Formula One


SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS IN SINGAPORE WHILST HAMILTON SUFFERS A DNF- JENSON BUTTON WITH A SOLID SECOND AND FERNANDO ALONSO CONTINUES TO LEAD THE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER PODIUM. Paul DiResta has his best finish in Formula One with fourth place. A disastrous day for Williams F1 with both cars failing to finish, Michael Schumacher does again crashing into Jean Eric Vergne taking both cars out of the race.

Nico Rosberg bring his Mercedes AMG home in fifth. Both Lotus F1 cars finish in the points Kimi taking sixth and Grosjean seventh. Felipe Massa with an outstanding drive from last place grabs the eighth position. Daniel Ricciardo kept his fellow Australian at bay grabbing a solid ninth and Mark Webber in the last points paying position.

SEBASTIAN VETTEL: “It’s great to get the win today. I’d like to dedicate it to Professor Sid Watkins. It’s thanks to all the work he did to bring safety advancements to the sport that we can race on circuits like this. Looking to the race, Lewis had to retire which is a shame for him. I know how it feels and have been in that position before. I think we could have had a tight battle. I felt very good on the harder tyres and we had a lot of pace. I think it’s very good to get this win here today. We know the next few races will be tough, but that’s the challenge.”

Michael Schumacher commenting on his crash on lap 38;
It was obviously a very unfortunate ending to my race this evening when I ran into the car of Vergne who accepted my apology straight afterwards. I am not totally sure why it happened like this; I was braking but the deceleration was not as strong as it usually would be, and I could not avoid running into the car in front of me. We have to find out what has happened. Up until then, I think it would have been possible to get some points this evening.

Nico Rosberg on his fifth place finish;
Everything worked out well for me this evening for the first time in what feels like a long time! Finishing in fifth place having started in 10th is a pretty decent result and I’m happy to have picked up some good points for myself and the team. It’s also nice to have stayed ahead of the two Lotus cars which I didn’t expect before the race. Saving a fresh set of tyres in qualifying yesterday proved to be the right strategy as I had a good start and a strong first stint. Thanks to the team for that and for making the right calls in the race today. Now I’m looking forward to Japan and the opportunity to improve our new package further.



ATCUAE President Sulayem heads for Moscow to sign training

agreement with Russian counterparts

Dubai, UAE, 23 September, 2012: The UAE is to play a key role in guiding world superpower Russia into the multi billion dollar global arena of Formula One racing.

The Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE will sign a landmark agreement with its counterpart in Moscow this week to train and prepare senior motor sport officials and volunteers for the inaugural F1 Grand Prix of Russia in 2014.

The live, on-the-job training will be delivered during the high pressure staging of the 2012 F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November.

ATCUAE President Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem and Lieutenant General Victor Kiryanov, Chief of the Department of the State Road Safety Inspectorate (Traffic Police), and President of the Russian Automobile Federation, will sign a memorandum in the Russian capital tomorrow (24 September).

The UAE Ambassador to the Russian Federation, H.E. Omer Saif Ghobash will attend the signing ceremony which highlights the ATCUAE’s status as one of world’s leading national motor sport authorities, with acknowledged training expertise that is now in growing international demand.

During his visit Sulayem will bring an official letter from H.E. Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, the UAE Minister of Culture, Youth, and Community Development, and Chairman of the General Authority of Youth & Sports Welfare.

In the letter, which Sulayem will deliver to H E Vitaly Mukto, Russian Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy, Al Owais welcomes and encourages the increased sporting ties and cooperation between Russia and the UAE in his capacity as the country’s minister responsible for sport.

“We are very happy to be able to offer our experience and specialised training methods to help prepare our counterparts in Russia for their entry into Formula One racing,” said Sulayem.

“This is a proud moment for the Club, and for the UAE as a whole, and it highlights the great progress we have made in establishing the Emirates as a strong force in motor sport, and positioning Abu Dhabi as a top F1 venue.

“The UAE Government has made this all possible through a major investment in the motor sport infrastructure we have today. This created the platform for the ATCUAE to grow quickly into an organisation whose expertise in training, research and education is now internationally recognised.”

The ATCUAE, in conjunction with Abu Dhabi Motor Sport Management, is creating a unique facility for the training of around 40 senior Russian officials and marshals at the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit from 2-4 November. This on-the-job training will be conducted by a team of specialists from the Club’s training and education division, the Motorsport Knowledge Institute (MKI).

The MKI was established by Sulayem earlier this year shortly after the Club was elevated to the status of FIA Institute approved Regional Training Provider in December 2011. This meant the ATCUAE became one of only four national motor sport authorities in the world that delivers training to other FIA-recognised motor sport organisations.

The MKI’s role is to deliver FIA training for event organisation, with an emphasis on safety for officials, competitors and spectators, and its services are now in demand worldwide. In recent weeks, MKI teams have been in Africa to conduct training programmes for officials of the national motor sport authorities of Sudan and Tanzania.

The ATCUE has also begun training programmes in South America to assist with the continued development of the motor sport infrastructures in Colombia, Chile, and Bolivia. Training will be extended into other parts of the world in the months ahead.

The demand for its services highlight the remarkable progress made in the UAE since 2009 when half of the 700 marshals needed to help run the inaugural F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix had to be flown in from the UK because of a shortage of trained local motor sport volunteers.

By then, however, Sulayem had already launched a comprehensive five-year plan to establish a permanent pool of UAE-based motorsport marshals to service the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and the growing overall needs of motorsport in the Emirates.

This goal was achieved two years ahead of schedule, and the ATCUAE’s performance in demonstrating the highest standards of motor sport marshalling and training was officially recognised by the FIA with the award of Regional Training Provider status last year.

That status is now strongly underlined by the fact that UAE trainers will show Russian officials and volunteers in Abu Dhabi how to run their own F1 event safely and to FIA standards


Van der Garde surges to Singapore victory
Dutchman on top in final race of the season…
Giedo van der Garde gave his rivals a racing masterclass with a dominant win from lights to flag in this afternoon’s sprint race in Singapore, easily leading home Marcus Ericsson and Fabio Leimer in the last race of the 2012 season.
The Dutchman’s victory was set up when the lights went out: a good start from pole was enough to hold fellow front row starter Ericsson and a hard charging Luiz Razia, while a poor start by Felipe Nasr was enough to hold up 2012 champion Davide Valsecchi momentarily and allow Leimer to sneak past into P4 at the first corner.
Van der Garde and Ericsson ran like a train, leaving their rivals well behind, with Stefano Coletti the only other driver on their pace as he scythed through the field and up into the points by lap 4, while in front of him Valsecchi and Esteban Gutierrez were battling fiercely over fifth place and a win in the teams’ championship.
A final safety car period was brought into being when Rene Binder tagged the inside kerb and spun to a halt in the middle of the final corner, bunching the field up once again, but a restart a few laps later was easily controlled by van der Garde, who continued his march ever onwards.
Leimer, however, was showing the determination he has become known for this year and hounded the new vice champion at every turn, filling Razia’s mirrors with red and yellow every time he looked: the Brazilian held on until the final lap, when Leimer got his nose inside at turn 16 and had a clear run to the next corner.
When the clock ran down it was van der Garde who was greeted by the chequered flag 1.7 seconds ahead of Ericsson, while Leimer punched the air with joy for third. Razia was a disappointed man in fourth, just unable to add a tenth podium to his total for the season, while Valsecchi held on against Gutierrez for fifth and Nasr making amends for his poor start by stealing seventh from Coletti late in the race.
With the 2012 GP2 season now completed, Davide Valsecchi is the new champion ahead of Luiz Razia and Esteban Gutiérrez, while DAMS managed a clean sweep by taking the teams’ championship from Lotus GP and Arden.
Singapore – Sprint Race
Giedo van der Garde
Caterham Racing
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
Luiz Razia
Arden International
Davide Valsecchi
Esteban Gutiérrez
Lotus GP
Felipe Nasr
Stefano Coletti
Johnny Cecotto
Barwa Addax Team
James Calado
Lotus GP
Rio Haryanto
Nigel Melker
Ocean Racing Technology
Victor Guerin
Ocean Racing Technology
Simon Trummer
Arden International
Nathanaël Berthon
Racing Engineering
Julian Leal
Trident Racing
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Caterham Racing
Max Chilton
Fabio Onidi
Scuderia Coloni
Ricardo Teixeira
Stéphane Richelmi
Trident Racing