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15th July 2014, 11:20 at 11:20 am #266636
Race 19: Brazil
Qualifying: 11th – Race: 3rd
I can’t explain the reason why after being 6th in practice I was only 11th in qualifying, but nonetheless I started 10th thanks to a penalty. Alonso was on pole but got overtaken by Vettel, and I jumped into third place behind the two. I kept between 3 and 4 seconds behind the pair for five laps, until my tyres started dropping off towards the end of my stint. I also lost a second in the pits on lap 8 as there was traffic but took my podium position back when I overtook Perez as he came out of the pit lane on the following lap. I then set my personal fastest times, though I still was at least half-a-second slower than the leading two. I extended my gap on the drivers behind me until Hamilton took fourth, four seconds behind. He quickly cut that gap to nothing but I was fast through the DRS zones and defended well, but because I was increasingly slow because of my tyres’ wear the drivers behind him caught up, though nothing happened in terms of position changes. I was about to lap a Marussia, and finished third fifteen seconds after Vettel had been classified second behind Alonso. Fernando would have needed to win with Vettel not scoring to take second place in the title on the same amount of points, so he remained third in the championship.14th July 2014, 22:11 at 10:11 pm #266526
Race 18: United States
Qualifying: 14th – Race: 3rd
I decided to use a setup for wet conditions which were forecast for the whole weekend, but that proved a bad choice when Q1 and Q2 were dry, so I qualified only 14th. The race started with some rain and everyone was on intermediates, while I already eyed a different strategy: the race was set to end in dry conditions. I jumped up into 3rd place behind Rosberg and Alonso, and while my team mate took the lead I was already 12s behind after three laps, with a train of cars busy trying to pass me without success. I pitted, as planned, on lap 7, but put on option tyres. I immediately skidded out of the pit lane and lost two positions, but lapped decently and lost a further place to Grosjean as he waited an extra lap to serve his stop. I then started putting some distance between me and Button, and when I became the fastest man on track I started gaining back on the three drivers ahead of me, namely Hulkenberg, Webber and Grosjean. I set the fastest lap and overtook the three within a pair of laps, with the leading couple now 30s in front. Had they stopped now for slicks, I could have challenged for the win; instead, because of their lead, they finished the race on intermediates and I cut the gap down to 22s, and further improved the fastest lap on the final tour of the circuit. I finished behind Alonso and Rosberg and due to Vettel’s retirement I have mathematically taken the Drivers’ World Championship, and Ferrari have also taken the Constructors’ World Championship.8th July 2014, 13:55 at 1:55 pm #266134
Race 17: Abu Dhabi
Qualifying: 6th – Race: 1st
After twelve laps in practice I was 6th, a second slower than Vettel and Alonso and 2 tenths slower than Rosberg in P4, but even with a setup I was more comfortable with I was slightly slower. I was much slower than the fastest drivers but not so down the order, and I got safely into Q3. I was 8th with my first lap, but improved by 8 tenths with my second attempt and finished 6th, 8 tenths behind polesitter Vettel who beat Alonso and Rosberg. With a good start I was up to 4th at turn 1 and passed Rosberg at turn 2, Alonso at turn 5 and Vettel at the hairpin. I had to keep my team mate and the Red Bull and Mercedes pairs behind me until my pit stop, but as my tyres were too worn out I had to pit one lap early, on the 5th lap. This proved crucial because, despite my times improving, I was still slower than my rivals, but they encountered traffic in the pit lane which I avoided so I took the lead back on lap 7. I now had a marginal gap on Vettel and my rivals were a little further apart, but that rapidly vanished as my medium tyres also degraded quickly. I was dramatically slow in the final two laps but due to the track’s configuration I kept the lead in the twisty final section and won, ahead of Rosberg and Hamilton while Alonso dropped down to 9th.4th July 2014, 15:35 at 3:35 pm #265398
My avatar for the British GP is Massa’s special helmet marking his 200th GP. I might have to update it as I haven’t yet found a decent image to copy it from.4th July 2014, 14:29 at 2:29 pm #265375
Here is a better picture confirming Massa is using a design inspired by the first he used when he entered F1.4th July 2014, 12:54 at 12:54 pm #265362
Massa is celebrating his 200th Grand Prix with a special helmet: on top his original livery from 2002 with the number 200. I think he might have the rest of the helmet changed accordingly though I have seen no pictures yet.30th June 2014, 14:27 at 2:27 pm #264910
Race 16: India
Qualifying: 11th – Race: 2nd
I qualified 11th once more, but I was lucky not to be further down the grid, as I would have needed a full 5 tenths to get into Q3. Alonso, Rosberg and Vettel claimed the first three spots. I had a good start and dived to the inside of turn 1, overtaking several drivers, and passing Hamilton at turn 3 to take second place behind Alonso. Like in Korea, I soon realised there was no point in trying to catch him as I was too slow; instead I looked after my tyres which were already looking like they would not last long enough. Behind me, I caught glimpse of Vettel running wide at turn 4 and losing many positions, and Rosberg did the same at turn 5 but lost no places. I wanted to pit on lap 6 as I had a little gap behind me thanks to the battles my rivals were having between them, but that gap was deleted by the time I reached the pits and I decided to wait. That was a good decision because Hamilton, who stayed out one lap longer than me, leapfrogged me in the pits and I would’ve lost many more positions by stopping early. I was resigned to another 3rd place like in Korea, as Alonso and Hamilton were in that same order ahead of me. Then, I had a brief presentiment and, on lap 11, Hamilton retired from second place for causes unknown. Webber behind me was replaced by Grosjean, then surprisingly Vettel became my closest threat, but I kept my foot down and did my job, while he over-drove the car and spun at turn 1, eventually finishing 7th. Rosberg ran wide at the same spot and lost the podium position which eventually became Perez’s, with Bottas 4th and Hulkenberg 5th. Alonso and I finally scored a one-two and I now lead the Drivers’ Championship, while our positive situation means we could actually mathematically take the teams’ title already in Yas Marina. The great result also persuaded Ferrari to offer me a contract extension for the upcoming season, which I have accepted.29th June 2014, 21:48 at 9:48 pm #264867
Race 15: Japan
Qualifying: 3rd – Race: 1st
I was 11th in Q1, 6th in Q2 with a single run per session. In a wet Q3 I was only 10th, but with a second lap I went 2.6s faster and finished 3rd, relegating Alonso to 6th and Rosberg, who had a ten-position grid penalty, to 9th; Hamilton took pole from Vettel. I overtook both by taking the inner line through the first corners, and on lap 2, while I was keeping the group packed up, Alonso hit Vettel, who retired, but continued. The Safety Car came in and I could manage my tyres in the following two laps, though I lost out on the lead to Webber due to a mistake. I stayed in the Red Bull’s tow and used all my KERS on the straight to pass him on lap 6; at the end of the lap, when I pitted, my medium tyres had already reached their maximum wear, so I feared I would run out of rubber before the end of the race. I had Webber on my tail coming out of the pits but took back the lead once everyone had stopped, especially Ricciardo, whom I struggled to pass but who eventually helped me gain a few tenths by keeping my rival behind. I then set three purple laps, only to have my first two beaten by the time Button and Webber, respectively, completed theirs; my third was a 1:36.8 and was to remain the race’s fastest lap. Webber then, fluctuating between 1.2 and 2 seconds behind me, had a sudden drop in performance and fell to 7th, while Button now was 4s behind me. I had to control my driving in the final two laps, as I had to lift in medium-fast corners and handle the over-steering out of the hairpin, but my lead was large enough for me to win the race safely and cut my championship disadvantage to four points, while Ferrari now also lead the Constructors’ Championship.27th June 2014, 18:59 at 6:59 pm #264690
Race 14: South Korea
Qualifying: 11th – Race: 3rd
Once more I was out of Q3 by a mere tenth and lined-up 11th; I had also risked being eliminated from Q2 as I finished 16th with only a tenth’s advantage on Gutierrez. Alonso started from pole and kept the lead at the start of the race, while I moved to P6 through turns 1 and 2. I used all my KERS to slipstream past Webber and Raikkonen on the back straight, and overtook Vettel and Rosberg, who ran wide and dropped to last, at turn 3. I passed Hamilton at turn 4 and settled behind the already-vanishing Alonso. I soon realised I had no hopes to catch him and set my engine on fuel-save mode for the last two laps of my stint. I pitted on lap 5 and came out 9th, while Hamilton wisely stayed out one more lap and jumped ahead of me. I was now facing opposition from Perez and Webber, but I easily fended off even on the straights when they had the advantage of DRS. I set my personal best lap on lap 10 with a 1:43.4 but Alonso’s fastest lap of the race was a 1:41.2. Alonso scored a Grand Slam and his first win of the season as I made it two Ferraris on the podium. Vettel was ninth and Rosberg 12th, which has made my championship situation better and we are now tied in second place with Red Bull, just six points behind the leaders.16th June 2014, 21:44 at 9:44 pm #263184
There’s no room for Vergne: Ricciardo has convinced everyone at Red Bull, unless he leaves Vergne won’t be promoted (even if Vettel moved I doubt they’d make Ricciardo lead driver with Vergne as team mate). Staying at Toro Rosso for a fourth year must be against Red Bull’s plans, as they need to have room to put a young driver in. Unless Sainz doesn’t really prove his talent this year and needs another season in junior categories, Vergne’s seat will be sacrificed: they already have Ricciardo, who seems better than the Frenchman, they’ll want to try and see if their other juniors are stronger than him.
And unfortunately so, because Vergne has been unfortunate (just like last year), though this time he’s been even more impressive and fully deserves his seat.16th June 2014, 21:39 at 9:39 pm #263183
Race 13: Singapore
Qualifying: 11th – Race: 2nd
In Q1 I was 5th, 4 tenths off Alonso’s P1 pace and 2 tenths off Rosberg’s P3 pace. By only 0.028s I was knocked out of Q3 as I couldn’t find grip with my super soft tyres. I started tenth thanks to a ten-grid position penalty handed to Vettel, but the front row was occupied by Alonso and Rosberg.
It was raining at the start but the track seemed wet and everyone apart from me started on super soft tyres. My decision to use intermediate tyres proved the right one when all the drivers pitted on lap 1: at that point I was second behind Alonso but pulled away from everyone else. I led Rosberg by thirty seconds though he was a couple of seconds quicker than me per lap at the least, and though I wanted to wait to see what others did I had to pit on lap 8 as I had lost all traction on the used tyres. Rosberg, and Webber in third place, pitted on lap 9 for the same switch of tyres. I was 10s ahead of Rosberg with 6 laps to go, 7.5s ahead with 5 left and 4.5s ahead with 4 laps remaining. The rain increased and on lap 13 I was over ten seconds slower than on my previous lap, meaning that if I continued and Rosberg pitted the German would have made up all of his disadvantage in the final two laps anyhow; as soon as I saw in my mirrors the Mercedes heading towards the pit lane, I dived in and put wet tyres on. I held Rosberg behind me for the rest of the race, until I made the most costly mistake at the final corner when, taking too much kerb, I had to lift off for a second and Rosberg went on the outside to win by 0.030s.8th June 2014, 21:21 at 9:21 pm #2627454th May 2014, 21:37 at 9:37 pm #258769
Race 10: Hungary
Qualifying: 12th – Race: 7th
I struggled with pace on the prime tyres, but equalled Hulkenberg with the options though he was on primes. I still kept up to pace with him in Q1 on softs and ended P12, 8 tenths behind him, in Q2, as we were both knocked out of Q3. I decided to start the race on options just like him, and got up to P4; but even though I had promising pace my tyre degradation was so quick that on my in-lap I was only 1.2s faster than on my out-lap. Although I could’ve pitted once more without losing more time, the final laps of my stint allowed me to hold my rivals behind me instead of leaving room for them and I saved fuel for my second stint. I was 6th after everyone had stopped, and Hulkenberg behind me lost the place to Raikkonen after trying to pass me at turn 1, with me moving out of his way, actually, to let him through. I hold everyone behind again as half-a-dozen cars joined the battle. Hulkenberg dropped behind Raikkonen and Maldonado, but then got through at the final corner and beat me to the finish line although we set the same race time to the thousandth. I still managed to overtake Hamilton in the drivers’ standings and immediately accepted a contract offer from Ferrari to end the season replacing Massa, who was currently 7th ahead of Hulkenberg in the standings.
Season 1 – Scuderia Ferrari #4 (AI Strength 4/5)
Race 11: Belgium
Qualifying: 17th – Race: 5th
I got off to a good start in practice as I led the standings for a brief time. Eventually I got relegated to 19th, and afraid my new car was just a red Sauber, set off to improve my time. I got up to 8th, one tenth behind Hulkenberg, both on hard tyres, and sat out the rest of the session after completing the R&D task. In qualifying I took the lead but in three minutes I was in the knockout zone: I set off for a second stint on the same, old, prime tyres and with my second lap got up to 14th. After returning to the pits my mechanics repaired my car although it was perfectly fine so I did not have time to see that I had fallen back to 17th and leave for a final lap on softs. I was ahead of Vergne that had kept me out to start with, but behind both Saubers and Alonso, who was second by 2 hundredths and started fourth. He lost some positions at the start but took them back immediately, while I recovered with brave moves to take 5th ahead of Hulkenberg. I kept the pace of Rosberg, who had been passed by Alonso, while Hamilton robbed Vettel of the lead. I pitted on lap 5 and though Grosjean stayed out one more lap I stayed ahead with a perfect out-lap. In the final laps Perez and Raikkonen joined the battle and Hulkenberg dropped to 8th, with Gutierrez 11th. Alonso finished third and the result raised us to third in the teams’ standings, while I am in the same position in the drivers’ standings.
Race 12: Italy
Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st
In free practice I tested various setups under the rain, and when it stopped I was one of the first to put on slicks and went fastest by 1.4s on hard tyres. I improved and Hulkenberg was only 2 tenths behind me. At the end of the session I had dropped to 6th, 1.1s behind Alonso who was first. I was 2nd in Q1 by 0.037s from Webber, and three tenths faster than Alonso, 5th. In Q2 I was 0.802s slower than leader Alonso, but the only one on the prime compound. I took my first pole in Q3 by beating Alonso’s time by 174 thousandths just as rain started falling, on my second stint on a new set of medium tyres I had saved in the previous qualifying sessions.
I held onto the lead at the start and saved fuel in the first two laps as Hamilton, who had taken P2 from Alonso, had dropped back to 5s behind me, though he had nullified the disadvantage at the end of the second lap. On lap 4 Alonso spun at Ascari and on lap 5 it was Hamilton’s turn, as he tried to pass me on the outside of the Variante. I pitted on lap 6 with a lead of 5 seconds on Rosberg, and came out behind Hamilton and others. Hamilton became second after his stop and Hulkenberg had overtaken Rosberg; I used all my engine power to get within a tenth of the race fastest lap and extended my lead to 7 seconds. Vettel charged past Rosberg and Hulkenberg on the final lap as I preceded my two championship rivals, with the top three in the standings reversed on the podium.11th April 2014, 20:19 at 8:19 pm #256725
A Sky Sport subscription apparently costs 10€ a month if you already have Sky, 29.90€ a month if you don’t have a Sky subscription and choose Sky TV + Sky Sport + classic decoder (which costs 29€ to deliver). Choosing the MySky advanced decoder which allows for on-demand viewing and HD costs 59€ + 34.90€ a month
Furthermore I saw FP3 on RAI last week, specifically on RAI Sport 2 (channel 58 in Italy) so I’m guessing they show all free practice sessions for the Grands Prix they show live on RAI Sport 1 (channel 57) or 2. I will check as the season goes on to verify that.31st March 2014, 21:46 at 9:46 pm #254915
Race 9: Germany
Qualifying: 18th – Race: 10th
I switched to a wet setup as there was a strong chance of rain for race day, so I qualified 18th, 2 seconds behind Hulkenberg who was 7th. Of course it was not raining at the start, so I picked the option tyres. I rose to 12th at turn 1, avoiding the Caterhams which had overtaken me at the start, then became 8th behind Hulkenberg. Nico retired in front of me on lap 3, but Perez immediately relegated me back to where I was. On lap 6 the rain was impending, but my tyres were worn out completely. I waited one more lap during which I fell back to my starting position, but it also started raining and I put intermediate tyres on. It was too soon and I wore them out a bit before they became useful, and I was 10th once the drivers ahead of me put the same tyres on as well, but it was their second stop as they had put on a new set of slicks before them. On lap 13 my engineer told me to put wet tyres on and I dived in the pits at the last second, as the track conditions and my tyres’ degradation would have made an extra lap catastrophic. I became 20th, but quickly overtook cars going at half of my speed. I avoided by a millimetre hitting Bottas who had collided with a Caterham, then overtook five cars in a lap and became 11th going into the final lap. Alonso, the three ahead of him and all those behind also put on wet tyres, and I overtook the Ferrari but Grosjean was a further 5 seconds ahead. The top 6 finished on intermediates with Rosberg leading them, whilst I salvaged a point despite quick decisions which ultimately did not affect the race outcome.