May 30, 2013
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The Williams F1 team are to use Mercedes power units from 2014 onwards, after a new contract was announced today.
Williams have used Renault engines for the last 2 years, and this announcement comes as a surprise to many, seeing as it was believed that the two teams were to develop engines together for the 2014 season.
Since 2005, Williams have switched engine suppliers 4 times – Cosworth twice, Toyota for one year, and Renault for 2012 and 2013. This announcement with Mercedes did not specify how long the agreement would last for.
Having lost one of their clients, Renault have since announced that they will only supply “up to four” teams from next season onwards. Red Bull and Toro Rosso are confirmed to be staying with Renault, while Lotus and Caterham are still a mystery at this point.
November 29, 2012
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Valtteri Bottas will drive alongside Pastor Maldonado at Williams for the 2013 F1 season.
This means that Bruno Senna is out of a race seat for next year. Senna handed over his car 15 times during practice sessions this year to Bottas – a clear indicator that this move was always going to happen.
Valtteri is the second rookie driver to join the F1 paddock for 2013, as Esteban Gutierrez has already been confirmed at Sauber.
Bottas has previously won the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, the 2009 and 2010 Masters of Formula 3 races, and the 2011 GP3 series.
While all drivers concerned stated their usual PR quotes as expected, Bruno Senna has some interesting words to say about his sacking:
"Since the beginning of my program with Williams I accepted that I had to share
the car with Valtteri Bottas in 15 Fridays as a part of his preparation for a
likely debut in 2013.
It has been extremely satisfying to be the teams most regular point scorer and for
me to demonstrate my pace in all 20 races."
July 20, 2012
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Maldonado made the most out of limited dry running
Pastor Maldonado surprisingly topped the timesheets for second practice for the German Grand Prix, but the session was again disrupted by rain, even heavier than that in FP1.
Michael Schumacher suffered the worst luck, crashing out with four minutes to go in the session. He languished in 23rd, having not set a time in the dryer conditions earlier on.
In the opening stages, only Bruno Senna went out on track, to assess his repaired car after Valtterri Bottas crashed his Williams in first practice.
As conditions improved, the Ferrari drivers and Romain Grosjean traded fastest laps at the top of the timesheets. While it momentarily appeared as if the track would be dry, rain quickly poured again, ruining all chances of car development for the teams.
As well as Schumacher, Daniel Ricciardo was also caught out in the tricky conditions, running wide and getting stuck in the gravel at turn 13.
Times from FP2:
1. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:27.476 14
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.564 +0.088 24
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:27.902 +0.426 24
4. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.402 +0.926 26
5. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:28.420 +0.944 20
6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:28.495 +1.019 22
7. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:28.513 +1.037 23
8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.516 +1.040 16
9. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:28.877 +1.401 21
10. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1:29.327 +1.851 22
11. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:29.364 +1.888 26
12. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:29.719 +2.243 15
13. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.785 +2.309 24
14. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:30.090 +2.614 19
15. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:30.220 +2.744 16
16. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:30.291 +2.815 22
17. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:30.331 +2.855 26
18. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:30.437 +2.961 14
19. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.617 +3.141 16
20. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:31.207 +3.731 20
21. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:32.241 +4.765 22
22. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:32.349 +4.873 17
23. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:32.777 +5.301 18
24. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:42.566 +15.090 8
May 26, 2012
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Maldonado swerved into the side of Perez to cause a deliberate crash
Pastor Maldonado has been docked 10 places on the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The newest F1 race winner caused a deliberate crash in Saturday practice with Sergio Perez.
As Perez moved off the racing line to allow Pastor past, the Williams driver swerved and slammed into the side of the Sauber, causing damage to both cars. Maldonado crashed several corners later.
After a similar incident in Spa last year with Lewis Hamilton, the stewards have again punished Pastor for another needless crash.
This all but certainly rules him out of challenging for the win on Sunday.
May 13, 2012
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Most of the Williams garage has been completely torched
Early reports have claimed that an explosion has occurred in the Williams garage after the Spanish Grand Prix.
The BBC report that it was caused by a KERS explosion on Pastor Maldonado’s car, which of course sits just below the fuel tank.
The fire was witnessed by both BBC and Sky F1 teams. It is unclear whether there have been any injuries, but at the moment there are several ambulances leaving the scene.
Will be updated as more news comes through.
Here is footage from the BBC:
And from Sky Sports F1:
And more footage from Sky, this time of the fire from the front: