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Nico Rosberg wins Brazilian Grand Prix

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German driver Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian Grand Prix for the second time in a row today. Teammate Lewis Hamilton finished in second place to give Mercedes another one-two finish this year. Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished third and fourth, with Valtteri Bottas rounding up the top five.

Rosberg, starting from pole, led the field into the first corner, despite efforts from his teammate Lewis Hamilton to overtake him in Turn 1. The Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were third and fourth, followed by Williams‘s Valtteri Bottas, who had a great start and moved from seventh to fifth.

After 71 laps Nico Rosberg crossed the finish line in first place to win the Brazilian Grand Prix for the second time in two years. Teammate Lewis Hamilton was never really able to challenge the German for the win and eventually settled for second place, 7.7 seconds behind the German. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel finished third in his Ferrari, 14 seconds behind the race winner, with teammate Kimi Raikkonen coming home in fourth. Williams’s Valtteri Bottas finished in fifth place, a lap down, with Nico Hulkenberg taking sixth place in his Force India. Seventh place went to Russian Daniil Kvyat in his Renault-powered Red Bull. French driver Romain Grosjean took eight place after local hero Felipe Massa was disqualified. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo rounded up the top ten.



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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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September 25, 2009

Renault\’s F1 sponsors quit as Grosjean crashes on same corner as Piquet

Renault’s F1 sponsors quit as Grosjean crashes on same corner as Piquet

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Friday, September 25, 2009

The crash that sparked the scandal

Two of Renault Formula One’s sponsors have terminated their contracts after Renault’s race-fixing last year. The move comes as Renault racer Romain Grosjean crashed into the same corner as the one Nelson Piquet Jr deliberately hit to ensure victory for his team-mate last year.

Renault’s main sponsor, Dutch bank ING, had already said it would not renew its three-year contract when it expires at the current season’s end, but has now pulled out four races early. It said the recent revelations were “very disappointing”. Spanish insurers Mutua Madrileña echoed this sentiment, saying that moral issues, as well as the fact the manoeuvre was dangerous, reflected badly on sponsors.

The firms have quit because Renault this month admitted to cheating during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. Piquet drove his car into a wall after fellow Renault driver Fernando Alonso had refuelled early. A safety car came out and as various drivers went in to refuel behind it, Alonso was able to move up and secure a win. Alonso, who is Spanish, was also personally sponsored by Mutua Madrileña and this contract remains unchanged.

Alonso tops the podium after the race

Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, ordered a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council when the allegations surfaced. At that meeting, Renault were given a two-year suspended sentence that will see them kicked out of the sport if they cheat again in that time-frame. Team boss Flavio Briatore was banned for life and engineer Pat Symonds was banned for five years due to their roles in the incident.

These developments come days after the European Sponsorship Association said that cheating scandals jeopardised funding for teams in major competitions. Renault’s remaining sponsors are French-based international energy firm Total, tyre manufacturer Bridgestone, Russian communications provider Megafon, Pepe Jeans, and Internet educator Universia. Renault have confirmed an intention to remain in F1 despite the recent controversy.

The safety car on the track after the incident

Practice sessions for the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix were held today. “Sorry guys, I lost the car in turn 17,” Grosjean announced over the team’s radio, spinning out on the same corner as Piquet drove into a year ago to trigger the scandal dubbed “Crashgate” by the media. Once more, a safety car appeared while the Renault was removed. A photograph of the car after Grosjean’s accident did not reveal obvious major damage, though it did clearly show that the names of two sponsors have disappeared.



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September 1, 2009

Kimi Räikkönen wins 2009 Belgian Grand Prix

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Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen won the FIA Formula One 2009 ING Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium.

Kimi qualified 6th, but jumped to second after a multiple crash in the first corner involving Jenson Button (Brawn) and Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) collided with the rookies Romain Grosjean and Jaime Alguersuari and all four drivers were out of the race. When the pace car turned off the lights and the race restarted Kimi overtook the pole-sitter Giancarlo Fisichella in Eau Rouge, who drove his Force India to the second place.

Sebastian Vettel finished third for Red Bull, while his teammate Mark Webber was ninth after a drive-through penalty for unsafe release from pit-stop. BMW Sauber Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld placed 4th and 5th respectively.

Rubens Barrichello finished after Hamilton’s teammate Heikki Kovalainen. Nico Rosberg closed the top eight for Williams.

Jenson Button did not score any points but still leads the championships with 72. Rubens Barrichello earned 2 points and is within 16 of Button. Sebastian Vettel is now only 3 points behind Barrichello and Mark Webber still has 51.5 points. Brawn GP tops Constructors’ standings with 128 points. Red Bull Racing is 23.5 points behind with other far behind.



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August 31, 2009

Reports suggest probe into Formula One race-fixing allegations

Reports suggest probe into Formula One race-fixing allegations

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Alonso tops the podium after the race

News reports are suggesting that Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, are investigating alleged race-fixing by Renault. The FIA would only confirm a probe into “alleged incidents at a previous Formula One world championship event.”

According to Brazil’s Globo TV, Renault racer Nelson Piquet Jr. was told to crash his car during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, which was the sport’s first night race. By accident or design, Piquet did indeed crash during the race, which benefited teamate Fernando Alonso, who had just pitted early for fuel. Alonso went on to win the race.

Piquet’s wrecked car is removed from the track

Piquet was fired during this season by Renault and replaced with Romain Grosjean. He claims he was treated unfairly at the team. His comments about the race at the time were “We tried two extreme strategies with Fernando quite short and me quite long in the hope of getting a safety car. If I hadn’t crashed I would have been lucky with the safety car later in the race…”

However, it is now reported that new evidence has been supplied to the FIA. The source of this evidence has not been disclosed. The world motorsport council has the power to impose harsh penalties upon Renault if the allegations are proven, including large fines.

While the debris from the crash was cleared, the safety car was out on the track. Because Alonso had pitted early, he was the only one of the leading cars that did not need to stop for fuel and new tyres. According to the BBC and The Times, if there is found to be evidence of misconduct the world motorsport council will probably meet to investigate.



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August 21, 2009

Formula 1: Barrichello and Alonso top timesheets at European GP Friday Practice

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Rubens Barrichello of the Brawn team was fastest in this this morning’s first practice in Valencia for Sunday’s Grand Prix, with a time of 1:42.460.

His teammate Jenson Button managed 4th place with a time of 1:43.074.

It was also the first time that veteran test driver Luca Badoer was able to drive this year’s Ferrari, the test driver replacing the injured Felipe Massa for the forseeable future. The second débutant driving the car for the first time is Frenchman Romain Grosjean, replacing the sacked Nelson Piquet Jr..

Temperatures at the track were high, with air temperature reaching 33°C, resulting in an elevated track temperature, certainly when compared to Hungary – which this season had tended to favour the Brawn team.

Speculation was mounting throughout the free practice sessions with regards to driver line-ups for the 2010 season, with Mclaren team principle Martin Whitmarsh stating “we all know that Fernando Alonso’s move to Ferrari will have a ripple effect on other teams. It opens up the driver market. We are not in talks with any other drivers at the moment, but are obliged to have the most competitive cars and drivers that we can”, in reply to a question from BBC Five Live Sports Extra’s reporter asking if the team had plans to replace Heikki Kovalainen.

McLaren’s return to form in Hungary following a poor start to the season appears not to just be a one-off, with Lewis Hamilton posting consistent times throughout practice, ending up 3rd, only two tenths of a second off Barrichello’s time.

Towards the bottom of the timesheet there were no surprises; after only one and a half hours in the car, the “rookies” Grosjean and Alguersuari, as well as replacement driver Badoer. Toyota also failed to impress, Trulli and Glock posting the 18th- and 19th-fastest times.

Friday Practice 2

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Fernando Alonso was seven tenths of a second clear in second free practice in Valencia for Sunday’s Grand Prix, with a time of 1:39.404.

His rookie team mate, Romain Grosjean only managed 13th place (1:40.787), over a second slower.

Massa replacement Luca Badoer continued to make progress in the Ferrari, managing a 2-place improvement on first practice, posting the 18th fastest time. (1:42.017).

Rubens Barrichello was out to prove that his speed in the morning session was not a one-off, and posted the third fastest time overall (1:40.209), however his team mate Jenson Button was quicker this time out (1:40.178).

Toyota drivers Trulli and Glock improved on disappointing times this morning, finishing the session 12th and 15th respectively. Lewis Hamilton failed to post a competitive time (1:43.214) having only completed 3 flying laps.

The next session will be free practice on Saturday, at 11:00 CET.

First Practice Times Second Practice Times
Pos No Nation. Name Constructor Time
1 23 Flag of Brazil.svg Rubens Barrichello Brawn 1:42.460
2 2 Flag of Finland.svg Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1:42.636
3 1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:42.654
4 22 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jenson Button Brawn 1:43.074
5 15 Flag of Germany.svg Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:43.088
6 20 Flag of Germany.svg Adrian Sutil Force India 1:43.209
7 17 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1:43.225
8 14 Flag of Australia.svg Mark Webber Red Bull 1:43.243
9 7 Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Alonso Renault 1:43.345
10 4 Flag of Finland.svg Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:43.384
11 12 Flag of Switzerland.svg Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:43.389
12 5 Flag of Poland.svg Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:43.419
13 11 Flag of Spain.svg Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:43.637
14 16 Flag of Germany.svg Nico Rosberg Williams 1:43.746
15 6 Flag of Germany.svg Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:44.040
16 21 Flag of Italy.svg Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1:44.126
17 8 Flag of France.svg Romain Grosjean Renault 1:44.356
18 9 Flag of Italy.svg Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:44.638
19 10 Flag of Germany.svg Timo Glock Toyota 1:44.732
20 3 Flag of Italy.svg Luca Badoer Ferrari 1:45.840
Pos No Nation. Name Constructor Time
1 7 Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Alonso Renault 1:39.404
2 22 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jenson Button Brawn 1:40.178
3 23 Flag of Brazil.svg Rubens Barrichello Brawn 1:40.209
4 16 Flag of Germany.svg Nico Rosberg Williams 1:40.385
5 17 Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1:40.503
6 20 Flag of Germany.svg Adrian Sutil Force India 1:40.596
7 5 Flag of Poland.svg Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:40.643
8 21 Flag of Italy.svg Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1:40.681
9 15 Flag of Germany.svg Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:40.723
10 2 Flag of Finland.svg Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1:40.738
11 4 Flag of Finland.svg Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:40.739
12 9 Flag of Italy.svg Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:40.770
13 8 Flag of France.svg Romain Grosjean Renault 1:40.787
14 14 Flag of Australia.svg Mark Webber Red Bull 1:40.956
15 10 Flag of Germany.svg Timo Glock Toyota 1:40.985
16 12 Flag of Switzerland.svg Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:41.156
17 6 Flag of Germany.svg Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:41.350
18 3 Flag of Italy.svg Luca Badoer Ferrari 1:42.017
19 11 Flag of Spain.svg Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:42.089
20 1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:43.214

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August 17, 2009

Renault F1 team exclusion overturned

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According to an FIA press release, the 1-race ban imposed on the Renault Formula One team following an incident at the Hungarian Grand Prix has been overturned.

The team was reprimanded after allowing Alonso to leave the pit lane with the wheel insecurely attached to the car, which then detached itself out on the circuit. The wheel bounced dangerously down the back straight, fortunately not coming into contact with any other vehicles.

After hearing evidence from all parties, including Renault’s Engineering Director Pat Symonds, the FIA’s International Court of Appeal has repealed the one race suspension, and has instead imposed a $50,000 fine and have “issued a reprimand”.

The decision allows Fernando Alonso to race in his second of two home Grands Prix this year, and will likely open the door for Renault’s test driver Romain Grosjean to take up the second seat, following the dismissal of seasoned underperformer Nelson Piquet Jr.



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