Monday, 10 March 2014

2015 Ford F-150, Expedition, Super Duty King Ranch Debut

Revised King Ranch editions available for F-150, Super Duty, and Expedition.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1403-2015-ford-king-ranch-f-150-super-duty-and-expedition/

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2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Convertible

The V8 Vantage Roadster has been seducing us ever since we first laid eyes on it at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/0611_2007_aston_martin_v8_vantage_convertible/

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2007 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel-Cell

These Equinoxes are fully functional, real-world performers engineered to last for 50,000 miles.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/0701_2007_chevrolet_equinox_fuel_cell/

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Jeff Gordon’s track record lap earns pole

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/09/06/3170341/jeff-gordons-track-record-lap.html

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Time running out for Alonso

As Sebastian Vettel headed down the pit lane after winning the Indian Grand Prix, team-mate Mark Webber's Red Bull behind gave him a couple of little nudges as they headed to their correct parking places.

"I switched off the car," Vettel said. "I was told to park the car under the podium and I couldn't remember where it was from last year and Mark gave me a little bit of a push."

He added that he thought it was his "only mistake" of the day, which sounds about right.

The victory was his fourth in a row, a new achievement for the German despite his domination on the way to the world championship last year, and he has now led every racing lap since Lewis Hamilton's McLaren retired from the lead of the Singapore Grand Prix four races ago.

It also moves Vettel to one win short of the tally of Sir Jackie Stewart. At this rate, Vettel will not only pass the Scot's number of victories before the end of the year but join him as a three-time world champion as well.

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Vettel is still only 13 points ahead of his only remaining realistic rival, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, which is less than a driver earns for a third place, but it is the scale of Red Bull's current superiority that has led many to suspect the battle is already effectively over.

Vettel was fastest in every practice session in India and took yet another pole position. After the German's crushing wins in Japan and Korea, the only surprise at the Buddh International Circuit was that Red Bull's margin over the rest of the field was smaller than expected in qualifying.

In the race, though, Vettel was completely untouchable.

In the first 20 laps, he was not that much faster than team-mate Mark Webber in second place, and the Australian was being pretty much matched by Alonso.

But then Vettel cut loose, suddenly lapping 0.5 seconds faster than before. Team boss Christian Horner admitted that, not sure about tyre wear, Vettel had simply been measuring his pace in the opening third of the race.

Ferrari and McLaren both appeared to be in better shape after the single pit stops, more comfortable on the 'hard' tyre than the 'soft', but even then it was clear Vettel was in total control.

For the dispassionate observer wanting to see close racing, Red Bull's current form may be depressing, but it is hard not to admire what they have achieved this season.

For the first time in two years, they started the championship without a dominant car, and although they had strong race pace they were struggling to qualify at the front - the position from which they used to crush their opposition in 2011.

But they have worked away diligently at a series of upgrades aimed at allowing them to run the car as they did last year, and the breakthrough came in Singapore.

Further modifications came on stream in Japan and Korea and now Red Bull have a car that on pure pace is out of reach of their rivals.

It is the qualifying pace that is the key - start at the front and you can run in clear air, dictate the pace of the race, and are not affected by the turbulence of other cars. In this position, Vettel is close to unbeatable.

The start of the season, when there were seven different winners in seven races, seems a very long time ago.

Red Bull are a brilliant team, managed without compromise by Christian Horner and led by a genius designer in Adrian Newey, working in perfect harmony with a great driver. In many ways, it is similar to the way Lotus boss Colin Chapman and Jim Clark dominated the mid-1960s.

How they have done it, BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson has expanded on in his column. For now, the problem for their rivals is what to do about it.

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Alonso was as impressive in India as he has been all season, aggressive and inch perfect in the opening laps as he fought past both McLaren drivers, and relentless in his pursuit of Webber for second place.

The fact that the Spaniard passed the Australian was down to a degree of luck, it has to be said. Webber's Kers power-boost system was working only intermittently, and crucially he got held up behind some backmarkers, allowing Alonso to close to within one second - which meant he was within the margin that allows use of the DRS overtaking aid.

Once there, it took only two laps for Alonso to pass Webber, who without Kers, was defenceless on the long straight against a Ferrari with better straight-line speed anyway, and also employing Kers and DRS.

Nevertheless, to even keep the Red Bulls honest was quite an achievement by Alonso - no-one else was even close.

If there is such a thing as a driver 'deserving' the world title more than another, most people in F1 would say Alonso has been the stand-out competitor of the year.

As Lewis Hamilton put it in India: "Fernando unfortunately doesn't have as quick a car as Sebastian; it's nothing to do with his driving skills, that's for sure."

F1, though, is not purely a drivers' championship - he has to have a car, and at the moment Alonso is fighting an unequal battle with inferior equipment.

And in any case, Alonso himself would undoubtedly say that the driver who ends the season with the most points is the deserving champion.

Red Bull are now virtually certain to clinch a third consecutive constructors' title - indeed they seem likely to do so in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

For all Vettel's recent domination, though, in purely mathematical terms the drivers' championship remains wide open.

Thirteen points sounds a decent amount but the margin between Vettel and Alonso is, in F1's old scoring system abandoned only at the end of 2009, the equivalent of less than four points.

One retirement by Vettel, or a marginal improvement in the performance of Ferrari in the final three races, could tip the balance back in Alonso's favour. Time, though, is running out.

Alonso said on Sunday that the team did have improvements due in the next three races, and there was a hint in some of the other things he said over the weekend that the team expect them to amount to something more substantial than Ferrari have introduced for a while.

McLaren sporting director Sam Michael said on Sunday evening: "The performance can swing from one track to the other by a couple of tenths, and that's all there is in it at the moment - 0.2-0.3secs in terms of qualifying.

"And if you can have that performance, from the front row you have a better chance. So even if no-one upgraded their cars there would still be a reasonable chance that people could have a go at them.

"If Ferrari have a competitive car, then obviously Alonso can still do it."

In the context of the overpowering brilliance of Red Bull, though, that is a big if.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/10/time_running_out_for_alonso_in.html

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Bernie gets a bite of the Big Apple

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/10/second-us-race-confirmed---and-will-nyc-hog-the-limelight-over-new-jersey.html

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2008 Dodge Avenger

2008 Dodge Avenger
2008 Dodge Avenger - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine
As concept cars go, the Dodge Avenger may not be the most exciting thing on four wheels, but it at least looks promising. And although Chrysler's famously ordinary mid-size Sebring sedan fails to make us wet ourselves with glee, the Avenger concept--which was reported to have been built on the 2007 Sebring's platform--at least exudes some excitement.

As concept cars go, the Dodge Avenger may not be the most exciting thing on four wheels, but it at least looks promising. And although Chrysler's famously ordinary mid-size Sebring sedan fails to make us wet ourselves with glee, the Avenger concept--which was reportedly been built on the 2007 Sebring's platform--at least exudes some excitement. Dodge claims that the Avenger "hints at the next-generation global D-segment vehicle from Dodge," but we're fairly sure it does more than "hint." Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four; that engine will likely be offered outside North America shortly after the production car's launch.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Dodge Avenger - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0609_2008_dodge_avenger/index.html

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DRIVEN PREVIEW: 2007 Chrysler Sebring

DRIVEN PREVIEW: 2007 Chrysler Sebring
DRIVEN PREVIEW: 2007 Chrysler Sebring - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Reviews, Road Tests, and Drivens - Automobile Magazine
If the 300 has taught us anything, it's that Chrysler can rally the troops and build something truly special. Is this?

The Chrysler 300 was the first Detroit sedan in a long while to really set the country on fire. At the same time, it also introduced a new concept: Chryslers, apparently, don't have to be mediocre.


Photo Gallery: DRIVEN PREVIEW: 2007 Chrysler Sebring - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Reviews, Road Tests, and Drivens - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: DRIVEN PREVIEW: 2007 Chrysler Sebring - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Reviews, Road Tests, and Drivens - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0612_2007_chrysler_sebring/index.html

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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Concept Shown In Geneva

The 4C will hit showrooms with a fabric top in 2015.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/geneva/2014/1403-alfa-romeo-4c-spider-concept-shown-in-geneva/

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Practice and qualifying ban on free use of DRS in 2013

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RWD-only Mercedes-Benz AMG GT confirmed with V8 4.0-liter twin turbo, no manual gearbox

AMG chief Tobias Moers has disclosed some spicy details about the upcoming Mercedes-Benz rival for the Porsche 911 codenamed "C190" (and rumored to receive AMG GT name).

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/G_tKu1uIbI4/rwd-only-mercedes-benz-amg-gt-confirmed-with-v8-40-liter

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F1 WAG: Jenni Dahlman-Raikkonen

Although some of his competitors on the grid haven’t enjoy Kimi Raikkonen’s comeback, it’s safe to say we all have. Not just because of the now Ferrari man’s ability behind the wheel, but because brought along his wife Jenni Dahlman-Raikkonen for our viewing pleasure. Mrs Raikkonen a former model and Miss Scandanavia (a region not short of [...]

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Important Luxury Cars

The most important luxury cars this year span the range from the affordable to the outrageous.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/0706_2007_wrap_up_important_luxury_cars/

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2013 FIA Formula One World Championship Race Calendar

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Friday, 7 March 2014

2008 Saturn Vue

2008 Saturn Vue
2008 Saturn Vue - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine
While the Opel Antara--along with the rest of the Opel brand--is not sold in the U.S., this SUV previews the Saturn Vue that we will get some time next year. Check it out in our 2006 Paris show coverage.

Its name may sound like some sort of African veldt-dwelling wild animal ("Watch as the Antara mauls its prey! Don't get too close, kids-it just might bite yer 'ead off!"), but the Opel Antara is nevertheless a significant vehicle. Opel's latest small sport-utility (remember, Opel is owned by GM) shares the platform of the next Saturn Vue. And while the Vue hasn't ever been anything we've lusted over, if past Opel-GM product sharing is any indication, the next Vue, the Antara-based Vue, ought to be pretty good to drive.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Saturn Vue - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2008 Saturn Vue - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2008/0609_saturn_vue/index.html

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2007 Mazda CX-9

2007 Mazda CX-9
2007 Mazda CX-9 - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
The new Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV has been specifically designed for the North American markets. It is longer than the five-passenger CX-7, so there is space for a full three rows.

The new Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV has been specifically designed for the North American markets. It is longer than the five-passenger CX-7, so there is space for a full three rows. The CX-9 is built on a unibody platform (who would make a body-on-frame crossover?) with front-wheel drive standard and the all-wheel drive system of the MAZDASPEED6 and CX-7 available as an option. The all-wheel drive system can direct up to 50% of the power to the rear, when needed and as governed by its numerous traction and stability control systems.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Mazda CX-9 - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_mazda_cx_9/index.html

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Report: Next Audi R8 Could Have Turbo Engine

Related to the Lamborghini Huracán, the new R8 is due in 2015.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1403-report-next-audi-r8-could-have-turbo-engine/

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2007 Saleen S331 Supercharged

2007 Saleen S331 Supercharged
2007 Saleen S331 Supercharged - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
A huge 5500 pound truck with a supercharged V-8 and big brakes: cool. But why?

Over thundering exhaust noise, I can almost hear Steve Saleen talking loudly behind my right shoulder. With his hands clenching my headrest, he's probably explaining how it is that I've just accelerated to 100 mph before realizing I had so much as pushed the pedal. In a 5500-pound pickup truck.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Saleen S331 Supercharged - Latest Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/trucks/0707_2007_saleen_s331_supercharged/index.html

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2011 season review:

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/11/2011-season-review.html

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Should Jenson Button Retire?

Jenson Button has participated in Formula One for 14 years. Just take a moment to let that sink in. During his time he has won the World Championship, driven for seven different teams, produced one of the most memorable performances in recent history at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix and made his way to the [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Formula1Fancast/~3/Bi55_JXVkRo/should-jenson-button-retire

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Do you have questions about F1?

I will be hosting an Audience with Joe for Australian race fans in Melbourne on Thursday, March 13. The event is designed to allow F1 fans to ask any question they like about the sport and listen to what I have to say on the subject. That can get pretty interesting sometimes because there are […]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/do-you-have-questions-about-f1/

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Opel Adam S Prototype Debuts in Geneva

Prototype Adam S hot hatch packs a 148-hp turbocharged punch.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/geneva/2014/1403-opel-adam-s-prototype-geneva/

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2007 Hyundai Veracruz

Think of the Veracruz as a Sante Fe that has been inflated to Honda Pilot size and gained a standard third-row in the process.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/0701_2007_hyundai_veracruz/

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Concepts Unlikely for Production

These wild concepts have little chance of making it beyond the auto show circuit, no matter how cool they may be.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/0706_2007_wrap_up_concepts_unlikely_production/

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2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid

2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid
2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
Nissan tiptoes into the hybrid segment with a bargain price and technology borrowed from Toyota.

Ann Arbor If the Accord Hybrid--Honda's quickest Accord--is the athlete of mid-size hybrid sedans and the Toyota Camry, with its technology-laden cabin and fuel-sipping efficiency, is the brainiac, then the new Altima Hybrid strives to be the multitalented golden child who pleases everyone. Everyone, that is, in the low-emissions states in which it will be sold: California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, and Rhode Island.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid - New Car, Truck, and SUV Drivens and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0702_2007_nissan_altima_hybrid/index.html

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McLaren drivers out of title race


Is it now a three-way battle for the title? © Getty Images
Fernando Alonso is still the driver in the best position to win the drivers’ title according to the Daily Telegraph’s Tom Cary.
“Focus and concentration will be of paramount importance and there is none stronger in this regard than Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.”
The Guardian’s Oliver Owen thinks that it is Mark Webber’s title to lose now, and that this may be the Australian’s last realistic chance of winning the title.
“He has driven beautifully. Monaco and Silverstone spring to mind. He has been an uncompromising racer, not giving Vettel or Lewis Hamilton an inch in Turkey and Singapore respectively. Most importantly, he has largely avoided the bouts of brain fade that can wreck a season – his on-track hooning in Melbourne when racing Hamilton being the only exception. But there is a feeling that for Webber it is now or never, that a chance of a tilt at the title may never come again. He is certainly driving as if that is the case and that has been his strength.”
According to The Mirror’s Byron Young, both McLaren drivers are now out of the title hunt after their fourth and fifth place finishes in Suzuka.
“McLaren's title hopes died yesterday in a weekend from Hell at Suzuka. Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton finished fourth and fifth in a Japanese Grand Prix they had to win to have the remotest chance of keeping their title bid alive."
The Sun’s Michael Spearman was of the same opinion, saying “Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button's title hopes were in tatters after a shocker in Japan.”

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/10/mclaren_drivers_out_of_title_r_1.php

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2014 Renault Twingo hits Geneva with two engines, cabin photos released [videos]

The third generation Renault Twingo has been officially revealed today at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/lR4i5NIlMIg/2014-renault-twingo-hits-geneva-with-two-engines-cabin

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2015 Nissan Juke Refresh Rolls into Geneva

Updated Juke gets new technology, more cargo space, and fresh styling.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/geneva/2014/1403-2015-nissan-juke-refresh-geneva/

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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Gordon wins pole for Chase cutoff race at Richmond

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/09/06/3170438/gordon-wins-pole-for-chase-cutoff.html

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Raikkonen in rude health

Kimi Raikkonen already had a bottle of beer in his hand by the time he joined his Lotus team for the now-traditional group photo following a grand prix victory.

Knowing Raikkonen's reputation, it will almost certainly not have been the last drink that passed his lips in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night as he celebrated his first win since returning to Formula 1 this year after two years in rallying.

"For sure we're going to have a good party today," the sport's most famous hedonist said on he podium, "and hopefully tomorrow, when we are feeling bad after a long night, we will remember how we feel."

How long will you celebrate for, he was asked.

"I have almost two weeks," he said. "As long as I manage to get myself to the next race I think the team is happy. I try to get home at some point."

The party is well deserved. Raikkonen's comeback year has had its ups and downs, but a win has looked a probability since the start of the season, and in many ways the big surprise has been that it has taken so long.

Raikkonen has been remarkably strong and consistent in races this season, but until Abu Dhabi his best chances of victory had been squandered by starting too far down the grid.

Raikkonen has now taken 37% of his career victories after starting from outside the top three on the grid. Photo: Getty

He is the first to admit that he has made too many mistakes in qualifying. Indeed, for the first half of the season he was generally being out-paced over one lap on Saturdays by his novice team-mate Romain Grosjean.

But in the second half of the season his qualifying pace has edged forward, the mistakes have dried up, and this weekend everything came together to produce the result the team and he undoubtedly deserve.

Out of the car, Raikkonen is about as uncommunicative as they come. He simply refuses to engage in the media game. That can be frustrating for journalists who are searching for insight from an undoubtedly great driver, but still there is no mystery about his true character.

The radio messages that caused such amusement during the race sum him up.

His poor race engineer was only doing his job when he informed him of the gap to Fernando Alonso's Ferrari behind him, and some may find it rude that Raikkonen would respond by asking him to "leave me alone, I know what I'm doing".

But that is Raikkonen all over. He's a no-nonsense character, and he just wants things the way he wants them. And if he is not comfortable in the spotlight, he was born to be in a Formula 1 car at the front of a grand prix.

"Kimi is a man of few words but he's all about racing," McLaren driver Jenson Button said, summing up the Finn's unique appeal.

"It's good to see him have a good race here and collect the victory. He does deserve it. He is back for the racing. That's what he loves and it's good to see that."

For all his impressive performance, Raikkonen owed his win to Lewis Hamilton's wretched fortune at McLaren.

Yet another failure - this one in a fuel pump on the McLaren's Mercedes engine - cost Hamilton another victory. It's the second time it has happened in five races and it is the story of his season.

Hamilton said on Sunday that he had "been at my best this year" and so it has looked, but he also made a pointed reference to McLaren's myriad problems throughout the season: "We have not done a good enough job to win this championship."

For the men who can win it, it was a weekend of wildly fluctuating fortunes.

Following Sebastian Vettel's exclusion from qualifying because not enough fuel had been put in his Red Bull to provide the requisite one-litre sample, it appeared that Alonso had a golden opportunity to close down some of the advantage the German had eked out with his four consecutive wins through Singapore, Japan, Korea and India.

But after a wildly topsy-turvy race and an impressive drive by Vettel, the German joined his Spanish rival on the podium.

All three podium finishers gave an object lesson in racing to the many drivers who crash-banged into each other behind them, including each of their team-mates, and while Vettel's drive quite rightly stood out, so too was a little luck involved.

Vettel damaged his front wing against Bruno Senna's Williams on the first lap, but was able to continue and overtake the rabbits at the back of the field.

Then, not for the first time in his career, he made a mistake behind the safety car, misjudging the pace of Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso as the Australian warmed his brakes, veering to avoid him, and finishing off the front wing against a marker board.

The mistake forced Red Bull to pit Vettel when they were not going to and the fresh tyres he fitted at the stop meant he had a grip advantage over the drivers he now had to pass.

Again, he sliced rapidly through the backmarkers - this time without incident - so that he was up to seventh by the time the pit-stop period started for those in front of him.

By the time the leaders had all stopped, Vettel was in second place, and suddenly it looked like he might have a chance of pulling off a sensational victory.

Raikkonen's Lotus team, for one, thought Vettel would not be stopping again, but Red Bull were concerned enough about tyre wear to want to play safe, and the 20 seconds he lost in his second pit stop were then wiped out by another safety car.

Fourth at the re-start, the fastest car in the field and on fresher tyres than Raikkonen, Alonso and Button ahead of him, it again looked like he might win.

In the end, though, Button's clever defence kept him behind long enough to ensure that although he could pass the McLaren, third was as far as he was going to go.

BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan said Vettel's ability to salvage a podium finish from a pit-lane start must feel like a "dagger in the heart for Ferrari" but if Alonso was disappointed you would not want to play poker with him.

He talked about his pride at finishing second in a race Ferrari had expected to deliver a fifth or sixth place - and as Red Bull team boss Christian Horner pointed out, Alonso celebrated on the podium as if he had won the race.

For a while now, Alonso has been saying Red Bull's winning run would end, that eventually they would have some bad luck.

Well, in Abu Dhabi they had it, and still Alonso could gain only three points on Vettel, and it was noticeable that the tone of his remarks after the race shifted slightly.

In India two weeks ago, he said he was still "100% confident" of winning the title. After Abu Dhabi, though, he did not repeat that remark.

"Without the problem for Sebastian we were thinking we would exit Abu Dhabi with 20 points deficit or something and we are 10 (behind)," Alonso said. "In the end it was a good weekend for us.

"They will have the fastest car in the last two races. There is no magic part that will come for Austin or Brazil. But as I said a couple of races ago, they have the fastest car, we have the best team. So we see who wins."

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/11/post_abu_dhabi.html

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Petrov confirmed for Mercedes DTM seat

Vitaly Petrov will race for Mercedes in the DTM this year, the manufacturer has confirmed. Petrov did some promotional driving in Moscow last year, and had his first test in Portimao last month. “I’m aware that I’ve got a steep … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2014/02/28/petrov-confirmed-for-mercedes-dtm-seat/

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2010 Lexus HS250h

2010 Lexus HS250h
2010 Lexus HS250h - 2009 Detroit Auto Show Coverage, New Car Reviews, Concept Cars - Automobile Magazine
The 2010 Lexus HS250h is the brand's first distinct hybrid model, it slots between the IS and the ES.

Lexus hybrids have traditionally been more about no-compromise performance than pure fuel economy. That looks like it's about to change with the 2010 HS250h, the brand's first distinct hybrid model.


Photo Gallery: 2010 Lexus HS250h - 2009 Detroit Auto Show Coverage, New Car Reviews, Concept Cars - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2010 Lexus HS250h - 2009 Detroit Auto Show Coverage, New Car Reviews, Concept Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/green/news/0901_2010_lexus_hs250h/index.html

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2007 Maserati GranSport Spyder

2007 Maserati GranSport Spyder
2007 Maserati GranSport Spyder - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
The GranSport Spyder is the convertible version of the GranSport Coupe. Check it out here.

Maserati's L.A. and Detroit auto show stands featured, for the first time in the U.S., the new GranSport Spyder. Not surprisingly, the sporty two-seater is nothing more than a convertible version of the GranSport Coupe. The GranSport designation indicates the fitment of pronounced aerodynamic add-ons, chrome mesh front and rear grille inserts, sexy tailpipes, and multi-spoke nineteen-inch wheels. A 0.4-inch ride height reduction combines with standard Skyhook active suspension to further sharpen the handling of the Spyder. The glorious, Ferrari-sourced 400-hp V-8 is unchanged for GranSport duty, but the Cambiocorsa sequential manual--the only transmission available--has been reprogrammed for 35% faster gear changes.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Maserati GranSport Spyder - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_maserati_gransport_spyder/index.html

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Monday, 3 March 2014

An in-depth look at pre-season testing

Lap times do not tell the whole story, but the final Bahrain test ended on Sunday with Felipe Massa having set the fastest overall lap of the four-days, with a 1m33.258s, recorded on the Saturday. The Brazilian did 202 laps during the test in his Williams-Mercedes and with Valtteri Bottas fourth fastest in the second […]

Source: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/an-in-depth-look-at-pre-season-testing/

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Important SUVs and Crossovers

In this fiercely competitive segment, these are the vehicles that are going to shake things up a bit.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/0706_2007_wrap_up_important_suvs/

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Nissan, Mitsubishi Issue New Recalls

2012-2014 Nissan Frontier, 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1402-2012-2014-nissan-frontier-and-2013-mitsubishi-outlander-sport-recalled/

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Practice and qualifying ban on free use of DRS in 2013

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/F1InsightAFormula1Blog/~3/IybigpeBdbc/practice-and-qualifying-ban-on-free-use.html

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Kimi's back!

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/11/kimis-back.html

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Alonso and Massa at Ferrari Challenge Finals in Cheste (Pictures)

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/F1InsightAFormula1Blog/~3/KLdQX5WXw1g/alonso-and-massa-at-ferrari-challenge.html

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Consumer Reports announced its worst cars list for 2014

After praising some Japanese and German brands in its 2014 Car Brand Report Cards, Consumer Reports posted its 2014 worst car analysis

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/EPGykSEds3M/consumer-reports-announced-its-worst-cars-list-for-2014

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EPA Planning to Phase In Lower-Sulfur Gasoline

After diesel, officials take aim at lowering sulfur in unleaded

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1403-epa-planning-to-phase-in-lower-sulfur-gasoline/

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2008 Mazda 2

Mazda's spunky little 2 would be a great edition to the small cars offered in the U.S.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/0702_2008_mazda_2/

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2007 Audi RS4

2007 Audi RS4
2007 Audi RS4 - Car Review & Road Test - Automobile Magazine
Among the RS4's key ingredients: A normally aspirated, 8250-rpm, 420-hp V-8 that shares only water and steering pumps with the S4's V-8.

There's no sense in holding out. The truth is so important, it needs to see daylight right here and now: The 2006 RS4 is the purest driver's car from Audi in the past two decades. Although Audis have always been sporty machines, the company's reputation for harder-edged performance dates back to the 1982-86 Coupe Quattro. That car used the first iteration of Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system and housed a 160-hp turbo five-cylinder under its long hood. The flared-fender coupe was underpowered and expensive ($35,000) in U.S. trim, but it was nothing short of iconic. It was astonishingly easy to drive fast in the dry, and its wet-road grip bordered on the sublime. Between 1982 and 1984, Audi Quattros effectively dominated the World Rally Championship. They also single-handedly ended the two-wheel-drive rally-car era.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Audi RS4 - Car Review & Road Test - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0608_2007_audi_rs4/index.html

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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Nissan, Mitsubishi Issue New Recalls

2012-2014 Nissan Frontier, 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1402-2012-2014-nissan-frontier-and-2013-mitsubishi-outlander-sport-recalled/

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Volvo Concept Estate Revealed for Geneva Show

Volvo saved the best for last.

Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/geneva/1402-volvo-concept-estate-preview-2014-geneva-auto-show/

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Lexus RC F GT3 Concept

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Just in time for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is coming to the party with a new racing concept that’s based on the all-new Lexus RC F performance coupe.

The race car is called the RC F GT3 Concept and as its name suggests, Lexus built and developed it to meet Group GT3 international racing standards. All the preparations leading up to this point will actually come in full bloom next year when the concept is turned into a full-fledged racing car that will become available to racing teams beginning in the 2015 season.

So in the meantime, the RC F GT3 Concept will proudly wave to attendees of the Geneva Motor Show before undergoing a series of tests later this year to ensure that the car is fit and ready to tackle some of the best GT3 races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F GT3 Concept

Lexus RC F GT3 Concept originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 28 February 2014 08:00 EST.

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Source: http://www.topspeed.com/cars/lexus/2015-lexus-rc-f-gt3-concept-ar162594.html

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2014 F1 Car Launch: Williams set to write a new successful chapter in its storied career this year...

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/nofenders/zbjv/~3/0rbb-eQb_Z4/2014-f1-car-launch-williams-set-to.html

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