Oh the joys of poor weather. This has been a long two-and-a-bit days and it may be officially two-and-a-half by the time I get in the door.
So, the 2010 Formula 1 season finally ended this afternoon in the dipping evening sun in Abu Dhabi.
Sebastian Vettel drove the absolutely perfect race to win at the Yas Marina circuit and become the youngest ever Formula 1 World Champion, but Ferrari did their best to make it easy for the 23-year-old. Indeed, one could argue that Fernando Alonso’s battle was lost before the erroneous pitstop.
Free Practice 3 A wet and overcast morning greeted Saturday practice at Interlagos, with some overnight rain leaving the circuit sodden. Initially Nico Hulkenberg set the early pace in his Williams, but was eventually topped by title challengers Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso. However, by the end of the sixty minutes, it was the Renault … Continue reading 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix (Interlagos, Round 18, November 6th)
In the searing Sao Paulo sun, the Red Bull pair of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber led the standings in the opening day of the weekend.
At the beginning of yesterday morning's Korean Grand Prix, the race was held stationary for over an hour as organisers assessed what were, in reality, crazy conditions. Such was the lack of drainage from the Yeongam circuit, that spray was a large problem, despite there not being excessive rain.
It took a while - a long while in fact, but despite delay after delay after delay, the inaugural Korean Grand Prix eventually ran its course. Eventually, after running for 2 hours and 48 minutes, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso crossed the chequered flag to take not only the race win, but the lead in the Championship … Continue reading 2010 Korean Grand Prix (Yeongam, Round 17, Oct 24th)
Cool and dry was the order of the day come Saturday morning at Yeongam for the start of the second day at the inaugural Korean Grand Prix.
This week saw the confirmation of a further five drivers in the midpack. At both Force India and Toro Rosso, both squads confirmed that they will be holding on to their current line-ups for 2011. At Sauber, GP2 Championship runner-up Sergio Perez will partner Kamui Kobayashi, leaving Nick Heidfeld out in the cold. Still to … Continue reading The 2011 Formula 1 World Championship Grid
Free Practice 3 Rain, rain, rain. As the morning practice got under way, rivers of water ran across parts of the circuit, ensuring that next to no running was completed. Jaime Alguersuari had an off exited the chicane, just prior to the start of his first timed lap. Eventually he and Timo Glock were the … Continue reading 2010 Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka, Round 16, October 9th)
Free Practice 1 Both McLaren and Red Bull arrived at the Suzuka International Racing Course with multiple upgrades for the challengers. With the title run-in now reaching boiling point, McLaren brought new front and rear wings, an upgraded floor and an improved f-duct, whereas Red Bull showed up with evolutions of the front and rear … Continue reading 2010 Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka, Round 16, October 8th)
Championships are won over the course of a long, gruelling season, but every so often a drive stands out that defines that title. Today Fernando Alonso delivered just such a drive and took a step closer to burying his guilt-touched victory at Marina Bay in 2008. It was close though. In fact, the margin of … Continue reading 2010 Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay, Round 15, September 26th)
Free Practice 3 Rain fell some hours prior to practice, but even by the green light, the track was still rather damp as the road struggled to clear water. The times would gradually drop bit by bit as the circuit dried out, but it was still proving to be difficult to master around certain corners. … Continue reading 2010 Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay, Round 15, September 25th)
Free Practice 1 As the green light flickered on at the pitlane exit, the Lotus of Heikki Kovalainen was the first to venture out on to the Marina Bay circuit. Having rained heavily some time prior to practice, intermediate tyres were the order of the early evening; however the track conditions were to change subtly … Continue reading 2010 Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay, Round 15, September 24th)
Free Practice 3 Once again, McLaren decided to split their cars with regards to downforce strategy as Jenson Button held onto the F-Duct and a high downforce set-up, while Lewis Hamilton retained his skinny rear wing set up. At the end of practice, Hamilton was the faster of the two and indeed fastest overall, with … Continue reading 2010 Italian Grand Prix (Monza, Round 14, September 11th)
2010 Belgian Grand Prix (Round 13) Sometimes it comes to you and other times it doesn't. Lewis Hamilton just missed out on pole position to Championship leader Mark Webber by 0.1 of-a-second in yesterday's qualifying session; but determination and a cool head saw the 2008 World Champion surge to a fabulous victory when it mattered … Continue reading 2010 Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps, Round 13, August 29th)
Free Practice 3 Despite Saturday morning starting out dry, there was not much running early in the session as the long Spa-Francorchamps circuit held onto occasion damp spots. Mark Webber used the shortened time to his advantage to secure the top time of third practice ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button.Hamilton returned … Continue reading 2010 Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps, Round 13, August 28th)
Free Practice 1 Following a four week gap for the summer break, Formula 1 returns with a visit to the glorious Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium and with a certain inevitability, the dark clouds rushed in and the expected rain caressed the circuit. The track was at its most damp during the morning session with heavy … Continue reading 2010 Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps, Round 13, August 27th)
1st Practice A wet and miserable Hockenheim circuit on Friday morning produced a surprising amount of on track running during the first session as teams clambered to pick up as much data as possible during the sodden opening practice. The rain had actually arrived during the week as even the medical and safety cars had … Continue reading 2010 German Grand Prix (Hockenheimring, Round 11, Jul 23rd)
It was hot and it was humid for the first day of the British Grand Prix at the revamped Silverstone circuit. As the 2010 Formula 1 season crosses the halfway point, the battle up front is just as hot, if not more so than the oppressive sun above. Friday As with most sessions this season, … Continue reading 2010 British Grand Prix (Silverstone, Round 10, July 9th – 11th)