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Breaking News: Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel is jumping ship from Red Bull Racing to the Scuderia Ferrari team, and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso will jump ship and go back to the McLaren team, which he left under extreme controversy. For the past several weeks, rumors were swirling that a shake-up was on the horizon at Ferrari, who made no secret that they wanted to lure Vettel away, from Red Bull. Scuderia's new management team had not been happy with Alonso's attitude, and track performance, and were willing to terminate the remaining two-years on his contract. Alonso strongly denied those rumors, but obviously saw the handwriting on the wall and began negotiations, with McLaren. Sebastian Vettel on the other hand, was accustomed to being the star of Formula One and the press, from 2010-2013, had been relegated in 2014 to a 5th rank driver, and has not won a race all season. After 15-years with Red Bull, he said he wanted to get back to winning.
Starting on pole for Sunday’s race will be a 1-2 Mercedes team with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
The Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, Japan is a 53-lap race on the only track laid out like a figure 8, and plenty of opportunity for over-taking. One of the events for the weekend will be an autograph session with former World Champion Nigel Mansell who spent 15-years in Formula One. 100-fans who are lucky winners of a random drawing will be invited to an autograph session that will take place on Saturday October 4th at the Grand Prix Square Special Stage.
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Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton was a commanding presence, on the track today in Sochi during qualifying, at the Formula One Russian Grand Prix. He was two-tenths ahead of his teammate, Nico Rosberg who secured second.
The 53-lap street circuit with challenging twists and turns, on a purposefully built track, is in the heart of the beautiful Black Sea Resort in Sochi. The long straight before turn one is where Hamilton will likely battle with Rosberg to hold onto, first position. The other drivers also view the location as a great place to improve, their position during the race.
Williams-Martini driver, Valtteri Bottas was third. Bottas set the fastest first and second sectors on his final run, but started to struggled towards the end of the lap and lost the rear of the car in the last corner. As a result Bottas had to settle for third on the grid, with Jenson Button taking his best dry qualifying of the year in fourth.
Russian driver Daniil Kvyat for Toro Rosso, was excited to race at his home circuit. He made an impressive showing by securing 5th position, the best qualifying result of his career.
Disappointed, was Daniel Ricciardo in 7th who had a bit of a problem with the grip, of the new track stating, “It was hard to read the grip.” His Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel in eleventh position was not satisfied with the rear of the car while taking corners. He said, “The car felt nervous”.
Force India continues to work hard for points. Team Principal Vijay Mallya said “the penalty against Nico Hulkenberg was unfortunate and strategy options will be limited on a track where overtaking appears difficult.” At the end of the day, the teams learned quite a bit from qualifying on the new track.
Preview day at the Formula One track in Hoeckenheim, Germany is all abuzz with the news that, Merceses AMG driver Nico Rosberg has signed a news multi-year contract to stay with the team. German champion Sebastian Vettel, with Red Bull Formula One is a four time World Champion who won last year at Nubering. Although there are 3-German drivers that will be on the track, Vettel is currently the fan favorite for this weekend's race.
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Adam Tate and Joey Barnes of TributeRacing.com talk about all the latest in motorsport news including the final races of F1, WEC, and NASCAR as well as the ever changing F1 and IndyCar Silly season with major players changing teams left and right ahead of 2015. We also look ahead to the upcoming United States Grand Prix from the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The latest on Jules Bianchi and if Alexander Rossi will be the first American to start a Formula One Grand Prix since Scott Speed in 2007.
‘The Brilliant Brit’ Lewis Hamilton, driver for Mercedes dominated the track in Sochi today, winning the inaugural race of the Formula One, Russian Grand Prix. In what can only be called a spectacular performance on the track, Lewis Hamilton clinched the Constructors Championship title for the Mercedes AMG F1 team giving them their first ever; win, of the title that honors the entire team.
Mercedes won 13 out of 16 races thus far, with three more remaining. Lewis Hamilton won 9 of the 13 for Mercedes. One does not have to be a fan to recognize Hamilton is a superior driver who has made a great contribution to the Mercedes team. As usual, the dignified and gracious Hamilton pointed out, the engineers, mechanics and workers in the factory and the garage were all part of what made his success on the track possible.
Starting in second and finishing second was Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg. He tried to overtake Hamilton on lap-1 but ran out of space and locked up. The error forced Rosberg to pit early for a tire change on lap 2. But when he got back out, he did a great job fighting his way from eleventh, to a second place finish, on the same set of tires. Rosberg has four wins under his belt and exclaim, “I’m looking forward to the last three races.”
Fans can always count on an impressive drive by Valtteri Bottas, with Williams-Martini. He landed third on the podium giving his team enough points to leapfrog over Ferrari. Bottas seemed satisfied with third after giving up second position to Rosberg, something his fans believe would not have happened had Bottas been more aggressive, in protecting his position.
Rounding out the top five were Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, with McLaren. Sergio Perez with Sahara Force India scored a point for his team coming in tenth.
A live interview with NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debutant and winner at Roseville, Christian PaHud, as well as candid discussion about NASCAR’s version of “Saturday Night Fights” with Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin headlines an all-new edition of Motorsports Madness tonight at 7 PM Eastern on Speed77 Radio powered by Race Chaser Online.
PaHud will join co-hosts Tom Baker, Kyle Magda and Jacob Seelman to talk about his stunning upset in California, while the duo will join with the rest of their cast of motorsports insiders to discuss the potential fallout from the post-race scrum in Charlotte, the thrilling last-lap of the Bathurst 1000 and much more from the weekend in motorsports!
Joel Sebastianelli will return to the Roundtable to talk the inaugural F1 Grand Prix from Russia and Mercedes locking down the Constructor’s title, Steven Ovens brings a full report from NAPA Super Dirt Week, including Donny Schatz’s 25th season victory at Rolling Wheels and Stewart Friesen’s third career Syracuse 200 victory, and James Pike recaps everything from the V8 Supercars thriller in Bathurst and Chaz Mostert’s stunning back-to-front charge to win the event in just his second career attempt at the “Great Race”.
Logan Rayvals, who will be making his supermodified debut at the Oswego Speedway in 2015, will also join the show live to talk about his upcoming season.
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Adam Tate and Joey Barnes from Tribute Racing team with Motorsport.com's Christopher DeHarde to discuss Formula One in Russia, and the impact from Jules Bianchi incident at Suzuka. Also, it's silly season in racing and that means some of the best drivers in each series have been moving in F1 and IndyCar. Andretti Autosport has big shoes to fill with the departure of James Hinchcliffe to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to replace Simon Pagenaud, who left to become the 4th driver at Team Penske. The World Endurance Championship hits Fuji, and we give you our picks on who we think will win the 6 hour race.
The Formula One Japanese Grand Prix got off on an extremely wet track with blinding visibility, behind a safety car. The race was red-flagged in the second lap due to increasingly harsh weather. By lap ten, track conditions had improved enough to recall the safety car and the race recommenced with pole sitter Nico Rosberg in the lead, closely followed by teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton. In lap 43 Adrian Sutil crashed his car along the tire barriers as torrential rains started once again. Then disaster hit in lap 44 as Marussia driver Jules Bianchi veered off the track hitting the Crain that was cleaning up the Sutil crash site. Hamilton had a ten second over Rosberg when the safety car was once again deployed due to the severity, of the Bianchi crash and worsening weather conditions, which lead to race officials stopping and calling the race.
Third place on the podium was Red Bull Sebastian Vettel followed by his teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Sadness over the Bianchi crash kept the celebrated atmosphere at a minimum. This win was a 30th career victory for leader and 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton who is one win short of matching champion hero and compatriot, Nigel Mansell’s record.
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Lewis Hamilton has fought tooth and nail all season for every point he has earned, and Sunday was no different. Lewis Hamilton is one of the most intelligent and skillful drivers that ever hit a Formula One track. Hamilton drove 192 miles in a 61-lap race, under pressure from two Red Bulls, a Ferrari, and an 18-minute safety car.
Hamilton's experience on the track and understanding of the car, along with smart tire strategy and better pit stops, kept him in the lead while tackling tight turns at top speed. Of course it can be said, his toughest fight was in Hungary when he went from pit lane to a third place podium finish, in spite of car trouble, and slow pit stops.
Fighting back and in desperate need of a podium was Sebastian Vettel, with Red Bull. Four-time champion Vettel was not satisfied with third or fourth, so he ramped up his competitive nature and overtook team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to secure himself, a second place finish. Two impressive finishers gaining points for their teams were Fernando Alonso for Ferrari and Felipe Massa for Williams-Martini. Jean-Eric Vergne with Toro Rosso and Sergio Perez with Sahara Force India, came in sixth and seventh respectively.
Next race, Suzuka, in Japan
After Race Entertainment- Nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend will bring his blend of R&B and soul to the Formula One night race on Sunday. Also headlining, Jennifer Lopez at the Padang Stage and Six-time Grammy winner and Emmy winner Ziggy Marley will perform in Zones 1 and 4 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
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There were a few surprises on the track during practice at the Singapore Airlines Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore. A surprise showing by the Ferrari team gave fans a reason to sit up and take notice. At the end of the first practice session, the fastest man on the track was Fernando Alonso. MercedesAMG driver, Lewis Hamilton, was second fastest, followed by his teammate, Nico Rosberg.
Four-time champion Red Bull Sebastian Vettel seems to be improving and had the fourth fastest car. Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado did not disappoint when he ended his practice session, after hitting the side of the wall at a turn known as, ‘the Singapore Sling’. Rosberg had to cut short his second lap, when Maldonado hit the wall. Prior to Maldonado’s crash, Rosberg was fastest on the track, so Hamilton must not under-estimate him at qualifying. By the end of practice 2, fastest on the track was Hamilton, Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen then Sebastian Vettel.
The weekend entertainment during the Singapore Grand Prix features, family friendly entertainment, and late night performances for the mature party set.
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Just when Nico Rosberg thought he would be pole sitter for the Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore, his team-mate Lewis Hamilton pulls the rug out in Q3 by seven one-thousandth of a second. Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo was 3rd, his team-mate Sebastian Vettel 4th, and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was 5th. This was the sixth pole position of the 2014 season for Hamilton and a much needed one, for a track like Singapore. Sundays race in Singapore will be the first test of the new radio rules.
Entertainment- The Pet Shop Boys-Kicking off the weekend is UK’s most successful music duo and three-time Brit Award winner Pet Shop Boys, who are slated to enthrall audiences before the start of the Formula One qualifying session on Saturday. Having sold more than 50 million records worldwide, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s energetic electropop sound, avant-garde costumes and fervent fan base will transform the Circuit Park into an electrifying pre-race party
Six-time Grammy winner and Emmy winner Ziggy Marley will perform in Zones 1 and 4 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Fresh from winning Best Reggae Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards, Ziggy Marley will mark his debut performance in Singapore at the seventh edition of the night race. He will perform after the on-track action at the Village Stage on Saturday, 20 September and before the Formula One race on Sunday, 21 at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre Stage.
Returning to Singapore after thirteen years, one of UK’s biggest pop star Robbie Williams will perform after the Formula One qualifying on Saturday, 20 September 2014 at the Padang Stage
Originally from Colombia, The Shock’s cover Latin Pop, Latin Jazz and reggae. The 7-member band will groove on Zone 1 at the Village Stage on Friday and Sunday, as well as the Paddock Club Lifestyle Stage on Saturday.
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