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Maldonado crashes into pit entry during China practice

The Lotus driver struggles in early Shanghai sessions

Sidepodcast: Maldonado crashes into pit entry during China practice

by Christine Blachford

Pastor Maldonado had a very difficult Friday at the Shanghai International Circuit, spinning off track in both practice sessions, and ending his day with the Lotus car embedded in the wall at the pit entry. Or, as trackside operations boss Alan Permane put it, he “had a little mishap.” In the first session, he ran wide off track during the outlap as he was adjusting something on the steering wheel.

Free Practice from China

Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Sidepodcast: Free Practice from China

by Christine Blachford

Three practice sessions await our drivers in Shanghai, with rain scheduled for most of them. Red Bull are trying to move on from their fuel sensor disappointment, Mercedes are managing their domination. Williams and Force India want to capitalise on their engine supremacy and get the most from these early races. Ferrari will be dealing with the fallout from Stefano Domenicali's departure, whilst Lotus are still floundering. Caterham and Marussia want to beat each other. Sauber and Toro Rosso want desperately not to be the last of the competitive teams. Practice is where the fun starts, so stay tuned!

Race information - China 2014

Facts and figures for the fourth round of the F1 season

Sidepodcast: Race information - China 2014

by Christine Blachford

Formula One this year is the Hamilton versus Rosberg show, and whilst the Mercedes domination is a concern, we've got a heck of a battle between these two stars. Their teammate track fight in Bahrain captivated F1 fans across the globe and was the icing on what was already a brilliant race cake. Now it's up to China to continue that trend and deliver something even better. No pressure!

Shall I just keep on cooking? - Christine's Rankings, Week 8

From cows to pizzas, taxi drivers to photobombs

Sidepodcast: Shall I just keep on cooking? - Christine's Rankings, Week 8

by Christine Blachford

This week, drivers have had some downtime following the back to back racing action that culminated in a hectic Bahrain Grand Prix. With the sun shining (mostly), they scattered, visiting home and resting up before the racing action gets underway once more. Points are available this week for behind the scenes videos, for cooking up a storm, and for spending time with the family.

FIA reject Red Bull fuel-flow disqualification appeal

Ricciardo's Australian Grand Prix penalty is upheld

Sidepodcast: FIA reject Red Bull fuel-flow disqualification appeal

by Christine Blachford

The hearing for Red Bull’s appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix took place this week, with the FIA ruling that the penalty will stand. Although specific reasons will be released at a later date, the FIA have rejected the appeal, meaning Ricciardo does not get back the 18 points he would have from that third place finish.

Pick and mix - From quiet to chaos in Bahrain

A tame start to the weekend, ending with penalty points galore

Sidepodcast: Pick and mix - From quiet to chaos in Bahrain

by Christine Blachford

For the past few years, I’ve approached the Bahrain race with a feeling of resignation – it is not going to be a classic but it’ll pass a few hours on a Sunday. As it turns out, this year, the racing was incredible. Whether it was related to the move to a night race, or just a handy coincidence, I don’t know, but from the moment the start lights went out on Sunday, you couldn’t spare a moment to blink.

Rate the race - Bahrain 2014

Make your vote count as you pick out the driver of the day

Sidepodcast: Rate the race - Bahrain 2014

by Christine Blachford

It's judgement time once more, as the opportunity to vote on a handful of items from the race weekend appears. The Bahrain Grand Prix was something of a surprise, giving us an interesting race, some fascinating penalties and plenty to talk about in the fortnight before China. This is your chance to vote on the race itself, on the tyres and on the time of day, as well as selecting the driver you think did the best job on Sunday.