The images from Sunday in Melbourne had to wait till my return from Australia but at last here they are – some photos from 2010 Australian GP Sunday action:
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Here come the results of round 2 of our prediction game. We have several new names joining the game and few 2009 participants returning after missing the round one. The highest score of this round is 20 points – respectable given the rather unexpected race result – congratulations to Pgirish13, Stew Bibby and JGH ! And in case you wonder how many people got the race win right this time the answer is 2 – Pgirish13 and brabhamburger.
Sitting at the Melbourne airport I finally managed to find working internet connection… Here is the result of the eventful wet dry 2010 Australian GP:
Today was the day of the qualifying here Melbourne (and before that the final practice of course). It was cool and windy without too much sunshine but for some reason the photos were easier to take today. The rain was in the air but at the end only a little drizzle arrived before the end of qualifying. Here is selection of images I took today at the track:
Today was the first day of F1 action in Melbourne. It started nice sunny hot, later turned cool and windy and during the second practice session the drivers could sample some light rain for the first time this season. Here is selection of pictures I took in Melbourne today (click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images). The conditions were quite tricky – first way too much light under the strong sunshine, then not too much light when the rain arrived. If you wonder why there are no images of Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa or Nico Rosberg the reason is simple – I had no luck focusing on their cars (in Rosberg’s case on his helmet) …
The 2010 F1 season continues this weekend with Australian GP. As I will be on my way to Melbourne on Thursday I am putting the prediction game post up a day earlier this time. The opening race is Bahrain was not the most exciting F1 ever, let’s hope for more fun at Albert Park this week. This race is often spiced up by racing incidents (remember 2007 when less than 8 cars actually finished the race or the massive pile up in the first corner back in 2002). And looking at the weather predictions there is even chance of some showers …
The results of the round one of our prediction game are here. Congratulations to Enigma for his round winning 25 points ! The most “popular” score of this round was 17 points . The lowest score of round one is 10 points.
2010 F1Wolf Prediction Game – Round 1 results:
Fernando Alonso won the 2010 Bahrain GP, winning his first race in Ferrari colours. Felipe Massa finished second and completed 1-2 for Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton took the final podium place. Pole setter Sebastian Vettel battled with mechanical problems but still managed to finish fourth ahead of Mercedes GP duo Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher. Button, Webber, Liuzzi and Barrichello took the remaining point scoring places.
2010 Bahrain GP Race Result:
1. Alonso – Ferrari – 1h39:20.396
2. Massa – Ferrari + 16.099
3. Hamilton – McLaren + 23.182
4. Vettel – Red Bull +38.713
5. Rosberg – Mercedes +40.263
6. Schumacher – Mercedes +44.180
7. Button – McLaren +45.260
8. Webber – Red Bull +46.308
9. Liuzzi – Force India +3.089
10. Barrichello – Williams +1:02.400
Here is another regular start of the season feature – look at all the logos of Formula One teams. Lot’s of changes compared to the year 2009 (see 2009 F1 logos here). Gone are the Toyota and Brawn GP logos. We have four brand new logos instead – Mercedes GP, Virgin, Lotus and Hispania. Then there is the BMW logo missing in BMW Sauber logo following BMWs pull out from F1 as well as the ING brand missing from Renault F1 logo.
Sebastian Vettel will start the 2010 Bahrain GP from the pole position. Felipe Massa will line up next to him on the front row. P3 belongs to Alonso, P4 to Hamilton. Then go Rosberg, Webber, Schumacher, Button, Kubica and Sutil. The top 10 will have to start the race with same tyres with which they qualified in Q3. The only driver in top 10 to have qualified on harder compound tyre is Adrian Sutil.
Q3 qualifying times:
1. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull – 1:54.101
2. Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 1:54.242
3. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:54.608
4. Lewis Hamilton – McLaren – 1:55.217
5. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:55.241
6. Mark Webber – Red Bull – 1:55.284
7. Michael Schumacher – Mercedes – 1:55.524
8. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:55.672
9. Robert Kubica – Renault – 1:55.885
10. Adrian Sutil – Force India – 1:56.309
Fernando Alonso was the fastest driver in the final practice session of the 2010 Bahrain GP weekend, second place in FP3 belongs to Nico Rosberg who was about 1.5 tenths faster than his team mate Michael Schumacher (4th fastest time in FP3).
There is one certainty already after FP3. As the HRT team failed to get Karun Chandhok’s car ready he completely missed all the practice sessions and therefore will not be able to take part in the qualifying and the race. He will have to wait for his F1 debut for another 2 weeks. That also means we still need to wait for another F1 race featuring 24 cars … or not ? – see this tweet
The drives line up for the traditional start of the season photo (click on the photo to enlarge) yesterday in Bahrain. This year also took their cars with them. Nice picture, but how long will the cast remain unchanged ?
There were no driver changes at all in 2008 (except of course Davidson and Sato loosing ther drives when Super Aguri folded). The 2009 season was much more eventful with many changes happening in the second half of the season – here are the pictures from Melbourne and Abu Dhabi last year: