Formula One
Aug 29

Jean Todt Has Challenger For FIA Presidency

Frenchman Jean Todt currently leads the FIA. (Photo: Getty Images)

Frenchman currently leads the . (Photo: Getty Images)

The FIA Foundation’s director general, , has resigned his post in order to challenge Jean Todt for the FIA presidency.

In a statement, Ward said: “After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA presidential election. The election period begins in September and it will be necessary for me to approach FIA members to secure nominations. In these circumstances I think that the correct course of action is to resign.

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Aug 27

F1 Belgian Grand Prix: Team-By-Team Analysis

Driver Sebastian Vettel (center) celebrates with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner (left) and chief technical chief officer Adrian Newey (right) at Spa. (Photo: Getty Images)

Driver (center) celebrates with team boss Christian Horner (left) and chief technical officer Adrian Newey (right) at Spa. (Photo: Getty Images)

The promised to be a thriller, helped by a slightly mixed-up grid, but in the end, the expected rain never came and after a clean first lap, it proved to be a race of few surprises. Sebastian Vettel’s win wasn’t great for the title battle, but it was well-deserved after a faultless weekend for the German. and did at least add to their scores, but it was a bad day for Kimi Raikkonen. Here’s what happened among the 11 teams.

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Aug 24

Hamilton Secures 4th Straight Pole At Belgian GP

(L to R) Mark Webber,  Lewis Hamilton and  Sebastian Vettel after qualifying session at the Spa-Francorchamps. (Photo: Getty Images)

(L to R) , and after qualifying session at the . (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton surprised even himself after beating both Red Bulls to secure his fourth consecutive pole position in a rain-soaked qualifying session at the on Saturday.

The Mercedes driver is the first Briton since Damon Hill in 1995 to get four straight poles and has set himself up perfectly to keep the pressure on championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who starts Sunday’s race from second ahead of teammate Mark Webber.

“I dropped to five, six seconds back, so I didn’t know what was going on,” Hamilton said. “But I kept pushing … I feel so fortunate to get pole.”

He had expected worse.

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Aug 23

Alonso Only Seventh But Still Optimistic

Fernando Alonso prepares to get on track in Belgium. (Photo: Getty Images)

prepares to get on track in Belgium. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso was in a positive mood after free practice in Friday, despite ending the day a modest seventh.

However, headline times don’t always tell the full story, and the Spaniard insisted that made progress.

“This was a good day, even if in the morning we, and in fact everyone, lost time because of the rain, and so in the afternoon we found ourselves facing double the workload,” he said. “Before drawing any conclusions, we need to wait for the analysis of the data acquired this afternoon from both cars. Felipe (Massa, teammate) and I tried different aero configurations, with more and less downforce, which will be the real key to this race, along with the weather.

“In terms of today’s times, we have got closer to the favorites, but I’m not sure which weather forecast I would prefer. It’s true that in the rain, the cards on the table can be shuffled up, but in the wet there are as many chances to benefit as there are to lose.”

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Aug 23

Pirelli Blames ‘External Forces’ For Punctures

Pirelli has come under fire this year. (Photo: Getty Images)

has come under fire this year. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pirelli is investigating the causes of right-rear punctures that afflicted and in FP2, and also a series of cuts seen on other tires.

Pirelli’s believes that something on the track was the likely cause in most cases, while also suggesting that a piece of debris was responsible for the Vettel problem.

Inevitably, given the events of Silverstone and the high-speed nature of Spa, teams and drivers are looking for some reassurances from Pirelli.

“It looks on the as if something has been rubbing on the surface and then cut straight through the surface,” said Hembery. “And on the there are two quite clear holes through the top of the tread. We’ve got to go and look at the track later and see what’s been turns 13 and 15.

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