25/10/2012

What's happening this weekend?

It's quite a minor weekend this time really, not that much action to discuss in this article. Of course, i am joking! It's probably the biggest weekend of the entire season in terms of our coverage!

Formula One
It's the race we've all been waiting for, the second running of the Indian Grand Prix!!


We've had the cheesy television adverts:


... now it's time for the action to begin!

First of all, let's review what happened last season:


Results:
1) Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2) Jenson Button (McLaren)
3) Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
9) Adrian Sutil (Force India)
13) Paul Di Resta (Force India)
17) Narain Karthikeyan (HRT)

As for the circuit, there was nothing but praise for the track layout in the inaugural race last year, but there were issues off-track meaning that this will be an important event for the circuit. The venue needs to show improvement in a few areas and iron out the expected teething problems experienced during 2011. These problems included power cuts & a bat entering the media centre, plus a stray dog on the track during practice.

So far, with media arriving at the circuit, there does seem to have been many improvements - have seen much praise on twitter so far - but we'll go into this more when the weekend is over.

Before we preview things in terms of the championship, check out SkySportsF1's track guide here.

So, the championships:

Constructors championship (5th-8th)
5) Mercedes (136 pts)
6) Sauber (116)
7) Force India (89)
8) Williams (58)

For P6:
an average of 6.75 points more than Sauber needed each race.

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)

What is going to be a monumental battle in the drivers championship between Paul di Resta & Nico Hulkenberg will probably be overshadowed slightly by the on-going battle between Sahara Force India & Sauber in the constructors championship.

The Indian team have a great chance of doing well this weekend - the track should suit their car & they'll have home support, could it be the team's first podium of the season? If yes, then it would be totally worth waiting for! In addition to a good, high-scoring performance this weekend - it would help if Sauber failed to score. One thing that may help benefit Sahara Force India is that Sauber driver, Sergio Perez, is feeling unwell at the moment. It's possible he may not take part this weekend meaning reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez would step up. While Esteban is a good driver, a lack of F1 experience would probably mean he fails to score points. Let's see what happens with that though.

As for Narain Karthikeyan, he will once again have the honour of being the sole Indian driver to take part in the race. He needs a 14th place finish or better to improve in the drivers standings - where better to do it than the Buddh International Circuit?

Preview quotes here. Those of you who are interested in the title battle, check out this article from F1.com.

The final thing i want to say about the event is that, it's not just about the race. The event should be a celebration of the progress made by Indian Motorsport in recent years. Don't forget that eight years ago India had almost no involvement in F1! In celebration, i urge all of you to bring a friend to F1 this weekend. If you're going to watch the race on TV, invite someone to watch with you - someone who hasn't watched a race before or is lacking knowledge about the sport, let's help the sport grow in our country!

If your friend ends up getting hooked on the sport, why not invite them to our facebook page? #ShamelessAdvertising!

While we're on the subject of facebook, earlier today we crossed 500 likes! Thanks for your continued support guys :-)

World Endurance Championship
Our other star, Karun Chandhok, did FP1 during the Indian Grand Prix weekend last season - he is in action this weekend, but sadly not in F1.

It's the final round of the World Endurance Championship for 2012, the 6 Hours of Shanghai.

Championships:

Drivers World Championship (8th-16th):
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:
1) Rebellion Racing (180 pts)
2) Strakka Racing (133)
3) JRM (105)
4) Pescarolo Team (25)
5) OAK Racing (18)

With a maximum of 25 points remaining, Karun's team, JRM Racing, have definitely finished 3rd in the championship. As for the Drivers World Championship, there are simply too many variables to go into any sort of detail. Depending on results this weekend, Karun could finish anywhere between 7th & 21st! Let's hope it's 7th :-)

Due to the Indian GP, Karun probably won't get as much coverage from us as usual - but we'll keep you guys up to date with his results throughout the weekend.

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