27 July

An eventful Hungarian Grand Prix for all involved

Slippery When Wet
If you didn’t watch the Hungarian Grand Prix, make sure you do. A highly eventful mixed weather race saw a flurry of activity both on track and in the pits with Pastor Maldonado leading the Lotus F1 Team effort with a hard-fought thirteenth position come the chequered flag. [Read More!]
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2014 Hungarian Grand Prix – Race

Hungaroring, July 27, 2014 – Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has claimed his second career win to maintain his third place in the driver’s championship at the Pirelli- sponsored Hungarian Grand Prix, before Formula One’s annual summer break. Ricciardo used a three stop strategy running the whole race on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre after having started on the Cinturato Green intermediate tyre. Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari held off his second place against Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who charged through the field to finish third after having started from the pit lane. Both used a two- stop strategy starting on the intermediates with Hamilton then completing one stint on the soft and his final stint on the medium tyre. Alonso just used the soft tyre for his final two stints, changing for the second time on lap 38 and thus making the soft tyre last for 32 laps. [Read More!]
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Magyar Magic

Hungaroring, Budapest
Sunday 27 July 2014
BIANCHI MR03-01 P15 1:29.883
CHILTON MR03-02 P16 1:29.499
A pre-race downpour in Budapest produced an incredible show in today’s 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix, in which we delivered another strong two-car finish and retained 9th position in the Constructors’ Championship. Jules Bianchi ended the race in 15th place, with team-mate Max Chilton in P16. [Read More!]
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Infiniti Red Bull Racing-Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo raced to victory in today’s absorbing Hungarian Grand Prix. Daniel’s win, the second for the team and for the Renault Energy F1-2014 Power Unit this season, came after a thrilling three-way battle for the lead with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel secured seventh position for Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Jean-Eric Vergne ninth for Scuderia Toro Rosso, putting three Renault Energy F1-2014 Power Units into the top ten. [Read More!]
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2014 Hungarian Grand Prix - Race

Budapest - 27/07/2014
Lewis Hamilton secured the team's eleventh podium of the season, driving a brilliant race after starting from the pit-lane and finishing third just ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg in fourth position.
After a downpour of rain in the final hour before the race, all teams were forced to start on the intermediate tyres
Lewis ran a two-stop strategy, pitting on laps 8 and 39, running inters/option/prime
Nico ran to a three-stop strategy, pitting on laps 9, 32 and 56, running inters/option/option/option
The team has now finished on the podium in every race in 2014 so far and today secured 27 more points in the constructors' championship
The team now heads into the summer break with a 174 point lead in the championship with 8 races remaining. [Read More!]
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Hungarian Grand Prix

Race Notes
. Felipe Massa finished fifth and Valtteri Bottas eighth as WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING scored points with both cars in an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix.
. Felipe put in a strong performance in changeable conditions to end his run of bad luck with a solid points finish.
. Valtteri ran second in the early stages but was delayed by traffic during his first pit stop, eventually challenging Vettel for seventh in the closing laps.
. WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING heads into Formula 1's summer break fourth in the constructors championship with 135 points. [Read More!]
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“We tried our best, but it didn’t work out”
Hungaroring, Sunday July 27
A typically unpredictable wet-to-dry grand prix that resulted in an edge-of-the-seat climax involving three drivers.
For McLaren, a misleading weather forecast prompted the team to remain on Intermediate tyres while the rest of the field pitted behind the Safety Car for Options. With the chance of rain diminishing, both drivers lost ground after pitting for dry-weather tyres – a decision that dictated our performance for the remainder of the grand prix. [Read More!]
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Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 27.07.2014

Weather: initially wet, then dry, 22-25°C air, 27-36°C track
A strong performance by the Sauber F1 Team at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest was not rewarded. Adrian Sutil finished in 11th and missed out on a point by just 0.9 seconds, while Esteban Gutiérrez was running eighth, and thus in the fight for points, when a problem with the Energy Recovery System forced him to stop. [Read More!]
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Sunday 27 July 2014
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: WINNER! Start Position: 4th
“Winning this today, it honestly feels as good as the first. It sank in a lot quicker this one, so crossing the line today I knew what was going on a bit more and it’s like I could enjoy it immediately rather than it being delayed, it was awesome. To have to pass guys again to win the race, as I did in Canada, makes it a lot more satisfying, knowing that we did have a bit of a fight on our hands – you beauty! In this environment now I feel, I am a different driver and in a way a different person, a different sportsman than I was last year. I’ve got a lot more belief in myself and it’s cool, I definitely feel like I belong here now and I’ve got confidence; obviously we’ve converted two races into wins this year so far and I think that confidence is showing. I’ve got some friends from Australia here this weekend, so the plan was to always have a few drinks tonight, so I think we’ve got an excuse to now!” [Read More!]
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Marco Mattiacci: “It was a great race and very pleasing to see our team fight back from an extremely complicated Saturday. Kimi and Fernando demonstrated just what they are capable of and the whole team was up to the task. However, this result is just a step on a journey which started a few months ago. Fernando’s second place is a confidence booster and a sign that the major effort everyone is making to bring Ferrari back to the top is moving in the right direction, however we have to be realistic about it. Here, the weather and the track conditions leveled out the performance differences and that’s why we must not delude ourselves. Now we must just go back home, set on always doing better.” [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix: Race Report

Sahara Force India was out of luck today as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez retired from the Hungarian Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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Hungaroring, Hungary - 27th July 2014
Race: overcast, wet track (start) / dry track (from approximately lap 9), air temp 22° / track temp 28° (start), 23° / 42° (lap 70), 24° / 34° (lap 70)
Kamui Kobayashi
Start on intermediate tyres
Lap 8: pitstop 1, soft tyres
Finished: DNF
Marcus Ericsson
Start on intermediate tyres
Finished: DNF [Read More!]
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26 July

Into Q2

Hungaroring, Budapest
Saturday 26 July 2014
BIANCHI MR03-01 Q2 P16 1:26.728 14 laps
CHILTON MR03-02 Q1 P19 1:27.819 7 laps
Jules Bianchi will start tomorrow’s 70 lap Hungarian Grand Prix from row eight of the grid, after storming through to Q2 for the second time this season and delivering a qualifying lap good for 16th place.
His teammate Max Chilton had a tougher session. Having improved his car steadily through free practice, as he embarked on his second flying lap his car suffered an electrical problem which left him with no power and he was forced to limp home, unable to realise the potential of his qualifying package. [Read More!]
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2014 Hungarian Grand Prix – saturday

FP3: dry, sunny; min / max track temp 43° - 47°, air temp 26° - 27°
Q1: dry, overcast; min / max track temp 46°, air temp 25°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: KOB 1.27.560, 19th / ERI 1.28.605, 21st
Q1: KOB 1.27.139, 18th / ERI 1.28.643, 20th
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2014 Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying

Hungaroring, July 26, 2014 – For the third time in a row and the sixth time this year, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has claimed pole position – which should help his prospects in the Hungarian Grand Prix, as 13 wins have been taken from pole at the Hungaroring from 28 races to date. Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel lines up alongside him in second. [Read More!]
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Strategy, tyres and weather key for the Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungry Like The Wolf
Romain Grosjean qualified in fifteenth whilst Pastor Maldonado frustratingly retired from qualifying after a tough day for Lotus F1 Team at the Hungarorging for the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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Fernando Alonso: “After a chaotic qualifying like today’s, you always think you could have done better. But if you then analyse everything that happened, finishing fifth is a good result, because we made the most of every opportunity that came our way. Getting to start on the clean side of the track is very important as it gives you a chance to make up places at the start and to race with the leaders. The rain expected for tomorrow definitely has an effect on strategy: so far, in the hot and dry conditions, there was talk of two or three stops, but tomorrow everything changes. Both Kimi and I need to score points for the team, because we want to get back the third place in the Constructors’ championship that we lost last weekend. Even starting far back, a good strategy could help us reach that goal.” [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix: Qualifying Report

Qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix saw Nico Hulkenberg end the session in ninth place with Sergio Perez in P13. [Read More!]
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2014 Hungarian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Budapest - 26/07/2014
Nico Rosberg took pole position during qualifying at the Hungaroring this afternoon, while a fuel leak saw Lewis eliminated in the Q1 phase without setting a time.
Nico took his sixth pole position of the 2014 Formula One season - his third in a row after Great Britain and Germany
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS has now taken 10 pole positions from 11 races so far in 2014
A fuel leak and subsequent fire for Lewis during his warm-up lap in Q1 prevented him from setting a time
The team has yet to determine the extent of damage incurred by chassis F1 W05 Hybrid/05 and its component parts
A full investigation will be conducted into the cause of the problem in parc ferme [Read More!]
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Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying

26.07.14 Qualifying Notes
. Valtteri Bottas qualified third with Felipe Massa sixth after another strong qualifying session for WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING.
. Valtteri challenged Vettel for second, while Felipe struggled with traffic in Q3. [Read More!]
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“We’ll push all the way to the finish tomorrow”
Hungaroring, Saturday July 26
More mixed fortunes for the team today: a mid-afternoon rain shower dropped a large amount of water at Turn One right at the start of the final qualifying session of the afternoon. The wet surface caught out a number of cars, but Kevin was most affected, locking his wheels and ploughing straight into the tyre barriers at the Turn One run-off. [Read More!]
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Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 26.07.2014

Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 26-28°C air, 43-49°C track
In qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest the Sauber F1 Team achieved a positive result. Adrian Sutil finished in 12th, his best result in this season so far, while Esteban Gutiérrez clinched 14th place. This could open up the opportunity to finish in the points tomorrow. [Read More!]
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Saturday 26 July 2014
SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P3, 1:24.455)
“After Q2 I thought if we got everything right then we might have been closer to the Mercedes at the end than we were. Nico’s lap was very strong and it’s difficult to match them. But let’s see tomorrow, a lot of things can change if it rains and it may do tomorrow. We just have to focus on ourselves and, if we get a chance, try to make a pass, but the Mercedes is quite a bit quicker than us on the straights. The nature of the circuit here suits us more than it did in Germany, but we’re still quite far off the pace of the Mercedes.” [Read More!]
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25 July


25 July 2014
First Practice Session: Position: 5, Best Time: 1:27.220, Laps: 28
Second Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:25.111, Laps: 33
“I think we could be a little bit closer this weekend, at least today it looked a bit better, but then again we saw that people can make a big step from Friday to Saturday, particularly Williams, so we have to be careful. We hope we can do a big enough step to keep the pace of today (for tomorrow) and to be able to use a little bit more power, but we’ll have to wait and see where we are.” [Read More!]
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Hungarian Grand Prix Practice

Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: We completed our schedule and tested all of the upgrades, which seem to be working well. The main work has been on the balance of the car and we still have a bit to do for the option tyre. We seem to have good pace on the prime. We have a lot of data to go through to be ready for tomorrow. [Read More!]
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“We’ve made a solid start”
Hungaroring, Friday July 25
From the burning heat of central Germany to the baking plains of northern Hungary, the grand prix paddock regrouped for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the race that brings the curtain down on the first half of the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. [Read More!]
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Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 25.07.2014

Weather: sunny and dry, 23-28°C air, 40-57°C track
During both practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest the Sauber F1 Team was able to go through the planned programme. Different set-ups on both C33s were tested, but further work on the tyre management is needed. [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix: Free Practice

Sahara Force India opened its Hungarian Grand Prix weekend with two productive sessions in the scorching Budapest heat.
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Hungaroring, Hungary - 25th July 2014
FP1: Dry, sunny, min / max track temp 39° - 49°, air temp 23° - 25°
FP2: Dry, sunny, min / max track temp 53° - 56°, air temp 26° - 28°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: KOB 1.30.363, 19th / ERI 1.30.892, 20th
FP2: KOB 1.28.370, 19th / ERI 1.29.036, 22nd [Read More!]
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Renault Sport Hungarian Grand Prix Practice Report

Key practice points:
F1 in Budapest, Hungary, for the final race of the first half of the season
The twists and turns of the low-speed Hungaroring place an emphasis on low speed driveability and torque response
Renault-powered teams continue to test upgraded software, with positive results concerning engine performance
Third quickest time for Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel
More than 2,000km covered today over the four Renault-powered teams [Read More!]
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2014 Hungarian Grand Prix - Practice

Budapest - 25/07/2014
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS kicked off the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend at the top of the time sheets, with Lewis Hamilton narrowly edging Nico Rosberg to top both practice sessions at the Hungaroring Circuit.
Lewis ended the day fastest, posting a best time of 1:24.482 on the soft tyres during the second session
Nico's best lap of 1:24.720 put him second fastest to complete a Silver Arrows 1-2
Both the medium and soft compound Pirelli tyres were used in each session
The team completed 134 laps today - equivalent to just under two race distances at the Hungaroring
A trouble-free day's running allowed the team to assess both tyre compounds and prepare for the weekend ahead [Read More!]
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23 July

2014 Hungarian Grand Prix - Preview

Budapest - 23/07/2014
Round 11 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix, held at the Hungaroring.
Driver / Senior Management Quotes
Lewis Hamilton
I was very proud that we could put both cars on the podium for Mercedes-Benz in Germany in front of all the Mercedes employees there last weekend. From a personal point of view, I couldn't be too ecstatic about the race because it was a tough weekend for me and ultimately I lost more points to Nico in the Championship battle. But I had great fun out there and did as good a job as I could. To get the car from right at the back to the podium was quite an achievement for everyone involved and I'm grateful that we could limit the damage after qualifying. The Hungarian Grand Prix is always a special one for me, with four pole positions and four wins from my seven races there so far - including my first victory for Mercedes last season. I don't really have any secrets there - I've just been very fortunate over the years and it's a circuit I really enjoy. It's one where you can really attack, which works for an attacking driver like myself, so perhaps it suits my driving style a little bit more than some others. I've always had great support there from the fans too, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm doing absolutely everything I can to get back on level terms with Nico in the title battle - I can't focus more or work harder than I am doing right now. This Championship is proving a big challenge for me but that's how I love it - and I wouldn't have it any other way. [Read More!]
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Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

Hungaroring overview:
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations:
The Hungarian Grand Prix stands in total contrast to the previous Grands Prix. It is a very slow track, with one lap taken at just 55% full throttle as opposed to the 65 – 70% of the last four races. The average speed is expected to be a touch over 180kph, with each corner taken from second to fourth gear. It’s therefore not particularly power sensitive and the ICE will have a relatively easy time at this race. For these reasons we concentrate on delivering the most driveable Power Unit rather than looking at top end speed. In the V8 era it was standard practice to use a unit on its third race and the same principle will be applied this year as we will use V6 ICEs on one of the last races of their lives, if possible. [Read More!]
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22 July


RACE 11 OF 19
With an average speed of just 120mph, the Hungaroring is the slowest permanent circuit on the Formula One calendar. But that doesn't lessen the challenge of one of the most tortuous races in the calendar. Track conditions are very dusty and slippery at the start of the weekend, making it very easy for drivers to make a mistake during Friday practice. A racing line appears quickly, once the cars have completed a few laps, but conditions remain treacherous off-line and that makes overtaking difficult during the race. The drivers will tell you that it's one of the most physical races of the year, due to the constant succession of corners and very few straights, and the high ambient temperatures can result in cockpit temperatures in excess of 60 degrees. At least they have the four-week summer break after the race in which to recover! [Read More!]
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2014 Hungarian Grand Prix – preview

The relentless twists and turns of the Hungaroring provide the teams with a tricky final challenge ahead of Formula 1’s annual summer break. The 4.381km track is notoriously difficult to overtake on, but the drivers relish its demands and the vibrant city of Budapest, just 12 miles to the south, provides a perfect foil to the on-track action. [Read More!]
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Budapest, Hungary - 22nd July 2014
Race Laps: 70
The Hungaroring is laterally demanding but as there are a lot of medium-slow speed corners, traction is also very important
Maximising pace through Sector 2 is important for lap time
The track is generally bumpy (T5 especially) but there are no major issues
Kerbs are significant in T6 and T7
The track can be very dusty if it is windy, which can present issues in determining setup options [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix: Preview

Vijay’s Vision
Vijay Mallya reflects on the first ten races of the season.

After ten races the team has scored just shy of 100 points. Has the season met your expectations?
We are in a good place and the whole team should feel proud of our performance in the first half of the season. We’ve scored 39 points more compared to the first half of last season and that’s an indication of our consistency. We’ve picked up points in every race and we’re in the middle of a very close fight in the championship. We are pushing hard to be even more competitive, but we’ve certainly delivered in the first ten races. [Read More!]
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Sebastian Vettel
I like the race and atmosphere at the Hungaroring, and have good memories of the races there even though I have never won in Budapest - it is still on my to do list! It is quite a slow track but also one that can catch you out. It has some tight, twisty corners and is quite a bumpy track, so you cannot underestimate it. It is normally hot in Hungary for the race which makes it a challenge to drive, but also makes a nice weekend for the fans watching. I really like the setting of the race track, just outside Budapest and near to the Danube – in the evenings I enjoy going for a walk along the banks, or sometimes a jog in the morning. The Hungarian GP is the last race before the Summer break so we will be working hard to keep up the momentum and have a good result to enjoy over the holidays. [Read More!]
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21 July


July 21, 2014
The Hungaroring. The final race before the summer break is definitely no holiday for cars or drivers, as it is very demanding on both, with the twisty nature meaning that there is no time to pause for breath for the men at the wheel. As for the cars, the new power units will be tested here, as the nature of the track means that good driveability will be one of the keys to a quick lap, with all the low speed corners. The extremely high temperatures – 50 degrees track temperature is quite normal here – that can be a feature of this race will mean that tyre management, with Pirelli bringing its medium and soft compounds, will also be of paramount importance. Over many years of running V8 engines, the task of putting the torque through the tyres onto the track had been well managed, but this year new parameters will come into play. Downforce levels will be similar to Monaco. After this race, the Toro Rosso engineers will have a good idea as to how the STR9 performs on the hottest tracks, which will be useful for other races later in the season. [Read More!]
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Preview - 2014 Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix

11th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 25th to 27th July 2014
Hinwil, 21st July 2014 – The Hungarian Grand Prix will take place this coming weekend in Budapest. After the 11th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Sauber F1 Team heads into the summer break together with all other teams at the beginning of August. [Read More!]
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Maranello, 21 July –Sunday sees the 29th edition of the Hungarian Grand Prix. The race has always been held at the Hungaroring, on the outskirts of Budapest and the track has gone through various modifications, but nothing significant. Scuderia Ferrari has won here five times, making an 18% hit rate. [Read More!]
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Hungarian Grand Prix Preview: Budapest, 24-27 July 2014

Milan, July 21, 2014 – Pirelli, along with the rest of the teams, makes the 800-kilometre journey from Hockenheim to Budapest for the only back-to-back European grand prix weekend of the season. The Hungaroring, the first Formula One venue ever to be built behind the former Iron Curtain back in 1986, is a permanent facility but has many of the characteristics of a street circuit, with tight and twisty corners and a low grip surface that puts the emphasis on mechanical grip. In the past, the race has often been very hot, but rain is not unknown either. Pirelli is bringing the P Zero White medium along with the P Zero yellow soft tyres, which should provide the right compromise between performance and resistance to the high ambient temperatures. Although the Hungaroring is not particularly demanding on tyres, the non-stop series of corners mean that the compounds do not get much of an opportunity to cool down over the course of a lap. [Read More!]
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20 July


July 20, 2014
We look back at today's tough race at Hockenheimring...
Jean-Eric Vergne (STR9-01)
Position: 13th
"I was having a good race until the moment in which I had to make a five seconds stop-and-go penalty during my second pit stop, which compromised any possibility of scoring points. After it, I came back to the track on the option tyres, which are very fragile in traffic conditions. Very soon my front left was too damaged and I was forced to stop again for prime tyres to finish the race. I think points were possible here, the race was looking great so it's been a real shame." [Read More!]
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2014 German Grand Prix – Race

Hockenheim, July 20, 2014 – Nico Rosberg has extended his championship lead by winning his home grand prix, using a two-stop strategy with one stint on the P Zero Red supersoft followed by two stints on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre. It was the first time that Rosberg had ever finished on the podium at the German Grand Prix, but the 300thpodium finish for Williams, courtesy of Valtteri Bottas – on the podium for the third consecutive time. [Read More!]
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A two car finish for the Team with Jules crossing the line in P15 and Max in P17

Hockenheimring, Germany
Sunday 20 July 2014
BIANCHI MR03-01 P15 1:22.522
CHILTON MR03-03 P17 1:23.035
We delivered a solid two-car finish in Hockenheim today, with Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton ending the 67 lap German Grand Prix in 15th and 17th places respectively.
Following two days of very high ambient and track temperatures, the weather turned for race day, with cooler conditions but the threatened rain remaining clear of the circuit. [Read More!]
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Renault-powered Infiniti Red Bull Racing finished the German Grand Prix in fourth and sixth positions following a thrilling race at the Hockenheimring. Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo battled the entire race with both Ferraris and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton to secure two top six positions and a valuable 20 points. The score consolidates the team’s second position in the constructors’ championship. [Read More!]
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Santander German Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 20.07.2014

Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 24-26°C air, 32-34°C track
Esteban Gutiérrez finished the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in 14th. Adrian Sutil retired in lap 48 after spinning out in the last corner. It was a race in which the team had the chance to score a point. [Read More!]
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German Grand Prix Race

Race Notes
. Valtteri Bottas achieved his third consecutive podium and the team's 300th podium at the German GP today.
. Felipe Massa's race unfortunately ended early after he was involved in a first corner incident.
. Valtteri chased the quicker Mercedes of Rosberg during the early stages, managing his tyres well whilst increasing the gap to the cars behind.
. In the closing laps Valtteri worked hard to keep Lewis Hamilton behind to finish second, moving the team up to third in the Constructors' Championship ahead of Ferrari. [Read More!]
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Sunday 20 July 2014
SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 5th
“It was fun with Fernando today – we started maybe where we left off in Silverstone! It was quite entertaining the first half of the race and at one point it was quite tight with both the Ferraris, but we managed to stay ahead. The second stop was a bit too close and Fernando was able to pass without too many difficulties, which put us on the back foot, but we decided to be a bit more aggressive towards the end and make sure we got the undercut and then we could put some gap between us, which was crucial for us as we were quite tight in terms of fuel towards the end of the race. I think that was the best we could get today. Daniel just missed passing Fernando at the end unfortunately.” [Read More!]
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2014 German Grand Prix - Race

Hockenheim - 20/07/2014
Nico Rosberg took a dominating home victory at the German Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton finishing in third position, gaining 17 places from the grid.
Nico took his fourth win of 2014 today and the team's ninth in ten races, taking a lights to flag victory in commanding fashion
Lewis drove a fantastic race to finish on the podium, gaining seventeen places from his grid position and making a total of 15 on-track overtakes [Read More!]
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Marco Mattiacci: “This was a very hard fought race for both the drivers and the team, which confirms the great effort put in by everyone on a weekend that never had a moment’s breathing space and in which we did our utmost. Fernando produced another fantastic performance, while we saw encouraging signs from Kimi, which unfortunately did not translate into concrete results. We know the weak points of our car and at every race we are looking for improvements that can also be useful for the new project which is beginning to take shape. Now attention turns to the next round in Hungary. It will be another demanding race, but at the same time another opportunity to improve.” [Read More!]
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Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander von Deutschland: Race Report

Sahara Force India scored seven points in today’s German Grand Prix with Nico Hulkenberg finishing in seventh place and Sergio Perez in 10th. [Read More!]
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“We expected more today”
Hockenheimring, Sunday July 20
This was a day that promised much, but delivered comparatively little.
From fourth on the grid, Kevin Magnussen looked set for a strong race, but was unable to avoid being clipped by Felipe Massa as he drove into the first corner. The resultant accident, and the knock-on requirement to stop for tyres and a replacement nosebox, relegated him to the back of the field. [Read More!]
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Hockenheim, Germany - 20th July 2014
Race: overcast, dry, air temp 25° / track temp 34° (start), 24° / 32° (lap 33), 24° / 33° (lap 67) [Read More!]
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19 July

Jules and Max end Qualifying for the Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander von Deutschland 2014 in P18 and P21

Hockenheimring, Germany
Saturday 19 July 2014
BIANCHI MR03-01 Q1 P18 1:19.676 8 laps
CHILTON MR03-03 Q1 P21 1:20.489 9 laps
Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton ended the qualifying session for tomorrow’s 67 lap German Grand Prix in 18th and 21st places respectively. [Read More!]
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2014 German Grand Prix – Qualifying

Hockenheim, July 19, 2014 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has claimed pole position for his home grand prix, in track temperatures that were just as hot as those seen yesterday. Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were second and third on the grid for Williams.
Bottas and Hamilton were the only drivers to progress to Q2 without using the P Zero Red supersoft tyre, which all the other drivers – including Rosberg – used. From then on, all the drivers used the softest compound in the range for the rest of qualifying, which was around a second faster than the P Zero Yellow soft tyre, also nominated for Hockenheim. [Read More!]
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FRIC off

Suspension changes cause consternation
A hot and sticky Hockenheim proved to be problematic in qualifying for Lotus F1 Team after a mid-season suspension change robbed the E22 of a 2014 scarce commodity; pace.
FRIC – Front-and-Rear Interconnected Suspension – has been an element of cars developed out of the squad’s Enstone base for numerous years, with the team leading the way in this area of car development. [Read More!]
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Fernando Alonso: “We can’t be happy with seventh, but it reflects the fact this weekend has been one of ups and downs. Apart from the actual numbers in today’s qualifying, I did find I was more at ease in my F14 T and I think I got the most out of it. I reckon in the race we will suffer more because of tyre degradation. With such high temperatures, the rear tyres slide a lot and it will be really important to choose the right number of stops to make. The forecast is unclear as to whether the rain will arrive during or after the race and so we have to be clever at being ready to anticipate it if we want to be in the game. Here, as in Austria, Mercedes and Williams seem out of reach, but we will do all we can to be at the front of the following group. I hope to see a bunched up race, with a lot of overtaking, even though I’m not expecting too many surprises because the absence of FRIC hasn’t produced any significant changes, nor closed the gaps much.” [Read More!]
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Saturday 19 July 2014
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 5th, (3rd Practice – P7, 1:18.769)
“It wasn’t too bad today, we would like to be further forward than fifth, but the lap I did was pretty good. I made quite an improvement in Q3 from Q2 so I can’t really argue with the lap I did, but as a team we are still a bit off. We know the Mercedes is strong, but the Williams was also continually showing their pace today and the McLaren with Kevin was good, so we have to keep working but we did what we could. I think the race will be close between the top eight tomorrow and it will be a battle for the final podium spot.” [Read More!]
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Santander German Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 19.07.2014

Weather: sunny and dry, 29-34°C air, 44-58°C track
In qualifying for the German Grand Prix on the Hockenheimring the two Sauber F1 Team drivers finished in 14th (Esteban Gutiérrez) and 17th (Adrian Sutil). The German lost a lot of valuable preparation time in the morning due to a problem with the battery pack. Gutiérrez was able to improve the performance of his car since yesterday, however, due to a penalty from the last race, he will have to move three positions back on the grid. [Read More!]
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Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander von Deutschland: Qualifying

Qualifying for the German Grand Prix saw both Sahara Force Indias finish inside the top ten with Nico Hulkenberg ending the session in ninth just ahead of Sergio Perez in tenth. [Read More!]
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“We’ve started to turn the corner”
Hockenheimring, Saturday July 19
An afternoon of mixed fortunes for our drivers.
Kevin has ridden a great wave of form all weekend – he established his pace in the morning session, finishing in sixth position. He improved further this afternoon, setting fifth-fastest times in Q1 and Q2. He went one better in the final session, qualifying an impressive fourth – equaling his best grid position of the season [in Australia]. [Read More!]
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Hockenheim, Germany - 19th July 2014
FP3: dry, sunny; min / max track temp 43° - 49°, air temp 28° - 30°
Q1: dry, sunny; min / max track temp 55° - 56°, air temp 32° - 33°
Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: KOB 1.21.018, 20th / ERI 1.23.077, 21st
Q1: KOB 1.20.408, 20th / ERI n/a [Read More!]
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18 July


Hockenheimring, Germany
Friday 18 July 2014

BIANCHI MR03-01 FP1 P20 1:22.982 24 laps FP2 P19 1:21.328 31 laps
CHILTON MR03-03 FP1 P22 1:23.299 22 laps FP2 P21 1:21.898 28 laps [Read More!]
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2014 German Grand Prix - Practice Sessions

Hockenheim, July 18, 2014 – Pirelli faced some of the hottest track temperatures seen all year at Hockenheim during free practice, peaking at 57 degrees centigrade. Despite this exceptional heat, the two softest compounds in the range – P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft – performed within the expected parameters at what is a demanding circuit in terms of traction and braking. [Read More!]
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It's Getting Hot in Herre

Feeling the heat in Hockenheim
A blistering Hockenheim saw Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado put the E22 through its paces as the team finished running firmly believing there's more to come from the car ahead of the 2014 German Grand Prix weekend.
With 120 laps split between the two sessions and the two drivers, Romain took P17 in both sessions, while Pastor took P18 in the morning, before improving to P16 in the afternoon. [Read More!]
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Fernando Alonso: “It’s nice to be back racing at Hockenheim. I’ve got fantastic memories of the last race here and I like the track a lot. Today, we concentrated on set-up to try and adapt to the temperatures, which are going to be extremely high all weekend. I had no problems with either the Soft or Supersoft compounds and we just need to understand how they will behave in the race and what the weather could be like on Sunday. I don’t think going away with FRIC changed much in terms of driving style and in order to have a clear picture you’d have to do a comparison with and without it, but running without it, we just have to adapt and be as well prepared as possible with what we have.” [Read More!]
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Renault Sport German Grand Prix Practice Report

Key practice points:
Searing temperatures of over 30°C for the opening day of practice at the German Grand Prix. Track temperatures peak at over 50°C
Renault-powered teams continue to test upgraded software, with positive results concerning engine performance
Third quickest time for Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo at power circuit Hockenheim [Read More!]
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German Grand Prix Practice

Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work

FP1: Felipe Massa: 1:20.542 (11th), Susie Wolff: 1:20.769 (15th)
FP2: Felipe Massa: 1:19.024 (6th), Valtteri Bottas: 1:19.385 (10th) [Read More!]
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2014 German Grand Prix - Practice

Hockenheim - 18/07/2014
The team's home race, the German Grand Prix, kicked off today at Hockenheim with both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg topping the timesheets in the first two practice sessions.
Lewis Hamilton ended the day fastest, posting a time of 1:18.341 on the supersoft tyres in the second session
Nico Rosberg lead the way in the first session, posting a best lap time of 1:19.131 [Read More!]
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Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander Von Deutschland: Free Practice

Sahara Force India began its preparations for the German Grand Prix with a solid performance in both of today’s practice sessions at Hockenheim. [Read More!]
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“We’ve hopefully made a bit of a step”
Hockenheimring, Friday July 18
With track temperatures reaching a scorching 58deg this afternoon, the team’s main focus during Friday’s two practice sessions was on how to best manage the tyres in the sweltering temperatures. Additionally, Kevin ran an innovative new rear-wing solution – which featured unique ‘crinkle-cut’ edges to its elements. The day also saw the debut of Jenson’s new race engineer, former Olympian Tom Stallard. [Read More!]
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Santander German Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 18.07.2014

Weather: sunny and dry, 26-33°C air, 36-59°C track
The first practice day for the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim was dominated by the sunny weather and the resulting high ambient and track temperatures. In the morning Adrian Sutil, as well as test and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde, concentrated on set-up work. In the second free practice Esteban Gutiérrez took over the wheel of the C33. The main focus in the afternoon was on the tyre comparison with low and high fuel loads. While the performance on a single quick lap is quite good, there is still room for improvement on the long runs. [Read More!]
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18 July 2014
First Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:19.697, Laps: 27
Second Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:18.443, Laps: 35
“I think tyres and weather will define the race on Sunday. Today we were happy with our progress and it seems to be one of the closer gaps for a while, but it’s tomorrow when we'll see how close we really are. I think we had a good car today and we extracted pretty much everything we could out of the practice today. Hopefully we can have more of a fight with the leaders this weekend.” [Read More!]
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Hockenheim, Germany - 18th July 2014
FP1: Dry, sunny, min / max track temp 36° - 46°, air temp 25° - 28°
FP2: Dry, sunny, min / max track temp 56° - 59°, air temp 32° - 33°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: KOB 1.22.572, 19th / ERI 1.23.256, 21st
FP2: ERI 1.21.87020th / KOB 1.23.728, 21st [Read More!]
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16 July


RACE 10 OF 19
The character of Hockenheim was irreversibly changed when the track was redesigned in 2002. Gone are the flat-out blasts through the forest that characterised the old track, replaced by a tamer and more benign track that is two kilometres shorter. However, the new Hermann Tilke-designed circuit at least produces some good racing, with turns 6 and 8 producing the best of the action. The most interesting section of the lap is in the Stadium towards the end of the lap. The corners are cambered, making them deceptively fast, and the atmosphere is electric on race day when the grandstands are full. After all, the Germans love their patriotic flags and air horns! This race takes on extra significance for Williams in 2014 because it's the home event of our engine partner Mercedes-Benz. A good result would be even more rewarding for everyone in the team. [Read More!]
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15 July

German Grand Prix Preview

Hockenheim in numbers :
(with 1 being the easiest, 5 being the most severe)

Internal combustion engine 4
Battery 4
Fuel consumption 3
Energy recovery 4 [Read More!]
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2014 German Grand Prix - Preview

Brackley - 15/07/2014
Round 10 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix, held at the Hockenheimring.
[Read More!]
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Leafield Technical Centre, UK - 15th July 2014

Quick description
Race Laps: 67
Combination of high speed corners (>240 kph T1 and T12), long full throttle distance (1100mts) and slow corners where good traction is very important (T2, T6, T8 and T13 in slight banking)
Generally longitudinal track
Some bumps in T2, T6 and T17
Plank wear could be an issue in T5 (long corner)
Aero settings are usually medium, to favour top speed and enable overtaking
Medium braking levels [Read More!]
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11 July

Red Bull Race Preview: GP Germany 2014

Daniel Ricciardo
Hockenheim’s quite a short track but it’s another of those with a little bit of everything. I don’t think the track asks particularly big questions of the driver, though it requires you to be quite brave through the fast Turn One and the right-hander into the stadium – that’s largely about having the confidence in the car to get you through those corners quickly. The other thing you need is good stability under the heavy braking for the hairpin. All in all it’s a balancing act. You’d like to have the downforce for the stadium and to keep it steady on the brakes but equally you don’t want too much drag on the straights. [Read More!]
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09 July

Silverstone Test - Day Two

Silverstone - 09/07/2014
Date Wednesday 09 July
Track Silverstone International Circuit
Driver Lewis Hamilton [Read More!]
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06 July


July 6, 2014
Here is a look back after an amazing race at Silverstone in the United Kingdom.
Daniil Kvyat (STR9-03)
Position: 9th
"This was a very intense race, especially towards the end when I was pushing to catch Hulkenberg. I was actually quicker than him and I was definitely getting very close, but unfortunately I was not able to pass him in the end. Overall, I am quite happy with this race weekend and I very much enjoyed driving this track with its high speed corners. And after having had a few difficult races, it is great to see that all the hard work has paid off and that we were able to get both cars into the points." [Read More!]
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Federico, Pastor & Romain Debrief the 2014 British Grand Prix

Chain Of Events
A dramatic and eventful 2014 British Grand Prix saw Romain Grosjean come home twelfth whilst Pastor Maldonado was classified seventeenth after pulling over with a exhaust issue on the final laps of the race. The race was red flagged after the first start following a scary-looking incident for Kimi Raikkonen and delayed whilst barriers were repaired, before a restart behind the safety car. Thankfully Kimi and Felipe Massa, who was also involved, were both unhurt and the race continued with both Lotus F1 Team cars running single pit stop strategy in the restarted race. [Read More!]
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Two car finish

Silverstone Circuit
Sunday 6 July 2014

BIANCHI MR03-01 P14 1:39.961
CHILTON MR03-03 P16 1:40.399

After a fantastic result in qualifying yesterday, the Marussia F1 Team experienced a rather more sobering race in today’s 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, albeit they ended the day with Jules Bianchi in P14 and Max Chilton in P16. [Read More!]
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2014 British Grand Prix – Race

Silverstone, July 6, 2014 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed his 27th career victory at the British Grand Prix, using a two-stop strategy in a thrilling duel against his team mate Nico Rosberg, where strategy was key. But Rosberg’s eventual retirement meant that Hamilton has closed to within just four points of the championship lead: making every strategic decision and tyre choice more crucial than ever in the future. [Read More!]
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Marco Mattiacci: “The most important news right now is that Kimi is alright, even though the impact with the barriers was a heavy one. He has some bruising and will now be resting to be in shape for the next race. Given the outcome of qualifying, we knew we faced an uphill struggle in the race, but we could count on having a race pace that would allow us to try and get back in the points. On this front, Fernando lived up to our expectations, pulling off some memorable overtaking moves. I think that, with fewer problems and without the penalty for his start position, he could have got better than sixth. His great climb up the order was yet more proof of his extremely aggressive mentality, which is exactly what we must demonstrate for the rest of the season.” [Read More!]
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“Progress will continue – we’re on-track”
Silverstone Circuit, Sunday July 6
Started 3rd
Finished 4th
Fastest lap 1m38.284s on lap 52 (+1.108s, 5th)
Pitstops One: lap 28 (2.73s) [Opt-Pri] [Read More!]
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2014 British Grand Prix - Race

Silverstone - 06/07/2014
Lewis Hamilton took victory in his home race at this afternoon's British Grand Prix, while Nico Rosberg was forced to retire.
Lewis scored the team's eighth win in nine races in 2014 - and his fifth of the season so far
This marked Lewis' 27th Formula One victory, putting him level with Sir Jackie Stewart
His win came 60 years and two days after the first Formula One victory for Mercedes-Benz at the 1954 French Grand Prix
Nico retired his car with gearbox problems just after half distance on lap 29, having led from the start
Lewis ran an option/prime/option tyre strategy, with Nico running option/option before his retirement
The team now leads the Constructors' Championship by 158 points after nine of this season's 19 races [Read More!]
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British Grand Prix Race

Valtteri Bottas achieved his best ever race result and a second consecutive podium in an eventful British Grand Prix today.
Felipe Massa was forced to retire after getting caught in a multi-car accident at the start that red flagged the race for nearly an hour.
After initially moving from 14th to ninth before the restart, Valtteri continued to make great progress with a brilliant drive through the field into an eventual second position. [Read More!]
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Sunday 6 July 2014
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 8th
“I feel good! This is the best third place I've ever got. I'm not normally ecstatic with a third but I really am today, obviously to redeem myself from yesterday and also the fact that I don’t think we had an awesome race car today, but we made it work. We used the cards that we had and played the game well, so I was really happy to make a one stop work. For the last two laps, I saw Jenson coming and thought I was probably going to be a bit vulnerable but we held on. The one stop wasn’t planned. We pitted quite early on the Prime because we were quite slow and it wasn’t working, so we came in for the Option and, at one point, my engineer pretty much said alright four laps to go on this tyre then let's box. I said the pace seems OK, the tyres aren’t getting any worse and let’s try and stay out or at least think about keeping me out there and he said OK we’ll look at our options. Then, a few laps later he said do you think you can go to the end, there’s 15 or 20 laps to go, and I said, at the moment I think we can give it a crack. And so, yeah, we did and it paid off!” [Read More!]
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The British Grand Prix saw the Renault-powered teams bounce back to points-scoring positions after the difficulties of the Austrian Grand Prix. Four cars fitted with the Renault Energy F1-2014 finished in the top ten at Silverstone, with Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo stepping onto the podium. Sebastian Vettel claimed fifth following a thrilling duel with Fernando Alonso, while the two Scuderia Toro Rosso cars rounded out the top ten in ninth and tenth. [Read More!]
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Santander British Grand Prix – Race

Sunday, 06.07.2014
Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 17-19°C air, 33-39°C track
Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez were able to make up positions during the start of the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. After one lap the race had to be suspended due to a crash. Following the restart both Sauber F1 Team drivers were in 11th (Sutil) and 12th (Gutiérrez) until Esteban’s race was over on lap ten due to an accident. Sutil was quite competitive during the first half of the race, but lost positions during the second part, as he could not get the tyres to work. He finished 13th. [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix: Race Report

Sahara Force India scored four points at Silverstone as Nico Hulkenberg finished the British Grand Prix in eighth place. Sergio Perez ended the race in eleventh place as he recovered from being tapped into a spin on the opening lap of the race. [Read More!]
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Silverstone, UK - 6th July 2014
Race: overcast, dry, air temp 17° / track temp 33° (start), 19° / 35° (lap x), 18° / 38° (lap 52)
Kamui Kobayashi
Lap 18: pitstop 1, hard tyres
Lap 29: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Finished: 15th
Marcus Ericsson
Finished: DNF (suspension damage) [Read More!]
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05 July

Santander British Grand Prix – Qualifying

Silverstone Circuit, Saturday 5 July 2014
BIANCHI MR03-01 Q2 P12 1:38.709 17 laps
CHILTON MR03-03 Q2 P13 1:39.800 14 laps
They say every cloud has a silver lining and for the Marussia F1 Team today that was ticking off yet another 2014 objective by making the transition into Q2 on merit in the trickiest of conditions at Silverstone. In an unpredictable qualifying session for tomorrow’s 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton achieved 12th and 13th positions on the timesheet, our best-ever qualifying performances! [Read More!]
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Santander British Grand Prix – Qualifying

Saturday, 05.07.2014
Weather: drizzle/overcast and wet, 15-17°C air, 19-23°C track
Qualifying for the British Grand Prix upheld its reputation as drivers, mechanics and engineers were faced with difficulties due to changeable weather conditions. Adrian Sutil made it into Q2, but went off track during his last lap in Q1 and got stuck in the gravel trap. He was classified 16th. Esteban Gutiérrez also reached the second qualifying session, but lost control of his car and hit the guardrail. He finished 14th. However, due to a penalty from the Austrian Grand Prix, he will start from 20th on the grid. [Read More!]
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“A topsy-turvy session, and lady luck inevitably played her part”
Silverstone Circuit, Saturday July 5
With unpredictable weather pushing scattered showers overs Silverstone throughout the afternoon’s qualifying hour, it soon became clear that the teams and drivers who could react best to the changeable conditions would profit the most.
The first two qualifying sessions required a mid-session switch from Intermediate to Option tyres. Jenson immediately looked quick in the mixed conditions – however, his fastest time [a 1m39.791s, which would have placed him quickest overall] was disallowed after he ran wide over exit kerbs at the final corner. [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix: Qualifying

Nico Hulkenberg will line up on the second row of the grid for the team’s local race at Silverstone with teammate Sergio Perez qualifying in seventh place. [Read More!]
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Saturday 5 July 2014
SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:52.522)
“It was very tight in Q1 and Q2, we were quite late going out due to the weather and then in Q3 we were quite early for the final run, but it didn’t matter as in the end the time was okay. It’s hard to know how much you can push when the conditions are like that as you’re driving into the unknown. The warm up lap shows you that it's damp and you know it will improve, but by how much is obviously determined by how much risk you take. It seems in the end I took the right amount today, so I’m happy.” [Read More!]
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Silverstone, UK - 5th July 2014
FP3: overcast, damp, light rain; min / max track temp 16° (start) - 14° (end), air temp 21° (start) - 19° (end)
Q1: overcast, damp; min / max track temp 21°, air temp 15°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: ERI 1.57.091, 16th / KOB 1.57.914, 18th
Q1: ERI 1.49.421, 21st / KOB 1.49.625, 22nd [Read More!]
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2014 British Grand Prix - Qualifying

Silverstone - 05/07/2014
Nico Rosberg took pole position for the British Grand Prix this afternoon with Lewis Hamilton qualifying in sixth place.
Nico scored his fourth pole position of the year and his third pole in the last four races
This marked the eighth time in nine races of the 2014 season that the F1 W05 Hybrid has claimed pole position
Lewis failed to set a time on his final lap after choosing to abort his run at the end of sector one, he will start P6
Both drivers ran the following tyre strategy: Q1, Inter/Option; Q2, Inter/Option; Q3, Option/Option [Read More!]
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British Grand Prix Qualifying

Qualifying Notes
Valtteri Bottas finished 17th and Felipe Massa 18th in a weather affected qualifying session at Silverstone.
As teams changed from the intermediate tyre to dry weather tyres, the rain started to fall again leaving both drivers in the drop zone and exiting at the end of Q1. [Read More!]
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04 July


July 4, 2014

Here is a look back at our first two Free Practice sessions in Silverstone. [Read More!]
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British GP weekend underway at Silverstone, with the first two practice sessions

Silverstone Circuit
Friday 4 July 2014
BIANCHI MR03-01 FP1 P16 1:38.917 12 laps FP2 P18 1:38.658 11 laps
CHILTON MR03-03 FP1 P19 1:39.814 24 laps FP2 P21 1:39.224 28 laps
In mild but often blustery conditions, the Team set about establishing a good set-up for the race ahead, Max achieving good track time and data, whilst Jules encountered an issue with the powertrain which confined him to the garage.
The two drivers ended the day in 19th and 21st places respectively. [Read More!]
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Romain & Pastor Talk Through Friday in Silverstone

Bring On The Change
The first day's running at home in the United Kingdom saw Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado take to the track ahead of the 2014 British Grand Prix, and the 50th race weekend for the Silverstone circuit. Pastor experienced a power unit related issue in the morning session, precluding him from setting a timed lap, but fared much better in the afternoon when both drivers set best lap times which were just 0.033secs apart, seeing them finish in P14 and P15 after a productive day. [Read More!]
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Fernando Alonso: “This Friday was much like any other and we followed our programme, testing some components and working on set-up in the morning, while evaluating both tyre compounds in the afternoon, looking at the Medium with both qualifying and the race in mind. There were no problems with wear or graining on the softer compound, while in order to correctly evaluate the Hard, we will have to wait for a long run test. For now, I can say it’s hard to get them up to temperature. Now, as usual, we must analyse everything to understand which components to use tomorrow, although if as predicted, it rains tomorrow, then in reality the data we got today will be more useful for the race. Here, there’s always a strong wind and in some corners it’s a help, while in others it’s a hindrance, but it’s the same for everyone. Now, all we can do is wait and see how things turn out.” [Read More!]
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2014 British Grand Prix - Practice Sessions

Silverstone, July 4, 2014 – The British Grand Prix is well known for its variable weather, and although
both free practice sessions were held in warm and sunny weather, the forecast for the rest of the
weekend is changeable – which could obviously have a profound effect on tyre usage and strategy. [Read More!]
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Silverstone, UK - 4th July 2014
FP1: Dry, sunny, min / max track temp 17° - 19°, air temp 28° - 34°
FP2: Dry, sunny, min / max track temp 22° (start) - 21° (end), air temp 37° (start) - 35° (end)

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: ERI 1.40.597, 19th / FRI 1.42.261, 20th
FP2: KOB 1.39.608, 20th / ERI 1.39.762, 22nd [Read More!]
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Renault Sport F1 British Grand Prix Practice Report

Key practice points:
Turbo engines return to Silverstone today, more than 25 years after the Renault RS01 became the first turbocharged car to run in an F1 Grand Prix
Silverstone track puts Renault Energy F1-2014 through its paces with 60% of the lap taken at wide open throttle
Infiniti Red Bull Racing finish in top five in practice, Scuderia Toro Rosso within top ten [Read More!]
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“We’ve made a confident start to the weekend”
Silverstone Circuit, Friday July 4
In typical style, the Santander British Grand Prix kicked off to a packed house today. With the grandstands full, and the spectator terraces crammed, both Jenson and Kevin ran through a trouble-free set of free practice sessions, ironing out MP4-29’s understeer and improving its high-speed balance.
Jenson was seventh fastest in both sessions, while Kevin finished 10th in FP1, improving to eighth in the afternoon. Both drivers were satisfied with the car – but will continue working with their engineers long into the evening in order to refine the balance for qualifying tomorrow afternoon. [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix: Free Practice

Sahara Force India’s preparations for its local race saw Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez and Daniel Juncadella complete a combined total of 109 laps during today’s official practice sessions. [Read More!]
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4 July 2014

First Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:36.623, Laps: 21
Second Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:35.511, Laps: 11
“Today hasn’t been too bad. Mercedes were really strong this morning but we seem to have found some more speed this afternoon. With the Prime, it was really good but with the Option we didn’t find enough time so, if we analyse tonight and get it right, then tomorrow we should be closer. The wind here is always really strong and today in particular we had really strong gusts coming through and it changes a lot between the corners, you know one corner you feel like the car is really sharp and then another corner you feel like it doesn’t have any grip at all. So that’s a bit complicated, but same for everyone and it makes it a little bit more interesting.” [Read More!]
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British Grand Prix Practice

Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work

FP1: Felipe Massa: 1:39.461 (17th), Susie Wolff: 1:44.212 (21st)
FP2: Valtteri Bottas: 1:36.016 (6th), Felipe Massa: 1:36.671 (11th) [Read More!]
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Santander British Grand Prix – Practice

Friday, 04.07.2014
Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 18-23°C air, 28-40°C track
For the British Grand Prix in Silverstone the Sauber F1 Team brought the C33 with some aerodynamic modifications to the front area. While Esteban Gutiérrez was satisfied with the set-up and the performance of the car, Adrian Sutil was struggling with the balance of his C33, so there will be quite some work to be done this evening. During the first practice session, test and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde was behind the wheel of the C33. [Read More!]
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2014 British Grand Prix - Practice

Silverstone - 04/07/2014
The British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone kicked off today with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg leading the timesheets in the first two practice sessions.
In total, the team has topped 10 of the 18 Friday sessions so far in the 2014 season
Lewis stopped on track during P2 following an engine problem and was unable to complete the session
The drivers completed a total of 96 laps during today's two practice sessions, just under two race distances [Read More!]
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01 July


Leafield Technical Centre, UK - 1st July 2014

Quick description
High fuel effect and one the most “lateral grip” tracks on the calendar
Generally low grip
Very easy on brakes
Overtaking is difficult
Wind has a big effect on top speed which can be reached either in T9, T11 or T15
Starting grid on old low grip tarmac up to P18
S3 and pitlane entry remain wet longer than the rest of the track
Track partly re-surfaced in 2011 [Read More!]
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RACE 9 OF 19
Silverstone hosted the very first round of the World Championship in 1950 and it's home to eight of the 11 teams on the grid, so its links with F1 are extensive. Its history is also inextricably linked to Williams, for it was here in 1979 that the team scored its first grand prix victory and in 1997 Jacques Villeneuve racked up our 100th win. The track has undergone several facelifts over the years, but it has always retained its high-speed challenge. Efficient aerodynamics and a good car balance are as crucial today as 20 years ago, but irrespective of lap time, the drivers love the Copse-Maggotts-Becketts section, believing it to be one of the most adrenaline-fuelled series of high-speed corners in the world. [Read More!]
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2014 Santander British Grand Prix – preview

The British Grand Prix has been at the heart of Formula 1 since the very beginning. The race kicked-off the sport’s inaugural world championship campaign in 1950 and it’s featured in every subsequent F1 season. Silverstone has been the race’s permanent home since 1987, the track’s intoxicating mix of fast corners making it a firm favourite with drivers and teams alike. [Read More!]
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British Grand Prix Preview

Silverstone overview:
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations:
Silverstone is one of the most interesting circuits from a Power Unit point of view. Over the years it has become known as a power track and this year will be no different with the hybrid units. In fact the high torque, low downforce cars should produce even quicker speeds than we have seen in previous years. [Read More!]
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