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Italian Grand Prix Qualifying: Unstoppable Vettel leads Red Bull one-two in Ferrari heartland

Sebastian Vettel grabbed his fourth pole position of the season in qualifying for the at the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale de Monza this afternoon. The three time world champion was head and shoulders above the rest of the field, leading teammate Mark Webber to complete a Red Bull lock-out of the front row.

In third with his best qualifying performance of the season was Nico Hulkenberg in the Ferrari engined Sauber. The works Ferrari squad was underwhelming on the day with slipstreaming tactics not quite working out as Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso qualified in 4th and 5th.

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Vettel cruises to dominant victory at Spa

Sebastian Vettel ruled the roost at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps at the Belgian Grand Prix today, easing to a comfortable victory ahead of championship rivals Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. The German’s second victory in Belgium was the 31st of his career, making him the 5th most successful driver of all time, equaling Nigel Mansell.

In as much a perfect race as could have been, Vettel led all laps having taken the lead from Hamilton by Turn 5 on the opening lap. He also notched up the fastest lap of the race towards the end, as well as passing 2000 laps led in his career.

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Belgium Friday Practice: Red Bull peerless at Spa; Vettel leads Webber

Red Bull Racing dominated proceedings in Friday’s free practice runs for the Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit de Spa Francorchamps this afternoon. Following a damp and inconclusive morning session, the Milton Keynes squad stamped their authority early by taking the top two spots in FP2, with Sebastian Vettel a sliver ahead of Mark Webber on the timesheets.

The Milton Keynes team’s long run pace towards the close of the session was ominous for the competition as well, the closest of who was Romain Grosjean in a Lotus which typically appeared stronger in race trim.

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Cyril Abiteboul reviews Caterham performance so far this season

The 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship reached its halfway point on lap 36 of the Hungarian Grand Prix, a race Caterham F1 Team’s drivers Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic finished in 14th and 15th places respectively. With the 2013 season now heading towards its mid-season August break, Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal of Caterham F1 Team, reflected on the year so far and what is to come for the second half of the season for the Leafield based team.

 

Cyril Abiteboul: “It’s been an interesting first half of season for the team and for me personally. This is another great F1 season, with battles pretty much everywhere. As far as we're concerned, we've been fighting with Marussia who have done a great job over the last year. We started the season clearly behind them, but over the last three races a comfortable gap has appeared between us and them, which shows our rate of development. That’s also helped us on a couple of occasions to race a Williams or a Sauber and that shows where we’re setting our targets.

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Flawless Hamilton eases to maiden Mercedes win at Hungarian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton executed a perfect race to capture his first win as a Mercedes driver at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest this afternoon. The Brit remained cool in the sweltering Hungaroring heat, even as his closest challengers encountered trouble in traffic behind him.

The 2008 World Champion sealed his fourth win at the circuit, becoming the most successful driver at the eastern European track. Finn Kimi Raikkonen made the most of Lotus’ gentle tyre usage, two-stopping where the frontrunners stopped thrice to finish second. The Iceman held off Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel’s sustained attempts at passing him in the closing stages of the race. The German had to remain content with third place as his chances of fighting Hamilton for the win were thwarted by being stuck behind the McLaren of Jenson Button for as many as 12 laps following his first pitstop.

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

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Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes romped to a third successive pole position in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring this afternoon. The 2008 world champion, a three-time winner at the track, beat the much fancied Red Bull of encumbent champion Sebastian Vettel to take a fourth pole position in Budapest.

In what bodes for an absorbing race, a third different car, the Lotus of Romain Grosjean will line up third on the grid, the three cars separated by a mere two-tenths of a second. The other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg ended fourth, beating the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso who starts fifth.

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Hungarian Grand Prix Practice: Vettel leads Red Bull's dominance

Red Bull Racing fired the opening salvo in the lead up to the Hungarian Grand Prix, with World Champion Sebastian Vettel topping the charts in both free practice sessions on Friday in Budapest. The German, who is yet to collect a win at the Hungaroring, led teammate Mark Webber in either session to complete a pair of ‘one-two’s for the Milton Keynes squad.

On a sweltering day in the eastern European venue where track temperatures exceeded 40 deg Celsius, the closest contenders over one lap proved to be the Lotuses and the Ferraris, with the Mercedes expectedly on the back foot after having to miss running on the new tyres at the young driver test last week.

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