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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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3 GP2 drivers to watch.

5 Sep

Romain Grosjean: Is this years GP2 champion securing the title in the penultimate round of the year. If the name sounds familiar to you that’s probably because he drove 7 races for Renault in 2009 replacing Nelson Piquet JR. Few drivers have managed to have two attempts in F1 and many are expecting Romain to join that list as the GP2 champion generally joins a F1 team the year after and with him already the reserve driver for Renault Romain will probably enter through Renault.

Giedo van der Garde: Last year the runner up in GP2 (Sergio Perez) made it to F1 and has outperformed the 2010 GP2 Champion (Pastor Maldonado), with this Giedo should be expecting to drive for an F1 team next year maybe replacing Barrichello at Williams or joining one of the newer teams. Like Romain Giedo has some F1 experience, he joined the McLaren young drivers program in 2006 and in 2007 he was the reserve driver for Super Aguri F1, and most recently was a candidate for the 2nd Virgin seat last tear.

Jules Bianchi: At 22 he’s the youngest of the 3 but he’s already got a massive CV, he was widely expected to replace Felipe Massa when he got injured in 2009, and after testing for Ferrari in the young drivers test last year he was signed up by Ferrari to join the young drivers academy and is there reserve driver. At such a young age I’m not expecting him to join an F1 team next year but as he’s part of the young drivers academy with Perez I envisage in a 5 years time it will ┬ábe Bianchi and Perez leading the Scuderia’s chance for the title.