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F1: Bahrain – Hamilton takes second straight, Force India finishes third

Mercedes once again dominated qualifying, with Nico Rosberg taking the pole this time over Lewis Hamilton, his second straight Bahrain pole. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), winner of the last two Bahrain races, failed to make Q3. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo qualified third, but was given a 10-grid spot penalty for an unsafe pit release last week in Malaysia. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) started third, more than 0.5 sec behind Hamilton, with Sergio Perez (Force India) lining up in P4.  Mercede...

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Formula 1: Malaysia – Mercedes finishes 1-2, Vettel takes third

A track temperature of 120 as the cars circulated to take the grid promised to tax the new design in the second race of the season. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) started on pole for the second straight race, with teammate and Race 1 winner Nico Rosberg taking the grid in P3. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), who finished out of the points in the first race after winning nine straight to close 2013, started next to Hamilton on the front row, posting a rainy qualifying time 0.55 sec slower. Fernando Alonso...

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Formula 1: Australia – Rosberg wins, Red Bull DQ’d, rookie on podium in debut

Turbocharged 1.6-l V6 powerplants are new to this year’s cars, marking the return of the turbo to F1 for the first time in 26 years. Electrical and heat power recovery are also at work in the new car designs’ drivetrains, as the 2014 Formula 1 season kicks off in Melbourne, Australia.  Mercedes lived up to preseason testing expectations, with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg qualifying first and third. Australian Daniel Ricciardo joined Hamilton on the front row in his Red Bull ...

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F1: 2014 pre-season testing underway

Team testing of their new 1.6-liter turbocharged cars began in Jerez, Spain, today, with Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) running 31 laps and posting a session-best lap time of 1:27.104. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) was roughly 0.7 sec back, posting an 18-lap best of 1:27.820. Raikkonen’s lap total was the most on the day, with competitors for the most part feeling their way around the all-new rides. Hamilton’s session was cut short despite being the first car on track when a front wing failur...

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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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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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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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