Sebastian Vettel has no expectations of interfering with Mercedes` intra-team title battle in Sunday`s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but hopes he can say farewell to Red Bull with a memorable showing in his 113th and final race for the team.
Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton rounded off a hat-trick of fastest laps in U.S. Grand Prix practice on Saturday with Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg 0.883 of a second slower after suffering a brake problem.
Formula One has had to modify its qualifying format after financial problems ruled the Caterham and Marussia teams out of Sunday`s U.S. Grand Prix while Red Bull`s Sebastian Vettel is set to be sidelined by an engine penalty.
Daniel Ricciardo conceded on Thursday that his Red Bull team-mate and four time champion Sebastian Vettel may duck out of qualifying at this weekend`s United States Grand Prix because of an enforced power unit change.
Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season because he wants a fresh environment and needs to be winning again, the Formula One team`s ex-chairman Luca di Montezemolo said on Wednesday.
Local favourite Daniil Kvyat could not hide his delight on Saturday after producing the best qualifying performance of his Formula One career to claim fifth place on the grid for Sunday`s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.
After leading the championship for most of the year, a candid Nico Rosberg found himself facing the prospect of another dent to his title hopes after being comprehensively outpaced by Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton on Saturday.
Sebastian Vettel requested patience and understanding on Thursday as he and Formula One tackled questions on his future and the safety of drivers following last weekend`s crash-marred Japanese Grand Prix.