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                              Driver Rankings After German Grand Prix      Constructor Rankings After German Grand Prix

Place Name         Team         Points    Place    points


Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull




Red Bull Racing


2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 123   2 Mercedes 183
3 Kimi Raikonnen Lotus 116   3 Ferrari 180
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 99   4 Lotus 157
5 Mark Webber Red Bull 93   5 Force India 59
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 84   6 McLaren 49
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 57   7 Torro Rosso 24
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus 41   8 Sauber 7
9 Paul di Resta Force India 36   9 Williams 0
10 Jenson Button McLaren 33   10 Marussia 0
11 Adrian Sutil Force India 23   11 Caterham 0
12 Sergio Perez McLaren 16        
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Torro Rosso 13        
14 Daniel Ricciardo Torro Rosso 11        
15 Nico Hulkenburg Sauber 7        
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams 0        
17 Valterri Bottas Williams 0             
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 0        
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia 0        
20 Charles Pic Caterham 0        
21 Max Chilton Marussia 0        
22 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 0        


So what if we created a Class B (for Caterham and Marussia). 5 points for the first driver and 3 for the second... 


Place Driver Team Points   Place Team Points


Charles Pic







2 Jules Bianchi Marussia 29   2 Marussia 34
3 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 6        
4 Max Chilton Marussia 5        

 A Podium in Spain for Lotus


A Renault-powered car finishes on the podium for the fifth consecutive race this season. Unbroken run of podiums for Renault-powered teams since season start in Australia. Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finish fourth and fifth, making a third of the top ten Renault-powered. Two Renault powered teams(Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Lotus F1 Team) are first and third in the constructors’ championship. Renault-powered teams have scored a total of 242 points this year.


Lotus F1 Team’s Kimi Raikkonen drove a measured race in today’s Spanish Grand Prix to finish in second position behind race winner Fernando Alonso. The result is the Renault-powered driver’s fourth podium in five races and his third consecutive podium visit, which closes the gap to the top of the drivers’ title to just four points. Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel passed the flag in fourth, while team-mate Mark Webber came home fifth.

Williams F1 Team’s Pastor Maldonado was classified in 14th having lost some time with a drivethrough penalty for exceeding the pitlane speed limit. Valtteri Bottas claimed 16th. Caterham F1 Team consolidated its improving form, with Charles Pic finishing ahead of both Marussia cars and within striking distance of the Williams of Bottas. The young Frenchman finished 17th.

There were two retirements amongst the Renault-powered cars; Romain Grosjean stopped on lap eight with a broken rear suspension, while Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde retired on lap 21 when his left rear wheel came loose.

The result consolidates Red Bull’s lead in the constructors’ championship, with 131 points to Ferrari’s 117. Lotus sits just behind with 111. In the drivers’ race, Vettel leads with 89 points, four clear of Raikkonen.


Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations

A very positive result for Renault today: a Renault powered car has been on the podium every race so far this year and two of our teams are now fighting for the lead of both championships. Kimi drove a great race today to split the Ferraris, while Sebastian and Mark got the most they could out of the situation. Caterham has also moved forward, with Charles ahead of the Marussias and mixing it with some of the more established teams ahead.

Working hand in hand with the teams is more important than ever this year as tyres and tyre strategy have unfortunately become one of the most important elements of the racing action. There are some key areas we can help with as engine stability and torque response can square up the car. Deciding on engine mixes also becomes a tactical challenge: you don’t want to put too much fuel in at the start to weigh the car down and increase the wear, but equally you want enough left in the tank to push at the end of the race when positions can be made up. It’s something we work very hard with the teams on as it can make a real difference to track position and therefore opportunities – and we are still learning a lot in this area.

We move on now to Monaco, which is a very different track, but one that plays to the strengths of the Renault engine. The slow speed corners require good driveability and engine response and these are definitely some of the advantages of the RS27. Red Bull has a good track record there, with wins in the last three years and some of Renault’s best finishes have been achieved on the track. It’s something we are looking forward to as we believe we can get some good results for all our partners.

Iceman wins in Oz

So after months of waiting the lights finally went out on the start of the 2013 season. It had already been an unusual day as Qualifying 2 and 3 had taken place after they were postponed the day before due to heavy rain. Multiple drivers had spun and crashed in an action packed Q1 were Pastor Maldonado was the first big name to fall along with Esteban Gutierrez (who had hit the wall coming out of Turn 12) and the small teams.
Sunday morning illustrated how McLaren had fallen (15th and 10th), Ferrari had gained (4th and 5th) and of course Red Bull were still top (1st and 2nd)

However after the lights went out on Sunday afternoon it was a rather different story.
Immediately Vettel pulled away from pole leaving the chasing pack behind him and Mark Webber continued his bad luck in Australia by bogging down at the start. The best start is Felipe Massa who launches up the inside of Turn 1 taking Hamilton on the exit and propelling himself from fourth to second. All the cars managed to get through Turn 1 unscathed which is an amazing feat in Melbourne. Räikkönen is soon past Hamilton, who looks as if he is struggling early on, and is closing in on the two Ferraris and the leader Vettel.

The first stop is from Three-time Melbourne winner Jenson Button on Lap 4 his tyres already dead. The McLarens are really struggling to stay in the top ten at this stage. Three laps later the first big gun is in for fresh rubber, the leader Vettel, leaving Felipe Massa leading a Ferrari 1-2 However soon they have all pitted and are back in the same order although running behind the yet-to-pit Mercedes’s and Perez’s McLaren. After the Mercedes’s pit stops it is a leader no-one expected, Adrian Sutil.
After 20 laps Vettel still can’t get past Sutil behind him it’s Massa, Alonso and Räikkönen before Hamilton and Rosberg. They all pit in the next few laps and good work by Alonso on the out-lap sees him leading from Vettel and Sutil. The Mercedes who were trying to look after their tyres for a one-stop are looking good but unfortunately Rosberg’s car stops out on track.
So Räikkönen leads after saving his tyres followed by the sole remaining Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton then Alonso, Vettel, Sutil and Massa. As Hamilton tries to defend from Fernando’s advancing Ferrari he flat spots a tyre and is forced to pit for new ones, meaning he’ll need to do 24 laps on them if he wants to stick on a two stop. A few laps later and Räikkönen is in for what he hopes will be his last.

Hamilton’s tyres are fading and he is passed by Vettel and Massa in quick succession. The Red Bull and Ferraris pit leaving Sutil the leader from Räikkönen. Finally Sutil pits for super-softs and despite a late burst from Alonso, Räikkönen holds on to win.

1 Räikkönen 2 Alonso 3 Vettel 4 Massa 5 Hamilton 6 Webber 7 Sutil 8 di Resta 9 Button 10 Grosjean 11 Perez 12 Jean-Eric Vergne 13 Gutierrez 14 Bottas 15 Bianchi 16 Pic 17 Chilton 18 van der Garde DNF Ricciardo, Rosberg and Maldonado DNS Hulkenburg.
So the McLaren’s have their worst first race since 2000, Red Bull aren’t going to dominate, Kimi is hungry for more wins and the Ferraris take a huge step forward.

  • DRIVER OF THE WEEKEND: Adrian Sutil, A stunning first drive after a year out, lead twice and looked after his tyres fantastically bringing home big points to Force India.
  • ROOKIE OF THE WEEKEND: Valtteri Bottas, Great debut. Out qualifying and beating his race-winning teammate, Maldonado, and finishing the race without incident.
  • MINNOW TEAM DRIVER OF THE WEEKEND: Jules Bianchi on his debut in F1 beat his teammate and both Caterhams finishing well clear of the three of them.
  • TEAM OF THE WEEKEND: Ferrari, Very different to this time last year, they lead the constructors after a great race picking up P2 and P4.

By Henry Lay

Hamilton wins in the Heat as Perez shines in Italy



Hamilton was the race winner on a fantastic Grand Prix in Italy albeit with three of the big six retiring. As well as Button we saw the two Red Bulls retire from the Grand Prix. ‘Unusual’ a lot of people were saying but I don’t think so earlier this year we saw another hot race, Valencia and what happened there? Two drivers battling for the lead retired Vettel and Grosjean, the top end F1 cars don’t seem to cope in the heat. 

This however took away from a stylish and dominant win from Lewis Hamilton the third McLaren win on the trot. Having made a great getaway holding off the resurgent Felipe Massa he built himself a decent lead while teammate Jenson Button struggled to get past Massa and then lost him. Having finally started to catch Massa the Ferrari driver pitted and Button had to put in some good laps to leapfrog him in the pits.

With Hamilton pitting as well, Perez was leading having started on the Hard tyre he had run further into the Grand Prix. When Perez finally pitted on Lap 29 Hamilton returned to the race lead and Button to second however on Lap 32 Button pulled up on the approach to Paribolica. McLaren were obviously devastated a great chance to score a One-Two had gone and with it a chance to advance in both championships.

They were made to rue this even more when constructor’s championship leaders Red Bull had to retire both cars late in the race. Vettel with an alternator problem (the same as Valencia) and Webber after a spin flat spotted his tyres to the canvas.

While all this was happening Hamilton was gliding to his third win of the season followed by Sergio Perez. The Mexican on fresher Medium tyres had caught and passed the two Ferraris Massa and Alonso the latter ahead because of a blatant let through at the first corner.

By Henry Lay.

Hamilton to Mercedes???


After nearly 6 seasons racing for McLaren there are reports this week that Lewis Hamilton is in contract discussions with Mercedes. Eddie Jordan started the speculation this week when he stated; “I believe that Hamilton and Mercedes have already agreed personal terms and a deal could be imminent”. Mercedes issued a statement to say that they would not comment on rumours whilst McLaren said that “Negotiations between Hamilton and McLaren continue”

The 2008 World Champion who was snapped up as a young driver by McLaren whilst racing karts and made his F1 debut for the team in 2007 alongside the Double Champion of 2005/06.
This may just be an unfounded rumour but it may be a way to improve the contract offer of McLaren which is less than his current contract due to the change in the financial situation since they last signed a contract.
This story also brings up another question who would replace him at McLaren alongside Button. Räikönnen? Hulkenburg? Di Resta? If it wasn’t for the fact he is contracted to Lotus for next year Räikönnen would be an obvious pick everyone knows he is quick, determined and is popular at McLaren having raced there from 2002-2006 before he went to Ferrari where he won the 2007 World Championship beating Hamilton by a point. The other obvious choices would be the Force India drivers neither of whom are signed for next year but then again they are both untested in major teams.

By Henry Lay

One Race Ban for Grosjean, Really?


So Romain Grosjean gets a 1-Race ban for causing an accident. Is it just me or does this seem disproportionate this is the first major crash that Grosjean has caused this year and yet he immediately gets a ban. Look at Maldonado, just this year he has caused multiple big accidents and caused dangerous situations in various races but he has only received penalties. Having said that Grosjean has been involved in first lap incidents in a majority of this year’s races.

He is not the only one other drivers have caused incidents throughout races this year and that is natural it’s part of racing. There is also often the case that first lap incidents are ignored because of the tightness and closeness of the cars. They are treated as racing incidents.

On the other hand you can see from the replays that Grosjean moves very quickly across into Hamilton and Hamilton has nowhere to go with the wall on one side and Grosjean on the other.

Another thing that the stewards will have taken into account is that when the two drivers collected Alonso they were very close to his exposed head. A couple of seconds either way and the result could have been very different.

It’s a shame really because this accident firstly ruined both Saubers races after a amazing qualifying that saw Kamui Kobayashi get his first front row and Sergio Perez backing him up in 4th. It also took away from  a dominant victory from Jenson Button on his 50th start for Mclaren… could he possibly mount a comeback?


By Henry Lay


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