Belgian Grand Prix

  • Ferrari got the most out of their car, says Alonso August 26, 2013

    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 Vettel...
  • Brake failure in Spa ends Raikkonen's points run August 25, 2013

    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 crawl...
  • Webber indicates Ricciardo will replace him at Red Bull August 25, 2013

    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 Australia,"...
  • Sutil gives Force India points as di Resta crashes out August 25, 2013

    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 Sunday...
  • Vettel wins Belgian GP to extend overall lead August 25, 2013

    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 from ninth...
  • Fernando Alonso sees Ferrari progress despite setback August 25, 2013

    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 August 25, 2013

    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 sign...
  • Force India's Di Resta misses pole at Belgian GP qualifying August 24, 2013

    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 his...
  • Lewis Hamilton secures 4th straight pole at Belgian GP August 24, 2013

    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 as...
  • Vettel fastest in third practice at Belgian GP August 24, 2013

    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 the...
  • F1 drivers demand answers after Spa punctures August 24, 2013

    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 to...
  • Pirelli calm tyre fears after Spa punctures August 23, 2013

    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 back...
  • Lotus know what to do to keep me, says Kimi Raikkonen August 23, 2013

    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 about...
  • Kimi Raikkonen evasive over his plans for next season August 23, 2013

    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 dynamic...
  • Newcomers hopeful rain can improve their fortunes at Spa August 23, 2013

    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 score...
  • Sebastian Vettel fastest in 2nd Belgian GP practice session August 23, 2013

    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 as...
  • Romain Grosjean a changed man on return to Spa August 23, 2013

    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 a...
  • Alonso fastest as Formula One gets back on track August 23, 2013

    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 calendar...
  • Red Bull not ruling out Raikkonen for vacant seat August 22, 2013

    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, cat-and-mouse...
  • Fernando Alonso plays down Ferrari rebuke August 22, 2013

    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 team...
  • McLaren back away from talk of winning races August 21, 2013

    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 August 21, 2013

    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 August 21, 2013

    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 behind...
  • Lewis Hamilton's title bid resumes at Belgian GP August 21, 2013

    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 to...
  • Force India look to bounce back in Belgium August 20, 2013

    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 as...
  • Button unhappy with Hamilton telemetry tweet September 4, 2012

    London: McLaren's Jenson Button has criticised team mate Lewis Hamilton for revealing confidential car data on Twitter before Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix in a gaffe that may have helped Formula One rivals. Button won the race at Spa but British newspapers on Tuesday reported his dismay at the incident. "We work so...
  • Alonso crash renews focus on F1 safety concerns September 3, 2012

    Spa-Francorchamps: The Belgian Grand Prix crash that got Frenchman Romain Grosjean banned for a race has stoked ongoing debate about cockpit safety in Formula One without providing any clearer solution to the problem. Grosjean's Lotus lifted into the air and skimmed across the front of championship leader Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in...
  • Grosjean banned for Italian Grand Prix November 16, 2012

    Spa-Francorchamps: French Formula One driver Romain Grosjean will miss next weekend's Italian Grand Prix after being handed a one-race ban and 50,000 euros fine for causing a first corner pile-up in Belgium on Sunday. His Lotus team said they would not be appealing the stewards' decision. "When you love racing it's very...
  • Maldonado handed 10 place grid penalty for Monza September 2, 2012

    Spa-Francorchamps: Venezuelan Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado will have a 10 place penalty on the starting grid for next weekend's Italian Grand Prix after making a false start and then causing a collision on Sunday. The Williams driver has collected more sanctions than any other driver this season and started Sunday's...
  • Force India secure 13 points from Belgian GP September 2, 2012

    Spa-Francorchamps: Nico Hulkenberg scorched his way to a career-best fourth place and Paul Di Resta finished 10th as Sahara Force India secured 13 points from the action-packed Formula One Belgian Grand Prix, here on Sunday. It is the second-best result of the season for the Indian team and helped them snatch...