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Time to say Goodbye: Timo Glock

1 Feb

So what’s his F1 career been like?

Timo is one of the few drivers to ever get a second chance in Formula 1, in 2004 Glock was called into Jordan to replace Giorgio Pantano due to Pantano’s who was having a contract dispute with Jordan, and then was brought back in to the team for the final 3 races. Despite scoring points at his debut (Canadian GP) he wasn’t retained by the team in 2005.

So Timo’s been through leaving F1 before? What did he do next?

Yes he has, Glock went on to race in first Champ Car and then in GP2, winning the latter in 2007 after winning 5/20 races.

GP2 champion, I imagine that must have got him back into Formula 1 pretty quickly.

It did, Glock returned to F1 the following year this time with Toyota and after a rough start he started showing his potential, 4th in canada before finishing 2nd at the Hungarian GP and another 4th in Singapore. It was enough to make Toyota keep him again in 2009 during which he improved further finishing 4th in the season opener in Australia before finishing 3rd in a very wet Malaysian GP and 2nd place in Singapore, as well as setting the current track record at the European GP in Valencia. Sadly Toyota pulled out of F1 at the end of 2009 leaving Timo looking for a drive again.

So how did he carry on?

Glock was picked up by new team Virgin Racing (now Marussia) for the 2010 season and has spent the subsequent two seasons with them. Despite driving vastly inferior cars to some of the rest of the grid Glock hasn’t embarrassed himself finishing 14th on four occasions (Japan 2010, Australia 2012, Monaco 2012 and Abu Dhabi 2012) as well as finishing 12th at the 2012 Singapore GP. But at the end of 2012 he left Marussia by mutual consent.

What’s he expected to do now?

Timo Glock has signed a deal to join BMW in the DTM.

Do you expect him to return?

Not really, few drivers get two chances in Formula 1 let alone 3, and with teams looking for sponsorship even more it looks unlikely that Glock will return, despite that he would be a good driver for a team if one of their two drivers is injured or ill.

What will he be remembered for most?

Probably two things, 1. holding the current lap record for the Valencia street circuit and 2. being one of the driver Lewis Hamilton overtook on the last lap of the 2008 Brazilian GP securing the Brit his first world championship.

How do you rate his F1 careers?

7/10 He was a very useful and consistent driver who always put in solid performances and more than deserved his three podium finishes.

Vettel wins to put himself back in the championship hunt

23 Sep

Good day Bad day, Singapore 12.

Good Day:

Paul Di Resta: 9/10 S6 F4 #DriverOfTheDay

Paul lit up the race today, he wasn’t the most exciting driver to watch, but he picked up the big 12 points to show yet again why he should be on the wanted lists of the big teams.

Sebastian Vettel: 8/10 S3 F1 (S = started from, F = finished)

After a disappointing performance in qualifying yesterday the pressure was on for Vettel to pick up big points and he did just that, overtaking Maldonado at turn 2 before inheriting 1st from Hamilton due to Lewis retiring. Vettel is now 2nd in the championship and it would be a mistake to rule him out of a 3rd championship.

Felipe Massa: 9/10 S13 F8

After a disappointing qualifying session for Massa yesterday and a puncture on lap 1 it took some phenomenal driving skill to pick up 4 points. Massa gave a tutorial in overtaking today pulling a fantastic move on Senna despite being given little room to manoeuvre in. One thing that’s for certain we can’t rule Felipe out of driving for Ferrari next season.

Marussia: 8/10

With Timo Glock putting in a fantastic performance to finish 12th Marussia have moved into the very important 10th place in the constructors standings. If they can stay there then they will pick up a lot more money at the end of the year which will put them in a better position for next season.

Bad Day:

Lewis Hamilton: 7/10 S1 F ret.

Lewis hasn’t had a very lucky season and today’s incident may be the final problem in terms of the world championship. Lewis is now 52 points behind with 6 races left. Lewis had started the race brightly and was regarded by many as the favourite to win until the car lost drive and retired on lap 22.

Michael Schumacher: 3/10 S9 F ret.

Michael was on for a points finish when he lost concentration and just piled into the back of Vergne. In his defence he has had brake problems all weekend but I’d be very surprised if he isn’t disciplined after the race.

Williams: 6/10

Williams started today after getting a driver to the front row of the grid but the good form didn’t last. Senna had problems with his gearbox early on (despite taking a 5 place grid penalty for a gearbox change) before Maldonado retired with hydraulics problems. Senna then almost received a penalty for an incident with Massa before hitting the barriers once too often to retire with 2 laps remaining.

Sauber: 7/10

Sauber were never expected to be strong in Singapore but I’m very surprised that none of their drivers managed to pick up any points in a weekend where rivals Mercedes and Force India picked up big points. Luckily Sauber are expected to be a lot stronger at Suzuka and we could maybe see another Sauber podium there.

 

 

Hamilton takes pole as rivals falter

28 Jul

3 Winners and Losers of qualifying, Hungary 12

Winners:

McLaren: McLaren have received a massive change in fortunes since they added upgrades to the car for last weeks German GP. Last week Jenson used the upgraded car to finish 2nd and this week it looks even better, Lewis has qualified on pole, by a massive o.4 seconds, whilst Jenson is P4.

Bruno Senna: Bruno has struggled this year but it was a great performance by Senna in qualifying today to start in P9 after fighting for the fastest laps in Q1 and Q2.

Nico Hulkenburg: It was a phenomenal performance by Nico in qualifying last week where he went 4th fastest and it was another Q3 position for him today. Nico hasn’t been at his best since his return this year but he’s getting better and is looking the better of the Force India drivers. Nico will start in P10 tomorrow.

Losers:

Mark Webber: Being the driver second in the championship you’d expect him to qualify higher than 11th and to make Q3. This will make Mark’s race tomorrow very hard as the Hungaroring is a track where it’s hard to overtake, and Mark is renowned for not having good starts. To add insult to injury championship leader Alonso is starting 6th.

Mercedes: After a very promising start to the season and a race win in China you’d expect Mercedes to make it to Q3 but because they haven’t upgraded the car as much as rivals and others have started to copy their double DRS system they’ve started to struggle. The result of this is that Rosberg will start 13th whilst Schumacher will start from 17th.

Timo Glock: Timo is regarded as a talented driver at a weak team, but he;s starting to look slower and slower in comparison to his rookie team mate Charles Pic. Pic has really performed in the Marussia car and if he continues to perform he could be the first Marussia rookie to last more than one season.

There will be no driver ratings/tweet review/snapshot of the weekend for tomorrows race (sorry) but the Michael Report will be out on Monday and normal service will resume after the summer break.

Lotus impress but still no victory

8 Jul

Driver ratings, GB 12, pt.2, HRT Lotus and Maussia

Pedro De La Rosa: 5/10 Q22 S21 F20

For 1 lap Pedro appeared to actually impress as Pedro capitalised on mistakes and accident to move up 2 places on lap 1. Sadly HRT bounced him back to reality, and all he could finish was 22nd.

Narain Karthikeyan: 4/10 Q23 S22 F21

If it weren’t for the money Narain wouldn’t be allowed near the racing seat of the HRT but F1 moves in mysterious ways and Karthikeyan is allowed to drive. Not that it means much though as he finished at the back.

Kimi Raikkonen: 8/10 Q6 S6 F5

Many expected his return to be like Schumacher’s and fail to deliver but Kimi has stormed back into F1 and added to his points tally at Silverstone. It was a really strong performance by Kimi to take home another 10 points and put himself in a great position for the championship, even better still he set the fastest lap..

Romain Grosjean: 10/10 Q10 S9 F6 #DriverOfTheDay

Romain drove fantastically all weekend, although a mistake at the end of Q2 saw the Lotus beached and left Romain unable to contest Q3, if he had we could easily have expected him to be around 6th. In the race though Romain made up for that spin, the first lap was marred by a slight touch with Paul Di Resta which saw Grosjean have to pit for a new wing, but Grosjean was a man possessed and he set fastest lap after fastest lap to storm his way up the field, if he hadn’t had that front wing pitstop I think he would have finished on the podium.

Timo Glock: 5/10 Q21 S20 F18

It was good to see Timo back after missing the Valencia GP with a stomach bug, but it was your typical ‘new team’ performance with Timo only coming home above team-mate Pic and the HRTs.

Charles Pic: 4/10 Q24 S24 F19

Charles started the season looking strong, but in recent weeks he’s tailed off and yet again Charles qualified behind the HRTs. Luckily Pic managed to make the car work in the race which helped him to finish above the HRTs in an uneventful race.

Romain Grosjean was so near but so far

24 Jun

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Driver Ratings Europe 12, Pt.2, HRT, Lotus and Marusia

Pedro De La Rosa: 7/10 Q21 F17

HRT are at last managing to find some much needed speed , both HRTs qualified ahead of the sole Marussia and De La Rosa put in a strong performance to finish only 1 lap behind Alonso (although he was helped by the new safety car rules).

Narain Karthikeyan: 7/10 Q22 F18

A miracle saw Narain Karthikeyan set a lap faster than fellow back marker Charles Pic, and he was regularly not the last man on track due to other drivers suffering accident damage.

Kimi Raikkonen: 9/10 Q5 F2

Kimi had been looking promising all weekend, but his race started off rather drab. It was only after the safety car returned to the pits that Kimi really started to charge, profiting from the retirements of Vettel, Grosjean and Hamilton to finish 2nd and pick up his first podium since Monza 2009.

Romain Grosjean: 10/10 Q4 F ret.

Romain has really landed on his feet this season and yet again he was impressive in qualifying, but it was the race where he made hearts race. Romain overtook Maldonado in a hectic first lap but he took too long to pass the ailing Lewis Hamilton to start charging after Vettel. Romain would probably have been delighted with the safety car as it let him close the gap to Vettel, but the restart wasn’t good as Alonso overtook him at turn 2. Maybe Grosjean could have still won the race but we will never know as an alternator ended his race on lap 40.

Charles Pic: 7/10 Q23 F15

May have been outperformed by both HRTs in qualifying but Charles showed them that HRT still have a thing to learn from Marussia’s in the race. Maybe most amazingly Pic even finished ahead of Felipe Massa.

Timo Glock: – DNQ DNS

Timo Glock pulled out of qualifying and the race with a stomach bug.

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Vettel takes pole by a mile

23 Jun

3 winners and losers of qualifying, Europe (Valencia) 12.

Winners:

  • Force India: performed phenomenally in qualifying, both cars making it into Q3, Hulkenburg will start 8th and Di Resta will start 10th. Force India clearly suit this circuit, they’ve picked up points here in the last 3 European GPs.
  • Narain Karthikeyan: It was a fantastic effort by Narain to set a lap in qualifying that’s faster than another drivers as Karthikeyan will start ahead of both Marussia’s tomorrow after going 0.1 seconds faster than Charles Pic.
  • Sebastian Vettel: In a qualifying session where everyone was looking for an extra hundredth of a second for Vettel to take pole 0.3 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

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Losers:

  • Ferrari: Their decision to start by going out on Mediums in Q2 proved to be costly in Q2, despite both drivers both putting in laps on the softs neither driver had the time to make it to Q3. Alonso will start 11th and Massa 13th. Even more embarrassing for Ferrari is that Ferrari president Luca Di Monteaemolo made an impromptu appearance in the Ferrari garage for qualifying.
  • Mark Webber: Mark struggled all day today with gearbox issues and this cost him a place in Q2, Mark will start from 19th tomorrow unless he needs to change a gearbox in which case he will start 24th.
  • Timo Glock: Timo has been feeling unwell all weekend, but news came through just before Q1 that Timo would not take part in qualifying as he needed to go to hospital with a stomach bug.

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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.