Championship standings after the Hungarian GP

July 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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My last points update was after Germany, so this update only includes Hungary but there’s 3 weeks until the next race (Spa).

  • Hungary (RIC, ALO, HAM, ROS, MAS, RAI, VET, BOT, VER, BUT)
  Drivers
1 ROS (202)
2 HAM (191)
3 RIC (131)
4 ALO (115)
5 BOT (95)
6 VET (88)
7 HUL (69)
8 BUT (60)
9 MAS (40)
10 MAG (37)
11 PER (29)
12 RAI (27)
13 VER (11)
14 GRO (8)
15 KVY (6)
16 BIA (2)
17= MAL, SUT, GUT, CHI, KOB, ERI (0)
 
  Constructors
1 Mercedes (393 points)
2 Red Bull (219)
3 Ferrari (142)
4 Williams (135)
5 Force India (98)
6 McLaren (97)
7 Toro Rosso (17)
8 Lotus (8)
9 Marussia (2)
10= Sauber, Caterham (0)

Hungarian Grand Prix – Race

July 27, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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Another exciting Qualifying yesterday saw HAM go up in flames without setting a lap time, HAM not even complete his out lap, and MAG slide off into the tyre wall when the rain started in Q3.

The provisional grid was: ROS, VET, BOT, RIC, ALO, MAS, BUT, VER, HUL, MAG, KVY, SUT, PER, GUT, GRO, BIA, RAI, KOB, CHI, ERI; HAM & MAL will need the stewards OK to allow them to race.

FIA announced “Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen will start Sunday’s race in Hungary from the pit lane after both their cars sustained damage in qualifying severe enough to necessitate chassis changes.”

Tyre compounds: prime = medium (white lettering); option = soft (yellow)

There was rain about 30 minutes before the start of the race but it’s stopped now.
Air temperature 21°C; track 29°C; wind 1.0m/s; it’s grey & overcast

Updated grid: ROS, VET, BOT, RIC, ALO, MAS, BUT, VER, HUL, KVY, SUT, PER, GUT, GRO, BIA, RAI, KOB, CHI, ERI, MAL; HAM & MAG will start from the pit lane.

Radio for SUT – everyone starting on inters (intermediate wet tyres)

ROS leads everyone away on the formation lap
KVY hasn’t left his start position – he’s stuck on the grid
Radio from KVY – no engine
KVY pushed into the pit lane

HAM and MAG leave their garages and head to the end of the pit lane; they’ll be allowed to leave the pits once the field is in Turn 1

Grid forms up
KVY’s spot is left empty; he’s in the pit lane, behind MAG and HAM
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Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying

July 26, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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It’s only been a week since the German GP – less for me as I didn’t get to watch it until Tuesday!

ROS is 14 points ahead of his teammate in the drivers’ championship, and Mercedes have almost twice the points of Red Bull.

HAM was fastest in all three practice sessions this weekend; he’s also won the Hungarian GP four times (would have been 5 if it weren’t for a car problem) so he has to be favourite, but ROS and even the Red Bulls are snapping at his heels. And of course HAM has not had a great record in recent qualifying sessions.

Tyre compounds: prime = medium (white lettering); option = soft (yellow)

Air temperature 28°C; track 47°C; wind 1.1m/s; overcast, 30% chance of rain in Quali.

My GridBids picks for the race: ROS, HAM, RAI, MAL, GRO, BUT & SUT.

Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
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Championship standings after the German GP

July 24, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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My last points update was after Austria, so this update includes 2 more races:

  • Britain (HAM, BOT, RIC, BUT, VET, ALO, MAG, HUL, KVY, VER)
  • Germany (ROS, BOT, HAM, VET, ALO, RIC, HUL, BUT, MAG, PER)
  Drivers
1 ROS (190)
2 HAM (176)
3 RIC (106)
4 ALO (97)
5 BOT (91)
6 VET (82)
7 HUL (69)
8 BUT (59)
9 MAG (37)
10 MAS (30)
11 PER (29)
12 RAI (19)
13 VER (9)
14 GRO (8)
15 KVY (6)
16 BIA (2)
17= MAL, SUT, GUT, CHI, KOB, ERI (0)
 
  Constructors
1 Mercedes (366 points)
2 Red Bull (188)
3 Williams (121)
4 Ferrari (116)
5 Force India (98)
6 McLaren (96)
7 Toro Rosso (15)
8 Lotus (8)
9 Marussia (2)
10= Sauber, Caterham (0)

German Grand Prix – race

July 22, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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Hamilton’s brake failure in Qualifying saw him in P16 but a 5 place penalty for changing the gearbox has him starting in P20, while his teammate is on pole.

Grid: ROS, BOT, MAS, MAG, RIC, VET, ALO, KVY, HUL, PER, BUT, RAI, VER, GRO, SUT, GUT*, BIA, MAL, KOB, HAM*, CHI
ERI will start from the pit lane after not setting a Quali time (because the team were busy rebuilding his car) and then a parc ferme transgression (the team failed to cover and seal his car) means he also has a 10 second stop-go penalty!
*GUT has a 3 grid spot penalty after Silverstone stewards decided he was “predominantly at fault” for an incident with MAL at the British Grand Prix.

(My GridBids picks: ROS, HAM, RAI, MAL, GRO, BUT)

Tyre choices are: prime = soft (yellow lettering); option = super-soft (red)
Weather is not as warm as yesterday; track is 20°C cooler than in Quali.

ROS leads everyone (except ERI) away on the formation lap
HAM starting on prime tyres, whereas everyone around him are on options
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