Singapore, Japan & Russia
Rd 14 Marina Bay, September 21, 2014
1 Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes W05 – 2hr 00min 04.795sec
2 Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull RB10 – 2hr 00min 18.329sec
3 Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull RB10 – 2hr 00min 19.068sec
Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes W05 – 1min 50.417sec
Race distance: 60 laps, 188.749 miles
Pole position: Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes W05 – 1min 45.681sec
The Bianchi accident
Jules Bianchi was engrossed in a long-running battle with Marcus Ericsson’s Caterham at Suzuka. Both were driving exceptionally well in low-grip conditions in cars with very little downforce. Ericsson had recently made a breakthrough, a change in the Caterham’s brake-by-wire system giving him the pedal feel he’d lacked all year. Besides which, he was very much at home around...
He reached Formula 3, stepped back to Renault Clios and then went on to conquer Indianapolis... via an argument or two with Tom Walkinshaw
Writer: Simon Taylor, Photographer: James Mitchell
Every sportsman tends to be remembered, above all, for one particular achievement: one win, one record, one defining moment in his career. Kenny Bräck feels that most people primarily recall his victory in the...
Rd. 11 Hungaroring, July 27 2014
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull RB9 1hr 53min 05.058sec
2 Fernando Alonso Williams FW36 1hr 53min 10.283sec
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W05 1hr 53min 10.915sec
Fastest lap: Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1min 25.724secRace distance: 70 laps, 190.531 milesPole position: Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1min 22.715sec
Pre-race rain and an accident: the two crucial, and linked...
Warring team-mates, matters acoustic, Senna and Ferrari
When Jochen Rindt’s Lotus crashed massively at Montjuich in 1969, he was extraordinarily fortunate to escape with relatively light injuries. This was the time of the ludicrous ‘tall’ wings, and the flimsy supports on Rindt’s car simply collapsed, as they had – a few minutes earlier, at the same spot – on the sister car of Graham Hill, the...
As a general rule, smooth and relatively short rallies produce low penalty differences, whilst those of rougher, longer ones are usually much higher. Seconds, certainly no more than minutes, normally separate the first ten on the Tour of Corsica, for instance, whilst on the Safari Rally this year the gap between the first and tenth (last) finishers was not far short of a complete day!
The Right One
It must be all of twenty years since we first warned against the Europeanisation of that unrivalled event in the world rallying calendar, the East African Safari Rally, as it was then called. It was refreshingly different from all other rallies and was run in a way which used the vast expanse of East Africa's countryside to its fullest advantage. Its delight lay not only in the...
On top down under
It is never easy for an organising group to enter the World Championship for the first time, no matter how many times their event has been held outside the series. When an event jumps straight into the world series in only its second year the difficulties can be enormous. Experience counts for a great deal, and it says much for the abilities of the organisers of the 10th...
Prospects for 1990
BY THE time this issue of MOTOR SPORT appears, the Monte Carlo Rally, first round of the 1990 World Rally Championship, will be over, and an indication given as to which crews and cars are likely to be the best performers during the year.
Already from 1989 we have Lancia, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Mazda, whilst coming soon in 1990 will be a biggerengined Mazda, a 4WD Ford Sierra...
Markku in the murk
When all Europe seemed to be enduring wind and rain in place of the customary winter cold, and predominantly dry conditions had characterised the Monte Carlo Rally, it was hardly surprising that Sweden's Varmland should have far less than its usual coating of snow in February.
When the Swedish Rally set out from Karlstad on February 4, dark clouds and murk merged with the...