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 · 4 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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Malaysian Grand Prix – Qualifying

March 29, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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One week after the controversial Australian Grand Prix (which ended with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo losing his second-place finish after stewards decided his car had run with too high a fuel flow rate) the F1 circus moves to Malaysia, with the teams are marking the loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

The start of qualifying has been delayed by 15 minutes due to a downpour – the weather in Malaysia is always unpredictable.

Looking at Red Bull’s weather forecast, it says “shower continues and is going to become thundery again”.

Start of Q1 delayed a further 15 minutes.
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Australian Grand Prix – Race

March 16, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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After yesterday’s exciting Qualifying session, the provisional grid looked like this: HAM, RIC, ROS, MAG, ALO, VER, HUL, KVY, MAS, BUT, RAI, VET, SUT, KOB, BOT*, PER, CHI, BIA, ERI, GRO, GUT*, MAL**.
*BOT & GUT each have a 5 grid spot penalty for gearbox change
**MAL did not set a lap time so will need to appeal to be allowed to race.
[You can find driver/team info in an earlier post]

It’s still hard to predict the cars’ relative performance and reliability, but my GridBids picks for this race are: ROS, HAM, ALO, BUT & MAS.

Air temperature 19°C; track 28°C; it’s cloudy but no immediate threat of rain.
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