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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.

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: My opinion on the Pirelli tires

So now i will talk a bit about the Spanish GP.

Well Alonso won his first Spanish GP since 2006 ahead of a disappointed Raikkönnen and teammate Massa.

Mercedes went backwards in the race-Rosberg was from Pole to P6, teammate Hamilton from P2 in Quali to P12 in the race.

Vettel was 4th, but he’s still leading the championship with only 3 points ahead of Raikkönnen.

But really the GP was the most boring race after a long long time and i will now tell you why (this is my personal opinion, of course some of you will disagree):

So my problem is that the tires are ruling the races in F1 WAY too much.

The drivers have to look more over their tires then on the most important thing- namely driving the car to the limit!!!

The tires from last year were still ok and some could still drive very fast, but now Pirelli overstated it.

I mean did anybody requested (aside of the FIA) that they should do new tires for the 2013 season?

No i don’t think so and you see the result of it.

So the drivers and teams are complaining about the tires and blaming Pirelli. But don’t blame Pirelli, they’re just doing their job.

You have to blame the FIA for that, they requestet for that back in 2011, when Bridgestone just left.

So how should be the tires for the future?

Well Pirelli announced to revise the tires for the British GP, so two GPs to go until that happens.

They have two options for the changes:

1. They use the tires from 2012, but they stay to the current composites

2. They stick to the current tires, but make the composites harder. (What do you think is better?)

Anyway i will want the 2nd option because i hope the tires are at least so hard like in 2011, were it wasn’t so crazy with the tires like nowadays.

Or better bring them to 2010 form (but i don’t think it will happen).

Because i think 2010 was the last F1 season with real racing, no DRS, no KERS, no tire zick zack whatever, just side by side racing and that’s it.

But it won’t happen sadly 😦

However the next GP- in Monaco will be a lot different than the last one. The track characteristics are a lot different and the surface is completely different. So it’s still going to be exciting.

UPDATE: The new tires come already to the Canadian GP with option 2 (2013 composites).

 

F1: Vettel wins the Bahrain GP

Great lead battle in the first laps

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Rosberg had a good start, meanwhile Alonso was on the outside of Vettel into Turn 1 and overtoke, but Vettel got the position back at Turn 5.

Sutil collided with Massa, Massa damaged his front wing and Sutil got rear puncture and was at the end of the field.

Vettel overtoke Rosberg in Lap 2 for the lead, Alonso passed Rosberg one lap later.

Vergne had a collision with Van der Garde and lost his frontwing.

He was the only retirement of the race.

Vettel has the race under control

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Alonso meanwhile had problems with his rear wing.

The flap for the DRS system jammed up and he had too pit early, it was the end of his winning hopes.

Lotus had a fantastic strategy again with Raikkönnen and Grosjean, both of them landed on P2 and P3.

Rosberg couldn’t show the pace he had in Qualifying and dropped back the order, he was even out of the Top 10.

He’s teammate however had a strong race and battled with Webber for P5 until the end of the GP and when Hamilton overtoke him at the last lap, Webber was even losing P6 against Perez, who had a aggressive style driving today.

Di Resta was for a long time on a fantastic 3rd Position, but lost it againnst Grosjean on lap 52.

Perez surprisingly aggressive drive

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I think i’ve never seen Perez so aggressive in a GP like this one.

He was absolutley flying. He had some tough battling with teammate Button, what brought me at the edge of my seat.

Button was moaning several times about the driving style from Perez and said to the team that their should ”calm him down”.

But he wasn’t, Perez had also some hard battling with Alonso.

I think some people will disagree with me, but i liked the Perez from today, he wants to show more and doesn’t want a number 2 status in his team.

I don’t think that the McLaren is so bad as it looks like, i even think it’s a quite good car, just the drivers weren’t getting the full potential out of it.

It was a great race from Perez, it would be great when he keeps this form of driving, but don’t do it like Grosjean last year Checo, you can drive aggressive but also on a intelligent way.

This GP proofs. The Bahrain GP isn’t always boring

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Ok the track itself is boring just like the whole atmosphere there. But this has to be the best Bahrain GP yet.

I have never saw so much excitement and overtakes there like today.

Now we have a three week break again and the Europe season start at the Spanish GP at Barcelona on the 10-12th May.

Results of the 2013 Bahrain GP:

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1 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 57 1:36:00.498 192,632
2 7 K. Räikkönen Lotus 57 +0:09.111 +0:09.111 192,328
3 8 R. Grosjean Lotus 57 +0:19.507 +0:10.396 191,982
4 14 P. di Resta Force India 57 +0:21.727 +0:02.220 191,908
5 10 L. Hamilton Mercedes 57 +0:35.230 +0:13.503 191,461
6 6 S. Perez McLaren 57 +0:35.998 +0:00.768 191,436
7 2 M. Webber Red Bull 57 +0:37.244 +0:01.246 191,395
8 3 F. Alonso Ferrari 57 +0:37.574 +0:00.330 191,384
9 9 N. Rosberg Mercedes 57 +0:41.126 +0:03.552 191,267
10 5 J. Button McLaren 57 +0:46.631 +0:05.505 191,085
11 16 P. Maldonado Williams 57 +1:06.450 +0:19.819 190,435
12 11 N. Hülkenberg Sauber 57 +1:12.933 +0:06.483 190,224
13 15 A. Sutil Force India 57 +1:16.719 +0:03.786 190,100
14 17 V. Bottas Williams 57 +1:21.511 +0:04.792 189,944
15 4 F. Massa Ferrari 57 +1:26.364 +0:04.853 189,787
16 19 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 56 +1 Rnd. +1 Rnd.
17 20 C. Pic Caterham 56 +1 Rnd.
18 12 E. Gutierrez Sauber 56 +1 Rnd.
19 22 J. Bianchi Marussia 56 +1 Rnd.
20 23 M. Chilton Marussia 56 +1 Rnd.
21 21 G. van der Garde Caterham 55 +2 Rnd. +1 Rnd.

Drivers world champioship after the 4th GP of the year in Bahrain:

1. S. Vettel 77 15 25 12 25
2. K. Räikkönen 67 25 6 18 18
3. L. Hamilton 50 10 15 15 10
4. F. Alonso 47 18 A 25 4
5. M. Webber 32 8 18 A 6
6. F. Massa 30 12 10 8
7. R. Grosjean 26 1 8 2 15
8. P. di Resta 20 4 A 4 12
9. N. Rosberg 14 A 12 A 2
10. J. Button 13 2 10 1
11. S. Perez 10 2 8
12. A. Sutil 6 6 A A
13. D. Ricciardo 6 A 6
14. N. Hülkenberg 5 S 4 1
15. J. Vergne 1 1 A
16. V. Bottas 0
17. P. Maldonado 0 A A
18. E. Gutierrez 0 A
19. J. Bianchi 0
20. C. Pic 0
21. G. van der Garde 0
22. M. Chilton 0

Constructuers table  after the 4th GP of the year in Bahrain:

1.Red Bull 109

2.Lotus 93

3.Ferrari 77

4.Mercedes-Benz 64

5.Force India 26

6.McLaren 23

7.Toro Rosso 7

8.Sauber 5

9.Williams 0

10.Marussia 0

11.Caterham 0

2013 Chinese Grand Prix Preview

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The wait has been long for the Formula 1 fans throughout the world for the third race of the season. Three weeks ago Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing took the honors at Malaysia, though Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have negotiated to an extent, Sebastian Vettel has clearly come out and said that he had no regrets for winning the race three weeks ago and that is what is was being paid to do.
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Last time this year in China, the Silver Arrows team locked out the front row with Nico Rosberg on pole and Nico Rosberg took it all the way to the chequered flag without putting a foot wrong giving himself and Mercedes their first Grand Prix victory since 1955.

However, this year is different from last year.Last year the team made use of their unique Double Drag Reduction System (DDRS) giving them the boost on the straights and top speed. This year too they are contenders for winning the race as they have the second best car after Red Bull in qualifying trim and race trim. It wouldn’t be surprising if they beat the Bulls on Sunday using a clever tyre strategy and look after them for a longer time during a stint.
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Lotus too are expected to challenge the above two teams as they can win the tyre preservation game very well.

Ferrari are bringing updates to this race and will be testing them on Friday, they are expected to be quick in qualifying.

McLaren after their dismal start to the season, for the first time since 2009 are bringing a raft of updates and the team has already told both their drivers that they have no time whatsoever to waste on Friday. The team believe that they have pinpointed the exact issues with their 2013 challenger and are hoping it to fix it this weekend.

Among the midfield teams Force India are expected to be good around the Shanghai International Circuit as their cars have good straight line speeds.

Sauber too have decided to bring test parts to this race and examine them on Friday.

Williams are expected to continue with their problems and are not expected to come over them.

Toro Rosso are still where they were last year and are not expected to challenge teams like Force India and Sauber just yet.

Marussia with Jules Bianchi have impressed so far this season with a car which he has driven for a very less duration of time in testing. The team have said that they will be bringing updates to this race and close the gap further more to teams such as Toro Rosso.

Caterham on the other hand have been on the last row ever since the start of the season and are making slow progress, the team is expected to remain where they are even this weekend.

A lap around the Shanghai International Circuit

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Turns 1 and 2 make up a very long right-hand curve which leads immediately into turns 3 and 4, a very long left-hand curve. One and two are far more difficult – a lift on entry followed by various taps of the throttle and brakes are needed so the car maintains balance throughout. It also becomes blind towards the middle of the corner. Three and four are nowhere near as difficult but a good exit is needed to gain speed down the following straight and through turn 5. Turn 6 is a second gear, right-handed hairpin with plentiful run-off. Turns 7 and 8 make up a high speed chicane – the left-right complex sees a constant G-force of 3 and a minimum speed of about 100 mph. Turns 9 and 10 immediately follow – two slow left-handers which require a good exit to gain speed down the next straight. Turns 11 and 12 effectively make up a slow left-right chicane where the use of kerbs are important but traction is low. Turn 13 is a very long right-hander which becomes less and less tight, and a very good exit is important as the longest straight in F1 follows. It is the equivalent to 11 football pitches laid end to end, or the same length as three and a half of the world’s biggest aircraft carriers Turn 14 is a hairpin at the end of the straight – the second gear corner is a prime overtaking spot as DRS is available in the run up to the corner. Turn 16 is the last corner – a fourth-gear left-hander which requires a quick tap on the brakes – braking early can be more effective as you can then carry more speed through the corner and then down the pit straight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVGnmXc5eBE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The total length of the circuit is 5.451 km (3.387 mi), which is about average for a Formula One circuit. The lap record was set by Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher in 2004. He completed one lap of the circuit in 1:32.238.

From the weather point of view it is expected to be 100% dry throughout the weekend which is crucial for teams such as McLaren.

From the tyre point of view Pirelli are bringing the Pirelli P Zero yellow (soft)and Pirelli P Zero White (medium). The driver who nurses his tyre will be standing on the top step of the podium on Sunday.

An excited race is in the waiting for all the fans around the world.