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Formula 1 2013 Italian Grand Prix – Red Bulls Whip The Prancing Horse

21 Jul


Red Bull Continue High-Speed Success

Red Bull took their race-winning high-speed package to Monza to deliver a strong performance to wrap up the European season and extend their lead at the head of both championships.

After dominating qualifying at the famous circuit to lock out the front row, the Red Bull cars held off a strong challenge from Ferrari to take two steps on the podium on their way to another intimidating victory. Vettel once again lead from the front to fairly cruise to his 32nd career victory.

Into the Weekend

Two weeks after the mighty Spa-Francorchamps, Formula 1 headed to Monza, the oldest track on the calendar to bring the European season to a close. Another high-speed, low drag circuit, focused on engine power and top speed; it is another wonderfully passionate, emotive circuit that rarely fails to deliver a great weekend.

After dominating at Spa, Red Bull were looking strong as they arrived in Italy, confident after their Belgian performance. Ferrari were seeking a strong performance in front of a capacity home crowd and to try and turn over Red Bull for the victory to steal some much needed points. Mercedes wanted to reverse the disappointment they found in Spa with a good result that one might expect from their strong engine, whilst Lotus were hoping to get back to successful points finishes after they only brought one car home in Belgian.

McLaren were intending to get another good result from their car, which seemed to perform better in low drag conditions, taking them to points and fifth in the constructors last time out. Force India had a disappointing race in Spa and slipped behind McLaren, so they were looking to reverse their fortunes in Italy to capitalise on a key characteristic of their car that has often been so good; their clean aerodynamics and engine power. Torro Rosso were seeking to get both their cars into the points after the promise of Spa failed to pan out for them.

Sauber struggled in their last outing so were seeking to improvement they could find, targeting points. Williams poor form continued in Belgium, with no sign of any increase in their raw pace and were just hoping to get forward and mix it with those chasing the points. Caterham held their position over Marussia in Belgium but had mixed fortunes due to a retirement, and were intending to convert their competitive edge into a result in Italy. Marussia were aiming to close the gap back to Caterham once more and reverse their fortunes of recent races.

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Formula 1 2013 Belgian Grand Prix – Sebastian Vettel Springs Spa Surprise

22 Jun


Red Bull Run Rampant in the Forest

Sebastian Vettel converted Red Bull’s clear pace into a dominant display at the mighty Spa-Francorchamps circuit to further extend his lead at the head of the drivers championship.

After the challenge of Mercedes in qualifying, Vettel swept Hamilton aside on the first lap and pulled away as the rain held off to cruise to a second victory in Belgium, out of reach of the pole sitter or Alonso as he carved through the field in pursuit. The victory extended the lead at the head of both championships to maintain a stranglehold on the competition in an uncharacteristically dry, uneventful Belgian Grand Prix.

Into the Weekend

Following a summer break of four weeks, Formula 1 arrived at quite possibly everyone’s favourite circuit, Spa-Francorchamps. Following the tight and twisty Hungarian Grand Prix, the contrast couldn’t be much starker when presented with the long, high-speed, flowing nature of Belgium. An iconic circuit, it never fails to deliver an exciting race.

Following an excellent maiden win at the previous round, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes were seeking to build on their rapidly improving form to take their momentum into the second half of the season, whilst eliminating their reliability issues that saw Rosberg fail to finish shortly before the end of the race. Lotus wanted to stay back in the hunt after another podium for Raikkonen in Hungary, amid swirling rumours of him joining Red Bull or Ferrari again for the 2014 season, while Grosjean sought to match his teammate and put his overtaking-related penalties behind him. Red Bull were out-performed in the former Soviet state, but kept a healthy grasp on the constructors with a third and fourth, and intended to keep their nose in front at Spa.

Ferrari were again lagging in Hungary, and hoping that work in the weeks between races will yield results at the classic Spa circuit. After a strong Hungarian race, that saw McLaren put both cars in the points on a day when rivals Force India fell away with reliability issues, the British team were hoping to show well at Spa, where Jenson dominated last year. Force India were seeking to use their clean car and strong engine to get back into solid points to stretch their gap to McLaren after it was slashed to just two points. Torro Rosso showed some good pace in Hungary but were unable to get into the points on race day, so were seeking a return to the top ten at a track that should suit their car.

Maldonado gave Williams some good news as they turned over Sauber to take tenth place and a crucial point, showing some progress for the famous team. Bottas retired however, and this weekend Williams were aiming to be in touch for the points again. Sauber meanwhile were looking to be more competitive at a circuit that should demand less of the technical aspects their car lacks. After putting Marussia to the sword in Hungary, Caterham were intending to stay ahead of their back-row rivals and get in touch with the midfield ahead, while Marussia aimed to get back into the tough battles with Caterham they enjoyed at the start of the season.

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