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1. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault         1h39m12.830s	 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                 +4.236s 3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault         +5.247s 4. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         +11.755s 5. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes     +12.843s 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                  +14.869s 7. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes        +23.578s 8. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault       +28.026s 9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes         +29.254s10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                  +53.678s11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes     -1 lap12. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes        -1 lap13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari           -1 lap14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari           -6 lapsRetirements    Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            58 laps    Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       47 laps    Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 45 laps    Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         22 laps    Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            21 laps    Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         6 laps    Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         0 laps    Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         0 lapsDrivers' championship                   1. Nico Rosberg            140         2. Lewis Hamilton          118         3. Daniel Ricciardo        79          4. Fernando Alonso         69          5. Sebastian Vettel        60          6. Nico Hulkenberg         57          7. Jenson Button           43        8. Valtteri Bottas         40          9. Kevin Magnussen         23         10. Sergio Perez            20        11. Felipe Massa            18         12. Kimi Raikkonen          18 13. Romain Grosjean         8  14. Jean-Eric Vergne        8  15. Daniil Kvyat            4  16. Jules Bianchi           2  
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Michael Schumacher out of coma and leaves Grenoble hospital http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2014/06/michael-schumacher-out-of-coma-and-leaves-grenoble-hospital/

Canadian GP: Sergio Perez penalised for Felipe Massa clash

Sergio Perez has been judged responsible for his Canadian Grand Prix collision with Felipe Massa and will get a five-place grid drop for the next Formula 1 race in Austria.

Perez's Force India was running third at the start of the last lap when Williams driver Massa attempted to pass it into the first corner.

The front right wheel of the Williams made contact with the Force India's left rear, triggering a huge crash that almost collected Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull as well.

The Montreal F1 stewards ruled that Perez had caused the crash by changing his line approaching the corner.

"Car #11 changed his racing line which caused the impact with car #19 in Turn 1," said the stewards' statement.

Both Perez and Massa were taken to hospital for precautionary checks following the impact, but have been released unhurt.



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Ferrari Chairman: We Could Leave Formula One

When Ferrari Formula One ace Fernando Alonso waves the tricolore to start the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday, he will be signaling to more than the drivers.

In an interview this week in his office in Maranello, Italy, Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo vented his discontents with the organizers of F1, the elite open-wheel racing series that dominates world motor sport, and suggested the company may enter sports-car competition instead.

"Formula One isn't working," he said. "It's declining because [the Federation International d'Automobile, the sport's governing body] have forgotten that people watch the racing for the excitement. Nobody watches racing for the efficiency, come on."

FIA didn't respond to a request for comment. Montezemolo stressed no decision has been made. A statement posted late Friday on Ferrari's racing team's website said "some elements of the media" had mischaracterized Montezemolo's words. The statement said it was "a bit of a stretch" to say that Ferrari would quit F1, while also saying "there is a unique attraction to the 24 Hour race." The statement also said "there's nothing to stop Ferrari" from competing in both disciplines.

The Scuderia Ferrari team's battles with FIA are well known and of long standing. The current dispute arises out of a new set of F1 rules for 2014 that are intended to make the sport greener as well as make it more affordable to the participants, with restrictions on the number of engines, tires and other technical resources.

In particular, Montezemolo complained about rules that forbid engine development during the season, a rule that has left Ferrari a distant third in the standings. "And we cannot touch the engine?" he said, visibly frustrated.

Montezemolo also complained about the restricted—some have said strangled—sound of the new engines. "People watch racing to be entertained," he said. "No one wants to watch a driver save gas or tires. They want to see them push from here to there. It's sport, yes, but also a show."

Montezemolo suggested that his company could instead pursue endurance racing of the type practiced at Le Mans, perhaps as soon as 2020. Ferrari competed at the top levels of sports-car racing from 1947 to 1973, winning Le Mans nine times, but left the sport at the end of 1972, with founder Enzo Ferrari deciding to concentrate resources on F1. Ferrari has been a continuous presence on the Grand Prix grid for more than a half-century.

"Of course," Montezemolo said, "we cannot do sports-car racing and Formula One. It's not possible."


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Stewards uphold Perez penalty decision from Canada 20 Jun 2014

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Austrian race stewards have upheld Sergio Perez's five-place grid penalty from the last round in Canada after examining "new elements" put forward by his Force India team relating to the Mexican’s last-lap collision with Williams' Felipe Massa in Montreal.

Montreal stewards deemed that Perez had changed his racing line while defending fourth place from Massa on the final run down to Turn 1, causing the impact which pitched both men into the barriers at speed.

However, since Perez had been unable to attend the original hearing in Canada or communicate with his team in the immediate aftermath of the incident - he was in hospital undergoing medical checks - Force India were granted a secondary hearing in Spielberg on Friday afternoon.

In that hearing Perez contended that he had been within his rights to use the whole track to defend his position, but this claim was dismissed by the stewards since that defence had occurred within the braking area, in contravention of regulations.

Force India are not expected to appeal the decision and Perez will thus drop five places on the grid for Sunday’s race in Austria.


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F1 to adopt standing restarts in 2015

Following discussions between teams about ways to improve the show, one idea that has gained momentum in recent weeks is to overhaul the way that races resume after caution periods.

There is a consensus that the current rolling restarts with the leader dictating the pace do not provide enough excitement.

Sources have revealed that during this week's F1 Commission meeting at Biggin Hill, a proposal to scrap the current format for 2015 and change it to grid starts after safety cars was approved.

The idea is that from next year, once lapped cars have been allowed to unlap themselves, cars will form up on the grid once a safety car period has ended.

There will then be the same procedure of a standing start as happens at the beginning of races.

The hope is that there will be more chance of positions changing, with the spectacle of a standing start producing more drama than rolling starts do.

The rule change still needs to be ratified at the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Munich next week, but this will be a formality now that the F1 Commission has backed it.



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Fantastic!!! 1st and 2nd in qualifying. #AustrianGP Felipe's first pole since Brazil 2008. 16th career pole

The Austria GP Qualifying

 1. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m08.759s 2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m08.846s  +0.087 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m08.944s  +0.185 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m09.285s  +0.526 5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m09.466s  +0.707 6. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m09.515s  +0.756 7. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m09.619s  +0.860 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m10.795s  +2.036 9. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m09.754s  +0.780s (will take five-place grid penalty)12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m09.780s  +0.806s13. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m09.801s  +0.827s14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m09.939s  +0.965s15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m10.073s  +1.099s16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m10.642s  +1.668s17. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m10.825s  +1.311s18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m11.349s  +1.835s19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m11.412s  +1.898s20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m11.673s  +2.159s21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m11.775s  +2.261s22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m12.673s  +3.159s
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The Austrian GP

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h:27m54.967

2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1.932s

3. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +8.172s

4. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes +17.358s

5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +18.553s

6. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes +28.546s

7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +32.031s

8. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +43.522s

9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +44.137s

10. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +47.777s

11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +50.966s

12. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault -1 lap

13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari -1 lap

14. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault -1 lap

15. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari -2 laps

16. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault -2 laps

17. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari -2 laps

18. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault -2 laps

19. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari -2 laps


Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 59 laps

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 34 laps

Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 24 laps

Drivers' championship

1. Nico Rosberg 165

2. Lewis Hamilton 136

3. Daniel Ricciardo 83

4. Fernando Alonso 79

5. Sebastian Vettel 60

6. Nico Hulkenberg 59

7. Valtteri Bottas 55

8. Jenson Button 43

9. Felipe Massa 30

10. Kevin Magnussen 29

11. Sergio Perez 28

12. Kimi Raikkonen 19

13. Romain Grosjean 8

14. Jean-Eric Vergne 8

15. Daniil Kvyat 4

16. Jules Bianchi 2

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Red Bull say Renault performance unacceptable

(Reuters) - Formula One champions Red Bull called for change at engine partners Renault after an 'unacceptable' performance in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.

Quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel retired from the race at Spielberg with an electronics problem, his third failure to finish this season due to an issue with the new V6 turbo hybrid power unit.

"The reliability is unacceptable. The performance is unacceptable. There needs to be change at Renault," team principal Christian Horner told reporters.

"It can't continue like this. It's not good for Renault and it's not good for Red Bull."

The champions, winner of both titles for the past four years with Renault power, are now 158 points behind leaders Mercedes after eight races.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the previous Canadian Grand Prix but was a distant eighth on Sunday.

Renault Sport F1's deputy managing director Rob White said the French manufacturer, who started the year well behind Mercedes on performance, knew what had to be done and progress was being made.

"The anxiety that Christian feels, and the frustration he feels after a result that is not at the full potential of the performance of car and power unit, is completely understandable and shared by us," he told the Autosport website.

"We know what is expected of us and individually and collectively we must buckle down in the right direction."

Horner made clear Red Bull would stay with Renault next season, when Honda are due to make their return as partners to McLaren, but he wanted to see a big improvement.

The only other engine manufacturers are Mercedes and Ferrari.

"We need to work together as partners. There will not be another engine in the back of the car next year, but we want to be competitive and we want to run at the front," said Horner.

"Something needs to happen because whatever's being done there at the moment isn't working.

"It's not our business, it's not our responsibility. We're the end user and it's just frustrating that it's not where it needs to be at the moment," added the Briton.


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Michael Schumacher 'medical data offered for sale'

Medical files purporting to relate to F1 legend Michael Schumacher are being offered for sale, his management team has warned.

Manager Sabine Kehm said it was unclear whether the documents were genuine.

But she said they were "clearly stolen" and warned that criminal charges would be pressed if such "confidential files" were bought or published.

Schumacher, 45, was placed in a coma after a skiing accident in December but has now left hospital.

'Private and confidential'

It is not clear what the alleged medical data might contain or relate to.

However, in a statement Ms Kehm said: "For several days stolen documents and data are being offered for sale. The offerer claims them to be the medical file of Michael Schumacher.

"We cannot judge if these documents are authentic. However, the documents are clearly stolen. The theft has been reported."

She added: "The contents of any medical files are totally private and confidential and must not be made available to the public.


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FIA explains how F1 standing restarts will work

Formula 1's plan to introduce standing starts after safety car periods for 2015 has become one of more controversial changes to have been agreed by the sport's chiefs.

But despite widespread criticism from fans about the idea, the details of the new regulations have now been officially laid out in the FIA's F1 sporting regulations for next year.

The procedure of the safety car will remain the same as it is now until after backmarkers have been allowed to unlap themselves and move to the rear of the field.

Then, when F1's race director deems it is safe enough to call in the safety car, a 'safety car in this lap' message will be displayed on the official notice system.

The safety car will pull into the pits and the cars will carry on past the pit lane entry to the grid - with the pit exit lights turning red.

Team personnel who normally sit on the pit wall will have to move to the safety of the garages, with the exception of two people from each outfit.

The drivers will then proceed to the starting grid to stop in their respective positions, and the five-light starting system procedure that is used at the beginning of races now will be run through.

There are circumstances, however, when a standing start will not be used following a safety car.

That will happen if the safety car has been deployed within two laps of the start of the race, of if there are less than five laps of the race remaining.

Furthermore, F1's race director has the right for the race to get going without cars forming up on the grid if he considers 'conditions are unsuitable for a standing restart'.

In those circumstances, the rolling safety car restart where the leader dictates the pace, as has been common in F1 in recent years, will be used.

Also, the rules state that there will be no standing start if the race began under safety car conditions.


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Monza likely to be dropped from the circuit after 2016
Published July 01, 2014

MILAN – Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says the sport may say goodbye to one of its most historic tracks at Monza.

Monza's current deal was agreed to in 2010 and Ecclestone believes it is unlikely to be renewed when it runs out at the end of 2016.

In an interview with Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport, Ecclestone says, "I don't think we'll do another contract, the old one was a disaster for us from a commercial point of view. After 2016, bye bye..."

Monza, which first hosted an F1 race in 1922, is one of the most famous and beloved tracks on the circuit.

Every Italian Grand Prix since 1950 has been held at Monza except the 1980 race, which was held at Imola.


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F1 team Caterham sold to Kolles-led group


LEAFIELD, England (AP) — Formula One team Caterham has been sold to a group of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors led by former HRT team boss Colin Kolles.

The team announced the sale on Wednesday with immediate effect, meaning Caterham will be under new ownership and management for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

Former F1 driver Christijan Albers takes over as team principal, assisted by Manfredi Ravetto, replacing Cyril Abiteboul.

The team will still be called Caterham for the immediate term, and remain at its base in Leafield.

"We are aware of the huge challenge ahead of us given the fight at the bottom end of the championship and our target now is to aim for 10th place in the 2014 championship," Albers said in a team statement.

"We are very committed to the future of the team and we will ensure that the team has the necessary resources to develop and grow and achieve everything it is capable of."

Air Asia boss Tony Fernandes founded the team which entered F1 in 2010 under the Lotus name, but warned at the start of this season that he would look to sell if there was no upturn in performance. The team is last in the current standings and has not scored a championship point in five years of racing.

The team statement made no mention of the ownership of the Caterham GP2 team or the Caterham sports car business.

Kolles' part in the Caterham takeover appears to have ended his other avenue of return to F1, as he had been involved in the Romanian-based Forza Rossa team which was aiming to enter F1 next season.

Kolles was formerly involved with the defunct Midland and Spyker teams which were taken over by Force India, remaining throughout the changes of ownership. He also was involved with the short-lived HRT team which also entered the series in 2010.


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Susie Wolff's historic participation in first practice at the British Grand Prix came to an early end after just four laps.

The Williams development driver became the first woman in 22 years to take part in a competitive Formula One grand prix weekend on Friday.

But the 31-year-old Scot had minimal involvement in the session as her car was stopped due to oil pressure problems.

Wolff's one flying lap at Silverstone saw her set a time of one minute and 44.212secs.

However, she was unable to improve on that mark as her car came to a halt, bringing her session to a frustrating conclusion.

"Really tough day but that's Formula One sometimes," Wolff told BBC Sport. "There was an oil pressure problem that cut the engine off.

"For me it was good to get that first run on an actual race weekend, now I can keep working towards working Hockenheim knowing what I have to do."

Wolff's problems were just the start of a bad day for Williams, who saw another one of their drivers fail to finish the session when Felipe Massa was sent spinning into the wall after misjudging a corner.

There will be another chance for Wolff to show her quality when she drives at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in two weeks' time.


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Nico Rosberg took pole in a rain-affected and crazy qualifying

Bristish GP Qualifying

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m35.766s   2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m37.386s  +1.620s 3. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m38.200s  +2.434s 4. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m38.329s  +2.563s 5. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m38.417s  +2.651s 6. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m39.232s  +3.466s 7. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m40.457s  +4.691s 8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m40.606s  +4.840s 9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m40.707s  +4.941s10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m40.855s  +5.089s11. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m38.496s  +3.626s12. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m38.709s  +3.839s13. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m39.800s  +4.930s14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m40.912s  +6.042s15. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m44.018s  +9.148s16. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       no time17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m45.318s  +4.938s18. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m45.695s  +5.315s19. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m45.935s  +5.555s20. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m46.684s  +6.304s21. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m49.421s  +9.041s22. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m49.625s  +9.245s
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The British GP

 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 2h26m52.094s 2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes        +30.135s 3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault         +46.495s 4. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         +47.390s 5. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault         +53.864s 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                  +59.946s 7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes         +1m02.563s 8. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes     +1m28.692s 9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       +1m29.340s10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault       -1 lap11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes     -1 lap12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            -1 lap13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari           -1 lap14. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         -1 lap15. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         -2 laps16. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         -2 laps17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            -3 lapsRetirements:    Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                 28 laps    Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         11 laps    Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari            9 laps    Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes         1  laps    Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                   0  laps
Drivers' championship          1. Nico Rosberg      165       2. Lewis Hamilton    161       3. Daniel Ricciardo  98        4. Fernando Alonso   87        5. Valtteri Bottas   73        6. Sebastian Vettel  70       7. Nico Hulkenberg   63        8. Jenson Button     55       9. Kevin Magnussen   35       10. Felipe Massa      30      11. Sergio Perez      28      12. Kimi Raikkonen    19                                    13. Jean-Eric Vergne  9                                     14. Romain Grosjean   8    15. Daniil Kvyat      6    16. Jules Bianchi     2    
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