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Nov 15

F1: Vettel Leads Red Bull Racing 1-2 In Second USGP Practice

Sebastian Vettel drives during practice for the United States Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel drives during practice for the United States Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel served notice Friday he has every intention of going after a victory that eluded him last year and perhaps set a couple of records are still within reach during his remarkable season.

Vettel posted the fastest time in the day’s two practice sessions at the U.S. Grand Prix, driving the Circuit of the Americas in 1 minute, 37.305 seconds, topping teammate Mark Webber for a 1-2 start for Red Bull on the first day of driving.

It was quite a turnaround from the morning for Vettel, who finished a leisurely 18th in the first practice that was delayed by fog, then stopped and ultimately shortened to about half of its scheduled 90 minutes.

Nov 15

F1: Raikkonen Undergoes Successful Operation

Kimi Raikkonen will drive for Ferrari in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen will drive for Ferrari in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lotus has confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen underwent a successful operation Thursday, and is now starting the recovery process.

A short statement said: “As planned, Kimi Raikkonen underwent back surgery yesterday at The University Hospital of Strasbourg. Lotus F1 Team is happy to report that the operation was totally successful, according to Professor Afshin Gangi.

Nov 15

IndyCar: Franchitti Respected By Fans, Competitors Alike

Dario Franchitti celebrates after winning his third Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dario Franchitti celebrates after winning his third Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

Target Chip Ganassi Racing announced Thursday that Dario Franchitti will no longer compete in motor sports racing, citing injuries he suffered in a crash Oct. 6.

Franchitti suffered two spinal fractures, a fractured right ankle and a concussion in a vicious crash at the Houston Grand Prix where his car went airborne and into a catchfence.

Since the crash, Franchitti has been under the care of doctors and nurses who have advised the 40-year-old Scotsman to step away from racing. The doctors pinpointed an increased risk of re-injury to Franchitti’s head and spine, which could affect his future health.

Nov 15

F1: Photo Gallery Of The Formula 1 Nightlife — Circuit Of The Americas

The culture of partying, VIP’s, and all-night festivities have always been an attractive part of Formula 1. The countless special events taking place this weekend in Austin will be no exception. With the beginning of on-track practice, we want to give you a preview of what to expect as the sun goes down.

Enjoy this photo gallery of F1 night life!

Nov 15

F1: Alonso Fastest In First USGP Practice

Fernando Alonso drives during first practice at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso drives during first practice at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso posted the fastest time in the first practice session at the United States Grand Prix, followed closely by McLaren’s Jenson Button in a session first delayed by fog and then interrupted and shortened because the medical helicopter was late to arrive.

Alonso drove the Circuit of the Americas in 1 minute, 38.343 seconds. That was 0.0028 seconds faster than Button.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who is chasing a record eighth consecutive victory in a single season, was 18th at 1:40.662.