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F1 boss predicts 2014 title will be decided before double points finale

F1 boss predicts 2014 title will be decided before double points finale

When it comes to the loud criticisms of Formula 1′s new ‘double points’ innovation, Bernie Ecclestone simply points to Mercedes. The Formula 1 Chief Executive said he proposed the extra points for the Abu Dhabi season finale to add spice to the tail-end of a championship fight. But even though he dreamed it up to […]

Abu Dhabi circuit chief defends double points F1 season finale

Abu Dhabi circuit chief defends double points F1 season finale

Abu Dhabi’s circuit chief has defended Formula One’s decision to award double points for the final grand prix of the 2014 season which the UAE capital will stage in November. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) made the points change in a bid to keep the championship alive as long as possible, after Red Bull won […]

Anger as FIA announces double points for Abu Dhabi season finale to spice up show

Anger as FIA announces double points for Abu Dhabi season finale to spice up show

Formula 1 is to award double points for the last race of the season in a controversial attempt to keep championships undecided to the very end after four years of Red Bull domination. The novelty, immediately dismissed by some angry fans as a needless gimmick, was the most eye-catching of several rule changes announced by […]

Alonso reveals he suffered numbness and headaches after Abu Dhabi impact

Alonso reveals he suffered numbness and headaches after Abu Dhabi impact

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has revealed that he lost feeling in the left side of his body and suffered severe headaches in the wake of his recent Abu Dhabi Grand Prix impact. The Spaniard’s participation in this weekend’s United States Grand Prix was in doubt, after he hurt his back in a violent ride over […]

Media gushing with admiration for ‘perfect, unassailable, invincible’ Vettel

Media gushing with admiration for ‘perfect, unassailable, invincible’ Vettel

The international media is running out of superlatives to describe Sebastian Vettel’s constant, meteoric rise to Formula 1 greatness. With memories of podium booing still fresh, the jury had been out on the 26-year-old’s recent successes in Adrian Newey-inked Red Bulls. But his dominance in the second half of 2013, culminating in his near-unprecedented seventh […]

Alonso: My back is in pain because it was a big hit, but I still have all my teeth

Alonso: My back is in pain because it was a big hit, but I still have all my teeth

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso had precautionary checks in hospital after hurting his back on a heavy jolt over the kerbs at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A team spokesman said that he had been given the all-clear. “My back is obviously in pain a little bit because it was a big hit,”  the Spaniard, who finished fifth […]

Alonso to have more medical checks after Abu Dhabi impact

Alonso to have more medical checks after Abu Dhabi impact

Fernando Alonso on Monday admitted he was still in pain after a violent impact during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Spaniard crashed over the kerbs with such force in his duel with Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne that it triggered an alarm, requiring a mandatory medical check. The alarm is triggered when a force exceeding […]

No penalty for Vettel after celebration donuts in Abu Dhabi

No penalty for Vettel after celebration donuts in Abu Dhabi

World Champion Sebastian Vettel will not have to spend a penny after celebrating his 11th victory of the season with donuts at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A week ago in India, when the German wrapped up his fourth consecutive world title, FIA stewards issued a reprimand and €25,000 fine after Vettel […]

Lotus set to confirm team saving Quantum deal this week

Lotus set to confirm team saving Quantum deal this week

After a tense headline grabbing weekend in Abu Dhabi, a deal to secure Lotus’ future looks closer than ever before. with an announcement expected this week. With unpaid Kimi Raikkonen’s boycott threat looming large, it appears the investment group known as ‘Quantum’ may finally be ready to inject much-needed cash. “We have tried to be […]

Ferrari: We leave Abu Dhabi aware that we have limited the damage

Team and drivers report from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit. Stefano Domenicali: “Considering our start positions, the outcome of this race is positive and we leave Abu Dhabi aware [that] we have limited the damage. We knew we had a difficult weekend […]

Vettel: I don’t know if there’s a secret. I’ve got traction control – that’s what they said

Vettel: I don’t know if there’s a secret. I’ve got traction control – that’s what they said

Sebastian Vettel declared before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that despite wrapping up his fourth consecutive F1 World Championship, he would not take his foot off the throttle in remaining races. He delivered on his promise by powering to a dominant victory at Yas Marina Circuit – his seventh win in a row, the 11th […]

Webber: I challenged for a few victories this year but wasn’t strong enough when it counted

Webber: I challenged for a few victories this year but wasn’t strong enough when it counted

Perhaps the thing we will miss most about Mark Webber when he departs Formula 1, at the end of this season, is his downright honesty which once again was on display in the aftermath of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when he spoke about his race around Yas Marina Circuit. You tried your best, you […]

Rosberg: The aim for the weekend was to be best of the rest and that’s worked out

Rosberg: The aim for the weekend was to be best of the rest and that’s worked out

Throughout the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend Mercedes have been best of the rest (behind Red Bull) and thus it was no surprise that Nico Rosberg made it on to the podium after a steady drive at Yas Marina Circuit. He spoke afterwards about his race. You must be thoroughly satisfied to be up here… […]

No penalty for Alonso after pit exit incident during Abu Dhabi GP

No penalty for Alonso after pit exit incident during Abu Dhabi GP

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was placed under investigation during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for an unsafe pit exit, but after the race the FIA stewards deemed the move acceptable based on statements from the drivers concerned. The FIA appointed stewards declared: “While Car 3 [Alonso] did leave the track at Turn 3-4 the stewards believe […]

Red Bull: We’ll be pushing as hard to try and repeat a perfect performance

Sebastian Vettel, Finish Position: Winner, Start Position: 2nd: “I think today was incredible; the pace we had was scary at some stages, I felt very, very good on the Soft tyres and was able to pull out a good gap in the first couple of laps. I think it’s difficult, being an active member of […]

Lotus: It’s been a difficult weekend for the team

Romain Grosjean produced a strong drive to take fourth place in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from sixth on the grid, whilst Kimi Räikkönen’s race ended in retirement following contact with a Caterham, at the first corner. A flying start from Romain saw him jump two places to fourth position through the opening series of […]

Force India: We’ve kept our heads down, worked hard and it is starting to show

Sahara Force India scored nine world championship points today as Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished in sixth and tenth places respectively in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. P6. Paul Di Resta   VJM06-04: Tyre strategy: New Soft (20 laps), New Medium (35 laps) “It’s a great feeling to finish sixth and make the […]

Williams: Overall it was a good performance from both our drivers

Team and drivers report from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit. Race Notes Pastor Maldonado finished 11th with Valtteri Bottas 15th, in today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The team split strategies, with Pastor making a good start on the Soft tyre but he […]

Mercedes: We’ve had a good run and we need to keep that going

Nico Rosberg finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in third place today with Lewis Hamilton in seventh position. The team scored 21 points this evening to consolidate second place in the Constructors’ Championship, on a total of 334 points. Nico started and finished P3, scoring his fourth podium finish of the year and the team’s […]

Marussia: It is clear that we have taken a step back in terms of pace

This evening’s 2013 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix did not go entirely to plan for the Marussia F1 Team, but Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton finished the race where they started, in 20th and 21st positions respectively. Max got a great start and managed to leapfrog the Caterhams, but further into the […]

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