Monday, April 25, 2011
Ferrari driver, Felipe Massa (Brazil) turns 30 on Monday 25th April
McLaren Team Principal, Martin Whitmarsh will be 53 on Friday 29th April
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Q2 also threw up some anomalies with Heidfeld, Sutil and Schumacher being outshined by their 'less experienced' team-mates. Renault's Petrov developed problems with his gear-box in Q2 and the session was red-flagged (stopped) with 2mins 2sec remaining.
This could have inadvertently ruined his team-mate's (Heidfeld's) Qualifying session as he hadn't set a time by then. The session resumed with Perez first out of the pits and several other drivers raring to get a good lap in before the end of Q2. However Heidfeld needn't have bothered because his best time was only enough to move him from 17th to 16th. Drivers who failed to progress into Q3 were SUT(11), PER(12), KOB(13), SCH(14), BARR(15), HEI(16) and MAL(17).
With Petrov's car out of action, it was left to 9 drivers in Q3 to populate the top 9 positions on the starting grid for tomorrow's race.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Red Bull's Vettel dominated the race as expected but the biggest surprises of Malaysia were the Lotus-Renault who found good speed off the start and challenged both McLarens. Webber didn't have such a good start from 4th but fought hard not to lose to many places even though Red Bull's KERS stopped working early on in the race. Button's pit-stops were better timed than his team-mate and he seemed 'kinder' to his tyres which helped him finish in 2nd position from 4th place in qualifying.
Massa finished ahead of this Ferrari team-mate Alonso who was involved in a duel with Hamilton (which later resulted in a penalty for the Briton). Rookie Paul Di Resta also finished ahead of his experienced team-mate Sutil and adds another point to his tally.
Top Ten: VET, BUT, HEI, WEB, MAS, ALO, KOB, HAM, MSC, DIR
Luckily for F1 fans, we don't have to wait too long for the next race. The Chinese Grand Prix is in 6 days time; not too long for Lewis Hamilton to make up for his Malaysia disappointment.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Maldonado (19), Kovalainen (20), Trulli, Glock (21), d'Ambrosio (22), Liuzzi (23), Karthikeyan (24) were the first casualties of the qualifying session. In contrast to Australia, both Hispania drivers will be on the grid having finished within 107% of the fastest time in Q1.
Michael Schumacher failed to get into the Top 10 shoot-out and will start at 11th on the grid tomorrow. Paul di Resta (14) 'out-qualifies' his team-mate Adrian Sutil, who starts in 17th place after a gear-box problem in Q2. The rest of the mid-field was made up of Buemi (12), Alguersuari (13), Barrichello (15) and Perez (16).
Q3 was an exciting affair with McLaren's Hamilton being the first out on track and he set an impressive time of 1min 35.000. All other drivers apart from the McLaren and RedBull drivers stayed in their garages till about 4mins to the end of Q3. Hamilton stayed on provisional pole even after Vettel and Webber completed their first laps. In the closing minutes of Q3, the top 4 drivers (HAM, VET, WEB, BUT) all went back out for another lap. Hamilton improved his time to 1min 34.974 to keep provisional pole but Sebastian Vettel crossed the line 0.104seconds faster than Lewis to retain 100% pole position qualifying for the 2011 season so far.
Final order of Top 10: Vettel (1), Hamilton (2), Webber (3), Button (4), Alonson (5), Heidfeld (6), Massa (7), Petrov (8), Rosberg (9) and Kobayashi (10).
With changeable weather, high tyre degradation, and high temperatures in Malaysia, tomorrow's race could be even more exciting than the season opener in Australia.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
"I've spoken to Martin [Whitmarsh] to reassure him I am here, I am committed to the team, [and] committed to winning"
Image from Red Bull Racing (c)
Friday, April 1, 2011
Nicholas suffers from cerebral palsy but this disability has not hindered his aspirations to race competitively in motorsport. He will be racing at Brands Hatch this weekend in the Renault Clio Cup series with his team, Total Control Racing.
Click here for his interview with BBC Sport (UK viewers only)