Nov 24

F1: Massa Says Penalty Kept Him From Reaching Podium In Brazil

Felipe Massa drives during the Brazilian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Felipe Massa drives during the Brazilian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Felipe Massa was set for a podium finish in his last race with Ferrari until a drive-through penalty cost him track position at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Massa finished the season-ending race seventh after starting ninth, but he was running fourth when he was penalized for illegally crossing a pit line near the midway point of the race at his home track of Interlagos.

Massa said teammate Fernando Alonso, who was running third and had already secured second in the drivers’ standings, was ready to let him pass for a podium finish in front of the Brazilian crowd.

Nov 24

IndyCar: Russian Driver Mikhail Aleshin Joins SPM For 2014 Season

Mikhail Aleshin will replace Tristan Vautier (pictured) next season at Schmidt Peterson Racing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mikhail Aleshin will replace Tristan Vautier (pictured) next season at Schmidt Peterson Racing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has signed Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin for its second IndyCar entry in 2014.

The 26-year-old Aleshin got his first seat time in an Indy car this week when he tested at Sebring International Raceway. He then put together a deal to be teammates next season with Simon Pagenaud.

Nov 24

F1: Vettel Wins Season-Ending Brazilian GP

Sebastian Vettel performs donuts in his car after winning the Brazilian GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel performs donuts in his car after winning the Brazilian GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel won Formula 1′s season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, matching Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 victories in a year and equaling the nine consecutive wins of Alberto Ascari.

Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was second in his final F1 race. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was third.

Vettel, who had already wrapped up a fourth straight F1 title, was overtaken by Nico Rosberg of Mercedes at the start but regained the lead on the second lap and cruised to his second victory in Brazil, and 39th of his career. He crossed the line 10.4 seconds in front of Webber.

Nov 23

F1: Alonso Doubts He’ll Win Brazilian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso will start third in Sunday's Brazilian GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso will start third in Sunday’s Brazilian GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso doubts he’ll win the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday despite earning the third-best spot on the grid from qualifying at a rainy Interlagos.

Alonso hasn’t started from the second row since the fourth race of the year in Bahrain, but the two-time world champion said it’s going to be “very difficult” to win.

Nov 23

F1: Vettel Masters Tricky Conditions To Take Pole For Brazil Finale

Sebastian Vettel drives during qualifying at Interlagos. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel drives during qualifying at Interlagos. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel was fastest on a wet Interlagos track to take pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday and be in prime position for another record-setting performance.

In Formula 1′s season-ender on Sunday, Vettel can equal Michael Schumacher’s 2004 mark of 13 victories in a year and match the record of nine consecutive wins by Alberto Ascari in 1952-53.

The Red Bull driver, who wrapped up a fourth straight F1 title long ago, was more than half a second ahead of Nico Rosberg of Mercedes in treacherous conditions in a rain-delayed qualifying session.