Formula One - Monaco GP Race Report
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| The Lotus F1 Team came away disappointed from Monaco on Sunday after securing just two world championship points courtesy of a ninth place finish for Kimi Raikkönen , despite an encouraging qualifying session on Saturday.
Although Raikkönen struggled to get his tyres up to temperature on his way to eighth on the grid, team-mate Romain Grosjean finished the session in fifth, before being promoted to fourth when Mercedes' Michael Schumacher took a five-place grid penalty. It was all over for the Frenchman 100 metres into the race, however, when he made contact with Michael Schumacher on the run down to Turn 1. He retired on the spot after a 90-degree spin.
Kimi survived the first-corner melée and kept pace with world champion Sebastian Vettel for much of the first stint, but his tyres had soon had enough. He stayed out on-track to wait for the expected rain that never materialised, hurting his points-scoring chances and dropping him from seventh to 11th. One retirement and one pitstop for drivers ahead promoted the Finn to ninth, where he finished.
The result drops Lotus to fourth place in the constructors' championship on 86 points behind Ferrari, while Raikkönen lies sixth in the drivers' championship on 51 points, two places lower than he began the weekend. Grosjean remains eighth on 35 points.
| THE HORSE WHISPERER – TYRED AND EMOTIONALThese are difficult times for people with poor memories. Maybe it's because of the huge amount of information available today that people are too quick to talk, forgetting things that happened pretty much in the recent past. Or maybe the brain cells that control memory only operate selectively, depending on the results achieved on track by their owners.|
A classic example of this is the current saga regarding the number of pit stops. Voices have been raised to underline the fact that various ....
|2013 Monaco Grand Prix - PreviewFormula One's most famous race, the Monaco Grand Prix, takes place around the streets of the principality on Sunday 26 May for the 71st time.|
◾ Just three of the past 30 Monaco Grands Prix have been won by a car starting outside the top three
◾ The race has a very high 80% risk of Safety Car intervention with a total of 14 Safety Car periods in the past ten years
◾ Last year's race featured just 25 pit stops for tyres, the second lowest figure of the entire season (after Austin, 24 stops)
| Double Duties For Massa In MaranelloMaranello, 15 May – Felipe Massa was working in Maranello today. The Brazilian tackled a session in the simulator as part of the preparations for the Monaco Grand Prix, which is Felipe's second home race, as he and his family live just a stone's throw from the track. Felipe also took the opportunity to go over the F138's short and mid-term development programme with the Scuderia engineers.|
Felipe also made an unexpected visit to the renovated Ferrari Store at Maranello, its new look h....
| TAG HEUER SIGNS MAJOR GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WITH FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIPLONDON (May 15, 2013) - TAG Heuer, the world's number one manufacturer of luxury timepieces inspired by sport, has signed on as Official Timekeeper, Official Watch and Chronograph and Founding Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship.|
The agreement was signed at TAG Heuer's headquarters in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland by Jean-Christophe Babin, President and CEO of TAG Heuer (on the right), and Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings.
'Teaming up with Formula E, the world's top competi....
| NISSAN 370Z NISMO SET TO STAR IN THE 2013 GUMBALL 3000 RALLY IN EUROPE• Next NISMO road car makes dynamic debut|
• Team from L'Ecurie and INTERSECTION Magazine to drive car
• Seven-day, 3,000 mile event route goes through 13 countries across Europe
• New Nissan 370Z NISMO features 350-hp engine and bespoke NISMO chassis
• Over one million fans expected to spectate along the route
ROLLE, Switzerland – It's the kind of road trip that performance car enthusiasts dream of -- a week-long, 3,000-mile (5,000km) driving adventure through 13 countries in one ....
|SPANISH GP - FIRST DOUBLE PODIUM OF THE YEARMontmelo, 12 May – The Spanish crowd got what they wanted today at the Catalunya circuit, as Fernando Alonso drove brilliantly to secure his first win here in Barcelona since 2006. Adding to the delight in the Prancing Horse garage, Felipe Massa made sure that two Ferrari drivers were on the podium for the first time this season with a fantastic drive from a grid-penalised ninth place to third at the end of the 66 laps. Splitting the two men in red was the Flying Finn, Kimi Raikkonen. The....|
| RED BULL IS FOURTH AND FIFTH AS ALONSO REIGNS IN SPAINSebastian Vettel retained his lead in the fight for the Formula One Drivers' Championship with fourth place at the Spanish Grand Prix, while Mark Webber improved from seventh at the start to a well-deserved fifth place.|
After qualifying third, Seb made a great start to pass Lewis Hamilton for second place and set about chasing down pole winner and leader Nico Rosberg. However, in his first stop Sebastian lost his position to Alonso and dropped back. Alonso soon passed Rosberg for the lead and....
| Spanish Gp - Promising Validation Work For Alonso And MassaMontmelo 10 May – The Spanish weather improved for the second free practice session on the Barcelona circuit, so that drivers and teams were able to get through their programmes on a completely dry track.|
Fernando Alonso was second fastest, with a time of 1.22.825, just 0.017s off the fastest man, Sebastian Vettel. Felipe Massa ended up fifth, setting a time of 1.23.110.
The first runs saw many drivers come out on the 'Prototype' Hard tyres supplied by Pirelli. Alonso did 6 laps o....