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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Vettel Wins | Renault Awesome

Sebastian Vettel took an immaculate victory today.  He led from pole and in doing so returned to the top of the drivers' table for the first time this year.

Kimi Raikonnen and Romain Grosjean completed a Reanult threesome on the podium.  In fact Kimi could have taken victory if, after having closed up on Vettel, he had chosen the other side to overtake.  As it was, Vettel held him off and managed his tyres to the end.

Paul di Resta had a great result to take sixth behind Rosberg and Alonso.

Lewis Hamilton came in eighth.  Massa and Schumacher completed the top ten.

Jenson Button had a trialsome day with more issues with wheelnuts and finally retired with a broken exhaust.  McLaren may need to review their use of aluminium nuts on a titanium axle.  The risk of misthreading relatively soft material is costing them for two races in a row.

As above, Vettel leads the table now with Hamilton, Webber and Button behind him.  So it looks like normal service with Red Bull and McLaren fighting over the points at the top of the table.

However, this year we have seen Mercedes make great progress and Lotus Renault are a big threat if they can continue to finish races.  Raikonnen is due a victory based on pre-season promise and in-race competitiveness and will take it as soon as he can.  Grosjean needs to keep it on the road more often and he too will continue to be a podium threat.

Vettel is Back | Bahrain Qualifying Results

After a struggle at the start of the season and being beaten by his team mate, Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position in Bahrain.

Lewis Hamilton will sit alongside him on the front row with Mark Webber behind Vettel on the grid and Jenson Button behind Hamilton in fourth place.

Nico Rosberg, the star of China could not repeat his pole position and came in fifth.  He was however confident of a strong race performance in post-qualifying interviews.

Daniel Ricciardo was an impressive sixth in his Toro Rosso.  Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez make up the fourth row and Fernando Alonso and Paul di Resta complete the top ten.

If you are looking for most places gained in the race then Raikkonen and Schumacher look likely candidates.

It is two years since the last Bahrain GP - then Alonso won from Massa and Hamilton after Vettel retired with exhaust failure.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Nico Rosberg on Pole

Nico Rosberg gave the Mercedes car their first pole position in a fully Mercedes branded car since 1955.  Then it was Fangio - now Rosberg who beat  his team mate Michael Schumacher into third and beat second place Lewis Hamilton by 0.57 secs.

Hamilton has to take a five place grid penalty for fitting a new gearbox which puts Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi into third.  His time was less than 1/10 behind Schumacher.

The result of this gives an all Mercedes front row.  How pleased they must be that their modified, front and rear wing actuating version of DRS has been deemed legal.

Picture credit:- nicorosberg.com

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Hamilton Gears Up for China | Grid Penalty

Lewis Hamilton has been given a five place grid penalty in advance of the China GP this weekend.

His McLaren team had to change his gearbox.  He will therefore be a likely candidate for most places gained for anyone taking part in the Castrol Edge GP challenge.

Kimi Raikkonen had the same penalty for the Malaysian GP but managed a 5th place finish.  He has not been able to show his true pace so far due to this and other issues but maybe this weekend will have a clear run in qualifying and the race.  He was quickest in pre-season testing and has shown a very rapid return to race pace.  A win in China looks possible.