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    @magnificent-geoffrey You win, sir. For a moment I feared you were leaving F1 Fanatic! By the way, love your current avatar :)
    Poor Kamui! I hate it when good (or even mediocre) drivers get the boot, but the other day I was thinking about how many more drivers it would be nice to see in F1: Vandoorne, Nasr, Evans, Palmer even, Sainz, someone else I don’t know, and definitely Valsecchi and Filippi! But there’s no room, so you have a limited time to prove yourself – and that means Ericsson should leave, not Kamui. Gutierrez is a wasted talent and I support him but objectively he’s failed at F1. Vergne… I don’t know what to say really. How many free seats would we have? Too few, too few indeed. 26 cars would be great, gosh even three-car teams would be better than 18 cars…

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    Race 17: India
    Qualifying: 17th – Race: 7th
    I was 16th in Q1, with an excellent single run. In Q2 I set three identical lap times on my first run and was off pace on my second, finishing last and 17th. Petrov was 20th, Vettel on pole and Hamilton 5th. I started well and overtook five cars at turn 1, then dived to the inside at turn 3 and reached sixth place, ahead of Raikkonen. I didn’t have too much trouble staying ahead apart from on the straights, as my top speed was dramatically slower than that of my rivals. My real problem was traction and downforce, as I skidded easily as I put power back on corner exits, especially in the middle sector; nonetheless, I stayed 6th, and Karthikeyan took 7th. He and some others stopped on lap 5 but I waited an extra lap, somehow coming out still ahead of the Indian. Grosjean waited a further lap and I couldn’t match his pace, dropping a position. I fought with Karthikeyan for the rest of the race, and though I usually earned several tenths at the start of the straights with KERS, he made up for that with DRS, but I was quick to cover the inside and stayed where I was. I set my fastest lap on lap 12, gradually and solidly improving as the laps went by, but as my tyres degraded, I twice risked spoiling my race with a spin. On lap 12, and again on lap 13, I almost spun out in sector three but my counter-steering kept me on track. Without major scares, I completed the remaining laps and finished seventh. Webber won and overtook the pointless Hamilton in the standings, and is nineteen points behind me. Petrov was 20th, for the record.

    #286731
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    Race 17: India
    Qualifying: 17th – Race: 7th
    I was 16th in Q1, with an excellent single run. In Q2 I set three identical lap times on my first run and was off pace on my second, finishing last and 17th. Petrov was 20th, Vettel on pole and Hamilton 5th. I started well and overtook five cars at turn 1, then dived to the inside at turn 3 and reached sixth place, ahead of Raikkonen. I didn’t have too much trouble staying ahead apart from on the straights, as my top speed was dramatically slower than that of my rivals. My real problem was traction and downforce, as I skidded easily as I put power back on corner exits, especially in the middle sector; nonetheless, I stayed 6th, and Karthikeyan took 7th. He and some others stopped on lap 5 but I waited an extra lap, somehow coming out still ahead of the Indian. Grosjean waited a further lap and I couldn’t match his pace, dropping a position. I fought with Karthikeyan for the rest of the race, and though I usually earned several tenths at the start of the straights with KERS, he made up for that with DRS, but I was quick to cover the inside and stayed where I was. I set my fastest lap on lap 12, gradually and solidly improving as the laps went by, but as my tyres degraded, I twice risked spoiling my race with a spin. On lap 12, and again on lap 13, I almost spun out in sector three but my counter-steering kept me on track. Without major scares, I completed the remaining laps and finished seventh. Webber won and overtook the pointless Hamilton in the standings, and is nineteen points behind me. Petrov was 20th, for the record.

    #286580
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    Gutierrez is wearing a special message for his last appearance for Sauber. He became involved with the team in 2009 and has the hashtags #ThanksTeam and #ThanksPeter (Peter Sauber I reckon) on either sides of his helmet.

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    9th November – Moto3 – Alex Marquez – Valencia, Spain – Race 18 of 18
    21st November – GP3 Series – Alex Lynn – Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi – Round 9 of 9 – Qualifying

    #286248
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    For his last Ferrari appearance, Alonso wears a particular design, where his trademark arrows on top are all that’s left from his usual design. The right is black with the signatures in silver of many team members, the left is red with a picture of Fernando pitting with the crew in the background, and two green and white stripes go from the front to the back making an asymmetric Italian flag.

    #279732
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    Race 16: South Korea
    Qualifying: 19th – Race: 5th

    The team had low expectations for the weekend but after a bad practice session and having to use a setup which made my car so unstable on the straights it turned to a side over a certain speed, qualifying 19th by 7 tenths was a half-miracle. True, I was 1.5s slower than Maldonado in 18th, but Petrov, who had beaten me in practice, was 22nd. After a slow start I avoided collisions and overtook most of the drivers ahead of me in the run towards turn 3, reaching P6just behind Vettel, who was just far ahead enough to be out of reach. Alonso retired on lap 2 and I recovered one more position, and stayed there until the pit stops. I earned ground on Kobayashi and Raikkonen as they had to sit stationary as other cars also stopped, and I realised that was my only hope of taking my position back on the following lap. It was so, as I was back in 5th place and with an extra advantage on my closest rival. I pushed hard and then saved my final extra litres of fuel for use on the straights, the only spots where I was actually under serious threat of being overtaken. It was difficult, especially with such a nervous front end, but I managed to stay 5th and thanks to Hamilton’s non-score I can breathe a little more easily in the championship, which I now lead by 18 points. Schumacher won from pole, for the record, meaning the drivers ahead of me who gained most were also those furthest behind in the title.

    #278170
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    I never made a helmet for Jules since 2010 as his shiny effect and detailed design made it a hard task, but I’ve finally decided to do his 2014 helmet and despite it not being great it’s better than I’d hoped. #ForzaJules

    #277292
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    As the news of Andrea De Cesaris’ death has added to this day’s sadness I have made an effortless combination of Jules’ and Andrea’s helmets.

    #276768
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    Race 15: Japan
    Qualifying: 18th – Race: 22nd
    I was 19th in Q1 after my first run but found an extra half-a-second to take 17th place. In the final minutes, though, Vergne beat me by less than three hundredths and I was out of the session, 3 places ahead of Petrov. After a good start I was up to P8, also thanks to Vettel’s mistake which dropped him to last. Maldonado got through quickly, though, and after my pit stop I pulled a great move on the outside of turn 1 to keep my position on Vergne. Unfortunately a few laps later I spun at the same spot and took him out with me. Another spin was the reason I got a penalty as I impeded Vettel, and now behind Petrov I had nowhere to go. Vettel was right behind me and got past on lap 11, but retired on lap 12 with a blown engine. I spun one more time on the last lap because crossing the line 16th wasn’t enough and finished 22nd to Petrov’s 15th.

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    Race 14: Singapore
    Qualifying: 11th – Race: DSQ
    I was 11th in practice, and in Q1, still on the prime compound, I set a time which would have put me on top of the timesheets in practice and which was worth fourth place in Q1 itself; Petrov, on the other hand, was eliminated in 22nd place. In Q2 I couldn’t improve my previous lap time on the option tyres with my first set, but with my second I came within 0.090s of Vettel’s time: he was 10th, and I was knocked out in 11th place. Hamilton from pole led the two Red Bulls, with Vettel on the second row; Button and Alonso wrapped up the grid in 12th row. I jumped into second place by the time we reached turn 5 as Rosberg and Hamilton impeded each other in an attempt to snatch the lead from Webber. I lost touch with the Red Bull immediately, but was satisfied by my pace as our best times only differed by two seconds. I pitted on lap 7 and came out 4th behind Pic and Petrov and ahead of Raikkonen, while Hamilton and Rosberg had lost some time and took some and though I gently touched the wall, slightly damaging the front wing, I had to reverse to get back on track. I spun again and into the approaching Vettel, and received two penalties at once. I continued in 8th place, having let Massa by to get DRS, before I accidentally hit Kobayashi at turn 8: he spun 180° and prompted the stewards to disqualify me. Webber beat Hamilton and Rosberg and my championship lead has been halved to 20 points only.

    #276109
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    Sadly, before my final race of the season, I received the “corrupt file” message and lost all my progress. Not only career but time trials and scenarios and everything else. I decided to do a Grand Prix weekend in Brazil to complete, unofficially, my career. I put the same settings as I’d had but somehow I had too great a performance advantage on my rivals.

    Race 19: Brazil
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st

    Practice was a dry start to a wet weekend, and I topped the session by over two seconds. I was first on intermediates in Q1 and second in Q2. A first run on those tyres put me 8th in Q3, but I noticed the track was too dry. On full wets I improved by two seconds to take first, and had time to do another run on another set of wets and beat my own provisional pole time while others also improved. I was almost two seconds ahead of Raikkonen and Hulkenberg, who beat Vettel and Alonso. The race was run under light rain and everyone used intermediate tyres. Raikkonen overtook me on the inside of turn 1 at the start but ran deep enough for me to move to the inside and take the lead back. I led by three seconds at the end of the first lap as Hamilton had fought his way up to 2nd. I then proceeded to earn around a second per lap on Hamilton himself, and set the fastest lap right away. On lap 9 Alonso, now 3rd, pitted, but Hamilton stayed out one more lap and I, wanting to record a Grand Chelem, stayed out two more laps as I wanted to be sure Hamilton was stopping. I pitted just after momentarily lapping Pic and came back out with 10 seconds on Hamilton. I immediately lapped Chilton and Bianchi, set the fastest lap again before lapping van der Garde and Pic, then improved further the fastest lap. I stayed in the 1:14s every lap till the end and won with a 20-second margin on Hamilton who preceded Alonso. Vettel out of the points meant Fernando has taken 3rd place in the standings back.

    Season Summary
    Wins: 7 – Poles: 3 – Doubles: 3 – Grand Slams: 1

      1. Australia – 6th + 2nd
      2. Malaysia – 9th + 15th
      3. China – 13th + 16th
      4. Bahrain – 10th + 2nd
      5. Spain – 7th + 2nd
      6. Monaco – 4th + 2nd
      7. Canada – 4th + 1st
      8. Great Britain – 1st + 1st
      9. Germany – 6th + 2nd
      10. Hungary – 3rd + 2nd
      11. Belgium – 9th + 1st
      12. Italy – 1st + 1st
      13. Singapore – 6th + 2nd
      14. South Korea – 13th + 2nd
      15. Japan – 10th + 8th
      16. India – 12th + 3rd
      17. Abu Dhabi – 6th + 1st
      18. United States – 4th + 1st
      19. Brazil – 1st + 1st (Grand Slam)
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    Race 18: United States
    Qualifying: 5th – Race: 1st

    I had never shown good pace so I was thinking of using prime tyres in Q3: Hamilton had a 20-position penalty in practice so I had one rival less to worry about. Instead I saved two sets of options in Q2 and I used them: I was first by two tenths with my first lap, but my mechanics repaired an inexistent problem on my car and I was prevented from lapping again, and dropped to 5th, 6 tenths off Alonso’s pole time. Due to Hamilton’s penalty, I started 4th. I overtook Vettel and Rosberg at turn 1 and chased Alonso, but did not force a move. Unfortunately he was quick enough through sector 3, my weakest point, to be too far ahead by the time we approached sector 1, my strongest point, on the next lap. I stayed in second place but noticed, the lap I was due to pit, that he was back in my sight despite having been much further ahead. I pitted on lap 6, and me and Vettel came out of our boxes in time to avoid an enormous traffic jam: a queue of cars lined up behind us in the pit lane. One lap later I was back in second place, despite Webber setting the fastest time; however, it was Maldonado who led. I saw that Alonso had begun lapping at least five seconds slower for three laps before stopping, and was held up in the pit lane, dropping down to around 13th place. Maldonado stopped and I led the two Red Bulls, while Rosberg had also started dropping down. While Alonso fell down to 20th, Hamilton climbed to reach us fighting trio at the end of the race: as I lapped consistently in the high 1:40s or in the low 1:41s, I kept my lead while Hamilton overtook Webber for the podium place behind Vettel. This means Alonso has dropped to 4th in the drivers’ standings.

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    Race 17: Abu Dhabi
    Qualifying: 6th – Race: 1st

    I went from being quickest by 6 tenths in FP to being 1.1s slower than Vettel in Q3. I qualified 6th, and ahead of me on the grid, on my same column were Alonso, on row 1, and Hamilton between us. I had a good start, overtook Vettel at turn 2 and Alonso at the hairpin. I handled the lead well but I had to anticipate my stop for excessive tyre degradation to lap 5. I pushed hard in the following lap but Vettel came out ahead of me. Sutil, though, held him up at the hairpin and, after obtaining DRS, I passed both at the hairpin. I had skidded out of track when I passed Sutil, though, so I had to give him the position back in the acceleration zone. I lost some time but re-passed the Force India with DRS and KERS, and continued that lap knowing Webber was likely going to get past me as well. He was closer than Vettel was, though, and again I took DRS and overtook him before the activation zone. I only resisted a few laps before I had to lower my pace to handle my tyres, visibly losing traction. Luckily there was battle behind me as I’d slowed down the field, and at times it proved crucial, especially on the last lap when Grosjean and Raikkonen made it to the podium at the expense of Hamilton and gave me a safety margin in the second DRS zone. I held my lead through the tight third sector and took a 5th win of the season when I’d stopped hoping for them and though I’d have to defend my championship lead till the last round. Instead, despite Alonso’s 11th place, we took both titles after this race, and I renewed my contract with Maranello.

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    Race 16: India
    Qualifying: 12th – Race: 3rd

    Free practice wasn’t encouraging and despite being 6th in Q1 I was 12th in Q2; Alonso took pole from Rosberg, Vettel and Hamilton. I recovered to 3rd at turn 3, behind Alonso and Vettel and ahead of Hamilton. I soon notice, though, that my option tyres wouldn’t have made it till the planned pit stop, but I decided that an extra lap in my second stint was feasible as I’d seen in practice that the prime compound could last ten laps. I stopped on lap 6 and despite two imperfect laps I was 4th when Webber and Hamilton pitted two laps later. I was in Webber’s tow, got DRS and overtook him into braking for turn 3. Button got past as well and held the pair up for a couple of laps. I set my personal best time on lap 9 but then it became a five-way fight for 3rd place: I held back Webber, Button and the two Mercedes. Uncountable swaps of positions later I was still ahead, when I realised tyre degradation was worse than planned. I slowed, perhaps excessively, on lap 13, and went a bit faster in the final two laps, still driving much more smoothly than I had previously done. I often had to counter-attack going into turn 4, at times with three cars alongside me using DRS, but I did not let the podium slip away from me and I finished 3rd, ages after Alonso and Vettel had crossed the line. I held Hamilton behind me and Fernando is now very close to him in the championship.

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