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Nobody, apart from Mark Webber, has really been able to unsettle Sebastian Vettel in the past eight races, but in Interlagos the weather gods gave it their best try as the final session of qualifying was delayed by torrential rain. Vettel, however, remained their favoured one as he took his 45th pole position comfortably.

Christian Horner gets the point in an amiable exchange with ageing Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone

Take over at F1? No thanks, says Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner

Ecclestone thinks he would be ‘ideal’ but Red Bull head is happy to remain with title winners

Lewis Hamilton was last week happy to settle for fourth place – but where's the fun in that?
Sebastian Vettel leaves them all behind in Austin again

F1: Sebastian Vettel fights off Romain Grosjean for record eighth straight win

Romain Grosjean closed on Vettel but the German was able to pull away towards the end of the race

The Sport Matrix: Monday 18 November 2013

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Red Bull's driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany races during the qualifying round for the United States Formula One Grand Prix

Red Bull wrap up front row of grid for US Grand Prix

As expected, Red Bull pulled the rabbit out of the hat in final qualifying for today's US Grand Prix here yesterday, as Sebastian Vettel jumped team-mate Mark Webber to wrap up the front row of the grid. But where the times had been close all through practice, Vettel was almost a second clear of Romain Grosjean's third-placed Lotus.

Lewis Hamilton has described his recent form for Mercedes as 'shocking'

F1: Lewis Hamilton describes his recent form for Mercedes as 'shocking' but remains confident of a strong finish to 2013

Two cracks were revealed to have formed in the Briton's Mercedes chassis explaining why he has been so off the pace recently

Jenson Button sets the early pace yesterday in practice for tomorrow’s US Grand Prix

US Grand Prix: Red Bulls on top after fog blurs picture

They say that everything in Texas is bigger and, unfortunately, here in Austin yesterday that meant the delays caused by the weather.

Four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti has been forced to retire from racing after injuries sustained in a horror crash at the Grand Prix of Houston last month

F1: Paul Di Resta backs cousin Dario Franchitti to remain in motor racing after forced retirement

The four-time IndyCar champions announced his retirement yesterday due to injuries he suffered in a horrific crash at the Grand Prix of Houston last month

Heikki Kovalainen will replace fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen who is undergoing back surgery

F1: Heikki Kovalainen handed Lotus drive – for two races only

Former McLaren driver to replace fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen for remainder of season

Jenson Button will be partnered by rookie Kevin Magnussen at McLaren next season

F1: McLaren confirm Kevin Magnussen will replace Sergio Perez for 2014

Perez announced on Twitter that he was leaving the team after just a year since joining from Sauber and he'll be replaced by the untried Magnussen

Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher gestures during a photo call before the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos

F1: Michael Schumacher rejected approach from Lotus to race in last two Grand Prix of the season

The seven-time world champion 'feels so good in his new life' he rejected the chance

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 14 November 2013

German fans shun Wembley as tickets returned to FA

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Silverstone, home of British Grand Prix, is changing hands for just £10m

Silverstone, the historic race track which hosts the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, is to be sold for little more than £10m, according to recently released documents. The sale price stands in stark contrast to the construction cost of purpose-built racing circuits: a new 3.5-mile track, which is set to rival Silverstone, is being built in Wales at a forecast cost of £250m.

The Conversation: Last Tango in Halifax star Annie Reid on getting naked with Daniel Craig and writing letters to Woody Allen

You recently completed filming the second series of Last Tango in Halifax. How was it? Well, you know, you can't tell until the cake comes out of the oven. But it was great. I'm just the luckiest person in the world to have all these wonderful parts at an age where one might not be working. My career just seems to go on and on, touch wood.

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