Nico Rosberg takes his second straight win in Monaco

Nico Rosberg on Sunday celebrated a double in Monaco, winning the race just like last year having lead from the first of the 78 laps. Lewis Hamilton finished second just before Damien Ricciardo, and had this been any other circuit than Monaco, the ”second” Red Bull would probably have finished second, being massively quicker on the last laps. As for the other Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel had to retire early in the race being stuck in first gear around most of the circuit, something that actually produced an interesting engine sound in this otherwise quite muted season.

As usually Monaco didn’t disappoint and was together with Bahrain this year’s most exciting race so far. Whoever said you can’t overtake in Monaco didn’t know Adrian Sutil on Sauber, who managed to find quite new places to pass on but finally passed himself after half the race and had to retire. Ricciardo as mentioned did a brilliant race to finished third, but lots of credit also go to Rosberg, who under massive pressure from Lewis Hamilton managed to keep his cool during the 78 laps and reclaim the lead in the drivers’ championship.

Image                                                    Due to the extremely efficient work of the track marshalls in Monaco, Bernd Mayländer only had to take the wheel once in the safety car.

Mercedes have now not only won every race this season but actually been in the lead for each of the laps so far this season. The dominance does not seem to be close to being broken, although Red Bull are getting closer but still struggles with reliability, as was illustrated by Vettel’s car. 

Yesterday’s race was also historic in that for the first time, Marussia through Bianchi finished ninth and thus managed to score its first world championship points ever, something that will perhaps help the team to survive financially until next season. Caterham also had a good day with Marcus Ericsson finishing just outside the points in 11th place. Exactly 40 years ago, legendary Swede Ronnie Peterson won in Monaco and for the occasion Ericsson wore a helmet in Ronnie’s legendary blue-and-yellow design. Whether that did the trick remains to be confirmed if Marcus keeps that helmet over the coming races, the next being in Montreal in two weeks!

Ferrari quickest on first day of F1 testing in Jerez

Räikkönen in the Ferrari F14-T was quickest on the first day of pre-season testing on tuesday.

Ferrari F14-T

Only eight cars set times in a session where some teams didn’t run at all and other teams had serious reliability problems. Lewis Hamilton crashed due to a front wing failure.

Unofficial Tuesday test times from Jerez:
1. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m 27.104s, 31 laps
2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes , 1m 27.820s, 18 laps
3. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1m 30.082s, 7 laps
4. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1m 33.161s, 11 laps
5. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1m 36.530s, 15 laps
6. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1m 42.257s, 7 laps
7. Sebastian Vettel , Red Bull, No time, 3 laps
8. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, No time, 1 lap

Big financial problems at Swiss Formula 1 team Sauber

The Swiss-based Formula 1-team Sauber is, like most non-factory teams, in quite acute financial trouble. This summer Sauber announced it had secured financing through a Russian investor as part of a deal to hire the Russian driver Sergei Sirotkin for the 2014 season. A few months on Sauber is still waiting for the money, and the number of unpaid bills keep increasing. The company currently has 57 creditors that have started legal enforcement procedures for a total amount of around 500.000 CHF, including the Zurich electricity power company, that Sauber ows around 50.000 CHF. It could therefore be that the lights literally go out soon at Sauber’s HQ in Hinwil outside of Zurich, and one can’t help wondering how a F1 team can possibly survive another season if it can’t pay its running costs? If the Russian money does not come soon, the odds are that there will be at least one team less in the 2014 F1 line-up!

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Sauber F1 team – soon without engine and wheels?

 

F1: Hamilton till Mercedes och Perez till McLaren!

F1-cirkusen när den är som bäst: Lewis Hamilton ersätter Michael Schumacher i Mercedes-teamet. Sergio Perez tar i sin tur över Hamiltons plats hos McLaren. Det ser ut som att Schumacher drar sig tillbaka.

Nu när Sergio Perez, som är medlem i Ferrari Driver Academy och därmed tippad att ersätta Massa hos Ferrari,  hamnar hos McLaren så verkar det än mer sannolikt att Vettel ersätter Massa hos Ferrari. Hoppas jag har rätt…

Hulkenberg i Force India snabbast dag 2 i Barcelona

Andra testdagen har nu gått av stapeln i Barcelona. Allra snabbast var Nico Hulkenberg i sin Force India, följd av Sergio Perez i en Sauber. Vettel och Alonso knep tredje och fjärde platsen.

Så här blev tiderna:
1. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:22.608, 112 varv
2. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:22.648, 85 varv
3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:22.891, 104 varv
4. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:23.180, 87 varv
5. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:23.639, 50 varv
6. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:23.806, 120 varv
7. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:24.555, 82 varv
8. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:25.738, 117 varv
9. Vitaly Petrov, Caterham, 1:26.605, 69 varv
10. Charles Pic, Marussia*, 1:27.343, 108 varv
* 2011-års bil

Vettel snabbast dag 1 i Barcelona

Sebastian Vettel i Red Bull Racing var snabbast första testdagen i Barcelona. Tre dagars tester återstår.

Så här blev tiderna:
1. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:23.265, 79 varv
2. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:23.440, 97 varv
3. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:23.590, 114 varv
4. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:23.618, 76 varv
5. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:24.100, 75 varv
6. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, 1:24.150, 51 varv
7. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:24.219, 66 varv
8. Bruno Senna, Williams, 1:25.711, 97 varv
9. Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, 1:26.035, 31 varv
10. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1: 26.809s, 7 varv
11. Charles Pic, Marussia*, 1:28.026, 121 varv
* 2011-års bil

Alonso snabbast sista dagen i Jerez

Igår fredag var sista dagen för F1-stallens tester i Jerez. Alonso var snabbast i sin Ferrari. Det var också den näst snabbast tiden (efter Lotus!) under hela testveckan.

Så här blev resultaten i fredags:
1. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:18.877, 39 varv
2. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:19.597, 80 varv
3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:19.606, 50 varv
4. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:19.640, 86 varv
5. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:19.729, 95 varv
6. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:19.834, 76 varv
7. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:19.977, 90 varv
8. Bruno Senna, Williams, 1:20.132, 125 varv
9. Jarno Trulli, Caterham, 1:22.198, 117 varv

Och så här blev det för alla fyra testdagar:
1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes*, 1:17.613, 174 varv
2. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:18.419, 212 varv
3. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes*, 1:18.561, 173 varv
4. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:18.877, 106 varv
5. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:19.184, 150 varv
6. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:19.297, 146 varv
7. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:19.464, 166 varv
8. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:19.587, 157 varv
9. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:19.597, 159 varv
10. Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, 1:19.670, 190 varv
11. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:19.770, 154 varv
12. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:19.772, 170 varv
13. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:19.834, 182 varv
14. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:19.977, 90 varv
15. Bruno Senna, Williams, 1:20.132, 250 varv
16. Jules Bianchi, Force India, 1:20.221, 48 varv
17. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:20.454, 164 varv
18. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:20.688, 135 varv
19. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:21.197, 122 varv
20. Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, 1:21.518, 157 varv
21. Pedro de la Rosa, HRT*, 1:22.128, 108 varv
22. Jarno Trulli, Caterham, 1:22.198, 117 varv
23. Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, 1:23.324, 74 varv
* 2011-års bil