11th October 2010, 22:00 Archives - F1 Fanatic archive

Who was the best driver of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend? (Poll) 11th October 2010, 22:00

Which driver did the best job during the Japanese Grand Prix weekend? See below for my pick of the best drivers in the Japanese Grand Prix. Review each driver’s race weekend in detail below and vote for who you thought was the most impressive driver.

Dominant win for Vettel piles pressure on Webber (Red Bull race review)

Sebastian Vettel took points off team mate Mark Webber for the third race in a row, and has halved his team mate’s championship lead in that time. Red Bull were able to translate their performance advantage into a one-two start and finish, giving them a 45-point lead in the constructors’ championship.

Aerial photos of the Korean F1 track

As we wait to learn the result of the FIA’s inspection of the Korean International Circuit, the race organisers have issued new photographs showing the extent of development at the circuit so far. It is widely believed next week’s race at the new circuit will go ahead and official word from the FIA is expected […]

Disaster for Massa (Ferrari race review)

Going into the Japanese Grand Prix weekend Felipe Massa had the words of Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo ringing in his ears. Montezemolo made various remarks to the effect that he expected Massa to drive quicker and continue to help support team mate Fernando Alonso’s championship bid. Instead Massa had a weekend so dreadful it […]

McLaren’s championship challenge blunted at Suzuka (McLaren race review)

Both McLaren drivers finished behind the Red Bulls and Fernando Alonso Suzuka. That means both could be eliminated from championship contention at the next race. More unreliability and a strategic gamble that failed to pay off blunted McLaren’s challenge in Japan.

Best finish yet cements Lotus’s position as top new team (Lotus race review)

Heikki Kovalainen all-but confirmed Lotus as the highest-ranked new team in the constructors’ championship by finishing 12th in the Japanese Grand Prix. With Jarno Trulli finishing 13th the team look set to claim tenth in the teams’ championship and win a significant amount of prize money.

Irrepressible Kobayashi stars in first home race (Sauber race review)

Kamui Kobayashi was in great form at his first home race. He passed a string of cars with some astonishing late-braking moves to score points for the sixth time this year. With Nick Heidfeld finishing behind him this was also Sauber’s biggest points haul of the season.

Schumacher sixth (Mercedes race review)

The strategies of the Mercedes drivers came into conflict as Michael Schumacher spent half the race stuck behind Nico Rosberg. But could it have been avoided? Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg Qualifying position 10 6 Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’31.846 (+0.352) 1’31.494 Race position 6 17 Average race lap 1’43.533 (-0.994) 1’44.527 Laps 53/53 47/53 Pit […]

H???lkenberg gets hit (Williams race review)

Williams had both cars in the top ten in qualifying again but only scored two points. Still it helped reduce the gap to Force India in the constructors’ championship. Rubens Barrichello Nico H???lkenberg Qualifying position 7 9 Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’31.535 (-0.024) 1’31.559 Race position 9 Average race lap 1’43.739 Laps 53/53 0/53 Pit […]

Points at last (STR race review)

Sebastien Buemi ended the team’s six-race points drought by bring the car home in the top ten for the first time since the European Grand Prix. Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari Qualifying position 18 16 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’33.568 (+0.097) 1’33.471 Race position 10 11 Average race lap 1’43.776 (-0.707) 1’44.483 Laps 53/53 52/53 Pit […]