The Korean F1 Grand Prix will take place at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam, South Korea, on Sunday October 6. Practice and qualifying sessions will take place on Friday and Saturday. The lap record of 1:39.605 was set by Sebastien Vettel in 2011. For more information visit formula1.com.
Date: 6 October 2013
Venue: Korea International Circuit
State: South Jeolla
Country: South Korea
Consisting of 44 laps and covering a distance of 308.052 kilometers, the Belgian F1 Grand Prix will take place on 25 August 2013. Practice sessions and qualifying rounds will take place on Friday and Saturday before Sunday’s Race. The current lap record at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps of 1:47.263 was set by Sebastien Vettel in 2009. For more information go to formula1.com
Date: 25 August 2013
Venue: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
The weather conditions for the Canadian Grand Prix were anything less than ideal for the race, which took place on Sunday, 12 June 2011. The rain and eventual downpour led to the race being suspended for two hours, as well as a few nerve wrecking collisions, slides and loss of control for a number of drivers. And even though Vettel took pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix and led all the way, it was the last lap of the race that took an unexpected turn, as Jenson Button pulled of a dramatic pass and won the event, with Vettel taking second position.
This is Jenson Button’s first victory this season, and brings his career victories to ten. Vettel has now lost two of the seven events for the Grand Prix season, and Button is now positioned second in the champions’ log. Mark Webber, Vettel’s teammate, was able to secure third position, with Michael Schumacher in fourth, followed by Vitaly Petrov, Felippe Massa and Kamui Koyayashi. Fernando Alsonso’s race was cut short through a tussle with Button which left him on the curb. Lewis Hamilton again provided spectators with heart stopping moments as he first had a minor collision with Mark Webber, which was followed by a near miss with Schumacher, but unfortunately led to teammate Jenson Button not seeing Hamilton in his mirrors, and the two collided, sending Hamilton into the pit wall and leaving him with extensive damage to his rear wheel, ending his race. The race was also filled with numerous pit stops and after Koboayashi was run into by Heidfeld, the safety car once again made its appearance. But once the race was on again, Button began chasing down Vettel, and in a memorable moment was able to pass Vettel, holding on to first position to win the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix.
Vettel commented that he did go wide, giving Button the space he needed to pass, and admitted that he had lost the race due to a mistake that he made, and that he was not completely happy with his own performance. Button on the other hand is extremely proud of his victory, and commented that he had enjoyed every part of the race. The chase, and working through the field was challenging, but he enjoyed every minute, and winning the Canadian Grand Prix was the crowning moment for the 2009 champion.
21-year-old German driver Sebastien Vettel is a new face on the F1 scene, but he isn’t’ unknown altogether. He has spent the last year driving for BMW Sauber in the United States after Kubica suffered a devastating car crash. During that time he became the youngest driver to score a Formula One point when he finished eighth. He went on to replace Scott Speed for Torro Rosso for the final seven races of the year. Clearly this youngster has a lot of talent.
It comes as no surprise then that even though he’s still relatively new to the F1 scene, Vettel became the youngest driver to ever win a Formula One Grand Prix when he won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Sunday. Starting from pole position, he not only quickly managed to pull ahead of the pack, but he also kept his cool and came out tops on a wet racetrack. Vettel was driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso and displayed exceptional composure during the course of the weekend’s events. Not only did he race exceptionally well during the qualifying, finishing ahead of Ferrari, McLaren and BMW Sauber, but when it came to the big race he continued to keep his cool. By the time he made his first pit stop he had already gained a six-second lead over second-place finisher Heikki Kovalainen, who was racing for McLaren. Robert Kubica, who finished third, used a one-stop strategy to work his way up from his start at 11th on the grid.
During interviews with the press, Sebastien Vettel described his win on Sunday as being a somewhat unbelievable experience. He said: “It was difficult to realize what had happened. It was unbelievable seeing everybody going crazy all the way round the circuit. To see the people in the team, from my family, going mad and then to listen to my national anthem I started to cry.” It isn’t difficult to imagine what an emotional experience it must have been for the young and still relatively inexperienced driver to surpass other racing greats with inexplicable ease and take home the winner’s trophy. Hopefully this will mark the start of a long and illustrious career for Vettel who will be racing with Red Bull Racing next year.