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14 items from 2013


Formula 1 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix – Webber Bows Out In Style

26 November 2013 1:27 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Vettel records overshadowed as Webber ends on a High

Sebastian Vettel was unchallenged as he extended his record to 13 wins for the season with his ninth consecutive victory, but it was somewhat ignored by the F1 fans as Mark Webber waved goodbye to Formula 1 with a fantastic second place finish, standing atop the podium for the 42nd and final time.

He battled with Alonso throughout the race in an interesting duel, the Ferrari driver breaking back onto the podium for the final chance of the season, ahead of a resurgent McLaren team and Mercedes rivals. Whilst the 2013 race lacked the excitement of last years’ event, it still provided a generally entertaining final race of the year, far surpassing that of the more recent races.

Into the Weekend

Formula 1 returned to Brazil for the season climax after a successful second outing in Texas just a week ago. Brazil is always enjoyable as it is a brilliant, »

- Jonathan Dunn

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Formula 1 2013 – Belgium, Spa Francorchamps

30 August 2013 2:03 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Spa Grand Prix is the longest track in the F1 calendar with a total length of 7km per lap. Spa is famous for it’s multiple overtaking spots and famous corners such as Eau Rouge and Blanchimot. I personally love the Spa circuit as it always provides an exciting race.

Qualifying

The qualifying this year was a wet affair with some discrepancies in the usual starting order. Both Marussias and Giedo van der Garde managed to get into Q2 because of excellent tyre choices in the wet weather. This meant that both Williams and Toro Roso drivers were out along with Caterham’s Charles Pic and Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez.

Q2 saw the exclusion of the other Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde in 14th, a career best for him, along with the two Marussias of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton in 15th and 16th place respectively. Sergio Perez »

- James Bale

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Formula One: Is Lewis Hamilton Loved Or Hated?

9 August 2013 11:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Lewis Hamilton. A  man who many love and few hate.

For me personally, I think he is a disgrace of a human being. His attitude off the track says to me that this man is arrogant, obnoxious and above all, thinks he is above the rest. His impressive results at McLaren were ruined by his rebellious actions which resulted in some vital team data being leaked to the public. This says to me that Hamilton is not a team player; far from it in fact. He is someone who only has 3 important things in his life; Nicole, Roscoe (A dog, I hasten to add) and Himself. Hamilton’s lack of awareness when mentioning a racial comment at the Monnoco Grand Prix in 2011 caused outrage and controversy, sparking thousands of complaints to the BBC.

That’s not to say I am a big admirer of his talent.

Hamilton has shown on »

- James Holder

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Formula 1 2013 – The Canadian Gp

12 June 2013 5:46 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Wall of Champions is perhaps one of the most recognisable walls in Formula 1. It has claimed the cars of many champions over the years such as Hill, Schumacher, Vettel and Jacques Villeneuve the son of the great Gilles Villeneuve whom the Canadian circuit is named after. Partly wet and partly dry, this race weekend was excellent.

Qualifying

Throughout qualifying there was a steady amount of rainfall which helped in mixing the grid up for the race. Q1 saw both Marussia and Caterham drivers out along with Romain Grosjean and Paul Di Resta again. A poor showing from the Force India team as Di Resta had to start out of position again. Romain Grosjean was also put to the back of the grid after he was given a 10 place grid penalty for his collision with Daniel Ricciardo in Monaco. Q2 was disrupted towards the end by Felipe Massa spinning off »

- James Bale

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Formula 1: Red Bull Breeze To Canada Victory

10 June 2013 4:41 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Taking Red Bull’s first North American victory the man every one loves to hate cruised to a win in Canada ahead of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

Booed on the podium Sebastian Vettel lapped all but the top five and finished by a healthy margin of 15 seconds over nearest rival Alonso.

Starting from pole position he was rarely troubled by Hamilton and his only mis steps were a customary brush against the wall at turn four and a quick turn as lawn mower at turn one. The Mercedes man eventually finished third and team mate Rosberg was fifth behind Mark Webber.

The result for Mercedes put the first nail in the coffin of any benefits of the private tyre test as Rosberg struggled with burnt out rears  and was pressured through out.

From third place on the grid Valtteri Bottas proved how woeful the Williams is in the dry »

- Joe Hudson

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Formula 1 2013 – The Monaco Gp

30 May 2013 5:42 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The classic street circuit played host to the sixth round of the championship and always provides an incident or two. Here is the roundup of what happened at the weekend.

Qualifying

Q1 saw Massa fail to set a lap after smashing into the barriers at the first corner. Ferrari tried their best to fix the car in time for qualifying, but the damage was too great. Jules Bianchi suffered car issues and would start in 21st with Massa in 22nd. Max Chilton secured 20th, with Gutierrez 19th, Charles Pic 18th and Paul Di Resta an unexpected 17th. He was unable to pit for a fresh set of intermediate tyres and subsequently lost out on Q2. Q2 saw Maldonado who had been fastest in Q1 only manage16th in his Williams with the Caterham of van der Garde gaining 15th, Caterham’s best qualifying result and he is now starting to show great promise. »

- James Bale

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Formula 1 2013 Monaco Grand Prix – Rosberg Reigns In Principality

27 May 2013 10:27 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rosberg cleans up in Monte Carlo

Nico Rosberg took an untouchable win at his boyhood home this weekend, topping all three practice sessions, storming to pole and then dominating from the front to deliver an excellent win during an incident-strewn race around the streets of Monaco.

Mercedes put their tyre woes behind them as they led from the front, ignoring the unfolding controversy of “test-gate” as they managed the race perfectly, balancing tyre control with pace to get their season back on track with their first victory of 2013. Controlling the pack as they endured two safety car periods and a red flag, Rosberg picked his way through on a two-stop strategy to take an unstoppable victory and collect a handsome trophy, with Hamilton taking a close fourth to take them within just three points of Lotus in the constructors championship.

 

Into the Weekend

Two weeks after a fairly typical Spanish Grand Prix, »

- Jonathan Dunn

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Formula 1 2013 – The Spanish Gp

13 May 2013 2:12 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Circuit de Catalunya begins the start of the European F1 tour, with a small detour to Canada, and saw host to the 5th round of the championship. Spain is the home to a certain Fernando Alonso and the crowd were certainly out in force to cheer on their driver.

Qualifying

Qualifying saw the usual four cars drop out at the first stage. Giedo van der Garde out-qualified both his teammate and both Marussias to claim 19th ahead of Bianchi, Chilton and teammate Pic in 22nd. Surprisingly both Williams’ were knocked out in Q1 as last year’s winner Pastor Maldonado could only manage 18th behind his rookie teammate Bottas in 17th. Q2 saw both Saubers pick up 15th and 16th with Hulkenberg in front of newcomer Gutierrez. Jenson Button had a terrible qualifying session only managing 14th in the McLaren, not a place he wanted to be in. The »

- James Bale

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Formula 1 2013 – The Bahrain Gp

23 April 2013 10:06 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Bahrain is currently in amidst with protests and civil unrest, yet as with last year the Grand Prix went ahead as planned. Security was increased dramatically around the circuit and it proved effective as no indecencies were reported. The circuit is again a high wear track much like China last week, so there was plenty of pit lane action. Two Drs zones and a multitude of overtaking spots made this race an excellent one to watch.

Qualifying

Q1 saw the battle at the back continue with Caterham finally managing to out-qualify the Marussia of Jules Bianchi. Charles Pic with some new upgrades was able to go nearly a second faster to secure 19th. However he was still half a second off the pace of Gutierrez in 18th and Maldonado, who was surprisingly evicted to 17th by Jean-Eric Vergne. Vergne narrowly avoided the first drop with his 16th place, behind the second Williams of Bottas. »

- James Bale

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Formula 1 2013 – The Chinese Gp Review

16 April 2013 1:02 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Chinese Gp has been on the F1 calendar for nine years and features a bit of everything. From some of the most technical corners to one of the longest straights, China has it all. The circuit features two Drs zones which should encourage a lot of overtaking throughout the race. Tyres are a big thing here as the circuit wears more on the front than the rear, meaning that teams have to plan their strategies to utilise the tyres as efficiently as possible.

Qualifying

Q1 saw both Caterhams and the Marussias drop out as usual. Jules Bianchi out-shined his teammate Max Chilton again by being almost a second faster. He is most certainly one to watch for the future. He is in the Ferrari program after all. Marussia have done some excellent work to get their car significantly quicker than the Caterhams. The other new boys to F1, Gutierrez »

- James Bale

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Formula 1 2013 – A Mad Malaysian Gp

26 March 2013 12:47 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Malaysian Grand Prix usually doesn’t fail to provide a thrilling race. Last year we saw Fernando Alonso holding off youngster Sergio Perez to win in wet weather, and this time round we saw a slightly different picture. Plagued by controversy it was more the after story rather than the race itself grabbing the headlines. So let us delve into what happened over the weekend’s action.

Qualifying

Qualifying produced a mixed bag of results with it being dry for Q1 and the beginning of Q2, and wet for the rest of the hour. Q1 saw the usual suspects fail to qualify for Q2. Marussia won the battle of back end with Jules Bianchi gaining 19th nearly a second quicker that Charles Pic in the Caterham who could only manage 20th. Max Chilton wasn’t too far off Pic’s pace getting 21st and van der Garde occupied 22nd. »

- James Bale

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Formula 1 2013 – The Australian Gp Review

18 March 2013 2:16 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

A new season brings a new look to Formula 1, slightly new rules, one less team and a host of new drivers. The stepped noses have gone! No more ugly cars for us to look at. Double Drs made famous by Mercedes is now banned for all the teams this season. As there is one less team this year, six cars instead of seven will be eliminated in each stage of qualifying which will still leave the final 10 to battle out for the pole position.

So let’s take a look at the drivers and teams for this year.

Red Bull

1 – Sebastian Vettel, 2 – Mark Webber

The same team from last year are back to hopefully maintain their run of excellent results not only in the constructors championship, but for three time and current reigning world champion Vettel.

Ferrari

3 – Fernando Alonso, 4 – Felipe Massa

Ferrari stick to their same driver line up which »

- James Bale

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F1 Result: Kimi Raikkonen Wins Australian Grand Prix

17 March 2013 1:56 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Lotus Racing’s Kimi Raikkonen showed exactly why he has been considered a title contender in pre-season with a solid win in Melbourne.

The 2007 world champion finished more than 12 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso, whose Ferrari showed great pace in the dry conditions. Sebastian Vettel, who had started on pole, finished third.

Vettel’s Red Bull team will be disheartened by their lack of pace, struggling in particular with tyre degradation. “After a good two-three laps the tyres were falling apart,” said the third-placed German. “We couldn’t go as long as other people.”

It was a world away from the latter half of last season, where a Red Bull pole position had almost guaranteed a Red Bull win. Mark Webber, who had an awful start in what could be his last home Grand Prix, passed the chequered flag in sixth place.

Mercedes, too, will be slightly disappointed by the result. »

- Jamie Cotton

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F1: Will Ferrari’s Loyalty To Massa Be Repaid?

28 February 2013 1:23 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

In October, Felipe Massa secured another season sitting in a Ferrari for the upcoming calendar – despite having a dismal start to the season, the Brazilian was rewarded for a string of improved performances, including a podium position in Japan. That was his first podium in 35 races. He has always been a number two in Ferrari colours, but does the 31 year old still have the pace to compete for one of the top 3 teams in the sport?

Massa’s career in red has been an eventful one to say the least: replacing fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello for the 2006 season at Ferrari, Massa landed himself a seat partnering Michael Schumacher in the German’s farewell year. Finishing on the podium in the European, French and Japanese GPs, plus victories in Turkey and is home race in Interlagos, Massa’s first season with Ferrari was fairly successful. And when the chequered flag waved »

- Dan Eyre

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