Aug 24

Daniel Ricciardo wins the Belgian GP

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The always smiling Australian takes his 3rd win of the season in Spa, after having a consistent race, capitalizing on other people’s mistakes and a good strategy, from fifth in the grid.

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was second, in what was a difficult afternoon for the German team, seeing their drivers contact in the first few laps, resulting in front wing damage for Rosberg and a puncture that ruined Lewis Hamilton’s race, who had a much better start and was leading the race from his team mate at the time.

Sebastian Vettel was in the scrap for the first places until he made a mistake in which he saw himself overtaken by his team mate.

Valteri Bottas was third in the podium for Williams, after taking the spot from fellow Finn Raikkonen, who ran his best race of the season. Having started eighth, he drove his Ferrari brilliantly, with a solid strategy. The other red car had a more difficult afternoon right from the start: the mechanics were not fast enough to leave the circuit and Alonso incurred a 5 second stop/go penalty in the process. He would finish 8th, after a last minute scrap where places from 5th to 8th were being disputed between both McLarens, Vettel, and himself.

Magnussen was the better driver for McLaren this afternoon, although Button gained the most positions from his starting spot.

Andre Lotterer didn’t have an afternoon to remember for his first Grand Prix. After a good qualifying result where he beat his more experienced team mate (in F1), he had to retire with only a couple laps in his belt, after having a solid start.

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Aug 23

Nico Rosberg takes pole at rain-hit Spa-Francorchamps

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Nico Rosberg edged Lewis Hamilton by two-tenths of second to take pole at Spa-Francorchamps. This is the first time that the German has qualified in top three at the circuit.

Sebastian Vettel took third, followed by Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa and Jenson Button. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 23

Valtteri Bottas takes top spot in FP3 at Spa-Francorchamps

In a rare event of its kind, the Mercedes did not top the times. That cycle was broken by Valtteri Bottas in a Williams. Second best was Daniel Ricciardo in a Red Bull and the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.

It had rained heavily before FP3 got into motion and as the track was drying, the drivers headed out on the intermediates before switching to slicks. However, rain is forecast for qualifying so this session may not have given teams the data they need for qualifying.

Aug 22

FP2, Belgium – Hamilton on top

Lewis Hamilton turned the volume up to 11 in Spa during the second practice session, clocking over half a second faster than his team mate. The Mercedes drivers were ahead of Alonso again, with Felipe Massa taking 4th and Button 5th this time around. Kimi Raikkonen, who had a relatively good first session, had problems in his Ferrari and only set the 15th time.

Sebastian Vettel couldn’t set a time following the problems he had earlier during the day. The same can be said about Maldonado, however due to a crash during his installation lap. This incident brought out the red flags for the first time. Esteban Gutierrez having problems with his Sauber’s gearbox and stopping at a dangerous place after a spin was the cause for the second stoppage.

Aug 22

Belgium FP1 – Business as usual

After the long summer break, Formula One returns to the tracks, this time for the very traditional Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. We return with business as usual, with Mercedes leading the time sheets followed a little way away by their competitors.

This time it was Rosgerg’s turn to top the boards, his lap just under a tenth faster than his team mate’s, clocking at 1’51.577″.

Two hundreths of a second behind the Silver Arrows was Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari, followed by the McLaren of Button, and then his team mate Raikkonen.

Not such a good session for Red Bull who saw their best time set by Ricciardo over a second slower than the leading cars, and exhaust problems with Vettel’s ride.

Newcomer Andre Lotterer, running with Caterham, finished his first ever F1 session in front of his team mate Ericsson.

Alexander Rossi, for Marussia, couldn’t best his fast team mate Bianchi.

Jul 27

Daniel Ricciardo wins the Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungary GP Podium

Red Bull’s Australian new star Daniel Ricciardo wins his second Grand Prix in an exciting finish to a suspenseful Hungarian Grand Prix. Starting from fourth, a consistent drive, good strategy, and good overtaking skills earned him the top spot of the podium this afternoon.

Close behind was Fernando Alonso, who drove a very clean and smart race. Ferrari managed a strategy which placed him ahead of Nico Rosberg, who missed out on the podium to his team mate Hamilton, starting from the pitlane and driving a recovery race throughout. Read the rest of this entry »

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