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2009-10-04 12:35:07

Pole winner Sebastian Vettel was dominant Sunday in winning the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka Racing Circuit in Suzuka City. By beating Toyota's Jarno Trulli to the finish by nearly five seconds, the 22-year-old German closed within 16 points of F1 standings leader Jenson Button, keeping his title hopes alive with two races left in the 2009 season. Woo-hoo, Vettel said to his crew on his radio after winning for the third time in 2009 and fourth time in his F1 career. It's our...

2009-09-27 12:04:29

Pole winner Lewis Hamilton easily won Sunday's Formula One Singapore Grand Prix. The defending F1 champion led all but one of the auto race's 61 laps Sunday night. The McLaren driver won for the second time this season and the 11th time in his F1 career. He experienced some trouble with his car's Kinetic Energy Recovery System early in the race, but his crew fixed the power-boost system quickly after a radio conversation. The race was physically very tough for all the drivers, but it was...

2009-09-13 13:45:11

Rubens Barrichello won Sunday's Formula One Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Italy, beating Brawn GP teammate Jenson Button by 2.866 seconds. Barrichello, 37, is the circuit's oldest active driver and Sunday's victory helped him gained ground in the overall F1 standings with four races left in the 2009 season. (The victory) felt great and I have no big words for that, the Brazilian said after winning at Monza for the third time in his career. The team has done a fantastic job. The strategy was...

2009-08-30 10:53:03

Kimi Raikkonen drove his Ferrari to victory Sunday at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, the fourth win in his last five races at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit. Pole winner Giancarlo Fisichella (Ferrari) finished second and Sebastian Vettel (Renault) third. He established control early, charging from sixth to second heading into the first corner of the first lap. It hasn't been an easy year for us, Raikkonen said after Ferrari's first win in 2009 and his 18th career F1 victory. Raikkonen remained...

2009-06-18 20:28:06

Members of the Formula One Teams Association, made up of most of the sport's top manufacturers, announced Thursday they would create their own racing series. The group consists of eight teams, including the powerful Ferrari and McLaren organizations. The race teams have complained that they could not work within the guidelines designed for the 2010 season -- chiefly, a newly imposed spending limit. The teams have no alternative other than to commence the preparation for a new championship,...

2009-05-29 13:06:12

The 10 teams that make up the Formula One auto racing circuit all have submitted entries for the 2010 season, the BBC reported. The FIA, the sport's governing body, required the teams to submit conditional entries for the 2010 season and all of them did before Friday's deadline. Last Monday, Williams said it would enter and has been joined by McLaren, BMW Sauber, Toyota, Renault, Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso, Brawn GP and Force India despite a budget cap proposal next season. We owe it to our...

2009-04-19 12:41:58

Sebastian Vettel drove through rainy conditions to record a dominant victory in Sunday's Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. Because of rainfall at the Shanghai International Circuit, the race started behind the safety car and all drivers drove on wet-weather tires. Vettel, who also grabbed the pole position during Saturday's qualifying, led the entire race with an average speed of 96.61 miles per hour. It gave Red Bull Racing its first F1 win. It was the right decision to start...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'