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July 9, 2012

Mark Webber wins 2012 British Grand Prix

Mark Webber wins 2012 British Grand Prix

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Red Bull Racing‘s Mark Webber won the 2012 British Grand Prix yesterday at Silverstone, having started second on the grid behind Alonso’s Ferrari.

The second qualifying session of three was red-flagged due to heavy rain; but, despite this, Webber secured second on the grid behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, only bettered by under five hundredths of a second. Michael Schumacher, driving for Mercedes, started third with Webber’s team mate Sebastian Vettel filling out the second row of the grid in fourth.

The race itself started in dry weather, Alonso—running on hard tyres—took an early lead, with Webber—having opted for soft tyres—in pursuit. At the first pit stop, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton stayed out and took the lead, briefly duelling with Alonso before being passed. Shortly after the pitstop, WilliamsPastor Maldonaldo and Sauber‘s Sergio Perez had a collision, resulting in the Perez being knocked out of the race and Maldonaldo being fined €10,000 (£7,931, $US12,273).

Also receiving a fine was Perez’ team mate, Kamui Kobayashi. for a dangerous entry into his pit box that injured three of his team’s mechanics. According to Kobayashi, “The front wheels locked, I couldn’t control the car, and this is how I overshot the pit box.”

Alonso managed to hold off Webber until the final set of pit stops, but his rules-mandated switch to soft tyres left him unable to compete with the better grip of Webber’s Red Bull car. Webber caught him, overtaking Alonso with comparative ease on the 48th lap and going on to cross the line some three seconds ahead of the Spaniard.

With this victory, Webber is the second driver to win two races this season. After the race, he described himself as “…absolutely over the moon, absolutely rapt…”.

Final points scoring positions

Position Driver Team Time Points
1 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:25:11.288 25
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +3.060 18
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +4.836 15
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari +9.519 12
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus +10.314 10
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus +17.101 8
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes +29.153 6
8 Lewis Hamilton McLaren +36.463 4
9 Bruno Senna Williams +43.347 2
10 Jenson Button McLaren +44.444 1

Drivers world championship standings

Position Driver Team Points
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 129
2 Mark Webber Red Bull 116
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 100
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 92
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 83
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 75
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus 61
8 Jenson Button McLaren 50
9 Sergio Perez Sauber 39
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams 29



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August 2, 2011

Jenson Button wins Hungarian Grand Prix

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Jenson Button wins Hungarian Grand Prix

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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The opening lap of the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

Jenson Button of McLaren-Mercedes took first place in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring, marking his 200th grand prix race in style. Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull-Renault came in second, extending his lead in the 2011 Driver’s Championship to 85 points. Fernanado Alonso of Ferrari took the third place on the podium.

Layout of the Hungaroring circuit

The race was affected by intermittent wet weather, with tyre choice playing a crucial role in the result. Button’s teammate Lewis Hamilton held the lead at times, but suffered from mistimed tyre changes, as well as a spin on lap 47 and a drive through penalty. He was closely followed over the line by Mark Webber of Red Bull.

Felipe Massa took sixth place for Ferrari, followed by Force India’s Paul di Resta scoring the highest placing of his career so far. Sébastien Buemi, Nico Rosberg and Jaime Alguersuari rounded out the top ten.

Four drivers did not finish the race, including Michael Schumacher whose car suffered a gearbox failure, and Nick Heidfeld. Heidfeld’s Renault overheated during a longer than usual pit-stop, catching fire when emerging from the pit-lane. The driver escaped unhurt, though as marshals were tackling the fire an air bottle on the car exploded. The incident did not affect the rest of the race, with the safety car not being deployed.

In 2006, with similar weather conditions, the Hungarian circuit was the scene of Button’s first F1 victory. Combining his triumph today with the celebrations of his 200th race, Button quipped that he was looking forward to the drivers’ brief holiday before the next race.

“It’s great to have a couple of weeks break. It might take me that long to get over tonight.”

Race results

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Jenson Button McLarenMercedes 70 1:46:42.337 3 25
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red BullRenault 70 +3.588 1 18
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 70 +19.819 5 15
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLarenMercedes 70 +48.338 2 12
5 2 Mark Webber Red BullRenault 70 +49.742 6 10
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 70 +1:23.176 4 8
7 15 Paul di Resta Force IndiaMercedes 69 +1 Lap 11 6
8 18 Sébastien Buemi Toro RossoFerrari 69 +1 Lap 23 4
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 69 +1 Lap 7 2
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro RossoFerrari 69 +1 Lap 16 1
11 16 Kamui Kobayashi SauberFerrari 69 +1 Lap 13
12 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 69 +1 Lap 12
13 11 Rubens Barrichello WilliamsCosworth 68 +2 Laps 15
14 14 Adrian Sutil Force IndiaMercedes 68 +2 Laps 8
15 17 Sergio Pérez SauberFerrari 68 +2 Laps 10
16 12 Pastor Maldonado WilliamsCosworth 68 +2 Laps 17
17 24 Timo Glock VirginCosworth 66 +4 Laps 20
18 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRTCosworth 66 +4 Laps 22
19 25 Jérôme d’Ambrosio VirginCosworth 65 +5 Laps 24
20 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRTCosworth 65 +5 Laps 21
Ret 20 Heikki Kovalainen LotusRenault 55 Water leak 18
Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 26 Gearbox 9
Ret 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 23 Fire 14
Ret 21 Jarno Trulli LotusRenault 17 Water leak 19



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October 26, 2010

Fernando Alonso wins 2010 Korean Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso wins 2010 Korean Grand Prix

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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The opening lap of the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Korean International Circuit

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso won the first ever FIA 2010 Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam, South Korea. With two races to go, Alonso now leads the drivers’ championship, closely followed by Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.

As Typhoon Megi reached China, heavy rain hit Yeongam on Sunday afternoon and the race was red-flagged for about half an hour, before conditions improved. Both Red Bull drivers failed to finish despite starting first and second from the grid before and after race restarted. Webber ran wide and hit a wall, hitting Nico Rosberg‘s Mercedes, and Sebastian Vettel’s engine blew up during his spurt to the finish line leading the race.

Fernando Alonso driving at the previous GP
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Hamilton changed places twice with Alonso behind Vettel, but finished second for McLaren. Alonso’s teammamte Felipe Massa closing the podium on third place. Michael Schumacher drove his best race in this season for Mercedes overtaking Robert Kubica‘s Renault after the restart following the red flag. Schumacher finished fourth and Kubica fifth.

Vitantonio Liuzzi placed his Force India on 6th place after his teammate, Adran Sutil, crashed in lap 47 after coming into contact with Kamui Kobayashi‘s {{w|BMW Sauber|Sauber}. Rubens Barrichello‘s Williams gets passes by both Kubica and Liuzzi to finish 7th ahead Kobayashi. The two German drivers of Sauber and Williams—Nick Heidfeld and Nico Hülkenberg closed the top ten.

The situation in the season’s standings has now changed in favour of Alonso—the Spaniard leads the driver’s championship with 231 points, 11 more than Webber, who is in second place with 220 points. Hamilton and Vettel are third and fourth in the rankings with 210 and 206 respectively. Jenson Button has admitted he now has little hope of winning the title—he is in fifth with 189 points. The constructors’ standings list is still dominated by Red Bull, who have 426 points, McLaren with 399 and Ferrari with 374. There are two races left until the end of the season, the first in Brazil, and the second a week later in Abu Dhabi.



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October 10, 2010

Sebastian Vettel wins 2010 Japanese Grand Prix

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

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The opening lap of the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Suzuka Circuit

Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber made a one-two finish from the front line of the starting grid of the Formula One 2010 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit, Japan.

Lewis Hamilton crashed early in a free practice damaging his suspension, but was able to participate in a qualifying session using a spare car. Though Hamilton posted the third fastest time, he lost 5 places on the starting grid for a gearbox change.

After Robert Kubica lost a rear wheel from his Renault car and retired from the race, it was Fernando Alonso who owned the third place on the podium for Ferrari, to follow his floodlit win at Singapore

Jenson Button (McLaren) passed his teammate Hamilton after the latter lost his third gear. They finished fourth and fifth.

Nico Rosberg lost his rear wheel and retired just as Kubica did earlier. His teammate Michael Schumacher came sixth for Mercedes factory team.

Two Saubers of Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld, a Williams of Rubens Barrichello and a Toro Rosso of Sebastien Buemi closed the top ten drivers in the finishing lap with the leader.

The situation in the season standings tightens as both Alonso and Vettel are now 14 points behind Mark Webber, and the two McLaren drivers are following on their heels. Constructor championship standings are more clearly owned by Red Bull, as McLaren is 45 points behind and Ferrari is 92 points behind.



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November 8, 2009

Germany wins 2009 Race of Champions in Beijing, Sebastian Vettel wins 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Germany wins 2009 Race of Champions in Beijing, Sebastian Vettel wins 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

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Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher together with F1 racer Sebastian Vettel won the Nations Cup for Germany at the Race of Champions on Tuesday. The event was held at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, China.

The winning duo beat the Brittish team of the new Formula One world champion Jenson Button and three-time World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx.

The individual contest was won by Mattias Ekstrom, former DTM champion, who defeated Schumacher on Wednesday.

Red Bull driver Vettel also won the FIA Formula One 2009 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix earlier on November 1st at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton was overtaken by Vettel after his first pit stop and then was forced to return to the pits soon after and quit the race after suffering a brakes problem.

Sebastian Vettel driving at 2009 Abu Dhabi GP
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Vettel’s teammate and winner of the previous Grand Prix Mark Webber came second and the current season champion Jenson Button won the third place on the podium for Brawn GP after pushing Webber very hard on the dying laps of the race with a gap of about half a second at the finish line.

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—Sebastian Vettel

Rubens Barrichello was able to mantain 4th place, having been overtaken only by his teammate Button.

Nick Heidfeld took fifth in BMW ‘s final race. Both Toyota cars of Kamui Kobayashi and Jarno Trulli also drove the full race to finish on the back of Heidfeld. Sébastien Buemi closed the top eight for Toro Rosso.

Thus, Sebastian Vettel took the second place in the championship from Barrichello at the finale of 2009 season. Vettel claimed he will aim to become a champion next year. “There is only one step we can make for the team ranking, for the constructors, as well as for the drivers’ championship, for myself. So there is no question about the target,” Vettel said after the race.



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November 5, 2009

Toyota quits Formula One

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Toyota headquarters in Japan

Akio Toyoda, the President and Representative Director of Toyota, made a statement on Wednesday that the company is leaving the Formula One championship before the 2010 season. The primary factor behind this decision was said to be the current economic environment in the midterm perspective.

Panasonic Toyota Racing did not manage to ever win a Formula One race, winning only 13 podium and 278.5 points since 2002. Toyota will still be present in a number of racing series, including Formula Nippon, Formula Three, Super GT and NASCAR.

Kamui Kobayashi driving Toyota TF109 at 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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Another major Japanese automotive giant, Honda, quit Formula One prior to this season and sold the team to Ross Brawn. The renewed team Brawn GP with Mercedes-Benz engined cars won the 2009 Constructors’ Championship recently.

Other Japanese companies Subaru and Suzuki withdrew from the World Rally Championship prior to this season and Kawasaki pulled out of MotoGP.

The space cleared by Toyota may be now used by the BMW Sauber team’s possible successor if BMW can reach an agreement to sell the team after their decision to quit Formula One earlier this year. Toyota drivers of this season Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock, as well as the Japanese rookie driver Kamui Kobayashi, could now look for seats in other teams for 2010 including the new entries US F1, Campos, Manor or Lotus.

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