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Chinese GP Podium 2014

Formula 1

Chinese GP Podium 2014


MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS took its third consecutive one-two finish and fourth consecutive win today at the 2014 UBS Chinese Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton took his third victory of the season, with Nico Rosberg finished in second position.

• Lewis drove a lights-to-flag victory to claim his 4th win for the team and the 17th for the Silver Arrows in Formula One
• Lewis achieved the milestone of 25 career wins, equalling Niki Lauda and Jim Clark, and putting him 8th on the all-time list
• Lewis used a two-stop strategy, stopping on laps 17 and 38, running option/prime/prime
• Nico drove a composed race after a complete failure of the team’s telemetry system left his engineers without data throughout the race
• Nico also ran two stops, pitting on laps 13 and 37, also running option/prime/prime

Lewis Hamilton

The team have done an amazing job and all the hard work both here and at the factory is really paying off at the moment. This car is just unbelievable; in the final laps, I was pushing a little bit more to keep up the tyre temperatures and it just felt great to drive. I’m so, so happy today. We had to make a lot of changes after P2 in terms of the set-up of the car but after it rained on Saturday, we didn’t know exactly how it would go today. There was a lot of hard work done, sitting down with the engineers so that we didn´t guess anything and just made the right steps in anticipation for today. I really want to give a big shout-out to the team in Brackley and Brixworth for embracing me last year, for building this amazing car and engine and for continuously pushing forward with so much positive energy in 2014. We are definitely on a roll right now; I’m working hard, the team is working hard and we just want to improve even further when we get back to Europe. 

Nico Rosberg

That was not a perfect weekend for me. Too many things went wrong, beginning with a technical problem and a less than perfect job from me in qualifying. Today I didn’t have any telemetry, so there was no communication from the car to the pits. My engineers couldn’t see what was going on in my car and therefore they couldn’t set up my clutch for the start. The clutch was completely on the wrong place, which is why I had a really bad start. I had some contact with Bottas in Turn 1 and I thought that was it. Luckily my car wasn’t damaged and in the following laps the pace in the car seemed good, which meant I was able to climb some positions. To finish second in the end, on a weekend of damage limitation, is great. I collected some important points again, which makes me happy. It´s great to go back to Europe with the lead in the Championship. In Barcelona, the aim will be to have a normal weekend and be back in first place. It was again an amazing team result and the whole team can be very proud. Congratulations to Lewis on a fantastic weekend.

Toto Wolff

The result today looks easier than it actually was. It was a difficult race after losing telemetry on Nico’s car, which shows how much of an exceptional race he drove considering this was a big limitation. From the beginning, Lewis was a man on his own planet, looking quicker than everyone else and making the tyres last longer than we thought. It’s a great result for the team to get the third 1-2 in a row – congratulations to all the guys and girls who have worked so hard to put us at this level of performance today. Now we are aiming to continue this good form going into the European season.

Paddy Lowe

We’re very happy with the result today; it was a great team performance. Even before the race started, the laps to the grid were very important to perfect the balance of the car. It wasn’t an easy start as we quickly learned that Nico had no telemetry on his car, which we knew would make life difficult. Lewis made a good getaway but Nico suffered off the line and also ran into contact at the first corner as well. He survived that undamaged and did a fantastic job to make his way back from sixth, using a combination of pit stop strategy and the pace of the car. Graining of the front tyres had been a worry before the race, but both drivers managed the situation very well which was an important factor in our race result. Congratulations to Lewis on his third victory in a row for the first time in his career.


wtcc Paul Ricard 2014


wtcc Paul Ricard 2014


AUTO - WTCC LE CASTELLET 2014The French round of the FIA WTCC, a real festival of motorsport, had got off to the best possible start for Citroën Racing, with its three C-Elysée WTCCs claiming the top three spots in qualifying.

However, Sébastien Loeb and José-María López saw their times cancelled after scrutineering, due to faulty fuel shut-off valves.

Third-fastest qualifier Yvan Muller will therefore start the first race in pole position.

As in Marrakech, the Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs put in a superb team performance from the start. On Friday, during the first session of free practice, José-María López clocked the fastest time, ahead of Sébastien Loeb.

On Saturday, however, the tables were turned, with Loeb picking up the fastest time in the late-morning practice session. Despite recording the fourth-fastest time of the first practice session, Yvan Muller was frustrated to have damaged the front end of his car by hitting a tyre stack. Everything was back in order for the second half-hour practice session, however, which the Citroën drivers spent working on their worn-tyre setup.

When the time came for qualifying, the sun was shining brightly and the stands were packed full of spectators eager to witness the return of FIA World Championship action to the Paul Ricard Circuit. Yvan, Seb and Pechito had little trouble securing their place in Q2. Picking up the pace in the second qualifying session to fend off attacks from their increasingly speedy competitors, Yvan Muller, Sébastien Loeb and José-María López were the only three drivers to dip under the 1 minute 30 barrier.

In Q3, with a single flying lap to clock the fastest time he could, José-María López shaved a few hundredths of a second off his Q2 time. Sébastien Loeb then produced a perfect performance to record a lap time 92 thousandths of a second quicker than his Argentine teammate! Yvan Muller, the last to go, also drove impressively, but ultimately fell 0.33 seconds short of the nine-time World Rally Champion.

During the technical inspections, the scrutineers noticed that the fuel shut-off values on Sébastien Loeb and Pechito Lopez’s cars were not working. This component was, however, functioning properly on the C-Elysée WTCC driven by Yvan Muller. The race stewards decided to cancel the times clocked by Seb and Pechito, who will now start from the back of the grid in both races. Yvan Muller, meanwhile, will start from pole position in race 1.


Yves Matton, Team Principal, Citroën Racing: “We couldn’t wait to get out and race on a ‘real’ circuit to assess our cars’ true potential in relation to the competition. It was fantastic to claim the top three spots in qualifying, but we were disappointed when we heard about the punishment handed out to Seb and Pechito. It was a failure in a standard component sold by one of our suppliers. The valve doesn’t do anything to improve performance: it’s there to ensure safety, an area in which Citroën Racing has always tried to be ahead of its time. Our drivers will have their work cut out to recover tomorrow, but they have the talent to go out and get a positive result.”

Yvan Muller: “The day didn’t get off to the best start, with a minor collision in the first free practice session. But the mechanics did a great job again and I was the fastest driver in Q1 and Q2. I thought I put in a good lap in Q3, but it wasn’t enough to beat Seb and Pechito. Like all the drivers who were used to the old cars, I think we’re not getting the most out of our tyres yet. I’ve been handed pole position by default, but I don’t take any pleasure in it. Now I’m going to go out and try to win to make up some of the ground I lost in Marrakech.”

Sébastien Loeb: “It was really close between the three of us! We did some good work in free practice and my car was perfect, which meant I was able to push it close to its limits. I didn’t make a mistake. It was a faultless lap.”

José-María López: “We went out for qualifying without really knowing who would come out on top. I wasn’t that confident with my braking today, particularly at the Bendor corner. I’m not complaining, because the car was perfect, but I think that’s where Seb had the edge.”

LCH China 2014

Formula 1

LCH PoleChina2014


Lewis Hamilton took pole position in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix this afternoon, with Nico Rosberg fourth after a challenging, wet qualifying session.

• Lewis took his third wet weather pole this season after qualifying 0.595 seconds ahead of his closest challenger, Daniel Ricciardo
• Nico Rosberg qualified fourth fastest but was unable to improve his lap time during his final run in Q3
• Both drivers ran wet tyres in Q1, then four sets of intermediate tyres for the rest of the qualifying session
• It is Lewis’ 8th pole for the team and his 34th in Formula One, which is a new record for a British driver and fourth on the all-time list.

Lewis Hamilton

It was a tough session today, but I really enjoyed it. It’s definitely the most satisfying feeling to come away with pole position in these wet conditions because the track is so slippery and you need to find the grip to put the lap together. The car felt great and the team have done a fantastic job this weekend. Our rivals look closer in the wet conditions, so we’ll be hoping it’s a dry race to take advantage of the position we’re in. We go into the race with a little bit of an unknown because after I struggled in practice on Friday. We made a lot of changes to the car and I haven’t yet had a chance to try them in the dry. It felt pretty good in the wet, though, so I’m hopeful that we can convert our pole position into a strong race performance tomorrow.

Nico Rosberg

I had two main problems today. I wasn’t totally happy with the feeling on the brakes, which resulted in me locking up and going off on my fast lap on the second to last lap. Then on my final timed lap, I was half a second quicker going into the last corner – but my time delta on my steering wheel display said that I was two tenths slower. So I just took a big risk and spun because I mistakenly thought I had nothing to lose anyway. However, fourth place is not a disaster. I was quick on Friday doing the race preparation so I am still confident that there is everything to play for tomorrow. 

Toto Wolff

Another wet qualifying session which doesn’t make life easy for anyone. We looked very strong on the full wet tyres at the beginning and the field seemed to close up as we moved onto the intermediate tyres. It was an exceptional performance from Lewis; he was in a league of his own today. Nico was very competitive and right there but unfortunately he wasn’t able to get a clean lap on the final run and that’s what cost him in these difficult conditions. It shows how competitive it is at this time, as we had the pace to put both cars on the front row.

Paddy Lowe

Qualifying is always tricky when we’re running in wet conditions, which meant that it was even more fantastic to see Lewis deliver a great lap to qualify in pole. There’s a slight disappointment on Nico’s side because it looked like he had the pace. However, both of his laps in the final run of Q3 were compromised and he was unable to improve his lap time. However, overall it was a positive afternoon and a good job from the drivers and the team to get through qualifying safely and in good positions. Congratulations to Lewis on becoming the most successful British driver in terms of pole positions; it’s a great achievement.

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 2, race 3, Silverstone (GB)

F3 European Championship

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 2, race 3, Silverstone (GB)


Venue: Silverstone
Track length: 5.891 kilometres
Lap record FIA F3: Alex Lynn 2013 (1:53,831 minutes)
Distance: 18 laps

This weekend, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship kicks off its 2014 season at Silverstone’s 5.891-kilometre GP circuit. With four days of pre-season testing at the Hungaroring and the Red Bull Ring contested, the young-guns are ready to meet the challenges represented by the planet’s most competitive young-talent series. The race weekend at Silverstone will be contested by a total of 27 drivers, with four of them being Britons: Jordan King (Carlin), Hector Hurst (Team West-Tec F3), Jake Dennis (Carlin) and Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin).

It goes without saying that the four Britons are particularly keen on shining in front of their home crowds. Carlin drivers King und Dennis as well as Blomqvist who races for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin may hope for securing good results as they all regularly made it to the top 10, on the four days of pre-season testing. Meanwhile, rookie Hector Hurst and his newcomer team West-Tec F3 want to also cause a first stir, in their home event.

In the tests, both the experienced drivers and the newcomers delivered in convincing style, with Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) in particular demonstrating that he is ready for battling it out in the planet’s most competitive young-talent series by setting two fastest lap times. In 2013, the Dutchman, son of former Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen, still was karting – to advance to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship straight away. The other two fastest lap times of the official tests were set by the experienced drivers Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3).

All the 27 young-guns want to follow the footsteps of Raffaele Marciello or Daniil Kvyat who succeeded in shining in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. Marciello, member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, won the 2013 title and is racing in the GP2 Series, this year. And Russia’s Daniil Kvyat, a Red Bull protégé, even made it right to a Formula 1 GP seat.

Jordan King (Carlin): “I was a rookie in 2013 and Silverstone was my only second FIA Formula 3 European Championship race weekend. Now I’m clearly more experienced and will give my very best to secure good results, in my home event. It’s my home race and so, all my sponsors and several friends will be on site to support me. Apart from this, it’s just a race like any other… Nearly, that is, as it’s just a 30-minute ride to the circuit, for me.”

Sergio Perez

F1Weekly podcast # 653

Sergio Perez

Clark and Nasir try to remain calm whilst discussing the Bahrain Grand Prix! We have another fantastic Motorsports Mondial and here are some thoughts from Sergio Perez heading into the Chinese Grand Prix…Sergio Perez hopes for another competitive weekend in China.

Sergio, it has been a week since your podium in Bahrain, sum up your feelings…
“To get the podium in Bahrain was great. My last podium was a long time ago so to fight at the front again feels good. We knew we were quick and I made sure I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. It’s a great result for this team and a big boost of confidence for me.”
You spent most of the race fighting hard with your teammate and then the Red Bulls in the closing stages…
“It was a really tough race and there was never a moment to relax. It was a big battle with Nico, but I enjoyed it. The end of the race was hard and the safety car really hurt our two-stop strategy. The Red Bulls had the tyre advantage and I was close to losing the podium so I had to push hard to keep up the pace. I think it was a good race for the sport with lots of entertainment.”
Does the podium change your expectations for the upcoming races?
“The target is to move on, keep improving and target more podiums. Bahrain was the first real opportunity I had to develop the car through the weekend without any issues so it felt like my season really started there. Now we need to think about how we can do better in China. At the same time we must not get carried away because we know how competitive Formula One is and how things can change very quickly.”

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Ferrari win Espana 2013

Stefano Domenicali resigns as Ferrari F1 boss

Ferrari win Espana 2013


The Italian glamour team, the oldest and most successful in the sport, have made a disappointing start to the season with two fourth places for Spaniard Fernando Alonso the team’s best results in three races so far.

Ferrari have not won a driver’s world championship since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007 and at the most recent race in Bahrain, Alonso and his Finnish team mate were ninth and 10th.

Mattiacci, current president of Ferrari North America, will take overall charge of the Gestione Sportiva – the carmaker’s sporting activities including the Formula One team – immediately.

“There are particular moments in all of our professional lives where you need the courage to take difficult and very painful decisions,” Domenicali, who took over as team principal from Jean Todt in 2008, said in a Ferrari statement.

“It’s time to make an important change. As boss, I take the responsibility – as I always have – for the situation we are going through.”

Domenicali, who has been with Ferrari for 23 years in various roles, said he had made his decision to shake things up for the good of the group and to help the team get back to where they should be.

He thanked Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and the fans “with the regret that we could not reap what we have sown so hard in these years”.

Montezemolo thanked Domenicali for his contribution and “the great sense of responsibility he has shown even today in putting Ferrari’s interests ahead of his own”.