15/10/2012

Sunday Analysis

Formula One
Race Results: Hulkenberg 6th (8 points), di Resta 12th, Karthikeyan 20th.

After qualifying a promising 8th, Nico Hulkenberg drove a flawless race and finished in 6th place - the maximum that the car could deliver. He drove amazingly well; fantastic defensive driving to hold off Grosjean for so many laps, but he also was able to attack when called upon (a spectacular double-pass on Grosjean & Hamilton).

Paul di Resta started in 14th place & finished 12th, despite looking like he'd score points at one stage. Tyre degradation on Paul's car was unusually high, this is the reason why he couldn't really make up much ground on those in front. The team will need to look into this before the next race in India.

Meanwhile, Narain Karthikeyan was having a cracking battle with his teammate during the first stint. However when Pedro de la Rosa retired, Narain didn't really have much on-track action. He did bring the car home though, 20th place for him!

Review quotes here.

In terms of the championships:

Constructors championship (5th-8th)
5) Mercedes (136 pts) (+0)
6) Sauber (116) (+0)
7) Force India (89) (+8)
8) Williams (58) (+0)
Note: numbers in green represent the points scored this weekend.

It's interesting (and crucial) that none of our rivals scored this weekend!

For P6:
Pre-Korea: an average of 7 points more than Sauber needed each race.
Post-Korea: an average of 6.75 points more than Sauber needed each race.

The other important thing to note is that the final four races; India, Abu Dhabi, United States & Brazil should suit Sahara Force India's car. Outscoring Sauber by 6.75 points per race will be tricky, but it is still possible. The team can't afford slip-ups now though. Plus, they do need to start getting both cars in the points.

Drivers championship (11th-16th)
11) Kamui Kobayashi (50 pts)
12) Nico Hulkenberg (45)
13) Paul di Resta (44)
14) Michael Schumacher (43)
15) Pastor Maldonado (33)
16) Bruno Senna (25)

Drivers championship (19th-25th, all 0 pts)
19) Timo Glock (Best finish: 12th x1)
20) Heikki Kovalainen (Best finish: 13th x1)
21) Vitaly Petrov (Best finish: 13th x1)
22) Jerome D'Ambrosio (Best finish: 13th x1)
23) Charles Pic (Best finish: 15th x2)
24) Narain Karthikeyan (Best finish: 15th x1)
25) Pedro de la Rosa (Best finish: 17th x2)

The two Sahara Force India drivers have once again closed up in the drivers championship. There's just one point between them with four races to go! Who do you think will be on top at the end of the season? Narain Karthikeyan remains 24th overall. He needs to finish 14th or higher in one of the remaining races to have a chance of moving up the order at all.

World Endurance Championship
Race Results: Chandhok 5th (overall & in class)(10 points for each driver, 18 for the team).

They started 6th overall as Peter Dumbreck began the race for JRM racing. At the beginning he was able to jump into 5th place with a pass at turn one. The rest of his time in the car was quiet and he handed over control to David Brabham.

David was constantly swapping positions with the Rebellion Racing car who were in 4th overall (1st in the LMP1 trophy). When he handed the car over to Karun, JRM were in 5th place.

Karun gave the team a little scare when he made contact with one of the other cars and he had to make a pit-stop in the final minutes of the race to repair the back of the car which got damaged. Nevertheless, Karun brought the car home in 5th place. He was able to set the fastest lap for the team too - a great effort!

Note: the team finished 5th overall and in class, but in the LMP1 trophy (LMP1 cars, excluding the three manufacturer teams) they were 2nd - this means they got on the LMP1 trophy podium! Check out the little video the team made below:


Karun Chandhok (JRM driver):
"Great to be on the podium! It was a good race and finishing for the team was a fantastic feeling, particularly as it’s our best finish of the season so far. I had a bit of contact with the Audi and there was a bit of bodywork damage but apart from that we were reasonably quick. We do need a little bit more pace to finish ahead of the Rebellion – we stick with them at some parts of the race and only need a little bit more to get ahead. It's nice to get a trophy for the boys, and it's very positive for us and for the team moral. I'm very pleased after a couple of hard weekends in Brazil and Bahrain, and hopefully we can finish the season strongly in China".

Drivers World Championship (8th-16th):
The three JRM drivers finished P5 overall so they score 10 points each.

8=) Harold Primat (50.5 pts)
8=) Andrea Belicchi (50.5)
9) Enzo Potolicchio (49.5)
10) Marc Gené (49)
11) Ryan Dalziel (44.5)
12) Kazuki Nakajima (44)
13) Nick Heidfeld (42.5)
14=) Peter Dumbreck (40.5)
14=) David Brabham (40.5)
14=) Karun Chandhok (40.5)
15) Stéphane Sarrazin (33.5)
16=) Pierre Kaffer (33.5)
16=) Luís Pérez Companc (33.5)

LMP1 trophy standings:
Note: Although JRM were 5th in LMP1; the teams in 1st, 2nd & 3rd are manufacturers (Toyota & Audi) and therefore not part of the LMP1 trophy. This means JRM score 18 points for 2nd place.

1) Rebellion Racing (180 pts)
2) Strakka Racing (133)
3) JRM (105)
4) Pescarolo Team (25)
5) OAK Racing (18)

In the Drivers World Championship, there are too many variables - even though there is only one race to go, Karun could still finish anywhere between 7th & 21st.

As for the LMP1 trophy; with just 25 points remaining - JRM have now finished P3, regardless of results at the final race in China on the 28th October.

Formula Renault 2.0
Race One Results: Engineer 5th (16 points).
Race Two Results: Engineer 20th (1 point).

A mixed weekend for Shahaan, but considering he had such a negligible amount of testing prior to the event, i think he'll be happy.

The promising Indian started 16th for race one and had an incredible start! By the first corner he was already up to P10! It was a very chaotic race as there were two safety cars, and a red flag period - but Shahaan was able to stay calm, make up positions with some great attacking driving & take P5 at the end of the race, wonderful effort.

Sadly, race two did not go to plan. The track was wet, but it looked like it would dry out. Half the grid started on dry tyres, half started on wets. Shahaan, starting 11th, took drys. The track didn't dry out enough and consequently, the results were very mixed up. Engineer finished the final race of the season in 20th place.

It's been quite a season for Shahaan, here are the final standings:

Drivers' championship (6th-8th):
6) Kevin Kleveros (196)
7) Shahaan Engineer (195)
8) Gabriel Casagrande (181)

7th place overall. Considering this is his first season at this level, he's done an amazing job. This boy has talent, as in, possible future F1 driver talent. I may do a feature on him in the coming weeks should time permit - but keep this name in your mind: Shahaan Engineer.

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