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Jerez Test Days 1-4

Testing got underway in Jerez on Thursday and with all teams taking part (with the exception of Hispania) , there was plenty to talk about. One of the main talking points was: Who would replace Robert Kubica in the Renaulty? Nick Heidfiled was one of the first choices, followed by the current reserve Bruno Senna. However, Renault had made it quite clear that they wanted someone with experience which Senna clearly lacks. The overall thoughts of many F1 fans and observers is that Heidfield is set to be on the grid in Bahrain which is less that 3 weeks away.

Back to the Testing and it is clear that Ferrari and Red Bull have developed consistent and reliable cars, that could both possibly lead the field. McLaren, on the other hand, had a tough time in testing in Jerez as they encountered many different problems : unable to find the right setup or not having the correct amounts of parts they needed. With a mixed results of who is on the top spot in every test, it is hard to conclude the order of each team.  But as we witnessed last year, the development pace in Formula One continues to quicken ; leaving many fans with no answers nor ideas over who’s fastest. But for now, we leave Jerez with our thoughts for only Robert Kubica to make a speedy recovery.

Test Day 1

1. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:20.709
2. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:21.483
3. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:21.522
4. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:21.755
5. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:21.914
6. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:22.689
7. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:23.472
8. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:23.504
9. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:23.963
10. Jarno Trulli, Lotus, 1:24.458
11. Timo Glock, Virgin, 1:25.086
12. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:34.968

Test Day 2

1. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:20.352
2. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:20.413
3. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:21.009
4. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:21.214
5. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:21.613
6. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:21.780
7. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:21.857
8. Timo Glock, Virgin, 1:22.208
9. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:22.493
10. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:22.591
11. Jarno Trulli, Lotus, 1:23.216

Test Day 3

1. Nick Heidfeld, Renault, 1:20.361, 86 laps
2. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:20.493, 131
3. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:21.054, 114
4. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:21.099, 36
5. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:21.242, 84
6. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:21.574, 98
7. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:21.681, 92
8. Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, 1:21.711, 61
9. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:22.227, 99
10. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:22.945, 64
11. Jerome d’Ambrosio, Virgin, 1:25.471, 72

Test Day 4

1. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:19.832, 103 laps
2. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:20.601, 86
3. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:21.074, 115
4. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:21.213, 90
5. Bruno Senna, Renault, 1:21.400, 68
6. Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, 1:21.632, 43
7. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:22.103, 45
8. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:22.222, 90
9. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:22.278, 70
10. Jerome d’Ambrosio, Virgin, 1:22.985, 45
11. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:23.111, 99

The Next test takes place on February 18-21, in the Barcelona Circuit .

Car Releases 2011 :)

Car release schedule

Constructor Chassis Launch date Launch location
Ferrari F150[3] 28 January[4] Maranello, Italy
Team Lotus TL11[5] 31 January[5] Online
Renault R31[6] 31 January[6] Valencia, Spain
Sauber C30[7] 31 January[7] Valencia, Spain
Mercedes MGP W02[8] 1 February[8] Valencia, Spain
Red Bull RB7[9] 1 February[10] Valencia, Spain
Toro Rosso STR6[11] 1 February[12] Valencia, Spain
Williams FW33[13] 1 February[13] Valencia, Spain
McLaren MP4-26[14] 4 February[15] Berlin, Germany
Virgin MVR-02[16] 7 February[16] London, England
Force India VJM04[17] 10 February[17] Jerez, Spain
Hispania F111[18] 3 March[18] Sakhir, Bahrain

Qualifying and Race Changes 2011

Q1: All 26 cars may run laps at any time during the first 20 minutes of the hour. At the end of the first 20 minutes, the eight slowest cars drop out and fill the final eight grid places. However, any driver whose best Q1 lap time exceeds 107 percent of the fastest time set during that session will not be allowed to take part in the race.

(Under exceptional circumstances, which could include setting a suitable lap time in a practice session, the stewards may allow the driver to start the race. Should there be more than one driver accepted in this manner, the grid order will be determined by the stewards.)

Q2: After a seven-minute break, the times will be reset and the 18 remaining cars then will then run in a 15-minute session – again they may complete as many laps as they want at any time during that period. At the end of the 15 minutes, the eight slowest cars drop out and fill places 11 to 18 on the grid.

Q3: After a further eight-minute break, the times are reset and a final 10-minute session will feature a shootout between the remaining 10 cars to decide pole position and the starting order for the top 10 grid places. Again, these cars may run as many laps as they wish.

If a driver is deemed by the stewards to have stopped unnecessarily on the circuit or impeded another driver during qualifying, his times may be cancelled.

Formula One Calendar 2011

Round Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Date
1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 13 March
2 Qantas Australian Grand Prix[72] Australian GP Australia Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 27 March
3 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix[73] Malaysian GP Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 10 April
4 Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP People's Republic of China Shanghai International Circuit 17 April
5 Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP Turkey Istanbul Park 8 May
6 Gran Premio de España Spanish GP Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 22 May
7 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 29 May
8 Grand Prix du Canada Canadian GP Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 12 June
9 European Grand Prix European GP Spain Valencia Street Circuit 26 June
10 Santander British Grand Prix British GP United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit 10 July
11 Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland German GP Germany Nürburgring 24 July
12 Eni Magyar Nagydíj Hungarian GP Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 31 July
13 Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 28 August
14 Gran Premio Santander d’Italia Italian GP Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza 11 September
15 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit 25 September
16 Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka 9 October
17 Korean Grand Prix Korean GP South Korea Korean International Circuit, Yeongam 16 October
18 Indian Grand Prix Indian GP[74] India Jaypee Group Circuit, Greater Noida 30 October
19 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Abu Dhabi GP United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit 13 November
20 Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 27 November

Well wishes from Vettelfanatics94

We wish you a Merry Christmas and A wonderful new year. We thank you for following our blog the whole way through this year and also giving us feedback. Those of you suffering already, 77 days to go until cars are back on track. Until then, have a wonderful festive season

Yours Truly,

Banu and Jenny

 

A dream comes true =D

And he did it. Sebastian Vettel is the 2010 Formula One World Drivers Champion!!!

The German driver who had among Alonso and Webber in front of the race realistic world championship chances jumped from P3 to P1 in the standings today.

As you know he needed to win and Alonso had to become 5th or worse to become champ. This scenario seemed a bit difficult to achieve in front of the race as Alonso started 3rd. But already at the start Button passed the Spaniard. So it was only one more car who had to pass Alonso for that Seb becomes champ. But in lap 2 Schumi spun and Liuzzi used the Mercedes as a ramp. The safety car came out for 5 laps. This shouldn’t have played a role in the championship everyone thought… but well Rosberg and Petrov who used the SC phase for an early tyre change stayed in front of Alonso even after the Spaniard went in for his tyre change too. Kubica stayed out very long on his first set of tyres and Hamilton bit his teeth of on the Renault driver until Kub went to get new tyres. And surprise surprise, even Kubica went out in front of Alonso. And the Spaniard stucked after his pit stop all the time behind Petrov. The Russian did his best by helping Vettel to make his dream come true!! And for sure after the race Alonso wasn’t very happy about that he couldn’t pass him and showed it to Vitaly by a not nice hand gesture on the in lap.

While all that happened, Seb controlled the race and finally grabbed his first World Championship lead at the absolute right moment: the last race of the season!

I think Seb absolutely deserves to be the champion. It was an extreme tough season for him with very much bad luck and UNRELIABILITY!!! But at the end no penalties, car problems or crashes could ruin his first WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP !!

Now there must be a big Party and already tomorrow Seb and his team go to the Hangar 7 in Salzburg to appear in the TV-Show “Sport und Talk im Hangar 7” on the Austrian Red Bull owned channel Servus Tv. The show starts tomorrow at 9.05 pm (you can see here how you can receive it http://www.servustv.com/cs/Satellite/About-ServusTV-empfangen/001259299587747?p=1259088496182 and there is also a live stream on the website http://www.servustv.com and if you miss it, dont worry usually u can watch the videos later too).

Well now the season is over… But the break to the first preparations for the 2011 season is short and starts with the young drivers tests already on Tuesday! For the other drivers the break lasts until the end of the week when they’ll do a Tyre test at Abu Dhabi.

I hope you enjoyed this very thrilling season as much as me and I hope that you won’t be too sad in the hard winter month where we have to live without f1 😉  And if your withdrawal symptoms start already now, cheer up because it is the Race of Champions in just 2 weeks time.

See ya

Your jenny

P.S.: Have a nice celebration all Seb fans 😀

Vettel charges to 10th pole as Webber messes up

Sebastian Vettel has grabbed his most important pole position in his young Formula One career. The 23 year old German headed Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in the stunning Yas Marina circuit of Abu Dhabi as the 2010 season looms to the end.  Current world champion Jenson Button qualified a respectable 4th while Mark Webber disappointed by qualifying a lowly 5th. His championship hopes takes a hit but he has promised to fight back.

This is how it works ( Courtesy of BBC) :

  • ALONSO 246pts
  • WEBBER 238pts
  • VETTEL 231pts
  • HAMILTON 222pts
  • If Alonso wins or is second, he is champion
  • If Webber wins, he wins the title if Alonso is third or worse
  • If Vettel wins and Alonso is 5th or worse, Vettel wins the title
  • If Hamilton wins, Alonso must fail to score, Webber be 6th or worse and Vettel 3rd or worse for Hamilton to win the title

Q1: For the final time this season,  the new teams dropped out with Lotus heading them.Bruno Senna put on an admirable performance as he out qualified teammate Christian Klien. A near encounter with the barrier put an end to Buemi’s qualifying session as teammate Alguersuari got into Q2.  There wasn’t as much running from the big teams but Nico Rosberg shocked many people as he consistenly lapped in 2nd or 3rd position. Fernando Alonso headed the times and the 24 drivers.

Q2: Robert Kubica, despite putting consistent performances during the practices, he became the big formality and qualified a lowly 11th.

“I have been struggling with the car since yesterday and we simply didn’t manage to get on top of the issues, especially for qualifying. The rear of the car was sliding a lot this evening, so it was hard to get on the power early enough to set a good lap time. I tried everything, I was sideways in a lot of corners, but that’s how it was today. It’s disappointing to miss out on the top ten” Kubica said.

Both Force Indias and BMW Sauber Ferrari’s dropped out followed by Jaime Alguersuari and last week’s polesitter Nico Hulkenberg.

Q3: The important one and the contenders left their garages early all except Sebastian Vettel who felt confident and ready to charge. As Hamilton and Alonso hammered laps that grew faster and faster, Mark Webber couldn’t muster the speed to lap quicker than his teammate or his competitors. He continually lapped in 3rd and 4th places. Teammates Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher qualified 9th and 8th respectively. Williams’ main runner Barichello was 7th as lone Renault Vitaly Petrov qualified 10th. Once Vettel got out his garage he consistently set lap times that were good enough for pole as the others quickly made it just in time to start another lap but none of them could even touch Vettel’s time as sun set in Abu Dhabi.

What a grand start to the finale of 2010. I shan’t miss the race and I trust you wouldn’t too. So Alonso, Webber, Vettel and Hamilton; Take your pick.

Enjoy the race tomorrow and Have fun!