Archive for April, 2011

2011 Chinese GP – Race Analysis

Posted in Race Analysis with tags , , , on April 18, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Lewis Hamilton put the brakes on Vettel’s golden run, beating the Red Bull driver in the Chinese Grand Prix, but more importantly, the former world champion won the race on merit and not because it was handed to him on a platter. Red Bull admittedly didn’t get their KERS working as well as the other teams, but then after Sebastian’s domination in all the practice sessions and qualifying, a McLaren victory was hardly expected.

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2011 Chinese GP – Race Results

Posted in Race Result on April 17, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Lewis Hamilton took a sensational win at the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai today, beating the much vaunted Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel into second. Mark Webber made a brilliant come-back from 18th on the grid to 3rd place at the flag, just seven seconds behind the winner. Jenson Button was fourth, after a superb start by both McLarens saw him lead Hamilton and Vettel on the first lap.

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2011 Chinese GP – Qualifying Results

Posted in Qualifying Result with tags , , , on April 16, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position for the Chinese GP tomorrow and if you raised an eyebrow on reading that, you must be new to F1 2011. He hasn’t been beaten in qualifying since Singapore last year. And without the engine failure in Korea, Singapore would’ve been the last time he was beaten in a race. Practice pace indicated that the McLarens could run him close in the fight for pole, and a 1-2 by the Brits in Q2 seemed to underline that. But true to his style, the Q3 specialist pulled out a blinding seven tenths on his first run, with a 1:33.706 lap that was so far beyond everyone else that he was able to abort his second run.

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2011 Chinese GP – Saturday Practice Results

Posted in Free Practice 3 Result on April 16, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel is looking in complete control of the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend after making a clean sweep of practice session honours. Although McLaren are fairly close to the leading Red Bull’s pace, it must be said that Vettel could still have a bit of speed in reserve. After setting the fastest time on the harder of the two compounds, the world champion switched to the softer tyres and effortlessly went to the top once again, beating whatever McLaren, Ferrari or Mercedes could come up with.

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2011 Chinese GP – Friday Practice 2 Results

Posted in Free Practice 2 Result on April 15, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel maintained his stranglehold over Friday practice for the Chinese GP, topping the times once again, but this time it was not a ludicrous 2 second margin as in the morning session. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was less than two tenths away, closely followed by his team mate Jenson Button. The Red Bull driver looked strong in all three sectors, but surprisingly, he was quicker than the McLarens in the second and third sectors, which indicates that the RB7 wont be a sitting duck on the back straight this weekend. Mark Webber was a distant 10th in the sister Red Bull.

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2011 Chinese GP – Friday Practice 1 Results

Posted in Free Practice 1 Result on April 15, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

The first practice session for the Chinese GP saw Sebastian Vettel continuing his strong form in 2011, setting the fastest time in his Red Bull around a smog-covered Shanghai circuit. Mark Webber was half a second off his team mate’s time, but that gap pales in comparison to the 2 second margin Sebastian had over the McLarens and the rest. Although practice sessions on Friday are generally used to perform a variety of simulations that may produce very slow laptimes, it was still impressive to see the RB7 run faultlessly throughout the morning session, as well as its speed on the back straight.Sebastian was optimistic of his team making ‘big improvements’ in China, and if that turns out to be true, Vettel’s dominance may be impossible to stop this weekend.

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F1 2011 Round 03 – Chinese GP Preview

Posted in Race Previews with tags , , , on April 13, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Welcome to Round 3 of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship at the spectacular Shanghai International Circuit in China. The third and final flyaway race before the teams head to Europe and North America, the Chinese Grand Prix arrives just a week after the Malaysian GP. Since 2004, the circuit has been a regular fixture on the calendar, and has extended it’s contract, although its popularity has waned in recent years. Despite the lack of financial success, the circuit and the races have been faultless – the most expensive racing facility ever built has delivered some brilliant races over the last eight years.

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