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Vettel Triumphs In Valencia

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel managed to grab his sixth victory of the season after a race that didn’t raise any problems for the current world champion. Fernando Alonso from Ferrari grabbed second place after a close battle with Vettel’s colleague, Mark Webber who came in third. Lewis Hamilton had a disappointing race and he finished in fourth place, followed by Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.

At one minute behind Vettel arrived Jenson Button in his McLaren Mercedes, followed by Nico Rosberg. Jaime Alguersuari had a great race, managing to arrive in 8th, ahead of Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Renault’s Nick Heidfeld. Michael Schumacher finished in a very disappointing 17th position, at more than one lap behind Vettel.

The fastest lap of the race was achieved by Sebastian Vettel who managed to complete the 53rd lap of the Valencia GP in 1m 41.852s.

Here are the complete results of the European Grand Prix:

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 57laps 1hr 39m 36.169s
2. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 10.8s
3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 27.2s
4. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 46.1s
5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 51.7s
6. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +01m 00.0s
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +01m 38.0s
8. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
9. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
10. Nick Heidfeld Germany Renault-Renault +1 lap

11. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
12. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth +1 lap
13. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
14. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
15. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault +1 lap
16. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
17. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +1 lap
18. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth +1 lap
19. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault +2 laps
20. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault +2 laps
21. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth +2 laps
22. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth +2 laps
23. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth +3 laps
24. Narain Karthikeyan India HRT-Cosworth +3 laps

After 8 races so far, the situation in the drivers’ championship looks like this:

POSITION DRIVER TEAM POINTS
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing
186
2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
109
= Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
109
4 Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
97
5 Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
87
6 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
42
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
32
8 Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP
31
9 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP
30
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
26
11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team
25
12 Adrian Sutil Force India F1 Team
10
13 Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso
8
= Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso
8
15 Rubens Barrichello AT&T Williams
4
16 Paul di Resta Force India F1 Team
2
= Sergio Perez Sauber F1 Team
2
18 Pastor Maldonado AT&T Williams
0
= Jarno Trulli Team Lotus
0
= Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus
0
= Narain Karthikeyan Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Vitantonio Liuzzi Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Timo Glock Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Jerome d’Ambrosio Marussia Virgin Racing
0

 

As far as the constructors’ championship standings, Red Bull has a very relaxing lead:

POSITION TEAM POINTS
1 Red Bull Racing
295
2 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
203
3 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
131
4 Lotus Renault GP
61
5 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
58
6 Sauber F1 Team
27
7 Scuderia Toro Rosso
16
8 Force India F1 Team
12
9 AT&T Williams
4
10 Team Lotus
0
= Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Marussia Virgin Racing
0

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Vettel Wins Pole In Valencia


S. Vettel managed yesterday to win his seventh pole position of the season in a qualifying session that was dominated by the Red Bull team. Initially, Lewis Hamilton took over 1st place in Q3 with a time of 1m 37.380s, but the current world champion replied with a time of 1m 36.975s and nothing changed after that.

While Lewis was trying to get back on top again, Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber did a lap in 1m 36.163s, grabbing second place and throwing Hamilton on the 3rd spot. Ferrari’s Alonso had to settle for fourth place with a time of 1m 37.454s, ahead of his teammate Felipe Massa that did his fastest lap in 1m 37.535s.

Here are the full results of the qualifying session in Valencia:

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:39.116 1:37.305 1:36.975 15
2 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:39.956 1:38.058 1:37.163 19
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.244 1:37.727 1:37.380 13
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.725 1:37.930 1:37.454 20
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.413 1:38.566 1:37.535 20
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.453 1:37.749 1:37.645 14
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:39.266 1:38.373 1:38.231 15
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:39.198 1:38.365 1:38.240 18
9 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:39.877 1:38.781 17
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:39.329 1:39.034 14
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:39.690 1:39.068 14
12 15 Paul Di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.852 1:39.422 16
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:39.602 1:39.489 19
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.131 1:39.525 17
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:39.690 1:39.645 10
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.494 1:39.657 13
17 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:39.679 1:39.711 8
18 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:40.232 5
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:41.664 10
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:42.234 9
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:42.553 9
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:43.584 10
23 25 Jerome DAmbrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:43.735 6
24 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:44.363 9

F1 Might Opt For Turbocharged V6 Engines


It was only a couple of weeks ago when the World Motor Sport Council confirmed the new engine rules for the 2013 season in Formula 1. However, things might change until then as auto manufacturers do not agree with the inclusion of 4-cylinder engines as they want something more aggressive, most likely turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 units.

The approval of the council was made on June 3rd at Barcelona and included a provision allowing a vote in order to delay the implementation of these new rules. This decision gave those who do not want 4-cylinder engines (Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Cosworth and others) an opportunity to try to change things.

According to unnamed sources, F1 cars will be powered by 6-cylinder engines starting with the 2014 season. It seems that the commission did not agree with the proposition of allowing the teams to use various engine configurations – it would have been very interesting in my opinion.

Bernie Ecclestone, who is the F1 commercial rights holder, did not agree with the implementation of 4-cylinder engines as he wants the same normally-aspirated 2.4-liter V8 engines that power current cars.

These new V6 engines will feature a lot of fuel saving technologies, along with the KERS system and a limited rpm.

Source: Inside Line

Button Snatches Victory In Canadian GP

The former world champion Jenson Button managed to win “the best race of my life” last Sunday. He managed to do it in great style, starting from the back of the grid and passing S. Vettel on the very last lap of the race. The race was red-flagged for two hours due to heavy raining and we saw the deployment of five safety cars.

Button’s victory is very impressive if we take into consideration the fact that he had a clash with Hamilton who in the eight lap of the race had to abandon the race. Button, after visiting the pit stops for six times, managed to win the Canadian GP in great style. He was under investigation following the crashes with Alonso and Hamilton, but he didn’t get any penalty.

I am glad to see that Formula 1 is once again exciting, after a couple of years of a rather boring competition.

Here are the full results of the 2011 Canadian GP:

Pos. Driver Team Time
1. Jenson Button McLaren 4:04:39.539
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +2.709
3. Mark Webber Red Bull +13.828
4. Michael Schumacher Mercedes Grand Prix +14.219
5. Vitaly Petrov Renault +20.395
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari +33.225
7. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber +33.270
8. Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso +35.964
9. Rubens Barrichello Williams +45.117
10. Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso +47.056
11. Nico Rosberg Mercedes Grand Prix +50.454
12. Pedro de la Rosa Sauber +1:03.607
13. Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT F1 Team +1 Lap
14. Jerome d` Ambrosio Virgin Racing +1 Lap
15. Timo Glock Virgin Racing +1 Lap
16. Jarno Trulli Lotus F1 +1 Lap
17. Narain Karthikeyan HRT F1 Team +1 Lap
Did not finish
18. Paul di Resta Force India F1 +3 Laps
19. Pastor Maldonado Williams +9 Laps
20. Nick Heidfeld Renault +15 Laps
21. Adrian Sutil Force India F1 +21 Laps
22. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +34 Laps
23. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus F1 +42 Laps
24. Lewis Hamilton McLaren +63 Laps

Here’s how things look in the drivers standings:

Pos Driver Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 161
2 Jenson Button McLaren 101
3 Mark Webber Red Bull 94
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 85
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 69
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 32
7 Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP 31
8 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP 29
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 26
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 26
11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 25
12 Adrian Sutil Force India 8
13 Sebastian Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 8
14 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 4
15 Rubens Barrichello Williams F1 4
16 Sergio Peres Sauber F1 2
17 Paul Di Resta Force India 2
18 Pedro De La Rosa Sauber 0
19 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus 0
20 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 0
21 Heikki Kovalainen Sauber F1 0
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 0
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 0
24 Pastor Maldonado Willaims F1 0
24 Timo Glock Virgin 0

And here is the situation in the constructors’ standings:

1 Red Bull Racing 255
2 McLaren 156
3 Ferrari 101
4 Lotus-Renault GP 60
5 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 52
6 Sauber F1 Team 27
7 Scuderia Toro Rosso 12
8 Force India F1 Team 10
9 Williams 4
10 Team Lotus 0
11 Hispania Racing F1 Team 0
12 Marussia Virgin Racing 0

Formula1.com 2011 Application

For those days when you don’t feel like watching TV, but you don’t want to miss Formula 1 either, F1.com has found a wonderful solution that keeps you updated with the latest events from the track racing: it’s formula1.com 2011, a free application for you smartphone. It starts on the day a race is scheduled, and sends notifications about the laps. By only using a 3G, rolling text commentaries, as well as live timing from the F1 Management’s Technical Centre appear on the screen.

In addition to this, the application can beam weather and track temperature back to the phone whenever they change. It also functions as a backup source of information of the season’s races once the race is finished. The application is simple to use, which allows you to easily navigate through its options.

What it lacks is a video feed or highlight reels from races, but those can be watched on Formula1.com website.

So, what do you thing about the application? Is it useful for a Formula 1 enthusiast?

[Source: Gaodgetpolice]

New F1 Engine Rules Might Be Postponed


If you are a big fan of F1 you’ve probably heard that starting with 2013, cars will be powered by smaller, more fuel efficient engines. This decision was confirmed by the World Motor Sport Council a few days ago but the implementation might be delayed due to the incoming protests from some of the teams in F1.

Even the council that is the most influential body part of the FIA, which governs Formula 1, said that his implementation date should be “redefined”. In order to reduce fuel consumption by 35%, it means that the cars will have to be equipped with de-tuned and downsized engine and they will also have to meet the aerodynamic regulations.

As far as the engines are concerned, we now have normally aspirated V8 2.4-liter units, but the future ones will most likely be 4-cylinder, turbocharged 1.6-liter power plants. If you’ve watched a race on TV, you probably noticed that the rev counter goes all the way up to 20,000 rpms. Well, no more, as the new regulations will limit the engine to 12,000 rpms.

As much as I am a fan of the green movement, there is no such place (at least for now) in Formula 1, which is considered the pinnacle of the entire motorsport industry.

Source: Inside Line

Vettel Triumphs In Monaco GP

Last Sunday’s F1 GP was probably one of the most memorable races of the last decade. It had everything that you can imagine; from crashes, drive-through penalties, to safety cars and overtaking maneuvers, something very rare in this old street circuit where there is little to no room of getting in front of someone.

It was the sixth race of the season and the fifth victory for the current world champion, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who managed to increase his lead in the championship to a very relaxing 58 points.

20 laps before the end of the race Vettel was having a hard time keeping Alonso in the back, while Jenson Button was rapidly approaching the leading drivers. We were all expecting for a heavy battle between these three drivers, but the plans got mixed up when Adrian Sutil in his Force India car hit a barrier. Alguersuari crashed into Hamilton and Petrov, trying to avoid all the dangerous in front of him and put his car into the wall.

While there were only a few laps remaining, the safety car once again came out, exactly what Vettel needed as his rubbers were in a critical condition. Thanks to the safety car stop, the German had the opportunity to restart the race on brand new tires and he managed to complete the remaining 10 minutes of the race on the first position, achieving his 14th overall win in F1.

Here are the complete results of the 2011 Monaco GP:

1. Vettel Red Bull 2h09:38.373
2. Alonso Ferrari + 1.138
3. Button McLaren + 2.378
4. Webber Red Bull + 23.100
5. Kobayashi Sauber + 26.900
6. Hamilton McLaren + 27.200
7. Sutil Force India + 1 lap
8. Heidfeld Renault + 1 lap
9. Barrichello Williams + 1 lap
10. Buemi Toro Rosso + 1 lap
11. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap
12. Di Resta Force India + 2 laps
13. Trulli Lotus + 2 laps
14. Kovalainen Lotus + 2 laps
15. D’Ambrosio Virgin + 2 laps
16. Liuzzi HRT + 3 laps
17. Karthikeyan HRT + 3 laps
18. Maldonado Williams + 5 laps

Here are the drivers standings after six races so far in the 2011 F1 season:

Pos Driver Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 143
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 85
3 Mark Webber Red Bull 79
4 Jenson Button McLaren 76
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 69
6 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP 29
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 26
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 24
9 Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP 21
10 Kamui Kobhayashi Sauber F1 19
11 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 14
12 Adrian Sutil Force India 8
13 Sebastian Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 7
14 Rubens Barrichello Williams F1 2
15 Sergio Perez Sauber F1 2
16 Paul Di Resta Force India 0
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rooso 0
18 Jarno Trulli Virgin Racing 0
19 Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus 0
20 Jérôme D’Ambrosio Virgin Racing 0
21 Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 0
22 Timi Glock Virgin 0
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 0
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 0

 

And here’s how things look so far in the constructors’ standings:

Pos Team Points
1 Red Bull Racing 222
2 McLaren 161
3 Ferrari 93
4 Lotus-Renault GP 50
5 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 40
6 Sauber F1 Team 21
7 Force India F1 Team 10
8 Scuderia Toro Rosso 7
9 Williams 2
10 Team Lotus 0
11 Marussia Virgin Racing 0
12 Hispania Racing F1 Team 0

Source: guardian.co.uk

S. Vettel Gets Pole In Monte Carlo

Sebastian Vettel managed to grab his fifth pole position this year by achieving the fastest time for today’s Monte Carlo GP, finish a lap in 1m 13.556 seconds. He will be followed on the grid today by Jenson Button and Mark Webber. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso secured the 4th place on the starting line after a rather disappointing qualifying session, although on Friday’s practice sessions he was the fastest.

Yesterday’s qualifying session turned out to be the worst in Sergio Perez’s life after he crashed his car, racing out of the tunnel and then skidding across the track. He lost control of his Sauber when he was about to come out of the tunnel and he slammed into the tunnel barrier. Perez was the third driver this weekend that crashed his car, after Nico Rosberg and Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Here is the starting grid for today’s F1 Monte Carlo GP:

1 Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull 1’13.556
2 Jenson Button GBR McLaren 1’13.997
3 Mark Webber AUS Red Bull 1’14.019
4 Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari 1’14.483
5 Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes 1’14.682
6 Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari 1’14.877
7 Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren 1’15.280
8 Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes 1’15.766
9 Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams 1’16.528
10 Sergio Perez MEX Sauber No time
11 Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault 1’15.815
12 Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams 1’15.826
13 Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber 1’15.973
14 Paul di Resta GBR Force India 1’16.118
15 Adrian Sutil GER Force India 1’16.121
16 Nick Heidfeld GER Renault 1’16.214
17 Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso 1’16.300
18 Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus 1’17.343
19 Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus 1’17.381
20 Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso 1’17.820
21 Timo Glock GER Virgin 1’17.914
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio BEL Virgin 1’18.736
23 Narain Karthikeyan IND Hispania No time
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA Hispania No time

Source: formula1.com| Photo: thesportreview.com

Vettel Wins In Barcelona, Hamilton Comes Second

Yet another win this weekend for Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel at the F1 2011 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya. The current world champion managed to win the race after starting behind his teammate Mark Webber. Vettel defended his position very well in front of Lewis Hamilton who tried to surpass him during the last part of the race but was unable to take the win.

The final place on the podium was obtained by Jenson Button who had a clever 3-stop strategy, followed by Mark Webber who had a rather disappointing race. Ferrari’s Alonso had a great start and after the first corner he was first, but in the end he had to settle for the fifth place. Behind Fernando finished Michael Schumacher and his colleague Nico Rosberg.

Nick Heidfeld had an impressive race as despite the fact that he started from the last position on the grid, he finished in an honorable eight place, followed by the Sauber duo consisting of Sergio Perez in ninth place and Kamui Kobayashi in tenth place.

Here are the full results of this year’s Spain GP:

01. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h39:03.301
02. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 0.630
03. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 35.697
04. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 47.966
05. Alonso Ferrari + 1 lap
06. Schumacher Mercedes + 1 lap
07. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap
08. Heidfeld Renault + 1 lap
09. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
10. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
11. Petrov Renault + 1 lap
12. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap
13. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap
14. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
15. Maldonado Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap
16. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 2 laps
17. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 2 laps
18. Trulli Lotus-Renault + 2 laps
19. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps
20. D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps
21. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 4 laps

Not classified/retirements:
Massa Ferrari 60
Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 49
Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 29

After five races, here are the standings in the driver’s championship:

1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 118 points
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 77
3. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 67
4. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 61
5. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 51
6. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes GP 26
7. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Renault 25
8. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 24
9. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 21
10. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes GP 14
11. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 9
12. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso 6
13. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 2
14. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 2
15. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 2
16. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso 0
17. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams 0
18. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus 0
19. Jerome d’Ambrosio (Belgium) Virgin 0
20. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 0
21. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 0
22. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin 0
23. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 0
24. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) HRT 0

And here are the standings in the manufacturer’s championship:

1 RBR-Renault 185
2 McLaren-Mercedes 138
3 Ferrari 75
4 Renault 46
5 Mercedes 40
6 Sauber-Ferrari 11
7 STR-Ferrari 6
8 Force India-Mercedes 4
9 Williams-Cosworth 0
10 Lotus-Renault 0
11 Virgin-Cosworth 0
12 HRT-Cosworth 0

 

Photo: telegraph.co.uk

Mark Webber Gets Pole In Barcelona

It is the first time in this season when Sebastian Vettel will not start the race from pole position. Mark Webber, his colleague from Red Bull managed to do the quickest lap in the qualifying session with a time of 1m 20.981s while Vettel did it in 1m 21.181s. Behind the defending world champion will start Lewis Hamilton, followed by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and the brit’s teammate Jenson Button.

Starting from the 6th place in today’s race will be Vitaly Petrov in his Renault, with a time of 1m 22.471s, ahead of Nico Rosberg that did his fastest lap in Q3 in 1m 22.599s. Felipe Massa will start right behind him, followed by Pastor Maldonado and Michael Schumacher.

Here is the starting grid for today’s Barcelona race:

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1. Mark Webber Red Bull 01:20.981 12
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 01:21.181 13
3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 01:21.961 12
4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 01:21.964 15
5. Jenson Button McLaren 01:21.996 12
6. Vitaly Petrov Renault 01:22.471 14
7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes Grand Prix 01:22.599 14
8. Felipe Massa Ferrari 01:22.888 15
9. Pastor Maldonado Williams 01:22.952 14
10. Michael Schumacher Mercedes Grand Prix no time 12
11. Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 01:23.231 6
12. Sergio Perez Sauber 01:23.367 9
13. Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso 01:23.694 9
14. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 01:23.702 8
15. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus F1 01:25.403 6
16. Paul di Resta Force India F1 01:26.126 13
17. Adrian Sutil Force India F1 01:26.571 13
18. Jarno Trulli Lotus F1 01:26.521 4
19. Rubens Barrichello Williams 01:26.910 5
20. Timo Glock Virgin Racing 01:27.315 8
21. Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT F1 Team 01:27.809 9
22. Narain Karthikeyan HRT F1 Team 01:27.908 9
23. Jerome d` Ambrosio Virgin Racing 01:28.556 5
24. Nick Heidfeld Renault no time

Vettel Wins Turkey GP

The defending world champion S. Vettel managed to consolidate his lead in this year’s title race, managing a near-flawless drive to triumph yesterday during the Turkey GP. He started the race from pole position and he only lost it during the pit stops, claiming his third win this season, out for four races.

Right behind Vettel was the other driver of the Red Bull team, Australian Mark Webber, who managed to overtake Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who eventually finished in 3rd place. The 2008 champion, Lewis Hamilton finished in 4th place, while in 5th place finished Nico Rosberg, ahead of Jenson Button, who lost precious time due to his 3-stop race strategy, unlike most of the other drivers that opted for a 4-stop race.

Here are the complete results of the 2011 Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix:

Pos # Driver Car Laps Gap Difference Reason
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 58
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 58 8.807 8.807
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 58 10.075 1.268
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 40.232 30.157
5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 58 47.539 7.307
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 58 59.431 11.892
7 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 58 60.857 1.426
8 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 58 68.168 7.311
9 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 58 69.394 1.226
10 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 58 78.021 8.627
11 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 79.823 1.802
12 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 58 85.444 5.621
13 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 57 1 lap 1 lap
14 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 57 1 lap 0.031
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 57 1 lap 10.493
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 57 1 lap 0.154
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 57 1 lap 20.545
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 57 1 lap 31.714
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 56 2 laps 1 lap
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 56 2 laps 46.328
21 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 55 3 laps 1 lap
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 53 5 laps 2 laps
Not classified
15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 44 14 laps 9 laps Stopped
24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 0 58 laps 44 laps DNS

 

And here are the driver’s and constructors’ standings after four races:

Pos Driver Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 93
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 59
3 Mark Webber Red Bull 55
4 Jenson Button McLaren 46
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 41
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 24
7 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP 21
8 Vitlay Petrov Lotus Renault GP 21
9 Nick Rosberg Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 20
10 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 8
11 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 6
12 Sebastian Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 6
13 Adrian Sutil Force India F1 Team 2
14 Paul di Resta Force India F1 Team 2
15 Sergio Perez Sauber F1 0
16 Jaime Alguersuar Toro Rosso 0
17 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus 0
18 Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus 0
19 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 0
20 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 0
21 Timo Glock Virgin 0
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 0
23 Rubens Barrichello Williams 0
24 Pastor Maldonado Williams 0

 

Pos Team Points
1 Red Bull Racing 148
2 McLaren 105
3 Ferrari 65
4 Lotus-Renault GP 42
5 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 26
6 Sauber F1 Team 8
7 Scuderia Toro Rosso 6
8 Force India F1 Team 4
9 Team Lotus 0
10 Hispania Racing F1 Team 0
11 Marussia Virgin Racing 0
12 AT&T Williams 0

2011 Turkey GP: Vettel Grabs 4th Consecutive Pole

The fourth race of the 2011 F1 season, the fourth consecutive pole position for Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, becoming the first driver since Mika Hakkinen (McLaren) to take the first poles of the season. After crashing on Friday’s practice session, Vettel had a good qualifying session, finished the Q3 with a time of 1:25.049.

Vettel was followed by Mark Webber (1:25.454) and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg (1:25.574). Lewis Hamilton grabbed the fourth place on the grid, followed by Ferrari’s Alonso. Felipe Massa only managed a rather disappointing 10th place.

Here is the starting grid for the 2011 Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix:

1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany/Red Bull-Renault)

2. Mark Webber (Australia/Red Bull-Renault)

3. Nico Rosberg (Germany/Mercedes)

4. Lewis Hamilton (GB/McLaren-Mercedes)

5. Fernando Alonso (Spain/Ferrari)

6. Jenson Button (GB/McLaren-Mercedes)

7. Vitaly Petrov (Russia/Lotus-Renault)

8. Michael Schumacher (Germany/Mercedes)

9. Nick Heidfeld (Germany/Lotus-Renault)

10. Felipe Massa (Brazil/Ferrari)

11. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil/Williams-Cosworth)

12. Adrian Sutil (Germany/Force India-Mercedes)

13. Paul di Resta (GB/Force India-Mercedes)

14. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela/Williams-Cosworth)

15. Sergio Perez (Mexico/Sauber-Ferrari)

16. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland/Toro Rosso-Ferrari)

17. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain/Toro Rosso-Ferrari)

18. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland/Team Lotus)

19. Jarno Trulli (Italy/Team Lotus)

20. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy/Hispania-Cosworth)

21. Timo Glock (Germany/Virgin-Cosworth)

22. Narain Karthikeyan (India/Hispania-Cosworth)

23. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan/Sauber-Ferrari)

24. Jerome d’Ambrosio (Belgium/Virgin-Cosworth)

Source: Formula1 | Photo: Telegraph.co.uk

F1 Legacy – Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna da Silva was probably the best Formula One driver of all times, despite the fact that there had been other pilots that managed to win more races and championships. The Brazilian racing legend was born on March 21, 1960 and managed to win the F1 championship three times.

Senna’s racing journey began in karting and in 1983 he moved on to the more competitive world of open-wheel racing. Two years later, he won the British Formula 3 championship and in 1984 he debuted in Formula One, behind the wheel of a Toleman-Hart car, before becoming a driver for the legendary Lotus-Renault team. Over the next three seasons, he managed to win six GPs.

Later on, he became a driver for another legendary team, McLaren-Honda, joining Alain Prost in 1988. That year, they’ve won all races, except for one, and Senna grabbed his first F1 title. One year later, Prost got his revenge, managing to win the championship, but Senna responded the next two years, with his second and third title. 1992 was the year when William-Renault began dominating Formula One, but Senna managed to finish the season in 2nd place, winning five GPs.

It all ended dramatically for him on May 1st, 1994 when he crashed his car into a concrete barrier while he was leading the San Marino Grand Prix held at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Italy. That weekend turned out to be a real tragedy, as a day earlier; Roland Ratzenberger was killed after he crashed during the qualifications for the race. These two incidents are considered to be a turning point in the safety of F1, prompting the implementation of various safety measures, along with the reformation of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association.

Ayrton Senna was a great man not only for his epic racing talent, but more for his generosity and goodness. He was a practicing Catholic, and after his tragic death, it was discovered that he had quietly donated millions of dollars to help children in need. Right before his accident, he created the foundation for an organization dedicated to children in Brazil, which later on became the Instituto Ayrton Senna.

The irony is that Senna became more and more worried about the dangers of his dangerous profession and on the morning of his fatal accident he initiated the reformation of the GPDA safety organization as he wanted to work to improve the safety of the sport.

Soon after his death in 1994, the Brazilian soccer team who managed to win the World Cup dedicated its victory to Senna, recognizing his contributions to this sport. In Brazil, the main freeway from the Sao Paulo international airport, along with a tunnel, are named in his honor. In addition, one of the most important freeways in Rio de Janeiro was named “Avenida Ayrton Senna”, while the main road in his resort at Quinta do Lago was also dedicated in his name.

On April 21, 2004, which marked the 10th anniversary of his passing by, more than 10,000 people attended a charity game in a soccer stadium near Imola. All of the money raised there was donated to the Instituto Ayrton Senna. On that same weekend, Bernie Ecclestone acknowledged that he believed Senna was and remained the best Formula One driver he had ever seen.

You all probably know that one of brains behind the epic Honda NSX was Senna himself. During the late 80s, the relationship between him and the Japanese automaker was very close, and the latter asked him to fine-tune the suspension of the NSX. At first, he said that the car’s chassis wasn’t stiff enough so the production version was reinforced in order to meet Senna’s requirements.

Ducati, the famous Italian motorcycle manufacturer produced limited Senna editions of its 916 superbike between 1996 and 1998. During those years, the company was owned by Claudio Castiglioni, who was a very close friend of Senna. Several years later, in 2002, another special edition was dedicated to Senna, the MV Agusta F4 750 Senna. Only 300 bikes were ever made, and all the money obtained from selling them went to the Ayrton Senna Foundation.

The Grand Prix circuit in Adelaide, Australia will remain in history as the last place where he won a race, and in his honor, the first chicane of the track was named the “Senna chicane”. In addition, one of the streets in the suburb of Wingfield is named after him. Some say that the Adelaide circuit was one of Senna’s favorite and he was unhappy to hear that F1 would move from Adelaide to Melbourne.

During one episode of Top Gear that aired on July 25th 2010, the show paid a tribute to Ayrton Senna with Lewis Hamilton driving Senna’s legendary MP4/4 car, the one with which he managed to grab the title back in 1988. In that episode, Jeremy Clarkson revealed that a documentary film will be released in fall 2010.

The storyline of this documentary film revolves around Senna’s life and tragic death. The film follows his struggles both on track against his all-time rival, Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics that had a bad influence on the competition.

We highly recommend watching this documentary film, even though you are not a big fan of motorsport racing. Senna was more than just a very good F1 driver; he was a truly remarkable person with a big heart and an exceptional personality.

There are many F1 drivers that managed to win the championship, but people will always remember Senna for the incredible way in which he managed to win his three titles. Fans will never forget his epic rivalry with Frenchman Alain Prost. I really believe that we won’t be seeing that fierce competition between two talented pilots anytime soon, which is a real shame, because without interesting battles like the ones between these two pilots, F1 or any other motorsport competition, is pretty boring.

Ayrton Senna, you will be missed…

Hamilton Snatches Victory In Shanghai

In what was one of the best races in F1 in the last couple of years, Lewis Hamilton managed to win the Shanghai GP, after passing Vettel in the last five laps of the race. The most significant performance was achieved by Webber, who after being on the 18th on the starting grid, managed to grab the third place, behind his team mate Vettel. Behind Webber was Button who lost the 3rd place in the penultimate lap, followed by Nico Rosberg in 5th place and Ferrari’s Massa and Alonso is 6th and 7th place.
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Vettel Gets Pole In Shanghai

I was afraid of this, but F1 is getting boring only after two races and the qualifying session for the third one. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel managed to grab the third consecutive pole position and there are big chances that he will win the race tomorrow.

In overcast conditions, Vettel performed his usual trick and managed to be the fastest pilot in the Q3, ahead of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. With a time of 1m 33.706s, he managed to do the fastest lap of the weekend, considerably faster than Button’s 1m 34.421s and Hamilton’s 1m 34.463s.
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