WTCC: Muller wins Race 1 and 2

Race 1: Mullers impressive ride and Huffs comeback

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Yvan Muller was starting from Pole ahead of his teammate Tom Chilton and Bamboo Engineering driver Alex MacDowall.

The two Lukoil Lada Grantas couldn’t start the race because Dudukalo crashed into the side of Thompsons Lada at Qualifying, the cars were to badly damaged.

Rob Huff started the race in 22nd because he had an odd collision with Fredy Barths BMW into the 2nd chicane. The WTCC champion of 2012 damaged his front suspension and had to retire.

The field started the race behind the safety car due the wet conditions.

Muller had a good start and held the lead until the end.

Teammate Chilton gave him some pressure from behind, but was never in the position to overtake him.

Even at the restart after the big crash from Stefano D’Aste, he didn’t managed to overtake him.

So Muller won ahead of Chilton and MacDowall, the two new Honda Civic S2000 were on 4th and 5th position.

Rob Huff had a incredible comeback and came from 22nd position on 6th position at the end.

Results Race 1:

1 12 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 30:02.783 12
2 23 T. Chilton Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.923 12
3 9 A. MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 5.101 4.178 12
4 3 G. Tarquini Honda Civic 8.053 2.952 12
5 18 T. Monteiro Honda Civic 15.261 7.208 12
6 1 R. Huff SEAT Leon WTCC 17.349 2.088 12
7 14 J. Nash Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 19.964 2.615 12
8 5 N. Michelisz Honda Civic 20.338 0.374 12
9 15 T. Coronel BMW 320 TC 28.837 8.499 12
10 73 F. Barth BMW 320 TC 37.740 8.903 12
11 13 J. Dayraut BMW 320 TC 39.226 1.486 12
12 19 F. Monje SEAT Leon WTCC 41.656 2.430 12
13 55 D. O’Young BMW 320 TC 48.116 6.460 12
14 38 M. Basseng SEAT Leon WTCC 50.920 2.804 12
15 7 C. Ng BMW 320 TC 54.412 3.492 12
16 37 R. Münnich SEAT Leon WTCC 58.733 4.321 12
17 25 M. Bennani BMW 320 TC 2:05.913 1:07.180 12
18 22 T. Boardman SEAT Leon WTCC 2 Runden 10
19 6 F. Engstler BMW 320 TC 3 Runden 9
20 17 M. Nykjaer Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 3 Runden 9
DNF 74 P. Oriola SEAT Leon WTCC 8
DNF 26 S. D’Aste BMW 320 TC 3

Race 2: Mullers 2nd win and fantastic battle between Tarquini and Basseng

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Darrel O’Young was starting from Pole in his ROAL-BMW.

Tarquini was starting from 4th spot and had a incredible start to the race.

After only three corners he was overtaking O’Young for the lead.

But Muller made a great comeback from 6th position and overtoke Tarquini later for lead.

Than the battles began. Tarquini had fantastic battle with Nika Racing driver Michael Nykjaer, but the Chevrolet Cruze was way better than the Civic so Nykjaer overtoke him finally.

Tom Boardman lost his front suspension after he made contact with James Nash.

Boardman was standing in the middle of the track and brought out the safety car.

After the restart there was a battle for third between Tarquini and Basseng.

This battle continued until the last lap.

Basseng was fighting but it he was to late. Tarquini was just ahead of him at the finish line, that was great racing!!!

Muller won ahead of Nykjaer and Tarquini.

Results Race 2:

1 12 Y. Muller Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 23:27.254 10
2 17 M. Nykjaer Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2.482 10
3 3 G. Tarquini Honda Civic 4.994 2.512 10
4 38 M. Basseng SEAT Leon WTCC 5.081 0.087 10
5 23 T. Chilton Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 5.612 0.531 10
6 74 P. Oriola SEAT Leon WTCC 6.755 1.143 10
7 14 J. Nash Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 14.445 7.690 10
8 18 T. Monteiro Honda Civic 20.573 6.128 10
9 26 S. D’Aste BMW 320 TC 23.722 3.149 10
10 1 R. Huff SEAT Leon WTCC 25.442 1.720 10
11 15 T. Coronel BMW 320 TC 37.126 11.684 10
12 55 D. O’Young BMW 320 TC 41.394 4.268 10
13 6 F. Engstler BMW 320 TC 43.904 2.510 10
14 73 F. Barth BMW 320 TC 45.921 2.017 10
15 19 F. Monje SEAT Leon WTCC 50.678 4.757 10
16 22 T. Boardman SEAT Leon WTCC 53.591 2.913 10
17 7 C. Ng BMW 320 TC 59.157 5.566 10
18 13 J. Dayraut BMW 320 TC 66.537 7.380 10
19 25 M. Bennani BMW 320 TC 86.721 20.184 10
20 9 A. MacDowall Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1 Runde 9
21 37 R. Münnich SEAT Leon WTCC 1 Runde 62.256 9
22 5 N. Michelisz Honda Civic 1 Runde 23.306 9

Overall: More action to come!!!

FIA WTCC Monza, Italy 23-24 March 2013

Fantastic start to the 9th season of the still young WTCC series.

Hope that Lada can start in Marakesch beacause they have very good pace.

Thompson was in the Top 10 for Qualifying, so the Granta is very quick, but i still think that the Lada Granta is a bit of an underdog. Honda could be a real challenger for RML-Chevrolet this year, this is going to be very exciting.

The next round is in Marakesch (Marocco) on the 7th of April.

Vettel wins controversial Malaysian GP

Sebastian Vettel wins a controversial Malaysian GP ahead of his teammate Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.

Alonso crashes out at the start of the race

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Vettel makes a good start, just as his teammate Webber, what was a bit unusual.

Alonso tried to overtake Vettel on the outside into Turn 1 but made contact in the entry to Turn 2.

Alonso’s frontwing was damaged.

In the 2nd lap on the start/finish line he drove over his frontwing and ended in the graveltrap at Turn 1. He had to retire.

Fights between teammates

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Webber had a good strategy so he came ahead of Vettel. Vettel left a gap for a while, but it all changed very soon.

The team wanted Vettel to slow down, because he came closer and closer to Webber.

The most controversial moment of the race was the battle between Webber and Vettel.

Vettel made a attempt on Webber on lap 42 in the 2nd DRS zone.

They were side by side through the Turns 1-4 of this lap until Vettel overtoke Webber finally on the outside out of Turn 4.

But that wasn’t the only battle between teammates in this GP.

Rosberg and Hamilton battled for the final podium spot.

It was enjoyable for the fans, but not for Ross Brawn.

Brawn wanted Rosberg to slow down, so they can keep the postions until the end. In contrast to Vettel, Rosberg didn’t really try to overtake Hamilton and kept 4th.

Chaos in the pits

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But the most action was in the pits. Hamilton was driving into the pits of McLaren to have a quick chat with them, but i don’t think that the McLaren mechanics were interested, so Hamitlon drove finally to his right box.

Pic and Ricciardo had a collision in the pits and Toro Rosso got a fine of 10,000 pounds for this unsafe release.

Hülkenberg and Raikkönnen were side by side in the pits and McLaren and Force India had their problems with the pitstops.

Overall: Best Malaysian GP yet!!!

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This was fantastic race from start to finish. Fantastic battles in the whole race and not a single safety car (!) and that in Malaysia.

Red Bull will have to say some words with Webber and Vettel, it could have all ended like Istanbul 2010.

After two race weekends in a row , F1 is coming back in 3 weeks to the Chinese GP in Shanghai.

1 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 56 1:38:56.681 188,231
2 2 M. Webber Red Bull 56 +0:04.298 +0:04.298 188,095
3 10 L. Hamilton Mercedes 56 +0:12.181 +0:07.883 187,846
4 9 N. Rosberg Mercedes 56 +0:12.640 +0:00.459 187,831
5 4 F. Massa Ferrari 56 +0:25.648 +0:13.008 187,422
6 8 R. Grosjean Lotus 56 +0:35.564 +0:09.916 187,110
7 7 K. Räikkönen Lotus 56 +0:48.479 +0:12.915 186,707
8 11 N. Hülkenberg Sauber 56 +0:53.044 +0:04.565 186,564
9 6 S. Perez McLaren 56 +1:12.357 +0:19.313 185,965
10 18 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 56 +1:27.124 +0:14.767 185,509
11 17 V. Bottas Williams 56 +1:28.610 +0:01.486 185,463
12 12 E. Gutierrez Sauber 55 +1 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 184,730
13 22 J. Bianchi Marussia 55 +1 Rnd. +0:53.934 183,068
14 20 C. Pic Caterham 55 +1 Rnd. +0:34.242 182,028
15 21 G. van der Garde Caterham 55 +1 Rnd. +0:08.984 181,757
16 23 M. Chilton Marussia 54 +2 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 180,966
17 5 J. Button McLaren 53 +3 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 185,380

Retirements:

F.Alonso

P.Maldonado

S.Perez

D.Ricciardo

A.Sutil

P.Di Resta