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  • #303302
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    And here are the season 3 tables, as promised ! https://plus.google.com/+FilibertoGeoni/posts/ergARxZG8Yu

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    Race 19: United States
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st
    I was second to Maldonado in practice, second to Alonso in Q1 and 7th in Q2, while Fernando was knocked out in 14th place. I went on to take pole with my first attempt in Q3. At the start I shut the door on Webber and Senna took advantage to take second place. He slowed his rivals down quite a bit over the first two laps, then fell back due to DRS. I had now four seconds on Hamilton, and he slowly reduced it before I pitted on lap 6. He and others continued and I was sixth, holding position on Rosberg. After the top five had also stopped, I led Webber and Kobayashi by three-and-a-half seconds, and set the fastest lap on lap 9. Schumacher, Alonso and Schumacher again then lowered the time further, but I only improved by a tenth and gave up trying. Webber caught up in the final lap and with his last chance in the back straight he overtook me, but I out-braked him and took my lead back for the final metres to take my tenth win of the season.

    Race 20: Brazil
    Qualifying: 8th – Race: 1st
    I led Q2 after finishing 7th in Q1, but rain in Q3 ruined my setup work and I salvaged 8th after risking to be dead last. The track was dry on Sunday and I jumped three positions at the start, and a further two on the back straight. As Rosberg had lost his lead to Webber and was fighting with Vettel, I seized the opportunity to pass the two ahead of me to take second place. At turn 7 I went on the inside of Webber and took the lead by keeping my foot down on the outside of turn 8. From then I ran away, extending my lead with every lap. I improved the fastest lap three times before pitting on lap 8. I came out 4th and stayed there for a lap, when the leaders pitted too. Webber leapfrogged Rosberg but had dropped to six seconds behind me, which I quickly extended to ten with fast laps in succession. On lap 12 I set a 1:13.0, and only got very close to that in the remaining laps, but no one else threatened to equal me. I lapped two Marussias, two HRTs and a Force India, despite three retirements. Rosberg followed Webber at the flag and Alonso was fourth ahead of Vettel: the top five in the race were the top five in the championship, in order. Despite beating Alonso by 180 points, I have “only” been promoted to equal status for next year.

    Season Summary
    Wins: 11 – Poles: 10 – Doubles: 8 – Grand Slams: 1
    1. Australia – 1st + 1st
    2. Malaysia – 22nd + 2nd
    3. China – 22nd + 1st
    4. Bahrain – 1st + 1st
    5. Spain – 1st + 4th
    6. Monaco – 23rd + 2nd
    7. Canada – 1st + 1st
    8. Europe – 1st + 2nd
    9. Great Britain – 4th + 2nd
    10. Germany – 1st + 1st
    11. Hungary – 2nd + 1st
    12. Belgium – 17th – 6th
    13. Italy – 1st + 1st
    14. Singapore – 1st + 1st (Grand Slam)
    15. Japan – 8th + 12th
    16. South Korea – 7th + 16th
    17. India – 1st + 1st
    18. Abu Dhabi – 7th + 2nd
    19. United States – 1st + 1st
    20. Brazil – 8th + 1st

    #302720
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    1. Hamilton
    2. Vettel
    3. Sainz
    4. Verstappen
    5. Nasr
    6. Rosberg
    7. Massa – had a very good run of 3/4 races
    8. Hulkenberg – drove very well since Le Mans
    9. Bottas – evenly matched with Massa, which is worse than last year
    10. Grosjean
    11. Ricciardo
    12. Kvyat – not bad, but before Hungary he and his car had done nothing eye-catching
    13. Alonso
    14. Raikkonen
    15. Perez
    16. Button
    17. Stevens
    18. Ericsson – thrashed by a roookie
    19. Maldonado – no improvement, and consistently behind Grosjean.
    20. Merhi – gap to Stevens tends to be too large

    #302573
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    Herbert-Trulli-Barrichello, wow! That would have been one of my favourites! The best one I saw was Vettel-Massa-Kobayashi at Suzuka 2012: Massa back after two years, Kobayashi for the first time in front of his home crowd… the shivers! Alonso-Raikkonen-Massa from Spain 2013 was also nice, three drivers with a Ferrari past or present, but I would’ve liked the order reversed! And Australia 2014, the original one prior to Ricciardo’s disqualification only slightly better than the actual podium.

    #302461
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    @sam3110 beat me to it… I think the real constructors should not partner with rival teams, so Williams-Mercedes or even Lotus-Mercedes won’t do it for me. Williams-BMW seems to be going well, I’d add Sauber-Ferrari for their long-lasting relationship even under Petronas branding. Crazy where they ended up considering their early times as a Mercedes customer!
    Williams-Renault, McLaren-Honda, McLaren-TAG-Porsche, Lotus-Ford-Cosworth, Cooper-Climax, Jordan-Mugen-Honda, Brabham-BMW…

    #302383
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    @bradley13 I’m doing a career as… myself! Or we could say Massa, as I started in 2006 at Ferrari alongside Schumi and progressed till 2013, and the games always put me in Felipe’s seat. I’ve done 2013 already, I needed 2012 at Ferrari but I had to go through HRT and Caterham first :S I think in 2014 I’ll split the career between me (continue with Ferrari) and Massa (move to Williams), so there’s two more seasons to do… And don’t worry about the Wiki, I’d need to copy countless tables to it and Excel is actually quite handy, as I play on PC it’s always with me, regardless of internet connection. Thanks though!

    #302440
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    Race 18: Abu Dhabi
    Qualifying: 7th – Race: 2nd
    I quickly realised my setup was very poor on traction: if my tyres were too cold or too worn I’d easily spin. Across the weekend I spun and several times almost did so at turns 6, 13, 18 and 21. In Q1 due to this I had to do lap, lap, slow-down lap and then lap a third time to take third place behind Alonso and Rosberg on prime tyres. In Q2 I was 8th ahead of Alonso before I left the track with a second set of tyres, but spun out on the first and second attempts. In Q3 I was only 7th with my first lap on the only new set, and with the older one I couldn’t improve. In the race I got a brilliant start as most drivers ran deep at turn 1, I was third and overtook Vettel on the inside of turn 2 to take second place. I very nearly spun out of turn 6 and had to let both Red Bulls through, but I passed both in the first back straight. Alonso was already five seconds away, but on lap 2 I set the fastest lap and cut the gap by a full second. It stayed the same for a lap then it was his turn to go faster. Vettel was a few seconds behind, but did not have my pace. I started losing grip two laps before my pit stop and Vettel eventually got within a second when we stopped on lap 6. I came out 8th, and drove solidly to be back in 2nd place after the others had stopped too. I usually pushed on my first clean lap after changing tyres, but I waited an extra lap and then set the fastest lap of the race. It was lap 9 and Alonso was six seconds ahead, Vettel three behind and Webber far behind his teammate. Schumacher beat my time by four tenths and I was furious, and on lap 12 I somehow pulled out a miracle by lapping a further three tenths faster than that, a 1:43.7 which was about as fast as I went in Q3 on options. At turn 6 on the following lap I almost spun again, and avoiding all kerbs as I had been doing already I tried to keep Vettel out of DRS range. Alonso won with ease and I was not far behind, comfortably ahead of Vettel despite all the difficulties I had. With the maximum points thanks to our third one-two, Ferrari were crowned constructors’ champions.

    #302438
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    @bradley13 I’m doing a career as… myself! Or we could say Massa: I started playing as Felipe in F1C mods 2006-2009, then Codies always put me in his seat in their games. I’ve done 2013 already and I needed 2012, but I had to go through HRT and Caterham first :S I guess in 2014 I’ll do two more seasons, one at Williams to continue Felipe’s career and one at Ferrari to continue mine.
    Don’t worry for the Wiki, Excel is quite handy as, playing on the PC, it’s always with me regardless of internet connection, and I’d have countless tables to copy… but thanks anyhow!

    #302358
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    @bradley13 well done on your career! I’ve got three races left before I pull the plug on the career mode in 2012, I want to drive for Ferrari at least one season in each game and 2014 is next once I’ve won the title for McLaren. 2015… we’ll see ;)
    And kudos for your brilliant tables – I don’t have my own wiki but I have the same tables on Excel! Will post them once the championship’s over :D

    #302264
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    Race 17: India
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st
    I was 7th in practice, 10th in Q1 and 4th in Q2, ahead of Alonso and Webber. In Q3 with my first lap I was two tenths faster than Vettel and than anyone else, and despite being slower in every sector on my second try I was still purple. I’m back on pole after two nightmare races, with Alonso qualifying fifth behind both Mercedes. At the start I was attacked by Vettel, but I had the racing line and led the pack out of turn 1. I pushed out of Vettel’s DRS range by lap three, though he subsequently cut it down again before he and Schumacher pitted on lap 4. Rosberg and I stayed out, pitted on lap 5 and came out ahead of them. I was second, with Alonso the only driver to wait a further lap to change his tyres. He came out just ahead of Rosberg, slowing him down quite a bit but getting passed immediately on the back straight due to DRS. He dropped back and had a hard time keeping Schumacher behind. I had enough fuel to keep my engine running high for the rest of the race, and Rosberg was catching me too slowly to get within DRS range in time. I lapped an HRT at the start of the penultimate lap, when I lowered the fastest time previously set by Schumacher and then lapped a Caterham. My final lap was fractionally slower, but would have been enough to grant me the Hat Trick, which didn’t become a Grand Slam only because of Alonso.

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    Race 16: South Korea
    Qualifying: 7th – Race: 16th
    I was lying 23rd in Q1 and took the inevitable decision to put option tyres on. After two laps I was 9th, more than glad to have passed the first round. I was 9th again in Q2, over a second slower than Alonso. In Q3 I halved the gap, qualifying 7th, and while Rosberg took pole Alonso was fifth. With a good start I was fourth after turn one, fighting along with Alonso against Schumacher. We both passed him, and I passed my teammate. Rosberg was already far away, and was superior on pace; I was slowing the others down a bit, as a train was forming, but it spread out in the following laps. I pitted on lap 6, and had to fight against Alonso and Schumacher who were trying to overcut me. I was still in second place after their stops, though Raikkonen had the momentum and passed Alonso. I tried in vain to set the fastest lap, then on lap 12 I spun and hit the barriers, losing my wing. I pitted, put worn options on and joined in 16th place. An attempt on the final lap to set the fastest lap was unsuccessful and I took the worst result of the season home.

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    @jackysteeg I started following GP2 in 2011, and Bianchi was immediately one of my favourites. His rookie teammate Gutierrez had already won in Valencia, Jules was still on 0 wins at his second season. Then this race came, and I remember it so vividly. Such a brilliant battle, Jules came out ahead but Vietoris was just as good. Clean racing, thanks to the drivers and cars. I fell in love with GP2, and I continue watching it today.
    I remember watching the previous races, but this is the piece of racing that stands out amongst the rest, and it’s yet to be surpassed.

    #302009
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    Pantano above all, agree with @asanator, then Alessandro Nannini. A helicopter crash put end to his career not long after his first win…

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    Race 15: Japan
    Qualifying: 8th – Race: 12th
    I was slow over the whole weekend. I was only 16th in Q1 and 9th in Q2. In Q3 I set out for my first lap immediately, but I was still behind some cars. As we approached the bridge, rain started falling, the hairpin was difficult to take and the Spoon Kurve was impossible. Almost everyone ahead spun and I completed my lap in 1:44, only good enough for 7th. Someone even improved as I dropped a position, but on the following lap I was twenty seconds slower and aborted it. By the time I pitted to put on intermediates the track was flooded as black clouds covered the skies. I was again twenty seconds off pace and finished 8th, behind Alonso, 4th, and Webber, 6th, while Vettel took pole position. After a good start I was fighting for fifth place at turn 2 but Alonso ahead of me was very slow on exit and I hit him, spinning into the grass. I dropped to last, and miles behind Vergne who was also far back from Pic. At the end of the second lap I had already passed both, though, and by the third lap I was 17th. I was eight seconds behind Petrov and catching him very slowly. I postponed my stop by a lap and reached 9th place, then dropped back to 17th. I was 5 seconds behind Ricciardo at this point and started closing in. On lap 11 I set the fastest lap, then I overtook three cars on lap 12, and somehow improved my time. I passed both Williams at the start of the final lap but Kobayashi was too far ahead. Just as one of my worse races had turned into one of my best drives, Rosberg first and then everyone else in the top five beat my fastest lap as they took the flag. In the end it went to polesitter Vettel, who had dropped to fifth, and Alonso couldn’t even hold my rival, Webber behind. In fact, I needed him to finish third or lower to be champion, and he finished behind Rosberg and Hamilton. I still haven’t scored at Suzuka in three years but this time I have a reason to celebrate: my second title!

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    Race 14: Singapore
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st
    I topped every session with at least half a second’s margin over my rivals, and I took pole ahead of Schumacher and the two Red Bulls. The two Germans got alongside me at the start but I kept going and came out of turn three leading. Webber overtook Vettel on lap three and Schumacher and I built a modest gap on him. Schumacher, Vettel and Alonso pitted on lap 6 but Webber and I kept going, and he reduced the gap to one second: I was quick in the pits and came out still leading, while Schumacher and Vettel preceded Webber. Alonso had dropped many positions, Vettel retired and Schumacher set the fastest lap to catch me again. I was on course for a lights-to-flag victory but I desperately wanted the full Grand Slam, so I turned up my engine revs after my out-lap to fight for the fastest lap. The first time I made a mistake which compromised my attempt, then for three laps in a row I lowered my personal best. On lap 12 I was purple in S2 and that’s when I got nervous. I only needed to keep that advantage, but instead I increased it and the 1:46.6 I set was not beaten in the remainder of the race. I immediately dropped two seconds on the lap after that, as I also lowered my power as my fuel was on the limit. I kept Schumacher out of DRS range until the last lap, but despite a last attempt I stayed in front, and crossed the finish line a few metres ahead of the Silver Arrow. Webber’s third place means I still am not mathematically World Champion, but if my lead stays the same after the next round I will be.

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