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Should Schumacher Continue Racing?

Posted by Mark on September 29, 2012 | No Comments

So Michael Schumacher is out of Mercedes following Lewis Hamilton’s move from McLaren. Should the seven times world champion call it a day and head back in to retirement or find a seat with another team?

Should Schumacher Continue Racing Or Retire

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Hamilton Signs For Mercedes

Posted by Mark on September 28, 2012 | No Comments

After weeks of speculation, Lewis Hamilton has finally signed a three year deal to race for Mercedes. This is obviously a massive blow for McLaren, the team Hamilton has been a part of since he was 13. The move has forced Michael Schumacher out of Mercedes. Currently it is unclear if he will retire or continue racing elsewhere.

Sauber’s Sergio Perez who has had an impressive season so far has signed for McLaren.

 

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F1 Blog’s Singapore Predictions

Posted by Carrot on September 22, 2012 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Singapore Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Lewis Hamilton
  • Singapore Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Lewis Hamilton
  • Singapore Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Sergio Perez

I’m not going to jinx it for Lotus this time, they’ve hit the ground running in practice, but every time I’ve picked them they’ve fallen short of their maiden win. Hamilton and McLaren seem to just have the edge over the other championship contenders though so far this weekend.

Mark’s Predictions

Mark’s predictions to follow

Euan’s Predictions

  • Singapore Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Sebastian Vettel
  • Singapore Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Lewis Hamilton
  • Singapore Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Fernando Alonso

McLaren will still be fast but I just have a feeling that the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel might win this one.


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F1 Blog’s Italian Predictions

Posted by Carrot on September 8, 2012 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Italian Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Lewis Hamilton
  • Italian Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Lewis Hamilton
  • Italian Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Lewis Hamilton

I’m going for Hamilton to do the sweep this weekend. The Mercedes engine is king here and Hamilton has a to win after not even making the first corner in Belgium. I can only see Fernando Alonso spoiling his weekend.

Mark’s Predictions

  • Italian Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Fernando Alonso
  • Italian Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Lewis Hamilton
  • Italian Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Lewis Hamilton

Although Hamilton should be favorite to win here I fancy Alonso to spoil his weekend.

Euan’s Predictions

  • Italian Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Fernando Alonso
  • Italian Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Lewis Hamilton
  • Italian Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Jenson Button

McLaren look to be the fastest team on the grid at the moment so I think Lewis Hamilton will take poll on Saturday afternoon. However, I feel Fernando Alonso will be anxious to make up for a rare non-finish at Spa by taking 25 points here, which I believe he will.


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Spying on Mark Webber

Posted by Carrot on September 5, 2012 | No Comments

F1 intrigue isn’t like the world of James Bond, but we do have our spies everywhere. They search for the latest tweaks to the cars, look in on secretive contract negotiations and very occasionally they get a few minutes to interrogate… I mean interview one of the drivers. This interview with Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber comes to us courtesy of our valiant agents in the Red Bull Racing Spy bureau, the MI6 of the F1 world.

You were at the Olympic Stadium on the night Mo Farah won the 5,000m. How did that atmosphere compare to what you experience on a Grand Prix weekend?

I think it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life to see him win that. The atmosphere was incredible and it is something we do not experience as drivers. When we race we are in our own bubble. The crowd was deafening, I was pretty close to the track and could see his face, what was at stake for him, the years of effort that went into those last four laps. The race was awe-inspiring.

If you had to leave Red Bull tomorrow, but had the choice of a spare seat with any other team in the F1 paddock, which seat would you choose, and why?

It’s tricky. I know a lot of the guys at Enstone and Lotus is a team that is probably closest to Red Bull in terms not taking themselves too seriously but still have a very clear focus and goal of being competitive. I think the atmosphere would be good there. And, Ferrari, obviously, from a romantic perspective. All the drivers know that it is a special team. In the end, I am really happy at Red Bull. I wake up each morning knowing I have a sensational team of guys around me and I love driving here.

You’re famous for racing in four-wheeled motorsport, but are a fan of two-wheels, too.  Tell us a bit about that.

Well, I started on motor bikes as a youngster; my dad had a motorbike shop for about 20 years. I suppose this is where my passion for motorbikes came from. I had several different bikes growing up and I watched asphalt racing and dirt racing. I used to watch Mick Doohan, Wayne Gardner, Kevin Schwantz – I would never missed a race on TV. I also liked to watch a bit of motocross, now speedway and Isle of Man TT. I have done a few track days on motor bikes, I am absolutely no where near the level of performance of the pros, but I have a strong appreciation for what their talents are.

If you had to switch sports, what would you choose to compete in, and why?

That’s tough. I am not good enough at any other sports, so I don’t have the luxury of picking and choosing, but if could have the magic touch, it would be good to be faster than Usain Bolt.

Who are your top three all-time sporting heroes?

Bloody hell, that’s tough. Muhammad Ali. What Ali stood for, out of the ring more than even in the ring. He is still before his time; no one else is like Ali. Most sports men and woman around the world know he’s the guy. Closer to home it would have to be motorbike racer Mick Doohan. Mick raced with some horrendous injuries, he really pushed himself and the bar was just about him, he wasn’t racing anyone else, he was racing himself, which is why he probably kept getting injured. It was inspiring to watch him race. In Formula 1, I think Senna. Ayrton was genuinely human. He was humble, real and a brutal competitor. He had a privileged upbringing but he never forgot how fortunate he was. That was a great quality he had.

As much as we like to keep our cards close to our chest here, our secret operatives are your secret operatives! All the hard work and credit for this interview belongs to the wonderful guys and gals behind the Red Bull Racing Spy app, which we wrote about back in May. The app is available for the low, low price of absolutely nothing from the App Store. It provides not only the usual timing and historical information you’d expect from a Formula 1 app, but also an inside line to the defending champions Red Bull with exclusive content and interaction with the team.

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Zanardi takes Gold!

Posted by Carrot on September 5, 2012 | No Comments

Former F1 race driver Alex Zanardi took first place and a gold medal today in the men’s time trial H4 handcycle event at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Zanardi crossed the line at Brands Hatch, the events was held both on track and on the surrounding local roads of the historic track, over 25 seconds ahead of the silver medal winner.

Zanardi raced in Formula 1 for Jordan, Minardi, the original Team Lotus and Williams over his career and was a double champion in the American CART series. He suffered a horrendous crash at the Lausitzring in Germany in 2001 which cost him both of his legs, and very nearly his life as his lost most of the blood in his body. After a superhuman rehabilitation effort Zanardi actually returned to racing, in the World Touring Car Championship, and despite having to use entirely hand controls, has managed to win four races in the category. After his Olympic victory today he’s even expressed an interest in driving in next year’s Indianapolis 500.

All of us at F1Blog.co.uk congratulate the Italian on his victory, both in the event today and against the trauma he suffered. Motor sport is dangerous, but it’s nigh impossible to halt the achievements of someone who can make it to the pinnacle of our sport.

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Belgium comes good yet again

Posted by Carrot on September 5, 2012 | No Comments

No matter what the content of the season, whether it’s close and gripping like this year or as processional as an Armistice Day parade, Spa always delivers an excellent race and this year was no exception. Let’s forget promoter’s fees and all the money associated with F1, for as long as this circuit is able to safely host a race, it should be a permanent fixture on the calendar.

Jenson Button took pole with massively impressive times on Saturday, even more impressive due to the compromised Friday with the rain, and then led every lap of the race to secure the win. He only needed the fastest lap to secure the rare achievement that is the Grand Chelem, but I’m sure he won’t mind the 25 points with Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton out at the first corner.

Now, the crash… Romain Grosjean has received a fine and a one race ban, which means Jerome d’Ambrosio will be in the car at Monza this weekend, for causing the crash. I don’t agree with this penalty. When Michael Schumacher only got a grid demotion for nearly sticking Rubens Barrichello into the wall in Hungary deliberately, and Pastor Maldonado has only got the same for intentionally crashing into people when he’s spat his dummy, I think the penalty is too harsh. Yes, he has been involved in a few first lap incidents this year and the crash in Belgium ended up being very dangerous for Alonso, but from what I saw there was no malice in it. He wasn’t trying to force Hamilton to crash when he squeezed him, he was defending his position and I don’t think he realised that their wheels were interlocked. Unfortunately in racing these things happen, motor sport is dangerous, but the punishment doesn’t fit given the other precedents I’ve mentioned. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen ended up rounding out the podium in third, rescuing part of the weekend for the team at least. 33 points behind Alonso, the Finn is becoming something of a favoured dark horse for the championship by those in the know, and if we have a few more weekends like this, I wouldn’t discount it. I promise not to pick him for the race win in Monza, hopefully me continually tipping him for the victory is what’s jinxing away the first win of the year.

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F1 Blog’s Belgian Predictions

Posted by Carrot on September 1, 2012 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Belgian Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Kimi Raikkonen
  • Belgian Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Belgian Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Kamui Kobayashi

The return of F1 after the seemingly endless summer break! With Friday’s sessions being a complete washout, there’s only FP3 and paddock gossip to base predictions on this week. The Lotus cars are looking like dark horses again, and Raikonnen’s won here before, so he’s my pick. Mark Webber will be taking a five place penalty, and the Saubers and Marussias are looking much better than they have in recent races.

Mark’s Predictions

  • Belgian Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Kimi Raikkonen
  • Belgian Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Kimi Raikkonen
  • Belgian Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Lewis Hamilton.

Given the lack of practice due to weather in Belguim, we have very little to go on. My best guess would be it will be between Lotus and McLaren for pole and the race.

Euan’s Predictions

Euan’s predictions to follow

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F1 Blog’s Hungarian Predictions

Posted by Carrot on July 28, 2012 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Hungarian Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Fernando Alonso
  • Hungarian Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Lewis Hamilton
  • Hungarian Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Fernando Alonso

Pretty much a repeat of my thoughts for the German Grand Prix, but with Hamilton taking pole over Sebastian Vettel. With the threat of rain on Sunday and Alonso’s relentless form at the moment, I see the former double World Champion extending his lead in the standings as we go into the summer break.

Mark’s Predictions

Mark’s predictions to follow

Euan’s Predictions

Euan’s predictions to follow

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No Punishment For Red Bull

Posted by Mark on July 22, 2012 | No Comments

The FIA Stewards have decided to not to punish Red Bull after meeting with the teams management and Renault their engine supplier.

“While the stewards do not accept all the arguments of the team, they however conclude that as the regulation is written, the map presented does not breach the text of Artcile 5.5.3 of the Formula One Technical Regulations, and therefore decide to take no further action.”

I expect we have not heard the last of this!

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  • Drivers Championship 2013

    1 Kimi Raikkonen 25
    2 Fernando Alonso 18
    3 Sebastian Vettel 15
    4 Felipe Massa 12
    5 Lewis Hamilton 10
    6 Mark Webber 8
    7 Adrian Sutil 6
    8 Paul Di Resta 4
    9 Jenson Button 2
    10 Romain Grosjean 1

  • Constructors Championship 2013

    1 Ferrari 30
    2 Lotus 26
    3 Red Bull 23
    4 Mercedes 10
    5 Force India 10
    6 McLaren 2
    7 Toro Rosso 0
    8 Sauber 0
    9 Williams 0
    10 Marussia 0
    11 Caterham 0