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f5775f25b8ingp01.jpg Race Recap: 2013 Indian Grand Prix mostly calm with chances of Championships

The smog around the Buddh International Circuit got so bad over the weekend that the FIA had to change the practice sessions. Then the soft tires that Pirelli brought to be the options were found to degrade so quickly that teams had to change their qualifying and race strategies. The only man it didn’t seem to affect was – guess who? – Infiniti Red Bull Racing on pole position.

Behind him came Jenson Button. The tire strategizing didn’t work out for Romain Grosjean in the second Lotus, who didn’t get out of Q1 after only running the medium compound tire and lined up 17th.

The Indian Grand Prix has been held twice and Vettel has led every single lap of both races. If nothing else, we knew there would be at least one new thing about this Indian Grand Prix: there’d be a lap not led by Vettel since he qualified on softs and would have to pit before Webber and Alonso who were both on mediums.

We’d have to wait a little longer to find out if a driver other than Vettel would be leading at the end of the race.

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c8a620c4c9jgp01.jpg Race Recap: 2013 Japanese Grand Prix flips several scripts spoilers

Japan’s Suzuka circuit is a great track that all the drivers love, but it doesn’t usually provide the most thrilling, head-to-head racing. Where it does excel, however, is with surprises and “What just happened there?!” moments, and this year it was no different.

It started with Fernando Alonso in the second Ferrari, and R

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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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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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