11/10/2012

What's happening this weekend?

Three series are in action this weekend. Let's start with the big action:

Formula One
It's round 16 of the 2012 FIA F1 World Championship, the Korean Grand Prix.

While (most) eyes are on the title battle at the front (which, for the record, i think Kimi will win) - Sahara Force India are in a tough battle of their own. However it's going to take a massive push, and probably a lot of luck to catch rivals Sauber.

Constructors championship (5th-8th)
5) Mercedes (136 pts)
6) Sauber (116)
7) Force India (81)
8) Williams (58)

An average of 7 points more than Sauber each race is needed to leapfrog the Swiss team by the end of the season. Consistently outscoring Sauber is unlikely though. It's more probable that we'll have a huge result at one of the remaining races (let's say for example; 4th & 5th) which would bring in 22 points and massively reduce the deficit over one weekend. How wonderful would it be if that huge result would come in India at the end of this month?

Meanwhile in the drivers title ...

Drivers championship (11th-16th)
11) Kamui Kobayashi (50 pts)
12) Paul di Resta (44)
13) Michael Schumacher (43)
14) Nico Hulkenberg (37)
15) Pastor Maldonado (33)
16) Bruno Senna (25)

... both our drivers are pretty close together; and pretty close to guys ahead of them. Nothing is decided for certain yet.

Looking elsewhere, Narain Karthikeyan is hoping for better placed finishes like all drivers at Caterham, Marussia & HRT have been doing all season. Here is how things stand between those drivers (and Jerome D'Ambrosio who did one race for Lotus):

Drivers championship (19th-25th)
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)

It should be a very exciting weekend as drivers fight for those extra positions and try their best to help their teams in the constructors title.

World Endurance Championship
The penultimate race of the first season of the World Endurance Championship takes place this weekend at Fuji International Speedway. It's a six hour race that will no doubt be highly exciting.

After a disappointing (and point-less) weekend last time out in Bahrain the JRM boys & Karun Chandhok will be hoping to secure big points in this event to try to beat Strakka Racing for P2 in the championship. However JRM are 31 points behind with a potential 50 left to score - it's looking unlikely, sadly. Nevertheless, they'll give it their best shot!

Drivers World Championship (13th-17th):
13=) Pierre Kaffer (33 pts)
13=) Luís Pérez Companc (33)
14) Stéphane Sarrazin (30.5)
15=) Peter Dumbreck (30.5)
15=) David Brabham (30.5)
15=) Karun Chandhok (30.5)
16) Soheil Ayari (21)
17) Tom Kimber-Smith (21)

LMP1 trophy standings:
1) Rebellion Racing (155 pts)
2) Strakka Racing (118)
3) JRM (87)
4) Pescarolo Team (25)
5) OAK Racing (8)

Formula Renault 2.0
Shahaan Engineer will be in action this weekend, at the stunning Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. It's going to be a very interesting weekend for the young & talented Indian driver.

He's coming off the back of his most successful weekend ever at this level (two pole positions & two second place finishes). However he may be hampered by a lack of testing. The problem Shahaan has is that he joined the series quite late in comparison to the other drivers, and so missed pre-season testing. While all regular drivers have done practice in Spa - Shahaan is the exception having never raced on the circuit before.

There are practice sessions, but only two which are just 30 minutes long. Additionally, with red flags, it's likely that only four laps will be completed in this time (don't forget FR2.0 cars are slower than F1).

It's a big problem for Shahaan on such a long lap where an average speed of just 3kph lower would lose over three seconds per lap.

Nevertheless, Shahaan is a talented driver, let's see what he can manage. Midfield would be a good effort.

Drivers' championship (5th-9th):
5) Steijn Schothorst (195 pts)
6) Shahaan Engineer (180)
7) Kevin Kleveros (180)
8) Stoffel Vandoorne (176)
9) Gabriel Casagrande (162)

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