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
|4||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||Retired||0|
|5||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||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.