The Other Championships

29 Mar

This weekend brought us the second round of all the support championships and gave the drivers their first opportunity to change places. This post will be a weekly round up of all that’s happened, and the news with it.

– Firstly from now on all the championship standings will be published on either monday or tuesday. On monday it will be the Fastest Sector Championship, The Hamaya Practice Championship and the Speed Trap Standings, and on tuesday I’ll release the standings of the JKEA Qualifying Championship and either the Larsens Biscuits Eastern Championship or the Peniston Oil Western Championship depending on where the race is.

In the Hamaya Practice Championship both the drivers and the teams standings have changed leaders, Hamilton now leads the drivers competition by 1 point after going fastest in both of the friday practice championships. Sebastian Vettel was the biggest gainer this week rising from 15th to 6th whilst Alonso lost the most places this week falling from 4th to 8th. After 6 practice sessions so far Hamilton has been fastest in 3, whilst Button, Rosberg and Schumacher have been fastest in 1 each. In the constructors Mercedes had taken the lead from McLaren and now lead by 3 points. Lotus improved the most last weekend moving up 3 places to go 4th after Raikkonen and Grosjean picked up 15 points between them. Ferrari only picked up 3 points between both drivers and so have fallen from 3rd to 5th. To see the full standings click here!

In the Speed Trap Standings the lead is currently shared by Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean and the other places are equally close, 3rd is shared by three drivers, Hamilton, Rosberg and Raikkonen. This track is just about the top speed the car can reach and if last year’s anything to go by Ferrari should be scoring well in this championship whilst Red Bull aren’t expected to score much at all, they were 21st and 22nd in the speed trap this weekend. As you’d expect the constructors championship is also quite close and Lotus only lead by 6 points from Sauber and Mercedes who are tied in second. To see the full standings click here!

The sector championship gives us an idea of how cars perform in different sections of the track and straight away Mark Webber has got the lead, but it’s not all good for Red Bull as Mark’s teammate Vettel is 9 points behind him in 7th. Nico Rosberg is second but he’s only 2 points behind the lead. In the constructors championship Mercedes lead Red Bull by 1 point. Ferrari are the only big team so far not to have picked up any points. To see the full standings click here!

The JKEA Qualifying Championship is dominated by McLaren as Jenson Button is leading Lewis Hamilton by just 1 point, despite Lewis taking pole at every track so far, Jenson leads therefore because he took the fastest lap in Australia. Behind the 2 McLarens Michael Schumacher is a whole 5 points behind the two McLarens. Kimi Raikkonen gained the most places this week, going from 0 points to 7th place, whilst Ferrari picked up their first points last weekend as Fernando Alonso qualified 9th. Just to clear up a problem this championship is only based on the qualifying times and grid penalties do not affect this. In the constructors championship McLaren lead 2nd place Red Bull by 18 points and if they keep this up they should still be leading come November. To see the full standings click here!

Despite Ferrari’s poor performance in every other fake championship it’s a Ferrari driver who’s taken the lead of the Larsens Biscuits Eastern Championship. Fernando Alonso took the 10 points you get for winning to rise from 5th from 1st. Fernando’s team mate though (Felipe Massa) still hasn’t got any points. Another major gainer was Sergio Perez who finished 2nd in Malaysia to rise from 8th to 5th. Last weeks’s leader, Jenson Button fell from 1st to 3rd after failing to pick up any points in Malaysia. Another driver who didn’t get any points in Malaysia was Sebastian Vettel who fell from 2nd to 6th. In the constructors Sauber are still miraculously in 4th and only 2 points behind Ferrari on 14. At the top McLaren still reign due to the consistency of their drivers and this has given them a 4 points lead over Red Bull. To see the full standings click here! 

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