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May 12

Massa Lands First Podium Of Season

Massa Lands First Podium Of Season

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Felipe Massa maintained his improved 2013 form with third place in Spain, having overcome an impeding penalty that dropped him from sixth to ninth on the grid.

The Brazilian driver gained two spots on the first lap as he worked his way into a podium position.

“I think I am a bit disappointed for what’s happening yesterday,” he said. “These things happen many times and no penalties happen, so I’m disappointed with that. I didn’t cause any issues for him [Webber] in the qualifying, so I’m disappointed for that.

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May 5

Hinchcliffe Wins Thrilling Sao Paulo 300

Hinchcliffe Wins Thrilling Sao Paulo 300

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After three straight races filled with mostly good behavior, the gloves–and better judgment–came off on the streets of Sao Paulo on Sunday.

When the endless string of crashes and cautions came to an end after 75 laps, Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe played a masterful game of waiting to the final five laps to use all his Firestone Reds had to give and and an extra few uses of Push-to-Pass (P2P) to come away with his second win of the season and the third for the Andretti team in 2013.

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Apr 21

Sato Breaks Through With Long Beach Win

Sato Breaks Through With Long Beach Win

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It took 80 laps of frantic racing at Long Beach to declare a winner, but Takuma Sato broke through to lead a Honda 1-2-3 with Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson far behind in his rearview mirrors.

The A.J. Foyt Racing driver came home 5.36 seconds ahead of an impressive Graham Rahal, who turned his nightmare season around with a determined run on Sunday.

And if his winning drive wasn’t enough, Sato also ended a dry spell for the Foyt team that lasted 3941 days since its last Series victory. Sato, whose last win came at the Macau Grand Prix F3 race in 2001, had gone a whopping 4161 days since his last victory, and also rewarded loyal team sponsor ABC Supply with their first win in competition.

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Apr 21

Vettel On Top With Impressive Bahrain Victory

Vettel On Top With Impressive Bahrain Victory

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made it two wins in four races in 2013 with a dominant victory in Bahrain – despite Lotus, Ferrari and Mercedes all setting the pace at various stages during the weekend.

Vettel led from the third lap, having quickly disposed of and Nico Rosberg.

Even the German admitted that he hadn’t expected to be able to win so easily, given the level of competition.

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Apr 14

Alonso Shows His Class In China

Alonso Shows His Class In China

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 put the disappointment of his early retirement in Malaysia behind him with a superb victory in China.

Alonso didn’t put a foot wrong, keeping his tires alive better than most of his rivals and finding consistent pace.

“Definitely it was nearly a perfect Sunday for us, with not any problem in the race,” said Alonso. “The start was clean, it was good. We managed to overtake Kimi Raikkonen. And then in the first stint we managed to pass Lewis Hamilton as well. The car felt a little bit better on the degradation side, let’s say. And then in the rest of the race, obviously you need to take care of the tires a little bit, you need to manage the gap with the guys behind.”

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