Monthly archives: April, 2011

China Race – Hamilton takes sensational Shanghai win

Lewis Hamilton scored a fabulous victory for McLaren in a Chinese race of excellent drives, catching and passing Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel on the 52nd of the 56 laps as the reigning world champion’s gamble on a two-stop strategy – and a 25-lap run on Pirelli’s hard rubber – just failed to pay off. Behind…



China Qualifying – Vettel storms to Shanghai pole

Sebastian Vettel took yet another pole position for Red Bull in a disjointed but exciting qualifying session in Shanghai on Saturday afternoon. In overcast conditions the Red Bull driver performed his usual trick of pulling something extra out of the bag in Q3 and moved well clear of the McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis…



China – Practice Two – Vettel sets Shanghai standard

Sebastian Vettel continued to set the pace for Red Bull here in Shanghai on Friday afternoon, but instead of being two seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren the gap was only 0.166s, and Jenson Button was only 0.247s away. On a track that was still very slippery, as several drivers, Vettel among them, illustrated with…



Vettel keeps cool to win Malaysian thriller

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel made it look so easy as he scored his second victory of the season and extended his world championship points tally to 50 on Sunday afternoon in Malaysia. The German took the lead at the start, nursed his tyres through three pits stops, avoided using his problematic KERS from the 29th…



Malaysia Qualifying – Vettel beats Hamilton to pole

Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel will start from pole for Red Bull on Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, after snatching the position from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton by 0.174s right at the end of a great qualifying session. Felipe Massa set the ball rolling for Ferrari in Q1 before Jenson Button went fastest for McLaren in Q2….



Ambrose strong in Texas qualifying

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway from the fourth row after a strong performance in qualifying. Pole went to David Ragan with Roush Fenway team-mate Carl Edwards to share the front row. The Tasmanian’s performance was good enough for seventh and was made even more impressive as he…



Malaysia Practice Two – McLaren keep Red Bull honest

Mark Webber continued to set the pace for Red Bull as practice resumed in Sepang on Friday afternoon, but this time his margin over McLaren was much smaller. The Australian lapped his RB7 in 1m 36.876s, but Jenson Button took the fastest times in the first two sectors on a lap of 1m 36.881s that…



Malaysia Practice One – Webber sets strong standard

Mark Webber sent shivers down the spines of rivals here in Sepang this morning as he lapped his Red Bull RB7 1.665s faster than anyone else. Lewis Hamilton got closest in his McLaren, but his 1m 39.316s best was light years behind Webber’s 1m 37.651s. A late improvement put Michael Schumacher third for Mercedes on…



Malaysia preview – who can take the fight to Red Bull?

Apart from the fact that Red Bull will be the team to beat, the second round of the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship poses as many questions as did the first, two weeks ago in Melbourne. Will Red Bull get their KERS system working, and how much more advantage will that confer? Will McLaren…



Ambrose a victim of Martinsville carnage

Marcos Ambrose has described himself as a ‘victim’ after being spun into the outside wall early in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Ambrose had been running in the top 20 for the opening stanza of the race, and trailed team-mate AJ Allmendinger in 16th position when he was hit from behind by…