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Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2013
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

In 2014 it’s time for Nico Rosberg to stand and deliver.

It will be his eighth season as a Grand Prix driver, and his fifth with Mercedes. Throughout 2013 Rosberg was adamant that the Silver Arrows should prove themselves ‘the best of the rest’ in a field outstripped by the Red Bulls.

They duly did that: two victories in three races by Rosberg himself in Monaco and Britain helped considerably, but they were his only two race wins of the year and they both came along in the first half of the season.

Jean-Eric Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2013
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

There was bitter disappointment for the man they call ‘JEV’ in mid-season when Red Bull announced that his teammate Daniel Ricciardo would be the driver to replace Mark Webber in 2014.

While he retains his seat at Toro Rosso, that decision closes off some options for the Frenchman: there is no longer an obvious progression for him within the Red Bull framework, and recent history suggests he is unlikely to be offered a third straight year in the junior team. Just ask Jaime Alguersuari or Sebastien Buemi…

Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg
Born Origin
Team F1 Debut
Career statistics to end 2013
Race(s) Win(s)
Pole Position(s) Fastest Lap(s)

They say you should never go back, but then again they don’t say where…

Nico is going back in 2014: back to the Force India team he drove for in 2012, which was his second season as a fully-fledged Grand Prix driver.

His 2013 campaign with Sauber was initially disappointing: the Swiss team, sixth overall in 2012 with 126 points to their credit, never looked like reproducing that form as Hulkenberg and Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez teamed up.

So Near And Yet…

ROUND 15 – Japan, October 13, 2013

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault) 1hr 26m 49.301s (212.484 km/h)
2nd: Mark Webber (Red Bull Renault) gap: 7.129s
3rd: Romain Grosjean (Lotus Renault) gap: 9.910s

Fastest Lap: Webber 1:34.587 = 221.015 km/h on lap 44

Pole Position: Webber 1:30.915 = 229.942 km/h

World Championship: Vettel 297 points • Alonso 207 • Raïkkönen 177

Boo Who? Seb Doesn't Care

A funny thing happened on the way to the Korean podium: nobody booed when race winner Sebastian Vettel appeared.

Asian courtesy, perhaps, or maybe the gang of barrackers who Vettel says have organised a special tour just couldn’t afford the Korean air fares.

Maybe it all started back in Malaysia.

Round 15 – Japan, 11-13 October 2013

Venue: Suzuka, Japan
Circuit Length: 5.807 kilometres
Laps: 53
Lap Record: 1:31.540 = 228.372 km/h • Kimi Raïkkönen (McLaren Mercedes) • 2007

Odd note:

Suzuka is the world’s only Grand Prix circuit that describes a figure-of-eight. The track crosses over itself as the drivers head back on the inward leg towards the start-finish line. This year’s is the 25th Japanese Grand Prix to be staged there since 1987.

Place Of Ill Repute - But Still One Of The Best

“Suzuka should be one of the top three racetracks in anyone’s book.” So wrote former Grand Prix driver turned expert commentator Martin Brundle in his fine book Working the Wheel, published in 2004.

For Mark Webber Suzuka certainly is – or at least one-third of it, which kind of matches Brundle’s analysis! Giving fans an insight into his F1 preferences, Webber recently described the composite track which would be his favourite, and the first of his three sectors comes from the famous Japanese circuit.

The Fire Next Time: Two In A Row For Mark

ROUND 14 – Korea, October 6, 2013

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault) 1hr 43m 13.701s (av. race speed 179.386 km/h)
2nd: Kimi Raïkkönen (Lotus Renault) gap: 4.224s
3rd: Romain Grosjean (Lotus Renault) gap: 4.927s

Fastest Lap: Vettel 1:41.380 = 199.388 km/h on lap 53

Pole Position: Vettel 1:37.202 = 207.958 km/h

World Championship: Vettel 272 points • Alonso 195 • Raïkkönen 167

Mazda back on track for the Celebrity Challenge at the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation today announced the return of the Celebrity Challenge to the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix with Mazda confirming their sponsorship of the race featuring the soon to be released, All-New Mazda3.

Mazda3 has been Australia’s best-selling car for the last two years and the third-generation Mazda3 has been newly designed from the ground up. Like the Mazda6 and CX-5 before it, All-New Mazda3 has adopted Mazda’s award winning ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme and the full-suite of SKYACTIV Technology.

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