Sep 21

Lewis Hamilton takes Championship lead in Singapore

Capitalizing on problems with his teammate’s car, Lewis Hamilton wins the Singapore Grand Prix from Pole Position and takes the championship lead, scoring 25 vital points which put him 3 points ahead of Nico Rosberg. Vettel and Ricciardo complete the podium.  Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 20

Mercedes lock out front row at Singapore

Lewis Hamilton took a stunning pole by just 0.007 seconds from team-mate Nico Rosberg. Daniel Ricciardo, who at one point was on provisional pole, was third. Sebastian Vettel was fourth.

Upon hearing how close he had come to securing pole, Rosberg exclaimed, “Damn it!”

The super-soft tyres were broken in in Q2 by the Williams team but in the finals session, most of the contenders for pole bolted them on. Felipe Massa starts in 6th place tomorrow.  Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 20

Alonso tops FP3 in Singapore

In what was some good news for the Prancing Horse, Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets of the final practice session at the Marina Bay circuit.

Lewis Hamilton came close to hitting the barriers. He said over team radio that his engine stalled and he had to jump start it. His car went over the kerbs.

Nico Rosberg too went over some kerbs but he controlled the car.

This is how they finished:

1) Alonso 2) Daniel Ricciardo 3) Nico Rosberg 4) Jean-Eric Vergne 5) Sebastian Vettel 6) Lewis Hamilton 7) Felipe Massa 8) Valtteri Bottas 9) Kimi Raikkonen 10) Esteban Gutierrez 11) Nico Hulkenberg 12) Kevin Magnussen 13) Jenson Button 14) Daniil Kvyat 15) Sergio Perez 16) Adrian Sutil 17) Romain Grosjean 18) Pastor Maldonado 19) Jules Bianchi 20) Kamui Kobayashi 21) Max Chilton 22) Marcus Ericsson

Sep 19

Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest – Singapore FP2

As the first night of the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix finishes, it’s Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes leading the time sheets, swapping places with ex-team mate Fernando Alonso, who had been fastest in the first session for Ferrari.

The session was interrupted after Pastor Maldonado lost control of his Lotus and ended up in the wall. With the car needing recovery, the practice session was red flagged, interrupting Nico Rosberg’s fast run with the super softs. As such, the championship leader didn’t set a competitive time. His best mark came from the long stint simulations, giving him an overal 13th place.

Another incident saw Max Chilton’s Marussia stopping with a turbo fail on his Ferrari engine.

McLaren and Force India will go head to head once again, posting very similar times. By contrast, Williams is still nowhere near their expected positions, well out of the top 10. If the friday practice results are anything to take into account, the next round for the third place in the championship will go to Ferrari, which lost the place to the British team after Monza.

Sep 19

Singapore, Practice 1: Alonso sets the early pace

In a change of what’s usual this year for F1, Fernando Alonso set the fastest time ahead of the Mercedes during the first session of the Singapore Grand Prix. The Spaniard lapped a tenth faster than the Mercedes duo, and starts his weekend on the right foot, after not being able to finish the last GP at Monza due to mechanical failure.

Lewis Hamilton set the second fastest time, ahead of his team mate, only two hundredths of a second faster. The duo traded blows all throughout, and finished the session ahead of both Red Bulls. Vettel and Ricciardo were particularly fast at the twisty parts of the circuit, however, the reigning champion’s session was marked by failure of his Renault power unit close to the end.

Jean Eric Vergne had a good result despite problems with his battery system, finishing ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

Williams will be hoping that early results are no indication of their rest of the weekend, as Massa and Bottas went no further than 13th and 15th.

Sep 07

Hard earned win at Monza for Hamilton

Image credit: www.twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1

Image credit: www.twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1

Lewis Hamilton’s second victory at Monza came after a hard day of work, having botched his start from pole position, overtaking his way back to second and then capitalizing on a mistake by team mate Rosberg, who started and finished second. The German driver did not brake in time twice at Turn 1, having to take the slalom to return to the track, the first time losing a couple of seconds to the competition, but the second time crucially losing the lead to his team mate.

A similar deal in Williams where Valteri Bottas had a bad start, from third, and had to work his way back up the places to finish fourth, behind his team mate Felipe Massa. The Brazilian driver is back on the podium for the first time since May 2013.

Another inside team battle saw Daniel Ricciardo get the better of Vettel yet again. The Red Bull drivers started 9th and 8th, respectively, but an early pit stop strategy by Vettel at lap 19 successfully undercut some drivers, but fired back on him when at the closing stages he didn’t have the grip anymore to fight the sister car. Ricciardo takes 5th, Vettel 6th.

Behind them saw a very good scrap between the McLarens of Magnussen and Button with Perez’s Force India in the mix. It saw some close action and great overtaking, as well as a move by Magnussen who seemingly forced another car off the track and earned him a 5 second penalty added to his final time.

Rotten luck for Ferrari at their home Grand Prix saw Fernando Alonso retire because of mechanical difficulties for the first time with Ferrari, effectively ending his reign as the only driver to have scored points in all races. Kimi Raikkonen had a race to match his qualifying, and only managed 9th after the Magnussen penalty.

Max Chilton was the only other driver to drop out of the race due to driver error, braking too hard into the chicane and flying off one of the bumps, straight into a wall.

Daniil Kvyat had a big moment trying to catch up to Raikkonen, into turn one, when his brakes failed him and he went straight on to the grass next to the slalom in Turn 1, seeing his car sideways a couple times but holding on to it.

With six races to go, the battle for the title inside Mercedes is at full force. Rosberg leads Hamilton by only 22 points. A retirement by the German could make all the difference.

Formula One returns in a fortnight for the flashy Singapore Grand Prix.

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