COBOURN: Remembering Chris Amon, 73

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ROTORUA, N.Z. —  Chris Amon, the 1966 winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours and former Formula One World Championship driver, died Aug. 3 in a hospital in New Zealand of cancer. He was 73. Having started in 96 Formula One races from 1963 to 1976, Amon was perennially known for his poor luck. Driving for Ferrari from 1967 to 1969, Amon …

F1: Ferrari & Raikkonen Test Halo Prototype in Barcelona; Anticipated for 2017 Debut

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BARCELONA, Spain – official series release — Ferrari photo — Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari publically debuted a prototype halo-style cockpit protection device during Thursday morning’s Formula One test session at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. Thursday marked the first time the system has been seen on an F1 car during a public session. The Ferrari prototype is a tubular carbon-fiber structure mounted over …

F1: Singapore Surprise; Vettel Tops Ricciardo for Marina Bay Pole as Mercedes Lacks Pace

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MARINA BAY, Singapore — official series release — Clive Mason/Getty Images AsiaPac photo — For the first time since June of last year, a Formula One Grand Prix will start without a Mercedes on pole position, after Sebastian Vettel clocked the fastest time in Saturday’s qualifying at Marina Bay. Vettel won the Ferrari-Red Bull battle with a lap of 1:43.885, beating …

F1: Upping the Ante; Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel Paces Friday Practice in Austria

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Report by Race Chaser Online Managing Editor Jacob Seelman — Charles Coates/Getty Images Europe photo — Mercedes, meet Ferrari. This weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg looks set to be the most competitive race of the 2015 Formula One World Championship to date, after Sebastian Vettel took the fight to the Silver Arrows …

F1: Sebastian Vettel Takes Down Mercedes, Wins His First Race Since 2013 With New Team

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – official series release — Lars Baron/Getty Images AsiaPac — Sebastian Vettel scored his and Ferrari’s first win since 2013 on Sunday after a strategic drive helped him defeated the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during the Malaysian Grand Prix. Behind the fleet German – who poignantly lapped both Red Bulls four laps from …

F1: Ferrari On Top; Kimi Raikkonen Posts Fastest Time Of Jerez Testing In Final Day On-Track

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JEREZ, Spain – official series release — Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe photo — Kimi Raikkonen ensured Ferrari ended the first preseason test of 2015 on top by going fastest on the fourth and final day at Jerez on Wednesday. The Scuderia’s new SF15-T had already topped the first and second days in the hands of Sebastian Vettel, and Raikkonen carried on …

F1: Vettel Tops Testing Sheets For Second Consecutive Day In Jerez

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JEREZ, Spain — official series release — Dan Istitene/Getty Images Europe photo — Sebastian Vettel maintained his and Ferrari’s encouraging start to preseason testing by going fastest on the second day of running at Jerez on Monday. The four-time world champion, also quickest on the opening day, set a new overall benchmark of 1:20.984 to finish almost one second clear of …

F1: Preseason Testing Kicks Off in Jerez; Vettel Tops Opening Day Time Sheets for Ferrari

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JEREZ, Spain – official series release — Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe photo — Sebastian Vettel made the perfect start to his Ferrari career by sending the Italian team to the top of the time sheets on the opening day of Formula One preseason testing at Jerez on Sunday. The four-time world champion, who switched to Ferrari from Red Bull over the …

F1: Jean-Eric Vergne Joins Ferrari As Test Driver

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MARANELLO, Italy – official team release — Ferrari photo — Ferrari announced on Friday that former Toro Rosso Formula One driver Jean-Eric Vergne will join the team as a test driver for 2015. Vergne, who raced for Toro Rosso from 2012 to 2014, will work on car development in the Ferrari simulator along with newly-appointed test and third driver Esteban Gutiérrez. …

Open Wheelin’ Blog: Seismic Shakeup; Will Vettel’s Move to Ferrari Mirror Michael Schumacher’s?

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — Mark Thompson/Getty Images AsiaPac photo — At the scheduled start time for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix, the city of Suzuka will be slammed with Super Typhoon Phanfone, threatening safety around the nation with winds of 150mph and threatening the race with the promise of torrential rain and winds …