Fernando Alonso

Short Sport, January 19, 2013

Rafael Nadal

Former world number eight Alicia Molik was named Australia's new Fed Cup captain yesterday in place of Dave Taylor, who has decided to focus on coaching former US Open champion Sam Stosur. 

Saturday, 19 January, 2013, 3:22am

F1 great Schumacher aims to retire on high in Brazil

Schumi is to retire

Michael Schumacher's main goal entering his final Formula One race is to have some fun.

The seven-time world champion will finish F1's most successful career at the Brazilian Grand Prix tomorrow, hoping that he can enjoy the moment without the pressure of having to do well on the track.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:29am

Red Bull's Vettel aims to seal treble in Brazil, deny Ferrari's Alonso

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Formula One United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas.

After helping his Red Bull team claim a stunning third consecutive constructors' world championship in Texas last weekend, defending drivers' champion Sebastian Vettel will seek, once again, to become the youngest triple champion in Formula One history in this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

22 Nov 2012 - 11:43pm

Pit Stop: Ferrari bends rules in US Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso in the parade before the US race. Photo: AP

How far would you be prepared to go to win the Formula One world championship? Would you be happy to bend, if not the letter of the law, the spirit of it? Ferrari might well have had this discussion before the grand prix in the United States. It's more likely, given their response to the latest controversy in the sport, that they did not give it a second thought.

22 Nov 2012 - 2:28am

Luck plays key role in Formula One success

Kimi Raikkonen

Luck. Some people dismiss it as mere superstition; others pay much closer attention. In the hi-tech world of Formula One you could be forgiven for thinking luck played no part, but of course it does. To win a world title you need many things, but no matter how big your budget or how clever your team is you definitely need a slice of luck.

15 Nov 2012 - 5:10am

Hamilton grabs Abu Dhabi pole

McLaren ace Lewis Hamilton on his way to pole position for today's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit. Photo: EPA

A happy and supremely-dominant Lewis Hamilton crushed all his rivals yesterday as he set up a Red Bull party-wrecking race in today's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by taking his sixth pole position of the season.

4 Nov 2012 - 3:23am

Prancing Horse eager to halt Red Bull's charge to F1 title

Fernando Alonso

Abu Dhabi has long harboured ambitions to bring cultural brands to its corner of the United Arab Emirates. The Guggenheim museum and the Louvre are both coming to an island off the capital. Despite delays as a result of the global financial crisis, the Louvre is set to open in 2015 and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi in 2017.

1 Nov 2012 - 2:45am

Vettel nearer F1 title after India win

Sebastian Vettel pours champagne on Fernando Alonso. Photo: AFP

Sebastian Vettel moved within sight of becoming the youngest triple world champion in Formula One history yesterday when he cruised to his fourth consecutive victory with an outstanding, dominant triumph in the Indian Grand Prix.

29 Oct 2012 - 3:46am

Vettel secures fourth straight win

Red Bull-Renault driver Sebastian Vettel owers his car during the Formula One Indian Grand Prix on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel cruised to his fourth consecutive win and extended his lead this year’s title race to 13 points when he steered his Red Bull car to victory in Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old German led from pole to the chequered flag to come home ahead of nearest championship rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Vettel usurps Alonso to win Korean Grand Prix

Red Bull technical officer Adrian Newey (left) and German Sebastian Vettel celebrate their win with champagne on Sunday. Photo: EPA

Sebastian Vettel leapfrogged Fernando Alonso at the top of the world championship on Sunday as the Red Bull driver led from the first corner to win the Korean Grand Prix.

With four races to go starting in India in two weeks, Vettel, the reigning champion who is chasing a third drivers’ title in a row, sits atop the standings with 215 points. Alonso, who finished third, is on 209.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Vettel and Alonso narrow Formula One chase to two-horse race

Kamui Kobayashi finally had something to celebrate with his third place in Suzuka. Photo: EPA

It's taken three-quarters of the season, but at last there's a bit of clarity at the top of the drivers' championship. The events of last weekend have made the world title a two-horse race. Fernando Alonso arrives in South Korea under intense pressure from Sebastian Vettel. With the German winning in Japan and Alonso not finishing, there's just four points between them.

11 Oct 2012 - 5:12am

Vettel narrows F1 deficit to 4 points

Red Bull mechanics celebrate the victory of Sebastian Vettel of Germany at the end of the Japanese Grand Prix yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Sebastian Vettel slashed the race for the world drivers championship to just a four-point margin yesterday as he stormed to victory in the Japanese Grand Prix after championship leader Fernando Alonso spun out on the first turn.

8 Oct 2012 - 2:36am

McLaren off to a flyer as Mercedes wait in wings

The first few seconds of the first grand prix of the season told us a lot more about what we might expect in Malaysia and beyond than most of pre-season testing. Charging down to the first corner in Melbourne, we confirmed that McLaren have at last started a season on the front foot, something underlined by their dominance in qualifying.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Pit Stop

Brazil may have made its choice of president last Sunday, but this Sunday Sao Paulo will help choose the 2010 Formula One world champion. There are two races to go in this longest of seasons. It is still too tight to call, which is marvellous for the millions of fans trying to work out what time to sit down and watch the only race taking place in the Americas.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Pit Stop

And so farewell to dear old Silverstone. Perhaps. This Sunday the Formula One grid will line up at the old aerodrome for one last hurrah before the race ups sticks and heads up the M1 to Donnington Park next year.

17 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

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