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28th November 2014, 16:28 at 4:28 pm #287601
My rankings would be as follows (change compared to my mid-season rankings in parenthesis):
1. Ricciardo (-)
2. Hamilton (+6)
3. Bottas (+2)
4. Alonso (-2)
5. Kvyat (+5)
6. Massa (+8)
7. Vettel (-3)
8. Rosberg (+1)
9. Button (-6)
10. Magnussen (+5)
11. Hülkenberg (-5)
12. Grosjean (-5)
13. Vergne (-2)
14. Pérez (-2)
15. Bianchi (-2)
16. Räikkönen (-)
17. Gutiérrez (+2)
18. Maldonado (+2)
19. Kobayashi (-1)
20. Sutil (-3)
21. Stevens (new)
22. Lotterer (new)
23. Chilton (-2)
24. Ericsson (-2)
Notes (imagine the ‘I think’ prefix before each sentence):
Top 5 – Vastly improved form from Hamilton, especially in race with his Brazil spin being his single error. Still lacking pace in quali, but at least making fewer mistakes there as well. All this under championship pressure. Kvyat improved a lot despite scoring literally no points in the second half. Stellar performances in Monza, Singapore, Suzuka, Austin and Abu Dhabi – stats won’t reveal much of that. Still they can’t beat Ricciardo to my top spot, he literally made no errors whatsoever, while being stupidly fast. Bottas likewise, but he developed a nasty habit of making less than optimal starts in the second half of the season (Monza, Austin, Abu Dhabi). Alonso had Raikkonen too close for comfort a couple of times (Spa, Interlagos), so, while making no errors, still slips down the order a bit for me.
P6-10 – Newcomers include Massa, Magnussen (in a positive sense) and Button (in a negative). Massa eliminated his ‘rookie-like’ errors, like stalling on the grid in Silverstone, and hitting Magnussen in Hockenheim, was flawless and a couple of times faster than the highly-rated Bottas. Magnussen put on some spirited defensive drives (Spa, Monza), but faded as the season-ending flyaways kicked in. Button, at the same time, flourished and it’s only the vastly improved form of some of the above guys, that had him slip lower than his mid-season ranking. Vettel was unchanged in approach (fast, but being consistently beaten by teammate on pace bar Singapore), and Rosberg became an error-strewn driver under the weight of the championship fight, only really living up to expectations once (Interlagos).
P11-17 – Vergne put on some fantastic display of skills in his fight for retaining his seat (e. g. Singapore, Austin, Abu Dhabi), but still increasingly often ended up as the slower STR driver on pace. Hülkenberg and Grosjean slipped way down the order. The latter had Maldonado closer than in the first half of the season, however, the former had chassis problems, was unlucky and had to fight with an ill-developed car for much of the second half. Pérez kept up his usual finess on circuits filled with low-speed corners (Singapore, Sochi, Abu Dhabi), but was sometimes slower than his teammate even on these occasions. Bianchi, sadly, had way less opportunity than others to impress further but, tellingly, was fighting with a faster Sauber when he suffered his season-ending crash in Suzuka.
P18-24 – Gutiérrez and Maldonado both upped their game against their teammates, especially the former, who thus had teammate Sutil slipping down the order. Stevens impressed me on his debut with how well he advanced on a steep learning curve, taking huge chunks of times out of his gap to Kobayashi from session to session. Lotterer also seemed to be closer to the Japanese on his first outing than 2015 Sauber driver Ericsson managed up to that point in the season…26th November 2014, 11:27 at 11:27 am #287346
Well, as an Alonso fan, Le Mans (and Spa) would gain +1 viewer, who this time becomes glued to the screen for 24 hours, lol. Exaggerating a bit, as I often at least follow what’s going on in the race, but you get the picture.
That would be awesome and a fair bit of publicity for both Le Mans and WEC. Just what they need – as I said, they’re going from strength to strength.26th November 2014, 8:58 at 8:58 am #287304
This is what I meant.
And although Alonso outbrakes himself into T15, he had already completed the pass by that time, so we can consider it as one.25th November 2014, 13:32 at 1:32 pm #287256
Sorry for bringing up an old topic, but, on a second thought, Alonso on Button was probably better – although it lasted for only the short full throttle burst between T13 and T15; I wasn’t thinking of the one when he passed Jenson successfully on lap 24.
(Feels strange to be the only one who’s seeming to be the decider on this one. :P)25th November 2014, 13:26 at 1:26 pm #287255
Another nomination could be Vergne re-passing Ricciardo out of T13 and into T14 just after their great side-by-side battle through T11-12 and after Ricciardo went ahead into T13. Ricciardo pulled off his usual dummy move before T11 as well.
That was awesome. I’d literally split my votes in half, so I’d go 0.5 for Alonso on Button and 0.5 for Vergne on Ricciardo.25th November 2014, 13:22 at 1:22 pm #287254
Alonso on Button for me. That was, for me, a closer, lenghtier and more ‘personal’ affair than when Alonso passed Raikkonen who was struggling with graining anyway.25th November 2014, 9:49 at 9:49 am #287177
On a second thought, it might not be for Button after all – Button said he will race in 2015, and I presume he meant the majority of 2015, and that third car will only contest two races.
So a Button to Nissan (another Japanese manufacturer) is another, perhaps more likely, possibility.
Which, of course, would leave the door open for one more driver in that Porsche seat.25th November 2014, 1:44 at 1:44 am #287158
To be precise, the additional entry is only for Spa and Le Mans.10th November 2014, 1:29 at 1:29 am #285283
My nominee would be Hulkenberg on Bottas on lap… 42, I think.8th November 2014, 0:20 at 12:20 am #284396
I still think Interlagos is as much a one-off as Austin, it’s just that my initial expectation about its tarmac was turned completely upside down (I expected it to be too oil-y to be as quick as the 2007-2013 surface, and it is somehow the opposite).5th November 2014, 15:12 at 3:12 pm #283554
Did the track length change?5th November 2014, 14:43 at 2:43 pm #283553
To the OP, I think so and I think your analysis comes to the right conclusion.
Don’t forget, CotA’s track surface has just bedded in, it’s three years in operation, less oily, a bit more rough, just enough to provide ample times more grip than in 2012 and, to an extent, in 2013.
Interlagos, meanwhile, should be slippery like a… well, I won’t make the metaphor. But, you get the picture.
I also agree with Matthijs regarding 2015.4th November 2014, 0:23 at 12:23 am #283392
Wow, is that last turn even flat-out anymore?
It probably is, if all else fails, the still heavy banking will make it so.
It’s still ‘cuttable’ though, although I expect Charlie to simply say ‘you can’t go below the white line’ and that’s it.3rd November 2014, 12:09 at 12:09 pm #282745
Ricciardo on Alonso comes to mind. Vintage Ricciardo, but this time on high fuel and rather cold tyres.31st October 2014, 17:10 at 5:10 pm #281717
I don’t have Montreal, but, by accident, I have 1955-1971 Monza. I can share it, if it’s OK as well. (It must be easier as there’s a lot less corner on that one.)