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12-15 MARCH 2015

Alonso sets pace in testing

Fernando Alonso was fastest around Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit as tyre manufacturer Pirelli concluded their first team tests.

The Italian company is returning to Formula One next year as the sole tyre supplier, following the withdrawal of Japanese firm Bridgestone, and each of the 12 teams were given access to two sets of Pirelli's medium and soft tyres for testing.

Ferrari led the way with Fernando Alonso clocking a time of one minute 40.529 seconds as the Spaniard completed 105 laps.

Webber had broken shoulder

Mark Webber has revealed he fractured a shoulder when he was within sight of clinching this year's Formula One world title.

Webber sustained the injury with four grands prix remaining, at that stage holding an 11-point lead over Fernando Alonso, while he was 21 clear of Red Bull team-mate and eventual champion Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton eyes big 2011

After finishing the Formula One season fourth on the drivers' standings, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is aiming for a bigger and better 2011.

German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel claimed his maiden world title on Sunday with victory in Abu Dhabi, meaning Hamilton lost his mantle as the youngest ever Formula One world champion.

Vettel was 23 years and four months old on Sunday, five months younger than Hamilton was when he clinched his first and only world championship in Brazil in 2008.

Red Bull set bar high

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is aiming for a repeat performance from his team in the 2011 Formula One World Championship.

The Austrian racing team secured its first team and individual titles last season, with German Sebastian Vettel claiming the drivers' championship.

Horner knows consecutive titles will be hard to come by, but that is not stopping the 37-year-old Englishman from setting the bar high.

"It's obviously the target," Horner said, referring to a successful defence of Vettel's crown.

Massa tops testing

Felipe Massa finished fastest on the first day of the Pirelli tyre test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The Ferrari driver topped the timesheets after 94 laps on tyres provided by the Italian manufacturer, who will replace Bridgestone as F1 sole tyre supplier from the start of next season.

All 12 F1 teams were in attendance at the circuit for the start of the two-day test session, and the top of the order soon took on a familiar look with Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren setting the pace.

Two Winners in China as Webber Produces Drive of his Career

Lewis Hamilton may have won Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix for McLaren but Australia’s Mark Webber produced the drive of the day – the drive of a lifetime – to come from 18th on the starting grid, take third place and secure a double podium finish for Red Bull.

Webber’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who started from his third pole position of the year, led late in the 56-lap race but as the World Champion’s tyres fell away he had no answer to Hamilton and had to settle for second.

Red Bulls on Rampage Again

Sebastian Vettel headed up the ninth Red Bull Racing 1-2 finish in F1 history at Istanbul Park on Sunday to open up a commanding 34-point lead in the 2011 Drivers’ World Championship after four of the scheduled 20 races.

Vettel, who had to bounce back from a Friday accident to claim his fourth straight pole position in 2011, used that advantage to the maximum, sprinting into a lead he never relinquished through another entertaining 58-lap Grand Prix.

Vettel has all the answers

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel is now an odds-on favourite to retain his Drivers’ World Championship after a splendid fourth win of the season in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

Vettel’s narrow win from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes carried the 23-year-old reigning title-holder to 118 points, a margin of 41 over the 2008 World Champion, while Hamilton’s teammate Jenson Button – champion two years ago – drove a calculated race to come home third ahead of Mark Webber in the second Red Bull Renault.

Canadian Grand Prix (Round 7)

Venue: Montreal
Circuit Length: 4.361 Km
Laps: 70
Lap Record: 1:13.622 = 213.246 km/h - R. Barrichello (Ferrari) 2004

Breaking news: Marussia Virgin have parted company with Wirth Research, disappointed by the showing of their MVR-02; they will drop their 100% reliance on CFD and go the wind-tunnel route for 2012, possibly with former Benetton guru Pat Symonds in charge technically.


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