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May 26

Rosberg Finally Turns Pole Into Victory


At the third time of asking in 2013, Nico Rosberg turned a pole position into victory as he scored his second career Grand Prix win in Monaco.

Rosberg’s success comes 30 years after his father won the same race for Williams.

“It is special to hear that, yes, but honestly, that’s not what I was thinking about when I was crossing the finishing line, definitely not,” he said. “I’m just extremely happy to win this race. Also, we’ve had again such a difficult time behind us — in the last couple of races pole position and dropping back so much.

“There was always that a little bit in the back of my mind today in the race, ‘I hope that it’s going to last and I’ll be able to pull it off today and not drop back again,’ because it’s not nice when you’re starting in front and dropping back.

“And then today the team gave me a great car. It’s really fantastic to see how they’ve been able to improve in such a short space of time. Little improvement here and there, but this track suited us, anyway, and so it was enough to make it happen.”

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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 Fernando Alonso 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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