Monday, 26 December 2011

Top Ten Races of 2011

The latest part of my season review is looking at the ten best races of the year.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Team Season Review: Red Bull

Red Bull did the double for the second year in a row - but much more comfortably this time around.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Team Season Review: McLaren

Button got ahead of Hamilton, in an unusual season for the Woking team in which they were 2nd again.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Team Season Review: Ferrari

Fernando Alonso shined for the Scuderia, but the car just wasn't good enough, third again.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Team Season Review: Mercedes

The battle at Mercedes created one of the most intriguing intra-team battles of 2011, but no podiums for either.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Monday, 12 December 2011

Team Season Review: Sauber

They started brilliantly but couldn't keep it up, and Sauber finished seventh.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Team Season Review: HRT

HRT were still the slowest team but they only failed to qualify once.

Drivers: Narain Karthikeyan, Tonio Liuzzi, Daniel Ricciardo
Best Finish: 13th (Canada)
Best Qualifying Result: 21st (Turkey, Spain, Canada, India, Abu Dhabi, Brazil)
Points: 0
Constructor's Championship: 11th
GRADE: E-

Despite beating Virgin to eleventh place again in the standings, Hispania endured another very hard year, and they were arguably more off the pace than in 2010. HRT were humiliated as both Tonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan failed to qualify in Australia, not making 107% of the pole position time, therefore not being allowed to start. BBC F1 commentator said "I hope the HRT's are faster than they were this morning, because 'moving chicane' doesn't even cover it. Put it this way, they won't be getting fined for speeding down the pit lane any time soon." However, their season soon improved, and they often beat Virgin, while qualifying for every race from there on. Their best race was Canada, where Liuzzi finished a fantastic thirteenth for the Spanish team. At Silverstone, they replaced Karthikeyan with young Aussie Daniel Ricciardp, who did a good job.


NARAIN KARTHIKEYAN
Best Finish: 17th (Monaco, Canada, India)
Points: 0
Driver's Championship: 26th
GRADE: F-

Karthikeyan in action at China

We were all really surprised when HRT announced they had signed Narain Karthikeyan for their second season. He hadn't raced in 2005, and this showed early in the season. However, at Monaco, Karthikeyan took 17th, his best finish up until that point. However, at Canada, in the extremely wet conditions, he came home 14th, but was handed a time penalty for corner cutting. He was replaced after the European Grand Prix, in which he finished 24th, by Daniel Ricciardo, but returned for his home race, the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, where he qualified a strong 22nd, and finished a positive 17th in a good home weekend. He got three 17ths, and only failed to qualify once, in Australia. Despite this, Karthikeyan was very poor, and it is extremely unlikely that he will get a F1 drive in 2012.

TONIO LIUZZI
Best Finish: 13th (Canada)
Points: 0
Driver's Championship: 23rd
GRADE: D-


Liuzzi on his way to 21st at Korea
After leaving Force India, Liuzzi was considered as a possible replacement for the injured Robert Kubica at Renault, but they signed German Nick Heidfeld instead. Liuzzi was announced as Hispania’s second driver after the pre-season test at Catalunya. He, along with team mate Karthikeyan, failed to qualify in Australia, before retiring in Malaysia due to safety reasons. Despite crashing heavily in Free Practice, Liuzzi finished a strong sixteenth in Monaco. However, he recorded Hispania’s best ever result with a thirteenth place finish at the wet Canadian Grand Prix. He took an 18th place at Silverstone, where his new team mate Daniel Ricciardo was announced, before retiring at Monza after a heavy collision on the first lap with Nico Rosberg and Vitaly Petrov. He was beaten by Ricciardo in the next three races, but wasn’t chosen to race at India, before finishing 20th in Abu Dhabi, and retiring in Brazil. Liuzzi regularly beat Karthikeyan, and often got on top of highly rated team mate Daniel Ricciardo.

DANIEL RICCIARDO

Best Finish: 18th (Hungary, India)
Points: 0
Driver's Championship: 27th
GRADE: C-

Ricciardo at the Indian Grand Prix

After performing well in many practice sessions for Toro Rosso, as well as topping all three days of the 2010 Young Drivers' Test, young Australian Daniel Ricciardo was signed up by Hispania to replace Narain Karthikeyan, at Silverstone. After finishing last on his debut, he began to improve, and sometimes had the pace to beat Liuzzi. He finished eighteenth twice, first at Hungary, and then at India, where the Hispania car was at its best through the season. He was expected to be replaced by home man Karthikeyan for the inaugural Indian race, but Hispania were impressed by Ricciardo, and kept him and chose Liuzzi to stand down for the race. Ricciardo also got four nineteenth places, and never failed to qualify. He is tipped for hot things in the future, with Toro Rosso a likely option in 2012.

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Friday, 2 December 2011

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Kimi Raikkonen to return to F1 in 2012

It has finally being confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen is returning to F1 next year, but not with the team we may have thought.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Virgin confirm Pic to replace D'Ambrosio in 2012

Virgin have confirmed that Charles Pic is replacing Jerome D'Ambrosio next year.

Webber finally wins in 2011 with season finale triumph

Australian Mark Webber finally won a race in 2011, in the season finale, after taking advantage of a gearbox issue for his team mate.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Brazilian Grand Prix Preview

Brazil is host to the last race of 2011, and the season closes at a classic track.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Guest Article by Jack Leslie: Jenson's pressing the right Buttons

One of my biggest supporters and a fellow blogger, Jack Leslie has kindly written a guest article for me.
BY JACK LESLIE
The word “Button” can be used in a number of metaphorical ways, and by coincidence many relate to Jenson Button’s F1 2011 season.


Not only does it seem that the “speed” and “consistency” Buttons have been pressed this season, it also seems the Button “overtake” has been pressed as well. I am not saying that these Button’s were not being used throughout the rest of his F1 career, but it seems this year he has stepped it up another notch. Some say he is even driving better than his 2009 Championship winning season. 


After 11 podium positions in 18 races, Button has certainly had a good year. He even bettered his previous amount of podiums in 2009 of 9 in a season and his 2004 run of 10 podiums; it just shows that his consistency has improved immensely. He has so far only not scored twice, in the British and German Grand Prix’s were the car and pit crew let him down. 


Button and Hamilton: Contrasting seasons
Another Button he has been pressing is his team mate Lewis Hamilton’s. After a poor year in Hamilton’s eyes he has been beaten to the chequered flag by Button on 9 occasions this year alone and that impressive feat has pressed his buttons. Hamilton has been increasingly frustrated about the numerous incidents of which has been involved in, along with the frustration that Button can extract the maximum out of the car when he is unable to. This has led to him questioning his mental state on more than a few occasions. Hamilton’s year would be taken up gladly by the likes of the midfield runners, with 6 podiums of which 3 are wins, but this is not good enough for Hamilton who has never had less than 5 podiums in any of his current F1 season results. 


Jenson Button has not only been calm on the track with his smooth driving style, but off the track too he is happy to talk to fans and press. He is a big fan of the BBC F1 team and has said before that he regards them all as “friends.” He is a friendly and relaxed person, especially after the 2009 season. He is also in a stable and happy relationship with Japanese model Jessica Michibata; who have recently moved in together for the Asian races. 


In contrast Hamilton has just come out of a high profile relationship with American singer Nicole Scherzinger and has been in the press over recent visits out with other girls. He also dropped his manager, who was his Father Anthony, and replaced him with Simon Fuller. This caused small rifts in the family but he is now has their full support. After his constant clashes with Massa he is under huge pressure to deliver results and that is getting to him mentally and physically.

Jack Leslie blogs at http://talkfromjackleslief1.blogspot.com/
Want to write a guest article for us? Email me at daykind@live.co.uk

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Friday, 11 November 2011

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview

We set off to Yas Island for the penultimate race of the year, the track which Vettel took the title at in 2010.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Drinking Game

A more fun way of watching the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix! Just a light-hearted bit of banter.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Vettel revels in comfortable Indian victory

Vettel wins again, comfortably dominating the Indian Grand Prix after Hamilton and Massa collide yet again.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Vettel on pole for first Indian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel leads a Red Bull front row lockout in India after Lewis Hamilton's penalty.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Indian Grand Prix Preview

Race 17 of 2011 is held at a new circuit, in India, which prepares for its first race.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Hamilton flies to first non Red Bull pole of 2011

Red Bull are knocked off pole for the first time this year after a great lap for Lewis Hamilton.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Korean Grand Prix Preview

We head to Korea after a spectacular race last year, we will hope for the same this weekend.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Vettel inches McLarens to Suzuka pole

Sebastian Vettel takes pole again, but it is much closer as he narrowly beats the McLarens.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Japanese Grand Prix Preview

Suzuka is one of the drivers' favourite tracks, and will likely crown this years World Champion.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Lewis Hamilton: Where is his career heading?

Lewis Hamilton is going through a difficult patch, and here is an analysis of Formula One's troubled star.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Singapore win leaves Vettel 1 point away from title

Sebastian Vettel comfortably controlled the Singapore Grand Prix, to leave him a point away from the championship.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Friday, 23 September 2011

The features F1 2011 needs to make it a great game

A screenshot of F1 2010, but how can it be bettered?

Last year, Codemasters released F1 2010 on PS3, XBOX 360 and PC. This year, they are releasing
2011's version, with updated liveries, and the entrance into the game for Paul di Resta, Jerome D'Ambrosio, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado. I want to explain how 2010's version can be improved, and what I want in 2011's game to make it a great game.

NEW FEATURES
First of all, I cannot understand the obsession amongst F1 fans to have a safety car in the game. I realise that it makes the game more realistic, but when it was finally confirmed as 'in' the game, people reacted as if World War Two had just stopped. Anyway, I'm sure it will make the ends of the race interesting for those who do long races. But it won't work well (or at all) without more realism from the AI cars, which I will discuss later. I am really interested to see how Codemasters manage the new KERS and DRS systems, which need to be realistic and tactical enough to attract the hardcore F1 fan but also the casual gamer.

LIVE THE LIFE
The Toro Rosso area in F1 2011
Last season, the choice of helmet desgins was somewhat disappointing. I realise it is difficult to incorporate making your own into the game, but surely there can be some more choices, or even having real life designs, for instance F1 fans like Alonso's, Hamilton's, Schumacher's helmets, and maybe there could be a way of putting that in. Also, the paddock is exactly the same for every team in F1 2010, which I was extremely disappointed with. That is definitely something that needs to be improved.  Also, the interview system needs improving. it would be good to see more of the actual driver, for instance celebrating with your team after a great result, or been devastated after a crash. I am told that these will be in the game though. I would also like to see a better system with the agent, as well as contracts. You could only be offered a 1-year contract with a team, and it is also unlikely that you would be sacked after you won a championship. Another thing I want is the podium ceremony, which is looking like it could well be in. Car numbers didn't change, nor did even slightly the car designs.

The FOM TV Display, with lap counter and positions.
ON TRACK
One of the main issues last year was with the AI cars. They were the most unrealistic part of F1 2010, with stupid results like Tonio Liuzzi regularly on the podium. Also, I would like to see a more realistic representation of the drivers themselves, for example seeing that Vettel is immense in qualifying, that Alonso can come from nowhere, that Button is great on the tyres, that Hamilton is good in the wet, that Kobayashi goes for bansai moves etc would make the game even better. Also, I think it would be good if the proper FOM TV display was shown, like the image shows. Also, it was met with joy when the safety car was confirmed, but in F1 2010, no driver ever crashed, and it didn't really rain hard enough for the SC to come out, so I don't know when the safety car will be used. I just hope that the AI cars are less "Consistent" and crash more, otherwise all the enthusiasm for the safety car will be for nothing. I want to see a realistic version of DRS and KERS, because it is too easy to overtake anyway. For instance, at Canada, the DRS made overtakes arguably too easy, whereas last weekend in Monza, DRS was ineffective. It was quite easy in the wet, as you just went fastest easily. This needs to be improved.

CONCLUSION
Most of the main points that I have actually looks to have been addressed, because this video, which is hyperlinked below, where the multiplayer mode has been used, recreates action from this season. After seeing this, I am really looking forward to F1 2011. F1 2011 Video - the season so far


Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Singapore Grand Prix Preview

We approach Singapore, F1's only night race, with Sebastian Vettel having virtually won his second consecutive title after victories in Spa and Monza. In fact, Vettel can win the title this weekend, but he needs his rivals to have a bad race, so the Red Bull man may have to wait for Japan or Korea to win it. Also, it could be a tough race for the German, as many of his rivals are strong here. Fernando Alonso won last year, and in 2008, while Lewis Hamilton won in 2009.

Last year, it was Alonso and Vettel a country mile ahead of everyone else, with the Spaniard's excellent pole position converted to a gorgeous victory, leading every lap, despite finishing just 0.3 seconds ahead of Vettel. So those two are for sure contenders this year, and with the Ferrari's improved pace at Monza, as well as Red Bull taking a brilliant victory, so they are both going to Singapore in the best shape possible.


Alonso and Vettel were on top in 2010
Lewis Hamilton has very mixed experiences of the Singapore track, with a 3rd place in 2008, followed by a pole-win in 2009, but 2010 was a different story. Racing for 3rd with Mark Webber, they collided with the McLaren driver retiring on the spot.
Hamilton will be hoping he does better than last year, and he knows the Mclaren is quite well suited to this track, so he will be hoping to join Alonso, Button and Webber in delaying Vettel's championship party.

The championship is over but even so, the battle for 2nd is intense, with nothing seperating the four drivers involved. Watch out obviosuly for the top five, but also Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, who are battling for the most points in the Mercedes, with Schumacher in brilliant form right now. Virgin will be hoping that they can be best of the newer teams this weekend, as Timo Glock is very good around this circuit, taking a second place for Toyota in 2009.

Pirelli are bringing their softest compounds to this race, which will help Ferrari, who really struggle on the harder compounds, as was shown in Monza. The heat, even though it is a night race, is intense, which will play into Ferrari's hands once more.

The track is bumpy and dusty, and difficult to master. It takes a strong driver to keep his focus during the night time with bright lights on such a twisty track for near enough two hours. The chicanes following the second straight are very difficult to work, as Adrian Sutil found out in practice last year, flying through the air uncontrollably as he got his line wrong. Lewis Hamilton even made a complaint about the chicanes, saying that they may even be unsafe.

So, who's gonna be the main protagonists? Sebastian Vettel will want to win the championship this weekend, but a lot of results have to go his way if that is to happen. Fernando Alonso has good experiences with this track, and knows that this is probably Ferrari's last big chance to best Red Bull this season. Lewis Hamilton is always a key figure, and won here in 2009. His team mate Jenson Button has a chance, with his brilliant work on his tyres surely coming in useful with the softest compounds. And what about Schumacher and Rosberg? Have the Mercedes tides finally turned in favour of Schuey? Who knows? I don't, but I do expect a good race at a novel, unique, and beautiful track.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Why has Sebastian Vettel done so well this season?

Vettel's being amazing this year, and is so close to the championship, and here's the reasons why.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Vettel closes in on title after Monza victory

Sebastian Vettel performs a magnificent overtake on Fernando Alonso as he wins the Italian Grand Prix.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Italian Grand Prix Preview

Monza is all about straight line speed - and McLaren and Ferrari will fancy their chances this weekend.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Vettel leads home Red Bull one-two at Spa

Sebastian Vettel brilliantly wins at Spa, leading a Red Bull one-two after Lewis Hamilton retires.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Vettel beats Hamilton to pole in dramatic Belgian qualifying

Sebastian Vettel is on pole again, after winning the battle in an eventful qualifying session at Belgium.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Guest Article: Why Jenson Button is a world class driver

Jack Leslie becomes the first person to write a guest article for my site, discussing Jenson Button's career.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Is Button better than Hamilton?

A very hotly debated question is Who is the better McLaren driver? In this article I look at both drivers, before coming to a conclusion.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Brilliant Button wins Hungary thriller

Jenson Button won his second race of the season with a brilliant drive at the Hungaroring in changable conditions.

Vettel back to form with Hungary pole

Sebastian Vettel returned to pole position at Hungary, beating Lewis Hamilton to pole in an intense session at the Hungaroring.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Perez and Kobayashi stay at Sauber for 2012

Sauber have confirmed that they will be keeping Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi for next season. The two drivers have being impressive this year, and it is no surprise they are being kept on.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Is this the downfall of Sebastian Vettel?

After superbly winning six of the first eight races of this season, defending world champion Sebastian Vettel has failed to win the last two races, his Red Bull out paced and outclassed by the might of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton. Is this the downfall of Sebastian Vettel?

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Charles Pic

With a good record in GP2, and after a strong performance in the 2011 Abu Dhabi Young Drivers' Test, Charles Pic now is driving for Marussia.

Jean-Eric Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne has being a renowned tester for the Red Bull Young Driver Programme since 2010, and topped all three days of the 2011 Young Driver's Test at Abu Dhabi. He now drives for Toro Rosso.

Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg is the former GP2 Champion, and took an incredible pole position at the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix for Williams, and now is back, with Force India.

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean is a French driver who stood in at Renault for the second half of 2009, and now is being given another shot with the team in 2012.

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen is the 2007 Formula One World Champion, and has raced for both McLaren and Ferrari, before returning this season, with Lotus.

Karun Chandhok

Karun Chandhok is an Indian driver who joined F1 in 2010, and is a total expert on the sport, commentating for BBC 5 Live while being Team Lotus' test driver in 2011.

Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa is renowned as one of the greatest testers after testing for McLaren for a long period of time, as well as finishing 2nd in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Nick Heidfeld

Nick Heidfeld is an extremely experienced driver, and is often referred to as the "best driver never to win a race."

Jerome D'Ambrosio

Jerome D'Ambrosio is a Belgian driver who had just one season in F1, with Virgin, but performed very well, with strong drives throughout 2011.

Timo Glock

Timo Glock is widely considered to be an excellent driver, with a great talent. Most would like to see how he'd perform in a top team.

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Vitantonio Liuzzi is a highly experienced Italian driver, with six seasons in the sport, at teams including Red Bull and Force India.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo was instantly impressive when driving for HRT in 2011, and has been a member of the Red Bull Young Driver Programme for a long time, so its no surprise he's now at Toro Rosso.

Narain Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan is most famous for his fourth place in the 2005 US Grand Prix, and has raced for many different teams. He is the first ever Indian driver.

Heikki Kovalainen

After two disappointing seasons at McLaren, Heikki Kovalainen has established himself as a respected driver at Caterham.

Jarno Trulli

After a long career in Formula One, Jarno Trulli has always been renowned as a great qualifier, and famously won the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix.

Sebastien Buemi

Sebastien Buemi had three seasons at Toro Rosso, with some good drives, and is now the Red Bull and Toro Rosso reserve driver.

Jaime Alguersuari

Jaime Alguerusari is the youngest ever driver to participate in a Formula One race, and drove for Toro Rosso for two and a half seasons, generally impressing.

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez is a Mexican driver, whose first season in F1 was fantastic, with a great sense of tyre management, which led to him being my rookie of the year in 2011.

Kamui Kobayashi

A fast and exciting Japanese driver, Kamui Kobayashi is well liked in the public eye for his overtaking skill and exciting driving style.

Paul di Resta

Paul di Resta is a young Scottish driver with a massive amount of talent and displayed very impressive pace in his debut year.

Adrian Sutil

Adrian Sutil is considered to be a very good driver, with a strong talent in the wet, as well as always being good at Monaco.

Pastor Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado is a Venezuelan driver, who has won the GP2 Championship, and gave Rubens Barrichello a big run for his money in 2011.

Rubens Barrichello

The most experienced man in F1, Rubens Barrichello took part in over 300 races, and was one of the most popular and well liked drivers ever to emerge in the sport.

Robert Kubica

Considered by Fernando Alonso as the best driver in F1, Robert Kubica is extremely talented, and is currently recovering from injuries sustained in a 2011 rally crash.

Bruno Senna

Bruno Senna is the nephew of the legend Ayrton Senna, and displayed an impressive qualifying pace in 2011.

Vitaly Petrov

Vitaly Petrov is most famous for being the first ever Russian in F1, driving brilliantly in the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and taking third place in the 2011 Australian Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa is a Brazilian who is in his sixth season at Ferrari, and came painfully close to winning the 2008 Championship.

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg is generally believed to be an excellent young driver, who has beaten Michael Schumacher in the last two seasons.

Michael Schumacher

Regarded by many as the greatest driver ever to live, Michael Schumacher is the most successful, with seven championships, and is in his second career.

Fernando Alonso

Often described as the greatest driver in the sport, Fernando Alonso is an exceptional double world champion with a burning desire to win.

Jenson Button

Jenson Button is the 2009 World Champion and is renowned for his calm, smooth and controlled driving style, with a special talent in the changeable conditions.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is one of the most talented and popular drivers ever to enter the sport, and won the World Championship in just his second season.

Mark Webber

Mark Webber is a driver who came about in 2002, and has been a fans favourite ever since. His Australian charm, great personality and massive determination mean he is admired across the world.

Sebastian Vettel

The young German Sebastian Vettel is an extremely talented driver, and already a double world champion. His qualifying pace has always been exceptional, and more recently has proven his overtaking prowess.