Amazing race for Force India

sutilThe Force India team today achieved a double race finish along with securing a 9th and 11th finish in the Australian Grand Prix. Adrian Sutil finished in 9th position with Giancarlo Fisichella 11th.

Giancarlo Fisichella showed an improved pace of new Mercedes powered VJM02 and by lap 12 was in a points scoring position. After Nakazima’s accident as safety car arrived, Fisichella reached a maximum 4th position, however mistake of missing pitbox on entering the pitlane cost him and he rejoined in 14th position.

Adrian Sutil lost part of his front wing at the very first corner of the race and was forced to pit. He then dropped to the rear of the field to make a comeback later in the race.

There was though a bit of hilarious moment when both drivers were taking each other out (why?) and hit each other.

Both the drivers showed their resilience to finish the race. The result is the team’s best since its 2008 debut.

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Brawn set the benchmark at Australian Grand Prix

jenson-button_1368851iIts a comeback story which will win a lot of hearts. The Brawn  Mercedes fairy tale continued on Sunday. Today they got a one-two finish for Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello in the first Grand Prix of the season after a late collision between Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica.

Brawn GP have the best car. But the work has just started. The big boys have all been bitten today and they must be very mad and working at a faster pace. Brawn GP need cash to develop the car and many potential investors will be very pleased by today’s result. Richard Branson is also tipping for a possible buy-in!

From today’s race we saw that new set of rules for aerodynamics have certainly made the F1 a better spectacle. The field was compact and

The race finished behind safety car after Vettel-Kubica collision, Vettel is also handed a 10 place penalty for next race.

The race was a double disaster for Scuderia Ferrari. Felipe Massa retired late in the race and Kimi Raikkonen spunned into the barriers.

I was very pleased to see 19 year old debutant Sebastian Buemi for Toro Rosso winning a point.

And what must Honda will be feeling at their headquarters. Surely kicking themselves at the back! Brawn GP was known as Honda until a few weeks ago and then gave the whole operation for £1

Race report

Brawn supremacy

Brawn GP creates history by outpacing teams in Australia

buttonjensonFinally the season has started. It was so good to listen to the sounds of engines again. And what a sport! Established teams from last years struggling and the story of the event is Brawn GP.

The Honda team left in dead waters in December is resurrected only a couple of weeks ago as Brawn GP and now in the Australian GP qualifying have done a 1 2 outpacing all the teams in all the 3 qualifying sessions.

The diffusion row was not for nothing. The teams with double decker diffusers are certainly gaining a lot of time advantage relative to others.

Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello are 1 2 at Melbourne. Sebastian Vettel is 3 and the Red bull is looking very good. Robert Kubica had an amazing drive to 4 after his KERS powered team mate couldn’t make it into Q3.

Today’s result is the first time a new entrant has taken pole for its debut since factory Mercedes-Benz team in the 1954 French GP – Autosport

Ferrari are 7 and 9 on the grid, Mclaren 14 and 15 with Lewis Hamilton having gearbox trouble after he just sneaked into Q2.

The year has changed but at a restructured Force India nothing has changed. Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil were 18 and 19 respectively.

Top 5 drivers in Q3

1. Jenson Button – 1′26.202
2. Rubens Barrichello – 1′26.505
3. Sebastian Vettel – 1′26.830
4. Robert Kubica – 1′26.914
5. Nico Rosberg – 1′26.973

A new F1 dawn beckons in 2 days

2The upcoming season due to start at Melbourne on Friday is most widely awaited season in recent history. Drastic rules changes to promote more overtaking has created a level playing field for teams at the end of last year and from testing form we find new contenders for the top spot. The introduction of wider front wings, narrow rear wings, KERS, return to slick tyres are some of the changes at the top of my head. Increase of pit lane speed from 80 to 100 kmph will see a shift in strategy too.

For the first time, the front wings are adjustable from the cockpit through six degrees, twice a lap. It will lead a driver to generate a greater downforce while challenging another, to reduce the aerodynamically induced understeer problem that has traditionally militated against passing. KERS  can give drivers up to 85 bhp for 6.6s a lap, giving them their own ‘push-to-pass’ aid.

Right now it seems that several teams could set the pace in Australia– Brawn, Ferrari, BMW Sauber and Toyota were very strong during testing. Brawn are this year’s Cinderella story. Every team is pointing at them as their most fearsome rival.

Also we will see a more mature Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa, the car developing genius of Fernando Alonso, underfire Kimi Raikkonen, new  potential of Sebastian Vettel along with steel of Robert Kubica battling for the WDC round the year. Then there are veterans like Rubens Barrichello, Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button in a season when they can shed their tag of under-performance.

I’m as excited as a Parish Priest at an altar boy convention!

Opinion: Points system row is embarrasing for F1

d07bel3630F1 is a sport which boasts itself as an epitome of technological and scientific innovation and only next to space technology. It boasts a billion of fans across the world but sometimes internal politics should only kept inside the boardrooms.

The F1 powerplay currently is between teams association FOTA and Max Mosley/Bernie Ecclestone. Teams are fighting for their survival in the sport during the current economic weather by demanding more money from Ecclestone. Ecclestone although has another ideas. He along with his long time ally Max Mosley trying to embarrass FOTA at every moment along with an effort to divide the group.

The current refusal by the teams to sign on ‘winner takes all’ system, in which the driver with the most wins would be champion.

To bring in a new rule at short notice requires the teams to sign off on it unanimously and, stunned by the FIA’s budget cap move, they’ve said, “You know what? We aren’t going to to that, Max.”

FOTA unanimously disliked the system crafted by Max Mosley. Drivers like Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button ridiculed this idea of FIA.

Now that FIA has decided not to introduce the new system if the teams did not agree with it. 2010 will see the proposed system.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says that the current situation is not good for the image of F1.

What everyone involved needs to remember is that they are going to gain more if they work together. F1 is a single company. Too often the people involved allow their personal ambitions, to get in the way of progress. The most important thing is the sport and the fights should be solved within the boardroom.

and now FIA defer points system

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Only after a couple of days of introducing a new points system, FIA backtracks on the winner takes all points rule. Apparently FOTA were against the rule and FIA have to back down for another year.

The whole episode shows that Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone are working together to undermine FOTA at every opportune moment. Even after postponing the point system Ecclestone remains adamant to introduce the system in 2010.

“It’s logic – you go to the athletics and you look at the 100 metres, you’re not looking at the guy that’s second, you’re looking at the winner,” said Ecclestone. “In most sports people are looking at winners.

On the other side FOTA is happy that the unity among teams is not a lost cause. Renault boss Flavio Briatore is happy with the FOTA’s unity.

“What has happened demonstrated that if the teams are together, their voice can count,” said Briatore

Alonso criticies new F1 rules

2 times WDC champion Fernando Alonso has criticized new F1 rules presented by FIA. He said that such changes might jeopardize the future of the sport.

“I don’t understand the need to change the rules of the sport constantly. I think this kind of decisions can only confuse the fans,” said Alonso.

“Formula 1 has existed for over 50 years thanks to the teams, the sponsors, the drivers and, above all, the fans from all over the world, and none of them have been able to express their views in front of the FIA.”

“I worry, not so much about the decisions that affect the season that’s about to start, but, above all, those that affect the future of the competition in the coming years. I hope somehow these measures can be reconsidered in the short-term.”

He wrote this on his official website and it echoes the comment of his Renault team boss Flavio Briatore.

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