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The misfortune of Sebastian Vettel

What a day…  For me everything began with a non working alarm clock… Fortunately I woke up for the race  😛

I really have to say first that today’s race really deserve the name “Race”. It was very thrilling and compared to Bahrain two weeks ago the cars where much closer and we saw much more overtaking.

On the grid, all cars got intermediate tyres because it has started to rain. At the start Seb kept the lead while Button touched Alonso, who did then a 180° spin and damaged Schumi’s front wing. A bit later in the first lap we saw and big crash which was caused by Kamui Kobayashi, who’s Sauber lost his front wing. He crashed then into the Hulk and Buemi. Trulli didn’t even start the race because he had hydraulics problems. At the front Seb leaded with big gap even when the safety car was out (due to the kobayashi crash). The first man to change from intermediates to slicks was Jenson Button. First he slided a bit around but then he was much faster than the others so that all except the Red Bulls and Force Indias came in to change tyres in one lap. The lap after Seb came in and his team did another great pit stop ! Webbo came in one lap after his teammate. Another time, the victory seemed very save for Seb… Til lap 25… He had a problem with the left front brake and stopped in the gravel at turn 13. After the race he said: “This unreliability is breaking my balls!” Well because Seb had once more misfortune Button inherited the lead and won the race. The funniest duel was Jaime Alguersuari vs. Michael Schumacher – the youngest vs. the oldest driver. At the end Schumi won the battle and earned one point as he finished 10th but Jaime showed an extremely good pace too!! In my opinion the big surprise of the weekend was Kubica who scored a second place with his Renault!

As I said at the begin, this race was very thrilling with many overtaking and many “DNF”: Trulli, Kobayashi, Buemi, Hülkenberg (all lap 1),Senna (lap4), Petrov, Sutil (both lap 9), Vettel (lap25), Di Grassi (lap 26) and Glock (lap 41).

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 58 1:33:36.531 4
2 11 Robert Kubica Renault 58 +12.0 secs 9
3 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 +14.4 secs 5
4 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 58 +16.3 secs 3
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 58 +16.6 secs 6
6 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 +29.8 secs 11
7 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 58 +59.8 secs 13
8 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 58 +60.5 secs 8
9 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 58 +67.3 secs 2
10 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 58 +69.3 secs 7
11 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 58 +71.3 secs 17
12 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 58 +74.0 secs 14
13 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 56 +2 Laps 19
14 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 53 +5 Laps 22
Ret 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 41 Suspension 23
Ret 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 26 Hydraulics 24
Ret 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 25 Wheel issue 1
Ret 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 9 Engine 10
Ret 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 9 Spin 18
Ret 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 4 Hydraulics 21
Ret 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 0 Accident 12
Ret 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 0 Accident 15
Ret 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 0 Accident 16
Ret 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 0 Hydraulics 20

For next week’s Malaysia Grand Prix we have a little change: I’ll do the qualifying post and Banu the Race post because I go on hols Saturday evening.

See you next Saturday for the Malaysia qualifying!!!

Jenny

xoxo

The raging Red Bull rampaged!

We’re back! And in Melbourne, Australia: the engines revved up and the coats got worn. Yeah you heard right; it was a cold day in Australia! In Bahrain, we said the teams of Red Bull and Ferrari were the front-runners out of the top 4 but we were not sure which order we put them in! So what did happen in qualifying? TWO WORDS:RED BULL . The drivers of the Red Bull Racing left behind the rest of the field and turned the third qualifying session into a 2-horse battle. With both drivers initially setting the times to beat but the 22 yr old Sebastian Vettel came out as the victorious man for the 2nd race in running. Webber trailed him by only 0.016 seconds while 3rd fastest man Alonso well he was nowhere near the pace of Webber let alone Sebastian Vettel. 4th place went to current World Champion Jenson Button 0.564 seconds behind Alonso. Dissapointment for the other Ferrari as he qualified an average 5th which was 0.726 behind his teammate Alonso. The mind games began in the Mercedes garage as 7 time world champion Michael Schumacher was once again out qualified by his teammate Nico Rosberg. Anyone feeling that the confidence in Schumacher is slowly chipping away? Hamilton’s love for Melbourne will be short lived as the 2008 World Champion failed to make it into the the final session of Qualifying and “could not find the pace in the car” so he starts a lowly 11th on the grid tomorrow. Im guessing you would know who dropped out during the first session: All the new teams with the added Petrov. While in the 2nd session, the usual victims such as Williams, BMW Sauber and Toro Rosso. So another day, another pole of Mr Vettel! But can he translate that into a win? GOD I HOPE SO!!!! Jenny will tell you more about the race tomorrow 🙂

Bye Bye! See you on twitter for tomorrow bright and early! Banu xoxox

PS: Please enjoy this video of a lap around Melbourne Circuit! By our own Mark Webber

1 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
2 Australia M Webber Red Bull
3 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
4 Great Britain J Button McLaren
5 Brazil F Massa Ferrari
6 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
7 Germany M Schumacher Mercedes
8 Brazil R Barrichello Williams
9 Poland R Kubica Renault
10 Germany A Sutil Force India
11 Great Britain L Hamilton McLaren
12 Switzerland S Buemi Toro Rosso
13 Italy V Liuzzi Force India
14 Spain P de la Rosa BMW Sauber
15 Germany N Hulkenberg Williams
16 Japan K Kobayashi BMW Sauber
17 Spain J Alguersuari Toro Rosso
18 Russia V Petrov Renault
19 Finland H Kovalainen Lotus
20 Italy J Trulli Lotus
21 Germany T Glock Virgin
22 Brazil L di Grassi Virgin
23 Brazil B Senna Hispania
24 India K Chandhok

Guest Post by Szécsi Zsanett

I started watching Formula 1 when I was a (little) child. For me, Schumi was the best and I could argue really hardly about this fact. At those times I saw those beautiful fast cars doing rounds with that funny voice, saw the happiness on everyone’s face after the victories, and loved it… Well, it’s a bit more now… 🙂

With the time my so big love has faded a bit, it was just a fun sport, though I watched it every Saturday and Sunday when I could. The turning point came when my sister (who’s a really big F1 addict too) asked me to go with her to Szeged. There was the Red Bull Street Parade on 16th and 17th May. It has made a so deep impression in me that I started to be addicted again. I met Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Buemi there, but apart from this I made a really good friend there. My favorite is Seb Vettel now, but I’m still a Schumi lover, too. Also, F1 gives me a lot of experiences. I got a lot of friends because of F1, and I love talking to them on twitter or other sites. We discuss every little thing about the races, rules, drivers, and we get excited together before each and every race weekend.

So why I like Formula 1 exactly? Couldn’t say only one thing. The love of motorsport, to hear the engines, feel the adrenalin in the air…This big circus has charmed all of us and I think you know what I’m talking about.

I hope you liked my story, and thank you for the chance to write it!! 🙂



Guest Post By Chantale Diemer

Jenny and Banu asked me to write a post about “Why I like Formula 1, well here are my reasons, why I like Formula 1!

I started to watch Formula 1, when I was 5 years old, so in 1997. At this time I was a “Schumi-Fan”, I had everything from him: a flag, autographs, a T-shirt and a clock.

Back then Michael drove for Ferrari and became with them 5 times world champion. was as long as Schumacher and Ferrari fan.

Until 2007 a 19-yeared old Sebastian Vettel drove for the first time in a BMW Sauber. Sebii worked there as a test – and replacement driver for the BMW-Sauber drivers Robert Kubica (Poland) and Nick Heidfeld (Germany). Then, when Robert Kubica crashed at the Canadian Grand Prix and Sebastian then at the age of 19 years and 350 days became the youngest driver in Formula 1 history who scored points, is the old man history and I became a Sebastian Vettel Mark.

On 13th September 2008 celebrated Sebastian at the age of 21 years 73 days of his 1st Pole and on September 14th he scored his first victory. Since then I call this day “Sebastian Vettel Day”

After that, Seb moved for 2009 from Toro Rosso to Red Bull Racing, I knew thenceforward Sebii can become Formula 1 World Champion. But since there are far more than good times, you think only once in the last race in Bahrain, when Sebastian was in the lead and he had a problem with a spark plug. However Sebastian finished before Rosberg and the old man. Like Jenny wrote in her and Banu´s last blog.

But now enough talked about Seb! I like F1, because every race and every qualifying is always exciting!

I hope you enjoyed my blog!

LG,

Chanti xoxoxo

P.S: Thanks for giving me the chance to write a blog, Banu and Jenny!

Guest Post by Blanka Csontos

Why I like Formula 1?

Formula 1…. Everybody have a thought about it.Some people absolutely don’t like it,while others are totally addicted to it!I’m in the second group now but it didn’t use to be like this.When I was younger I never watched and didn’t like it!The turning point came into my life on 14th September 2008 ( I think all of you know why I remember so well for this date J) when my friends visited me at home to work together on a project! One of them liked F1 already,you know her,she’s Dorcsi or donna0815 on twitter! So we turned on the Tv and started to watch the race.In the end I saw Sebastian Vettel for the first time and decided to support him because he was so likeable to me.Since then I always watch every races!But as you know now I don’t have a big F1 history unfortunately,I just know the current things!And why I like it??One of the reasons is of course Seb,and  in the following sentences I’m going to try to write down my other reasons for watching it!So you have to know about me that I’m really impatient and don’t like waiting but waiting and rather looking forward to the weekends of F1 is absolutely different.I really like waiting for it,being so excited and discussing everything with my great friends on twitter!We are all hyper and can’t wait till the qualifying and of course the race.And you too know the feeling when your favourite is the winner and you’re as happy as he…it can make our days and weeks better! In this sport there are always something new…you never know what will happen on the next race and who will be the most competetive.There are new circuits as well so we can enjoy the season for more longer fortunately! When I read or hear somewhere F1 I’m always getting curious and excited…it’s a very good feeling as you know! I think F1 is a part of my life now…it’s like a lifestyle!If I could do I would always speak about it =) This off season was very very long but when the tests started and we could hear the voice of the engines it became more bearable! But now it’s here again,and we’re all so happy about it…except for this first race,but Seb was and will be hyper quick and I know we will have so many twitter parties after his victories!!And  another very important thing happened to me because of F1…I got a lot of new friends on twitter,which makes me so happy…it’s another reason for fancying this sport!! J I would be able to write a lot of other things about F1 but then I won’t be able to finish it!! I hope that you,readers,could feel my love towards Formula 1 from this text and liked it!!

I want to say thank u to my twitter friends,Banu and Jenny who allowed me to write this!! Thank you girls and good luck with your blog in the henceforth! All of you let’s enjoy supporting and I hope we will have an awesome season!!

One of the best moments:another victory!!!


My first „meeting” with Seb! 🙂


Red Bull 1-2!! I hope it will be usual in 2010 🙂


The boys in 2010!


The start of the new season!!

by: Blanka (bluesmileyka on twitter)

Bahrain Grand Prix Race

Finally Formula 1 is back.  As you all know,  today was at Bahrain the first race of the season. First of all congratulations to the winner Fernando Alonso, who won because the fastest car and driver (Luscious Liz and Sebastian Vettel) had a problem…

At the start Alonso overtook his teammate Massa but Vettel, stayed in front and drove very fast. The big looser at the start was Adrian Sutil who spinned in the first corner after he had a small collision with Kubica or Liuzzi. A worrying moment for Red Bull Racing fans was when a smoke cloud appeared at Mark Webber’s car and the pit crew got ready for a stop. In fact the smoke was obviously only oil on the exhaust and Webber didn’t come in. Sebii kept the lead after his first and only pit stop, which was the fastest of all! But then came in lap 33 a team radio from him where he said: “I’ve a loss of power!” and away where all dreams of a perfect Grand Prix weekend for him.  He lost about 2 seconds per lap first on Alonso and after he overtook him on Massa and then on Hamilton. Seb asked overthe team radio: “Rocky can u fix it?” but hten his race engineer answered: “No sorry, it’s mechanical…” After some laps Seb dropped from first to fourth and it seemed that he wouldn’t have any chances against Rosberg who came nearer and nearer. Schumi’s (he was 6th) race engineer told him over the radio that he could normally try to overtake Seb in the last lap. But Seb pushed the car to the limit and even Rosberg couldn’t overtake him!!! First the commentators and the team thought that Seb had a problem at the exhaust but now they found out that he had an electrical problem in the engine… Well, after Vettel’s problem no one could fight with Alonso for the win. He drove it home easily and at the end there was an interval of 16 seconds  between him and the second Felipe Massa. The best of the new teams was Lotus. The Malaysian team brought almost both cars through the race, only Trulli had 3 laps before the end and hydraulic prob. The other new teams, Virgin and HRT, brought no car up to the chequered flag.  The Virgin driver Di Grassi  stopped in lap 2 due to an hydraulic problem and his teammate Glock in lap 16 (gearbox). HRT drivers Chandhok (collision) and Senna (mechanical)  stopped in lap 1 and 17. The other drivers who stopped were: Kobayashi (lap 11, hydraulics), Petrov (lap13, suspension), De La Rosa (lap 28, hydraulics) and Buemi in lap 46.

Here is the full result:

Pos No Driver Team
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
2 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
4 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Benz GP Ltd
6 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Benz GP Ltd
7 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
8 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault
9 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth
11 11 Robert Kubica Renault
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
13 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari
14 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth
15 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth
16 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari
17 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth
Ret 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari
Ret 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth
Ret 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth
Ret 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault
Ret 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari
Ret 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth
Ret 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth

In fact I can say it was a sad day for Vettel fans like us but it was his best season start ever and he scored 2 points more than he scored in the 3 first races of the last season. I thought yesterday that the race would be very boring without refuelling but in fact it was a very very interesting race!!! But the most shocking story was that the FIA forbid the physio’s to go on the grid!!! Official reason: They steal the Grid Girls their show!!! Sorry but the only people who maybe steal the grid girls their show are girls like Nicole Scherzinger!! Due to that Sebii parked his car on the grid and went back to Tommi (his physio) in the garage!!! I really hope that the FIA changes this rule again!!!

I’m really looking forward to the next race now!!

See you after the Grand Prix of Australia!!!

Yeah you saw right: next week we won’t do a post….

But hey you don’t have to be sad XD we have next week our first guest posts!!! Two of our great twitter-f1 friends will write a post for us about why they like Formula 1!  On Saturday it’s Blanka’s turn (follow her on twitter http://www.twitter.com/bluesmileyka ) and on Sunday Chanti’s (follow her on twitter http://www.twitter.com/cd155 ) !!!

I hope you will enjoy their posts!! Banu and me will be back for the next race!!!

Jenny  xox

Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying

It’s back and in the Kingdom Of Bahrain, the engines revved up and the drivers fired up in their minds. One goal for each driver:BECOME WORLD CHAMPION.During winter testing, we thought that the top four went in this order : Ferrari, Red Bull Racing, McLaren Mercedes and Mercedes GP. Qualifying though tells us a different story. Both Ferraris and Red Bulls went head to head for pole positon, while Mclarens struggled and the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher was outshadowed by Nico Rosberg. Q1 saw off the new teams and their drivers including Karun Chandok and Jaime Alguersuari. While Virgin Racing had more woes with their reliability issues. Both Lotus drivers met their ends during Q3 too. Meanwhile Alonso set the pace in the first session with the time of 1:54.612 . During Q2, the championship contenders once again set the pace but this time with Sebastian Vettel leading the way with a blistering time of 1:53.883 and the midfielders were left behind with Russian Vitaly Petrov, William’s Rubens Barrichello and the Sauber of “madman” Kamui Kobayshi. By this time though, both the McLaren’s of Lewis Hamilton and World Champion Jenson Button start back firing on them with both drivers struggling to find the pace of the car. During all this commotion, Rosberg kept his teammate at bay by posting stunning times over Schumacher. Then we entered Q3: THE TOP 10 SHOOTOUT. With nearly all Formula 1 fans thinking that Ferrari’s Alonso had this pole position wrapped up. There was a teeny little problem: Sebastian Vettel. Vettel reminded us why he was destined to become a World Champion Driver when he pulled out a stunning lap to go fastest overall reminding us of that moment in the Chinese Qualifying of 2009. His teammate Webber was placed in six after making a mistake in the second sector confirmed Christian Horner team prinicipal of Red Bull Racing. Felipe Massa back in the action qualified 2nd while his new teammate qualified a 3rd! Now, that inter-team rivalry is fantastic! Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will be both placed 4th and 8th respectively while 7 time world champion Schumacher had landed himself 7th while his teammate put himself on 5th. Renault’s Robert Kubica qualified 9th which was a start for the team and Sutil suprised by qualifying 10th.

That is it from me! I hope you have enjoyed the Bahrain Qualifying as much as i did! It is good to have Formula One back! Hear tomorrow from Jenny for the summary of the race!

Banu xox