F1rejects.com 'Reject Of The Race' award winners

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    F1rejects.com is an excellent site which features comprehensive reviews of each race since 2000 (although the last few races of 2008 are missing). The site gives a Reject Of The Race award to the driver/team/individual(s)/inanimate object that most deserves a place in a Hall of Shame. This years winners:

    Bahrain – over-hyping of the 2010 season

    Australia – Mark Webber

    Malaysia – BMW Sauber

    China – Vitantonio Liuzzi

    Spain – Bruno Senna

    Monaco – Article 40.13

    Turkey – Sebastian Vettel, Christian Horner, Helmut Marko

    Canada – Michael Schumacher

    Europe – Race Control

    Britain – BMW Sauber pit crew

    Germany – Force India

    Hungary – Michael Schumacher

    Belgium – Sebastian Vettel

    Italy – Nico Hulkenberg (+ stewards)

    Singapore – Kamui Kobayashi

    Japan – Lucas di Grassi

    Korea – Adrian Sutil

    Brazil – Vitantonio Liuzzi

    Abu Dhabi – Podium rose water

    Also, at the start of the season, the site predicted who/what the Rejects of the Season would be. Some of them were quite accurate:

    Bahrain’s ‘endurance’ layout did not prove popular, and the race will go back to the old layout in 2011.

    Crowds (or lack thereof) in Istanbul lack of crowds at Istanbul has been a talking point, but the race is currently on the provisional 2011 calendar despite some initial doubts.

    The new teams’ hopes of matching the established outfits despite points now being awarded down to 10th, all the new teams failed to score.

    Williams’ aspirations of being a front-running team again Williams were a distinctly midfield team all season (bar Hulkenbergs pole).

    Renault – you know you’re in trouble when you’re sponsored by Lada Considering the situation they were in at the end of 2009, 2010 was not actually a bad season at all for Renault.

    Virgin’s all-CFD design this novel approach managed to underestimate the size of the fuel tank. The car was also particularly unreliable in the early part of the season.

    The “BMW Sauber Ferrari” name this name is due to be changed for 2011.

    Of the drivers, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Pedro de la Rosa de la Rosa was dropped mid-season, and Liuzzis future was in doubt on more than one occasion.

    Zoran Stefanovic – you know you haven’t heard the last of him yet did apply unsuccessfully to enter in 2011.

    USF1’s attempts to be back on the grid in 2011 I think we all know what happened here


    Ned Flanders

    Yeah I too love F1 Rejects, mainly for the podcasts, as they hardly ever write new reject profile’s these days. Keith Collantine actually got a mention on one last season. Completely agree with their choice of RotR for Abu Dhabi too, they need something fizzy on the podium in future…

    Also, reading the Abu Dhabi race review I spotted this interesting stat which I have not seen mentioned anywhere else:

    “the top six in the championship is exactly in the reverse order to when they last led the points”

    Which, when you think about it, is true: Massa, Button, Hamilton, Webber, Alonso and Vettel



    Some good ones there!

    Just to let you know, the code forbold is <“strong”> and </”strong”> without quotation marks.



    Haha nice idea. These are who I’d award “Biggest fail” in each race.

    Bahrain – F1 for over-hyping

    Australia- Mark Webber

    Malaysia – The Weather

    China – Toro Rosso’s front suspensions

    Spain – Fernando Alonso’s comments

    Monaco – The Rule book

    Turkey – Red Bull

    Canada – Michael Schumacher

    Europe – Race Control

    Britain – Red Bull

    Germany – Germany

    Hungary – Michael Schumacher

    Belgium – Sebastian Vettel

    Italy – Race Stewards

    Singapore- Michael Schumacher

    Japan – Lucas di Grassi

    Korea – Mark Webber

    Brazil – Felipe Massa

    Abu Dhabi- Ferrari



    Spain is more like the front end of Hamilton’s car :/



    What did Alonso say in the Spanish Grand Prix? Unless you mean Valencia (Europe)?



    He said getting places from Hamilton and Vettel in that way felt better than any overtaking move.



    He said getting places from Hamilton and Vettel in that way felt better than any overtaking move

    That is rather amusing. Pantomime Villain Moste Evile. :-D



    f1rejects.com’s end of year driver rankings:

    1. Robert Kubica

    2. Mark Webber

    3. Lewis Hamilton

    4. Sebastian Vettel

    5. Nico Rosberg

    6. Fernando Alonso

    7: Kamui Kobayashi

    8. Adrian Sutil

    9. Jenson Button

    10. Rubens Barrichello

    11. Heikki Kovalainen

    12. Timo Glock

    13. Jaime Alguersuari

    14. Felipe Massa

    15. Vitaly Petrov

    16. Nico Hulkenberg

    17: Karun Chandhok

    18. Pedro de la Rosa

    19. Jarno Trulli

    20. Michael Schumacher

    21. Sebastien Buemi

    22. Sakon Yamamoto

    23. Bruno Senna

    24. Lucas di Grassi

    25. Vitantonio Liuzzi

    N/A: Christian Klien

    N/A: Nick Heidfeld

    Not entirely sure why Klien and Heidfeld were not ranked – perhaps they didn’t start enough races?

    Team rankings:

    1. Red Bull Renault

    2. Renault

    3. McLaren Mercedes

    4. Ferrari

    5. Lotus Cosworth

    6. Force India Mercedes

    7. Williams Cosworth

    8. Sauber Ferrari

    9. Mercedes

    10. Toro Rosso Ferrari

    11. Virgin Cosworth

    12. HRT Cosworth

    Both the driver and team lists take into consideration ‘equipment, past form, luck (or lack thereof) and … initial expectations for 2010’.

    Top 3 Rejects of 2010:

    1 Vitantonio Liuzzi

    2 Lucas di Grassi

    3 Bruno Senna

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