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Chinese GP: Lotus race report
Race Day at the Chinese Grand Prix

Lotus Racing's first four races came to an end in China with another solid performance as the head of the new teams and for the first time coming out in front of one of their established rivals. Heikki Kovalainen dealt with the tricky conditions superbly, making a bold call early on to stay out on dry tyres when most of the pack ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Ferrari race report
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro takes 14 points away from the Chinese Grand Prix, thanks to a fourth place for Fernando Alonso and a ninth for Felipe Massa. At the end of this first group of races outside Europe, the Scuderia lies second in the Constructors' classification, with its drivers third and sixth in their championship; Fernando ahead of Felipe.

Stefano Domenicali: ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Renault race report
Robert Kubica, P5
Fastest lap: 1:43.630
Started race on option tyres
Pit stop 1: Lap 20, time in pits: 23.0s, (intermediates)
Pit stop 2: Lap 37, time in pits: 24.0s (intermediates)

Robert: "It was an exciting race today and it's good to have scored some more points. At the start of the race I made a bad start and lost a lot of positions, but we made ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: McLaren race report
A fantastic one-two for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team!

JENSON BUTTON
MP4-25A-03

Started: 5th
Finished: 1st

Fastest lap: 1m42.886s (4th)
Pitstops: two: on laps 20 and 38 (Opt-Int-Int)
2010 points: 60 (1st)

"This was my best victory in Formula 1. Every race you win becomes your best, but this was an extremely special win in very ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Karun Chandhok race report
CHANDHOK FINISHES THIRD RACE IN SUCCESSION FOR HRT F1 TEAM

Sunday, April 18, 2010: Indian Formula One driver Karun Chandhok finished in a competitive 17th position to complete a hat-trick of finishes for the newly formed HRT F1 Team at the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit. Chandhok had a tough start to the day as he was forced to start from ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: HRT race report
HRT F1 Team: Another double race finish

Weather: overcast and wet - air 21C, track 20C
Bruno Senna F110-02 #21 16th position
Karun Chandhok F110-01 #20 17th position

Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna both achieved race finishes for the HRT F1 Team in today's Chinese Grand Prix with the Brazilian finishing in 16th and the Indian in 17th position.

It ... [ more ]
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Chinese GP: Bridgestone race report
Bridgestone Motorsport's Chinese Grand Prix Report

Reigning Formula One world champion Jenson Button (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) used Bridgestone's soft compound and intermediate tyres to win a thrilling Chinese Grand Prix in mixed weather conditions at Shanghai International Circuit.

Button led his team-mate Lewis Hamilton across the line by 1.5 seconds. ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Mercedes race report
An exciting Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit today saw Nico Rosberg drive an excellent race in the challenging and constantly changing weather conditions to achieve third place and his second consecutive podium finish.

Intermittent showers throughout the race put the emphasis on making the right strategic calls as Nico stayed on slick tyres ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Red Bull race report
4 RACES DOWN, 15 TO GO...
76 TEAM MEMBERS TO GET HOME!

Car 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: 6th, Start Position: 1st

"It was a difficult race on nearly every second lap there was a car to pass or I got passed. I lost quite a bit of time with the first pit-stop, but we fought our way back and ended the race in sixth. We started on pole, with a one/two ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Williams race report
A rain-affected Chinese Grand Prix delivered an unsatisfactory result for the AT&T Williams team at the Shanghai International Circuit this afternoon. Light drizzle at the start of the race quickly turned into continuous rain, which ultimately compromised the team's strategy and led to a series of pitstops for both drivers to counter the conditions. At the conclusion of ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Force India race report
Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM03/03): 11th

Tonio Liuzzi (car 15, VJM03/01): DNF (Accident - lap 1)

18 April 2010 - A thrilling Chinese Grand Prix for the Force India F1 Team's Adrian Sutil today, with the German racing strongly in the top ten as the changeable rainy conditions created a lottery for tyres and position. Unfortunately, Adrian just missed a points' ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Sauber race report
In China both the BMW Sauber F1 Team's cars retired. Kamui Kobayashi was out of the race on lap one when he was an innocent victim of someone else's accident. Pedro de la Rosa had managed to climb up to fourth in difficult track conditions when he stopped with a technical failure on lap eight. The cause of this failure still needs to be analysed.

Pedro de la Rosa: ... [ more ]
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Chinese GP: Toro Rosso race report
TIME TO GO HOME...IF WE CAN!

Jaime Alguersuari (STR5-03) Pos.13th

"I tried to get points today, but in the end it wasn't possible as I made a mistake lapping a Hispania, who was slower than me and was shown the blue flag, but he moved from side to side. I tried to get past on the right, but he came back on me and touched my wing, which is how I lost it. We ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Winners' press conference
1. Jenson BUTTON (McLaren), 1h46m42.163s
2. Lewis HAMILTON (McLaren), 1h46m43.693s
3. Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes), 1h46m51.647s

TV UNILATERALS

Q: Jenson, what a race. Another great call for tyres at the start, a safety car re-start for you to control and then some heart-stopping moments in the final laps.

Jenson BUTTON: I mean the safety car for ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Karun Chandhok qualifying report
STRAIGHT LINE SPEED HAMPERS CHANDHOK'S QUALIFYING

Karun Chandhok 1.40.578 (7 laps)
Bruno Senna 1.40.468 (10 laps)

Saturday, April 17, 2010: Indian Formula One driver Karun Chandhok's qualifying session was hampered by straight line speed at the Chinese Grand Prix, and will start in 24th position. The newly formed HRT F1 team put in a very strong performance ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Renault qualifying report
FREE PRACTICE 3
Robert Kubica, R30-03, P8, 1:36.343, 16 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R30-02, P15, 1:37.339, 13 laps

QUALIFYING

Robert Kubica, R30-03, P8, 1:35.364

Robert: It was good qualifying session for me -- probably my best performance this year from a driving point of view, and I was particularly pleased with my laps in Q3. If you had said to me ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Virgin qualifying report
Virgin Racing once again qualified as the best of the new teams in Shanghai today in this afternoon's decisive shoot-out to determine the Grid for tomorrow's 56-lap Chinese Grand Prix.

Timo Glock posted the 19th fastest time - a 1:39.278 -- which was just two seconds away from the more established teams. He remarked that the team had made big advances with the car ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Red Bull qualifying report
Sebastian Vettel:

"It was tough today. I was not happy yesterday and this morning, as Mark was quite a bit quicker than me. We made some changes to the car in Mark's direction, but it was still extremely difficult. I was struggling in the first sector, but then I got a purple (fastest) time in sector one on my last lap, so I think we made a good step forward! I ... [ more ]
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Chinese GP: Lotus qualifying report
Lotus Racing Team Principal Tony Fernandes was one of the last people to make it out of Europe before most of the airspace was shut down, leaving Paris after being given the prestigious Officier of the Legion d'Honneur award in a ceremony on Wednesday, and arrived in China to see Jarno Trulli qualify 20th on 1.39.399 and Heikki Kovalainen 21st on 1.39.520 after a busy ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: HRT qualifying report
HRT F1 Team, Hispania Racing today competed in the fourth qualifying session of its short F1 history. The team's two drivers will start from the back of the grid.

In the third free practice this morning, Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna were 2-4th in the speed trap, and posted laps in 1.41.141 for Karun Chandhok respectively and 1.40.316 for Bruno Senna, who made ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Ferrari qualifying report
The two Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro cars will start the Chinese Grand Prix from the second and fourth rows on the grid, after Fernando Alonso secured third place and Felipe Massa was seventh.

"Overall, we can be pleased with the way things went today," said Stefano Domenicali. "We knew the Red Bulls would be hard to beat in qualifying and that was the case, but Fernando, ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Force India qualifying report
The Force India F1 Team experienced a mixed qualifying session ahead of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix. Adrian Sutil will start the race from 10th position, however there was disappointment for Tonio Liuzzi as he will start from 18th position after getting caught in traffic.

Adrian progressed through to the second segment of qualifying with the 12th quickest lap and ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Mercedes qualifying report
Nico Rosberg will start from the second row of the grid for the Chinese Grand Prix after achieving fourth place in qualifying today at the Shanghai International Circuit. Team-mate Michael Schumacher starts from ninth position.

Nico and Michael progressed easily through Q1 in second and ninth positions respectively after completing two runs each on the prime tyre. ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Bridgestone qualifying report
Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) took Bridgestone's soft compound tyre to pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix after a scintillating 1m 34.558secs lap of the Shanghai International Circuit.

Vettel will be joined on the front row tomorrow by team-mate Mark Webber, who was fastest in the morning practice session. Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver Fernando Alonso ... [ more ]
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Chinese GP: McLaren qualifying report
Jenson Button:

"I was struggling a little with the car in the first two sessions. By Q3, though, it was much better, but it was a little bit too late by then: the car felt quite different, balance-wise, and I had to play around with the diff and the front wing to find a good feeling in the car.

"So it wasn't a bad lap; it's just a bit frustrating that it ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Sauber qualifying report
BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa qualified 15th and 17th respectively for the Chinese Grand Prix where there is a chance of a wet race tomorrow.

Kamui Kobayashi:

"Personally I'm happy with the lap I put in. I had no traffic, did the best I could and think I achieved what was possible. We do have areas where we need to improve ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Toro Rosso qualifying report
Giorgio Ascanelli:

"I don't like having all our eggs in one basket, so we split them, with one car anticipating rain tomorrow and one with a downforce level more suited for the dry. Guess which one was fastest today. Tomorrow we will see what happens! The team worked efficiently, making no mistakes. Both drivers did a good job and in Buemi's case, we could not have ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Williams qualifying report
Both Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg were unable to achieve the necessary pace in this afternoon's qualifying session for the Chinese Grand Prix to progress any further than Q2. Rubens only just missed out on a place in the top ten and will start tomorrow's race in 11th, while Nico will line up on the eighth row of the grid in P16.

Rubens Barrichello:

Qualifying ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Qualifying press conference
1. Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull), 1m34.558s
2. Mark WEBBER (Red Bull), 1m34.806s
3. Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari), 1m34.913s

Q: Sebastian, three poles this season for you and four out of four for Red Bull. You are making a nice habit of winning the qualifying battle.

Sebastian VETTEL:It was tough today. I was not so happy yesterday and this morning especially ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Lotus Friday report
Bright sunshine greeted Lotus Racing in Shanghai as Friday's practice sessions went according to plan for the team, enjoying its debut in China. The track was very dirty and grip levels were low for the morning session, but improved throughout the day and, despite a small problem for Heikki with a couple of minutes left in the afternoon session, all programs were completed ... [ more ]
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Chinese GP: Virgin Friday report
Free Practice for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix got underway at the Shanghai International Circuit today and Virgin Racing enjoyed another positive start to its racing weekend. Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi ticked all the boxes on their planned programmes to complete a combined total of 101 laps.

The optimum set-up proved to be a constantly moving target, with the ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Ferrari Friday report
Weather
First session: air 28/32 C, track 33/38 C; overcast.
Second session: air 33 C, track 45/41 C; cloudy.

A somewhat different Friday to usual for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, both in terms of the planned work programme and because of what happened on the track. "Today, we had various new components on the car, including a new type of rear wing and other ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Renault Friday report
Robert Kubica, R30-03
Free Practice 1: P6, 1:37.601, 20 laps
Free Practice 2: P9, 1:36.389, 29 laps

Robert Kubica: The first session was not especially productive for us, but in the afternoon we made some changes and found a better direction and a more normal balance with the car. We managed to get through most of our programme with some set-up work and a ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Karun Chandhok Friday report
HRT F1 Team comfortable in both practice sessions

Friday, 16 April 2010: Karun Chandhok completed a total of 52 laps in the Friday free practice sessions at the Shanghai International Circuit, in preparation for the Chinese Grand Prix, setting a best lap time of 1.41.008 while his team-mate Bruno Senna finished with a best time of 1.41.345.

Today, the HRT ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: HRT Friday report
HRT F1 Team comfortable in both practice sessions

Karun Chandhok in chassis F110-01 #20 completed 20 laps in the morning session, for a best lap time of 1.43.949 while Bruno Senna in chassis F110- 02 #21 ran 23 laps with a best time of 1.43.875

In the second ninety minutes afternoon free practice session, in preparation of the Sunday race and its 56 laps, ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Williams Friday practice
Objectives P1
Validation of a new front wing
Starts practice

Objectives P2
Set-up work
Tyre evaluations

Adam Parr, Chairman
We had a very full programme today, working through the normal set-up routine and testing some development parts. We've made good progress.

Rubens Barrichello

Runs P1: Run 1: New Prime (1 lap, install), Run ... [ more ]
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Chinese GP: McLaren Friday report
LEWIS HAMILTON

"We may have topped the timesheets in each session, but I don't necessarily think today's times make us the favourites for this race. The car does feel good, but our pace looks pretty similar to some of the other cars on long runs.

"Everyone talks about us having a straight-line advantage, but that's not true -- other cars have the same speed ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Bridgestone Friday report
Bridgestone's soft tyre proved to be the fastest for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton who topped the times on the opening day of practice for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton set a 1min35.217secs time midway through the afternoon practice session at a cool and dry Shanghai International Circuit. Hamilton's team-mate, Jenson Button, went fastest in ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Sauber Friday report
The two 90 minute free practice sessions for the Chinese Grand Prix went smoothly for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa completed their programme as planned in chilly Shanghai.

Pedro de la Rosa:
C29.04 / Ferrari 056
1st Practice: 13th / 1:38.421 min (19 laps) / 2nd Practice: 13 / 1:37.421 min (32 laps)

"We treated the day ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Force India Friday report
2010 Chinese Grand Prix Free Practice Report

Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM03/03):
FP1: 9th 1:38.008 (13 laps)
FP2: 7th 1:36.254 (31 laps)

Tonio Liuzzi (car 15, VJM03/01):
FP1: Did not participate
FP2: 16th 1:37.804 (31 laps)

Paul di Resta (car 15, VJM03/01)
FP1: 15th 1:38.618 (26 laps):
FP2: Did not participate

16 April 2010 - ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Mercedes Friday report
Round four of the 2010 Formula One calendar takes place this weekend in China with the first of the practice sessions getting underway today at the Shanghai International Circuit.

The MERCEDES GP PETRONAS pair of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg finished the morning session in second and fourth places having focused on developing the mechanical and aerodynamic ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Red Bull Friday report
As it's all change in Formula One this year, with a new FIA President, new teams; a new era we got to thinking what would happen if some other people got a chance to run the show. This race:

IF F1 WAS RULED BY... THE PARTNERS AT HOME

1. Every team member would be forced to call home twice a day at a reasonable hour and no, the phrase 'I'm not drunk, I jush ... [ more ]
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Chinese GP: Toro Rosso Friday report
Jaime Alguersuari (STR5-03)

"Another new circuit for me: it's impressive, tough and technical but enjoyable to drive. Today went well for me, as we completed a lot of work, trying different fuel loads and working on set-up, as well as a tyre comparison. The hard tyre definitely takes a lot longer to come up to temperature, while the soft tyre seemed to work very ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: FCACA to back HRT in Shanghai
Shanghai, Friday, April 16, 2010- Dr. Colin Kolles, Team Principal of Hispania Racing (HRT F1), drivers Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna have reached an agreement with FCACA as one of the team's sponsors at the fourth Grand Prix of the F1 season, the Chinese Grand Prix.

FCACA, the China-based motorsports enthusiasts website will back Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Friday press conference
TEAM PRINCIPALS:
Eric Boullier (Renault)
Colin Kolles (HRT)
Adam Parr (Williams)
Peter Sauber (BMW Sauber)

Q: Colin, tell us about your driver pairing, completely inexperienced when it comes to this race here in Shanghai?

Colin KOLLES: Well, we are a new team, new cars and rookie drivers, so it's not easy, for sure, but I think they've done quite ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Thursday press conference
DRIVERS:
Sebastien BUEMI (Toro ROSSO)
Lewis HAMILTON (McLaren)
Michael SCHUMACHER (Mercedes)
Adrian SUTIL (Force India)

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q: Adrian, what was it like having your friend Lewis breathing down your neck in the last race for 20 laps or so?

Adrian SUTIL: It was not an easy race. At the beginning it all went right and we had a ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Felip Massa preview
Chinese GP - Massa: "...to improve more than the others"

Shanghai, 15 April -- Wrapped up in a winter jacket that usually only gets used at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit for the Belgian GP, Felipe Massa made a quick dash through the cold paddock to meet the media in the Ferrari hospitality area as usual on a Thursday.

The Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro man might ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Fernando Alonso preview
Chinese GP - Alonso: "no doubt Ferrari will improve"

Shanghai, 15 April -- Eight degrees and a bitterly cold wind meant that Thursday at the Shanghai International Circuit seemed more like a winter testing scenario than the build up to the fourth round of the Formula 1 World Championship. Fortunately, the heating was working in the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro media ... [ more ]
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Chinese GP: Ferrari preview
Targeting more performance and reliability

Going into the fourth round of the Formula 1 World Championship, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro heads both the Constructors' and Drivers' classifications, which can be cause for satisfaction, given that yet again in Malaysia, on a track with very different characteristics to those of the previous two races, it was clear that ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Lotus preview
Spirits are high as Lotus Racing turns to China and the final race before the European season kicks off in Spain. The team is again focusing on reliability and the challenge of seeing both cars cross the finish line before its first major performance upgrade is unveiled in Barcelona.

Team Principal Tony Fernandes on seeing Lotus Racing on track for the first time ... [ more ]
Chinese GP: Virgin preview
SHANG-HI!

Shanghai, in the People's Republic of China, is the next stop on F1's 2010 tour for Round 4 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Chinese Grand Prix.

The race is the last of the opening long-haul rounds, after which the teams will return to Europe for a five-month spell on relative home asphalt for the European leg, which is broken only by ... [ more ]
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