Monthly Archives: April 2010

Kovalainen Battles In The Rain

F1 Grand Prix of China - Qualifying

Chinese Grand Prix

Everyone said it was going to be rubbish. But add a little spice of a drop of rain and suddenly this must go down as one of the most memorable Chinese Grand Prix ever.

A second win for the season for Jenson Button, and Heikki Kovalainen continues the domination in the Battle of the New Teams.

Despite qualifying ahead of everyone again, Timo Glock failed to even start his car. The same went for Lucas di Grassi, but he eventually went out, before retiring again 8 laps into the race.

Kovalainen managed to find himself in 6th place during an early part of the race, but only because of other teams pitting for intermediates, and him staying out. He would eventually finish down in 14th, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg.

For a second race in a row, both Hispania cars finished, despite Karun Chandhok spinning at one point.

Driver Team Race Pos. Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 14th 10
2 Bruno Senna Hispania 16th 6
3 Karun Chandhok Hispania 17th 4
4 Jarno Trulli Lotus Ret. 0
5 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing Ret. 0
6 Timo Glock Virgin Racing DNS 0

 

Standings

Drivers

Kovalainen’s lead to second place has increased to 12 points. Bruno Senna moves up to 4th ahead of Jarno Trulli, but remains behind di Grassi since he has the better finishing position (14th in Malaysia). Timo Glock remains the only driver not to score a single point.

  Driver Team Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 30
2 Karun Chandhok Hispania 18
3 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 10
4 Bruno Senna Hispania 10
5 Jarno Trulli Lotus 9
6 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 0

Teams

The gap between Lotus and Hispania remains at 11 points as both teams scored 10 points in Malaysia. Virgin Racing however are 18 points down on Hispania and 29 down on Lotus. It is already a mountain to climb this early in the season.

  Team Points
1 Lotus 39
2 Hispania 28
3 Virgin Racing 10

Couldn’t Help It

Goal of the season. No questions.

No Introduction Needed

The Masters - Preview Day 2

The Augusta Masters are going to an exciting four days of golf.

Fair enough, exciting and golf don’t tend to be placed in the same sentence. But who can refuse to watch the trials of Tiger Woods as he returns to the one thing he is good at, golf.

The best news isn’t the fact that those pathetic excuses of an attempt to say sorry in the press conferences (we don’t care anymore Tiger). But the fact he will be playing golf at the highest level for the first time in six months.

But he will need to get back on form if he is to beat the likes of Phil Mickleson, Paul Casey and reigning winnier Angel Cabrera. And personally, I can’t see it happening. He is almost certainly going to be rusty after a long time without playing golf. Of course he has played a few rounds in the days leading up the the Masters, but that probably will not affect anything.

If Tiger Woods does go on and win it. Then I will be shocked, I can see him behind solid, making the cut and all that. But if he gets even inside the top 5 I will be impressed. I know he is the greatest golfer in a very long time, but you can’t just come straight back in 6 months out without behind very shaky.

The one player I do like the look of is the Italian amateur Matteo Manassero. In The Open last year, not only did he make the cut, but he finished tied 13th along with the likes of Ross Fisher, Henrik Stenson and everybody’s favourite Boo Weekley. Even more amazing is that he is only 16. He tees off along with Lee Westwood and Mike Weir. I like the look of him, and he may not win this years Masters, I can see him winning a Major in the future.

But the whole tournament will be about how Tiger will do, and while I seem to be in the minority of saying he will be rubbish, I must admit it is about time he gets back and everyone shuts up about his private life.

If you want a tip from me, I’m going to turn to you and say Martin Kaymer and just walk away.

Di Grassi Takes Surprise Win

F1 Grand Prix of Malaysia - Practice

Malaysian Grand Prix

The rain failed to deliver, but Lucas di Grassi not only finished the first race for Virgin, but also put himself the quickest of the new teams in Malaysia.

Excellent qualifying performances from Heikki Kovalainen and Timo Glock saw them both reach Q2 for the first time this season. However the race panned out much differently, with both losing places right from the start. Then just a lap in, Glock spun under breaking and hit Jarno Trulli. Glock was out, Trulli continued on.

In a fairly uneventful race for the new boys, the only other non-finisher was Kovalainen, who retired from hydraulics issues. He did come out towards the end of the race, but failed to reach the required 90% of the race leaders laps to score any points.

Towards the end of the race, Karun Chandhok managed to pass Jarno Trulli. But it was soon shown that he had an hydraulic problem. He dragged his car right up till the end making sure the home fans got to see a Lotus car finish.

It was a good day for both Hispania drivers, Karun Chandhok finishing his second race in a row while Bruno Senna also scored his first points.

Driver Team Race Pos. Points
1 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 14th 10
2 Karun Chandhok Hispania 15th 6
3 Bruno Senna Hispania 16th 4
4 Jarno Trulli Lotus 17th 3
5 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus N.C 0
6 Timo Glock Virgin Racing Ret. 0

 

Championship Standings

Drivers

A good week for Lucas di Grassi as he jumps from last to 3rd. Kovalainen sees his lead cut to just 6 points by Chandhok. Bruno Senna scores his first points and Timo Glock is the only driver in a new team yet to finish.

  Driver Team Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 20
2 Karun Chandhok Hispania 14
3 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 10
4 Jarno Trulli Lotus 9
5 Bruno Senna Hispania 4
6 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 0

 

Teams

Hispania close the gap to Lotus to just 11 points. Virgin Racing are also off the mark.

  Team Points
1 Lotus 29
2 Hispania 18
3 Virgin Racing 10

The Malaysian Monsoons

F1 Grand Prix of Malaysia - Race

When the rain came during the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix, everyone knew it would end up as a downpour. Just a few laps after the initial drops fell, the race was red flagged, with Jenson Button the winner. Half points were awarded after an hour’s delay, the race was criticised for the poor timing.

Fast forward a year and the situation seems to be exactly the same. Weather predictions are eyeing up torrential rain for during the race. The same thing is almost certainly going to happen, once again, a waste of a race.

But why is Bernie Ecclestone allowing the torrential rain to get in the way of racing? Some may say that he has put it an hour earlier to avoid the rain, but has been outsmarted by Mother Nature. Well, sorry Bernie, that is no excuse.

For starters, March in Kuala Lumpur sees an average of 240.9mm of precipitation, this is amongst the worst months, which include April, May, October, November and December.

There seems to be a pattern developing, I believe it might be that they are in two groups, with quite a big gap in between May and October.  These months get a lot less precipitation, less monsoons. The ideal chance of a good weather comes in June and July, between them just 19 days of rain, a significantly lower amount of rainfall. It won’t get stopped mid race before half points are awarded.

I’m a genius, have a fly away three races between Canada, Malaysia and somewhere else in the middle of the European fixture. This makes so much logical sense it will sadly never happen in Formula 1.

Bernie Ecclestone, move the race. Moving the time will not make a difference, it needs to be chucked in the middle of the season, no issues. End of.

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