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20. April 2015

MERCEDES DOMINATION CONTINUES IN BAHRAIN

Lewis Hamilton has effortlessly converted his pole position into a race victory at the 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix. Hamilton was unchallenged for the bulk of the race while teammate Nico Rosberg lost time battling with the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen. “Firstly big thank you to my team,” said Hamilton on the podium. “The Ferraris gave us a real good run for our money. “It was really difficult to look after our tyres in these conditions. “We need to keep pushing as a team — and we will do, of course.” Hamilton’s only scare was a suspicious brake-by-wire system fault one lap before the end, but even that couldn’t undermine his efforts. “My brakes got a bit warm when I was behind a few backmarkers,” he explained. “It wasn't really a problem.” The battle for second and third was a source of strategic and on-track action from the first lap after Rosberg lost his third place to an aggressive Kimi Räikkönen in the first sector. Rosberg, however, had a newfound sense of aggression himself and was pressuring the Finn to surrender the place by lap four.

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19. April 2015

ANOTHER F1 QUALIFYING, ANOTHER MERCEDES POLE

Lewis Hamilton’s qualifying clean sweep continued in Bahrain, where he captured an emphatic pole to make it four from four in 2015. Sebastian Vettel prevented the expected Mercedes one-two by taking P2 for himself, however, with Ferrari noticeably closer after the first quick runs of the session. The Ferrari was 0.411 seconds behind Hamilton’s headline […]

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AUDI WINS IN SILVERSTONE THRILLER

13. April 2015

AUDI WINS IN SILVERSTONE THRILLER

Audi have drawn first blood in this year's World Endurance Championship with a thrilling victory at Silverstone. Marcel Fässler, Benoit Tréluyer and Andre Lotterer became the latest names to be added to the impressive roll of honour on the base of the 110 year old Tourist Trophy after Fässler took the chequered flag in the no7 Audi Sport R18 e-tron quattro to win the 6 Hours of Silverstone. A 72 second lead for Fässler over fellow Swiss driver Neel Jani in the no18 Porsche 919 was reduced to just 11 with 15 minutes left on the clock when the no7 car was given a Stop-Go penalty for abusing track limits. This set up a great battle for the final few laps, but Marcel Fässler was able to hold on to the lead and take the win by just 4.6 seconds. The no17 Porsche of Mark Webber led the race for the first 80 minutes but a drive train issue forced the Australian into the pits and into retirement. The no18 Porsche took over the top spot but had to contend with the Audi R18s which closed up on the twisty parts of the Silverstone track. However once on the long straights the Porsche would pull away, only to be caught again on the twisty stuff, keeping the fans on the edge of their seats.

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MERCEDES F1 DOMINATION CONTINUES

12. April 2015

MERCEDES F1 DOMINATION CONTINUES

Lewis Hamilton has won a tense Chinese Grand Prix over teammate Nico Rosberg to stretch his lead in the drivers championship standings. The race ended behind the safety car after Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso caught fire on the pit straight with three laps to go, but marshals were unable to bring the stricken car into […]

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DOWN UNDER DRIVERS PUT PORSCHE ON TOP

12. April 2015

DOWN UNDER DRIVERS PUT PORSCHE ON TOP

The Antipodean duo of Australian Mark Webber and New Zealand's Brendon Hartley have taken the first pole position for the opening round of the World Endurance Championship The 6 Hours of Silverstone. The Porsche team underlined their pre-season testing pace when the 1m39.721 average lap time was a full three seconds faster than the 2014 pole time. The no18 919 of Neel Jani and Romain Dumas completed a Porsche front row lockout for tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Silverstone, pushing the no8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Lucas Di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis onto the second row by just 0.012 seconds. Reigning world champions Toyota will start 4th and 6th with the no1 TS040 of Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima just 0.030 seconds behind the no8 Audi and 0.661 behind the leading Porsche. In LMP2 G-Drive Racing also scored a 1-2 in qualifying for tomorrow’s race, a great achievement for the Russian team who are running two cars for the first time in the World Endurance Championship. The no28 Ligier JS P2-Nissan of Ricardo Gonzalez and Luis Felipe Derani beat their teammates Roman Rusinov and Sam Bird in the no26 Ligier to the top spot by just 0.062 seconds. The 1m48.021 average time was over one second faster than last year’s pole time, set by Rusinov and Olivier Pla in the G-Drive Racing Morgan. The brand new KCMG Oreca 05 was third fastest, finishing one tenth of a second ahead of the 2014 ELMS Champions Signatech Alpine, the French team making their WEC qualifying debut. Aston Martin Racing continued its strong performance and claimed a sweep of pole positions in both the LMGTE Pro and Am classes, dominating the former by filling the first three places. The new regulations for 2015 are that the two nominated drivers from each team must set at least one timed lap each, and the average of the two best lap times will serve as the reference time for establishing the grid.

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FERRARI FASTEST AT MONZA Watch live.

12. April 2015

FERRARI FASTEST AT MONZA Watch live.

With the fastest time in free practice and the fastest time in the pre-qualifying session, the Ferrari teams dominated the opening day of the Monza round of the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series. In both sessions it was a driver of the Pro-Am Cup who set the fastest time overall. Just like in free practice, when there were seven Ferrari 458 Italia in the top 10, the early skirmishes in the 90-minute pre-qualifying session were dominated by the cars bearing the Prancing Horse. Eventually it was Pierre Kaffer in the #66 Black Pearl Racing by Rinaldi Ferrari who set the fastest time in 1’47.583, which was only marginally slower than the time Norbert Siedler set in the #333 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari during free practice. Behind Kaffer, the #52 AF Corse Ferrari set the second fastest time, with the #23 Nissan GT Academy Team RJN GT-R Nismo of Wolfgang Reip in third. With a 1’48.550 the Belgian was also the fastest driver in Pro Cup, ahead of countryman Laurens Vanthoor (#1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi). Another Audi driver, Julian Westwood in the #24 Team Parker Racing R8 LMS ultra, set the fastest time in Am Cup, clocking the 31st time overall. During this first day of track action, a lot of interest went to three new GT3 cars. It was the Lamborghini Huracan who impressed the most, with the GRT Grasser Racing Team cars setting the 10th and 11th times respectively, only separated by 12 hundredths of a second. The better of the two new Audi R8 LMS was the Phoenix Racing car, beating the Audi Sport Team WRT machine by exactly 0.015 of a second. In between the two new Audi was the best of the new McLaren 650S, the #54 Attempto Racing machine. All three of those cars just made it into the top-25 overall. Live Streaming of the race can be found here...

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23. November 2014

FORMULA E MALAYSIA: BIRD IS THE WORD

FORMULA E MALAYSIA: BIRD IS THE WORD

Sam Bird cruised to victory in the 2014 FIA Formula E Ycapital Management Putrajaya ePrix ahead of championship-leader Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi. The Virgin Racing driver crossed the line to pick up the full 25 points and clinch his maiden ePrix win. Bird dedicated his win to former GP2 team-mate Jules Bianchi, who […]

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