Vettel wins thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix.

Posted: July 26, 2015 by admin in Formula 1
Sebastian Vettel has dedicated his victory in a riveting Hungarian Grand Prix to the late Jules Bianchi.Vettel took the lead at the start and despite a safety car that bunched the pack up, came through to secure his second win with Ferrari and his first in Budapest. He also equalled Ayrton Senna’s 41 career victories, to go third on the all-time list.
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Speaking on the podium at the end, Vettel was quick to remember Bianchi, who was buried in his home town of Nice on Tuesday, in the build-up to the tenth round in the championship, finally succumbing to the head injuries he sustained in an accident during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix

“An incredible day, but I think this victory is for Jules,” said Vettel. “We know it has been an incredibly tough week and I think for all of us it has been very difficult.

“So this one is for him and especially all the people in Ferrari, all the Ferrari fans, I think we knew that sooner or later he would have been part of our team and part of this family.”

Looking back on the race, Vettel conceded that the safety car deployment was far from ideal for them, given he had such a good lead at that point.

“Well it was definitely, from our point of view, no need for that. But it obviously made it a lot more interesting at the end,” he added.

“We had a great start and obviously it was crucial to get into the lead straightaway. The car was difficult, but great to drive. It has been a great race and we have shown great pace. Thank-you very, very much to the team for the recovery since Friday and today I just think it came together and despite the safety car we still managed to win. This one is for the team as well.

“I am sure we will have a great night [now]. Obviously I still remember what happened in Malaysia [when I took my first win with Ferrari], so I hope it is going to be very similar. It is great, so many fans here and so much support all around the track, a lot of German flags. It is really special.

“Thank-you.”

by Rob Wilkins

Lukyanuk breaks ERC win duck

Posted: July 24, 2015 by admin in IRC
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ERC Rally Estonia Lukyanuk Mitsubishi Evo Rally CarAlexey Lukyanuk has won the auto24 Rally Estonia, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship, in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, after a truly stunning drive over the ultra-fast gravel roads around Otepää in southern Estonia.

Co-driven by Alexey Arnautov, the reigning Russian and Estonia rally champion quickly regained the lead after losing it briefly because of a 10 second jump start penalty on SS6, and in the closing stages was able to control the pace and win by 12.7s.

“It was a very hard moment when I realised that I had that penalty,” said Lukyanuk after taking his first ERC victory. “Ten seconds is a lot on this rally, and after the penalty I thought that winning was almost impossible. But things changed and we found some extra speed somewhere and we did a good job. I have a lot of confidence on these stages, and they suit my driving style well.”

Kajetan Kajetanowicz finished second in his LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5, searching for more top-end speed sometimes, even in the corners. The result sees the Polish driver extend his ERC Gravel Masters lead, but more importantly it sees him take the overall lead in the ERC standings, after rival Craig Breen retired.

Breen was driving as fast as he could, but felt his Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16 was struggling a little on the soft road surface and was bogging down a little. He was fourth, and closing in on third position, when his car’s engine began to lose oil pressure on SS14 – and he retired at the end of the stage.

The fastest stages were well suited to the ERC2 cars, with the production-based cars able to carry colossal speed around the grippy high-speed corners. Five ERC2 cars finished in the top nine – and in addition to Lukyanuk, Rainer Aus finished third overall in his Mitsubishi, ahead of Siim Plangi in fourth, Dominykas Butvilas in seventh, and David Botka in ninth.

On the fastest sections, the ERC2 cars hit a higher top-speed than the R5 cars, although it was a new turbo, fitted to his Sainteloc Junior Team Peugeot 208 T16 at today’s midday service, that helped Timmu Korge get back to his flying best. The Estonian driver looked set to finish fourth, before a puncture on the final stage dropped him to fifth.

Raul Jeets hadn’t done a gravel rally since October, and running third on the road on leg two didn’t make his return any easier either, but once leg one’s gear selection problems were fixed in service this morning, the Estonian driver flew today, finishing sixth in his MM-Motorsport run Ford Fiesta R5.

Jaroslaw Koltun scored a solid eighth in his Fiesta R5, Antonin Tlustak came home 14th in his Skoda Fabia S2000 and Radik Shaymiev rounded off the top 20 in his MM-Motorsport Fiesta R5.

FIA President Jean Todt says he would be willing to accept calls to disband the Strategy Group in favour of determining the regulations alongside Bernie Ecclestone, but only if he felt it was right for the sport.

(L to R): Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) with Jean Todt (FRA) FIA President on the grid. 25.05.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Race Day. - www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com - copy of publication required for printed pictures. Every used picture is fee-liable. © Copyright: Photo4 / XPB Images

(L to R): Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) with Jean Todt (FRA) FIA President on the grid.
25.05.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Race Day.
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Formula 1 has come into criticism for its convoluted decision-making process, namely the Strategy Group, which allows teams, the FIA and FOM a say in the direction of the sport.

However, with teams struggling to agree on several measures due to various vested interests, some teams have called for the group to be scrapped, with Red Bull’s Christian Horner suggesting the FIA and FOM take the reins in determining the regulations before ‘challenging’ the teams to sign up or quit.

It is an approach that Todt is wary of, saying that though he would be prepared to drop the Strategy Group in favour of a more authoritative approach to the regulations, he says he would expect teams to then air their grievances if the control was taken out of their hands.

“The Strategy Group is a kind of Strategy Group without any official rights, because the Strategy Group is making proposals and sometimes I am accused to be too democratic and listen to too many people,” he told reporters including Crash.net.

“I am happy to listen to any kind of suggestions as long as they are constructive suggestions. Charlie Whiting has meetings with all the teams all the year through – with technical people, with sporting people and from there he comes back with a proposed agenda which we discuss at the Strategy Group

“They are making a big story about the Strategy Group. I have read that quite often that it should be FIA or FOM to decide. Again I am quite happy to sit with Bernie and to decide what could be good for the sport, but again we need to be sure that it is good for the sport.

“Believe me; those who claim that they should be involved and that it should be FIA and the commercial rights holder to decide, they will be the first to shout and saying ‘they are not following the right governance [procedures]. They did not consult us’. So there is a way to do that.

Indeed, though Todt refuses to be drawn on his personal preference, he believes the calls to get rid of the Strategy Group is merely ‘talking’.

“If they keep saying that it should be us to decide, then I should ask for an official mandate. I will have that in writing. So okay, if they want it, give us an official mandate and then we will see how they react. It is a lot of talking.

“Myself, I don’t say it is good or bad, I am not a big talker, maybe a bit today. Normally I prefer to act and do things.”

MotoGP Le Mans 2015

Posted: May 17, 2015 by admin in MotoGP
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“We are in a sweet moment, and we have to take profit of it while it lasts” – Jorge Lorenzo.

Without a podium during the opening three races, Jorge Lorenzo racked up his second MotoGP victory in succession at Le Mans on Sunday.“To win this second victory gives us a lot of confidence, but also we demonstrated our potential,” Lorenzo said. “This year we have a great bike, very complete, especially on the brakes. So we are in a sweet moment, and we have to take profit of it while it lasts.” MotoGP Le Mans 2015 - Lorenzo - RossiJust as at Jerez, Lorenzo led every race lap, this time taking the lead from Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso at the first chicane and going on to win by 3.8s over Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.“Andrea made a better start than me, but suddenly I saw that I could take the first position in the first chicane. I braked very hard, but Marc [Marquez] braked even harder, so I thought, OK, he’s not going to make the corner, and that’s what happened,” Lorenzo said.

“I could stay in first position and do my rhythm. When I saw a one-second advantage I was happy, but then I saw this second doesn’t increase, so I had to keep focused and ride even better.”

Rossi replaced Dovizioso as Lorenzo’s nearest rival at the midway point of the 28 laps, prompting the Spaniard to up his pace.

“When I saw a lead of 1.8s I was quiet. The problem was in the middle of the race when I saw Valentino coming into second place. He was reducing a little bit this gap, so I had to ride even better and brake later and with more aggression in the corner. And it worked.”

Lorenzo feared that the hotter race day temperatures would cause front tyre problems, but it turned out to hurt the Honda riders.

“Before the race I was a bit worried, especially for the front tyre, on the right side, because it was closing in some corners,” Lorenzo explained. “And sometimes it’s even worse in the race because it was hotter, you have more fuel in the tank, and sometimes you push a bit more on braking and the front can close even more.

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