30 August


Preview – 2013 Italian Grand Prix


12th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 6th to 8th September 2013

Hinwil, 30th August 2013 – Time is flying as the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, which takes place from 6th to 8th of September, means it is already the end of the 2013 European season. The motorhomes are heading to the paddock for the last time this year. Nevertheless, the season is anything but over with seven flyaway races left. Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez both look forward to this true high-speed track.
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2013 Italian Grand Prix preview


Monza facts & stats

The final European race of the 2013 season takes place at the Autodromo di Monza, on the outskirts of Milan. It’s the fastest racetrack on the Formula 1 calendar, with an average speed in excess of 150mph, and it’s one of the season’s most historic venues. It was built in 1922 and has hosted the Italian Grand Prix every year since 1950, with the sole exception of 1980, when it was held at Imola.
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25 August


Belgian GP - To improve to win


Stefano Domenicali: “After qualifying hadn’t really given a true picture of the hierarchy down pit lane, today’s result showed just how competitive is our car. This second place wasn’t easy to come by and follows on from a difficult month and comes after plenty of speculation, which we prefer to reply to with results on track. Certainly this result alone is not enough, because we cannot claim to be satisfied until we manage to reduce the gap to Red Bull and be able to fight for first place. In the coming races, we will try to improve the car to give Fernando a chance of fighting for the Championship title and for Felipe to deliver performances which can help the team: those are our goals, the rest doesn’t matter”.
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RENAULT POWERS SEBASTIAN VETTEL TO MAJESTIC SPA VICTORY



Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) wins Belgian Grand Prix by 17secs over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso
Reigning world champion secures second win in three years at Spa-Francorchamps to extend championship lead
Mark Webber puts second Infiniti Red Bull Racing into P5
Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team Renault) puts third Renault powered car into top ten
Infiniti Red Bull Racing leads constructors’ championship with 312 points to Mercedes’ 235. Lotus F1 Team sits fourth with 187
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2013 Belgian Grand Prix, Sunday


Sunday 25th August 2013

Lotus F1 Team endured a difficult Belgian Grand Prix, with brake failure leading to the retirement of Kimi Räikkönen whilst Romain Grosjean employed a one-stop strategy to finish eighth. Kimi’s DNF was the first of his Lotus F1 Team career and his first retirement in 39 races. It was his first non-points finish in 28 races and only his second non-points finish since driving for the team.
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2013 Belgian Grand Prix – Race


VETTEL DOMINATES BELGIAN GRAND PRIX WITH A TWO-STOP STRATEGY

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has taken his 31st career victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, held on the longest circuit of the year. Vettel’s latest win, taken using a two-stop strategy, means that he draws level with Nigel Mansell in terms of overall victories. The 26-year-old Red Bull driver, who also set the fastest lap of the race on the hard tyre, claimed the lead from second on the grid and now extends his championship advantage to 46 points over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
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Belgian Grand Prix: Team Reaction


Aug 25, 2013
Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-01) Race position: 10th
“It was nice to get that point! We ran a long first stint on the Hards and I think that helped us build a good base to have a strong pace in the final stints on the Medium. I felt much more comfortable on the Option tyre and that’s when my race really started. With the last set of tyres I was knocking out maybe ten or so qualifying laps and managed to pick off some cars in front to bring home that crucial point. We knew we had to move on from yesterday. I had said that starting where we were, getting in the points would be good, so I’m happy with that and with the pace we showed while fighting to get there.”
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A TOUGHER DAY. 2013 Formula 1™ Shell Belgian Grand Prix - The Race


Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Sunday 25 August 2013

BIANCHI MR02-02 P18 1:54.894
CHILTON MR02-03 P19 1:54.924

Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton delivered another two car finish for the Marussia F1 Team in Spa today, but it was not the race the Team had hoped for after such a positive wet qualifying session yesterday, in which they made it through to Q2. In a dry race it was always going to be a tough battle for them to retain their grid positions, or thereabouts, and this afternoon they ended the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix in 18th and 19th positions.
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BELGIAN GP – RACE


Sunday 25 August 2013

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER, Start Position: 2nd
“I don’t think we expected to be dominant here, and it surprised all of us actually; it's a great result. I think we knew going into the race that our race pace, compared to Mercedes, maybe gave us a little in hand, but we didn't know where we were compared to the others, especially Ferrari, and Lotus looked very quick in dry conditions also. It wasn't clear if the rain was going to come at the end of the race, so we kept pushing, but the gap we had by that stage meant we were able to control the race from there and the last couple of laps weren't too stressful.”
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BELGIAN GP RACE


Sunday 25 August, 2013

Race Notes
• Valtteri Bottas finished 15th and Pastor Maldonado 17th in today’s Belgian Grand Prix.
• Valtteri drove a consistent race but did not have the pace in the car to challenge the top ten. Pastor’s race was compromised by a collision with Di Resta when attempting to enter the pitlane which resulted in a stop-and-go penalty.
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2013 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX


Spa-Francorchamps, Sunday August 25

“As always, it was really fun to race around this magnificent circuit”
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Jenson made a brilliant start to move from sixth place on the grid to fourth place after the first corner, and thereafter he drove a typically faultless race to finish just 13 seconds behind a podium finish.

“At one point we were considering opting for a one-stop strategy for him, and, if we’d been able to do that successfully, he may well have got that podium finish. As things turned out, it wasn’t to be; but, as I say, he drove an excellent race, and the eight points he scored were richly deserved, lifting our constructors’ world championship ranking to fifth place.
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Shell Belgian Grand Prix – Race


Sunday, 25.08.2013
Weather: cloudy and dry, 19-21°C air, 24-27°C track

The Sauber F1 Team was not able to claim points at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps. Nico Hülkenberg complained about the balance of the car, which affected its performance and left him in 13th. Esteban Gutiérrez started 21st and had a difficult task ahead of him. Due to good lap times and managing his tyres well, he was able to get close to the points. A drive through penalty left him without a chance reaching the top ten, however. He finished 14th.
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2013 Formula One Shell Belgian Grand Prix, Race Report


It was mixed fortunes for Sahara Force India as Adrian Sutil raced to ninth place in the Belgian Grand Prix, while Paul Di Resta failed to finish after being hit by Pastor Maldonado on lap 27.
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2013 Belgian Grand Prix - Race


Spa - 25/08/2013

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg secured a strong team result this afternoon at the Belgian Grand Prix, taking third and fourth places respectively at Spa-Francorchamps.
Lewis' third-place finish promotes him to third place in the Drivers' Championship and was the team's seventh of the year
Lewis ran a two-stop strategy, stopping on laps 11 and 26, running option/option/prime
Nico ran the same strategy, making his stops on laps 12 and 25, also running option/option/prime
The team consolidated second place in the Constructors' Championship, scoring a total of 27 points
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BELGIAN GRAND PRIX 2013


Spa Francorchamps, Belgium - 25th August 2013
Weather
Race: Overcast, dry (start): air temp 19° / track temp 25° (start), 20° / 26° (lap 22), 20° / 25° (lap 44)

Runplan
Charles Pic, car 20, chassis CT03-#6
Start on medium tyres
Lap 8: retired due to oil leak

Giedo van der Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#4
Start on medium tyres
Lap 15: pitstop 1, hard tyres
Lap 29: pitstop 2, hard tyres
Finished: 16th
Fastest lap: 1.53.995 (lap 43)
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Race Classification


after 44 Laps - 308.052 Kms
2013 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps
POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 44 1:23:42.196 220.817
2 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 44 1:23:59.065 +16.869 220.077
3 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 44 1:24:09.930 +27.734 219.604
4 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 44 1:24:12.068 +29.872 219.511
5 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 44 1:24:16.041 +33.845 219.339
6 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 44 1:24:22.990 +40.794 219.037
7 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 44 1:24:36.118 +53.922 218.471
8 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 44 1:24:38.042 +55.846 218.388
9 A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 44 1:24:51.743 +69.547 217.801
10 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 44 1:24:55.666 +73.470 217.633
11 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 44 1:25:04.132 +81.936 217.272
12 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 44 1:25:08.936 +86.740 217.068
13 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 44 1:25:10.454 +88.258 217.003
14 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 44 1:25:22.632 +100.436 216.487
15 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 44 1:25:29.652 +107.456 216.191
16 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 43 1:24:21.583 +1 LAP 214.117
17 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 43 1:24:23.736 +1 LAP 214.026
18 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 43 1:25:13.451 +1 LAP 211.945
19 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 42 1:23:50.036 +2 LAPS 210.447
NOT CLASSIFIED
P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 26 51:00.263 DNF 214.075
K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 25 48:46.848 DNF 215.219
C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 8 16:11.574 DNF 207.157
FASTEST LAP
S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:50.756 on lap 40 227.657

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24 August


Belgian GP – Black rain


Fernando Alonso: “When you end up ninth and tenth, clearly something has gone wrong and only analysing the data will be able to tell you what exactly, especially as the car was more competitive than in recent races. That’s partly down to the updates introduced here, which we had been working on since mid-July, when it was clear we had problems. Bad luck definitely played its part, because if the cloud that appeared in Q3 had not moved just before the end of the session, then maybe those who were last at that time would not have improved. In the final part, I spun on my first lap, a mistake which definitely cost me, even if by my next lap at the same point, at Turn 14, I had already made up three seconds. I feel reasonably confident for the race, especially as the variable weather conditions mean anything can happen and it’s not a given that one finishes where one starts. Of course, we must make up a lot of places, but at least we have the knowledge that we have closed the gap to the favourites and that we can be competitive in the dry. We saw that in Q2 and in the mixed conditions in Q1. Only the rain is the big question mark, because so far this weekend, we have never run on a track that is wet for its entire length”.
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BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - FP3 & QUALIFYING


Spa Francorchamps, Belgium - 24th August 2013

Weather
FP3: Overcast, dry; min / max track temp 22° - 25°, air temp 20° - 21°
Q1: Overcast, light rain; min / max track temp 21° - 23°, air temp 20°
Q2: Overcast, dry: min / max track temp 23°, air temp 20°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PIC 1.51.416, 19th / VDG 1.51.800, 20th
Q1: VDG 2.00.564, 3rd / PIC 2.07.384, 22nd
Q2: VDG 1.52.036 14th
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2013 Belgian Grand Prix, Saturday


Saturday 24th August 2013

Romain Grosjean qualified seventh with Kimi Räikkönen eighth after a rain tempered qualifying session for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Both drivers looked particularly potent in the dry Q2 session – with Kimi setting the fastest time – before rain returned for the top ten decider.
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2013 Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying


PIRELLI CONFIRMS CAUSE FOR FRIDAY’S TYRE ISSUES

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has clinched his 31st career pole position, using the Pirelli Cinturato Green intermediate, after one of the most exciting qualifying sessions seen all year that revolved around strategy. The sessions were all characterised by mixed weather, which made the timing of each qualifying lap crucial. The P Zero Orange hard and P Zero medium slick tyres – which were also used during qualifying – have been nominated for this weekend.
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Damp and disappointed


Aug 24, 2013
Failing to get any further than Q1 is disappointing, but getting stuck in the bottom part of the grid when the car and drivers show so much promise is a bitter pill to swallow. The last time Vergne failed to get into Q2 was at the second race of the season in Malaysia, while it has never happened to Ricciardo this year. Our French driver has looked particularly on form this weekend in free practice and, with Daniel’s car set-up improved overnight, it’s fair to say that Row 3 of the grid might well have been beckoning the Toro Rossos at Spa. Instead, Jean-Eric will start on the outside of Row 9 and Daniel is one place behind him on the inside of the tenth and penultimate row, in eighteenth and nineteenth places respectively.
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2013 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING



Spa-Francorchamps, Saturday August 24
“Tomorrow is another day – and we should be reasonably competitive if it rains”

MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

““In the portion of Q3 during which the track was wet, Jenson was the second-quickest driver out there – so, although P6 is a decent place from which to start, he would have been closer still to the sharp end of the grid had the rain persisted until the end of the session.
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BELGIAN GP QUALIFYING


Saturday 24 August, 2013
Qualifying Notes

. Pastor Maldonado qualified 17th with Valtteri Bottas 20th for tomorrows Belgian Grand Prix.
. Both drivers went out early on intermediate tyres on a drying track, but as the track conditions improved their tyres were past their best and they were not able to progress into Q2.
. The FW35's stronger race pace means that the team will be looking to make up places in the race tomorrow.
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2013 Belgian Grand Prix: Qualifying


Spa - 24/08/2013

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg qualified in first and fourth positions respectively for tomorrow's Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit after an eventful wet-dry qualifying session.
Lewis took the team's eighth pole position in the past nine races and his fourth consecutive pole this afternoon
Nico qualified fourth and was fastest of all until the dying moments of the qualifying session
Four Mercedes-Benz powered cars qualified in the top six and it was the third Mercedes pole in five years at Spa
Weather forecasts currently predict similar mixed weather conditions for tomorrow afternoon's race
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BELGIAN GP – QUALIFYING


Saturday 24 August 2013

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:48.327)
“It wasn’t clear if the first lap we did in Q3 was the lap on intermediate tyres – so it was hard to know where we were today. We went out on slicks to start, which was quite entertaining as it started to rain pretty heavily. We then went onto intermediates and it still wasn’t clear what would happen. It looked like there was more rain coming, so we all rushed to get a lap, but then it stopped and the circuit came back very quickly. The last lap tuned out to be the fastest with the circuit drying. It was difficult to know how fast you could go, I saw Lewis catching and thought I could have gone a bit quicker here and there, but in the end it was quite close across the line. In these conditions anything can happen. I’m happy today; the boys did a good job with the change from slicks to intermediates which got us an extra lap and it was a good day for the team.”
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2013 Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Report


Sahara Force India came through a challenging qualifying session of varied weather conditions with Paul Di Resta qualifying in fifth place ahead of Adrian Sutil in P12.
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Shell Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying


Saturday, 24.08.2013
Weather: rainy, 20-21°C air, 21-25°C track

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps once again lived up to its reputation: just before the start of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix it started to rain. All the drivers changed to intermediate tyres. During Q1 the circuit dried, so some drivers changed to slicks at the end of the first session. The qualifying didn’t go at all to plan for the Sauber F1 Team. Esteban Gutiérrez, who showed strong skills before this weekend, was knocked out in Q1 by qualifying 21st, because timing for the second set of intermediates wasn’t right. Nico Hülkenberg had tough luck as well and missed Q3 by just three hundredths of a second.
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Qualifying Session Classification


2013 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps

POS NAME ENTRANT Q1 LAPS PERCENT Q2 LAPS Q3 LAPS
1 L. HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 2:00.368 10 100.148 1:49.067 6 2:01.012 6
2 S. VETTEL Infiniti Red Bull Racing 2:01.863 8 101.391 1:48.646 5 2:01.200 6
3 M. WEBBER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 2:01.597 7 101.170 1:48.641 7 2:01.325 6
4 N. ROSBERG Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 2:01.099 9 100.756 1:48.552 6 2:02.251 5
5 P. DI RESTA Sahara Force India F1 Team 2:02.338 10 101.787 1:48.925 8 2:02.332 4
6 J. BUTTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2:01.301 9 100.924 1:48.641 7 2:03.075 5
7 R. GROSJEAN Lotus F1 Team 2:02.476 10 101.901 1:48.649 7 2:03.081 5
8 K. RAIKKONEN Lotus F1 Team 2:01.151 10 100.799 1:48.296 7 2:03.390 5
9 F. ALONSO Scuderia Ferrari 2:00.190 10 100.000 1:48.309 6 2:03.482 5
10 F. MASSA Scuderia Ferrari 2:01.462 10 101.058 1:49.020 7 2:04.059 4
11 N. HULKENBERG Sauber F1 Team 2:01.712 9 101.266 1:49.088 8
12 A. SUTIL Sahara Force India F1 Team 2:02.749 10 102.129 1:49.103 7
13 S. PEREZ Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2:02.425 9 101.859 1:49.304 7
14 G. VAN DER GARDE Caterham F1 Team 2:00.564 10 100.311 1:52.036 5
15 J. BIANCHI Marussia F1 Team 2:02.110 10 101.597 1:52.563 6
16 M. CHILTON Marussia F1 Team 2:02.948 10 102.294 1:52.762 7
17 P. MALDONADO Williams F1 Team 2:03.072 10 102.397
18 J. VERGNE Scuderia Toro Rosso 2:03.300 10 102.587
19 D. RICCIARDO Scuderia Toro Rosso 2:03.317 10 102.601
20 V. BOTTAS Williams F1 Team 2:03.432 10 102.697
21 E. GUTIERREZ Sauber F1 Team 2:04.324 10 103.439
22 C. PIC Caterham F1 Team 2:07.384 8 105.985
POLE POSITION LAP
L. HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 2:01.012 208.362 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
K. RAIKKONEN Lotus F1 Team 1:48.296 232.828 KPH
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Third Practice Session Classification


2013 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:48.327 16 232.761
2 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:48.432 14 +0.105 232.536
3 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:48.533 16 +0.206 232.320
4 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:48.776 15 +0.449 231.801
5 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:48.788 15 +0.461 231.775
6 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:48.882 13 +0.555 231.575
7 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:48.930 18 +0.603 231.473
8 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:48.967 14 +0.640 231.394
9 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:48.993 16 +0.666 231.339
10 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:49.008 17 +0.681 231.307
11 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:49.035 15 +0.708 231.250
12 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:49.046 17 +0.719 231.227
13 A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:49.122 15 +0.795 231.066
14 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:49.177 15 +0.850 230.949
15 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:49.226 14 +0.899 230.846
16 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:49.417 14 +1.090 230.443
17 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 1:49.478 19 +1.151 230.314
18 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:50.418 14 +2.091 228.354
19 C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 1:51.416 15 +3.089 226.308
20 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 1:51.800 18 +3.473 225.531
21 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:52.221 17 +3.894 224.685
22 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 1:53.507 18 +5.180 222.139

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23 August


Belgian GP – "Cross check"


Fernando Alonso: “This was a good day, even if in the morning we, and in fact everyone, lost time because of the rain and so in the afternoon we found ourselves facing double the workload. Before drawing any conclusions, we need to wait for the analysis of the data acquired this afternoon from both cars. Felipe and I tried different aero configurations, with more and less downforce, which will be the real key to this race, along with the weather. In terms of today’s times, we have got closer to the favourites, but I’m not sure which weather forecast I would prefer. It’s true that in the rain, the cards on the table can be shuffled up, but in the wet there are as many chances to benefit as there are to lose. It will be important to have a good understanding of how the tyres are behaving in the dry, as well as finding out what happened to the Caterham, to Vettel and also to me on my in-lap. I don’t think it’s a similar problem to what we saw in Silverstone, maybe more of a random set of circumstances, but all the same, it needs careful analysis”.
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2013 Belgian Grand Prix, Free Practice Report



Mixed weather in Spa saw today’s practice sessions take place on varied track conditions as Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil completed busy programmes.
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BELGIAN GP PRACTICE


Friday 23 August, 2013
Objectives: Set-up work, tyre work, and aero evaluations.

Xevi Pujolar, Chief Race Engineer: We had limited running this morning due to the weather as the track was damp but this afternoon we completed our planned programme. We tested some different rear wing levels, worked on mechanical set-up changes and did some long runs on both compound tyres in preparation for the race. During both sessions we worked through some aerodynamic evaluations and will now look at the data to decide which direction to continue for the rest of the weekend and to be best prepared for the changeable conditions forecast for tomorrow's qualifying session. We still need to work hard to also improve overall grip ready for the race.
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2013 Belgian Grand Prix, Friday


Friday 23rd August 2013

Romain Grosjean set the third fastest time on the opening day of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, with Kimi Räikkönen sixth.

Rain affected proceedings in the morning session – during which the team ran evaluations with the Device – whilst dry conditions in the afternoon saw both cars run with slimline bodywork in non-Device configuration.
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Sunny outlook but rain forecast


Aug 23, 2013
The fabulous setting of Spa-Francorchamps looked particularly lovely in this afternoon’s sunshine, but no one at Scuderia Toro Rosso had time to admire the view, as the team had a very busy work programme to get through. The timetable was complicated by the fact that not much running was completed by any of the 22 drivers in the morning, because of the track conditions, which were neither fish nor fowl, with some bits dry, other bits wet and others still just plain greasy.
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Spa Treatment. 2013 Belgian Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 & 2


Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Friday 23 August 2013

BIANCHI MR02-02 FP1 P20 1:58.600 12 laps FP2 P21 1:53.482 28 laps
CHILTON MR02-03 FP1 P18 1:59.209 14 laps FP2 P22 1:54.418 12 laps

After a four week break from the track since the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Formula 1 season resumed at Spa today with the first two free practice sessions for Sunday’s 2013 Formula 1™ Shell Belgian Grand Prix.
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BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - FP1 & FP2


Spa Francorchamps, Belgium - 23rd August 2013

Weather
FP1: Overcast, damp (start of session); min / max track temp 17°, air temp 17° - 18°
FP2: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 30° - 33°, air temp 22° - 24°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: KOV 1.57.821, 16th / VDG 1.57.887, 17th
FP2: VDG 1.53.157, 19th / PIC 1.53.251, 20th
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2013 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE

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“It’s great to be back at Spa – the circuit is simply stunning!”

Spa-Francorchamps, Friday August 23
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Like most grand prix Fridays, today was a day spent data-gathering, running experiments, and working towards finding optimal set-ups for the rest of the weekend.

“As a result, we’ve duly gathered a lot of data, which we’ll number-crunch this evening in an effort to prepare our cars for qualifying tomorrow.
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Shell Belgian Grand Prix – Practice


Friday, 23.08.2013
Weather: light rain, then dry, 17-24°C air, 16-34°C track

It was a typical mixed bag of weather conditions during the free practice sessions at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps today. Free practice one saw the Sauber F1 Team facing a wet and then damp track as conditions improved, while the afternoon was sunny. Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez were quite happy with the car in the morning session. Following the afternoon session, both drivers felt the car could be improved. The team tested some new aero parts and continued the testing programme on the passive DRS system, which is making progress.
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BELGIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE


Friday 23 August 2013

CAR 1, SEBASTIAN VETTEL
First Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:55.636, Laps: 14
Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:49.331, Laps: 22
“We don’t know what happened when I got the puncture in P2. We lost the rear right, very suddenly, so we need to have a look – Pirelli is working on finding out why it happened. Other than that, it was a positive day. This morning was tricky with a few rain drops and the track was slippery; it’s a lot colder here than Hungary, but that’s Spa and part of this circuit. This afternoon, we had stable conditions and both of us seemed happy with what we had.”
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2013 Belgian Grand Prix: PRACTICE

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Spa - 23/08/2013

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton completed the first two practice sessions in quite differing track conditions at Spa today.
The team completed a total of 80 laps of running during today's two ninety-minutes sessions
The primary technical objective was to comprehensively evaluate new low-drag aerodynamic developments for this circuit
Both drivers completed high-fuel running on each tyre, Lewis ran longest on the prime compound and Nico on the option
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Second Practice Session Classification

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2013 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:49.331 22 230.624
2 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:49.390 34 +0.059 230.500
3 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:50.149 34 +0.818 228.911
4 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:50.164 27 +0.833 228.880
5 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:50.253 28 +0.922 228.695
6 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:50.318 33 +0.987 228.561
7 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:50.510 21 +1.179 228.163
8 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:50.536 27 +1.205 228.110
9 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:50.601 33 +1.270 227.976
10 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:50.611 27 +1.280 227.955
11 A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:50.629 30 +1.298 227.918
12 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:50.751 27 +1.420 227.667
13 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 1:50.972 33 +1.641 227.214
14 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:50.991 28 +1.660 227.175
15 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:51.195 28 +1.864 226.758
16 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:51.447 26 +2.116 226.245
17 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:51.568 28 +2.237 226.000
18 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:51.644 26 +2.313 225.846
19 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 1:53.157 21 +3.826 222.826
20 C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 1:53.251 29 +3.920 222.641
21 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:53.482 28 +4.151 222.188
22 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 1:54.418 29 +5.087 220.370

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First Practice Session Classification

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2013 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:55.198 11 218.878
2 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:55.224 10 +0.026 218.829
3 A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:55.373 11 +0.175 218.546
4 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:55.518 14 +0.320 218.272
5 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:55.614 10 +0.416 218.091
6 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:55.636 14 +0.438 218.049
7 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:55.954 18 +0.756 217.451
8 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 1:56.110 11 +0.912 217.159
9 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:56.770 14 +1.572 215.932
10 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:56.858 18 +1.660 215.769
11 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:56.863 10 +1.665 215.760
12 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:57.081 14 +1.883 215.358
13 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:57.084 17 +1.886 215.353
14 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:57.281 14 +2.083 214.991
15 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:57.358 10 +2.160 214.850
16 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Caterham F1 Team 1:57.821 16 +2.623 214.005
17 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 1:57.887 16 +2.689 213.886
18 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 1:58.600 14 +3.402 212.600
19 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:58.929 12 +3.731 212.012
20 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:59.209 12 +4.011 211.514
21 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:59.441 11 +4.243 211.103
22 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 2:03.176 15 +7.978 204.702

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21 August


Sergey Sirotkin visits Sauber F1 Team headquarters


Hinwil, 21st August 2013 – Young Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin was able to get a first glimpse of the world of Formula One during his visit to the Sauber F1 Team headquarters in Hinwil this week.

The 17-year-old had a busy schedule during his two days at the factory. He met the Sauber F1 Team engineers and was able to have a closer look at and gain more understanding of the technology specific to Formula one, which included a lesson on how a Formula One steering wheel works. He also had a seat fitting.
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Q&A WITH PAT SYMONDS



Q: You have recently been appointed Chief Technical Officer of the Williams F1 Team – what does this new challenge entail?

Firstly, I think it’s a great team. The facilities are top class, we have a huge number of talented people and yet the results on the track are not a reflection of the quality we have. So I think my challenge is to analyse why this is happening, make the changes that are needed to empower the people and really get the focus in one direction: performance.
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2013 Belgian Grand Prix - Preview

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Spa - 21/08/2013
Preview

The Belgian Grand Prix, the first race after Formula One's summer break, takes place at the historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes region this weekend.
Spa features the longest full-throttle period of the season at 22.7s and 1.84 km from Turns 1 to 5
Engines are at full throttle for 72% of the lap with 11 of the 14 corners taken in fourth gear or higher
At 7.004 km, the lap at Spa is 2.1 times longer than at the season's shortest venue, Monaco (3.340 km)
This circuit has a 75% risk of a Safety Car deployment, placing it in the 'very high' risk category
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Preview to the Belgian Grand Prix


Spa-Francorchamps statistics
Length (km) 7.004
Average Speed (kph) 226
Top Speed (kph) 313
% of lap at full throttle 70
Fuel consumption per lap (kg) 3.15
Fuel consumption (l/100km) 64
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20 August


2013 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix Preview

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Sahara Force India looks forward to the Belgian Grand Prix, the eleventh race of the 2013 season.

Vijay’s Vision
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, reflects on the team’s recent performances.

Dr Mallya, despite a difficult couple of races the team remains fifth in the standings. What is the focus going forward?
We are approaching the second part of the year in the same way we approached the first half. We know the car is mechanically sound and the drivers have been happy with it, so we need to unleash its potential. Getting on top of the new tyres is certainly a challenge and an area we are focussed on, but it’s the same for everyone. With nine races to go and a close battle in the championship it’s vital that we are competitive on all tracks.
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2013 Belgian Grand Prix Preview


Kimi Räikkönen: “Spa is the greatest racing circuit in the world”

After a strong second position last time out in Budapest, Kimi Räikkönen arrives at one of his very favourite circuits – where he has four wins already to his name – with everything to play for

You were second in Budapest before the summer break; how good would it be to go one step better at Spa?
Usually I’ve achieved a good result at the Belgian Grand Prix, but what has happened there before doesn’t help me right now. Of course, it doesn’t cause any harm either and it would be great to win at Spa for a fifth time. Extra points are always good and if you win the race no-one scores more points than you.
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19 August


Belgian Grand Prix Preview: Spa-Francorchamps, 23-25 August 2013


HARD AND MEDIUM PIRELLI TYRES FOR SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

Before the mid-season break, the Formula One teams visited the slowest permanent track on the calendar: the Hungaroring. Now they head to one of the quickest of all: Spa-Francorchamps, in the foothills of the Ardennes. Pirelli is bringing the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium tyres: the two hardest compounds in the range. These are perfectly suited to the high-energy demands of the circuit, with its rapid corners and fast compressions such as the legendary Eau Rouge. One of the key characteristics of Spa is its variable weather conditions, which means that the Cinturato Green intermediate tyres and Cinturato Blue full wet tyres are also likely to be called into play over the course of the weekend.
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Belgian Grand Prixview: Back to business in Belgium


Aug 19, 2013
Formula 1 people are not very good at holidays and most of them are probably glad to get back to work after the summer break. The fact that the return to active duty involves travelling to Spa-Francorchamps makes the start of the second half of the year even better, as the Belgian track is unanimously considered one of the very best, if not the best on the entire nineteen race calendar.
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belgian gp preview


Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th August, 2013
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Round: 11 of 19

Xevi Pujolar, Chief Race Engineer: After the August break it is great to be back racing again and the whole team is looking forward to arriving at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend. It is one of the most challenging circuits in the world for both the car and drivers as you see every kind of corner from long flowing curves to twisty chicanes and hairpins. It's one of the fastest circuits with an average speed of 230kph and is also the longest single lap of the year at 7.004km. With DRS and the long lap resulting in large differences in tyre degradation between strategies, overtaking is usually easier here than at many other tracks. Weather is often very changeable here and although early forecasts show a chance of rain on Sunday only, this can quickly change. Also, given the length of the circuit there is an added challenge in selecting tyres in changeable conditions as certain parts of the circuit can be much wetter than others. Overall, we are looking forward to getting the final races of the season underway.
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Preview – 2013 Shell Belgian Grand Prix

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11th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 23rd to 25th August 2013

Hinwil, 19th August 2013 – After a two week summer break the Sauber F1 Team is looking forward to the Belgian Grand Prix at the circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which is taking place from 23rd to 25th of August. Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez both spent some time unwinding from the first half of the season with their families and friends, and recharged their batteries with some fitness training in order to tackle the second part of the 2013 Formula One World Championship.
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16 August


2013 Belgian Grand Prix preview



Spa-Francorchamps facts & stats

After a four-week break in the Formula 1 calendar, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes returns to action at one of the world’s most historic racetracks. Spa-Francorchamps has been synonymous with F1 for more than 60 years, and it’s where McLaren has enjoyed much success. The team scored its first world championship victory at the circuit in 1968 and it has won at the venue consistently ever since – including last year’s pole-to-flag victory for Jenson.
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01 August


CYRIL ABITEBOUL - HALF TERM REPORT


Leafield Technical Centre - 1st August 2013

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.
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