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F1 Blog’s Korean Predictions

Posted by Carrot on October 15, 2011 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Korean Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Jenson Button
  • Korean Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Jenson Button
  • Korean Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Jenson Button
  • Other predictions –Red Bull not to wrap up the Constructors’ Championship this weekend

Although Friday was wet, it was clear that McLaren are really on form this weekend. With Lewis Hamilton out of sorts due to recent on and off track incidents, I’m going for a Jenson Button clean sweep this weekend.

Mark’s Predictions

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Euan’s Predictions

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Mole’s Predictions

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Button wins the battle, Vettel wins the war

Posted by Carrot on October 9, 2011 | No Comments

Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jack Brabham, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Fernando Alonso and now Sebastian Vettel. Nine men. Nine men who will be remembered throughout the ages. It’s hard enough to win a single Formula 1 World Championship crown, harder still to win more than one and even harder still to win more than one in consecutive years. Think of the multiple World Champions who don’t appear in that list, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Nelson Piquet, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda. Those men weren’t slack, it’s just that these nine men were so good when it mattered. Today Sebastian Vettel took his place in this exclusive club, third place was all he needed.

Let’s leave history behind for a while and concentrate on today’s race. After being just nine one thousandths of a second away from Vettel in qualifying, Jenson Button demonstrated his ability to play the long game and in doing so took the race win. Fuming after Vettel’s move off the line put him on the grass, he settled down and looked after his tyres to be able to put in the lap times when they mattered, ultimately jumping Vettel in the pits and holding track position to the line. It was an emotional victory for Button, considering his substantial ties to Japan it’s a second home race for him. The other side of the garage didn’t have it so well this weekend. Although second into the first corner, Lewis Hamilton crossed the line in a lowly fifth position. A combination of tyre degradation and a slow puncture in the first stint left him well off the top four and being chased by Michael Schumacher to the flag.

Second place belonged to the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, who surprised nearly everyone with his consistent pace throughout the race to take Vettel for second and outperform the car for an excellent result. Everyone was concentrating on the battle between Red Bull and McLaren and Vettel’s inevitable crowning but Alonso reminded everyone why he’d won back to back championships and that Ferrari are still in competition with the top two. His team mate had a race that can only be described as standard for this year. Felipe Massa out-qualified Alonso, but after the Spaniard went past him with no resistance, he drifted backwards in the standings. Combined with yet another collision with Hamilton meant he ended up behind Schumacher and finished seventh. If I were Ferrari I’d really be questioning the wisdom of keeping him for yet another season.

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Red Bull’s Possible Floor…

Posted by Mole on October 7, 2011 | No Comments

The Red Bull RB7, which we know was designed by legendary-aerodynamicist Adrian Newey, has a Flexi-Wing. The modification allows more speed down the straights, but without a loss of grip through the corners.  When rival teams first noticed this, their was a lot of criticism with regards to rules, but the car passed all the legality tests it was put through.

And, we all know that Mark Webber crashed out at Parabollica during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza this year. However, their is more than meets the eye to the unusual incident from Webber. As Webber’s car was being lifted by a crane, experts believe that they saw a Flexi-Floor. This would work with the Flexi-Wing, allowing for a mix of down-force and speed at appropriate times.

A Flexi-Floor design would not work with the current regulations, which state every car must comply with specific dimensions and have a specific amount of ground clearance. Team Designers are forever trying to push the regulations, as they can be fairly complex, and complicated, but the outcome of this possible breach, will be rather interesting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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F1 Blog’s Japanese Predictions

Posted by Carrot on October 7, 2011 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Japanese Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Sebastian Vettel
  • Japanese Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Japanese Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Sebastian Vettel
  • Other predictions – Vettel to become World Champion on Sunday

Red Bull’s long run pace looks very impressive, though they’ve yet to show their one lap form so far in practice. Vettel’s won at this track for the past two years and I don’t think he’ll break that run of form since it’ll give him the championship with style.

Mark’s Predictions

Mark’s predictions to follow

Euan’s Predictions

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Mole’s Predictions

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Vettel flawless, but still not crowned

Posted by Carrot on September 25, 2011 | No Comments

Racing in the dark, under the lights, at Singapore always looks extremely pretty. The cars shine and dazzle the cameras and new crash helmets are brought specifically. If Monaco is the most glamorous race of the year, Singapore is surely the most aesthetic race of the year.

Sebastian Vettel led from pole and disappeared into the darkness, only a late charge by Jenson Button brought him back into sight.If he’d only got the fastest lap as well he’d have recorded a Grand Chelem, as he had pole, the win and led every lap. There’s not much else you can say about his drive or his year. I still have doubts about his ability to overtake, when he finds himself in a situation that Lewis Hamilton did in Monza we’ll all see, but we’ll probably have to wait until next year at the earliest to find that out. Team mate Mark Webber had another abysmal start, but some impressive overtakes meant he finished on the podium. It hasn’t been Webber’s year, but he’s still been bringing home enough points to be proud of his contribution to Red Bull’s inevitable second title.

The only non-Red Bull on the podium was Jenson Button in the McLaren. He took second from Mark Webber at the start and then ran a lonely race in second until the last pit stop when he was able to charge at Vettel and get the fastest lap of the race. Ultimately Button didn’t have the pace to win the race, without the safety car Vettel would have have been at least half a minute down the road. In the other McLaren Lewis Hamilton had a messy race to say the least. A collision with Felipe Massa, after their close call in qualifying, meant the car needed a new nose and then another trip through the pit lane because of a penalty. Then being out of sequence on tyres meant he could unleash some mighty overtakes on the track, ending up fifth. Even without the contact I don’t think he could have done much better, yes he would have beaten Alonso, but it would be anyone’s guess whether he could have beaten Webber.

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F1 Blog’s Singapore Predictions

Posted by Carrot on September 23, 2011 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Singapore Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Sebastian Vettel
  • Singapore Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Singapore Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Sebastian Vettel
  • Other predictions – Vettel not to wrap up the crown this weekend.

I’m giving Vettel another clean sweep for this weekend. Even with the reduced running everyone got (due to kerbs not being bolted to the track properly) Vettel has the raw pace on both low and high fuel runs, combined with his qualifying ability and the difficulty overtaking due to the dust off the racing line, mean I think he’ll do this one lights to flag. The question is whether his competitors can stay in the race at the right positions to push him claiming the crown off by another race.

Mark’s Predictions

Mark’s predictions to follow

Euan’s Predictions

Euan’s predictions to follow

Mole’s Predictions

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This Week’s Round-Up!

Posted by Mole on September 14, 2011 | No Comments

-McLaren’s Jenson Button was caught speeding on Tuesday – Legally. The former World champion, was demonstrating McLaren’s 2008 MP4-23 through the Dutch village of Limburg, entertaining over 5,000 locals. On his official Twitter page, the 2009 World Champion tweeted “Great day yesterday driving my race car around the streets in Roggel. 165mph down the high street!! What a buzz!”.

-Sauber driver, Sergio Perez, will live the life of a Ferrari driver for the coming weeks ahead. This week, he is scheduled to drive a two-year old Ferrari around the team’s private race circuit – Fiorano. Following this, he will also drive a few laps behind Ferrari’s simulator. It is thought that the Mexican driver could be a replacement for Felipe Massa in 2013.

-Renault’s Bruno Senna has informed journalists that his brain is “Boiling” with information after his first two races with Renault. The Brazilian youngster, who scored a ninth-place finish at Monza, is expecting to learn alot of information at Singapore, a circuit which he admits is possibly one of the circuits he knows the least information about.

-William’s say that they are taking their final big upgrade of the season, to Singapore. They say the upgrade package will include higher levels of downforce, and their aim to score more points.

-Vitaly Petrov says he has already started work on changing his body clock, in time for the night race in Singapore. The Russian explained to journalists that he can’t particularly recall seeing light last year, as the majority of the time, he was awake at night.

-Sam Michael’s, Williams’ Technical Director, is moving to McLaren Mercedes for the 2012 season, titled with the role of “Sporting Director”.  In a recent interview, the Australian said “I’m extremely excited to be joining McLaren, they are one of the all-time greats of Formula 1.” Meanwhile, McLaren Team Principal has thoughts that Michael’s will bring “experience and expertise to our pitwall”. Strangely, the Williams Technical Director will not travel with Williams to the remaining races, but he could in fact be seen in the McLaren Paddock/Garages.

McLaren's Jenson Button driving the 2008 McLaren MP4-23 through the Dutch village of Limburg. © 2011 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

 

Stories are to be added, and updated throughout the week…

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The Temple of Speed rewards the devoted

Posted by Carrot on September 12, 2011 | No Comments

The fastest track on the F1 calender, Monza, and even with doubts over the ability of the Red Bull Racing machine to cope with the high top speeds needed, Sebastian Vettel still claimed the win. It’s now beyond all but mathematical certainty that Vettel will claim a second successive crown. It’s only where he’ll claim the crown, two weeks in Singapore or a month in Japan.

Taking pole by a massive margin on Saturday, Vettel’s race was nearly ruined by a fast starting Fernando Alonso taking the lead into the first corner. On the restart, after the first corner crash had been cleared, Vettel pounced on the Ferrari, took back his lead and ran for the horizon. Mark Webber had a worse and much shorter race in the sister car. Tangling with Felipe Massa cost him his front wing, which then affected his steering at the final corner and pitched him into the gravel trap and out of the race. Ultimately I’m putting the blame for the collision on Webber, to try and dive up the inside on the second part of the chicane is always going to end in tears if you aren’t clearly alongside the guy in front and able to push him wide. A great weekend for Vettel, he extended his lead at the top of the table yet again, but the final result caused Red Bull to actually lose ground in the team standings. Only by five points though, so it’ll only put off their inevitable crowning.

I can’t decide if it was a good weekend for McLaren or not. Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton both raced well, to second and fourth respectively, and Button certainly looked on top of his qualifying problems, but they were expecting more pace from the car and their starts and set-up were horrible. While they have looked stronger as a complete team recently, McLaren are turning their excellent form into a battle with their own errors. I found Hamilton’s post race interview telling, after all his anger over the radio at Michael Schumacher’s braking zone antics during the race, he was very diplomatic about the whole affair. Now you could say that this is the mature side of Hamilton, but I’d say it’s him having resigned himself to Vettel’s victory this season and just marking time until 2012.

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Domenicali – Safe And Sound

Posted by Mole on September 10, 2011 | No Comments

Ferrari Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali, has been reassured that his role for 2012 is safe. President of Scuderia Ferrari Formula One Team, Luca di Montezemelo, has informed the Principal that although the team failed to challenge or the title this year, Domenicali will remain in his current position for the 2010 Formula One season.

However, as expected, their are a few conditions attached to that. The main one being that Montezemelo has insisited that Ferrari must improve in the 2012 season, and be a certain title contender. Domenicalli has responded well to this pressure, saying that he believes he is currently building the foundations of a near-dominant team. But, this is an unsually bold claim, as the last time Ferrari ‘dominated’ Formula One, was when Michael Schumacher was racing for the team, last decade.

In 2008, the current FIA President, Jean Todt, handed over his role of Ferrari Team Principal to Domenicali. Since then, the team have had mixed success. Some say this is due to Felipe Massa’s unfortunate incident in 2008, but others say that the capability and pace just is not there.

Montezemelo defends his team’s Principal highly though, commenting “Stefano has all my commitment. He has a big commitment to deliver and so he will be very busy. When Todt left the company it was of course the end of one era.  We have opened a new era, new people and a new mentality”. When challenged about whether Domenicali will improve the team in 2012, he answered rather confidently – “I’m very happy that my team management is so confident and I look forward that he will deliver”.

Some people have even suggested a slight change in role for the President of Ferrari himself. Their was slight speculation that Montezemelo will move from height of Ferrari, into Italian Politics. But, when questioned about these rumors, he laughed them off jokingly, insisting he is more dedicated than ever before.  If Montezemelo was to move to the Politics side of the board, then this would have a dramatic effect on Italian competition, as Ferrari’s efforts have previously been debated about in the past.

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F1 Blog’s Italian Predictions

Posted by Carrot on September 10, 2011 | No Comments

Carrot’s Predictions

  • Italian Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Sebastian Vettel
  • Italian Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Italian Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Sebastian Vettel
  • Other predictions – Mercedes GP to have their best race of the year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see both cars finish ahead of Felipe Massa.

Monza, the Temple of Speed and the oldest racetrack on the calender. Speed, straight line speed, is king here. Even though it’s an area where Red Bull have been lacking, I’m going for a Vettel clean sweep this weekend. Given their performance at Spa, I think they’ve reduced their weakness in a straight line. Coupled with their performance in FP 1 and 2, Ferrari and McLaren fans must be hoping that their teams were running with an awful lot of fuel.

Mark’s Predictions

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

Euan’s Predictions

  • Italian Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Lewis Hamilton
  • Italian Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Italian Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Sebastian Vettel
  • Other predictions – Ferrari will fail to make the podium at Monza

By his own admission Lewis Hamilton has had his worst season as an F1 driver; with sparse success, a number of retirements and almost constant trouble with the race stewards. However, he could have the beating of the World Champion elect Sebastian Vettel at Monza with McLaren’s superior straight line speed.

Mole’s Predictions

  • Italian Grand Prix 2011 Winner – Lewis Hamilton
  • Italian Grand Prix 2011 Pole Position – Mark Webber
  • Italian Grand Prix 2011 Fastest Lap – Sebastian Vettel
  • Other Predictions – Ferrari will not live up to the high expectations of the Italian fans, whilst Mercedes GP will surprise with improvements.
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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