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  • #293611
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    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.

    #293395
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    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 Nannini

    #293345
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    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.

    #293313
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    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.

    #293076
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    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).

    #292772
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    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).

    #292770
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    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.

    #292734
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    @bradley13 could well be, I just went by what I remembered!

    #292720
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    Esteban Gutierrez and Jean-Eric Vergne have revealed their Ferrari helmets.

    #292711
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    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.

    #292569
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    I fear Hulkenberg might be past his best chance – a wasted talent, possibly. He would have been my choice for the past years, but now I have to say Bottas. I hope Grosjean also gets a breakthrough win soon.

    #292568
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    Jean-Pierre Jabouille and Jean-Pierre Jarier? The two Frenchmen both drove in the late Seventies/early Eighties.
    Also, the Fabi brothers, Teo and Corrado, were both on the grid in 1984.

    #292311
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    In the first part at least, the driver ahead is much slower, but by the time he’s caught up he manages to defend into every corner, great defensive driving! It’s not just the guy with the camera that’s crazy ;)

    #291573
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    Jordan King has stepped up from European Formula 3 to race for Racing Engineering. He looked promising an year ago, having won the British F3 and tested for Addax, but last season he failed to improve in Euro F3 and still hasn’t won a race, in two years of racing.

    #291572
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    After Vettel’s disappointing [too] simple design, here’s Raikkonen‘s: lots of black, no more yellow. The Iceman is back!

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