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Heavy Fog Delays Action at USGP

Some of Friday's 58,276 anticipatory fans were greeted by unusually heavy fog during the first practice session at the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX. After Free Practice 1 being delayed for 40 minutes due to the fog, and brief running of the cars for only 15 minutes, a red flag was raised as the Circuit's medical helicopter was unaccounted for. Eventually, the helicopter returned and Fernando Alonso of Scuderia Ferrari set the fastest pace of the session on new Pirelli P Zero Orange tires, completing 16 laps, reaching 125 MPH, and having the fastest lap time of 1:38.343. The final results for FP1 were:

Fernando Alonso - 1:38.343

Jenson Button - 1:38.371

Valterri Bottas - 1:38.388

Esteban Gutierrez - 1:38.532

Nico Rosberg - 1:38.657

Lewis Hamilton - 1:38.979

Felipe Massa - 1:39.005

Mark Webber - 1:39.083

Nico Hulkenberg - 1:39.158

Pastor Maldonado - 1:39.200

Romain Grosjean - 1:39.238

Sergio Perez - 1:39.256

Heikki Kovalainen - 1:39.487

Adrian Sutil - 1:39.699

Paul Di Resta - 1:39.836

Daniel Ricciardo - 1:39.863

Daniil Kvyat - 1:40.065

Sebastian Vettel - 1:40.662

Alexander Rossi - 1:41.399

Max Chilton - 1:41.605

Charles Pic - 1:42.054

Rodolfo Gonzalez - 1:43.716

When the second Practice Session got underway after the lunch hour, the Austin weather had greatly improved, the sun was shining and track temperature hoovered around 88' F. Switching from Pirelli P Zero Orange hard to P Zero White medium tires, reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel finished on top of FP2, beating Alonso's FP1 time by 1.038 seconds. Vettel commanded his Red Bull Racing RB9 to a top speed of 126.737 MPH, also surpassing the fastest lap time set in FP1. The final results for FP2 were: 

Sebastian Vettel - 1:37.305

Mark Webber - 1:37.420

Nico Rosberg - 1:37.785

Lewis Hamilton - 1:37.958

Heikki Kovalainen - 1:38.073

Esteban Gutierrez - 1:38.229

Nico Hulkenberg - 1:38.254

Romain Grosjean - 1:38.255

Jenson Button - 1:38.269

Fernando Alonso - 1:38.461

Adrian Sutil - 1:38.719

Felipe Massa - 1:38.938

Sergio Perez - 1:38.941

Daniel Ricciardo - 1:39.246

Paul Di Resta - 1:39.410

Valterri Bottas - 1:39.512

Jean Eric Vergne - 1:39.579

Pastor Maldonado - 1:39.784

Charles Pic - 1:40.376

Giedo Van Der Garge - 1:40.563

Max Chilton - 1:46.226

Jules Bianchi - 1:47.009


FOTA Fans' Forum Returning to Austin


The Formula One Teams' Association, or FOTA, hosts a Fans' Forum in select Grand Prix host cities. It's a unique opportunity for fans to hear from their favorite F1 Drivers, Team Principals and F1 personalities, meet other F1 fans and engage in a Q&A session with panelists. Last year's event was well attended with about 500 fans in attendance, proving F1 is welcome in the United States. 

This year, FOTA is changing things up a bit, moving the event to a popular Austin music venue, Cedar Street Courtyard. Fans will again be able to engage with a stellar line up of F1 Drivers and also have the opportunity to collect autographs from the Drivers speaking at the Forum.

Martin Whitmarsh, Chairman of FOTA and Team Principal for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, shares his excitement for the event:

We are delighted to be returning to Austin again, and the enthusiasm and knowledge of the fans at last year’s Fans’ Forum and Grand Prix made it an easy decision to host another Forum in Austin. Fan engagement is extremely important for all the Teams, and we have a great selection of participating drivers, and are excited to be utilising the venue of the Fans’ Fest which also gives us an opportunity to accommodate as many fans as possible.

Yet another great free fan event, guests need to register for FOTA Forum by visiting the FOTA site and entering their email address here. Last year's Forum can be viewed in its entirety on the FOTA site by clicking here.


FOTA Austin Fans' Forum 2013

Cedar Street Courtyard

208 W. 4th Street, Austin, Texas 78701 (On 4th Street, between Lavaca and Guadalupe streets)

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

5:30-7:30 PM

Free, but registration required: www.fota.co/events



Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Date of Birth: 26 January 1990

Title: Driver

Team: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Website: www.sergioperezf1.com

Twitter: @SChecoPerez

Bio: http://www.mclaren.com/formula1/team/sergio-perez/

Background: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes signed Mexican Sergio Pérez from Sauber for the 2013 season to partner Jenson Button in the MP4-28, with Perez scoring his first points for the team at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix. 





Birthplace: Monterrey, Nuevo León, México

Date of Birth: 5 August 1991

Title: Driver

Team:Sauber F1 Team

Website: http://www.estebanracing.com/

Twitter: @EstebanGtz

Bio: http://www.sauberf1team.com/team/esteban-gutierrez/

Background: Sauber F1 Team signed Mexican Esteban Gutierrez in 2010 as affiliated driver. In 2012 Esteban drove the Sauber C31-Ferrari at the Young Drivers’ Test in Abu Dhabi. He also won 3rd place in the GP2 Series, in 2012 alone he had a total of 7 podium wins. 



Birthplace: Auburn, California, USA

Date of Birth: 25 September 1991

Title: Reserve Driver

Team: Caterham F1 Team

Website: http://www.alexanderrossi.com/

Twitter: @AlexanderRossi

Bio: http://www.caterhamf1.com/team/drivers/alexander-rossi

Background: The only American F1 driver, Alexander tested for Caterham F1 Team in the rookie tests at the end of 2011 and was the Team's official Test Driver in 2012. He finished 11th in the standings and scored a podium finish at the Formula 1-supporting Monaco Grand Prix event.



Birthplace: Graefeling, Germany

Date of Birth: 11 January 1983

Title: Driver

Team: Sahara Force India Formula One Team

Website: http://f1.adriansutil.com/home/welcome.html

Twitter: @SutilAdrian

Bio: http://www.forceindiaf1.com/adrian-sutil

Background: Adrian got his break into F1 in 2006 when he joined the Midland F1 team. One of Formula One’s most consistent drivers, Adrian returned this Season to Sahara Force India following five consecutive seasons with the Silverstone-based team between 2007 and 2011. 





Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela

Date of Birth: 9 March 1985

Title: Driver

Team: Williams F1 Team

Website: http://www.pastormaldonado.com/

Twitter: @PastorMaldo

Bio: http://www.williamsf1.com/Team/AboutUs/Our-People/Pastor-Maldonado/

Background: Venezuelan born Pastor made his F1 debut when he joined Williams F1 for the 2011 season. He was retained by Williams for the 2012 season, helping guide the Team back to the top step of the podium with victory at the Spanish Grand prix, the Team’s first win since the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix. Pastor is currently in his third Season at Williams.


New This Year: Motostalgia Auction d'Elegance

1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A. This is the original car driven by Tazio Nuvolari during which he scored the final victory of his long career in the Palermo Monte Pellegrino hill climb.

Motostalgia is one of the world's premier luxury automobile auction companies, specializing in rare, exquisite, one-of-a-kind automobiles from opulent pasts and historical moments. New this year, the Motostalgia Auction d'Elegance is an amazing event to be held the weekend of the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, limited to 75 of the finest and most sought after vehicles from around the globe.

Motostalgia was brought together by Antonio Brunet and Yusuf Johnson, experts in the collector car world and stars in an upcoming, primetime show on a major cable network about their search for collector cars around the world (primarily in Latin America), and Shane Heminway, founder of Monaco Star Events and US Star Events which both specialize in motor sports hospitality, entertainment and event production/promotion in the US and Europe.  

Brunet, Johnson and Heminway had all seen the surge in popularity of collector cars worldwide over the last several years and felt there was no better time of the year to host an upscale auction locally than during one of Austin’s biggest weekends of the year. With so many car enthusiasts and savvy investor/collectors in our city on one weekend they captured the opportunity to host a collector car auction limited to 75 of the finest cars in the world.  They felt the Austin Convention Center was an ideal location for such a prestigious event considering its ideal location and generous space needed to properly display vehicles of this level.  

Using these iconic vehicles as a backdrop, the idea was born to have a showcase event marrying the best of the automotive world with the best luxury and lifestyle brands of Texas in one space over two days.  Recognized brands like Mercedes, Tesla, Aston Martin, Bentley and others will showcase their latest models alongside these rare legends of the road up for auction starting at 4pm on Saturday November 16th.  The vintage themed gala will take place the night before with live jazz performances and special live performances by David Garibaldi, whose motor sports themed pieces will go on sale with much of proceeds going to charity.

There is a diverse range of 75 collector cars up for auction including several Formula 1 cars from different decades, a collection of vintage Porsche 356’s, several Corvettes, a Duesenberg from the Great Gatsby era, a Pur Sang Bugatti Type 51 and many more.  There is something for everyone and really for all budgets as well.  On top of this they will have various Automobilia pieces on auction and Celebrity memorabilia, such as the necklace from the movie ‘Titanic’, jewelry owned by Marilyn Monroe, Al Pacino's hat in The Godfather, a gun from Wyatt Earp and much more. 

Motostalgia is really excited about having such a stunning collection of cars to auction, undeniably the greatest collection ever on sale in Austin.  And they are so proud to offer what is perhaps one of the most historically important sport racing cars currently on US soil, the 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A, which has the unique distinction of being the last of the Cisitalia’s, the first of the Abarth’s, and the last car raced to victory by the legendary Tazio Nuvolari who is one of the greatest grand prix drivers in history.

Another vehicle with amazing pedigree is the 1998 Ferrari F300 Formula 1 car driven by Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine in 1998.  Also with F1 pedigree is the 1977 Shadow DN8 Formula 1 car driven by Alan Jones to victory in the Austrian Grand Prix race of that same year in which he beat James Hunt and Nicki Lauda, as portrayed in recent blockbuster movie ‘Rush’. Other timeless American classics include a concours winning 1953 Cadillac Eldorado similar to the one used by President Eisenhower in his inaugural parade and a completely restored 1953 Corvette, 1 of only 300 produced in that first year of the iconic model. 

Collector Car auctions are exciting to be part of or to simply watch as a spectator.  Motostalgia will be special in the sense that it's not just a car auction but preceded by a special vintage themed gala at 6pm on Friday night, November 15th  (participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite attire from the 20’s to 60’s). The Motostalgia Showcase is a two-day collector car show open to the public to enjoy all the auction cars, along with several select lifestyle vendors from 10am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday (Nov 15-16). Tickets are available online at www.motostalgia.com.  Weekend passes for the Motostalgia Showcase are $25 and the first 2,000 ticket buyers get a free pair of noise reducing earmuffs, ideal for a few hours out at an F1 race.

Those interested in the auction can register to bid online. Bidder registration gives access for 2 people to the Bidders Preview on Thursday, the Gala on Friday, and the Auction on Saturday.  Those wanting to attend the Gala and Auction as guests can buy tickets online for $125 per person which includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and 4 drink tickets at both the Gala and Auction. The Motostalgia Showcase weekend pass ($25) gives one the chance to view the rare auction cars along with select lifestyle vendors. Peruse the legends of the road while listening to the sounds of DJs spinning Jazz Lounge music throughout the day in a unique and relaxed setting.  Catch the event on your way to or from the race track or the UT football game. And the shuttle service going to and from the Circuit of The Americas actually loads at the Austin Convention Center so getting to experience Motostalgia couldn’t be any more convenient.


The auction will be open to qualified bidders, media and consignors. Guest passes are also available for purchase. To register to bid go to www.motostalgia.com and click the Bid Registration tab or call +1 512 813 0636. An official bidder package can be purchased for $500 which will include an official color auction collectible catalog and admission for two to the preview, gala and auction event. Food and beverage will be served at the auction. For additional information or questions about the cars to be auctioned interested individuals can call +1 512 813 0636 before November 16, 2013.


Thursday, November 14th, 2013 – 10am – 5pm CST (Media Preview)

Friday, November 15th, 2013 – 10am -6pm CST

Saturday, November 16th, 2013 – 10am – 4pm CST


Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Beginning at 4pm CST

Austin Convention Center – Ballroom

500 E. Cesar Chavez Street

Austin, Texas 78701