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Jul 4

F1: Alonso Leads Chase Of Mercedes At Silverstone

Fernando Alonso will look to challenge the Mercedes duo in Saturday's qualifying session. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso will look to challenge the Mercedes duo in Saturday’s qualifying session. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso lead the chase of Mercedes at Silverstone on Friday as the Spaniard took third spot in both sessions.

Lewis Hamilton led the way in the second practice session ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg, with third-place Alonso 0.736 seconds off the pace.

“There were no problems with wear or graining on the softer compound,” said Alonso. “While in order to correctly evaluate the hard [tire], we will have to wait for a long run test. For now, I can say it’s hard to get them up to temperature.

Jun 23

F1: Tempers reach boiling point as Ferrari’s struggles continue

Scuderia Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen  makes a pitstop during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANS KLAUS TECHT        (Photo credit should read HANS KLAUS TECHT/AFP/Getty Images)

Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen makes a pitstop during the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. (Photo: Hans Klaus Techt/Getty Images)

When told on Sunday to push up to his nearest rival, the radio answer from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was immediate.

“Well, give me more power!” the Finn told his engineer.

Raikkonen has notably struggled since returning to the Italian team in 2014, but so too has Ferrari with its newly V6-powered F14-T.

Jun 21

Formula 1 Notebook: Williams Racing Shines Ahead Of Austrian GP

Pole-winner Felipe Massa (center) poses with Nico Rosberg (left) and teammate Valtteri Bottas (right) after Austrian GP qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pole-winner Felipe Massa (center) poses with Nico Rosberg (left) and teammate Valtteri Bottas (right) after Austrian GP qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

The 2014 Formula 1 season has been dominated by the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, but on Saturday in Austria it was Williams Martini Racing shining with a 1-2 effort in qualifying.

Felipe Massa managed to capture his first pole position since the 2008 Brazilian GP, while teammate Valtteri Bottas enjoyed the best qualifying performance of his career. We caught up with the Williams duo and their fellow drivers to see what they had to say before Sunday’s race.

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‘Don’t Rule Me Out,’ Says Hamilton After Qualifying Ninth

Lewis Hamilton is optimistic and laid back heading into Sunday's Austrian GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton is optimistic and laid back heading into Sunday’s Austrian GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton says he’s looking forward to fighting his way up from ninth on the grid in Austria.

The Mercedes driver was surprisingly upbeat given his disastrous qualifying session, which began with his first lap time being cancelled for exceeding track limits, and ended with a spin at Turn 2 on his final run.

Jun 21

F1: Massa Takes Surprise Pole For Austrian GP

Felipe Massa drives during qualifying ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Felipe Massa drives during qualifying ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Felipe Massa felt like kickstarting his Formula One career after earning his first pole since 2008 as Williams stunned Mercedes in Austrian GP qualifying on Saturday.

Massa and teammate Valtteri Bottas posted the two fastest times, setting up the first Formula One race of the season without Mercedes in the front row.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg was third, while Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton went off track in the final qualifying round and will start ninth.

Jun 20

F1: Alonso, Ferrari Lead The Chase Of Mercedes In Austria

Fernando Alonso was the best of the rest on Friday in Austria. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso was the best of the rest on Friday in Austria. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso and Ferrari led the chase of Mercedes in Austria today as the former Formula 1 World Champion finished both practice sessions in third place.

However he said there was still a lot to be learned, especially about the tires.

“In both sessions, Kimi and I were on different programs and now we must put all the data together to choose which of the elements we tested have worked best. There were no surprises on the tire front, the supersoft seems quicker and will definitely be the tire for qualifying, but for the race, it’s impossible to establish now what the strategy will be.