22/10/2012

Sunday Analysis

Formula Renault 3.5
Qualifying Two Result: Bianchi 7th (1:53.878, +0.766 down on the leader).
Race Two Result: Bianchi DNF.

So, heading into the final race of the 2012 season the title standings were as follows:

Drivers' Championship (1st-3rd):
1) Robin Frijns (189 pts)
2) Jules Bianchi (185)
3) Sam Bird (173)

Qualifying two went badly for the French driver. He could only manage 7th on the grid whereas his championship rival, Robin Frijns, secured 4th. This meant that Jules would have to pass Robin to have a shot at the title.

This is the story of the race:


It's sad for Jules to not win the title. Especially in that manner - being tapped off the track by his championship rival. Was it dirty driving by Frijns? Possibly. It is pretty clear that Robin didn't really attempt to brake for the corner - however i don't think he intended to push Jules off the track. My personal opinion is that it was simply a poorly thought-out manoeuvre by Robin, no intention however.

It all meant that Jules was out of the race, and his championship hopes were over. Robin finished the race P14.

Drivers' Championship (1st-3rd):
1) Robin Frijns (189 pts)
2) Jules Bianchi (185)
3) Sam Bird (179)

On reflection, a decent season for Jules. He may not have achieved his goal of taking the title - but he's clearly developed a lot as a racing driver this season - a future F1 driver for sure. If it's with Sahara Force India or not, that remains to be seen.

Jules Bianchi (on twitter):
"Don't be sad fans ! Be . Be . And let's keep pushing. harder, higher, ever. ".

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