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75eff8d287abu01.jpg Race Recap: At the Abu Dhabi grand prix, the caravan chases a mirage

Both championships have been claimed this year, with Formula One, so the last three races of the schedule are going on as scheduled.

Abu Dhabi was the latest venue, and what the Yas Marina Circuit has lacked in racing excitement, it has more than made up for in drama. It’s where Mark Webber again out-qualified his Red Bull teammate and grabbed pole, just three rounds away from retirement.

He was followed by Vettel, the McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo in the Toro Rosso and Alonso in the second Ferrari in tenth. Tenth.

If the field hadn’t been told that mirages also appear at night, they learned as soon as the lights went out.

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a85bfe1d82kgp01.jpg Race Recap: 2013 Korean F1 Grand Prix crazy enough for Psy spoilers

The end of qualifying for the 2013 Korean Sauber. Yes, Sauber. The last time the Swiss team had two drivers in the top ten was Japan last year, when Kamui Kobayashi converted the grid spot into a podium.

But let’s start at the front of the top ten, where McLaren into tenth. Yes, McLaren needed a grid demotion ahead to make it into the top ten.

It was an entertaining top ten that no one would have expected. When the red lights went out, we were treated to one of the most entertaining races of the year – it was Gangnam Style at 300 kilometers per hour.

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raikkonen ferrari Kimi Raikkonen returns to Ferrari

The so-called “silly season” in Ferrari?

Well now we have the answer. Ferrari has confirmed that the Finn is heading back to Maranello, where he will partner with Felipe Massa, who has been at Ferrari since 2006 but has struggled to keep up the pace since his catastrophic crash in 2009, will need to find a new seat.

The announcement opens up a series of questions as a game of musical chairs commences. Where will Massa go? Who will fill Raikkonen’s seat at Lotus? And will Alonso tolerate the team bringing in another former champion and serious contender to challenge his position as number one at the top team? We’ll just have to wait and see, but the move in and of itself demonstrates a certain businesslike lack of personal emotion on Kimi’s part, having been unceremoniously dumped by Ferrari three years ago to make way for Alonso. Head on down Comments

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28533c655fbgp01.jpg Race Recap: Belgian Grand Prix is new skirmishes, same war spoilers

It’s been four weeks since we last saw a Infiniti Red Bull.

Resuming the season at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit this weekend, Hamilton picked up his recent – and just as improbable – pole-setting form by putting the Mercedes in P1 for the fourth time in a row. The effort came during a qualifying session visited by intermittent rains and dry spells, his 54th trip to the front of the pack, tying Niki Lauda.

But neither the fireworks and surprises, the mid-field full of backmarkers, nor the tire strategies and timing choices changed the mission for the drivers in with a chance at the title: finish in front of Vettel.

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84bba53f93rix 12.jpg Kimi Raikkonen moving to Ferrari?

Red Bull and his current team.

Of course, a move by Kimi to Ferrari means at least one of the Maranello-based outfit would need to find another ride. Driving ace Comments

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%name Ferrari chairman ticked off by Alonso

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo does not strike us as the kind of person we’d want to cross. We imagine the Chairman of Ferrari as sort of like an automotive Don Corleone, a thought that is further confirmed when we hear about the aftermath of last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso made some unsubstantiated remarks that have angered his team, with The Daily Mail reporting that when asked after the race what he wanted for his birthday, the Spaniard responded “Someone else’s car.” And while no one seems to know exactly what was said, it was enough to prompt a personal phone call from the boss of Ferrari on Alonso’s birthday for a dressing down.

Montezemolo reminded Alonso that, “All the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own. This is the moment to stay calm, avoid polemics and show humility and determination in making one’s own contribution, standing alongside the team and its people both at the track and outside it.”

The Italian wasn’t done, though, presenting each of the team’s engineers with a symbolic gift – a knife to put between their teeth. We think there’s a pirate reference here, but aren’t certain. According to Sky Sports, he opened the post-race meeting by informing team principal Stefano Domenicalli that, “The Ferrari I saw in yesterday’s race doesn’t sit well with me.” We aren’t the only ones imaging the threatening undertones here, right?

Formula One is entering its summer break, meaning that each team has four weeks to get itself sorted out before the end-of-season grind kicks in. There’s no doubt that after this very public display from Montezemolo, that Ferrari will have its nose to the grindstone.

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kobayashi f1 crash F1 driver underestimates talent needed for wet weather burnout

Whoops. That’s a word nobody wants to hear in racing, and that’s especially true in Formula 1, where the cars cost untold millions to design, develop, build and operate. In other words, just about any ‘whoops’ is an expensive ‘whoops.’

Toyota, has always been known as a bit of a wild card in the sport. He is notoriously difficult to pass, driving as he does with seemingly reckless abandon, and he’s not afraid to get tangled up with the world’s best drivers in the world’s fastest race cars.

That brash attitude sometimes serves him well. Other times… well, not so much. See what happens with Kobayashi tries to show off in a Comments

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dbb21a9c75cgp1.jpg Race Recap: Canadian F1 Grand Prix is one story with a thousand dramas

There were rain and wind and sun, sometimes all at once. There was the Wall of Champions. There was nothing happening in first place and nothing happening back in sixth during the race, but everywhere else – from the time the weekend began – it was surprises, passes, spins, more passing, flying carbon fiber and finally a couple more last-minute surprises. The Canadian Comments

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abb9d68c29sgp09b.jpg Recap: 2013 Spanish Grand Prix is Catalan for Lottery and More pit stops

This year’s Formula One season might qualify as being just as crazy as last year’s, only it’s a different kind of crazy. Instead of a new winner every Sunday, how the winner actually manages to take the victory is the mystery, and just when we thought the season might have settled into a groove regarding team performance, here comes the Spanish Grand Prix to remind us that we don’t know anything until the race has been run.

There were many similarities to past weekends to being this one: McLaren might want to consider starting a blues band they spend so much time singing them.

Then the lights went green and things went nuts…

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e80d0c6777f12014.jpg Ecclestone wonders if F1s upcoming turbo V6s should get augmented sound w/videos

While every team on the shelling out almost $57 million to hold the race, every ticket counts. As a fix, according to a report in Autoweek, Ecclestone “suggests that the only way to guarantee a good sound may be to artificially adjust the tone of the V6s.”

However, neither the manufacturers nor the governing body of F1, the FIA, think there will be a problem. Ecclestone fears that if the manufacturers “don’t get it right” they’ll simply leave the sport, but the only three carmakers and engine builders left next year, Ferrari are so embedded that it would stretch belief to think they’d leave the table over an audio hiccup – if said hiccup even occurs. And frankly, these issues always precede changes to engine formulas, as they did when the formula switched from V10 to V8; fans, though, are probably less focused on the engines and more on the mandated standardization of the sport and the spec-series overtones that have come with it.

No one knows yet what next year’s engines will sound like, but we’ve assembled a few videos Comments