Starting grid for the Brazilian Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel’s domination of Formula One is something that even the weather gods cannot prevent, it would appear. Despite a deluge marring qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix that caused Q3 to be delayed by forty minutes, the four-time world champion still eased to pole position by over six-tenths of a second from Nico Rosberg, who made it an all-German front-row.

However, the race does not appear to be a foregone conclusion. With fast-starting Fernando Alonso in third place and Mark Webber – racing for the final time in Formula One – P4, both drivers will be flying the flag for the over-thirties as they look to bring Vettel’s winning streak to a shattering end at Interlagos on Sunday.

Following qualifying, there has been one change to the starting grid:

  • Sergio Perez has received a five-place grid penalty after his accident in Q2 meant that he required a new gearbox.

Additionally, Marussia received a fine for improperly releasing their cars in Q1 whilst Max Chilton and Esteban Gutierrez both received a reprimand.

Starting grid for the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
4 Mark Webber Red Bull
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus
7 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber
11 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus
12 Paul di Resta Force India
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams
14 Jenson Button McLaren
15 Adrian Sutil Force India
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
18 Charles Pic Caterham
19 Sergio Perez McLaren
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia
22 Max Chilton Marussia

Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.