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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

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Lotus new runner for 2013

Lotus presented yesterday their new Lotus E21 for F1 in 2013. It’s the first F1 car from 2013 that has been officialy announced.

The E21 has still black and gold on the livery, but there are also some red splashes on it (because of the sponsorship with burn).

The front and rear wing has been revised, the car has also a new exhaust system (no double DRS)  on the back of the car.

The teams target for this year is, as teamboss Eric Boullier said before the presentation, the 3rd place in the constructeurs table.

The car is looking good and the driver lineup also looking pretty competitive to do it (Grosjean has to  switch his brain on at the start of a race to make this happen though).

Last years Lotus E20 had seven podiums and one Grand Prix win with Kimi Räikkönnen at the Abu Dhabi GP.

Romain Grosjean confirmed at Lotus for 2013

Romain Grosjean will stay at Lotus in 2013 © Sutton Images

Romain Grosjean will stay at Lotus in 2013 after the team confirmed he will partner Kimi Raikkonen again next year.

A delay in an official announcement had aroused some suspicion that Grosjean might be replaced, but on Monday evening the team confirmed that the Frenchman would stay next season.

“Romain is a great talent and we are pleased that he is continuing with us for a second season,” team principal Eric Boullier said. “With the continuity of two exceptional drivers like Romain and Kimi we are well placed to build on our strong 2012 with even better results in the year ahead. Both drivers worked very well together in their first year as team-mates, and I think there is the potential of even better things from the season ahead. We were regular visitors to podiums in 2012 and we certainly intend to continue with this trend in 2013.”

Grosjean scored three podiums and 96 points in 2012, although he was banned from the Italian Grand Prix after causing a start-line accident at Spa-Francorchamps. He said he was looking forward to repaying his team’s faith in him in 2013.

“It’s fantastic for me to be continuing with Lotus F1 Team for 2013. It’s superb to have the support of everyone at Enstone. I’m really looking forward to rewarding their faith when we take to the track in Australia. I learnt a lot in my first full season in Formula One and my aim is to put these lessons into practice with stronger and more consistent performance on track next year.

“There are a lot of exciting developments occurring behind the scenes at Enstone and I am very excited with the prospect of the E21. I’ve already had my seat fitting and spoken with all the personnel involved with the build of the new car; I just can’t wait to get behind the wheel.”

 

Source: ESPN F1

Lotus owner Lopez has ‘desire’ to keep Romain Grosjean

Despite looking safe to keep his seat for 2013, Lotus is making Romain Grosjean wait.

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The team rates the Frenchman’s raw speed very highly, but he has had a tumultuous season.

The final chapter was in Brazil, where he crashed both in qualifying and the race.

“At the moment we are having a few days or a few weeks of consideration,” team boss Eric Boullier is quoted by RMC Sport.

“This season, there were not terrible things and not great things. But we’re not going to bury the kid, he did three podiums.”

And team owner Genii’s Gerard Lopez told Speed Week: “The chance that he races with us in 2013 is great.”

Grosjean, 26, admitted in Brazil that after the ups and downs of his return to F1 this year, he is exhausted.

“It is time to stop and take two months off,” he said. “I hope I’ll be there next year.”

Lopez told L’Equipe: “Romain is one of the fastest drivers in F1.

“He understands the car, he can get the most from it, but he has not done everything we asked of him, especially in terms of consistency.

“But the kind of speed he has does not grow on trees.

“The reason he is not yet confirmed for 2013 is because we have not yet had time to sit down and discuss it together with the engineers. Then we’ll see.

“My desire is to see Romain in the car, but it depends more on him than me.”

Source: F1zone.net

Kimi Raikkonen wins Abu Dhabi GP, restores lustre to Lotus

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Kimi Raikkonen won the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, his first victory this year and since his comeback which makes the championship even more interesting and intense with two races left.

The 2007 world champion overtook Red Bull’s Mark Webber at the start to stay firm in second. He took the race lead on the 20th lap when McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton retired because of a fuel pressure problem.

The Finn then held off Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who finished second. Two-time defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel clawedfought his way back from the pitlane (start, penalized due to fuel irregularities in qualifying) to finish third, resulting in lead over Alonso cut to 10 points.

Sebastian Vettel leads the drivers’ championship with 255 points, followed by Fernando Alonso at 245 and Kimi Raikkonen at 198.
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“I’m very happy for the team and myself but mainly for the team,” said Raikkonen, who last won a race in 2009 with Ferrari at the Belgian GP. “It’s been a hard season for the team. Hopefully, this gives us more belief, not just for those who are doing the work but those who run the team.”

Alonso, who struggled for pace across the weekend, said he is thrilled to have repeated his second-place finish from the Indian GP after also starting down the grid in that race.

“I’m very happy. We were not so competitive this weekend and we started sixth with Sebastian’s penalty,” Alonso said. “We had to fight from the first lap, some good overtaking. Then, we had a very good strategy that gave us the ability to fight until the end of for the victory. In the last couple of laps, Kimi was little slow and we attacked. Second was the maximum. We will keep fighting until the end.”

Vettel said he always believed he would end up on the podium.

“I said to myself either we go full attack or nothing,” Vettel said. “That is what we did. We had a fantastic race. It was nice fight with Jenson (Button). He was difficult to pass. With him, I was really struggling. I just squeezed my way past. It was thrilling grand prix up and down all the time.”

The race featured at least a half-dozen crashes — the most dramatic when Nico Rosberg ran into HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan, flew over his car and crashed into a wall — and resulted in two safety cars being sent out on the track.

Starting from the pitlane, Vettel was in the middle of many of the mishaps early on in the race.

Moving quickly through the pack, he clipped Williams driver Bruno Senna and had to visit the pits for a new front wing. He then went off the track to pass Romain Grosjean and collided with Felipe Massa, causing the Ferrari driver’s car to spin. Despite all the mayhem, he moved up to fourth and then overtook Jenson Button with three laps remaining.

Lewis Hamilton’s earlier departure ended his bid for a second title as it did for Vettel’s teammate, Mark Webber, who pitted at one point to allow the German to move ahead of him into fourth. The Australian’s race ended in the 39th lap when he collided with Lotus Romain Grosjean, who stalled after crashing into Sauber’s Sergio Perez.

Through it all, the Iceman appeared to remain above the fray. In fact, he repeatedly chided team officials on the radio when they offered him advice. At one point, he responded “leave me alone” when told of how far he was ahead.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, results:

Leading Positions after Race (55 Laps): 1. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Lotus F1 Team 1hr 45min 58.667secs,

2. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari 1:45:59.519,

3. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 1:46:02.830,

4. Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 1:46:06.454,

5. Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Williams 1:46:11.674,

6. Kamui Kobayashi (Jpn) Sauber-Ferrari 1:46:18.743,

7. Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:46:21.563,

8. Bruno Senna (Bra) Williams 1:46:22.209,

9. Paul di Resta (Gbr) Force India 1:46:22.827,

10. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46:26.130,

11. Michael Schumacher (Ger) Mercedes GP 1:46:26.742,

12. Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46:33.573,

13. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Caterham 1:46:46.431,

14. Timo Glock (Ger) Marussia 1:46:55.140,

15. Sergio Perez (Mex) Sauber-Ferrari 1:46:55.435,

16. Vitaly Petrov (Rus) Caterham 1:47:03.262,

17. Pedro de la Rosa (Spa) HRT-F1 1:47:10.445

Not Classified: Charles Pic (Fra) Marussia 41 Laps completed,

Romain Grosjean (Fra) Lotus F1 Team 37 Laps completed,

Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 37 Laps completed,

Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) McLaren 19 Laps completed,

Narain Karthikeyan (Ind) HRT-F1 7 Laps completed,

Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 7 Laps completed,

Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 0 Laps completed .

Many fans will agree that it was the best Abu Dhabi GP among the four held so far which was action packed.

Next up will be the Grand Prix of America which will be held at a new venue Austin, Texas at the Circuit of The Americas which is very similar to the Buddh International Circuit at India in ten days time.

Romain Grosjean happy to ‘lose places’ to avoid start crashes

Photo credit: Lotus F1 Team

Romain Grosjean has vowed to continue his overly-cautious approach to the start of grands prix.

The Frenchman was noticeably guarded on the run to the first corner in Korea two weeks ago, having been reportedly warned that more start crashes could mean a multiple-race ban, or possibly even the loss of his Lotus seat for 2013.

So Grosjean, 26, is happy to go slow for now.

“We are happy to lose a couple of places at the start to avoid accidents; it’s not the end of the world,” he is quoted by the Times of India newspaper.

“It is the first step of the approach (and) I plan to follow this approach to the end of the season,” he revealed.

His obviously-careful strategy for the otherwise-vigorous opening metres of a grand prix has, however, been noticed by his rivals, Grosjean acknowledged.

“(Other) drivers are already starting to take advantage because they know I am under pressure. But it is alright as long as I am not involved in another incident,” he said.

SOURCE:  F1ZONE.NET