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Formula 1: Brazil – Vettel enters the record books, Webber goes helmetless. Champions.

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) won pole in 2013’s final championship round, setting himself up well to tie the records for most wins in a season (13, Michael Schumacher) and most consecutive wins (9, Alberto Ascari). Nico Rosberg weathered the rain to qualify his Mercedes P2, followed by Fernando Alonso (Ferrari, P3) and Mark Webber (Red Bull), making his 215th and final F1 start at P4. Mercedes led Ferrari by 15 points in the manufacturers’ championship coming into the final event. R...

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Formula 1: US Grand Prix - Vettel tallies 8th straight, Bottas first points

Photo: Circuit of the Americas   An all-Red Bull front row topped the grid in Austin, Tex., with Sebastian Vettel taking his eighth pole and Mark Webber starting next to him. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) qualified third and Nico Hulkenburg (Sauber) fourth. Grosjean took P2 from Webber at the start, with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) moving from fifth to third.   Adrian Sutil (Force India) left the course and hit a guard rail later in Lap 1 following contact with Pastor Maldanado (Williams)....

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Formula 1: Abu Dhabi - Seven straight for Vettel; Mercedes passes Ferrari

Mark Webber bested his four-time world champion Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel in qualifying to start on pole. Vettel took the grid P2 with Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) P3 and his teammate Lewis Hamilton fourth. A Vettel victory would tie him with Michael Schumacher for second on the all-time consecutive wins list with seven. A Webber victory, meanwhile, would be his career 10th as he prepares to retire from Formula 1 and join Porsche as a factory driver as the make returns to prototype competiti...

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Formula 1: India – Vettel wins race, 4th consecutive world championship

Sebastian Vettel’s (Red Bull) dominance coming into India was clear: 5 straight 2013 victories, and having won each pole, led every lap, and won each race in the 3-year history of the Indian Grand Prix. A Top 5 finish for Vettel would give him his fourth straight championship. In order for Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) to remain alive he needed to finish either first or second.   Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) started next to Vettel, with Rosberg’s teammate Lewis  Hamilton and Mark ...

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V8 Supercars: Bathurst 1000 – First Bathurst wins for Winterbottom, Ford

Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew FPR, Ford) won his first Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, beating Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden) to the finish line by 0.47 sec. Winterbottom and co-driver Steven Richards also delivered FPR its first Bathurst win. Ford had announced its continued support of the team the day before. The win was Richards’ third at Bathurst.   “Today was just unbelievable,” said Winterbottom. “The way the race unfolded and to win it ...

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Formula 1: Japan – Vettel wins fifth straight, Gutierrez scores first points

Sebastian Vettel came to Suzuka on a four-race winning streak and with a chance to clinch the 2013 Formula 1 driver’s championship, joining Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio and Alain Prost as the only drivers to win four or more. His teammate, Mark Webber, however, won the pole. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), second in the points, started P8 and would remain in contention even with a Vettel win if he placed there or higher. Webber started second on the grid, marking the first all-Red Bul...

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V8 Supercars: Sandown 500 – Red Bulls finish 1-2

The typical Australian V8 Supercars event consists of multiple 40ish-lap road course/street circuit races on the same weekend. This weekend, however, brought the first of the season’s three consecutive endurance races, the Sandown 500; 161 laps for total of 500 km on the 3.1 km, 12-turn road course. Each car adds a co-driver for these events (which also include the legendary Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600). Will Davison and co-driver Steve Owen put their Pepsi Max FPR Ford on the pole,...

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Formula 1: Italy - Vettel wins third of last four, Alonso P2

Photo: Getty Images/Mark Thompson Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber made it an all Red Bull front row in Monza. More remarkable, however, was the success of Nico Hulkenberg in nailing down P3 for Sauber and the lack of same for Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who failed to make it to Q3 for the first time in 67 races after winning four straight poles. Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso did their best to keep the Tifosi at bay by putting their Ferraris on the grid at P4 and P5. Both Toro Rossos and both...

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F1: Belgium – Vettel wins, extends season points lead

Photo: www.formula1.com The end of Formula 1’s 25-day summer break means a return to the 4.4-mile, 19-turn forested thrills of Spa Francorhamps for the Belgian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing-Renault) led the chase for his fourth consecutive championship by 38 points over Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus-Renault) coming into the race. The oft-changing weather at Spa during grid formation was cloudy but dry. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the pole, with Vettel starting next to him, the ...

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V8 Supercars - Ipswich: McLaughlin, Mostert lead the rookie charge

Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden) took the Saturday split 60/60-km race of the Coates Hire Ipswich 360 on the Red Bull test track from pole, half a second ahead of Scott McLaughlin (Fujitsu GRM, Holden), with Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford) finishing third. Whincup dominated, leading at the halfway mark as well over McLaughlin and teammate Craig Lowndes. Two rookies, however, took wins in the 100-km Sunday races, McLaughlin finishing first in Round 23 and Wilson S...

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