Grand Prix of Bahrain – Race

April 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Following an exciting Qualifying session, in which BUT didn’t even set a time in Q1, we now hear poor Jenson Button has had yet another problem with his McLaren. BBC are reporting he’s in the garage and probably won’t make it to the grid. It should have been his 100th Grand Prix.

Grid: HAM, VET, ROS, RAI, BOT, MAS, RIC, HUL, SAI, GRO; PER, NAS, ERI, ALO, VES; MAL, KVY, STE, MER, BUT*

Tyre choices: prime = medium (white); option = medium (yellow)
The top 10 will start on their tyres from Q2; looks like only MAL starting on primes
The rough track surface means a lot of tyre wear, so probably 2 or 3 stops.

McLaren confirm BUT won’t be able to race; “During fire-up, data indicated an issue originating from his earlier electrical problems.”

Sunset is officially 3 minutes after the hour, so the floodlights have been on for a while.

Radio from HAM asking about fuel saving in the first segment; told he needs about 100 metres of lift-and-coast per lap

HAM leads the grid away on the formation lap
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Grand Prix of Bahrain – Qualifying

April 18, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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After Hamilton’s victory in China, his 10th consecutive race podium, two penalties were handed out: Button had five seconds added to his race time and was docked two penalty points after accepting blame for his late coming-together with Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado; and Marussia’s Roberto Merhi was also docked two penalty points, and received a five-second time penalty, after failing to stay above the required time set by governing body the FIA during the late safety car period. Neither penalty affected the points awarded to HAM, ROS, VET, RAI, MAS, BOT, GRO, NAS, RIC & ERI.

Surprisingly neither Mercedes was in the top 10 quickest cars in Free Practice 1 (FP1) – fastest was RAI (1:37.827), followed by VET, BOT, SAI and RIC. BUT parked his McLaren after an electrical problem.

FP2 followed more a usual form: ROS (1:34.647), HAM, RAI, VET, BOT, RIC, MAL. Despite it being Free Practice, PER tried to dive inside NAS but collided with VET; the stewards determined that neither the Ferrari driver nor Perez was to blame. Additionally HAM and RAI passed a queue of cars on the inside at the exit of the pit lane at the end of the session is still being looked at – with RAI reprimanded “for driving in a manner deemed to be dangerous in the pit lane”.

FP3: MAL lost a piece of bodywork; KVY spun off, causing red flags while they extract his car from the gravel trap; fastest was HAM (1:34.599), VET, ROS, RAI, BOT, MAS, MAL, RIC, HUL, NAS.

Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
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Grand Prix of China – Race

April 12, 2015 by · 3 Comments
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Mercedes are just ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship standings, and Hamilton is only 3 points ahead of Vettel in the Drivers’ Championship after two rounds.

It’s the 12th running of the Chinese Grand Prix. Remember: “A rogue marshal brought the Chinese Grand Prix to an end prematurely last year after waving the chequered flag a lap early by mistake, something officials will be keen to avoid repeating this weekend.” [TopGear]

There was also the spectator who ran across the track and pit lane in FP2.

Qualifying yesterday went pretty much as expected.
Provisional grid: HAM, ROS, VET, MAS, BOT, RAI, RIC, GRO, NAS, ERI; MAL, KVY, VES, SAI, PER; HUL, BUT, ALO, STE, MER.

Track temperature 46°C
Tyre choices this weekend are: prime = medium (white); option = soft (yellow)
The top 10 qualifiers (HAM to ERI) are all starting on the option tyres which they set their fastest time in Q2. Behind them, only KVY and SAI are on primes.

Hopefully the owner of HasMaldonadoCrashedToday.com won’t need to update the site today. :)

HAM leads everyone away on the formation lap
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F1 Standings after 2 rounds

April 11, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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After just 2 rounds:

  • Australia: HAM, ROS, VET, MAS, NAS, RIC, HUL, SAI, ERI, PER
  • Malaysia: VET, HAM, ROS, RAI, BOT, MAS, VES, SAI, KVY, RIC

…here are the standings:

  Drivers points
1 HAM 43
2 VET 40
3 ROS 33
4 MAS 20
5 RAI 12
6= NAS, BOT 10
8 RIC 9
9= HUL, VES, SAI 6
12 ERI 4
13 KVY 2
14 PER 1
15= GRO, BUT, MER, MAL, MAG, ALO, STE 0
 
  Constructors points
1 Mercedes 76
2 Ferrari 52
3 Williams 30
4 Sauber 14
5 Toro Rosso 12
6 Red Bull 11
7 Force India 7
8= Lotus, McLaren, Manor 0

Grand Prix of China – Qualifying

April 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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So what’s new since Malaysia?

  • “Fernando Alonso says he has no regrets about his decision to leave Ferrari to join McLaren this season. The 33-year-old two-time world champion, who left Ferrari after five years without a title, saw replacement Sebastian Vettel win only his second race for the team last month.” [BBC] Through gritted teeth?
  • Jenson Button disagrees with Bernie’s proposal for a women-only championship (and I agree with him): “There’s no reason a woman can’t race against guys”. Susie Wolff also doesn’t see the need for one: “I can, hand on heart, say it would not interest me at all to win such a race.” [BBC]
  • Jolyon Palmer, son of former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer, to make practice debut with Lotus at Chinese Grand Prix; he’ll temporarily take Romain Grosjean’s seat. [BBC]
  • “English driver Will Stevens is hoping to finally make his Manor debut at the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend. The 23-year-old is yet to drive in qualifying or a race for his new team after they suffered teething problems in Australia and Malaysia.” [BBC]
  • Part of the “Wing” roof at the Silverstone motor racing circuit was damaged by high winds. [BBC]

Free Practice 1 saw drivers testing new settings, parts and racing lines as usual. BUT has a bad back – must be related to all the talk of him retiring :) HAM fastest (1:39.033) followed by ROS, VET, RAI and NAS.

FP2 had an unexpected participant – a spectator run across the track from the main grandstand to the pit wall and almost into the Ferrari garage! Although that wasn’t the cause of red flags (session suspended); that was because MAS lost his Williams under braking for the hairpin and went off into the barriers. KVY’s Red Bull belched flames and then cut across the gravel and tapped the armco. RAI and ROS jostled for position on their out lap; hopefully we’ll see similar competition in the race. HAM was fastest again (1:37.219) with RAI, RIC, VET ahead of his Mercedes teammate (ROS).

FP3 was barely under way when ALO parked his McLaren with an engine problem. Meanwhile teammate BUT is told “the issue is not fixed, so be careful”. HAM has reported that his seat is getting hot – could that be an ERS problem? RIC is pushed into the Red Bull garage with smoke pouring from his rear wheels. HAM fastest again (1:37.615) followed by ROS, VET, RAI and RIC.

OK, on to Quali…

Air temperature 19°C; track 43°C; wind 1.6m/s; humidity 32%
Tyre choices this weekend are: prime = medium (white); option = soft (yellow)

McLaren haven’t made it into Q2 this season, and both BUT and ALO had problems in Free Practice so it’s going to be a struggle, I suspect.

BBC mentioned it’s 22 years ago today since the European Grand Prix at Donington Park – I remember that rain! :)
BBC: “Ayrton Senna produced one of the most memorable opening laps of all time in the wet at Donington Park. The McLaren driver famously went from fifth to first in one lap, dispatching the Benetton of Michael Schumacher and then the Sauber of Karl Wendlinger in the opening turns, before making short work of Williams duo Alain Prost and Damon Hill.”

Back to Shanghai…

Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
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