Category: 2013

2014: Isle of Man TT Practice Results: Wednesday 28th May

Wednesday’s practice session was brought to an end early due to poor weather conditions and an incident at Barregarrow involving Laurent Hoffman who was airlifted to hospital with suspected leg injuries. The red flag resulted in riders completing one lap before the session was ended.

Dainese Superbike Qualifying

The top 20 riders in the Superbike class were as follows:

  1. Michael Dunlop – 1 lap – 17:35.470 – 128.690mph
  2. Guy Martin – 1 lap – 17:40.722 – 128.052mph
  3. William Dunlop – 1 lap – 17:41.898 – 127.911mph
  4. Michael Rutter – 1 lap – 17:51.887 – 126.719mph
  5. Dean Harrison – 1 lap – 17:53.558 – 126.521mph
  6. Dan Stewart – 1 lap – 17:59.327 – 125.845mph
  7. Ian Hutchinson – 1 lap – 18:03.463 – 125.365mph
  8. Josh Brookes – 1 lap – 18:12.768 – 124.297mph
  9. John McGuinness – 1 lap – 18:29.870 – 122.382mph
  10. Steve Mercer – 1 lap – 18:32.756 – 122.064mph
  11. Jamie Hamilton – 1 lap – 18:34.776 – 121.843mph
  12. James Hillier – 1 lap – 18:37.676 – 121.527mph
  13. Dan Cooper – 1 lap – 18:40.788 – 121.190mph
  14. Ryan Kneen – 1 lap – 18:48.103 – 120.404mph
  15. Jimmy Storrar – 1 lap – 18:48.880 – 120.321mph
  16. Ivan Lintin – 1 lap – 18:48.936 – 120.315mph
  17. Davy Morgan – 1 lap – 18:50.292 – 120.171mph
  18. Stefano Bonetti – 1 lap – 18:51.826 – 120.008mph
  19. Ian Mackman – 1 lap – 18:55.094 – 119.662mph
  20. Paul Owen – 1 lap – 19:01.676 – 118.972mph

Royal London 360 Superstock Qualifying  

  1. Conor Cummins – 1 lap – 17:55.715 – 126.268mph
  2. Dan Cooper – 1 lap – 18:40.788 – 121.190mph
  3. Ryan Kneen – 1 lap – 18:48.103 – 120.404mph
  4. Horst Saiger – 1 lap – 18:48.576 – 120.353mph
  5. Jimmy Storrar – 1 lap – 18:48.880 – 120.321mph
  6. Ivan Lintin – 1 lap – 18:48.936 – 120.315mph
  7. Stefano Bonetti – 1 lap – 18:51.826 – 120.008mph
  8. Paul Owen – 1 lap – 19:01.676 – 118.972mph
  9. James Cowton – 1 lap – 19:07.547  – 118.364mph
  10. Lee Johnston – 1 lap – 19:07.704 – 118.348mph
  11. Peter Hickman – 1 lap – 19:11.230 – 117.985mph
  12. Graham English – 1 lap – 19:15.172 – 117.572mph
  13. John Ingram – 1 lap – 19:15.359 – 117.563mph
  14. Paul Shoesmith – 1 lap – 19:16.373 – 117.460mph
  15. Mark Miller – 1 lap – 19:18.683 – 117.226mph
  16. Gary Carswell – 1 lap – 19:18.683 – 117.226mph
  17. Jim Hodson – 1 lap – 19:21.501 – 116.942mph
  18. Mark Parrett – 1 lap – 19:28.248 – 116.266mph
  19. Colin Stephenson – 1 lap – 19:30.134 – 116.079mph
  20. Alan Connor – 1 lap – 19:34.316 – 115.666mph

Monster Supersport Qualifying

  1. Bruce Anstey – 1 lap – 18:23.158 – 123.127mph
  2. Keith Amor – 1 lap – 18:41.885 – 121.071mph
  3. Dan Kneen – 1 lap – 18:44.435 – 120.797mph
  4. Daniel Hegarty – 1 lap – 19:16.774 – 117.420mph
  5. Ian Pattinson – 1 lap – 19:16.880 – 117.409mph
  6. Michal Dokoupil – 1 lap – 19:17.609 – 117.335mph
  7. Robert Barber – 1 lap – 19:21.116 – 116.981mph
  8. David Johnson – 1 lap – 19:21.991 – 116.892mph
  9. Robert Wilson – 1 lap – 19:29.112 – 116.180mph
  10. Olie Linsdell – 1 lap – 19:30.521 – 116.041mph
  11. Grant Wagstaff – 1 lap – 19:32.447 – 115.850mph
  12. Phil Harvey – 1 lap – 19:33.078 – 115.788mph
  13. Sam Wilson – 1 lap – 19:46.078 – 114.519mph
  14. Shaun Anderson – 1 lap – 19:46.124 – 114.514mph
  15. Stephen McKnight – 1 lap – 19:50.997 – 114.046mph
  16. James Ford – 1 lap – 19:54.219 – 113.738mph
  17. Kiaran Hankin – 1 lap – 19:57.487   – 113.428mph
  18. Ben Wylie – 1 lap – 20:04.920 – 112.728mph
  19. Connor Behan – 1 lap – 20:08.284 – 112.414mph
  20. Eric Wilson – 1 lap – 20:09.052 – 112.343mph

There was no Sidecar session.


Three from three at dramatic Thruxton

Andrew Jordan has extended his lead in the championship following a string of strong results at Thruxton. He led race one from lights to flag and picked up a second and a fourth from races two and three, enabling him to take an eight point lead into Oulton Park in just over a months time. Gordon Shedden and Colin Turkington also stood on the top step of the podium. It was a disappointing day for Jason Plato, who had been tied on points with Jordan coming into the weekend, after sixth and seventh place finishes were followed up by a DNF in race three.

Jordan started his weekend well by qualifying on pole position for the first race. He was able to pull away and cement his lead while others battles for position behind him. Rob Collard, who was the best placed of the eBay Motors drivers after qualifying – starting in eighth place, made another of the fast starts that the BMW drivers have become accustomed to. He rose to fifth place while Mat Jackson moved into second ahead of the Honda duo of Matt Neal and Shedden. Later on in the race both drivers got their positions back and the race finished as a Honda 1-2-3. Elsewhere James Cole and Warren Scott had a coming together which was unfortunate for Cole after the team had spent the past two weeks rebuilding his car following the heavy collision with Robb Holland at Donington. Incidently, Holland had not been able to get his car ready in time and so missed the Thruxton weekend although will be back for Oulton Park. Ollie Jackson’s car came to a halt on track while Aron Smith had to visit the pit-lane to get grass removed from his radiator. At the chequered flag M Jackson was the first non Honda finisher, ahead of the fast starting Collard and MG’s Plato. Alain Menu, Colin Turkington, Adam Morgan and Sam Tordoff were also in the top ten. The other points finishers were Jack Goff, Fabrizio Giovanardi, Tom Ingram, Nick Foster and Glynn Geddie.

At the start of race two, Collard made another of his fast starts, slotting into third place. Shedden made an unsuccessful attempt for the lead but was not able to pull it off. Menu received a drive through penalty for a jump start while Chris Stockton struggled to keep his car on track. On the eleventh lap of the race Shedden took the lead from Jordan. There was drama when Rob Austin and Foster had a coming together, resulting in Foster’s car making a high speed exit from the track at Church and launching over the tyre barrier. Thankfully the driver was able to get out of the car himself and was O.K, with the team being able to fix his car ahead of race three. Austin was penalised for the incident and given four penalty points. The race was red flagged with a lap to go and Shedden took the win, finishing ahead of Jordan and Collard who made a welcome return to the podium at his home race. Neal, Jackson, Turkington, Plato, Morgan, Goff and Giovanardi also finished in the top ten. Other point scorers were Tordoff, Ingram, Marc Hynes, Smith, and Geddie. After finishing in tenth place Giovanardi picked the number for reverse pole and was delighted after giving it to himself.

After Collard taking the eBay Motors lead in the first two races it was Turkington’s time to impress when he progressed from fifth to second by the first corner. He lead the race by the end of lap one, leaving Giovanardi to fend off team-mate M Jackson. Plato’s race came to a premature and disappointing end when Adam Morgan lost control of his car and, when trying to correct it, turned into Plato and broke his rear suspension. The safety car was deployed on lap five following another big off at Church corner. This time it was Ollie Jackson who was also able to get out of the car himself and indicated that he was O.K. Racing was resumed again on lap nine however it was not for long as Simon Belcher became the next victim of Church. His car rolled as it went over the barriers and he later revealed that he had hit a tree. He too was O.K. and out of the car, giving a thumbs up to the crowd. Racing resumed again on lap 14 and there was a tense battle between Neal, Shedden and Collard. Shedden overtook Goff under yellow flags and the positions were reversed after the race. Collard was given a tap by Shedden and as he and Neal fought for position, they took to the grass following contact from the BMW. Collard was given a verbal warning. Up at the front Turkington won the race ahead of M Jackson and it was a welcome return to the podium for Giovanardi. Jordan, Goff, Shedden, Smith, Morgan, Tordoff, and Collard rounded out the top ten. Menu, Austin, Ingram, Newsham, and Hynes also finished in the points.

A Review of the Year: F1 – November & December

The fifth and final of a review of the year (2013) in Formula One; following part one (January & February), part two (March, April & May), part three (June, July & August), and part four (September & October).

November 2013

Romain Grosjean and Sebastian Vettel topped practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but it was Mark Webber who took pole position. Vettel continued his winning streak, bringing the total to seven in a row.

It was a busy month for 2014 driver announcements, with Williams confirming that Felipe Massa would be joining Valterri Bottas, and McLaren revealing they were letting Sergio Perez go.

The following day, McLaren confirmed Kevin Magnussen would be joining the team in 2014 to partner Jenson Button.

Elsewhere, Kimi Raikkonen announced that he would be missing the last two races of the year (in the midst of a big pay dispute with Lotus) for back surgery. Lotus chose to field Heikki Kovalainen instead of their test and reserve driver Davide Valsecchi, who was not pleased with the decision. He did not mince his words when he declared: “From the sporting point of view, it’s a tragedy. It makes me angry to have lost the battle with Kovalainen who is not a great champion, not even an active driver; his last results were five years ago. If they had taken [Nico] Hulkenberg I could have understood, even [Pastor] Maldonado, but this…”

Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel topped practice in Austin, with the Red Bull driver taking pole. It was win number eight in a row when the chequered flag fell on Sunday afternoon.

At the final round of the year, Nico Rosberg topped FP1 and FP2 but it was Mark Webber, at his final Formula One race weekend, who topped FP3. Sebastian Vettel took pole and won the race with Webber finishing on the podium in second.

After some speculation surrounding his future, Ross Brawn confirmed that he would be standing down as Team Principal at Mercedes.

Lotus confirmed their driver line-up for 2014 at the end of November, opting to put Pastor Maldonado in the car alongside Romain Grosjean.

December 2013

After he had been expected to drive for Lotus in 2014, Nico Hulkenberg and Force India revealed that he would be returning to his former team instead.

The annual Autosport Awards were held and Sebastian Vettel and Niki Lauda were among the recipients.

The FIA confirmed the final calendar for 2014, revealing that Mexico and New Jersey did not make the final cut. The Russian and Austrian Grand Prix are on the calendar however.

The FIA announced that, from 2014, the last race of the season would be worth double points. This led to outrage amongst fans, classing the idea as silly.

Another few pieces of the grid jigsaw was put into place when Sauber announced that Adrian Sutil would be joining them. Force India confirmed Sergio Perez while later in the month Sauber announced they were retaining Esteban Gutierrez with Sergey Sirotkin as Test Driver.

Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari and Toro Rosso took part in a Pirelli tyre test in Bahrain. All eleven teams had been invited, with McLaren and Force India accepting the invitation, however they eventually pulled out.

Felipe Massa had his final few days as a Ferrari driver and was gifted the engine from the car in which he nearly won the championship – the F2008.

After his opposition David Ward pulled out, Jean Todt was re-elected as President of the FIA. He will serve another four years at the helm of the F1 governing body.

The annual FIA prize-giving gala took place in Paris. Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull picked up their championship trophies.

A Review of the Year: F1 – September & October

Part four of a review of the year (2013) in Formula One, following part one (January & February), part two (March, April & May), and part three (June, July & August).

September 2013 

At the start of September, McLaren celebrated their official 50th anniversary. The H Duct posted 50 posts over 50 days, celebrating the team and its achievements and personnel. The team held celebrations at the McLaren Technology Centre and commemorated the occasion at the Italian Grand Prix.

In driver news, Red Bull confirmed the identity of Mark Webber’s replacement. Daniel Ricciardo will make the move from Toro Rosso to Red Bull for 2014. Elsewhere, Force India confirmed that they had signed GP2 driver James Calado as their third driver.

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso topped the Italian Grand Prix practice sessions. Vettel took pole and another race win.

Felipe Massa took to Twitter to announce that he would be leaving Ferrari at the end of the season. “For next year, I want to find a team that can give me a competitive car to win many more races and challenge for the championship which remains my greatest objective,” he said.

Ferrari followed up Massa’s announcement with the news that Kimi Raikkonen would be returning. The Finn, who returned to Formula One in 2012 after two seasons away, won his world championship with the team in 2007.

The Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore was altered before the race, removing the infamous ‘Singapore Sling’ at Turn 10. The changes lowered the overall lap-times.

Lewis Hamilton topped the first practice session in Singapore but it was Sebastian Vettel who dominated the weekend – topping the remainder of practice, qualifying and winning the race.

Caterham announced a three year contract extension to their Renault deal.

A draft 2014 calendar was posted by the FIA. It included races in Russia, Mexico and New Jersey; including an unprecedented triple header between Monaco, New Jersey and Canada.

Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin made his Formula One debut at a display in Sochi, home of the new Russian Grand Prix.

October 2013

Marussia confirmed that they would be retaining Jules Bianchi for the 2014 season. The rookie driver improved on his debut, regularly out-qualifying and out-racing his team-mate and the Caterham drivers.

Lewis Hamilton topped the first two practice sessions in Korea but Sebastian Vettel took over in Free Practice Three. He then went on to qualify in pole position and win yet another race.

Sauber extended their deal with Ferrari into 2014 and beyond.

Sauber also announced that for practice in Japan, they would have Kimiya Sato as their reserve driver.

Codemasters launched the latest version of their Formula One game – F1 2013. The game features classic content from the 80s and 90s, including the FW207b, Alan Jones and Brands Hatch.

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel topped the first two practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix. Mark Webber topped FP3 and took pole position but it was his team-mate, Vettel, who won the race.

Maria de Villota, a former Marussia reserve driver, sadly passed away aged 33. She sustained serious injuries after a testing crash in 2012, and died as a result of them.

Toro Rosso confirmed that Jean-Eric Vergne would remain with the team for 2014 and be partnered by Daniil Kvyat.

1,571 – the number of career points that saw Fernando Alonso become the highest scoring Formula One driver ever.

Sebastian Vettel topped every session in India and stormed to his fourth championship in style.

A Review of the Year: F1 – June, July & August

Part three of a review of the year (2013) in Formula One, following part one (January & February) and part two (March, April & May).

June 2013

Paul di Resta, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber topped the three practice sessions prior to qualifying at the Canadian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel secured pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton and an impressive Valtteri Bottas. Vettel went on to win the race.

Force India celebrated 100 GP at the Canadian Grand Prix.

A marshal was tragically killed after falling in front of a recovery truck picking up a stricken Sauber after the race.

Sebastian Vettel put an end to the increasing speculation that he would be moving to Ferrari in 2014. He signed a contract extension that will see him stay at Red Bull until the end of 2015 at least.

A date was set by the FIA’s International Tribunal for the case against Mercedes and Pirelli. Mercedes said: “We welcome the opportunity to explain the full facts of the Pirelli test in an open and transparent manner at the International Tribunal”. The hearing took place on June 20th.

The results of the International Tribunal saw Mercedes banned from the Young Driver Test and reprimanded, sharing the costs of the trial with Pirelli. The full findings can be found here.

The first driver to win a Formula One world championship race for Ferrari, Jose Froilan Gonzalez, passed away aged 90.

Lotus announced that they had sold 35% of the team to an investment company – Infinity Racing Partners Limited.

Renault revealed images of their 2014 Formula One engine. They also revealed that it was called Energy F1-2014.

Christian Horner received an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Williams chose the British Grand Prix, the location of their first race win and their 100th race win, as the location of their celebrations for their 600th Grand Prix. Their actual 600th start was at the German Grand Prix in July.

Perhaps the biggest news of June, however, was Mark Webber’s announcement that he would be retiring from the sport at the end of 2013. Rumours had been rife surrounding his future and he announced at the end of June that he would be leaving Formula One and joining Porsche’s sportscar team in the World Endurance Championship.

Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg topped the first three practice sessions at the British Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton took pole position but it was Rosberg who won the race. Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso both also finished on the podium.

July 2013

At the start of July Pirelli announced that Kevlar-belted tyres would be used at the German Grand Prix, with a new compound being introduced from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards.

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel topped practice ahead of qualifying for the German Grand Prix. Hamilton took pole position but Vettel won the race – his first race win in the month of July and his first home Grand Prix victory.

A FOM camera man was injured in the pit-lane after being hit by a loose wheel. As a consequence, the FIA put further safety measures in place to ensure the incident did not happen again.

The Young Driver test was expanded to include regular race drivers following the fall out from Mercedes’ ‘secret’ Pirelli test. Carlos Sainz Jr was the fastest ‘young driver’, behind Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

Daniel Ricciardo tested for Red Bull at the Young Driver Test as they continued to assess drivers to replace Mark Webber.

Honda revealed that they would be making Milton Keynes their base for their European racing operation.

Marussia revealed that they would be using Ferrari engines from 2014 onwards. The partnership means that their three year relationship with Cosworth will be coming to an end.

Williams announced that Pat Symonds would be joining the team as their new chief technical officer.

In other technical news, Ferrari confirmed speculation that James Allison was returning to the team. His arrival at the start of September would see him take on the title of chassis technical director.

Sebastian Vettel topped the first two practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Romain Grosjean was fastest in FP3 but it was Lewis Hamilton who secured pole position. He went on to win the race – his first victory for Mercedes – with Kimi Raikkonen securing second and Vettel third.

Adrian Sutil celebrated his 100th Grand Prix at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Hungarian Grand Prix was the last race of 2013 won by someone other than Sebastian Vettel.

August 2013

August saw teams take the mandatory two week summer break with factories shutting down.

During the summer break Kimi Raikkonen took part in a GP3 test for his friend Afa Heikkinen, team manager of Koiranen GP. He told the GP3 website: “I was curious to see how the car handled and it was actually fun to drive.”

David Ward announced that he would be standing in the FIA Presidential election. He formerly held the position of Director General of the FIA Foundation.

Here is how the season looked in numbers at the half-way stage.

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel topped the practice sessions when racing resumed in Belgium after a month’s break. Lewis Hamilton denied Vettel another pole position but Vettel took the race win, starting his dominating string of nine victories in a row.

A Review of the Year: Road Racing – End of Year

It was an exciting year on the Irish roads (along with Scarborough and the Isle of Man) and the road racing year ended with a trip to Macau. Michael Rutter was looking for his ninth victory but it was returnee Ian Hutchinson who came away with the win. After taking pole position by just five hundredths of a second, he took a 2.5 second win over Rutter and Gary Johnson.

This post completes a five part look back at 2013: April & May, June, July, August & September.  It will give a brief overview of the end of year standings in the Irish Road Racing Championships.

Classes with 8 Rounds



Senior Support

Senior Support

Junior Classic

Junior Classic

Senior Classic

Senior Classic

250cc Classic

250cc Classic

500cc Classic

500cc Classic

Classes with 7 rounds

125cc GP

125cc GP

250cc GP

250cc GP

Supersport 400

Supersport 400





Duke Road Race Rankings

In the Duke Road Race Rankings, the top ten at the end of the year was as follows:

1. Michael Dunlop (2729) 2. Dean Harrison (1912) 3. Jamie Hamilton(1845) 4. Guy Martin (1740) 5. William Dunlop (1688) 6. James Cowton (1116) 7. Chris Palmer (1093) 8. Michael Sweeney (1076) 9. Ivan Lintin (826) 10. Bruce Anstey (824)

2014 News

“I never expected to be riding for Hector and Philip [Neill] this year. It just shows you what can happen in racing, and now that I am, I can’t wait to get started.” – William Dunlop confirmed that he will be riding for Tyco Suzuki in 2014.

Michael Dunlop took to Facebook to announce that he will not be racing this year. “I have not signed any contracts for 2014 mainly due to various complications attached to each offer put to me. I am disappointed to be in this situation, especially after the tremendous season I enjoyed in 2013 and the success I achieved.”

Honda Motor Europe will be fielding John McGuinness and new recruit Conor Cummins on the roads in 2014. “I am thrilled to bits to be with Honda in 2014,” Cummins said.

Ryan Farquhar and Keith Amor are to come out of retirement for the 2014 Isle of Man TT.

James Hillier has confirmed that he will take place in all classes at this year’s North West 200.

The Amended Road Closures Bill was granted Royal Assent in early January. It means that organisers of road races in Northern Ireland will have more flexibility should the weather wreck havoc with their race schedules.

A Review of the Year: F1 – March, April & May

Part two of a review of the year (2013) in Formula One. Part one (January & February) can be found by following this link.

March 2013

No sooner had Luis Razia been announced as a Marussia driver than he was replaced by Jules Bianchi due to financial reasons.

The third and final pre-season test continued and concluded with Nico Rosberg setting the fastest overall time.

Prior to the first race of the year (the Australian Grand Prix), Formula One announced the extension of its partnership with DHL, with the company remaining as the Official Logistics and Global Partner and sponsoring the Fastest Lap Award.

Sebastian Vettel demonstrated a taster for the year ahead by topping both FP1 and FP2 in Australia. Romain Grosjean was fastest in FP3. Qualifying was delayed until Sunday due to heavy rain. Vettel took pole position but it was Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen who took the first race win of the year. Fernando Alonso and Vettel also finished on the podium. Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Adrian Sutil, Paul di Resta, Button and Grosjean rounded out the top ten. The race was the first indication of the struggles McLaren would face over the year.

Mercedes announced that Chief Executive Officer Nick Fry would be standing down from his position, although remaining with the team as a consultant.

Mark Webber and Kimi Raikkonen topped first and second practice in Malaysia but it was Sebastian Vettel who ultimately topped FP3 and qualifying, then going on to win the race.

Force India announced that their deal with Mercedes would continue into 2014 and beyond.

Williams announced that Claire Williams had become Deputy Team Principal.

April 2013

Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were fastest in the practice sessions for the Chinese Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton took Mercedes’ first pole of the season and his first away from McLaren. Mark Webber was sent to the back of the grid after he stopped on track after qualifying, unable to provide the required fuel sample. Alonso won the race ahead of Raikkonen and Hamilton.

Caterham announced that former race driver Heikki Kovalainen would be re-joining the team as a reserve driver.

Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso topped the Bahrain Grand Prix practice sessions. Nico Rosberg took Mercedes’ second podium in a row but it was Sebastian Vettel who won the race, beating the Lotus duo of Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

Sebastian Vettel became the first Formula One driver to drive at Sochi – the location of the Russian Grand Prix in 2014. He said: “I can already see it will be a fun circuit to drive in a Formula One car and the rest of the venue is very impressive.”

May 2013

In early May, Lotus announced that their Technical Director James Allison would be leaving the team. They replaced him with Nick Chester.

Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa topped the Spanish Grand Prix practice sessions, but none were able to prevent Mercedes taking their third pole position in a row. It was once again Nico Rosberg, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton qualifying second to make it a front row lock-out. It was Alonso who won the race, however, beating Kimi Raikkonen and Massa to the chequered flag.

McLaren revealed that from 2015 they would once again be partnering Honda. The multi-year technology partnership would result in McLaren’s long-standing relationship with Mercedes come to an end after a final hurrah in 2014.

Mercedes announced that Paddy Lowe would join them from early June, following his early departure from McLaren.

Felipe Massa took part in a demonstration run in Warsaw. He drove the 2009 Ferrari around a specially-designed street circuit.

Pirelli announced that they would be changing their tyre constructions from the Canadian Grand Prix onwards. Paul Hembery said at the time: “Our aim is to provide the teams with a new range which mixes the stability of the 2012 tyres and the performance of the current ones.”

It was revealed that the Mercedes F1 Team had taken part in a ‘secret’ test with Pirelli following the Spanish Grand Prix. The matter was brought in front of the FIA International Tribunal in June.

Nico Rosberg dominated around the streets of Monaco to top all three practice sessions, qualifying and the race itself. It was his second victory of the year and saw him finish ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. It was Mercedes’ fourth pole position from five races.

Toro Rosso revealed that they would move from Ferrari to Renault engines from 2014 onwards.

Also on the engine front, Williams announced that they would be moving from Renault to Mercedes for 2014 and beyond.