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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.2 Lotus, McLaren and Mercedes

4 Dec

Heikki Kovalainen Q19 F16 7/10

Another normal weekend for Heikki, just beat Jarno in qualifying before starting strongly and moving up the field and competing with the midfield teams before falling back and beating one of the midfield.

Jarno Trulli Q20 F18 6/10

Jarno was just 0.3 seconds off Heiki in qualifying and like Heikki he had a strong start, rising two places, but that’s where the comparisons end, whilst Heikki battled the midfield Jarno was stuck in a limbo between the midfield and Virgin/HRT.

Lewis Hamilton Q4 F ret. 6/10

Despite being fastest in P2 the best Lewis could manage in qualifying was 4th, but he wouldn’t keep it. At the first corner Alonso took him around the outside and he dropped further back to 6th trying to get 5th from Massa sadly though a gearbox failure  left him stranded and out.

Jenson Button Q3 F3 8/10

Despite qualifying highly Jenson only seemed involved in the race when Fernando Alonso pulled what may be the overtake of the season to steal 3rd. Jenson then came in earlier than the rest and looked to have completely lost 4th to Alonso until he overtook at the end of the DRS zone to secure 3rd.

Michael Schumacher Q10 F15 6/10

The final position doesn’t tell the true story, he was clipped by Bruno Senna on lap 12 (ish) fell to last place and lapped and then had to work tirelessly to regain a position as good as 15th, not bad.

Nico Rosberg Q6 F7 7/10

Stunned to qualify 6th ahead of Felipe Massa, sadly for him both Ferraris had good starts and so Rosberg only managed to lead Massa in the race for around 20 meters he wasn’t put off though he raced Sutil amazingly but sadly couldn’t get ahead.

Driver Ratings, India. Pt.2 Lotus, McLaren and Mercedes.

31 Oct

Heikki Kovalainen 7/10 Q18 F14

Thoroughly deserved to get points for Team Lotus, but sometimes in life things don’t go the right war, the car was quick despite not having KERS and when he was ahead of Sutil and Di Resta he was giving their lap times a run for their money, if Lotus carries on this level of improvement then they could pick up points next season.

Jarno Trulli 4/10 Q19 F19

His race was over almost as soon as it had begun, sent off the track on lap 1 it was from then on a desperate attempt to try to finish in the penultimate place, to no avail. If Lotus had known what would happen then they’d have dropped Trulli with Chandhok so they could please the Indian fans.

Jenson Button 9/10 Q4 F2

If anyone took the race to Vettel it was Button, he was quick daring and  desperate to win, he didn’t but he tried after lap 1 was constantly in 2nd place never letting Alonso or Webber get a look in on 2nd place.

Lewis Hamilton 6/10 Q5 F7

Will want to solely blame his bad race on the incident with Massa, but in truth he’ll know that it wasn’t going well anyway, he was well off the pace in the first stint and was complaining about the car regularly during the race. He may have been equally at fault for the collision as Massa as if Massa had wanted to get around the corner he’d have needed to turn in to make it.

Michael Schumacher 8/10 Q11 F5

A spark of genius at the end of his second stint gave him the advantage over Rosberg in the race, Michael stayed out a few laps longer gained the seconds and managed to stay 5th after pitting. This came after a very disastrous where he was close to being out in Q1 and then had to settle for 11th.

Nico Rosberg 6/10 Q7 F6

Had a good start staying in 7th for the first quarter of the race, then had to pit and started to work up the positions, taking full advantage of the Hamilton Massa incident to go up to 5th, he would have stayed their too had it not been for Schumacher jumping him in the pit stops.

Driver Ratings, S.Korea. Pt.2 Lotus, McLaren and Mercedes

19 Oct

Heikki Kovalainen: 7/10 Q19 F14

Did an amazing job to finish higher than both of the Saubers and was starting to really challenge the midfield teams during the race, one of Team Lotus’ missions at the start of the season.

Jarno Trulli 6/10 Q20 F17

Yet again couldn’t challenge Heikki, finishing behind him in all the sessions they both went out in. But he was ahead of both the Virgins and the HRTs.

Lewis Hamilton: 8/10 Q1 F2

It took an amazing effort to take pole position and until Vettel got away so quickly he was the favourite to win. The real positive for Hamilton will be that he didn’t crash when fighting with Mark Webber.

Jenson Button: 7/10 Q3 F4

Dropped to 6th on the first lap, but reclaimed 4th when the Ferraris made a mistake in their pit stops’. But that wasn’t the end of the battle as Alonso and Massa then started to chase him down and once Alonso had cleared Massa the fight really was on, Button just about hung on to 4th.

Michael Schumacher: 7/10 Q12 F retired

Was a man on a mission and already 9th when Petrov ruined his rear wing, he maybe could have challenged the top 6 if he’d have set set a better time, something well within his grasp having finished top in FP1 and 6th in FP3.

Nico Rosberg: 7/10 Q7 F8

Was the best of the rest in qualifying and then was racing Button for 4th at one point, but a badly timed pit stop brought him out too far back and so could only finish 8th once Alguersuari had overtook him on the last lap.

Driver Ratings, Japan. Pt.2 Lotus, McLaren and Mercedes

12 Oct

Heikki Kovalainen 6/10 Q18 F18

The gap is closing between the midfield teams and Lotus and Heikki proved it racing Bruno Senna and Rubens Barrichello at points during the race.

Jarno Trulli 5/10 Q19 F19

Still can’t beat team mate in qualifying and it’s the same during the race, next year may be Jarno’s last at Lotus.

Lewis Hamilton 6/10 Q3 F5

Another race another incident involving Massa, this time Lewis just turned in on Massa knocking a piece off Massa’s front wing and calling out the safety car. Lewis though was running good pace during the end of the race and was almost on pole.

Jenson Button 9/10 Q2 F1

Amazing concentration shown by Jenson as he held off a rapidly chasing Fernando Alonso at the end and was constantly putting fastest lap. This race was Jenson’s first win with McLaren where the conditions of the track haven’t changed during the race.

Michael Schumacher  7/10 Q8 F6

One of Michael’s best races for a long time, leading a whole lap (the first since 2006) and completing a top 6 of former world champions to take home 8 points. Most importantly to Michael that’s 7 more than Rosberg.

Nico Rosberg 7/10 Q24 F10

Unlucky to suffer a hydraulics problem during qualifying but was quick enough during the race to move up 14 places to finish a comfortable 10th.

Driver Ratings Singapore, Pt. 2 Lotus, McLaren and Mercedes

27 Sep

Heikki Kovalainen: 8/10 A Team Lotus (soon to be beat a Caterham) beat a Group Lotus (soon to be Team Lotus (confused?)), is there anything more pleasing than that. Heikki had a solid race and was – as usual – the best of the ‘new’ teams.

Jarno Trulli: 7/10 A good weekend by Jarno and was set to take second place in the best of the rest race, Tony Fernandes says that the retirement was to be on the safe side so they wouldn’t have to take a 5 place grid penalty. Jarno summed up in one tweet, “Jarno’s missed the second turn, looks like his power steering is getting worse”.

Lewis Hamilton: 1/10 Lucky to be getting a 1 but having made mistake after mistake every weekend he’s going to have to learn to concentrate, most embarrassing thing is that the place where he hit Massa was the same as where he hit Webber last year.

Jenson Button: 8/10 A great drive to only finish 1.7 seconds behind Vettel, did well all race especially the start where he was up to 2nd and never lost it, just think, if he’d been the car behind Vettel at the safety car restart he could have been the victor as Vettel gained 6 seconds on the lap after the safety car restart.

Michael Schumcher: 6/10 Had a huge crash and was lucky not to hit his team mate when flying towards the barrier. A bit of a shame that he didn’t set a Q3 time but his race wasn’t much better.

Nico Rosberg: 6/10 Was saved being overtaken by Massa on the last lap by Vettel lapping them but he drove a race that deserved 6th and was unlucky to be beaten by Di Resta.