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GPI Illustrated #78: German Grand Prix Edition

Up until the 2013 German Grand Prix triple world champion Sebastian Vettel had never won a Formula 1 race on home soil. He un-jinxed himself with a fine performance on a hot afternoon at the Nurburgring and with it notched up his 30th win at the pinnacle of the sport. Chasing hard all weekend were the Lotus pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, enjoying and making the most of the back to form E21. In the end it was Raikkonen who stalked the Red Bull driver doggedly, but the Iceman ran out of laps and second place was his reward for his role in a thrilling climax to an incident packed race. Grosjean boosted his shares, which have been up and down since his return to F1 last year, with a mature drive to third place. On the same weekend Mercedes went from hero to zero; McLaren looked a tad better than normal; Ferrari made some weird decisions; Red Bull crew messed up Mark Webber’s tyre stop and a cameraman nearly got killed in the process; a Marussia developed a mind of its own and went on a wander across the race track; Pirelli tyres behaved - it was an interesting round to the world championship and here we have the best pictures of that weekend. Enjoy
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GPI Illustrated #77: British Grand Prix Edition

The 2013 British Grand Prix weekend was the most dramatic edition of this year’s world championship thus far. Before an engine had even fired up Mark Webber dropped a bombshell by announcing he is quitting F1 at the end of the season and we know what that means - a highly coveted seat with Red Bull available and with that the ‘silly season’ has well and truly erupted. Then we had the weather, namely rain on the opening morning with little action for the 80,000 or so fans braving the elements while the majority of drivers remained in the cosy confines of their pit garages. Fortunately qualifying made up for all that as Lewis Hamilton simply pulverised everyone on his way to top spot on the grid. And it all got off to a good start with the local hero setting the early pace until he suffered a blowout... and there were a further three blowouts in the race as something was clearly amiss with the Pirelli tyres in use at Silverstone. By the time the dust settled Nico Rosberg went on to score a popular win, but only after race leader Sebastian Vettel parked his Red Bull with a broken transmission to cheers from the stands. Webber was second, behind Rosberg, and Fernando Alonso third. We have it all in vivid pictures by the best snappers in the sport!

GPI Illustrated #76 DTM Special Edition

Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters or DTM as it has become universally known, is without doubt one of the most prestigious saloon car based racing series. Spectacular cars, great crowds, top drivers and no holds...

GPI Illustrated #75

Sadly the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix will always be remembered for the tragic death of Formula 1 ‘super-fan’ and long time marshal at the Montreal race. He was one of us, a fan whose passion took him tot he frontline of the sport, namely providing safety to the super-star drivers. Mark died in the line of duty, for this we salute him and extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends. Action on the Ile Notre Dame, during the course of the weekend, was influenced by the fickleness of the weather which only really came good on the Sunday of the race. Alarmingly for his rivals, for Sebastian Vettel it was a walk in the park. He thoroughly dominated proceedings from the minute he put the Red Bull RB9 on pole. It was a flag to flag victory, with the only talking point being the not too subtle command not to go for the fastest lap late in the race from the his race engineer Guillaume Rocquelin: Senna.1988.Monaco - priceless. Behind Seb Fernando Alonso re-ignited his title campaign with a strong drive to second and Lewis Hamilton, rather dourly on the podium, accepted the third place trophy. Enjoy the visual feast!

GPI Illustrated #74

The concept of a Formula One magazine is attractive. How many have come and gone is hard to tell. Very many for sure. Our own Grand Prix International project was inspired by a magazine of the same name...

GPI #73

Son emulates father at Monaco. Great feel good story emerged after a dramatic, action packed and expensive weekend at the Principality in what is dubbed as Formula 1’s crown jewel event. Why this is defies logic, but then so does our favourite sport most of the time. Almost overshadowing Rosberg’s stellar performance on his ‘home’ track, was the ‘secret’ tyre test Mercedes conducted with Pirelli after the Spanish GP. This ignited an almighty furore which is also set to dominate headlines for some time. In this edition we have it all covered with great photography to boot. Enjoy!

GPI #72

McLaren Honda. Two words that conjure some of the finest memories in the history of Formula 1. Forever connected to the Ayrton Senna legacy, a powerhouse partnership is set to resume in 2015. This issue has it all covered, plus we have: a preview of F1’s annual street fight, Whitmarsh under pressure, Mercedes thinking outside the box, Ecclestone innocent and the ongoing tyres debate. Enjoy!

GPI #71

Fernando Alonso has a way to pick the precise right moments to win with Ferrari: he won his first race with the Scuderia back in 2010; then half a year later with the honeymoon period over and the Spaniard copping some flak from the Italian media he shut them up with a famous win at Monza. Now he delivers victory in front of his home fans and emphatically signals his intent to capture the world crown which has rested on Sebastian Vettel’s mantle-piece for the past three years. We have the Barcelona weekend covered with topical interviews, for the record reports and of course, best of all, great Formula 1 photography.

GPI #70

Three weeks between grands prix seems like an age and guaranteed that behind the scenes the teams are at full tilt as they enter the meat of the season - the European stanza with Canada thrown into the mix. We take an ‘unplugged’ look at Spain’s F1 hero Fernando Alonso on the eve of his home race. Also on the menu are interviews with the Lotus lads, with news from McLaren, Red Bull, Mercedes and others thrown in for good measure. We, along with the drivers, preview the Barcelona weekend

GPI #69

May Day, Workers’ Day, the Day Ayrton died. We have a modest tribute to the greatest who has been gone for nineteen years now. This edition is dedicated to Mark Webber, who celebrated his 200th grand prix start in Bahrain. The Perez vs Button saga is still simmering, Ferrari’s post-mortems are always a good read, Rush the Lauda vs Hunt movie should be a hit with F1 fans, all this and o few other odds and ends should keep you entertained. Enjoy!

Grand Prix International #68

While everyone toiled in the heat of the Bahrain desert, Sebastian Vettel was simply on another planet as he notched up win number two of the season and opened up a ten point gap at the summit of the points...

Now out Grand Prix International #67

Three races, three winners, Alonso and Ferrari break their victory drought, Webber dogged by bad luck and Red Bull by conspiracy theories, Pirelli tyres turmoil, three world champions on the podium, five world champions in the top five, team orders saga rumbles on. We have us a dramatic Formula 1 world championship season. Our Chinese Grand Prix edition has all angles from Shanghai well covered, while previewing the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Now out Grand Prix International #66

Yes it’s The Iceman again on our cover. The GPI 2012 Driver of the Year comes to the rescue - with an intriguing piece by people closest to him courtesy the cool Lotus media team, at the end of a three week period virtually devoid of Formula 1 news - apart from the ongoing Multi-21 saga that has been analysed from every angle and by just about everyone. Of course we have it all covered in this issue along with the Chinese Grand Prix preview and related driver soundbites. Also for the first time some interesting videos (which will feature increasingly in future editions) and we proudly launch our Special Feature section... Enjoy!

Now out Grand Prix International #65

Grand Prix International Issue #65. The Multi-21 saga continues to roll on. We have the (we hope) last mutterings on the matter, while looking back on some famous team orders that prevailed over the years in Formula 1. Also in this issue: Claire Williams, Charlie Whiting, Jenson Button, Jules Bianchi, Romain Grosjean and a ultra-cool black & white Big Picture segment featuring all the drivers in pose mode.

Grand Prix International #64

Team orders and Multi-21 were the buzzwords after Malaysian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel did himself no favours by snatching victory from teammate Mark Webber in defiance of team orders. At Mercedes quite the opposite transpired as Nico Rosberg was told not to challenge Lewis Hamilton for third place. Both incidents were packed with intrigue, high drama and the like - we have it all well and truly covered along with everything else that transpired on an amazing weekend of grand prix racing. Enjoy!

Grand Prix International #63

Kimi Raikkonen, our 2012 Driver of the Year, delivered a well judged and superbly controlled drive to claim victory in the season opening Australian Grand Prix. Early on it appeared that it was going to be another 2011-style Red Bull-dozer, but what transpired has set the scene for what promises to be another intriguing season of Grand Prix racing. In this issue we provide extensive coverage from the race at Albert Park with: interviews, features, reports, results and as usual great photography. Enjoy!