Sebastian Vettel takes pole in crash-hit session (Japanese Grand Prix qualifying)

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Sebastian Vettel is on pole position for the fourth time this season after leading the field in a chaotic qualifying session at Suzuka. Three crashes forced the session to be stopped at different points, including a particularly worrying accident for Timo Glock. And Brawn duo Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello could face penalties after improving … Continue reading Sebastian Vettel takes pole in crash-hit session (Japanese Grand Prix qualifying)

Alonso finally confirmed as Massa’s team mate at Ferrari for 2010

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Ferrari have finally confirmed what pretty much everyone in F1 expected by now – Fernando Alonso will drive for them in 2010. Kimi Raikkonen is set to leave the team after this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and is most likely to end up back at McLaren. Raikkonen was contracted to remain at Ferrari for … Continue reading Alonso finally confirmed as Massa’s team mate at Ferrari for 2010

Fernando Alonso to Ferrari to kick-start 2010 F1 driver market moves

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It seems only a matter of time before we get official word that Fernando Alonso will drive for Ferrari in 2010. Once that piece of the 2010 F1 driver line-up puzzle is in place, the rest of the picture should be assembled very quickly. Other key moves expected for 2010 include a surprise return for … Continue reading Fernando Alonso to Ferrari to kick-start 2010 F1 driver market moves

Alonso praises Briatore after podium

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Earlier in the weekend Fernando Alonso was doing everything he could to rebuff questions about the scandal he and Renault were embroiled in. But having taken a fine and controversy-free third place at Singapore, Alonso decided to dedicate his podium to the pariah of the paddock, Flavio Briatore: I dedicate this podium to Flavio – … Continue reading Alonso praises Briatore after podium

Hamilton heavier than the Red Bulls (Singapore Grand Prix fuel strategies)

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Lewis Hamilton is in a strong position heading into tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix as he is fuelled more heavily than the cars behind him. Nico Rosberg will pit later than Sebastian Vettel, but both of them as well as Mark Webber will make their first pit stops sooner than Hamilton. Here are the drivers’ fuel … Continue reading Hamilton heavier than the Red Bulls (Singapore Grand Prix fuel strategies)

Barrichello crash gives Hamilton pole (Singapore Grand Prix qualifying)

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A crash decided the Singapore Grand Prix last year, and a crash decided Singapore Grand Prix qualifying this year. Rubens Barrichello’s shunt in the dying moments of qualifying may have been entirely innocent, but it handed Lewis Hamilton pole position for the second Singapore Grand Prix. Championship leader Jenson Button, meanwhile, will start from outside … Continue reading Barrichello crash gives Hamilton pole (Singapore Grand Prix qualifying)

Singapore Grand Prix grid

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1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes – 1’47.891 2. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault – 1’48.204 3. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota – 1’48.348 4. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault – 1’48.722 5. Fernando Alonso, Renault – 1’49.054 6. Timo Glock, Toyota – 1’49.180 7. Robert Kubica, BMW – 1’49.514 8. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes – 1’49.778 9. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes – … Continue reading Singapore Grand Prix grid

ING and Mutua Madrilena drop Renault

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The FIA felt Renault’s deliberate crash in last year’s Singapore Grand Prix was hardly worth punishing. But two of the biggest names on the teams’ cars no longer wish to be tainted by association with the team’s flagrant act of cheating. Title sponsors ING jumped ship within hours of Mutua Madrilena abandoning the team. Neither … Continue reading ING and Mutua Madrilena drop Renault

Do F1 drivers help decide strategies? Alonso doesn’t, Hamilton does

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Did Fernando Alonso know about Renault’s conspiracy to cause a crash in last year’s Singapore Grand Prix? That question has provoked a huge amount of discussion here at F1 Fanatic and on other F1 sites. A crucial part of the debate hinges on whether drivers like Alonso are handed their strategies by the team, or … Continue reading Do F1 drivers help decide strategies? Alonso doesn’t, Hamilton does

Renault escape ban for crash (Poll)

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The FIA used strong words to describe how Renault conspired to cause a deliberate crash to win the Singapore Grand Prix. It said: The World Motor Sport Council considers Renault F1?s breaches relating to the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to be of unparalleled severity. Renault F1?s breaches not only compromised the integrity of the sport … Continue reading Renault escape ban for crash (Poll)

Renault face Singapore hearing today

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The only foregone conclusion as Renault face the World Motor Sports Council today is what the verdict will be. Having revealed they will not contest the charges they caused a deliberate accident during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, a verdict of ‘guilty’ seems inevitable. But there are many more questions awaiting answers, some of which … Continue reading Renault face Singapore hearing today

Did more foul play by Renault scupper Schumacher in the 2006 title decider?

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Following Renault’s admission that Nelson Piquet Jnr crashed during the Singapore Grand Prix last year to help Fernando Alonso win, you have to wonder whether anything similar has happened before. In the 2006 title-decider at Interlagos, Michael Schumacher’s slim title chances were ruined when he made contact with Alonso’s then team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella. Did Flavio … Continue reading Did more foul play by Renault scupper Schumacher in the 2006 title decider?

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