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Hamilton stripped of pole position will start from back of grid

Hamilton stripped of pole position will start from back of grid

May 12 (F1 Media) Lewis Hamilton has been stripped of pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix after FIA stewards ruled that his on-track stoppage following his securing of the fastest time in qualifying constituted a breach of the sport’s Technical Regulations. Hamilton claimed McLaren’s 150th pole position in the dying seconds of Q3, displacing […]

Penalty for Hamilton after stopping on track in qualifying

Penalty for Hamilton after stopping on track in qualifying

Ferrari switch not good for Webber says Red Bull boss

Ferrari switch not good for Webber says Red Bull boss

May 12 (GMM) Billionaire team owner Dietrich Mateschitz has dismissed as a rumour speculation that Red Bull could lose Mark Webber to Ferrari for 2013. “I would wish him a great Ferrari contract,” the Austrian energy drinks mogul surprisingly told Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper. “But that’s what every driver wants as well.” Webber has been linked […]

Hamilton: I think it’s one of the best qualifying sessions I’ve ever had

Hamilton: I think it’s one of the best qualifying sessions I’ve ever had

Note: Story below has been superseded by Hamilton stripped of pole position will start from back of grid May 12 (FIA transcript edited by Apex) Lewis Hamilton was at the very top of his game in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, posting one of his best qualifying laps ever to claim topspot on the […]

Maldonado: I’m lucky to have not only a sponsor behind me but also a country behind me

Maldonado: I’m lucky to have not only a sponsor behind me but also a country behind me

May 12 (FIA transcript edited by Apex) Pastor Maldonado was the sensation of Spanish Grand Prix qualifying in Barcelona, beaten to his first pole position by Lewis Hamilton but nevertheless a front row start – the best ever for the Williams driver – beckons for the Venezuelan who was not highly rated by many commentators […]

Alonso: It will be a difficult race and a podium will be a good result

Alonso: It will be a difficult race and a podium will be a good result

May 12 (FIA transcript edited by Apex) When digging deep is required there are few capable of burrowing like Fernando Alonso, and on home soil he appears to be able to extract that extra bit that is beyond most drivers. He did so again in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, hustling the […]

Spanish races to alternate as France looks doubtful

May 12 (Reuters) – Spain’s two Formula One races in Barcelona and Valencia will alternate from next year while a return to France is looking less likely, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Saturday. “The (Spanish) race will be here in 2013 and 2014 in Valencia,” the Briton told Reuters at Barcelona’s Circuit de […]

Ferrari: We have made a step forward, but there is work to do

May 12 (Ferrari Press Release) There were two sides to qualifying for Scuderia Ferrari, as Fernando Alonso was third fastest, while Felipe Massa ended Q2 only in seventeenth place. The Spanish driver’s position is the best result since Saturday at Silverstone in 2011. Both drivers were on identical tyre useage programmes during the first two […]

Mercedes: We can expect a very interesting race

May 12 (Mercedes Press Release) Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher will start the Spanish Grand Prix from ninth and seventh positions respectively following today’s qualifying hour at the Circuit de Catalunya. Qualifying was dominated by a strategic use of tyre sets with a view to the race Just three teams got both their cars into […]

Marussia: The guys in front still have a little margin on us

May 12 (Marussia Press Release) The Marussia F1 Team has confirmed that it has improved its MR01 package this weekend, but a positive qualifying performance for Charles Pic in particular is tinged with a little disappointment that the team were unable to extract more from the car today. A long night of data evaluation for […]

Williams: A belated 70th birthday present for Sir Frank

May 12 (Williams Press Release) Team and drivers report from the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying  at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Round 5 of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship. Qualifying Notes Pastor Maldonado claimed his first front row grid position today in qualifying for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix. After topping the times in Q2, […]

Barcelona Qualifying: Pirelli report

May 12 (Pirelli Press Release) McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton claimed his third pole position this year by going fastest in Spain using the P Zero Yellow soft tyre: nominated along with the P Zero Silver hard tyre this weekend. Hamilton took his first pole in Spain and the 150th for McLaren with a time of […]

Force India: We can take encouragement from our qualifying

May 12 (Force India Press Release) Sahara Force India will line up on the seventh row of the grid for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix as Paul Di Resta qualified in P13 just ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in P14. P13      Paul Di Resta (VJM05/02) “It has been quite a difficult weekend so far trying to get […]

Lotus: We can be reasonably confident heading into the race

May 12 (Lotus Press Release) Romain Grosjean qualified in P4 whilst Kimi Räikkönen set the fifth fastest time under blue skies and light clouds in qualifying for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya Kimi Räikkönen, E20-03. Q: P5, 1:22.487. FP3: P9, 1:23.936 “I think we had a chance to be in the […]

Red Bull: A difficult session

May 12 (Red Bull Press Release) Team and drivers report from the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying dat at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Round 5 of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship. Car 1 Sebastian Vettel, Position: 8th, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:23.168) “A pretty different session today; it was extremely tight. From Q1 onwards […]

Sauber: Confident we can achieve a very good result in the race

May 12 (SauberPress Release) For the second time this year both the Sauber F1 Team drivers have made it into the final qualifying session. While Sergio Pérez was able to secure his best qualifying result in Formula One so far with sixth in Q3, his team mate Kamui Kobayashi only could witness what was going […]

HRT: A day of mixed fortunes on home circuit

May 12 (HRT Press Release) qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya offered different fortunes for both drivers of HRT Formula 1 Team. Pedro de la Rosa was able to continue progress with his car?s set-up and improve his feel as the day wore on. Teammate Narain Karthikeyan was’n?t as lucky and, after a very […]

Toro Rosso: We now need to push even harder to catch up

May 12 (Toro Rosso Press Release) Team and drivers report from the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying dat at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Round 5 of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship. Jean-Eric Vergne (STR7-03) Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:23.833, pos. 7th, 14 laps Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:24.362, (Q2) 1:23.265, pos. […]

Caterham: We can fight with several cars ahead on Sundays

May 12 (Caterham Press Release) Team and drivers report from the Spanish Grand Prix qualifying dat at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Round 5 of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship. Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “I am very happy with today’s performance. It feels great to have it all come together in qualifying […]

Hamilton’s delivers one of his best laps to snatch pole from Maldonado in Spain

Hamilton’s delivers one of his best laps to snatch pole from Maldonado in Spain

Note: Story below has been superseded by Hamilton stripped of pole position will start from back of grid May 12 (GP247) Lewis Hamilton powered to McLaren’s 150th pole position when he stormed to top spot on the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, in a session full of surprises which saw Williams’ Pastor […]

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