And the winner (looser?) is ...
Nice topic thrown into the air by the nice Sidepodcast people for the first off-season Thursday – Which are your worst three circuits, and what would you do to fix them?
It is not easy to pick only three worst circuits as there are quite a few not so good ones that come to mind – Bahrain, Shanghai, Barcelona, Valencia, Monaco, Hungary, Singapore, Abu Dhabi. Plus add Turkey that has a good track but no one in Turkey cares …
Anyway, here are my top three worst tracks:
Here are the results of round 4 of our prediction game. There were several correct predictions for both fastest lap (Hamilton) and pole position (Vettel) but nobody predicted the win for Jenson Button. Still there were some impressive scores – The highest score of this round – 22 points – belongs to ncng. Fantoci scored 21, Enigma, DaniGo, Pgirish13 and james 20. Congratulations ! There were few predictions that arrived too late, after the qualifying session – sorry, could not count them …
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton celebrate on Shanghai podium
Jenson Button won the rain affected 2010 Chinese Grand ahead of his McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton. Button’s second win of the season means that the defending champion takes over the championship lead. Nico Rosberg finished third, ahead of Fernando Alonso, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel, Vitaly Petrov, Mark Webber, Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher.
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…
There were 3 high ranking Chinese officials greeting the spectators from the 2005 Chinese GP official program (click on the above image). Two of them are now in jail for graft …
The case of Yu Zhifei, general manager of the Shanghai International Circuit Management and Development Co Ltd has been making headlines for a while. The investigation of the man credited with bringing the Formula One to China begun in 2007. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison for embezzlement of funds in the late 1990s when he was head of Shanghai Shenhua Football Club.
The future looks much more gloomy for Chen Tonghai, former president of Sinopec, China’s second-largest oil company and until this year also the main backer and title sponsor of the Chinese Formula One GP. He was convicted today of corruption and taking bribes and received a suspended death sentence. Chen Tonghai was convicted of illegally receiving 190 million yuan (US$27 million). His death sentence came with with a two-year reprieve. Such sentences in China usually are commuted to life in prison.
What a difference can few years make …
Here is the video of David Coulthard, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel. The former F1 driver speaks with the two Chinese GP podium finishers about their emotions following Red Bull’s victory in China and their goals for the upcoming races and the championship.
Sebastian Vettel - The Winner
The Chinese GP is becoming the most likely F1 race to be affected by rain. This was the 6th Chinese GP and the third wet one … The 6th Chinese GP also produced the 6th winner after Barrichello, Alonso, Schumacher, Raikkonen and Hamilton. But let’s have a look who were the other winners and losers in Shanghai.
This does not need much explanation. The car worked very well for them in dry, it worked great in the wet. They had some technical issues with a “5 EURO” part of their gearbox (part that can be changed without penalty) but managed to sort it out and went on to dominate the weekend. Their race strategy was aggressive with short first stint. It was probably planned for dry race (with a short super soft tyre first stint) but worked for them nicely on Sunday as well. This may not be the last word from Red Bull this season with Adrian Newey working on major diffuser related upgrades of the Red Bull car.
This was the maiden race win for Red Bull Racing and they did in the same 1-2 fashion as BMW Sauber in Montreal last year.
It was a big day for Red Bull Racing in Shanghai today. Here is the photogallery, click on the thumbnails to open the photos:
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber celebrate Red Bull's 1-2 finish in Shanghai
Sebastian Vettel won the wet wet wet 2009 Chinese Grand Prix ahead of his team mate Mark Webber. This is the first ever F1 race win for Red Bull Racing. Jenson Button finished 3rd and Rubens Barrichello 4th. Sebastien Buemi contributed to the good Red Bull day with 8th place for Toro Rosso. Force India was on course for serious points untile Adrian Sutil crashed out from 6th place with 5 laps to go. And so Force India and Ferrari still remain without points after 3 races.
2009 Chinese Grand Prix Result:
1. S. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:57:43.485
2. M. Webber – Red Bull + 10.970
3. J. Button – Brawn GP + 44.975
4. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP + 1:03.704
5. H. Kovalainen – McLaren + 1:05.102
6. L. Hamilton – McLaren + 1:11.866
7. T. Glock – Toyota + 1:14.476
8. S. Buemi – Toro Rosso + 1:16.439