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Apr 19

Webber Confident Heading Into FIA WEC Debut With Porsche

Mark Webber talks to media following qualifying at Silverstone. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mark Webber talks to media following qualifying at Silverstone. (Photo: Getty Images)

After making 215 Grand Prix starts and spending 12 years in Formula 1, Mark Webber begins a new chapter in his motorsports career this weekend, as the veteran open-wheel driver makes his debut with Porsche in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Webber’s arrival onto the sports car scene, along with the German manufacturer’s return to top-level factory prototype racing has been touted as two of the major talking points in the new-look championship, which also sees the launch of new LMP1 regulations.

Apr 19

F1: Hamilton Pushing Hard To Keep Edge Over Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton (left) appears to have the early edge over teammate Nico Rosberg (right). (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton (left) appears to have the early edge over teammate Nico Rosberg (right). (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t feel that he has asserted himself over Nico Rosberg, despite earning another pole in China today, thus giving himself a great chance of securing a third straight win.

Rosberg was down in fourth, some 1.3 seconds off his Mercedes teammate.

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Apr 19

F1: Tires Will Be Key To Chinese GP, Says Rosberg

Nico Rosberg will start from fourth on the grid in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg will start from fourth on the grid in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg says tires will be the key to the Chinese GP, an event that has always put a big strain on the front left.

Rosberg starts from fourth, separated from teammate Lewis Hamilton by the two Red Bulls.

“It will be a tough race, because the left front tire is a big issue,” said Rosberg. “For sure there will be things happening, some people will struggle more than others. I had a good run on Friday, so I’m going into it confidently, knowing that I’ve this Red Bull package in the middle, which is not very helpful. But that’s the way it is, and with the top speed that I have I’m hoping that I manage to get by them somehow.

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Apr 19

F1: Vettel Hoping For Resurgence At Chinese GP

Sebastian Vettel sits sixth in the championship fight, 38 points behind Nico Rosberg (not pictured). (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel sits sixth in the championship fight, 38 points behind Nico Rosberg (not pictured). (Photo: Getty Images)

Given how he finished last season, Sebastian Vettel’s start to the 2014 Formula 1 campaign has been humbling, to say the least.

Last year, the German reeled off nine straight victories, matching the record set by Alberto Ascari in 1952 and `53, to capture his fourth consecutive World Championship with ease.

Apr 19

SportsCars: Toyota Takes Pole for Silverstone FIA WEC Season Opener

Kazuki Nakajima captured pole in the No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kazuki Nakajima captured pole in the No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid. (Photo: Toyota Racing)

Toyota has shown the first blood in the new-look LMP1 class, with the Japanese manufacturer claiming pole for Sunday’s FIA WEC Six Hours of Silverstone.

A late flyer by Kazuki Nakajima put the No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid on the top spot, thanks to Nakajima and co-driver’s Alex Wurz’s four-lap average of 1:42.774 in the intense 25-minute prototype qualifying session.

The Toyota’s average time narrowly edged out the No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, qualified by Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval, by just 0.005 seconds.