23 November

Up in flames

Race pace unrewarded in Abu Dhabi
Pastor’s E22 catching fire saw a chance of a good end to the 2014 Formula 1 season go up in flames as the Venezuelan took a DNF, while Romain overcame his penalties to impress on his way to thirteenth at the flag in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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November 23, 2014
Tough last race of the season, but we achieved 7th position in the Constructors Championship. Here our drivers and team's reaction after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Race Report

Daniel Ricciardo’s storming performance helped him recover from a pit-lane start and end his impressive first season at Infiniti Red Bull Racing with a fourth place finish in today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel couldn’t quite match his team-mate’s heroics en route to eighth, while Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne just missed out on the points in 12th. Romain Grosjean fought back from grid and drive-through penalties to finish 13th for Lotus F1 Team, and Caterham F1 Team’s Will Stevens enjoyed a solid first Formula 1 appearance by coming home 17th. [Read More!]
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Race Notes:
· Felipe Massa finished second and Valtteri Bottas third in the final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi.
· After a difficult start for Valtteri he fought his way back through the field whilst Felipe maintained position in third.
· Felipe managed his tyres well in every stint and after overtaking Nico Rosberg began closing the gap to leader Hamilton.
· The team’s first double podium finish since 2005 secured third in the Constructors’ Championship with Valtteri fourth and Felipe seventh in the Drivers’ Championship. [Read More!]
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Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 23.11.2014

Weather: dry, 25-26°C air, 30-33°C track
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix did not produce the turnaround which the Sauber F1 Team had hoped for. Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil finished 15th and 16th, and therefore remained with no points at the 19th and last race of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. The Sauber F1 Team congratulates Lewis Hamilton on winning the title. [Read More!]
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Sunday 23 November 2014
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: Pit Lane
“Yeah really happy, I think it was pretty much a faultless race from all sides, from the strategy, to myself and the pit stops, everything was good so we did everything we needed to. I had fun passing, it wasn’t boring out there, so it was pretty much what I asked for. One spot better would have been nice, but fourth is really cool from the pit lane. It’s been pretty much a perfect season, as perfect as it can be without holding a world title, so no real regrets, no complaints. It’s nice to not only start the season well, but to finish it well also and I think all the way through it was good - we had a strong summer as well, so the start, middle and end were pretty good!” [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Race Report

As the 2014 season came to a close in Abu Dhabi, Sahara Force India ended the season in style with a strong double points finish at Yas Marina. With double points on offer, the team scored 28 points as Nico Hulkenberg raced to sixth place just ahead of Sergio Perez in seventh. [Read More!]
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Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi – 23 November 2014
KOB RET [Read More!]
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Mercedes-Benz in the 2014 Formula 1 season

Mercedes-Benz celebrates one-two victory
in the Formula 1 drivers' world championship

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver Lewis Hamilton is the new Formula 1 world champion
First Silver Arrows driver to claim title since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1955
Silver Arrows works team driver Nico Rosberg finishes season as F1 championship runner-up
16 wins, 18 pole positions and 31 podiums for the 2014 Silver Arrows in the first season of the new hybrid era in Formula 1 [Read More!]
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22 November


22 November 2014

Following the decision of the Stewards regarding the front wings on both our cars (Car 1 and Car 3), we are disappointed that we have been singled out for a front wing deflection test when it is clear that other teams are interpreting the rules in a similar fashion.

The team accepts the decision of the Stewards and will start the race from the back of the grid.
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Qualifying Notes:
· Valtteri Bottas finished third and Felipe Massa fourth in qualifying for tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
· The team recorded a fifth second row lockout as it aims to secure third position in the Constructors’ Championship at the final race of the season. [Read More!]
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2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Qualifying

Abu Dhabi - 22/11/2014
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton secured an eighth consecutive Silver Arrows front row lockout during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Nico took his 11th pole position of the season, Lewis his 15th front row start

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Saturday 22 November 2014
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 5th, (3rd Practice – P7, 1:42.773)
”I’m really happy with quali; we knew after FP3 we had a bit of work to do, but we knew when the sun went down the temperature would drop so we stayed optimistic that our set up would work better in the evening and we made some good changes for that. I was the happiest I have been all weekend during quali. We are fairly close to the Williams and not too far off at least one of the Mercs, so not a bad session.” [Read More!]
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Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 22.11.2014

Weather: dry, 26-28°C air, 31-46°C track

Qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the Yas Marina Circuit held no surprises. After having no issues, Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez have to be satisfied with 15th and 17th. It was not unexpected that there would be limited possibilities on a track with some long straights. As was the case today in qualifying, tomorrow’s race will start in daylight and will finish in the dark. [Read More!]
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“We’ll get the maximum from the car tomorrow”
Yas Marina Circuit, Saturday November 22
Both drivers had to overcome issues in qualifying. In Q2, they were each forced to abort their runs before setting a lap-time. In the final minutes, while Jenson secured sixth, Kevin failed to scrape through after encountering traffic. He wound up 11th. Into Q3, Jenson was unfortunate not to qualify higher – his fastest lap was good enough for eighth, but was only 0.071s away from sixth. [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Qualifying Report

Qualifying for tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix saw Sergio Perez qualify in P13 just ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg in P14. [Read More!]
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Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi – 22 November 2014
Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: KOB 1:45.044, P19 / STE 1:45.959, P20
QF: KOB 1:44.540, P19 / STE 1:45.095, P20 [Read More!]
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21 November

2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Free Practice Report

Sahara Force India completed a busy practice programme in Abu Dhabi with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg completing a combined total of 116 laps. [Read More!]
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“Today has given us a positive direction for the future”
Yas Marina Circuit, Friday November 21 [Read More!]
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November 21, 2014
Today Jev and Daniil were behind the wheel of their STR9 here in Abu Dhabi, as Max will be in charge for next week Test. Here our drivers and teamàs reaction after Free Practice 1 and 2. [Read More!]
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2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Practice Sessions

Abu Dhabi, November 21, 2014 – The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix starts in the late afternoon and ends in the evening, meaning that unusually track temperatures tend to fall as the race goes on. Conditions in FP2, which began at 5pm, will be representative of the race but the earlier FP1 followed a different pattern, with track and air temperatures rising. [Read More!]
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Dressed To Impress

Esteban Ocon drove the E22 in Free Practice 1 at Yas Marina Circuit
Lotus F1 Team Junior driver Esteban Ocon did his first ever outing in Formula 1 during a Grand Prix weekend and he impressed at the wheel of the E22 in Free Practice 1 this afternoon running alongside Pastor Maldonado. Romain Grosjean returned to partner Pastor in the evening FP2 session. Both cars ran reliably throughout today and the team completed a total of 133 laps on the opening day of practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit. [Read More!]
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Fernando Alonso: “It was a real shame losing the opportunity to take part in the second free practice session here at Yas Marina, as it’s the only chance to get an idea of how things will really go this weekend. On my second lap, the car just stopped unexpectedly and even though the marshals did their best to push the car back to the pits in time to get it back out on track, the work took the mechanics longer than expected. In the first session, we managed to complete our programme and the car behaved as expected, but the temperature, much hotter than it will be in qualifying and the race, means the data we acquired is not that relevant. For the same reason, tomorrow’s third session won’t be that useful and that means the first lap to match conditions in qualifying and the race, in the dark in the afternoon, will be the first lap in Q1. We definitely won’t be that well prepared but all the same, we will try our best as usual.” [Read More!]
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21 November 2014
First Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:45.334, Laps: 30
Second Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:42.959, Laps: 30
“I think we have improved the car today, but we can still improve more. The super soft tyre seems pretty good for one lap, but I don’t think they lasted very long, for everyone, and then we focused mainly on the harder compound. McLaren has made a step forward the last couple of races and the nature of the track here maybe suits them a bit better than other tracks, but it’s Friday so I guess we will find out tomorrow. I don’t really want to interfere with Mercedes in the race. It would be nice to race them and beat them, but I think realistically they are a bit far away. I want to get everything out of myself and the car and make sure I finish fourth in the Championship.” [Read More!]
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Practice Report

Teams find their feet during opening practice before showing more representative pace as darkness falls over Yas Marina ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi season finale.
Positive signs for Infiniti Red Bull Racing whose drivers Sebastian Vettel – making his final appearance for the team – and Daniel Ricciardo end both sessions inside the top-six. [Read More!]
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Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 21.11.2014

Weather: dry, 25-27°C air, 30-46°C track
The first day of practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix went according to plan for the Sauber F1 Team. In the early afternoon practice session, Adderly Fong made his debut during a Grand Prix weekend. For the second free practice session permanent driver Adrian Sutil was back in the C33 for the race preparation. [Read More!]
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Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: We had some issues with the bodywork during first practice, but the team did a really good job to correct that and fix the problem ready for FP2. It was a fairly standard second session and the car had some good pace. We are looking for a little more consistency on the long runs, but other than that we are happy with the progress we have made. The second session was a lot more representative of the race and qualifying in terms of the weather and time of day, so it is pleasing that we completed our programme then. [Read More!]
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2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Practice

Abu Dhabi - 21/11/2014
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS kicked off the final weekend of the 2014 Formula One season at the top of the time sheets during practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Lewis and Nico separated by the narrowest of margins on a scorching opening day's running at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Lewis topped the times during both the morning and afternoon session, with Nico P2 in each
0.133 seconds separated the pair in the first session, with just 0.083 between them in the second session [Read More!]
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Friday 21 November 2014
Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: KOB 1:47.971, P18 / STE 1:50.684, P20
FP2: KOB 1:45.505, P18 / STE 1:47.057, P19 [Read More!]
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20 November

Preview – 2014 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

19th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 21st to 23rd November 2014
Abu Dhabi, 20th November 2014 – The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the final race of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship, which will take place from the 21st to 23rd November on the Yas Marina Circuit. After the Grands Prix in Bahrain and Singapore, this will be the third race held at night this season. On Friday Adderly Fong, who received the superlicence after testing the C31 in Valencia, will be driving the C33 for the first time in FP1. [Read More!]
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Thursday 20 November 2014
After a race against time in order to get the Caterham F1 Team, currently under administration, to Abu Dhabi for the final race of the 2014 Formula 1 season, the Team would like to take this opportunity to thank all sponsors, race partners, companies and fans who have made this possible – starting with Renault, Red Bull Technology, Pirelli, Dell, Total as well as the many companies and fans who have backed the Caterham F1 Team over the last ten days via the Crowdcube crowdfunding page. [Read More!]
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19 November


November 19, 2014
Eight months on from the opening round in Australia, it’s finale time, as the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the 19th round of the season, brings the curtain down on the first year of racing under the most radical rule changes in several decades. There are many factors that make this race unique, starting with the fact it is the only Grand Prix on the calendar named after a city – the capital of the United Arab Emirates – rather than a country. It is the only twilight race, starting in bright sunshine and ending under floodlights at night time. [Read More!]
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview, November 20-23, 2014

Milan, November 17, 2014 – The final grand prix of the season will take place in Abu Dhabi, using the soft and supersoft tyre: a step softer than last year’s nomination of medium and soft. Yas Marina is a circuit that Pirelli knows well, having completed some of its private testing there before entering Formula One back in 2011, with Abu Dhabi being a well-known venue for official tests as well. This year is no exception, with the final two-day test of the season taking place straight after the grand prix, from Tuesday to Wednesday. [Read More!]
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17 November


Maranello, 17 November –Sunday sees the sixth running of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The race has always been held over 55 laps of the 5.554 kilometre-long Yas Marina circuit. This event in the United Arab Emirates will be the first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix to have double points attributed. In fact, while it’s never happened before in this category that one race is worth more than another, it’s a formula in use in other forms of racing as both the Indy 500 in the USA and the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance event, count for double points. The first race in Abu Dhabi was held in 2009 and was won by Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.
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2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – preview

After nine months of intense racing, the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship draws to a close in Abu Dhabi next weekend. With double points up for grabs for the first time in the sport’s history, it promises to be a thrilling climax to the season. [Read More!]
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For the third time in the circuit’s six-year history, Yas Marina hosts the Formula One season finale. This promises to be a race to remember, with double points on offer (50 for a win, instead of 25) and lots of potential movement in the points standings. The circuit layout contains three distinct sections: some fast corners in sector one, long straights in sector two and tight corners in sector three, reminiscent of a street circuit. Car set-up is a compromise between straight-line speed and achieving good traction out of the slow corners, and engineers have to be wary of the cooling track temperatures as the sun goes down in what is the only twilight race of the year. Overtaking should be possible in the two DRS zones, and with so many points at stake this weekend it’s fair to expect plenty of action. [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Preview

Vijay’s Vision
Vijay Mallya sums up the team’s year and looks forward to the season finale in Abu Dhabi. [Read More!]
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16 November


Sunday 16 November 2014
The Caterham F1 Team is pleased to announce that Kamui Kobayashi will race for the Team in the season finale in Abu Dhabi next week. The Team is happy to welcome the Japanese driver back for the last race weekend of the 2014 season. The second driver to race alongside Kamui will be announced in due course. [Read More!]
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14 November


Daniel Ricciardo
Like many modern circuits it’s obvious that a lot of thought has gone into making the Yas Marina Circuit as safe as it possibly can be. Of course that’s absolutely the right thing to do but the consequence is that there’s lots of run-off. It’s the way it’s got to be but you never feel like you’re putting the car on the line. However Yas still manages to get the adrenaline going. I really like the third sector, around and under the hotel. It’s got a bit more of a street circuit vibe and it’s good fun. Plus there’s the whole twilight racing thing. That’s a great idea; it seems to give the whole place a really good atmosphere and is quite different to anywhere else. [Read More!]
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2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Preview

Brackley - 14/11/2014
The final round of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to Yas Island for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, held at the Yas Marina Circuit. [Read More!]
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09 November

Brazilian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa finished third and Valtteri Bottas tenth in today’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Felipe incurred a 5-second penalty after his first pitstop for speeding in the pitlane, but had enough pace to retain his third place and drove a consistent race to finish on the podium.
Valtteri had a number of issues during his pitstops which put him back down the order in an eventual tenth place.
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING has extended its advantage over Ferrari for third in the Constructors’ Championship to 44 points. [Read More!]
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“A fantastic race”
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sunday November 9
Today’s was a typically frantic and exciting Brazilian Grand Prix.
The race was dominated by tyre wear, the front-runners opting to run a three-stop strategy to best manage degradation. Jenson Button managed the situation superbly, was always able to push when required, and showed excellent pace throughout. He quickly settled into fifth place behind the two Mercedes and Williams cars, then established himself in fourth when Valtteri Bottas was delayed at his second stop. He maintained that position to the flag. [Read More!]
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Marco Mattiacci: “I believe this weekend ended on a positive note for the team, with both our drivers finishing higher than their grid positions to bring home important points. With Kimi we decided to risk putting him to a two stop strategy and he was able to show that, if he feels comfortable with his car, he can get the most out of himself in terms of managing the tyres. We are disappointed to have lost a few seconds at his pit stop and we take away the lesson that we must improve in every area that can affect performance. As for Fernando, he produced an equally perfect race and in the late duel with his team-mate he was clear headed and precise in his driving. Clearly, fighting for the places we secured today is not our aim, but the team continues to improve day by day as we work on getting back to fighting at the front of the field.” [Read More!]
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2014 Brazilian Grand Prix - Race

Brazil - 09/11/2014
Nico Rosberg took victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix after a race-long battle with team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who completed a record-breaking one-two finish for the Silver Arrows at Interlagos.
Nico took his fifth victory of the season, Lewis his 15th podium finish from eighteen races [Read More!]
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Brazilian Grand Prix - Race Report

A strong drive from Sebastian Vettel helped Infiniti Red Bull Racing finish fifth at the Brazilian Grand Prix, guaranteeing the team runners-up spot in the Constructors’ Championship with one round remaining. Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo also looked set for a top-10 result before a suspension failure on lap 40 ended his hopes. Further back Scuderia Toro Rosso came within a whisker of scoring points courtesy of Daniil Kvyat’s 11th place finish, while Jean-Eric Vergne came home 13th. Lotus F1 Team’s Pastor Maldonado split the Toro Rosso pair for 12th. [Read More!]
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Petrobras Brazilian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 9.11.2014

Weather: sunny and dry, 23-25°C air, 44-57°C track
After both Sauber F1 Team drivers had shown strong performances in quite cold conditions on Saturday in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, they struggled on a much warmer track on Sunday. In the beginning, Esteban Gutiérrez was able to put in good lap times, but then shortly before the end of the race he lost some time and finished the race in P14. Adrian Sutil was forced to start the race from the pit lane and finished in P16. [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras Do Brasil: Race Report

Sahara Force India scored four points in today’s Brazilian Grand Prix as Nico Hulkenberg raced to eighth place. Teammate Sergio Perez completed the race in P15. [Read More!]
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2014 Brazilian Grand Prix – Race

Sao Paulo, November 9, 2014 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has closed the gap in the drivers’ championship to his team mate Lewis Hamilton after winning the Brazilian Grand Prix from pole, using a three-stop strategy. Rosberg did an opening stint on the soft tyre and then completed the race with the medium tyre, in high temperatures that were in contrast to the expected rain. [Read More!]
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Brazilian Bruises

Weekend’s promise lost in strategy-driven race

The Brazilian Grand Prix saw a Power Unit issue end Romain’s race prematurely, classifying him seventeenth, while Pastor overcame a poor getaway at the start to finish twelfth. [Read More!]
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November 9, 2014
At the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, our drivers and team look back at today's action on track. [Read More!]
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08 November

2014 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying

Sao Paulo, November 8, 2014 – Nico Rosberg’s pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix, using the P Zero Yellow soft tyres, was the fastest-ever pole lap ever seen in the 41-year history of Interlagos. Rosberg set a fastest time of 1m10.023s in the final qualifying session, beating Ruben Barrichello’s pole record of 1m10.646s from 2004. Rosberg’s time was even close to the all-time fastest lap of Interlagos, which was set by Barrichello in first qualifying the same year: 1m09.822s. Mercedes also equalled Red Bull’s record for 18 pole positions in one season, while Rosberg claimed the pole position trophy for this year. [Read More!]
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November 8, 2014
Tough Qualifying session today at Interlagos for us. Our team hopes in a better race tomorrow and looks back at what happened today on track. [Read More!]
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Cooling off

Romain closest to Q2, Pastor takes 18th
The track temperature dropped in Interlagos and the pace followed as Romain narrowly missed out on Q2 by taking fifteenth, while Pastor qualified eighteenth for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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Fernando Alonso: “Today’s result more or less reflects the way the whole weekend has gone, even if here, a tenth of a second can be the difference between fifth and tenth places. Both compounds worked very well, but I’m sure graining and degradation will give us a hard time tomorrow. It will be a long race and, apart from reliability, the key factor will be tyre management. As usual we will give it our all to finish in front of our competitors and score points in the Constructors’ championship.” [Read More!]
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Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying

Qualifying Notes:
Felipe Massa qualified third and Valtteri Bottas fourth for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Both drivers were pushing the Mercedes cars hard for a front row position, but neither driver was able to complete a clean final flying lap in Q3. [Read More!]
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2014 Brazilian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Brazil - 08/11/2014
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton secured a seventh consecutive Silver Arrows front row lockout during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos
Nico's 10th pole position of the season secures him the inaugural pole position trophy [Read More!]
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“Whatever happens tomorrow, we can have a strong race”
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Saturday November 8
It was a successful turnaround for the whole team today after a difficult and problematic day of practice yesterday.
Both Jenson and Kevin sailed through Q1 and Q2, ultimately lining up fifth (Jenson, on Options) and seventh (Kevin, also on Options) in Q3, ahead of tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras Do Brasil: Qualifying Report

Qualifying for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos saw Nico Hulkenberg set the twelfth fastest time of the session. Teammate Sergio Perez ended the day in P17. [Read More!]
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Petrobras Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 8.11.2014

Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 23-26°C air, 31-40°C track
Both Sauber F1 Team drivers put in a good performance in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos. After having some technical issues yesterday, Esteban Gutiérrez managed to reach 11th today. His colleague Adrian Sutil will start the race from 13th. Both drivers are in promising starting positions to fight for points tomorrow. [Read More!]
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Saturday 8 November 2014
SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 6th, (3rd Practice – P11, 1:11.967)
“I got happier with the car as qualifying progressed and we’re in a solid position to start the race tomorrow. It’s hard to beat the Mercedes and Williams from where we are, but this is Brazil and anything can happen; weather can play a big role, it was supposed to rain today and it didn’t, but that’s Interlagos for you.” [Read More!]
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07 November

Interlagos hurdles

Productive day of running ahead of tomorrow
Romain and Pastor combined to run 124 laps in both practice sessions despite the challenges of the new track surface, high temperatures and several red flags at Interlagos. [Read More!]
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November 7, 2014
Lights and shadows today here in Brazil for us. Our drivers and team give their thoughts after FP1 and FP2 sessions. [Read More!]
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Fernando Alonso: “Today we knew that the power unit had reached the end of its cycle. So there was a risk we wouldn’t finish the second session, but this was part of the programme we have been on for a few races now. It’s always a shame not being able to use all the time available, even though I don’t think it affected our work too much. The new track surface produced a lot of grip and it was extremely difficult to put together a good lap, because tyre behaviour changed from corner to corner. With a new surface, what effect the rain will have is always an unknown factor, so it’s impossible to make predictions. That would have been the case at Sochi too, but it didn’t rain there, so it means we have to be ready for every eventuality.” [Read More!]
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“With some hard work tonight, we should be able to make significant improvements”
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Friday November 7
Kevin spent the first half of the morning session conducting detailed aerodynamic studies, his car running with a large measuring rake behind each front wheel. He continued his progress into FP2, but never felt fully happy with the overall pace and feel of the car.
Jenson had a disappointing morning – his car suffered an early electrical failure that forced the team to spend the rest of the morning replacing his ERS pack. While they concluded the work minutes before the end of the session, unfortunately they still weren’t quite able to get him out of the garage in time. [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras Do Brasil: Free Practice Report

It was a mixed day of practice at Interlagos for Sahara Force India with the bulk of the workload falling on the shoulders of Nico Hulkenberg.
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Brazilian Grand Prix - Practice Report

Key practice points:
Rain-threatened Brazilian Grand Prix weekend begins under warm and clear skies at Interlagos, where tyre degradation looks set to play a fundamental role in Sunday’s race
Solid start for Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo, who finishes fourth in FP2 after taking 10th in the morning. Sebastian Vettel bounces back from slow start to set the afternoon’s ninth fastest time [Read More!]
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Brazilian Grand Prix Practice

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: We had two fairly busy sessions today with three red flags interrupting the running, but I’m optimistic for the weekend with the car responding well on low and high fuel loads. We found that the rear option tyres were graining but this is normal in these very high temperatures and seemed to affect everyone, with no such issues with the prime tyre. We expect the weather to be very different over the weekend so we need to take what we have learned today on board but be completely prepared for a very different track tomorrow. This was Felipe Nasr’s last FP1 session for us and he did another good job, providing very good feedback and completing the test programme diligently so a thank you to him for his hard work this year. [Read More!]
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Petrobras Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 7.11.2014

Weather: sunny and dry, 19-31°C air, 28-58°C track
There were mixed fortunes on day one of the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos for the two Sauber F1 Team drivers. While Adrian Sutil had a trouble free day and was able to complete his programme, Esteban Gutiérrez suffered a number of technical issues and lost a lot of valuable track time, particularly in the morning when he was only able to complete six laps. [Read More!]
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2014 Brazilian Grand Prix - Practice

Brazil - 07/11/2014
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS set the pace on the opening day at Interlagos, with Nico Rosberg narrowly leading team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the opening practice sessions for the Brazilian Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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7 November 2014
First Practice Session: Position: 10, Best Time: 1:14.197, Laps: 27
Second Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:12.956, Laps: 24
“It was a really good Friday for us and I think we learnt a lot, so a positive day. It’s a lot smoother on the track now, it was slippery this morning, but once it cleaned up the grip is really good and it’s a good surface. In dry conditions, I think we’re good enough for the second row and if it rains, then who knows – maybe the front row can be possible.” [Read More!]
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2014 Brazilian Grand Prix - Practice Sessions

Sao Paulo, November 7, 2014 – Track evolution proved to be the defining characteristic of the first day of running at the famous Interlagos venue in Sao Paulo, with the circuit having been recently resurfaced and a new pit lane entry installed as well. [Read More!]
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Nico's 2014 Brazilian Grand Prix Preview

In the next episode of his 2014 Grand Prix preview series, Nico Rosberg shares his thoughts on the unique challenges of the Interlagos Circuit...
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05 November

2014 Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras Do Brasil: Preview

Vijay’s Vision
Vijay Mallya looks forward to this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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2014 Brazilian Grand Prix - Preview

Brackley - 05/11/2014
Round 18 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to São Paulo for the Brazilian Grand Prix, held at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace. [Read More!]
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04 November


RACE 18 OF 19
Brazil’s love affair with Formula One enters its fifth decade in 2014, and it shows no sign of waning. Interlagos continues to be a sell-out every year and many of those fans will be cheering our very own Felipe Massa, who began his racing career at Interlagos. The track is one of the shortest on the F1 calendar and it’s also one of the most breathless, due to it being situated 800m above sea level. The low atmospheric pressure has an effect on engine power and aerodynamics, and the bumpy surface tests suspension to the limit. Physically, its anti-clockwise direction and long final corner takes its toll on the drivers’ necks. Races at Interlagos are rarely dull, due to the circuit offering a number of overtaking opportunities, including the famous Senna ‘S’ at the end of the pit straight, and there’s always the chance of rain to mix things up. [Read More!]
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Sebastian Vettel
In Sao Paulo I have taken part in races which we will always remember, for different reasons. Like in 2009, when we almost took the title in the last race of the season. In the end it wasn’t enough and Jenson Button became world champion. I was very disappointed, but it was also an important experience for me. On the positive side we knew that we fought until the end and gave everything we could. 2010 was my first year on the Sao Paulo podium: a truly unforgettable race and thinking about Brazil 2012, I spun on the first lap and found myself at the back of the field. Suddenly the title seemed so far away. I worked myself back up through the field position by position and at the end it was unbelievable: we were World Champions again. In 2013, the title was already secured, but as it was my ninth win in a row, I will always remember this race. In Sao Paulo we drive anti-clockwise and the track has severe bumps. One of the best chances to overtake is the first chicane, the Senna-S. You have to be careful here, especially at the start as it’s very tight. The left-right-left combination looks a bit like a screwdriver and you are going downhill, so you have to be patient with the steering. [Read More!]
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Preview – 2014 Petrobras Brazilian Grand Prix

18th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 7th to 9th November 2014
São Paulo, 4th November 2014 – The penultimate race of this year’s FIA Formula One World Championship will take place this weekend. From 7th to 9th November the 18th round will be held on the traditional race track in Interlagos. [Read More!]
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2014 Brazilian Grand Prix – preview

The penultimate race of the 2014 World Championship sees Formula 1 make its only visit of the year to South America. The tortuous Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, located in Interlagos, a suburb of Sao Paulo, plays host to the Brazilian Grand Prix – a race with a long history that’s loved by the F1 community. [Read More!]
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Brazilian Grand Prix Preview

Interlagos overview
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations
The main factors of Interlagos are the altitude and heat, both of which are potentially destructive characteristics for the new Power Units. Whereas the altitude once gave the cars and engines an easier ride as less power was produced, it now works against us. A turbocharged engine pressurises the ambient air to the same level inside the turbocharger and compressor, ensuring there is always the same amount of oxygen content in the air inside the engine. With around 10% less oxygen in the air in Brazil, the turbo has to spin at a much higher speed to generate the same power, rotating at very close to its maximum. We can consider the ‘high’ races such as Spa and Austria as interim tests, but at 800m above sea level, Interlagos is another step (before Mexico in 2015, that is) so we conduct specific tests in the dynos at Viry to check settings, firstly to ensure reliability and then to get the performance settings right. [Read More!]
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03 November

Brazilian Grand Prix Preview: Sao Paulo, November 6–9, 2014

Milan, November 3, 2014 – The Interlagos circuit, in the heart of Sao Paulo, is the second-shortest lap of the year after Monaco, with a series of twists, turns and elevation changes that provides a fascinating challenge for drivers, cars and of course tyres. [Read More!]
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2014 United States Grand Prix – Race

Austin, November 2, 2014 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton used a two-stop strategy to seal victory from second place on the grid at the United States Grand Prix and ensure that only he or his team mate Nico Rosberg will win the 2014 drivers’ title. Hamilton’s 32nd victory means that he is now fifth on the list of all-time winners, equalling Fernando Alonso, and has the highest number of Formula One wins of any British driver. [Read More!]
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The Lone Ranger goes double

Pastor grabs his first point of 2014 on track, gets doubled afterwards

There were points achieved in Austin for Pastor in the United States Grand Prix with the Venezuelan finishing in ninth position on track, as he grabbed his first points of 2014 by overcoming the midfield battle while also benefiting from a post-race penalty to Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne. [Read More!]
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November 2, 2014
Our Team''s reaction, after the US Grand Prix:
Jean-Eric Vergne (STR9-01)
Position: 10th
"It was an exciting race, but difficult at the same time. In the final stages I absolutely wanted to gain positions. I saw the opportunity to overtake Romain (Grosjean) and I decided to go for it. When he closed the door it was just too late. At the end, this is racing and you have to fight as much as you can. I like fighting, so it was good fun. It's great to be in the points, especially after a difficult weekend, with not much running. We have the car to do well and I'm happy that we do not have to wait too much before being back in the car next week in Brazil, where hopefully we'll be able score more points." [Read More!]
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Marco Mattiacci: “After all the news this week, today, it was particularly pleasing to see that the grandstands were packed. The response of the American public was an encouraging sign, which shows how much the interest in our sport is growing in a country where we would like to strengthen its presence. It was a shame we could not give our fans a better result, with a Ferrari capable of fighting for the top places. Today, with Fernando, we were able to maintain his start position, while Kimi had some of those difficulties that we are working hard to solve as a team, to ensure he has a better car. On track, we continue to learn a lot and at home we are working tirelessly to reach our goals as soon as possible.” [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix: Race Report

03 Nov 2014
It was a disappointing afternoon for Sahara Force India with both Sergio Perez and Nico Hülkenberg retiring from the United States Grand Prix. [Read More!]
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2014 United States Grand Prix – Race Day

“Both drivers coped manfully with less than optimal grip levels”
Circuit of the Americas, Sunday November 2
Despite being involved in a number of spirited scraps – Jenson Button enjoyed a consummately measured ding-dong with Fernando Alonso, while Kevin Magnussen’s battle with Sebastian Vettel was also firm but fair – both our drivers encountered varying degrees of tyre degradation in the closing stages of this afternoon’s race. [Read More!]
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United States Grand Prix – Race – Sunday

02.11.2014 - At the US Grand Prix in Austin the Sauber F1 Team was not able to convert the good grid position into a good result. Starting from P9, Adrian Sutil was taken out of the race through no mistake of his own by another competitor on lap one. Esteban Gutiérrez, who started in 15th, finished the race in P14. [Read More!]
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United States Grand Prix - Race Report

Infiniti Red Bull Racing claimed its 11th podium of the season thanks to Daniel Ricciardo’s third place at the United States Grand Prix this afternoon, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel battled back from starting in the pits to finish seventh. There were also points for both Lotus F1 Team’s Pastor Maldonado and Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, who came home ninth and 10th, respectively. [Read More!]
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2014 United States Grand Prix - Race

Austin - 03/11/2014
Lewis Hamilton took his third United States Grand Prix victory by less than five seconds from team-mate Nico Rosberg after a tense battle at the Circuit of the Americas.
Lewis and Nico achieved the team's tenth one-two finish of the season to equal the record set by McLaren in 1988
The result now means that only a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver can now win the 2014 World Drivers' Championship [Read More!]
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United States Grand Prix - Race

Felipe Massa finished fourth and Valtteri Bottas fifth in today’s United States Grand Prix.
Felipe and Valtteri drove clean and consistent races, but after Ricciardo moved ahead during the pitstops, the Red Bull had the pace to hold onto the final podium position.
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING has extended its advantage over Ferrari for third in the Constructors’ Championship to 42 points. [Read More!]
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01 November

2014 United States Grand Prix – Qualifying

Austin, November 1, 2014 – Using the P Zero Yellow soft tyres, Nico Rosberg set a pole position time at the Circuit of the Americas that was three tenths of a second faster than last year’s pole. Rosberg’s time of 1m36.067s, set right at the end of Q3, comfortably eclipsed the 1m36.338s pole position time in 2013, when the cars had bigger engines and more downforce. [Read More!]
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November 1, 2014
After a difficult day here in Austin, our drivers and team give their thoughts on today's Qualifiying. [Read More!]
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Close, but no cigar

Near misses in Austin
Austin saw one of the best qualifying results in 2014 for the team as fresh impetus in a revised format saw Pastor take his season-best result of 11th, while tyre locking meant Romain missed the chance to make it two cars in Q2 and qualified eighteenth.

While it was a case of mixed fortunes between the two E22s, there was an extra boost for the team following Pastor’s promotion to tenth after Jenson Button’s grid penalty. [Read More!]
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Fernando Alonso: “I think that this was a good qualifying and, looking at the times of the cars ahead of me, I don’t think I could have done much more. Before coming here, we had thought about changing the power unit, but then we opted for one we had already used, so as not to start from the pit lane. The track surface is much better than in past years, with a lot more grip, but at the same time, there’s more tyre degradation so a two stopper is inevitable. The temperatures have dropped from yesterday to today, but I don’t think this factor, along with the expectation that the wind direction will change for tomorrow, will affect the strategy. The races are long and anything can happen, including on the reliability front, as has especially been the case this season.” [Read More!]
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United States Grand Prix Qualifying

Valtteri Bottas qualified third and Felipe Massa fourth for tomorrow’s United States Grand Prix.
Both drivers showed strong and consistent pace in all three sessions to lock out the second row of the grid. [Read More!]
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United States Grand Prix – Qualifying

Saturday, 1.11.2014
Weather: sunny and dry, 11-18°C air, 20-35°C track
Adrian Sutil produced a surprise in qualifying for the United States Grand Prix. With an excellent performance he made it, for the first time this season, into the top ten. Esteban Gutiérrez will start from 16th. [Read More!]
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2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix: Qualifying Report

Qualifying for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix saw Sergio Perez qualify in P12 with Nico Hulkenberg right behind in P13. [Read More!]
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2014 United States Grand Prix - Qualifying

Austin - 01/11/2014
Nico Rosberg took pole position for tomorrow's United States Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton completing a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS front row lock out at the Circuit of the Americas.
The team scored its 16th pole position and 10th front-row lock-out in 17 races this afternoon at the Circuit of the Americas
Nico's pole lap was 0.271s faster than the 2013 pole time set by Sebastian Vettel 12 months ago
This further reinforces the positive step that has been made with the 2014 Hybrid Power Units, delivering better performance with a 35% improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous engine format [Read More!]
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“This is where we are with the car right now”
Circuit of the Americas, Saturday November 1
Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen were remarkably evenly-matched throughout all three of this afternoon’s qualifying sessions, finally finishing just 0.051s apart after their final runs in Q3. However, Jenson has been given a five-place grid penalty (for a premature gearbox change) and will therefore drop to 12th – between Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg. As a result, Kevin will start seventh.
Since multiple tyre stops are predicted for tomorrow, there ought to be ample opportunity for strategy to play a role in mixing up the competitive order. [Read More!]
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Saturday 1 November 2014
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 5th, (3rd Practice – P6, 1:38.927)
”I’m pretty happy with the top five, realistically we’re fighting for the last spot on the podium, if Mercedes have a clean race, and we’ve put ourselves in a good position for that. We were close to Felipe, but hopefully the clean side of the grid will help me out a bit, so we’ll see what happens. I’d say we’re better on tyres than the Williams, but their straight line speed makes that advantage disappear. Hopefully we’ll have some good clean battles on track tomorrow, the circuit certainly allows for that and provides some good opportunities, so hopefully we can have some fun!” [Read More!]
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