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F1 2010 Malaysia

The Malaysian Grand Prix looked like it’d be interesting, with torrential rain predicted, but in the end it stayed dry. Qualifying looked like it would throw up an intriguing race, with problems in qualification putting the ‘faster’ cars at the back of the grid.

After some initial passing, Hamilton passed eight cars on the first lap, it all felt rather processional, with the first three on the grid finishing third, first and second (well done, Vettel). Kubica made up two places to reach fourth, passing Hulkenberg (who finished 10th) and Sutil (finished 6th).

Adrian Sutil for Force India picked up ten points, finishing in 6th place (having been 4th on the grid).

Michael Schumacher retired after 9 laps. Last year’s champion, Jenson Button picked up 4 points, finishing in 8th place.

Driver Team Points
1 Felipe Massa Ferrari 39
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 37
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 37
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 35
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 35
6 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 31
7 Robert Kubica Renault 30
8 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 24
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 10
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 9
11 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 8
12 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 5
13 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2
14 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1
15 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0
16 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 0
17 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 0
18 Karun Chandhok Hispania-Cosworth 0
19 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 0
20 Bruno Senna Hispania-Cosworth 0
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 0
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 0
23 Vitaly Petrov Renault 0
24 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 0

F1 2010 Australia

In qualifying for the Grand Prix, Vettel came out on top with pole position, followed by Webber, Alonso, Button, Massa, Rosberg, Schumacher. Hamilton was down in 11th, with Adrian Sutil for Force India in 10th.

The race itself was everything Bahrain wasn’t. There was actual overtaking – and on the course. Crikey.

Vettel slid out from the lead due to brake failure. Button took the lead and benefitted from a decision to come in a little early to change tyres. Hamilton found himself disadvantaged with the stopping strategy – but that’s life. He made his way up the course and was on the tail of the second and third place men who were on worn tyres. He wasn’t able to make the pass, though, and went off the track alongside Webber, ultimately coming in sixth place.

Jenson Button won comfortably, with over 12 seconds on Kubica and 14 on Massa. Alonso and Rosberg were next in.

Liuzzi picked up points for Force India, coming in seventh. Barrichello, Webber and Schumacher picked up the remaining points.

Driver Team Points
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 37
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 33
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 31
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 23
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 20
6 Robert Kubica Renault 18
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 12
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 9
9 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 8
10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 6
11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 5
12 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0
13 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Cosworth 0
14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 0
15 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 0
16 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 0
17 Karun Chandhok Hispania-Cosworth 0
18 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 0
19 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0
20 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 0
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 0
22 Bruno Senna Hispania-Cosworth 0
23 Vitaly Petrov Renault 0
24 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Cosworth 0

F1 2010 Bahrain

Today the new F1 season started. There’s a big change this season, no refuelling. Still unsure about how this’ll play out – time will tell. I think it’ll be a good thing as pits will still be required in order to do tyre changes, but it could result in actions on the track being decisive.

This season has a new scoring system, 25 points for the winner, 18 for second then 15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 down to tenth place.

Another new innovation is that ex-racing drivers are to be part of the stewards panel, this can only be a good thing,

This season also sees the return of Michael Schumacher, he’s not dominating as he once did, but it should be interesting over the season to see him race again.

On top of these changes, Jensen Button and Lewis Hamilton, Champions from 2008 and 2009, will be team-mates.

For the first time in ages, it seems like the tweaks all work together for a better championship, there is nothing that screams at me as worrisome.


In Bahrain, a 49 lap race, Sebastien Vettel started in pole position.

Webber’s car produced an interesting smoke plume just after the start, but it didn’t seem to indicate a big problem as he was still in 7th place after seven laps, indeed, he lasted the race.

Bruno Senna was the first to pit on the 12th lap, it was a little tentative for the new driver and new team, but there were no big dramas.

This was followed by Kubica, Petrov and others. Petrov’s pit was very slow, with some sort of problem retiring him.

Hamilton and Schumacher pitted together on lap 16, both cleanly, both emerging with clean air. Schumacher kept on Hamilton’s tail.

Rosberg emerged from the pits between Hamilton and Schumacher.

Vettel kept his lead after his pit stop, and as the halfway point approached he looked dominant.

After around 30 laps, Alonso was on Vettel’s tail, but was hanging back as he was overheating due to Vettel’s turbulent hot wake. At lap 34, Vettel had a sudden loss of power, he kept going but Alonso and Massa passed him without problem, this put Alonso into clean air.

The failure was, according to the race radio, an exhaust failure.

Hamilton was over ten seconds behind Vettel, but began to reel him in, and was soon on his bumper, and then Hamilton pulled ahead to a podium position.

At lap 40, Hamilton reported a lot of vibration from the front of the car, it wasn’t to be a problem and he drove through to the end of the race.

At lap 44, the order was Alonso, Massa, Hamilton, Vettel, Rosberg, Schumacher, Button, Webber.

At lap 45, Rosberg was seconds behind Vettel, and closing, and in lap 46 he started to get into Vettel’s dirty air.

By lap 48, Vettel was still holding off Rosberg, which was somewhat surprising, indeed, Vettel pulled away a little.

Alonso took the flag with a little flourish, showboating over the line. He was followed by Massa, Hamilton, Vettel, Rosberg, Schumacher, Button, Webber, Liussi, Barrichello, Kubica, Sutil. I may be wrong in this, but I think this may be the first time that the winner of the Bahrain Grand Prix hasn’t come from the front row of the grid.

On the basis of that race, I’m not convinced that the new pit regulations work well. Perhaps the rule should be two tyre changes, or even no compulsory tyre changes (but you must stick with the qualifying tyres to start the race). Not sure.

Driver Team Points
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 25
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 18
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 15
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 12
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 10
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 8
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 6
8 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 4
9 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 2
10 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1
11 Robert Kubica Renault 0
12 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 0
13 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0
14 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 0
15 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus F1 0
16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0
17 Jarno Trulli Lotus F1 0
18 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber 0
19 Bruno Senna Hispania Racing F1 0
20 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 0
21 Vitaly Petrov Renault 0
22 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber 0
23 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 0
24 Karun Chandhok Hispania Racing F1 0

Formula One 2009 – Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix is always a special event, Jenson Button and Brawn GP are going from strength to strength – you couldn’t script this! If it had been a movie, the audience would have been rolling their eyes from the unlikeliness of the situation.

This race also finished with Jenson’s lap of honour – on foot. He went to the park fermé instead of the winner enclosure – and he had to jog to the podium. It was a lovely sight.

Driver Team Points
1 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 51
2 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 35
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 23
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 19.5
5 Jarno Trulli Toyota 14.5
6 Timo Glock Toyota 12
7 Fernando Alonso Renault 11
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 9
9 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 9
10 Felipe Massa Ferrari 8
11 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 7.5
12 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 6
13 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 4
14 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 3
15 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2
16 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 0
17 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 0
18 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 0
19 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 0
20 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 0

Formula One 2009 – Spanish Grand Prix

The Spanish Grand Prix, normally a little bit of a procession, had its share of drama. Jenson Button only just started his qualifying lap in time – less than 2 seconds of the session left.

He went on to win Pole Position.

In the race, Barrichello passed Button – and a second corner crash took several cars out. Barrichello and Button were on different strategies, so Button eventually took and kept the lead.

Massa was running low on fuel and so had to let Vettel pass in an effort to avoid running out completely – the battle would have caused him to burn through his fuel. Unfortunately, he left this too late and as a result had to ease off way too much and Alonso went through as well. Massa ran out of fuel shortly after the line – but he did get a point.

The final standings were Brawn, Brawn, Red Bull, Red Bull – Button is now 14 point ahead of his team-mate, and Brawn on 68 points are 29.5 ahead of Red Bull.

This is developing into a superb debut season for Brawn.

  Driver Team Points
1 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 41
2 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 27
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 23
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 15.5
5 Jarno Trulli Toyota 14.5
6 Timo Glock Toyota 12
7 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 9
8 Fernando Alonso Renault 9
9 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 6
10 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 4.5
11 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 4
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 3
13 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 3
14 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 3
15 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1
16 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 0
17 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 0
18 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 0
19 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 0
20 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 0