Chinese Grand Prix – Race

April 20, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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After a wet Qualifying session, the race should be dry.

Provisional grid: HAM, RIC, VET, ROS, ALO, MAS, BOT, HUL, VER, GRO, RAI, BUT, KVY, SUT, MAG, PER, GUT, KOB, BIA, ERI, CHI, MAL*
*Technically MAL has a 5 grid spot penalty after spearing GUT in Bahrain.

There’s lots of news/updates in my Quali post.

Tyre compounds for the race: prime = medium compound (white), option = soft (yellow)

No new penalties since Quali so the provisional grid stands.

Radio for PER – only MAG starting on prime tyres
HAM leads everyone away on the formation lap
Radio for ROS – we have no telemetry
HAM very slow approaching the end of the formation lap, trying to bunch everyone up
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Chinese Grand Prix – Qualifying

April 19, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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It’s the forth race weekend already – time flies! Quick summary of the races (and my notes) so far:

Race date Country Quali notes Pole Race notes Podium
Mar16 Australia Quali HAM Race ROS, RIC* MAG, BUT
Mar30 Malaysia Quali HAM Race HAM, ROS, VET
Apr06 Bahrain Quali ROS Race HAM, ROS, PER

*Red Bull lost their appeal against Ricciardo’s disqualification (in Australia), as expected. [source: FIA]

Championship standings:

  Constructors
1 Mercedes (111 points)
2 Force India (44)
3 McLaren (43)
4 Red Bull (35)
5 Ferrari (33)
6 Williams (30)
7 Toro Rosso (7)
8= Lotus,
Sauber,
Marussia,
Caterham (0)
 
  Drivers
1 ROS (61)
2 HAM (50)
3 HUL (28)
4 ALO (26)
5= BUT, VET (23)
7 MAG (20)
8 BOT (18)
9 PER (16)
10= RIC, MAS (12)
12 RAI (7)
13 VER (4)
14 KVY (3)

In other news:

  • an American team, headed by Gene Haas, will join F1 in 2015 [source: BBC]
  • technical director Bob Bell to leave Mercedes in November [BBC]
  • Stefano Domenicali has resigned as the team principal of Ferrari with immediate effect [BBC]

In free practice, the fastest five were:

  1. ALO (1:39.783), ROS, RIC, BUT, HUL
  2. HAM (1:38.315), ALO, ROS, RIC, VET
  3. {Wet session} RIC (1:53.958), MAS, GRO, HUL, RAI

My GridBids picks for this race are: ROS, HAM, RAI, GRO & BUT.
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Bahrain Grand Prix – Race

April 6, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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After yesterday’s Qualifying session SUT was given a five-place grid penalty and received two penalty points on his Super Licence for blocking GRO in Q1. (RIC has a 10-place grid penalty following an unsafe release from his third pit stop in the Malaysian race.)

Revised grid: ROS, HAM, BOT, PER, RAI, BUT, MAS, MAG, ALO, VET, HUL, KVY, RIC, VER, GUT, GRO, MAL, KOB, BIA, ERI, CHI, SUT.
(My GridBids picks are BUT, ROS, HAM, VET & KOB.)

Tyre compounds this weekend: prime=medium, option=soft
The top 9 cars are all starting on the used options, the tyres on which they set their fastest qualifying times. Behind them, everyone’s on options except VET and SUT.

ROS leads everyone away on the formation lap – slow start from HAM and PER, but they all get off the false grid
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Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying

April 5, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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Third race in three weeks! :) (Malaysia last weekend, Australia the week before.)
Bahrain has been switched to a night race, so it’ll be an interesting qualifying session.
Tyre compounds this weekend: prime=medium, option=soft
Air temperature 24°C; track 29°C; dry but windy; temps will obviously drop as the sun has set.
Remember that RIC has a 10-place grid penalty following an unsafe release from his third pit stop in the Malaysian race.

Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
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Malaysian Grand Prix – Race

March 30, 2014 by · 5 Comments
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The second race of the 2014 F1 season, Malaysia’s weather is often unpredictable. It was very wet in Qualifying yesterday; after BOT’s three-place grid penalty for impeding RIC during Q2, the grid is: HAM, VET, ROS, ALO, RIC, RAI, HUL, MAG, VER, BUT, KVY, GUT, MAS, PER, GRO, MAL, SUT, BOT, BIA, KOB, CHI, ERI. (The stewards decided no further action was required after reviewing the ALO/KVY incident.)

Just before the start of the race, the air temperature is 32°C; track 51°C; wind 3.3m/s; humidity 62%; it’s cloudy but dry, although the forecast is for rain during the race.

Tyre compound choices are hard (prime) and medium (option); the high track temperature will really test the tyres.
Looks like everyone will be starting on options
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