3 key moments of 2010 season

Red Bulls cars crash in Turkey – In a very bizarre incident the two Red Bulls cars crashed during Turkish GP. Vettel went to overtake as he believed that he was faster of the two cars. But the end effect didn’t suit any of the Red Bull teammate.

Ferrari team orders at German GP – Massa pulled over towards the end of the race to let Alonso past. However the stewards imposed a fine of  $100,000 on the Ferrari team.

Red Bulls’ reliability – Vettel could have wrapped up the WDC a few races ago had he had greater reliability. The car picked up 14 poles and 8 wins in the season but still suffered with reliability issues.

 

Mark Webber crash at European GP

Mark Webber crashed his Red Bull RB6 at the back of Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus and landed upside down. Webber felt Kovalainen’s defence of his position was pointless against a car that was so much faster.

Crash

“I’m happy. I was just having a shower and thinking, ‘Mate, you’re lucky to be in one piece.’ “It was a nasty incident. I was surprised by what happened. I’m a little bit tender here and there but the car did a great job.” said Webber

New teams are too slow with respect to established powerhouses like Red Bull, Mclaren, Ferrari and Renault. Teams have been critical of their slow paces with Ferrari most vocal of the lot.

2009 F1 Season Review Montages

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Rubens wins European Grand Prix

Rubens_valRubens Barrichello took his first victory today at Valencia after Chinese GP in 2004. Brazilian dedicated his victory in the European Grand Prix in Valencia this weekend to his injured countryman Felipe Massa. Last December, Rubens was not certain to get a seat in a F1 car but now he has shot himself into a contention for WDC. The victory is down to the team’s strategy and his drive and determination during the whole weekend. Most of the teams came out of their garages to applaud him!

Lewis Hamilton is second in the race and continues excellent pace Mclaren have discovered recently. His cruise for the first place was not helped by Mclaren decision. Hamilton was meant to come in on lap 37 but Mclaren wanted to extend him to 38. But this decision came a couple of seconds too late, the time during which Hamilton entered the pitlane. In the process tyres were not ready and hence at least 6 seconds were lost.

Kimi Raikkonen stood third in the race. The KERS power boost at the start saw Kimi move immediately up two places to fourth.

Kovalainen, Rosberg, Alonso, Button and Kubica finished in points in that order only.

Red Bull had an awful day at office with Webber finishing in 9th while Vettel DNF due to engine failure. Another person with an awful weekend was Luca Badoer. He finished seventeenth after several spins.

Hamilton rides home a win

Lewis Hamilton of Mclaren Mercedes won Hungarian GP ahead of second placed Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and third place Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing.

Hamilton got to a strong start using his KERS to get ahead of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.  Mark Webber though passed him again but Hamilton regained the position later. Hamilton took the race lead at lap 13 after front right tight came off Fernando Alonso’s car after latter’s pitstop. Renault have been suspended from next GP at Valencia because of the incident. Hamilton then never lost the race lead. The win is an effort of all the team and hats off to team Mclaren for proving once again that class is permanent and form is only temporary.

Raikkonen had an equally good start but was investigated for the event surrounding his contact with Vettel at the start. He pushed his KERS enough to get ahead of Vettel after turn 1. But Vettel had to retire soon after damaging his suspension!

Jenson Button finished seventh and blamed tyre issues for the late foes in the championship. Button is still 18.5 points ahead of Webber in WDC.

Drivers of F1

2009 season of the FIA F1 championship has been a revelation to me and it is not because of the loathsome F1 politics!

The current season saw the rule changes unprecedented since 1984 and this led to a reshuffle of the racing field. The once Ferrari and Mclaren dominated grid now saw Brawn GP and Red Bull Racing leading the pack. Ferrari and Mclaren found themselves languishing at the back when the season started and now only after half the season is gone are starting to show some signs of recovery. Even now their gap with Brawn GP and Red Bull Racing is huge.

But what has surprised me?

With a fan growing up in the era of Schumacher’s Ferrari, I had a feeling that their exists a huge difference between the driving capability of drivers in the lesser cars. This era in which i became huge fan of the sport included drivers like Button and Webber. But after witnessing events of this season with Button having a cushion of 21 points on WDC to his nearest rival and Webber claiming his first win after being a 130 races veteran, I am first to claim that I was wrong.  There might be a few drivers who can’t cut it out at this stage of racing (Seb Bourdais anyone?) but most of the drivers in F1 today (or any given year) can win races and even challenge for driver’s championship given a right kind of machinery. It is a driver with his machine and his team only to win a race or title.

We see in current grid drivers like Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso as also-rans, who are all previous champions. Also, we see also-rans of previous years like Jenson Button and Mark Webber ready to make their mark on the sport.

I totally believe that with a right car Jarno Trulli  can be a WDC champion, or Adrian Sutil who came so close 3 times to be in points with his Force India car or Sebastian Buemi or Robert Kubica……

My respect for F1 drivers has now increased many folds.

Red Bull dances to one-two finish in China

delirious vettelSebastian Vettel cruises to first at Shanghai International Circuit in China. This is second career win for the young German driver and first victory for Red Bull Racing. The victory of Vettel is further sweetened by second place finish of team-mate Mark Webber.

After heavy rains at the circuit the race could only start behind Safety car.

McLaren, Ferrari and Renault struggled for another weekend although McLaren finished fifth and sixth to salvage certain points. Miserable times at Ferrari continued after Massa stopped for a car problem and Raikkonen just couldn’t cope up with rest of the field and finished tenth.

Flawless victory by Sebastian Vettel is another step towards his future goal of winning WDC

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