Brazilian Grand Prix – The Final Stand

Mark wins the Brazilian Grand Prix

The relief for Webber, securing a win for the 2011 Season in Brazil

 

Hi Racers

Ok, Prepare yourself. This post will be ALL about Webber! YES! Our man secured his win of the season at the final stand in Brazil last night, and what a win it was. With gearbox issues plaguing many other drivers, Webber had none of it and at Lap 28, his team-mate Vettel ( with his own gearbox problem ) had no choice but to allow his Webber to pass and drive off into the distance to secure the win.

I can tell you, I was clapping, yelling and overall being a bit of a crazed fan as the final 10 laps approached and I started to relax and feel I could celebrate.

I’ve never given up on Webber, people bag him out, saying he’s obviously the Number 2 driver ( which, even I admit that he IS, after all everyone is 2nd best to Vettel, he is the champion at the moment ) but Webber is consistent, driven, skilled and humble. All things that make him an incredible Formula 1 Driver.

Vettel congratulates Webber on a flawless win in Brazil

Of course, following his win, there are the people out there who are already bringing up ridiculous conspiracy theories: “Vettel didn’t really have a gearbox problem, it was Red Bull’s way of letting Webber win a race for the season”. This is COMPLETE crap. I don’t quite understand how the man who has secured 3rd place in the drivers championship, is looked upon as a driver who is no good? And who actually NEEDS or would in fact WANT, a win handed to him. He can deliver when it really matters and when the scenario’s play into his hands, he takes the opportunity every time. The pit crew were amazing, his tactics were spot on and it was his race. Fair and Square.

Mark with his DHL Fastest Lap Trophy

Another award went Mark’s way this race weekend, securing the DHL Fastest Lap Award. Mark was the driver with the fastest lap at 6 ( at the time of the award, he nailed the fastest lap in Brazil as well ) of the circuits this year. Consistent is he 🙂

Other News – Hamilton retired with a gearbox problem. Senna & Schumacher had a scuffle ( with Senna penalised, bit harsh I thought ). Button streamed from 4th with a completely different tyre strategy to catch Alonso and pass him to secure his 2nd place in the Championship, and 3rd place in the race. Vettel nursed a gearbox problem. Blah Blah… WEBBER WON!!!

The Podium. Webber, Vettel, Button.

In all seriousness though, the Brazilian grand prix didn’t seem to deliver its usual “busy” race. No rain fell onto the track, and the front-runners went ahead in such form that it became quickly apparent that anyone behind the two Red bulls was fighting for a 3rd place, and nothing more. If there was anything to fill you in on, I would, but it was generally a pretty low maintenance race.

With this being the last race of the season, there is that sadness that for 3 months I’ll have serious withdrawals from the sound of the engines, but, as SOON as the final race of the season finishes, there is that awesome excitement for the start of the new season almost instantly.

The excitement is ten fold for me, as I will be heading over the Melbourne to watch the season opener, and to support my two favourite drivers, Webber & Button. I’m so hoping, that in his home race, Webber can have his first win for the season there.

All in all, this has been an incredible season, despite the fact that Vettel has dominated. We saw much more consistency from the McLaren’s and found that Red Bull were being challenged much more so than last year. Can it continue?

Ferrari werent far off, but certainly didn’t have the same pace as McLaren throughout the year.

Its time for me to say farewell for the Formula 1 Season, I will continue to blog in the upcoming months, as we see the new cars for the 2012 season emerge, as well as news of driver changes within teams and any other pressing news that needs to be mentioned.

Thanks for all your continued support throughout the F1 season, and I hope my posts bought you joy, information and excitement. Here’s to another year of it next year!

Until then,

Always Keep Racing,

Always Stay Safe and

Drive Fast 🙂

Oh, and keep supporting Webber!!!

Mark Webber - Brazilian Grand Prix

Vroom Vroom

 

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Post Race Review – Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit

Hamilton has his mojo back. WINNER in Abu Dhabi 2011

 

Hi Racers,

Well, what a TREAT we had last night. Finally, we were exposed to a race where the odds were tipped in anyone elses favour and it was anyones race.

So much was happening, that I think I’m going to go with a different layout this time around, and I’ll go through each drivers race ( the Top 4 ) and if there is anything else worth mentioning I’ll pop that in as well.

Vettel spins off on the first corner.

Puncture & Retirement for Vettel.

No need to be so upset Vettel - everyone makes mistakes 😉

Firstly, Vettel.

As he took off the line, into the first corner, he went OFF! Yes, that’s right. The unstoppable Vettel was stopped due to a puncture ( the cause is still being investigated ) and hobbled back to the pits in 24th position. unfortunately for Vettel, the damage had been done after doing a full lap on a shredded tyre and he retired. I can only imagine the JOY on Hamilton’s face as he came into the first corner behind him and saw his car veer off. Its Vettels first DNF for nearly a year.

Hamilton

Hamilton, who had been in fine form all weekend, finally came back to his true self with a fantastic race around Yas Marina circuit. Following Vettels exit from the race, he remained in front, holding off a merciless Alonso, who kept up with him the entire race ( we are talking between 2 – 5 seconds ) . Hamilton went with a 2 stop strategy and it treated him well.  There really is nothing much left to say about Hamilton’s performance. It was smooth, without incident, fast and just all round great to watch.

Alonso - Sunset, Yas Marina Circuit

Alonso

Alonso managed to pass Webber at the first corner, and streaked ahead of Webber & Button. Within no time at all, Alonso & Hamilton were racing their own race, at around 12 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack. Alonso also went for a 2 stop strategy. He attempted to carry on after Hamilton’s second pit stop on the harder tyre, in the hope that he could gain enough time for a pit stop and retain his first place spot ( which he had inherited after Hamilton’s stop ) but it wasnt to be. The tyres just didn’t have the stamina that late in the race. Alonso pitted, and found himself back in 2nd, only a few seconds behind the leader. In the end, a solid effort from Ferrari to keep up with McLaren, who had been super fast all weekend. It did make me wonder, wether Hamilton was on power saving mode, or perhaps keeping something in reserve, as if is speeds over the weekend were anything to go by, I assumed that with Vettel out of the picture, Hamilton would streak ahead from the nearest competitor with no problems at all. Either way, it didn’t matter what he was doing. He retained first place. With Alonso securing second.

 

 

 

Jenson Button in Abu Dhabi, as twilight approaches

Button

Button had some serious issues for this race. After battling it out with Webber over 3rd/4th position, at around Lap 14 he suddenly started flailing. It was obvious he had some kind of a mechanical issue. His KERS had failed, and therefore now had disastrous braking ability and was losing serious time. But, being the champion that he is, he was actually resetting his own KERS from within the cock pit every 2 – 3 laps, all whilst holding off Webber & Massa. In the end, Webber managed to pass Button at around Lap 40, but still needed to pit for the hard tyres, so in the end, Button inherited back his 3rd place position, and secured it for the race. A supreme effort considering his mechanical glitch.

Mark flies in Abu Dhabi.

Webber

Ok – It became apparent pretty early on that with Vettel out of the race, all eyes were on Webber to see “what he could do in the same car”without Vettel to contend with. I think this is a bit unfair, he always does his best regardless of whether Vettel is racing or not, and this was to be no different.

After losing his 4th place start to Alonso at the 1st/2nd corners, Webber soldiered on in 5th place for most of the race. After his 2nd pit stop, it became apparent that he would be on a 3 stop strategy, and pitted again for softs at lap 38. This meant of course, that he would then have to pit again. His plan, was to gain enough time on the softs ( while everyone else is on options ) to streak ahead, with enough of a gap to secure 4th place ahead of Massa, and perhaps, if Button lost enough time with his ongoing KERS issue, to pit and come out ahead of him to secure 3rd place. Webber was FLYING in the last 15 laps of the race, gaining almost 10 seconds in 10 laps. It was well & truly enough to secure himself 4th place ahead of Massa ( especially after Massa made a mistake and went off track ) but wasnt going to be enough to secure himself 3rd ahead of Button, however, it was great to watch him go with a different strategy. His Pit crew will be getting a talking to today I’m sure after he went in for the all important pit stop to put on his softs the team did a 9.3 SECOND PIT STOP! Probably the worst pit stop the Red Bull garage has ever done. Webber was not impressed, screeching off down the pit lane and sending sparks as he went around the corner. I don’t blame him really. After Vettel going off, really they only need to concentrate on ONE person, and they didn’t seem to be able to do that? Cest la Vie. Webber secured 4th, and some points towards the championship, so all is well in the end.

 

 

A welcome change with no Vettel on the podium. Hamilton, Alonso, Button.

That covers the driver basics really. Here are the results:

 

Pos # Driver Car Laps Gap Difference Reason
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 55
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 8.457 8.457
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 25.881 17.424
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 55 35.784 9.903
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 50.578 14.794
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 55 52.317 1.739
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 55 75.964 23.647
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 55 77.122 1.158
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 55 101.087 23.965
10 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 54 1 lap 1 lap
11 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 54 1 lap 13.321
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 54 1 lap 0.710
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 54 1 lap 3.852
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 54 1 lap 53.333
15 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 54 1 lap 1.305
16 9 Bruno Senna Renault 54 1 lap 8.470
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 54 1 lap 3.345
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 53 2 laps 1 lap
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 53 2 laps 29.272
20 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 53 2 laps 32.001
Not classified
22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 48 7 laps 5 laps Electrics
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 19 36 laps 29 laps Hydraulics
25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 18 37 laps 1 lap Brakes
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1 54 laps 17 laps Suspension

 

Yes Maldonado – what WERE you thinking!

Ok – lets talk about Pastor Maldonado. If there was a trophy for IDIOT of the race, he would win it. For some unknown reason, Maldonado must have thought that a blue flag meant to fight to keep a place you are being LAPPED in. Earlier in the race he was handed a drive through penalty for ignoring the blue flags and not allowing the front-runners past. THEN, after serving his drive through penalty for his first offence, up drives Webber during his fight with Button. So, Maldonado thinks, great, I’ll pretend I’m fighting for a place with the big boys ( who knows what he was bloody thinking ) and actually DEFENDED his Lapped position, AND drove wheel to wheel with Webber down the straight. What. A. MORON!

He should have been benched straight away. After just receiving a penalty for the same offence, to go out and do it again, and blatantly too, is unacceptable and just dirty driving. There is no reason for it. Anyway, the stewards didn’t DSQ him, instead they handed him a stop-go penalty, however, because this was decided post race, they have handed him a 30 seconds time penalty to be added to his race time in Brazil.

 

 

 

 

It was a great race, I really enjoyed it. It was nice to not have Vettel in the race it must be said, it allowed for the other drivers, im sure, to feel a sense of relief, and also to just have a bit of fun and relax with the driving. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The fight for second place in the Championship is looking pretty close. Here are the standings as they are now ( to be honest, I think Button might nab it, with Webber in 3rd, that’s my prediction )

Position Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 374
2 Jenson Button 255
3 Fernando Alonso 245
4 Mark Webber 233
5 Lewis Hamilton 227
6 Felipe Massa 108
7 Nico Rosberg 83
8 Michael Schumacher 76
9 Vitaly Petrov 36
10 Nick Heidfeld 34

As always, I recorded the Post Race Press Conference and have put it on Youtube for your enjoyment 🙂

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNdN7GJ9zDQ

 

The next, and final race of the season is in Brazil. It’s a sad time when the end of the season comes around – what will we all do for nearly 4 months!!!

Until next time

Vroom Vroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifying Review – Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina circuit, Abu Dhabi.

Hi Racers

I love Abu Dhabi. The twilight aspect of this race is incredible. Racing begins during daylight hours, and as dusk approaches, the flood lights take over and its twilight. The cars look incredible, the atmosphere peaks and it’s just an all round incredible track.

In the 3rd year of this track, the main talk was that it was crucial that Webber, Hamilton or Button could break Vettels stranglehold and gain some crucial points in order to try to secure their 2nd place in the world championship.

Qualifying was exciting. Although, there is an aspect that will be surely discussed, and perhaps a new rule put in place for next season. The fact that it’s becoming more and more apparent that the Q3 is a 6 car battle, rather than the 10 cars that are capable of battling out for top qualifying times.

This is mainly because the top 6, are always the usual suspects. Red Bull, McLaren & Ferrari, the other 2 teams, Mercedes and Force India, probably feel that there isn’t much point, and would therefor prefer to save a set of tyres for the race. Fair enough in theory, but it makes for a fairly unimpressive battle. It would be wonderful for the spectators to be able to watch 10 cars, out on track for 10 minutes, battling it out as it should be.

Anyhow, apart from that, the Qualifying was great. Hamilton has been on top form all weekend, and was set to push Vettel off the qualifying perch. Button wasnt far off his team mates pace and it looked set to be a McLaren 1, 2 start tomorrow.

HOWEVER, Vettel, known for his somehow magical way of pulling something out of the depths, manage to smash Hamilton’s incredible fast time at the very last-minute, and meant that Hamilton was pushed into 2nd place. With Button starting 3rd, and Webber 4th.

Webber had some serious pace all weekend, but just couldn’t compete with the McLaren to get up there. He constantly matched times, up until the last flying lap, where he just couldn’t find the extra time.

Webber is consistent at this track, I think he has a good chance of getting a podium, and of course, im wishing on bated breath that he can get a win. If not him, then I’d be happy with Button. If Hamilton happens to win, then I’ll just be glad it’s not Vettel 🙂

Top 3 in Qualifying. Vettel, Hamilton & Button

Here are the qualifying results for you:

1. Sebastian Vettel 1’38.481
Red Bull

2. Lewis Hamilton 1’38.622
McLaren

3. Jenson Button 1’38.631
McLaren

4. Mark Webber 1’38.858
Red Bull

5. Fernando Alonso 1’39.058
Ferrari

6. Felipe Massa 1’39.695
Ferrari

7. Nico Rosberg 1’39.773
Mercedes

8. Michael Schumacher 1’40.662
Mercedes

9. Adrian Sutil 1’40.768
Force India

10. Paul di Resta No time
Force India

Mansell & Vettel. Record Holders for 14 Pole Positions in a single season.

 

On another note, Vettel has matched Nigel Mansells Qualifying record, with 14 pole Positions in a single season! Now, that’s just annoying 😉

Well done to Vettel, it seems, he just cant be stopped….

Vettel admires Buttons "mo".

Special mention to Jenson Button, who is sporting a moustache for “Movember”” to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer. Can that man be any more awesome?

Lets hope with the start of a brand new season in 2012, we can start to see a fresh burst of confidence from the other drivers and get a nice battle going.

Enjoy the race tonight racers.

 

Until then,

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maiden Voyage. Indian Grand Prix

Buddh International Circuit - India.

Hi Racers

I have to say, that the Buddh Indian Grand Prix circuit has made it into my top 3 favourite tracks. It’s an incredible race track with fast lines, super G force and a long, awesome straight, 2 DRS zones and just overall a very cool circuit to watch.

A minute's silence for those lost. Indian GP 2011

The FIA organised a minute’s silence at the beginning of the race to commemorate the loss of 2 great men in motorsport, Dan Wheldon from Indy and Marco Simocelli in MotoGP.

Vettel extended his total domination, with a clean sweep of the track. Fastest Lap and lead from pole, every lap, to secure the first ever win at the new circuit.

Obviously, there isn’t much to describe in terms of any kind of fight for 1st place. Button was in with a chance at a few stages of the race, but just had no answer for Vettel, who was just cruising away in 1st place.

Off the start line, Webber had a good start, but couldn’t hold off Button who overtook him on the 4th corner. Alonso had his usual good start, but Webber managed to keep him at bay – that was until he pitted for new tyres and lost out. The rest of the race for him was trying to catch up to Alonso, and he did put in a few solid attempts at passing, but it just wasnt to be.

The talk of the race was yet ANOTHER incident with Massa & Hamilton, where Hamilton attempted a pass on Massa on the outside line, as they came around the corner, Massa was ‘slightly’ ahead and turned into Hamilton. Personally, I felt that it was yet another far too aggressive attempt at a pass from Hamilton. The stewards didn’t agree, and Massa was handed a drive through penalty.

This will only end badly.

Following his drive through, Massa then had to re-enter the pits for repairs/tyres and following this he then broke his suspension on a kerb ( the same thing he did in Qualifying ) and bowed out of the race.

Massa & Hamilton would now be the drivers with the biggest rift in F1. After numerous scuffles throughout the season, any attempt for them to mend their relationship has gone out the window.

Massa talks about it here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/formula_one/15513318.stm?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Button did a fantastic job throughout the race with no incidence and an overall flawless performance. He secured himself 2nd place.

Podium Fellas. Vettel, Button, Alonso. With Adrian Newey from Red Bull

The fight now is for 2nd in the drivers championship. There was talk throughout the week that Vettel would allow Mark to pass should he be given the opportunity to help his teammate secure the 2nd place spot for a Red Bull 1 – 2. Webber wouldn’t have a bar of it, saying that he hadn’t been given handouts in the last 17 years, so why start now. Too true Webber. He has always been the kind of racer to win and succeed on his own merits, and that is admirable.

Following India, McLaren have secured 2nd in the constructor’s championship – well done to them! A solid effort throughout the season.

Abu Dhabi is next on the calendar, and with only a few races left of the season, it’s going to be Button, Alonso & Webber fighting it out for the most points and to secure 2nd place in the championship. Will be a good fight 🙂

Heres a run down of the results from India:

Pos # Driver Car Laps Gap Difference Reason
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 60
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 60 8.433 8.433
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 60 24.301 15.868
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 60 25.529 1.228
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 60 65.421 39.892
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 60 66.851 1.430
7 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 60 84.183 17.332
8 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 59 1 lap 1 lap
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 59 1 lap 15.738
10 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 59 1 lap 2.590
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 59 1 lap 0.877
12 9 Bruno Senna Renault 59 1 lap 11.671
13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 59 1 lap 3.945
14 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 58 2 laps 1 lap
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 58 2 laps 14.962
16 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 57 3 laps 1 lap
17 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 57 3 laps 0.586
18 23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 57 3 laps 31.836
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 55 5 laps 2 laps
Not classified
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 32 28 laps 23 laps Suspension
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 24 36 laps 8 laps Engine
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 12 48 laps 12 laps Gearbox
24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1 59 laps 11 laps Accident
16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 0 60 laps 1 lap Accident

The fight for 2nd in the drivers championship looks like this :

Position Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 374
2 Jenson Button 240
3 Fernando Alonso 227
4 Mark Webber 221
5 Lewis Hamilton 202
6 Felipe Massa 98
7 Nico Rosberg 75
8 Michael Schumacher 70
9 Vitaly Petrov 36
10 Nick Heidfeld 34

 

On a light note. The internet is awash with Rowan Atikinsons awesome reaction to the collision of Hamilton & Massa. View below for your enjoyment 🙂

Until next time

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom

 

 

 

Korea Results

Red Bull Racing enjoy their 2nd consecutive Constructors Championship

Hi Racers

Just incase you have been under a rock and havent gotten around to finding out the results for the Korean GP, here they are ( obviously, I would hope that you watched the race, so wouldn’t need to find the results)

1 – Vettel

2 – Hamilton

3 – Webber

4 – Button

5 – Alonso

6 – Massa

7 – Alguersuari

8 – Rosberg

9 – Buemi

10 – di Resta

Thanks to Red Bulls efforts, they secured their 2nd consecutive Constructors Championship. Well done!

See you in India

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom

A champion is crowned – Suzuka Race Review

Sebastian Vettel enjoys his back to back Championship in Suzuka.

Hi Racers

Sorry for the delay in my post race review – time has gotten away from me.

The weekend is Suzuka was a fantastic race, however, the talk of the town is that Sebastian Vettel has been crowned back to back Formula 1 World Champion. He is the youngest ever double world champion, and is on the road to overtake fellow german Michael Schumacher as the greatest F1 driver of all time. In terms of statistics and records that is 🙂

Lets not forget the actual race though. The weather is Suzuka was blissful, with no sign of the usual predicted rain for this track.

Vettel started on pole, and as the lights went out he made a muscular and brave move to make sure his closest rival, Button, didn’t get ahead of him on the first turn. This caused Button to be pushed slightly onto the grass. It wasnt long before Button was harping on through his radio demanding an investigation from the stewards. This was done, and no further action went forward. Vettel was clear.

With all the commotion in the starting few laps, Hamilton received a puncture and pitted in Lap 8.

Tyre wear proved a highly significant factor, with Vettel only pitting a lap later, followed by Button, Webber and Alonso. It was a flurry of activity in the pit lane.

Vettel & Button continued to drive in 1 & 2 positions, until lap 18 when Vettel & Button pitted again. Button managed to squeeze out in front of Vettel and gain the lead. You could feel the satisfaction oozing from Buttons car after Vettel nabbed him on the first corner.

Safety car was deployed after Hamilton & Massa had ANOTHER incident on track causing debris to be removed. What is it with these two? Just STAY AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. I understand a good bit of on track rivalry, but this is just getting ridiculous. It was investigated, and no further action was taken.

Once the safety car left the track on Lap 28 it was a solid fight with Button, Alonso & Vettel. Vettel had fallen prey to a hungry Alonso who passed him in the first few corners of the safety car entering the pits.

Alonso was bathing in quick times and his ability to get the most from the tyres and was catching Button, but it wasnt enough. In the end, the top 3 were all within 10 seconds of the race leader – Jenson Button.

Webber was quiet. He raced his raced and we didn’t really hear anything from him until he was gaining time on Vettel within the last 10 – 15 laps. As usual, with the prospect of the new world champion, Red Bull gave a pleasant “suggestion” to Webber to “avoid any collision, hold your position”. *sigh*

Top 5 were:

Button

Alonso

Vettel

Webber

Hamilton

So, Button won at Suzuka, but Vettel is the new World Champion.

He has joined an elite club of back to back World Champions including, Alonso in 2005 & 2006. Schumacher in 1994 & 1995 and then again in 2000-2004, and of course Senna in 1990-1991.

Congratulations to him, he has driven consistently and fast all year. With an incredible ability to utilise his speed in Qualifying to gain numerous Poles throughout the year.

Well Done to Red Bull Racing.

As always enjoy my uploaded Post Race Press Conference, where we hear from the winner, Jenson and also the NEW Champion Vettel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyE7mJzKBsM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

We are treated with another race this weekend in Korea 🙂

See you there

Vroom Vroom

Qualifying Review – Suzuka, Japan

Vettel, Button & an annoyed & unco-operative Hamilton Post Qualy

Hi Racers

Practice saw quiet a few tumbles. Special mention to “Kamakazee”Kobayashi went off the track at huge amounts of speed but STILL managed to stay away from the barriers, it was actually very cool to watch. Thats some serious skill. I do like Kobayashi, I think he has a lot of potential.

Spot the spinning Red Bull 🙂

Another mention was that Pettel went off and DIDNT manage to repair in such form, kissing the barriers and ruining his wing. This sort of thing always deserves a mention when its got to do with him, he rarely makes a mistake, so when he does… LETS JUMP ON IT! 🙂

McLaren were very strong with practice, notably Button, who was sure to be a contender in qualifying – he didn’t disappoint.

Qualifying saw the usual suspects in the top 10, Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull.

Webber was very quiet, nothing incredible, sure he was quick, but never quick enough. He ended up 6th. It was definitely between McLaren & Vettel.

Q3 saw a real delay in the front-runners going out and doing a run on track. With intense worry around tyre wear and only 6 new sets per race, it seems there is a pattern emerging of drivers, once getting into the top 10, simply aren’t bothering to do a flying lap at all.

Thankfully, Vettel, Button, Webber, Hamilton & Schumacher did decide to go back on track, but with only 2:30 to go until the flag to finish the session. Vettel, Button & Webber passed through fine and got in their flying laps. Vettel pipped Button for pole position but only by 0.009 SECONDS. To put this kind of time into perspective. That amount of time is only 68cm in length when travelling at 280km/hr across the line. Button just missed out.

Once the Top 10 were confirmed ( see below ) there were questions surrounding why Schumacher & Hamilton both weren’t able to make the line in time to complete their flying laps. Hamilton actually exited the pits BEFORE Webber. There wasnt any footage but Hamilton looked very annoyed at the photo-op and the post race press conference.

Schumacher & Webber drive aggressively around Hamilton to get across the line for their final flying lap

Following the qualifying session, Hamilton was asked what happened:

Q: Can you tell us exactly what happened on the last out lap in Qualifying?

LH: Well, it was the two guys that you saw crossing the start line before me (Webber & Schumacher ). I was entering the last corner & Mark, out of nowhere, showed up on the inside of me so I wanted to avoid crashing. The Michael came past on my outside and went across the grass. It was an interesting moment! I couldn’t get another lap because of that.

*Source: www.formula1.com*

Hamilton approaches Schumacher Post Qualy. Abuse maybe?

Now, I couldn’t help but have a bit of a chuckle at this. It seems because of Hamilton’s CONSTANT reckless driving and aggressive style, the other drivers have now decided that if Hamilton is going to drive aggressively with them, then they will do the same to him.

Remember, Hamilton did this exact thing in Q2 in Singapore to Massa.

Ok, so enough rambling. Here are the Top 10 for tomorrows race start.

1. Vettel

2. Button

3. Hamilton

4. Massa

5. Alonso

6. Webber

7. Schumacher

8. Senna

9. Petrov

10. Kobayashi

* Please note racers, because of FIA regulations, Kobayashi, will now start in 7TH on the grid after he was the only one from the bottom 3 that actually attempted a flying lap, therefore gets bumped up*

Until next time,

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom