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January

Alonso names Hamilton strongest rival

January 17, 2013

Fernando Alonso has named Lewis Hamilton as his strongest rival in Formula One and expects him to "win more than one race" for Mercedes this year.

Hamilton's switch to Mercedes from McLaren raised a few eyebrows last season as Mercedes struggled to fifth in the constructors' championship. However, Alonso said that his 2007 McLaren team-mate is his strongest rival and that Nico Rosberg's victory in China last season leads him to believe Hamilton will win races in 2013.

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Wolff joins Mercedes and invests in F1 team

January 21, 2013

Toto Wolff has become an executive director of the Mercedes Formula One team and is set to become a shareholder.

Wolff has left Williams, in which he is also a shareholder, to join Mercedes where he will acquire a "significant minority interest". He will become executive director of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd and will complete the F1 team's management line-up alongside Ross Brawn and three-time champion Niki Lauda, who is also set to become a shareholder in the team.

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F1's party people

January 28, 2013

For sheer showmanship it's unlikely McLaren's 1997 launch will ever be trumped. The Spice Girls, Jamiroquai and bucket-loads of dry ice were on hand at London's Alexandra Palace to welcome the new MP4-12 into the world. The extravagance was not without purpose however, as the team was launching its new silver livery and West sponsorship, consigning the classic Marlboro livery to the history books in the process. The car itself had been unveiled to specialist journalists at a low-key event beforehand, but it was displayed in an interim papaya orange livery in deference to Bruce McLaren's early cars. However, the new silver livery took centre stage in Alexandra Palace and was broadcast around the world with Sporty Spice commenting, "Sexy, isn't it?" The car went on to take McLaren's first win in four years while the livery remained pretty much untouched until the introduction of a chrome finish in 2006.

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Are they trying to entrap me? I don't know and I don't care! All I know is that people try anything when money is involved! Bernie Ecclestone insists he is not guilty of bribing Gerhard Gribkowsky and won't be charged

McLaren confident it can iron out errors with MP4-28

January 31, 2013

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has stressed the importance of ruling out mistakes and reliability issues this year and is confident the MP4-28, launched on Thursday, has addressed those issues.

McLaren started and finished last season with victories, but dipped in form during the middle of the year and suffered various reliability issues. The new car has some clear changes for 2013, such as pull-rod front suspension and a higher nose, but Whitmarsh insists it is an evolution and that the team has been focussed on building on the success it enjoyed towards the end of 2012.

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JANUARY: Felipe Massa leads Fernando Alonso during the Ferrari ice race at its Wrooom event at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy © Ferrari
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February

Hamilton crashes during Jerez testing

February 6, 2013

Mercedes has said a loss of rear brake pressure was to blame for Lewis Hamilton's accident during the second day of testing at Jerez.

Hamilton, who walked away unharmed, left the track at the Dry Sac corner, went through the gravel trap and into the barrier. The accident happened on Hamilton's 16th lap as he was in the process of lowering his times during his first day of official testing in the new W04.

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Whitmarsh concerned by pay drivers

February 9, 2013

Martin Whitmarsh has warned that there are too many pay drivers in Formula One at the moment and that drivers remaining in junior categories for long periods of time are clogging up the system.

A number of teams have employed drivers with financial backing behind them as budgets remain tight towards the back of the grid. Whitmarsh believes the current situation means there are drivers coming in to the sport who are not up to the job, while more talented but less well funded drivers miss out.

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Time to prove a point, again

February 22, 2013

Romain Grosjean speaks to ESPN after Thursday's running to reflect on a tough winter and reveal his hopes for 2013

Looking back to last season and the pre-season troubles, does the way this pre-season has gone so far give you encouragement for a better start to 2013?

Hopefully, that's our goal. If you start a new season not thinking that you'll try to do better than you did last year that's not good! Everybody is very motivated, we know we have a good car to start with and we know that we can have some good results. We do our best, not thinking too much about the others but just trying to focus on what we can improve ourselves and I think that's the way you want to work during pre-season testing.

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It's testing; we could run a snow plough on the front if we wanted A Caterham team member responds to questions over the legality of the team's Coanda-effect exhausts

Lowe set to join Mercedes after McLaren move

February 25, 2013

Tim Goss has been appointed McLaren's technical director with immediate effect, replacing Paddy Lowe who is expected to leave the team for Mercedes at the end of the year.

Rumours surrounding Lowe's departure have been circulating since the start of the season and he was notably absent from the launch of the new MP4-28. Officially he will be "performing a different role" at McLaren until the end of the year, with team boss Martin Whitmarsh wishing him luck "when he embarks on a fresh challenge in 2014".

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FEBRUARY: Pedro de la Rosa stands next to his smoking Ferrari during testing in Jerez © Sutton Images
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March

Raikkonen takes measured victory in Melbourne

March 17, 2013

Kimi Raikkonen opened his 2013 campaign with a victory at the Australian Grand Prix, making use of a two-stop strategy to beat Fernando Alonso to victory by 12.4s.

Raikkonen's long second stint was the key to his race as he kept in touch with Sebastian Vettel and the two Ferraris, who led the race early on. Raikkonen remained out on track preserving his tyres as the cars around him adopted three-stop strategies, while Alonso managed to shuffle his way ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa and Vettel.

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Vettel leads Red Bull one-two after bitter battle

March 24, 2013

Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix after a bitter battle with team-mate Mark Webber for the lead that came within inches of disaster for Red Bull.

Webber had led the early stages of the race and was still leading when the cars emerged from their final stops. With concerns over tyre wear Red Bull then told both drivers to hold position to the end of the grand prix, but Vettel ignored the message and an intense battle ensued before Vettel came out on top to win by 4.2s.

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'I made a mistake, I'm not proud of it'

March 24, 2013

Q: Sebastian, congratulations, your 27th career victory, equalling Sir Jackie Stewart and on a day when one of your main rivals for the championship, arguably, Fernando Alonso scored no points. You said at the midway stage in the race, something along the lines of "I'm faster than Mark, let me through." But in the end, you did it yourself. Can you tell us how your race unfolded.

Sebastian Vettel: Obviously it was an interesting one to start with and mixed conditions. I think we weren't too bad on the crossover going to dries. Probably a little bit too soon. Some places on the track looked pretty dry but they turned out to be still quite a bit damp.

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I'll try to contain my competitiveness so I don't come across like a dickhead Daniel Ricciardo on what he hopes to achieve in 2013 alongside a bigger points haul

What next for Red Bull?

March 26, 2013

When asked whether Sebastian Vettel would receive a punishment for what was clearly a ruthless act of defiance at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Christian Horner simply said he would be talking with his driver behind closed doors. But in reality what can Horner do?

Formula One isn't like other sports. Vettel can't be left on the bench for the next couple of races without seriously damaging Red Bull's chances in the drivers' and constructors' championships and therefore its future income. So intertwined are driver and car, and so competitive is the F1 field, that bringing in a substitute would result in a serious amount of lost points. Docking wages is another option used in other sports, but with a driver like Vettel, who is on a huge retainer anyway, the extra eight points gained in Malaysia may well seem worth the price if it secures him the title at the end of the season.

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MARCH: The traditional group photo at the start of the season © Sutton Images
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April

Alonso takes first win of season in China

April 14, 2013

Fernando Alonso comfortably won the Chinese Grand Prix ahead of a close battle for second place between Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso took the lead early in the race from Hamilton and slowly eased away from the pack despite the field often being mixed up due to differing strategies. Raikkonen came home second, just 2.1s ahead of Hamilton who held off a charging Vettel - on soft tyres at the end - by just 0.2s across the line.

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Horner rubbishes conspiracy theories

April 15, 2013

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Mark Webber will bounce back from his disastrous Chinese Grand Prix and has flatly denied suggestions there is a conspiracy against Webber within the team.

Following the team orders controversy in Malaysia, Webber had a torrid weekend, running out of fuel in qualifying and then grinding to a halt in the race when a wheel came loose. The underfuelling on Saturday was traced back to a problem with the fuel bowser, which has now been sent back to the team's base for further investigation, and it resulted in Webber starting the race from the pit lane.

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Vettel eases to victory at action-packed Bahrain GP

April 21, 2013

Sebastian Vettel dominated an action-packed Bahrain Grand Prix to take his second victory of the season with Kimi Raikkonen second and Romain Grosjean third.

Vettel was involved in a tense battle with Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg at the start of the race, but once he emerged in the lead from the exit of turn four on lap three he looked unbeatable. Alonso looked likely to be his closest rival but his race was ruined when his DRS flap stuck open on lap five. He had to make an early pit stop to fix it but the problem emerged again the next time he used it and he pitted once more, dropping to 17th on lap nine. Impressively he managed to fight back to eighth without the use of DRS to limit the damage to his championship challenge.

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He's been very polite so far this year ... he needs to toughen up McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh on the uninspiring start by new driver Sergio Perez

'Dirty' driver Perez has to calm down - Button

April 21, 2013

Jenson Button says Sergio Perez has to calm down after the McLaren team-mates twice made contact while fighting for position at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Button and Perez found themselves scrapping for points during the race, with turn four providing drama on two occasions - once when Perez nerfed his team-mate on the exit of the corner and once when they banged wheels ahead of the braking zone. Button said he had never experienced that level of aggression from a team-mate and that most drivers grow out of that kind of behaviour in karting.

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APRIL: Esteban Gutierrez sits in his wrecked Sauber after hitting Adrian Sutil in China © Sutton Images
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May

Alonso beats Raikkonen in front of home fans

May 12, 2013

Fernando Alonso took a popular victory in a Spanish Grand Prix dominated by strategy as he beat Kimi Raikkonen and team-mate Felipe Massa in Barcelona.

Having started fifth, a good start set up Alonso's charge and his Ferrari was quick enough to execute a four-stop strategy to beat the three-stopping Raikkonen. Massa, who started ninth, couldn't match his team-mate on the same strategy, but was a comfortable third as Sebastian Vettel - who finished fourth - struggled with tyre wear.

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Uproar over private Mercedes tyre test

May 26, 2013

It has emerged in Monaco that Mercedes took part in a 1000km private test with Pirelli after the Spanish Grand Prix, leading its rivals to argue it has gained an unfair advantage.

Pirelli has been complaining about a lack of testing in a contemporary car for some time and wanted to complete the test to gain more mileage on its tyres. Under the regulations in-season testing is banned but Mercedes says it checked with the FIA before conducting the test and believes it was legal.

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Rosberg wins action-packed Monaco Grand Prix

May 26, 2013

Nico Rosberg took Mercedes' first victory of the season at an action-packed Monaco Grand Prix, which featured two safety car periods and a red flag.

Sebastian Vettel finished second but never really looked in contention for the win after he crossed the line 3.8s behind the flawless Rosberg. Mark Webber completed the podium in third after resisting sustained pressure from Lewis Hamilton during the race. Hamilton had been second at the start but lost out to the Red Bulls when he had to pit behind Rosberg during the first safety car period.

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Maybe someone should punch him in the face Kimi Raikkonen may be a man of few words but those he says are usually unambiguous ... as with his views of how to deal with Sergio Perez

Monaco Grand Prix - Pit babes

May 26, 2013

Already a glamorous sport, Formula One really sparkles when it arrives in the playboy’s playground of Monaco. Girls relax on yachts while the 22 finest drivers thread the cars inches between the walls. But this is about the girls.

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MAY: Felipe Massa crashes heavily approaching Ste Devote © Getty Images
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June

Vettel extends championship lead with easy Canada win

June 9, 2013

Sebastian Vettel extended his championship lead as he eased to victory in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel got a good start from pole position and was able to establish a lead of two seconds on the opening lap before disappearing in to the distance. Fernando Alonso took second place away from Lewis Hamilton late on after a strong drive, but he still dropped 36 points behind Vettel in the championship driving.

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Marshal killed following crane incident

June 10, 2013

A marshal has died in hospital after being run over by a crane returning Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber after the Canadian Grand Prix.

Gutierrez's car was being brought back to the pits following his accident at Turn 2 when the incident happened at the pit lane exit. The marshal was hit and run over by the crane transporting the car, and after being treated at the circuit's medical centre he died at the Sacre-Couer Hospital in Montreal.

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Webber to leave Formula One for Porsche

June 27, 2013

Mark Webber will leave Formula One and sign for Porsche at the end of the season.

Ever since the team orders row that exploded in Malaysia Webber's future at Red Bull has appeared to be uncertain, with a move to Porsche ahead of its return to Le Mans in the LMP1 class next year his likely destination. Looking ahead to his move in to sports cars, Webber said that he's excited by the fresh start.

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I'm just a beast! I'm just an animal! And I'm just waiting to be let out of that cage! Daniel Ricciardo gives an enthusiastic answer when asked why he should get the Red Bull drive

Rosberg wins dramatic British GP hit by tyre failures

June 30, 2013

Nico Rosberg just held on for victory at a British Grand Prix marred by tyre blow outs as he held off Mark Webber by 0.7s as he crossed the line.

Lewis Hamilton had led early on and looked comfortable but dropped to the back of the field when his tyre exploded while leading the race. Sebastian Vettel inherited first place but retired with a gearbox problem 11 laps before the end when two seconds clear, handing victory back to Mercedes and Rosberg.

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JUNE: Giancarlo Fisichella demonstrates a Ferrari during the first Jerusalem F1 Peace Roadshow © Getty Images
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July

Vettel holds off Raikkonen for home win

July 7, 2013

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel held off a strong challenge from Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus to win the German Grand Prix for the first time.

Having led from the first corner, Vettel came under intense pressure at the end of the race, first from Romain Grosjean and then Raikkonen late on, but he had enough pace to keep the Lotus pair at bay to win by just one second. Grosjean faded slightly towards the end but still finished third ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.

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Cameraman hurt in pit incident

July 7, 2013

An FOM cameraman has been injured in a pit lane incident at the German Grand Prix after being struck by a loose wheel.

Briton Paul Allen was struck by a wheel that was not properly attached during Mark Webber's first pit stop at Red Bull. Webber was released in to the pit lane but the wheel immediately detached itself from his car and rolled through the Mercedes crew before striking the cameraman.

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Hamilton takes maiden Mercedes win

July 28, 2013

Lewis Hamilton took his first victory for Mercedes with an impressive performance at an exciting Hungarian Grand Prix.

Having started from pole position, Hamilton retained the lead into Turn 1 and was able to edge away from those behind, executing a three-stop strategy to eventually bring home a comfortable win by 11 seconds.

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There are pieces of steel coming at 300km/h so it would be like a knife and probably enter the helmet and come out the other side. It's not niceFernando Alonso on his near death experience at Silverstone after Sergio Perez's tyre exploded in front of him

Ferrari's Montezemolo scolds Alonso with public rebuke

July 29, 2013

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has issued a public scolding of Fernando Alonso following comments made by the Spaniard at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Although Ferrari did not make reference to the exact comment that angered the its boss, Alonso was quoted in the Italian press saying he would like a faster car for his birthday on July 29 while he told English journalists that Ferrari had produced new parts at recent races that were not working.

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JULY: Jules Bianchi retires with a spectacular engine failure in Germany © Sutton Images
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August

Mercedes just starting to realise Hamilton's potential

August 2, 2013

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn thinks there is more to come from Lewis Hamilton this year as he settles into his new team.

Hamilton joined Mercedes at the start of the season after six years at McLaren, and at the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend scored his first win with his new team. Brawn believes his driver is just starting to get the most from his team and has a huge amount of potential left to realise.

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Ferrari warns Massa over future

August 3, 2013

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has warned Felipe Massa that his recent results have not been good enough to secure his future.

Massa started the season strongly but in recent races he has struggled to deliver consistently, scoring just 16 points in the last five races. Having had a poor run in 2012 which led to his contract only being a one-year deal this season, Montezemolo said he has warned Massa that his future is in doubt.

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No more Red Bull talks for Raikkonen

August 19, 2013

Kimi Raikkonen is no longer in the running for the vacant seat at Red Bull, according to his manager Steve Robertson.

With Mark Webber retiring from Formula One at the end of the season, Raikkonen and Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo were named as the two main candidates to replace Webber in 2014. However, it appears that Raikkonen will not be Sebastian Vettel's team-mate next season after Robertson said talks had broken down.

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Obviously Kimi is determined to go somewhere else and I sense that he will not succeed in that goal McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh is sure Kimi Raikkonen wants to leave Lotus

Vettel romps to dominant victory at Spa

August 25, 2013

Sebastian Vettel took a dominant victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, completing the 44-lap race distance 16.8s faster than second-place Fernando Alonso.

After taking pole position in dramatic circumstances on Saturday, Lewis Hamilton couldn't match the pace of the Red Bull and lost the lead after clobbering the kerbs through Eau Rouge on the first lap. He eventually dropped to third ahead behind Alonso, who made a fantastic start from 9th and then worked his way up to second. Nico Rosberg finished where he started in fourth while Mark Webber spent the afternoon recovering from another shocking start to finish fifth..

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AUGUST: Mark Webber is caught having a cheeky look at Jessica Michibata © Getty Images
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September

Red Bull confirms Ricciardo for 2014

September 2, 2013

Red Bull has confirmed the long-awaited news that Daniel Ricciardo will partner Sebastian Vettel in its driver line-up for 2014.

Ever since Mark Webber announced his planned retirement from F1 at the end of the year, speculation has been rife over who will join Vettel next season. Kimi Raikkonen was thought to be a front runner, but when negotiations broke down Ricciardo became the obvious choice.

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Vettel wins to tighten title grip

September 8, 2013

Sebastian Vettel took a big step towards his fourth consecutive world championship with a comfortable victory at the Italian Grand Prix.

Having held on to his lead from pole position, Vettel was never in danger as he eased away at the front. At one stage Fernando Alonso threatened to close the gap ahead of the pit stops but Vettel's opening laps on the hard tyre at the start of the second stint ensured he retained a comfortable lead and he eased home by 5.4 seconds after slowing in the final laps. There were a few frayed nerves on the pit wall as Vettel was ordered to look after his front tyres and gearbox, but the RB9 barely skipped a beat as it took the reigning champion to his sixth victory of 2013.

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Ferrari confirms the return of the prodigal son

September 11, 2013

Ferrari finally confirmed the rumours that had been circulating for weeks when it confirmed it had re-signed Kimi Raikkonen to partner Fernando Alonso in 2014.

In the curtest of statements, Ferrari dealt with the matter in two lines: "Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has reached an agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn will join Fernando Alonso in the driver line-up for the next two racing seasons."

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For anyone thinking that the choice of Kimi is somehow an anti-Alonso choice, I can put their minds at rest Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali insists Fernando Alonso is happy with Kimi Raikkonen replacing Felipe Massa

Dominant Vettel cruises to victory

September 22, 2013

Sebastian Vettel took another small step towards his fourth world title at the Singapore Grand Prix after Red Bull proved they had made a giant leap over its rivals with an utterly dominant victory under the stars in Singapore.

Fernando Alonso salvaged second place with the help of a well-timed pit stop under the safety car while Kimi Raikkonen drove a heroic race from 13th to third despite back pains. Nevertheless, both lost ground to Vettel in the championship and with just six rounds left their title chances have been reduced yet further.

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SEPTEMBER: Fernando Alonso gets close to the wall in his Ferrari in Singapore © Sutton Images
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October

Vettel wins chaotic Korean Grand Prix

October 6, 2013

Sebastian Vettel cruised to his fourth victory in a row during a Korean Grand Prix that bordered on chaos at times, with a tyre failure and car fire twice bringing out the safety car.

Just like in Singapore, Vettel kept his head as several behind him appeared to lose theirs, and in doing so made sure the wheel-to-wheel battling stayed firmly in his mirrors. Kimi Raikkonen held off team-mate Romain Grosjean for second place as he made use of the safety cars to recover from his ninth-place grid position to finish on the podium. Grosjean will have felt hard done by after holding on to the coat tails of Vettel in the first half of the race, only to be passed by his Lotus team-mate into Turn 1 in the gap between the two safety car periods.

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Vettel wins strategic thriller at Suzuka

October 13, 2013

Sebastian Vettel took his fifth victory in a row during an enthralling Japanese Grand Prix, which boiled down to a strategic battle with Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber and the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.

All three drivers led the race at one point or another, but as the Red Bulls split their strategies between a two-stop for Vettel and a three-stop for Webber, the single Lotus got outfoxed and outpaced over the 53 laps. Webber forced his way through to second place on the penultimate lap, with a strategy that put the emphasis on on-track action rather than playing out the passing in the pit stops.

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Daniil Kvyat named as Toro Rosso driver for 2014

October 21, 2013

Toro Rosso has announced that the inexperienced Daniil Kvyat will replace Daniel Ricciardo for the 2014 season. Ricciardo has signed for Red Bull as a replacement for the retiring Mark Webber.

Kvyat, a 19-year-old Russian, is another product of the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme and Toro Rosso has confirmed that he will partner Jean-Eric Vergne, with Vergne set to enter his third season with the team. This season Kvyat has been competing in GP3 - currently second in the standings ahead of the season finale - and the Formula 3 European Championship.

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I'd say that Jim Clark and Ayrton Senna are two of the all-time greats and Sebastian needs to be considered in that line Adrian Newey nails his colours to the mast when it comes to Vettel's place among the greats

Vettel becomes a four-time champ with victory

October 27, 2013

Sebastian Vettel clinched his fourth consecutive drivers' championship with a dominant victory at the Indian Grand Prix, while Red Bull claimed its fourth constructors' crown.

It was Vettel's sixth win in a row and among his most dominant as his only threat came from a few gremlins working mischief under the engine cover. Team-mate Mark Webber had to retire with alternator issues on lap 40, but despite a warning to stop using his drinks bottle and not to chase the fastest lap, Vettel still cruised home 29.8s ahead of his closest rival, Nico Rosberg.

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OCTOBER: David Coulthard displays a Red Bull on top of the Burj Al Arab helipad to celebrate the team’s fourth constructors’ title © Red Bull Media House
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November

Vettel crushes rivals with dominant victory

November 3, 2013

Sebastian Vettel dominated the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to secure his seventh consecutive victory with a performance in a completely different league to the rest of the field, including Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber in second place.

Vettel won by over 30 seconds after picking off Webber at the first corner and bolting into the setting sun. He was not only significantly quicker, but was able to eke life from his tyres for longer, allowing him to build a big lead early in the race. Once he was 30 seconds clear he levelled his pace with Webber, who was keeping an eye on Nico Rosberg in third rather than trying to resurrect any hopes of a victory. Just like he did in India, Vettel celebrated in style be performing a series of doughnuts which the stewards may launch an investigation in to.

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McLaren confirms Magnussen for 2014

November 14, 2013

McLaren has finally confirmed Kevin Magnussen as Sergio Perez's replacement for 2014, giving the 21-year-old Formula Renault 3.5 champion his Formula One debut next year.

After over a month of speculation, Perez confirmed he had been booted out of McLaren on Wednesday night as he pre-empted McLaren's announcement on Thursday. Magnussen is a member of the young driver programme at McLaren and has spent time in its simulator this year as well as taking part in young driver tests. But is still set for a big step up as he makes his debut with one of the biggest teams in the sport alongside 2009 world champion Jenson Button.

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Vettel makes it eight in a row in Austin

November 17, 2013

Sebastian Vettel took his eighth consecutive victory in comfortable style at the United States Grand Prix.

Having defended well from pole position, Vettel was never realistically threatened and eventually won by 6.2 seconds. It wasn't quite the dominant performance of Abu Dhabi or Singapore, however, as Romain Grosjean jumped to second at the start of the race and then closed on Vettel towards the end of each stint.

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On Felipe's last day with Ferrari I want him to win. You know? I'm sick of not winning! I'm sick of f***ing coming in nowhere! I want to win! Rob Smedley gets a bit excited during a live television interview on the grid ahead of Felipe Massa's last race with Ferrari

Vettel equals record with ninth consecutive win

January 21, 2013

Sebastian Vettel equalled Alberto Ascari's record of nine consecutive victories by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix from team-mate Mark Webber and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

A stunning run of form at the end of the season has seen Vettel win every race since the summer break and the victory at Interlagos was also his 13th of the season, equalling another record held by Michael Schumacher.

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NOVEMBER: Mark Webber marks the final race of his Formula One career by slipping over on the podium © Getty Images
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December

Hulkenberg rejoins Force India

December 3, 2013

Nico Hulkenberg has rejoined Force India, the team he left at the end of 2012, on a multi-year deal. It is unclear who his team-mate will be, with Sergio Perez in the running alongside this year's drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil.

Hulkenberg has looked destined for a return to Force India since Lotus announced it was hiring Pastor Maldonado for 2014. With few options left open to him, Hulkenberg, who is highly rated after a series of strong performances in the last two years, settled on Force India.

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FIA confirms 19 races in 2014

December 4, 2013

The FIA has confirmed a 19-race calendar for 2014, with South Korea dropping off and provisional races in New Jersey and Mexico also missing.

The Korean Grand Prix will be absent following four years on the calendar, while both New Jersey and Mexico were set to be new additions when announced on a provisional 22-race schedule back in September. However, both have been postponed and the revised calendar - ratified at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris - sees the season now end in Abu Dhabi.

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2014 too soon for a Mercedes title - Wolff

December 6, 2013

Toto Wolff says 2014 will be too early for Mercedes to challenge Red Bull for championships.

Mercedes enjoyed a strong 2013 and finished runner-up to Red Bull in the constructors' championship after taking eight pole positions and three victories throughout the season. Despite such a year, outgoing team principal Ross Brawn maintained that the team's focus was success in 2014, but executive director (business) Wolff told ESPN in an exclusive interview that he thinks the wait will be a bit longer.

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I think from our perspective it is somewhere between mild panic and crisis management Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey admits to being slightly concerned about next year's regulations changes

Double points to spice up season finale

December 9, 2013

The FIA has announced that Formula One will award double points in the final race from 2014 in a bid to keep both championships alive until the end of the season.

The move is one of a number of changes planned to reinvigorate the sport after a year where the championships were done and dusted with three races remaining.

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DECEMBER: Sebastian Vettel receives his drivers’ championship trophy © FIA

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