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The Formula One race director Charlie Whiting investigated into the matter of the conditions under which the race was held at Suzuka. The Japanese Grand Prix proved to be a fatal one for the rising star Jules Bianchi. His team Marussia was left shattered as he met with an accident in the circuit when he lost control of his car and crashed into a recovery vehicle. The team members were shocked to see his condition. He was immediately sent to the hospital and a surgery has been done but he remains under critical care. The condition of the driver sparked several controversies regarding the safety of the drivers on the track. But the race director said that it was not a wrong decision to go ahead with the race. However he has come up with a solution that might be put into effect from now on after proper scrutiny. He believes that the drivers should slow down normally on their own accord if they see such unforeseen events or crashes occurring in front of them. He believes that planned speed control might help avoid such situations in the future.
The Marussia team on the other hand announced that they will be competing in the Russian Grand Prix but with one car only in order to pay respect to their struggling driver. They had previously roped in Alexander Rossi to make his debut alongside Max Chilton. The twenty three year old has been driving in the FP1 format and was looking forward to the opportunity. But this comes under terrible circumstances and the team has taken the best decision they could in this regard. The spirit of the team will be put to test in the Russian Grand Prix. The Sochi track is set to bring in new form of challenges this time.
Over the past few months, there has been a lot of speculation over the future of reigning four time Formula One Drivers’ World Champion Sebastian Vettel and his future with the Red Bull Racing team, but the German has rubbished those claims and has pledged his future with the Austrian outfit, at least for the next year.
The German hasn’t been having the best of seasons so far. Having dominated the sport completely for the last four seasons, the youngest ever world champion is struggling to finish in the podium places and has not managed a single podium finish this year. His new teammate Daniel Ricciardo, on the other hand, has been a breath of fresh year this season and has managed three wins already and many people expect the pressure to mount on the German even more if he doesn’t finish the season strongly. Continue reading →
Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton has shrugged off claims that reigning four time Drivers’ Champion Sebastian Vettel could take his seat at the German team in 2016.
Hamilton’s current del with Mercedes F1 runs out at the end of the 2015 Formula One season and speculation is rife in the German media that the team is exploring the possibility of signing Vettel and partner him with Nico Rosberg in what could be a German national team for the first time in Formula One.
And although Christian Horner, the team principal of Red Bull Racing was adamant that Vettel would be driving for the team in 2015 as well, he did not make any comments about the future of the German in the team beyond his current contract which expires in 2016.
Horner stated that he is certain Sebastian Vettel will be turning out for Red Bull Racing next season; adding that he is not surprised that there is speculation about his future and it is not just Mercedes, many other teams should also be interested in his services, but the driver is happy at Red Bull and the team is happy with the driver and that is all that matters for now.
Having dominated the sport for four successive years, the Renault powered Red Bull has been significantly weakened in the new turbo era of the sport and with the departure of technical genius Adrian Newey at the end of the season, Vettel could have a lot to think about before committing.
Moreover, with the futures of Jenson Button with McLaren F1 and Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso with Ferrari all up in smoke, Sebastian Vettel will not be short of offers if he does decide to leave the Austrian manufacturers after so many years with the team with so much success.
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The grid of the drivers in the Formula E continues to be filled. Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari are the two drivers who are going to race in the ePrix event of the first ten.
Sam Bird had debuted in the 2008 of the European Formula 3. However he did not win and he was 11th in the competition. In 2009 he again returned to the series where his position in the final was improved and he stood 8th. After that it was straight to the series of GP2. He made debut proper in 2010 for the Grand Prix of the ART. The seasons here were finished by him with consistency. Bird was then put into 3.5 Formula Renault. This was a move to bring him to competition with Jules Bianchi the affiliated driver of the Ferrari, Kevin Magnussen, the McLaren young player and Antonio Felix da Costa, from Red Bull.
He was third in the championship owing to its consistency after Jules Bianchi. He has moved up the ladder but what is lacking is the opportunity. With Virgin it presents a chance to be noted again. In 2009 Jaime Alguersuari was promoted for the 3.5 Formula Renault. His half season of the inaugural ended with zero points but the best came when he came 14th. But it was made clear by the leaders of Toro Rosso. If he and Buemi did not perform as per the qualities then they would be sacked.
An insane development programme is what was seen by Alguersuari and Formula E acts as redemption for him. In extreme conditions he has worked to gain premature rise. Since his fall it has been years as he is making a return to the European Open Wheel. So he has to prove himself that he can win.