Double points to be awarded in 2014 F1 finale

Fiasco Sports, Formula 1

The FIA today have announced that double points will be received in a bid to bring excitement to the final race of the Formula 1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships. 

Formula 1 to battle it out right to the final round. Photo: Joe Armao/Sydney Morning Herald

Formula 1 to battle it out right to the final round. Photo: Joe Armao/Sydney Morning Herald

The final round of the FIA Formula 1 calendar will see double points awarded for the 2014 season.

This move is one of many made recently by the Formula 1 Commission and Strategy Groups this week.

The change was made to increase the fight of the Formula 1 title going into the final round of 2014, as current Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel won this years title with few rounds to spare.

This change will also apply to not only the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship, but also the Contructors’ Championship.

If this system was implement over the last six years, two of the final results of the Drivers’ championships would have been different, Felipe Massa would have pipped Lewis Hamilton in 2008 and Fernando Alonso would have won Vettel’s world championship last year.

Other changes for the 2014 FIA Formula 1 season include drivers’ being able to choose their numbers, rather than run the number the constructor finished the previous year, with the drivers’ championship order to be used to resolve any issues over number allocation.

A budget cap for 2015 is also currently being discussed by the Commission and Strategy Group to keep the costs fair for each team.

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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Vettel edges closer to world title taking pole in India

Fiasco Sports, Formula 1

Sebastian Vettel has pipped the two Mercedes drivers in qualifying, grabbing pole position for tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix. 

Sebastian Vettel with his eye's on the top prize. Image: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel has continued his dominating form from free practice, qualifying in first position for the Indian Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old has previously had a great run at the Buddh International circuit, looking on the money to wrap-up the FIA Formula 1 Drivers World Championship in tomorrow’s grand prix.

Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton managed to qualify second and third to the German, while Australian Mark Webber was just pipped by the pair due to running a different qualifying strategy to his teammate Vettel.

Felipe Massa managed to finish fifth in Q3, starting alongside Kimi Raikkonen, the driver who is set to replace Massa at Ferrari towards the end of the 2013 world championship.

Nico Hulkenberg out-qualified Fernando Alonso for seventh position in tomorrow’s race, with the two McLaren’s of Sergio Perez and Jenson Button rounding out the top ten grid positions.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo just missed out on Q3 by one-tenth, qualifying 11th for tomorrow’s race.

Vettel goes into the Indian Grand Prix with a 90-point lead to Ferrari’s Alonso, with the German set to take his fourth consecutive world title tomorrow if he finishes fifth or above.

Qualifying results

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.943 1:24.568 1:24.119 12
2 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.833 1:25.304 1:24.871 21
3 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.802 1:25.259 1:24.941 20
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.665 1:25.097 1:25.047 17
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:25.793 1:25.389 1:25.201 19
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:25.819 1:25.191 1:25.248 18
7 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.883 1:25.339 1:25.334 19
8 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:25.934 1:24.885 1:25.826 15
9 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.107 1:25.365 1:26.153 21
10 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.574 1:25.458 1:26.487 23
11 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:25.673 1:25.519 14
12 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:25.908 1:25.711 15
13 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:26.164 1:25.740 16
14 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:26.155 1:25.798 14
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:26.178 1:26.134 15
16 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.057 1:26.336 11
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:26.577 7
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:26.842 9
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:26.970 8
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:27.105 6
21 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:27.487 7
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:28.138 8

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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Father Like Son In The Streets Of Monaco

Formula 1, Spultured

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Last night’s Monaco Grand Prix not only delivered a two-hour race of the Formula 1 cars screaming down the streets of Monte Carlo, but saw Nico Rosberg take his first victory at the circuit, 30 years after his father Keke Rosberg claimed victory there, becoming the first father-son duo to ever win a race.

The race was full of wheel-to-armco action, but Rosberg stayed out in front of the pack for the entire grand prix, keeping the same form he had all weekend being quickest in practice and qualifying.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel struggled with his pace and finished second behind the fellow German, although he did still manage to set the fastest lap of the race, pushing it on his soft compound tyres. Vettel’s Australian team mate Mark Webber followed the same pit strategy and crossed the line in third.

The start showed just why Rosberg and Hamilton were on the front row, with the Renault Red Bull’s unfortunately not being able to jump the two Mercedes at the start of the race,

The front of the field were behaving themselves, while a few places back the McLaren boys were at it again. Sergio Perez make life hard for Jenson Button, who tried everything to get past his team mate, with Button complaining about Perez cutting him off when trying for a pass.

There was also damage for Van De Garde and Maldonado, with Van De Garde hitting the Williams of Maldonado through the chicane.

The racing was tight, by lap 7 the top six were only separated by 5.5 seconds, and with the newly formulated Pirelli tyres, the strategy for most teams was a two-stop race.

Mark Webber was first to pit out of the front-runners on lap 25, with Kimi Raikkonen pitting one lap later, which was early considering the team at Lotus were using a one-stop strategy for the 78 lap duration.

Sebastian Vettel then made his pit stop, while Felipe Massa managed to hit the wall in the same place he did in practice, which saw the Ferrari driver unable to register a qualifying time. At this point, the Mercedes drivers had not made their first pit stop.

The Mercedes team then decided to pit their two front-running drivers, but this unfortunately hurt Hamilton, who was “leap-frogged” by the two Red Bull cars and fell back to fourth.

Because of the damage caused to Felipe Massa’s Ferrari, for the first time this season the safety car was on the circuit. Massa was attended by the medics but was later taken to hospital due to whiplash.

After nine laps of the safety car, the race was restarted. Hamilton was desperate for his two spots back and was trying all his moves on Aussie Webber. Raikkonen was also super defensive on Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

It was only four laps later until another racing incident occurred. Bianchi squeezed Maldonado out into the air and then into the wall. The wall was too damaged to bring out another safety car and debris was all over the track, so the race was red flagged and all the drivers were sent to the starting grid.

In this situation, drivers are allowed to get out of their cars, talk with their engineers, grab a drink and mechanics are also allowed to work on their racing cars. During the break the stewards also decided that Fernando Alonso should give back a spot to Sergio Perez, where Perez tried making a pass on Alonso through the chicane.

With the race on the verge of two hours and twenty minutes, drivers had to make their way through the race quickly to make it through the 78-lap duration. The restart saw Rosberg get a great jump on Vettel, with Mark Webber defending his third position well on Lewis Hamilton.

Lap 60 saw another retirement of the race, with Bianchi locking up and going sideways into turn one.

Two laps later, another safety car was called and it was Grosjean who striked again, taking out Australian Daniel Ricciardo by riding the back of his Torro Rosso. Both of the drivers failed to finish the grand prix.

The race then restarted and all of the drivers were hungry for the top position. Rosberg stayed out of trouble to take the win, with Sebastian Vettel following in second. Last year’s race winner Mark Webber managed to hold off Hamilton to take third.

Quiet achiever from Force India Adrian Sutil took out fifth place, with Jenson Button rounding out the top six. Raikkonen dropped from fifth to 16th with seven laps remaining after coming together with Perez, but still managed to sneak inside the top ten.