Tag: Interlagos

WEC: Mark Webber: ‘pretty bruised’ after Brazil crash

Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber said he was “pretty bruised” and had a “stinking headache” after a crash in a World Endurance Championship race.

Webber spent the night in a local hospital after the accident in Sunday’s Six Hours of Sao Paulo event.

“I’ve got no recollection of the accident or how it happened – the team is looking into the details,” he said.

“Thanks to the medical team at the track and here at the hospital who did a great job.”

Webber was concussed by the accident but said, via his website,  he was being looked after “very well”.

The Australian, 38, who quit F1 in 2013 after 12 years, was racing for Porsche and expects to be competing in the series again next year.

“On a positive note it’s great that the boys in car number 14 managed to bring home the victory which is a fantastic way to finish off the season,” said Webber.

“I’m already looking forward to getting out there again next year.”

Race organisers said there had been a “serious” collision between his car and the Ferrari of Italy’s Matteo Cressoni.

A statement on his website added: “Mark is still under care at the hospital but is set to return to the UK later this week.”

The FIA, motor sport’s world governing body, said the race ended under the safety car following the accident.

They added: “Both drivers were taken to the circuit’s medical centre and, after initial examination, to the local Hospital Bandeirantes for further checks, their condition has been reported as satisfactory.”

Webber’s former F1 teams include Williams and Red Bull, where he raced alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. He enjoyed nine grand prix wins in his 12-year career.

British F1 driver Jenson Button tweeted:   “Glad to see @AussieGrit is OK after his shunt at Interlagos @FIAWEC, that was a big one matey.”

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F1: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Brazil win

Nico Rosberg held off Mercedes team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton to win a race-long battle at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton fought back to close a seven-second margin after a spin at about one-third distance just as he appeared to be set to take the lead.

But Rosberg did just enough to hold him off in a tense final part of the race.

It reduces Hamilton’slead in the title race to 17 points, with 50 available in the final race in Abu Dhabi.

“I’m very happy with the whole weekend,” said Rosberg. “I’ve been feeling comfortable in the car and controlled the gap to Lewis in the race.”

Hamilton can win the title by finishing second to Rosberg in Abu Dhabi on 23 November, even though double points will be on offer.

But the Englishman may rue a half-spin on lap 28 which, as it turned out, decided the race in Brazil.

Rosberg had made his second pit stop on lap 26, with Hamilton less than two seconds behind him.

Hamilton stayed out. He set the fastest lap of the race to that point next time around, having set three sectors that were the fastest anyone had set up to that point.

The Mercedes engineers calculated that his first lap had not been enough to leapfrog him ahead and decided to keep him out for one more lap to give him extra time to build the advantage he needed.

But he dropped a wheel on to the white line on the entry to Turn Four, the Descido do Lago and ran wide into the run-off area, half-spinning.

Hamilton said: “Ultimately it cost me the win. I was a much quicker up to that point. I went a second quicker, thought I was going to pit on that lap, used all my tyres and on the next lap there was nothing left.

“I locked the rear and went wide. No-one’s mistake but mine.”

The incident cost Hamilton seven seconds, which he reduced to two over the course of their third stint.

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F1: Rosberg leads Hamilton in first Brazil practice

Nico Rosberg kept championship-leading Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton off the top of the timesheets in first practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday.

On a cloudy morning at the Interlagos circuit, the German lapped with a best time of one minute 12.764 seconds with Hamiltonsecond fastest and 0.221 slower.

Rosberg desperately needs to win Sunday’s race, the penultimate of the season, after Hamilton forged 24 points clear in the championship with five successive victories to take his season’s tally to 10.

The championship cannot be decided inBrazil, despite Hamilton’s advantage, because of the unprecedented and controversial decision to award double points in the final round in Abu Dhabi.

Russian Daniil Kvyat, who steps up to Red Bull next season, was third fastest for the Toro Rosso team but nearly a second slower than Rosberg.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso ended the session in fourth place, ahead of Brazil’s sole representative Felipe Massa in the Williams.
Dutch teenager Max Verstappen continued to impress before his race debut next year with the sixth fastest lap in the Toro Rosso that will be raced by Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne on Sunday.

McLaren’s Jenson Button, a winner in Brazil in 2012, failed to set a time after suffering electrical problems in a miserable start to his weekend.

Spaniard Daniel Juncadella, replacing Mexican Sergio Perez for the morning session at Force India, crashed into the barriers with considerable damage to the car.

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