15 April 2018

Riccardio was sublime today

Daniel Ricciardo wins the Chinese Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas holds onto to second place while Kimi Raikkonen completes the podium. Max Verstappen crosses the line in fourth but his 10-second penalty drops him to fifth, elevating Lewis Hamilton a place.
Daniel Ricciardo: "Twenty four hours ago I thought I would be at the back of the grid so firstly thanks to the boys, today is the real reward for that work. It was hectic I heard about the safety car in turn 14 and they said to come in. It all happened quickly. It was decisive and I got the win." Regarding his overtakes, Ricciardo said: "Sometimes you have got to lick the stamp and send it. We had the soft tire so knew I could get more out of the breaking."






06 October 2013

Vettel wins chaotic Korean Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel cruised to his fourth victory in a row during a Korean Grand Prix that bordered on chaos at times, with a tyre failure and car fire twice bringing out the safety car.
Just like in Singapore, Vettel kept his head as several behind him appeared to lose theirs, and in doing so made sure the wheel-to-wheel battling stayed firmly in his mirrors. Kimi Raikkonen held off team-mate Romain Grosjean for second place as he made use of the safety cars to recover from his ninth-place grid position to finish on the podium. Grosjean will have felt hard done by after holding on to the coat tails of Vettel in the first half of the race, only to be passed by his Lotus team-mate into Turn 1 in the gap between the two safety car periods.
The battle for fourth raged from the safety car periods to the chequered flag as Lewis Hamilton was passed by Nico Hulkenberg at the first safety car restart and then failed to find a way back past. Hulkenberg drove a superb race from start to finish, but was put to the test in the closing stages as Hamilton attacked the Sauber lap after lap. Fernando Alonso was stationed in sixth to pick up the pieces, but despite a couple of looks up the inside of the Mercedes, never found a way past.
However, it was not just Red Bull's rivals who were left with questions to be answered at the end of the race. Sergio Perez suffered a tyre delamination on his right-front Pirelli causing the first safety car and a fire truck was deployed onto the track in front of the cars as they were still racing to deal with a fire on Mark


Webber's car. The Pirelli delamination is likely to be explained by a nasty lock up in the previous braking zone, but the fire truck will likely result in a review of procedures to deal with fires.


02 November 2012

Abu Dhabi GP first practice

Lewis Hamilton was in outstanding form as he set the pace in first practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The McLaren driver was 0.333 seconds quicker than team-mate Jenson Button in second place.
Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull was third, 0.765secs off the pace. The German's title rival Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest as Ferrari tried out a number of new parts. Red Bull's Mark Webber was fifth ahead of Michael Schumacher's Mercedes and Williams' Pastor Maldonado. Schumacher's team-mate Nico Rosberg was eighth fastest, ahead of Williams reserve driver Valtteri Bottas and Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen.
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Felipe Massa followed with 1m 45.567s for Ferrari, ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 45.587s, Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi on 1m 45.722s, Romain Grosjean on 1m 45.743s in the second Lotus, Jules Bianchi, standing in for Paul di Resta in the second Force India on 1m 45.769s, and Sergio Perez in the second Sauber on 1m 45.811s.