Heidfeld and Klien return to F1 racing this weekend

Nick Heidfeld

Nick Heidfeld will race for his old team for the rest of the season

There will be two “new” faces on the grid this weekend in Singapore. Sauber announced after Italian GP that Nick Heidfeld will replace Pedro de la Rosa for the rest of the season. (Pedro de la Rosa will take on the Pirelli testing job previously held by Heidfeld and Grosjean).

Short while ago the HRT team announced that Christian Klien will replace Sakon Yamamoto for the Singapore GP. The official reason is food poisoning. The team hopes that Yamamoto will be OK to race in Japan. Here is the press release from HRT:
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2010 Belgian GP – Race result – Hamilton, Webber, Kubica

Lewis Hamilton Belgian GP

Lewis Hamilton - 2010 Belgian GP

Lewis Hamiltonn won the dry wet dry wet Belgian GP just ahead of Mark Webber and Robert Kubica. Felipe Massa finished 4th, Adrian Sutil 5th ahead of Mercedes duo Rosberg and Schumacher. Sebastian Vettel ended his incident filled race outside of the points in 15th place. The other two championship contender failed to finish the race – Alonso retired after a spin on the wet track, Button after a hit from Vettel.

2010 Belgian GP Race result:

1. Hamilton – McLaren
2. Webber – Red Bull +1.5
3. Kubica – Renault +3.4
4. Massa – Ferrari +8.2
5. Sutil – Force India +9.0
6. Rosberg – Mercedes +12.3
7. Schumacher – Mercedes +15.5
8. Kobayashi – Sauber +16.6
9. Petrov – Renault +23.8
10. Liuzzi – Force India +34.8

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Mobil 1 Test Driver Arcade Game

The KillerViral released this small simple Mobile 1 test driver game. Something to do while there is nothing happening in F1. There are three races. First Lewis Hamilton racing a tin top car then Jenson Button in McLaren on race track and finally Button again doing rally somewhere in the snowy countryside. If for some reason the game does not load properly here you may go directly to the publisher’s site – click here.

If you cannot see this movie, try updating your flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer

2010 Hungarian GP – Race result – Webber Alonso Vettel

2010 Hungary Podium

2010 Hungarian GP podium

Mark Webber took full advantage of safety car combined with Vettel’s drive through penalty and won the 2010 Hungarian GP. Webber now also leads the drivers championship. Fernando Alonso finished second ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Felipe Massa spent most of race on his own between the top three and the pack behind him and ended the race in fourth. Vitaly Petrov (P5) and Nico Hulkneberg (P6) scored their best F1 finishes to date. De la Rosa scored his first points after his return to F1 for 7th place. The final points scoring positions belong, Button, Kobayashi and Barrichello.

Michael Schumacher finished 11th but will be investigated after the race for almost pushing Barrichello to the wall while defending his 10th place. All six new teams cars finished the race for the first time.

Update: Michael Schumacher was given 10 places grid penalty for the next race (Belgian GP).

There were few incidents during the pit stops under safety car. Robert Kubica was released into the path of Adrian Sutil, Nico Rosberg lost a rear wheel that went traveling and jumping through the pitlane (without causing any serious injuries thankfully).

2010 Hungarian GP Result

1. Webber – Red Bull – 1h41:05.571
2. Alonso – Ferrari +17.821
3. Vettel – Red Bull +19.252
4. Massa – Ferrari +27.474
5. Petrov – Renault +1:13.100
6. Hulkenberg – Williams +1:16.700
7. de la Rosa – Sauber +1 lap
8. Button – McLaren +1 lap
9. Kobayashi – Sauber +1 lap
10. Barrichello – Williams +1 lap

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Ferrari found guilty

Massa Alonso Germany 2010

It was not to be for Felipe Massa

The Hockenheim race stewards clearly did not like what happened on lap 49 of 2010 German GP … Ferrari were found guilty of breaching Article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulation which bans the team orders in Formula One. They were also found guilty of bringing the sport into disrepute. The result of the race stays at the moment but Ferrari were fined $100,000. The case was also referred to the World Motor Sport Council for further consideration.

So, it looks like Ferrari blokes are the only ones convinced by the Ferrari story …

Photo: Bridgestone Motorsport

2010 German GP – Qualifying – Vettel on pole

Sebastian Vettel Hockenheim Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel on pole in Germany

Sebastian Vettel squeezed ahead of Fernando Alonso and claimed yet another pole position for Red Bull. Only 0.002s separated top two drivers. Felipe Massa qualified 3rd ahead of Red Bull of Mark Webber.

2010 German GP Qualifying Result:

1. Sebastian Vettel – 1:13.791
2. Fernando Alonso – 1:13.793
3. Felipe Massa – 1:14.290
4. Mark Webber – 1:14.347
5. Jenson Button – 1:14.427
6. Lewis Hamilton – 1:14.566
7. Robert Kubica – 1:15.079
8. Rubens Barrichello – 1:15.109
9. Nico Rosberg – 1:15.179
10. Nico Hulkenberg – 1:15.339

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2010 British GP – Webber wins – “Not bad for a number two driver”

webber podium silverstone

Not bad for a number two driver

Mark Webber won the interesting British GP ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button. Rubens Barrichello (P5) and Kamui Kobayashi (P6) had another great race and finished just ahead of Sebastian Vettel who dropped to last place on lap 1. The rest of the points went to Sutil, Schumacher and Hulkenberg.

2010 British GP Result:

1. Mark Webber – Red Bull
2. Lewis Hamilton – McLaren
3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes
4. Jenson Button – McLaren
5. Rubens Barrichello – Williams
6. Kamui Kobayashi – Sauber
7. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull
8. Adrian Sutil – Force India
9. Michael Schumacher – Mercedes
10. Nico Hulkneberg – Williams

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2010 British GP – Qualifying – Vettel on pole again

Sebastian Vettel Siverstone 2010 pole

Sebastian Vettel will start 2010 British GP from pole position

Sebastian Vettel will start 2010 British GP from the pole position. Mark Webber will line up next to him on the front row. Fernando Alonso in P3 was almost 7 tenths down.

2010 British GP – Qualifying

1. Vettel – 1:29.615
2. Webber – 1:29.758
3. Alonso – 1:30.426
4. Hamilton – 1:30.556
5. Rosberg – 1:30.625
6. Kubica – 1:31. 040
7. Massa – 1:31.172
8. Barrichello – 1:31.175
9. de la Rosa – 1:31.274
10. Schumacher – 1:31.430

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Yamamoto replaces Senna for 2010 British GP – Updated

Sakon Yamamoto HRT

Sakon Yamamoto - The HRT race driver for 2010 British GP

In a move that surprised many HRT decided to replace Bruno Senna with Sakon Yamamoto for 2010 British GP. Well, July is the month when F1 drivers often get fired. But to do this on the eve of Grand Prix weekend is rather unusual.

Yamamoto’s deal is at the moment for one race only. The decision on who will drive for the team for the rest of the season is to be made sometime this weekend. That sounds like bad news for Bruno Senna as while the announcement suggests that Yamamoto only has a one race deal it does not indicate that Senna was dropped for this one race only …

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London Red Bull pit stop

Here is the video of the early morning (5am) Webber’s pit stop just in front of the House of Parliament in London.

2010 European GP – Race Result – Vettel wins

Sebastian Vettel - 2010 European GP winner

Sebastian Vettel - 2010 European GP winner

Sebastian Vettel won the 2010 European GP ahead of McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. This Valencia race was more exciting the previous two. However the incompetence of the race stewards and race control following the safety car deployment (after the spectacular and scary Mark Webber crash) did leave a blemish on the race result. How can a driver who overtakes a safety car end up actually benefiting from breaching the rules ? Why all the drivers investigated for their behavior behind the safety car could not be penalized during the race ? (And by the way, where did the five seconds penalty come from ?)

2010 European GP Result:

1. Vettel – Red Bull
2. Hamilton – McLaren
3. Button – McLaren
4. Barrichello – Williams
5. Kubica – Renault
6. Sutil – Force India
7. Kobayashi – Sauber
8. Alonso – Ferrari
9. Buemi – Toro Rosso
10. Rosberg – Mercedes

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2010 European GP – Friday Practice

Nico Rosberg Valencia practice

Nico Rosberg - Fastest on Friday morning

The 2010 European GP weekend kicks-off today in Valencia with free practice sessions. Nico Rosberg was fastest in the morning practice, ahead of Hamilton and Button.

2010 European GP – Friday Practice 1 Times:

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