Belgian GP (2015)

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FIA "satisfied" with Pirelli's conclusions after Spa tyre failures

The FIA says it is "satisfied with the thoroughness" of Pirelli's investigation and its conclusions following Sebastian Vettel's tyre failure in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Belgian GP: The weekend in pictures

The iconic Spa-Francorchamps track and picturesque surroundings were the stage of a gripping Formula 1 race weekend, which saw Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton win the Grand Prix from pole.

Coulthard: Vettel was right to rant; Ramirez: Vettel should apologise

Heavyweight Formula 1 pundits David Coulthard and Jo Ramirez have totally disagreed on whether Sebastian Vettel’s post-race outburst about Pirelli was merited after his Belgian Grand Prix tyre failure.

Analysis: The real heroes of the Belgian Grand Prix

The on-track challenges at Spa separate the men from the boys, but the real heroes of last week's Belgian Grand Prix were not driving F1 cars, says Jonathan Noble.

Williams has to understand tyre woes, says Massa

Felipe Massa says that Williams needs to get to the bottom of its tyre problems after both he and teammate Valtteri Bottas struggled for pace on the soft Pirellis at Spa.

Vettel breaks silence since Belgian GP outburst

Sebastian Vettel broke his silence on Tuesday – the first time he's spoken publicly following his outburst in the immediate aftermath of the Belgian GP – to say he stands united with Ferrari over its tyre strategy.

Mercedes had race day debris worries, says Lowe

Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe has admitted that his team had been concerned about the risks of tyre failures posed by debris as it headed in to the Belgian Grand Prix.

Pirelli found more tyre cuts over Belgian GP weekend

Pirelli discovered damage on other tyres over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, as it still seeks a definite answer as to what caused the Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel tyre failures.

Analysis: How Mercedes escaped tyre drama while Ferrari's hopes blew

Lewis Hamilton made it look easy at Spa, taking his sixth win of the season as Ferrari's hopes vanished together Sebastian Vettel's rear tyre. Adam Cooper explains how Mercedes came through its own tyre dramas.

Wolff says Spa win "very important" for Mercedes

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that it was important for the team to bounce back after the summer break with a trouble-free race in Belgium, following the disappointing afternoon in Hungary.

Ferrari and Pirelli set for talks after Vettel tyre failure

Ferrari and Pirelli are set for talks over Sebastian Vettel's Belgian Grand Prix tyre failure, as both parties worked on Monday to try to find answers as to what exactly happened.

Rosberg: Pirelli risked 'biggest shunts ever'

Nico Rosberg has said that Pirelli risked causing the 'biggest shunts ever' with the tyre failures that occurred over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

I could have challenged Grosjean, says Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo believes that he could have challenged Romain Grosjean for an eventual third place at Spa had he not retired after a power shutdown on his Red Bull.

Pirelli says it was ignored over tyre rule request

Pirelli has hit out at Formula 1's teams and bosses for not listening to a rule change request that would have prevented the Belgian Grand Prix tyre controversy.

Renault Sport F1: Mixed feeling about the Belgian GP

Daniel Kvyat finished in fourth, Max Verstappen eight. Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz did not finished the race.

One point for Sauber at the Belgian Grand Prix

Marcus Ericsson: "For me it is great to be back in the points for the second race in a row."

Lotus eyes Pic solution as bailiffs arrive

Lotus is hoping that it will be able to resolve its legal dispute with Charles Pic as early as Monday, after bailiffs arrived as expected at the team's garage on Sunday night.

Sahara Force India scored ten points on the Belgian GP

Sergio Perez: "Fifth place and ten points is a good result, but we just lacked the pace to really fight for the podium today."

Massa finished sixth and Bottas ninth in the Belgian GP

Felipe Massa: "It has been a difficult day but to still finish sixth is the main positive we will take away from the weekend."

Rosberg: F1 tyre blowouts need to be “sorted” before Monza

Nico Rosberg believes Formula 1 needs to come up with a better solution to warn of catastrophic Pirelli tyre blowouts, like he and Sebastian Vettel suffered at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend.

Spectacular Spa double for the Silver Arrows

An 80th career F1 podium for Lewis Hamilton sees him move level with Ayrton Senna in P4 in the all-time standings.

Ferrari denies it took a gamble with Vettel's tyres

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said his team would never be 'crazy' enough to take a safety risk with its strategy, as he defended its one-stop approach to the Belgian Grand Prix.

Grosjean: Passing Vettel “would have been difficult”

Romain Grosjean admitted that it “would have been difficult” for him to finish on the podium in the Belgian Grand Prix had it not been for Sebastian Vettel’s spectacular tyre blowout.

Perez says he lacked the pace to fight for podium

Force India driver Sergio Perez made a spectacular start to the Belgian Grand Prix, but a lack of pace meant he had to be content with a fifth place finish.

Lotus: The boys are back In town - 2015 Belgian GP

Romain Grosjean's podium means Lotus F1 Team return to fifth position in the Constructors’ Championship.

Button unhappy after "embarrassing" race

Jenson Button described his Belgian Grand Prix as "embarrassing" after energy recovery problems meant he spent the race just "driving around".

Bottas: Tyre mix-up cost me fifth place

Valtteri Bottas believes he lost a probable fifth place finish in the Belgian Grand Prix when his Williams team accidentally fitted his tyres incorrectly at his first pitstop.

Pirelli defends tyres, blames Ferrari's call to risk one-stop strategy

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery has defended his company’s tyres in the wake of the verbal attack from Sebastian Vettel following his late-race blowout in the Belgian GP at Spa.

Vettel sounds off: Pirelli blowouts "not acceptable"

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel launched a verbal attack on the Pirelli tyres used in Formula 1, saying that the blowout that cost him a podium finish, and the similar failure Nico Rosberg suffered on Friday, are “not acceptable”.

Belgian GP: Post-race press conference

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus).

Belgian GP: Hamilton wins, late puncture costs Vettel podium

Lewis Hamilton took his sixth victory of 2015 in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, scoring a comprehensive win over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg who had to recover from a poor start.

Analysis: Working out F1's grid penalties

Formula 1's record-breaking number of grid penalties left fans scratching their heads over how the order shakes up ahead of the race start.

Belgian GP: Starting grid after penalties

Four drivers were penalised following Belgian Grand Prix qualifying, dropping by a total of 120 places on the grid.

A disappointing result in qualifying for Sauber at Spa

Marcus Ericsson: "Starting from P13, we still have a good chance to score points."

F1 team bosses defend Pirelli after Rosberg failure

Formula 1 team bosses have defended Pirelli in the wake of Nico Rosberg's tyre failure during practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Sahara Force India delivered a strong qualifying performance in Spa-Francorchamps

Sergio is expected to start from fourth following a grid penalty for Romain Grosjean, and Nico Hulkenberg in P11.

Alonso: 105-place grid penalty deserves a cake

Fernando Alonso joked that McLaren should have been given a congratulatory cake for its record-breaking 105-place grid penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Bottas qualified third and Massa seventh for tomorrow’s Belgian GP

A mistake on the final corner cost Felipe time on his final lap.

Hamilton storms to Spa pole, Rosberg seals an all silver front row

Lewis Hamilton took his third Belgian Grand Prix pole and 48th in Formula One

Ferrari on Belgian GP: A complicated qualifying

Vettel starts ninth, Kimi stopped with a problem

Lack of answers for tyre failure a worry for Rosberg

Nico Rosberg has admitted that it is a "bit worrying" that there is no definitive answer as to what caused his tyre blowout during Belgian Grand Prix practice.

Belgian GP: Post-qualifying press conference

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and Valtteri Bottas (Williams).

Ricciardo: Fifth the result we expected

Daniel Ricciardo says fifth place on the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix was "what he expected".

Perez targets podium from fourth on the grid

Sergio Perez is targeting a podium finish in the Belgiuam Grand Prix after landing fourth spot on the grid.

Button says he matched 2012 pole lap

Jenson Button says his Belgian Grand Prix qualifying lap was as good as the one with which he secured pole position at Spa three years ago.

Belgian GP: Hamilton stars to beat Rosberg, disaster for Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton scored his 10th pole of the season – his sixth in a row – in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, almost half a second faster than Nico Rosberg.

Belgian GP: Hamilton flies in final Spa practice

World champion Lewis Hamilton set a blistering pace in final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.

Force India: Hungary was a shock to us

Sahara Force India faced a double retirement from the Hungarian Grand Prix, which the team feels came as an eye-opener to them.

Lotus claims legal dispute with Pic is "under control"

Lotus is working on resolving a legal dispute with former test driver Charles Pic that has left it facing the risk of bailiff action over the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo says "helping hand" needed to fight for win

Daniel Ricciardo says he would need a "helping hand" to fight for victory in the Belgian Grand Prix, despite a strong start to the weekend by Red Bull.

Teams warned to respect tyre parameters before Rosberg failure

Formula 1 teams had already been warned about respecting tyre safety limits prior to Nico Rosberg's spectacular tyre failure in second practice at Spa.

Belgian GP: Friday's press conference

Nick Chester (Lotus), Andrew Green (Force India), Giampaolo Dall'ara (Sauber), James Allison (Ferrari), Paddy Lowe (Mercedes), Paul Monaghan (Red Bull Racing)

Rosberg "lucky" to avoid big crash after tyre failure

Nico Rosberg admitted that only good fortune saved him from a massive crash in Belgian Grand Prix practice after his 190mph tyre failure.

Belgian GP: Rosberg fastest but suffers frightening tyre failure

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in second practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, but his high-speed tyre failure was the big story of the session.

Maldonado insists his Lotus future is secure

Pastor Maldonado insists his Formula 1 future with Lotus is secure for now, because he has a contract with the team until the end of 2016.

Belgian GP: Rosberg leads Hamilton in first practice

Nico Rosberg set the pace in opening practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, leading Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1's return to action after the summer break.

Eau Rouge challenge boosted by "scary" new kerb

Formula 1 drivers think the challenge of Eau Rouge has been made greater by a new 'scary' kerb that has been fitted to prevent them cutting the corner.

Rosberg relaxed as wife prepares to give birth

Nico Rosberg is heading into the Belgian Grand Prix weekend knowing that wife Vivian is about to give birth to their first child.

Ricciardo: Renault upgrades can allow Red Bull to match Ferrari

Daniel Ricciardo has suggested that Renault power unit upgrades due for the Russian Grand Prix could put Red Bull Racing on a par with Ferrari.