My thoughts and notes on the 3rd round of the 2020 Super Formula season from SUGO. Also some spiel about returning and departing drivers ahead of next month's 4th round at Autopolis.
Fledgling Indian motorsport series, the i1 Super Series, hit another hitch today, with a two-month postponement due to local district elections.
Amidst all the noise regarding the reinstated Bahrain Grand Prix, Robert Wickens was announced Virgin Racing's news reserve driver.
Williams always take talent over money, yet when Pastor Maldonado was revealed as the second driver at Williams there was a collective groan across F1-fandom - they'd taken the money instead of retaining the hot talent. It was expected, but not well received.
Several weeks ago, I posted a review of Formula 1's Championship challengers. Now, as the New Year bell's approach, it's about time that I finally get to the rest of the field.
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)
It was very close, but the Korean International Circuit was just about ready as cars hit the track for first practice on Friday morning. As expected, the Yeongam circuit was covered in a shroud of dust and dirt, making it difficult for the teams and drivers to get set-up absolutely right and set representative times.
It all seemed so easy. Having topped both Friday practice sessions and taken pole position in the delayed qualifying, Sebastian Vettel stormed to an emphatic victory in this morning's Japanese Grand Prix in conditions that couldn't be more different to yesterday's wash out. It was enough to bring the 23-year-old German right back into the … Continue reading 2010 Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka, Round 16 Race, October 10th)
Fernando Alonso's victory at Marina Bay eleven days ago (along with his win at Monza a fortnight previous) has lifted the double-World Champion right into the heart of the title battle. In fact with only four rounds remaining, the Spaniard is now only 11 points shy of Championship leader Mark Webber. Although he hasn't won … Continue reading Mark Webber Drives the Suzuka International Racing Course
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)
2010 Italian Grand Prix Coming into the 2010 Italian Grand Prix, it looked as if the title battle was down to just Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton. However, once the chequered flag dropped at Monza, the five-way battle had once again reopened as Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel pulled themselves back into contention … Continue reading 2010 Italian Grand Prix (Monza, Round 14, September 12th)
Free Practice 1 A bright and sunny morning at Monza welcomed the final European weekend of the season - it also saw the introduction of updates on several cars, specifically for the fast Italian track. McLaren brought two rear winds; one with large Spa-Francorchamps settings connecting to their F-Duct and another rear wing with smaller … Continue reading 2010 Italian Grand Prix (Monza, Round 14, September 10th)
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)
3rd Practice As with yesterday, Saturday was looking like a battle between the Ferrari's and Red Bull's and once again, despite their updates, the McLaren pair do not look likely to get a look in; yet whereas Fernando Alonso finished Friday afternoon on top of the time sheets, by the end of third practice Sebastian … Continue reading 2010 German Grand Prix (Hockenheimring, Round 11, Jul 24th)
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)
Just as he replaced Bruno senna at Silverstone last weekend, Hispania Racing reserve driver Sakon Yamamoto will be sitting in for Karun Chandhok at Hockenheimring next week. A statement from the Spanish squad said that "after Sakon [Yamamoto] gave a very positive performance in Silverstone, the team has decided to give the Japanese driver another … Continue reading Hispania Racing’s Musical Chairs
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)