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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.

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2013 Belgium Grand Prix Saturday Images

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in parc ferme
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Shell grid girls

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Cars on Kemmel straight
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Esteban Gutierrez
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Nico Rosberg's footwear
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Paul Di Resta, looked impressive in Q3
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Mark Webber just before the bus stop chicane
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Nico Rosberg
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Nico Hulkenberg's 50GPs celebration eith his team

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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

Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber swap race engineers

Mark Webber and Ciaron Pilbeam - F1 Grand Prix of Korea
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Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber will both have new race engineers in 2013 after a swap between Lotus and Red Bull.

Mark Webber will have a new engineer for the 2013 Formula 1 season, with Ciaron Pilbeam being replaced by Simon Rennie.

Ciaron Pilbeam moves to Lotus to become chief race engineer. Mark Webber and Pilbeam have worked together since 2007 at Red Bull, with Pilbeam having worked for BAR prior to joining the team in 2006.

Simon Rennie moves to Red Bull , having previously worked with Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen last season.

A Red Bull press release said: “We can confirm that Ciaron Pilbeam has left the team to take up a new position with Lotus.

“We’re pleased to welcome Simon Rennie to Red Bull Racing who will be Mark Webber’s race engineer.”