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European GP Qualifying

1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m38.086s

2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.410s + 0.324

3. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m38.475s + 0.389

4. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m38.505s + 0.419

5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m38.513s + 0.427

6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.623s + 0.537

7. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.741s + 0.655

8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m38.752s + 0.666

9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.801s + 0.715

10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m38.992s + 0.906

11. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m38.707s + 0.218

12. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m38.770s + 0.281

13. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m38.780s + 0.291

14. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m39.207s + 0.718

15. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.358s + 0.869

16. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m40.295s + 1.806

17. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m40.358s + 1.869

18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m40.203s + 1.378

19. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m40.395s + 1.570

20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m40.457s + 1.632

21. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m42.171s + 3.346

22. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m42.527s + 3.702

23. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m42.675s + 3.850

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European GP

Valnecia Circuit

1. Alonso Ferrari 1h44:16.449

2. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 6.421

3. Schumacher Mercedes + 12.639

4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 13.628

5. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 19.993

6. Rosberg Mercedes + 21.176

7. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 22.866

8. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 24.653

9. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 27.777

10. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 34.653

11. Senna Williams-Renault + 35.961

12. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 37.041

13. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1:15.871

14. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1:34.654

15. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 1:36.551

16. Massa Ferrari + 1 lap

17. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 1 lap

18. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 1 lap

19. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 2 laps

Drivers Championship

1. Alonso 111

2. Webber 91

3. Hamilton 88

4. Vettel 85

5. Rosberg 75

6. Raikkonen 73

7. Grosjean 53

8. Button 49

9. Perez 39

10. Maldonado 30

11. Di Resta 27

12. Kobayashi 21

13. Hulkenberg 17

14. Schumacher 17

15. Senna 15

16. Massa 11

17. Vergne 4

18. Ricciardo 2

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Pastor Maldonado penalised for collision with Lewis Hamilton in European Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado has been given a post-race drive-through penalty for his collision with Lewis Hamilton during the European Grand Prix.

The Venezuelan made contact with the McLaren driver on the final lap when trying to take third place away from the Briton.

Hamilton had to retire from the race while Maldonado went on to finish in 10th position.

The penalty, with 20 seconds added to his final time, drops Maldonado to 12th position, with Williams team-mate Bruno Senna getting the final point.

Maldonado had said after the race that he thought Hamilton was to blame for the accident.

"I don't know why he drove like that," Maldonado said. "He was struggling too much with the tyres. He was completely lost and at that moment I was getting very good pace. He tried a very aggressive move on me."

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/100705

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F1 Marussia driver Maria de Villota in Duxford crash

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A Formula 1 driver has suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash during testing in Cambridgeshire.

Maria de Villota was hurt while driving an MR-01 race car for the first time for the Oxfordshire-based Marussia team at Duxford airfield.

The car hit a Marussia support truck which had been used to transport it to the track.

The East of England Ambulance Service said the Spaniard, 32, had been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Emergency medical charity Magpas, which helped to treat Villota at the scene, said she had suffered "facial and head injuries" and was in a stable condition on her arrival at hospital.

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In a statement, Marussia said: "At approximately 09.15hrs BST, the Marussia F1 Team's Test Driver Maria De Villota had an accident in the team's MR-01 race car at Duxford Airfield, where she was testing the car for the first time.

"The accident happened at the end of her first installation run and involved an impact with the team's support truck.

"Maria has been transferred to hospital. Once her medical condition has been assessed a further statement will be issued."

BBC

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That sounds very odd to me. A crash at 20mph into a lorry when the car was being moved back to the garage. Something must've jammed or something for the car to shoot off like that. How terribly sad.

It doesn't sounds good at all but let's hope she makes a full recovery.

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according Marussia, she is "conscious" and "undergoing medical assessment"

STATEMENT

from the Marussia F1 Team

Accident involving Maria de Villota, Test Driver for the Marussia F1 Team

Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK

03 July 2012, 15.00hrs

STATEMENT

“Further to the accident involving the Marussia F1 Team’s Test Driver Maria De Villota this morning, the team can confirm that Maria was transferred by ambulance from Duxford Airfield, where the accident happened, to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

“Since Maria’s arrival at the hospital at approximately 10.45hrs this morning, she has been receiving the best medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the region’s major trauma centre. Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment.

“The team’s first priority at this time is Maria and her family.”

http://www.marussiaf...m.com/news/621/

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British GP Qualifying

1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m51.746s

2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m51.793s + 0.047

3. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m52.020s + 0.274

4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m52.199s + 0.453

5. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m53.065s + 1.319

6. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m53.290s + 1.544

7. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m53.539s + 1.793

8. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m53.543s + 1.797

9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m54.382s + 2.636

10. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault no time

11. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m57.009s + 2.112

12. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m57.071s + 2.174

13. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m57.108s + 2.211

14. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m57.132s + 2.235

15. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m57.426s + 2.529

16. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m57.719s + 2.822

17. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m57.895s + 2.998

18. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m48.044s + 1.765

19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m49.027s + 2.748

20. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m49.477s + 3.198

21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m51.618s + 5.339

22. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m52.742s + 6.463

23. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m53.040s + 6.761

24. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m54.143s + 7.864

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Rogge reveals admiration for F1

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge believes the Games movement can learn from Formula One.

Rogge visited Silverstone on Sunday ahead of the British Grand Prix as a guest of Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Organisers have been under severe pressure these past few days because of the weather conditions, which reduced car parks to mudbaths and led to miles of queues.

Despite the issues pertaining to the Northamptonshire circuit, Rogge said: "I think Formula One is an extremely well-organised sport, both on the track and in general. There's a lot that we can learn from Formula One. We have many similarities - it's a sport with great competitors who prepare very hard."

He added: "In the mind we want to go faster, higher, stronger, and it's exactly the same mind as Formula One, going faster and better. We have the same pursuit of excellence, so of course I have the highest respect for the drivers."

With Silverstone a victim of the overwhelming rainfall that has hit the country these past few weeks, there are fears the open-air events at the Games could also suffer.

In particular, the Olympic Stadium is uncovered, but Rogge said: "I live in Belgium, so whatever rain arrives in Belgium is left over from England...no, we'll manage.

"I am absolutely confident the London Olympics will take place as they should. The organising committee has done a tremendous job.

"They have respected the deadlines, they have stayed within budget, and they have shown a lot of creativity in everything they have done.

"We're coming to a nation that invented modern sport in the second half of the 19th century.

"We're also coming to a nation that has included sport in its school curriculum, and it's a nation that loves sport, knows sport, and that will show."

UKPA

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British GP

1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1h25:11.288

2. Alonso Ferrari + 3.060

3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 4.836

4. Massa Ferrari + 9.519

5. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 10.314

6. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 17.101

7. Schumacher Mercedes + 29.153

8. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 36.400

9. Senna Williams-Renault + 43.300

10. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 44.400

11. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 45.300

12. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 47.800

13. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 51.200

14. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 53.300

15. Rosberg Mercedes + 57.300

16. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1 lap

17. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap

18. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap

19. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap

20. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps

21. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps

Drivers Championship

1. Alonso 129

2. Webber 116

3. Vettel 100

4. Hamilton 92

5. Raikkonen 83

6. Rosberg 75

7. Grosjean 61

8. Button 50

9. Perez 39

10. Maldonado 29

11. Di Resta 27

12. Schumacher 23

13. Massa 23

14. Kobayashi 21

15. Senna 18

16. Hulkenberg 17

17. Vergne 4

18. Ricciardo 2

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Finally Massa and Schumacher started the season!

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Marussia has ruled out a problem with its car as the cause of Maria de Villota's recent testing accident, after concluding its own investigation into what happened.

De Villota lost her right eye and suffered facial and head injuries in the incident at Duxford, when she crashed at slow speed in to the back of a truck as she conducted straight-line aerodynamic work.

Alongside an investigation being conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and another commissioned by Marussia for an independent forensic body, the team has also completed its own in-depth look at what happened.

And although the specifics of what caused the accident have not been confirmed yet, Marussia issued a statement on Monday revealing that the crash was not caused by a failure on the car

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http://www.autosport...t.php/id/101236

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German GP

for the second race in a row Alonso grabs the pole

Hockenheim Qualifying

1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m40.621s

2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m41.026s + 0.405

3. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m41.496s + 1.838

4. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m42.459s + 2.880

5. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m43.501s + 3.329

6. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m43.950s + 3.492

7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m44.113s + 3.565

8. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m44.186s + 0.875

9. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m44.889s + 4.268

10. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m45.811s + 5.190

11. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.789s + 2.424

12. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.933s + 2.568

13. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.985s + 2.620

14. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m40.212s + 2.847

15. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m40.574s + 3.209

16. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m40.752s + 3.387

17. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m41.551s + 4.186

18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m16.741s + 1.048

19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m17.620s + 1.927

20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m18.531s + 2.838

21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m19.220s + 3.527

22. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m19.291s + 3.598

23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m19.912s + 4.219

24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m20.230s + 4.537

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Germany GP

1. Alonso Ferrari 1h31:05.862

2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 3.732

3. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 6.949

4. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 16.409

5. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 21.925

6. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 27.896

7. Schumacher Mercedes + 28.960

8. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 46.900

9. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 48.100

10. Rosberg Mercedes + 48.800

11. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 59.200

12. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:11.400

13. Massa Ferrari + 1:16.800

14. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:16.900

15. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1 lap

16. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1 lap

17. Senna Williams-Renault + 1 lap

18. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 1 lap

19. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 2 laps

20. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps

21. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 3 laps

22. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 3 laps

23. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 3 laps

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Button's second pitstop was a NEW WORLD RECORD with a stationary time of 2.31 seconds.

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Sebastian Vettel has been handed a penalty for his overtaking move on Jenson Button in the German Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver passed his McLaren rival for second with less than two laps to go by running off track at the exit of the hairpin.

Vettel's move was illegal, according to the stewards, who imposed a post-race drive-through penalty on the German, meaning 20 seconds have been added to his finishing time.

"Car 1 left the track and gained an advantage when he rejoined. Breach of article 20.2 of the FIA Formula 1 sporting regulations," said the stewards.

"Drive-through penalty, imposed after the race in accordance with article 16.3 (20 seconds added to the elapsed race time."

The German drops from second to fifth, promoting Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen to third.

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/101426

Revised results

1. Alonso Ferrari

2. Button McLaren-Mercedes

3. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault

4. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari

5. Vettel Red Bull-Renault

6. Perez Sauber-Ferrari

7. Schumacher Mercedes

8. Webber Red Bull-Renault

Drivers Championship

1. Alonso 154

2. Webber 120

3. Vettel 110

4. Raikkonen 98

5. Hamilton 92

6. Rosberg 76

7. Button 68

8. Grosjean 61

9. Perez 47

10. Kobayashi 33

11. Maldonado 29

12. Schumacher 29

13. Di Resta 27

14. Massa 23

15. Hulkenberg 19

16. Senna 18

17. Vergne 4

18. Ricciardo 2

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Qualifying at Hungaroring

1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m20.953s

2. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m21.366s + 0.413

3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m21.416s + 0.463

4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m21.583s + 0.630

5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m21.730s + 0.777

6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m21.844s + 0.891

7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m21.900s + 0.947

8. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m21.939s + 0.986

9. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m22.343s + 1.390

10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m22.847s + 1.894

11. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m21.715s + 0.655

12. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m21.813s + 0.753

13. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m21.895s + 0.835

14. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m21.895s + 0.835

15. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m22.300s + 1.240

16. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m22.380s + 1.320

17. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m22.723s + 1.663

18. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m23.250s + 1.456

19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m23.576s + 1.782

20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m24.167s + 2.373

21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m25.244s + 3.450

22. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m25.476s + 3.682

23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m25.916s + 4.122

24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m26.178s + 4.384

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F1 will stick to 20 races next season, Bernie Ecclestone confirms

Formula 1 will stick to 20 races next season, the sport's commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone confirmed on Saturday.

Although there has been speculation that Ecclestone may look to expand the schedule for 2013, he says he has drafted a calendar that is very similar to this year.

Despite not confirming specific dates, it is expected that the campaign will kick off in Australia on March 17 and have its finale in Brazil. This comes despite speculation that the race in Austin could be moved to the end of the campaign.

Ecclestone said that Valencia was being dropped, as part of its race-share deal with Barcelona, while the New Jersey race was pencilled in - despite him having questioned its future recently.

"It's 20 races," said Ecclestone. "All the same more or less."

When asked if New Jersey was going to be part of the 2013 schedule, he responded: "It is supposed to be."

Ecclestone said that talks were ongoing with Nurburgring chiefs to try and resolve the financial issues that have hit the track – but he ruled out any talk of buying the circuit outright.

"We are talking to them, so will see," he said. "We need to keep the German race – so we have to do the best we can.

"We will try and save it – but I don't think the property is for sale."

When asked what would happen if the Nurburgring's difficulties meant the 2013 race could not go ahead, Ecclestone said: "We will be at Hockenheim."

Autosport

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