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18th March 2015, 12:50 at 12:50 pm #294773
Race 8: Europe
Qualifying: 1st – Race: 2nd
I led free practice by over two seconds on Petrov. I led Q1 by over a second on Alonso, Q2 by just less than one, still on Fernando, and Q3 by almost 1.7 on my team mate, as we locked out the front row. I immediately lost the lead to Alonso, but tried to take it back throughout the first sector. I made several small mistakes in the first laps which meant I had to defend from the Red Bulls and couldn’t concentrate on catching Fernando, who was running away as fast as he could. I pitted on lap 6 and came out slowly as there was traffic, but I quickly recovered to 5th place. Webber stopped one lap later and came out quite a bit ahead of me, but I put my head down and halved the gap in one lap, then spent two more reducing it further until, on the fourth lap, I used his tow on the second back straight to pass him going into the hairpin. To do this, I had twice consecutively set the fastest lap, and I improved it further in my lap in clean air. Alonso then decided to spoil my race further by improving it just slightly, until rain started falling on the penultimate lap. I was trying to go faster, but gave up, and Webber used DRS to pass me on the final lap. I stayed in touch but the rain was now very strong and we both slowed further down. He braked very early and I anticipated the braking too, but not enough. Nonetheless, I stayed on track and was more aggressive on the power than him, so I stayed ahead. Alonso had crossed the finish line already while Webber and I slowly made our way through the final sector, luckily without more surprises. Alonso beat me for the first time and became the fifth driver to win a race, with me being the only driver to win more than one. Schumacher finished fourth but had a penalty which moved him out of the points, so I extended my lead to 70 points.15th March 2015, 16:32 at 4:32 pm #294505
Williams weren’t conservative, they were stupid! Simple maths could show them Massa was going to come out in traffic, and I think Ferrari tend to be harder on the tyres, so they should’ve simply stayed out. That said, I think their performance should have been better and that Massa should have caught up with Vettel.14th March 2015, 9:45 at 9:45 am #294329
Metro style has grown on me, and while these graphics look nice on the F1 site or on the F1 App (if they are used), I think the previous graphics were prettier for large TV screens. The rectangles themselves seem to be my issue: they seem too… static, and big.7th March 2015, 19:14 at 7:14 pm #293681
@junior-pilot I can’t find anything to add to your list! Except maybe:
11. Luca Badoer replaces an ill Raikkonen at Monza and obtains a Grand Slam.6th March 2015, 22:36 at 10:36 pm #293637
Ret. Magnussen6th March 2015, 13:45 at 1:45 pm #293611
Race 7: Canada
Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st
I was last in free practice, having had to run on worn slicks on a damp track for our R&D programme. In Q1 I was eleventh, with Alonso leading the session, then it was my turn on top as Alonso was 4th and in Q3 I was first and Alonso 6th. I lost the lead of the race to Rosberg at turn 1, and the German ran away before DRS was enabled: by the end of lap four he was more than four seconds ahead. I had to defend from Schumacher and Rosberg benefited from that, but I started lapping quicker and kept the gap consistent. I pitted on lap eight, Rosberg on lap nine, and his lead was reduced to just over three seconds, while Vettel had risen to third. Schumacher retired, Alonso dropped to 16th, but I was closing in on Rosberg: I was set to catch him if he kept that rhythm. Instead, we caught the first backmarkers, and on lap eleven he crashed into Perez at the hairpin, losing his front wing. I was through into the lead, and started lapping faster than ever, going as far as setting the fastest lap on lap 14. Rosberg, having pitted for repairs, improved that twice by little, and I now led Vettel by seven seconds with two laps to go. I put my engine back on normal mode, made a mistake and my lead was immediately down to three seconds, with Webber pushing past his teammate and now trying to catch me. I lost another second on the final lap but played it safe and won the race, for the third year running.2nd March 2015, 11:33 at 11:33 am #293395
Daniel Abt and Marvin Kirchhoefer – I have a soft spot for these Germans since they debuted in GP3, and while the latter is still on track to become a future champion, things have gone badly for Abt in GP2 and are continuing that way in FE.
My ideal driver combination: Rudolf Caracciola and Niki Lauda
The what-ifs: Stefan Bellof and Alessandro Nannini1st March 2015, 18:09 at 6:09 pm #293345
Race 6: Monaco
Qualifying: 23rd – Race: 2nd
I was quickest in free practice, but in Q1 it was raining and for some reason my setup didn’t work at all, and I was relegated to twenty-third place, between the two HRTs, while Alonso set pole. I recovered to eleventh place on the first lap, making overtakes at every possible spot. Alonso broke his front wing at the final corner and slowed down a bunch of drivers on the straight, which I avoided to take third place. I closed in on Kobayashi and overtook him at the end of the third lap. Webber was six seconds ahead and as I couldn’t get a good lap together he built a safe lead. Kobayashi and Vettel pitted on lap 9, Webber on lap 10 and I led the eleventh, pitting at the end of the twelfth. I made a mistake at turn one of lap 11 and lost six seconds, so I dropped to fourth, four seconds behind Vettel. I had super-soft tyres now and maximum engine power, so I closed in on the Red Bull and went through thanks to the lapped Marussia of Glock who slowed him down. It took me an extra lap to catch Kobayashi and I passed him using DRS on the pit straight. He defended the inside line, so I braked late and skidded sideways into the wall, destroying my front wing. With four laps to go, I decided against pitting for repairs and after that slow lap, during which Kobayashi spun, I was only three seconds slower than the race pace, and that then became two on the penultimate lap. I caught and lapped Hamilton, Alonso and Karthikeyan, defended from Vettel and, twenty seconds after Webber, I crossed the finish line in second place.1st March 2015, 17:19 at 5:19 pm #293313
After testing with a plain carbon fiber helmet in the past weeks, Perez has debuted his design on a Schuberth SF1: he previously wore an Arai.
PS: @george from that shot it appears he has changed to a darker shade of red, nothing else jumps to the eye.26th February 2015, 22:47 at 10:47 pm #293076
I hope it could be Richie Stanaway. I have a feeling it will be Beitske Visser…
Or Tio Ellinas? He has a history of racing with Manor (two years in GP3).24th February 2015, 21:07 at 9:07 pm #292772
Plus, a decent shot of Kimi’s lid.
Back to helmet brands, Nasr and Palmer have used a Stilo helmet in testing, which was last used by Valsecchi at Lotus (both Lotuses).24th February 2015, 21:00 at 9:00 pm #292770
Marc Gené’s helmet has also surfaced: as I anticipated, all Ferrari drivers have transitioned from Schuberth to Bell helmets, with the exception of Vettel who is using an Arai.24th February 2015, 8:46 at 8:46 am #29273423rd February 2015, 20:41 at 8:41 pm #29272023rd February 2015, 15:12 at 3:12 pm #292711
When i first heard of it I thought he’d gone into the barriers on the outside – much like Hamilton a few years ago. Now I think of it, Kovalainen had gone out in the same place and probably suffered a concussion too. I was thinking of a Schumacher-Silverstone ’99 type of crash, but the place where Alonso hit is strange. It’s happened a few times when a driver put a rear wheel over the kerb and spun, but turning right after the corner has finished is something strange. Reports of a broken front wing preventing him from turning would have meant a collision on the left, not on the right side of the track. It’s like Alonso was keeping the wheel turned, as I don’t belive it would stay pointed in one direction without input from the driver. It reminds me of Massa’s Hungaroring crash, where the accident itself had nothing strange, but was the result of something else. But I also don’t get how he stopped the car so quickly, in such a short distance from what I gather was the point of the impact.