All Red Bull front row in Shanghai
Sebastian Vettel secured the fourth pole position for Red Bull in as many races this year. Mark Webber will line up next to Vettel on the front row. Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg will start from the second row. Button, Hamilton, Massa, Kubica, Schumacher and Sutil complete the top ten.
1. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:34.558
2. Webber – Red Bull – 1:34.806
3. Alonso – Ferrari – 1:34.913
4. Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:34.923
5. Button – McLaren – 1:34.979
6. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:35.034
7. Massa – Ferrari – 1:35.180
8. Kubica – Renault – 1:35.364
9. Schumacher – Mercedes – 1:35.646
10. Sutil – Force India – 1:35.963
Empty F1 grandstands in Shanghai ...
Red Bull finally showed their pace in China. Mark Webber was the fastest driver on Saturday morning in Shanghai, Sebastian Vettel finished the final practice session in 3rd place. P2 and P4 went to McLaren drivers. Ferrari also unleashed their cars with Feranando Alonso finishing ahead of both Mercedes drivers. Felipe Massa would probably end the session with faster time if not for Karun Chandhok getting in his way on the last flying lap. Earlier the session was red flagged following Vitaly Petrov’s crash into to tyre barriers. He walked away OK but the car will need some serious repair job before qualifying …
Jenson Button posted the fastest time in the first practice session for the Chinese GP ahead of Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. Worry for Ferrari as the team suffered yet another engine failure (Fernando Alonso). The major talking point however will be the massive and scary crash of Sebastien Buemi. Both his front wheels came off his car at the same moment under braking at the end of the long back straight. No one was hurt …
The 2010 Formula One season continues this weekend in Shanghai. It is time to make predictions for the Chinese GP round of our prediction game. The weather in Shanghai is cold and rainy at the moment (single digits in Celsius). It is expected to get warmer in next two day. There is forecast for some sunshine for Friday and Saturday and rain for Sunday…
Helmet designs should help us to identify the drivers on the track. Sometimes however the drivers depart from their traditional designs and confuse us all. In the last two races (Australia and Malaysia) Rubens Barrichello dropped his traditional red (orange) and white design – design he used throughout his entire F1 career. In Melbourne and Sepang the red (orange) went missing… Here is the gallery featuring Rubens Barrichello and his blue-white helmet:
Here are the results of round 3 of our prediction game. Quite a lot of people expected Vettel’s win but the scores this time are not much higher than in previous round. There were only few correct predictions for pole position and fastest lap, also the disappointing results of Ferrari, McLaren and Michael Schumacher played their part. On the other hand Jaime Alguersuari and Nico Hulkenberg both appeared once in the Malaysian GP predictions. The highest score of this round is 21 points and belongs to Mike Coxon. Klokan and TiMMiE scored 20. Congratulations !
2010 Malaysian GP Podium
Sebastian Vettel won the 2010 Malaysian GP after finally having a trouble free race. Mark Webber completed one-two finish for Red Bull. Nico Rosberg finished third ahead of Robert Kubica who had another impressive race for Renault. Sutil, Hamilton, Massa, Button, Alguersuari and Hulkenberg collected the rest of the points. The points are the first in F1 for Alguersuari and Hulkenberg.
2010 Malaysian GP – Result
1. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:44.711
2. Webber – Red Bull +4.8
3. Rosberg – Mercedes +13.5
4. Kubica – Renault +18.5
5. Sutil – Force India +21.0
6. Hamilton – McLaren +23.4
7. Massa – Ferrari +27.0
8. Button – McLaren +37.9
9. Alguersuari – Toro Rosso +70.6
10. Hulkenberg – Williams +73.3
Mark Webber - 2010 Malaysian GP Qualifying
Q3 started in heavy rain. The session was red flagged with 7:17 minutes remaining and restarted about 15 minutes later. Mark Webber gambled and went out on intermediate tyres. His gamble paid of, Webber was 1.346 sec faster than Rosberg in P2. Sebastian Vettel will start from P3, Adrian Sutil will line up next to him on the second row. Great qualifying for Nico Hulkenberg (P5). Kubica (P6), Barrichello (P7), Schumacher (P8), Kobayashi (P9) and Liuzzi (P10) complete the top 10.
Mark Webber Red Bull 2010 Malaysian GP
Mark Webber posted the fastest time in the final qualifying session for Malaysian GP ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher. Rain was in the air during the FP3 but somehow it managed to miss the Sepang circuit. Timo Glock in Virgin was the fastest of the new teams in this session.
2010 Malaysian GP - Friday Practice
The Malaysian GP weekend has started with Friday practice. The Mercedes powered cars did well in the morning session. Hamilton was fastest ahead of Rosberg, Button and Schumacher. Two teams used their third drivers in this session – Force India (Paul di Resta) and Lotus (Fairuz Fauzy). It seems to have been good session for all the new teams – lots of laps and no obvious problems.
Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver out also in the second practice session. Sebastian Vettel in P2 was the only non Mercedes powered car in top 5. Mark Webber retired early in the session following suspected engine failure. Ferrari seemed to be on different program than the other front running teams and only went for lower fuel runs towards the very end of the FP2. No rain during the practice sessions today but there was some between FP1 and FP2.
The F1 circus moved very quickly from Melbourne to Sepang for the 2010 Malaysian GP. The light rain before the race start spiced up the Australian GP and contributed to quite an exciting race. The early weather predictions for this weekend suggest we may be in for stormy Grand Prix … Following the washout last year when the tropical downpour resulted in early end to the race this year the race start has been moved back from 5pm to 4pm local time. We will need to wait and see if that will help. Yesterday (Wednesday) the heavy storm hit Kuala Lumpur at 4pm …
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: