by Brian Carroccio He's got a nice trust fund, and a charming life in The Big Easy. But a chance visit to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix piques the curiosity of thirty year-old computer wizard Zak Radford. Seeing a potential outlet for his technical capabilities, Radford signs on with the mid-level Bart Racing Team. However, he soon realizes that the glamorous, highly competitive world of Grand Prix racing will challenge him more than he could have ever possibly imagined. Radford's journey is the story of Zapped: A Grand Prix Thriller by Alan Wilson. Overall, Wilson succeeds in penning a novel that has all of the hallmarks of a major motion picture, while simultaneously giving the die-hard racing enthusiast an inside view at the sport he knows so well.
by Brian Carroccio Do you find it frustrating to read articles that bounce from subject to subject, without anything resembling a central theme or coherent thesis? Well, sorry. Contrived. Arbitrary. A pathetic appeal to society's ever-growing appetite for entertainment in lieu of what is sporting and fair. Formula One’s decision to award double points in next season’s finale at Abu Dhabi is all those things. And for the record, count this writer amongst the very large and very vocal chorus of naysayers lambasting the idea for the reasons mentioned above, and more.
Ties record 13 wins in a season Sebastian Vettel won his 9th F1 race-in-a-row in extremely slippery off-and-on wet conditions in winning the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos Sunday. It was Vettel's 13th win of 2013 tying the record number of wins in a single season previously held by Michael Schumacher. Mark Webber held off Fernando Alonso for 2nd place. Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg rounded out the top-5.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Some say he is better than Ayrton Senna in the rain. He certainly is smashing all his records. Even in heavy rain at Interlagos Saturday, Sebastian Vettel took pole from Nico Rosberg for the Brazilian GP. Vettel set the fastest time with a lap of 1m26.479s. Rosberg grabbed second spot with a time of 1m27.102s. Vettel celebrated over the radio: "Unbelievable, we didn't need a second attempt - we did it in the first one! Ole!" He is that good.
From Interlagos Brazil has a big few years ahead in sporting terms but one of its oldest international events is its Formula One race. Interlagos, deep in the heart of sprawling Sao Paulo, has been the host of the country’s Grand Prix every year since 1990, and before that for much of the 1970s. The Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro, which staged the Grand Prix in 1978 and between 1981 and 1989, is incidentally now being converted into Rio's Olympic Park ahead of the 2016 Games.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel extended his Formula 1 winning streak to eight consecutive races with another easy victory in the United States Grand Prix, his 38th career win. Vettel is now the only driver to win eight consecutive races in a season. He now has 12 wins in 2013, one short of tying Michael Schumacher's record of 13. Romain Grosjean in the Lotus Renault finished in second place 6.2 seconds behind.
USGP Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull 1-2 in qualifying for the US Grand Prix. Webber was a tenth clear of Vettel after their respective first runs in Q3 and improved further on his second set of new tires to sit on provisional pole. But Vettel did what Vettel does and on his final lap he went fastest of all in the final sector to pip Webber to pole by just over a tenth of a second. The Red Bulls were more than three quarters of a second quicker than Roman Grosjean, who put his Lotus in third.
From Milton Keyes Two weeks on from securing the 2013 Drivers' Championship in India, and three days after his seventh race win in succession at the Abu Dhabi GP, Sebastian Vettel on Wednesday returned to Red Bull's Milton Keynes F1 headquarters for the first time as a four-times World Champion. Joining the German at a special title-winning press conference were team boss Christian Horner along with design mastermind Adrian Newey and below are the best bits from the trio's media appearance...
by Mark J. Cipolloni Predicted by AR1.com that he would be the greatest F1 driver of all-time three years ago, Sebastian Vettel certainly is making that prediction come true. Vettel dominated the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in his Red Bull-Renault today leading every lap for his 7th straight win by over 30-seconds. His teammate Mark Webber who started on pole, was beaten by Vettel into Turn 1 at the start and never sniffed the lead again. He finished second.
Nips Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel In a somewhat stunning upset, Mark Webber has beaten Sebastian Vettel to win pole in Abu Dhabi by the slimmest of margins. Webber's last lap of 1m39.957s was just enough to hold off his teammate. Nico Rosberg took third for Mercedes ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton who spun out trying to beat his faster teammate. Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-5 for Lotus.
by The Black Book Formula One probably peaked in terms of race venue design with the Yas Marina Circuit, one of the first elements of a massive US$40 billion development of manmade Yas Island and undoubtedly the most technologically advanced and spectacular Grand Prix venue of all. Woven around a manmade port and the visually stunning Yas Hotel, the exterior of which changes color on demand and provides stunning imagery during a Grand Prix.
by Stephen Cox So the big news from Formula 1 last week was the audio release demonstrating the sound of the new Honda engine. You can listen to it here. Honda released the audio track to legions of F1 fans who glory in the sound of high revving engines. True enough, there is little in life to beat the enthralling sound of a race engine at fever pitch. But as I sat in the office last week enjoying my morning Irish breakfast tea and listening to the Honda engine scream on YouTube, a funny thing happened.
Vettel wins, wraps up 4th straight F1 title in India
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel has done it again. He wrapped up his 4th straight F1 world title in India on Sunday the way he did the previous three - in dominating style with his sixth straight race win and 10th of the season. Vettel led from pole and after the first lap led by a massive 2.5 seconds, deflating any hopes by the other 23 drivers that the German could be defeated. At the end Vettel won by 30 seconds over Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean and with his 4th straight title came the 4th straight constructors title for Red Bull.
Vettel defeats Mercedes duo to take Indian GP pole
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel showed once again why he is the best driver in F1 today. Not only did he produce one of his most commanding qualifying performances of the year to take Indian Grand Prix pole over the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, he beat his teammate Mark Webber in an identical car by almost a full second. However, Webber is on a different tire strategy.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel won his fifth consecutive Formula 1 victory in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka after a race-long fight with Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber, as well as a scare from Lewis Hamilton at the start. After a slow start Vettel passed Grosjean for 2nd on lap 41 and his teammate Mark Webber on Lap 42 and was able to cruise home to extend his winning streak to five. Fernando Alonso meanwhile finished fourth, meaning that Vettel must wait until India at least to be crowned a four-time champion.
As KERS issues hit Vettel Mark Webber won his first pole of the 2013 season ahead of his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel at Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was third for Mercedes ahead of the Lotus of Romain Grosjean. Vettel is just under two-tenths of a second back from his team-mate, despite car issues. Felipe Massa was 5th for Ferrari as he once again outqualified his teammate Fernando Alonso.
4th straight F1 title all but assured Sebastian Vettel raced to his fourth straight Formula 1 victory in a Korean Grand Prix Sunday and all but assured his fourth straight F1 title in the process. Kimi Raikkonen drove from 10th on the grid to finish second and his Lotus teammate, Romain Grosjean, was third. Vettel raced away from pole and never looked back. Vettel is so good he pulls away in the first few laps out of DRS range and no one can ever catch him after that. It's as if he is taking candy from a baby.
Korean Grand Prix qualifying Practice proved that Mercedes has a faster car than Red Bull in Yeongam South Korea as Lewis Hamilton topped both practice sessions on Friday for the Korean GP F1 race. But on Saturday, Sebastian Vettel does what Sebastian Vettel does - demoralize his competition. Vettel took his third straight Formula 1 pole as he beat Lewis Hamilton in Korean Grand Prix qualifying. His initial Q3 lap of 1m37.202s put him 0.308 seconds clear of the leading Mercedes
Special Investigation: The Cosworth CA 2.4 liter V8
20,000 RPM Formula One engine From 1906 through to 2006, Grand Prix engine speeds rose ever higher, from less than 2000 rpm to ultimately a mind-boggling 20,000 rpm. Then the rule-maker abruptly halted the march of progress with a 19,000 rpm rev limit for 2007, subsequently reduced to the current stifling 18,000 rpm – plus, to add insult to injury, a moratorium on development. While engine evolution is back in 2014, the emphasis henceforth will be fuel efficiency rather than outright, untrammeled performance. The glorious Century of Speed is over.
Racing has never seen anyone like Sebastian Vettel
by Brian Carroccio This past weekend, Sebastian Vettel moved into sole possession of fourth-place on the career F1 wins list with a sublime victory at the Singapore Grand Prix. Breaking a tie with second-place Singapore finisher Fernando Alonso on the career wins list, Vettel now trails only Ayrton Senna (41 wins), Alain Prost (51) and Michael Schumacher (91) for career victories. But Vettel’s accomplishments become even more pronounced when you consider he turned just 26 this past July 3rd. And let the record show, there is no historical benchmark of any kind resembling a parallel to Vettel’s accomplishments at such a young age.
by Brian C. Mackey It’s kinda weird getting older. Mind you, I’m not quite Social Security “old”, but I am 61. I’ve come to an age where my mere memories can spur looks of amazement, if not bewilderment, from my younger-aged colleagues and casual younger acquaintances. For those my age, you understand immediately what I’m talking about. For those of you not this old yet, let me explain.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel has won his third straight Singapore GP in dominating style taking a 32.6s win over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. The Red Bull man put a stamp on his 4th straight world title by taking his 33rd career F1 win leading from pole and walking away from the field at will. Kimi Raikkonen was third for Lotus ahead of the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Felipe Massa was 6th in the 2nd Ferrari.
Dares them to knock him off pole in Singapore Sebastian Vettel took his fifth pole of the 2013 Formula 1 season in Singapore Grand Prix qualifying despite sitting out the final minutes and daring any driver to beat him. They all ran out of talent and did not. His initial 1m42.841s lap put him 0.6 seconds clear of his rivals. He had also outpaced the pack by nearly a second in Q2, such is his superiority. Vettel's daring approach to the pole shootout took balls, as first Mark Webber, then Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean all tried to knock him off. In the end, they all ran out of talent. Rosberg's Mercedes came closest, 0.091 seconds down on Vettel.
by Pete McCole Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) captured victories on Sunday in the third annual Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at zMax Dragway, marking the opening round of the six-race Countdown to the Championship.
Wins Italian GP for third time Three time World Champion Sebastian Vettel put on another driving clinic as he guns for his fourth straight F1 title in Monza Sunday by winning the Italian Grand Prix over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. Vettel took the lead from pole at the start and used his superior skills to open up enough gap in the opening laps to prevent second place (in this case Felipe Massa) from using DRS and then pulled away to control the remainder of the race.
World Champion breaks Mercedes pole monopoly Three time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel looks like he is serious about making it four titles in a row. After the recent domination of F1 qualifying by the Mercedes team, Vettel and Red Bull stepped up their game at Monza and took pole with a time of 1m23.755s ahead of his teammate Mark Webber. Vettel was fastest in the 2nd practice on Friday, the third practice on Saturday morning and he was fastest in Q1, Q2, and Q3 in qualifying.
Gives everyone a driving lesson Sebastian Vettel took the lead from polesitter Lewis Hamilton about 1/3 through the first lap and pulled away to a dominating win in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. Fernando Alonso came from 9th on the grid to finish 2nd ahead of the Mercedes of Hamilton who struggled to keep his faster teammate Rosberg at bay at the end. Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber rounded out the top-5. Vettel led every lap and set fastest race lap in a display of complete domination. He also led his 2,000th F1 lap in the process, reaching that mark at the youngest age in history.
Wet/Dry/Wet track makes Belgian GP qualifying a crapshoot Lewis Hamilton has won pole for the Belgian GP at Spa with a lap of 2m01.012s on the drying Ardennes mountain track. Sebastian Vettel had pole briefly with a lap of 2m01.200s but Hamilton followed him over the line on a drying track to take his fourth straight pole for Mercedes. Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber will start 3rd.
Formula 1 There is great anticipation about the cinematic release of “Rush”, the film directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard about the sporting rivalry and relationship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the dramatic and emotional 1976 season. One of the main players in that era of Formula 1 history was Luca di Montezemolo, who was then the Scuderia’s sporting director during his first experience at Maranello.
by Brian Carroccio Round the clock programming devoted exclusively to man's fascination with motoring endeavors was a revolutionary concept 17 years ago. I would argue it still is. However, at midnight on January 1, 1996, the stars aligned to bring the first round the clock motorsports channel in world history to 3.2 million American homes. A brainchild of the entrepreneurial spirit and conceived in an climate drastically different than the one in which it will disappear, Speedvision offered a bountiful buffet of never before seen programming devoted to the motoring enthusiast.
Abiteboul: Caterham making investments for the future
Backmarker team trying to pull itself up out of gutter The 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship reached its halfway point on lap 36 of the Hungarian Grand Prix, a race Caterham F1 Team’s drivers Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic finished in 14th and 15th places respectively. With the 2013 season now heading towards its mid-season August break, Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal of Caterham F1 Team, reflected on the year so far and what is to come for the second half of the season for the Leafield based team.
Grandfather of IndyCar driver James Davison Tony Gaze has died in Geelong, Victoria, at the age of 93. he was Australia’s first Grand Prix driver and a man with an extraordinary life. Below is an article about him in GP+, earlier this year. It is interesting to add that Tony is the step-grandfather of Will and Alex Davison, Australian V8 Supercar Drivers as well as James Davison, who is making his INDYCAR debut at Mid-Ohio this weekend.
Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday for Mercedes GP, 10.9 seconds over Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus-Renault in second, and 12.4 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull-Renault in third place. The win is Hamilton's fourth win at the Hungarian GP equaling the record of Michael Schumacher. It was his first win for his new team.
Formula 1 On his final lap Lewis Hamilton kept the Mercedes pole winning streak alive with a lap of 1m19.388s to beat Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull by 0.038s in qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of Hungary in Budapest. It was the 7th pole for Mercedes this year. Romain Grosjean will start third for Lotus ahead of Nico Rosberg in fourth in the other Mercedes. He will start ahead of Fernando Alonso in fifth and Kimi Raikkonen in sixth and Felipe Massa seventh in the 2nd Ferrari.
Formula 1 Sebastian Vettel drove his Red Bull Renault to a 1-second win over the Lotus Renaults of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in today's German GP F1 race at the Nurburgring. Fernando Alonso was 4th for Ferrari ahead of polesitter Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Vettel took the lead at the start and only gave it up during pitstops as has drove a measured race in front of his home fans.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Lewis Hamilton has won the pole position for tomorrow's German Grand Prix with a fantastic lap of 1m29.398s, 0.103s ahead of Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull. The pole put a smile on the faces of Mercedes who wanted pole in front of the German fans, but German Vettel was not happy about losing the pole he held until the final seconds. Mark Webber will start third with a time of 1m29.608s.
by Mark J. Cipolloni On a rainy afternoon in New Jersey I recently got an inside look at the planning for the New Jersey Grand Prix F1 circuit with Chris Pook and the Chief Operating Officer of the event, Dennis Robinson. The 3.2-mile circuit runs along the Hudson River waterfront between the towns of Weehawken and West New York in NJ. It promises to be the fastest street circuit in the world with a view second only to Monaco and you won't want to miss it.
Mercedes driver holds off Mark Webber Nico Rosberg has won the British GP by just 0.7 seconds over the Red Bull of Mark Webber in a race ruined by exploding Pirelli tire after tire. It was Rosberg's 2nd win of the year. Lewis Hamilton blew a tire early but recovered to chase Fernando Alonso home in 4th. Alonso recovered from his 10th place starting spot to give Ferrari the final podium spot. Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-5 for Lotus.
Formula 1 Using his superior Mercedes car that has dominated F1 qualifying all year, Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for the British GP, his first at Silverstone since 2007. Hamilton won the battle with his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber are in the second row just 0.009s apart. Paul di Resta was with fifth on the grid for Force India.
Russian F1 Grand Prix Circuit Preparations for the upcoming Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, which will be held in 2014 in Sochi Olympic Park, are well underway. The key persons of the project released detailed information on the Grand Prix preparation, construction progress and construction inspection of the Formula 1 circuit in Sochi.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel crushed Lewis Hamilton and then Fernando Alonso to cruise to victory in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. The three time world champion was on a different level throughout the race and now is just two overall wins behind Nigel Mansell yet he is only 25 years old. Starting from pole position he demoralized Lewis Hamilton by the end of lap one with a 2-second lead - already outside of reach of DRS.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Sebastian Vettel, gunning for his fourth straight F1 title, has taken pole for the Canadian GP in the wet with a time of 1m25.425s. Lewis Hamilton will start second for Mercedes and Valtteri Bottas was a shocking third. Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber rounded out the top-5 ahead of the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.
Dominates entire race weekend Helped by the secret illegal Pirelli tire test that helped the Mercedes team solve their tire wear problem, Nico Rosberg survived three safety-car restarts to lead the Monaco GP F1 race flag-to-flag over the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Rosberg's teammate, Lewis Hamilton was fourth in front of the sun-drenched French Riviera crowd run alongside the Mediterranean sea.
Mercedes cars fastest in qualifying again Nico Rosberg proved once again to have the measure of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by beating him to win pole position by a margin of 0.091s for Sunday's Monaco GP. Rosberg was fastest in all three practice sessions and then took pole to keep his perfect record intact. It is the 4th straight pole for the Mercedes team. Sebastian Vettel was third for Red Bull ahead of his teammate Mark Webber.
F1 Formula 1 will be free of controversy, Ferraris will be painted yellow with purple spots and hell will freeze over – all these things are more likely to happen than the Monaco Grand Prix losing its place on the championship calendar. The event is an anachronism but that only adds to its charm and helps cement its place as one of the three most famous motor races in the world, alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Spanish fans go wild as Alonso dominates in Barcelona
by Mark J. Cipolloni Ferrari is definitely back and Fernando Alonso delivered a dominating victory to win the Spanish Grand Prix Sunday as his throngs of hometown fans cheered him on. Alonso's Ferrari was untouchable pretty much the entire race and cruised to a comfortable victory over the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen. His Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa was third ahead of the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
Rosberg beats Hamilton Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton captured an all-Mercedes front row in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Rosberg's initial lap of 1m20.8s was good enough, but Rosberg wanted to crush his teammate Hamilton so he improved to a 1m20.718s with his last run just to be certain. Hamilton had to settle for second, 0.254 seconds adrift. Formula 1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel was third for Red Bull, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus and Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.
Formula 1 This year, the final year of the Renault RS27, we explain each of the key systems of the V8 engine in detail. This week we give you the fuel system, a key car system at the boundary between the chassis and the engine teams – the chassis team designing and operating the fuel cell and lift pumps and collector, and the engine team taking responsibility for the main fuel pump, filters and injectors.
by Stephen Cox 83-year-old Formula 1 legend Stirling Moss has once again spoken and the reaction has been as predictable as sunrise. When asked last week if he believed that a woman could win in Formula 1, Moss riled slaves of political correctness by responding, “We've got some very strong and robust ladies, but when your life is at risk, I think the strain of that in a competitive situation will tell when you're trying to win... the mental stress, I think, would be pretty difficult for a lady to deal with in a practical fashion. I just don't think they have the aptitude to win a Formula One race.”
Formula 1 Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix F1 race Sunday with a nine second lead over Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean . This marks the second win for Vettel this season and 28th of his career. Red Bull captures their second win of the season. But make no mistake about it, the best driver in F1 today gave the entire field a lesson in driving in the hot desert.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Nico Rosberg has won pole position for tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix in his Mercedes. Rosberg's lap of 1m32.330s beat Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull who carded a time of 1.32.584s. Fernando Alonso's Ferrari will start third. Rounding out the top-5 were Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber. All five drivers set their time on medium compound Pirellis. Felipe Massa was sixth but he set his time with the hard compound Pirellis.
Formula 1 Technical Feature - Renault The air intake and airbox is one of the most distinctive features of a modern F1 car. Situated just above the driver’s head, the oval-shaped air intake hole dictates not only the shape of the engine cover but also the flow of air into the engine. In this latest feature we explain what it does in detail, but also what goes on underneath the bodywork and inside the RS27.
Chinese GP: Alonso takes Ferrari to dominating win
As tire strategy, rather than driver skill, now defines F1 Fernando Alonso made the most of his Pirelli tires to dominate the Chinese GP, taking his Ferrari to victory in Shanghai. Kimi Raikkonen finished in second place, 10.1 seconds behind, in his Lotus-Renault, followed by pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes, 12.3 seconds behind the winner as Sebastian Vettel's tactics could only give him fourth place, just inches behind Hamilton in a thrilling finish.
Hamilton wins pole as tires ruin the sport Formula 1 has become a ridiculous tire charade and that was no more evident than Saturday in Shanghai. With the soft tires only good for one flying lap and expected to quickly fade in the race, Chinese Grand Prix qualifying was all about rubber conservation. And for that reason polemeister Sebastian Vettel sat out Q3 qualifying, thereby giving someone else a chance to win the pole. Lewis Hamilton made the most of the gift opportunity and claimed his first pole position with Mercedes.
Formula 1 After a two-week hiatus, Formula One fires up again as China and the Shanghai International Circuit play host to the third round of the 2013 FIA F1 World Championship. The tenth year of the Chinese Grand Prix sees teams arriving at the expansive SIC paddock with as many questions as answers generated by the first two grands prix of 2013.
Vettel beats Webber in Sepang as controversy brews
by Mark J. Cipolloni Three time world champion Sebastian Vettel, gunning for his fourth straight F1 title, has won the Malaysian GP after a hard fought battle with his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber as well as the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Vettel and Webber were wheel to wheel repeatedly in the closing laps before Vettel broke clear. "It looks like you wanted it badly enough. There will be some explaining to do," winner Vettel was told on the Red Bull radio, insinuating he won against team orders.
In spectacular fashion Sebastian Vettel, showed why he is the best driver in F1 today. Gunning for his fourth straight world title, the German took pole position by nearly a second on a drying track in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix. With the circuit improving moment by moment in the final part of Q3, Vettel put on a fresh set of intermediates on his red Bull Renault to lap in 1m49.674s. The two Ferraris will line up behind Vettel on the grid. Felipe Massa outqualified Fernando Alonso for a fourth straight race.
Renault Throttles are one of the most important components in an F1 engine. In this feature we explore exactly what they are, how they have changed over the years and how Renault Sport F1 has optimized their operation. A throttle has come to be associated with any part that controls the power of an engine – such as the accelerator pedal – but in actual fact it is a hydraulically operated mechanism used to increase or decrease inlet gases to the engine.
Alonso and Vettel round out the podium Kimi Raikkonen put in a stunning performance in the Lotus Renault to win the opening F1 race of the 2013 season in Melbourne, his 20th career win. Fernando Alonso brought his Ferrari home in second but he had nothing for Raikkonen. The same can be said for polesitter Sebastian Vettel who came home third in his Red Bull. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) rounded out the top-5.
In rain delayed qualifying from yesterday In a qualifying session that was delayed from yesterday due to heavy rain, Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for today's Australian Grand Prix with a time of 1m27.407s in changing conditions! His Red Bull teammate Mark Webber slots into second with a time of 1m27.827s. Lewis Hamilton will start third with his final lap of the session - a 1m28.087s.
Renault Australia will be a stern test for everyone. The average speed round the circuit is towards the top of the table, particularly the quick section at the back that requires good top end speed. The corners are however medium speed so the circuit characteristic and resultant engine requirements will be similar to Valencia, with good drivability and responsiveness through the whole rev range required.
Last team to reveal 2013 car The Williams F1 Team launched its 2013 race car the FW35, at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain today. The latest Williams is a culmination of more than 12 months’ research and development by the team’s technical departments in Grove and features improvements in several key areas over last year’s race-winning FW34.
Start of 2013 Formula 1 testing Captioned photos of the first day of 2013 F1 testing at Jerez in Spain on Tuesday. Mark Webber was fastest until the last 30 minutes when Jenson Button went out and put in a stunner lap.
F1 CT03, Caterham F1 Team’s 2013 race car, was unveiled in the pitlane of the Circuito de Jerez, Spain, on day one of the first official 2013 pre-season test. The car was revealed by the team’s race drivers Charles Pic, who will race in car #20, and Giedo van der Garde who will be in car #21 for the forthcoming season. The 2013 car has technical features that distinguish it from its predecessor, CT01, and it will race in an updated livery.
Of the MR01 boosted by KERS The Marussia F1 Team revealed its 2013 challenger - the MR02 - to the media this morning, ahead of the opening day of pre-season testing in Jerez, Spain. The MR02 represents a comprehensive evolution of the 2012 car, which proved to be the Team’s most successful package in its three formative years of competition, borne out by its progressive development during the latter half of last season.
At Jerez Scuderia Toro Rosso today revealed its new car, the eighth in the team’s history, in the Jerez de la Frontera pit lane, at an event organized by the team’s Spanish sponsor, CEPSA. The wraps were pulled off the STR8 by our unchanged driver line-up of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. While the drivers are the same, the new car is the work of a changed and strengthened technical team.
Formula 1 The Mercedes team unveiled on Monday morning the car with which it will compete in during the 2013 season Formula 1 season. The W04 took to the Jerez circuit for the first time for a few early laps ahead of its official launch in the afternoon. Having shown darkly-lit 'sneak preview' images on its website that triggered a server meltdown, and scheduling a launch event for the afternoon, photographers at Jerez scrambled on Monday morning to take the first unofficial shots of Mercedes' new W04.
New Infiniti partnership and livery The Red Bull team unveiled on Sunday the car its Renault powered RB9 designed by F1 genius designer Adrian Newey. The team's goal - winning its fourth consecutive Formula 1 championship double. The car features a stepped nose unlike some of its competition, which chose to hide the hideous looking step with a courtesy panel.
At headquarters in Hinwil as well as live stream on YouTube The Sauber F1 team and its all new driver lineup of Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez unveiled the team 2013 C32 Ferrari powered F1 car at its Hinwil headquarters in Switzerland on Saturday morning. The new dark grey car features a different paint scheme and gone is the hideous stepped nose, hidden now by a courtesy panel.
VMJ 06 revealed but only 1 driver Force India have unveiled their 2013 challenger, the VJM06, in a launch ceremony broadcast live by Sky Sports News at Silverstone - but identified only one of their two drivers for the upcoming season. With the team still not prepared to name their replacement for new Sauber recruit Nico Hulkenberg, it was left to Paul di Resta - now officially confirmed as the fourth Brit on the 2013 grid - to take the wraps off the team's new car.
Ferrari launches F138 at Maranello The F138 is the fifty ninth car built by Ferrari specifically to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship. The name comes from a combination of the current year and the number of cylinders, to mark the fact that this is the eighth and final year of competition for the V8 engine configuration. The project, which goes by the internal code name 664, is the first design to come from the reorganization concerning working methods that has been in operation for several months
Formula 1 The McLaren team became the second Formula 1 team to unveil its 2013 car with the public launch of the Mercedes-powered MP4-28 on Thursday morning via YouTube. The new car is an evolution of last year's car, at least externally it looks almost identical to the 2012 model it replaces.
And Online The Lotus F1 Team E21 has been unleashed today from the team’s Enstone base in Oxfordshire, England. Revealed to team partners on site, streamed live on YouTube and broadcast live on Sky Sports News in the UK, the E21 will contest the 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with drivers Kimi Räikkönen (E21 No.7) and Romain Grosjean (E20 No.8). With only limited changes to the technical and sporting regulations from 2012, the E21 continues the design themes seen in its race-winning predecessor, the E20.
Mercedes Q and A on 2014 F1 engines Well, it’s not really just an engine any more. Without getting too technical, Article 1.22 of the Technical Regulations now refers to what’s called a ‘Power Unit’. This comprises an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine), an ERS (Energy Recovery System) and all the ancillaries needed to make them work. But why a Power Unit? Well, today’s V8 essentially features a “bolt-on” KERS Hybrid system that was added during the engine’s life. The 2014 Power Unit has been designed with integrated hybrid systems from the very beginning.
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