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

2 Nov

Sebastian Buemi 6/10 Q9 F retired

After Toro Rosso’s best qualifying session this year Seb started ahead of the Williams and the Renaults, both teams with a history of winning. But sadly the start wasn’t up to the expectations from the day before and like that he was 12th. Over the next 23 laps he worked on getting back up to 9th, which he did before he needed to pit and came out in 12th again, before retiring with an engine failure.

Jaime Alguersuari 7/10 Q10 F8

An amazing feat to get to Q3, especially seeing as he isn’t usually a good qualifier, and unlike Buemi he reached our expectations, although he dropped one place at the start he worked to get up to 9th before pitting and then took himself to 8th, although his second pit took him back to 9th Felipe Massa’a retirement secured him 4 points in the championship.

Timo Glock 4/10 Q24 F retired

Unlucky to have such a short race as Kamui Kobayashi forced him to enter a spin after he retook the track. Timo was unlucky to have to qualify 24th as if it wasn’t for a car malfunction he looked set to start his usual 21st ahead of team mate and both the HRTs.

Jerome D’Ambrosio 7/10 Q21 F16

Shot up the places on the first lap as he managed to avoid the carnage and managed to embark on a good fight with Karthikeyan, a fight he won on lap 50.

Rubens Barrichello 7/10 Q15 F15

Was the worst driver on the first lap going down to 22nd and having to have a front wing replaced, but after that he drove like a demon somehow managing to get the car to 15th before his second pit stop. It was a race which summed up Rubens, never give up.

Pastor Maldonado 6/10 Q13 F retired

Showed his pace in qualifying beating Barrichello by 0.9 seconds and this also took him above both Renaults. Compared to some he had a good start, only losing one place, which he quickly regained before his retirement on lap 12.

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

1 Nov

Sebastian Vettel 10/10 Q1 F1  #DOTD

Victory, pole, fastest lap and he led every lap, his first grand slam making him the youngest person to ever get one beating Senna. It was a race full of records as he also beat Nigel Mansell’s record for most laps led throughout a season and it took Red Bull to 16 poles, another record, and of course, maybe the most important, he’ll go down forever as the first man to win a Indian GP.

Mark Webber 5/10 Q2 F4

While Seb is so dominant Mark – in the same car – is just so feeble. He had a good start – for him – not losing a place and couldn’t put up a fight when Jenson Button overtook him. He then spent an entire race fighting Fernando Alonso just to lost a spot on the podium. This Aussie is losing it whilst the prodigy, Daniel Ricciardo is just coming onto the scene.

Vitaly Petrov 6/10 Q15 F11

An awful qualifying session leaving him stranded behind both Williams but in the race you could see the pace, he was quick and my he fought Perez for that last point.

Bruno Senna 6/10 Q14 F12

Outqualified team mate Petrov and had a phenomenal start to the race but, his strategy was off the pace and had he pitted earlier for his last stop he could have picked up points.

Kamui Kobayashi 3/10 Q17 F retired

Was out in Q3 after a slow time and not enough laps but at least his short lived race was exciting, in the first corner he was taken off the track and when he returned to it he went into the path of Timo Glock, both had to retire.

Sergio Perez 7/10 Q20 F10

A stunning race to raise from near the back to the points, it wasn’t a quick moving up the field though, instead he had to slowly go up never losing a place but always taking them.

Driver Ratings, India. Pt. 1 Ferrari, Force India and Hispania

30 Oct

Fernando Alonso: 7/10 Q3 F3

Proved he had speed by winning a battle against Mark Webber which lasted the whole race, but just couldn’t match Vettel and Button in a race that showed that Ferrari are the weakest of the big three.

Felipe Massa 6/10 Q6 F retired

Was at fault for the incident but didn’t deserve a penalty as the stewards decided Kamui didn’t deserve one for making Timo Glock spin when he rejoined the track. Hitting the kerb though, that was just plain stupid, he smashed the suspension yesterday during qualifying doing the same thing and he must have thought lightning couldn’t strike twice.

Adrian Sutil 7/10 Q9 F8

As his place at Force India looks less and less likely it took a great performance for Sutil to show he can still mix it up with the best. He performed well in qualifying making Q3 and had a long fight for 9th with Perez and Petrov which he eventually came out on top in.

Paul Di Resta 6/10 Q12 F13

Not Paul’s best weekend but it was a good achievement to finish 13th on quite a radical strategy, starting on hards and pitting 3 times, more than most. All in all another strong weekend by one of the biggest prospects in F1.

Narain Karthikeyan 5/10 Q23 F17

May have been loved by the fans but he was loathed by the driver as he was awful at being a back marker, something he was punished for after qualifying. An uneventful weekend but had the honour of being the only Indian driver at the inaugural Indian GP. The one talented thing he did was avoid the collision at the start.

Daniel Ricciardo 5/10 Q22 F18

How he finished behind Karthikeyan no one knows but it didn’t help his chances for a 2012 Toro Rosso seat whilst both of the current Toro Rosso drivers were on fire.

3 winners and losers of qualifying, India.

29 Oct

Winners:

Indian GP organisers: They did it! It’s been an astonishing feat of achievement to get the track to this level without Korea’s worries of will they make it, the track’s exciting, new and as far as the drivers are concerned maybe the best Tilke track ever. F1 has really embraced the developing world and the timing couldn’t be better, there’s a new bollywood film out and the starts are all over F1.

Toro Rosso: 9th and 10th in qualifying, this is a team which until last winter hadn’t had to build it’s own chassis and from week to week it’s becoming better and better, if this is a sign to come Toro Rosso could have their second victory next season.

Red Bull: 16 poles in one season, the records continue and the Red Bull era of dominance is in full swing, roll on inaugural Indian GP victory.

Losers

Virgin F1: 23rd and 24th a performance that is their worst in qualifying in the teams history, Glock’s got the excuse of a fault on the car but D’Ambrosio hasn’t, so are HRT suddenly becoming faster or are Virgin heading downhill.

Kamui Kobayashi: The reason he’s messed it up and is starting 18th is because of how few laps he set in Q1, 6 while the Team Lotuses each did 13 and both HRTs did 11. Of course it’s not as bigger problem as you’d expect as every time Kamui’s been knocked out in Q1 he’s gone on to finish in the points this year and he is one of the best overtakers on the track.

Felipe Massa’s mechanics: If they were expecting a quiet evening tonight they’re out of luck, they’ve got to replace at least one wheels suspension and a front wing, lucky them.