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  • 00:14

    The Magic and the Madness in Monaco at the Formula 1 Grand Prix 2015

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    Nico Rosberg won the Grand Prix in Monaco with the help of a strategic blunder.


    Starting on pole was pivotal for Lewis Hamilton, who was almost certain to win the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco.  Hamilton maintained the lead throughout the race and had a 19 second lead over teammate Nico Rosberg.  No one could have overtaken him on that particular track, and no one could have taken the race from him until, lap 65, when the youngest driver in Formula 1 Max Verstappen ran head on into the barriers while trying to overtake, Romain Grojean.


    A virtual safety car (VSC) was in effect which would have maintained the status quo for the position of drivers, but suddenly, an actual safety car was deployed, and the Mercedes strategist called Hamilton in to pit for a tire change. The move was shocking to fans and the media since Hamilton’s tires were holding up just fine, and he had only 14 laps to go. Mercedes called Hamilton in while Vettel who was in third, and Rosberg in second, stayed out and advanced their positions. By the time Hamilton rejoined the group, he was in third, Vettel was  ahead of him in second and Rosberg ahead of Vettel in first. Although Hamilton is still leading the drivers, championship, this was a painful loss.  Every other word heard around the F1 universe has been “robbed, Hamilton was robbed.”  Fans believe Hamilton is rightfully upset that such a blunder by his strategist could cost him so much.  He has consistently praised and thanked his team, even when they mess up his pit stops but by all accounts, this was a bridge too far. Now, fans are asking, “Can Lewis trust the people he depends on?”  Coming in fourth and fifth were the Red Bulls, Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen held onto sixth and an impressive drive by Force India’s Sergio Perez, and McLaren driver Jenson Button, put them in seventh and eighth, respectively.

  • 00:06

    Qualifying Day at The F1 Grand Prix in Brazil, Nico Rosberg On Pole

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    Lewis Hamilton is the Formula One championship leader, but his teammate Nico Rosberg, did not let that stop him, from fighting for the championship until the final race, in Abu Dhabi.


    Rosberg beat Hamilton by the slimmest of margins 0.033 seconds, and when they took the podium, Hamilton reached out his hand to his teammate, for a congratulatory handshake. This is the 10th pole for Rosberg and the best year of his career.  Although teams do not get points for pole positions, Rosberg will be rewarded for his efforts when he receives the inaugural pole position trophy.


    For race leader Lewis Hamilton, his use of intelligence and skill helped him win the Constructors Championship for Mercedes. It also helped him out-perform his teammate by winning 10-races this season. So for Hamilton, the fight for the championship continues until he crosses the finish line on November 23, 2014.


    Interlagos has been on the race calendar since 1974 and it is the second shortest race of the season. The track was refurbished and appears to be rough on tires. According to Paul Hembrey with F1 tire supplier Pirelli, the track asphalt is oily, and if it rain, you don’t have to be an expert to know that oil and water do not mix.


    Rounding out the top five in qualifying were, Williams-Martini Felipe Massa, who is Brazilian and looking for a win at home. Fourth was Massa’s teammate Valtteri Bottas, and fifth was McLaren driver Jensen Button, expected to depart Formula 1 at the end of the season.


    Several drivers did better on the track today, than they have done most of the season. Perhaps it was to raise their standings before the end of the season, or, they may be afraid of being replaced by a younger driver, with the hunger they once had. Whatever the reasons, qualifying at the Brazilian Grand Prix has set the stage for what may be a dream, or a nightmare, for fans and driver.

  • 00:14

    Changing Fortunes Shave Points On Slick Track at F1 Brazilian Grand Prix

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    Nico Rosberg got out in front of championship leader and teammate, Lewis Hamilton, at the start of the race, and held on to win the Formula One Grand Prix, in Brazil. The win shaved 7-points away from Hamilton’s 24-point lead.


    The day offered a few surprises that started when, the only driver to win a race other than the Mercedes team, Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo, had car problems and could not finish the race after lap 39.  While 4-time champion and Ricciardo teammate Sebastian Vettel, finished fifth.


    Pit stop delays due to a loose belt and graining tires cost Williams-Martini’s most promising driver, Valtteri Bottas, a third or fourth place finish. However, the Finn still managed to finish tenth.  


    Bottas teammate, the Brazilian Felipe Massa coming in third was a crowd pleaser. He was at home, surrounded by friends, fans and family.  To see Massa standing on the podium, meant a lot to the vibrant crowd and the country.


    Out-going McLaren driver and 2009 champion Jenson Button, had an impressive fourth place finish, while Vettel could not push the car higher than fifth.  After a benign battle on the track with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso was sixth, leaving Raikkonen seventh.


    In other on-track action, Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg, who is not sure if he will have a seat in 2015, finished eighth, and the young rookie Kevin Magnussen with McLaren, was ninth.


    The championship leader Lewis Hamilton, and second place Nico Rosberg, will have to wait until Abu Dhabi on November 23rd, to see who will be crowned, the 2014 champion.

  • 00:14

    Formula One USGP Practice at The Circuit of the Americas

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    The teams were out on the track for practice today at, the Circuit of the Americas. Taking the helm during practice was the Mercedes AMG team, the 2014 constructors’ champions, with Lewis Hamilton slightly ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. Both drivers experienced slight mechanical problems with Hamilton’s car, having the more significant of them. This left fans wondering, will the last three races come down to, reliability problems?


    The top five after FP2 were Hamilton, Rosberg, Alonso, Ricciardo, and Massa. Four-time champion and winner of the 2013 USGP Sebastian Vettel, was the slowest of the field and will start at the back of the grid in 18th, due to a gearbox change penalty. Daniel Ricciardo is the only driver who is still within striking distance of the driver’s championship, and was only 1.3 seconds behind leader, Lewis Hamilton.


    Valtteri Bottas with Williams-Martini did not go out in FP1, which allowed Williams test driver Felipe Nasr to make a run. Bottas finished 11th, but have not forgotten that this is the track where he gained his first championship points in 2013.


    Fans did not seem bothered by the absence of Caterham F1 and the Marussia teams. Both teams were placed under administration recently and only Marussia seems to have a ray of hope, for new buyers. This leaves a field of 18-cars for Sundays race. As several of the independent teams continue to struggle, some team principals are looking for changes to be made that will control cost and include more consideration for independent teams.


    The 18-car dilemma caused the format for qualifying to be altered. In a recent meeting, the stewards decided that the slowest 4-cars in Q1 will not take part in the session, and the slowest 4-cars in Q2 will be eliminated from taking part in Q3. If you are confused, email us at xiroxoneradio@mail.com and tell us what you think, they should have done.

  • 00:11

    "Focused Like A Jedi Knight" Lewis Hamilton Won The USGP in Austin Texas

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    Formula One champion race leader Lewis Hamilton drove a spectacular race Sunday at the USGP in Austin, Texas, at the Circuit of the Americas. He may not have started on pole but he crossed the finish line first, while his teammate and pole sitter Nico Rosberg sauntered in second, as if he were saving his best drive for the final race in Abu Dhabi, and the award of double points.


    This is the 32nd career victory for Hamilton who a Journalist with Xiro Xone News referred to as being “focused like a Jedi Knight.”


    The day started with a bevy of celebrities from stage and screen, and former racing champions from NASCAR, Indy Car and Formula One.  As the day moved on and the cars lined up in formation, fans were holding onto their seats to see if pole sitter Nico Rosberg was going to make a mistake and give Hamilton an opening, and Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo a chance to finish higher than third, and keep his championship hopes alive.


    Crossing the finish line after the two Mercedes drivers were, Daniel Ricciardo, Felipe Massa and his teammate, Valtteri Bottas.


    In other action on the track, Vijay Mallya, team principal for Force India works hard and spends a lot of money to keep and develop a Formula One team that can be the pride of India. He was understandably upset, when both of his drivers suffered a DNF during the race.  Sergio Perez made contact with Sauber driver, Adrian Sutil.  Nico Hulkemberg cruised to a self-imposed stop, due to drive shaft problems. Perez was given a seven-place grid penalty for his actions that will be served in Brazil, and has apologized to Sutil.


    Circuit of the Americas, the race promoters and staff did Texas proud and gave the more than 200K fans of Formula One a fun and exciting event.


     

  • 00:11

    Rosberg on Pole at The USGP in Austin

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    Nico Rosberg was four-tenths faster than teammate and champion leader Lewis Hamilton to take pole position at the USGP in Austin, Texas, on Saturday during qualifying.


    The top five on the grid for the Formula One USGP are Rosberg, Hamilton, Bottas, Massa, and Ricciardo.


    As soon as Lewis Hamilton went out in Q1 he detected something was wrong with the car and returned to the pits. The problem appeared to be tire vibration but could be more.


    The 2013 USGP winner Sebastian Vettel will be starting at the back of the grid only took part in Q1 to prove the car was competitive, as required by FIA rules.


    Under the revised qualifying format, the 4-cars slashed in Q1 were Vettel, Grosjean, Gutierrez, and Eric Vergne.


    In late breaking news, Marcus Ericcson, the rookie driver for the now defunct Caterham Formula One team, will be driving for Sauber in 2015.  Sauber has not announced their choice for second driver.

  • 00:16

    Lewis Hamilton Wins The Italian Grand Prix At Monza In A Sea Of Red

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    Mercedes AMG driver Lewis Hamilton just won the Italian Grand Prix at the home of Ferrari. The 2008 World Champion was in pole position but got off to a bad start due to car trouble. His teammate Nico Rosberg took the lead pushing Hamilton back, and into fourth position. Pressure started to take its toll on Rosberg and he made two mistakes, the second of which proved to be an opportunity for the faster Hamilton to move back into first position.  Once Hamilton regained the lead, he kept it throughout the race.  Hamilton's teammate Nico Rosberg came in second and Williams-Martini driver and former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, crossed the finish line third. The disappointment of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso's DNF did not prevent the fans from showing their love of the Ferrari F1 team. The Ferrari organization was out in full force along with the Ferrari family. The Mercedes Team is currently in the lead for the constructors’ title, and with six more races before the end of the season, it looks as though Mercedes will maintain that position. The Italian fans were gracious, excited, and seemed to emjoy the event. The after race entertainment was, the still popular musical group, Duran Duran.

  • 00:16

    Daniel Ricciardo Wins Belgium Grand Prix While The Crowd Boo Nico Rosberg

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    The Formula One Grand Prix at Spa, in Belgium, was jam-packed with excitement, tenacity, and some have said, “dirty tricks.”   Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo drove a spectacular race all the way through the finish line.  He started the race in 5th position then used speed and precision to overtake Mercedes driver and pole sitter Nico Rosberg.  Once Ricciardo moved into first position he stayed there. He defended his position and held on for a back-to-back win, making this his third of the season.


    Boos, Boos and more Boos for Mercedes AMG driver Nico Rosberg today. Fans and race viewers watched as he appeared to deliberately make contact with teammate Lewis Hamilton just enough to damage Hamilton’s tires, and derail any opportunity Hamilton had, to earn points.  Rosberg is in the lead for the driver championship and Hamilton, the 2008 World Champion was his biggest threat with an 11-point gap.  Hamilton did not finish the race today due to damage to the car while Rosberg went on to finish second.  Finishing third was the always friendly and reliable Williams-Martini driver, Valtteri Bottas.  Bottas really put the Williams-Martini team in a respectable position for championship points, which means millions to a team.  Valtteri has become a very reliable driver with enough confidence, to duke it out on the track, for team points.


    Xiro Xone F1 Sports Award for Guts goes to McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen who fought to keep his position against Alonso.


    The Stop stressing me out award goes to, Sebastian Vettel, the 4-time champion with Red Bull.  He made the podium on qualifying day, but missed it on race-day. Vettel has done a much better job with the car of late, and could have landed on the podium had it not been for a couple of hiccups, on the track.  Now that he is more acquainted with the car we can expect to see him on the podium quite a bit more, next season.

  • 00:16

    Lewis Hamilton From Pit to Podium Daniel Riccardo Wins Hungarian Grand Prix

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    Another win for the smiling man at Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo. He is proving to be well worth the efforts of Red Bull's decision to bump him up from Toro Rosso to a seat on the team with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel. Ricciardo seems to make winning easy, or perhaps its the fact that he is having so much fun on the track that he does not let fans see him sweat. Standing second on the podium was Fernando Alonso with the Ferrari team.  And In what has to be the most spectacular racing comeback of the season, Lewis Hamilton went from pit to podium in Budepest Hungary.  The brilliant brit who won the world championship in 2008 as a McLaren driver,  showed the world what a true professional can do out on the track even when starting in the pit. After being plagued with several mechanical problems this season, including qualifying, when his car mysteriously caught fire, Hamilton manage to land on the podium with a 3rd place finish.  

  • 00:16

    Lewis Hamilton Wins The Showdown At Silverstone During British Grand Prix

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    The heart and soul of the British Grand Prix was Lewis Hamilton. The 2008 champion driver for the Mercedes AMG team showed true grit, as he raced 57 laps to take the win at the, Formula One British Grand Prix.


    Hamilton, who was 6th place on the starting grid quickly moved into 4th when, Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen hit a wall at 150mph causing a delay in the race.  Raikkonen was okay, but exited the car with some assistance and a limp.


    Once the race continued Hamilton set the fastest laps on the track moving into second place but still 5 seconds behind teammate, Nico Rosberg. Hamilton closed the 5-second gap and was on the tail of Rosberg whose radio transmission to the garage revealed a gearbox problem, just as Hamilton was taking the lead.


    Lewis Hamilton showed true grit, tenacity, and the skill of a champion when he took the lead and kept it, then comfortably cruised across the finish line to win his home race, at the Formula One Grand Prix in Britain.


    Williams-Martini driver Valtteri Bottas was a very impressive second, and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo came in third.  Lewis Hamilton may have missed getting pole position, but he did not miss winning the Formula One British Grand Prix.  


    Keep it tuned to Xiro Xone News and F1 Sports

  • 00:15

    Xiro Xone F1 Sports News: Formula One British Grand Prix Preview and Practice

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    Preview of the 2014 British Grand Prix


    An exciting weekend is on tap during the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone. There will be standing room only when British champions Lewis Hamilton, with Mercedes AMG, and Jenson Button with McLaren Formula One, take to the track amidst the cheers of their fellow countrymen and fans around the world.


    All eyes are on Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg who is, currently in the lead for the driver’s championship and determined, not to lose his position.  2013 champion Sebastian Vettel, and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, are looking for their first win.  Meanwhile, Vettel's teammate Daniel Ricciardo, is looking for a repeat of performance in Canada.


    Williams-Martini F1, made news this weekend when their first female test driver, Susie Wolff, took to the track during Practice One, and completed 4-laps before heading into the garage with, an oil pressure problem.


    The Caterham Formula One team is under going some ownership changes.  Team principle and Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes has sold the team. We hope the new owners appreciate a great hard working team, especially, their P.R. Officer, Tom Webb.  Caterham is the only team in Formula One with an American driver, Alexander Rossi. Rossi is a GP2 champion and Formula One test driver who deserves, a permanent seat with a team.   


    Tune in to Xiro Xone F1 Sports News for all race weekend news and updates.