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What happened to those who left: 2011

7 Feb

With the 2013 F1 season soon to start lets look at what happened to the drivers who left F1 at the end of the 2011 season:

  • Adrian Sutil (90 F1 races / 95 F1 points) – last season Adrian did not compete in any major racing category.
  • Nick Heidfeld (185 races / 259 points / 13 F1 podiums) – over the 2012 season Heidfeld competed in the World Endurance Championship (3 WEC races / 42.5 WEC points / 1 WEC podium).
  • Jaime Alguersuari (46 races / 31 points) – Jaime spent last season commentating for BBC radio 5 on the Formula 1 season.
  • Sebastian Buemi (55 races / 29 points) – Spent last season as Red Bull’s test drive and also competed in the Le Mans 24 hours (the car didn’t make it to the end of the race).
  • Rubens Barrichello (326 races / 658 points / 68 podiums / 11 F1 wins) – After leaving Formula 1 Barrichello started competing in Indy Car (15 Indy Car races / 289 points) he finished 12th in the championship. Barrichello also raced as a guest in three races of Brazilian Stock Car.
  • Jarno Trulli (256 races / 246.5 points / 11 podiums / 1 win) – Jarno did not compete last season, but did you know that Trulli’s a co-owner of a vineyard.
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (81 races / 26 points) – Liuzzi has been busy competing in the International Superstars Series (16 races / 181 points / 9 podiums / 2 wins) finishing 2nd in the championship, the Campionato Italiano Superstars (10 races / 92 points / 3 podiums / 1 win) finishing 3rd in the championship and he competed in the World Endurance Championship (3 races / 4 points).
  • Jerome D’Ambrosio (20 races / 0 points) – Jerome was Lotus’ test driver over last season and competed in the Italian GP after Grosjean was banned.
  • Karun Chandhok (11 races / 0 points) – Karun spent 2012 driving in the World Endurance Championship (8 races / 50.5 points)

Valencia driver ratings.

21 Jun

Sebastian Vettel 5/10

Starting to get a bit dull with Vettel constantly winning, this is reducing his scores as he’s only achieving what’s expected.

Webber 6/10

Qualified 2nd to prove the Red Bull can be drove quickly by him but couldn’t match Alonso in the race. Sadly for Mark it’s going to take a huge push to turn around the standings and finish 1st.

Hamilton 7/10

Well he finished the race but didn’t really perform to the expected expectations. In the race Lewis finished half a minute behind the top 3. Seems like race pace is the problem for McLaren as Hamilton was swamped by both the Ferraris at the start.

Button 6/10

Not at the same level as he was in Montreal and qualifying 6th ruined his chances of winning, Jenson almost lost 6th to Rosberg in the race but he quickly got it back again. The big problem JB had was finishing a whole minute behind Vettel.

Alonso 8/10

Provided the excitement  in the race by attacking the Red Bulls but still couldn’t match Vettel, qualifying 4th wasn’t as good as he may have been expecting but took Hamilton early to set up an attack on Webber.

Massa 8/10

Another good performance by Massa will help Maranello to regain confidence in him. Biggest problem was using too many sets of softs in qualifying and this held him back in the race. Took Hamilton at the first corner and could have gone up to second at the second corner if he hadn’t held back.

Rosberg 6/10

Another good performance by Rosberg, if he keeps this up he may pick up his first win in the next few seasons.

Schumacher 4/10

The only reason he was so far back was due to hitting Petrov and losing the front wing – something he admitted was his fault later. But Schumacher  wasn’t as good as he has been.

Petrov 3/10

Not good is all I can say, Vitaly failed to qualify for Q3 and then manages to finish 15th! The only excuse Vitaly can have for his performance is that Schumacher’s conflict with him fazed him.

Heidfeld 6/10

Showed Vitaly Petrov that the car was worth of doing well at Valencia by out qualifying his team mate to make it to Q3 (qualifying has been one of Nicks weak points this year) and then holding on to a point for the finish. After Renaults great start to the campaign I think their car is starting to lag behind the leaders.

Adrian Sutil 7/10

Showing signs of closing the gap in qualifying to his teammate Paul Di Resta by out qualifying him and making it to Q3 (although not going out to set a time is disappointing for him) and then a good race clawing up 1 place to finish with 2 points.

Paul Di Resta 5/10

Not Di Resta’s best race as he failed to outperform his team mate in qualifying before managing to lose two places in the race to allow this to not go down in his all time best races.

Kamui Kobayashi 4/10

You know a race isn’t going to have overtaking when Kobayashi doesn’t manages to lose places in the race and isn’t making headlines for amazing manoeuvres. Kamui would have got a 5 if it hadn’t been for the way you just expect him to liven up a race.

Sergio Perez 7/10

Another good race by the Ferrari prospect (he’s part of their driver training program and is a serious contender to replace Massa at the Scud) saw him rise from 16th to 11th and made up for his teammates lack of excitement.

Rubens Barrichello 5/10

Average at best qualified 13th and finished 12th in a rather uneventful day at the office.

Pastor Maldonado 4/10

Another Williams driver who did next to nothing to liven up a dull race although his stalling at a corner bringing out a red flag was the most exciting thing to happen in qualifying. Managed to lose 3 places during the race, all to drivers who shot up the race timings.

Sebastian Buemi 8/10

A good rise from 17th to 13th ensured that the fight for the Toro Rosso seat is becoming even more tense and exciting, apart from that he was very much like the race: dull and uneventful.

Jaime Alguersuari 10/10

Can I give higher than 10. In a otherwise dull race Jaime set Spanish hearts racing by rising, wait for it, 10 spots to finish 8th. I’m a fan of Jaime and this race proved the potential he has, I can only hope he carries on like this to secure the Toro Rosso seat.

Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Timo Glock, Jerome D’Ambrosio, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan 6/10

Sadly none of them were taking any headlines or really overtaking. The main reason for this is probably that there wasn’t a safety car which would have gave them a chance of taking a risk which may pull off.

The race as a whole 1/10

In one word dull. In 5 dull dull dull dull dull. I’m enjoying the new Pirellis but they just couldn’t liven it up. I think that with this race losing it’s pull factor that we need two races in Germany (Hockenheim  and Nurburgring) both are great tracks and deserve the GP and Germany has the highest number of drivers in the championship and the two of the current biggest icons: Schue and Vettel.

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

8 Dec

Jaime Alguersuari 6/10 Q13 F11

A disastrous start left him 17th and it took some motivation to work his way up to 9th on the first stint before eventually having to settle for 11th.

Sebastian Buemi 5/10 Q14 F12

Like Jaime he had a strong 1st stint pitting from 8th but his second pit stop was probably a few laps to early and this left him stuck behind Jaime and to finish 12th.

Timo Glock 5/10 Q24 F24

Yet again had to look up the back of every car as HRT carry on this change from the ultimate team to the penultimate, but it was a good 21 laps as he’d already moved up to 21st.

Jerome D’Ambrosio 6/10 Q23 F19

Managed to out qualify his much more experienced team mate and then managed to overtake both the HRTs, all in all a race Jerome can be proud to call his last (probably).

Rubens Barrichello 7/10 Q12 F14

Rubens couldn’t have wished for a worse start dropping 7 places to fall down to 19th, but he proved why he shouldn’t be ruled out of  driving next season in the second stint rising from 19th to 15th before gaining another place in the final pit stop to finish 14th.

Pastor Maldonado 6/10 Q18 F ret.

Looked destined to have one of his better races having already advanced to 16th before he span off.

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.

Driver Ratings, S.Korea. Pt.4 Toro Rosso, Virgin and Williams

21 Oct

Jaime Alguersuari 10/10 Q11 F7 Driver of the Day

An ingenious strategy was what got him up from 11th to 7th during the race, he stayed out a few laps longer which helped him come out further up the field. It was a good weekend for Jaime as he took 6th in FP2 and has been using his rapidly improving car to it’s full potential.

Sebastian Buemi 7/10 Q13 F9

Drove a good race despite falling to 17th on the first lap, after that it was just steady improvements eventually rising up the field to 9th.

Timo Glock 7/10 Q21 F18

Was on a very high force set up being 3rd slowest in the speed trap and had very consistent sector times. But the race wasn’t inspirationally good for Virgin as they were clearly the slowest team but one.

Jerome D’Ambrosio 3/10 Q22 F20

I’m surprised the ground hasn’t opened and swallowed him up he must be that embarrassed having finished behind Daniel Ricciardo’s HRT, he hadn’t been good all weekend being behind Timo in a majority of sessions.

Rubens Barrichello 8/10 Q18 F12

With the current situation looking like Barrichello will be replaced by Sutil (who’ll be replaced by Hulkenburg) at Williams, Barrichello had one of his best races of the season, his decision to do his second pit stop early was what took him up to 12th.

Pastor Maldonado 7/10 Q16 F retired

Was doing well when he was forced to retire, he’d rose to 10th having not pitted and was probably going to finish in the points before it all went wrong with an engine problem.

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

14 Oct

Sebastian Buemi 6/10 Q15 F ret.

Was driving a decent race before the tyre became loose on lap 11 forcing him to retire.

Jaime Alguersuari 6/10 Q16 F15

Nothing amazing all weekend, but then again the car wasn’t up to anything around Suzuka so it shouldn’t affect the battle for the Toro Rosso seats next year.

Timo Glock 5/10 Q21 F20

You could drive your socks off in a Virgin and still finish at the back which makes judging Timo difficult. Although he is one of the best drivers on the grid he isn’t helping the car improve enough to catch up with the lotuses.

Jerome D’Ambrosio 5/10 Q20 F21

Was he fastest of the ‘new’ teams through the speed gun during qualifying which helped him out qualify team mate, Glock. The speed just wasn’t there in the race though finishing 2 laps behind Button and behind Glock.

Rubens Barrichello 6/10 Q13 F17

Williams’ dismal run continues and evidently the race pace just isn’t there, early on in the race he was running in 14th but he was just going backwards and eventually finished 17th.

Pastor Maldonado 7/10 Q14 F14

Was much quicker through the speed gun during qualifying than the other Williams and Pastor’s race pace was much better finishing up in 14th.

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

29 Sep

Sebastian Buemi: 7/10 Sebastian has been a good competitor all year and it’s a shame he couldn’t pick up any points this weekend. Qualifying 14th isn’t bad for the ever improving Toro Rosso team and an average race took him up to 12th.

Jaime Alguersuari: 6/10 As usual Jaime was a little behind Seb in qualifying and up until the end he wasn’t doing badly sadly he had an accident on the 56th lap (out of 58) and didn’t finish.

Timo Glock: 5/10 A bit of a shame the race but qualifying was his usual 21st, he was driving well until he hit the barrier at turn 18 and had to navigate his way to a runoff area.

Jerome D’Ambrosio: 5/10 Did what was expected by beating the HRTs and being beat by the Lotuses in both qualifying and the race, apart from that he was nothing amazing.

Rubens Barrichello: 7/10 A good race for Williams and it appears that the upgrade was worth the wait even if it is a bit late. He qualified strong in 12th and it was a good performance to get 13th.

Pastor Maldonado: 8/10 He was really biged up in the BBC’s pre race program and he didn’t disappoint, qualifying 13th and then drove well to finish 11th, so close to getting a point.