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Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying: Webber beats Vettel for first 2013 Pole

Mark Webber won the battle of the Red Bulls in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka this afternoon. The Australian beat teammate and World Champion Sebastian Vettel for the first time this year, albeit aided by a KERS failure on the sister car.

The pole was Webber’s first since last season’s Korean Grand Prix in what will be his final visit to Japan prior to a switch to sports cars in 2014.

The Milton Keynes squad held a solid advantage over its rivals, but behind them it was a close jostle between Mercedes, Lotus and Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton ended the day in P3, holding off Romain Grosjean and Felipe Massa.


Japanese Grand Prix Practice: Vettel leads Webber, Mercedes within striking distance

Sebastian Vettel set the early pace in free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, leading the second session in Suzuka ahead of Red Bull Racing teammate Mark Webber. The three time World Champion bounced back from a morning session where he was behind both the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, to lead his prime rivals by a quarter of a second.

Suzuka’s reputation as a challenging track received no slack on Friday as both 90 minutes sessions witnessed several incidents- the narrow high speed layout coupled with its traditional gravel runoffs catching out the best of drivers.


Vettel keeps calm to take victory in incident packed Korean Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel’s claim for the 2013 World Championship crown seems all but settled as the Red Bull  driver cruised to a 4th successive victory at the Korean Grand Prix this afternoon in Yeongam.

In a highly entertaining and incident packed race, the German controlled the proceedings beautifully from the front, seeing through two safety car restarts to complete a hat-trick of wins at the venue.

Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean flanked Vettel on the podium for the third time this season. Grosjean was second for much of the race, prior to the safety car restart where he was jumped by his more experienced World Champion teammate.


Korean Grand Prix Qualifying: Vettel beats Hamilton for pole hat-trick

Sebastian Vettel netted a comfortable pole position at the Korea International Circuit in qualifying at Yeongam this afternoon, staving off the challenge of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. The top spot was Vettel’s sixth of the season, and his second in Korea.

Following a close battle in the free practice sessions in the lead up to qualifying, Vettel barely broke sweat as a superb first lap at the beginning of Q3 was good enough to seal the deal.

Red Bull teammate Mark Webber ended qualifying third fastest, but a pre-race grid penalty will drop the Australian 10 places to 13th.


Korean Grand Prix Friday Practice: Hamilton throws down the gauntlet to Vettel as Mercedes and Red Bull lead the field

Lewis Hamilton narrowly topped both free practice sessions in the run up to the Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam earlier today. The Mercedes driver held off the winner of the last three Grands Prix- Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel- on both occasions.

The updates that Mercedes have brought this weekend seem to have packed a punch, and it appears to be a straight fight between the Silver Arrows and the Red Bulls for pole on Saturday. The two squads locked out the top 4 spots in either session.


Vettel dominant in lights-to-flag Singapore Grand Prix victory

Sebastian Vettel displayed a master-class under the lights at the Singapore Grand Prix tonight to notch up a third victory on the trot and his seventh of the season. The German overcame a slow start and a strategy roll of the dice by his rivals under the safety car, where he unleashed a series of fast laps to retain his lead and cruise to the chequered flag. The win was the 33rd of Vettel’s career, making him the outright 4th successful driver of all-time behind Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

In a distant but deserved second place was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, whose electric start and smart strategy ensured he jumped 5 positions from his starting place of 7th. In yet another remarkable drive to third, Kimi Raikkonen nursed an injured back and his tyres through his last stint to climb up from 13th on the grid.


Singapore Qualifying: Vettel in a class of his own; Rosberg best of the rest

Sebastian Vettel trotted comfortably to his fifth pole position of the season at the Marina Bay Street circuit in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix tonight. The German continued his purple patch of form in the Red Bull RB9 under the lights, adding a second pole in the city-state to his 2011 effort where he lead the race from lights to chequered flag.

So confident was the three-time world champion that he sat out the final run of Q3 and watched anxiously from the pits as his rivals out on the track tried unsuccessfully to beat his benchmark from earlier in the session.


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