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Formula 1 2013 - Canada: Vettel notches first Montreal win

Photo: Red Bull Both practice and qualifying saw on-and-off rain, with some of the heaviest reserved for Saturday’s qualifying sessions. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) failed to make it out of Q3, but kept his car in one piece. Felipe Massa (Ferrari), however, had his third hard crash in the past two events, his back end breaking loose during Q2 and sending him into a wall. In the end, the front row was locked down by a pair of the usual suspects, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilto...

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Formula 1 2013: Monaco Grand Prix: Rosberg dominates

Photo: Reuters Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton locked down the front row of the gird during qualifying, putting a definitive point on a week which had seen Mercedes consistently the fastest make in the field. It was Rosberg’s third straight pole and followed his posting the fasted times in each of the week's practice sessions. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber (Red Bull) started P3 and P4. Hamilton got off the line fastest but Rosberg held the inside line going into Turn 1 to r...

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Formula 1 2013: Spanish Grand Prix - Ferrari 1, 3; Kimi takes second

Photo: Sky Sports Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) came into the race weekend with momentum, having won two of the three previous races. But in order to take the top step on the podium again he was going to have to overcome recent history at Circuit de Catalunya, where the last 12 race winners have come from the front row of the field. Mercedes locked down positions 1 and 2 (Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton respectively), the second time the manufacturer has done so since its return in 2010. Vettel...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Kurt Busch, James Courtney swap rides

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kurt Busch and ex-Australian V8 Supercar Champion James Courtney swapped cars at the Circuit of The Americas. The circuit will host the Austin 400 stop of the V8 Supercar Championship May 17-19, when the series visits US soil for the first time. In a prelude to the event, Busch (the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion) and Courtney (the 2010 Australian V8 Supercar Champion) drove each other’s cars around the Texas venue. The Australian V8 Supercar is 40...

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Formula 1 2013: Bahrain Grand Prix - Vettel wins, Lotus ascendant

Photo: Getty Images Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) took pole position, the second of his career and the first back-to-back Mercedes P1 starts since 1956, Lewis Hamilton having started from the front in China. Force India, meanwhile, acquitted itself very well by locking down Row 3 (Paul di Resta P5, Adrian Sutil P6), its best-ever qualifying effort. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) and Ferrari teammates Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were sandwiched between in P2, 3, and 4 respectively. Massa was the sol...

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Formula 1 2013: Chinese Grand Prix - Alonso wins, Raikkonen P2

  Photo: AFP Lewis Hamilton won his first pole since moving to Mercedes during the off-season, joined on the front row by Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus). Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) qualified third and fourth respectively. Tire wear was a theme throughout practice and qualifying, with the soft option tires degrading in as quickly as 3 laps but being substantially faster when new. This wear rate saw both Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull, P9) and Jenson Button (McLaren, P8) go o...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Circuit of the Americas May 17-19

Photo: VUE Images / Red Bull Content Pool Australian V8 Supercars will debut at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin May 17-19. The series’ first US race, the V8 Supercars Austin 400, will feature 4 x 100 km races rune on COTA’s shorter 2.3 mile circuit, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. A qualifying session will be held each morning. Former Aussie Champion and NASCAR stalwart Marcos Ambrose said the short track was ideally suited to his former category and he looked forward to w...

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Formula 1 2013: Malaysian Grand Prix – Vettel wins, Webber not happy

Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) won the season’s opening round in Australia, and starts seventh on the grid in Malaysia today for Race 2. Defending 3-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) won his second straight pole, followed by the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. In the run up the race both rain and rapid tire degradation featured prominently in conversation.   Most teams took to the track on intermediate tires, with rain on parts of the course and sunshine on o...

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Grand-Am 2013: Pruett, Montoya power BMW to Rolex 24 win

The Rolex Grand-Am Series got off to a great start this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. After 24 hours of racing, three cars from three different makers remained in contention to win in a class (DP) piloted by stars, including champions, not just from Grand-Am but NASCAR, IndyCar, LeMans, DTM, and formerly Formula 1 and Australian V8 Supercars. In the end, Scott Pruett tied Hurley Haywood’s record with his fifth overall victory as Juan Pablo Montoya crossed the finish line in t...

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Grand-Am 2013: Barrichello, Kanaan, Tracy; Brits and Scots; Audi

The 2013 Grand-Am season starts at the end of the month with the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona and the field is shaping up to be one of the best ever in terms of both drivers and cars. Most recently, Rubens Barrichello, Tony Kanaan, and Paul Tracy have signed on to participate, starting with this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24, the final 3-day test before the race itself. Barrichello and Kanaan are part of a two-car GT entry filed by Dener Motorsport, and will co-drive the team’s No...

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