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2011 Spanish GP – Qualifying Analysis

Posted in Qualifying Analysis with tags , , , , , on May 22, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Mark Webber finally derailed the Vettel express today, ending the reigning world champion’s stranglehold on qualifying and putting himself in the best possible position to win the race tomorrow. The Red Bulls went on a rampage in the qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix, with a massive one second advantage to the McLarens, and a two second gap to the other teams. They were comfortably through into Q2 despite using only the harder tyres, and flexed their muscle in Q3 taking away what little hope their rivals had of beating them this weekend.

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F1 2011 Round 05 – Spanish GP Preview

Posted in Race Previews with tags , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Welcome to Round 05 of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship, at Barcelona, Spain. The Santander Spanish Grand Prix signals the return of Formula 1 to its traditional European venues, most of which have several decades of racing history. The Circuit de Catalunya has hosted the race since 1991, before which the Spanish GP was held at four other venues – Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (nine times between 1968 and 1981), Montjuich (four times between 1969 and 1975), and Jerez (1986-90). Since the Catalunya is also a heavily favoured test track, and most of the pre season testing takes place here, it is usually upgraded and maintained quite well.

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2011 Turkish GP – Race Analysis

Posted in Race Analysis with tags , , , , on May 9, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel waltzed to an easy victory in the Turkish GP today and serenely went about his business of increasing his already huge points lead while an exciting race unfolded behind him. The Red Bull man has now won three of the four races so far in 2011 and finished second in the one race he missed out. This is hardly the traditional Red Bull start to the season – not a single retirement so far, no squabbles between the drivers, and no sign of the young impetuous German who made several driving errors. Instead, what we have seen so far is a calm, composed, confident champion who has barely put a foot wrong, and has made a scorching start to his title defence.

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2011 Turkish GP – Race Result

Posted in Race Result with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing eased to a comfortable win in the Turkish GP today, with Mark Webber in second making it the team’s first 1-2 of this season. The pole sitter was in complete control of the race and led almost every lap, reasserting his domination of this year’s championship. Fernando Alonso drove a fantastic race to haul the Ferrari up onto the final podium slot, getting his and the team’s first top 3  finish of 2011. He spent most of the race in second, before Mark Webber used his fresh set of tyres to overtake him with 7 laps remaining.

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2011 Turkish GP – Qualifying Analysis

Posted in Qualifying Analysis with tags , , , , , on May 7, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for tomorrow’s Turkish Grand Prix, but he didn’t blitz everyone else by a full second at the very end of the session as he usually does. This time, he did an early lap in Q3, a truly staggering 1:25.019 time that was miles ahead of all the other drivers on their first runs. Then he sat around, waiting for someone to get within striking distance of his time, possibly got bored, got out of the cockpit with utter confidence while everyone else went out for a second run. He has now been on pole position for all the races in 2011, a 5 race unbeaten streak if you count from Abu Dhabi last year.

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F1 2011 Round 04 – Turkish GP Preview

Posted in Race Previews with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Welcome to Round 4 of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship at Istanbul, Turkey. The DHL Turkish Grand Prix marks the end of the ‘flyaway’ races and a prelude to the European leg of the title race. The inaugural race at this venue was held back in 2005, and Kimi Raikkonen won the race in his McLaren-Mercedes. In 2005 and 2006 the race took place near the end of the European stint, before the Italian GP. Since then it has been moved up the calendar and has been more or less around the Spanish/Monaco GP dates. This is the first time however, that Istanbul Park is hosting its race before any of the European races.

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The 10 best ever wins in Formula 1

Posted in The 'Top 10' stuff with tags , , , , , , on December 11, 2010 by Sundar Shankar

Formula 1 drivers are an exceptional lot. Today’s racers are among the fittest men on the planet, whilst the yesteryear heroes were the bravest. We may find one driver’s a bit slow, one is mesmerising-ly quick, we see that some are erratic, some are incredibly consistent, some talents are fulfilled and some are not, but the fact remains that the best driver on the grid is separated from the (apparently) worst by a wafer thin margin. And so we might think that the drivers are equal, and its the car and the circumstances that make the difference.

But every now and then, there comes a day when a bloke proves every single one of us utterly wrong. Just completely messes up every prediction, makes a mockery of all the ‘expert opinions’ and gives us fans an unforgettable day of motor racing. The drivers who pulled off such feats attain immortality in the world of Formula 1. Those are the drives that we remember with warmth in the heart and a knowing smile.

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