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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Sebastian Vettel wins F1 season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday to chalk up a record ninth victory in a row, and 13th of the Formula One season.

Motor racing-Ecclestone sees Red Bull's Horner as 'ideal' F1 CEO

Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has identified Red Bull team boss Christian Horner as the man he wants to succeed him when he finally relinquishes his grip on the sport.

Team Williams fined again for wheel offence

Formula One team Williams have been fined 60,000 euros ($83,000) for the second race in a row after a wheel nut came off Pastor Maldonado's car during practice at the Indian Grand Prix, the FIA said today.

Canadian GP worker killed in crane accident

A 38-year-old marshal at the Canadian Grand Prix was killed Sunday in an accident involving a crane after the end of the Formula One race, organizers and the International Automobile Federation said.

Merc boss Brawn needs brains to avoid tyre trouble

Mercedes principal Ross Brawn, a past master at finding Formula One loopholes, may need to pull another rabbit from his magician's hat on Thursday if his team are to escape potentially heavy sanctions.

Mercedes reprimanded for ‘secret’ tyre test

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were given the all-clear for next week's British Grand Prix on Friday after their Mercedes Formula One team escaped heavy sanctions for a 'secret' tyre test with Pirelli.

Mark Webber to leave Formula 1 at the end of season

The 36-year-old Red Bull driver Mark Webber is to leave Formula One at the end of the current season, he announced on his official website on Thursday. The Australian has signed a contract with Porsche from the 2014.

Mark Webber says age a factor in quitting F1

Mark Webber conceded on Thursday afternoon that the march of time combined with impending rule changes in Formula One for next season had been major factors in his decision to quit and switch to sportscar racing with Porsche.

Nico Rosberg emerges fastest in British GP practice

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg showed once again he has the car to challenge the top drivers, clocking the fastest lap in practice Friday at the rain-soaked British Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

Rebuilding Uttarakhand: Brand State, follow master plan

Experts say that government will have to launch a massive ‘branding’ exercise in a bid to regain confidence of both domestic and foreign tourists since the devastating images have shattered people globally. Anupam Trivedi reports.

'Kerbs not behind bursts'

Silverstone's owners hit back on Monday at suggestions that the circuit's kerbs could be to blame for explosive Pirelli tyre failures today.

German Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel hopes for 1st win on home soil

The Formula One championship goes to this weekend's German Grand Prix on a bankrupt circuit amid concern over tire safety and with three-time champion Sebastian Vettel seeking his first win on home soil.

German GP: Nico Rosberg hopes to keep Mercedes momentum

Nico Rosberg finally has a car capable of winning Formula One races and the German driver is taking full advantage of it - if only to annoy the championship leader.

Germans set the pace in home GP

Sebastian Vettel bounced back to his best on Friday afternoon when he led the way for Red Bull in the second free practice for this weekend’s German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. Classification and track debrief

German GP: Six in seven for Mercedes with Hamilton’s last-gasp pole

Lewis Hamilton gave Mercedes its first pole position at the German Grand Prix since 1954 by edging Red Bull’s three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel in Saturday’s qualifying.

Germany Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel wins on home soil for first time

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel extended his lead in this year's drivers' championship when he finally won on home soil on Sunday in German Grand Prix. But the defending triple world champion had to survive several spells of intense pressure to steer his way to victory.

Formula One: Sauber announces Russia tie-up

Financially troubled Formula One team Sauber on Monday announced a new partnership with Russian investors, in part to help promote the sport ahead of the country's inaugural grand prix at Sochi next year.

F1: race for Red Bull hot seat heats up

As the speculation increases about who will replace Mark Webber at Red Bull next season, former champion Kimi Raikkonen remains unsure if he will stay at Lotus.

Miracle man: Hamilton breaks Mercedes duck in Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton ended weeks of expectation and frustration on Sunday when he finally won his first race for Mercedes by claiming a dominant text-book triumph in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Bright start for Vishnu in Formula BMW Round 2

It was double delight for Vishnu Prasad as he recorded wins in both the Formula LGB and Formula BMW class in Round 2 of the JK Tyre Racing Championship here on Saturday. HT reports.

More to come from Lewis Hamilton, says Brawn

Mercedes team chief Ross Brawn believes that Hungarian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton still has much more to offer to the team despite his recent surge of excellent form.

Red Bull to replace Webber with Ricciardo: report

Formula One team Red Bull Racing will replace Australia's Mark Webber with compatriot Daniel Ricciardo alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, according to a report in the German media on Sunday.

Marquez makes it four wins in Indianapolis Grand Prix

Marc Marquez's amazing MotoGP rookie run continued Sunday with victory in the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the Honda rider's fourth win of his debut season.

Formula One: Hamilton's title bid resumes at Belgian GP

Lewis Hamilton must keep the pressure on Sebastian Vettel at the Belgian Grand Prix to maintain his slim title chances when the Formula One season resumes following its midseason break.

Spotlight on Raikonnen, Ferrari at Spa

Formula One returns this weekend after its now traditional mid-season European summer break with speculation swirling around Ferrari as the circus heads to the Belgian Grand Prix.

Jenson Button still waiting on McLaren for 2014 ride

Jenson Button is hoping to stay with McLaren next year, despite their disappointments in 2013, but is still waiting for the team to sign a contract.

Planned New Jersey F1 race looks doubtful again: Bernie Ecclestone

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone says he has not written off a planned grand prix in New Jersey next year despite increasing doubts about the chances of it going ahead after being postponed once already.

Belgian GP: Vettel fastest in final practice session

Sebastian Vettel topped the times for Red Bull in Saturday morning's third and final free practice session for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

Belgian GP: Hamilton proves king of qualifying again, takes pole position

Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth consecutive pole position with a perfectly-timed lap in rollercoaster weather conditions in the final seconds of today's qualifying session for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

Merc’s Hamilton grabs fourth consecutive pole

Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth consecutive pole position with a perfectly-timed lap in rollercoaster weather conditions in the final seconds of Saturday’s qualifying session for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Belgian Grand Prix: Vettel storms to victory to extend title lead

Sebastian Vettel delivered a crushing blow to his title rivals on Sunday when he increased his lead in the drivers' championship with a consummate triumph for Red Bull.

Australian Formula Ford series ends after 43 years

The Australian Formula Ford championship, which helped nurture the talent of Formula One driver Mark Webber, will come to an end at the end of its 43rd season this year, organisers said on Wednesday.

Ferrari says no driver announcement at Monza

Ferrari has taken the unusual step of announcing that it will not be making a driver announcement at the upcoming Italian Grand Prix.

Formula One: Red Bull appoint Ricciardo as Webber's successor

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was on Monday named as Mark Webber's successor alongside triple world champion Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull in 2014.

F1: Red Bull appoint Ricciardo as Webber's successor

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was on Monday named as Mark Webber's successor alongside triple world champion Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull in 2014.

Alonso targeting 'must win' Italian GP to boost ailing F1 title bid

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has targeted the Italian Grand Prix as a must-win race if he is to challenge Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel for the World Championship, being 46 points off the lead.

Hamilton concedes title bid is over

Lewis Hamilton conceded that his bid to win a second driver's world title was over on Sunday after he finished a distant ninth for Mercedes in the Italian Grand Prix.

Ferrari say rivals scared over Raikkonen

Ferrari team chief Stefano Domenicali claimed rivals were scared Thursday as the Italian marque hit back at a storm of criticism over their re-signing of former world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

Brilliant Vettel storms to Singapore pole

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel stormed ever closer to his fourth straight world title Saturday as he pulled out a brilliant drive to snatch pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Vettel wary of Alonso fightback

Sebastian Vettel remained wary of his closest rival Fernando Alonso Saturday even after he strengthened his grip on the championship with pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Horner backs his best Bull

Red Bull boss Christian Horner lashed out at the fans who continue to boo Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel and suggested they were hurting the young German's feelings.

Hamilton, Button condemn booing of Vettel's Singapore GP win

Button said that he was quite surprised and was himself booed on the podium in Italy, because it was Ferrari's backyard, adding that it was a surprise in Singapore. Hamilton said that no one should ever be booed or put down for their success.

New Concorde deal announced for Formula One

Formula One motor racing secured its future on Friday with the agreement of two men whose own individual futures are the subject of intense debate and speculation.

Four-midable Vettel takes aim at Korean GP

Runaway leader Sebastian Vettel can put one hand on the Formula One world title this week as he aims to stretch his astonishing winning streak to four races at the Korean Grand Prix.

Quieter crowd likely for Vettel at Korean Grand Prix

Fed up Formula One fans hoping to see a different driver standing on the top step of the podium other Sebastian Vettel may be disappointed but they are more likely to be shouting at their television sets than making a noise in Mokpo.

Marussia keep Jules Bianchi for next year

Struggling Marussia will retain Jules Bianchi as one of its drivers for next year, it was announced Thursday ahead of the Korean Grand Prix.

Raikkonen unsure if he'll race in Korean Grand Prix

The Finn got through the previous Formula One race in Singapore with the help of painkillers and physiotherapy, and while he is in Yeongam for Sunday's race, he is no certainty to compete.

Hamilton quickest, Kimi crashes in Korean GP

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton set the pace in first free practice at the Korean Grand Prix on Friday as injury-hit Finn Kimi Raikkonen walked away from a late crash.

Formula One headed for crisis, says McLaren chief

Formula One is headed toward a crisis within the next 18 months unless costs are cut significantly, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said.

Dominant Vettel storms to pole in Korean Grand Prix

The German has taken the pole for three straight races – and won them all. He's aiming for a third consecutive win at the Yeongam circuit, and most importantly, a fourth consecutive F1 championship.
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