31/08/2011

Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps – Classic venue & Classic race

After 3 weeks of break, this was the best start to the second half one could have hoped for. For the whole weekend, the teams were kept guessing as to how to go about with the things. The race was better than our expectation, it was Vettel in the end emerging as the winner with team-mate Webber at P2 and Button in P3.

Here, is the detailed report of the whole weekend:

FP1:
The session started dry but soon with no surprise it started raining disrupting everyone’s program. By the end it was Schumacher, who was celebrating 20 years in F1 topped the time-sheets followed by team-mate Rosberg and Button. There was no running at all in between the session, in addition it was red-flagged when Di Resta spun exiting Turn 9, the same place Senna had spun earlier. Force India’s Sutil ended at a good P6 while Di Resta due to spin ended at P20. Chandhok was back in action but rain didn’t help in much running and he ended at P21.

FP2:
It was yet another wet session for the teams, though by the end of session the rain Gods eased a bit which allowed the teams to do some running. In the end it was Webber for Red Bull topping the time-sheets followed by Alonso and Button. In a bit strange strategy, largely due to weather prediction, Force India’s Hulkenberg (sat in for Sutil), he ended at P8 and Di Resta in the limited running finished at P9. With so much rain and damp track, the teams were left with little data to analyze and make necessary changes.

FP3:
Not much improvement to the weather as it continued to rain heavily during the start of the session and evidently no one came out but as the skies cleared a bit, one by one drivers came out of their garages to accumulate enough data’s for the qualifying ahead. Webber continued where he left and in the end was the fastest runner followed by Hamilton and surprisingly Alguersuari. Force India continued with their impressive performance, specially Sutil who was always running high in the field, ending at P8 while Di Resta had some off moments, thus ending at P11.

Nothing could have been predicted with the kind of running teams got but still it was looking strong for Force India (traditionally it has been), and Q3 for both cars was possible. For the top spot, Red Bulls had an upper hand with perhaps McLaren and maybe Mercedes giving some fight.

Qualifying:
Q1:
The start to the session was something which surprised everybody. Schumacher celebrating 20 years in F1 crashed (right rear wheel fell off) out in his out lap without setting anytime. The track was still damp but was improving considerably. Webber was the fastest man by the end of the session which saw Ambrosio, Liuzzi, Ricciardo & Schumacher failing to make the cut but were given permission to race by stewards afterwards. A disappointment for strong looking Force Indian Di Resta as he bowed out in Q1 after the team made a wrong call and him having spun on the lap he may have improved, thus he ended at P18 (started at P17). Sutil on the other hand made it to Q2 safely.

Q2:
The rain had eased off and the track was improving lap by lap. For Force India, this session added insult to its injuries with Sutil crashing out exiting Eau Rouge. He was looking strong with a P5 in his first timed lap and would have definitely made further improvements but the crash meant he ended at P15 after the session. The session was red-flagged for a brief time. There was more drama between Hamilton & Maldonado towards the end, which looked nasty but surely was not intentionally done. Out in all these drama’s Alonso set the fastest time in the session, perhaps sending a message for 3 way pole battle. 

Q3:
By the time Q3 began, a dry line appeared on the track helping the drivers to set some good times. It was all looking that Hamilton will break the Red Bull’s pole position dominance but not this time. Yet again Vettel went a step further and snatched pole from Hamilton making 12 out of 12 for Red Bull’s as far as qualifying is concerned. He was followed by Hamilton and Webber.

A disappointing qualifying session for Force India, I was hoping for a double Q3 but not even one made it, though for various other reasons. Surely the performance was there, we were just unlucky during heat of the moment. Still, points were very much possible.

Race:
The weather on raceday was better than what we witness on Friday and Saturday. There were some clouds hovering but by the end it was all sunny. The start was all we were hoping for (some petty incidents, car’s going off), the best being Rosberg zooming past the front-runners to take the lead, on the other hand Webber the biggest looser with a poor start. Sutil made a steady start, while Di Resta suffering some damages but still carried on when an apologetic Glock couldn’t brake on time and touched Di Resta’s car.

The real battle began (without any DRS, whatsoever), there were some breathtaking moves from the drivers. Hamilton was having a fierce battle with the Ferrari’s, and in the end managing to get past both of them. But the best move, perhaps for the seasons to come was Webber going past Alonso at the start of Eau Rouge corner, it was surely dangerous but the way Webber did it made it look very simple. Soon, though Safety Car came out as Hamilton crashed into the barriers after over-taking Kobayashi after he spun after having made slight contact with Kobayashi.

Force India made the most of the SC as soon Sutil pitted gaining two places to be P5 while Di Resta came in a lap late thereby loosing few positions, compromising for Sutil as he was ahead in the race. Earlier Sutil had some fantastic battles with Webber & Alonso, it was wheel to wheel racing, and Sutil never gave up but eventually he had to back off as clearly Red Bull & Ferrari had a better pace. Later on he had some more fight with Button who was charging up through the field. The McLaren’s pace was too much for Sutil and same for Schumacher who too was charging up the field. Thus Sutil ended at P7, the most he could have got. While Paul due to a late pit-stop and a bit damaged car had to settle with P11, though he tried his best to catch Maldonado for the final championship point but the gap was too much.

What was looking tough for Red Bull’s at the start due to tyre issues, it came as a surprise for them as Vettel took the win with his team-mate Webber making it a 1-2 for the team. A charging Button snatching a podium finish from a slow running Alonso. Force India continued their upward surge. There were plenty of over-taking moves in the race, surely the top one was Webber on Alonso.

Next up will be Monza, another good track for Force India. Now they are just 3 points away from Sauber and I think they will get ahead of them in maybe the coming two-three races. As for the top battle, it’s matter of time when Red Bull seal their name for the second successive time. Till Italian GP, enjoy!!

More Indian GP/Force India stuff!


As it gets closer and closer everyone is getting more and more excited!

Bollywood actor/director Shahrukh Khan is just one of the guys getting excited by the event after the news broke that he purchased a corporate box for the event.

Askari Zaidi (vice-president of JPSI Sports - the company in charge of building the circuit) said in an interview that "we have about 55 corporate boxes in the price range between Rs.35lakh to a crore. The boxes will be on prime location at the circuit - right next to the podium. The demand for those boxes has been high. I can confirm that Shahrukh Khan has bought one of the boxes while Airtel, title sponsors of the GP, have also bought some."

Have you bought your tickets yet? If not why not head over to the Airtel website here where they are running three competitions to win tickets! A simulator challenge, an online game and the opportunity to be a glamorous grid girl! Check it out =D

It's not the first time Shahrukh Khan has been involved with motorsport - have you seen the advert he did for Force India? I've posted it below for your enjoyment :-)


While were on the subject of Force India there have been some interesting tweets (@clubforce) and pictures coming from them today. They said the following things:

"Factory is busy today. We are rebuilding the cars for Monza and getting ready for our next aero test"

"A quick shot of the busy racebays."

"Couldn't resist putting this on twitter. The VJM02 sitting in our visitor car park."

Just thought those pictures would make for interesting viewing for our readers but you may have seen them already! =)

30/08/2011

It's treat time!

Here at Auto India Sports we like to give our readers a little treat from time to time so we have an exclusive interview lined up for you guys!!

Infact this will be our second exclusive as last month we had the privilege of interviewing Force India's temporary communications manager Emma Buxton! If you have not read that yet you can do so here.

So who is this new interview with? Well let's give you some clues:
  • He is a racing driver born in India.
  • He has previously won the JK Tyre Rotax Max Challenge Senior Championship.
  • He was the runner up in the VW JK Tyre Polo Cup Championship.
  • Here is a picture of him racing this season in French F4:
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Guessed who yet? Well to those that guessed Parth Ghorpade - you are right! =D

We have an interview with Parth, one of India's brightest prospects for the future, ready to post!

We're not going to make it that easy for you though! Help us get to 130 facebook likes by inviting your friends to join us here - when we reach 130 likes we will post the interview (we are already on 116 likes so that's just 14 more to go!)

While your waiting you could also check out Parth Ghorpade's website here =)

28/08/2011

Belgian GP - Clear up!

Just wanted to post a little article to link you guys to the review quotes from Adrian, Paul and Force India team principle Vijay Mallya which can be found here.

We have also updated our championship standings page - take a look here!

Remember to check back in a few days time for our whole weekend review written by Darshan Chokhani ;-)

Formula Two Qualifying 2 & Race 2 - Red Bull Ring

Qualifying Two Results: Ebrahim 13th (1:21.962), Sureshwaren 20th (1:22.950).
Race Two Results: Sureshwaren 17th, Ebrahim DNC.

Mixed fortunes for the Indian drivers in qualifying - Ebrahim was just 2tenths of a second from 8th place which was a great effort but unfortunately Sureshwaren struggled and qualified down the order in 20th.

So after a promising qualifying for Armann Ebrahim he was hopeful of points but unfortunately it wasn't to be! He failed to classify after a collision with Tobias Hegewald on the first corner of the first lap - he would go home very disappointed and he summed up how he felt with a very brief tweet on his @armaan_f2 twitter account saying: "Had a crap weekend where nothing went right!"

Meanwhile Sureshwaren ran at a consistently poor pace and only gained positions due to other cars ahead retiring ... he will also be very disappointed i suspect.

Both drivers will be hoping for more at the next race in Monza, Italy on the 1st of October. Meanwhile to view the current championship standings please take a look here.

Belgian GP - Race

Results: Sutil 7th (6points), Di Resta 11th.

A great day at the office for Force India - 6points on the board and we have now closed the gap to Sauber to just 3points!

Everything went right for Adrian Sutil today be it strategy or the safety car and he was just able to stay out of trouble and pick up the positions =) In actual fact it could have been 6th but a flying Michael Schumacher was able to overtake towards the end of the race.

Meanwhile Di Resta finished 11th just outside of the points - for most of the race he lacked pace in the middle sector, i'm guessing that he lost some downforce from the car after Timo Glock clouted the right hand side of the VJM04 into the first corner on the opening lap. It was unfortunate for the Scottish driver but it could have been much worse among the chaos at the start of the race! Given the circumstances he did a very good job today =)

The other good thing for Force India is that if your quick at Belgium, you will be also quick at Italy (the next race) so we can hope for more of the same there =) Hopefully qualifying goes a bit better next time out too!

Remember to check back in a few days time to read the full race weekend report to be written by Darshan Chokhani! =)

Note: Just heard an interview with Di Resta and the incident with Timo Glock caused damage to Paul's rear suspension, sidepod and front wing. 11th place with so much damage is incredible!

27/08/2011

Belgian GP - Update!

Pastor Maldonado has received a 5-place grid penalty for a collision with Lewis Hamilton and as a result of this penalty Paul will now start tomorrows race from 17th place having originally qualified in 18th position.

To read post-qualifying quotes from Adrian, Paul and Force India team principle Vijay Mallya please click here - considering the poor outcome from today's qualifying session the team remain upbeat which is a good sign going forward into tomorrows crucial race =)

Formula Two Qualifying 1 & Race 1 - Red Bull Ring

Qualifying One Results: Sureshwaren 17th (1:23.346), Ebrahim 18th (1:23.483).
Race One Results: Ebrahim 14th, Sureshwaren DNF.

A disappointing day for both Indians unfortunately ... they just don't seem to have enough pace around this circuit.

Ebrahim improved on his qualifying position to finish 14th, benefiting from retirements ahead of him whereas Sureshwaren retired early on with a technical problem.

Let's hope for a better day tomorrow in qualifying 2 and race 2 - they both desperately need to score some points!

We'll update our championship standings page after tomorrows race but if your too eager to wait then you can view them here =)

Belgian GP - Qualifying Results

Results: Sutil 15th (2:07.777), Di Resta 18th (2:07.758).

A disappointing qualifying for the Force India boys, it could have been so much better!

Di Resta got knocked out in Q3 after a poor strategy call to change to a new set of intermediate tyres midway through the session - the new set lacked temperature, Paul was unable to go faster and Kovalainen set a faster time to drop Di Resta down to 18th place.

Sutil meanwhile did get into Q2 and had set a decent laptime to be placed into 5th place but then unfortunately the German driver tried to take too much curb at Raidillon and smashed into the barriers on the Kemmel straight - he would eventually qualify 15th.

Unrealised potential for the Force India boys but as we've seen several times this season points are possible from this position, especially at Belgium where rain is a real possibility - we have to hope for the best!

Looking elsewhere, Bruno Senna, on his F1 comeback had a great day, qualifying 7th. Why am i mentioning this on an Indian blog? Well, Senna has been quick all weekend and i believe that shows how talented Karun Chandhok is. The two drivers were teammates last season for a period of time and they were very evenly matched so if Senna can be quick now then there is no reason why Karun can't also be quick :-)

Belgian GP - Practice Three Results

Results: Sutil 8th (2:11.437), Di Resta 11th (2:11.874).

A good solid session for the Force India boys and both drivers look in great shape heading into what could be a crucial qualifying hour.

There was one scary moment during the session when the World TV Feed cut to a shot of Di Resta stopped on track - at first i thought he hit the barriers but it was just a simple spin as he tried to push the car in the tricky conditions.

At one point during the hour long session the Force India's were setting the pace at the front! Take a look at the picture of the official timing screen below - who's first and second? At that point there were still 16minutes to go however, we would eventually end up 8th and 11th - i just thought it was a nice capture!

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Based on the practice sessions so far we appear to be:
  • Fastest of anybody in the first sector
  • Average in the middle sector
  • Pretty quick in the final sector
Therefore i think a good result is on the cards - only time will tell though! =)

26/08/2011

Friday sweep up!

Three things for you guys to take a look at if you wish! =)

Firstly the post-Friday quotes are out and available to read on the official F1 website. If you want to read all the drivers thoughts (including the thoughts of the three Force India drivers, Karun Chandhok plus Force India's chief race engineer Dominic Harlow) simply click here.

Secondly there are interesting thoughts from Kamui Kobayashi now online at autosport.com here, he appears to find Force India a real threat - the team are turning heads in the paddock =)

Finally, for our Indian based readers (which is most of you!) there is an interesting competition online being run by both Vodafone and MTV India. I highly suggest you guys check it out, here is the link ;-)

Formula Two Practice 1&2 - Red Bull Ring

Practice One Results: Ebrahim 16th (1:24.661), Sureshwaren 17th (1:24.696).
Practice Two Results: Sureshwaren 16th (1:24.544), Ebrahim 22nd (1:25.117).

Fairly disappointing results today for the two Indian drivers based on positions however in the first session both drivers were only 3tenths of a second from 10th - as such it appears as if points could be possible this weekend for both drivers.

In the second session Parthiva Sureshwaren managed to find more pace from his car which is promising going forward into tomorrow! As for Ebrahim he was dead last with a very slow time. We are assuming he had car trouble as he was much faster in practice one.

The potential for points is there, the two drivers just need to bring everything together for tomorrows qualifying one and race one =)

Belgian GP - Practice Two Results

Results: Hulkenberg 8th (1:51.725), Di Resta 9th (1:51.751).

Well, it took Paul around 45minutes to get out on track after the mechanics were working on his car to repair the minor damage collected in FP1 but when he did get out he did a brilliant job! After just two flying laps he was upto an impressive 3rd place - but as others went quicker in the changeable conditions he would drop down the order a little and finish 9th.

Reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg also did a great job and grabbed 8th place =) Adrian will be back in that car for the rest of the weekend.

That concludes the Friday practice sessions, we're hoping for more good work in FP3 tomorrow ahead of qualifying =)

Belgian GP - Practice One Results

Results: Sutil 6th (2:04.663), Di Resta 20th (2:13.058), Chandhok 21st (2:13.090).

Running was reduced in this session due to an early rain shower but nevertheless Adrian Sutil managed to do more laps than anybody else (17 laps) and that should stand him in good stead for the rest of the weekend =)

As for Paul, he lost the rear end of the car in the slippery conditions with just over 15minutes of the session to go and tapped the barriers. A few moments before that Bruno Senna had done the same thing in the same place (turn nine). Thankfully the VJM04 didn't look too badly damaged and Paul was okay.

Meanwhile Karun Chandhok stepped into the Team Lotus car for this session only to replace Heikki Kovalainen and did a decent job to keep the machine on the track; it's hard to read anything into the laptimes in these conditions.

In the next session Nico Hulkenberg will be in the car to partner Paul Di Resta. Looking forward to FP2 where more rain is expected - but in Spa you never can tell! =p

25/08/2011

Tweets and tidbits!

There has been two interesting messages on twitter about the Belgian GP.

1) Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) said: "Nice to be back in the paddock and catch up with familiar faces after the break ! Looking forward to driving in FP1 tomorrow !!" ... It will be nice to see him getting some action.

2) Nico Hulkenberg (@NicoHulkenberg) said: "By the way, tomorrow I will drive in P2, not in P1!" ... This seems very unusual but i am sure there is a reasonable explanation.

There is no news on who Karun and Nico will be replacing but if that changes we will let you know. Plus we have not yet heard anything about Narain getting any track time in Belgium.

In other news, Adrian Sutil has stated that he believes Force India can grab 5th in the constructors championship this year! Clearly he has alot of faith =) Read the full article here.

Weekend preview!

Unusually last week there was no Indian involvement in motorsport, infact there was very little motorsport full stop. This weekend however we have F1 and F2 in action!

The F1 circus heads to the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium - a very historic circuit for Force India. It's the track where the team got their first pole, points and podium all in one race back in 2009 with Giancarlo Fisichella finishing in 2nd place. Infact, it could have been a win if it wasn't for an early safety car.

It was a special moment for the Indian team - here is what team boss Vijay Mallya had to say after the race:


Nevertheless that's in the past and we must look to the 2011 race. While prior performance is no guarantee to future success, Force India do generally perform very well in Belgium. The reason is that the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is a very long lap with high speed straights and historically the Force India car has a high straight line speed in comparison to other teams which is what is required at this particular track. Although the downside to having a high straight line speed is that you have less downforce resulting in slower cornering pace.

However, what are the teams chances this season? The team does NOT have the fastest straight line speed anymore however the trend this season seems to have shown that Force India have the 3rd fastest car in a straight line behind Mercedes and Renault. This is still very good because unlike other seasons, this time the car has much, much better downforce!

That's the reason why this race could be brilliant for the Indian squad! Good straight line speed and good downforce, a much more complete package to what we have had in previous years. Almost certainly, barring bad luck, the team will be competing for points and they may even be competing for more than just points with a little luck! Could we see another shock like in 2009?

Drivers Championship (11th-17th)
11th: Kamui Kobayashi (27pts) 
12th: Adrian Sutil (18pts)
13th: Sebastien Buemi (12pts)
14th: Jaime Alguersuari (10pts)
15th: Sergio Perez (8pts) 
16th: Paul di Resta (8pts)
17th: Rubens Barrichello (4pts)

Currently in the drivers championship Sutil is 12th and Di Resta is 16th, and both drivers, in particular Di Resta, have a great chance of moving up the order this weekend.

Constructors Championship (6th-8th)
6th: Sauber (35pts) 
7th: Force India (26pts)
8th: Toro Rosso (22pts)

Meanwhile in the constructors championship Force India are just 9points behind Sauber. If the team can get a double points finish this weekend there is no reason why they can't overtake Sauber and grab 6th place =)

You can read thoughts from Adrian Sutil, Paul Di Resta and team boss Vijay Mallya about the Belgian GP on the F1 website here.

That's probably more than enough info on F1, so now onto F2.

Currently the standings look like this:

Drivers Championship (10th-26th)
10th: Jordan King (17pts)
11th: Kelvin Snoeks (16pts) 
12th: Armaan Ebrahim (16pts)
13th: Mikkel Mac (14pts)
14th: Jon Lancaster (14pts)
15th: Thiemo Storz (13pts)
16th: Max Snegirev (8pts)
17th: Banjamin Lariche (5pts)
18th: James Cole (4pts)
19th: Johannes Theobald (1pt)
20th: Jose Luis Abadin (1pt)
21st: Tom Gladdis (1pt)
22nd: Julian Theobald (0pts) 
23rd: Parthiva Sureshwaren (0pts)
24th: Sunghak Mun (0pts)
25th: Plamen Kralev (0pts)
26th: Natalia Kowalska (0pts)

They're racing at the Red Bull Ring this weekend in Austria (formerlly known as the A1 Ring) and Armaan Ebrahim is looking to score points for the 3rd consecutive race as last time out he showed an improvement in form at Brands Hatch. As for Parthiva he is still looking to get off the mark this season after some disappointing results however he did also show improved pace in the last race - he just needs a little more speed to score his points of the season.

We wish Force India, Armaan and Parthiva the best of luck this weekend. Full championship standings from every series will follow are available to view here.

24/08/2011

Mercedes academy India!

More good news for the Indian GP as Mercedes (car company, not specifically the F1 team) have done a deal with Jaypee Sports International (the guys constructing the circuit) to become the "official automobile partner" of the event.

One of the major outcomes of this deal is that Mercedes, from 2012, will setup a driving academy within India and the best talents will get to hone their skills in Germany! Could this be the scheme that produces India's first Vettel or Schumacher?

We'll post more details on this story as soon as we get more info ;-)

22/08/2011

Force India's journey so far - sluggish start, rapid development!

The final installment of our "journey so far" feature sees us review Force India's journey so far! Enjoy.

Darshan Chokhani
The team announced a new driver this season replacing Vitantonio Liuzzi, it was our 2010’s reserve driver Paul Di Resta. Along with him our experienced driver Adrian Sutil continued with Nico Hulkenberg as our reserve driver. Pretty strong line-up, I would say for the season from the outset. The team began with its winter testing program in the 2010 car, gaining much needed information from the Pirelli tyres and steps to develop the cars.

Force India had a lucky start to the season, you have to admit it along with performance. They had their first double point finish of the season as yet in the first race itself, when both the Sauber’s were DSQ. As yet, they have had some mix races. The highlight is surely the two races (i.e Germany and Hungary) before the season break began. In Germany they got their best race finish courtesy of Sutil at P6 while in Britain they had their best qualifying result courtesy Paul at P6. They had few non scoring races in the beginning but it looks like now they are in good position. The reliability has been excellent so far, with only 3 DNF’s (two for Paul & one for Sutil).

With venues like Belgium, Italy, Brazil (and maybe even India) coming up, I think the team has a very good chance to topple Sauber from P6 position in Construction Championship, the gap is only 9 points. I was pleased with the recent surge in the performance by the team, never doubted the team ability. Both Sutil & Paul has done reasonably well and the pair is one of the best in the current line up. I am looking forward for them to race in Indian GP and score some good points.

Peter Santamaria-Woods
The first four races of the season were expected to be poor for Force India as the team stated that during the off-season they had focused on reliability rather than outright speed; plus the first major performance package would not be until the first European race in Spain. However the teams expectations were exceeded with three points finishes from eight starts during the first four races! The first race in Australia was actually a double points finish with Adrian 9th and Paul 10th, the team's only double points finish to date.

Between race five (Spain) and race nine (Britain) the team had a bit of a lull in performance but they still managed to pick up two points finishes in that time - and the fact is that it could have been more were it not for bad luck!

During the lull period Sauber pulled away from the Indian outfit however the last two races have seen greatly improved pace and the gap to Sauber in now just nine points!

As for the drivers; Adrian was expected to be strong and get the maximum out of the car - he has done that well. Paul on the other hand was an unknown entity. Sure he was DTM champion, and he had driven in FP1 several times in 2010 but in a real F1 race weekend it was unknown how he would be perform. Quite simply, he has been brilliant! Immediately on the pace of Adrian! The fans and the team themselves are very happy with the Scotsman and he should be happy with himself too!

Force India have a little problem in that reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg is also very strong and wants a race seat for 2012. Three quick drivers is an issue, however it's a very nice problem to have so should not be thought of as negative in any way.

Given the fact that the VJM04 is now considerably faster than Saubers C30 it is looking increasingly possible that Force India will overtake Sauber in the constructors championship. In addition to this, many of the circuits coming up (Belgium, Italy, Brazil and based on track characteristics India too) should be strong races for Force India and thus we should rack up the points nicely barring any reliability issues.

That concludes the "journey so far" feature, but don't worry; we'll have an interesting article on Force India's chances in the Belgian GP over the coming days so keep and eye out for that.

21/08/2011

Indian drivers at Indian GP!

The news has broken that Narain Karthikeyan WILL be racing for HRT at the Indian GP - brilliant news!!

As for Karun Chandhok, when asked he said the following: "I'm pretty positive about my chances of a seat for the Indian Grand Prix, bur right now i cannot speak more about it. We have talked about it, but nothing is decided".

Let's hope that sooner rather than later Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes confirms Karun will drive in India =)

20/08/2011

Indian GP - media update!

Here at Auto India Sports we like to keep you guys in the loop so we have scouted out a video interview with Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok on the Indian GP aswell as alot of pictures showing the progress of the circuit construction. ENJOY!

Video interview

Pictures










NOTE: For the high resolution pictures simply click the displayed image!

Bharti Airtel deal explained


A few days ago we broke the news that Airtel has become the primary sponsor of the Indian GP. Well more news has reached us about the deal.

The partnership between Bharti Airtel and the Indian GP is a three year contract at a cost of Rs.38.8crore! This may seem alot at first however Indian businesses pay much more for cricket sponsorship so this is potentially a brilliant deal for Airtel as F1 reaches a massive proportion of people internationally.

As part of this deal Airtel get: branding on merchandising trinkets such as keyrings, paddock club hospitality, podium branding, spectator entrance branding and probably most importantly circuit signage.

19/08/2011

Indian GP tickets - purchase now!!

It's the news we have been waiting for ... after a long wait the Indian GP tickets are now out and available to purchase on bookmyshow.com here!!!

The organisers have tried to cater for a large proportion of fans who have different economic statuses and therefore tickets range from Rs.2500 to Rs.35000. This is a good move by the organisers, it's important that motorsport within India branches out to a range of different people =)

If you've booked a ticket we'd love to hear from you on your experience with bookmyshow.com and we also want to know how excited you are! Why not get in touch with us - drop us a comment! =)

Our dedicated Indian GP page has been updated following this announcement and can be viewed here.

Indian GP tickets - speculation

Just a quick post to let you guys know that tweeted this:

"The tickets sale shall commence from tomorrow i.e 20th August. Stay Tuned for further details! So, who is going to buy it? #IndianGP #F1"

There is no official confirmation of this however, so we are still treating this message as speculation.

18/08/2011

Indian GP - Sponsors, Opinions and Tickets

Three bits of news here, and it's all good =)

First up, the Indian GP has a sponsor! F1.com broke the news that Bharti Airtel will be the primary sponsor of the "Airtel Grand Prix of India". Below is the new logo for the event!


Clearly this is great news for motorsport in our country! The Indian race sponsorsed by an Indian company - things are really coming together!

The second little piece of news is that chief track designer Hermann Tilke has stated: "The Indian track would in part be a very fast track. It will have two or three overtaking opportunities. The track is fairly spectacular so i'm delighted". (Note: this is only a partial quote, the original quote was in German and needed to be translated")

Finally, @IndianGP on Twitter tweeted this: "A press conference regarding tickets on Saturday at Jaypee Greens Spa & Resort, in Greater Noida #stayupdated"

Very cryptic news but we're looking forward to the conference where ticket prices will probably be announced. You'll here all the news as it breaks here at Auto India Sports.

Armaan to the US?!

Some surprise news that has hit the internet is that young Indian driver Armaan Ebrahim has received an offer to test for the Bryan Herta Autosport Racing Team who race in the US Indy Lights Championship.

Team owner Bryan Herta stated:

"We are very excited with the possibility of Armaan being with us and racing for us. We have been tracking his career for some time now and are very optimistic that he will fit in well with us and with Indy and most importantly, do extremely well. We have fixed the test with Armaan for the September 13/14 and will be spending a few days with him and his team in order to see if we can all come to a firm agreement on all aspects for 2012 and 2013".

So that's very interesting! They clearly want Armaan for next season, the question is will he want to move from F2? Here is what he said:

"I am looking forward to the test in the Indy Lights Car in September and to have long and meaningful discussions with the team and the Elevation Group to see how my future career can pan out. Though there are offers to race in the IRL straight away, I may opt to do the Indy Lights first and then move on to the IRL as racing in America is quite different to what we have been used to in Europe. I prefer to take one step at a time. Obviously my dream is to drive a Formula 1 car. However, I would rather be in a team that offers an opportunity to win races than be in Formula 1 for the sake of it. Thus, it is important that I continue in the right direction and that is financially viable for me. The intention is to have a successful career which is most important and finally get the opportunity of winning races in the IRL and in Formula 1".

This is highly intriguing news for Indian Motorsport fans, we've never had a driver trying to get to F1 via the US, let's hope it all works out for Armaan! =)

17/08/2011

Silly season underway

The driver market, also known as "silly season" within the paddock is now in full flow as drivers look to secure contracts for next season.

One driver who is in no rush to sign anything though is Force India's Adrian Sutil. He recently stated in an interview for autosport.com that he is "happy to wait" to decide on his future.

Force India need to decide which two of their three drivers will get a race seat next season - it is a problem for the Silverstone based team, but it's a very nice problem to have =)

There have been alot of roumers surrouding the current drivers such as Sutil to Ferrari and Di Resta to replace Schumacher at Mercedes but that's exactly what they are at this stage - roumers!

I fully expect that Sutil and Di Resta will remain race drivers for 2012 with Nico Hulkenberg retained as reserve driver - but that's just my personal opinion. Team boss Vijay Mallya says he expects to make a decision around December 15th.

15/08/2011

Narain Karthikeyan's journey so far - shock comeback, shock departure!

While continue our "journey so far" feature today with Narain Karthikeyan. Our opinions on his season so far are below:

Darshan Chokhani
Narain Karthikeyan was a surprise pick by HRT for the 2011 season. The first Indian F1 driver who last raced in 2005 was back in F1, after a gap of about 6 years. Considering the gap, it was evident that it will take some time for him to get used to the new cars, rules & regulations. He started off with testing in Valencia in the 2010 car where the prime motive was to get used to the Pirelli tyres.

His season had a shaky start in Australian GP as he couldn’t get much run in the car and as result of the 107% rule, he didn’t get to race as well, as both the cars failed to qualify under the time. Things started looking good for him from Malaysian GP as he qualified for the race and started a race after a gap of 6 years. His first race finish came in Chinese GP, while his best finish came in Canadian GP where he finished P14 but was pushed down due to penalty to P17 (which is his best result). From then on he qualified (except in Monaco where both HRT’s didn’t run but were given permission to race) & finished in all the races comfortably as the car improved as the season went on.

Just before the British GP, came a shocker of a news that Narain will not be racing for undisclosed number of races as he was replaced by Daniel Ricciardo (STR’s reserve driver). He got a FP1 run in Germany though. Looking at his season so far I think he has done a reasonable job, coming back after a gap and being able to finish 6 races out of 7 is quite an effort.. We also have to keep in mind the car he has and so I am quite ok with the results. It’s being rumored that he will back for Indian GP, lets wait and see.

Peter Santamaria-Woods
Simmilar to Karun Chandhok who we reviewed last week it has also been a mixed season for Narain Karthikeyan.

Narian and HRT shocked the World by announcing the Indian as their driver for the 2011 season. It was clear the decision was all about money; HRT need money, Narain brings money through his Tata sponsorship - nevertheless we all hoped for the best for him ... the last time he had raced was back in 2005 when he was consistently outpaced by his then teammate Tiago Monterio.

This season though it would be a different story. Despite a six year absense for the sport Narain immediately got to simmilar pace of teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi although the car was very slow and unreliable compared to other teams at the start of the season. In Australia both Liuzzi and Karthikeyan failed to qualify for the race due to the 107% rule and in Malaysia the team had a double DNF. However then results started to improve and Narain finished every race since then - always on simmilar pace to Liuzzi aswell.

The team then shocked the World once more and announced that Narain would not race from the British GP onwards. Disappointing news for him as he'd done nothing wrong. Plus he usually runs well at Silverstone so it was doubley disappointing. Yet again for HRT the decision was down to money, Red Bull paying more per race to get Daniel Ricciardo a seat compared to what Tata give HRT per race. An understandable decision for HRT though, they need the money and can't be blamed.

There are roumers that Narain, once again like Karun, will be back in the car for the Indian GP. Apart from that the future is not looking good for the Indian and i think this may well be the last time we see him in F1 - i'm expecting him to head over to the US to race in Nascar or Indycar for 2012.

That concludes the Narain Karthikeyan review - to read our previous review of Karun Chandhok click here.

Next up will be the Force India review; stay tuned for that!

14/08/2011

JK Racing Asia Series - Guangdong

Usually at this time i would be reporting on how Raj Bharath has got on in the first two races at the Guangdong International Circuit in China.

However, due to an unfortunate typhoon near Indonesia the delivery of the cars and equipment for the JK Racing Asia Series has been delayed. As a result race organisers had no other option but to cancel the scheduled races.

David Sonenscher, the CEO of Motorsport Asia gave the following statement:

"The shipment of the JK Racing Asia Series containers was delayed by a typhoon, so we decided to cancel the event and although we could have tried to push it, we have all experienced standing in the Paddock waiting for the containers to arrive at the last minute in China previously and we felt that it was better to look for another option than to try to run a condensed or reduced programme.

After the ship docked in Hong Kong, the transhipment of containers to Guangdong would only have been completed by the Friday or even Saturday of the race week, which meant that there was no way to conduct the programme we had planned. I spoke to all the Team’s Principals yesterday and we unanimously agreed that we had no choice but to replace the race weekend in Guangdong.

I have quite a few options on the table already and to be honest, some of them look far better and more exciting, so who knows, this may be a blessing in disguise. I am weighing them all up and then I will meet with the Teams early this week to finalise it. We will announce the new date and venue very soon".

The next race on the calendar is scheduled to be the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on the 24th September, however as stated above by David Sonenscher we may get a replacement race for Guangdong before then.

We'll keep you up to date with all the new here at Auto India Sports. 

11/08/2011

Indian National Drag Racing Championship

Following the announcement of the i1 Supercar Championship earlier this week (which you can read about here) another motorsport series has been announced ... the Indian National Drag Racing Championship has been setup.

All these announcements of new racing series' within India must be down to the upcoming Indian GP, people are beginning to realise that India, a country of 1.2Billion people, is relatively untapped when it comes to motorsport.

This new series will race five rounds in three cities. The calendar is below:

Calendar
1) Hyderabad (13th/14th August 2011)
2) Coimbatore (24th/25th September 2011)
3) Bangalore (15th/16th October 2011)
4) Coimbatore (19th/20th November 2011)
5) Hyderabad (17th.18th December 2011)

If you'd like to enter the series or read more about the format, rules and regulations visit the official website here.

News on Indian GP

The countdown to Indian GP has already begun, by and by we are getting some news from various teams and marketing agencies about certain plans they have for the upcoming Grand Prix in the coming months.

Recently, Vodafone the official sponsor of McLaren-Mercedes F1 team has announced a competition for the Small & Medium enterprises (SME's). The winner enterprise's logo will be on the two McLaren cars during the Indian GP. The SME will chosen through a contest 'Vodafone Drive into the Big League', as the company announced. You can find more detail about the contest here. They have even announced 'Race to Fame' contest for the consumers through which four winners will get a chance to spend time with the McLaren team for the weekend.

What more? The Mercedes GP team has announced that they will open a driving academy here in India which will offer certified courses to race enthusiasts under the guidance of former F1 drivers. They will have several events lining up once the academy is up and running. They are even planning to have a roadshow in Mumbai by the end of September to allow the race enthusiasts get the feel of the F1 car. Even more, they are trying to bring in Nico Rosberg & Micheal Schumacher for an interactive session here with the customers.

Ferrari too have said that they have plans in mind for the Indian GP but will only reveal all the details later. Recently their sponsors Shell Helix had announced contests for their consumers. While the Lotus-Renault F1 team has also announced that they will bring their show car before the GP and will have static roadshows in 8-10 cities in India. They intend to run various competitions too in the future. The full details can be found here.

With so many events lined-up in the build-up to the Grand Prix, surely we can say that F1 is coming to India with a bang. I am sure that there will be more events announced in the comings weeks for all the Indian F1 fans. Watch out this space for more news!

10/08/2011

Key: Sauber must react!

Ex-Force India employee, now Sauber technical director James Key has given some interesting quotes to autosport.com here.

The fact Sauber even feel the need to mention Force India mean they are worried - they know this team has pace and can beat Sauber in the championship. It will be a very close battle!

In the interview, Key states "I think Force India have definitely made a step, they look quite strong and they have got some potentially strong events coming up, Spa and Monza", stay tuned on our blog for a major article coming online very soon about our prospects at the next race in Spa, Belgium.

09/08/2011

Karun Chandhok's journey so far - rain, bad luck and surprises!

While we have a bit of a break until the next race we at Auto India Sports decided we would review the Indian interests in F1 this season - first up is Karun Chandhok.

Our opinions are below:

Darshan Chokhani
After weeks of wait and speculation, it was finally announced that Karun will join Team Lotus as their Reserve Driver for the season. Karun’s first day at work started from Australian GP. Unfortunately, in the damp and rainy conditions he lost control in his first lap, damaging the car and ending his day. He next sat in Turkish GP, again a wet session where he just managed few timed laps. Next up was European GP, though his bad luck continued as he faced with gearbox problems and couldn’t set anytime. His luck changed a bit in British GP though as he got some timed lap under his belt finally.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was when the team announced that Karun will get a whole weekend to drive in place of Trulli. I wasn’t expecting it at, all seriously but was happy for him. It was a tough start to his weekend as he faced a lot of brakes issue in the Practice session. It was more than a year since he last drove in a race and with new additions such as DRS and Pirelli tyres, it was more challenging. He managed to qualify within 0.8s of Heikki. Coming in the race, he had a difficult start as he bundled down to last place, he thus ended last classified finisher but it was nice to see him finish the race at least.

This is it for him during the first half the season, he got several chances in FP1 sessions (although it didn’t go according to plan), a full weekend and he did some straight line testing for the team as well. Overall, he can be satisfied with his new team, he has done quite a good job up till now. I am sure he will be getting few more runs in the second half of the season with a possibility of racing in Indian GP as well.

Peter Santamaria-Woods
It's been a mixed season for Karun Chandhok so far.

Despite being a reserve driver he has managed four outings in FP1 thanks to Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes who appears keen to give Karun a try. However those four outings could have gone much better! In Australia he crashed into the barriers after just a few corners. In Turkey wet conditions meant he managed just six laps. In Europe he failed to set a laptime due to gearbox issues and in Britain he finally got some luck, completing seventeen laps. In a surprise move by Team Lotus they let Karun have a race seat in Germany, replacing Jarno Trulli. He improved steadily over the weekend and finished the race in 20th place.

From here Karun should have more FP1 drives for the remainder of the season and there is speculation that he will get to drive the whole weekend at his home race, the Indian GP. He needs to impress in that race if he is to grab a race seat for 2012.

I think Karun is a very quick driver, he proved that last season alongside Bruno Senna in a car that was horrible to drive. I actually have him pegged as a potential World Champion – but that’s only going to happen with a little luck on his part, so far he hasn’t had much!

The next review will be Narain Karthikeyan, so keep an eye out for that! Remember to tell your friends about us.

08/08/2011

Want to marshal at the Indian GP?

The last chance for you to get involved with the Indian GP is approaching as tomorrow is the last date for the induction programme which takes place in Chandigarh.

The induction programme is a requirement if you want to be a track marshal so if you can get yourself down to Chandigarh tomorrow you can attend (registration is not required).

The induction programme details are below:

Venue: The PHD chamber of commerce, Sector 31, Chandigarh
Date: 9th August 2011
Time: 11AM

So if your free at 11AM tomorrow and can get to or will be in Chandigarh why not go along to the meeting =)

Parth is in!

Force India's competition to find India's next racing star called the 'one from a billion academy' completed the wildcard stage today.

There were two categories in the wildcard round; ages 12 to 14 and ages 17 to 19.

A youngster named Jehan Daruvala won the 12 to 14 year old category and we wish him the best of luck!

However the real reason we're bringing this up is that Parth Ghorpade, a youngster we have been tracking on this website for some time now, won the 17 to 19 year old category! It's great to see him qualify for the final!

Parth, currently racing in French F4, will be hoping to be India's next star along with the other 99 hopefuls. The list of people who have qualified for the final can be viewed here.

Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup - Nürburgring

Race Result: Patel 3rd, Bolisetti 19th

Aditya Patel continues to show promise this season with a great podium finish at the Nürburgring, his best finish of the season so far! He remains in 5th place in the championship, which can be viewed here, but he has closed the gap to his rivals.

Sailesh Bolisetti meanwhile finished in 19th out of the 24 finishers, not a bad weekend for him!

Next up the series travels to Brands Hatch, a track which Indians (Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok) generally excel at - let's hope both Patel and Bolisetti carry on that tradition =)

07/08/2011

i1 Supercar Championship

Machdar Motorsports Pvt. Ltd. have announced preliminary information about a new series to be created called the i1 Supercar Championship. The championship will be held across Asia with lots of Indian motorsport talent expected to be involved.

Cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh are also expected to be involved with the series in administrative positions.

Here is the info we have so far (please note, everything is unconfirmed at this stage):

Teams
Everyone will run Radical SR3 sportscars and teams are being asked, by invitation only, to take part. The cost of the series is $5M minimum (Rs.223.5M).

Drivers
A host of drivers have been rumored to be taking part including: Giancarlo Fisichella, Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Mika Hakkinen, Ralf Schumacher and Vitantonio Liuzzi.

As for Indian drivers: Armaan Ebrahim, Karun Chandhok, Narain Karthikeyan and Parthiva Sureshwaren are all expected to be included.

Calendar
The proposed calendar is as follows:

1) New Delhi (18th December 2011)
2) Abu Dhabi (8th January 2012)
3) Doha (15th January 2012)
4) Dubai (22nd January 2012)
5) Kuala Lumpur (5th February 2012)
6) Pattaya (12th February 2012)
7) Chennai or New Delhi (25th February 2012)

Format
Race weekends are expected to consist of one qualifying session followed by two races.

If this turns out to actually happen it will be great news! As soon as we get more info you guys will be the first to know =)

It will be ready ...

Everyday for the last half a year we have seen a new article spring up on the internet saying track officials state the Indian GP will be ready on time. We already know this ... it's quite obvious looking at some of the photos coming out of the Noida construction site that everything is on schedule.

Another simmilar article has been published stating the same old usual stuff but i wanted to share this one as there are some nice quotes in the article from Vicky Chandhok (president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India/Karun Chandhok's father). The article is online here.

Also, for those of you who have an Autosport Plus subscription, there is a great article online here about why the Indian GP can be a success - enjoy! =)

04/08/2011

It happened again ...

... as soon as i post an article that reviews the latest stories, something new comes out!

It's not a problem though =) Here is the news story i am referring to, a great interview with Force India team owner Vijay Mallya on the season so far and the immediate future, well worth a read! =)

Force India/Indian GP + more!

Lots of news coming through at the moment so we're gonna do a big review for you guys; that way you can find everything in one place! =)

Firstly, i encourage all Force India fans to listen to the teams podcast found here, in this edition they discuss everything from the Hungarian GP to helmets to the weather! There are also exclusive interviews with Adrian Sutil, Paul Di Resta and Vijay Mallya and in addition to this Nico Hulkenberg interviews two members of the team so you can get to know the guys behind the scenes better.

Secondly, Indian GP news. The circuit, still under construction, but near completion, will have its homologation check on September 1st. The homologation is something every track must go through - race director Charlie Whiting will fly to Noida to check the circuit in terms of safety. If he confirms everything as safe then the race will go ahead as planned. It's a standard procedure and there is no reason why the circuit won't pass, Indian GP officials are confident.

While we are on the subject of the Indian GP, there is an article online here for all you cricket crazy Indians ;-)

So what else? Well there is an interesting article online here, once again connecting cricket and motorsport. Could Sachin Tendulkar and Anjana Reddy get involved in motorsport?!

Finally, on autosport.com Adrian Sutil states his views on Force India's chances in the next GP. The article is here and it's a very promising read for the fans - i hope he is right!

That's all for now guys, tell your friends about this site, we're looking for a wider audience. I challenge you to drop a link to a friend somehow, thanks! =)

02/08/2011

Hungarian GP – We are Hung(a)ury for more

This was a spectacular race in the end. The highlight of the race were the awesome overtaking moves with or without DRS from top to bottom of the field. It was an amazing sight for all the fans out here. In the end it was Jenson Button who in his 200th GP start, came as the winner with some luck and some top racing. He was followed by Vettel and Alonso.
 
Here is the detailed report of the whole weekend:

FP1:
It was all set for the second race in two weeks time and the last race before the teams head for Summer break. Pirelli had brought the super-soft and soft tyres for this race in this high-downforce track. The weather remained dry. By the end of the first session, it was Lewis Hamilton of McLaren who topped the session followed by Vettel of Red Bull and Alonso of Ferrari. The Force Indians had a good session with Paul ending at P12 while Hulkenberg at P13. Hulkenberg was trying out the new wing which they had brought in Spain. There was just one accident when Webber spinned at Turn 9, with just 20 minutes to go.

FP2:
The teams had a good lunch after FP1 as they headed out for FP2. The weather rose to a significant hotter temperature. The session went smooth with few occasional spins from several drivers. By the end of the session, it was once again Hamilton topping the time-sheets followed by Alonso & Button. The Force Indians improved further with Paul ending at P9 while Sutil at P10. As they said, they had a normal Friday with loads of data’s collected.

FP3:
It was a new day, and the teams were welcomed by a bright sunshine all around. Few might be pleased and few might not be. Before the session it was said that Red Bull broke the curfew hours to work on Vettel’s car. Whatever they did, might have worked well as he topped the time-sheet by the end of the session followed by Alonso & Button. The Force Indians had mixed results, with Paul ending at P10 while Sutil at P16. He did say that he was suffering from lack of grip which was later worked upon before Qualifying.

With all the Practice session done, I was optimistic that surely one of the Force India can make it to Q3 and the other pretty close to making it in. As for the top battle, Red Bull made a comeback and they were very much in for getting to pole once again.

Qualifying:
Q1:
The weather was dry but a bit cloudy to start with. As usual it was the slower cars going out first to set times in order to qualify within the 107% time. The session was ended with Alonso on top. Both the Force India made it to Q2 on their last improved run. As expected all the slower teams didn’t made the cut, along with them this time it was Buemi who missed out. There were no major accidents or spins in the session.

Q2:
The track started improving as the times started tumbling as the second session of the qualifying began. By the end of the session, it was again Alonso finishing at top. On his very last lap Sutil made it to Q3, second time in succession. It was a good lap by him to get ahead of the Lotus Renaults. While Paul couldn’t go past the Q2 hurdle as he ended at P11, ahead of the Lotus Renaults. Maldonado was the only non-runner in the session.

Q3:
It was going to be another 3 way battle for Pole, this time all the top 3 teams running in for pole with McLaren’s favorites. It was looking as if Hamilton will stop Red Bull’s reign of pole but another super lap from Vettel found him on pole, helping Red Bull to its 12th consecutive pole (all 11 in the season) followed by Hamilton & Button. Force India’s Sutil finished at P8 with a good lap, and ahead of one of the Mercedes. Perez was the only person not to set a time.

That was an amazing Qualifying session, a good fight for pole after quite a while. I was more happy with Force India as they clearly showed their improvement in the recent races, clearly they are ahead of the other mid-fields at the moment. Regarding race, I was hoping for a double point finish.

Race:
The rain came but it was just before the race, leaving the track wet (not wet to use full wet tyres but enough for inter’s). Vettel was back at top with Hamilton alongside him and Button & Alonso behind. The track was slippery and it was very tough to stay on initially. Vettel had a good start as nither Hamilton nor Button could pass him at the first corner. Behind Alosno & Webber lost places. For Force India, it was a mixed start as Sutil lost places as he was trying to avoid a collision, sending him down to P20 while Paul gained places to be at P9.

Vettel couldn’t hold his place for long as a charging Hamilton finally made a move in those slippery conditions and took the lead and soon during pit-stops Button too got ahead of Vettel. From the past two-three races, the top teams drivers were giving us loads of entertainment. Meanwhile, Paul was doing a great job keeping his tyres cool and staying ahead of the competitors. While Sutil along with Perez, Maldonado battled hard to get ahead of Heikki who was giving the mid-fielders a tough fight. There was a scary moment when Heidfeld’s car caught fire after a long pit-stop resulting in his DNF.

The highlight of the race was surely the positions fight between team-mates Hamilton & Button, they were giving us chills and thrills. But Button prevailed as Hamilton spun who also gave a scare to Paul, thereby he was given a drive through penalty. Hamilton also made a wrong tyre call as did Webber & Sutil. Thus Button chances of winning was very much secured with Vettel not looking to challenge him. As for Paul after surviving a scare from that Hamilton spin, collected himself well to get through the mid-field. Sutil on the other hand being a lap down tried his heart out to unlap himself having a good fight with Perez (who was a lap down along with him) and also with Kobayashi, Buemi, Jamie (a lap up).

In the end it was indeed Button who won it superbly, it was his 200th GP start and what better prize for him. Vettel followed him with Alonso behind them. Hamilton overtook Webber in the end laps to end at P4. Force India had another good finish, this time by Paul finishing behind the 3 top teams at P7 while Sutil had a tough race and thus he ended at P14.

This was the last race before the teams break for 3 weeks. A break from all the tough weekends for all. I am quite happy with Force India’s performance, they will go in with some positive energy as they close down the gap with Sauber to just 9 points. The recent surge in performance is a good sign for the future and I am quite optimistic about our chances to get the P6 position the Championship Table. So, see you guys in 4 weeks time with the weekend review of Belgium GP. Enjoy your break!!

01/08/2011

Hungarian GP - Correction!

In my mini race review i mentioned that Adrian Sutil dropped near the back of the field at the start of the race and as the incident was unseen by the World TV feed i assumed Adrian had collided with Sergio Perez who had also slipped many places. However the race review quotes are now out and available to read on the Formula One website here, they clarify what happened.

It wasn't actually a collision that knocked Adrian down the field ... the German driver had to run wide to avoid crashing into teammate Di Resta - that's commendable from Adrian, putting the team ahead of his own race - very impressed with him!

French F4 Races - Spa-Francorchamps

Race one result: Ghorpade DNF
Race two result: Ghorpade 15th

Heading to the legendary Spa circuit in Belgium Parth Ghorpade was hopeful of points however in the end it didn't come to fruition.

A disappointing weekend for the Indian driver means he remains 16th in the championship, however the midfield is very close - he is only 30points from 6th place.

To view the full championship standings please click here =)