Michael Schumacher’s 2010 comeback was somewhat abortive. The results, the driving standard and the overtakes were well below par for the former champion. He even let his team mate beat him for the first time in his career. So why can Schumacher, the fallen Ferrari hero, win the world championship for an 8th time?
It’s still the same Michael Schumacher
Indeed, we saw glimpses of it last season. The passion, and the desire to do well. He was racing on the ragged edge, braking as late – if not later – than anyone else. The trouble was, he didn’t have the car underneath him to be able to win. It took him a while to get reacquainted, but in truth it would take anyone a while to get used to be these new cars.
The 2011 car will be built around him
Sorry Rosberg fans, the fact is – Schumacher & Brawn will be running the show at Mercedes Benz. Let’s not forget, they are paying Michael an arm and a leg to race for them. He will design the car around him, something he didn’t get chance to do last season. He also has an entire year of racing with the wide nosed, tall winged cars so has plenty of data and ideas to call upon when constructing the new vehicle. An insider has already said that downforce and grip levels on the simulator are exceeding expectations. Not a bad start?
Yep, the great big unknown means it’s all a level playing field this season. No-one knows much about Pirelli just yet, so it’s a fair and even start for all the drivers. It’s about adaptability, and we know deep down inside the 42 year old he can adapt. He also looked quick in the 2010 car on 2011 rubber.
Less expectation than last year
At the start of 2010, we all expected the Schumacher from 2006 to jump behind the wheel and immediately win. Let’s not forget here, 2005 and 2006 were barren seasons for Schumacher – he walked away with nothing. He was in decline, so why did we expect him to be immediately brilliant? I was and still am a Schumacher fan, but I knew he was not as good as he used to be. This year he will have less expectation than before. We’re all used to him driving and Germany has a new world champion to thrust under the spotlight at every opportunity in Sebastian Vettel.
Other drivers still fear him
When the red baron’s helmet is filling your wing mirrors, surely it must make your heart beat twice as fast. Fernando Alonso has already said he fears Schumacher the most for 2011
“There will be five world champions on the track and the most dangerous champion for me is always Michael. Now in January if I have to choose one name I have to say Michael. He is seven-time champion, he has nothing to prove. He had a difficult season but he is still a champion. N He is still super class and if the car is right he will be a contender,”
Its not all going in Schumacher’s favour. Michael is a lot older than any of the other title contenders now, and that could be his downfall. Not suggesting he isn’t fit, he is probably more athletic now than he was before – but age is still a factor. Red Bull are not suddenly going to be slow, they just aren’t. Not with Vettel and Newey onboard. Ferrari and Alonso will be desperate for the title. McLaren have two world champions driving for them. Oh and there’s the small matter of the fact Nico Rosberg was better than Michael last season.
Nevertheless, as an outside bet – you could do a lot worse than Michael.
January 14, 2011 | Categories: Mercedes Benz GP, Michael Schumacher | Tags: Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes Benz, MGP WO2, Michael Schumacher, Michael Schumacher 2011, Ross Brawn, Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel | 12 Comments
Jenson Button teamed up with record breaking cyclist Lance Armstrong, as he continues to prepare for another Formula One season.
The McLaren driver excitedly tweeted that he would be riding with Armstrong, the 7 time Tour de France winner, in Hawaii.
Armstrong responded via Twitter “I hope he doesn’t ride as srong as he drives F1 cars…!”
Lance Armstrong is of course famous too for the Livestrong brand, something he set up after being diagnosed with cancer – and suriving – himself. The yellow colour of the leader of the Tour de France is replicated in the charities products, most notably in the yellow wristbands.
Autosport, the leading motor racing magazine organises and sponsors one of the biggest motorsport shows of the year every January. The Autosport International Show is held at the NEC in Birmingham, England and is seen traditionally as “the start of the motor racing season”.
For 2011, the show promises to be bigger and better than ever, and just for you readers on The F1Fanatics Blog we have a special preview of the event for you!
In addition to the masses of motorsport teams, clubs and suppliers that will be showing displays of their equipment and cars over the 4 days in Birmingham, there is a fantastic chance to meet some of your heroes. In the past such names as Murray Walker, Jenson Button, Andy Priaulx, James Thompson, Gary Paffett and Sir Stirling Moss have been in attendance. Already confirmed for the 2011 show are Walker, Martin Brundle and Jake Humphrey from BBC F1 and there will be many more drivers happy to come and have autographs and photos with the fans.
On top of this, many of the stars will be taking part in the Fifth Gear Live action arena show, included with the tickets its a chance to see different cars from all forms of motorsport take to the indoor arena track. This year Tiff Nedell and Jason Plato (BTCC Champion) will be running the excellent event.
Alongside the regular Formula One paddock which is a chance to see all of the 2010 F1 cars, this year there will be a special McLaren F1 display so you can see the likes of Mika Hakkinen and Niki Lauda’s cars from back in the day. Recently confirmed was an exact replica of Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull RB6 world championship winning car, in its overall form so you can see what drove the young German to the title in Abu Dhabi. It will even feature their trick diffuser but without the mechanics hiding it!
All in all it is a fantastic event, one which I attend yearly. If you can make it, check out: www.autosportinternational.com for tickets or if not stay tuned on The F1Fanatics Blog for many features before the show and a big summary of all of the events after we spend a whole day there looking for stars and their cars!
November 21, 2010 | Categories: F1 News | Tags: Autosport 2011, Autosport International, Autosport International Show 2011, Autosport Show, Birmingham UK, British Motorsport Events, Jake Humphrey, Jenson Button, Martin Brundle, Murray Walker, National Exhibition Centre, NEC, Red Bull RB6, Sebastian Vettel | 4 Comments
Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position for tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he tries to keep his title chances alive. The German driver looked quick all through Q3 and did just enough to get into first.
Lewis Hamilton lines up second, he keeps the position after the stewards decided not to penalise him over an incident with Felipe Massa in Q2. Team mate Jenson Button will start directly behind him on track in 4th.
In third place is Fernando Alonso. The Ferrari isn’t as quick as the McLaren’s or Red Bull’s this weekend but the Spaniard did enough to slot himself right where he needs to be to win the world championship tomorrow. Closest rival Webber starts only 5th.
If the race finished as the line up tomorrow, Alonso would be the world champion.
Pos Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m40.318s 1m39.874s 1m39.394s 2. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m40.335s 1m40.119s 1m39.425s 3. Alonso Ferrari 1m40.170s 1m40.311s 1m39.792s 4. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m40.877s 1m40.014s 1m39.823s 5. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m40.690s 1m40.074s 1m39.925s 6. Massa Ferrari 1m40.942s 1m40.323s 1m40.202s 7. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m40.904s 1m40.476s 1m40.203s 8. Schumacher Mercedes 1m41.222s 1m40.452s 1m40.516s 9. Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.231s 1m40.060s 1m40.589s 10. Petrov Renault 1m41.018s 1m40.658s 1m40.901s 11. Kubica Renault 1m41.336s 1m40.780s 12. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.045s 1m40.783s 13. Sutil Force India-Ferrari 1m41.473s 1m40.914s 14. Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.409s 1m41.113s 15. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1m41.015s 1m41.418s 16. Liuzzi Force India-Ferrari 1m41.681s 1m41.642s 17. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.707s 1m41.738s 18. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.824s 19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1m43.516s 20. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1m43.712s 21. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m44.095s 22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1m44.510s 23. Senna Hispania-Cosworth 1m45.085s 24. Klien Hispania-Cosworth 1m45.296s
November 13, 2010 | Categories: 2010 Race Weekends | Tags: Abu Dhabi GP, Abu Dhabi Qualifying, Fernando Alonso, Hamilton Penalty, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel | Leave a comment
Jenson Button has escaped injury after his car was attacked by armed men while he was leaving the Interlagos circuit in Brazil last night. Some of the assailants were said to be carrying machine guns and baseball bats.
Button, the current reigning F1 world champion was travelling in an armoured Mercedes Benz with his father, personal trainer and manager when a group of men began to assault the vehicle.
Fortunately, the police trained driver managed to escape and all parties were unjnjured in the attack, if perhaps a little shaken.
A statement released by McLaren said: “On Saturday evening on the way back from the Interlagos circuit to Morumbi, armed would-be assailants made an attempt to approach the car that was carrying Jenson Button.
“Neither Jenson nor the other occupants of the car were hurt.
“Vodafone McLaren Mercedes had provided both Jenson and team-mate Lewis Hamilton with reinforced armoured vehicles driven by police drivers, who had been trained in avoidance techniques and were armed.
“The police driver of Jenson’s vehicle reacted swiftly and, using avoidance techniques, rapidly forced his way through the traffic, taking Jenson and the other occupants of the car immediately away from any danger and back to their hotel.”
Jenson Button later praised his driver as a “legend”.
Button’s manager, Richard Goodard who was also in the Mercedes said “We were about three or four minutes away from the circuit when the incident took place.
“I would suggest there were more than four or five guys, something along those lines, who emerged from a block of flats.
“I initially saw one guy carrying this piece of wood, a baseball bat kind of thing, but I didn’t spot the one who had a gun until someone pointed it out. It was pulled, and that was it really. You didn’t really have time to think about what was happening.”
Armed incidents have become regular around race weekend in Brazil, but this is the first time in recent years an actual Formula One driver has been involved. A couple of years ago, mechanics for the Toyota F1 team were targetted by armed robbers. Murray Walker too has been attacked, and even national footballing hero Pele has been robbed at gunpoint.
Murray Walker told BBC “There are parts of Sao Paulo which are extremely violent, and [the city] has extremes of great wealth and extreme poverty.”
“I suspect that’s where it happened to Jenson, and naturally the people who are in the favelas see these obviously very wealthy people driving away from the circuit and they know they’ve got a lot of money, and they know they’ve got watches and things on them and that’s what they’re after presumably.”
McLaren have said they will be stepping up security even further as a result of the incident.
Sebastian Vettel took the flag and the full 25 points in a thrilling Japanese Grand Prix from Suzuka. The Red Bull driver led his team mate, Mark Webber over the line.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished in 3rd.
There was carnage before the start of the race today, when on the way to the dummy grid Lucas di Grassi lost control of his Virgin and smashed into the wall at the 130R. The Brazilian got out of the wrecked VR01 unscathed, but his chances of retaining that race seat for next year are looking slimmer. A shame for the Brazilian as he had enjoyed a good weekend, out qualifying Timo Glock.
The start of the real race wasn’t much better either, a charging Vitaly Petrov cut across the front of Nico Hulkenburg and smashed into the wall in front of the main grandstand. He was out, along with the Williams driver whose car had multiple bits of large damage.
Felipe Massa got caught up in the action too, he went too hot into turn 1, and ended up on the grass. Out of control he slammed straight into Vitantonio Liuzzi’s Force India, wrecking the Mercedes engined machine and knocking them both out of the race.
A safety car was called for due to all the carnage. There was more excitement when that was out as Robert Kubica’s Renault decided to part company with its rear right tyre as he approached the hairpin, the Pole retiring from the race after just a handful of laps. A shame for the Enstone based team, as he had been running in 2nd.
From there on though, the action did slow a little. Red Bull really ran away with the race at the front, with Fernando Alonso clinging on to third place for dear life.
Jenson Button decided to start on the harder prime tyre and ran longer, allowing him a 10 lap or so opportunity to lead the Grand Prix. When he emerged from the pitlane he was behind team mate Lewis Hamilton down in 5th. Hamilton had been racing forward to try and catch Fernando Alonso after his pitstop, but he couldn’t make it and would have to settle for 4th on a poor weekend for the 2008 champion.
Further down field, Michael Schumacher was having a heck of a good Grand Prix. Having already pulled a lovely overtake on former team mate Rubens Barrichello, the Silver Baron as he is now known, was hassling team mate Rosberg. He really tried to get passed, some lovely slipstreaming and racing for many laps. A hint of the Michael of old there, perhaps he is beginning to find form – hopefully he can carry it through to 2011. Sadly though the fight between Rosberg and Schumacher was cut short when Rosberg smashed into the barriers on the Esses.
Home favourite Kamui Kobayashi had a GP to remember too, passing people left right and centre. He eventually finished 7th, with some questionable barging and slipstreaming moves. I think he had been playing F1 2010 on the Xbox before getting in the car today!
So as Vettel took the flag, the championship fight remains wide open. Its Webber’s to lose now, as we head into the final 3 rounds of the year. Hopefully, Korea’s circuit will be finished by the time the circus arrives in 2 weeks…
|1||S. Vettel||Red Bull Renault||22.214.171.1243|
|2||M. Webber||Red Bull Renault||+0.905|
|4||L. Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes||+13.522|
|5||J. Button||McLaren Mercedes||+39.595|
|7||K. Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari||+1.04.038|
|8||N. Heidfeld||Sauber Ferrari||+1.09.648|
|9||R. Barrichello||Williams Cosworth||+1.10.846|
|10||S. Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari||+1.12.806|
|11||J. Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari||+1 lap|
|12||H. Kovalainen||Lotus Cosworth||+1 lap|
|13||J. Trulli||Lotus Cosworth||+2 laps|
|14||T. Glock||Virgin Cosworth||+2 laps|
|15||B. Senna||HRT Cosworth||+2 laps|
|16||S. Yamamoto||HRT Cosworth||+3 laps|
|A Sutil||Force India Mercedes||45||Engine Failure|
|R. Kubica||Renault||4||Rear Tyre Failure|
|N. Hulkenberg||Williams Cosworth||0||Crash|
|V. Liuzzi||Force India Mercedes||0||Crash|
|L. di Grassi||Virgin Cosworth||0||Crash – Pre Race|
October 10, 2010 | Categories: 2010 Race Weekends, F1 News | Tags: 2010 F1 Championship, 2010 Japanese Grand Prix, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Japanese Grand Prix, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Lucas Di Grassi, Mark Webber, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel, Suzuka, Tonio Liuzzi | 4 Comments
Jenson Button has declared himself relaxed and happy ahead of the final rounds of the 2010 F1 Season.
The 2009 World Champion is still in the hunt for the 2010 title but finds himself at the back of a competitive group of drivers with Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel all vying to become champion.
“Confident. Relaxed. Happy. Yeah – I can put it in perspective: for the second year running, I’m right in the hunt for the world championship.
“I’m already the world champion and I’ve still got every chance of holding on to my title. That’s what I’m in Formula 1 to do, and that’s why I signed for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes; to have that opportunity.”
Mark Webber took victory in today’s Hungarian Grand Prix thanks to a good strategy and some fantastic laps following a safety car period which turned the race from sedate to absolute chaos.
Fernando Alonso came home in 2nd place, a good points haul for the Ferrari driver while pole position sitter Sebastian Vettel failed to convert his grid place into a race win.
Hungarian Grand Prix are not known to be particularly exciting, and following the first few laps it looked like nothing would be different today. Jaime Alguerusari was an early retirement thanks to a major engine failure, and to add insult to injury the young Spaniard dropped oil all over the circuit.
Sebastian Vettel provided majority of the early entertainment with some scorching laps, pulling away from Fernando Alonso who had the pick of the starts slotting himself ahead of Mark Webber despite being on the dirty side of the grid.
Another notable start was from Vitaly Petrov, the young Russian who managed to get ahead of Lewis Hamilton. He slid off and threw that away though, but it was promising from him, we like his style.
On lap 13, a piece of Tonio Liuzzi’s front wing came off and a safety car was called out to retrieve it. Vettel’s lead was gone and everyone dived into the pits. Chaos ensued, with Robert Kubica being let out of his pit box straight into the path of Adrian Sutil. They collided, Kubica would later be penalised with a 10 second stop/go. While this was going on, Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes parted company with its rear right tyre which bounded down the pitlane at high speed, missing mechanics, hitting one and eventually being caught by a brave Sauber man. Unbelieveable stuff.
Mark Webber chose not to pit, and with some help from Vettel backing the pack up the Australian pulled away, his soft compound Bridgestone’s lasting longer and longer.
Vettel was then given a penalty for not staying close enough to the safety car, exceeding 10 car lengths. He had to serve a drive through penalty, something the young German was not happy about. He flailed his arms around like a baby throwing its toys out of the pram – not very sportsman like. Still, this meant he was now down to third and with easily the fastest car he set about chasing Fernando Alonso.
However despite catching him rather quickly, Vettel was unable to dispatch the Ferrari of Alonso and eventually finished 3rd. Alonso’s team mate, Felipe Massa, finished 4th a good points haul for the Scuderia.
Right at the end of the race we had an exciting battle with old wounds being opened, between Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. The Brazilian fought to get passed Schumacher, his former team mate and arch nemesis and with a handful of laps to go he tried to squeeze down the inside of Michael. Schumacher, in typical style, forced Rubens into a corner and gave him just enough room. At about 200mph, Barrichello was milimeters away from hitting the pitwall, a manoeuvre that he called “Erratic” and “Ridiculous”. However Schumacher defended the move, and has been handed a 10 place grid penalty for the next race.
Webber’s win puts him right back in it thanks to Lewis Hamilton’s break down. It means that Alonso too is only a matter of points away from the top, as Red Bull and Ferrari slog it out at the top. McLaren will certainly be hoping for a turn in their fortunes after the summer break.
|1||M. Webber||Red Bull Renault||1.41.05.571|
|3||S. Vettel||Red Bull Renault||+19.252|
|6||N. Hulkenberg||Williams Cosworth||+1.16.700|
|7||P. De la Rosa||Sauber Ferrari||+1 lap|
|8||J. Button||McLaren Mercedes||+1 lap|
|9||K. Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari||+1 lap|
|10||R. Barrichello||Williams Cosworth||+1 lap|
|11||M. Schumacher||Mercedes||+1 lap|
|12||S. Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari||+1 lap|
|13||V. Liuzzi||Force India Mercedes||+1 lap|
|14||H. Kovalainen||Lotus Cosworth||+3 laps|
|15||J. Trulli||Lotus Cosworth||+3 laps|
|16||T. Glock||Virgin Cosworth||+3 laps|
|17||B. Senna||Hispania Cosworth||+3 laps|
|18||L. di Grassi||Virgin Cosworth||+4 laps|
|19||S. Yamamoto||Hispania Cosworth||+4 laps|
|L. Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes||25||Gearbox|
|N. Rosberg||Mercedes||17||Wheel Failure – Pitlane|
|A Sutil||Force India Mercedes||17||Pitlane Incident|
|J. Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari||2||Engine Failure|
Penalties – Post Race
|M. Schumacher||10 Place Grid – Next Race||Dangerous Driving|
|Mercedes Benz||$50,000 Fine||Wheel falling off Rosberg’s Car|
|Renault||$50,000 Fine||Releasing Kubica into Sutil’s path causing accident in pit|
August 1, 2010 | Categories: 2010 Race Weekends, F1 News | Tags: 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix, Bruno Senna, Budapest, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Heikki Kovalainen, Hungaoring, Hungarian Gp, Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungary F1, Jaime Alguersuari, Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Nico Hulkenberg, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica, Rubens Barrichello, Timo Glock, Vitaly Petrov | Leave a comment
Fernando Alonso has won today’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in highly controversial circumstances following team orders which led to Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa yielding the lead to Alonso.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was 3rd.
Sebastian Vettel got a poor start off the line unlike Fernando Alonso but the German forced Alonso right into the wall of the pit straight. However the young German ignored Felipe Massa who took the lead, and some how Alonso managed to keep 2nd place.
Lewis Hamilton had a good start and jumped both Jenson Button and Mark Webber.
Immediately there was action and drama with overtaking and break downs. A proper classic race circuit in Hockenheim, albeit not the original track, was on for providing us with a classic.
Jarno Trulli had gearbox issues which really destroyed any chances of a good result for him and he made it back to the pits eventually. Down at the hairpin turn 6, Jaime Alguersuari back ended team mate Sebastian Buemi the Swiss driver lost his rear wing and was forced to retire immediately.
Adrian Sutil had a problem too and the German dived into the pits. Moments later Liuzzi pitted too, and it was only many laps later we learnt that the team had been expecting the cars in a different order hence why a front wing was ready for Sutil when he didn’t need one. This meant that Sutil had Liuzzi’s tyres and Liuzzi had Sutil’s. A bit of a blooper from Force India who had been proving themselves a point scoring team this season. The drivers pitted to swap as the rules stated.
Following the pit stops of the front runners, all except Jenson Button who went for a long run, Fernando Alonso was heavily hassling Felipe Massa who was clearly struggling with the hard tyre. The Spaniard was trying everything to pass, including an audacious move between Massa and back marker Sakon Yamamoto but couldn’t make it stick.
Further back, home hero Michael Schumacher was struggling to pass Robert Kubica but the German finally appeared to have some race spirit back.
Sauber’s Pedro de La Rosa had a crazy race full of overtakes and bumping with other cars, but he only managed 13th in the end. With Kobayashi 11th, neither Sauber managed points on Sauber’s 40th anniversary in motorsport.
It had been a mildly exciting race up until now but the best was yet to come. For the first time in a long time, clear team orders were asked of Felipe Massa. Massa himself now denies the team asked him to move aside, and that he told his engineer he wanted Alonso past. Massa appeared to have a slow get away from the hairpin and Alonso slipped passed. It was a bad moment for Ferrari according to many, most comparing it to 2002 in Austria.
Alonso went on to win the race, and Massa held on to second and Vettel made third. Hamilton was 4th and Button was 5th, points again for McLaren who now have 300 in the constructors title.
Webber was 6th, although he had an oil consumption problem. It will be interesting to see if that affects the engine next week.
With regard the Ferrari team order situation, the team have been fined $100,000 and will have to appear in front of the World Motorsport Council. The classification remains unchanged.
Race Result – POST FIA
|3||S. Vettel||Red Bull Renault||+5.121|
|4||L. Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes||+26.869|
|5||J. Button||McLaren Mercedes||+29.482|
|6||M. Webber||Red Bull Renault||+43.606|
|7||R. Kubica||Renault||+1 lap|
|8||N. Rosberg||Mercedes Benz||+1 lap|
|9||M. Schumacher||Mercedes Benz||+1 lap|
|10||V. Petrov||Renault||+1 lap|
|11||K. Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari||+1 lap|
|12||R. Barrichello||Williams Cosworth||+1 lap|
|13||N. Hulkenberg||Williams Cosworth||+1 lap|
|14||P. De la Rosa||Sauber Ferrari||+1 lap|
|15||J. Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari||+1 lap|
|16||V. Liuzzi||Force India Mercedes||+2 laps|
|17||A Sutil||Force India Mercedes||+2 laps|
|18||T. Glock||Virgin Cosworth||+3 laps|
|19||B. Senna||Hispania Cosworth||+4 laps|
|H. Kovalainen||Lotus Cosworth||58||Unknown|
|L. di Grassi||Virgin Cosworth||51||Failure following spin|
|S. Yamamoto||Hispania Cosworth||20||Unknown|
|J. Trulli||Lotus Cosworth||4||Gearbox|
|S. Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari||1||Rear wing|
Post Race Penalties
Scuderia Ferrari – $100,000 for bringing the sport into disrepute through team orders
Heikki Kovalainen – Reprimand, no penalty due to incident with De la Rosa
Force India – Reprimand, no penalty for giving drivers wrong tyres
July 25, 2010 | Categories: 2010 Race Weekends, F1 News | Tags: 000, Adrian Sutil, Alonso Massa, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari $100, Ferrari Fine, Ferrari Team Orders, FIA, German GP, German Grand Prix, German Grand Prix 2010, Hockenheim, Hockenheimring, Jaime Alguersuari, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Pedro De La Rosa, Sauber, Sauber 40th Anniversary, Sebastian Vettel, Tonio Liuzzi | 1 Comment
Mark Webber took a commanding victory today at Silverstone in the wake of controversy surrounding his status at the team. Webber believes he should have not had his new front wing taken off him and handed to Sebastian Vettel, believing the team were favouring the young German.
However all that emotion that was so clear on the Australian’s face yesterday was saved for the first corner where he forced Vettel off the circuit onto the run off at turn one, where Vettel’s luck ran out and he got a puncture.
It was all going on at the back too, with Alonso’s poor start hampering him down the field, before he made contact with team mate Felipe Massa who joined Vettel at the back with a puncture on his Ferrari F10. Michael Schumacher made it up 3 places to 7th too.
Hamilton was hassling Webber in 2nd, and their pace was surprisingly good as they racked home fastest laps. They pulled well clear of Kubica, Rosberg and Alonso who formed the front of a long processional line of traffic that was only broken by the first round of pit stops.
Schumacher gambled on an early stop which didn’t pay off, his team mate Rosberg’s strategy to stay out longer than Alonso and Kubica who pitted one lap after Michael, worked a treat and the young German found himself in 3rd position.
Alonso closed the gap significantly to Kubica and as the pair came into Vale, Alonso dived around the outside, but Kubica forced Fernando off the circuit. However Alonso was still in front as he rejoined at Club, where he stayed as Robert Kubica’s Renault gave up with a differential problem and he retired. However, course steward Nigel Mansell believed Alonso had cut the circuit – not avoiding an accident as the majority of viewers, and former driver Martin Brundle believed, and Alonso got a drive through penalty which he had to serve straight after a safety car period so the Spaniard once again got heavily stung by the FIA.
The safety car was brought out by a battle between Liuzzi and De la Rosa. The Italian tagged the rear of the Sauber and the rear wing disintegrated on the Hangar Straight. It brought the new safety car rules into play, with the SLS AMG Mercedes of Bernd Maylander waiting to pick up the lead car, there was confusion and many backmarkers ended up getting in the way – the new rules might need to be tweaked again.
Further back, Sebastian Vettel was tearing through the field, and would go on to score points passing German rivals Michael Schumacher and Adrian Sutil. Schumacher had a slightly better weekend, but the former 7 time world champion really hasn’t dialled down back to his great racing of the past just yet.
Liuzzi later tagged Alonso giving him a puncture and putting the icing on a failure cake for Ferrari – neither car ended up in the points.
Rubens Barrichello had a stellar day though for Williams, their second consecutive high point score.
|1||M. Webber||Red Bull Renault||126.96.36.199|
|2||L. Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes||+1.360|
|3||N. Rosberg||Mercedes GP||+21.307|
|4||J. Button||McLaren Mercedes||+21.968|
|5||R. Barrichello||Williams Cosworth||+31.456|
|6||K. Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari||+32.171|
|7||S. Vettel||Red Bull Renault||+36.734|
|8||A Sutil||Force India Mercedes||+40.932|
|9||M. Schumacher||Mercedes GP||+41.599|
|10||N. Hulkenberg||Williams Cosworth||+42.012|
|11||V. Liuzzi||Force India Mercedes||+42.459|
|12||S. Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari||+47.627|
|16||J. Trulli||Lotus||+1 lap|
|17||H. Kovalainen||Lotus||+1 lap|
|18||T. Glock||Virgin Cosworth||+1 lap|
|19||K. Chandhok||Hispania||+2 laps|
|20||S. Yamamoto||Hispania||+2 laps|
|J. Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari||45||Crash|
|P. De la Rosa||Sauber Ferrari||30||Rear wing failure|
|L. Di Grassi||Virgin Cosworth||10||Hydraulic|
July 11, 2010 | Categories: 2010 Race Weekends, F1 News | Tags: British F1, British GP, British Grand Prix 2010, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica | Leave a comment