Tyre failure not the cause of Vettel's retirement

Tyre failure not the cause of Vettel's retirement

A structural failure of Sebastian Vettel’s right-rear tyre has been ruled out by Pirelli. The cause of the World Champion’s first-lap spin in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix therefore remains a mystery, despite a full two-day investigation into the problem. Read more…

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  1. Wednesday 16 November 2011

  2. Tyre failure not the cause of Vettel’s retirement 10:24

    Tyre failure not the cause of Vettel’s retirement

    A structural failure of Sebastian Vettel’s right-rear tyre has been ruled out by Pirelli. The cause of the World Champion’s first-lap spin in Sunday’s Abu Dh...

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  3. Tuesday 15 November 2011

  4. Hamilton boosted by Abu Dhabi success 08:00

    Hamilton boosted by Abu Dhabi success

    Lewis Hamilton believes his latest Formula 1 victory could provide the platform for even more success, explaining that his level of confidence has been...

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  5. Monday 14 November 2011

  6. Pérez also had KERS problem 15:06

    Pérez also had KERS problem

    Sauber has revealed that, like Jenson Button at McLaren, Sergio Pérez encountered KERS difficulties during Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Mexican ro...

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  7. Extraordinary drive by Alonso, says Domenicali 11:07

    Extraordinary drive by Alonso, says Domenicali

    As Martin Whitmarsh praised a ‘faultless’ performance for Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi, the superlatives continued as Fernando Alonso’s drive to second place...

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  8. Whitmarsh hails ‘faultless’ Hamilton race 10:33

    Whitmarsh hails ‘faultless’ Hamilton race

    Martin Whitmarsh was naturally delighted by Lewis Hamilton’s third win of the 2011 Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi, the Englishman’s first since Germany in Jul...

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  9. 09:22

    Video: Vettel’s reaction to mysterious puncture

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  10. Investigation continues into Vettel puncture 09:13

    Investigation continues into Vettel puncture

    Pirelli continues to investigate the possible causes of Sebastian Vettel’s puncture in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. After starting from pole position and l...

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  11. Sunday 13 November 2011

  12. 22:16

    Latest F1 photos: Sunday at Yas Marina

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  13. Massa describes Medium tyre struggle 22:15

    Massa describes Medium tyre struggle

    Felipe Massa has explained that he ‘really struggled’ for grip with the Medium tyre compound in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, with the Ferrari driver claiming that hi...

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  14. Maldonado and Alguersuari given post-race penalties 17:16

    Maldonado and Alguersuari given post-race penalties

    Pastor Maldonado and Jaime Alguersuari have both been hit with time penalties following Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. After sharing their points of view w...

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  15. Webber regretting poor first pit-stop 17:12

    Webber regretting poor first pit-stop

    Mark Webber was left to rue a slow opening pit-stop in Abu Dhabi this evening, the Australian making clear that he ‘lost a lot of time’ as a direct result. T...

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  16. Glock praises team for race efforts 17:02

    Glock praises team for race efforts

    Timo Glock has praised his team for their efforts during this evening’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the German driver able to fend off both HRT drivers t...

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  17. Ricciardo pleased with continued progress 17:02

    Ricciardo pleased with continued progress

    Daniel Ricciardo’s first Yas Marina Formula 1 race came to an early end just several minutes before reaching the chequered flag, although the Australian is c...

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  18. Petrov: It was a frustrating afternoon 16:52

    Petrov: It was a frustrating afternoon

    A plethora of problems led to one of Lotus Renault GP’s toughest race days of the year at the Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday evening, with Russian Vitaly P...

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  19. Alguersuari: We should have scored a point 16:47

    Alguersuari: We should have scored a point

    Toro Rosso was left generally downcast after Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Sébastien Buemi retiring because of a loss of fluid in his hydraulics sy...

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  20. Force India delighted with Constructors' situation 16:38

    Force India delighted with Constructors' situation

    Force India’s double top ten result was nothing short of crucial in Abu Dhabi, as the Silverstone-based team has significantly boosted its chances of f...

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  21. Kobayashi pleased with points return 16:34

    Kobayashi pleased with points return

    Kamui Kobayashi was pleased to break his seven-race run of pointless finishes in Abu Dhabi this evening, returning to the top ten for the first time since...

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  22. Rosberg ruing late-race understeer 16:28

    Rosberg ruing late-race understeer

    Nico Rosberg regretted not being able to overhaul Felipe Massa for a top five place at Yas Marina, although the leading Mercedes did finish 24 seconds ahead...

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  23. Kovalainen hails 'strong' Abu Dhabi weekend 16:27

    Kovalainen hails 'strong' Abu Dhabi weekend

    Having lapped as high as 12th in this evening’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Heikki Kovalainen was in high spirits about the progress Team Lotus is continuing to m...

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  24. Button left to lament KERS problems 16:16

    Button left to lament KERS problems

    A loss of KERS scuppered any chances Jenson Button had of winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. After the early demise of Sebastian Vettel, the 2009...

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  25. Alonso: I was just doing qualifying laps 16:07

    Alonso: I was just doing qualifying laps

    Fernando Alonso has explained that, as has been the case for much of the 2011 season, he was required to post qualifying-like laps on a constant basis to...

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  26. Vettel still unsure what caused puncture 15:49

    Vettel still unsure what caused puncture

    It was not until after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix until Sebastian Vettel explained his race-ending experience to reporters. The pole-sitter, who had enjoyed...

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  27. Hamilton ‘ecstatic’ to return to winning ways 15:41

    Hamilton ‘ecstatic’ to return to winning ways

    A thrilled Lewis Hamilton picked up his 17th Formula 1 career victory in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night, his third of the season and first since the German Grand...

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  28. 14:47

    Full Abu Dhabi Grand Prix results

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  29. Hamilton wins as Vettel retires in Abu Dhabi 14:46

    Hamilton wins as Vettel retires in Abu Dhabi

    Lewis Hamilton has picked up his third victory of the 2011 Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi, leading home Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and team-mate Jenson B...

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  30. Glock: I just didn't have the confidence 05:00

    Glock: I just didn't have the confidence

    Timo Glock has admitted that he lacked the confidence ‘to go to the maximum and push’ in qualifying on Saturday, with the Lindenfels man struggling for fun...

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  31. Petrov anticipated early qualifying exit 03:00

    Petrov anticipated early qualifying exit

    Vitaly Petrov says his qualifying performance in Abu Dhabi on Satrday evening was somewhat expected, explaining that Renault ‘couldn’t have expected any mir...

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  32. 00:00

    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Starting grid

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  33. Saturday 12 November 2011

  34. 16:32

    Latest F1 photos: Saturday at Yas Marina

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  35. We didn't achieve the maximum, Rosberg admits 16:31

    We didn't achieve the maximum, Rosberg admits

    Nico Rosberg has conceded that he didn’t extract the maximum from his car in Abu Dhabi this evening, with the Mercedes GP driver having to settle for s...

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  36. Webber describes 'disappointing' final lap 16:24

    Webber describes 'disappointing' final lap

    Mark Webber says he was unhappy with his last flying lap in the final phase of qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit this evening, with the Red Bull driver...

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  37. Old front wing cost me time, says Massa 16:14

    Old front wing cost me time, says Massa

    Felipe Massa believes having to switch back to Ferrari's old specification front wing cost him lap time in Abu Dhabi this evening, with the Brazilian...

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  38. Alonso: We can fight for the podium 16:09

    Alonso: We can fight for the podium

    Fernando Alonso believes he can fight for a podium finish in tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite missing out on pole position by more than half a s...

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  39. Force India completes top ten objective 16:03

    Force India completes top ten objective

    Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta both broke into the top ten shootout in Abu Dhabi this evening, prompting the latter to declare the...

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  40. Pérez 'very happy' with qualifying effort 15:21

    Pérez 'very happy' with qualifying effort

    Sergio Pérez was thrilled with his and Sauber’s overall performance in qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit on Saturday, with the Mexican only narrowly mi...

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  41. Trulli pleased to overcome gearbox problem 15:13

    Trulli pleased to overcome gearbox problem

    Although he failed to out-qualify Lotus team-mate Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli was left contented as he returned from a gearbox problem to manage 18th...

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  42. Toro Rosso hopeful of salvaging points 15:08

    Toro Rosso hopeful of salvaging points

    Toro Rosso's Sébastien Buemi has vowed to ‘exploit any opportunity’ that presents itself in tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the Swiss driver admitting...

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  43. Button: I had massive amounts of understeer 14:53

    Button: I had massive amounts of understeer

    Jenson Button was left to rue a lack of front-end grip in qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit this evening, revealing that his car suffered large amounts...

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  44. Hamilton hails 'big improvement' in Abu Dhabi 14:42

    Hamilton hails 'big improvement' in Abu Dhabi

    Lewis Hamilton has described his qualifying performance at the Yas Marina Circuit as a ‘big improvement’ over the form he showed in India a fortnight ago, wi...

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  45. Vettel praises team for overnight progress 14:28

    Vettel praises team for overnight progress

    Sebastian Vettel has revealed that the main reason behind his 29th career pole position was a host of overnight setup changes, with the Heppenheim man...

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  46. 14:19

    Full Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying results

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  47. Vettel steals Abu Dhabi pole from McLarens 14:10

    Vettel steals Abu Dhabi pole from McLarens

    Sebastian Vettel has prevented an all-McLaren front row for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by sealing pole position on Saturday night. In doing so, the Champion...

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  48. Our setup gambles paid off, says Ricciardo 14:02

    Our setup gambles paid off, says Ricciardo

    Daniel Ricciardo has explained that a series of post-practice setup changes proved successful in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, with the Australian feeling much...

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  49. Barrichello heavily frustrated by technical issues 13:31

    Barrichello heavily frustrated by technical issues

    On-going engine problems were the source of much frustration for Williams driver Rubens Barrichello at the Yas Marina Circuit this evening, with the...

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  50. HRT eyes up Clos for 2013 season 11:57

    HRT eyes up Clos for 2013 season

    HRT will soon be running a Spanish driver, or one from Latin America. That is according to Saul Ruiz de Marcos, whose Thesan Capital group has this year...

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  51. Ferrari reverts to old Massa front wing 11:43

    Ferrari reverts to old Massa front wing

    Felipe Massa ran an old specification front wing in Saturday’s final practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This followed the reoccurring vibrating p...

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  52. 11:10

    Abu Dhabi GP: Full Practice 3 results

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  53. Hamilton stays quickest in Saturday practice 11:03

    Hamilton stays quickest in Saturday practice

    Lewis Hamilton has ensured that McLaren has locked out all three practice sessions in Abu Dhabi, setting the pace at Yas Marina ahead of qualifying on...

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  54. Friday 11 November 2011

  55. 19:20

    Latest F1 photos: Friday at Yas Marina

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  56. Engine problem slows progress for Barrichello 19:19

    Engine problem slows progress for Barrichello

    Rubens Barrichello has explained that an engine issue was the reason behind him losing valuable track time in Abu Dhabi on Friday, with the Brazilian’s car n...

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  57. Force India duo make top ten in both sessions 19:07

    Force India duo make top ten in both sessions

    Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Paul di Retsa were encouraged by the pace of their respective cars at the Yas Marina Circuit on Friday, with the pair f...

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  58. Grosjean describes 'fantastic' day in Abu Dhabi 18:56

    Grosjean describes 'fantastic' day in Abu Dhabi

    Romain Grosjean was left to savour his first of two 2011 practice outings for Lotus Renault GP in Abu Dhabi this morning, with the reigning GP2 Champion...

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  59. Car feels very good, explains Schumacher 18:38

    Car feels very good, explains Schumacher

    Michael Schumacher was left in high spirits after the first two practice session for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the German driver optimistic o...

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  60. Alonso 'annoyed' at lost track time 18:30

    Alonso 'annoyed' at lost track time

    Fernando Alonso has admitted that he was left frustrated by his Turn 1 accident in second practice at the Yas Marina Circuit this evening, with the Ferrari...

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  61. Hamilton pleased but Button frustrated after practice 16:29

    Hamilton pleased but Button frustrated after practice

    Lewis Hamilton, seemingly recovering from the personal problems which have affected his performances for the majority of the 2011 season, was delighted to...

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  62. Webber content with Friday speed 16:11

    Webber content with Friday speed

    Mark Webber out-paced World Champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel in both Yas Marina practice sessions on Friday, eventually ending the day a narrow 28...

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  63. Pirelli biding time over experimental Soft tyre 16:08

    Pirelli biding time over experimental Soft tyre

    Pirelli is not jumping the gun when it comes to early analysis for its experimental Soft tyre compound, which was tested by the Formula 1 teams in Abu Dhabi...

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  64. Liuzzi pleased to be back behind wheel 16:00

    Liuzzi pleased to be back behind wheel

    Vitantonio Liuzzi was happy to be driving again on Friday, completing both opening practice sessions in Abu Dhabi after HRT briefly replaced him with the...

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  65. I’m confident for the weekend, says Pérez 15:42

    I’m confident for the weekend, says Pérez

    Sergio Pérez has declared himself ‘confident’ ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, having ended Friday’s second practice period 11th fastest and within a tenth...

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  66. Gascoyne: A good day for Lotus 15:35

    Gascoyne: A good day for Lotus

    Mike Gascoyne was pleased with the performance of Team Lotus in Abu Dhabi on Friday, with the day marking the penultimate Practice 1 and 2 sessions for the...

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