Singapore Grand Prix – Race

September 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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The only night race of the season is always a spectacle.

Qualifying ended with a close fight between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

Grid: HAM, ROS, RIC, VET, ALO, MAS, RAI, BOT, MAG, KVY, BUT, VER, HUL, GUT, PER, GRO, SUT, MAL, BIA, KOB, CHI, ERI.

Air temperature 29°C; track 36°C; humidity 64%

Tyre choices: prime=soft (yellow markings), option=super-soft (red)

Looks like the whole grid are going to start on options.
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Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying

September 20, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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Since the Italian GP weekend, Bernie Ecclestone has banned teams giving drivers advice over the radio; this has subsequently been backed off a little, but it’s still a stupid idea – it’s jsut going to lead to the teams using coded messages to get around it.

Singapore is always an interesting race, if only because it’s held at night. It’s hard to pass (like most circuits) so Qualifying is important.

Free practice times:

  1. FP1: ALO (1:49.056), HAM, ROS, VET, RIC, VER; VET had an engine failure so it’s been replaced by an older one.
  2. FP2: HAM (1:47.490), ALO, RIC, RAI, VET; ROS was P13; MAL had a big off and brought out the red flags.
  3. FP3: ALO (1:47.299), RIC, ROS, VER, VET; HAM was P6 after a spin.

So we could be in for some good racing this weekend.

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

Air temperature 27°C; track 32°C; humidity 77%
10% chance of rain during Qualifying

Tyre choices: prime=soft (yellow markings), option=super-soft (red)

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Italian Grand Prix – Race

September 7, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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Hamilton claimed his first pole since Spain in May; his teammate Rosberg took P2 in yesterday’s Qualifying.

Provisional grid: HAM, ROS, BOT, MAS, MAG, BUT, ALO, VET, RIC, PER, RAI, VER, HUL, SUT, GUT, MAL, GRO, KOB, BIA, CHI, KVY*, ERI.
*KVY’s penalty dropped him to P21.

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

Tyre compounds: prime = hard (orange lettering), option = medium (white)
The top 10 have to start on their tyres from Q2; looks like everyone options except
Air temperature 25°C; track 44°C;

Our power goes off just before the formation lap!!!!
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Italian Grand Prix – Qualifying

September 6, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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Mercedes are going to have a very interesting race weekend following the “racing incident” at Spa when Rosberg “took out” Hamilton … and of course the teammates have quite different views on what happened. The senior guys at Mercedes we quick to point the finger at ROS; they said “suitable disciplinary measures have been taken for the incident” and that another similar incident “will not be tolerated”, with Toto Wolff saying “We would have to take decisions and take the consequences of having a different line-up”.

HAM was fastest (1:26.187) in Free Practice 1, followed by BUT, ROS, ALO and MAG. However an electrical problem caused HAM to miss the first 60 minutes of FP2. This time ROS was quickest (1:26.225) then HAM, RAI, ALO and BOT. HAM topped the times in FP3 (1:25.519) followed by ALO, BOT, MAS, BUT and VET; meanwhile ROS had a gearbox problem and missed the whole session.

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

Tyre compounds: prime = hard (orange lettering), option = medium (white)

Air temperature 25°C; track 44°C; humidity 54%; it’s partly cloudy but dry

Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
The two Marussia cars (BIA & CHI) are first to head onto the track
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Belgian Grand Prix – Race

August 24, 2014 by · 6 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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