Nov 1

F1: Grosjean Fastest In 1st Abu Dhabi GP Practice

Romain Grosjean drives during the first practice session at the Yas Marina Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

drives during the first practice session at the Yas Marina Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean posted the fastest time in the first practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday.

The Frenchman has finished third in each of his past three races and clocked a best lap of 1 minute, 44.241 seconds in hot temperatures to finish .192 seconds ahead of Mercedes driver and .258 clear of four-time world champion .

Hamilton won in Abu Dhabi two years ago and has taken pole position twice, including at last year’s race.

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Oct 27

WRC: Ogier Pulls Off Dramatic Comeback To Win Rally Of Spain

Sebastien Ogier starts the Rally of Catalunya in front of the Cathedral of Barcelona. (Photo: Getty Images)

starts the Rally of Catalunya in front of the Cathedral of Barcelona. (Photo: Getty Images)

World champion Sebastien Ogier won the on Sunday after coming from behind on the third and final day.

The French driver entered the last leg — run on gravel after two days of asphalt — in fourth place, 46.5 seconds behind Volkswagen Polo teammate and pacesetter after being slowed down by a damaged wheel on Saturday.

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Oct 27

F1: Vettel Claims 4th Consecutive Title With Spectacular Win In India

Race winner and 2013 Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates in front of the crowd on the main straight following the Indian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Race winner and 2013 World Champion of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates in front of the crowd on the main straight following the Indian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

One day, Sebastian Vettel says this will all sink in. Right now, he’s still too young to appreciate his fourth straight Formula One championship.

The 26-year-old Red Bull driver won the Indian Grand Prix from the pole Sunday with a clinical ride. He became the third driver to win four consecutive F1 championships, joining Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. Vettel is also the youngest four-time world champion by eight years.

“I’m way too young to understand what it means,” he said. “I might be 60 one day, maybe then I will understand, but nobody cares anymore. I care. It’s difficult to realize something that nobody can take away from you.”

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Oct 26

F1: Alonso Says He Is Having A ‘Fantastic’ Year

Fernando Alonso is pleased with Ferrari's progress in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

is pleased with Ferrari’s progress in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

An upbeat Fernando Alonso says Ferrari managed to get the maximum out of his car this season, despite Red Bull driver racing away toward the drivers’ title.

“This season was fantastic for me again,” Alonso said Saturday after managing just eighth in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix. “If I look at the classification, to have 107 points, my teammate () having a very good season like this one at 90 points, I think we struck the maximum from the car we have.”

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Oct 26

F1: Grosjean Qualifies Dismal 17th, Rues Tire Strategy In India

Romain Grosjean talks with his team prior to qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

talks with his team prior to qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

Romain Grosjean, who has matured from an impetuous racer into a regular podium contender, can blame firm tires rather than loose driving for his woes in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix.

Grosjean will start from 17th on the grid Sunday after Lotus’ gamble on sticking with medium tires backfired in the first qualifying session Saturday.

The Frenchman was philosophical about the decision and is still hopeful of challenging for a podium finish — if not the Red Bulls — to boost his team in its battle for second place in the constructors’ title.

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