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BTCC Media Day 2013 Pictures

BTCC Media Day 2013 Pictures

Vegas Drift ProAm Round 2 2013 Pictures

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Pirelli renews threat to quit F1

 Pirelli renews threat to quit F1

Worn Pirelli tyres 25.10.2013 Indian Grand Prix / XPB Pirelli has renewed its threat to quit formula one.

F1’s controversial Italian tyre supplier has signed deals for 2014 and beyond with the teams and Bernie Ecclestone, and even got the FIA’s green light to stay in the sport.

But Paul Hembery, the marque’s F1 chief, told reporters in India that Pirelli needs to be able to do more testing ahead of the 2014 season.

“Based on the comments of our chairman (Marco Tronchetti Provera) a few weeks ago, there has to be some (more) running or we can’t do the tyres,” he is quoted by Reuters news agency.

Hembery’s comments come amid a tumultuous season for Pirelli, after the explosive British grand prix and regular criticism of its heavily-degrading tyres.

Sutil fears ‘children’ on 2014 grid

 Sutil fears children on 2014 grid

Adrian Sutil 10.10.2013 Japanese Grand Prix / XPB

Formula one has come too soon for incoming Russian drivers Sergey Sirotkin and Daniil Kvyat, who are both still in their teens.

That is the claim of Adrian Sutil, referring to the duo that is scheduled to debut for Sauber and Toro Rosso respectively in 2014.

“I think it’s much too soon (for them),” the Force India driver, who is 30, told Speed Week. “They are still children.

“But in formula one it takes grown men, because it is a very tough business. It’s also a shame, because it hurts these young talents if they come in too soon. There is no reason for it.

“Yes we have Russia on the calendar next year, so it’s nice if we have a Russian driver. But I think it’s too risky,” said Sutil.

He said it’s not just the young age that is a problem, but Kvyat is skipping the formative categories GP2 and Formula Renault and leaping straight in from GP3.

“It’s not easy to control a formula one car,” said Sutil, “especially with these tyres. These are ultimately the fastest cars in the world, so it’s a risk for everyone.

“Maybe I’m wrong and they are faster than me. But I think talent like that is rare — maybe one in a thousand drivers who make it into formula one,” the German added.

McLaren’s Jenson Button is another driver who has questioned the readiness of drivers like Kvyat, earning him a rebuke from Red Bull’s outspoken Dr Helmut Marko.

“Jenson Button should focus on his career,” Marko told the Russian website “I think we have proved we know what we are doing.

“I don’t care what anybody says,” Marko continued. “Look at what we’ve done with Vettel. Half the paddock said he was ‘too young, he is not ready, he will never be successful’.

“What do I have to say? I don’t go to McLaren and tell them what to do,” Marko insisted.

Marko also lashed out at suggestions drivers like Stoffel Vandoorne, who is backed by McLaren, and Dutchman Robin Frijns, turned down offers to race for Toro Rosso in 2014.

“I never talked to him!” Marko insisted loudly, referring to Vandoorne. “Ask him. Please do. Another guy, this crazy Dutch guy (Frijns), he said he turned down our offer.

“We never offered him anything and it annoys me to have to listen to what they say.”

But Vandoorne’s manager Richard Goddard, who also works with Button, begs to differ.

“It is true that there was no offer,” he told Auto Motor und Sport, “but there was interest from Toro Rosso’s side.”


FIA summons Vettel after title ‘donuts’ [RESULTS & VIDEO]

 FIA summons Vettel after title donuts [RESULTS & VIDEO]

Sebastian Vettel 27.10.2013 Indian Grand Prix / XPB

Sebastian Vettel spent some of his first moments as a quadruple world champion-elect in the stewards office after Sunday’s Indian grand prix.

After wrapping up his 2013 title campaign in style with a third consecutive win at the Buddh circuit, the German let his emotion spill over with a series of perfect donuts on the front straight.

“(Engineer) Rocky called for the usual procedure, but I said ‘not this time’,” Vettel grinned as he recalled doing the donuts, stopping the car on the grid and throwing his gloves into the grandstand.

The Red Bull driver, however, broke a fundamental rule about taking his car straight to ‘parc ferme’ — a crucial procedure to prevent interference with the car and strict compliance with the rules.

Indeed, FIA officials were quickly on the scene of the abandoned RB9 to ‘neutralise’ it, and Vettel and team manager Jonathan Wheatley were summarily called up by the stewards.

Dr Helmut Marko, however, said he could not understand the officials’ strict adherence to the rules in such a universally-enjoyed moment of emotion and celebration, calling the FIA’s reaction “unbelievable” and “strange”.

German commentator Marc Surer said: “The FIA could penalise him, but I hope they turn a blind eye, because this was not just any race but the title decider.

“On the other hand, the FIA constantly surprises me with the penalties they issue.”

Meanwhile, Lotus’ relationship with the departing Kimi Raikkonen may have imploded in India on Sunday, as the Finn clashed on track with his charging teammate Romain Grosjean.

The team’s engineering boss Alan Permane admitted to British broadcaster Sky that Raikkonen’s behaviour was “disappointing”.

And there was a colourful exchange on the radio in the heat of the battle, with one team member saying on the radio: “Kimi, get out of the f***ing way”.

Raikkonen replied: “Don’t f***ing shout at me.”

NBC pit reporter Will Buxton said afterwards on Twitter: “Tell you what I’d do. I’d stick Davide Valsecchi in the car for the final three (races). Just for fun.”


Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 60 1:31:12.187 1 25
2 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 60 +29.8 secs 2 18
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 60 +39.8 secs 17 15
4 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 60 +41.6 secs 5 12
5 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 60 +43.8 secs 9 10
6 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 60 +52.4 secs 3 8
7 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 60 +67.9 secs 6 6
8 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 60 +72.8 secs 12 4
9 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 60 +74.7 secs 13 2
10 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 60 +76.2 secs 11 1
11 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 60 +78.2 secs 8  
12 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 60 +78.9 secs 18  
13 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 59 +1 Lap 14  
14 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 59 +1 Lap 10  
15 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 59 +1 Lap 16  
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 59 +1 Lap 15  
17 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 22  
18 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 19  
19 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 54 +6 Laps 7  
Ret 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 39 Alternator 4  
Ret 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 35 Hydraulics 21  
Ret 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1 Accident damage 20

2015 Ford Mustang leaked ? [UPDATED]

 2015 Ford Mustang leaked ?

2015 Ford Mustang leaked photo (not confirmed) 27.10.2013 / Car & Driver

Cover seems legit, but could show a render

[update] Car & Driver says these are renders “almost definitely” showing the 2015 Mustang’s design.

Car & Driver’s December issue cover has surfaced the web, showing what could possibly be the 2015 Ford Mustang.

We don’t know for sure if the attached photo does show the new Ford Mustang but even if it’s a render it should be very close to the real deal. The cover is from Car & Driver’s December issue and appears to be legit in our opinion.

In related news, a survey conducted by Morpace for Ford surfaced the web this weekend, shedding some light as far as the engine lineup is concerned. It seems the new Mustang will be available with a choice of three engines, starting with a naturally-aspirated V6 3.8-liter producing 300 bhp (224 kW) and 290 lb-ft (393 Nm) of torque which will allow the car to return 19 mpg city and 29 mpg on the highway.

For an additional 560 USD the customer will be able to opt for an inline-four 2.4-liter GTDI outputting 310 bhp (231 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. In this configuration, the 2015 Mustang will do 22 mpg city / 32 mpg highway.

There will also be a V8 4.9-liter available for an extra 1,890 USD which will generate 430 bhp (321 kW) and 396 lb-ft (536 Nm) and return 18 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.

The survey also envisions a starting price of 23,995 USD and four transmission options: six-speed manual, seven-speed manual, six-speed automatic and ten-speed automatic. Lastly, the convertible version is listed in the survey to cost an extra 5,000 USD.

British Drift Championship Round 1 2013 Pictures

British Drift Championship Round 1 2013 Pictures

New York Auto Show 2013 Pictures

New York Auto Show 2013 Pictures

Shanghai Auto Show 2013 Pictures

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Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 Pictures

Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 Pictures