Massa pleased by di Montezemolo’s support

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Felipe Massa says he is grateful for the support of Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo following a difficult weekend at Suzuka. Massa told the official Ferrari website: Even though I am going through a particularly difficult time right now with a lack of results in the last couple of races, I know I can count … Continue reading Massa pleased by di Montezemolo’s support

Hamilton takes heart from McLaren pace

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Lewis Hamilton finished last of the five championship contenders after gearbox trouble in the Japanese Grand Prix but says he was encouraged by the performance of the McLaren: It?s funny, I?ve never believed in luck; I?ve always believed you make your own luck. But that belief has been stretched a bit over the last four … Continue reading Hamilton takes heart from McLaren pace

Alonso says five drivers can still win title

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Fernando Alonso isn’t ruling the McLaren drivers out of contention for the championship despite them falling more than 25 points behind Mark Webber in the Japanese Grand Prix. He told the Ferrari website: I still think that the fight for the title is open for five drivers. Too many times this year we?ve seen someone … Continue reading Alonso says five drivers can still win title

Disaster for Massa (Ferrari race review)

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Going into the Japanese Grand Prix weekend Felipe Massa had the words of Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo ringing in his ears. Montezemolo made various remarks to the effect that he expected Massa to drive quicker and continue to help support team mate Fernando Alonso’s championship bid. Instead Massa had a weekend so dreadful it … Continue reading Disaster for Massa (Ferrari race review)

Schumacher sixth (Mercedes race review)

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The strategies of the Mercedes drivers came into conflict as Michael Schumacher spent half the race stuck behind Nico Rosberg. But could it have been avoided? Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg Qualifying position 10 6 Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’31.846 (+0.352) 1’31.494 Race position 6 17 Average race lap 1’43.533 (-0.994) 1’44.527 Laps 53/53 47/53 Pit … Continue reading Schumacher sixth (Mercedes race review)

H???lkenberg gets hit (Williams race review)

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Williams had both cars in the top ten in qualifying again but only scored two points. Still it helped reduce the gap to Force India in the constructors’ championship. Rubens Barrichello Nico H???lkenberg Qualifying position 7 9 Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’31.535 (-0.024) 1’31.559 Race position 9 Average race lap 1’43.739 Laps 53/53 0/53 Pit … Continue reading H???lkenberg gets hit (Williams race review)

Points at last (STR race review)

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Sebastien Buemi ended the team’s six-race points drought by bring the car home in the top ten for the first time since the European Grand Prix. Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari Qualifying position 18 16 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’33.568 (+0.097) 1’33.471 Race position 10 11 Average race lap 1’43.776 (-0.707) 1’44.483 Laps 53/53 52/53 Pit … Continue reading Points at last (STR race review)

Mystery crash (Virgin race review)

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The most bizarre moment of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend was surely Lucas di Grassi’s crash on the way to the grid before the race began – something neither he nor the team have fully explained. Timo Glock Lucas di Grassi Qualifying position 22 21 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’36.332 (+0.067) 1’36.265 Race position 14 … Continue reading Mystery crash (Virgin race review)

Sutil’s scare (Force India race review)

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Force India failed to score for the fourth time in six races for reason not entirely within their control at Suzuka. That allowed Williams to move within two points of them in the constructors’ championship. Adrian Sutil Vitantonio Liuzzi Qualifying position 15 17 Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’32.659 (-0.495) 1’33.154 Race position Average race lap … Continue reading Sutil’s scare (Force India race review)

Failure halts Kubica (Renault race review)

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Robert Kubica looked on course for a strong result in Suzuka – until his wheel fell off. With Petrov crashing out at the start, Renault failed to score for the third time this year. Robert Kubica Vitaly Petrov Qualifying position 3 13 Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’32.042 (-0.38) 1’32.422 Race position Average race lap 2’07.363 … Continue reading Failure halts Kubica (Renault race review)