08/07/2012

Weekend Analysis

Formula One
Results: Hulkenberg 12th, Karthikeyan 21st, di Resta DNF.

So no points for Sahara Force India today but there is actually alot to be pleased about.

Let's start with Nico Hulkenberg; a great start by him saw him jump from 14th on the grid upto 10th - although a better start for Sergio Perez saw Hulkenberg drop to 11th place. In the chaos of the pit stops there were a few overtakes going on, unseen by the World feed. Nico got past Bruno Senna, but Kamui Kobayashi passed Nico. Anyhow, Nico made a late first pit stop from what was 5th place. He came out in 10th. The second stint was relatively quiet for Nico and he made his second stop, coming out in 11th place (which would become 9th when others made their second stops).

From then on in it was a case of preserving that position as the German driver was on the softer, slower tyres. Nico drove brilliantly to fend off Bruno Senna for 15 laps but ultimately, Bruno sneaked through on the penultimate lap as Nico ran wide under pressure and that dropped him down to 12th place.

I have to say that i was very impressed with Nico's defensive driving - sometimes you can just tell when someone is very strong at something and the way Nico was exiting each corner was perfect until the error. It wasn't a mistake in the traditional sense, it was just Nico trying to push the limits of his car too much - if anything he was too determined not to lose the position - but he'll learn from today.

Our Scottish driver, at his home GP, had a dismal race - contact with Grosjean on lap one (a racing incident) caused irreparable damage, forcing Paul di Resta to retire.

As bad races go - this was a good bad race - if that makes sense. Hulkenberg did a solid job today and the strategy was pretty good too, don't forget Nico did make progress from where he started (14th to 12th). The only real way the strategy could have been better is if rain had fell before Nico's second stop - i think that's what the team were looking for. Rain at that time would have meant Nico would not have had to do a stint on the slower, softer tyre. In this situation, 9th would have been the likely result, possibly even 8th. Nevertheless a good effort!

Additionally; our rivals didn't score many points which is good for us!

Constructors championship (5th-8th)
5) Mercedes (98 pts) (+6)
6) Sauber (60) (+0)
7) Williams (47) (+2)
8) Force India (44) (+0)
Note: numbers in green represent in points scored this weekend.

As for Narain Karthikeyan, the race was far more simple for him. He was having a great battle with Charles Pic but experienced very high tyre degradation towards the end of each stint which meant he finished last of the classified runners - nevertheless at least he finished the race.

Post-race quotes from the three drivers mentioned above and Vijay Mallya, can be found on the F1 website here.

Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup
Race one result: Engineer 9th (12 points).
Race two result: Engineer 8th (13 points).
Race three result: Engineer 7th (14 points).

Going into this weekend, Shahaan Engineer was 17th in the championship (out of the massive grid of 39 drivers) on 26 points.

However a great time out this weekend in Oschersleben, including a season best 7th place, means the championship now looks like this:

Drivers' championship (8th-13th)
8) Sandy Stuvik (74 pts)
9) Steijn Schothorst (70)
10) Shahaan Engineer (67)
11) Nyck de Vries (56)
12) Leopold Ringbom (53)
13) Alex Riberas (52)

Clearly a VERY productive weekend for Shahaan - well done to him! :-)

Formula Pilota China
Race one result: Ghorpade 3rd, Bharath 5th.
Race two result: Bharath 5th, Ghorpade 9th.
Race three result: Ghorpade 5th, Bharath 8th.

Good results for the Indian boys, including a podium for Parth Ghorpade!

Currently waiting for the official website to update the standings - we'll let you know when they are updated!!

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