Vettel hoping for a different story on race day

For the second weekend in succession Sebastian Vettel was beaten in qualifying by team mate Kimi Raikkonen, with the Ferrari pair finishing respectively fifth and sixth. On the surface, the Scuderia’s gap with Red Bull in qualifying doesn’t appear to bode well for its chances of challenging for a top three finish. Vettel acknowledged the team’s […]

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Alonso puts forward idea of removable ‘Halo’

After watching Kevin Magnussen’s frantic exit from his blazing Renault in Malaysia last week, Fernando Alonso believes Formula 1’s future ‘Halo’ cockpit protection device should be removable. Magnussen’s plight immediately brought to mind the difficulties which drivers could be faced with in the event of a sudden need to swiftly exit their car. Could the […]

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One race could decide Force India battle – Symonds

Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds believes one dramatic race could decide the battle against Force India for fourth in the constructors’ championship. The two teams are closely matched but Force India opened up a ten-point advantage over Williams at Suzuka courtesy of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg finishing seventh and eighth respectively. While both […]

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Boullier: ‘More points expected at Suzuka’

McLaren’s double-points finish in Malaysia bodes well for the Woking-based outfit’s prospects in Suzuka, the all-important home of engine partner Honda. Team boss Eric Boullier believes McLaren can keep up the momentum, and that there’s no reason it can’t do just as well at the challenging but much appreciated venue. “I know I can speak […]

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Is Mercedes shielding an issue with its engine?

Mercedes W08 may have an engine reliability issue which the team purposefully concealed in Barcelona last week during pre-season testing. The claim comes from well-known Italian insider Leo Turrini, a man close to Ferrari. “It seems to me that in Barcelona the Mercedes had a reliability problem linked to the crankshaft,” Turrini wrote on his […]

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