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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Button Driver of the Day

As Vettel led a one-two by Red Bull, he provided the perfect response to the idea that his winning run was over.

Vettel led from pole position and took control of the race.

Jenson Button completed the podium behind Mark Webber having fought from 13th place on the grid and a low of 19th in the race.  A mix up in qualifying meant he ran out of time to set a competitive lap and ended out of the top ten shoot out.  However while Lewis Hamilton failed to finish after another accident - this time while dicing with Komui Kobayashi - Button again kept his head to end the day respectably for McLaren.

Another titanic result was that of Michael Schumacher.  He came in a creditable fifth from a miserable 24th (last) in qualifying having failed to set a lap time.

So Red Bull continue their charge for the title.  According to Niki Lauda the title race is over already.  He should know.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Belgium | Spa | Weather


The weather for this weekend predicts rain for qualifying but a dry race.  However The Ardennes circuit is legendary for its unpredictable weather.

To remind you of last year have a look at this bbc video which shows the Vettel - Button collision at Spa.

There were echos of the Senna/Prost collisions and Hill/Schumacher ones when they were battling for the world championship.

Follow this link for last year's story.

Of course Vettel went on to take the title and this year is looking almost unassailable.  However he will only stay where he is if he continues to finish races.  History shows that rarely can a driver finish every race.  Three wins would put Webber, Hamilton, Alonso or Button within striking distance if Vettel matches this with three DNFs.  There remain eight races to go and 200 points available.  Vettel is sitting on 234 points from races to date.

Whilst Ferrari have confirmed that they are working flat out on their 2012 car, they will continue to press hard to give Alonso a fighting chance of a win.  Webber's own self respect will drive him to take victories off Vettel.  McLaren will not lie down without giving Button and Hamilton a competitive car for the rest of the year.

There will be no scenes of cars taking Eau Rouge flat out with no DRS for safety reasons.  After the entry compression good downforce is needed to keep the car on the track as the bend sweeps uphill.

The weather will play a part at Spa as it always does...


Monday, 1 August 2011

Hungary Button

Jenson Button again proved his mastery of changing conditions.

On a drying track with intermittent showers, Jenson Button reeled in both his team mate Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel to win the Hungarian Grand Prix.

His smooth driving style and tyre control gave him the edge again.  Meanwhile Hamilton had to take a stop-go penalty for a doughnut in front of Paul di Resta as he recovered from a spin.

Meanwhile Michael Schumacher retired with transmission issues.  His next career is possibly triathlon following in Button's footsteps.  This bizarrely familiar photo from 1905 is for sale on Ebay right now in the cycling sports memorabilia section.  As you can see the poster is titled Le Grand Prix de l'A.C.F.  i.e the GP of the automobile club of France although it depicts a cyclist.  Looks like a very interesting research project which may turn up an ancestor of the great MSC on a bike.

Vettel took second place in front of Alonso and Webber came in behind Hamilton in fifth.

Ironically, although the Vettel stranglehold has been broken again, he has now a greater points lead than at any time this season.