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Rosberg complete hat-trick on streets of Monaco

26 May

3 winners and losers of qualifying, Monaco 13.

Winners:

  • Nico Rosberg – Q1 – Three poles in a row for Rosberg. So far he’s dominated this weekend, going fastest in all of the practice sessions as well as qualifying, if it weren’t for his car’s poor race performances he’d look by far the favourite to win the race.
  • Giedo van der Garde – Q15 – After a slow start for VDG he really put in a strong performance yesterday to make it through to Q2. This is Caterham’s best ever qualifying position (not including grid penalties for other drivers), of course, if this is a high attrition race he could potentially pick up Caterham’s first ever points.
  • Sergio Perez – Q7 – Two races in a row now he’s out-qualified his more experienced team mate. Perez has struggled this season in a dreadful McLaren but he now appears to have found his form and is taking the inter-team battle to Button.

Losers:

  • Felipe Massa – Q22 – Massa suffered a huge crash in FP3 which meant that he couldn’t take part in qualifying, and with grid position so vital in Monaco this could cost him. Despite this it could also have it’s advantages, he should be able to overtake the slower drivers early on and will miss any turn 1 crashes that could occur. Also Massa will have extra tyres available which could potentially help him receive points.
  • Jules Bianchi – Q21 – Bianchi suffered a mechanical failure on his first lap of qualifying meaning that he, along with Massa props up the grid. But since Bianchi is with one of the newer teams he’s easily within reach of beating team mate and Caterhams.
  • Pastor Maldonado – Q16 – Monaco specialist, fastest in Q1 and then slowest in Q2, it was a tale of ups and downs for Pastor in qualifying. After setting the fastest time in Q1 he was ill advised in Q2 and couldn’t make the most of the drying conditions. Despite that don’t rule him out for points, this is the track that he’s best at and anything can happen in Monaco.

Prediction:

It will all come down to how the tyres are, if they are degrading quickly then Mercedes can kiss their chances of victory goodbye and I’d expect a Red Bull 1-2, with Raikkonen completing the podium. But if the tyres last a long time then Mercedes are the likely victors, if this is the case I’d predict Rosberg 1st, Vettel 2nd, and Webber 3rd.

Yesterday we saw rain, and if this occurs again then it’s anyone’s guess as to who will win. If it does rain then my top 3 would be Webber 1st, Vettel 2nd and Alonso 3rd.

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Vettel on pole but only after near miss Q1 exit

23 Mar

3 winners and losers of qualifying, Malaysia 2013

Winners:

Sebastian Vettel: Q1 – 2 races this season and 2 pole positions as Vettel cruised to pole position by a whole 0.9 seconds, but it wasn’t as simple as it appears with Vettel almost leaving qualifying in Q1 after the strategy  taken by Red Bull went wrong and it was only through doing a second timed lap that he made it through to Q2 even so it left the Red Bull management shaken.

Felipe Massa: Q2 – This time last year Massa was a laughing stock and yet here he is now starting on the front row ahead of Alonso and having out qualified him for the 4th time in a row, can we now say the pre 2009 Massa is back with a vengeance and if so what’s to stop him making amends for the title miss in 2008, only time will tell.

McLaren: Q8 and Q10 – There’s definitely still a long way to go for McLaren but the team must see it as a step in the right direction to have 2 drivers into Q3 even if it was obvious that they would never take pole. With conditions set to be wet tomorrow I can see McLaren challenging for 5th place since both drivers are very accomplished in the wet and rain does seem to even out the cars.

Losers:

Paul Di Resta: Q15 – Probably should have made it into Q3 had a disastrous Q2 strategy left him out. Di Resta came in at the end of his banker lap (a lap set on tyres from the previous session so that the driver has a time even if something goes wrong) meaning he hadn’t set a time when rain came out and left him completely out of qualifying.

Romain Grosjean: Q11 – Grosjean suffered the same as Di Resta with problem of rain stopping him improving on his lap time leaving him just out of Q3. 2013 hasn’t gone well for Grosjean so far with a bad race last weekend and now this but he’s got talent and should return to the top of his game soon.

Valtteri Bottas: Q18 – It’s been a bad start for Williams so far with Maldonado out in Q1 last week and Bottas suffering the same fate this weekend the car just isn’t working like the team will have hoped and this could be a direct consequence of being the only team to miss the Jerez test.

BREAKING: Raikkonen given a 3 place grid penalty for impeding Rosberg in Q3, this means Raikkonen is now 10th whilst Button Sutil and Perez move up one place each to 7th, 8th and 9th respectively.

Lotus claim first blood but rest aren’t far behind!

17 Mar

Good Day, Bad Day: Australia 2013.

Good Day:

  • Kimi Raikkonen: Q7 F1 10/10 – What a way for Raikkonen to start 2013, not only winning but winning in style in Australia with his closest challenger Fernando Alonso 12 seconds down the road, Lotus took a big gamble opting for the 2 stop strategy but it paid off with Raikkonen now the man to beat. 
  • Fernando Alonso: Q5 F2 8/10 – Fernando has a right to feel aggrieved for not winning the race he started the race well moving into 3rd on the first lap alone and the timing of his second stop was arguably the decision of the race undercutting both Vettel and Sutil after running behind both of them in 3rd. But if Alonso is disappointed with how his race today he needs only to look at his result here 12 months ago to be cheered up.
  • Sebastian Vettel: Q1 F3 7/10 – Vettel was out played by both Raikkonen and Alonso today on the strategy front, the 3 pit strategy was definitely the slower of the two and losing out to Alonso’s undercut was just unlucky, but Vettel will not be disappointed he’s only 10 points behind Raikkonen and the year isn’t over yet.
  • Felipe Massa: Q4 F4 8/10 – The pre 2009 Massa appears to be back for good, after some impressive races this year Massa started this season as he means to go on, racing for victories, he qualified ahead of Alonso which isn’t common and you never know he could be in championship contention this season.
  • Mercedes: 8/10 – When Hamilton moved to Mercedes many – I included – wrote him out of contention due to Mercedes’ not building good enough cars but they’ve changed that for this year, both cars were competitive in qualifying (Rosberg fastest in Q1 and Q2) and Hamilton qualifying 3rd and they were competitive today until they’re luck soured, Hamilton was ‘only’ 5th because of a massive lock up that moved him from his 2 stop strategy to a 3 stop and Rosberg was unlucky to suffer an electronic problem, Mercedes are definitely contenders this season.
  • Adrian Sutil: Q12 F7 9/10 – You wouldn’t believe that Sutil had missed 2012 looking at his performance today, he made a big call starting on the mediums but it payed off moving him up to 1st before his first pit stop and with his second pair of mediums he returned to the front, sadly he changed too early onto the ‘option’ tyres which cost him a lot of time and left him trying to hold drivers off.
  • Jules Bianchi: Q19 F15 10/10 – WOW! I knew Bianchi would be good in Formula 1 but I never thought he’d be this good, his times were stunningly fast he won the class B race and he was challenging midfield drivers during the race, Marussia have produced a fantastic car this season and I don’t think it would be going to far to say Bianchi could pick up points this season.

Bad Day:

  • Mark Webber: Q2 F6 6/10 – It was the dreadful start to the race that left Webber all but out of it but Webber definitely hates this track (even if it is his home GP) because it’s never worked out for him before here and if he wants to ever become F1 champion he’s going to need to do much better than that.
  • McLaren 5/10 – McLaren have a lot of work to do since their car does not look good in any way at the moment, only Button made it into Q3 and he didn’t even set a lap and in the race both drivers were fighting for the lower points, if this is going to be a good year for McLaren they need to up their game pronto.
  • Romain Grosjean: Q8 F10 5/10 – Whilst Raikkonen was winning the race Grosjean was struggling, yes he managed to avoid hitting anyone at the start but he finished a massive 84 seconds behind Kimi, Grosjean is seen as a quick driver but it all went wrong today and if he wants to fight for big points this season he needs to regain the speed he had last season.
  • Nico Hulkenburg: Q11 F- 6/10 – Hulkenburg’s race was over before it even began with him retiring before the race started due to problems with the fuel system, this is a real shame as Nico is one of the most talented drivers on the grid and maybe could have picked up some points today.

VICTORY FOR BUTTON AND TRIUMPH FOR VETTEL AMIDST BRAZILIAN DELUGE

26 Nov

The Michael Report- FORMULA ONE GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 2012

WHERE should we start on this one? The final Grand Prix on this year’s calendar was always going to be exciting, with a title battle on the cards, but no- one could have predicted the tension, excitement and drama at Interlagos – with crashes galore, countless manoeuvres and totally unpredictable weather, the 2012 Braxilian Grand Prix is almost certain to go down as one of the classic races of all time.

The light drizzle from the onset wreaked havoc to many unfortunate drivers- Sergio Perez and Bruno Senna were the first victims of the slippery circuit with collisions that brought an abrupt end to their season, and one of these incidents completely jeopardised Sebastian Vettel’s chances of obtaining a third consecutive title Sao Paolo- Bruno Senna’s great start was not to be as he collided into the side of Sebastian Vettel’s car in the fourth corner- after a poor start, damage was considerable to the sides of the young German’s car, but although he had to pit, the damage was light enough to continue with an under performing car with less grip and less downforce.

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa had amazing starts and managed to claw their way through into high positions by the end of the first few laps, and with Sebastian’s accident, Fernando Alonso looked set to win the Championship title at one point… But then the heavens opened, forcing many cars to pit for the intermediate compound tyres, and all cars began slipping and sliding around the circuit, and Alonso’s chances slid away again as he went wide on the Senna S curves at the start of another lap- the battle was still on.

Only the elitist of the elite had the guts to remain on slick tyres during the rain, but as it eased off, Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg sought the greatest reward as they pulled off from the pack to a substantial lead, soon to be joined by Lewis Hamilton who switched back onto dry tyres later on; this would also allow them a sufficient enough gap to pit and still hold on to the podium positions. Hulkenberg demonstrated his potential as he managed to overtake the squabbling McLaren drivers to take the lead of the race, and his pace was very impressive.

The safety car was deployed after debris added to the challenging circuit, and this was partially due to Nico Rosberg’s puncture, and Romain Grosjean spinning off and crashing into a wall. The pack bunched back up again, and when the safety car left the track, racing was well and truly back on- unfortunately, back markers meant that there wasn’t enough room for both Nico Hulkenberg and Lewis Hamilton to turn into the first corner, they collided, and Hamilton suffered a write off in his final McLaren race; Hulkenberg received a harsh drive through penalty for causing a collision that can easily be blamed on a racing incident in tricky conditions. Eventually, the rain returned, and all cars switched back to wet tyres- Sebastian Vettel looked like a loser after having to pit twice more, with a broken radio leading to one of these stops lasting twelve seconds- a Ferrari champion was yet again on the cards!

However, despite Fernando Alonso’s best efforts, second place just wasn’t good enough- he ideally needed to overtake Jenson Button in first place if he was to stand a chance of hauling enough points to steal the title from Vettel, and the race ended abruptly following Paul Di Resta’s crash on the penultimate lap, forcing a second outing for the safety car team, preventing overtaking, and meaning that Vettel’s sixth place was enough to beat Alonso and become the youngest ever Formula One triple world champion, and only the third ever to win these titles consecutively.

Jenson Button led the procession to the chequered flag, followed closely by Fernando Alonso in second, and home favourite and team mate Felipe Massa in third place. Mark Webber finished fourth, and Nico Hulkenberg staged a remarkable comeback to finish in fifth place; Michael Schumacher gave way to Sebastian Vettel to finish seventh in his last ever Formula One Grand Prix. Eighth place went to Jean Eric-Vergne, who also had to endure the loss of a front wing after contact with a back marker, and Kamui Kobayashi bowed out of Sauber in ninth place. Kimi Raikkönen nearly ended his 100% of laps completed record today- he ran wide several times, almost succumbed to a collision with Michael Schumacher, and lost himself on the old circuit after running wide onto the grass, discovering his dead end, and turned around to return back onto the circuit to finish in tenth!

The main titles were decided, but it was a crucial race for the Caterham team, for if they managed to finish twelfth or above, they would retake tenth place in the Constructors Championship from Marussia, meaning an extra £10-15 million of funding, and Vitaly Petrov survived the hectic conditions to finish in an impressive eleventh place ahead of Charles Pic in twelfth, and Marussia buried their heads in their hands, for if Timo Glock hadn’t crashed with Vergne, all signs indicated Marussia would have held onto their place in the standings.

Nonetheless, it was a fitting finale to an absolutely jam packed race in Brazil, one that saw triumph and heartbreak, but never failed to thrill and excite, and one that saw Sebastian Vettel secure his Drivers’ Championship for a third year in a row and make his mark on Formula One history, with many more exciting years still ahead for the young driver.

FINAL OFFICIAL STANDINGS

Fernando dug deep, but it wasn’t good enough to stop Vettel winning the Drivers’ Championships, but such was his driving today, that he lost by a mere three points, with Sebastian accumulating 281 points to Alonso’s 278. Kimi Raikkönen’s solitary point meant that he finished third with 207 points, which could have been overturned if it weren’t for Lewis Hamilton’s 2012 misfortune- he finished fourth with 190 points. Team-mate Jenson Button managed to claw back fifth position from Mark Webber, finishing with 188 points ahead of Mark’s haul of 179 points.

The driver in seventh place is the resurgent Felipe Massa, who managed to end his year with a total of 122 points, which is an impressive feat if you consider his dire performance in many Grands Prix this year. Romain Grosjean’s incident meant he would end the year without surpassing a century- he finished in eighth with 96 points, just three ahead of Nico Rosberg in ninth place and 93 points. Sergio Perez leaves Sauber in the top 10 with 66 points in tenth.

Nico Hulkenberg finished ahead of his Force India team-mate with 63 points in eleventh; Paul Di Resta only amassed 46 points in fourteenth- Kamui Kobayashi is twelfth with 60; Michael Schumacher achieved thirteen with 49 points. Williams’ Pastor Maldonado finished fifteenth with 45 points, and colleague Bruno Senna ends the year with 31 points in sixteenth. The two Toro Rosso drivers end the year in seventeenth and eighteenth- Jean Eric- Vergne has 16 points, and Daniel Ricciardo has 10.

Concerning the pointless drivers, an F1 count back has meant that Vitaly Petrov had the highest positions overall and finishes nineteenth; Timo Glock finishes in twentieth ahead of his Marussia colleague Charles Pic in twenty-first. Heikki Kovaleinen finished in twenty-second for Caterham, and even Jerome D’Ambrosio’s one off drive for Lotus in Italy (Due to Grosjean’s ban) meant he finished twenty-third, ahead of the HRT drivers. Narain Karthikeyan was statistically better, finishing twenty-fourth and Pedro De La Rosa finished in last place, twenty-fifth.

In the Constructor’s Championships, Red Bull added to their winning score to achieve a total of 460 points this year, and Lewis Hamilton’s accident failed to allow McLaren to overtake Ferrari, who end 2012 with 400 points; the Woking drivers finished third with 378 points. Lotus finished fourth with 303 points.

Mercedes managed to hold onto fifth place, finishing with 142 points, ahead of the Sauber drivers, who managed to accumulate 126 points. Seventh placed team Force India finished with 109 points, and Williams finished eighth with 76 points, ahead of Toro Rosso who finished with ninth place and 26 points. Caterham finished, pointless, in tenth, Marussia in eleventh and HRT in last place.

We are likely to say goodbye to the HRT team this year, due to a lack of funding and resources, but it has most definitely been an enthralling season for the entire grid from start to finish. From Melbourne victory for Button to a first Williams victory for Maldonado in Spain, to a massive pile up in Belgium and back to back Vettel victories in Asia, Formula One has once again delivered and it has been a privilege to share this with you.

Have a great Christmas and New Year and I hope to share another year of excitement with you. We start with Melbourne on the 17th March. Until then, Michael Aspin says goodbye and thank- you for reading.

‘Classic’ GP ends 2012 season as Vettel makes it 3 in a row

25 Nov

Good Day Bad Day, Brazil 12.

Good Day:

  • Sebastian Vettel – S4 F6 8/10 – it comes to something when you can afford to have an incident on the first lap, have a poor pit stop and complete 71 laps with a big chunk of bodywork missing and still manage to finish 6th and win a world championship. Vettel did what he needed to do today, and on the basis of today’s performance he deserves this 3rd championship.
  • Nico Hulkenburg – S6 F5 10/10 – The Hulk has found his form at this track and came close to his maiden victory. Hulk had a great time on the slick tyres in the wet moving all the way to 1st before a safety car and a hot on his heels Hamilton could overtake, sadly Nico’s race was marred by an incident at turn 1 where he collided with Lewis which despite it’s innocent appearance gave Nico a drive through penalty.
  • Felipe Massa – S5 F3 8/10 – There’s nothing more special than finishing on the podium at your home GP especially after you’ve had a proper good race overtaking the new world champion and defending like mad to make sure your team mate can pull away. Today Massa showed why he’s such a valuable commodity for Ferrari, he’s fast but equally importantly he’s loyal.
  • Michael Schumacher – S13 F7 8/10 – Despite yesterdays poor qualifying performance Michael has finished his career on a high after battling his way through the field to finish with 6 points. Michael even had a part to play in the championship waving Vettel through to promote the new German legend from 7th to 6th securing him his 3rd title.
  • Jenson Button – S2 F1 7/10 – Jenson may have only won this race because Hamilton and Hulkenburg collided but his ability in the wet was second to none today and it was only when the track became dry that he couldn’t keep up. Timing of Jenson’s win couldn’t be better with McLaren no.1 Lewis leaving and McLaren needing a new man to promote to lead driver.
  • Caterham – 8/10 – Not only were they only 1 place off their inaugural points but most importantly, by Vitaly Petrov finishing 11th Caterham returned to 10th in the constructors championship netting the team millions of pounds more for next season to see them carry on their improvements.

Bad Day:

  • Fernando Alonso – S7 F2 8/10 – You couldn’t have asked for Alonso to do more today he fought valiantly and dug deep but sadly that just wasn’t enough for the Ferrari star to claim his 3rd title. Alonso needs to hope that Ferrari produce a car that is competitive from the off next season if he wants next year to be the year.
  • Marussia – 7/10 – Marussia were unlucky today, despite fighting for places way above what they should have been fighting for a few spins demoted their cars nearer the back of the pack and left them 11th in the constructors championship. Despite this bad news for the team they should be proud of what they’ve achieved this year and they’ve moved further forward, next years needs to be onwards and upwards.
  • Lewis Hamilton – S1 F ret. 7/10 – Lewis will have been dreaming of a victory today so that he could leave McLaren on a high, how wrong he was. Lewis put in a great race but despite fighting his way back up to 1st position after making a mistake with the tyre strategy, but after an incident with Hulkenburg at turn 1 Lewis had to retire.
  • Paul Di Resta – S10 F ret 6/10 – It was a comedy of errors for Paul today, regularly spinning and just struggling to control the car in the slippery conditions, and the final incident added insult to injury. With only a couple of laps left Paul had another slip and ran along the wall for a few seconds ruining the car and leaving the race to finish behind a safety car.

Alonso digs deep but Vettel digs deeper

25 Nov

The tweet review, Brazil 12

“so the starting grid as so: HAM BUT WEB VET MAS HUL ALO RAI ROS DIR SEN PER SCH KOB RIC MAL VER GRO PET KOV GLO PIC KAR DLR” @formula1formula 15:17 (GMT)

“if you missed the news Alonso is already up to 7th after Maldonado was given a 10 place penalty for missing not attending the weighing” @formula1formula 15:20

“Great start by Ferrari! Massa into P2, Alonso is P4, Vettel is way down! What a start to the race!” @RichlandF1 16:04

“Oh dear. Vettel got tangled up and spun. Now at the back of the field and it appears to be raining” @easonF1 16:05

“ALO now up to 3RD!!!!” @F1_Fans_Updates 16:05

“Hulkenberg gets past Webber for P4.” @F1TimesLive

“Vettel lies in twenty-first place, but the damage doesn’t seem to be affecting his lap times. The chase is on” @PortalF1 16:08

“Alonso is off, he’s ran wide at T1 and he is down to P4 defending from Webber. Wow, this is already a classic GP” @RichlandF1 16:09

“Massa has got ahead of Webber for P5.” @F1TimesLive 16:11

“L6 Grosjean crashes out at Mergulho as Hamilton defends his lead from Button at the start of lap seven.” @f1fanaticlive 16:12

“Webber has spun!! He’s gone down the order at T1. Alonso is now 4.4s off Hulkenburg for the magic P3” @RichlandF1 16:13

“Button takes the lead from Hamilton!!!” @IrvineF1

“Kovalainen is P11! Could the Marussia/Caterham race take another twist?” @RichlandF1 16:15

“Vettel – “Massa ahead, be careful”” @Formula1_com 16:17

“So Vettel has gone from 4th to 24th to 6th to 18th in 11 laps! Crazy!!” @pubsilverstone 16:20

“Red Bull studying pix of Vettel’s damaged car down on the pitwall, Obviously not serious” @easonF1 16:27

“Rain is expected to continue for next 30 mins but it’s still the cars on slicks who are fastest, not sure what to expect” @formula1formula 16:29

“L19 Hulkenberg passes Button and Force India lead the Brazilian Grand Prix!” @f1fanaticlive 16:20

“The front two are 45 seconds ahead of Hamilton in 3rd. Shows what the right strategy can do” @RichlandF1 16:33

“We have a safety car for debris.” @F1TimesLive 16:36

“at the restart VET KOB and WEB go three abreast down the straight, KOB overtakes VET whilst WEB goes wide” @formula1formula 16:49

“Kobayashi passes Alonso who drops to fifth now, a place ahead of Vettel.” @F1TimesLive 16:52

“Massa uses DRS to get past Vettel. The Red Bull drops to seventh” @ESPNF1 16:55

“Hulk says, “I don’t like these downshifts” with “too much push” in engine braking on entry” @F1PitRadio 17:08

“Hulkenburg slides whilst trying to turn letting Hamilton overtake for 1st place” @formula1formula 17:15

“Red Bull tell Vettel his radio does not work now.” @IrvineF1 17:19

“Hilariously Kimi goes off and ends up in a cul de sac. 3pt turn required” @easonF1 17:21

“HAM and HUL touch at T1 fighting for the lead putting BUT 1st and ALO 2nd, unlucky for HULK he was doing so well” @formula1formula 17:23

“Hulkenburg has been given a drive through penalty. Alonso is behind Massa, but he will be let through. Cue people crying about that…” @RichlandF1 17:26

“Schumacher lets Vettel pass. That could be it. Alonso needs to win the race to win the WCC now…” @IrvineF1 17:35

“LAP 69 ALO P2 VET P6” @F1_Fans_Updates 17:44

“Di Resta crashes. Safety Car!” @Formula1_com 17:46

“final top 10 but ALO mas web hul VET sch ver kob rai so Vettel is the 2012 world champion” @formula1formula 17:49

“driver of the race award goes to Hulkenburg, such phenomenal driving and really didn’t deserve the drive thru penalty” @formula1formula 17:52

 

Korean GP dull by any stretch of the imagination

14 Oct

Good day, Bad day Korea 12.

Good day:

Sebastian Vettel: 9/10 S2 F1

Was unlucky to be pipped to pole by Webber but after overtaking at turn 1 no one could hold a candle to him, he led all the way from the front and was by far the best driver out there finishing 1st but more importantly taking control of the drivers championship.

Felipe Massa: 8/10 S6 F4

Massa is fantastic with him timing to turn his season around, he put in a fantastic performance for Ferrari last weekend and today was yet again very quick, so quick he had to be told to slow down in case he overtook Alonso. Despite a poor start to the season it’s looking likely that Massa will get the contract for 2013.

Nico Hulkenburg: 9/10 S8 F6 #DriverOfTheDay

Nico had a great race today picking up another important 8 points, he drove very well fending off Grosjean for the first and second stints before being overtaken at the start of the 3rd, but whilst Grosjean and Hamilton fought for 7th Hulkenburg overtook them both to finish 6th.

Jean-Eric Vergne: 8/10 S16 F8

Toro Rosso have been strong in Korea over the last few years but Vergne put in one of the best drives of the day to rise from 16th to 8th overtaking Lewis Hamilton in the process. Vergne hasn’t had the best of seasons but if he can drive like this on a regular basis he could move to Red Bull in the next few years.

Bad Day:

Lewis Hamilton: 3/10 S3 F10

When your McLaren can’t keep up with Toro Rosso you know you’re doing something wrong, Hamilton started poorly losing out to Alonso at turn 2, before spending the second stint being overtaken by Massa, Raikkonen, Hulkenburg etc. One of the biggest surprises about Hamilton’s race was just how quickly he went through tyres which he did remarkably quickly, Hamilton’s race was livened up later on by the addition of astroturf to the car.

Mercedes: 4/10 MSC S10 F13 ROS S9 F ret.

Mercedes have really struggled in recent weeks and did again this weekend, they were the slowest Mercedes powered car and were slower than the majority of the midfield.

Kamui Kobayashi: 3/10 S13 F ret.

It was a short but awful race for Kamui, he hit Button on lap 1 forcing JB to retire and and then ran in last after a drive-through and a front wing change. Kamui retired from the race on lap 16.

Fans who got up early to watch the race:

The race can be summed up as 5 minutes of excitement padded out with 95 minutes of processional racing, worth watching the 10 minute highlights than the entire race.

Korean Astroturf fitters

Whoever it was who put down the astroturf may be about to find themselves out of business because it was a pretty poor job. The turf was ripped up around the outside of the track which resulted in Hamilton getting some stuck to the side of the car and leading to a string of grass/turf jokes.