Vettel Claims Seventh Consecutive Win

November 4, 2013 by  
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Sebastian Vettel’s flawless win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this past weekend was his seventh consecutive victory for the 2013 Formula One season, putting the German driver on a par with Michael Schumacher’s record of seven consecutive victories set in 2004. Driving for Red Bull Racing-Renault, Vettel has clocked up eleven wins this season, and with two more races to go in the 2013 Formula 1 series – United States and Brazil – Vettel still has the opportunity to break that record. Teammate Mark Webber took second place, followed by Nico Rosberg, Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso in the top five positions. The top five in points for the season are (in order): Sebastian Vettel (347 points); Fernando Alonso (217 points); Kimi Räikkönen (183 points); Lewis Hamilton (175 points) and Mark Webber (166 points).

Born in Heppenheim, Germany, Sebastian Vettel started karting at the age of three-and-a-half, beginning his racing career in karts series at the age of eight. His talent was immediately evident and at the age of eleven he was accepted into the Red Bull Junior Team. From there he moved to open-wheel cars, winning the 2004 German Formula BMW Championship, winning 18 of his 20 starts. In 2005 Vettel moved into the Formula 3 Euro Series, going on to test for the BMW Sauber team.

In 2006, Vettel became the third driver for BMW Sauber at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix, and in 2007 was confirmed as BMW’s test driver for 2007. He substituted for Robert Kubica in the United States Grand Prix, earning his first World Championship point by finishing in eighth position. In 2007, Vettel moved to Red Bull’s Scuderia Toro Rosso team, enjoying a reasonably successful season apart from an accident in the Japanese Grand Prix for which he received a penalty, which was later lifted when it was determined that Lewis Hamilton had caused the wreck.

Highlights of the 2008 season included Vettel becoming the youngest driver (21 years and 74 days old) in history to win an F1 Grand Prix when he took the checkered flag in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix, and being named Rookie of the Year at the Autosport Awards. In 2009, Vettel replaced retiree David Coulthard at Red Bull Racing and became the youngest Grand Prix driver to win for two different teams when he won the Chinese Grand Prix in April of that year. The following years saw Vettel claim a number of victories, with the 2013 season being his best yet. Fans will no doubt be keen to see how the final races of the season pan out.

United States F1 Grand Prix 2013

October 14, 2013 by  
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Introduced to the F1 schedule in 2012, the United States Grand Prix takes place on the country’s first ever purpose-build grand prix venue. The race consists of 56 laps around a circuit of 5.513 km, totalling 308.405 km. The current lap record of 1:39.347 was set by Sebastian Vettel in 2012. Don’t miss this exciting grand prix with qualifying on 16 November and the main event on 17 November.

Date: 17 November 2013
Venue: Circuit of the Americas
City: Austin
State: Texas
Country: United States

2013 Daytona 500

January 30, 2013 by  
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Covering a distance of 500 miles, the Daytona is a epic endurance race carrying the largest purse on the NASCAR calendar. This will be the 55th running of the Daytona 500. For more information visit www.nascar.com

Date: 24 February 2013
Venue: Daytona International Speedway
City: Daytona Beach
State: Florida
Country: United States

United States Formula 1 Grand Prix

October 30, 2012 by  
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As the penultimate race in the 2012 Formula 1 Series, the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix will take place on 18 November 2012. Friday’s schedule include the first practice session at 9am with the second practice session taking place at 1pm. Saturday’s schedule includes the third practice session at 9am, with the qualifying session taking place at midday. For more information visit www.formula1.com

Date: 16 November 2012
Venue: Circuit of the Americas
City: Austin
State: Texas
Country: United States

MAVTV 500 IndyCar Series 2012

August 28, 2012 by  
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This will be the first time since 2005 that the 2-mile oval will be hosting the IZOD IndyCar Series, and the first time ever under the lights. Previously known as California Speedway, the name was changed, along with title sponsorship, in February 2008. For more information on this exciting event visit the Auto Club Speedway Website

Date: 15 September 2012
Venue: Auto Club Speedway
State: California
Country: United States

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