Monthly archives: July, 2013

Webber angered with more KERS problems

Mark Webber said Red Bull should be embarrassed after another KERS problem left him tenth on the grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Webber has a long history of KERS issues and this year had it fail on him during the first half of the Australian Grand Prix. In other races this year he has…



1997 Hungarian Grand Prix: Hill’s Arrows Agony

Well on the way to winning the world championship, Hill was told only at the end of August that he was surplus to requirements in 1997. That left him very little choice of where to drive in the year during which he would be defending his world title – in fact, it made it impossible…



Hamilton snatches Hungary pole from Vettel

Lewis Hamilton gave Mercedes their seventh pole position of the season in Hungary on Saturday after a gripping shoot-out with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, team mate Nico Rosberg and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean – and didn’t even realise that he’d done it until he was completing his slow-down lap. As the track temperature swung between a…



Formula 1 could return to Austria at the Red Bull Ring

The Austrian Grand Prix could return to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time in more than a decade. Red Bull announced an agreement had been reached with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone to stage the race, last held in 2003, next season. “[Owner] Dietrich Mateschitz and Bernie Ecclestone reached an agreement that F1 will…



Nissan Internationals confirmed for V8 Supercar test

Two of Nissan’s international stars will drive Nissan Motorsport’s Altima V8 Supercars in a special test at Winton next month. German Michael Krumm and Spaniard Lucas Ordonez will steer the Altimas on Monday August 12; a day prior to the team’s first full test day since the season began. News of the guest driver test…



Logano wins race at Chicagoland

Joey Logano held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. Logano, the lone Sprint Cup regular in the race, earned his second Nationwide win of the year and No. 20 for his career. He also won at Dover in June. Hornish held on for second, giving car…



Dick Johnson’s Shell Sierra

While Saturday Sleuthing has generally revolved around the history and racing lives of modern-day V8 Supercars, more and more of our V8 Sleuth’s email is asking about older cars from the Group A and Group C era that helped pave the way for the V8 Supercars Championship that exists today. Aaron Noonan is often asked…



Marussia team set to use Ferrari engines in 2014

Formula 1’s smallest team Marussia have confirmed that Ferrari will supply their new V6 engines from next season. The Banbury-based team, with a best result this season of 13th in Malaysia, will join Sauber as a Ferrari customer. The deal will end Marussia’s association with Cosworth, who will stop being a F1 engine supplier. Marussia…



Ferrari must improve or risk losing Alonso

Sebastian Vettel has taken a lot of impressive grand prix victories in his time and the one in Germany on Sunday was right up there among them. It was a win that owed a lot to track position, which he earned by qualifying second to Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes and making a good start. There’s no…



Magnussen fastest as Webber sidelined

McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen set the pace on the opening day of Silverstone’s combined Young Driver and Pirelli tyre test on Wednesday. The 20-year-old Dane, whose father Jan made 25 Formula 1 starts in the 1990s, shot to the top of the order in the late afternoon on a set of Pirelli’s existing medium tyre. Currently…