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Monday, 30 May 2011

Monaco GP 2011 | Vettel Saves Tyres

Just 2 1/2 seconds separated the top three to end the Monaco Grand Prix.

Vettel came home in front of Alonso and Button.

On lap 72, the race was stopped under a red flag.  This enabled Vettel, whose tyres were about to expire, to change his tyres outside race conditions and retain the lead at the restart. He had been on the same tyres since lap 16 and was surprisingly heading to the end of the race without another tyre change.  Both Alonso and Vettel were convinced they could pass him before the end up to that point.

This result leaves Vettel with 143 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton's 85 in second place in the standings.

This race had been Hamilton's opportunity to close up but the qualifying accident of Sergio Perez gave him no time to set a competitive pole lap.  Then in the race he was given a stop go penalty for overtaking in a manner considered dangerous by the stewards.

Red Bull lead the constructors tables with 222 points from McLaren's 161.  Fernando Alonso expressed the view after the race that the title is 'nearly won'.  However with the new points system couple of DNFs by Vettel will close the gap again to the other drivers.  Red flags, yellow flags, aborted qualifying, penalties, tyre problems etc can happen at any race.  There are 325 points to play for with 13 races to go.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Monaco 2011

Lewis Hamilton was denied a potential pole lap when Sergio Perez lost control existing the Monaco tunnel and hit the barriers.  The qualifying session was stopped.

This left Sebastian Vettel with yet another pole position as no one was able to improve on their times when qualifying restarted for a brief few minutes.

Perez was conscious and taken to the medical facility for further tests.

The order for tomorrow is : Vettel Button Webber Alonso Schumacher Massa Hamilton.

All the other top drivers put in an early banker lap.

Update: Hamilton has been demoted to 10th following an allegation that he cut the chicane in qualifying.
All in all a sorry day when Hamilton.   He was showing all the signs that he had a pole lap in him to give Red Bull some serious competition at last.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Alon so Quick of the Mark

After an excellent start by Alonso which took him from third to first, he was able to control the race for 20 laps.
Then Vettel dived into the pits.  He had an excellent out-lap which got him back ahead of Alonso but behind the new leader Hamilton.

Lap 49 and Hamilton pitted from the lead giving up first place to Vettel but in front of Button and Webber.  Alonso sat in fifth in front of Schumacher.

Webber set a fastest lap on lap 51.

Lap 55 saw Hamilton on Vettel's rear wing for corner after corner with clear sight of the lead, and DRS and KERS available to him.

By lap 57 Hamilton appeared to have superior grip levels in his tyres but still could not get by.  Button trailed him by 35 seconds in third, controlling Webber behind him.  In contrast Vettel looked under severe pressure in the lead.

Hamilton would not want to take the lead too near the end of the race and let Vettel past with his own KERS and DRS.  With three laps to go however he looked to have left it too late.  Vettel was not using KERS in the final laps.

With one lap to go another race win for Vettel looked a forgone conclusion and so it proved to be - another win for Vettel followed by Hamilton, Button, Webber, Alonso and Schumacher.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Vettel Noch Mal

Sebastian Vettel again dominated the field today.

This time the venue was Turkey but the agenda was the same.  A clear pole position followed by a peerless race.

His team mate Mark Webber followed him home in second place.

Ferrari has cause for optimism with a third place for Fernando Alonso.

Driver of the day however was Kamui Kobayashi who fought through from last on the grid to a fine 10th place.  Nico Rosberg slipped from third on the grid to 5th in the race splitting the two McLarens of Hamilton and Button.

As the drivers move on to Barcelona, Vettel leads the championship with 93 points from Hamilton's 59.