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My favourite corners of the 2011 tracks.

6 Aug

Sakhir (Bahrain):

Turn 14, the braking point is very important as if you get your foot on the accelerator too late and you won’t have the speed on the longest straight of the track. Not many other interesting corners except for turn 1 where the line is important as it will affect your speed between corners 3 and 4.

Melbourne (Australia):

It’s between two. Turn 3, the car comes into it at 275KM/H and has to be brought down perfectly to 105KM/H, otherwise the car will go off and probably end up skipping turn 4, which will not only get you an inquiry from the stewards, but also ruin your floor as the speed bumps there have done in the past. Also, Turn 12, not a normal choice I know but as the tracks so wide it’s very easy to not brake enough, also it’s important  to hit the kerb as otherwise you’ll lose a lot of time.

Sepang (Malaysia):

The turn 1/2 complex, it’s an amazing curving line that goes 180 degrees right then almost 180 degrees left, it’s a very important corner on all laps as varying from the racing line could leave you in the wall. On the lap 1 the corner is especially important as it’s after quite a long run up and then having to get through a tight corner so it’s where drivers are fighting for position and risking going wide to get a better line thought turn 2.

Shanghai (China):

Has a very similar start to Malaysia but has 4 corners in it rather than 2. My favourite corner though is turn 14 as it’s where the overtaking usually happens especially with DRS, the corner is quite wide as well so it’s possible to overtake on the inside or the outside or equally likely you can brake too late and run wide off the track.

Istanbul (Turkey):

Only 1 corner is worthy of the title, the legendary triple apex turn 8, even Sebastian Vettel crashed there in practise this year. The corner is especially tricky as if you miss an apex or the racing line then you lose a lot of time, the corner is also -after the first apex- taken without braking again which means the driver will suffer a huge amount of G-Force which increases the drivers likelihood  of making a mistake.

Barcelona (Spain):

Again it’s between two corners, turn 1 and turn 10. Turn 1, a place where overtaking happened this year, mainly due to the DRS and tyres but also chosen for the way the track then starts to go uphill, also it is amazing on the first lap due to the massive run up to the corner which is how Alonso managed such a good start at the race this year. Turn 10, it’s after another long straight and yet again is going uphill, the corner is also a place that if you risk it enough you can gain time.

Monaco (Monaco):

Turn 6, such an iconic corner that is the slowest corner in the season and requires it’s own special gear ratios, not usually a point for overtaking although this year Schumacher overtook Hamilton at it.

Montreal (Canada):

Turn 11, it’s the make or break corner it’s between the two longest straights on the track and the wrong line means a slower speed on the longest straight which will let drivers past especially if they use DRS.

Valencia (Europe):

Not many great corners at this track but turn 8 is a picturesque corner with the bridge coming into view, isn’t so important from a race point of view but offers a great oppertunity for the cameramen. Did you know that during the race weekend the bridge is opened every evening to allow boats in and out.

Silverstone (Great Britain):

Turn 1 (Abbey), A great first corner which can produce an amazing spectacle with the drivers all fighting to overtake and get the better line through turn 2. Having said this almost any corner could be chosen as all have such a history and provide excitement as the high speeds needed to put in a good lap you’d think are mad with between corners 9 and 15 the car doesn’t go below 200KM/H.

Nurburgring (Germany):

My favourite track this season with some amazing corners, my favourite of which is the turn 8/9 complex as it is two followthroughs going left then right where taking your foot off the pedal would be useless the corner is also great for the way that the car has just come out of the slow hairpin and then hits the high speeds as the driver has to get over the feeling of expecting to hit the walls.

Hungaroring (Hungary):

Turn 5, I know it’s an unconventional choice but in the build up to the recent grand prix I did some laps of it on F1 2009 for Wii and when I went in tutorial mode on the track it was the only corner where the guy who speaks said I did amazing at and didn’t say that I was too slow or needed to stay on the track. If it weren’t for that it would be turn two as it was so devastating to the drivers in the rain with both Ferrari’s and Vettel as well as a few others going off there.

Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium):

The corner to watch this year will be turn 5 as I’m expecting (just a guess) that the DRS will be on the straight going up to it, this could make overtaking interesting as turns 5 and 6 are quite narrow and are likely just going to be the drivers confirming their overtaking as the straights long enough for the driver to fully overtake. Favorite normally though would have to be Eau Rouge as despite being made easier in recent years is still a corner that would make your heart thud.

Monza (Italy):

Lesmo 1 mainly because of the Wii again as it’s a corner where I am surprisingly quick. Favorite non-Wii corner though would be Parabolica it’s the best named corner ever as the name parabolica just conjures up an amazing image, as well as that it’s important as it leads up to the longest straight on the track and I suspect that straight will be the DRS one.

Singapore (Singapore):

The chicane of turn 10, it’s a corner which if done well looks amazing and if done badly makes you look an idiot and badly damages the underside of the car as Jaime Aguersuari will testify (I think it was him who came off last year in one of the practices) it’s also a very tight chicane which makes it harder.

Suzuka (Japan):

So many great corners, turns 3,4,5 and 6 are an amazing spectacle with the even numbered ones being the ones you brake into, Degner 2 or crossover (turn 9) an amazingly important corner where braking point is vital, as Hamilton proved last year, turn 11 now making the grade after Kobayashi’s antics their last year overtaking almost everyone there, turns 13 or 14 or the legendary  Spoon corner which tests both car and driver as the exit it vital to a good run along the longest straight (most likely a double DRS with both straights at the entry and exit to turn 15 -or 130R-). Turn 15 is also a great corner in it’s own right as if you turn the steering wheel as either just the wrong time or at the wrong angle can see you seeing wall rapidly advancing on you and finally the title deciding 16,17,18 or Casio Triangle where Prost won the 1989 championship by taking both himself and Senna off the track just for Senna to carry on and get disqualified.

Yeongam (South Korea):

This year it’s going to have to be turn 3 already a very tricky corner that I expect will have a DRS zone going into it and maybe another going out of it, so it’s going to be an important corner for every driver as drivers will take their battles for position to it.

Jaypee Group Circuit (India):

Having had no race previously I’m just going to go on where I expect overtaking to take place and envisage it being turn 4 as it comes after the longest straight (likely DRS zone) and before another straight so line through the corner will be vital as well as a bad run off it could see a driver losing the place he’s just taken from the DRS on the next straight .

Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi):

Turn 1 (from a pitlane point of view), when the Abu Dhabi track was constructed many people commented on the way the pitlane went under the track, it’s a stupid idea really as there would be nothing wrong with ending the pitlane on the outside of turn 1, instead we end up with a difficult corner which is too narrow in a place where no one should crash and if someone did the race would have to be black flagged.

Interlagos (Brazil):

Turn 1, there’s something majestic about the way the corner just goes downhill and the overtaking opportunities there will be on lap 1 as it’s a place where you can overtake. Also, it’s named after the great Ayrton Senna which has to make the corner better.

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Hungaroring Driver Ratings

1 Aug

Sebastian Vettel: 7/10

Not a bad performance but after an amazing start to the season you have to rate him by what you expect of him and although he did manage his standard pole position he didn’t manage to win. The Hungaroring showed us all what Vettel’s weakness is, it’s when the track is changing from wet to dry on corners which are at least 90 degrees, that’s what lost him the Montreal GP and caused him to spin yesterday, losing the lead to Hamilton.

Mark Webber 7/10

Lost the race in qualifying when the lack of DRS and KERS ruined his Q3 time but he still managed to qualify 6th. But a good race where he kept out of trouble gave him a good result of 5th. Didn’t really see much of him during the race.

Lewis Hamilton 8/10

Had a very good race up to the point where the rain returned and the car started to spin, which let Button take the lead and gained him a drive thru for forcing Di Resta off the track. After that he had a great fight with Button which showed just how team principles should let their drivers race.

Jenson Button 10/10

Only really qualifies for a 10 as he scored his 11th victory in his 11 seasons, and exactly 5 years after his initial victory, on his 200th GP. But despite that he drove a great race especially being behind Hamilton when the rain started allowing him to be on the right strategy managing to do what he does best and handle the rain situations as he’s never won a GP for McLaren where it never rained during the race.

Fernando Alonso 8/10

Looked all weekend like the Ferrari was the weaker car of the top 3 and still managed to finish 3rd – with a bit of help from Webbers poor start and Hamilton’s drive thru/ pitstop problems – with a race that – apart from the start where he was off the track more than he was on it – he rarely showed up at all due to his lack of spinning and overtaking from the middle of the race onwards.

Felipe Massa 9/10

If we were measuring perseverance he would get a 10. After an amazing qualifying performance where he managed to out perform his team mate for the first time since Spa last year, Massa had a good start despite ending up behind both Mercedes up to the point where he spun the car at turn 2 leaving him in the wall and with damage to the back of the car, but did this stop him, no. Instead he carried on and went all the way from 13th to 6th before the end of the race, and he was on for 4th until his tyres gave way and let both Webber and Hamilton through.

Michael Schumacher 6/10

He was actually leading the race for a whole 3/4 of a lap  before pitting. Had a good start getting ahead of both Ferrari’s, but after taking the lead things went downhill with the car spinning and stalling ruling him out of the race.

Nico Rosberg 5/10

After a strong start where he was up to 4th, Nico had a poor middle ending up in a 5 way race for 8th just losing out to Buemi to finish 9th. After this race Mercedes should give up on the 2011 car and start just working on the 2012 as the car clearly isn’t quick enough to challenge for anything this year.

Vitaly Petrov 3/10

I don’t have a clue what’s happened to Renault after a great start to the season, the only thing I can imagine it is, is that their innovative  forward facing exhaust is stopping them do other aerodynamic things which are now worth more than the exhaust in the races. As well as this though the car should be finishing at most 10th and for Vitaly to finish it 12th in a race without any major problems for the driver is a poor performance.

Nick Heidfeld 6/10

Had one of the worst fires in recent history for motorsport with the car starting to explode at one point probably because some parts were rapidly cooling (and shrinking) due to the fire hydrant and other parts still expanded due to the heat. But back to the driving, another poor qualifying performance had ruined his chances of a good race and things started to go wrong when he tried an overtaking move at turn 1 instead managing to lose a place as he ran wide.

Rubens Barrichello 5/10

Williams like Mercedes just need to start concentrating on the 2012 car as neither driver is doing any good with this car (although you do have to wonder weather Nico Hulkenburg could get the car to a respectable  position). Looked at one point like he was going to get points but then things didn’t go his way and he started to slip down the order.

Pastor Maldanado 4/10

Not a good race at all for the Venezuelan somehow managing to end up back in 16th only ahead of the ‘new’ teams, Pastor is going to have to show the selectors that he can perform in the race as well as in qualifying otherwise he may be looking at the exit.

Adrian Sutil 4/10

Has no excuse for finishing 14th as his team mate managed a great 7th place, especially after a very strong performance at the Nurburgring and a more than respectable qualifying performance.

Paul Di Resta 7/10

At last he managing to prove the massive potential everyone’s placed on him by finishing 7th, only behind the top 3 teams. It was very good race by Paul made even more exciting by having Hamilton trying to have a head on collision, (an incident that made me think of the joke about the man driving down the motoway when his wife hears that there’s a driver driving down the wrong side so she rings him and tells him “Be careful there’s someone driving down the wrong side” to which the man replys “1, there’s hundreds of them”) that joke is better when told by someone funny.

Kamui Kobayashi 6/10

Average at best from Kobayashi who actually found himself having to defend and not just attack at the end of the race. Tyre strategy probably ruined him as he could have finished about 8th if the 2nd pit stop had been a few laps later, but all in all not a bad performance.

Sergio Perez 4/10

Had a very good qualifying performance starting 10th, but I think the rain at the start is what ruined his race as a few laps in to the race he was 20th. But as the track got dry he started to rack up positions to finish a decent 15th. To help his driving Sauber should rig up a skip pan track and send Sergio out on it in cars not worth as much as F1 cars but also having less grip so that Sergio can improve his driving in the rain, which at the moment seems to be his biggest problem.

Sebastian Buemi 10/10

After having to start 24th Buemi must have thought that a points finish was impossible but, it wasn’t as he proved not only finishing 8th but also finishing ahead of team mate Alguersuari who started 16th. I think he was helped by the rain as the drivers just ahead of him probably struggled more due to them having less grip.

Jaime Alguersuari 7/10

Another points finish is just going to make the Toro Rosso selectors with a close to impossible decision as Buemi Alguersuari and Ricciardo are all performing exceptionally. Not only that but also Jaime managed to again qualify ahead of Buemi, which has always been Jaime’s weak point.

Heikki Kovalainen 6/10

An uneventful race except when he was under investigation (a crime he was later cleared of). But after that it wasn’t long till he had to retire after a water leak.

Jarno Trulli  5/10

Coincidentally also had a water leak which left him out of the race on lap 17 not really long enough to make any judgement on him.

Timo Glock 6/10

Was the fastest of the ‘new’ teams although that could be because of the Lotus cars retiring. Having said that was he was leading both Lotus cars during the rain, mainly because Glock is a rain specialist.

Jerome d’Ambrosio 3/10

A poor race, qualifying at the back  and then being beaten by a HRT being driver by a driver in only his second race, after this season I’m still not sure why Virgin dropped Di Grassi as he had more potential and was better for developing the car.

Vitantonio Liuzzi 5/10

Not a good race although in a HRT will you ever have a good race. Sadly for Vitantonio he was beaten by Ricciardo which is not a good performance as far as Liuzzi’s concerned.

Daniel Ricciardo 10/10

A very impressive performance shows why he’s the next big thing for Red Bull as the HRT should not be worth beating Virgin especially when his more experienced team mate finished 2 places behind.

CONSPIRACY

When Heidfleds car exploded not safety car was sent out something that should always happen in a situation like that. So why wasn’t it, lets first of all think about the consequences if they had sent one out, all the cars would have become bunched up including Sebastian Vettel who id the safety car had come out could have had another chance to win the race as he’d already lost the race by that time, and so by not sending the safety car out Hamilton maintained his lead over Vettel. Surely this could mean that the reason the stewards didn’t send the safety car out was to help Hamilton or Button win and liven up the season.

3 winners and 3 losers of the Hungaroring qualifying.

31 Jul

Winners.

Sergio Perez, qualified 10th.

This is Sergio’s rookie season in F1, and my it’s been one to remember, he has 8 points in the championship but has had points taken from him for an illegal car and failed to race at either Monaco or Montreal after his huge shunt (maybe not something to remember). Not only that but in qualifying he’s regularly beating  Kobayashi, a talented driver, and is leading fellow rookie Paul Di Resta in the title standings by 6 points (and don’t forget that Di Resta is touted as a huge potential). One thing many people don’t know about Perez is that as well as driving for Sauber he is part of the Ferrari young drivers program so with a bit of luck it won’t be long before he wears the red overalls belonging to the Maranello team.

Jenson Button, qualified 3rd.

If you’ve kept track of Jenson in the post Braun years, you’ll have observed that although he’s good when it comes to the racing, he is regularly held back by his qualifying performance, that’s why he’s a winner for this week after qualifying less than a tenth of a second behind Hamilton and ahead of both Ferraris and Mark Webber. This should lead to Jenson having a good race and maybe attacking the cars in front of him  for the win, although I imagine he’ll settle for a finish as he’s had back to back retirements going into this race.

Adrian Sutil, Qualified 8th.

This is Adrians second in a row Q3 place and it shows he’s starting to get the best from the car not only in the race but in qualifying, a part of the race weekend where he’s regularly been beaten by rookie team mate, Di Resta. This also marks a good rejuvenation of the car as pre Silverstone it was only finishing in low down points and at Silverstone Di Resta qualified 6th and last week at the Nurburgring Sutil finished 6th.

Loosers.

Jerome d’Ambrosio, qualified 24th.

Jerome is on the list of losers because he was out qualified by both of the HRTs including Daniel Ricciardo who is only in his second ever GP.  As well as that Jerome has always up to here been strong in qualifying and has managed to regularly out perform team mate Timo Glock in qualifying.

Both Renaults, Vitaly Petrov 12th and Nick Heidfeld 14th.

Lets rewind to the start of the season where in the first race Petrov finished 3rd, then lets go to the second race of the season where Heidfeld finished 3rd. Now back to the present and neither is doing very well at all, both drivers problem is there inconsistency,  with Petrov it’s kind of allowed as it’s his second season and in his debut season he was amazingly inconsistant, but Heidfeld has no excuse as he’s one of the most experienced drivers out on the grid. What Renault won’t be happy with is that both drivers are behind a Sauber and both Force India’s and Heidfeld is also behind the other Sauber, these are teams they should be comfortably beating, with this disappointing run it makes Renaults chances of winning the championship in the next 5 years slim.