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The Hungarian Grand Prix

1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1h41:05.503

2. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 1.032

3. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 10.518

4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 11.614

5. Alonso Ferrari + 26.653

6. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 30.243

7. Senna Williams-Renault + 33.899

8. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 34.458

9. Massa Ferrari + 38.300

10. Rosberg Mercedes + 51.200

11. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 57.200

12. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1:02.800

13. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1:03.6

14. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1:04.4

15. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap

16. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap

17. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap

18. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 2 laps

19. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 2 laps

20. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps

21. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 3 laps

22. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 3 laps

Drivers Championship

1. Alonso 164

2. Webber 124

3. Vettel 122

4. Hamilton 117

5. Raikkonen 116

6. Rosberg 77

7. Grosjean 76

8. Button 76

9. Perez 47

10. Kobayashi 33

11. Maldonado 29

12. Schumacher 29

13. Di Resta 27

14. Massa 25

15. Senna 24

16. Hulkenberg 19

17. Vergne 4

18. Ricciardo 2

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Formula 1 teams agree to ban double DRS for 2013

Double DRS will be banned for 2013, AUTOSPORT has learned, after Formula 1 teams agreed to a change of rules that will outlaw the concept for next year.

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Following discussions at F1 rules think-tank, the Technical Working Group, sources have revealed that a majority of teams agreed for a change in regulations that will ensure they cannot incorporate double DRS into their cars for 2013.

Although Mercedes did not support the change in rules, because it had made such a headstart in the area, it could not stop the ban going through as it only needed a majority of teams to agree.

It is understood the changes to the rules will be made official by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council later this year.

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/101669

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Spa secures Formula 1 date for next three years

The Belgian Grand Prix's future has been guaranteed for the next three seasons, after race organisers signed a new deal with Formula 1 chiefs.

The fate of the Spa-Francorchamps event has been the subject of uncertainty over recent years, amid suggestions it was seeking a race-share deal with the Nurburgring or Magny-Cours.

But with the Nurburgring alternating with Hockenheim, and French GP plans collapsing for now, Spa chiefs have agreed their own deal.

The contract, which was announced by the Walloon Region's economy minister Jean-Claude Marcourt, will run from 2013 to 2015 - and is on more favourable financial terms for the circuit.

However, neither Marcourt nor Belgian GP chief Etienne Davignon were willing to speak about the financial terms of the contract during a press conference in Belgium.

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/101908

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Belgian GP Qualifying

1. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m47.573s

2. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m47.871s + 0.298s

3. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m47.893s + 0.320s

4. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m48.205s + 0.632s

5. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m48.219s + 0.646s

6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m48.313s + 0.740s

7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m48.392s + 0.819s

8. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m48.394s + 0.821s

9. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m48.538s + 0.965s

10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m48.890s + 1.317s

11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m49.722s + 0.472s

12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m49.362s + 0.112s

13. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m49.742s + 0.492s

14. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m49.588s + 0.338s

15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m49.763s + 0.513s

16. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m49.572s + 0.322s

17. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m49.958s + 0.708s

18. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m50.181s + 1.188s

19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m51.739s + 2.746s

20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m51.967s + 2.974s

21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m52.336s + 3.343s

22. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m53.030s + 4.037s

23. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m53.493s + 4.500s

24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m54.989s + 5.996s

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Pastor Maldonado has lost his third place on the Belgian Grand Prix grid after being penalised for blocking Nico Hulkenberg in qualifying.

The stewards imposed a three-place grid penalty on the Williams driver, dropping him to sixth.

The incident had taken place during Q1, with race control immediately announcing that it would be investigated.

The decision is set to elevate Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen to third, behind Jenson Button and Kamui Kobayashi.

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/102139

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Button wins the Belgian GP, Vettel 2nd and Raikkonen 3rd

Very good race w a huge crash at first corner which takes out Hamilton, Alonso, Perez and Grosjean

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zLBpBAxTjg



The Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps
Classified:

1. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1h29:08.530
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 13.624
3. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 25.334
4. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 27.843
5. Massa Ferrari + 29.845
6. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 31.244
7. Schumacher Mercedes + 53.374
8. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 58.865
9. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:02.982
10. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1:03.783
11. Rosberg Mercedes + 1:05.111
12. Senna Williams-Renault + 1:11.529
13. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1:56.119
14. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1 lap
15. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap
16. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap
17. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap
18. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 1 lap
19. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 30
20. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 5
21. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1
22. Alonso Ferrari + 1
23. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 1
24. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 1

Drivers Championship

1. Alonso 164
2. Vettel 140
3. Webber 132
4. Raikkonen 131
5. Hamilton 117
6. Button 101
7. Rosberg 77
8. Grosjean 76
9. Perez 47
10. Schumacher 35
11. Massa 35
12. Kobayashi 33
13. Hulkenberg 31
14. Maldonado 29
15. Di Resta 28
16. Senna 24
17. Vergne 8
18. Ricciardo 4

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Lotus’s Romain Grosjean gets one-race ban for causing Spa crash

Romain Grosjean has been given a one-race ban for causing the first-corner crash at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Frenchman, 26, who has been involved in seven first-lap crashes in 12 races this season, was also fined 50,000 euros.

The Lotus driver moved rapidly across on McLaren's Lewis Hamilton at the start, causing a collision.

His out of control Lotus then hit Fernando Alonso's Ferrari, narrowly missing the Spaniard's head.

A statement from governing body the FIA said: "The stewards regard this incident as an extremely serious breach of the regulations which had the potential to cause injury to others.

"It eliminated leading championship contenders from the race.

"The stewards note the team conceded the action was an extremely serious mistake and an error of judgement. Neither the team nor the driver made any submission in mitigation of penalty."

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BBC

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That was one scary crash. 1 race ban deserved, even though I'm surprised it was given.

Maldonado has a 10-place grid drop next race for his jump-start and crash. That's only three races this season he HASN'T been given a penalty of some sort.

Nice to have both top Brits win the races either side of the Olympics!

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Ma Qing Hua will make history on Friday by becoming the first Chinese driver to take part in a Formula One weekend.

Hua will replace Narain Karthikeyan at HRT for the first practice session of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

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UKPA

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Italian GP Qualifying

1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m24.010s

2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m24.133s + 0.123s

3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m24.247s + 0.237s

4. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m24.540s + 0.530s

5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m24.802s + 0.792s

6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.833s + 0.823s

7. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m24.855s + 0.845s

8. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m25.109s + 1.099s

9. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m24.304s + 0.294s * (penalty gearbox change)

10. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.678s + 1.668s

11. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m24.809s + 0.567s

12. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m24.901s + 0.659s

13. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m25.042s + 0.800s

14. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m25.312s + 1.070s

15. Jerome d'Ambrosio Lotus-Renault 1m25.408s + 1.166s

16. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m25.441s + 1.199s

17. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m26.382s + 2.207s

18. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m26.887s + 2.712s

19. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m27.039s + 2.864s

20. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m27.073s + 2.898s

21. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m27.441s + 3.266s

22. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m24.820s + 0.578s (10 place penalty)

23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m27.629s + 3.454s

24. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes

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The Italian GP

1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1h19:41.221

2. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 4.356

3. Alonso Ferrari + 20.594

4. Massa Ferrari + 29.667

5. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 30.881

6. Schumacher Mercedes + 31.259

7. Rosberg Mercedes + 33.550

8. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 41.057

9. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 43.898

10. Senna Williams-Renault + 48.144

11. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 48.682

12. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 50.316

13. d'Ambrosio Lotus-Renault + 1:15.861

14. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap

15. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1 lap

16. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap

17. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap

18. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 1 lap

19. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 1 lap

20. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 2 laps

21. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 3 laps

22. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 6 laps

Drivers Championship

1. Alonso 179

2. Hamilton 142

3. Raikkonen 141

4. Vettel 140

5. Webber 132

6. Button 101

7. Rosberg 83

8. Grosjean 76

9. Perez 65

10. Massa 47

11. Schumacher 43

12. Kobayashi 35

13. Di Resta 32

14. Hulkenberg 31

15. Maldonado 29

16. Senna 25

17. Vergne 8

18. Ricciardo 4

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7 different drivers winning the first 7 races...

Now,,,,Hungary, Belgium, Italy....one team has three wins on the bounce, the unpredictability of 2012 is starting to wane

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Kubica targets F1 return after winning on rally comeback

The former Renault driver, now out of contract after missing all of last season following his crash in February last year and enduring repeated surgery, told Sky Italia that he had unfinished business.

And he marked his return to racing in perfect fashion, winning the first stage of the Rally Ronde di Lana Gomitolo in Italy.

"Being here is already a good step, but I would have preferred to be somewhere else," the 27-year-old said of his participation in a Subaru in the Rally Ronde Gomitolo di Lana event on the weekend of the Italian Grand Prix.

"I have still got a long road to travel and will probably never be at the same physical level as before," added the Pole. "But I don't intend to give up.

"The aim remains to return to Formula One and the next few months will tell me whether I can do it next year already or will have to wait until 2014."

Kubica, who suffered severe arm and leg injuries in the 2011 accident, was a race winner with BMW-Sauber and Renault's lead driver. He had been linked to Ferrari before the crash as a possible replacement for Brazilian Felipe Massa.

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari's championship leader, is one of his best friends in the Formula One paddock.

Renault team boss Eric Boullier said this week that his team now had little contact with the Pole.

"I did read in the press, like you, that he was doing some rallying and actually he's supposed to do a rally next weekend or something like this, but we don't have much contact," said the Frenchman.

"I have contact with his management but nothing else. I've not been updated about his current state for a long time."

http://uk.eurosport....-092237570.html

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Sid Watkins passes away

Former Formula One doctor Eric Sidney (Sid) Watkins has passed away late this afternoon. Watkins, born in Liverpool on September 6, 1928 was 84 today and was one of the most respected people through the history of Formula One.

Englishman Watkins served twenty-six years as the FIA Formula One Safety and Medical Delegate, head of the Formula One on-track medical team, and first responder in case of a crash. He helped to save the lives of many drivers including Gerhard Berger, Martin Donnelly, Érik Comas, Mika Häkkinen and Karl Wendlinger.

Watkins sadly also saw several drivers pass away, including Gilles Villeneuve and Ayrton Senna. Sid was known to have been a close friend of the Brazilian 3-time World Champion until his passing at Tamburello during the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.

Watkins retired in January 2005 and was replaced by current F1 doctor Gary Hartstein. He received the Mario Andretti Award for Medical Excellence in 1996 and was made an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2002

Professor Sid leaves a wife and six children.

http://www.f1technical.net/news/17768

RIP

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Provisional 2013 Formula 1 calendar revealed

Formula 1's 2013 season will kick off in Australia on March 17 and finish in Brazil on November 24, according to a provisional calendar submitted to teams in Singapore this weekend.

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The calendar will be submitted for approval at the new meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council that takes place on September 28.

2013 Formula 1 calendar (Provisional)

March 17 Australia (Melbourne)

March 24 Malaysia (Sepang)

April 14 China (Shanghai)

April 21 Bahrain (Sakhir)

May 12 Spain (Barcelona)

May 26 Monaco (Monte Carlo)

June 9 Canada (Montreal)

June 16 America (New Jersey) *

June 30 Britain (Silverstone)

July 21 Germany (Nurburgring)*

July 28 Hungary (Hungaroring)

September 1 Belgium (Spa)

September 8 Italy (Monza)

September 22 Singapore (Marina Bay) *

October 6 Japan (Suzuka)

October 13 Korea (Yeongam) *

October 27 India (Buddh International Circuit)

November 3 Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

November 17 United States (Austin)

November 24 Brazil (Interlagos)

* subject to confirmation

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/102674

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Singapore GP

Qualifying

1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m46.362s

2. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m46.804s + 0.442

3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m46.905s + 0.543

4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m46.939s + 0.577

5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m47.216s + 0.854

6. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m47.241s + 0.879

7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m47.475s + 1.113

8. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m47.788s + 1.426

9. Michael Schumacher Mercedes no time

10. Nico Rosberg Mercedes no time

11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m47.975s + 1.310

12. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m48.261s + 1.596

13. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m48.344s + 1.679

14. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m48.505s + 1.840

15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m48.774s + 2.109

16. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m48.849s + 2.184

17. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault no time

18. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m49.933s + 2.245

19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m50.846s + 3.158

20. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m51.137s + 3.449

21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m51.370s + 3.682

22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m51.762s + 4.074

23. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m52.372s + 4.684

24. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m53.355s + 5.667

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