Nov 24

Lewis Hamilton becomes a double world champion in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton drove a controlled race to win at Abu Dhabi and add a second world championship to his roster. Nico Rosberg faced technical issues, starting with the failure of his ERS and then brake pedal. He finished out of the points.

The Williams were the strongest challengers to the Mercedes team this weekend and filled the next two spots on the podium, with Felipe Massa taking second followed by Valtteri Bottas. At one point, the Brazilian looked to be a threat to Hamilton winning the race but the Briton took the chequered flag with 2.5 seconds to spare.  Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 21

Mercedes domination at FP2, Abu Dhabi

Hamilton was fastest again at the Yas Marina circuit, setting up the stage for the final showdown with his team mate, Nico Rosberg, who was second once more. The Mercedes pair were three tenths of a second faster than the third placed driver, Kevin Magnussen, having tested a new wing, while his team mate was struck by more technical issues, at 8th.

Red Bull was looking strong at fourth and sixth, with Vettel leading the pair, Valteri Bottas’ Williams in between them. The group was followed by Kimi Raikkonen, for Ferrari. His team mate, the departing Alonso, couldn’t take part after his car gave up on the second running lap. He didn’t set a time.

Stevens set the slowest time for Caterham yet again, however well inside the 107% rule.

Nov 21

Hamilton sets benchmark for final showdown

For the season finale, and championship decider, it was business as usual with Mercedes taking the one-two at the first practice. Lewis Hamilton got away with it this time around, closely followed by Rosberg.

Third place was for Fernando Alonso, after confirming his departure from Ferrari, and fourth for Vettel, the driver replacing him for next year.

Williams had some trouble with bodywork on both cars, with Bottas actually losing part of his side pod, and Massa’s car returning to the pits safely after noticing its vibrations. Jenson Button’s McLaren was also problem struck and had to remain in the pits for most of the session.

Will Stevens, who was brought in to drive for Caterham for the last race, was 7 seconds off the pace. Esteban Orcon tested for Lotus, and Adderly Fong for Sauber.

Nov 09

Rosberg ends hamilton streak: Brazilian Grand Prix

After seeing his team mate winning five in a row, including the last three following him in second place after starting in pole position twice, Nico Rosberg finally broke Hamilton’s win streak and set the stage for a final showdown in Abu Dhabi. The drivers championship is up for grabs for either of the Mercedes drivers. Double points for the final race mean many mathematical possibilities remain open and any of the two drivers could be champion by a multitude of different finishing positions. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 08

Nico Rosberg denies pole to Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos

Image source: www.twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1

Image source: www.twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1

Nico Rosberg snatched pole from Lewis Hamilton by a mere 0.033 seconds. Felipe Massa was third, followed by Valtteri Bottas in the second Williams and Jenson Button, who is fighting for his seat at McLaren next season.

Both the Williams looked like they could spoil Mercedes front row qualifying party but both made mistakes on their final laps.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel starts in 6th place tomorrow, followed by Kevin Magnussen, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen.

With Caterham and Marussia not participating for a second time in a race weekend, qualifying was altered so that only 4 cars exited Q1 and Q2. Both the Lotuses (Romain Grosjean was 15th while Pastor Maldonado was 18th) were joined by Jean-Eric Vergne (16th) and Sergio Perez (17th) in being the first to take an early shower. Q2 saw Esteban Gutierrez (11th), Nico Hulkenberg (12th), Adrian Sutil (13th) and Daniil Kvyat (14th) miss out.

Kvyat will drop down 7 places due to a carry-over of an engine penalty he received in the previous race, while Perez will also fall down 7 places because of a penalty he received for causing a collision in the previous race.

Nov 07

Brazil FP2 – Repeat result

It was Rosberg from Hamilton yet again during Free Practice 2 for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen took 3rd for Ferrari, while his team mate Alonso suffered an engine failure at the back straight, retiring him from the rest of the session. This incident was just one of three that caused red flags during the session.

The other two were caused by Jean Eric Vergne’s car stopping in an unsafe location, and Esteban Gutierrez, stopping his car after not even taking part in morning practice.

Tyre degradation was reported, probably due to a combination of the resurfaced asphalt and high temperatures.

 

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