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Formula 1 Qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit
Saturday November 2, 2013
Qualifying day was met with ups, downs, controversy and surprise.
After the race in Abu Dhabi there are only two races left in the Formula 1 season. The USGP in Austin Texas and the Brazil race.
The 2013 season is the swan song for the very likeable Mark Webber, who just made pole position by beating the time of teammate and red bull champion, Sebastian Vettel.
The down was fan favorite and 2008 champion, Lewis Hamilton who qualified fourth but was unable to finish Q3 because his car broke-down. The Mercedes driver is in a great position to take the number two or three spot on points, and help his team land in second position in the constructors.
Abu Dhabi was not without controversy when the ice-man, Kimi Raikkonen, with Lotus F1 held a press conference to clear up rumors of trouble between him and team heads.
The usually shy Raikkonen said the issues were about money. He went on to say he had not been paid all year and he might not race on Sunday unless, something was worked out. This is Kimi’s last season with Lotus F1 because he made a deal with the Ferrari team and will drive for them next season.
The big surprise during qualifying was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who did not make it into the top ten. Alonso will be starting in 11th place on race day which has put his team chances of second place, in jeopardy.
Stay tuned to Xiro Xone News F1 updates.
Another Vettel Win at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi Sunday November 3, 2013
Red Bull champion Sebastian Vettel cruised into a 7th consecutive win around the beautiful Yas Marina race circuit. The Formula 1 race was at night under the lights, in front of a sold out crowd. Crossing the finish line second, was the much-deserved Australian, Mark Webber, Vettel's red bull teammate.
Third place became uncertain during the last few laps. For several laps throughout the race frenchman Romain Grojean with Lotus, was the sure bet to make third place. Changing track conditions and changing fortunes on the track, netted a third place finish for Nico Rosberg, with Mercedes, instead of Grosjean.
Prior to today's race, Grosjean had three consecutive podiums, and has done a great job for the Lotus team.
Rosberg’s win will keep the Mercedes team in the running for second place in the constructors.
America’s favorite F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, also with Mercedes, had car issues on Saturday during qualifying, and again on race day. He's looking forward to the race in the United States at Circuit of the Americas, where he took the win in 2012.
The next race is the USGP in big bad Austin Nov 15-17.
The Grand Prix race at Suzuka Japan, marked the fifth consecutive win for the unstoppable Sebastian Vettel. The only thing it did not do was, secure the 2013 Formula One Championship title, as some had predicted.
Coming in right behind Vettel was the impressive Mark Webber, who ran his last race in Formula 1 at Suzuka. Following Webber was Romain Grojean, who was happy and quite humble to have made another podium for the season. The Lotus driver, was in the lead for half the race before being overtaken by the two Red Bulls.
Lewis Hamilton, to the disappointment of many, did not make podium. He had a spectacular start and quickly got out in front of both Red Bulls, but the front wing of Sebastian Vettel's car made contact with Hamilton’s right rear tire. The tire puncture forced Hamilton into the pit, and when he returned to the track he was off the pace due to the loss of aero performance, and was forced to retired.
Although Vettel and Webber had poor starts, they both scored big points for their team in the constructors. Red Bull’s strategy to get Vettel acros
There were no surprises when Sebastian Vettel, took pole position during qualifying for the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Singapore. Vettel lost the lead at the first corner to Rosberg but regained it as the Mercedes driver ran wide at turn two. A safety car period chipped away at his 12-second lead, but at the end of the race, it was all Vettel.
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel took no one by surprise when he recorded another win at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday. Once again extending his lead in the Formula One championship.
Winning by a sizeable 32.6 seconds over second place Fernando Alonso, to increase his championship lead from 53 points to 60.
Vettel said, "I am just enjoying the moment.” He continued by saying, “Days like today and yesterday are what it is all about."
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen was third, slightly ahead of the Mercedes team Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in fourth and fifth respectively.
The red bull Sebastian Vettel charged across the finish line today and became the Formula 1 World Champion for 2013.
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