28 November


MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS announces senior management transition for 2014 season


Brackley - 28/11/2013

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team today announced that Ross Brawn will step down from his position as Team Principal at the end of 2013.

Following an extended period of open discussion between the team's key stakeholders, Ross has chosen to hand over the team leadership to Executive Director (Business) Toto Wolff and Executive Director (Technical) Paddy Lowe.
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24 November


2013 Brazilian Grand Prix, Sunday


Sunday 24th November

A disappointing end to the 2013 Formula 1 season for Lotus F1 Team yielded the Enstone squad’s first point-less weekend of the year at the final round in Brazil; Heikki Kovalainen dropping three positions from his eleventh placed grid slot whilst team-mate Romain Grosjean retired with an early engine failure having started sixth.
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2013 Brazilian Grand Prix – Race


VETTEL WINS FINAL RACE OF THE YEAR WITH TWO PIT STOPS
Sao Paulo, November 24, 2013 – This year’s world champion, Sebastian Vettel, has taken his 13th win of the season – and his ninth in a row – at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The German started from pole and took the lead on lap two, using a two-stop strategy to win: a couple of stints on the P Zero White medium tyre followed by a final stint on the P Zero Orange hard.
His Red Bull team mate Mark Webber finished second on an identical strategy, on his final grand prix before moving to endurance racing. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was third after choosing a different two-stop strategy, using the hard tyre for his middle stint.
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Brazilian GP - Only emotions rained


Stefano Domenicali: “We have ended a difficult season with our heads held high, once again front runners in a Grand Prix that had a bittersweet outcome. Today, we witnessed a very aggressive Ferrari, in a wonderful race for Fernando, while for Felipe it was over when he was handed a penalty, which honestly, I find a bit extreme and forced. Because I don’t think Felipe’s move gave him any advantage. With the points he could have scored the outcome of the Constructors’ championship could have been different. However, I was very happy to see the team react and work well here in all conditions. This has to be the impetus to prepare for next season as well as possible and our engineers are aware of the results we want to obtain. The assessment of this season just ended cannot be positive, because after a competitive start, we had a second half that did not live up to our standards, as I have said many times before. Now words count for nothing, but only the work we must do back home: on this topic, I think all the decisions we have taken and the changes we made are taking us in the right direction to tackle next season in the best way possible.”
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Sunday in Brazil


Weather
Race: overcast, dry (start), air temp 19° / track temp 25° (start), 19° / 24° (lap 36), 18° / 22° (lap 71)

Runplan
Charles Pic
Start on medium tyres
Lap 25: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 58: retired, suspension failure

Finished: DNF
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BRAZILIAN GP – RACE


Sunday 24 November 2013

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER, Start Position: 1st
“I don’t want to compare the record what we have got today; it’s not fair as it was a different time when Ascari was driving. Cars broke down more often then and teams were less consistent, so therefore it’s a different type of record that we have got today. For all of us in the whole team we love coming to work and giving it all we have. There’s a great spirit and it’s sad in a way that the year comes to an end, but that’s how it is. I’m sure everyone’s looking forward to a break to get the batteries charged and to look forward to next year. My start wasn’t so good today, but I was able to get past Rosberg. It was hard to know what was going to happen in today’s race. When we came for the second pit stop, it was a late call and then we had to wait for the tyres. We managed to recover with some laps to go. Today was of course Mark’s last race. We didn’t have the best relationship, but nevertheless we always had respect for each other on a professional level and whatever was going on off-track, didn’t make a difference to us on track and we both pushed each other very hard. I certainly learned a lot from Mark. I learned to become a better driver, due to his impressive skills; that’s why I consider him one of the best drivers on the grid.”
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2013 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX


Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sunday November 25

“A great way to end the year”
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Undoubtedly, that was our best grand prix of the year.
It’s frustrating to have to say that after a race in which our drivers finished only fourth and sixth, but it’s also true.
Moreover, the manner in which those results were achieved was heartening indeed: both Jenson and Checo had difficulties in qualifying, through no fault of their own, but the way they charged through the field from their lowly grid slots this afternoon was seriously impressive.
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RENAULT SPORT F1 GIVES VICTORIOUS SEND OFF TO RS27 V8 ENGINE IN BRAZIL



Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing-Renault) became the last winner of a race using an F1 V8 engine in today’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Mark Webber finished second in his final F1 race, giving a 1-2 finish for the RS27
Renault won the first V8-powered race in 2006 (Bahrain GP) and now comes full circle to win the final event
It is a hat-trick for end-of-era successes for Renault, with wins at the last race of the 3.0l V10 engine era (2005) and 3.5l V10 era (1994)
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Petrobras Brazilian Grand Prix – Race


Sunday, 24.11.2013

Weather: dry, then light drizzle, 18-20°C air, 22-26°C track

The Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos saw just a few rain drops, but in general the track stayed dry, unlike in qualifying yesterday. Nico Hülkenberg starting tenth, while Esteban Gutiérrez starting 17th wasn’t ideal for the Sauber F1 Team. However, both drivers were able to make up positions. Hülkenberg finished eighth and claimed four championship points, putting him tenth in the drivers’ championship, which is his best result in his Formula One Career to date. Gutiérrez finished 12th in the Grand Prix and, with a tally of six points, has finished the season in 16th and as the best rookie. The Brazilian Grand Prix marks the end of a season that had a difficult start for the Sauber F1 Team. However, the whole team kept up its morale and was able to make a big step forward in the second half of the season.
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Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras Do Brasil 2013, Race Report


Sahara Force India confirmed its sixth place in the constructors’ championship today as the 2013 Formula One season came to a close in Sao Paulo.
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BRAZILIAN GP RACE


Sunday 24 November, 2013

Race Notes

. Pastor Maldonado finished 16th as Valtteri Bottas retired in today's Brazilian Grand Prix.
. The season has not been what was hoped for but despite that, the team would like to thank the drivers and everyone at Grove for their continued hard work.
. The team would also like to thank Pastor for the last three years and wish him well for the future.
. Thanks go to Renault as we reach the end of our partnership which included our return to the top step of the podium.
. The team also extends best wishes to Mark Webber as he moves on to a new challenge.
. Williams now heads into a busy winter and will prepare to come back stronger as we enter a new era of racing in 2014.
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2013 Brazilian Grand Prix - Race


Sao Paulo - 24/11/2013
RACE

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS secured second place in the Constructors' Championship today after a thrilling final race of the season.
The team finished the 2013 season with a total of 360 points - 218 more than in 2012
The season saw a total of three wins, six further podiums and eight pole positions
Nico finished P5 this afternoon on a two-stop strategy, running option/prime/prime with stops on laps 22 and 44
Lewis finished P9 after making two pit stops (laps 21, 47) and serving a drive-through penalty on lap 52
Lewis also ran a tyre strategy of option/prime/prime and completed his 18th finish in 19 races in the 2013 season
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Race Classification


after 71 Laps - 305.909 Kms
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 2013 - São Paulo

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 71 1:32:36.300 198.202
2 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 71 1:32:46.752 +10.452 197.830
3 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 71 1:32:55.213 +18.913 197.530
4 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 71 1:33:13.660 +37.360 196.878
5 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 71 1:33:15.348 +39.048 196.819
6 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 71 1:33:20.351 +44.051 196.643
7 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 71 1:33:25.410 +49.110 196.465
8 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 71 1:33:40.552 +64.252 195.936
9 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 71 1:33:49.203 +72.903 195.635
10 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 70 1:32:39.709 +1 LAP 195.290
11 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 70 1:32:41.354 +1 LAP 195.232
12 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 70 1:32:41.884 +1 LAP 195.214
13 A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 70 1:32:42.243 +1 LAP 195.201
14 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 70 1:32:52.825 +1 LAP 194.831
15 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 70 1:33:07.908 +1 LAP 194.305
16 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 70 1:33:22.743 +1 LAP 193.790
17 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 69 1:32:56.221 +2 LAPS 191.930
18 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 69 1:33:06.035 +2 LAPS 191.593
19 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 69 1:33:51.624 +2 LAPS 190.042
NOT CLASSIFIED
C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 58 1:18:02.159 DNF 192.135
V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 45 1:00:37.972 DNF 191.851
R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 2 2:48.621 DNF 183.350
FASTEST LAP
M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:15.436 on lap 51 205.636

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23 November


Brazilian GP - Against all odds


Fernando Alonso: “After the results of the last few Grands Prix, it’s really good news to be back in the top three. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get a perfect lap, because I went off the track at turn 4. I lost seven or eight tenths there and I think also second place on the time sheet, which I believe was within our grasp today. We know our car is more competitive in the wet and it’s a shame that this year, it’s only rained here, but now we have to look ahead and think about getting on the podium tomorrow, as if we were fighting for the World Championship, because it would be the best way to end the season. Here at Interlagos, you never get consistent conditions and we saw that again today, when we went from an extremely wet track to an almost dry one in ten minutes. That’s why I expect a very hectic race in which we will have to pay maximum attention to not making any mistakes. It will also be necessary to have a perfect strategy and an ability to react very quickly.”
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WET THROUGH Formula 1™ Gran Premio do Brasil 2013 - QualifyingAutodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo


Saturday 23 November 2013

BIANCHI MR02-02 Q1 P21 1:28.366 11 laps
CHILTON MR02-03 Q1 P22 1:28.950 11 laps

We faced a difficult challenge in qualifying today as rain continued to fall at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo. The objective was to start tomorrow’s race ahead of the Caterhams but the ‘dry’ window was very narrow and both Jules and Max had time for only one lap of their first run before the track condition deteriorated, leaving little chance of improving their times. Jules’ time of 1:28.366 put him in 21st place, although it was encouraging to note that he was just 0.04s shy of Van der Garde and had lost 0.6s at the end of the lap due to a mistake, which at least indicates that we can enjoy a good race with the Caterhams tomorrow. Max was 22nd at the end of the final day of preparation for tomorrow’s all-important season finale.
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RS27 starts on pole for final race of V8 era



Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) secured the final pole position of the V8 engine era in qualifying for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

The quadruple world champion mastered the wet conditions of the Sao Paulo track to set a flying lap over six tenths of a second quicker than Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. Team-mate Mark Webber will start fourth, after finishing less than a tenth of a second adrift of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
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2013 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying


Strategy wide open for the final race of the 2013 season

As the rain continued to fall over Sao Paulo, qualifying for the final race of the 2013 season took place in wet conditions, with the teams all using the Cinturato Blue full wets and Cinturato Green intermediates. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel set pole position for the ninth time this season, thanks to a time of 1m26.479s on the intermediate tyre.
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Brazilian Grand Prix: Qualifying - Team Reaction


Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-01)
Third Practice Session
Best lap: 1:29.988, pos. 12th, 9 laps
Qualifying
Best lap: (Q1) 1:27.209, (Q2) 1:27.078, (Q3) 1:28.052, pos. 7th
“It was tricky out there this afternoon, but even since last year, we have often demonstrated that we can be competitive in the wet. It’s the best qualifying the team has had in a long time and I am very happy that both cars are in the top eight. I don’t think there was much between me and Jev today. Tomorrow? The weather will probably decide the story, but anyway, seventh is a great place from which to start. I will be very motivated to convert today’s work into points tomorrow on what will be my last race with Toro Rosso after two very happy seasons with them.”
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2013 Brazilian Grand Prix, Saturday


Saturday 23rd November

Romain Grosjean ended the day sixth with Heikki Kovalainen eleventh during a rain affected qualifying session for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix. The classically unpredictable São Paulo weather saw conditions range from drying, to light showers, then heavy downpours; making for a challenging but entertaining afternoon at the Interlagos circuit.
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BRAZILIAN GP – QUALIFYING


Saturday 23 November 2013

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: POLE POSITION, (3rd Practice – P17, 1:31.857)
“It was a surprise to get that time today. I was happy after Q3, it took a long time for us to get out as there was a lot of rain at the end of Q2. There was too much water on track, which is a shame for the people in the grandstands, but if there’s too much risk of aquaplaning, it’s better to wait. We then got out and I was surprised by how much the water had cleared. I went straight onto intermediates and was able to get a very good lap in straight away. I tried to beat that and got close, but it wasn’t enough. I was very happy to hear I got pole, I even mixed up Spanish and Portuguese on the radio! Hopefully we get a good chance tomorrow. We only had little practice in these conditions, but we still got the car where we wanted it, so I’m very happy.”
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2013 Brazilian Grand Prix: Qualifying


Sao Paulo - 23/11/2013
QUALIFYING

Nico Rosberg will start from the front row for the Brazilian Grand Prix tomorrow with Lewis Hamilton qualifying in fifth place.
Nico's second place starting position marks the team's 16th front row of the season and Nico's seventh in total
Nico ran the following tyre strategy: Q1, new inter; Q2, new inter/new inter; Q3, new x-wet/new inter
Lewis qualified in the top five for the 17th time in 19 races this season
He ran the same tyre strategy as Nico during the three wet parts of qualifying
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Petrobras Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying

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Saturday, 23.11.2013
Weather: rain, 19-18°C air, 19-21°C track

Saturday was, yet again, a wet day for the third free practice session and qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos. It wasn’t easy for the drivers to find the right window to put in the best lap time possible as the intensity of the rain changed throughout the sessions. In these tricky conditions Nico Hülkenberg, yet again, made it into Q3 and qualified tenth. Esteban Gutiérrez was out in Q1 and qualified 18th.
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Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras Do Brasil 2013, Qualifying Report



The wet weather continued at Interlagos as Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil qualified in 12th and 16th places respectively for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
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BRAZILIAN GP QUALIFYING

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Saturday 23 November, 2013

Qualifying Notes

. Valtteri Bottas qualified 13th with Pastor Maldonado 17th for tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix.

. The qualifying session was dominated by the weather with rain throughout; so posting a clean lap early on was important before the conditions worsened.
. Pastor just missed out on Q2 by a tenth of a second after struggling for grip.
. Valtteri made it through into Q2 and will start the race from 13th place on the grid tomorrow after getting the most out of the car in the second session.
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2013 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING

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Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Saturday #movember 23

“Hopefully, we’ll have some good racing tomorrow”
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Obviously, to qualify 14th and 15th for the last grand prix of the year is very disappointing, even if what caught us out were the very unpredictable weather conditions

“In Q1, however, we were 7th and 11th – which, albeit not stellar, represented a more accurate reflection of our ambient pace relative to our opposition.

“In Q2, though, the timing of our runs wasn’t quite perfect, and as a result we struggled to switch the tyres on when we needed to. In wet-dry conditions such as those we faced today, the art is always in finding that sweet-spot moment in which to be on the track the optimal time, and you can’t always get it right.

“Having said all that, although the weather is forecast to be less rainy tomorrow than it’s been yesterday and today, it’s unlikely to be dry and sunny all afternoon. That being the case, there’s no doubt that both Jenson and Checo can make good progress from their poor grid positions when the five red lights go out on the startline gantry and the race begins.”
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2013 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX FP3 & QUALIFYING


Sao Paulo, Brazil - 23rd November 2013
Weather
FP3: rain; min / max track temp 21° (start) - 20° (end), air temp 19°
Q1: light rain; min / max track temp 19° - 20°, air temp 19°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PIC 1.30.837, 14th / VDG 1.31.154, 16th
Q1: PIC 1.27.843, 19th / VDG 1.28.320, 20th
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Qualifying Session Classification

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FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 2013 - São Paulo

POS NO NAME ENTRANT Q1 LAPS PERCENT Q2 LAPS Q3 LAPS
1 S. VETTEL Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:25.381 6 100.045 1:26.420 9 1:26.479 8
2 N. ROSBERG Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:25.556 6 100.250 1:26.626 9 1:27.102 7
3 F. ALONSO Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.656 6 101.539 1:26.590 8 1:27.539 7
4 M. WEBBER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:26.689 6 101.578 1:26.963 9 1:27.572 8
5 L. HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:25.342 6 100.000 1:26.698 10 1:27.677 7
6 R. GROSJEAN Lotus F1 Team 1:26.453 7 101.301 1:26.161 8 1:27.737 7
7 D. RICCIARDO Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:27.209 9 102.187 1:27.078 8 1:28.052 7
8 J. VERGNE Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:27.124 9 102.088 1:27.363 9 1:28.081 7
9 F. MASSA Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.817 4 101.728 1:27.049 9 1:28.109 7
10 N. HULKENBERG Sauber F1 Team 1:26.071 4 100.854 1:27.441 10 1:29.582 7
11 H. KOVALAINEN Lotus F1 Team 1:26.266 11 101.082 1:27.456 10
12 P. DI RESTA Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:26.275 6 101.093 1:27.798 10
13 V. BOTTAS Williams F1 Team 1:26.790 7 101.696 1:27.954 9
14 S. PEREZ Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:26.741 5 101.639 1:28.269 10
15 J. BUTTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:26.398 5 101.237 1:28.308 10
16 A. SUTIL Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:26.874 9 101.795 1:28.586 10
17 P. MALDONADO Williams F1 Team 1:27.367 12 102.372
18 E. GUTIERREZ Sauber F1 Team 1:27.445 14 102.464
19 C. PIC Caterham F1 Team 1:27.843 6 102.930
20 G. VAN DER GARDE Caterham F1 Team 1:28.320 6 103.489
21 J. BIANCHI Marussia F1 Team 1:28.366 11 103.543
22 M. CHILTON Marussia F1 Team 1:28.950 11 104.227

POLE POSITION LAP
S. VETTEL Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:26.479 179.377 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
L. HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:25.342 181.767 KPH

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Third Practice Session Classification


FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 2013 - São Paulo

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:27.891 5 176.495
2 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:28.195 5 +0.304 175.887
3 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:28.595 6 +0.704 175.093
4 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:28.600 12 +0.709 175.083
5 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 1:28.830 15 +0.939 174.630
6 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.921 5 +1.030 174.451
7 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:29.215 21 +1.324 173.876
8 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:29.686 10 +1.795 172.963
9 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:29.736 6 +1.845 172.867
10 A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:29.913 8 +2.022 172.526
11 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:29.980 8 +2.089 172.398
12 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:29.988 9 +2.097 172.382
13 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:30.635 9 +2.744 171.152
14 C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 1:30.837 14 +2.946 170.771
15 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 1:30.972 10 +3.081 170.518
16 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 1:31.154 14 +3.263 170.177
17 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:31.857 4 +3.966 168.875
18 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:32.731 4 +4.840 167.283
19 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 4
20 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 2
21 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1
22 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 2

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22 November


Friday at Interlagos


Weather
FP1: light rain; min / max track temp 20° - 23°, air temp 19° - 20°
FP2: light rain; min / max track temp 22°, air temp 20°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: VDG 1.28.107, 19th / PIC 1.28.199, 20th
FP2: VDG 1.31.118, 19th / PIC 1.31.165, 20th
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Brazilian GP - Uncertain time


Fernando Alonso “It’s always hard to get much running when it rains here, as the level of water on track is never consistent and can affect lap times by two to three seconds. Each time you go off the racing line you then have to try and understand the track conditions at that precise moment, because there are no absolute values. But given that the forecast for the weekend is similar to today’s, we can say that, even if it was short, it was a good practice. Qualifying and the race will be very complicated from the strategy point of view and, on that front this evening we will have to come up with a good plan. To do well here, you also need a bit of luck, because in conditions like this, being in the right place at the right time is always a help.”
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TESTING THE WATER 2013 Formula 1™ Grande Prêmio Petrobras Do Brasil 2013 - Free Practice 1 & 2Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace


Friday 22 November 2013

BIANCHI MR02-02 FP1 P21 1:30.004 24 laps FP2 P18 1:31.061 18 laps
CHILTON MR02-03 FP2 P21 1:31.211 19 laps
GONZALEZ MR02-03 FP1 P22 1:32.646 19 laps

A big weekend for our Team got underway in damp conditions today at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo. With a changeable forecast for the weekend ahead, the two free practice sessions served as useful preparation for a potentially wet race and acclimatisation for Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, neither of whom have raced at the circuit previously.
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2013 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice Sessions


Wet start to Brazilian Grand Prix weekend

The Brazilian Grand Prix weekend got off to a wet start in both free practice sessions today, with no times set on the slick tyres and all the running taking place on the Cinturato Green intermediate and Cinturato Blue full wet. The P Zero Orange hard tyres and P Zero White medium tyres have been nominated for the race, but only the hard tyre was used briefly in FP1 by Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel. The German’s slick run was just for data gathering and he did not set a time with them.
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Brazilian Grand Prix: Friday - Team Reaction


Daniil Kvyat (STR8-01)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:26.064, pos. 8th, 17 laps
"It was a very positive experience today, running in the wet. I got a reasonable lap which was good enough for P8. Towards the end, we had to limit my track time a bit, doing fewer laps than would have been ideal, because we had to save tyres for the next session of course. I ran the intermediate tyre and in a way, it was a shame it didn’t rain harder so that I could have also experienced driving on the extreme rain tyres. This is a really nice and technical track and it seemed quite grippy today, which is good as this was the first time I ever drove a Formula 1 car in the wet. Overall, with this morning, then last week in Austin and the running before that, I now have a lot of confidence in the car. I have got used to the power, I am getting used to the downforce and also the brakes.”
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2013 Brazilian Grand Prix, Friday


Friday 22nd November 2013

Heikki Kovalainen ended a wet first day of practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix with the fourth fastest time at Interlagos. Romain Grosjean was tenth fastest on a day which started wet and became wetter with rainfall over the Brazilian track in São Paulo.
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Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras Do Brasil 2013, Free Practice Report


Wet conditions resulted in limited practice mileage for Sahara Force India at Interlagos as Adrian Sutil, Paul Di Resta and James Calado shared driving duties. [Read More!]
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2013 Brazilian Grand Prix: Practice


Sao Paulo - 22/11/2013
PRACTICE

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finished today's practice sessions at a wet Interlagos circuit in P1 and P5 respectively.
The drivers completed a total of just 48 laps today, just over half a race distance, in wet conditions at Interlagos.
With further rain forecast, the priority was to save sets of fresh wet tyres for sessions later in the weekend.
Both drivers were able to set competitive times in the wet conditions on both types of wet tyre. [Read More!]
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2013 BRAZILIAN PRIX – FREE PRACTICE


“You just never know in Sao Paulo…”
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Friday #movember 22

MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“You can take nothing for granted at Interlagos and this place once again showed its capricious side by hurling the elements at us during both of today’s free practice sessions. It’s something we’ve come to expect – and even enjoy – from such a mighty racetrack.

“As such, while we were able to complete a useful number of laps – particularly during the lighter rain that fell this morning – we still don’t have a conclusive read on pace and performance ahead of Sunday’s race.

“Still, I’m sure our engineers were kept busy collecting data during both sessions, and we’ll put that information to good use tonight as we leave no stone unturned in our efforts to refine our cars’ set-up for qualifying tomorrow.” [Read More!]
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Petrobras Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice


Friday, 22.11.2013
Weather: rain, 19-21°C air, 20-24°C track

Both free practice sessions for the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos took place in wet conditions. Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez were, therefore, able to run on the intermediate and full wet tyre compounds. The slicks were not used at all today, as both drivers worked on the set-up of the car. While Gutiérrez was quite happy with his set-up on a track that was new for him, Hülkenberg thinks there is still significant room for improvement. [Read More!]
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BRAZILIAN GP PRACTICE


Friday 22 November, 2013
Objectives: Set-up work, tyre runs and aero evaluations.

Xevi Pujolar, Chief Race Engineer: We ran intermediate tyres throughout FP1 this morning, changing the rear wing level to suit the conditions but remaining on a dry mechanical set-up. We tested different tyre pressure levels in the wet to try and get more grip as overall we were struggling in the tricky conditions. As the rain continued to fall harder, full wet tyres were required for FP2 but we limited running in order to save tyres for the rest of the weekend. We did a run on intermediates right at the end and found some improvements but in the slippery conditions it was difficult today. Despite the limited running it was useful to get some track time in these conditions though as qualifying is expected to be similar, with a chance of rain also forecast during the race on Sunday.
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BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX– FRIDAY PRACTICE

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Friday 22 November 2013

CAR 1, SEBASTIAN VETTEL
First Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:25.387, Laps: 17
Second Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:27.531, Laps: 10
“We knew it would be wet today and might be tricky. The main loss from the rain was that we didn’t run on the 2014 tyres. Not many people went out this afternoon in order to save tyres for the weekend - it’s a bit of a shame for those in the grandstands, but unfortunately it’s like this. Come Saturday and Sunday, we may need to have the tyres available. It was good to get a bit of a base line in these conditions; we need to be sharp for the next two days and make the right calls.” [Read More!]
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Second Practice Session Classification

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FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 2013 - São Paulo

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:27.306 12 177.678
2 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:27.531 10 +0.225 177.221
3 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:27.592 18 +0.286 177.098
4 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:28.129 13 +0.823 176.019
5 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:28.147 9 +0.841 175.983
6 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.405 11 +1.099 175.469
7 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:28.540 9 +1.234 175.202
8 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 1:28.560 20 +1.254 175.162
9 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.739 20 +1.433 174.809
10 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:28.891 12 +1.585 174.510
11 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:28.928 10 +1.622 174.437
12 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:29.049 17 +1.743 174.200
13 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:29.174 11 +1.868 173.956
14 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:29.717 13 +2.411 172.903
15 A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:29.783 7 +2.477 172.776
16 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:30.425 15 +3.119 171.549
17 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:30.748 8 +3.442 170.939
18 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:31.061 18 +3.755 170.351
19 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 1:31.118 16 +3.812 170.245
20 C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 1:31.165 15 +3.859 170.157
21 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 1:31.211 19 +3.905 170.071
22 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:31.770 6 +4.464 169.035

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First Practice Session Classification


FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 2013 - São Paulo

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:24.781 14 182.970
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:25.230 13 +0.449 182.006
3 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:25.387 17 +0.606 181.671
4 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:25.391 25 +0.610 181.663
5 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:25.593 13 +0.812 181.234
6 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:25.797 17 +1.016 180.803
7 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:25.946 15 +1.165 180.490
8 D. KVYAT RUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26.064 17 +1.283 180.242
9 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:26.133 31 +1.352 180.098
10 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 1:26.232 17 +1.451 179.891
11 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.248 15 +1.467 179.858
12 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:26.326 28 +1.545 179.695
13 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:26.570 28 +1.789 179.189
14 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26.593 22 +1.812 179.141
15 A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:27.115 25 +2.334 178.068
16 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:27.269 23 +2.488 177.753
17 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:27.358 23 +2.577 177.572
18 J. CALADO GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:27.436 9 +2.655 177.414
19 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 1:28.107 18 +3.326 176.063
20 C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 1:28.199 17 +3.418 175.879
21 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:30.004 24 +5.223 172.352
22 R. GONZALEZ VEN Marussia F1 Team 1:32.646 19 +7.865 167.437

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20 November


AHEAD OF THE BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX


MARK WEBBER
You’ve had some good results in Brazil, do you enjoy racing there?
Interlagos is one of my favourite races, the atmosphere at the track is fantastic. The circuit sits in a bowl, giving it the feel of an amphitheatre. It’s like Brands Hatch in the UK, where the crowd sits almost on top of the cars and it results in a fantastic atmosphere on race day. The race has been good to me because I’ve won it twice (2009 and 2011) and I just enjoy being in Sao Paulo.
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2013 Brazilian Grand Prix - Preview


Sao Paulo - 20/11/2013
Preview

The final race of the 2013 Formula One World Championship takes place at Interlagos in Sao Paulo on Sunday 24 November.
At 4.309 km, the Interlagos circuit is the second shortest track of the season after Monaco
The historical probability of Safety Car deployment is 70%, with four of the last five Grands Prix featuring the Safety Car
Only twice in the past ten years has the Brazilian Grand Prix been won by the driver starting from pole position
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Brazilian GP: Adieu to the V8 engine



After eight seasons, the FIA Formula One World Championship will say goodbye to the 2.4 litre V8 engine formula at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

At the end of the year, the highly optimized, ultra-high output, ultra-high speed, normally aspirated engines make way for the new turbocharged 1.6 litre V6 power units in 2014.
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Preview – 2013 Petrobras Brazilian Grand Prix


19th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 22nd to 24th November 2013

Hinwil, 19th November 2013 – After a solid result in the United States, the Sauber F1 Team is travelling to South America for the last race of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix, which is taking place in Sao Paulo from 22nd to 24th of November. Nico Hülkenberg has very good memories of the legendary track in Interlagos. Esteban Gutiérrez will drive there for the first time, but that doesn’t mean he is looking forward to getting to know this traditional circuit any less. Since Monza, the Sauber F1 Team has continuously qualified with at least one car in the top ten. This will clearly be the goal for the finale of the 2013 Formula One World Championship.
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Brazilian gp preview


Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th November, 2013
São Paulo, Brazil
Round: 19 of 19

Xevi Pujolar, Chief Race Engineer: We head to the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, more commonly known by its former name, Interlagos, for the final race of the season. It is a challenging track that is known for its long top-speed section up the hill and some high speed turns with lack of run-off area. Despite only being resurfaced a few years ago, the track remains quite bumpy, therefore good ride quality is required to achieve the performance in the grip limited sections. The bumpiness and the anti-clockwise nature of the circuit combined together make it a difficult race for the drivers.
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2013 Brazilian Grand Prix preview



Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace facts & stats

The 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship draws to a close in Brazil this weekend. The season finale takes place at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, one of the oldest and most atmospheric venues on the calendar, and a track at which McLaren has enjoyed much success over the years.
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2013 Brazilian Grand Prix Preview


Sahara Force India gets ready for the final round of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Vijay’s Vision
Dr Vijay Mallya looks ahead to the final race of the season.

How is the mood in the team following a challenging weekend in Austin?
In the races leading up to Austin we had done very well with managing tyres and pulling off aggressive strategies. Last weekend, however, with the hard compound we weren't able to manage the tyres in the same way and so our attempt with Paul did not pay off. As for Adrian, he was just unlucky, but accidents are part of the game and I am sure it will motivate him to finish the season well. [Read More!]
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18 November


United States GP - Not much drama


Stefano Domenicali: “This weekend ended with a result that can’t be seen as satisfactory. The race lacked any major dramatic moments and the outcome was decided on the first lap. Once again, the qualifying result conditioned our performance and on this occasion, the regret is even stronger. The gap to fifth place yesterday was minimal and if we’d started from the clean side of the track, maybe we would have witnessed a different race. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out like that and now we must grit our teeth all the way to the end in Brazil, trying our best to maximize the car’s potential, because I expect the team to react in Interlagos. Today’s result rewards Fernando’s extraordinary consistency, second on three occasions in the last four years, a small reward up against the Red Bull steamroller. Thanks to his fifth place, the battle for second in the Constructors’ Championship is still open, even if we will have to keep an eye on Lotus, which although fourth, seems to be, to all intents and purposes, the second force in the Championship. Felipe couldn’t do any more today but I am sure that in Brazil he will be competitive again for what will be his last race in red and a very emotional weekend for the whole team”.
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2013 United States Grand Prix, Sunday


Sunday 17th November

Romain Grosjean produced a superbly controlled drive to take second place in the United States Grand Prix from third on the grid, whilst a difficult afternoon for Heikki Kovalainen saw the Finn drop to fifteenth from his eighth place grid slot.
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2013 United States Grand Prix – Race


Vettel wins in the United States with one pit stop

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has taken his 12th win of the season and his first in the United States. The German chose a one-stop strategy, starting on the P Zero White medium tyre and then changing to the P Zero Orange hard on lap 27. Vettel also became the first man in Formula One history to win eight consecutive races in the course of a season. Now, Hungary is the only grand prix left on the calendar that the newly-crowned champion is yet to win.
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United States Grand Prix: Team Reaction


Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-01) Race Position: 11th
“It was a tough end to the day, really tough. It looked as though we were going to hang on to the flag to get the point for tenth place, but then in the last five laps, I lost pretty much all the grip I had and I saw the guys closing in on me. I tried to hold them off but I didn’t have enough left in the tyres to do it. It’s frustrating to get that close but I put up the best fight I could and there was nothing more I could have done today. It was very difficult to overtake in the early stages when the cars were full of fuel and it wasn’t easy to stay with the car in front through the fast corners, so we had to be patient.”
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LASSOED 2013 Formula 1™ United States Grand Prix - The Race


Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
Sunday 17 November 2013

BIANCHI MR02-02 P18 1:43.419
CHILTON MR02-03 P21 1:43.775

We took the fight to Caterham - and won - in today’s 2013 Formula 1™ United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. After a tough weekend up until qualifying, the Team bounced back sufficiently well to enable Jules Bianchi to remain ahead of both van der Garde and Pic from lights to flag. He finished in 18th position.
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2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Race Report


Sahara Force India missed out on points at the Circuit of The Americas as Paul Di Resta finished in P16 following a two-stop strategy. Adrian Sutil was out of luck and retired on lap one after contact with Pastor Maldonado.
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United States Grand Prix – Race


Sunday, 17.11.2013
Weather: sunny, 29-31°C air, 34-37°C track

The Sauber F1 Team was able to score points at the United States Grand Prix in Austin. Nico Hülkenberg finished in a very good sixth position. Esteban Gutiérrez was forced to start from 20th due to a grid penalty. He pitted on lap one while the safety car was deployed. Gutiérrez then drove a strong race, but starting from 20th turned out to remain a big challenge to overcome. He finished in 14th. After this strong performance, the team moves on to Brazil for the final race of the season.
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UNITED STATES GP RACE


Sunday 17 November, 2013

Race Notes

. Valtteri Bottas finished 8th with Pastor Maldonado 17th in today's United States Grand Prix.

. Valtteri drove a great race to score four points for the team and his first in Formula One.

. Pastor had contact with Sutil's Force India on the first lap which forced him to pit early for a new front wing which compromised his strategy.
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FIFTH PODIUM LOCK-OUT OF 2013 SEASON FOR RENAULT POWER IN USA GRAND PRIX


Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) wins USA Grand Prix ahead of Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team) and Mark Webber (Infiniti Red Bull Racing)
Fifth time this season Renault-powered cars have locked out all three podium positions
12th win of season for Sebastian Vettel, 8th consecutive victory, a new record for a single season, passing Michael Schumacher’s 2004 benchmark
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2013 United States Grand Prix - Race


Austin - 17/11/2013
RACE
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished the United States Grand Prix in fourth and ninth places respectively today.
Lewis executed a controlled and well-managed one-stop strategy, running option/prime and stopping on lap 25
Nico also made just a single stop, pitting on lap 22 and also running option/prime with a 34- lap stint to the finish
The pit crew delivered flawless stops with pit lane times of under 24 seconds for both drivers
The team scored 14 points and is now 15 points ahead of Ferrari and 33 ahead of Lotus in the Constructors' standings
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2013 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX


Circuit of the Americas, Sunday November 17

“Formula 1 has now found its spiritual home in the USA”
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Both Checo and Jenson drove very well in trying circumstances here this afternoon, hampered in their efforts to make significant forward progress by a pit-stop strategy that didn’t quite work out for either of them and a circuit whose layout always makes overtaking extremely difficult.
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US Grand Prix 2013


Circuit of the Americas, Texas - 17th November 2013
Weather
Race: dry, sunny, air temp 29° / track temp 35° (start), 30° / 37° (lap 28), 31° / 35° (lap 56)
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UNITED STATES GP – RACE


­­­­Sunday 17 November 2013

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER, Start Position: 1st
“It’s the day after, normally on the Monday, when you feel what you have achieved. It’s a great feeling, you have a grin on your face and it’s nice. On Sunday things happen fast and you don’t always realise what has been achieved until later. It’s down to team effort today. Everyone is willing to push; this morning the guys were working hard as we had some concerns about reliability on the car, so they were flat out trying to fix the problem and the car ran okay all race, so a big thanks to them. I’m not sure what we have done since the summer break in order that we have been winning races, but whatever it was it has worked. When you are a sports man, not every day is supposed to be a good day and you have ups and downs. Certainly you feel the points when you are low, they hurt more than when you are on a high, of course you enjoy those times, but I kept saying that there’s no guarantee for the next race or the one after that or after that! You never know what is coming next, so you have to enjoy today and look forward to tomorrow.”
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17 November


Race Classification


after 56 Laps - 308.405 Kms
2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX - Austin

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 56 1:39:17.148 186.374
2 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 56 1:39:23.432 +6.284 186.177
3 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 56 1:39:25.544 +8.396 186.111
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 56 1:39:44.506 +27.358 185.522
5 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 56 1:39:46.740 +29.592 185.452
6 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 56 1:39:47.548 +30.400 185.427
7 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 56 1:40:03.840 +46.692 184.924
8 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 56 1:40:11.657 +54.509 184.684
9 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 56 1:40:16.289 +59.141 184.541
10 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 56 1:40:34.426 +77.278 183.987
11 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 56 1:40:38.152 +81.004 183.873
12 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 56 1:40:41.722 +84.574 183.765
13 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 56 1:40:44.062 +86.914 183.693
14 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 56 1:40:48.855 +91.707 183.548
15 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 56 1:40:52.211 +95.063 183.446
16 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 56 1:40:54.001 +96.853 183.392
17 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 55 1:39:34.305 +1 LAP 182.516
18 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 55 1:40:13.681 +1 LAP 181.321
19 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 55 1:40:15.632 +1 LAP 181.262
20 C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 55 1:40:45.887 +1 LAP 180.355
21 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 54 1:39:35.785 +2 LAPS 179.150
NOT CLASSIFIED
A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 0 DNF
FASTEST LAP
S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:39.856 on lap 54 198.754

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16 November


United States GP - Texan ups and downs


Fernando Alonso: “I feel reasonably satisfied with the result of today’s qualifying, because after the problems we have had almost all weekend long and even in Q1, we had little hope of getting through to the third part. It just goes to show how much things can change with around ten degrees higher track temperature: here we have suffered a lot in getting the tyres to work, especially in the morning sessions, when the temperatures were lower. But looking at the pace we showed in the afternoon, I think that the sunshine predicted for tomorrow could help us to have a good race. It would be nice to make it to the podium, but my main aim is to help the team to take second place in the Constructors’ Championship. In order to do that, we need to beat the Mercedes, preferably right from the start, which will condition the way the race goes, even if it will not be easy, as the dirty side of the track here in Austin is one of the worst of the year”.
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2013 United States Grand Prix, Saturday


Saturday 16th November

Romain Grosjean ended the day third with Heikki Kovalainen eighth during qualifying for tomorrow’s United States Grand Prix. Cool, dry, misty conditions prevailed during the morning’s final practice session, with rising temperatures and sporadic gusts of wind the feature of qualifying at the Circuit of the Americas.
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2013 United States Grand Prix – Qualifying


One pit stop expected at the Circuit of the Americas

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has claimed pole position for the United States Grand Prix, having set a time of 1m36.338s on Pirelli’s P Zero White medium tyre, which is nominated along with the P Zero Orange hard tyre this weekend. It was the 44th pole of the newly-crowned champion’s career and his eighth of the season.
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Renault powers top three in USA GP Qualifying


Circuit of The Americas - saison 2013 - Formule 1
Infiniti Red Bull Racing dominated today’s USA Grand Prix qualifying, with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber locking out the front row for the second consecutive race and the fifth time this season.

Webber had set the pace on the first run in Q3 and looked set to secure his second pole in two races, until a banzai lap from Vettel on his second run snatched the pole from the Australian. The duo were well out in front, over half a second closer than third-placed Romain Grosjean.
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United States Grand Prix: Qualifying - Team Reaction


Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-01)
Third Practice Session
Best lap: 1:38.109, pos. 15th, 23 laps
Qualifying
Best lap: (Q1) 1:38.882, (Q2) 1:38.131, pos. 11th
“Overall, I am pretty happy with eleventh, which is clearly very close to making the cut to Q3. However in Q1 I was frustrated with the balance of the car and I felt I was quite lucky to get into Q2. I believe the wind conditions were making life tricky for everyone and I don’t think I was the only one struggling. I was pretty happy with my Q2 lap even though the car was moving around a lot. Now I’m looking forward to the race: I’m just outside the top ten, I’m on the clean side of the track and I get a free tyre choice.”
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MUCH IMPROVED 2013 Formula 1™ United States Grand Prix - Qualifying


Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
Saturday 16 November 2013

BIANCHI MR02-02 Q1 P20 1:40.528 11 laps
CHILTON MR02-03 Q1 P22 1:41.401 10 laps

After a difficult start to the weekend, we pulled it back again in qualifying today, with Jules Bianchi finding enough pace when it counted to split the two Caterhams. Jules finished ahead of Charles Pic in P20 with a lap time of 1:40.528 and Max ended his day in P22 with a time of 1:41.401.
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2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Qualifying Report


Qualifying at the Circuit of The Americas saw Paul Di Resta qualify in P12 for the United States Grand Prix. Adrian Sutil will line up in P17 after a technical issue hampered his chances.
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UNITED STATES GP QUALIFYING


Saturday 16 November, 2013

Qualifying Notes

. Valtteri Bottas qualified ninth with Pastor Maldonado 18th for tomorrow's United States Grand Prix.

. Pastor's qualifying was hindered by traffic in Q1 which meant that he just missed out on Q2.
. Valtteri was able to put a great lap together in every session to progress through to Q3.
. The team will be aiming to maximise the opportunity for points in the race tomorrow.
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UNITED STATES GP – QUALIFYING


Saturday 16 November 2013

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: POLE POSITION, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:36.733)
“It’s obviously great for the team to have both cars on the front row for tomorrow. It was a tricky session as the wind had picked up quite a bit since this morning; it does influence the behaviour of the car and it’s not that easy, especially in the corners, I wasn’t that happy with my first run in Q3, but I think I had a solid run at the end which was enough. It was very close with Mark, he seemed to get closer and closer as the weekend went on, so fortunately I was just able to stay ahead. I think he might have had a mistake on his final run. I’m very happy with pole position today, I like this place and the circuit and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. It’s important to start on the clean side, so we’ll see what we can do.”
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2013 United States Grand Prix: Qualifying


Austin - 16/11/2013
QUALIFYING

A tough qualifying session at the Circuit of the Americas this afternoon saw Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg qualify in fifth and 14th places respectively for the United States Grand Prix.
Lewis ran the following tyre strategy: Q1, New Prime/New Option; Q2, Old Option/New Option; Q3, New Option
Nico qualified outside the top ten for only the second time in 2013 after his P11 start at the German Grand Prix
Nico ran the following tyre strategy: Q1, New Prime/New Option; Q2, Old Option/New Option
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2013 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING



Circuit of the Americas, Saturday #movember 16

“I’ll be really hoping to put on a great show for all my Mexican fans”

SERGIO PEREZ
MP4-28A-03
FP3
8th 1m37.583s (+0.850s) 19 laps

Qualifying
Q1 6th 1m38.367s (on Options)
Q2 9th 1m38.040s (on Options)
Q3 7th overall 1m37.452s (on Options)
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US Grand Prix - FP3 and Qualifying


Circuit of the Americas, Texas - 16th November 2013

Weather
FP3: Overcast, dry; min / max track temp 20° - 23°, air temp 20° - 22°
Q1: Sunny, dry; min / max track temp 30°, air temp 26°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PIC 1.39.578, 19th / VDG 1.40.056, 20th
Q1: VDG 1.40.491, 19th / PIC 1.40.596, 21st
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15 November


2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Free Practice Report

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Sahara Force India completed a busy free practice programme in preparation for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
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UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX– FRIDAY PRACTICE

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Friday 15 November 2013

CAR 1, SEBASTIAN VETTEL
First Practice Session: Position: 18, Best Time: 1:40.662, Laps: 21
Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:37.305, Laps: 35
“The circuit was quite slippery today; I was happy with the car, but you always know you can improve here and there. I think we got through the programme we were able to test some things, some were good and some not so good, but we will see. Ferrari looked quick this morning and McLaren could be a surprise here, and Lotus and Mercedes will be strong as normal. The track will improve now unless it rains, the car worked well on the tyres, so we’ll see what we can do on Sunday.”
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UNITED STATES GP PRACTICE


Friday 15 November, 2013

Objectives: Set-up work, tyre runs and aero evaluations.

Xevi Pujolar, Chief Race Engineer: We didn't get as much running as planned in FP1 due to the delayed start, but we still managed to complete most of our tests. Valtteri had a development floor which worked as expected whilst Pastor worked through a number of aerodynamic tests. Initial comments from the drivers were that the grip level was better than last year, but that they were still struggling to get the tyres to warm up. In FP2 both drivers did some further tests with different floors. Pastor also had a different exhaust configuration and rear wing level, but overall the grip and pace wasn't as good and he struggled to get the tyres to work. With the higher track temperatures we couldn't improve our times but we were happier with the configuration on Valtteri's car so both will run this tomorrow.
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United States Grand Prix – Practice

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Friday, 15.11.2013
Weather: fog, then sunny and dry, 15-26°C air, 18-32°C track

Free practise one for the United States Grand Prix began with a rather long delay this morning. First of all because of poor visibility, then because of a technical problem with the medical helicopter. This resulted in the session being reduced to 45 instead of the usual 90 minutes. The afternoon went according to plan, so Esteban Gutiérrez and Nico Hülkenberg were able to work through their respective programmes without any technical difficulties. The performance was good, however, both drivers still see more room for improvement.
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US Grand Prix - FP1 & FP2

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Circuit of the Americas, Austin, USA - 15th November 2013
Weather
FP1: dry, sunny; min / max track temp 16° - 21°, air temp 21° - 26°
FP2: dry, sunny; min / max track temp 31°, air temp 25°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: RSS 1.41.399, 19th / PIC 1.42.054, 21st
FP2: PIC 1.40.376, 19th / VDG 1.40.563, 20th
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2013 United States Grand Prix: Practice

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Austin - 15/11/2013
PRACTICE

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team finished Friday practice in third (Nico) and fourth (Lewis) positions this afternoon at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
The drivers completed a total of 118 laps today, more than a full race distance each
The focus of the programme was purely on set-up work and tyre evaluation with no new parts at this penultimate race
This afternoon, Lewis ran a single long run on option tyres while Nico ran prime then option for his high-fuel runs
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United States GP - An unusual Friday in Austin


Fernando Alonso: “I had no problem being back on track today. My back felt fine and I was able to drive the same as always. Compared to last year, the track conditions seemed better: for the first Grand Prix here, it was too new and there was a bit of oil on the track, while now there’s a lot more grip. As expected, there was very little degradation today as Pirelli’s choice of the Medium and Hard compounds here in Austin are an ultra-conservative choice. Generally, there were no major surprises and now we must wait and see how things go tomorrow and especially Sunday”.
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2013 United States Grand Prix, Friday


Friday 15th November 2013

Heikki Kovalainen ended the first day of practice for the United States Grand Prix with the fifth fastest time at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Team-mate Romain Grosjean was eighth fastest during an afternoon of glorious blue skies; contrasting the delayed and interrupted morning session.
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2013 United States Grand Prix – Practice Sessions


Pirelli tyres face a variety of weather conditions in the United States

The Pirelli P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium tyres nominated for the United States Grand Prix faced a variety of weather conditions during the two free practice sessions in Austin, ranging from fog in the morning to 25 degrees centigrade in the afternoon.

The quickest driver of the day was Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who set a time of 1m37.305s on the medium compound tyres halfway through FP2. His team mate Mark Webber was second fastest, ahead of the two Mercedes, while Heikki Kovalainen was quickly up to speed with both Pirelli compounds to set fifth-fastest time on his debut for Lotus.
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United States Grand Prix: Friday - Team Reaction


Daniil Kvyat (STR8-04)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:40.065, pos. 17th, 20 laps
“I enjoyed every single moment of driving the track even though there was a delay because of the fog and then a red flag. We didn’t do the full programme of course because the session was shortened, but we still did 20 laps which is important mileage for me and we also managed to do some aero measurements. Of course I’ve never driven here before and I think the track is very nice. It was good to go out there to try and find the limit of the car and the brakes. I’ve finished driving here but for the rest of the weekend I will be attending all the engineers’ briefings, which again will be a very valuable experience.”
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SHORT STUFF 2013 Formula 1™ United States Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 & 2


Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
Friday 15 November 2013

BIANCHI MR02-02 FP2 P22 1:47.009 20 laps
CHILTON MR02-03 FP1 P20 1:41.605 19 laps FP2 P21 1:46.226 31 laps
GONZALEZ MR02-02 FP1 P22 1:43.716 17 laps

We were happy to get the practice sessions at the Circuit of the Americas underway this morning, although FP1 was rather a topsy-turvy affair for the whole field. The start was delayed for 40 minutes by fog and then a red flag was deployed early into the already abbreviated session due to operational problems with the medical helicopter.
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2013 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE

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“Our race-pace is looking reasonably good”

Circuit Of The Americas, Friday #movember 15
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Neither Jenson nor Checo enjoyed a smooth day’s running today. During this morning’s session, Jenson received a three-place grid penalty from the stewards for overtaking another car while the session was red-flagged. It was an unfortunate incident, but Jenson’s race pace looks encouraging, and, racer that he is, he’ll not let this setback affect his preparations for Sunday.
Checo’s running this afternoon was hampered by a mechanical issue that affected the balance of his car, and also meant that his on-track running was curtailed while we attempted to rectify it.
Despite these issues, both drivers reported that the MP4-28 performed well around this fantastic Austin circuit. This is a great racer’s track, and I’m sure that Jenson and Checo will be pushing hard to achieve optimal qualifying positions tomorrow afternoon.”
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Second Practice Session Classification

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2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX - Austin

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:37.305 35 203.964
2 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:37.420 37 +0.115 203.724
3 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:37.785 38 +0.480 202.963
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:37.958 38 +0.653 202.605
5 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:38.073 41 +0.768 202.367
6 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:38.229 40 +0.924 202.046
7 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 1:38.254 40 +0.949 201.994
8 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:38.255 33 +0.950 201.992
9 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38.269 34 +0.964 201.963
10 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.461 33 +1.156 201.570
11 A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:38.719 31 +1.414 201.043
12 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.938 37 +1.633 200.598
13 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38.941 31 +1.636 200.592
14 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.246 28 +1.941 199.975
15 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:39.410 34 +2.105 199.645
16 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:39.512 37 +2.207 199.441
17 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.579 36 +2.274 199.307
18 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:39.784 33 +2.479 198.897
19 C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 1:40.376 39 +3.071 197.724
20 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 1:40.563 35 +3.258 197.356
21 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 1:46.226 31 +8.921 186.835
22 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:47.009 20 +9.704 185.468

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First Practice Session Classification

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2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX - Austin

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.343 16 201.812
2 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38.371 25 +0.028 201.754
3 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:38.388 17 +0.045 201.719
4 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:38.532 18 +0.189 201.424
5 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:38.657 21 +0.314 201.169
6 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:38.979 21 +0.636 200.515
7 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:39.005 17 +0.662 200.462
8 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:39.083 17 +0.740 200.304
9 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 1:39.158 17 +0.815 200.153
10 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:39.200 15 +0.857 200.068
11 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:39.238 13 +0.895 199.991
12 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:39.256 17 +0.913 199.955
13 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:39.487 18 +1.144 199.491
15 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:39.836 15 +1.493 198.794
16 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.863 19 +1.520 198.740
17 D. KVYAT RUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:40.065 20 +1.722 198.339
18 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:40.662 21 +2.319 197.162
19 A. ROSSI USA Caterham F1 Team 1:41.399 21 +3.056 195.729
20 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 1:41.605 19 +3.262 195.332
21 C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 1:42.054 19 +3.711 194.473
22 R. GONZALEZ VEN Marussia F1 Team 1:43.716 17 +5.373 191.357

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HEIKKI KOVALAINEN & LOTUS F1 TEAM


Austin, USA - 14th November 2013

Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver Heikki Kovalainen will race for Lotus F1 Team at US and Brazilian Grands Prix after agreement was reached between all parties to release Heikki from his Caterham F1 Team commitments to allow him to replace Kimi Raikonnen in Austin and Interlagos.
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Kevin Magnussen confirmed as McLaren Formula 1 race driver for 2014


McLaren is pleased to announce that Kevin Magnussen will join Jenson Button as a McLaren Formula 1 race driver for 2014 – Jenson’s fifth year and Kevin’s first year as McLaren Formula 1 race drivers.
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2013 United States Grand Prix - Preview


Austin - 13/11/2013
Preview
The penultimate race of the 2013 Formula One season, the United States Grand Prix, takes place for the second time at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sunday 17 November.
Eight of the circuit's 20 corners are taken at lateral loads over 3G and nine in fifth gear or higher
Lewis Hamilton has raced twice at the United States Grand Prix (2007, 2012) and won both times
Last year's United States Grand Prix was notable for featuring the fewest pit stops (24) of any race of the year
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Preview to the USA Grand Prix


Circuit of the Americas statistics
Length (km) 5.513
Average Speed (kph) 197
Top Speed (kph) 315
% of lap at full throttle 57
Fuel consumption per lap (kg) 2.6
Fuel consumption (1/100) 67

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14 November


UNITED STATES gp preview


Friday 15th - Sunday 17th November, 2013
Austin, United States
Round: 18 of 19

Xevi Pujolar, Chief Race Engineer: The United States Grand Prix returns this year, for only the second time at the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas. Another Tilke designed track, this one takes some of the best features from some of the classic F1 racing circuits and combines them together to make a challenging layout. There are corners that are strongly inspired by the 'Senna S' from Interlagos, the Becketts-Maggots sequence from Silverstone, Motordrome from Hockenheim and the multi-apex Turn 8 from Istanbul. In total, these corners add up to give the circuit a mid- level average corner speed and below average turn angles.
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2013 United States Grand Prix preview



Circuit of the Americas facts & stats

Located 15 miles south east of Austin, the Circuit of the Americas is Formula 1’s first purpose-built racetrack in the United States. It was completed last summer to become the 10th different venue in the USA to host the F1 World Championship, and the second in the state of Texas – following the one-off Dallas Grand Prix in 1984.
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11 November


2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix Preview


Sahara Force India gets ready for round 18 of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Vijay’s Vision
Dr Vijay Mallya looks back on a strong team performance in Abu Dhabi and ahead to Austin. [Read More!]
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The Williams F1 Team announces its 2014 driver line-up


11 November 2013, Grove, UK. The Williams F1 Team is delighted to announce that Felipe Massa will join the team to drive alongside Valtteri Bottas for the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship season. The new line-up reflects Williams' determination to bring success back to the team. [Read More!]
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09 November


UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


SEBASTIAN VETTEL
What was the track like driving at the United States Grand Prix last year?
Last year we were all sliding quite a lot because the tarmac was still so new, especially on the tight and twisty bit towards the end. It was sometimes almost more rally style than Formula One, because it was so slippery!

What was the most challenging part of the circuit to drive and why?
The section after the steep hill at the beginning is particularly challenging. Last year it took me quite a while to get my bearings and to position the car correctly.
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Preview – 2013 United States Grand Prix

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18th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 15th to 17th November 2013

Hinwil, 8th November 2013 – After a disappointing race in Abu Dhabi, the Sauber F1 Team has regrouped and is traveling over the pond to Austin, Texas for the 2013 United States Grand Prix, which is taking place from 15th to 17th of November. Nico Hülkenberg und Esteban Gutiérrez are looking forward to the penultimate race that is certain to see a large Mexican crowd.

The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to welcome Mexican financial services company FICREA as an additional partner for the corse of the Austin GP. The company is specialising in savings, investment and credits, and the FICREA logo will be displayed on the C32s engine cover.
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US GRAND PRIXVIEW



Leafield Technical Centre, UK - 8th November 2013

General
Race Laps: 56
COTA is a Tilke-designed circuit, introduced in 2012
The circuit is characterised by a number of elevation changes (esp. T1 which is uphill and has a blind apex, and also the section from T3 to T9 which includes some adverse camber corners)
Front left tyre is prone to graining
Due to the low temperatures & track texture, tyre warm-up was an issue in 2012 on both compounds
In terms of average speed, Austin is very close to Barcelona with a good mix of high speed corners (all the way from T2 to T10) and a long back straight
S3 is a technical section with low & medium speed corners
Braking & high speed stability are important
Circuit was confirmed as medium-low in terms of brake demand in 2012
First gear not used on track
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03 November


Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Team Reaction


Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-01) Race Position: 16th
“This was not at all the race I was hoping for. In this sport, if the start doesn’t go well, it’s hard to recover, so I want to look at the data to understand what happened. The car didn’t get off the line well and then, at Turn 1 there was a bit of chaos as I dropped back into the group behind me. I had to run wide to avoid some accidents and from then on, my race was pretty much over. At the moment, our pace is not sufficient to fight back into the top ten if something like this happens. We must see what we can do to have better starts, because when we get good ones, we have generally gone on to score points.
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CONSOLIDATION PRIZE 2013 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - The Race


Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Sunday 3 November 2013

BIANCHI MR02-02 P20 1:47.619
CHILTON MR02-03 P21 1:47.707

This evening’s 2013 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix did not go entirely to plan for our Team, but Jules and Max finished the race where they started, in 20th and 21st positions respectively.
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2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race


VETTEL WINS UNDER THE LIGHTS OF ABU DHABI WITH TWO PIT STOPS
Yas Marina, November 3, 2013 – Red Bull driver and newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, starting on the P Zero Yellow soft compound, before running two stints on the P Zero White medium.
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Abu Dhabi GP - Damage limitation


Stefano Domenicali: “Considering our start positions, the outcome of this race is positive and we leave Abu Dhabi aware we have limited the damage. We knew we had a difficult weekend ahead of us and we paid the price for our results in yesterday’s qualifying. Despite that, I am pleased with the performances from Felipe and Fernando, because both of them managed to give it their all on a track that was hostile to us. Given the situation, today we could have ended up further away from Mercedes in the Constructors’ classification and yet we managed to pull out a bit on Lotus and limit the points lost in the battle for second place. Now we must tackle the two final rounds of the season, the two of them in very different conditions and track types. Our motivation is still very high and, along with that, we will try and run the car as it stands, as well as we can”.
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2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race Report


Sahara Force India scored nine world championship points today as Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished in sixth and tenth places respectively in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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ABU DHABI GP – RACE


Sunday 3 November 2013

INFINITI RED BULL RACING CLAIMS A ONE TWO FINISH AND IT’S 100th PODIUM

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER, Start Position: 2nd
“I think today was incredible; the pace we had was scary at some stages, I felt very, very good on the soft tyres and was able to pull out a good gap in the first couple of laps. I think it’s difficult, being an active member of the team, to put things like today into perspective. When I think of the times we’ve experienced over the last few years, it’s incredible to have a strong group of people together that believes so much in what they do. To be part of that is great and makes me proud. The car was so enjoyable on every single lap. There are not that many races when you are in complete control of the car – so it’s special. I didn’t get the maximum out of myself yesterday, but we made up for it today.”
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VETTEL VICTORIOUS IN ABU DHABI!


Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) wins Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Mark Webber second
Seventh consecutive victory for Vettel
Third 1-2 result for Infiniti Red Bull Racing this season
Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1 Team) fourth, putting three Renault-powered cars into the top four
50th win for the Renault RS27 V8 engine
2013 world champion Sebastian Vettel scored a crushing win in today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, leading every single lap to finish 30secs ahead of team-mate Mark Webber. It was the seventh victory in a row for the German, the third 1-2 for the team this season and the 50th win for the Renault RS27 engine. Lotus F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean finished fourth, making it three Renault-powered cars in the top four.
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2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Race


Abu Dhabi - 03/11/2013
RACE

Nico Rosberg finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in third place today with Lewis Hamilton in seventh position.
The team scored 21 points this evening to consolidate second place in the Constructors' Championship on a total of 334 points
Nico started and finished P3, scoring his fourth podium finish of the year and the team's ninth in total
He followed a two-stop strategy, running option/prime/prime, pitting on laps 10 and 33
Lewis finished in P7 after losing time behind the Sauber of Gutierrez in his second stint of the race
In spite of a clear performance advantage, Lewis did not have the car performance at the right point of the lap to overtake
Lewis also followed a two-stop strategy, running option/prime/prime, making his stops on laps 7 and 29
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ABU DHABI GP RACE

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Sunday 03 November, 2013

Race Notes

. Pastor Maldonado finished 11th with Valtteri Bottas 15th in today's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

. The team split strategies, with Pastor making a good start on the soft tyre but he was compromised by a slower second pitstop which meant that he wasn't able to jump the cars he was racing.

. Valtteri started on the medium tyre but struggled to get them up to temperature in the first few laps, but showed consistent pace thereafter in what has been an improved performance for the team this weekend.
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2013 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

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Yas Marina Circuit, Sunday November 3

“Jenson did a truly brilliant job of tyre management”
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Checo was unfortunate in that he spent a lot of the race stuck behind slower cars – and, although he showed his fighting spirit at the end by passing Adrian for ninth place, ultimately his was a disappointing result.

“Jenson was unlucky to incur front-wing damage at the start, as a result of contact with another car, triggering an unscheduled early pitstop. However, thereafter he did a truly brilliant job of tyre management, running the Prime for an extremely impressive 44 laps [from lap 12 to lap 55, inclusive].
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Race Classification

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2013 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - Yas Marina

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 55 1:38:06.106 186.758
2 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 55 1:38:36.935 +30.829 185.785
3 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 55 1:38:39.756 +33.650 185.696
4 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 55 1:38:40.908 +34.802 185.660
5 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 55 1:39:13.287 +67.181 184.650
6 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 55 1:39:24.280 +78.174 184.310
7 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 55 1:39:25.373 +79.267 184.276
8 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 55 1:39:28.992 +82.886 184.164
9 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 55 1:39:37.304 +91.198 183.908
10 A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 55 1:39:39.363 +93.257 183.845
11 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 55 1:39:42.095 +95.989 183.761
12 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 55 1:39:49.873 +103.767 183.522
13 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 55 1:39:50.401 +104.295 183.506
14 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 54 1:38:06.670 +1 LAP 183.343
15 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 54 1:38:07.113 +1 LAP 183.329
16 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 54 1:38:11.436 +1 LAP 183.195
17 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 54 1:38:43.418 +1 LAP 182.206
18 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 54 1:39:07.945 +1 LAP 181.454
19 C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 54 1:39:19.054 +1 LAP 181.116
20 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 53 1:38:29.356 +2 LAPS 179.256
21 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 53 1:38:34.241 +2 LAPS 179.10
NOT CLASSIFIED
K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 0 DNF
FASTEST LAP
F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:43.434 on lap 55 193.305

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Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race


Sunday, 3.11.2013
Weather: dry, 33-31°C air, 39-32°C track

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a disappointment for the Sauber F1 Team: Esteban Gutiérrez, who started in P16, finished 13th and Nico Hülkenberg finished 14th. Due to a drive through penalty Hülkenberg was not able to maintain P5, which he started from. The crew released him too early from his pit stop while another car was passing. The team is now looking to get the maximum out of the C32 for the remaining two races.
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2013 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX


Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi - 3rd November 2013
Weather
Race: dry, air temp 32° / track temp 36° (start), 31° / 33° (lap 27), 31° / 32° (lap 55)
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02 November


MIXED FORTUNES 2013 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Qualifying


Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Saturday 2 November 2013

BIANCHI MR02-02 Q1 P20 1:43.398 7 laps
CHILTON MR02-03 Q1 P22 1:44.198 8 laps

In this evening’s Qualifying for the 2013 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Jules and Max ended the day in 20th and 22nd positions respectively.
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2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Qualifying Report


Qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix saw Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil qualify in 12th and 18th places respectively at the Yas Marina Circuit.
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Qualifying Session Classification


2013 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - Yas Marina

POS NAME ENTRANT Q1 LAPS PERCENT Q2 LAPS Q3 LAPS
1 M. WEBBER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:41.568 3 100.868 1:40.575 8 1:39.957 6
2 S. VETTEL Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:41.683 3 100.983 1:40.781 3 1:40.075 6
3 N. ROSBERG Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:41.420 9 100.721 1:40.473 3 1:40.419 6
4 L. HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:40.693 10 100.000 1:40.477 4 1:40.501 5
5 K. RAIKKONEN Lotus F1 Team 1:41.276 8 100.578 1:40.971 6 1:40.542 6
6 N. HULKENBERG Sauber F1 Team 1:41.631 9 100.931 1:40.931 6 1:40.576 6
7 R. GROSJEAN Lotus F1 Team 1:41.447 7 100.748 1:40.948 8 1:40.997 6
8 F. MASSA Scuderia Ferrari 1:41.254 9 100.557 1:40.989 6 1:41.015 3
9 S. PEREZ Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:41.687 10 100.987 1:40.812 6 1:41.068 4
10 D. RICCIARDO Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:41.884 10 101.182 1:40.852 6 1:41.111 5
11 F. ALONSO Scuderia Ferrari 1:41.397 8 100.699 1:41.093 7
12 P. DI RESTA Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:41.676 11 100.976 1:41.133 8
13 J. BUTTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:41.817 9 101.116 1:41.200 6
14 J. VERGNE Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:41.692 9 100.992 1:41.279 6
15 P. MALDONADO Williams F1 Team 1:41.365 10 100.667 1:41.395 6
16 V. BOTTAS Williams F1 Team 1:41.862 8 101.160 1:41.447 6
17 E. GUTIERREZ Sauber F1 Team 1:41.999 8 101.297
18 A. SUTIL Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:42.051 10 101.348
19 G. VAN DER GARDE Caterham F1 Team 1:43.252 10 102.541
20 J. BIANCHI Marussia F1 Team 1:43.398 7 102.686
21 C. PIC Caterham F1 Team 1:43.528 10 102.815
22 M. CHILTON Marussia F1 Team 1:44.198 8 103.480

POLE POSITION LAP
M. WEBBER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:39.957 200.030 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
M. WEBBER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:39.957 200.030 KPH


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Third Practice Session Classification


2013 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - Yas Marina

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:41.349 19 197.282
2 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:41.571 17 0.222 196.851
3 10 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:41.580 18 0.231 196.834
4 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:41.721 19 0.372 196.561
5 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:41.832 19 0.483 196.346
6 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:41.956 19 0.607 196.108
7 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 1:42.055 19 0.706 195.917
8 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:42.282 19 0.933 195.483
9 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:42.387 18 1.038 195.282
10 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:42.457 21 1.108 195.149
11 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:42.516 15 1.167 195.036
12 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:42.681 23 1.332 194.723
13 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:42.698 19 1.349 194.691
14 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:42.702 16 1.353 194.683
15 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:42.727 18 1.378 194.636
16 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:42.798 18 1.449 194.501
17 A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:42.989 22 1.640 194.141
18 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:43.142 15 1.793 193.853
19 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 1:44.472 20 3.123 191.385
20 C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 1:44.728 21 3.379 190.917
21 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 1:45.621 20 4.272 189.303
22 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:47.506 15 6.157 185.984

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ABU DHABI GP QUALIFYING


Saturday 02 November, 2013

Qualifying Notes

. Pastor Maldonado qualified 15th with Valtteri Bottas 16th for tomorrow's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

. Both drivers had a clean lap in Q1, with Pastor finishing fourth quickest, but both struggled with traffic on their final runs in Q2 which cost them time.
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Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying


Saturday, 2.11.2013

Weather: dry, 37-31°C air, 47-33°C track

The Sauber F1 Team qualified sixth (Nico Hülkenberg) and 17th (Esteban Gutiérrez) for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hülkenberg was able to put in a strong performance and get the maximum out of the car yet again. At the same time, a combination of unfortunate circumstances led to Gutiérrez missing his second timed lap by just a few seconds. The result showed once more that the team has improved the C32 significantly.
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2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Qualifying


Abu Dhabi - 02/11/2013
QUALIFYING
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton qualified on the second row in third and fourth places for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix today.
Nico's tyre strategy: Q1, new prime/new option; Q2, used option; Q3, new option/new option
Lewis' tyre strategy: Q1, new prime/new option; Q2, used option/new option in/out; Q3, used option/new option
Lewis spun exiting T13 on his final timed lap for a reason that is currently unclear while he was completing a faster lap
His car will be examined on its return to the garage to ascertain the precise cause of the spin
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2013 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING



Yas Marina Circuit, Saturday #movember 2
“A weekend of improvement”
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“After our reasonably promising performances in FP1, FP2 and FP3, today’s qualifying session was clearly rather disappointing for us.
Moreover, even in Q2 this evening, Checo had shown pace and promise, posting the fifth-fastest lap-time, so it was a pity that a yellow flag compromised his ability to deliver on that promise and pace in Q3.
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ABU DHABI GP – QUALIFYING


Saturday 2 November 2013

Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: POLE POSITION, (3rd Practice – P2, 1:41.571)
“This weekend so far has gone pretty smoothly for us. It’s not the easiest venue, because of the changing temperatures. We run in the afternoon and then at night, so you have to be on top of the changing conditions as a driver and also from an engineering perspective. It wasn’t the most electric start to Q1 or Q2, but we made changes to the car as the session went on and I got more comfortable. I knew I had to work on certain sections of the track which Sebastian had already been doing a good job on, so I had to try and match him as well as continuing to keep the areas where I was doing a good job too, so overall I’m happy with the pole. We’re really looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
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2013 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX FP3 & QUALIFYING


Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi - 2nd November 2013
Weather
FP3: dry, sunny; min / max track temp 47° - 44°, air temp 37° - 36°
Q1: dry, twilight; min / max track temp 35°, air temp 32°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: VDG 1.44.472, 19th / PIC 1.44.728, 20th
Q1: VDG 1.43.252, 19th / PIC 1.43.528, 21st
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01 November


Qualifying Session Classification

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2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX - Austin

POS NAME ENTRANT Q1 LAPS PERCENT Q2 LAPS Q3 LAPS
1 S. VETTEL Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:38.516 3 100.710 1:37.065 3 1:36.338 6
2 M. WEBBER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:38.161 5 100.347 1:37.312 3 1:36.441 6
3 R. GROSJEAN Lotus F1 Team 1:38.676 7 100.874 1:37.523 4 1:37.155 6
4 N. HULKENBERG Sauber F1 Team 1:38.339 11 100.529 1:37.828 5 1:37.296 4
5 L. HAMILTON Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:37.959 8 100.141 1:37.854 8 1:37.345 4
6 F. ALONSO Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.929 10 101.132 1:37.368 6 1:37.376 3
7 S. PEREZ Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38.367 9 100.558 1:38.040 6 1:37.452 6
8 H. KOVALAINEN Lotus F1 Team 1:38.375 9 100.566 1:38.078 6 1:37.715 6
9 V. BOTTAS Williams F1 Team 1:37.821 11 100.000 1:37.439 7 1:37.836 6
10 E. GUTIERREZ Sauber F1 Team 1:38.082 10 100.266 1:38.031 7 1:38.034 3
11 D. RICCIARDO Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.882 10 101.084 1:38.131 8
12 P. DI RESTA Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:38.894 11 101.096 1:38.139 7
13 J. BUTTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38.588 10 100.784 1:38.217 6
14 N. ROSBERG Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:38.743 10 100.942 1:38.364 9
15 F. MASSA Scuderia Ferrari 1:39.094 10 101.301 1:38.592 7
16 J. VERGNE Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.880 9 101.082 1:38.696 6
17 A. SUTIL Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:39.250 10 101.460
18 P. MALDONADO Williams F1 Team 1:39.351 11 101.564
19 G. VAN DER GARDE Caterham F1 Team 1:40.491 10 102.729
20 J. BIANCHI Marussia F1 Team 1:40.528 11 102.767
21 C. PIC Caterham F1 Team 1:40.596 10 102.836
22 M. CHILTON Marussia F1 Team 1:41.401 10 103.659
POLE POSITION LAP
S. VETTEL Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:36.338 206.012 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
S. VETTEL Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:36.338 206.012 KPH

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix FP1 & FP2


November 1st, 2013
Weather
FP1: dry, sunny; min / max track temp 46° - 45°, air temp 34° - 33°
FP2: dry, twilight; min / max track temp 37° - 33°, air temp 33° - 34°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: PIC 1.47.600, 19th / KOV 1.47.670, 20th
FP2: VDG 1.44.138, 19th / PIC 1.44.525, 21st
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Abu Dhabi GP - From dawn to dusk


Fernando Alonso: “Compared to other Fridays, today we were a bit less competitive than usual and now we need to work out if that is down to the fact that the track characteristics do not suit our car, or if it’s a question of set-up. The tyres work better here than in India, where they suffered a lot from blistering in the fast corners, while here they are better, especially at night when the temperature drops. Unfortunately, in performance terms, we are behind our rivals for second place in the Constructors’ classification. Compared to the start of the year, they have improved and will be difficult to beat, but tomorrow we will make some changes and will do our utmost because we absolutely don’t want to give up the fight”.
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2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Friday


Friday 1st November

Kimi Räikkönen ended the first day of practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with the fourth fastest time of the day at the Yas Marina Circuit; racking up the joint-highest number of laps completed in the process [65 across the two sessions].

Romain Grosjean was fastest in the first session, but had a brake and then a vibration issue in the second session to end the day twelfth fastest.
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2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice Sessions


Pirelli Soft and Medium compounds under the lights of Abu Dhabi

With sunset coming around half an hour into the second free practice session at Abu Dhabi, the teams had experience of driving both in daylight during the first session, with high ambient temperatures, and also in the cooler conditions of the evening. The fastest time of the day was set by Red Bull’s newly-crowned champion Sebastian Vettel, who established a benchmark of 1m41.335s on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre halfway through FP2. The other compound that has been nominated for Abu Dhabi is the P Zero White medium, meaning that the teams are working with the same selection as they had for India. Nonetheless, even at this early stage in the weekend, there is much less wear and degradation on the soft tyre in particular.
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Friday - Team Reaction


Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8-04)
“If we ignore the lap times, I think this was a reasonably productive day. Our overall performance is good and I felt the car was working well. It’s true we need to find a bit more lap time for tomorrow, but I am fairly confident. We just need to work well overnight to iron out the small details that were not quite right today and I believe we can then run competitively. As for the tyres, I did a long run on the Soft tyre and it definitely works much better and lasts longer with better degradation than we saw in India a few days ago. So, everyone should be able to make better use of it in the race on Sunday. This is an enjoyable track to drive and the setting, as well as the timing of the sessions is truly unique.”
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:46.114, pos. 16th, 22 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:43.271, pos. 17th, 36 laps
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Macdonald takes the wheel as Caterham Group CEO


Caterham Group - 1st November 2013

Graham Macdonald has been appointed as the new CEO of the Caterham Group of companies, with overall responsibility for all arms of the business.

The move sees Macdonald promoted from his role as CEO of the Caterham Cars division and handed a remit to oversee the continuing growth and integration of the component parts of the Group.
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2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Free Practice Report


Sahara Force India completed a busy day of free practice today at Yas Marina Circuit with Paul Di Resta, Adrian Sutil and James Calado all behind the wheel of the VJM06.

Paul Di Resta VJM06-04

FP1: 1:45.040 P7 20 laps
FP2: 1:42.806 P13 27 laps

Paul: “It’s been quite a positive day. The general balance is not too bad, although there’s still work to do to improve the car through the high-speed part of the lap. The main issue of the afternoon was the brake failure on the front left, which caused me to run wide at turn eight. The team chose to change the brake material, which cost us about 15 minutes of track time, but we were able to do a long run on the soft tyre at the end of the session.”
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ABU DHABI GP PRACTICE


Friday 01 November, 2013

Objectives: Set-up work, tyre runs and aero evaluations.

Xevi Pujolar, Chief Race Engineer: We ran both cars on different aero configurations today, with Pastor running a development package for next year and Valtteri continuing with our standard package. The track was very slippery to start and both cars were struggling with overall grip. In FP2 Pastor continued with some aero comparisons, as well as trying some mechanical tests aimed at getting more grip on the first lap of each run. Valtteri concentrated on short and long runs comparing the two compounds of tyre, with conditions in FP2 more representative of what we will see in the race. The track conditions were improving throughout the day with the soft option tyre more susceptible to graining and the medium looking more consistent. Overall, Pastor's development package showed more positive results, so we will be fitting this across both cars for tomorrow.
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2013 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE



“A productive day for the whole team”
Yas Marina Circuit, Friday #movember 1
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“After our encouraging performance in India last week, it appears that we’ve been able to carry that momentum forwards to this weekend.

“Both Jenson and Checo enjoyed productive sessions: while our focus this afternoon was once again on understanding and developing concepts and components for 2014, the evening’s session quickly proved productive as we progressed through our set-up and tyre evaluation work.
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Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice


Firday, 1.11.2013
Weather: dry, 35-31°C air, 47-33°C track

The first two practice sessions for the Abu Dhabi GP went well for the Sauber F1 Team. It was a usual Friday with the team focusing on different car set-ups and evaluating the performance of the tyres. This is is particularly important here as the track temperature changes significantly between the morning and the afternoon sessions. Both drivers were happy with their cars at the end of the day, but, because the mid field is so tight, the team will continue to improve the performance for qualifying tomorrow.
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ABU DHABI GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE


Friday 1 November 2013

CAR 1, SEBASTIAN VETTEL
First Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:44.499, Laps: 18
Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:41.335, Laps: 35
“It’s difficult to say today how we compare to the others, we know the Lotus is quick here, but we also had decent pace today. It’s not always so easy at this circuit with the conditions changing throughout the day; we start in the sun and finish at night and the track temperature changes during that time. But, no big issues, so I’m pretty happy.”
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2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Practice


Abu Dhabi - 01/11/2013
PRACTICE

The first two practice sessions for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix took place this afternoon and into the evening at Yas Marina.
Nico and Lewis completed a total of 125 laps today, equivalent to more than two race distances
Track temperatures evolved significantly with a maximum of 47°C in P1 and a minimum of 33°C in P2
Both drivers completed the usual long runs in P2, running soft (option) then medium (prime) tyres
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TWILIGHT TEASER 2013 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 & 2


Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Friday 1 November 2013

BIANCHI MR02-02 FP1 P21 1:47.723 23 laps FP2 P20 1:44.459 35 laps
CHILTON MR02-03 FP2 P22 1:45.465 27 laps
GONZALEZ MR02-03 FP1 P22 1:49.565 22 laps

We ended the opening day of Free Practice for the 2013 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton in 20th and 22nd positions respectively. This morning, at the Yas Marina Circuit, our Reserve Driver Rodolfo Gonzalez took part in one of his planned FP1 sessions, taking over the MR02-03 chassis of Max Chilton.
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ABU DHABI gp preview


Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd November, 2013
Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
Round: 17 of 19

Xevi Pujolar, Chief Race Engineer: The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a unique race starting under the glare of the sunshine and ending as the sun goes down. The Yas Marina Circuit features medium to high efficiency, with long straights and slow speed corners, which results in high brake energy. It has a lower than average turn angle but corner speeds and fuel consumption are about average. However, the circuit is different to most for tyres; lateral tyre energy is low whilst longitudinal energy is high due to the severe braking and traction demands. Furthermore, the track surface not only improves over the weekend, but the track evolves between and even within sessions, with sometimes significant drops in track temperature. Tyre degradation can be an issue due to the high temperatures and changing track conditions, this could be especially important in the race regarding strategy and the order in which you run on each compound.
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Second Practice Session Classification


2013 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - Yas Marina

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:41.335 35 197.309
2 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:41.490 32 +0.155 197.008
3 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:41.690 37 +0.355 196.621
4 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:41.726 42 +0.391 196.551
5 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:41.758 41 +0.423 196.489
6 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:42.006 36 +0.671 196.011
7 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:42.010 31 +0.675 196.004
8 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:42.171 31 +0.836 195.695
9 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 1:42.324 41 +0.989 195.402
10 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:42.440 36 +1.105 195.181
11 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:42.509 39 +1.174 195.050
12 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:42.607 18 +1.272 194.863
13 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:42.806 27 +1.471 194.486
14 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:42.952 36 +1.617 194.210
15 A. SUTIL GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:42.998 27 +1.663 194.124
16 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:43.152 29 +1.817 193.834
17 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:43.271 36 +1.936 193.610
18 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:43.565 36 +2.230 193.061
19 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 1:44.138 35 +2.803 191.999
20 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:44.459 35 +3.124 191.409
21 C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 1:44.525 8 +3.190 191.288
22 M. CHILTON GBR Marussia F1 Team 1:45.565 27 +4.230 189.403

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First Practice Session Classification


2013 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - Yas Marina

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:44.241 21 191.809
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:44.433 23 +0.192 191.456
3 S. VETTEL GER Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:44.499 18 +0.258 191.335
4 M. WEBBER AUS Infiniti Red Bull Racing 1:44.712 20 +0.471 190.946
5 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:44.741 24 +0.500 190.893
6 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:44.929 23 +0.688 190.551
7 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:45.040 20 +0.799 190.350
8 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:45.099 20 +0.858 190.243
9 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:45.150 24 +0.909 190.151
10 S. PEREZ MEX Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:45.331 20 +1.090 189.824
11 N. HULKENBERG GER Sauber F1 Team 1:45.378 23 +1.137 189.739
12 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:45.440 18 +1.199 189.628
13 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:45.823 22 +1.582 188.941
14 J. CALADO GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:45.924 20 +1.683 188.761
15 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:46.068 18 +1.827 188.505
16 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.114 22 +1.873 188.423
17 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:46.124 18 +1.883 188.406
18 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.126 21 +1.885 188.402
19 C. PIC FRA Caterham F1 Team 1:47.600 22 +3.359 185.821
20 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Caterham F1 Team 1:47.670 22 +3.429 185.700
21 J. BIANCHI FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:47.723 23 +3.482 185.609
22 R. GONZALEZ VEN Marussia F1 Team 1:49.565 22 +5.324 182.488

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