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F1 Blog’s Australian Predictions

Posted by Euan on March 16, 2012 | No Comments

F1 is back for another season!

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Australian Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Jenson Button
  • Australian Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Lewis Hamilton
  • Australian Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Lewis Hamilton

The McLarens look exceedingly fast this weekend. There’s a possible chance of Mercedes AMG jumping into the order as spoilers but Red Bull and Ferrari can’t seem to match the team from Woking right now. I’m saying Lewis Hamilton for the pole and fastest lap, but Jenson Button for the win due to his long run pace and ability to manage the tyres.

Mark’s Predictions

No predictions from Mark this weekend :(

Euan’s Predictions

  • Australian Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Sebastian Vettel
  • Australian Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Australian Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Sebastian Vettel

I’m going for Sebastian Vettel to get a clean sweep and start off the season very strongly. My other prediction is that HRT will not even make the grid.

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Your 2012 Primer

Posted by Carrot on March 16, 2012 | No Comments

Been following the off-season news religiously? Don’t worry, we have your very own cheat sheet for 2012.

Teams

Four teams have morphed themselves this year:

  • Mercedes GP -> Mercedes AMG
  • Renault -> Lotus
  • Team Lotus -> Caterham
  • Virgin Racing -> Marussia

Williams have also switched engine suppliers from Cosworth to Renault. Yes, that’s right, Williams Renault are back in the sport, with a Senna in the cockpit. Let’s hope that’s all a coincidence and not an omen.

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Noses: To step or not to step

Posted by Euan on February 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

Much of the talk around the launches of the 2012 F1 car batch is centred on the most prominent new feature on this year’s cars – namely the dippes nose. Thus far, the Ferrari, Red Bull, Lotus, Force India, Sauber, Toro Rosso, and Caterham cars have all had the dipped nose. Ferrari’s and Force India’s are the most pronounced, with the Lotus and Sauber cars having a subtler ‘step’. However, there is a notable exception to this trend. McLaren have interestingly not gone with the stepped nose, which many have criticised as being ugly. This leads to their car looking more like a 2011 car, but whether the nose will still not be stepped by the start of the season is questionable. The only other team rumoured not to have gone with the stepped nose design is perennial back markers Marussia.
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2012 News Round-up

Posted by Euan on December 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

A great deal of news has come out on the 2012 season in the last few weeks. Most importantly, the first official driver list has been published by the teams, although it is still somewhat incomplete.

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F1 Blog’s Brazilian Predictions

Posted by Carrot on November 26, 2011 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Brazilian Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Sebastian Vettel
  • Brazilian Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Brazilian Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Sebastian Vettel

McLaren look fast this weekend, but Red Bull seem to be hiding their overall pace. After his dismal weekend in Abu Dhabi I’m going for Sebastian Vettel to whitewash the field and end the season with the same dominance he’s had on the championship. Of course, if the rain comes then you should always bet on Jenson Button…

Mark’s Predictions

  • Brazilian Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Jenson Button (Likely To Rain)
  • Brazilian Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Brazilian Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Jenson Button

McLaren have looked fast this weekend and with a high chnace of rain I am going for the rain master Button to win the season finale.

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Hamilton returns to form in Abu Dhabi

Posted by Carrot on November 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

With Sebastian Vettel suffering his first piece of bad luck all season, Lewis Hamilton rose the occasion and seized the opportunity to remind the world of just how fast he can be. The race also underlined the reason for changes at the Yas Island circuit if there’s to be any real racing in years to come.

Lewis Hamilton ran from the front, fighting a battle of time against the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso in order to take the victory. It wasn’t a confident run to the line, considering his recent form, but an error free race allowed Hamilton to return to the top step of the podium. I’m dubious of making a cast iron statement that Hamilton is back, for all we know it could be a blip and the abysmal form could return in Brazil. Last week I was discussing his recent mistakes and said that I wouldn’t contract him for another season based on 2011, and I stand by that. It’s been a worse year for Hamilton than 2009, when the car was way off the pace, was. It’ll be good for racing if the old Hamilton is back, it’s just too early to tell. Jenson Button brought the other McLaren to the line in third after suffering KERS problems for most of the race. He was only 26 seconds behind Hamilton, even with all of the problems he suffered, so combined with the fact that he was only beaten by Hamilton and Alonso I’m going to call that as an excellent race for the 2009 champion. Although caught up with Mark Webber and Felipe Massa during the race he still managed to beat the pair of them to the end of the race.

They say a great driver takes a car to finishes beyond what it should achieve. Fernando Alonso demonstrated his ability in Abu Dhabi by dragging that Ferrari beyond a McLaren and a Red Bull, both better cars on terms of raw performance. Not only did he beat Button and Webber, but he spent most of his race harrying Hamilton and trying to force an error from the leader. He was, as we all know, unsuccessful in this regard, but I do think that the Abu Dhabi race underlined why Alonso is considered the best driver in the world by many people. In the second Ferrari Felipe Massa did the opposite. While Alonso was showing that he could make any car into a contender, Massa was again saying in a very clear voice that he doesn’t deserve a drive in a top team. Button finished 26 seconds behind his team mate after suffering major problems with the car, Massa was 42 seconds behind Alonso with no problems reported with his race. Massa’s now filling a cockpit where anyone else could be doing more.

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F1 Blog’s Abu Dhabi Predictions

Posted by Carrot on November 12, 2011 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Jenson Button
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Jenson Button

The tale of Friday Free Practice is hard to read from the times as Pirelli brought test tyres for next year which mixes up the data somewhat. What we do know is Vettel and Fernando Alonso ended up in the wall by turn one and both Ferraris have massive turn-in oversteer that is snapping the cars into spins. I still don’t think anyone can touch Vettel in qualifying, but the McLaren looks fast and more stable than either the Red Bull or the Ferrari so I’m giving fastest lap and race win to Button.

Mark’s Predictions

  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Lewis Hamilton
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Lewis Hamilton
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Sebastian Vettel

I am going for Lewis Hamilton who has looked good in free practice all weekend.

Euan’s Predictions

Euan’s predictions to follow

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So… India

Posted by Carrot on November 12, 2011 | No Comments

I thought I’d deliberately leave my reaction to the Indian Grand Prix a couple of weeks to fully digest what happened and to gauge the reaction to the race. Both championships are decided so I won’t talk about the on track action or the points standings, instead I’ll go into the race as an event and the track itself.

Firstly we’ll admit that the facilities were excellent. If we compare it to our other most recent Grand Prix in South Korea, the Indian circuit was light years ahead of the Korean track. Everything was finished and there was any overt construction still going on, whereas there’s still unfinished construction at the Korean circuit over year later. So the actual product that the organisers have given the fans and the sport is great, and probably the best new track we’ve seen in the modern age.

The straights are good, the track is wide to allow overtaking… and still we didn’t watch a classic, did we? It’s probably the biggest problem with the race, you can have the world’s best hospitality but if the races are boring then you aren’t going see it on the calender for long. Unless you happen to have at least a double World Champion coming from your country. Spain and Germany I’m looking at you. Any racetrack where you can show up knowing the same amount of nothing as everyone else and have Sebastian Vettel score a Grand Chelem (pole, fastest lap, leading every lap and the win) doesn’t scream instant classic to me. Even with the dominance Vettel’s had this season, it’s still the first time he’s registered this particular achievement.

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F1 Blog’s Indian Predictions

Posted by Carrot on October 28, 2011 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Indian Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Lewis Hamilton
  • Indian Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Indian Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Jenson Button

Both championships are now decided, we’ve got pure unadulterated racing ahead. I’m picking Lewis Hamilton for the win, his three place grid penalty will keep him from pole but the McLaren has the edge in the first and third sectors of the new Indian track. Jenson Button’s ability to maintain his tyres should give him the fastest lap when the fuel has burnt down, but I don’t think he’ll be able to live with Hamilton’s pace this weekend.

Mark’s Predictions

Mark’s predictions to follow

Euan’s Predictions

Euan’s predictions to follow

Mole’s Predictions

Mole’s predictions to follow

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Korea confirms Red Bull as Constructors’ Champions

Posted by Carrot on October 16, 2011 | No Comments

It was inevitable really, after the season we’ve had and the fact that Sebastian Vettel  was crowned so early. By outscoring McLaren today, Red Bull have put the Constructors’ Championship beyond mathematical contention. It’s back-to-back double championships for the team created by a drinks company, taking on titans of this sport like McLaren and Ferrari to do it.

So today, another victory for Sebastian Vettel in typically dominant style. It’s Vettel’s tenth win of the season which means he’s already won over half of the total races in the season with three races left to go. He’s won more races than the rest of the field combined and cannot be overtaken in this statistic even if he doesn’t win again in 2011. On the other side of the garage Mark Webber really reminded everyone why he nearly won the title last year. The Aussie went round the outside of Jenson Button and Felipe Massa on the first lap to give himself the opportunity to challenge Lewis Hamilton for second at the end of the race. With the pace of the McLarens on Saturday Red Bull couldn’t have expected to win this weekend, but both their drivers made places at the expense of the McLarens. It underscores why they’ve been so dominant this year, winning the races you shouldn’t makes a championship.

McLaren had the glory on Saturday but lost ground in the race and could only manage second and fourth. Lewis Hamilton was underwhelmed to say say the least with his pole position but had a good fight with Webber in the last stint and came out on top. I picked Jenson Button for a sweep this weekend, I was somewhat wrong. Getting mobbed on the first lap and spending so much time stuck behind the Ferraris ended his chance to challenge for the podium. If he’d had stayed ahead I think there would have been two McLarens on the podium, but we’ll never know. The titles are both wrapped up so surely everything will be put into the 2012 car, if they’d have started the year this close to Red Bull then the championship might not have been decided so quickly and there might be a different result.

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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