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Sauber are in the midst of the worst period in their proud history: the Swiss team have gone 14 races without scoring a point and in Singapore both of their cars failed to reach the finish for the fourth time this season. But team principal Monisha Kaltenborn refuses to be downhearted and insists that, with the right investment, Sauber will prosper once more
Jean-Eric Vergne hopes his superb sixth-place finish in Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will help secure his Formula One future beyond the end of the 2014 season. Vergne was left without a drive for next year after Red Bull elected to promote Max Verstappen to a full-time Toro Rosso seat alongside Daniil Kvyat
Mercedes have to tackle the reliability issues which have blighted their otherwise dominant Formula One campaign, says head of Mercedes-Benz motorsport Toto Wolff, who does not want to see a car failure determine who wins the 2014 drivers’ crown. On Sunday in Singapore Nico Rosberg ceded the lead of the championship to victorious team mate Lewis Hamilton
The Sochi Autodrom, venue for next month’s inaugural 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, was officially opened on Saturday, with a host of leading Russian government and motorsport figures in in attendance. A spectacular demonstration of racing machinery was the main event, with Vitaly Petrov – the first Russian to compete in Formula One racing
The Sochi Autodrom circuit, venue for the inaugural 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, was officially opened on Saturday, with a host of leading figures in Russian government and motorsport attending the event
As Lewis Hamilton secured a superb victory in Singapore, Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg could only watch from the sidelines, his championship lead snatched away by a broken wiring loom. Hamilton now leads the world championship for only the second time this season, and has momentum on his side after two consecutive Grand Prix hat-tricks
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Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel cut a frustrated figure in the Singapore paddock on Saturday evening after feeling he’d blown his chance at pole position. But the reigning world champion was much more positive on Sunday evening after securing second place at Marina Bay – his best result of the season. After the race Vettel told reporters why he couldn’t have asked for anymore, despite a brief period in the lead
Drivers: 1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), 3 – Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing) PODIUM INTERVIEWS (Conducted by Eddie Jordan)
Nico Rosberg headed into Singapore with a healthy 22-point lead in the world championship, but suffered disaster before the race even started and eventually retired to drop behind Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in the title fight. Having vented his agony and frustration in the cockpit, Rosberg insists he will not let the ‘agony’ of the result undermine his optimism – or derail his pursuit of the world championship crown
Lewis Hamilton has enjoyed his fair share of bad luck this season, but in Singapore it was the turn of his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to be struck by misfortune. As the German was forced into his second mechanical retirement of the season, Hamilton swept to his seventh victory of the year from pole position, setting the fastest lap into the bargain to complete his second hat-trick in a row
Lewis Hamilton moved into the lead of the 2014 drivers’ championship after claiming a superb victory in Singapore on Sunday, as Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg failed to finish. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel led briefly in the closing stages but had to settle for second, just ahead of team mate Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso
From the threat posed to Mercedes by Red Bull to the near certainty of a safety car, and from radio messages coming under close scrutiny to the potential for thunderstorms, we break down the key themes ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay
The Marina Bay paddock was filled with familiar racing faces, including world champions Sir Jackie Stewart, Alan Jones, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve, plus Mika Salo, Giancarlo Minardi, Craig Lowndes and Neil Crompton. Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott paid a visit, as did artist Anna-Louise Felstead and chef Gordon Ramsay
The fact that half a second covered the first nine cars on the grid showed just how close things were in qualifying at Marina Bay, even though it’s the track with the most corners and places a heavy premium on downforce and engine power. Mercedes may have locked out the front row, but rivals Red Bull were much closer than anyone had predicted and Ferrari too showed unexpectedly strong pace. We take a team-by-team look at Saturday’s Singapore formbook
There was nothing to choose between the frontrunners in an incredibly close qualifying session at Marina Bay, with half a second covering the top eight drivers. But while the chasing pack therefore closed in on Mercedes, polesitter Lewis Hamilton insists his duel with team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg will not be affected – and that his only focus is securing victory in Singapore
McLaren headed into Singapore hoping new upgrades would move them closer to the sharp end of the grid, only to struggle on the fringes of the top ten in qualifying. Kevin Magnussen admits such a return is short of pre-weekend expectations
McLaren headed into Singapore hoping new upgrades would move them closer to the sharp end of the grid, only to struggle on the fringes of the top ten in qualifying. Kevin Magnussen admits such a return is short of pre-weekend expectations
1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 3 – Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing) Q: Lewis, pole position once again for Singapore and you saved the best until last it seems?
Sebastian Vettel on why he felt pole in Singapore was achievable for Red Bull; Jean-Eric Vergne on the mistake that cost him a shot at progressing into Q3; Esteban Gutierrez on exceeding expectations and putting Sauber in a ‘good position’ for Sunday’s race. The drivers and senior team personnel report back after a dramatic qualifying session at Marina Bay
Lewis Hamilton edged Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg by just 0.007s to claim his sixth pole position of the season in a hugely competitive qualifying session at Marina Bay on Saturday evening. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel claimed third and fourth, while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso saw off the challenge of Williams’ Felipe Massa to take fifth
Fernando Alonso handed Ferrari the advantage in the third and final practice session at Marina Bay on Saturday evening, edging out Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo by just five hundredths of a second. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was third, 0.1s down the road, while team mate Lewis Hamilton was sixth, behind Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso and Sebastian Vettel in the second Red Bull RB10
Friday saw the introduction of new restrictions on team-to-car radio messages designed to ensure that drivers are driving ‘alone and unaided’. The FIA’s Formula One race director Charlie Whiting spoke to the media in Singapore about the changes
With the lap time difference between Pirelli’s soft and supersoft tyre compounds bigger than expected at 2.5s, practice in Singapore suggested that three pit stops will be required in Sunday’s race. Most teams got their work done, but Pastor Maldonado’s accident in FP2 hampered championship leader Nico Rosberg’s fast runs on the supersofts, and reigning champion Sebastian Vettel lost almost all of FP2 to an engine change
McLaren’s Jenson Button was an encouraging seventh fastest in Singapore on Friday following the first two practice sessions run under the new regime banning ‘driver coaching’ radio messages from the teams. We caught up with the former champion to get his thoughts on day one at Marina Bay
Toro Rosso hope to give teenager Max Verstappen his Formula One practice debut at the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix in October, according to team principal Franz Tost. The 16-year-old Dutchman, who has signed to race for the Italian team in 2015
Team Representatives – Franz Tost (Toro Rosso), Vijay Mallya (Force India), Manfredi Ravetto (Caterham), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Eric Boullier (McLaren), Claire Williams (Williams) Q: If I could I begin with a question to all of you? Obviously there have been changes today to the team radio ban
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has won the last three races in Singapore, but his hopes of a fourth successive win took a dive on Friday when his RB10 developed an engine problem at the end of FP1. The world champion team managed to put a new powerplant into the German’s car in double-quick time, but even so, he was forced to sit out the majority of FP2, only managing a handful of laps at the tail end of the session.
A philosophical Sebastian Vettel on why he is upbeat despite missing almost all of FP2; Jean-Eric Vergne on encouraging early signs for Toro Rosso; and Lewis Hamilton on the balance issues that affected him even as he went fastest in FP2. The drivers and senior team personnel report back after the opening day at Singapore
Lewis Hamilton moved Mercedes to the top of the timesheets on Friday night at Marina Bay, edging Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by little more than a tenth of a second. Alonso’s team mate Kimi Raikkonen showed strongly with fourth, fractions of a second behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado, meanwhile, brought out the red flags when he crashed at Turn 10
Fernando Alonso edged out Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to go fastest for Ferrari as less than two-tenths of a second covered the top three drivers in first practice in Singapore on Friday evening. Sebastian Vettel beat Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo to fourth, with Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and the McLaren of Jenson Button rounding out the top eight
Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has revised its planned restrictions on pit-to-car radio and pit board messages ahead of this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. Messages concerning a driver’s own performance will not be allowed, but the expected ban on those relating to car performance will now be postponed until 2015 to give teams more time to prepare
Four times this season Williams’ Valtteri Bottas has finished on the podium, but that all-important first victory still eludes him. However, according to Bottas, six rounds remaining means six more chances to put that right. First, though, he has to get to grips with the clampdown on pit-to-car radio messages – something he believes could have cost him race finishes earlier in the year
Around this time last year Jean-Eric Vergne saw team mate Daniel Ricciardo beat him to the much-prized Red Bull Racing drive for 2014. Twelve months on and he’s having to deal with being replaced at Toro Rosso for 2015 – by a teenaged rookie. Is Vergne managing to remain philosophical about it all, and what are his plans for next season?
New regulations limiting pit-to-driver radio transmissions have been the major talking point in the Singapore paddock. One man backing the change is current championship leader Nico Rosberg, who believes drivers will have greater freedom – meaning their own instincts, and not those of the pit wall, will determine the outcome of Grands Prix
New regulations limiting pit-to-driver radio transmissions have been the major talking point in the Singapore paddock. One man backing the change is current championship leader Nico Rosberg, who believes drivers will have greater freedom – meaning their own instincts, and not those of the pit wall, will determine the outcome of Grands Prix
New regulations limiting pit-to-driver radio transmissions have been the major talking point in the Singapore paddock. One man backing the change is current championship leader Nico Rosberg, who believes drivers will have greater freedom – meaning their own instincts, and not those of the pit wall, will determine the outcome of Grands Prix
Drivers – Marcus Ericsson (Caterham), Pastor Maldonado (Lotus), Sergio Perez (Force India), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) Adrian Sutil (Sauber), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) Q: First of all, a question to all of you about the ban on large amounts of radio traffic between the team and the driver. What’s your reaction to this?
Theoretically, Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit will offer Red Bull the opportunity to take the fight to Mercedes. But that won’t be the only source of pressure for the Silver Arrows: whatever happens, we can expect Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton to continue their intense battle for the 2014 drivers’ crown
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The challenges of Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit are well established, but there’s far more complexity to the only Formula One night race than what happens out on track. In addition to coping with the humidity and duration of the Grand Prix, teams and drivers all operate on European time, meaning the surreal routine of going to bed near dawn – and having breakfast in the afternoon
Ferrari have started to transition their focus onto next year’s car and plan to track test components over the remaining six races of the season, according to engineering director Pat Fry. The Scuderia have suffered a disappointing campaign this year, scoring just two podiums
With the European leg of the season complete, the teams and drivers head to Singapore and the spectacular Marina Bay Street Circuit for the second floodlit race of the year. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix discuss their prospects
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who finished on the Singapore podium with Lotus last year, will be among the six drivers taking part in the official FIA press conference at the Marina Bay circuit on Thursday. The line-ups in full…
With the European leg of the season complete, the teams and drivers head to Singapore and the spectacular Marina Bay Street Circuit for the second floodlit race of the year. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix discuss their prospects
Did you know that Fernando Alonso has missed out on the podium just once in six editions of the Singapore Grand Prix? Or that Sebastian Vettel has led nearly half of the laps that have taken place on the Marina Bay Street Circuit?
Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has provided the teams with a detailed list of the types of pit-to-car radio messages that will and won’t be allowed from this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix onwards. It follows last week’s directive which advised that any radio transmissions including information related to the performance of the car or driver
With the European leg of the season complete, the teams and drivers head to Singapore and the spectacular Marina Bay Street Circuit for the second floodlit race of the year. Those involved in the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix discuss their prospects
Mercedes have appointed DTM star Pascal Wehrlein as their Formula One reserve driver. Wehrlein, 19, became the youngest driver to win in the German touring car series on Sunday with a breakthrough victory at the Lausitzring. The German has already worked for the Mercedes F1 team this season, completing more than 30 days in their simulator
In our series exploring the history of Grands Prix through selected iconic images, we turn our attention to one of the youngest and most unique on the calendar: Singapore. This look back through the archives takes in the first race at Marina Bay, the infamous ‘crashgate’ affair, brilliant wins for Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel, a spot of impromptu firefighting, and more