Nelson Piquet Jnr archive

2009 half-term F1 driver rankings part 1 13th August 2009, 12:00

The summer break is the traditional mid-point of the season, and a good time to take stock of who’s doing well and who’s struggling so far this year. Here’s part one of my rankings of the F1 drivers so far this year including some of your observations from the forum:

Piquet’s scathing attack on Briatore 3rd August 2009, 18:25

As first reported here on Saturday, Nelson Piquet Jnr has been dropped by Renault. And a statement from the Brazilian today gives insight into the simmering resentment between him and team boss Flavio Briatore. We discussed the Renault situation last week and there was some disagreement over whether Briatore had compromised Piquet in trying to […]

Nelson Piquet Jnr dropped by Renault 1st August 2009, 23:24

The Hungarian Grand Prix was Nelson Piquet Jnr’s last start for Renault, according to sources at the team. His replacement has not been officially confirmed but is expected to be Renault Development driver Romain Grosjean. Piquet’s replacement will either race at Valencia or Spa-Francorchamps, depending on whether the team’s appeal against its ban is successful.

Alonso and the Piquet-Renault fall-out

Nelson Piquet Jnr looks increasingly unlikely to finish the season with Renault. Rumours have intensified since the Hungarian Grand Prix that he will be replaced at the team by Romain Grosjean. And details have emerged of a row between Renault boss Flavio Briatore, the driver, and his three-times champion father:

Hungarian Grand Prix result 26th July 2009, 14:30

1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes 2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 3. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault 4. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota 5. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes 6. Timo Glock, Toyota 7. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes 8. Jarno Trulli, Toyota 9. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota 10. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes 11. Nick Heidfeld, BMW 12. Nelson Piquet Jnr, Renault 13. Robert Kubica, BMW 14. […]

Championship standings after Hungary

Drivers’ championship Jenson Button 70 Mark Webber 51.5 Sebastian Vettel 47 Rubens Barrichello 44 Nico Rosberg 25.5 Jarno Trulli 22.5 Felipe Massa 22 Lewis Hamilton 19 Kimi Raikkonen 18 Timo Glock 16 Fernando Alonso 13 Heikki Kovalainen 9 Nick Heidfeld 6 Sebastien Buemi 3 Sebastien Bourdais 2 Robert Kubica 2 Constructors’ championship Brawn 114 Red […]

Alonso very light and Button heavy with fuel (Hungarian Grand Prix fuel loads) 25th July 2009, 18:31

Fernando Alonso used a very light fuel load to take pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Behind him, both the Red Bulls are at least 14kg heavier and Brawn’s Jenson Button has 27kg more than the Renault driver. Here are the fuel loads in full:

Alonso takes surprise pole in disrupted session (Hungarian GP qualifying)

Felipe Massa’s horrific crash caused a substantial delay to qualifying at the Hungaroring – after which Fernando Alonso claimed his first pole position in almost two years. The result was even more of a surprise as the final moments of qualifying were disrupted by a total failure of the timing systems, meaning even the drivers […]

Hungarian Grand Prix grid (updated)

1. Fernando Alonso, Renault – 1’21.569 2. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault – 1’21.607 3. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault – 1’21.741 4. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes – 1’21.839 5. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota – 1’21.890 6. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes – 1’22.095 7. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari – 1’22.468 8. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes – 1’22.511 9. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota – […]

German Grand Prix in pictures 12th July 2009, 21:29

A day to remember at the Nurburgring as Mark Webber claimed his first victory in F1 – and the first for an Australian in 28 years. Here’s a collection of over 100 pictures from the race – including plenty of Webber and Red Bull’s celebrations.