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GP Week : Issue 198
F1 >>> news This issue of GPWEEK comes to you with the support of With a world-class development-stage asset, WTR are on the path to become a major mineral sands producer in Madagascar. CLICK HERE for more information on this ASX-listed company Building a Tier 1 Mineral Sands Company GMP Mining Jamboree February 2013 Bruce Griffin – CEO at BrieFly » Just when you thought that Red Bull Racing’s weekend could not get any worse, it did. After Daniel Ricciardo’s bungled pitstop, broken wing, flat tyre and 10 grid spot penalty for Bahrain, the team also received a reprimand when one of its mechanics was seen not wearing the mandatory head protection during a pitstop. » The FIA’s 12-point driver penalty plan got its first customer in Malaysia. Valtteri Bottas scored two points for having impeded Ricciardo in Turns 14 and 15 during Qualifying. He was also hit with a three-spot grid penalty, dropping him to 18th. Drivers will be suspended for one race should they score 12 penalty points in a season. » Lewis Hamilton’s win was the first in Malaysia for Mercedes-Benz as a Constructor and the third win for the maker’s engines/ power units. Ironically, the two previous wins at Sepang for the silver star engines (in McLarens) came from Ferrari’s current drivers – Kimi Raikkonen (his first career win) in 2003 and Fernando Alonso’s first of four victories in 2007. » Hamilton’s 33nd pole position makes him the equal leading British driver in that category. A 34th pole would see him overtake Jimmy Clark, who set the record at the South African Grand Prix early in 1968. Sebastian Vettel has received a rare distinction, being named World Sportsman of the Year in the Laureus Awards for 2013. The four-time World Champion received the prestigious award in Malaysia last week after being nominated with athletes including NBA star LeBron James, track and field’s Usain Bolt, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and tennis ace Rafael Nadal. Swimmer Missy Franklin won the Sportswoman Award, while Bayern Munich was Team of the Year. The decision made it a great night for motorsports. Marc Marquez capped off an extraordinary 12 months by taking home the award for Breakthrough of the Year, after winning the 2013 MotoGP title in his rookie year. Vettel, 26, is the second racing driver and the second German to take the top award, pre-dated in both categories by Michael Schumacher, who won the prize in 2002 and ‘04. Previous winners of the top award include Bolt, Nadal, tennis player Roger Federer (four times) and golf’s Tiger Woods. VETTEL WINS TOP LAUREUS AWARD 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: