The FIA World Motor Sport Council has confirmed a 22-race calendar for next season, with New Jersey added to the provisional list. There have been a number of changes, with Bahrain now between Malaysia and China and the new Russian Grand Prix is scheduled to be a week before the Japanese Grand Prix.
A fourth successive title for Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel looks inevitable after he dominated the Singapore Grand Prix to take his third win in a row. Fernando Alonso’s superb start and brave tyre strategy helped him to take a distant second place, while Kimi Raikkonen overcame back pain to take third place for Lotus.
Sebastian Vettel took yet another pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix, despite sitting out the final few minutes of qualifying. The defending world champion chose to only complete only flying lap in Q3, but no-one could beat his time, though Nico Rosberg did come within a tenth of a second in his Mercedes. Romain Grosjean took a surprise third place, with Lewis Hamilton in fifth and Fernando Alonso behind his team-mate in seventh.
Singapore marks the start of Formula 1’s tour of Asia, which consists of see five races in seven weeks that will go a long way to deciding who is going to be crowned this year’s world champion. Sebastian Vettel has a significant lead of 53 points and will take some catching, but the tight and twisty Singapore street circuit is a challenge for all the drivers, and the stifling humidity makes it a test of fitness as well as skill.
The departure of Felipe Massa from Ferrari was confirmed on Tuesday, meaning the Brazilian will leave after eight years with Formula 1’s most famous team. This leaves him looking for a drive next season, and we can be certain he won’t be happy driving around at the back in a Caterham or a Marussia.
“From each one of you I have always received a great support! Right now I want to push as hard as possible with Ferrari for the remaining seven races. For next year, I want to find a team that can give me a competitive car to win many more races and challenge for the championship which remains my greatest objective! Thank you all” – Felipe Massa
There are a few options for Massa, though not many in cars that are likely to challenge for a title next season. In this article, I will look at his options for 2014.
Kimi Raikkonen looks set to move to Ferrari to race alongside Fernando Alonso for the 2014 season. If the move happens it will be a big blow for Lotus, who have already lost their technical director James Allison to the Italian team. If Lotus aim to be near the front again next season, then getting the right replacement for Raikkonen is crucial. There are no obvious candidates for the Lotus seat, but here are some names that have been linked with the Enstone-based team.
Sebastian Vettel took a significant step towards a fourth world championship with a comfortable victory at the Italian Grand Prix, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber in the sister Red Bull. This has traditionally been a venue where Red Bull have struggled, but that wasn’t the case this time and Vettel dominated the entire weekend. Once he had left the grid cleanly the result was never in doubt and he took his 32nd career win, five years after his first, the memorable wet Italian Grand Prix of 2008.
Sebastian Vettel continued his dominance of the Italian Grand Prix weekend by taking pole position ahead of team-mate Mark Webber. Nico Hulkenberg produced a stunning performance to put his Sauber in third while Ferrari’s tactic to give lead driver Fernando Alonso the tow failed as he was out-qualified by team-mate Felipe Massa.
Races in Mexico, Austria and Russia have been added to the provisional calendar for the 2014 season, but New Jersey and India miss out on a slot, Autosport have revealed. This means that there could be a record 21 races next season, despite the teams saying in the past that they wouldn’t want more than 20 races in a year.
Formula 1 visits another historic venue this weekend, and this time it is the home of the tifosi as Monza hosts the 12th round of this year’s world championship. The Ferrari fans will be hopeful of victory after Fernando Alonso’s strong performance at Spa, and with Red Bull not expecting to be as strong this weekend, this could be a great opportunity for the chasing pack to close the gap on Sebastian Vettel before the teams head to Asia.