Monthly Archives: March 2010

For Timo Glock

Sports News - March 26, 2010

It has been a tough year for Timo Glock. The move to Virgin Racing so far hasn’t worked out, and has retired from both races to date. So, to motivate him, I have decided to do something a little different. So, have this in the background and enjoy.

Dim the lights, roll the music:

You’re The Best

Try to be fast
‘Cause your just a driver
And a driver’s gotta learn to take it
 
Try to believe
When the car breaks down
That you gotta hang till Yas Marina
 
History repeats itself
Drive and you’ll succeed
 
Never doubt that you’ll get points
And you can beat Lotus!
 
You’re the fastest!
Around!
Not even Virgin’s gonna keep you down
You’re the fastest!
Around!
Not even Virgin’s gonna keep you down
You’re the fastest!
Around!
Not even Virgin’s gonna keep you dow-ow-ow-own
 
Drive ‘til the flag
Cause your race could drag
If you don’t have the pace in the car
 
Ah you gotta be strong
And just drive along
When the odds are stacked against you
 
Try your best to get tenth place
And in a moment you will notice
You’ll be the one that’s driving there
With more points than Lotus!
 
You’re the fastest!
Around!
Not even Virgin’s gonna keep you down
You’re the fastest!
Around!
Not even Virgin’s gonna keep you down
You’re the fastest!
Around!
Not even Virgin’s gonna keep you dow-ow-ow-own
 
Guitar followed by repeat of last verse
 
Drive ‘til you drop
Never Stop
Can’t give up
Til you reach tenth (DRIVE!)
You’re the best in Hungary (DRIVE!)
Listen to the engine
Give a little more that you got
It’ll never bring you down
 
You’re the fastest!
Around!
Not even Virgin’s gonna keep you down
You’re the fastest!
Around!
 
Now if that doesn’t work, nothing will.

Kovalainen Extends His Lead


Australian Grand Prix

Well, at least the race wasn’t boring. Once again fuelled by controversy, Formula 1 managed to get back up to speed with a dramatic race in Melbourne. While Jenson Button won the race, it was also an impressive performance by the three new teams.

The notable exception was for Jarno Trulli, who didn’t even manage to start the race due to a hydraulic problem.

The advantage was left with the other teams, and all five remaining drivers managed to avoid the chaotic first lap, but the next to retire was Bruno Senna on lap 6.

Lucas di Grassi put in a heroic performance, even defending his position against seven time World Champion Michael Schumacher. Even after he had been passed, di Grassi overtook Schumacher to keep his position. Sadly, he retired later with mechanical issues, but managed to return to the track for a few more laps.

Timo Glock managed to make it to lap 41, close to the mark which would have seen him score his first points, but more mechanical issues saw him retire for the second race in a row.

Heikki Kovalainen drove a solid race to finish in 13th, just 2 laps down on eventual race winner Jenson Button. But the most impressive performance must go to Karun Chandhok, having not made it past lap 1 in Bahrain, he drove 52 laps to finish in 14th and last, but more importantly finish the race.

Driver Team Race Pos. Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 13th 10
2 Karun Chandhok Hispania 14th 6
3 Timo Glock Virgin Racing Ret. 0
4 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing Ret. 0
5 Bruno Senna Hispania Ret. 0
6 Jarno Trulli Lotus DNS 0

Championship Standings

Drivers

Heikki Kovalainen’s second win extends his lead to a massive 14 points to the chasers of Chandhok and Trulli. Chandhok’s solid race sees him move up to equal second with Jarno Trulli. Timo Glock, Lucas di Grassi and Bruno Senna have all yet to finish a race.

Driver Team Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 20
2 Karun Chandhok Hispania 6
2 Jarno Trulli Lotus 6
4 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 0
5 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 0
6 Bruno Senna Hispania 0

Teams

Early signs are good for Lotus, with a massive lead over Hispania. Virgin Racing are already 26 points down and need to sort something out soon if they are to get back in it.

Team Points
1 Lotus 26
2 Hispania 6
3 Virgin Racing 0

We’re Doomed

Football - Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup Fifth Round

Alright, that might have been a slight exaggeration. But there is a big problem for Spurs, 8 players are out. And worse still, it is the business end of the season, with massive games against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City still to be played.

And just below Manchester United, Tottenham are second on the Premier League Injury Table. It isn’t pretty reading, so I’m going to run down the situation.

David Bentley
Injury: Groin Strain
Probable Return: v Portsmouth (27th March)

A few months ago, I doubt anyone would have been bothered that David Bentley was injured. But then, after replacing the also injured Aaron Lennon, something unexpected happened, he started to play well. Then, typically, he got himself injured, leaving Spurs with very few midfielders left. He is only going to be a backup to Lennon, but his time to shine came and he impressed, including one goal against Fulham (albeit being a deflection). He is probably going to come back before Lennon returns, but with the midfield now restructured, I don’t think he will get into the team ahead of the likes of Modric or Kranjcar who play on the right of midfield.

Carlo Cudicini
Injury: Broken Wrist
Probable Return: Next Season

Carlo Cudicini had his role in goal at the start of the season, when Gomes was injured. Despite looking shaky, he was an adequate replacement. Then, on the 12th November 2009, he got himself involved in a nasty motorcycle accident, breaking both his wrists and injuring his pelvis. He was immediately ruled out for the rest of the season. Since then, Ben Alnwick has been the substitute keeper, but has yet to play this season. However, Cudicini’s contract runs out at the end of the season, the main question is, do Spurs keep him?

Jermain Defoe
Injury: Pulled Hamstring
Probable Return: v Arsenal (10th April)

The latest addition to the injury list. This morning Defoe was confirmed to have pulled his hamstring, meaning he would be out for three weeks minimum. This is in short, a devastating loss. A regular in the team who has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season, 17 of them in the Premier League. This injury has come at the worst possible time, in the greatest form of his career and trying to get Spurs into the top 4. I just really hope he is only out for three weeks.

Tom Huddlestone
Injury: Ankle/Foot Injury
Probable Return: v Arsenal (10th April)

You can criticise him all you want, but it was notable as soon as Huddlestone went off against Everton, Spurs started to struggle. It was the turning point of the game. Huddlestone, is without much doubt, one of the best passers in the Premier League. His balls to the wide men are simply fantastic. A Huddlestone-Lennon partnership is a dream. Right now, the partnership is stuck in the stands. Despite the midfield being restructured, I still feel Huddlestone can offer something there.

Jermaine Jenas
Injury: Groin Strain
Probable Return: v Fulham (24th March)

Fantastic. Jenas is injured so that prevents him from playing. One of the few players in the Spurs team who offers absolutely nothing. Oh no, bad news. He has returned to training. I can’t believe it. Please Harry, don’t change the line-up to get him in.

Ledley King
Injury: Thigh Muscle Strain
Probable Return: v Portsmouth (27th March)

The legend. Or, the always injured legend. There are two capable defenders able to stand in for King, Michael Dawson and Sebastian Bassong. But King does bring something into the team that I like. There is a sense of leadership at least, and he is one hell of a good player when fit. But that’s the only problem these days, getting him fit. Its such a shame injury has ruined such a great player.

Aaron Lennon
Injury: Osteitis Pubis (Groin injury, just go along with that)
Probable Return: I don’t think anyone knows that

The real loss to the team. Aaron Lennon in the first half of the season was simply amazing, he played a crucial part in the 9-1 stuffing of Wigan, absolutely murdering Erik Edman in the process. He has pace, his delivery is so improved no one can flaw it too much anymore. It is such a massive loss to Spurs, especially down the right hand side. Gareth Bale has impressed on the left, we need Lennon back to power down the right.

Jonathan Woodgate
Injury: Groin Strain
Probable Return: Next Season

Here’s a surprise, Woodgate injured. In all this season, he has played 3 games this season. Including the ill-fated thirteen minute spell against Stoke. He is a very good player, when all are fit, I wouldn’t like to be Harry Redknapp choosing between the four of them.

Danny Rose & Kyle Walker

They might be substitutes on a regular basis (despite my insistence on that Rose should be getting more games, I do think he is a good player) but they are also out with knee and arm injuries respectably. I don’t think at this rate we will have anyone left.

While we currently have a decent starting 11 (Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Palacios, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko and Crouch) it is the back up I worry about. Only Eidur Gudjohnsen and Younes Kaboul the only real first team players fit.

This is going to be a fun couple of weeks.

Battle of the New Teams

Much focus was on the new teams before the start of the race. From the farcical USF1 to the problems in testing surrounding Lotus and Virgin Racing. At least those managed to get some testing in, Hispania turning up on Friday with the practice sessions at Bahrain the equivalent of their testing time. Karun Chandhok not even turning a wheel until qualifying.

So, to honour the new boys, I’ve created a new championship. I present to you, The Northern Waffler Only Trophy You Are Getting This Season Championship. Catchy, I’m sure you will agree.

The basic rules, are, simply very basic. The 6 drivers in the three new cars (Lotus, Virgin Racing and HRT. It is a good time to stress Sauber and Mercedes are returning team and have more cash in any case) are all competing for the Drivers and Teams Championship. It is a simple 10-6-4-3-2-1 points format, just like the good old days. Whichever of the drivers comes top of the rest, they pick up all the points. And, just like F1, you must finish 90% of the race to get any points at all. Over to the new header for the results.

Bahrain Grand Prix

  Driver Team Race Pos. Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 15th 10
2 Jarno Trulli Lotus 17th 6
3 Bruno Senna HRT Retired 0
4 Timo Glock Virgin Racing Retired 0
5 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing Retired 0
6 Karun Chandhok HRT Retired 0

Despite the race being less than impressive, for the first 20 laps there was a good battle between Lotus and Virgin. Poor Karun Chandhok unfortunately crashed out on the first lap. But problems with Virgin Racing and Bruno Senna’s HRT see all four pick up 0 points from the first race. It looks rosy for Lotus at the top, basically running away with it. But it wasn’t all plain sailing, as Jarno Trulli stopped on the final lap. But a good start none the less.

As you can see, this championship is going to benefit reliability, which is crucial for the new teams to have. It is not about pace at the moment, just getting that car to the finish line in one piece and not looking ridiculously slow.

If you have any thoughts about this, please, do share in the comments, I am intrigued to find out if you like the idea or if you think it can be improved.

The Desert Classic

Sports News - March 11, 2010

Sunday 14th March 2010, 12pm GMT, while I play in an obscure football match, 24 cars will be lining side by side each other in Bahrain, in anticipation for the start of the new Formula 1 season, which only 8 months ago looked in doubt whether the best teams would be in it, as controversy reigned supreme. The usual really.

Then deals were signed, three new teams entered, two regulars pulled out, the champions bought out, another new team came in, one more returned and a new team dropping out. And the amount of driver changes has been massive as well, with only three teams keeping the exact same team that finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix back in November (Red Bull, Force India and Toro Rosso).

The new teams have sadly took the most of the attention away from what should be a very exciting title fight. Back in the Summer, Manor Motorsport, Campos Meta 1 and USF1 were all chosen from a massive group to be the three new teams to compete for the 2010 championship. Ironically, none of those teams have kept that identity now. Manor are now Virgin Racing, Campos are now Hispania and USF1 fail to exist at all.

Then, with the departure of BMW Sauber, the familiar name of Lotus returned, despite really being anything but Lotus, quite frankly the only thing in common is the name Lotus, and the sort of desperate attempt of copying the old style livery. Managing to get in two one-time race winners in Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen, will surely help the team, especially regarding the hiring of Trulli, the qualifying expert who will be most likely be the first driver from the new teams to get into Q2.

Hispania (Or HRT for the lazy people) were so close to not making it at all, Adrian Campos dream of owning a F1 team shattered weeks before Bahrain. But it was the best for the team and the FIA selection committee, as they wouldn’t have made it in any case. With the chassis made by Dallara, they could have been one of the best new teams this season, instead, with delays, lack of money and crucially, no testing. The lack of money shows, the hiring of well-paid drivers Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna will give them the stability, probably not the results.

And finally there is Virgin Racing, the clever little team trying to use computers and not wind tunnels. The snazzy Red and black car has unfortunately been in the wars more times than they hoped. Timo Glock managing to last just ten minutes before the front wing came off in their first test session. They did do well in bringing in Timo Glock, the German who manages to be in the wrong place at the wrong time (notably at Toyota for the last two years) and Lucas di Grassi, a solid little GP2 driver.

In all fairness, the new boys are unlikely to score a point. You only have to look at Force India and the fact it took them 19 races before their first points in Belgium, that was with 2 less cars as well. It is hard to see how they will get any points at all, unless there is a repeat of the 1996 Monaco GP. Which must be a very rare chance.

Toro Rosso this year are going to be in a league of their own. Not exactly in too good a sense, whilst they will be better than Virgin, Lotus and HRT, they won’t be as impressive as the rest of the field. The team remain with the young drivers in Buemi and Alguesuari, who last season picked up just a few points, mainly from Buemi (and a couple from Bourdais). The team have an updated RB5 under them, which should help, but I don’t think the drivers are good enough to do anything with it.

Last year for Force India was quite impressive, albeit if the amazing moments came in just two races. Giancarlo Fisichella stunned the world when he put that Force India on pole, then stunned them even more when he finished 2nd. That was followed up by Adrian Sutil in Italy and his 4th place. Vitantonio Liuzzi could have got some points in the same race, if he had some more luck. This year, little has changed on the car, it looks likely it will be the same one trick pony good on the tracks like Spa-Francorchamps or Monza. Its a shame for a decent driver like Liuzzi, its standard for an overrated driver like Sutil.

If you know me well, you would know that the end of last season wasn’t easy. It looked likely that my favourite team in F1 would cease to exist, with no one seemingly pulling out and the anonymity of the new owners QADBAK. Then, two miracles in one happened. Toyota pulled out, freeing up a space and then the legend that is Peter Sauber regained control. Despite no name change (although it sounds like Sauber Motorsport is the likely choice). Testing seems promising, although that may be the fact I’m refusing to listen to anyone who says its just low fuel laps to generate sponsors. They might not be one of the top 4 teams, probably 5th or 6th overall, but I’m still confident the team can do something pretty special at some race this year. Despite the unique paring of Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi, I think the experienced and youth duo can help each other and despite the small chances of it all, I think it’ll blossom.

Then there are Renault, a team I have absolutely no idea how to talk about them. Despite new ownership, the team name remains, but Alonso and Grosjean are out. Replacing them are the first Pole in F1 Robert Kubica and the first Russian in F1 Vitaly Petrov. I fully expect Kubica to impress in the car, which will probably be distinctly average. Petrov on the other hand, is a tough cookie to predict. Having seen exactly nothing of him and my only previous mention of the name was to spread a big rumour around the internet. He might get the odd point, but I don’t think there will be anymore. Probably all before he quietly slips out of F1 to be replaced by someone else with some promise (and money).

Williams seem to be knocking on the big four door. They have a neat little car, two very impressive drivers and a strong shout of improving on some poor recent years. Testing has looked promising for them. Rubens Barrichello may have been in F1 since 1993, but last year showed he still had it in him to win races. Nico Hulkenberg won the GP2 championship, all the GP2 champions have gone on to do very well the following season in F1 (except for Giorgio Pantano). I think Williams could sneak a win in this season, watch out for them, they are the Tottenham Hotspur to the Premier League top 4, the Wigan Warriors to the St. Helens and Leeds Rhinos domination in Rugby League. Threats. And big ones at that.

As mentioned thousands of times, there is a distinct big 4 this season. McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari. These are the four teams with probably the best 8 drivers on the grid, all who could win a race, some who have experienced winning a championship, others coming very close. Some have the determination and others have skill. From these 8, I would not be surprised if all 8 win at least one race.

Red Bull set the standard for one of the best cars of 2009. It won plaudits and has been copied by many teams for this year. But some feel this years version hasn’t advanced far enough. Sebastian Vettel looks good once again, and with Mark Webber finally getting wins on the board, will he now take the battle to Vettel. The only concern for the team is reliability, which is what they suffered from last season.

Ferrari had a poor season by their high standards. While some would love to finish in 4th, it is somewhere Ferrari haven’t been since 1993, when they had Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger. Last year was marred by the awful accident to Felipe Massa, but he returns along with two time champion Fernando Alonso. For the first time in two years, Alonso has been given a competitive car and a competitive team mate. The Alonso-Massa partnership will be under scrutiny from the word go, we all know how Alonso fared with Lewis Hamilton in 2007. But a competitive team mate should bring out the best out of Alonso and Massa. The two might not get on too well, but Ferrari could reap the benefits out of it all.

This time last year, Ross Brawn had saved the Honda team, kept Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello and plonked a Mercedes engine on the back of the Honda designed car. Little did anyone know that in 9 months time they would be World Champions (including me, who also this time last year thought they only had quick times in testing due to getting sponsors in and such). It was just a one year stand for Brawn GP as Mercedes bought the team out. Out goes Champion Button and Barrichello. In comes Nico Rosberg from Williams, and a certain Michael Schumacher from retirement. Hardly anyone saw it coming, but his failed return for Ferrari last year showed his desire to return to racing at the highest level. There is no doubt from testing that he is equal if not better than Rosberg. Despite the team saying they will not be winning races straight away, I think they might nick off with a few points before winning in Spain or Monaco. They won’t win the championship, but they will be a very good challenge.

And finally, we move from Team Germany to Team Great Britain. McLaren offer a patriotic feel to it all, with 2009 Champion Jenson Button and 2008 Champion Lewis Hamilton at the team. Couldn’t possibly have got a better team I don’t think. Hamilton is an excellent driver and better than Jenson Button. But Button will be determined to prove everyone wrong. As well as that, they’ve sneaked in some aerodynamics that could put them on top, just.

So that’s my recap of the 2010 grid. Whilst its not all positive (imagine if Stefan GP had made it?), I hope it helps to show my views on the runners and riders. And now, a definitive list of predictions right from the World Champion to the winner of the Wooden Spoon.

  1. Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
  2. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
  3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
  4. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
  5. Jenson Button (McLaren)
  6. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes)
  7. Mark Webber (Red Bull)
  8. Rubens Barrichello (Williams)
  9. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
  10. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)
  11. Nico Hulkenberg (Williams)
  12. Robert Kubica (Renault)
  13. Pedro de la Rosa (Sauber)
  14. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India)
  15. Sebastian Buemi (Toro Rosso)
  16. Adrian Sutil (Force India)
  17. Vitaly Petrov (Renault)
  18. Jaime Alguesuari (Toro Rosso)
  19. Timo Glock (Virgin Racing)*
  20. Lucas di Grassi (Virgin Racing)*
  21. Jarno Trulli (Lotus)*
  22. Heikki Kovalainen (Louts)*
  23. Karun Chandhok (HRT)*
  24. Bruno Senna (HRT)*

*All 0 points **In assumption of driver changes, this is the order as if there were none

  • First driver to be sacked: Jaime Alguesuari
  • First crash of the season: Petrov, di Grassi, Kovalainen, Sutil, Senna, first corner, Bahrain
  • First new team to reach Q2: Lotus (With Trulli)
  • Maiden Winners: Nico Rosberg and Kamui Kobayashi
  • Big Controversy: 2010 Chinese Grand Prix

And there we have it, my season preview completed. Free Practice 1 starts at the ridiculously early time of 7am GMT. Or for those who see sense, Qualifying starts at 11am GMT, just before the Tottenham v Blackburn game, so you won’t miss that.

I’ll get back to you in a months time, when I note that a prediction has been horribly wrong. Its going to be like 2009, but more insane.

Northern Lights

Britain should be proud it has produced some of the finest racing drivers in Formula 1 history. Sir Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Lewis Hamilton, the list goes on and on. 157 drivers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have entered at least one Formula 1 race.

But just one person has come from the North East of England.

Hailing from the glorious city of Durham, Leslie Marr was born in 1922 and was also a professional painter during the Second World War, painting in Palestine. The earliest records found of Marr’s racing is from 1952, when he retired in a Aston Martin Club Owners race. After a year competing in various events, including Formula 2, he was entered into the 1954 British Grand Prix at Silverstone with his private Connaught team.

Despite qualifying in 22nd place, being behind all but one of his Connaught team mates (Don Beaumman, Bill Whitehouse and John Risely-Pritchard, with Leslie Thorne in 23rd), he managed to end up in a respectable 13th place, in a race won by Froilan Gonzalez in a time just short of three hours.

The following year, Leslie Marr once again took part in the British Grand Prix, this time at Aintree. He improved on his qualifying performance, starting in 19th, but his race ended on lap 18, where a brakes problem led to an accident. The race was dominated by Mercedes-Benz, with Sir Stirling Moss leading a 1-2-3-4 finish for the Germans.

After that, he raced for a year in New Zealand and eventually settled down in Norfolk and resumed painting.

Sadly, it doesn’t seem likely that a driver from the North East will enter Formula 1 in the next few years. Only two people from the North East are in top level motorsport at the moment, Robert Bell and Warren Hughes.Both of these drivers compete in Endurance Racing, with Bell the younger. He won the 2007 and 2008 Le Mans Series in the GT2 category, as well as racing in the popular Drayson Racing during the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. For the upcoming season he is set to drive for JMW Motorsports in the Le Mans Series and Le Mans 24 Hours.

Warren Hughes on the other hand has had an even more impressive career, winning the British Formula Ford, MGF Cup and the most important one, the 2005 LMP2 Le Mans 24 Hour winner with RML. Along with this, he has tested for Team Lotus and Williams. Quite something to have on your CV.

But we don’t have to look far for the most inspirational person to come from the North East of England who is in F1. Decades in the sport, he is instantly recognisable and a popular figure in the paddock.

Born on the 16th April 1942 (sharing my birthday), in the lovely part of the world, South Shields, Sir Frank Williams is the ultimate legend to come from the North East (for Formula 1, we shouldn’t get into the football). Starting the well known Williams F1 team along with Patrick Head.

Since the initial set up of the team, they have competed in over 500 grand prix, 113 wins and 9 constructor champions. Sir Frank Williams has seen the likes of Nelson Piquet sr, Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill and Juan Pablo Montoya enter the team. There has been the odd controversy, the aftermath of the tragic accident involving Senna. But if you are looking for the one person who could be promoting the sport in the North East it should be him.

But there is a more concerning reason why there hasn’t been a F1 driver from the North East of England in the last 56 years.

Where on earth is all of the circuits?

I go on and on about saving the great Croft Circuit, it is the local track to me, albeit a good hour drive away. If that goes, the nearest tracks are Knockhill, in Scotland and Donington Park, a construction site near Derby. The options are frankly rubbish. Why isn’t there a single adequate circuit in the North East of England. Sure, there are a few decent karting tracks, a very impressive one in Sunderland for example. But Croft Circuit is the only one in the North of England able to at least host a BTCC race.

There is plenty of opportunity to place a track on the northern outskirts of Newcastle or in Northumbria, Croft is pretty much in the middle of nowhere (near Darlington, but it is still fairly rural). Because of this, there is no opportunity for young people to easily go down and watch any club racing or BTCC without a ridiculous car journey and basically making a whole day of it.

There is no promotion of motorsport in the North East, nobody can be possibly hear of Leslie Marr and him being the only driver and all that. Rob Bell and Warren Hughes are restricted to a short column in the front pages of the sports section of the Evening Chronicle and The Journal. I doubt anyone actually knows of the brilliant Sir Frank Williams who comes from the North East, nobody is inspired to do anything.

Sure, there are the occasional events when the touring cars arrive at Croft. But apart from the hardcore fans and a few motorsport event on the television, I wouldn’t doubt many people from the North East of England have the age old opinion of driving around in circles in motorsport. There needs to be changes. Now.

Thursday Thoughts: This Little Blog

The final Thursday Thoughts of the season was posed by Maverick of VivaF1, who asked this question:

“Which blog article or articles have you written that you were most pleased with writing and why?”

This being different to most of the usual over the past few months as it regards what I have written on my blog instead of about the grand old series of Formula 1.

I wish the answer to this was tough and a hard thought out one, but I immediately came to the answer within seconds. It has been my favourite post since I have written it and one that I have really enjoyed writing about, since it was about a person who I love as a driver and a person in general.

Titled ‘The Forgotten Man’, I wrote about the situation regarding Vitantonio Liuzzi at the time of writing in July 2009. It was all about never getting the breaks when he needed them and being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Liuzzi is a driver that I do like and do think he deserves to be in Formula 1, and the article reflected my opinion of him as a driver. Everything flowed in the article and I think it is one of my best pieces of written work ever.

As you can probably tell, I’m not one for praising myself, but if you were to look at a second article, I suggest you see my Paul di Resta article ‘Stuck in a Series You Can’t Get Out of’. Interestingly enough both drivers are now in better positions at Force India. So if you want to get somewhere in Force India, give me a shout and I’ll write something good.

Top 5 2010 F1 Liveries

I’ve previously mentioned my top 5 F1 liveries of all time. But since there is a new season of Formula 1, it seems logical to compliment, criticise and generally rule over the why they are the best of the best this year in terms of livery. And the most interesting question, would they make it onto my top 5 all time liveries. Lets countdown.

5: McLaren MP4-25

world champ in trining

Lets have a look, what have they changed to the livery? Lets look at the sidepods, no that is the same. Front wing, that is also the same. Ah, the rear wing will be different, oh, it appears it isn’t. McLaren have changed nothing to this car, and by the sheer fact that the other seven cars are even worse, it makes it into the top 10 at number 5. There is nothing to write home about, it is a decent enough livery, if lacking any inspiration for change. At least they have got the silver effect working on this car (isn’t that right Mercedes). Looking the same as Mercedes though might not help, some were hoping for a Renault-esque retro livery, it didn’t happen, but in reality, why change something that looks alright in the first place?

4: Ferrari F10

F1 Testing - Day Three

And as the Santander army march into Ferrari, the effects are immediately visible. I heard the cries of ‘White on a Ferrari, oh my’ and ‘It should be all red’. But, I like it. I don’t know why, some people hate the look of the car, I on the other hand see it as a nice change to the standard splodge of red every single year. Thank you Santander.

3: Toro Rosso STR5

F1 2010 - Preseason Testing in Barcelona

Like with what I said with McLaren, why change something that is already alright? I have made it clear in the past, I love the Toro Rosso car. With at least ten times more imagination of a Red Bull, the bull looks striking on the side of the car. I could actually go on about how much I love this car all day, but to spare you all, I’ll just leave you an image.

2: Hispania Racing

Spanish F1 team

The former Campos Meta 1 team launched their car with Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna earlier today. The showed the world their new car, with just the one sponsor that Senna had brought in with him, a dark grey, white and orange livery was revealed. Somehow, I don’t know how, it has managed to look amazing. Some sort of combination of picking the right shade of colour, putting the right lines where they needed to be. It is just amazing.

1: Virgin Racing VR-01

F1 Testing - Day Three

Despite having the least reliable car on the grid, and the most un-F1 shape on the grid as well, Virgin do at least win the best livery on the grid. The red and black stand out against each other really well, and is helped by the fact it is an unique design. The inclusion of a Yorkshire rose on the front and rear of the car is also beautifully placed on the car. It is such a shame it is going to be at the back.

The Rest

Here comes the part where I say sorry to the top 5 for being in the same post as the following rant. Awful, unimaginative, ugly, just three words I could use to describe the remaining seven cars. Everyone raves on about Lotus, I can’t see that in it, the yellow looks horrible, the two colours don’t work and I do not like what they have done on the rims.

The second retro gone wrong goes to Renault, who almost pulled off a top 5 finish, and ruined it with red, followed by everything else. The colours do not work on the car, it is not nice at all. BMW Sauber has basically copied off last year and doesn’t help my cause of claiming the team is returning to the sport, instead of continuing on from 2009. The same can be said of Force India and Williams, who returned with another unchanged and dull effort.

And please do not get me started on Mercedes GP. Dark silver and turquoise do not work.

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