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Vettel beats Alonso to 5th after classic fight at Silverstone


Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso treated fans watching today’s British Grand Prix to an epic battle on track even though they were only fighting for fifth position.

The two drivers have six world championships between them, and this showed as they tussled for position throughout the race at Silverstone.

After the race was red flagged following Kimi Raikkonen’s crash on lap one, Red Bull opted to switch Vettel to the hard tire for the restart. On the slower compound, he struggled, allowing Alonso to make a brave pass on the entry to Copse and move ahead on the mediums.

However, the thinking behind Red Bull’s decision became clear as the race developed. With 15 laps to go, Vettel closed on Alonso and began to hound him for fifth position. The Spaniard bravely defended around the final complex of corners, infuriating Vettel who claimed that they were close to crashing.

Vettel continued to apply pressure, but Alonso would just not yield. Both drivers reported each other to FIA race director Charlie Whiting, with Alonso accused of being too aggressive and Vettel apparently exceeding track limits. Thankfully, no action was taken and the two drivers were able to juke it out on track.

Following many whining radio calls, Vettel eventually found a way past heading into Copse and crossed the line in fifth place.

“It felt very close with Fernando,” Vettel said after the race. “Maybe a bit too close! It got a bit silly when we both started to complain about the other going off track; I don’t think the people care too much if the car is a little bit to the left or the right.

“I got the message that I should respect the limits and that he was complaining, so I was doing the same thing. I’m not sure who won the list keeping. I think twice it was maybe a bit too harsh into turn six, but it was good to get the move at the end.

“I expected to get third today, the pace was there but the strategy wasn’t right. I’m looking forward to my home race in Germany; it’s always special to race there.”

Pippa Mann, breast cancer survivors paint IMS’ start/finish line pink

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We’ve written a fair bit on MotorSportsTalk about the efforts Pippa Mann has done in working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Susan G. Komen has supported Mann’s last two runs at the Indianapolis 500, when she’s driven the No. 63 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

This being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the awareness hit a new level with Mann working alongside breast cancer survivors to paint the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s iconic Yard of Bricks pink for the day.

IMS president Doug Boles also joined in the opportunity.

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Mercedes set to clinch F1 constructors’ championship in Russia

SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 08:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP speaks with members of the media in the paddock during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on October 8, 2015 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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For the second year in a row, Mercedes is poised to wrap up the Formula 1 constructors’ championship in Sochi at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes won its first F1 teams’ title in Russia last year, having returned to the sport as a works constructor in 2010. When it last enjoyed such status in the 1950s, there was no championship for the teams.

Just as it did in 2014, Mercedes has dominated proceedings in F1 this season, winning all but three races and sweeping to eight one-two finishes to leave drivers Lewis Hamilton (pictured) and Nico Rosberg battling for the drivers’ title for the second straight year.

Now, Mercedes seeks the knock-out blow in the constructors’ title race by officially wrapping it up in Sochi this weekend.

To do so, the team must simply outscore rivals Ferrari by three points this weekend. The lead currently stands at 169 points, with 215 still on offer. After Sochi, there will be 172 remaining.

“We return to Russia with positive memories from last season, when the team sealed the first constructors’ title for Mercedes-Benz with a one-two finish,” team boss Toto Wolff said.

“A repeat performance in Sochi would be fantastic and this is absolutely the target – but we are under no illusions that it will come easy. The job is not done yet.”

The tire allocation for this weekend’s race could pose problems to Mercedes just as it did in Singapore, potentially allowing Ferrari to spoil the party and delay the victory celebrations at Brackley.

However, if the form book is to be trusted, Sochi could be playing host to another Mercedes party on Sunday night with a second world title in the bag for the Silver Arrows.