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F1 Blog To Relaunch

Posted by Mark on March 24, 2013 | No Comments

F1 Blog is to relaunch shortly. Hopefully with more writers, and much more content! If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch.

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Australian Grand Prix 2013 Predictions

Posted by Euan on March 16, 2013 | No Comments

F1 is back for the 2013 season!

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Australian Grand Prix 2013 Winner – Mark Webber
  • Australian Grand Prix 2013 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Australian Grand Prix 2013 Fastest Lap – Kimi Raikkonen

The Red Bulls seem to be starting strong, along with Mercedes AMG and Team Lotus, so I expect this weekend to be contested between those three teams. I’m giving the edge to the Red Bulls for the the top positions, but the fastest lap to Lotus for their long run pace. Mercedes could threaten in the race, but they have to last to the chequered flag with their current mechanical gremlins. However the form for the rest of the season is as clear as mud.

Mark’s Predictions

  • Australian Grand Prix 2013 Winner – Sebastian Vettel
  • Australian Grand Prix 2013 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Australian Grand Prix 2013 Fastest Lap – Sebastian Vettel

As far as I am concerned it will be business as usual for Red Bull and World Champion Sebastian Vettel. I expect him and his team, Red Bull to dominate the weekend.

Euan’s Predictions

  • Australian Grand Prix 2013 Winner – Sebastian Vettel
  • Australian Grand Prix 2013 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Australian Grand Prix 2013 Fastest Lap – Mark Webber

Red Bull have looked fast in free practice so it is hard to look past them, certainly in qualifying, and I think in the race too. As a result I’m going for Sebastian Vettel to take the first pole and race win of the season. One surprise from practice has been the pace, or lack of pace, from McLaren. It will be interesting to see how they do in qualifying and the race itself. If McLaren do remain a little off the pace then I would expect a three-way battle for the podium between Lotus, Ferrari, and Mercedes.

 

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Competition – The Inside Track

Posted by Carrot on November 8, 2012 | No Comments

To celebrate today’s release of The Inside Track by BBC F1 anchor Jake Humphrey, we have the great privilege of being able to give away three copies to you, our lucky readers. Our copies come to us courtesy of Jake and the wonderful guys and gals at Simon and Schuster, publishers of The Inside Track.

Anyone not aware of Jake’s book (have you be living on Mars?) can read our glowing review here.

In honour of Jake’s ability to draw in new fans to our great sport, there will be no fiendishly difficult question that only an encyclopaedia or Karun Chandhok would be able to answer. All you have to do to have a chance of winning is to retweet our review of the book. Simple as that!

The competition will run until the end of Friday, 16th of November and winners will be contacted over the weekend of the new United States Grand Prix. Good luck!

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The Inside Track – Jake Humphrey

Posted by Carrot on November 7, 2012 | No Comments

BBC F1 anchor, and soon to be face of BT Vision’s football coverage, is releasing a book about his time in Formula 1 which will be released on the 8th of November. The Inside Track follows Humphrey’s journey from being offered the role through to the present day, which will be his last F1 season for the foreseeable future. With an advanced sneaky peek at the book, I get to answer the all important question, can a former children’s TV presenter actually write something that F1 fans want to read?

Let me be clear from the start, I like Jake as an F1 presenter. He is the best anchor I think we’ve ever had, obviously not counting the days when Murray Walker was doing the entire coverage solo. He has the great ability to hold a show together, ask the pertinent questions to guests and pundits and then, most importantly, he knows when to shut up and let the experts talk. Seems really simple, but how often did we not get that when ITV hosted the coverage? I did find it sad that he didn’t move to the Sky coverage, but I understand why he didn’t with the Olympics and Euro ’12 about to kick off, both a dream jobs for a presenter in addition to even the abridged coverage the BBC were offering of F1.

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Kimi returns to winning ways in Abu Dhabi

Posted by Carrot on November 7, 2012 | No Comments

2007′s World Champion returned to the top step of the podium on Sunday in a surprising, but well-deserved, win in Abu Dhabi. A strong start by Kimi Raikkonen set the stage to take advantage of Lewis Hamilton’s mechanical woes and hold off the late charges of both championship contenders. Given the time in the championship, we’re going to focus on the top four teams, who certainly decided this race

It’s been a long time coming for the Finn and for the former Renault, now Lotus, team. The team have had the car to be threatening to take a win for most of the year based on both their car and the raw pace their drivers can bring to the fore. Kimi was his usual self during the race, driving to the limit when required and being his usual self when his team tried to coach him over the radio, telling them to leave him alone as he knew what to do. His comments were vindicated after 55 laps when he led over the line from Alonso. Team mate Romain Grosjean had a messy day, two collisions which ultimately caused him to go into retirement. Neither collision was the fault of Grosjean in my opinion, which I’m quite glad about. I like Grosjean, he reminds me a lot of Lewis Hamilton in his early career, and after his (frankly unbelievable) one race ban I’m glad he’s not courted further sanctions from the stewards. Abu Dhabi also confirmed that Lotus will finish at least fourth in their maiden (in their current form) season. They cannot be caught by Mercedes AMG, and could still catch McLaren for third, obviously an excellent result for the season.

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F1 Blog’s Abu Dhabi Predictions

Posted by Carrot on November 3, 2012 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Sebastian Vettel
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Jenson Button

I think we’re going to have a repeat of the Sebastian Vettel show this weekend, only if their ride height glitch turns out to be something serious can I see the rest of the field getting close. McLaren seem closer than Ferrari to the front in free practice, and even Lotus are seeming faster than the Scuderia. Fernando Alonso will need an ace up his sleeve to force the title to go all the way to Brazil.

Mark’s Predictions

  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Sebastian Vettel
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Lewis Hamilton
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has been very quick in free practice and I expect it to between Hamilton and Vettel for both pole and the win.

Euan’s Predictions

  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Lewis Hamilton
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Lewis Hamilton
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Sebastian Vettel

I think Lewis Hamilton will throw a spanner in the works at Abu Dhabi and take the win.


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India narrows title hunt

Posted by Carrot on October 31, 2012 | No Comments

Although some mathematical possibilities may remain, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, it’s all but guaranteed that the title will now be fought between Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing and Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. As we head into Abu Dhabi, let’s look at the pros and cons for each contender.

Vettel has just about every advantage at the moment. He has the lead in the table, momentum, the fastest qualifying car and a team mate that is hindering his opposition. If we look at his previous championship winning years, it’s clear that he always finishes the title race strongly. With this historical form, a lead in the table and the tracks that remain, it’d be a brave man that would bet against him.

Alonso on the other hand is a distinguished battler when it comes to winning championships. While Vettel could have coasted to last year’s title such was the strength of his car, Alonso has never had an easy title victory. He’s the only man on the grid to beat an on form Michael Schumacher to a crown, and Raikkonen in an Adrian Newey designed car. He also has no reverse gear, not his car but his determination. If we remember how Ferrari started this year, almost no-one would have put money on him being one of the final two contenders, but his constant ability to drag the car higher than it should be and maximising the scoring opportunities has put him in this position.

Ultimately it will be development that will determine the outcome of the championship, the team that gives their driver the best tool to collect points will always stand a better chance of victory. With the almost messianic figure of Adrian Newey on the side of Red Bull and Ferrari’s recent recurring wind tunnel problems, the advantage goes to the Milton Keynes team.

In all, Vettel should take the crown and become only the third driver in F1 history to win three championships in a row. However you can never write off Fernando Alonso. All it will take is one DNF or mechanical failure from Vettel to give Alonso that psychological edge. It’ll be this weekend in Abu Dhabi, a place Red Bull have traditionally been strong, that will ultimately decide if Vettel will coast to a third successive crown or whether it’ll go all the way to the wire in Brazil.

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F1 Blog’s Korean Predictions

Posted by Carrot on October 12, 2012 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Korean Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Sebastian Vettel
  • Korean Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Korean Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Felipe Massa

As much as I’d like something other than Vettel’s third win in a row, I can’t see anything other than that this weekend. The good news is that the Ferrari seems to have taken a step forward to challenge the Red Bulls for the rest of the season. I’d keep an eye out for Jenson Button on Sunday, his long run pace seems to be amazing.

Mark’s Predictions

Mark’s predictions to follow

Euan’s Predictions

  • Korean Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Sebastian Vettel
  • Korean Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Korean Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Lewis Hamilton

It’s hard to look past Sebastian Vettel for this one but Fernando Alonso will not want to let his title lead, however small, slip away from him at this stage in the season. Nevertheless, I think this race is Vettel’s.


 

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F1 Blog’s Japanese Predictions

Posted by Carrot on October 5, 2012 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Japanese Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Lewis Hamilton
  • Japanese Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Lewis Hamilton
  • Japanese Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Bruno Senna

With the pace of the McLarens in practice so far, I have to go for Hamilton this weekend given Jenson Button’s grid penalty due to a gearbox change. I’d still keep an eye on Button during the race, as he considers it a third home race after Monaco and Britain, and Mark Webber is someone I expect to be strong come Sunday as well.

Mark’s Predictions

  • Japanese Grand Prix 2012 Winner – Lewis Hamilton
  • Japanese Grand Prix 2012 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Japanese Grand Prix 2012 Fastest Lap – Lewis Hamilton

Euan’s Predictions

Euan’s predictions to follow

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Silly season over?

Posted by Carrot on October 5, 2012 | No Comments

You’d think it would be after the avalanche of recent announcements. But this was just the initial phase. Still lots of seats up for grabs, but what has this week done to the market?

First off, Michael Schumacher is going into retirement again. To be honest although I thought it was time, I wasn’t actually expecting a complete retirement from the sport. Considering he came back not only to go racing again but to pay back Mercedes for the help he had at the start of his career, I was believing the rumour that he might go to Sauber for a season. It’s often forgotten that Schumacher’s sports car days were spent with Peter Sauber’s outfit and I think a year there would have been a fine bookend to his celebrated motor racing career.

Now, Lewis Hamilton. What is he thinking? Absolutely the only justification I can think of is Lewis hoping that Ross Brawn can repeat the same success with the 2014 regulation changes that he had with his own team after Honda pulled out of the sport. It can’t be money, at least base salary, as we know when Schumacher returned that Nico Rosberg has a clause in his contract that doesn’t allow team mates to earn more than he does. The simple escape clause here is to have sponsors pay Hamilton directly, as they’ve no doubt been doing with Schumacher, but still would anyone leave McLaren for Mercedes? Lewis has won more races this season with McLaren than Mercedes have won as a team since their return at the start of 2010. I honestly can’t understand it. At least sign a short term contract and aim for a Red Bull seat where his personality would mesh perfectly.

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  • Drivers Championship 2013

    1 Kimi Raikkonen 25
    2 Fernando Alonso 18
    3 Sebastian Vettel 15
    4 Felipe Massa 12
    5 Lewis Hamilton 10
    6 Mark Webber 8
    7 Adrian Sutil 6
    8 Paul Di Resta 4
    9 Jenson Button 2
    10 Romain Grosjean 1

  • Constructors Championship 2013

    1 Ferrari 30
    2 Lotus 26
    3 Red Bull 23
    4 Mercedes 10
    5 Force India 10
    6 McLaren 2
    7 Toro Rosso 0
    8 Sauber 0
    9 Williams 0
    10 Marussia 0
    11 Caterham 0