Formula 1
Jul 20

F1: Hamilton Takes Five-Place Grid Penalty At German GP

Lewis Hamilton will start 20th in the German Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

will start 20th in the German Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton won’t be forced to start from the pitlane after the FIA accepted that his change of brake disc brand from Brembo to Carbon Industrie does not represent a change of car specification under parc ferme conditions.

Article 34.2 of the 2014 Sporting Regulations states: “It must be clear that any replacement part a team wishes to fit is similar in mass, inertia and function to the original. Any parts removed will be retained by the FIA.”

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Jul 19

F1: Hamilton Reflects On Heavy Crash In Qualifying

Mechanical failure led to Lewis Hamilton's crash in qualifying. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Mechanical failure led to ’s crash in qualifying. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Lewis Hamilton will start the from 15th after he suffered a front right brake disc failure in Q1 and spun heavily into the tire wall.

Hamilton did not take part in Q2 and was thus officially 16th, but he gained a place from an Esteban Gutierrez grid penalty.

Out of choice Hamilton uses Brembo discs while uses Carbon Industrie – it’s not uncommon for drivers to swap around as they search for better feel in the car – so the German does not have an issue. The broken disc was new today and the team has no explanation for the failure, although the likelihood is that it was a one-off manufacturing fault.

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Jul 19

F1: Rosberg On Pole For Home Race As Hamilton Crashes Out

Nico Rosberg captured his fifth pole of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

captured his fifth pole of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the German Grand Prix as Mercedes teammate crashed out in Saturday’s qualifying session and will start 15th on the grid.

Rosberg completed the fastest lap on the Hockenheimring in 1 minute, 16.540 seconds in the third part of the session for what was also the weekend’s fastest time.

“Home race, to be on pole is fantastic,” the German said. “Of course I would have preferred it was an open fight with Lewis. I was a little less happy as a result (of Hamilton’s crash) because Lewis didn’t have a shot at it in the end but all in all, yeah, a fantastic day up to now.”

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Jul 18

F1: Raikkonen Outpaces Ferrari Teammate On Friday At German GP

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest on Friday. (Photo: Getty Images)

was fourth quickest on Friday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari made a solid start to the weekend as Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest in second practice, while teammate was ninth.

Like the other teams Ferrari had to adjust to running without its FRIC system.

“Unfortunately in the morning, because of a technical problem, I had to come back to the garage and was unable to do an additional run on the soft tires,” said Raikkonen. ”But thanks to a great job from the team, I managed to quickly get back out on track.

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Jul 18

F1: Renault Making Progress On 2015 Engine Package, Says Abiteboul

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul (left) and Remi Taffin, Head of Track Operations at Renault (right), walk in the paddock ahead of the British Grand Prix. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

boss (left) and Remi Taffin, Head of Track Operations at (right), walk in the paddock ahead of the British Grand Prix. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

New Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says that the French company is well advanced with the 2015 version of its power unit, which like those of the other manufacturers has had to be developed in line with the FIA’s homologation rules.

“The engine world is not exactly the same as the chassis world,” he said on Friday. “In the sense that with the homologation you are not free to develop the engine, and therefore what we can do this year is fairly limited. What we need to focus on right now is to get reliability sorted out, because clearly what we are delivering on track is not acceptable for some of our customers. We need to fix that, clearly; this is for this season and see what can be done from a performance perspective.

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