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Monday, 26 September 2011

Vettel Almost There

After a fairly comfortable victory at Yas Marina.  Now only Jenson Button can take the title off him.  To do so Vettel would need not to finish which seems very unlikely to say the least.

Jenson Button drove an impeccable race to take second place in front of Mark Webber.

Lewis Hamilton was again surrounded by controversy and drew a sharp rebuke from Felipe Massa after the race for cutting into his rear tyre with his front wing and creating a puncture.  Hamilton had a stop-go penalty which dropped him to 5th behind Fernando Alonso.  Looking closely at the video shows that Hamilton had the position then Massa braked late, Hamilton's left front wheel locked causing his car to veer into Massa's right rear - a racing incident.

Possibly Hamilton will be reviewing his options with his management company who also manage David Beckham and Andy Murray.  The USA Indy series may be looking an attractive option.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Eine Kleine Nachtrennen | Singapore Nightracing

When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote A Little Nightmusic, he clearly did not have Formula 1 in mind.

The gentle, lilting melodies are rather different from the howling exhausts of an F1 car.

Mozart's repeated melodies and strong thematic emphasis can be sympathetic with a peaceful night of relaxed meditation.

Sebastian Vettel's repeat pole positions and race victories are taking on a rather musical resonance.  He snatched another pole in the Singapore night racing event or Nachtrennen.  His ability to focus and deliver is becoming very predictable and takes on a repetitive theme.  Maybe he thinks of Mozart when he closes his eyes to focus before launching on yet another unreachably fast qualifying lap.

Mark Webber completed a Red Bull front row with Jenson Button eclipsing Lewis Hamilton by 5/1000ths of a second!  Webber was 0.35 seconds behind his team mate.

Despite moving their focus to 2012, Ferrari are still competitive, at least in Fernando Alonso's hands.  He came in only 7/100ths behind Hamilton, a full second in front of his team mate Felipe Massa.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Vettel Victory

So the season continues.  Another Vettel victory after a dominant pole position.

There were some highlights to the race however.  Firstly Adrian Newey is to be congratulated on producing an aero package that worked on this high speed, low downforce circuit.  Vettel was able to overcome the relatively low top speed of his car in relation to the Mercedes engines by good traction out of the bends.  This was achieved with a skinny rear wing balanced with high underfloor and front wing downforce.  Truly an engineering masterpiece.  Vettel also drove absolutely on the limit of course too.

Michael Schumacher have an object lesson to anyone who has a slower machine at the office kart outing. His car positioning to frustrate Lewis Hamilton lap after lap was faultless.  So faultless that he escaped any kind of penalty for driving in a manner that appeared to stretch the very boundaries of the rules preventing multiple blocking moves in the same manoeuvre.  He was rewarded with 5th place.  This obstruction however ended any chance of Hamilton staying with the leader.  Hamilton had to be content with fastest lap and still managed 4th place.

Jenson Button drove a brilliant race, slicing through the field to second place on the podium.  Unlike Hamilton he was able to pass Schumacher with apparent ease.

Alonso took more solid points with third place in a less than competitive Ferrari.  Ferrari have since announced a halt to 2011 development in favour of a better start to 2012.

So whilst Vettel is looking pretty for his second world championship, the rest of the season will still produce some interesting racing.  The DRS system has produced a little more overtaking with Button leading the way in that area this season.  The Mercedes continues to improve and Schumacher is looking a little more relaxed and Rosberg even leading a race for brief moments at Spa.  Hamilton will still be looking for some results after a frustrating and relatively cautious Monza.  Button is in the form of his life and may snatch a victory before the year is out.

Singapore next for the night race...

That completes the 300th post.  Big thanks to all the followers and readers.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Monza 2011


Last year Lewis Hamilton regretted his decision to run a low downforce rear wing.  He described the car after qualifying only fifth as  'sliding everywhere'.
Meanwhile Jenson Button took his first front row of the season alongside Alonso on pole.
Massa came in third and Webber fourth. Button's larger wing enabled him to brake later and corner at higher speeds.  This more than offset the greater drag on the straights.  Alonso was delighted with his pole in front of the tifosi.
On race day, Fernando Alonso put in a fine performance to take victory in his first Italian Grand Prix for Ferrari at Monza 2010.  After Jenson Button beat him to the first corner, Alonso had to focus hard to regain the lead he took with his pole position.
Webber regained his championship lead with his sixth place after Hamilton was overly aggressive in trying to pass Massa on lap one and damaged his car, retiring ignominiously into the gravel trap with his front right wheel flapping like a sail.
Alonso took his place behind Hamilton and Webber with 166 points to Hamilton's 182 and Webber's 187.  This left Button one point behind Alonso with Vettel two points behind Button.
At that stage last year it was one of the closest title fights in F1 history.

How different things are this year.  Sebastian Vettel has a margin of 92 points and some feel this is unassailable.

In practice, Lewis Hamilton dominated the first session with a time of 1:23.865, almost second ahead of his nearest rival,  Jenson Button.  In the second session, Vettel topped the times with 1:24.010, followed by Hamilton on 1:24.046 and Michael Schumacher on 1:24.347.  So ex-Ferrari man MSc led Massa and Alonso in 4th and 5th times.

Of course Friday is for set up, especially wing settings on this highest speed circuit in the F1 season.  Actual qualifying will be a brilliant spectacle no doubt at all.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Campagnolo

Did you know that the 1905 French Grand Prix included a cycle race?

Well it did.  Did you also know that Felice Gimondi won the Tour de France at his first attempt in 1965 and the Giro d'Italia 11 years later in 1976?

For those F1 fans who are also into race cycling and its history - here is a fine bike to go out and reminisce on.   Maybe like me you cannot buy a Lotus 19 but still have fun with an original lightweight steel tubed frame decked out in original alloy Campagnolo components.

Did you know Enzo Ferrari worked with Campagnolo in the 1970s using their F1 car wheels and helped them design their bike wheels?  They also worked with Alfa Romeo and supplied the Lamborghini Espada wheels.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

1960s | F1 Autographs

Can someone make me a sensible offer for my 1960s F1 autographs?

I have held onto them since I got them all personally as a young lad and they must go before the drawer mice take an interest. Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren, John Surtees, Phil Hill etc etc.

Email stephen@f1gpnewsonline.com for further details or with a sensible offer and I may let them go...