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30th January 2015, 13:43 at 1:43 pm #291196
Nasr – his design is as simple as it’s ever been: it’s all red with two white stripes and a large white shape on either side.
Ericsson – I’m not sure what the differences are but there may be some more yellow on it, as there’s enough blue on the car already.
Marciello – has a detailed but nice design. Lots of red, an Italian flag on the back, some gold to resemble Bianchi’s helmet and which goes well with the carbon fibre and white parts.29th January 2015, 17:51 at 5:51 pm #291084
I guess for now we’ll have to make do with the following:
Alonso – there seem to be no differences from last year’s, apart from more blue on the chin. His helmet could be wonderful in the McLaren as much as it could be dreadful, I find it hard to picture it without red surrounding it!
Button – has drawn inspiration from his Japan 2011 helmet, but now uses a new shade of red which matches Magnussen’s, and has a red background with white initials on the side too.
Magnussen – I can’t tell the differences but he seems to have reverted back to a white (or light silver) background with bright red on it. Certainly the lack of sponsors on the ring make these helmets more beautiful!21st January 2015, 16:14 at 4:14 pm #290681
Together with the livery, Force India have shown their drivers’ helmets:
Hulkenberg’s design is a polished version of his 2014 lid which looks even more menacing!
Perez has kept his yellow/green background but has added silver and black, whith a Mexican flag stylized on top, making it, in my eyes, one of the prettiest helmets of recent years!18th January 2015, 17:50 at 5:50 pm #290426
Race 5: Spain
Qualifying: 1st – Race: 4th
I was in the top ten in free practice and in the first two qualifying sessions, but the gaps were minimal and everything could go wrong very easily. I was perfect in Q3 and took provisional pole on my first attempt, then improved by three thousandths. I was beaten by both Mercedes at turn 1 but by the end of the first sector I was back in the lead, and I kept it without trouble until the pit stops: I was overall the fastest driver, though both Rosberg and Schumacher had taken turns in beating my fastest laps. I sat stationary an extra second in the pits but stayed in front of Schumacher; on cold, hard tyres I lost my advantage on Rosberg, who came out over two seconds ahead. As I’d seen in Q1, I lost my performance advantage on the prime compound, and Nico ran away. I lost KERS for four laps as well but after that Schumacher was no longer a threat. Trying to steal the fastest lap (which was still in the high 1:23s) from Rosberg, I spun at the final chicane on lap 14 and dropped to fourth place, behind Vettel. Of course now I needed to catch the Red Bull he went fastest, and he and Rosberg took turns in lowering the fastest lap until it became a 1:23.0, over a second faster than I could achieve and two seconds faster than my current pace, meaning I couldn’t aim to overtake anyone. Instead, I almost spun at the last corner but preceded Vergne to the chequered flag.14th January 2015, 22:33 at 10:33 pm #2903078th January 2015, 22:06 at 10:06 pm #2901477th January 2015, 21:02 at 9:02 pm #290107
Indeed, Schuberth no longer appears in the list of Ferrari partners on thier website; though there is no sign of the Bell logo instead. I also noted the Santander logos on either side should be moved backwards, in a place I think would be normally covered by the cockpit’s side walls.7th January 2015, 20:51 at 8:51 pm #290106
After Raikkonen raced the season with a Bell helmet, Ferrari seem to have dropped its partnership with Schuberth. The German brand started in the 2000s to provide their helmets to Heidfeld and Schumacher brought them to the Scuderia. Barrichello (in 2004 or 2005) then joined in and with them Badoer and Gené. In 2014 Ferrari juniors Bianchi, Marciello and Fuoco amongst the rest wore Schuberths, along with Hulkenberg, Rosberg and Massa. Alonso might still have a contract with them, though it is unlikely as it looked to be more linked to the team than the driver, though Massa still uses one. Marciello has published his 2015 design using a Bell template and Vergne has asked fans to draw his using the same, a Bell helmet.
Personally, I’m gutted. As I tend to rank everything, I preferred Schuberth to Arai, and Arai to Bell.29th December 2014, 20:35 at 8:35 pm #289732
So what will happen in 2015? Of course Ferrari aren’t going to run Gutierrez or Vergne in Friday practice, but will they use, if the need arises, their own numers (21 & 25) or the allocated test driver numbers (30 & 31)? Also, with 33 taken by Verstappen, that means McLaren will be allocated 34 & 35, Force India 36 & 37 and so on.29th December 2014, 15:27 at 3:27 pm #289720
Race 4: Bahrain
Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st
I did not run in practice, and in qualifying I was messy through sector 2 meaning I was ninth and fifth in the first sessions. In Q3 I used full revs and was tidy so I took pole by over half a second on Alonso. I kept the position at the start and so did Fernando, and we stayed in that order until the pit stops, having battled once with me losing the lead on the pit straight and taking it back at turn four. I pitted on lap 6 and Maldonado pitted too just behind me. We were seventh and eighth on lap 7 and we both overtook Alonso and the other driver leaving the pits on lap 8. I was already two seconds ahead and the Williams driver couldn’t beat my pace, so I did not have to worry too much about the gap. I tried to set the fastest lap which was a second quicker than I could manage, and after twice risking losing the car at the final corner I decided to be more careful. Maldonado had thus gone from being three seconds behind me to just under two, with Alonso still in his exhausts but unable to make a move stick at turn 1. I pushed again for the final laps and pulled out half a second on my rivals, winning the race comfortably. Maldonado took his first points with a podium and Alonso is now third in the standings.24th December 2014, 16:59 at 4:59 pm #289534
Race 3: China
Qualifying: 22nd – Race: 1st
I was over a second clear of anyone else in practice, but rain in Q1 meant my setup was unusable and I qualified twenty-second once more, while Schumacher and Rosberg locked out the front row ahead of Alonso. I started quietly but stayed away from collisions and made my way up to seventh place in the first sector. I overtook Perez at the hairpin, then Button at turn 1 and reached fifth place. I pursued Vettel who was almost three seconds ahead, and with near-perfect laps 5 and 6 I reached him and overtook him on the outside of turn 11. On that lap he, Alonso and race-leader Schumacher pitted and I followed Rosberg, four seconds behind him. I went faster than before and he stopped on that lap, while I continued since I was on the reverse strategy. I went better still and I saw that Rosberg had come out ahead of Schumacher. The world champion then overtook his teammate giving me a few more tenths’ advantage before I pitted on lap 8. I came out and left the pit lane with a couple of cars’ lengths of margin over Schumacher. I then set the fastest lap of the race on lap 10, and though I never beat it I lapped close to that limit on several occasions, extending my lead to 2.2 seconds. Hamilton improved the fastest lap on lap 13 and deprived me of that extra gratification, but I led the two Mercedes and Alonso to win the race having started in front of only the HRTs.23rd December 2014, 15:05 at 3:05 pm #289498
Race 2: Malaysia
Qualifying: 22nd – Race: 2nd
I topped free practice ahead of Alonso, but Q1 had light rain which made the choice between slick and grooved tyres tricky. I was second for most of the session but quickly became twenty-second in the final moments without chance to go out and improve. Alonso and Grosjean had no times and lined up behind me. I decided to try the opposite strategy to what I usually do, and put on hard tyres. In the first sector I managed to make my way up to third place without making contact with anyone. Schumacher was running away but Button was a little slower and I kept him in sight until he made a mistake on lap 3 and I overtook him. Schumacher was eleven seconds ahead when he pitted on lap 6 but I was keeping Vettel a bay. Hamilton and I continued and the Briton re-joined behind Schumacher. I pitted on lap 8 and came out second, ten seconds from the leader. I started pushing and set the fastest lap of the race on three consecutive laps, lowering it by a second on my third try. Nonetheless, I was barely earning useless tenths on Schumacher, who stayed nine seconds in front, while Hamilton dropped to around seven. As Alonso retired one lap from the flag I crossed the line in second place.20th December 2014, 14:52 at 2:52 pm #289315
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Season 3 – Ferrari #1
Race 1: Australia
Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st
I was first in free practice by seven tenths. In Q1 I struggled and qualified in 15th place by a tenth or so; in Q2 I was 6th, a second off Alonso, but only on my fourth lap, having risked elimination. Times in Q3 were much slower as my Q2 time would have secured me pole, and with a single set of options, I waited until two minutes were left to leave the pits for my only attempt. I was 8 hundredths down in S1, 1 up in S2 and I crossed the line fractionally slower than my Q2 time, but with a 1:27.0 I was 0.011s faster than Vettel and two tenths quicker than Alonso, and I took pole in my first appearance for Ferrari. Kovalainen confirmed the progress I helped Caterham make by qualifying 9th. I started well and Alonso took second place from Vettel, with Schumacher lining up third. I easily kept the lead until I stopped on lap 6, when Alonso passed into the lead. I came out ahead of Vettel and Schumacher and behind Ricciardo. Alonso came out one lap later just ahead of me, and I used all my KERS on the first straight after the pits to catch up, and I dived down the inside at turn 3. I was going to run a little deep and I couldn’t turn on apex as I carried too much speed, but Fernando did not care and steered towards me. We banged wheel and he ended up on the grass, losing around three seconds to me. Ricciardo stopped from the lead and I took it back, and managed my gap to Alonso over the rest of the laps. On lap 10 I wanted to take the fastest lap and I did so by two tenths, before Webber further improved it by almost three tenths. Alonso later fractionally beat that and I bettered mine to be only 0.230s slower, but he was catching up with me on the final laps. I caught and lapped Hulkenberg, who dangerously let me through on the outside of turn 5 and forced me to run wide, but Alonso lost more time than me. I lapped de la Rosa on the pit straight seconds before I crossed the line to take the win, and my first one-two.8th December 2014, 20:06 at 8:06 pm #288366
They should go for the young Maldonados – Cecotto + Canamasas! They have the money to race for several seasons in GP2, despite the cars they destroy. And while Cecotto has become consistent I’m sure all it would take for the battle to start would be Canamasas running into him at the first race. They should be far behind everyone else so no one else should be at risk!
If they can’t tie any type of partnership with an existing team (but both McLaren and Ferrari wouldn’t agree with the Renault engines, and Lotus are out of money) they would likely pick either a super-pay driver and a good driver with experience (Vergne?) or two pay-drivers. Stevens should be on top of that list as he raced in Abu Dhabi, but they could pick Merhi, rent a car to Red Bull for Gasly (like Ricciardo at HRT) if he doesn’t sign with DAMS in GP2, rush a promise like Ocon to F1 or take Sirotkin if he still has backing. I think Palmer and Rossi could buy the seat for at least some races, Chilton might be there keeping an eye on the availability too.