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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.
On the downside 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 place, in the constructors.
Abu Dhabi was not without controversy when the "iceman," 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 in 11th place on the starting grid, which has put his team chances of second place, in jeopardy.
Stay tuned to Xiro Xone News F1 updates.
It was wet stormy day at the Sepang track, during qualifying, for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, on Saturday. Mercedes wunderkind and two-time champion Lewis Hamilton took his second pole position in the second race of the season. Former Red Bull champion Sebastian Vettel, in his first season driving for Ferrari, broke-up the Mercedes 1-2 front row by taking second away from fellow German, Nico Rosberg. A very disappointed Nico Rosberg, will be starting in third position. Red Bulls, Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat qualified 4th and 5th respectively. For the first time in 54-years, a teenager, Max Verstappen, qualified in the top ten in Formula One Grand Prix qualifying. Verstappen, driving for Toro Rosso, and will be starting, sixth, on Sunday. At age 17, Verstappen is the youngest driver in Formula One. Thunderstorms and torrential rains stopped any momentum Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen may have had, scoring in the top ten. He will start in eleventh, position. The Sepang crowd welcomed back an injured Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas after both drivers suffered injuries doing what the love, racing. With dynamics on the track changing, Sunday's race should be spectacular.
Keep it tuned to Xiro Xone F1 Sports for all the action at the Formula One Grand Prix, Malaysia.
Todd Stauber and Aaron Heinzen are back to take a look at the week that was, and the week that will be in soccer. Join us as we talk USA v Denmark and yet another late collapse from the Americans. What's the answer to the back four for Jurgen Klinsmann? We'll look at all of the other international results from friendlies to early stage 2018 World Cup qualifying matches. We'll talk MLS and ask the question, which MLS teams will suffer the worst from national team call ups and the Gold Cup this summer? We'll also take a look back to last Sunday and Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool, Steven Gerrards 36 second red card, and Barcelona's 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the Classico.
Adam Tate and Joey Barnes of Tribute Racing are joined by Christopher DeHarde of motorsport.com, Josh Farmer of motorsport monday and Matt Weaver of popularspeed.com.
The gang will talk Kevin Harvick's record streak of finishes, the recent caution filled chaos in California and a look ahead to Martinsville where Chase Elliot will be making his first Spring Cup series start.
They also look ahead to the IndyCar season and the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series kicking off at St. Pete. F1 in the Malaysian Grand Prix and MotoGP in Qatar.
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Adam Tate (Tribute Racing), Joey Barnes (Tribute Racing), Christopher DeHarde (Motorsport.com), and Josh Farmer (Motorsport Monday) team up to examine the action from this past weekend in Formula One, NASCAR, and Formula E.
The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg look poised for another strong season in F1, but Sebastien Vettel may have something to say about it after a sensational podium result in his debut race with Ferrari at Albert Park.
Kevin Harvick has made Phoenix International Raceway a personal playground in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, who can stop the defending series champion?
The gang also looks into the new IndyCar aero kits as the teams just finished testing at Barber Motorsports Park, along with a brief look at the upcoming 12 Hours of Sebring.
All this and more as we take you "In the Gravel Trap!"
It was a world-class blowout for the Mercedes Petronas Formula One team, at the Australian Grand Prix, on Sunday. Two-time world champion Lewis Hamilton successfully defended his title. The opening season race was a seat grabber, and the podium interview conducted by Arnold Schwarzeneggar, was a cherry topping off a great race.
For most of the race Hamilton maintained a two-second lead ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg, to win the first Formula 1 Grand Prix of the 2015 season. Rosberg came in comfortable second, followed by, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. Felipe Massa with Williams, and Felipe Nasr with Sauber, came in fourth and fifth, respectively. The Ferrari team was revitalized with their first podium finish in a long time, thanks to, a better car, and 4-time champion Sebastian Vettel, behind the wheel.
There was a crash, a spinout, smoke, and a faulty pit stop, that ended the race for several others the drivers. While McLaren-Honda reserve driver Kevin Magnussen and Russian driver Daniil Kvyat, never made it onto the track. A faulty pit stop ended the race for Kimi Raikkonen, and Gearbox failure ended the race for Red Bull driver, Daniil Kvyat.
Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who was declared unfit to drive, due to a back injury. Fans are wishing him well and hoping he can get back out on the track. Bottas put Williams back on the map, after a long podium absence, for the team. And two-time champ Fernando Alonso, driving for McLaren-Honda suffered a concusion on the last day of preseason testing. Doctors think he should sit out the race in Australia because they want to minimize the risk a second impact syndrome so soon after his concussion.
The best line of the night goes to NBCSN Announcer David Hobbs when Perez and Button made contact, Hobbs remarked, “These guys are duking it out for dead last."
Opening season for Formula One got off to an exciting start in Melbourne, Australia. Two-time world champion kicked off the start of the weekend by grabbing the pole position. His teammate and closest rival, Nico Rosberg locked out the second position for a one-two Mercedes front row, for Sunday’s race. Teenage rookie, Max Verstappen was impressive on the track and made the top ten. However, the much anticipated McLaren-Honda debut was disappointing to fans and drivers, who had high expectations for the return of Honda in Formula One. Jenson Button did his best, and Fernando Alonso was still out for medical reasons.
Red Bull lead driver Daniel Ricciardo will start in seventh position, while his former teammate, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, will start fourth. Ferrari seems poised; to give Williams and Red Bull a fight this season
In more drama and woes on and off the track for Manor, formally Marussia, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi never made it onto the track for qualifying. While Sauber has been embroiled with a lawsuit over, which driver has a right to a seat, for the 2015 season? We will have additional details on the drama of both teams in the Xiro Xone F1 Report, on Sunday.
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