The organizers of the race for the German Grand Prix pointed the finger at Sebastian Vettl again for a poor attendance at the event. But this time, of course, not because of his dominance, but because of his criticisms of Formula One. The last three races before Germany, ie Canada, Austria and Great Britain, were completely sold out, but the German race was watched by only 52.000 spectators, which is 30 percent less than in 2012, claims the racecourse consultant, Katja Heim, who is convinced that viewers were distracted from viewing by the fact that Vettel strongly criticized the sound of the new engines. "Sebastian's critical comments about Formula One and his race car in many interviews have in no way helped increase interest in the show. People trust the four-time world champion more than the sellers,
Current world rally champion Sebastian Ogier warmed up at the Fafe sprint rally before the rally in Portugal. Ogier staged a spectacular show with his Polo R WRC on the 6.3-kilometer course and drove it in three minutes and 40 seconds. He was closely followed by Ott Tanak and third was Dani Sordo. “It was simply a wonderful experience,” said Ogier, who attended the event in northern Portugal for the first time. "Portuguese fans are one of the best in the world. We wanted to thank them in our humble way by having the Portuguese flag on the back of the car. In some places, due to the large number of spectators, it was not possible to see the landscape around the track, which is simply amazing. the route is very demanding and the jump is scary
Sebastian Vettel said he was relieved after the first two free practice sessions after the Red Bull team showed better form. The team owned by the Austrian energy drink manufacturer encountered a number of problems with the Renault engine and overheating of components during the winter tests. But Vettel and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo drove a total of 115 laps in Friday's two training sessions. The reigning champion finished the day as the fourth fastest, 0.756 seconds behind the fastest Lewis Hamilton, and Ricciardo was sixth. "It's a good start. It put me off. We put a lot of effort into it," Vettel said. "None of us had a problem today. The race cars worked and it felt good. Friday's times aren't worth much, but it's better to be closer to the top than somewhere
At the Park Lane Hotel in London, a charity auction of various photos taken by world-renowned racers and team members took place earlier this month. The auction was attended by many celebrity guests, including Formula 1 director Bernie Ecclestone, Red Bull Racing team leader Christian Horner, BBC presenter Suzi Perry, 1 Formula 1996 world champion Damon Hill, and others. More than € 24.000 was raised at the auction for the Great Ormond Children's Hospital. Already one photo of legendary driver Michael Schumacher sold for more than € 3.000, so the amount was rising rapidly. Photographs taken by Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Fernardo Alonso, all taken in the 2013 season, were also sold for good purposes. Among the photos were seven Niko
Sebastian Vettel said the lack of test kilometers in the first two days will not hurt the team excessively. The German will start this season after last year's series of nine consecutive victories, but in two days of testing he managed to drive only eleven laps with the new car. The current champion reassured the fans, saying that with such a big change in the rules, the problems in the first days are something completely normal. "We had some problems and we didn't drive much, but with big changes in the rules, the problems are something completely normal. That's why we have tests to solve these problems," said the German, who is already going home, as his teammate will take over the test duties. Daniel Ricciardo. "In the next two days, it will be important to spend as much time on the track as possible and prepare for testing in Bahrain," he added.
The Red Bull team missed almost the entire test day yesterday due to a wrongly installed spring in the car, but they had to end today prematurely. The current design champions had hoped to add a lot to yesterday's three laps, but the problem with storing electricity in the ERS system sealed their day after only eight laps. Current world champion Sebastian Vettel, who was in charge of driving the first two days of testing, is returning home today and the car will be taken over by his teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who will be racing for the last two days.
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