Grand Prix of Hungary – Race

July 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Hamilton has dominated the weekend again – quickest in all 3 free practice sessions and all 3 parts of Qualifying.

Bernie shows he’s not completely evil by flying in Jules Bianchi’s family.

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

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

Watching DC’s grid walk
Minute’s silence for Jules Bianchi; drivers and JB’s family form a circle around their helmets
Hungarian national anthem
Can’t be easy for the teams & drivers to just turn off that emotion and get on with the race

Side-by-side replay of HAM and ROS qualifying laps; HAM just a fraction quicker everywhere adds up to a 0.5sec gap at the end

Air temperature 22°C; track 41°C; a little overcast but no rain forecast

No penalties, so grid is: HAM, ROS, VET, RIC, RAI, BOT, KVY, MAS, VES, GRO, HUL, SAI, PER, MAL, ALO, BUT, ERI, NAS, MER, STE.

Team staff and mechanics clear the grid
HAM leads everyone away on the formation lap
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Grand Prix of Hungary – Qualifying

July 25, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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The death of Jules Bianchi will obviously cast a shadow of the weekend. He had been in a coma since crashing his Marussia into a recovery vehicle at October’s rain-hit race. [BBC] However, for an inherently dangerous sport which takes place at 200mph it’s worth remembering that it’s over 20 years since the last deaths in F1, when Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger died in the race and practice respectively at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix race weekend. [BBC]

The post-race investigation of first lap incident at the British GP concluded it was a racing incident, so the result was confirmed as HAM, ROS, VET, MAS, BOT, KVY, HUL, RAI, PER, ALO. (Points standings before the GB GP.)

In his column for BBC Sport, Lewis Hamilton said: I’m not generally one for statistics like that but someone told me the other day that if I win three of the next four races, I would equal the number of wins Senna had in the same number of races in his career – 41 from 161.

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

Lotus were at risk of not being able to race due a lack of tyres right up to 15 minutes before the first session – because Pirelli refused to release them until Lotus made their latest payment.

Free Practice:

  1. PER had a big accident, spinning and flipping his Force India. He was fine but the car will need a lot of work. RAI brought out the second red flag after losing his front wing on the kerbs at Turn 12, spreading debris across the track and puncturing his own tyre. HAM (1:25.141), ROS, RAI, RIC, KVY.
  2. Force India investigate the cause of PER’s accident; suspect suspension failure; PER and HUL will not take part in FP2. ROS and MAL have a little battle in Turn 13, trying to find space for a quick lap. VET spins; MER fights oversteer; a few minutes later GRO spins. Red flag as RIC’s engine lets go and he parks the Red Bull; another poor showing from the Renault customer engine. VET spins again. HAM (1:23.949), KVY, RIC, ROS, RAI.

Finally, on to Qualifying :)

It’s another warm day in Hungary – air temperature 32°C, track 54°C
There’s a tailwind into Turn 1, which might lead to people running wide

Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
ROS fairly keen to get on track
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Grand Prix of Britain – Race

July 5, 2015 by · 4 Comments
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It’s not as windy as it was in Qualifying so it’s looking like it’s going to be another great British Grand Prix.

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

NAS had to be pushed to the grid – hopefully not a problem which will prevent him starting the race.
BBC pre-race grid walk find NAS in the Sauber garage but no-one wants to say what the problem is. So NAS will start from the pit lane.

Another warbler butchering the national anthem – where (why) do they find these singers? :(

Air temperature 19°C; track 32°C; wind 18km/h; humidity 52%; partly cloudy

NAS’ car has been covered up, so he won’t be racing after all.

HAM leads everyone else away on the formation lap
VES is the only one starting on primes (hard compound tyre)
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Grand Prix of Britain – Qualifying

July 4, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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Not much in the way of news since Austria; the test session in Austria (the week after the GP) was mostly wet; Mark Smith (previously technical director with Caterham, Force India and Red Bull) will join Sauber mid-July; Manor have a new sponsor and new colour scheme. Good news for McLaren: ALO and BUT will be allowed to use an additional power unit without penalty this season following regulation changes agreed in Wednesday’s meeting of the Formula One Strategy Group. [FIA] There was also a decision not to reintroduce refuelling. Rumour that Ferrari may ditch RAI at the end of this season.

Free Practice:

  1. FP1: ROS (1:34.274), HAM, VES, RAI, SAI
    Susie Wolff finished P13 in BOT’s Williams, followed by Jolyon Palmer in GRO’s Lotus and Raffaele Marciello in ERI’s Sauber.
    ROS posts P1 then pulls off track just after Copse due to a loss of hydraulic pressure. HAM took P1 but, at the end of FP1, ROS was out to test the hydraulic fix and went P1 again.
  2. FP2: ROS (1:34.155), RAI, VET, HAM, KVY, RIC
    GRO caused the session to be suspended after he beached his Lotus in the gravel at Luffield. ALO off there too. BUT complaining of terrible stability – “the car’s bouncing all over the place”. MER follows in ALO and GRO’s footsteps, spinning off at Luffield; another brief red flag period.
  3. FP3: HAM (1:32.917), ROS, RAI, VET, VES, SAI, MAS, BOT
    ROS had a gearbox oil leak, which the Mercedes mechanics resolved; ALO’s hydraulic issue kept him in the pits. The wind at Turn 9 (Copse) was challenging with a series of cars going off there (13 cars in 14 minutes).

HAM is just 10 points ahead of his team-mate in the standings, with ROS 39 points ahead of VET. Mercedes are 136 points clear of Ferrari.

BBC point out today would have been the 55th birthday of Roland Ratzenberger, who died in practice at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, the day before Ayrton Senna’s death.
It’s also 61 years today since Juan Manuel Fangio claimed Mercedes’ first F1 win at the 1954 French GP.

Tyre choices: prime=hard (orange markings), option=medium (white).

Air temperature 22°C; track 36°C; wind 4.7km/h; humidity 57%; partly cloudy
It’s gusty in some of the corners; a tailwind in the pits means a crosswind in Copse.

McLaren mechanics still working on ALO’s car with 30 minutes before qualifying.
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2015 F1 Standings after 8 rounds

July 2, 2015 by · 2 Comments
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Updating with 3 rounds since the previous standings:

  • Monaco: ROS, VET, HAM, KVY, RIC, RAI, PER, BUT, NAS, SAI
  • Canada: HAM, ROS, BOT, RAI, VET, MAS, MAL, HUL, KVY, GRO
  • Austria: ROS, HAM, MAS, VET, BOT, HUL, MAL, VES, PER, RIC

…here are the standings:

  Drivers points
1 HAM 169
2 ROS 159
3 VET 120
4 RAI 72
5 BOT 67
6 MAS 62
7 RIC 36
8 KVY 19
9 HUL 18
10 GRO 17
11 NAS 16
12 PER 13
13 MAL 12
14 VES 10
15 SAI 9
16 ERI 5
17 BUT 4
18= ALO, MAG, MER, STE 0
 
  Constructors points
1 Mercedes 328
2 Ferrari 192
3 Williams 129
4 Red Bull 55
5 Force India 31
6 Lotus 29
7 Sauber 21
8 Toro Rosso 19
9 McLaren 4
10 Manor 0

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