Belgian Grand Prix – Race

August 24, 2014 by · 5 Comments
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Another exciting qualifying session which started with a damp track but the rain set in fairly quickly, resulting in some of the lesser-powered cars further up the grid than expected, e.g. Marussia’s Bianchi in P16.

Provisional grid: ROS, HAM, VET, ALO, RIC, BOT, MAG, RAI, MAS, BUT, KVY, VER, PER, SUT, GRO, BIA, MAL, HUL, CHI, GUT, LOT*, ERI.
(*Andre Lotterer has replaced Kamui Kobayashi in the Caterham.)

The question I posed after quali was: Forecast is for a dry race, so how many compromised their qualifying performance in order to set up the car for tomorrow? Well, we’ll find out soon.

My GridBids picks are: VET, ROS, HAM & BUT.

Tyre choices: prime = medium (white lettering) and options = soft (yellow)
Because qualifying was wet, all drivers have a free choice of which tyres to start on
On the false grid, it looks like only SUT is starting on primes
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Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying

August 23, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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It feels like an age since the last Grand Prix but Hungary was just three weeks ago. Rosberg is only 11 points ahead of teammate Hamilton, with Ricciardo 60 points further back. (Points tables)

Initially Marussia announced that Max Chilton had been replaced by reserve driver Alexander Rossi for the Belgian GP due to unspecified “contractual issues”, but then said Rossi was only in for Free Practice 1 and Chilton would drive the rest of the weekend.

Caterham also announced a driver change: three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Andre Lotterer will replace Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi.

Free Practice results:

  • FP1: ROS (1:51.577), HAM, ALO, BUT, RAI
  • FP2: HAM (1:49.189), ROS, ALO, MAS, BUT
  • FP3: BOT (1:49.465), RIC, ROS, RAI, HAM

My GridBids picks are: VET, ROS, HAM & BUT.

Tyre choices: prime = medium (white lettering) and options = soft (yellow)

Air temperature 9°C; track 21°C; humidity 92%
It’s not raining now but it did recently and the track is still damp

Qualifying 1 (Q1)
The two Marussia cars waiting at the pit exit; both Caterhams lining up behind them
Green light; Q1 starts
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Championship standings after the Hungarian GP

July 28, 2014 by · 1 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 · 2 Comments
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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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