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F1: Massa out, Raikkönnen in for Ferrari

Kimi Raikkönnen will leave Lotus for Ferrari in 2014/15. It’s the second time that the finn will drive for Ferrari. He drove for them from 2007-2009. In these years he got 9 GP wins and 1 world championhsip in 2007. He then was replaced by Feranando Alonso in 2010, who’s also he’s new teammte for the next season. Yesterday evening Felipe Massa announced that he will leave Ferrari at the end of 2013, no news on his future plans yet.

Now it’s of course interesting to see who’s going to drive for Lotus, i hope it’s going to be Nico Hülkenberg, who showed great performances in the last couple of years in F1. But who will replace him at Sauber? Well most likley it’s going to be Sergey Sirotkin, who’s only 17 years old and for me not ready for an F1 full time cockpit.

I really can’t wait to see how the F1 2014 season is going to unfold, with Raikkönnen now in a team that has the money to produce a winning car.

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F1: Ricciardo will replace Webber at Red Bull for 2014

On 21:19, evening time, Daniel Ricciardo was announced as 2nd driver for the Infiniti Red Bull F1 team for 2014 on the austrian TV channel Servus TV.

He will replace Mark Webber, who drove for Red Bull from 2007-2013.

Webber will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2014, including the 24h of Le Mans, in a Porsche LMP1 car.

Red Bull said that they’re aiming a at least three year partnership with Ricciardo.

Ricciardo is in the Red Bull Junior programme since 2010.

He was test and reserve driver and also drove in the WSBR, finishing 2nd in the standings.

Then he was replacing Narain Kartikehyan at the 2nd hafl of the F1 2011 season in a HRT F111.

He then joined Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2012.

His teammate Jean Eric Vergne was always more consistend on points, but Ricciardo was the faster driver, especially on one Qualifying lap.

The decison from Red Bull to take Ricciardo was quite obvious.

I never took the Raikkönnen/Alonso romours seriously.

It would be stupid if they won’t have taken Ricciardo, because then the philosophy of the Toro Rosso team would be in question.

2013 Belgian Grand Prix Review

Heading into Turn 1, no casualties
Heading into Turn 1, no casualties

A wet start to the Belgian Grand Prix was expected, many fans throughout the world wanted one but it didn’t arrive at the start. The five red lights went out and pole sitter Lewis Hamilton got a clean start and maintained the lead heading into Turn 1 but Sebastian Vettel snatched the lead from Hamilton on the Kemmel straight. Biggest gainers were Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg. Paul Di Resta lost two places at the start. At the end of lap two Vettel was 2.8s ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Felipe Massa had a KERS failure on lap four. Fernando Alonso using DRS went passed Jenson Button fir fourth position and within the next few laps Nico Rosberg for third place. Kimi Raikkonen having break duct issues on lap nine still continued to push and continued passing few cars. Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg were the first ones to pit on lap ten. On lap eleven Paul Di Resta pitted and Charles Pic was forced into retirement due to technical issues. On lap thirteen Nico Rosberg pitted. After Lewis Hamilton’s pit stop he spent most of the time behind Romain Grosjean and the former passed him on lap fourteen. Lewis Hamilton was under immense pressure from Fernando Alonso behind and was overtaken on lap fifteen.

Sebastian Vettel pitted on lap fourteen and took the lead from Jenson Button on lap sixteen.  Mark Webber was the only driver among the front-runners to go onto the hard tyres during his first pit stop. Jenson Button pitted on lap eighteen for hard tyres, his teammate pitted after two laps. Romain Grosjean on a set of medium tyres went on till lap twenty-three, he was clearly on a one pit stop strategy. On lap twenty-four Sebastian Vettel was leading the race from Fernando Alonso by 8.8 seconds and 13 seconds from Lewis Hamilton. On lap twenty-six Kimi Raikkonen ended his consecutive 27 races points finishing record. Lewis Hamilton,  Felipe Massa pitted on lap twenty-six. On lap twenty-eight Paul Di Resta had a collision with Pastor Maldonado taking the former out of the race and the latter was handed a STOP/GO Penalty. 

Mark Webber pitted on lap thirty for medium tyres and his teammate on lap thirty-one for hard tyres and his final pit stop of the race and was still in the race lead. Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber were in fight for third place. With ten laps to go it looked that Sebastian Vettel was untouchable. Jenson Button pitted on lap thirty-five for fighting for the  final podium spot but the strategy McLaren opted didn’t pay off.

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The final six laps were easy for Sebastian Vettel and cruised to the chequered flag with a great performance from Fernando Alonso coming home in second who started from eighth and the pole sitter came home in third while his team-mate  came home in fourth, Mark Webber in fifth, Jenson Button in sixth, Felipe Massa in seventh, Romain Grosjean in eighth, Adrian Sutil in ninth and Daniel Ricciardo in tenth.
The Drivers Championship and Constructors Championship as it stands after Round 11:started from eight and pole sitter came home in third place, his teammate Nico Rosberg came home in fourth with Webber coming home in fifth,  Button in sixth, Massa in seventh, Grosjean in eight, Sutil in ninth and Ricciardo the final point scoring driver.

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https://f1head.wordpress.com/2012-formula-one-drivers-standings/

https://f1head.wordpress.com/2012-formula-one-constructors-championship-points-table/

Notes: Sebastian Vettel leads the championship by 46 points from Fernando Alonso. Jenson Button’s fifth place finish helps Mclaren move ahead of Force India in  the constructors championship by four points. Lotus drop to fourth in the constructors standings.

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F1: Hamilton wins the Hungarian GP

At the start of the GP Lewis Hamilton was leading into Turn 1. Vettel tried  to hold of Grosjean on the outside of the track.

Rosberg meanwhile, who started from 4th position had contact with Massa’s frontwing at Turn 5.

Rosberg had to go wide and settled for 12th postion, then he overtoke some cars bringing him to 7th but then he retired 10 laps before the end of the race due a engine failure.

Hamilton was leading ahead of Vettel and Grosjean until the first pitstops came around the laps 9-13.

Vettel already had to defend his 2nd position against Grosjean and surprisingly struggled with the handling of the car.

After Vettel made his first pitstop, he came back behind McLaren driver Jenson Button, who held him off for 33 laps, what was a quite amazing perfomance from the brit.

So Vettel held up Grosjean, and some laps later Alonso was becoming faster, so it became a four way battle for 2nd.

Vettel finally got past Button for 2nd and Grosjean was also trying to pass Button, but with contact resulted to a penalty after the race. After Grosjeans 2nd pitstop, he was behind Massa.

Grosjean was much faster than the Ferrari driver and tried a brave outside move into the blind Turn 5 corner, which was succesfull but illegal. He had all four wheels off the track and he was over the line, so he gained an advantage over Massa.

The frenchman got a drive through penalty and later made his third pitstop, he ended up in 6th position.

His teammate Raikönnen however had a fantastic strategy and despite the hot weather there he managed his tires very well and made only two pitstops.

So he came up to 2nd, but Vettel was close behind him and tried a ”Grosjean move” on the outside of Turn 5.

But Raikkönnen defended and kept his 2nd place until the end.  Webber had a great race, coming from 10th on the grid after his bad luck in Qualifying to 4th in the race.

Hamilton controlled his lead and won the Hungarian GP after 70 laps. It was his first GP win of the season and the third for Mercedes AMG Petronas.

Sutil had a horrible 100th GP, he had problems starting his car again at his first pitstop and had to retire.

Williams meanwhile scored their first points of the season with Maldonado finishing 10th.

Teammate Bottas had to retire after an engine failure.

The next race of the Formula 1 World Championship is on the 25th of August for the Belgium GP at Spa-Francorchamps.

Full Results:

1 10 L. Hamilton Mercedes 70 1:42:29.445 179,507
2 7 K. Räikkönen Lotus 70 +0:10.938 +0:10.938 179,188
3 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 70 +0:12.459 +0:01.521 179,144
4 2 M. Webber Red Bull 70 +0:18.044 +0:05.585 178,982
5 3 F. Alonso Ferrari 70 +0:31.411 +0:13.367 178,595
6 8 R. Grosjean Lotus 70 +0:52.295 +0:20.884 177,993
7 5 J. Button McLaren 70 +0:53.819 +0:01.524 177,950
8 4 F. Massa Ferrari 70 +0:56.447 +0:02.628 177,874
9 6 S. Perez McLaren 69 +1 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 176,881
10 16 P. Maldonado Williams 69 +1 Rnd. +0:17.883 176,368
11 11 N. Hülkenberg Sauber 69 +1 Rnd. +0:29.391 175,532
12 18 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 69 +1 Rnd. +0:00.459 175,519
13 19 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 69 +1 Rnd. +0:00.611 175,502
14 21 G. van der Garde Caterham 68 +2 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 173,349
15 20 C. Pic Caterham 68 +2 Rnd. +0:06.374 173,171
16 22 J. Bianchi Marussia 67 +3 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 171,347
17 23 M. Chilton Marussia 67 +3 Rnd. +0:42.899 170,163
18 14 P. di Resta Force India 66 +4 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 175,043

Retirements:

GUT, SUT, BOT, ROS.

Driver championship standings after 10 races:

1. S. Vettel 172 15 25 12 25 12 18 25 A 25 15
2. K. Räikkönen 134 25 6 18 18 18 1 2 10 18 18
3. F. Alonso 133 18 A 25 4 25 6 18 15 12 10
4. L. Hamilton 124 10 15 15 10 12 15 12 10 25
5. M. Webber 105 8 18 A 6 10 15 12 18 6 12
6. N. Rosberg 84 A 12 A 2 8 25 10 25 2
7. F. Massa 61 12 10 8 15 A 4 8 A 4
8. R. Grosjean 49 1 8 2 15 A A 15 8
9. J. Button 39 2 10 1 4 8 8 6
10. P. di Resta 36 4 A 4 12 6 2 6 2
11. A. Sutil 23 6 A A 10 1 6 A
12. S. Perez 18 2 8 2 A 4 2
13. J. Vergne 13 1 A A 4 8 A A
14. D. Ricciardo 11 A 6 1 A 4
15. N. Hülkenberg 7 S 4 1 A 1 1
16. P. Maldonado 1 A A A 1
17. V. Bottas 0 A
18. E. Gutierrez 0 A A A
19. J. Bianchi 0 A A
20. C. Pic 0 A
21. G. van der Garde 0 A A
22. M. Chilton 0

Manufactures championship standings:

1.RedBull 277

2.MercedesBenz 208

3.Ferrari 194

4.Lotus 183

5.Force India 59

6.McLaren 57

7.Toro Rosso  24

8.Sauber 7

9.Williams 1

10.Marussia 0

11.Caterham 0

F1 back to Austria in 2014

Today was announced that F1 will comeback to the Red Bull Ring (A1 Ring back then) at the 6th of July 2014.

But the agency of Spielberg (there were the Red Bull Ring is located on) have to give the official okay.

The Austrian GP should have already comeback this year, but Ecclestone disagreed.

Ecclestone disagreed because the Red Bull Ring wouldn’t have enough Hotel rooms.

But now he agreed with Dr. Helmut Marko and Dietrich Mateschitz who are behind this ”Austrian GP comeback”.

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F1 was driving the current layout from 1997-2003, called A1-Ring, but they also drove the old layout, called Österreichring from 1970-1987.

But it’s still uncertain who will pay the Grand Prix tax, which are Millions of euros.

But finally a classy track comes new to the F1 calender, but also with the new New Jersey GP starting next year, it would be hard for the teams to race 22 GP’s in a year.

So i won’t be surprised if some of the current GP’s will go away from the calender (please the Korean GP!!!)

Silverstone Young Driver Test 2013: The Driver Line-Up

Note: The Young Driver Test (17th-19th of July) at Silverstone is also a tyre test, because Pirelli is planning to bring the new tires to Hungary.

So the current driver’s in the teams, not only the rookies, will compete the YDT to give feedback of the new tires.

Here the driver line-up of the 10 teams competing the YDT:

Infiniti Red Bull Racing:

Sebastian Vettel

Antonio Felix Da Costa (first two days)

Carlos Sainz Jr. (first two days)

Daniel Riccrado (Wednesday)

Scuderia Ferrari

Davide Rigon (all three days)

Felipe Massa

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Kevin Magnussen (Wednesday)

Oliver Turvey (Thursday)

Gary Paffet     (Friday)

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Pirelli will give the new tyre data to the Mercedes team.

Lotus

Davide Valsecchi (Thursday)

Nicolas Prost    (Wedensday)

Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil (all three days)

Paul Di Resta (all three days)

James Calado (Wednesday)

Sauber

Nico Hülkenberg (all three days)

Robin Frijns (Wedensday and Thursday morning)

Kimiya Sato  (Thursday and Friday morning)

Williams

Pastor Maldonado (all three days)

Daniel Jucandella (Wednesday)

Susie Wolff (Friday)

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo

Jean Eric Vergne

Carlos Sainz Jr.

Johny Cecotto Jr.

Daniil Kwjat

Caterham

Alexander Rossi (Wednesday)

Will Stevens (Thursday)

Giedo van der Garde (Friday)

Charles Pic (Friday)

Marussia

Tio Ellinas

Rodolfo Gonzales

Jules Bianchi

Max Chilton

F1 2013 with Classic Cars and Tracks

Yesterday Codemasters announced F1 2013.

They uploaded three trailers at their official Youtube channel and showed two hotlaps,  the Lotus E20 at the Nürburgring and the Mclaren MP4-28 at Silverstone.

But the third trailer was the most interesting one, the classics trailer.

They announced that they will bring overall 4 classic tracks (Estoril, Jerez, Imola and Brands Hatch) and 10 historic cars, 5 cars each for the 80’s and the 90’s including 17 driver legends with commentary from commentator legend Murray Walker (!).

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The 80’s cars and tracks will be in the stantard edition, but when you also want to play the 90’s cars and tracks, you will have to buy the classic edition.

Codemasters didn’t mentioned if the boxed version of the classic edition will be only for pre order and then later available as DLC, as it was in GRID 2 were you could choose between one free DLC car pack for the pre ordered version of the game.

The classic edition can be not bought in the boxed version, when you buy F1 2013 on PC/Steam.

You will have to download it as additional content to the stantard F1 2013.

The classic cars are also playable in online and local multiplayer.

You will also have the chance to play the historic cars on the new tracks and the 2013 cars on the classic tracks.

Codemasters said that the historic cars are going to be much harder to drive than the current ones.

The physics of the 2013 cars and the A.I. have been improved.

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                                                          The Williams-Renault FW148 from the F1 1992 season, driven by Nigel Mansell and Ricardo Patrese. 

People that were able to play the Preview version of F1 2013 at Press day said that the handling system is similar to the 2011 version.

Codemasters didn’t said anything about the penalty system, what was the most discussed point at F1 2012.

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Honestly, i’m not that excited,  I want to see more info about the game, especially the penalty sytem, menu system etc.

So I won’t pre order it for now, too risky.

The game will come out for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, F1 2013 won’t come for the next-gen consoles (Xbox One, PS4) and the realese date will most likely come at the end of September.

And no, tyre explosions aren’t included 😉

Exclusiv Historic Williams Onboard Gameplay:

Here are the trailers:

Pre-order available at Amazon and Gamestop