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    Round 18: Abu Dhabi
    Qualifying: 9th – Race: 3rd
    Before the race I finally got the long awaited call from Ferrari and accepted it. I was 10th in practice, second in Q1 (behind Vergne and ahead of de la Rosa), while Petrov was 20th. I was 10th in Q2 for a couple of tenths, and with a single effort in Q3 I was 9th, 0.014s off 18th place and 1.098s off P1. I reached 5th place at turn 2, then overtook both Red Bulls at turn 4 and took 3rd place. I did not have the pace of Hamilton and Rosberg but I held Webber and Vettel at bay. I pitted on lap 6 and came out 4th, only Grosjean having continued, and one lap later, when I took 3rd place back, the Safety Car came out. I had half a minute to earn back on the leaders and it took me over a lap and a half, then we waited a further lap before we went racing again. I didn’t have the best of restarts and mistook turn 1, so I had to defend from Grosjean for the rest of the lap. Then I started setting personal best laps, though two seconds off Hamilton’s pace, and I kept Grosjean behind me quite easily from then on to finish on the podium. Hamilton now is only fourteen points behind me in the championship.

    Race 19: United States
    Qualifying: 10th – Race: 6th
    I was only 19th in practice and did not have the pace to complete my R&D program. Nonetheless, also thanks to a tow from Hulkenberg, I was 7th in Q1, while Petrov was eliminated in last place. With another great lap I went 4th fastest in Q2 before heavy rain spoiled the plans of the other drivers. I thought the rain would’ve played in my favour but I was at great disadvantage and ended tenth, five seconds off Rosberg’s pole time. I reached fourth place after the first corners but took some time to find my rhythm and therefore lost touch with the leaders. I was untouchable in sector 1 if I got it right, and thus defended well in the first DRS zone. I pitted on lap 6 with a crucial two-second lead on Maldonado: the pit lane got busy and most drivers were caught in traffic, but I wasn’t. Hamilton was the big winner as he pitted one lap later and came out behind me, while Senna and Ricciardo were on the opposite strategy and stopped on lap 8, joining behind us. I was doing my job really well but on lap 11 I made a mistake at the hairpin and Senna went by, and I had no hope to catch him. At the penultimate corner of lap 13, as it started raining, my worn-out tyres almost caught me out, and though I kept the car facing the right direction Ricciardo was now ahead and I was sixth, defending from Vettel. I made no further mistakes and Button thankfully beat Webber and Rosberg, who now are the only ones still in contention for the title together with me and Hamilton, who failed to score.

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    I for one welcome the prospect of F1 drivers taking part in a few events in other categories, the WEC above all – but with 20 races on the calendar it’s going to be tough to find a spare weekend!

    #286993
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    @magnificent-geoffrey You win, sir. For a moment I feared you were leaving F1 Fanatic! By the way, love your current avatar :)
    Poor Kamui! I hate it when good (or even mediocre) drivers get the boot, but the other day I was thinking about how many more drivers it would be nice to see in F1: Vandoorne, Nasr, Evans, Palmer even, Sainz, someone else I don’t know, and definitely Valsecchi and Filippi! But there’s no room, so you have a limited time to prove yourself – and that means Ericsson should leave, not Kamui. Gutierrez is a wasted talent and I support him but objectively he’s failed at F1. Vergne… I don’t know what to say really. How many free seats would we have? Too few, too few indeed. 26 cars would be great, gosh even three-car teams would be better than 18 cars…

    #286732
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    Race 17: India
    Qualifying: 17th – Race: 7th
    I was 16th in Q1, with an excellent single run. In Q2 I set three identical lap times on my first run and was off pace on my second, finishing last and 17th. Petrov was 20th, Vettel on pole and Hamilton 5th. I started well and overtook five cars at turn 1, then dived to the inside at turn 3 and reached sixth place, ahead of Raikkonen. I didn’t have too much trouble staying ahead apart from on the straights, as my top speed was dramatically slower than that of my rivals. My real problem was traction and downforce, as I skidded easily as I put power back on corner exits, especially in the middle sector; nonetheless, I stayed 6th, and Karthikeyan took 7th. He and some others stopped on lap 5 but I waited an extra lap, somehow coming out still ahead of the Indian. Grosjean waited a further lap and I couldn’t match his pace, dropping a position. I fought with Karthikeyan for the rest of the race, and though I usually earned several tenths at the start of the straights with KERS, he made up for that with DRS, but I was quick to cover the inside and stayed where I was. I set my fastest lap on lap 12, gradually and solidly improving as the laps went by, but as my tyres degraded, I twice risked spoiling my race with a spin. On lap 12, and again on lap 13, I almost spun out in sector three but my counter-steering kept me on track. Without major scares, I completed the remaining laps and finished seventh. Webber won and overtook the pointless Hamilton in the standings, and is nineteen points behind me. Petrov was 20th, for the record.

    #286731
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    Race 17: India
    Qualifying: 17th – Race: 7th
    I was 16th in Q1, with an excellent single run. In Q2 I set three identical lap times on my first run and was off pace on my second, finishing last and 17th. Petrov was 20th, Vettel on pole and Hamilton 5th. I started well and overtook five cars at turn 1, then dived to the inside at turn 3 and reached sixth place, ahead of Raikkonen. I didn’t have too much trouble staying ahead apart from on the straights, as my top speed was dramatically slower than that of my rivals. My real problem was traction and downforce, as I skidded easily as I put power back on corner exits, especially in the middle sector; nonetheless, I stayed 6th, and Karthikeyan took 7th. He and some others stopped on lap 5 but I waited an extra lap, somehow coming out still ahead of the Indian. Grosjean waited a further lap and I couldn’t match his pace, dropping a position. I fought with Karthikeyan for the rest of the race, and though I usually earned several tenths at the start of the straights with KERS, he made up for that with DRS, but I was quick to cover the inside and stayed where I was. I set my fastest lap on lap 12, gradually and solidly improving as the laps went by, but as my tyres degraded, I twice risked spoiling my race with a spin. On lap 12, and again on lap 13, I almost spun out in sector three but my counter-steering kept me on track. Without major scares, I completed the remaining laps and finished seventh. Webber won and overtook the pointless Hamilton in the standings, and is nineteen points behind me. Petrov was 20th, for the record.

    #286580
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    Gutierrez is wearing a special message for his last appearance for Sauber. He became involved with the team in 2009 and has the hashtags #ThanksTeam and #ThanksPeter (Peter Sauber I reckon) on either sides of his helmet.

    #286419
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    9th November – Moto3 – Alex Marquez – Valencia, Spain – Race 18 of 18
    21st November – GP3 Series – Alex Lynn – Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi – Round 9 of 9 – Qualifying

    #286248
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    For his last Ferrari appearance, Alonso wears a particular design, where his trademark arrows on top are all that’s left from his usual design. The right is black with the signatures in silver of many team members, the left is red with a picture of Fernando pitting with the crew in the background, and two green and white stripes go from the front to the back making an asymmetric Italian flag.

    #279732
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    Race 16: South Korea
    Qualifying: 19th – Race: 5th

    The team had low expectations for the weekend but after a bad practice session and having to use a setup which made my car so unstable on the straights it turned to a side over a certain speed, qualifying 19th by 7 tenths was a half-miracle. True, I was 1.5s slower than Maldonado in 18th, but Petrov, who had beaten me in practice, was 22nd. After a slow start I avoided collisions and overtook most of the drivers ahead of me in the run towards turn 3, reaching P6just behind Vettel, who was just far ahead enough to be out of reach. Alonso retired on lap 2 and I recovered one more position, and stayed there until the pit stops. I earned ground on Kobayashi and Raikkonen as they had to sit stationary as other cars also stopped, and I realised that was my only hope of taking my position back on the following lap. It was so, as I was back in 5th place and with an extra advantage on my closest rival. I pushed hard and then saved my final extra litres of fuel for use on the straights, the only spots where I was actually under serious threat of being overtaken. It was difficult, especially with such a nervous front end, but I managed to stay 5th and thanks to Hamilton’s non-score I can breathe a little more easily in the championship, which I now lead by 18 points. Schumacher won from pole, for the record, meaning the drivers ahead of me who gained most were also those furthest behind in the title.

    #278170
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    I never made a helmet for Jules since 2010 as his shiny effect and detailed design made it a hard task, but I’ve finally decided to do his 2014 helmet and despite it not being great it’s better than I’d hoped. #ForzaJules

    #277292
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    As the news of Andrea De Cesaris’ death has added to this day’s sadness I have made an effortless combination of Jules’ and Andrea’s helmets.

    #276768
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    Race 15: Japan
    Qualifying: 18th – Race: 22nd
    I was 19th in Q1 after my first run but found an extra half-a-second to take 17th place. In the final minutes, though, Vergne beat me by less than three hundredths and I was out of the session, 3 places ahead of Petrov. After a good start I was up to P8, also thanks to Vettel’s mistake which dropped him to last. Maldonado got through quickly, though, and after my pit stop I pulled a great move on the outside of turn 1 to keep my position on Vergne. Unfortunately a few laps later I spun at the same spot and took him out with me. Another spin was the reason I got a penalty as I impeded Vettel, and now behind Petrov I had nowhere to go. Vettel was right behind me and got past on lap 11, but retired on lap 12 with a blown engine. I spun one more time on the last lap because crossing the line 16th wasn’t enough and finished 22nd to Petrov’s 15th.

    #276317
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    Race 14: Singapore
    Qualifying: 11th – Race: DSQ
    I was 11th in practice, and in Q1, still on the prime compound, I set a time which would have put me on top of the timesheets in practice and which was worth fourth place in Q1 itself; Petrov, on the other hand, was eliminated in 22nd place. In Q2 I couldn’t improve my previous lap time on the option tyres with my first set, but with my second I came within 0.090s of Vettel’s time: he was 10th, and I was knocked out in 11th place. Hamilton from pole led the two Red Bulls, with Vettel on the second row; Button and Alonso wrapped up the grid in 12th row. I jumped into second place by the time we reached turn 5 as Rosberg and Hamilton impeded each other in an attempt to snatch the lead from Webber. I lost touch with the Red Bull immediately, but was satisfied by my pace as our best times only differed by two seconds. I pitted on lap 7 and came out 4th behind Pic and Petrov and ahead of Raikkonen, while Hamilton and Rosberg had lost some time and took some and though I gently touched the wall, slightly damaging the front wing, I had to reverse to get back on track. I spun again and into the approaching Vettel, and received two penalties at once. I continued in 8th place, having let Massa by to get DRS, before I accidentally hit Kobayashi at turn 8: he spun 180° and prompted the stewards to disqualify me. Webber beat Hamilton and Rosberg and my championship lead has been halved to 20 points only.

    #276109
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    Sadly, before my final race of the season, I received the “corrupt file” message and lost all my progress. Not only career but time trials and scenarios and everything else. I decided to do a Grand Prix weekend in Brazil to complete, unofficially, my career. I put the same settings as I’d had but somehow I had too great a performance advantage on my rivals.

    Race 19: Brazil
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st

    Practice was a dry start to a wet weekend, and I topped the session by over two seconds. I was first on intermediates in Q1 and second in Q2. A first run on those tyres put me 8th in Q3, but I noticed the track was too dry. On full wets I improved by two seconds to take first, and had time to do another run on another set of wets and beat my own provisional pole time while others also improved. I was almost two seconds ahead of Raikkonen and Hulkenberg, who beat Vettel and Alonso. The race was run under light rain and everyone used intermediate tyres. Raikkonen overtook me on the inside of turn 1 at the start but ran deep enough for me to move to the inside and take the lead back. I led by three seconds at the end of the first lap as Hamilton had fought his way up to 2nd. I then proceeded to earn around a second per lap on Hamilton himself, and set the fastest lap right away. On lap 9 Alonso, now 3rd, pitted, but Hamilton stayed out one more lap and I, wanting to record a Grand Chelem, stayed out two more laps as I wanted to be sure Hamilton was stopping. I pitted just after momentarily lapping Pic and came back out with 10 seconds on Hamilton. I immediately lapped Chilton and Bianchi, set the fastest lap again before lapping van der Garde and Pic, then improved further the fastest lap. I stayed in the 1:14s every lap till the end and won with a 20-second margin on Hamilton who preceded Alonso. Vettel out of the points meant Fernando has taken 3rd place in the standings back.

    Season Summary
    Wins: 7 – Poles: 3 – Doubles: 3 – Grand Slams: 1

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