in fourth. After starting dead last, Michael Schumacher got the best of his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to finish fifth in the best drive of the day. Rosberg was sixth.
by Bob Heathcote The IZOD IndyCar Series will qualify for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, a 75-lap race this afternoon. But this morning was final practice day for IndyCar, Star Mazda and the Historic F1 cars and our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 100+ photos.
by Bob Heathcote The IZOD IndyCar Series will compete in the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, a 75-lap race at 4:45 p.m. (EDT) Sunday. This is the seventh IZOD IndyCar Series event at Infineon Raceway. Friday was a practice day for IndyCar, Star Mazda and the Historic F1 cars and our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 100+ photos.
9th pole of year for F1's fastest driver Sebastian Vettel has the measure of just about every driver in the F1 paddock, including McLaren's Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton looked to have taken pole at Spa on a partially wet track Saturday morning as he turned a lap some 6/10ths up on Mark Webber. That was until Sebastian Vettel crossed the line not far behind Hamilton when he put up a time 4/10ths faster than Hamilton with a time of 1m48.298s to take his 9th pole of the year for Red Bull.
Mercedes Seventy-two years ago, it no doubt seemed like an innocuous change to speed up the circuit layout. When the teams arrived for the 1939 Belgian Grand Prix at the end of the June, the fiddly Virage de l'Ancienne Douane (Customs House Hairpin) early in the lap had been bypassed with a new, steep uphill section linking to the long straight towards Les Combes.
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by Mark J. Cipolloni In his 200th F1 start Jenson Button overcame tricky conditions on the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest, Hungary and held off Sebastian Vettel by 3.5 sec. to take his 2nd F1 win of 2011. Changing weather conditions forced the drivers and teams to gamble on tire choice and Lewis Hamilton came out the loser.
by Mark J. Cipolloni McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was the only driver to dip below the 1m20s barrier in Q3 and looked set to secure pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix F1 race in Budapest. But for the 8th time this year Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel dug deeper and put in a lap of 1m19.815s to defeat Hamilton who clocked in at 1m19.978s. Jenson Button will start third for McLaren in his 200th Grand Prix start. Felipe Massa was fourth Ferrari, the first time this year he outqualified his teammate Fernando Alonso who will start fifth.
Formula 1 McLarenâs Lewis Hamilton drove a beautifully judged race to victory at a mostly dry Nurburgring on Sunday afternoon, in a race which he described to his crew as âeasyâ during his slowing down lap. Hamilton grabbed the lead from Red Bullâs Mark Webber at the start as Ferrariâs Fernando Alonso and Red Bullâs Sebastian Vettel scrapped over third place on a track that was slightly slippery in places from a very light shower just as the grid formed.
German GP: Webber nips Hamilton and Vettel for pole
by Mark J. Cipolloni Mark Webber seems to like the fast circuits and he showed it again today taking his second consecutive pole position by holding off Lewis Hamilton in German Grand Prix qualifying at the Nurburgring. World championship leader Sebastian Vettel will start only third for his home race - the first time all year he has been off the front row. Silverstone winner Fernando Alonso Ferrari had to settle for fourth in his Ferrari but he is not far off pole.
F1 at Nurburgring The 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship now makes its way to Germany for round 10 of 19, the German Grand Prix, held this year at the twisty, undulating 3.2 mile NĂŒrburgring on the edge of the Eifel mountains and forest range to the north of the country. The German Grand Prix is the home race for two drivers from Renault-powered teams; Lotus Renault GPâs Nick Heidfeld and Red Bull Racing-Renaultâs Sebastian Vettel.
British GP: Alonso wins for Ferrari in tricky conditions
Beats both Red Bull cars by 16 sec. Ferrari ace Fernando Alonso won the British Grand Prix F1 race at Silverstone Sunday sending the tifosi back in Italy into a frenzy and he did so by a comfortably 16 seconds over the two Red Bull cars of points leader Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. On a track that alternated between wet and dry, Alonso drove a masterful race. Lewis Hamilton was 4th after a side-by-side battle to the line with Felipe Massa who finished 5th.
Red Bull cars to start 1-2 at Silverstone Their competitors pushed for a rules change to slow them down, but the Red Bull team still put it to them in qualifying for the British Grand Prix F1 race at Silverstone, England. Mark Webber pipped his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel by just 0.032s early in Q3. Then some rain began to fall later in the session and Vettel had no way to respond and will slot in 2nd on the grid. The 2nd row was all Ferrari with Fernando Alonso a close 3rd, just 0.117s off pole. Felipe Massa will start 4th in his Ferrari but he is 0.725s off of pole, an eternity in F1.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel showed once again why he is the best driver in F1 today by leading the European Grand Prix on the streets of Valencia, Spain from start to finish in his Red Bull. 10.8 seconds back Spaniard Fernando Alonso was 2nd for Ferrari to the delight of the Spanish crowd and Australian Mark Webber was 3rd in the second Red Bull.
Wins yet another pole for European GP The fastest driver in F1 continues to show his heels to the rest of the F1 field. Sebastian Vettel has now won seven poles from eight grands prix, as the world champion took his 22nd Formula 1 career pole in Valencia in qualifying for the European GP. It's an all-Red Bull front row with teammate Mark Webber 2nd, and Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top three for McLaren. The of the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa rounded out the top-5.
Michael Schumacher pays tribute to 100-year old Fangio
Only Schumacher has surpassed his accomplishments Juan Manuel Fangio counts as one of the most skilful and successful racing drivers of all time. On Friday 24th June, the Argentinean would have been celebrating his 100 birthday. Here are five remarkable stories about the five-time world champion.
Mercedes F1 feature Among the myriad rule changes for the 2011 season, one of the less prominent was that gearboxes must now last for five consecutive events rather than four. Furthermore, each team had to choose 30 ratio options before the season began to cover the demands of the 19 circuits, which must be able to cope with the slowest corners at Monaco, and the long straights of Monza, with DRS enabled.
Button makes last lap pass on Vettel to win in Canada
Rain makes for exciting race Jenson Button, on fresher tires, won an epic Canadian F1 Grand Prix with a last lap pass of race leader Sebastian Vettel who got sideways when his super soft tires gave up the ghost with half a lap to go. Button lead only a single lap, the one that counts, the last lap. Behind them Mark Webber used his DRS and KERS to pass Michael Schumacher on the next to last lap to claim the final podium position. Schumacher was close behind in 4th and Vitaly Petrov 5th. Press Conference
Formula 1 If the Montreal circuit is not supposed to be ideally suited to Red Bull, nobody has told F1's fastest driver, Sebastian Vettel, the world champion taking a 21st career pole and the sixth in seven 2011 races in Montreal. Vettel (1:13.014) beat the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso (1:13.199) and Felipe Massa (1:13.217). Mark Webber (1:13.429) lines up fourth in the second Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton (1:13.565) will start the race fifth on the grid.
Vettel holds off Alonso and Button to win Monaco GP
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel has done it again, winning the Monaco Grand Prix after a fierce fight in the closing laps with the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso and the McLaren of Jenson Button. With Vettel's tires worn out Alonso and Button closed on the Red Bull driver but could not find a way past. A late race red-flag for a bad accident in the Swimming Pool complex that resulted in Vitaly Petrov going to the hospital complaining of leg pain. At the restart Vettel squirted away from Alonso and maintained a small lead right to the end with Button coming home third.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel won the 20th pole position of his Formula 1 career in qualifying for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix F1 race. The Red Bull driver's time of 1m13.556s was 0.441 seconds faster than Jenson Button's McLaren ahead of Mark Webber's Red Bull and Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in 4th. Michael Schumacher put his Mercedes in fifth, while Felipe Massa was sixth. Press Conference
by Bob Heathcote The annual Ferrari Challenge was run at Laguna Seca this weekend. A new unofficial track record was set with an ex-Schumacher F1 car â no word yet which car or driver, but word is he did a 1.0625, which is faster than any other lap except for Bourdais in Champ Car spring training (which was also unofficial). Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 160 photographs.
Holds of Hamilton to win 4th time in 2011 Defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel won a race long battle with the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton to win the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona Sunday. Vettel, who again had problems with his KERS was losing 6 to 8 kph on the straights to Hamilton but was still able to keep Hamilton just far enough back that the Brit was never able to make a passing move on the German.
F1 in Barcelona Like they did in Turkey, the two Red Bull drivers turned just a single hot lap in final qualifying in Barcelona and then climbed out of the car and challenged the rest of the drivers to beat their time. No one could and Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel will start 1-2 in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton will start 3rd in his McLaren Mercedes ahead of local hero Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari. Press Conference
by Mercedes F1 With the exception of Monaco, which is an anomaly in every way, the Circuit de Catalunya has long been the circuit at which overtaking is more difficult than anywhere else in Formula One. 16 of the 20 races held at the circuit have been won from pole position, including every one in the past decade. In the past three years, normal overtaking maneuvers have been measured in single figures; on average, there have been 2.3 'normal' passes for position per Spanish Grand Prix since 2008.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel led flag-to-flag Sunday in Istanbul to win the Turkish Grand Prix F1 race over his Red Bull Renault teammate Mark Webber by 8.8 seconds. Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari just 2 seconds behind Webber and Lewis Hamilton 4th for McLaren. For Vettel it was his 13th F1 win and third of the season after crashing heavily on Friday and almost writing off the car.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Come and catch me boys. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel make a statement to the rest of the teams in qualifying for Sunday's Grand prix of Turkey by setting a quick time early in Q3 and then not bothering to even go out for a 2nd run in Q3, yet still took pole with a 1m25.049s lap. His teammate mark Webber was 2nd at 1m25.454s and Nico Rosberg was third in his Mercedes proving the German team has improved dramatically. Lewis Hamilton was 4th for McLaren and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top-5 in his Ferrari.
Formula 1 Team Lotus Enterprise today announces that it has purchased British sportscar maker Caterham Cars. The acquisition by Tony Fernandes, Kamarudin Meranun and SM Nasarudin, the men behind the Team Lotus Formula 1 squad, from the shareholder consortium led by Corven Ventures, will see the legendary lightweight sportscar manufacturer expand its brand profile and product family.
Hamilton reduces Vettel's title lead with China Win
Formula 1 in Shanghai Lewis Hamilton pulled back Sebastian Vettel's runaway lead in the world championship to 21 points by winning the thrilling Chinese grand prix. McLaren's Hamilton passed the previously-dominant RB7 in the closing stages in Shanghai, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner revealing Vettel had KERS problems, while Mark Webber in the sister Red Bull was smiling after a sensational run from 18th on the grid to finish third. Press Conference and Team Quotes
by Mark J. Cipolloni Gunning for his third straight 2011 win in a trot, Red Bull F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel swept to his third pole in three races in Shanghai Saturday afternoon by a comfortable margin of 0.7 sec. over the McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. Jenson Button beat his McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton to the outside front row position. Press Conference and Team Quotes
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel extended his championship lead on Sunday by winning the Malaysian Grand Prix. "In the heat we stayed cool," said the reigning world champion and Red Bull driver, who is now 24 points ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button, who finished second on Sunday. German Vettel's win was despite apparent reliability problems for the KERS system aboard both RB7 cars.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel outgunned Lewis Hamilton and took pole position for the F1 Malaysian Grand Prix in a tight battle between the Red Bull and McLaren teams at Sepang. Hamilton held provisional pole early in Q3 with a 1m35.000s lap, and he then improved to 1m34.974s on his final run, but Vettel, like he has done many times before, finds that little extra on his last run and got his time down to 1m34.870s to beat Hamilton by the slim 0.104 seconds.
So dominant he never needed KERS Sebastian Vettel ran away from the field to take the Australian Grand Prix, in his Red Bull-Renault, 22.2 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren-Mercedes. Vitaly Petrov was in third place, 30.5 seconds behind in his Renault - his first podium, and the first for a Russian driver in Formula One. The sister Renault R31 finished eleven places ahead of Nick Heidfeld. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished fourth.
F1 It looks like another long year for Red Bull's rivals. Defending F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel dominated qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. Comfortably quickest in Q1 and Q2, then 0.8 seconds ahead of the rest of the field after the first Q3 runs were complete, Vettel demoralized the opposition. His lap of 1m23.529s secured the 16th pole of Vettel's Formula 1 career.
Team Lotus civil war breaks out with Tony Fernandes and David Hunt It would be nice, just prior to seasonsâ start, to think that the Team Lotus vs. Group Lotus dispute had finally been resolved â but such is not the case. The F1 team and the major Renault F1 sponsor are meeting head-on in the UKâs High Court this week, squabbling over branding rights and other related issues that should never have been mistreated by either party â given their backgrounds â in the first place. It is also clear that another major player in the saga â David Hunt â is both annoyed and frustrated by the situation.
SAE International to partner with F1 schools in the USA
F1 technology challenge SAE International has partnered with F1 in Schools to host the USA F1 in Schools National Finals. This prestigious student event, which last year produced the F1 in Schools World champions, UNITUS Racing, will take place at Michigan International Speedway from May 11th â 13th, linking with a Formula SAE event.
Formula 1 The Force India VJM04 is the first car created by the team under its new technical director Andrew Green, who exactly 20 years ago was one of the men behind the original Jordan 191. Green and rest of the Silverstone-based team faced major challenges created by the changes in the 2011 FIA Technical Regulations, with a cut in downforce and the movable rear wing chief among them. In addition Pirelli has become the new tire supplier, and the teams have agreed to allow the use of KERS again. The result is a car that is very different from its predecessor.
Formula 1 HRT on Tuesday revealed the first computer-generated photos of its new car and livery for the 2011 season. The F111 looks similar to the Dallara-built chassis of last season, but the Spanish team said it has been designed by Geoff Willis and Paul White. "We are very pleased to introduce the first spec of the F111," said team owner Jose Ramon Carabante. "This is only a first step as we are planning several updates during the season."
2011 launch and debut photos This week saw the 2011 launch and testing debut for most of the Formula 1 teams in Valencia, Spain, though the Force India team tested with last year's car. They will launch their car this coming week. We present the week in photos from Valencia, though in the case of the McLaren team, their launch photos are from Berlin, Germany.
MP4-26 different from other cars The new 2011 McLaren MP4-26 F1 car was revealed in Berlin today. McLaren opted to wait until after the first pre-season Formula 1 test to unveil its new car, having used an interim MP4-25 to focus on tire development and understanding in Valencia this week. The new car features a long flat high nose, innovative L-shaped sidepods, and a different airbox.
Four more 2011 F1 cars break cover as testing starts
Formula 1 at Valencia Red Bull on Tuesday revealed its new car for the 2011 season featuring the number 1 for reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel. Photographs of the RB7, which is an evolution of the dominant title-winning car of 2010, were published on the team's official website shortly before a blue sheet was pulled off in the Valencia pitlane by Vettel - who will drive the car on Tuesday - and Mark Webber.
Formula 1 The newly-named Lotus Renault GP team has become the fourth F1 team to reveal its new car for the 2011 F1 season. The covers came off the R31 during a launch event at the Valencia circuit ahead of the three day test which will begin on Tuesday. After an impressive return to form with the R30 last year, Renault will now hope to challenge for victory again this season with team chairman Gerard Lopez saying he was confident that the team can hit its target of improving in both the drivers' and constructors' championship.
Formula 1 Today, the day before the start of the official Formula One testing, the Sauber F1 Team presented the Sauber C30-Ferrari at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Cheste near Valencia, Spain. Two thousand and eleven sees the Sauber F1 Team embark on its 19th Formula One season. Leaving behind the upheavals of 2010 that followed the metamorphosis from a works to a private team, the aim is to present itself in 2011 with renewed stability
Formula 1 Team Lotus on Monday revealed its 2011 car. In an edition of its online magazine Team Lotus Notes, the team published the first photographs of the new green and gold TL11 featuring a Mercedes-style unconventional airbox shape. The new livery features more yellow and prominent Renault signage, reflecting its new engine partnership with the French marque. The car itself, with a rear end supplied by Red Bull, has a high and straight nose similar to the other designs seen so far including the Ferrari and Mercedes.
A documentary The precocious, handsome, religious and thoughtful Brazilian Ayrton Senna was one of boldest and most exciting race car champions of all time. He was also the last Formula One driver to be killed on the track, in 1994 at age 34, and his dramatic life story merits the attention it receives in this unexpected and very good documentary. The natural core of the story lies in his developing rivalry with, and eventual hatred of, the French champion Alain Prost. Initially fellow members of the McLaren team in the mid-â80s, the worldâs numbers one and two drivers inescapably generated a competitive tension that developed into a âwar,â as Prost puts it.
At its Maranello base Ferrari has become the first F1 team to reveal its 2011 car, with the covers having come off the F150 at its Maranello base on Friday morning. The F150 is the fifty-seventh single-seater built by Ferrari specifically to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship. The Maranello marque chose the name as a tribute and celebration of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Unification of Italy.
Video: The power and the passion - A Ferrari story
Ferrari Go, go, keep going -- with these words Enzo Ferrari touched the hearts and souls of his colleagues. Engineers, team managers, managing directors -- he motivates them all. With 15 drivers and 16 constructors championships, the Scuderia Ferrari is the most successful Formula 1 Team. Since 1950, they have gone into the battle for the crown of Formula 1 year after year. For over decades, the Scuderia learned, suffered and celebrated together with strong partners like Shell. With a look behind the scenes, it becomes clear where this passion comes from.
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