Thursday Thoughts – Three worst F1 circuits

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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:

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The F1 Firefighters – Heikki is no longer alone

Car on fire next to concrete wall… When there are no marshals on hand the drivers have to do the job. First there was Heikki Kovalainen in Singapore …

Heikki Kovalainen The Firefighter

Heikki Kovalainen - The Firefighter

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2010 Prediction Game – Round 15 Results

2010 prediction game singapore

Here are the results of round 15 of the prediction game. Lots of scores over 20, the highest one belongs to Red05 and zoohead 23 points !

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2010 Singapore GP – Race result – Two in a row for Alonso

Alonso Singapore Podium

Fernando Alonso on Singapore podium

Fernando Alonso won the eventful 2010 Singapore GP only 2 tenths ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Mark Webber’s early pit stop gamble (behind safety car) paid off, he finished third just ahead of Jenson Button. Lewis Hamilton crashed out for the second time in as many races.

2010 Singapore GP Race result (updated twice):

1. Alonso
2. Vettel +0.2
3. Webber +29.1
4. Button +30.3
5. Rosberg +49.3
6. Barrichello +56.1
7. Kubica +1:26.5
8. Massa +1:53.1
9. Sutil +1:52.3 (+20 sec penalty)
10. Hulkenberg +1:52.6 (+20 sec penalty)
11. Petrov + 1 lap
12. Alguesuari + 1 lap
13. Schumacher + 1 lap
14. Buemi + 1 lap
15. di Grassi + 2 laps
16. Kovalainen + 3 laps

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2010 Singapore GP – Qualifying – Back to back pole for Alonso

2010 Singapore GP qualifying

2010 Singapore GP - Qualifying

Fernando Alonso will start 2010 Singapore GP from the pole position, his second pole in as many races. Sebastian Vettel will line up next to him on front row. Second row belongs to McLarens of Hamilton and Button. Behind them Webber, Barrichello, Rosberg, Kubica, Schumacher and Kobayashi.

1. Alonso – 1:45.390
2. Vettel – 1:45.457
3. Hamilton – 1:45.571
4. Button – 1:45.944
5. Webber – 1:45.977
6. Barrichello – 1:46.236
7. Rosberg – 1:46.443
8. Kubica – 1:46.593
9. Schumacher – 1:46.702
10. Kobayashi – 1:47.884

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2010 Singapore GP – Saturday practice

Vettel Saturday Singapore

Sebastian Vettel on Saturday in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the final practice session for 2010 Singapore GP, 6 tenths ahead of Fernando Alonso. Leiws Hamilton finished with the third fastest time. Behind them Massa, Rosberg, Webber, Hulkenberg, Kubica, Sutil, Buemi, Petrov, Barrichello, Button, Alguersuari, Schumacher, Liuzzi, Heidfeld, Kobayashi, Glock, Kovalainen, di Grassi, Trulli, Klien and Senna.

2010 Singapore GP – Friday practice

Sebastian Vettel Friday Singapore

Sebastian Vettel - The Fastest Driver on Friday in Singapore

Mark Webber was fastest in the first practice session for the 2010 Singapore GP (1:54.589) . The drivers were rather cautious in FP1 on the slowly drying damp surface. This tweet from @MauriceHamilton shows how cautious (or slow) the cars were in these conditions:

With few minutes of FP1 remaining on still-damp track; best time 1:56.2 is 10 seconds off Q2 time last year.

Michael Schumacher was second, Adrian Sutil third. Behind them Vettel, Alguersuari, Button, Liuzzi, Buemi, Kubica, Petrov, Alonso, Kobayashi, Heidfeld, Rosberg, Kovalainen, Barrichello, Hulkenberg, Hamilton, Massa, Glock, d’Ambrosio, Senna, Klien and Fauzy.

Although the cars were sliding all over the place nobody ended up in the barriers on the tricky surface.

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Heidfeld and Klien return to F1 racing this weekend

Nick Heidfeld

Nick Heidfeld will race for his old team for the rest of the season

There will be two “new” faces on the grid this weekend in Singapore. Sauber announced after Italian GP that Nick Heidfeld will replace Pedro de la Rosa for the rest of the season. (Pedro de la Rosa will take on the Pirelli testing job previously held by Heidfeld and Grosjean).

Short while ago the HRT team announced that Christian Klien will replace Sakon Yamamoto for the Singapore GP. The official reason is food poisoning. The team hopes that Yamamoto will be OK to race in Japan. Here is the press release from HRT:
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2010 Prediction Game – Round 15 – Singapore GP

2010 prediction game singapore

The F1 circus has moved away from Europe for the rest of the season. First of the five fly away races – Singapore GP – is on this weekend. It is time for round 15 of our prediction game.

2010 Singapore GP starts on Sunday September 26 at 8pm local time.

The predictions have to be placed before the start of the qualifying session (Saturday September 25, 10pm local time). Predictions can be changed, amended, there is no limit on the number of changes as long as they are made before the start of the qualifying. Predictions that arrive after the start of qualifying will not count.

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Video – Nico Rosberg on Piquet, his future and more

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

When I returned from Singapore to Hong Kong I spotted Nico Rosberg at the Hong Kong airport. Then I saw him waiting for his luggage at the same belt as me and it became sort of obvious he would be spending some time between Singapore and Japanese GPs here in Hong Kong. I found a video interview he did last week for South China Morning Post. Big part of the interviews focuses on Nelson Piquet’s crash last year in Singapore. Funny how he compares individuals doing stupid things in F1 and in banking world :-) . He also spoke about his future (without giving too much away) and about his Macau GP experience that includes a crash with Lewis Hamilton.

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The 2009 Singapore GP experience

We had great time in Singapore last year and so we decided to go again for the second race in the Lion City. And I am glad we did so.

There was not that much wrong with organization in 2008 but there were some annoying things especially when it came to food and beverage. Clearly the organizers listened to the feedback because the improvement this year was obvious. But let’s start with basic – the logistic.

It all begins at the airport. I arrived sometime about noon on Friday. In matter of minutes I passed the immigration and picked up the luggage from the belt. The only slight delay was the process of getting the prepaid card for mobile. In Singapore they do record the identity of the SIM card buyer and as a result the whole thing takes about 5 minutes. That includes scanning the passport but also getting the phone set up and running by the friendly staff.

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2009 Singapore GP – Race result – Hamilton wins

Hamilton, Glock and Alonso on Singapore podium

Hamilton, Glock and Alonso on Singapore podium

Lewis Hamilton won the 2009 Singapore GP ahead of Timo Glock and Fernando Alonso. Sebastian Vettel finished 4th after serving drive through penalty for speeding. Jenson Button recovered from poor qualifying and claimed 5th place ahead of his team mate Rubens Barrichello.

Nico Rosberg wasted his best chance of podium this season. He went over the kerbs and the white line after his pit stop and had to serve drive through penalty. As that coincided with safety car period following Sutil-Heidfeld crash Rosberg dropped way back and out of the points. Heidfeld’s crash means his run of 41 race finishes is over …

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