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 !
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
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 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.
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:
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) …