Was there a car numbered 13 in F1?

Have you ever wondered whether a F1 car beared numbered 13?

A car numbered 13 has only appeared once in a Grand Prix. Moises Solana qualified 11th for his first race at his home Grand Prix in Mexico City – in 1963 in a BRM numbered 13. He was a classified finisher in 11th despite his engine having failed eight laps short of the chequered flag.

Solana went on to compete in another seven Grand Prix but never with the number 13 again and never finished in the points.


The only other occasion a car numbered 13 appeared in a F1 race weekend was in 1976 when Divina Galica attempted to qualify for her first Grand Prix (also her home race, at Brands Hatch) in Surtees-Ford number 13.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso retains Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne for 2013

Scuderia Toro Rosso have decided to retain Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo for the 2013 F1 season, the team announced today.

Jean Eric Vergne made his debut with Toro Rosso this season after finishing second in the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 championship.

Vergne has scored 12 points so far and is currently in 17th position in the drivers’ championship.

“I am really happy about this great news,” he said.

“Thank you Toro Rosso and thank you Red Bull, who have backed me since the early days of my career.

“It has been a difficult season and, as a rookie, I have learned a lot, thanks to the support I got and the excellent relationship I have enjoyed with all the guys.

“I feel much stronger now and I know I have become a better driver over the course of the season.

“I really believe in this team and with all the experience I have gained, combined with the team’s ambitious plans for next year, I think we can look forward to great things in 2013, attacking all the way.”

Daniel Ricciardo made his F1 racing debut with HRT last season at the British Grand Prix before switching to Toro Rosso for the 2012 season.

The Australian has scored 9 points so far this season.

“I am really pumped to know that I am continuing with Scuderia Toro Rosso for another season and want to thank the team and Red Bull,” Ricciardo said.

“There are big expectations for next year and I’m ready and willing to fulfil them.

“I feel I have been growing and developing as a driver and my approach to the technical side of the sport has also progressed this year, so I am sure that will serve me well in my second season with Toro Rosso.

“We have had quite a tough season, but despite that, I have always enjoyed a good relationship with all the guys and I am delighted at the idea of working with them for another year.”

Team boss Franz Tost added: “Both drivers have done a good job this season. Daniel joined us with a few grands prix under his belt and so his feedback and experience was particularly useful while Jean-Eric got up to speed, often having to deal with tracks he had never seen before.

“Since the summer break, both drivers have scored more points and everyone in the team has been impressed with their maturity in terms of working with the engineers and their race craft on track.

“We will be doing our best in the next few months, to produce a 2013 car which will allow them to demonstrate their talent.”

Adrian Sutil’s manager says Force India talks ‘not concrete’

Adrian Sutil’s manager Manfred Zimmermann has played down reports the German is in line for a return to F1 with Sahara Force India in 2013.

With Nico Hulkenberg switching to Sauber next year, Force India Team Principal Dr.Vijay Mallya admitted last weekend that Adrian Sutil is an optional candidate to replace the outgoing Nico Hulkenberg.

Adrian Sutil has been on the sidelines this year following his bar incident conviction of 2011.

Switzerland’s 20min. quotes admitting there are “definitely opportunities” for a return to formula one in 2013. But his manager Manfred Zimmermann is for now playing down the Force India link. “There are no concrete negotiations with Force India,” he told the German news agency DPA by telephone.

Zimmermann said Sutil, 29, has several options for 2013. “I think we have legitimate hopes,” he said. “We hope the puzzle is over in the next 14 days.” Indeed, another contender for Hulkenberg’s Force India seat must be the team’s reserve driver Jules Bianchi, who is backed by Ferrari and managed by Felipe Massa’s manager, Nicolas Todt. “If a place becomes available,” the French rookie told RMC Sport, “there will be plenty of contenders.

“The main objective is Force India,” admitted Bianchi.

Preview: GP of Abu Dhabi 2012

The Abu Dhabi GP is always a highlight for photographes, because the race begins in the evening and ends in the night. So you can see some great lightning effects and have some great pictures of it. Otherwise are the races on the Yas Marina Circuit totally boring. The tracklayout is crap and with to many chicanes. This track has 5km (not really) run off areas so you can spin seven times and can be still third overall (happend to De La Rosa in Bahrain 2006). Or as Raikkönnen said in  2009: The first two corners are good, the rest of the track is s**t. The Abu Dhabi GP is this weekend.



The Abu Dhabi GP was taking place since 2009 and until today we have just two drivers that won it: Sebastian Vettel

 (2009 & 2010) and Lewis Hamilton (2011).

That were the Abu Dhabi GP’s from 2009-2011:


Vettel won the last round of the season after losing the title in Sao Paulo against Jenson Button, who was third in the race. Webber was second and maked a one-two po

dium for the energydrink. Hamilton was starting on pole and lead the race for 35 laps until he had a brake failure. Kamui Kobayashi was making fantastic moves on Raikkönnen and Sutil and it was the last race from BMW and Toyota. The fastest lap cam from Mr. Vettel.

Full results of the Abu Dhabi GP 2009:

1 15 S. Vettel Red Bull 55 1:34:03.414 194,863
2 14 M. Webber Red Bull 55 +0:17.857 +0:17.857 194,248
3 22 J. Button Brawn 55 +0:18.467 +0:00.610 194,227
4 23 R. Barrichello Brawn 55 +0:22.735 +0:04.268 194,081
5 6 N. Heidfeld BMW 55 +0:26.253 +0:03.518 193,961
6 10 K. Kobayashi Toyota 55 +0:28.343 +0:02.090 193,889
7 9 J. Trulli Toyota 55 +0:34.366 +0:06.023 193,683
8 12 S. Buemi Toro Rosso 55 +0:41.294 +0:06.928 193,447
9 16 N. Rosberg Williams 55 +0:45.941 +0:04.647 193,289
10 5 R. Kubica BMW 55 +0:48.180 +0:02.239 193,213
11 2 H. Kovalainen McLaren 55 +0:52.798 +0:04.618 193,057
12 4 K. Räikkönen Ferrari 55 +0:54.317 +0:01.519 193,005
13 17 K. Nakajima Williams 55 +0:59.839 +0:05.522 192,818
14 7 F. Alonso Renault 55 +1:09.687 +0:09.848 192,486
15 21 V. Liuzzi Force India 55 +1:34.450 +0:24.763 191,655
16 3 G. Fisichella Ferrari 54 +1 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 191,202
17 20 A. Sutil Force India 54 +1 Rnd. +0:03.530 191,082
18 8 R. Grosjean Renault 54 +1 Rnd. +0:00.969 191,050




The most exicitng Abu Dhabi GP ever. Alonso, Vettel, Webber and Hamilton had chances to become Formula 1 world champion 2010. Vettel was starting on pole and just had to win the race. Alonso had to be fifth to become the new champion, Webber was second in the drivers table,  but after a terrible Qualifying (P5) the chance to get the first australian champion since Alan Jones 1980 was gone. All drivers had to retire and Hamilton had to win the race if he want it to be champion, unrealistic. Alonso had a good Qualifying session (P3), he just had to keep this position in the race. But Ferrari had to destroy every chance of winning the champioship with a bad pit stop strategy. Alonso left the pits behind Petrov on P7, who drove the best race of his career. Vettel was leading from start to finish. Vettel was coming trough the finish line and then Christian Horner said: Wait Vettel, it’s not over yet (remember Brasil 2008, Massa vs. Hamilton?). After all cars from P4-P6 came ahead of Alonso, Vettel won his first champioship and won the Abu Dhabi GP for the second time in a row. Hamilton second and Button third. Schumacher had a scary collision  with Liuzzi at the start of the race and had to retire, a bad end of his first season since his retirement in 2006. Hamilton drove the fastest lap.

Full results of the Abu Dhabi GP 2010:

1 5 S. Vettel Red Bull 55 1:39:36.837 183,923
2 2 L. Hamilton McLaren 55 +0:10.162 +0:10.162 183,611
3 1 J. Button McLaren 55 +0:11.047 +0:00.885 183,584
4 4 N. Rosberg Mercedes 55 +0:30.747 +0:19.700 182,982
5 11 R. Kubica Renault 55 +0:39.026 +0:08.279 182,730
6 12 V. Petrov Renault 55 +0:43.520 +0:04.494 182,593
7 8 F. Alonso Ferrari 55 +0:43.797 +0:00.277 182,585
8 6 M. Webber Red Bull 55 +0:44.243 +0:00.446 182,572
9 17 J. Alguersuari Toro Rosso 55 +0:50.201


10 7 F. Massa Ferrari 55 +0:50.868 +0:00.667 182,371
11 22 N. Heidfeld Sauber 55 +0:51.551 +0:00.683 182,350
12 9 R. Barrichello Williams 55 +0:57.686 +0:06.135 182,165
13 14 A. Sutil Force India 55 +0:58.325 +0:00.639 182,146
14 23 K. Kobayashi Sauber 55 +0:59.558 +0:01.233 182,108
15 16 S. Buemi Toro Rosso 55 +1:03.178 +0:03.620 181,999
16 10 N. Hülkenberg Williams 55 +1:04.763 +0:01.585 181,951
17 19 H. Kovalainen Lotus 54 +1 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 177,567
18 25 L. di Grassi Virgin 53 +2 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 176,711
19 21 B. Senna HRT 53 +2 R
+0:03.353 176,612
20 20 C. Klien HRT 53 +2 Rnd. +0:13.472 176,216
21 18 J. Trulli Lotus 51 +4 Rnd. +2 Rnd. 173,879



It looked like another win for Vettel, but everything was coming diffrent. At the start everything was normal, Vettel driving ahead into Turn 1 but then in Turn 2 came the surprise. The air of the left rear tire has gone away, so Vettel  spun out and had to retire at the end of the first lap. Hamilton was leading the race and won it at the end, Alonso behind and third was Button. Webber was driving the fastest lap.

Full results of the Abu Dhabi GP 2011:

1 3 L. Hamilton McLaren 55 1:37:11.886 188,494
2 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 55 +0:08.457 +0:08.457 188,221
3 4 J. Button McLaren 55 +0:25.881 +0:17.424 187,662
4 2 M. Webber Red Bull 55 +0:35.784 +0:09.903 187,345
5 6 F. Massa Ferrari 55 +0:50.578 +0:14.794 186,874
6 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 55 +0:52.317 +0:01.739 186,819
7 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 55 +1:15.964 +0:23.647 186,071
8 14 A. Sutil Force India 55 +1:17.122 +0:01.158 186,034
9 15 P. di Resta Force India 55 +1:41.087 +0:23.965 185,283
10 16 K. Kobayashi Sauber 54 +1 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 185,017
11 17 S. Perez Sauber 54 +1 Rnd. +0:13.321 184,596
12 11 R. Barrichello Williams 54 +1 Rnd. +0:00.710 184,573
13 10 W. Petrow Renault 54 +1 Rnd. +0:03.852 184,452
14 12 P. Maldonado Williams 54 +1 Rnd. +0:53.333 182,786
15 19 J. Alguersuari Toro Rosso 54 +1 Rnd. +0:01.305 182,746
16 9 B. Senna Renault 54 +1 Rnd. +0:08.470 182,484
17 20 H. Kovalainen Lotus 54 +1 Rnd. +0:03.345 182,381
18 21 J. Trulli Lotus 53 +2 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 180,338
19 24 T. Glock Marussia-Virgin 53 +2 Rnd. +0:29.272 179,444
20 23 V. Liuzzi HRT 53 +2 Rnd. +0:32.001 178,476

Official: Hülkenberg to Sauber

Nico Hülkenberg will drive for Sauber in 2013.  But Sauber didin’t tell who he’s teammate will be, will it be Kamikaze (Kobayashi) or another Mexican like Esteban Gutierrez. Drivers like Alguersuari, Kovalainen, or Sutil still have chances to be the Number 2 in the team.

Hülkenberg’s joining to Sauber was absolutley right. He had to make a step forward in his career and we don’t know if the Sahara Force India team is financially alright. So Hülkenberg could stay for Sauber many years, if Telmex stays as sponsor.

Hülkenberg was from 2008-2009 testdriver by Williams, in 2009 he was GP2 champion. Hülkenberg was driving for Williams in 2010, he’s highlight in that year was he’s pole in Sao Paulo under rainy conditions. The Netherlands Robert Frijns has good chances to be testdriver by Sauber for the next season. He won three championships in three years (!), Formula BMW Eurocup 2010, Formula Renault 2.0 and the Formula Renault 3.5 Series this year.

DDRS unlikey for Lotus in 2012

Lotus Technical Director James Allison has revealed that their Double DRS is unlikely to be seen again this season but that they will continue to use a Coanda exhaust system.

The E20 caught the eye in Hungary when it appeared with extra air inlets either side of the engine intake as part of a system designed to stall the rear of the car independently of the DRS system and therefore enhance straight-line speed when DRS is limited. DDRS unlikey for Lotus in 2012

However, the team have struggled to truly come to grips with the system and as such, while they’ll make use of it at the upcoming Young Driver’s Test, it’s appearance in one of the remaining GPs is doubtful.

“Our plan is to work on understanding how to make it act in a sufficiently predictable manner to be deployable in a race,” explained Allison.

“Given the difficulty we have experienced so far, I think it would be optimistic to see it used in anger this season, within the final races remaining.”

One device that the team will not be putting on the back-burner is their new Coanda exhaust system which Allison feels will come into its own in Abu Dhabi.

“It is not really the straight-line pace that is the issue as we can set that wherever we like simply by choosing the rear wing setting,” he said.

“It is the power that we need to recover. Our first version of the Coanda system is rather power hungry.

“With Renault Sport’s help we expect to claw back around one third of the loss in Abu Dhabi, and would be able to get around half of the loss back eventually.

“We aim to introduce an exhaust pipe that keeps all of the Coanda downforce benefit, but sheds some of the horsepower penalty that we suffered with for our first iteration design.”

Source: Palnet F1.com

The Championship: Can Vettel make the Hattrick ?

It was a comfortable win for Sebastian Vettel last weekend in India cruising to victory from pole. He extended his lead in the drivers championship by 13 points to Fernando Alonso.


Next round is the final Asian race at Abu Dhabi and as Vettel has won two Abu Dhabi GPs out of the three held so far, and this year too he goes there with a chance of winning as he lost last year due to a punctured rear right tyre on the first lap.

As Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso trails by 13 points to Sebastian Vettel is quiet confident about winning the title but looks like the tables have turned. The problem by Ferrari is Qualifying. Alonso starts always in the midpack (P5-7)and always has to have a brillant start to get to the front,  like in India last weekend . Vettel is always on the charge for the pole since Singapore. When Vettel wins, Alonso is  third or second, that are good positions, but in the fight about the drivers title he will lose points again and that was happening to him since his retirement in Spa. That why Alonso is praying that the next Ferrari updates, will make the F2012 much faster, especially in Qualifying.

Sebastian Vettel who has 240 points currently will gain 25 points if he wins, which would mean a total of 265 points, Fernando Alonso who seemed quite impressive at the Indian GP might manage to get another podium finish if everything goes right. Assuming P3 which would mean a gain of 15 points will sum it upto 242 points which still keeps him 23 points behind Sebastian Vettel and a P2 would mean a gap of 20 points.

So considering these stats Sebastian Vettel is slowly and steadily confirming his third drivers championship title with Kimi Raikkonen not making it to the podium in the last five races. The Lotus is lacking behind and Raikkönnen can just drive to P5-P8 Positions, maximum. Raikkönnen’s Lotus has to be much better in Quali and in Longruns (Race).

The championship title is still achievable mathematically for Mark Webber who is xx points away. Really what happend to Webber? Where is the dominating driving from Monaco and Silverstone? It looks like the same scenario like in 2010. Red Bull is focused on Sebastian to win the championship, but they forget completlely that Webber has also chances to win it. Now it’s to late for Webber, he can just bring good results for Red Bull, so they can win the constrcteurs title. Hamilton is 75 points away, i don’t think that McLaren in general are thinking about the drivers title, it’s all over-AGAIN!!! Now they can just fight for the constructers, but it’s not looking good at all, Red Bull is far away in the lead. That is a very embarrasing situation for this team who started this season so well.

The champioship is still open, but i just see a battle between Vettel and Alonso. The blue-yellow-red can vs. the black jumping horse, it will be a great battle (hopefully) until the final round in Sao Paulo. Raikkönnen, Webber and Hamilton have no chances anymore. I don’t think Raikönnen will have a big pursuit like in 2007 (there he had a Ferrari, what was much better than the Lotus currently), he will just try he’s best as ever and could get a podium, if the conditions are rainy and chaotic. Webber will be just a help for Vettel, i don’t see him as a real contender for the champioship. Hamilton can just help McLaren to hold the second position in the constructors, more not.

Red Bull faces alternator switch by the United States Grand Prix

Red Bull will have to switch away from the safety of its old-spec alternators by the United States Grand Prix at the latest, AUTOSPORT has learned.


In the wake of the double alternator failure that Sebastian Vettel suffered at the Italian GP, Renault reverted its teams back to a 2011-specification to ensure there were no repeat problems. However, with not enough of the old batch to last the entire season, Renault has continued work on a new version to make sure it has something ready for the final races.

Renault’s head of track operations Remi Taffin told AUTOSPORT that the French car manufacturer was now happy that it has a version that should not suffer the same problems that have struck this year, and its teams would have to switch across imminently. “The alternator has been changed and modified,” he said. “We had a new version we tested in Singapore, and another one in Suzuka. We ran that one again in Korea – and will do so here in India as well. “As well as that, we were running it on the dyno and that will become the specification that we will introduce this year when we need it. But we also have other specifications that are coming from R&D that are focused on 2013.”

Taffin said that there is enough of the 2011 specification to last teams through the next two races, but that a switch over to the latest version would be needed for Austin. “I think at the latest, and obviously it depends on the mileage we do, it should be the United States,” he explained. “Obviously it is not going to be for all teams, but we don’t know for who yet.” Although Red Bull may feel reluctant to move away from the guaranteed reliability of the older version because of its championship situation, Taffin said the final decision about what the team does will be made by Renault alone.

When asked how Renault will decide when teams have to switch to the new version, Taffin said: “To be very honest it is a very difficult answer, because it is not any more just a technical issue. There are personal feelings about what should be run, and there are bad memories and things like that. “So even if we have gone through all the validation process, when you discuss about introducing a new spec of alternator – people say, ‘stop, should we not just keep with the old one’. “The key point is where is the shift point from a 2011 unit with too much mileage on, to the new spec? “But we will take the decision as always, because for any internals of the engine you cannot really leave that to the teams. It is not because they are not technically speaking OK to do that, but there is too much of an inside [emotional] feeling.”

Source: Autosport.com