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CONTENTS / MAY 2015

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FIRST SECTOR: THE REGULARS

RACING

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IGNITION REMEMBERING A VERY DIFFERENT SPANISH GP


PARADES THE VERY BEST FORMULA 1 PHOTOGRAPHY
F1 INSIDER NEWS, OPINION AND ANALYSIS
INSIDE TECH THE SCIENCE BEHIND PARC FERM
PETER WINDSOR HOW NEW ENGINES HIGHLIGHT TALENT
DAMON HILL WHY F1 IS SUCH A HUMAN SPORT
DIETER RENCKEN DOES FOM SEEK EU INTERVENTION?
NOW THAT WAS A CAR THE SHADOW DN7
SUBSCRIBE AND GET FREE BOLL SUNGLASSES

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LUNCH WITH

COVER STORIES
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40

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SECOND SECTOR: THE FEATURES

ALEX WURZ

BIG-TIME BOTTAS

The new chairman

Williams rising star has bags of talent and is endorsed by


Mika Hkkinen. Find out why hes a champion in the making

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TOP TEN BOTTAS MOMENTS

Our selection of milestone moments that reveal the true


greatness of future world champion, Valtteri Bottas

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DANS THE MAN

Despite an underperforming car and the pressures of his


home race, nothing can stop Daniel Ricciardo smiling

of the GPDA on
his vision for F1

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MONTJUC PARK
The old-style
circuit that was
too fast, too

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YOU ASK THE QUESTIONS

furious

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on intra-team rivalries,


changing his name and having a wife in the same business
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GO FIGURE

A numerical view of the stats and facts behind Pirelli tyres

40

BOTTAS Hes racking up the podiums


could this be the year of his first win?

72

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE SUPER SUB

Reserve drivers have a tough job sitting out the season,


and getting their chance to race only when disaster strikes
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CATERHAM: GOING, GOING GONE

When all attempts to save the team failed, the contents of


their HQ were put up for auction. F1 Racing pays a final visit
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MEET STEPHEN FITZPATRICK

We catch up with the entrepreneurial energy boss to learn


what hes got planned for his newly acquired Manor F1 team

RICCIARDO Red Bulls rising star is as


optimistic as ever back in Melbourne

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LUNCH WITH ALEX WURZ

The endurance racer, driver coach, team advisor and head of


the GPDA explains how he keeps all those plates spinning

54

A CHAT WITH SEBASTIAN VETTEL

Despite torrid

The four-time champion on his new lease of life with Ferrari


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62

MONTJUC PARK REMEMBERED

Fast, thrilling and ultimately treacherous, the former venue


of the Spanish GP was the archetypal old-school F1 circuit

TOTO WOLFF The head of Mercedes


Motorsport answers your questions

THIRD SECTOR: FINISHING STRAIGHT

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MONTJUC PARK This former F1 track


was light on safety, heavy on speed

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MALAYSIAN GP DEBRIEF FERRARIS FIRST WIN SINCE 2013


CHINESE GP DEBRIEF A HAMILTON/ROSBERG ONE-TWO
SPANISH GP PREVIEW RETURN TO A TESTING VENUE
INBOX READERS SHARE THEIR OPINIONS
MURRAY WALKER F1S NEVER SHORT ON SURPRISES

DAN RICCIARDO
times with the
Renault power
unit, hes staying
positive

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IN CONVERSATION
WITH SEB VETTEL
Ferraris newest
race winner on his
future in scarlet

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TOTO WOLFF
He knows who
hes tipping for
the title but
hes not telling

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VALTTERI BOTTAS
A star in the
making and the
driver just about
everyone is calling
a future world
champion

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Follow Anthony on Twitter: @Rowlinson_F1

A track to remember with awe


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Red Bull in flex Daniil Kvyat kicks up the sparks on Friday in


China. Look closely, and theres real magic on his left-rear tyre:
the sidewall is flexing. Its a standing wave, a near-impossibleto-capture state caused by heat- and air-pressure differences
when the contact patch leaves the ground at speed
Where Shanghai, China
When 2.49pm, Friday 10 April 2015
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Black magic Wisps of steam rise from a Pirelli tyre during


practice in China, a timely demonstration of how managing
heat is so integral to unlocking their performance. Tyres are
often dismissed as black and round, but this is a reminder
that there is beauty and magic in every aspect of a F1 machine
Where Shanghai, China
When 11.34am, Friday 10 April 2015
Photographer Vladimir Rys
Details Canon EOS-1DX, 200mm lens, 1/200th at F20

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Fine in China He may have driven too slowly for Nico


Rosbergs liking in the race, but Lewis Hamilton was just too
fast for his team-mate in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.
The world champion thrilled the Chinese fans by securing his
third straight pole position his fifth at the Shanghai circuit
Where Shanghai, China
When 3.05pm, Saturday 11 April 2015
Photographer Lorenzo Bellanca
Details Canon EOS-1DX, 24mm lens, 1/25th at F22

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NEWS

THE DRIVERS WIFE

OPINION

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KIMI IMPRESSES

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ANALYSIS

EXCLUSIVE!

F1 teams plot junior championship


A championship-within-a-championship could increase interest and boost grid numbers
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NEWS

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Alonso returns, but


crash questions linger
The McLaren racer challenges his teams version of his crash in
pre-season testing, insisting he remained conscious throughout
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team and management were not a help

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Formula 1 win at the 1979 Spanish

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Grand Prix.

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Spanish Grand Prix?

Grand Prix to be held at the Circuit

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NEWS

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Renault consider new


partnership as Red
Bull tensions simmer

Dean
Stoneman

YOUNG GUNS

As Red Bull let rip following their poor performance at the


Australian GP, Renault weigh up their future options in F1
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Finding the stars of tomorrow, today


Dean Stoneman is a 24-year-old from Southampton, who
will race for DAMS, with Red Bull backing, in this years
Formula Renault 3.5 Championship.

Who is he?
A HGV-licence holding, title-winning former powerboat racer
who has recently been signed by Red Bulls young driver
programme after working his way up the junior single-seater
ladder for a second time.

Whats he been doing recently?


Stoneman was on the cusp of F1 at the end of 2010, after
winning the now-defunct FIA Formula 2 Championship. That
earned him a test with Williams, and helped him secure a
top drive in Formula Renault 3.5 for 2011. But in January
that year he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, and
forced to stop racing to focus on his treatment. While
recuperating, Stoneman switched to powerboat racing,
winning the 2012 P1 Superstock UK title. He returned to

Red Bull blame the Renault power unit

the circuits in 2013, winning races in the Porsche Carrera

for their poor performance. Below, they

Cup GB, before a late call-up to contest the final round of

are passed by junior team Toro Rosso

the 2013 GP3 Series in Abu Dhabi. He took a podium in the


second race, which secured him a full-time 2014 GP3 drive.

How good is he?


Good enough to impress Red Bulls talent spotters. He took
ve wins and nished second to Alex Lynn in GP3, despite
an enforced late-season team switch after Manor Marussia
collapsed. His performance against Lynn impressed Red Bull,
who snapped him up to their young driver squad, placing him
with DAMS in Formula Renault 3.5 for 2015.

Will we see him in F1?


Stoneman has got where he is due to his skill and resilience.
And Red Bull backing will surely open doors in the future.

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NEWS

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F1 BANTER

Sauber settle contract


row with van der Garde

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11.5m by troubled teams backers to drop his case

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former Sauber reserve Giedo van der Garde
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Weve got one of these in our ofce. When


I catch him in the act Ill
The issue at hand is not an inconvenience in your
ofce conveniences, but part of a package of
blue-sky ideas to improve the show, discussed
during a crunch meeting of team bosses called by
Bernie Ecclestone.
I see. So what functions have sprinklers to play
in the ongoing health of our favourite sport?
Wet races can often be exciting and
unpredictable. So why not host a grand prix
in articially wet conditions?
Surely what makes wet races so exciting is
the unpredictability? If the teams know whats
coming, theyll soon get their heads around it.
Quite so.
Any other great ideas?
Some events should take Grand Slam status and
at every race ten points should be awarded for
pole and ten for the win, but the polesitter would
start 12th. The rest of the grid would be random.
Ye Gods! Have they been at the gin again?
Thats almost as crazy as getting drivers to
pick their grid number out of a bowl.
They used to do that in the British Touring Car
Championship until one driver fessed up to
peeping and drawing pole position for himself.
Im not sure Ill survive this lunacy.
How about a separate women-only F1 support
series, to run on grand prix mornings?
Welcome to the 20th century, Bernie. Trouble is,
everyone else is in the 21st. What about women
competing on equal terms?
Michle Mouton, head of the FIAs Women and
Motor Sport Commission (and former World Rally
Championship event winner), agrees: We have to
promote the fact that motorsport is open to all,
with the same prospects and potential to succeed.
Well kick that idea into the long grass, then.
Dont trip over the hose if you go looking for it.
Do say: My Team-Mate Drew Pole Position And
All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt.
Dont say: Get the kettle on, luv.

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NEWS

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COLUMN

Sutil secures F1
lifeline as Williams
reserve driver
Bottass Melbourne back injury underlines teams
urgent need for experienced emergency backup
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THE
DRIVERS
WIFE

Its the end of an era

Statement on behalf of Adriana Oliveira dos Santos:


Ms Oliveira wishes to state that with great regret and immediate
effect, she will no longer be sharing her wisdom in F1 Racing.
After a period of intense work, Ms Oliveira is suffering from
exhaustion. She is receiving the best medical care in her native
Brazil and her team of doctors have prescribed complete rest.
Ms Oliveira is concerned that her many millions of fans
worldwide might feel confused and abandoned as a result of
her sudden absence and she would like to express her profound
regret for any suffering she has caused and reassure them of her
eternal adoration. As soon as her health improves, Ms Oliveira
will be releasing a book of poetry to convey the full spectrum of
her devotion (Available in bookshops and on Kindle, Kobo and
iBooks from August 2015).
Ms Oliveira would like to take this opportunity to afrm that
she is passionately committed to her husband and their bond
is as strong as ever. Any and all speculation surrounding her
marriage is unfounded, hurtful and not helpful to her healing
process. The couple request privacy at this time and will make
no further comment.
Ms Oliveira would also like to state that recently published
paparazzi photos of her on the beach at her healing retreat
violated her privacy, and the stress has set her recovery back
by weeks. She was not cavorting but undergoing an intense, if
unconventional, physiotherapy session, and the photos showed
her therapist and not an international football star as claimed.
Ms Oliveira begs you to continue to read F1 Racing, but
sympathises that without her sprinkling of glamour, it will be
an altogether more ascetic experience.
I have been instructed by Ms Oliveira to send you besos.
You can follow Adrianas day-by-day recovery on Twitter and
Instagram. Keep an eye out for the full story to be released on
Netix: Adriana My Body, Your Body.

PHOTO: GLENN DUNBAR/LAT

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NEWS

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Ferrari close to re-signing


impressive Rikknen
The Scuderia have dropped their pursuit of Valtteri Bottas due
to 2007 world champion Kimi Rikknens improved performance

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Lewis set to cash


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German GP off calendar


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than four, engines this season before being
penalised. Manufacturers have agreed to the
compromise deal, yet to be rubber-stamped
by the FIA, after several manufacturers
struggled with early season reliability issues.
MERHIS FUTURE
Roberto Merhi could remain at Manor
Marussia for the full 2015 season after
impressing the team in early races. The
Spaniard signed a late deal for the opening
races of 2015, and claimed a solid nish on
his race debut in Malaysia. He will most likely
need to nd further funding to keep his seat.

FORCE INDIA UPGRADE DELAYED


Force India wont launch a B-spec of their
2015 chassis at least until the Austrian GP in
late June. The teams 2015 car was delayed
after switching to Toyotas windtunnel
in Cologne, and deputy team principal
Bob Fernley had been aiming to launch
a signicant upgrade at Monaco in May.

BELGIAN GP

CANADIAN GP

AUSTRIAN GP

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Off the calendar: 2008

Off the calendar: 1988-1996

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Montral fell off the calendar

and 2004-2013

calendar due to a planned

after circuit ofcials failed

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Belgian ban on tobacco

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post-1987 due to safety

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advertising, but returned in

Bernie Ecclestone for 2008. After

concerns, but returned in 1997

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2004 when the country

much wrangling, the popular

as the shortened A1 Ring. It

the F1 calendar for a further three years, after

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also skipped 2006 due to

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hosting rights until the end of 2017. The venue

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issues. Red Bull later bought

has been on the calendar since 1999.

Spa returned in 2007, following

it and revamped the facilities,

substantial upgrade work.

prompting F1 to return in 2014.

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PHOTOS: STEVEN TEE/LAT; ALASTAIR STALEY/LAT; GLENN DUNBAR/LAT;


CHARLES COATES/LAT; SAM BLOXHAM/LAT; STEVE ETHERINGTON/LAT; FORCE INDIA

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Now that was a car


No. 38 The Shadow DN7

Built for a V8, but using a heavy V12, the DN7 was a compromise too far

WORDS STUART CODLING PICTURES JAMES MANN

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Weight

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Notable drivers

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Tom Pryce (test only)

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Big-time
If theres one F1 driver
knocking on the door of
the big time right now, its
Williams ace Valtteri Bottas.
More than just another
ying Finn, those close
to him reckon hes a world
champion-in-waiting.
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on the brakes into Turn 13, that tricky
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Best nish fourth

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1999

Best nishthird

STPHANE SARRAZIN
(one race, Minardi)
Subbing forLuca Badoer (injured wrist)
Best nishDNF

MIKA SALO
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Subbing forRicardo Zonta (injured)
Michael Schumacher (broken leg)
Best nish second
2000

LUCIANO BURTI
(one race, Jaguar)
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2001

Best nish 11th

RICARDO ZONTA
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Best nish seventh

TOM ENGE
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2003

ZSOLT BAUMGARTNER
(two races, Jordan)
Subbing forRalph Firman (injured)
Best nish 11th

MARC GEN
(one race, Williams)
Subbing for Ralf Schumacher
(concussion)
Best nishfth

MARC GEN
(two races, Williams)
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Best nish10th

ANTONIO PIZZONIA
(four races, Williams)
Subbing for Ralf Schmuacher (injured)
Best nishseventh

ANTHONY DAVIDSON
(one race, BAR)
Subbing forTakuma Sato
Best nishDNF

PEDRO DE LA ROSA
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in as replacement drivers* since the
FIA introduced ofcial two-car entry
lists in 1996

2005

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the miles, its a
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into the car without
the preparation
its a position
from which you
can almost
only lose.

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2005

ALEX WURZ
(one race, McLaren)
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PHOTOS: CHARLES COATES/LAT; ANDREW FERRARO/LAT

(injured)
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ANTONIO PIZZONIA
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2006

FRANCK MONTAGNY
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(superlicence revoked by FIA)
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2007

SEBASTIAN VETTEL
(one race, BMW Sauber)
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2009

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Best nish14th

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2012

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2015

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KEVIN MAGNUSSEN
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**

Began the season at Minardi


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***

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2010

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it will most likely be

a naming licence from Proton.

used as a show car

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drive the Cosworth-engined cars,
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2011
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engines and Red Bull gearboxes.
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higher up the grid.
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2012
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Cars, his team is rebranded and
moves to the Leaeld Technical
Centre in Oxfordshire. Vitaly
Petrov replaces Trulli, and
KERS is run for the rst time.
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2013
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Charles Pic are signed and van
der Garde scores Caterhams
best-ever qualifying position of
14th at Spa, but they still nish
the season behind Marussia.
Best race nish: 14th
2014
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Engavest and the team enters
administration soon after,
missing two of the nal three
races. Marcus Ericsson and
Kamui Kobayashi are the drivers.
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FACTFILE
Name

Stephen Fitzpatrick

Team

Manor F1

Age

37

Born

Ulster

Lives

Gloucestershire

2015
Principal investor in the
Manor Marussia F1 team
2014
Chief executive ofcer
of OVO Energy
2008
Managing director and
founder of OVO Energy
2006
Vice president of JP Morgan
2003
Vice president of
Socit Gnrale
1997
Associate sale leader of
Southwestern Company
1995
Studies business and nance
at the University of Edinburgh

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As an advisor to Williams, Wurz helped Pastor Maldonado (top) to the teams rst win in eight years in
Spain 2012 (centre). Hes pictured with the trophy, then director Toto Wolff, and tester Susie Wolff (bottom)

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Frank Williams called and said they


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Sebastian Vettel
Ferraris newest race winner reects on the thrill of racing
for the Scuderia, F1 rules and his new home grand prix
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PORTRAIT STEVEN TEE/LAT

Youve been friends with Kimi Rikknen for years.


Are you worried your friendship might suffer from the
natural strain of competition within the same team?

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Too fast.
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Its 40 years since Formula 1 last
raced at the original Barcelona
home of the Spanish Grand Prix.
F1 Racing paid a visit to Montjuc
Park to remember a circuit with
a troubled past
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PICTURES STEVEN TEE/LAT; LAT ARCHIVE; SUTTON IMAGES

Jochen Rindts
Lotus 49B, following a
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cancelled due to the start of the

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the Font Mgica illuminated

Spanish Civil War. The stadium then

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fountains and the grand staircase

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dating back to 1640.

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were based there until 2008.


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Reports Previews

Normal service resumes

After that unexpected Ferrari-dominated interlude in Malaysia, Mercedes


bounce back with Hamilton and Rosberg taking their usual one-two nish
REPORTS

PREVIEWS

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114

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Sebastian Vettel takes his rst win in

Its like 2014 all over again as Lewis and

A track thats familiar to teams from pre season

20 races this time in Scuderia scarlet

Nico bag their second one two of the year

testing but no less of a challenge for that

MALAYSIAN GP REPORT

CHINESE GP REPORT

SPANISH GP PREVIEW

OPINION

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Your views on why Formula 1 needs more grip,

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fewer points and better rules

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RACE DEBRIEFby James Roberts


Malaysian Grand Prix
29.03.2015 / Sepang

A new force to be reckoned with


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for McLaren-Honda

lap 18, and starts to

ends with an ERS

match Hamiltons pace

problem on lap 21

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final stop on lap 39,
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sizeable lead

>
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team-mate Sainz Jr
on lap 48 on his way
to a points finish in
seventh place

>

Bottas passes

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Williams team-mate

Vettel makes his

Massa round the

return to the top step

outside on lap 55

of the podium, this

to finish in fifth

time wearing red

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Grand Prix stats
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The lowdown on everything you need to know from the weekend at Sepang
THE GRID

THE RACE
FASTEST LAP

1. HAMILTON
MERCEDES
1min 49.834secs Q3
2. VETTEL
FERRARI
1min 49.908secs Q3

4. RICCIARDO
RED BULL
1min 51.541secs Q3
5. KVYAT
RED BULL
1min 51.951secs Q3
6. VERSTAPPEN
TORO ROSSO
1min 51.981secs Q3
7. MASSA
WILLIAMS
1min 52.473secs Q3
8. BOTTAS
WILLIAMS
1min 53.179secs Q3
9. ERICSSON
SAUBER
1min 53.261secs Q3
10. GROSJEAN*
LOTUS
1min 52.981secs Q3

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

3rd

Nico Rosberg Mercedes

1h41m 05.793s
+8.569s
+12.310s

4th

Kimi Rikknen Ferrari

+53.822s

5th

Valtteri Bottas Williams

+70.409s

6th

Felipe Massa Williams

+73.586s

7th

Max Verstappen Toro Rosso

+97.762s

8th

Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso

9th

Daniil Kvyat Red Bull

+1 lap

10th

Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull

+1 lap

11th

Romain Grosjean Lotus

+1 lap

12th

Felipe Nasr Sauber

+1 lap

+1 lap

16. NASR
SAUBER
1min 41.308secs Q1
17. BUTTON
MCLAREN
1min 41.636secs Q1
18. ALONSO
MCLAREN
1min 41.746secs Q1

* Two-place penalty for failing


to leave pitlane in correct order
**Outside 107% time of 1min
46.217 secs but permitted to start
***Permitted to start

F1 Racing May 2015

DRIVERS STANDINGS

Sergio Prez Force India

+1 lap

1st

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

43pts

Nico Hlkenberg Force India

+1 lap

2nd

Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

40pts

15th

Roberto Merhi Manor

+3 laps

3rd

Nico Rosberg Mercedes

33pts

4th

Felipe Massa Williams

20pts

5th

Kimi Rikknen Ferrari

12pts

47 laps brakes

6th

Felipe Nasr Sauber

10pts

Retirements

Fernando Alonso McLaren

41 laps turbo

7th

Valtteri Bottas Williams

10pts

21 laps ERS cooling

8th

Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull

8pts

3 laps spin

9th

Nico Hlkenberg Force India

6pts

10th

Max Verstappen Toro Rosso

6pts

11th

Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso

6pts

12th

Marcus Ericsson Sauber

4pts

13th

Daniil Kvyat Red Bull

2pts

14th

Sergio Prez Force India

1pt

15th

Jenson Button McLaren

0pts

16th

Romain Grosjean Lotus

0pts

17th

Roberto Merhi Manor

0pts

18th

Pastor Maldonado Lotus

0pts

19th

Kevin Magnussen McLaren

0pts

20th

Fernando Alonso McLaren

0pts

21st

Will Stevens Manor

0pts

Marcus Ericsson Sauber

Fuel system

THROUGH SPEED TRAP (QUALIFYING)

Fastest: Felipe

Slowest: Roberto

Massa, 203.06mph

Mehri, 189.46mph

TYRE COMPOUNDS USED


CONSTRUCTORS STANDINGS

Medium
19. MERHI**
MANOR
1min 46.677secs Q1

Sebastian Vettel, 23.996secs (entry to exit)

13th

Will Stevens Manor

15. SAINZ JR
TORO ROSSO
1min 43.701secs Q2

FASTEST PITSTOP

14th

Withdrawn

13. HLKENBERG
FORCE INDIA
1min 43.023secs Q2

112

Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

2nd

Jenson Button McLaren

12. MALDONADO
LOTUS
1min 42.198secs Q2

20. STEVENS***
MANOR
NO TIME IN Q1

1st

Pastor Maldonado Lotus

11. RIKKNEN
FERRARI
1min 42.173secs Q2

14. PREZ
FORCE INDIA
1min 43.469secs Q2

Nico Rosberg, lap 43, 1min 42.062secs

THE RESULTS (56 LAPS)

Hard

CLIMATE
Sunny

Intermediate Wet

TRACK TEMP

35C

61C

1st Mercedes

76pts

9th Lotus

0pts

2nd Ferrari

52pts

10th Manor

0pts

3rd Williams

30pts

4th Sauber

14pts

5th Toro Rosso 12pts


6th Red Bull

11pts

7th Force India

7pts

8th McLaren

0pts

For comprehensive
F1 statistics visit
www.forix.com

PHOTOS: GLENN DUNBAR/LAT; STEVE ETHERINGTON/LAT; STEVEN TEE/LAT

3. ROSBERG
MERCEDES
1min 50.299secs Q3

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RACE DEBRIEFby James Roberts


Chinese Grand Prix
12.04.2015 / Shanghai

Controlled Lewis has Rosberg rattled


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Near the end of the

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takes victory ahead

an engine failure

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THE RACE

THE GRID

FASTEST LAP

1. HAMILTON
MERCEDES
1min 35.782secs Q3
2. ROSBERG
MERCEDES
1min 35.824secs Q3
Lewis Hamilton, lap 31, 1min 42.208secs

3. VETTEL
FERRARI
1min 36.687secs Q3

THE RESULTS (56 LAPS)

5 BOTTAS
WILLIAMS
1min 37.143secs Q3
6. RIKKNEN
FERRARI
1min 37.232secs Q3
7. RICCIARDO
RED BULL
1min 37.540secs Q3
8. GROSJEAN
LOTUS
1min 37.905secs Q3
9. NASR
SAUBER
1min 38.067secs Q3
10. ERICSSON
SAUBER
1min 38.158secs Q3
11. MALDONADO
LOTUS
1min 38.134secs Q2

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes


Nico Rosberg Mercedes

3rd

Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

+2.988s

4th

Kimi Rikknen Ferrari

+3.835s

1h39m 42.008s
+0.714s

5th

Felipe Massa Williams

+8,544s

6th

Valtteri Bottas Williams

+9.885s

7th

Romain Grosjean Lotus

+19.008s

8th

Felipe Nasr Sauber

+22.625s

9th

Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull

+32.117s

10th

Marcus Ericsson Sauber

+1 lap

11th

Sergio Prez Force India

+1 lap

12th

Fernando Alonso McLaren

+1 lap

13th

Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso

14th

Jenson Button McLaren

+1 lap

1st

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

68pts

2nd

Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

55pts

15th

Will Stevens Manor

+2 laps

3rd

Nico Rosberg Mercedes

51pts

Roberto Merhi Manor

+2 laps**

4th

Felipe Massa Williams

30pts

17th

Max Verstappen Toro Rosso +4 laps - engine

5th

Kimi Rikknen Ferrari

24pts

*Five-second penalty for causing a collision **Five-second penalty for

6th

Valtteri Bottas Williams

18pts

failing to stay above minimum time when following the Safety Car

7th

Felipe Nasr Sauber

14pts

8th

Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull

11pts

9th

Romain Grosjean Lotus

6pts

49 laps accident

10th

Nico Hlkenberg Force India

6pts

Daniil Kvyat Red Bull

15 laps engine

11th

Max Verstappen Toro Rosso

6pts

Nico Hlkenberg Force India

9 laps gearbox

12th

Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso

6pts

13th

Marcus Ericsson Sauber

5pts

14th

Daniil Kvyat Red Bull

2pts

15th

Sergio Prez Force India

16th

Fernando Alonso McLaren

0pts

17th

Jenson Button McLaren

0pts

18th

Roberto Merhi Manor

0pts

19th

Will Stevens Manor

0pts

20th

Pastor Maldonado Lotus

0pts

21st

Kevin Magnussen McLaren

0pts

THROUGH SPEED TRAP (QUALIFYING)


14. SAINZ JR
TORO ROSSO
1min 38.538secs Q2

15. PREZ
FORCE INDIA
1min 39.290secs Q2
16. HLKENBERG
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1min 39.216secs Q1

Fastest: Nico

Slowest: Jenson

Rosberg, 207.91mph

Button, 196.79mph

1pt

TYRE COMPOUNDS USED

17. BUTTON
MCLAREN
1min 39.276secs Q1

CONSTRUCTORS STANDINGS
18. ALONSO
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1min 39.280secs Q1

19. STEVENS
MANOR
1min 42.091secs Q1

Soft

Medium

CLIMATE
20. MERHI
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1min 42.842secs Q1

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16th

Pastor Maldonado Lotus

13. VERSTAPPEN
TORO ROSSO
1min 38.393secs Q2

Sebastian Vettel, 22.444secs (entry to exit)

+1 lap*

Retirements

12. KVYAT
RED BULL
1min 38.209secs Q2

FASTEST PITSTOP

F1 Racing May 2015

Sunny

Intermediate Wet

TRACK TEMP

20C

46C

1st Mercedes 119pts

9th McLaren

0pts

2nd Ferrari

79pts

10th Manor

0pts

3rd Williams

48pts

4th Sauber

19pts

5th Red Bull

13pts

5th Toro Rosso 12pts


7th Force India

7pts

8th Lotus

6pts

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F1 statistics visit
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4. MASSA
WILLIAMS
1min 36.954secs Q3

1st
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The Spanish GP preview

Round 5 / 8-10 May 2015 / Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmel

SPANISH GP RACE DATA

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DRS
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DRS End

DRS Start

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TV TIMETABLE (UK TIME)

Barcelona Catalunya

Friday 8 May

First GP 1991

Practice 1 09.00 10.30

F1 races held 24

Practice 2 13.00 14.30

Circuit length 2.892 miles

Saturday 9 May

Race distance 190.825 miles

Practice 3 10.00 11.00

Direction Clockwise

Qualifying 13.00 14.00

Winners from pole 18

Sunday 10 May
Race 13.00

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Live coverage Sky Sports F1


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Sector 3

DRS End
Sector 1
DRS Start

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DRS Detection

RACE NOTES: FAMILIAR TURF


WHERE CHANGE IS INEVITABLE

Freed from the pressures of flyaway races, F1 uses the return


to the venue for pre-season testing to bring in major upgrades

Tough on tyres
Numerous medium and high speed corners
combine with the abrasive Tarmac and high
temperatures to cause wear and degradation.
Qualifying is key
The lack of long braking zones makes overtaking
very difficult. Qualifying is therefore absolutely
vital: 18 out of the 24 races at the track (75 per
cent) have been won from pole position.
Overtaking challenge
The best chance of passing is Turn 1, at the end
of the long main straight. The entry to the bend
is slightly downhill, but its still extremely difficult.
Key corner
Turn 3: A long, fast right hander is brutally tough

Hes won twice at his home GP, but a

on left hand tyres if a car isnt balanced properly.

third win is unlikely for Alonso this year

Avoiding understeer through here is vital.

WHAT HAPPENED IN LAST YEAR'S RACE?


Winner Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton seized the lead of the drivers

Margin of victory 0.636secs

championship with his victory here, but Mercedes

Fastest lap 1m 28.918secs, S Vettel

team-mate Rosbergs decision to save his faster

Safety Cars 0

medium tyres for the nal stint meant he was able

Race leaders 2

to pressure Hamilton right up to the ag. Daniel

Pitstops 48

Ricciardo was a distant third, while Sebastian Vettel

Overtakes 32

charged from 15th on the grid to fourth.

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How many times


have I said: Anything
can happen in
Formula 1 and
it usually does?
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Its heartwarming to see F1s greatest constructors back in


contention and Sebastian Vettel back at his impressive best

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