duskyF1Quiz Answers

Which driver won the most races btw 1991 and 2000? Schumacher And which driver was 2nd highest winner between 2001 – 2010? Alonso

If the current Championship was scored with 2008 points i.e. 10 pts for a win, 8 for 2nd place etc, what would be the total of Alonso + Hamilton’s current points? 111

Who is leading the DHL fastest lap table this season? Vettel

Which driver(s) has completed every race of the 2012 season so far? Alonso, Rosberg, Raikkonen (some of you answered Webber but he is short by 1 lap!)

How many points did Toro Rosso have before the summer break in 2011 – and how many do they have now? 22 in 2011, 6 this year.

If the WCC order at the end of 2012 is MCL, RBR, LOT, SAUB, MERC, FIND, WILL, TROSSO and there are no driver-changes; what car number would Daniel Ricciardo & Jean-Eric Vergne have in 2013? 16 and 17. Number 13 is not used

Photo round:
Helmets 1 – 5: Webber, Massa, Riccardo, Petrov, Vergne
Logo 1 – 5: Minardi, Benetton, Brabham, Super Aguri, Williams


2011 Season Review Cards

In preparation for the end of the season, I’ve invited my Twitter and Twitpic followers to submit Season Review cards for drivers. These “cards” are created by selecting options from 4 columns to describe different drivers’ 2011 season.
For example: Massa: A, b, 7, vi
Objective: Beat my team-mate
Satisfied with Performance?: No, not at all
Areas to improve on: Avoid that Silver and Red car
Rate your season: 4/10
To see the Season Review cards already submitted, click here for my Twitpic page.

Japanese GP: Qualifying

Japanese Qualifying had some elements of surprise but not for who got pole position. McLaren’s Hamilton found some good pace that he didn’t have during Practice sessions. Jenson had been fastest in Friday practice and seemed at ease at his ‘second home Grand Prix’.
Nico Rosberg’s car developed a hydraulics failure and he starts tomorrow’s race in 23rd position. The general concensus in the paddock was that Hamilton had the pace for pole position but an ‘misjudgement’ error meant he didn’t make it to the start/finish line in time to put in a lap-time which could have toppled Vettel off pole position. Button’s qualifying time was 9/1000th off Vettel‘s pole lap time of 1min 30.466.

Top 3 Qualifiers (photo from http://www.bbc.co.uk)

Top 10 drivers were: VET, BUT, HAM, MAS, ALO, WEB, KOB*, MSC, SEN, PET. 
*Kobayashi (the only remaining Japanese driver on the grid) was ‘promoted’ to 7th place even though he didn’t set a time but because he had started a flying lap by the time the chequered flag fell.Click here for the rules on Qualifying rules for drivers who don’t set a time.

Vettel just needs one point to win the 2011 World Drivers Championship but the McLaren drivers will try their utmost to delay the Red Bull celebrations as much as possible and to take the World Constructors Championship down to the wire.

Byte Blog: BadgerGP Debate

I submitted a response to @BadgerGP’s ‘Scrutineering Bay’ feature on their website. Here is the piece I wrote which is currently on their website too.

“Would Lewis be beating Seb if both were at Red Bull?”

The short answer is UNEQUIVOCALLY YES.
The long answer is most teams adopt a ‘split strategy’ i.e. sign two drivers with different driving styles, run different strategies with tyre choices etc to cover most eventualities and maximise their ‘success rate’. 
I think Vettel and Hamilton have quite similar driving styles and although both of them at Red Bull sounds like an interesting prospect, it will probably never come to be.
Nonetheless if Hamilton was at RBR in a car designed by Newey, he would have THE best car on the grid. Compared to Vettel, I’d say he is marginally more aggressive in seizing opportunities to overtake but he’d be doing very little of that since he’d be qualifying on pole. Both drivers are skilled in wet conditions but Hamilton has a slight edge on Vettel, as the following video demonstrates…
Japanese Grand Prix, 2007

So their relative performance would come down to their Race Starts and Tyre Management. Tyre Management is considered by most as Hamilton’s weakness but his race starts are fairly good.
So with all this considered, I’d say Lewis would be beating Sebastian but the gap wouldn’t be as big as the chasm between Vettel and Webber at the moment!

Drivers’ Meeting at Suzuka

Given Lewis Hamilton’s several issues this season, it is unsurprising that some drivers feel his driving is too aggressive and that he could be a danger to them. One of those drivers is Felipe Massa who had some ‘choice words’ for Hamilton after the Singapore Grand Prix (click here for articles [1] [2] [3]).
Also, Italian blog “Autosprint” and the BBC website reported that Formula 1 drivers had called a meeting with Charlie Whiting in Suzuka to discuss Hamilton’s driving. According to F1 blogger Kate Walker, (from girlRacer and F1KateWalker.com), these meetings are not uncommon but there is a lot of attention on this one because it will be about an exciting yet controversial driver.
I tweeted Heikki Kovalainen to enquire if all drivers would attend this meeting and the Finn (a straight-talking driver who regularly interacts with his followers and fans on Twitter) replied to say: 
“I’m not, I have no problem” – click here for Twitter quote

RacingNewsFlash website also reported his remarks (Finnish website).

Heikki speaks his mind
If this meeting does go ahead, it would be interesting to know what ‘recommendations’ – if any – the race director makes to Hamilton and his team, even though Hamilton has repeatedly declared that he has no intention of changing the way he drives.

Addendum (4th October 2011):
James Allen spoke on TalkSport about this ‘meeting’. Listen to the interview here (courtesy of @iamlewis4fake)

Singapore GP: Race Summary

First the ‘vanilla’ news: Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix and needs just 1 more point to clinch his second World Drivers’ Championship. Button came second and Webber finished in third place. There was only 1 Safety car deployment after an ambitious (read: unnecessary) overtake attempt by Schumacher on Perez.

Vettel tires of finger-pointing (photo from usatoday.com)
Now for the ‘tastier’ stuff: Lewis Hamilton clipped his front wing on Felipe Massa’s wheel while justling for position and both required a visit to the pits for repairs. This incident resulted in a drive-through penalty for Hamilton. The Brit eventually visited the pit-lanes 5 times during the race and made several overtakes to finish 5th. Massa on the other hand, finished in 9th place and made his feelings about the Hamilton incident clear for all to see by interrupting Hamilton’s interview saying “Good job, man, well done” with a sarcastic thumbs-up.
Video by SixtyBuckss
Other notable drives were by Paul Di Resta (6th position), whose rookie year continues to impress everyone in the paddock and Heikki Kovalainen (Team Lotus) who finished ahead of a Lotus-Renault. Sweet revenge against the team his is currently embroiled in a legal battle with.
More ‘tastier’ stuff, albeit strange was Anthony Hamilton’s comments about his son’s management (XIX Entertainment) and their non-appearance at his races. It is understood that he said: 
“You look up and down the pit lane and every driver, except for Lewis, has a driver-manager in his life, not people from a company”. “I am sure his management are very good – I don’t know – but Formula One drivers need people personally involved in the driver’s lives because it is a big pressure” – Interview by Tom Cary

Vettel may have won the race at Singapore but another driver is dominating newspaper’s columns. 

For more photos and a fan’s experience of the Singapore Grand Prix, check out @nicolaheartsF1’s blog and Please continue to vote in my poll on the right-hand tool bar.

German GP: Race Summary

Rain was expected on Sunday as the cars lined up at the start of the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. However it was dry as the red lights went out, and what a start it was.
German GP paddock before race. Photo by @VoxVocis
Hamilton had a fantastic start and quickly made his way ahead of the field. Webber appeared to have his hands full defending first place from Hamilton and preventing his team-mate from overtaking him: he prioritised keeping the other Red Bull car behind him. At one point, Vettel was in a Ferrari sandwich however Ferrari's Alonso managed to stay in front and they settled into this order: HAM, WEB, ALO, VET, ROS, MAS by the end of the first lap.
Alonso, Hamilton and Webber traded first place several times, but the McLaren driver was ahead for most of the race.Great pit-stops, bold non-DRS overtaking moves and a perfectly-timed strategy call to change to prime tyres, meant that Hamilton finished the race ahead of Alonso and Webber. His second win this season and his 16th career win.
2nd Win for Hamilton

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Ferrari: La Rinascita?

Prima di tutto, devo dichiarare che io non sono italiano e non sono un tifoso di Ferrari (ma mi piace la machina, il Fiat Cinquecento e ho scritto quest’articolo per migliorare il mio italiano). Comunque, io rispetto cosa la questa squadra ha fatto nello sporto di Formula Uno. Tra 1961, i giorno di Phil Hill dai quei giorni di Schumacher, la squadra ha vinci 14 trofei costruttori di Formula 1. Ma tra 2004 ed oggi, solamente vinca 2 trofei. E perche non va bene per loro? Ci sono molti possibilita di spiegare.

Tuffo di Ferrari? 

Una possibile spiegazione era il problema con la mancanza di prestazioni per le sue machine al inizio di 2005. Un altro è stato il prestazione di gomme/pneumatici Bridgestone in contro di Michelin che altre squadre utilizzati. Molti cambiamenti di personale inoltre non era utile; la partenza di Barrichello nel 2005, ed il Schumacher nel 2006 (un piloto che hanno relazione forte con i ingenieri e il capo di squadra), Jean Todt  nel 2008 e finalmente il polemica con Nigel Stepney.

Alonso a Gran Premio di Monaco

Ferrari: La Rinascita?

Anche se Ferrari riesco vinci trofei costruttori di Formula 1 nel 2007 e 2008, Ferrari ha competizione nuove e diversa (insomma Red Bull) e ha doveva fare qualcosa grande per ritorna di vincere ancora. La nomina del piloti spagnolo Fernando Alonso è parte del piano per la rinascita; un piloto che gia vinci due campionati e commandi molti rispetta dal paddock e con Stefano Domenicalli e parla la lingua italiano come la sua madre lingua.

La squadra ho avuto un risorgimento nella seconda parti della stagione nel 2010: Alonso ha avuto un’opportunita di vincere all’ultima gara di Brasilia ma finita nel posizione 7° e finita la stagione con 252 punti e purtroppo per lui, Vettel ha vinto quest’anno con solo 4 punti di piu.
Adesso nel 2011, al inizio della stagione non ho fatto niente spettacolare ma Alonso continua di finisca tutti le gare di fronte a Massa (il suo compagno della squadra) ed ecceto un incidente con Button a Canada, ha finito tutti le gare. Ultima gara a Silverstone, Inghilterra era la sua posizione migliore (1°).

Alonso a Silverstone
E per i tifosi, era un segno che Ferrari è all’inizia un risorgimento lentamente….e forse durante il divario tra le Gran Premi dall’Ungheria e Belgio, ci sono alcuni possibilita di contestare a Vettel e la dominanza di Red Bull. E probabilmente, comincia di ritornare ai giorni di Schumacher.

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British GP: Race Summary

Tyre choice was a difficult decision to make at the start of the British Grand Prix at the revamped Silverstone track. Rain was pelting the track with 45minutes to race start but it was finally decided that Intermediates were the best tyres to be on. 
Hamilton who started in 10th position, made up several places by the end of the first lap of the race, including overtaking his team-mate early in the race. Schumacher served a Stop-Go penalty for a collision with Kobayashi. There was a tasty DOUBLE overtake by McLaren drivers on both Ferrari drivers within a few minutes of each other. Vettel lost first place after bad pit stop by his engineers and Alonso pounced on 1st place and never let it go.
Alonso eventually won the British Grand Prix. Hamilton hung onto 4th place right up to the last corner, despite having been told to conserve fuel and being challenged by Massa (the gap between them was 0.024seconds!). Webber was told to ‘maintain position‘ in final lap when he was closing up to his team-mate Vettel. What an exciting race!!!

Not a happy (Australian) bunny
Alguersuari continue his good form and scores another point this race. F1 rookie Ricciardo also finishes his first Formula 1 race and improves on his starting position (albeit by virtue of 5 drivers developing problems and not finishing). Perez did well to finish in 7th place from a qualifying position of 12th.
The other Ozzie’s happy to bring his HRT car home in one piece
McLaren’s botched pit stop for Button meant the lollilop was lifted before his right front tyre was fitted (McLaren was later fined for this error). Both Team Lotus cars developed problems and didn’t finish the race. Kobayashi’s Sauber overheated and was forced to retire. The final DNF at the British Grand Prix was Sebastian Buemi whose tyre was punctured after clipping Paul Di Resta’s front wing.
Top 10: Alonso, Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Massa, Rosberg, Perez, Heidfeld, Schumacher, Alguersuari.

Podium Photo by @atmoorehead

Spanish GP: Qualifying Summary

Red Bull continue their Qualifying success but Vettel loses his 100% record, as team-mate Webber topped the timesheets in Q3 on Saturday.
McLaren drivers were 3rd and 4th until they were split by Fernando Alonso (who had qualified 5th in each race so far this season). 
2010 Russian Rookie Petrov qualified 6th for Lotus-Renault (though his team-mate Nick Heidfeld will start from the pitlane after a fire prevented him from participating the Qualifying session on Saturday. Nico Rosberg out-qualifies his F1 veteran team-mate Michael Schumacher again in 7th position, and Schumacher finished in 10th – hampered by KERS problems.
Massa starts in 8th position and will have a Williams close to him on the grid. This is the first time a Williams car has made it to Q3 and it’s the first flash of brilliance from rookie Pastor Maldonado. 
Qualifying Order: WEB, VET, HAM, ALO, BUT, PET, ROS, MAS, MAL, SCH.