Belgian Grand Prix

  • Ferrari got the most out of their car, says Alonso 26-08-2013 09:52 AM

    Spa-Francorchamps: Fernando Alonso got the most out of his Ferrari in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix but it was not enough to beat Sebastian Vettel's dominant Red Bull and prevent him stretching his overall lead. The Spaniard went from ninth on the starting grid to second at the finish but still...
  • Brake failure in Spa ends Raikkonen's points run 25-08-2013 11:27 PM

    Spa-Francorchamps: Kimi Raikkonen watched the end of the Belgian Grand Prix from the garage for once as his long points-scoring run ended at 27 races because of right brake failure. He is arguably the most consistent driver in Formula One and it was a rare sight to see his car...
  • Webber indicates Ricciardo will replace him at Red Bull 25-08-2013 10:52 PM

    Spa-Franchorchamps: Australian Mark Webber indicated on Sunday that compatriot Daniel Ricciardo would replace him at Formula One champions Red Bull next season, but the team played down his comments. "The decision's made. We all know who it is. I'm happy with that decision. It's good for him and good for...
  • Sutil gives Force India points as di Resta crashes out 25-08-2013 07:37 PM

    Spa-Francorchamps, (Belgium): A collision caused a premature end to Paul di Resta's race while Adrian Sutil finished ninth in the Belgian Grand Prix as Sahara Force India lost its fifth place to McLaren, here on Sunday The team was struggling ever since the introduction of new tyres by Pirelli and...
  • Vettel wins Belgian GP to extend overall lead 25-08-2013 06:59 PM

    Belgium: Sebastian Vettel overtook Lewis Hamilton on the first lap and comfortably held on to win the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday and extend his overall championship lead. It was Vettel's fifth win of the season, second from three GPs, and 31st of his outstanding career. Fernando Alonso drove brilliantly...
  • Fernando Alonso sees Ferrari progress despite setback 25-08-2013 11:11 AM

    Spa-Francorchamps: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso saw a silver lining in the rain clouds over the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday despite qualifying only ninth. The Spaniard was fastest in the first phase of a rain-hit qualifying and second in the next but suffered when it mattered most after being caught out...
  • F1 tyre tender would be farcical: Pirelli 25-08-2013 11:09 AM

    Belgium: Putting Formula One's 2014 tyre supply contract out to tender would be a farcical step so late in the season, Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said on Saturday. The Italian company is proceeding on the basis that it will remain the sole supplier next season but has yet to...
  • Force India's Di Resta misses pole at Belgian GP qualifying 24-08-2013 08:57 PM

    Spa-Francorchamps: Force India's Paul di Resta looked set for a memorable pole position until he was pushed down to fifth place in a frantic qualifying session at the Belgian Grand Prix here on Saturday. Lewis Hamilton came up with a scintillating run in the dying minutes of Q3 to take...
  • Lewis Hamilton secures 4th straight pole at Belgian GP 24-08-2013 06:36 PM

    Spa, Belgium: Lewis Hamilton left it to the last second to beat Sebastian Vettel's time and secure his fourth straight pole position of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday. In a frantic finish under heavy rain at Spa, the lead changed hands in a flurry of activity...
  • Vettel fastest in third practice at Belgian GP 24-08-2013 03:44 PM

    Belgium: Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest time in the third practice session at the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of qualifying later Saturday. The three-time defending Formula One champion beat Fernando Alonso's time late in the session to clock a best of 1 minute, 48.327 seconds, putting him 0.105 clear of...
  • F1 drivers demand answers after Spa punctures 24-08-2013 08:27 AM

    Spa-Francorchamps: Formula One drivers sought reassurance from tyre supplier Pirelli on Friday after world champion Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso suffered punctures in second practice at the Belgian Grand Prix. Red Bull's Vettel was fastest in the dry session but the sight of him nursing his stricken car back...
  • Pirelli calm tyre fears after Spa punctures 23-08-2013 11:41 PM

    Spa-Francorchamps: Pirelli calmed renewed fears about their Formula One tyres on Friday after triple world champion Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso suffered punctures in second practice at the Belgian Grand Prix. Red Bull's Vettel was fastest in the dry session but the sight of him nursing his stricken car...
  • Lotus know what to do to keep me, says Kimi Raikkonen 23-08-2013 11:32 PM

    Belgium: Kimi Raikkonen made clear on Friday that his Lotus Formula One team had issues to resolve before he could have serious discussions about staying on next season. Speaking to reporters at the Belgian Grand Prix after crying off 'sick' on Thursday in the face of a wave of speculation...
  • Kimi Raikkonen evasive over his plans for next season 23-08-2013 09:36 PM

    Spa: Kimi Raikkonen is keeping his options open. The Finn has yet to commit to Lotus for next season and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has hinted that the door is still open for him to replace Mark Webber, who is soon retiring. That would offer Red Bull a...
  • Newcomers hopeful rain can improve their fortunes at Spa 23-08-2013 08:02 PM

    Spa: It's not often that drivers hope for rain during a Formula One race. For the five struggling newcomers this season, however, wet weather in Belgium on Sunday could be seen as an advantage. Max Chilton, Giedo van der Garde, Jules Bianchi, Esteban Gutierrez and Valtteri Bottas have yet to...
  • Sebastian Vettel fastest in 2nd Belgian GP practice session 23-08-2013 07:35 PM

    Spa: Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest time before his rear tire punctured in Friday's second practice at the Belgian Grand Prix. The three-time defending Formula One champion had to stop with about 20 minutes of the session remaining when his right rear tire popped and the loose rubber flapped around...
  • Romain Grosjean a changed man on return to Spa 23-08-2013 06:08 PM

    Belgium: Apart from becoming a father over the August holiday break, Romain Grosjean has returned to the Belgian Grand Prix as a changed man on the track as well. The Lotus Formula One driver was dubbed a 'first lap nutcase' by Australian Mark Webber last year and was banned for...
  • Alonso fastest as Formula One gets back on track 23-08-2013 04:03 PM

    Spa-Francorchamps: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso lapped fastest in a weather-affected Belgian Grand Prix first practice session on Friday as Formula One drivers shrugged off the long August break and got back up to speed. The Spaniard, third in the championship after 10 of 19 races, lapped the longest circuit on the...
  • Red Bull not ruling out Raikkonen for vacant seat 22-08-2013 11:50 PM

    Belgium: Formula One champions Red Bull have not ruled out Kimi Raikkonen for their vacant seat next season even if the Finn's manager appears to have done so, team principal Christian Horner said on Thursday. "I wouldn't rule anything out at the moment," the Briton told reporters in a teasing,...
  • Fernando Alonso plays down Ferrari rebuke 22-08-2013 10:53 PM

    Belgium: Fernando Alonso set the record straight on Thursday about a rare public rebuke from Ferrari for unflattering comments he made about his car last month. "I think it was wrong information coming to the president," he said of comments made by Ferrari's Luca Di Montezemolo and published on the...
  • McLaren back away from talk of winning races 21-08-2013 11:22 PM

    London: Misfiring McLaren have backed away from talk of winning a race this Formula One season and say doing so will be a 'real challenge'. The British-based team's managing director Jonathan Neale told reporters on Wednesday ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix that it would be a tall order to...
  • Kimi Raikkonen offers plenty to talk about at Belgian GP 21-08-2013 05:35 PM

    London: Kimi Raikkonen, the least garrulous of Formula One drivers, is the man everyone is talking about ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at his favourite Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel may be well on his way to a fourth successive title, with four wins already and the second...
  • Sir Stewart backs Vettel to win fourth straight F1 title 21-08-2013 04:59 PM

    New Delhi: Three-time Formula 1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart feels Sebastian Vettel remains the favourite to win his fourth consecutive drivers' title with Red Bull despite Mercedes making rapid progress in the 2013 season. Championship leader Vettel scored 172 points in the first 10 races of the season, leaving...
  • Lewis Hamilton's title bid resumes at Belgian GP 21-08-2013 04:18 PM

    Paris: Lewis Hamilton must keep the pressure on Sebastian Vettel at the Belgian Grand Prix to maintain his slim title chances when the Formula One season resumes following its midseason break. While Ferrari have slipped behind the pace in recent races, Mercedes are finally adding consistency to their undoubted speed...
  • Force India look to bounce back in Belgium 20-08-2013 05:13 PM

    Spa-Francorchamps: Force India drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil are looking to bounce back at the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix this weekend after two non-points finishes in the previous races. McLaren, on 57 points, closed in on the fifth placed Force India (59 points) in the Constructors' standings...
  • Renault encouraged by Bruno Senna's debut 29-08-2011 03:56 PM

    Brussels: Renault are backing Bruno Senna to score points after the Brazilian's roller-coaster debut for the Formula One team in Belgium at the weekend. Senna, nephew of the late triple champion Ayrton, qualified an impressive seventh at Spa-Francorchamps but then made a mess of the start and was handed a...
  • Sutil earns six points for Force India 28-08-2011 08:03 PM

    Spa-Francorchamps: A double-points finish slipped out of Force India's hands as Adrian Sutil finished seventh and Paul di Resta 11th, just outside the points bracket, at the thrilling Belgian Grand Prix here on Sunday. Nevertheless, it was a brilliant race for both the drivers as they overcame poor grid position,...
  • Sutil to start 15th, Di Resta 18th at Spa 27-08-2011 08:37 PM

    Spa-Francorchamps: Force India's chance of scoring some points from Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix look bleak as Adrian Sutil will start the race from 15th position while his teammate Paul di Resta from the 18th spot on the grid. Di Resta could not even enter the Q2 as his best effort...
  • Vettel beats Hamilton to pole for Belgian GP 27-08-2011 07:08 PM

    Spa, Belgium: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel held off Lewis Hamilton's McLaren in difficult weather conditions in Saturday's qualifying to secure pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix. The defending Formula One champion will start from the front for the ninth time this season, with his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber,...
  • Webber on top in Belgian GP practice 26-08-2011 08:40 PM

    Spa-Francorchamps: Michael Schumacher entered his third decade in Formula One on top of the practice timesheets at his favourite Belgian Grand Prix on Friday before Red Bull's Mark Webber raised the pace in the afternoon. Seven times world champion Schumacher made the most of the changeable conditions in the morning...