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2011 British Grand Prix - Results

Posted on July 10, 2011 at 2:09 PM

The Pretence Is Over

Red Bull has always maintained that they have no team orders, their drivers are free to race each other, yet in a race for a few points that would mean very little to Sebastian Vettel but could mean a great deal to Mark Webber, the latter was told to stop racing and let Vettel have the second place that Mark had earned on merit. I guess it just proves what the fans have known all along, Red Bull has one rule aabout racing when Webber is leading the Championship but an althogether different one for when Vettel is leading. Ultimately this is unfair to both drivers as if I were to wi the Driving Championship, I would want to have done it by earning every point I recieved, not by having someone give them to me. Vettel is going to be a multiple champion, why cheapen his victories? This approach could hurt Red Bull itself if it allows another driver to overtake Mark and it costs Red Bull a 1-2 finish in the championship.


Pos No   Driver           Team                       Laps        Time/Retired Grid Pts

1 5 Fernando Alonso   Ferrari                       52          1:28:41.196 3 25

2 1 Sebastian Vettel    RBR-Renault             52           +16.5 secs 2 18

3 2 Mark Webber         RBR-Renault             52           +16.9 secs 1 15

4 3 Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes    52           +28.9 secs 10 12

5 6 Felipe Massa         Ferrari                         52           +29.0 secs 4 10

6 8 Nico Rosberg         Mercedes                    52           +60.6 secs 9 8

7 17 Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari             52          +65.5 secs 12 6

8 9 Nick Heidfeld          Renault                        52          +75.5 secs 16 4

9 7 Michael Schumacher  Mercedes                 52         +77.9 secs 13 2

10 19 Jaime Alguersuari  STR-Ferrari               52         +79.1 secs 18 1

11 14 Adrian Sutil Force  India-Mercedes          52         +79.7 secs 11

12 10 Vitaly Petrov        Renault                         52         +80.6 secs 14

13 11 Rubens Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth   51         +1 Lap 15

14 12 Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Cosworth   51         +1 Lap 7

15 15 Paul di Resta Force  India-Mercedes        51         +1 Lap 6

16 24 Timo Glock               Virgin-Cosworth        50         +2 Laps 20

17 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio   Virgin-Cosworth        50        +2 Laps 22

18 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi        HRT-Cosworth          50        +2 Laps 23

19 22 Daniel Ricciardo        HRT-Cosworth          49        +3 Laps 24

Ret 4 Jenson Button           McLaren-Mercedes   39          Wheel nut 5

Ret 18 Sebastien Buemi     STR-Ferrari               25          Accident damage 19

Ret 16 Kamui Kobayashi    Sauber-Ferrari           23          Oil leak 8

Ret 21 Jarno Trulli               Lotus-Renault           10          Oil leak 21

Ret 20 Heikki Kovalainen    Lotus-Renault             2          Gearbox 17

 

2011 British Grand Prix - Qualifying

Posted on July 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

 

Some get it right, some not so much.

I had started an editorial on the blown diffuser debate but half way through, Mark Webber gave a statement which covered all the points I wanted to make however qualifying was to see a bad joke become a running gag as the the official stance on the ruling changed faster than the weather. The final word seems to be, 'We don't know what we're doing so maybe we will let everyone else decide for us.' (Not necessarily an actual quote.) Evidently, the FIA is one of those who could not get it right.

Red Bull got it right, locking out the first row with Webber on poll. Their sister team, Toro Rosso  got the timing wrong and found themselves behind a Lotus. Ferrari got it right locking out the second row with Alonso in P 3 along side teammate Massa. McLaren got it half right putting Button in P5 but sending Hamilton out on the wrong tires relegated him to P 10. Most teams struggled to come to terms with the rain and the constantly changing rules. Two drivers who also got it right though were Paul DiResta who qualified his Force India in 6th place and Heikki Kovalainen who got his Lotus to Q2 to start 17th on the grid. Daniel Ricciardo had no problem qualifying within the 107% rule despite practice time being limited by the weather. He was able to qualify just .575 seconds behind his teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi.

 

 

 

Pos No Driver          Team            Time

 

1 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:30.399

2 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:30.431 

3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:30.516 

4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:31.124 

5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.898 

6 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:31.929 

7 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:31.933

8 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.128 

9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.209 

10 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.376 

11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:32.617

14 12 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.624

14 13 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:32.656

15 14 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:34.428 1:32.734

14 15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:33.119

12 16 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:33.805

15 17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:34.821

9 18 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:35.245

7 19 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:35.749

7 20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:36.203

7 21 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:36.456

4 22 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:37.154

6 23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:37.484

7 24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:38.059

Q1 107% Time

1:39.156

 

Daniel Ricciardo Called Up

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Daniel Ricciardo has been called up to F1 early when Toro Rosso leant him to HRT-Cosworth to replace Narain Karthikeyan begiining with the next race at Silverstone. He has impressed as test driver for Toro Rosso and has been touted as one of the drivers to watch, now we get to watch him in race pace beginning one week from today.


July 4, 2011.

HRT - Cosworth has now made it official, Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Vitantonio Liuzzi will be the drivers at the British Grand Prix this weekend. HRT has found some pace this year, it will be interesting to see how they fair against their immediate competition on a hgh speed circuit.

Jaime Alguersuari Brings Hong Kong A Taste Of F1

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 11:54 AM

After the exciting Grand Prix Du Canada and a well deserved best to date finish of eighth place, Jamie was off to Hong Kong for the Red Bull Dragon Run. There he drove the Red Bull show car in front of a crowd of more than 43,000 enthusiasts. After enthusing about the city and the car, Jamie was kind enough to answer some questions for the Log Book. When asked what it was like to get some seat time in the Red Bull car, ie. how it compares to the Toro Ross and does this mean he is being groomed for a possible place on the Red Bull team, he told us

"With a show run car you cannotreally tell much difference between the cars as they are not set up for racing... Doing the show run is not a step to drive for Red Bull Racing: we all sharethe job of doing show runs, me and the other F1 guys and Red Bull driversfrom other race categories."


Valencia Spain

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 7:21 PM

After the excitement of the Canadian Grand Prix, Formula 1 shifted to Valencia for an abrupt change of pace. Reporting from around the world has pretty much been limited to commenting on this being the dullest race of the year so far. I shan't add to this, to the results then:

 

 

Pos  #  Driver                                    Team                Laps        Time/Retired           Points

 

1 1 Sebastian Vettel                  RBR-Renault             57           1:39:36.169 1            25

2 5 Fernando Alonso                 Ferrari                        57          +10.8 secs 4              18

3 2 Mark Webber                      RBR-Renault              57          +27.2 secs 2              15

4 3 Lewis Hamilton                   McLaren-Mercedes    57          +46.1 secs 3               12

5 6 Felipe Massa                      Ferrari                         57          +51.7 secs 5              10

6 4 Jenson Button                    McLaren-Mercedes     57          +60.0 secs 6                8

7 8 Nico Rosberg                     Mercedes                     57          +98.0 secs 7                6

8 19 Jaime Alguersuari            STR-Ferrari                  56          +1 Lap 18                    4

9 14 Adrian Sutil                      Force India-Mercedes   56         +1 Lap 10                     2

10 9 Nick Heidfeld                   Renault                          56         +1 Lap 9                       1

11 17 Sergio Perez                  Sauber-Ferrari               56         +1 Lap 16

12 11 Rubens Barrichello        Williams-Cosworth         56         +1 Lap 13

13 18 Sebastien Buemi           STR-Ferrari                    56         +1 Lap 17

14 15 Paul di Resta                 Force India-Mercedes    56         +1 Lap 12

15 10 Vitaly Petrov                  Renault                           56         +1 Lap 11

16 16 Kamui Kobayashi          Sauber-Ferrari                56         +1 Lap 14

17 7 Michael Schumacher      Mercedes                        56         +1 Lap 8

18 12 Pastor Maldonado        Williams-Cosworth           56        +1 Lap 15

19 20 Heikki Kovalainen         Lotus-Renault                  55        +2 Laps 19

20 21 Jarno Trulli                    Lotus-Renault                  55        +2 Laps 20

21 24 Timo Glock                   Virgin-Cosworth               55        +2 Laps 21

22 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio      Virgin-Cosworth               55         +2 Laps 23

23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi           HRT-Cosworth                 54         +3 Laps 22

24 22 Narain Karthikeyan      HRT-Cosworth                  54         +3 Laps 24

 

 

Mixed Day For Canadians At Bucyrus 200

Posted on June 26, 2011 at 3:38 AM

Overall Canadians faired well at Road America with 4 drivers in the Top 10 but Ron Fellows finished 2nd after it was thought he had won the race. In addition, Jaques Villeneuve (3rd place) was involved ion an accident that ruffled some feathers and J R Fitzpatrick rounding out the top 10 was thus unable to improve on his 7th place finish of a year ago. Nonetheless it was a solid performance for the Canadian contingent which included a 6th place finish by the talented Andrew Ranger. Villeneuve later took responsibility for the accident he was involved in on one of the restarts. See a video of it on our video page.

Road America Bucyrus 200 Race results

Posted on June 25, 2011 at 3:18 AM

An action packed and somewhat confusing Bucyrus 200 is over and after the dust had settled, it was decided that Reed Sorenson had won the race and not Ron Fellows as had originally been believed. Here then are the Top Ten results for the race.


1 12 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Chevrolet 57 47 4 Running

2 5 7 Ron Fellows AER Chevrolet 57 43 1 Running

3 22 Jacques Villeneuve Discount Tire Dodge 57 42 1 Running

4 7 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet 57 40   Running    

5 25 1 Mike Wallace Cowboys & Aliens Chevrolet 57 40 1 Running

6 21 53 Andrew Ranger WM Recycling Dodge 57 38   Running    

7 22 62 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Toyota 57 37   Running    

8 8 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. RickyvsTrevor.com Ford 57 36   Running    

9 15 30 Ricky Carmichael(i) Monster Energy Chevrolet 57 0   Running    

10 17 67 J R Fitzpatrick Go Canada Racing Ford 57 34   Running

Road America: Practice Results

Posted on June 25, 2011 at 12:46 AM

Although it is difficult to read anything into Friday practice, consistency is usually a fair indicator of pace. On the of that factor, it looks like this weekends Road America could be an interesting battle by the hired guns from road racing. Here is a look at the top 5 from both sessions.


2011  Bucyrus 200 First Practice session

1     60     Billy Johnson     Fastenal Ford     134.871     108.05      ---.---     ---.---

2     22     Jacques Villeneuve     Discount Tire Dodge     134.938     107.996     -0.067     -0.067

3     18     Michael McDowell     Pizza Ranch Toyota     134.968     107.972     -0.097     -0.03

4     33     Max Papis     Rheem/Menards Chevrolet     135.384     107.64    -0.513     -0.416

5     2     Elliott Sadler     OneMain Financial Chevrolet     135.478     107.566     -0.607     -0.094


2011  Bucyrus 200 Final Practice Session

1     33     Max Papis     Rheem/Menards Chevrolet     133.707     108.991    ---.---     ---.---

2     18     Michael McDowell     Pizza Ranch Toyota     134.056     108.707    -0.349     -0.349

3     22     Jacques Villeneuve     Discount Tire Dodge     134.3     108.509      -0.593     -0.244

4     7     Ron Fellows     AER Chevrolet     135.067     107.893     -1.36     -0.767

5     66     Steve Wallace     5-Hour Energy Toyota     135.117     107.853    -1.41     -0.05


For more, see: Canadian Corner


Ron Fellows Confirmed at Road America

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM

The latest word from Ron, posted on acebook:

ROAD AMERICA NATIONWIDE SERIES, Saturday June 25: I will be driving the #7 AER Manufacturing Impala for JR Motorsports this weekend. We finished 2nd there last year and Tony Eury Jr has been tweaking on our Chevy for a couple of weeks now! Green flag is at 5:30pm ET on ESPN and TSN2.

Thanks, Ron

What Do Race Drivers Do During A Red Flag Period?

Posted on June 21, 2011 at 2:48 PM

In Canada we saw a lengthy red flag period where the cars were parked for almost two hours. What do drivers do to pass time when faced with such long delays? During a Red Bull interview, Mark Webber says he made a phone call, the topic? Dogs and the  weather. Truly, these people lead lives the rest of us can only dream about. Just one more example of why it is so difficult for anyone to not like Mark Webber.


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