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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.

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

WEC: Toyota with reduced programm for the rest of the season

Toyota announced today, that they will only run one TS030 Hybrid LMP1 (the #7 with Sarrazin, Davidson and Buemi) for the rest of the 2013 WEC season.

Expect of the 6h of Fuji were they, obviously, bring a two car entry there, because it’s their home race (and with Nakajima a local hero).

That means we’re only going to see four LMP1 cars, two Audi’s, one Toyota and one Rebellion-Lola (see last sports car racing post), what is quite poor for a World Endurance Championship.

To this time last year, we had 7 LMP1 cars, one of them included the JRM HPD entry who are now in the Blaincpain Endurance Series with the Nissan GT-R GT3 car and another HPD from Strakka who retired from this season, despite their LMP1 privatiers win at Le Mans.

And all these withdrawals happen because of the preperation for next year with the new cars.

But why didn’t ACO/FIA said that the teams could run this years cars also next year?

I mean it worked out in 2011, were some of the teams were racing the 2010 machines, back then we had nearly 13-15 LMP1 cars through the ILMC season.

So Wurz and Lapierre will do the simulator  and test work with the 2014 car and Nakajima will drive in Super GT and the Super Formula.

ALMS: Rebellion only at Petit Le Mans

Rebellion-Lotus Racing announced today that they will only participate at the Petit Le Mans in Road Atlanta in this year’s American Le Mans Series.

Actually Rebellion wanted to compete the full ALMS season with one car, then they said that they will only drive at Road America, Austin and Petit LM.

The reason for all that is that they are concetrating on their next year’s LMP1 car, the Oreca Rebellion R-One and they also want to focus on this years WEC, with a one car entry.

The drivers for that aren’t confirmed yet, but it looks like Beche/Belicchi/Prost will drive the Lola B12/60 Coupe with the Toyota engine.

That’s sad to hear, because i was really hoping for another great race at Road America in the P1 class (like 2011, 2012).

But now with Rebellion gone, it looks like Picket will run away with the win again and Dyson driving with Burgess/McMurry again, who weren’t really up to pace at Mosport.

Formula Renault 3.5: Sörensen wins Race 1

Marco Sörensen wins Race 1 at the Red Bull Ring ahead of Nigel Melker and Kevin Magnussen.

Stoffel Vandoorne, who was the championship leader before the race had to retire.

He started from P6 on the grid and had a bad start, he lost six positions and couldn’t follow the pace of the other drivers.

Then he had to retire after the first SC period and lost the championship lead to Magnussen.

Sörensen was leading the race from start to finish, the fastest lap was from Melker.

Antonio Felix da Costa, who was at the Young Drivers Test for Toro Rosso started the race from P7 and ended the race in P8, he was having problems through the whole day.

Despite of the SC periods the race was quite dull, even the DRS system couldn’t bring action into the race.

The drivers were really carefull with their overtaking attemps.

Race 2 starts tomorrow from 14:30 (GMT+1) and will be broadcasted by Eurosport.

Formula Renault 3.5, Red Bull Ring Race 1 Top 5 results:

Marco Sörensen

Nigel Melker

Kevin Magnussen

Will Stevens

Arthur Pic

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