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Ferrari presents the F138 Formula 1 car in Maranello

Ferrari has presented its F138, the car with which the Italian squad hopes to return to championship glory in the 2013 Formula 1 season.

The car, whose name is a combination of the current year and a tribute to the V8 engines that will be used for the last time this season, is the 59th grand prix single-seater produced by the Maranello-based squad.

The F138 has been developed in the Toyota windtunnel in Cologne following Ferrari’s decision to shut down its own unit in order to upgrade it.

Ferrari described the F138 as an ‘evolution’ of the F2012, with pullrod suspension retained at the front and rear.

It has however made changes at the rear of the car to allow the exhaust layout to be changed. The air intake above the cockpit and the sidepod intakes have also been revised to boost the car’s aerodynamics.

The car is the product of two distinct design groups: one group working on the F138, the other on the team’s 2014 car.

Ferrari is seeking to hit the ground running with its new car after a dismal performance by its predecessor when it made its testing debut last year.

Despite that, the historic Italian outfit managed to stay in the championship fight until the end of the year, with Spaniard Fernando Alonso losing out to Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel in the final race of the season in Brazil.

“The key objective that we must have is of immediately delivering a competitive car to our drivers,” team boss Stefano Domenicali acknowledged.

“Unfortunately in recent years we have at the beginning of the winter unfortunately not been able to be right on top of what we are doing.

“We have tried to look at our organisation to be much more effective in the preparations over the coming week.”

Two-time world champion Alonso will be partnered by Felipe Massa again this year after the Brazilian secured a one-year contract extension thanks to his resurgence in the second half of the season.

Massa will be tasked with driving the F138 for the first time next Tuesday at Jerez.

Credits: Autosport.com

Ferrari names new 2013 car F138

The name is a combination of the current year and the number of cylinders in their V8 engines.

The V8 units, which were introduced in 2006, will be replaced in 2014 by turbo-charged V6s.

The Italian outfit, who finished second to Red Bull in 2012, will launch their car at their Maranello factory ahead of testing which starts next week.

Ferrari is the only team to have competed in every year of the Formula 1 World Championship and the F138 will be the 59th car to be built by the Scuderia.

The Italian team has won 31 championships – 15 drivers’ and 16 constructors’ – 219 race victories, 207 pole positions and 228 fastest laps.

Credit: BBC Sport

FP2: Sebastian Vettel fastest again

Sebastian Vettel was fastest again in FP2 with a 1:26.221s, he drove with the softer compound, other drivers drove with hard compound. https://i1.wp.com/www.aajkikhabar.com/en/uploads/images/300x300/hhh_707047.jpg

Teammate Mark  Webber was 0.018 Seconds behind Vettel on P2, o.599 Seconds behind Vettel was title rival Alonso.

Felipe Massa spun twice in FP2 and was ending in 15th Position (+2.075).  Sergio Perez was coming back into the Sauber Cockpit and ends in 12th Position (+1.957) ahead of Michael Schumacher (+2.001).

Timo Glock drove to 22nd (+4.892), this time he was faster than his Teammate Charles Pic (24th/+5.272).

Full Results of FP2:

1 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:26.221 35
2 2 M. Webber Red Bull 1:26.339 +0:00.118 +0:00.118 33
3 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:26.820 +0:00.599 +0:00.481 34
4 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.022 +0:00.801 +0:00.202 38
5 9 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:27.030 +0:00.809 +0:00.008 40
6 4 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:27.131 +0:00.910 +0:00.101 38
7 3 J. Button McLaren 1:27.182 +0:00.961 +0:00.051 24
8 12 N. Hülkenberg Force India 1:27.233 +0:01.012 +0:00.051 37
9 10 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:27.397 +0:01.176 +0:00.164 36
10 19 B. Senna Williams 1:27.738 +0:01.517 +0:00.341 36
11 11 P. di Resta Force India 1:28.004 +0:01.783 +0:00.266 32
12 15 S. Perez Sauber 1:28.178 +0:01.957 +0:00.174 39
13 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:28.222 +0:02.001 +0:00.044 37
14 16 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:28.239 +0:02.018 +0:00.017 37
15 6 F. Massa Ferrari 1:28.296 +0:02.075 +0:00.057 23
16 14 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:28.455 +0:02.234 +0:00.159 40
17 18 P. Maldonado Williams 1:28.596 +0:02.375 +0:00.141 38
18 17 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:29.167 +0:02.946 +0:00.571 35
19 20 H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:29.320 +0:03.099 +0:00.153 43
20 21 W. Petrow Caterham 1:29.606 +0:03.385 +0:00.286 22
21 22 P. de la Rosa HRT 1:30.950 +0:04.729 +0:01.344 37
22 24 T. Glock Marussia 1:31.113 +0:04.892 +0:00.163 35
23 23 N. Karthikeyan HRT 1:31.372 +0:05.151 +0:00.259 20
24 25 C. Pic Marussia 1:31.493 +0:05.272 +0:00.121 31

Felipe Massa raced Red Bull copy exhaust in Korea

Ferrari raced an all-new Red Bull-style exhaust on only Felipe Massa’s car in Korea last weekend, according to the Spanish newspaper 20 Minutos.

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The news would explain the Brazilian driver’s better pace than teammate Fernando Alonso in the sister F2012, and also the Spaniard’s confidence that he is still in the running to beat Sebastian Vettel to the title despite a new 6-point championship deficit and Red Bull’s recent dominance.

Indeed, 20 Minutos claims Alonso will be running the Massa-specification on his own red car next weekend in India.

The report also said Ferrari is working hard in former F1 team Toyota’s state of the art Cologne wind tunnel on a so-called ‘double DRS’ straightline speed-boosting system.

“Hopefully we make a little bit of a step in terms of performance and then we can fight for bigger things,” Alonso, having finished third behind both Red Bulls, said before leaving Korea last Sunday.

Team boss Stefano Domenicali added: “It is clear that we must make a step forward in performance to respond to the one made by Red Bull. We are well aware of that and we are working day and night to succeed.”

Source: Yallaf1.com

India names kerb after Felipe Massa

Following some embarrassing slip-ups, organisers of the Indian Grand Prix have named one of their kerbs after Felipe Massa.

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Over the course of the 2011 weekend, the Ferrari driver broke his front suspension against kerbs not once, but twice. The piece named ‘Massa kerb’ is on the apex of Turn 8, which is the rapid right-hander which is the first part of a high-speed chicane. In qualifying last year, the Ferrari broke its right-front suspension and ended up in the barriers after clouting the kerb at speed.

A day later, Massa’s race ended in the same way when he removed the left-front suspension following a hit with the other kerb on the exit of the chicane. Ahead of this weekend’s second race at the Buddh International Circuit, the kerbs of Turns 6, 7, 8 and 9 have been extended in width from five to 15 metres in a further bid to prevent drivers from hopping over the apexes. “We have added additional sausage kerbs to deter the drivers even more,” a circuit spokesperson told The Times of India.

“Last year there were questions raised by Ferrari, but Massa’s broken suspension had nothing to do with the kerbs.” At the inaugural event 12 months ago, Sebastian Vettel clinched pole position and led every lap of the race en route to victory for Red Bull.

Source: GPupdate.net

Ferrari denies Vettel 2014 rumours

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has denied reports that Sebastian Vettel is poised to join the team for the 2014 season.

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Although the Scuderia are set to confirm Felipe Massa that will be staying on with the team, the expectation that the Brazilian will only sign a one-year contract extension has given rise to repeats of reports from this summer that the reigning World Champion has signed a pre-contract agreement to partner Fernando Alonso in 2014.

However, di Montezemolo has told Italian radio: “I’ve always said that I don’t want two roosters in the hen-house. I don’t like that and it creates instability in the team.”

Vettel himself has previously played down suggestions that he is preparing to leave the team with whom he has already won two World Championships and is set to claim a third.

“I’ve been wearing a Red Bull helmet for almost my entire career. It is difficult to imagine another kind of life if you are so used to it. It would be like when you turn 18, 19, and you move out of your family’s home. I am very happy where I am right now and I don’t want to move on to anywhere else,” Vettel said in the summer.

Nonetheless, while Red Bull have also repeatedly insisted they expect Vettel to stay on, team advisor Helmut Marko has previously confirmed that the driver’s current contract, which expires at the end of 2014, contains a results-based opt-out clause.

“2013 is fixed for us,” Marko was quoted as saying in Bild. “For 2014 there is a performance-related clause in his contract -for him and for the team.

“It depends on the rankings in next year’s world championships. If Vettel and Red Bull slip in the drivers’ or constructors’ championship, he could go.”

Nor should Ferrari’s denial be considered the end of the matter. In June, Stefano Domenicali told the team’s own website that Alonso and Vettel were “both intelligent guys and they could easily coexist together”. Meanwhile, as recently as last month, Montezemolo admitted to Sky Sports News that Vettel was the driver he would most like to sign.

Source: Sky Sports F1

Sebastian Vettel to join Ferrari in 2014, but Massa remains for 2013

Ferrari will retain Felipe Massa next season in what is planned to be a stop-gap deal before the arrival of Sebastian Vettel in 2014.
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Sources inside Ferrari say they have signed a contract with Vettel, which is thought to be an option to join in 2014 depending on their results. The contract is likely to define a position Ferrari must occupy in the title race at a point in 2013. Ferrari have decided to keep Massa as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate until then. The Brazilian’s future had been in doubt during the summer after a shaky start to the year, but Ferrari were determined to retain him if he had a strong performance in the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend to confirm a revival in the second half of the season.

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Massa followed up a second-place finish in Japan – his first podium for two years – with another strong race in Korea at the weekend, qualifying sixth and finishing fourth – 6.2 seconds behind Alonso. The Brazilian is expected to be confirmed in the Ferrari seat for 2013, his eighth consecutive season with the team, in a matter of days.

Team boss Stefano Domenicali said of Massa after the Korean race on Sunday: “Very good, I’m very happy. “He did an excellent race, and an excellent qualifying. But I have to say he’s [been] doing an excellent job since a couple of races, so this is really very promising for the end of the season. “And if I want to anticipate the next question that I’m sure someone will ask, very soon you will know what will be our position in that respect. “For sure he’s understanding now better the car, he’s understanding better the tyres. We believe that he’s a very, very strong driver, there’s no doubt, because otherwise we would already have taken a different decision.”

Vettel’s arrival at Ferrari has been sanctioned by Alonso, who has a say in the identity of his team-mate. The Spaniard vetoed the idea of Lewis Hamilton joining the team earlier this year. Should it transpire, the line-up would produce a mouth-watering partnership which would undoubtedly be the strongest in F1 – with potential for huge friction. Vettel and Red Bull have denied the German has any arrangements in place with Ferrari, and the team insist he is under contract until the end of 2014. However, Red Bull adviser Dr Helmut Marko – the right-hand man of the company’s boss Dietrich Mateschitz – has already said the contract contains performance clauses. And if Vettel wants to leave, Red Bull could not make him stay. Vettel’s likely departure would leave Red Bull with a huge hole to fill and no obvious place to turn. The world champion’s team-mate, Mark Webber, is on a one-year deal until the end of 2013 and could well retire at the end of next season ahead of the introduction of new chassis and engine regulations in 2014.

Hamilton has recently signed a three-year deal to join Mercedes, Alonso is under contract to Ferrari until the end of 2016 and Jenson Button is under contract to McLaren until the end of 2014.

Source: BBC Sport

Felipe Massa secures Ferrari future, deal imminent

Felipe Massa has secured his future at Ferrari, with team principal Stefano Domenicali revealing on Sunday night that the outfit will make an announcement about its driver plans imminently.

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Massa’s place at Ferrari has been the subject of intense speculation for much of the season, on the back of a difficult start to the campaign where he could not match the pace or results of team-mate Fernando Alonso.

However, a stronger second half to the campaign and impressive drives in Japan and Korea have sealed his place at the team – with it understood that a deal will be sorted out imminently.

Ferrari’s decision to retain Massa for next year, which could be confirmed ahead of the Indian Grand Prix, leaves the way open for Nico Hulkenberg to join Sauber for 2013.

Hulkenberg had been favourite to move to Maranello if the team elected to replace Massa, but his focus will now be on finalising a contract with Sauber – with a provisional agreement believed to have been finalised.

Massa himself said on Sunday that he was convinced he would be staying on as Alonso’s team-mate for another year.

When asked by AUTOSPORT if he had any doubts that he would not be at Ferrari, he said: “No. I don’t have. But anyway we wait for the time.

“When you get the OK from both directions that is when you are sure. I think it will be pretty soon to be honest.”

Domenicali has also dropped the firmest hint yet that Massa will be staying – as he suggested matters could be finalised soon.

“Very soon you will know what will be our position on that respect,” he said.

Speaking more about the reasons behind Massa’s recent lift in form, Domenicali said: “I think that for sure he understands now better the car, he understands better the tyres – and also the fact Felipe is a very, very strong driver because otherwise we would have already taken a different decision.

“So I feel that now when Felipe has under his control the understanding of the tyres and car, he performs at the level he should.”

Source: Autosport.com

Korean GP: Vettel grabs commanding win, moves into championship lead

Sebastian Vettel swept into the Formula 1 world championship lead by delivering a dominant victory in the Korean Grand Prix. 

Vettel’s third consecutive race win came at the head of a Red Bull one-two, with team Mark Webber in second.

Polesitter Webber had immediately lost the lead to Vettel off the line, and after fending off the Australian’s attempted retaliation at Turn 3, Vettel was free to pull away. His lead got up to around 10 seconds before he focused on nursing his tyres to the flag.

Fernando Alonso muscled his way up to third in a busy first lap, but had no answer to the Red Bulls’ pace.

The erstwhile points leader kept Webber vaguely in sight as he completed the podium.

McLaren had a disastrous day. Jenson Button was taken out on lap one when Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi hit both Button and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg at Turn 3.

Lewis Hamilton ran fourth behind Alonso in the first stint before losing pace on his second set of tyres. He was overtaken by both Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen before switching to a three-stop strategy.

That left Hamilton back in 10th, his efforts to recover positions stymied when he picked up a large piece of astroturf in the final laps.

Having dispatched Hamilton, Massa closed in on Ferrari team-mate Alonso. He received a radio message requesting that he hold formation, and duly finished fourth, ahead of Raikkonen’s Lotus.

Nico Hulkenberg drove an excellent race to sixth for Force India, delivering one of the most exciting moments of a largely tedious race when he passed both Romain Grosjean and Hamilton in one sweep as the Lotus and McLaren diced. Grosjean took seventh.

Toro Rosso had a superb afternoon. Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo came through from their lowly grid positions to eighth and ninth, swapping places late on as Ricciardo’s tyres faded. Hamilton’s astroturf drama meant the McLaren fell back after putting the STR duo under heavy pressure.

Mercedes’ race was as disappointing as McLaren’s. Following Rosberg’s early exit, Michael Schumacher lacked pace throughout and was eventually pushed back to 13th behind Sergio Perez and Paul di Resta.
PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS

The Korean Grand Prix
Korean International Circuit, Korea;
55 laps; 308.630km;
Weather: Clear.

Classified:

Pos Driver Team Time
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h36:28.651
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 8.200
3. Alonso Ferrari + 13.900
4. Massa Ferrari + 20.100
5. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 36.700
6. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 45.300
7. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 54.800
8. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:09.500
9. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:11.700
10. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 1:19.600
11. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1:20.000
12. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1:24.400
13. Schumacher Mercedes + 1:29.200
14. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1:34.900
15. Senna Williams-Renault + 1:36.900
16. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1 lap
17. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap
18. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap
19. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 2 lap2
20. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps

Fastest lap: Webber, 1:42.037

Not classified/retirements:

Driver Team On lap
De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 17
Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 17
Rosberg Mercedes 2
Button McLaren-Mercedes 1

World Championship standings, round 16:

Drivers: Constructors:
1. Vettel 215 1. Red Bull-Renault 367
2. Alonso 209 2. Ferrari 290
3. Raikkonen 167 3. McLaren-Mercedes 284
4. Hamilton 153 4. Lotus-Renault 255
5. Webber 152 5. Mercedes 136
6. Button 131 6. Sauber-Ferrari 116
7. Rosberg 93 7. Force India-Mercedes 89
8. Grosjean 88 8. Williams-Renault 58
9. Massa 81 9. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 21
10. Perez 66
11. Kobayashi 50
12. Hulkenberg 45
13. Di Resta 44
14. Schumacher 43
15. Maldonado 33
16. Senna 25
17. Vergne 12
18. Ricciardo 9

All timing unofficial

 

Source: Autosport F1

Korean GP: Qualifying analysis

Red Bull’s upturn in Suzuka was confirmed as the RB8s dominated all three qualifying sessions, but McLaren and Ferrari had cause for optimism as they weren’t far away and Lotus took a big stride back to the front with their new floor and Coanda-effect exhaust system.
The smoothness of the Korean track means tyre wear is relatively low, and while it is most likely that teams will make two stops, Pirelli believe that a single-stop strategy could be feasible. It all adds up to the makings of a very tight Grand Prix in prospect.
We take a team-by-team look at the Saturday formbook in Yeongam

Red Bull
Mark Webber, 1m 37.242s, P1
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 37.316s, P2

Vettel led the way all through Q1 and Q2 and looked a shoo-in for pole after the first runs in Q3. But where he failed to get a better lap in, after getting stuck behind Massa – for which he blamed himself – Webber got a flier in the second part of Q3 to take his first genuine pole of the season (he started P1 in Monaco, but only after a Schumacher penalty), and Renault’s 200th.Both drivers go into the race feeling extremely optimistic.

McLaren
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 37.469s, P3
Jenson Button, 1m 38.441s, P11
Hamilton was extremely lucky that Senna failed to improve at the end of Q1 as the decision not to be out on track at the very end so nearly cost him his place in Q2.
He had been in the midfield when several other drivers, notably the Toro Rosso duo, improved, leaving him on the bubble in 17th. Subsequently he recovered to get through to Q3, where a late improvement put him right behind the Red Bulls and ahead of Alonso.
Button was going well too, but slowed for a yellow at the end of Q2 and failed to make it through to Q3 by five-thousandths of a second. McLaren are Red Bull’s biggest potential threat.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, 1m 37.534, P4
Felipe Massa, 1m 37.884s, P6

Alonso said he was quite happy with fourth on the grid and remains convinced that the Ferrari has the pace to take the fight to Red Bull in the race as Ferrari have taken a step forward since Suzuka.
Massa had a good run, but admitted that a few small mistakes probably cost him fifth place.

Lotus
Kimi Raikkonen, 1m 37.625s, P5
Romain Grosjean, 1m 37.934, P7
Lotus’s new floor and Coanda-effect exhaust system gave the E20s a useful performance boost and both drivers looked strong as they got within four and seven-tenths of pole position. Raikkonen was as happy as he ever is, but Grosjean said that his car felt odd in Q1, better in Q2, then odd again in Q3, so its data is being checked overnight.
Since the cars always race better than they qualify, they are to be regarded as a possible threat for the race.

Force India
Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 38.266s, P8
Paul di Resta, 1m 38.643s, P14
Hulkenberg said he had tough sessions in Q1 and Q2 as he battled understeer, especially in the first sector. Though he was never able to dial it out fully, he put two good laps together to take eighth on the grid.
Di Resta looked strong in FP3, but again found himself compromised by traffic in Q2, to his chagrin.

Mercedes
Nico Rosberg, 1m 38.361, P9
Michael Schumacher, 1m 38.513s, P10
Mercedes had a relatively normal qualifying but both drivers said that the W03 lacked ultimate pace and that their grid positions were the best they could have hoped for.

Sauber
Sergio Perez, 1m 38.460s, P12
Kamui Kobayashi, 1m 38.594s, P13
Sauber looked less strong here than in Suzuka a week ago, but that was partly because both had to back off for the yellow flag at the end of Q2.
Perez said without that he’d have made Q3, as did Kobayashi who said that changes to his car made it much better since Q1.
They will challenge Mercedes in the race.

Williams
Pastor Maldonado, 1m 38.725s, P15
Bruno Senna, 1m 39.443s, P18
Williams were out of luck again. Neither driver liked the balance they achieved, but in any case the FW34 has just lacked pace all weekend.

Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo, 1m 39.084s, P16
Jean-Eric Vergne, 1m 39.340s, P17
Both drivers looked racy in Q2, but as Ricciardo lost drive and rolled to a halt at Turn 16, triggering the yellow flags that spoiled some other drivers’ laps, Vergne admitted that he got it wrong when he tried to take the final corner flat and ruined a good lap.
Transmission problems were behind Ricciardo’s demise and the Australian faces a five-place grid drop if his gearbox needs changing.

Caterham
Vitaly Petrov, 1m 40.207s, P19
Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 40.333s, P20
Caterham’s upturn in performance continued, though neither driver was totally happy.
Petrov had brake vibrations, and Kovalainen suffered understeer, having never got the balance to his liking.

Marussia
Charles Pic, 1m 41.317s, P21, will start P24
Timo Glock, 1m 41.371s, P22, will start P21
Pic was very happy with his qualifying, but loses the benefit of 21st place due to his 10-place grid penalty for an engine change.
Glock once again struggled with the balance of his car in FP3 but thought it was better on his first run in Q1 on the soft Pirellis.
On the super softs, however, he made a costly mistake.

HRT
Pedro de la Rosa, 1m 42.881s, P23, will start P22
Narain Karthikeyan, No time, P24, will start P23
De la Rosa was happy with his qualifying effort, especially his second lap, but admitted that he was struggling with understeer a lot.
Karthikeyan had a wild spin when a brake disc failed on his F112, and he didn’t post a time, but will be allowed to race based on his practice form.