Marquez makes history

Posted: 25th November 2014 by admin in MotoGP, Videos
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Lewis Hamilton won his second world championship with victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as reliability problems hit team-mate Nico Rosberg. Abu Dhabi GP 2014

Rosberg –who  took a crucial pole position as he comfortably beat team-mate and title rival– dropped behind Hamilton at the start and then suffered an ERS failure halfway through the race which saw him drop through the field. Hamilton was then able to manage his pace at the front to take his 11th victory of the season and secure the title regardless of where Rosberg finished.

In the end Rosberg was lapped by Hamilton two laps from the end and crawled home in 14th place.

Felipe Massa was second after threatening to take his first win for Williams, capitalising on the Mercedes problems to lead for a number of laps. With Hamilton nursing his car, Massa was able to put on supersoft tyres for his final stint and attempt to close an 11s gap to Hamilton, eventually finishing 2.5s adrift.

Valtteri Bottas recovered from a poor start to finish third and give Williams its first double-podium finish of the season, while Daniel Ricciardo delivered an impressive performance to finish fourth having started the race from the pit lane.

While Rosberg started from pole position – and needed to win with Hamilton third or lower to take the title – it was Read the rest of this entry »

F1 Brazilian Grand Prix 2014

Posted: 9th November 2014 by admin in Formula 1
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  • Rosberg wins by just 1.4s, Massa third at home race  Rosberg winner F1 Brazilian Grand Prix 2014
  • Hamilton spin proves costly when pushing for lead
  • Rosberg cuts gap to 17 points ahead of Abu Dhabi finale

 

Nico Rosberg feels his victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix is a “big step in the right direction” as he bids to beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and win the 2014 F1 Drivers’ title.

Rosberg dominated proceedings at Interlagos and the win was just what he needed after Hamilton had won the last five races in succession.

The result closes him to within 17 points in the title race, and with double points in Abu Dhabi, the season finale later this month, it is all to play for, although if Rosberg wins there and Hamilton is second, it won’t be enough for the German to claim the crown.

“I am very happy with the whole weekend and have been feeling comfortable in the car,” Rosberg said on the podium. “I was able to attack and also control the gap to Lewis in the race. That worked out great.

“I am very, very happy, especially [to win here] in Brazil. The atmosphere is fantastic.”

Speaking in the post-race press conference, Rosberg admitted that Read the rest of this entry »

Hirvonen retires from WRC

Posted: 6th November 2014 by admin in WRC
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Mikko Hirvonen has announced he will retire from the World Rally Championship following next weekend’s 2014 season ending Wales Rally GB. Four-time World Rally Championship runner-up Mikko Hirvonen announces he will retire from the series at the end of the 2014 season.

The Finn, who made his WRC debut on the Rally GB in 2002 at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza, has gone on to make 162 starts over a career spanning 12 years, notching up 15 wins and 68 podiums in that time.

Considered Sebastien Loeb’s closest rival during his dominant WRC years, Hirvonen finished runner-up to the Frenchman on four occasions – three times as a Ford driver and once more when he moved to Citroen.

However, having made a return to M-Sport Ford for 2014, Hirvonen has now decided to call time on his career in order to concentrate on his family life.

“I have so many incredible memories from the last thirteen seasons,” he said. “I have had the chance to achieve my childhood dreams! I have travelled all around the world, met some fantastic people and have loved every rally and every fight that I have had with some exceptional drivers. I won some and I lost some but, for sure, I will look back on these moments to the end of my days with a great big smile on my face.”

“Throughout the many years of my competitive career, I have focussed on myself a lot. Rallying has taken up a large part of my life and the pace of the calendar has always been fairly unrelenting. I have enjoyed absolutely every minute of it and although I still love driving now, I would also like to concentrate more on other important things which are part of my life, like my children and my family. There are many areas that I have not yet explored and I’d like to give myself the chance to try new experiences.”

“Like anyone who loves motorsport, I’m not only a fan of rallying! I have always liked to Read the rest of this entry »

New challenge impossible to resist!

Posted: 4th October 2014 by admin in Formula 1
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Sebastian Vettel sent shockwaves through the Formula One paddock on Saturday morning in Suzuka when he confirmed he will leave Red Bull at the end of 2014.Sebastian Vettel - Formula 1 driver

While the German admits departing the team with which he won four consecutive world championship crowns with was an extremely tough decision, he says the appeal of a new challenge and a new home proved too strong to resist – even if he cannot yet reveal where he is headed for 2015…

Q: Sebastian, there have long been rumours you could leave Red Bull for Ferrari – and now your departure at least is confirmed, which sent shockwaves through the paddock. No one throws away an association of 15 years so easily, so there must be a good reason for you to move on…
Sebastian Vettel: 
Probably because the attraction of doing something new was bigger than [it was] to stay. 

Q: Fleeing the nest after 15 years with Red Bull is a major step. What does that mean for you?
SV: 
It means exactly that: a major step! It was my home and in fact you only move out of home once in your life – that is big. We had a fantastic time in those 15 years but sometimes it is also time to open a new chapter.

Q: How hard was it for you to go for the ‘new’?
SV: 
It felt very hard, because I am not leaving due to any issues. It clearly is a decision for something new, and not against the existing. But then you have to follow your inner voice. And that is not automatically the easier decision – but I hope it is the right one, and that wherever it takes me I will be happy with it. 

Q: How long has this inner voice been speaking to you?
SV: 
It is not the first time that the opportunity for a change has come up. Right now it felt like the right time. The time that I had with Red Bull is something very, very special – hopefully this lasts until the end of the season.

Q: Would it have made any difference if Red Bull had a more competitive car?
SV: 
That is probably the way people look at it – but not the way I see it. I am not leaving because I don’t like the situation. I am not running away from anything. As I just said: it felt like the right time. There was that hunger to do something new. 

Q: Can we expect an announcement from Ferrari? Right now there is only the Red Bull press release stating your departure and Christian Horner saying that you will join Ferrari…
SV: 
I am sure that very soon there will be something to say – but not right now. 

Q: Have you signed a contract with Ferrari?
SV: 
As I just said, I have nothing to announce right now, but it will not take too long. 

Q: Could anything stand in your way of moving to Ferrari then, if you haven’t signed a contract?
SV: 
I didn’t say that. I just said that I cannot announce anything right now. What I can say is that I will definitely stay in Formula One and not go skiing or mountain biking.

Q: Are you aware that staying with Red Bull would very likely give you a better chance of winning races next year – and that Ferrari are more likely to be a long-term project?
SV: 
At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter – as I said that it was the craving for something new; a new challenge! I am leaving in peace. Of course it hurts on one hand – but on the other it feels right as it means a new challenge. 

Q: With the shock of your Red Bull departure, your Suzuka qualifying performance almost drops out of focus. Can you still say a word on it?
SV: 
Of course I am not really happy. We lacked some running in the morning and then it didn’t seem that I was able to go with the track. I struggled more than I had expected in corners that I usually love. With rain on the way it should still turn into a good race – if there isn’t then it will get tough for us. My ideal for the race would be that it rains enough tomorrow so that we can still race – but not enough that we might as well be swimming! Read the rest of this entry »