Archive | December, 2011

Driver Ratings, Brazil. Pt.4 Toro Rosso, Virgin and Williams.

8 Dec

Jaime Alguersuari 6/10 Q13 F11

A disastrous start left him 17th and it took some motivation to work his way up to 9th on the first stint before eventually having to settle for 11th.

Sebastian Buemi 5/10 Q14 F12

Like Jaime he had a strong 1st stint pitting from 8th but his second pit stop was probably a few laps to early and this left him stuck behind Jaime and to finish 12th.

Timo Glock 5/10 Q24 F24

Yet again had to look up the back of every car as HRT carry on this change from the ultimate team to the penultimate, but it was a good 21 laps as he’d already moved up to 21st.

Jerome D’Ambrosio 6/10 Q23 F19

Managed to out qualify his much more experienced team mate and then managed to overtake both the HRTs, all in all a race Jerome can be proud to call his last (probably).

Rubens Barrichello 7/10 Q12 F14

Rubens couldn’t have wished for a worse start dropping 7 places to fall down to 19th, but he proved why he shouldn’t be ruled out of  driving next season in the second stint rising from 19th to 15th before gaining another place in the final pit stop to finish 14th.

Pastor Maldonado 6/10 Q18 F ret.

Looked destined to have one of his better races having already advanced to 16th before he span off.

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Driver Ratings, Brazil. Pt.3 Red Bull, Renault and Sauber

5 Dec

Sebastian Vettel Q1 F2 8/10

Wether or not the gearbox ‘problem’ was real or not Vettel was fast and has well and truly proved himself worthy of being a double world champion as his record break this weekend was 15 pole positions in 1 season.

Mark Webber Q2 F1 9/10

Has deserved a win all season but was stopped by Seb, ironically he won this one because of Seb. He performed well all weekend and tied up the DHL fastest lap award this weekend.

Vitaly Petrov Q15 F10 6/10

Has started to perform better although there are still too many rough edges, his qualifying was particularly poor  and his race wasn’t inspirational.

Bruno Senna Q9 F17 5/10

Whilst Vitaly went forward during the race Bruno went backwards, he lost his position when he had the collision with Schumacher and couldn’t pull himself back up again always between 16th and 18th.

Kamui Kobayashi Q16 F9 7/10

There is some light at the end of the tunnel for Sauber as having not performed recently they picked up a valuable 2 points to prove they can still fight it out, Kamui really performed in his first stint rising to 7th before having to resign himself to 9th.

Sergio Perez Q17 F13 6/10

Not the all action performances we saw at the beginning of the season but Perez shouldn’t be too disappointed, like Kamui he had a strong 1st stint taking him within grasping distance of points but sadly for Perez it was not to be.

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

4 Dec

Heikki Kovalainen Q19 F16 7/10

Another normal weekend for Heikki, just beat Jarno in qualifying before starting strongly and moving up the field and competing with the midfield teams before falling back and beating one of the midfield.

Jarno Trulli Q20 F18 6/10

Jarno was just 0.3 seconds off Heiki in qualifying and like Heikki he had a strong start, rising two places, but that’s where the comparisons end, whilst Heikki battled the midfield Jarno was stuck in a limbo between the midfield and Virgin/HRT.

Lewis Hamilton Q4 F ret. 6/10

Despite being fastest in P2 the best Lewis could manage in qualifying was 4th, but he wouldn’t keep it. At the first corner Alonso took him around the outside and he dropped further back to 6th trying to get 5th from Massa sadly though a gearbox failure  left him stranded and out.

Jenson Button Q3 F3 8/10

Despite qualifying highly Jenson only seemed involved in the race when Fernando Alonso pulled what may be the overtake of the season to steal 3rd. Jenson then came in earlier than the rest and looked to have completely lost 4th to Alonso until he overtook at the end of the DRS zone to secure 3rd.

Michael Schumacher Q10 F15 6/10

The final position doesn’t tell the true story, he was clipped by Bruno Senna on lap 12 (ish) fell to last place and lapped and then had to work tirelessly to regain a position as good as 15th, not bad.

Nico Rosberg Q6 F7 7/10

Stunned to qualify 6th ahead of Felipe Massa, sadly for him both Ferraris had good starts and so Rosberg only managed to lead Massa in the race for around 20 meters he wasn’t put off though he raced Sutil amazingly but sadly couldn’t get ahead.