Archive | October, 2011

Driver Ratings, India. Pt.2 Lotus, McLaren and Mercedes.

31 Oct

Heikki Kovalainen 7/10 Q18 F14

Thoroughly deserved to get points for Team Lotus, but sometimes in life things don’t go the right war, the car was quick despite not having KERS and when he was ahead of Sutil and Di Resta he was giving their lap times a run for their money, if Lotus carries on this level of improvement then they could pick up points next season.

Jarno Trulli 4/10 Q19 F19

His race was over almost as soon as it had begun, sent off the track on lap 1 it was from then on a desperate attempt to try to finish in the penultimate place, to no avail. If Lotus had known what would happen then they’d have dropped Trulli with Chandhok so they could please the Indian fans.

Jenson Button 9/10 Q4 F2

If anyone took the race to Vettel it was Button, he was quick daring and  desperate to win, he didn’t but he tried after lap 1 was constantly in 2nd place never letting Alonso or Webber get a look in on 2nd place.

Lewis Hamilton 6/10 Q5 F7

Will want to solely blame his bad race on the incident with Massa, but in truth he’ll know that it wasn’t going well anyway, he was well off the pace in the first stint and was complaining about the car regularly during the race. He may have been equally at fault for the collision as Massa as if Massa had wanted to get around the corner he’d have needed to turn in to make it.

Michael Schumacher 8/10 Q11 F5

A spark of genius at the end of his second stint gave him the advantage over Rosberg in the race, Michael stayed out a few laps longer gained the seconds and managed to stay 5th after pitting. This came after a very disastrous where he was close to being out in Q1 and then had to settle for 11th.

Nico Rosberg 6/10 Q7 F6

Had a good start staying in 7th for the first quarter of the race, then had to pit and started to work up the positions, taking full advantage of the Hamilton Massa incident to go up to 5th, he would have stayed their too had it not been for Schumacher jumping him in the pit stops.

Driver Ratings, India. Pt. 1 Ferrari, Force India and Hispania

30 Oct

Fernando Alonso: 7/10 Q3 F3

Proved he had speed by winning a battle against Mark Webber which lasted the whole race, but just couldn’t match Vettel and Button in a race that showed that Ferrari are the weakest of the big three.

Felipe Massa 6/10 Q6 F retired

Was at fault for the incident but didn’t deserve a penalty as the stewards decided Kamui didn’t deserve one for making Timo Glock spin when he rejoined the track. Hitting the kerb though, that was just plain stupid, he smashed the suspension yesterday during qualifying doing the same thing and he must have thought lightning couldn’t strike twice.

Adrian Sutil 7/10 Q9 F8

As his place at Force India looks less and less likely it took a great performance for Sutil to show he can still mix it up with the best. He performed well in qualifying making Q3 and had a long fight for 9th with Perez and Petrov which he eventually came out on top in.

Paul Di Resta 6/10 Q12 F13

Not Paul’s best weekend but it was a good achievement to finish 13th on quite a radical strategy, starting on hards and pitting 3 times, more than most. All in all another strong weekend by one of the biggest prospects in F1.

Narain Karthikeyan 5/10 Q23 F17

May have been loved by the fans but he was loathed by the driver as he was awful at being a back marker, something he was punished for after qualifying. An uneventful weekend but had the honour of being the only Indian driver at the inaugural Indian GP. The one talented thing he did was avoid the collision at the start.

Daniel Ricciardo 5/10 Q22 F18

How he finished behind Karthikeyan no one knows but it didn’t help his chances for a 2012 Toro Rosso seat whilst both of the current Toro Rosso drivers were on fire.

3 winners and losers of qualifying, India.

29 Oct

Winners:

Indian GP organisers: They did it! It’s been an astonishing feat of achievement to get the track to this level without Korea’s worries of will they make it, the track’s exciting, new and as far as the drivers are concerned maybe the best Tilke track ever. F1 has really embraced the developing world and the timing couldn’t be better, there’s a new bollywood film out and the starts are all over F1.

Toro Rosso: 9th and 10th in qualifying, this is a team which until last winter hadn’t had to build it’s own chassis and from week to week it’s becoming better and better, if this is a sign to come Toro Rosso could have their second victory next season.

Red Bull: 16 poles in one season, the records continue and the Red Bull era of dominance is in full swing, roll on inaugural Indian GP victory.

Losers

Virgin F1: 23rd and 24th a performance that is their worst in qualifying in the teams history, Glock’s got the excuse of a fault on the car but D’Ambrosio hasn’t, so are HRT suddenly becoming faster or are Virgin heading downhill.

Kamui Kobayashi: The reason he’s messed it up and is starting 18th is because of how few laps he set in Q1, 6 while the Team Lotuses each did 13 and both HRTs did 11. Of course it’s not as bigger problem as you’d expect as every time Kamui’s been knocked out in Q1 he’s gone on to finish in the points this year and he is one of the best overtakers on the track.

Felipe Massa’s mechanics: If they were expecting a quiet evening tonight they’re out of luck, they’ve got to replace at least one wheels suspension and a front wing, lucky them.

Driver Ratings, S.Korea. Pt.4 Toro Rosso, Virgin and Williams

21 Oct

Jaime Alguersuari 10/10 Q11 F7 Driver of the Day

An ingenious strategy was what got him up from 11th to 7th during the race, he stayed out a few laps longer which helped him come out further up the field. It was a good weekend for Jaime as he took 6th in FP2 and has been using his rapidly improving car to it’s full potential.

Sebastian Buemi 7/10 Q13 F9

Drove a good race despite falling to 17th on the first lap, after that it was just steady improvements eventually rising up the field to 9th.

Timo Glock 7/10 Q21 F18

Was on a very high force set up being 3rd slowest in the speed trap and had very consistent sector times. But the race wasn’t inspirationally good for Virgin as they were clearly the slowest team but one.

Jerome D’Ambrosio 3/10 Q22 F20

I’m surprised the ground hasn’t opened and swallowed him up he must be that embarrassed having finished behind Daniel Ricciardo’s HRT, he hadn’t been good all weekend being behind Timo in a majority of sessions.

Rubens Barrichello 8/10 Q18 F12

With the current situation looking like Barrichello will be replaced by Sutil (who’ll be replaced by Hulkenburg) at Williams, Barrichello had one of his best races of the season, his decision to do his second pit stop early was what took him up to 12th.

Pastor Maldonado 7/10 Q16 F retired

Was doing well when he was forced to retire, he’d rose to 10th having not pitted and was probably going to finish in the points before it all went wrong with an engine problem.

Driver Ratings, S.Korea. Pt.3 Red Bull, Renault and Sauber

20 Oct

Sebastian Vettel 9/10 Q2 F1

Shock horror there was no Red Bull on pole and even worse they had to use a set of options in Q1, and yet Seb still managed to finish 12 seconds ahead of 2nd place. Is there anyway to stop this man?

Mark Webber 8/10 Q4 F3

Wasn’t a big splash in the practise sessions and maybe didn’t qualify as high as he’d have liked but was good in the race, once he’d took 3rd spot off Button he held it only losing it when he had to pit, had a late charge on Hamilton but couldn’t find a way past.

Vitaly Petrov 7/10 Q8 F retired

Was completely to blame for his and Schumacher’s retirement but it was a shame as it ended a promising weekend for the Russian and he could have picked up a few valuable to points to cement Renault’s constructors position.

Bruno Senna  6/10 Q15 F13

Dropped to 19th on the first lap and then the race was just about trying to get back up to 15th, a target he went above and beyond.

Kamui Kobayashi 5/10 Q14 F15

It was a downhill struggle for Kamui and the timing of his second pit stop couldn’t have been worse as it made him finish behind Heikki Kovalainen. Few will disagree at the moment that Sauber are currently moving further down the pack.

Sergio Perez 7/10 Q17 F16

Deserves to have finished 12th but a late extra pit stop left him stranded in 16th as the tyres were struggling to go anywhere, but that’s how F1 is and Sergio is still looking impressive for Sauber even when the car isn’t up to his calibre.

Driver Ratings, S.Korea. Pt.2 Lotus, McLaren and Mercedes

19 Oct

Heikki Kovalainen: 7/10 Q19 F14

Did an amazing job to finish higher than both of the Saubers and was starting to really challenge the midfield teams during the race, one of Team Lotus’ missions at the start of the season.

Jarno Trulli 6/10 Q20 F17

Yet again couldn’t challenge Heikki, finishing behind him in all the sessions they both went out in. But he was ahead of both the Virgins and the HRTs.

Lewis Hamilton: 8/10 Q1 F2

It took an amazing effort to take pole position and until Vettel got away so quickly he was the favourite to win. The real positive for Hamilton will be that he didn’t crash when fighting with Mark Webber.

Jenson Button: 7/10 Q3 F4

Dropped to 6th on the first lap, but reclaimed 4th when the Ferraris made a mistake in their pit stops’. But that wasn’t the end of the battle as Alonso and Massa then started to chase him down and once Alonso had cleared Massa the fight really was on, Button just about hung on to 4th.

Michael Schumacher: 7/10 Q12 F retired

Was a man on a mission and already 9th when Petrov ruined his rear wing, he maybe could have challenged the top 6 if he’d have set set a better time, something well within his grasp having finished top in FP1 and 6th in FP3.

Nico Rosberg: 7/10 Q7 F8

Was the best of the rest in qualifying and then was racing Button for 4th at one point, but a badly timed pit stop brought him out too far back and so could only finish 8th once Alguersuari had overtook him on the last lap.

Driver Ratings, S.Korea. Pt.1 Ferrari, Force India and Hispania

16 Oct

Fernando Alonso 8/10 Q6 F5

If it was by his 3rd stint alone he’d have got a 10 but it took him too long to clear Massa and it cost him a place on the podium.

Felipe Massa 7/10 Q5 F6

He was looking good all weekend  but as soon as the race started he started to go downhill, although he looked fast, it was only when he pitted and Alonso stayed out that we saw just how fast a Ferrari could go.

Adrian Sutil 6/10 Q10 F11

He was steadily getting faster moving up the places from FP1 to Q2 but didn’t go out in Q3 a decision that potentially cost him points as he may have been able to start 8th which would have made him more likely to finish in the top 10.

Paul Di Resta 6/10 Q9 F10

Nothing amazing from the British wonderkid but this if this season is anything to go by he will become something amazing, a well fought drive got him a vital point.

Vitantonio Liuzzi 2/10 Q23 F21

If you look in a dictionary by the name Vitantonio Liuzzi is the definition slow. He was already a lap behind after 15 laps and never was involved in a fight for position because everyone was too far ahead.

Daniel Ricciardo 6/10 Q24 F19

Imagine a world where a HRT beat someone from another team, well today we were part of that world as Daniel drove an astonishing race to  actually beat someone, even if it was a Virgin.