04/11/2012

Sunday Analysis

Formula One
Race Results: di Resta 9th (2 points), Karthikeyan DNF, Hulkenberg DNF.

An highly eventful race saw chaos before the cars even left the grid. Narain Karthikeyan's teammate, Pedro de la Rosa, who had out-qualified the Indian, had a big problem. There is a time limit before the start of the race where mechanics have to get off the grid so cars can begin the formation lap. The HRT mechanics were leaving it late to get off the grid and when a tyre blanket got stuck on the back of Pedro's car, they didn't have time to fully remove it. This meant that Pedro couldn't start the formation lap and therefore he had to begin the race from the pitlane. Essentially, Narain would start ahead.

Sadly for Narain though, he wouldn't finish the race. A hydraulic issue caused the steering to lock - pretty scary stuff. Due to this, Narain lifted off the power. Sadly, at the same time, Nico Rosberg came up behind him and the German couldn't avoid the slowing HRT. A big shunt was the result - even scarier stuff as Narain was almost decapitated! Thankfully, both drivers would walk away uninjured.

Meanwhile it was a crazy start to the race for Sahara Force India. Four cars were fighting for the same piece of track down into turn one so inevitably there was a collision. Sadly, the collision meant that after lap one Nico Hulkenberg was out of the race, and Paul di Resta was 23rd after a pit-stop to repair some damage (a right rear puncture).

10 laps into the event, when the safety car came out for Narain's crash, Paul decided to take a risk and pit. It would mean doing 45 laps on one set of tyres! Would it work? We'll never know as Paul took the opportunity to pit one more time under a second safety car. It was a very tough day for the strategy guys - and as it turns out, the SFI team did a great job - from 23rd to 9th, wonderful effort! Great driving by Paul to score points too as he has been pretty unlucky lately.

Review quotes here.

What does this mean for the championships?

Constructors championship (5th-8th)
5) Mercedes (136 pts) (+0)
6) Sauber (124) (+8)
7) Force India (95) (+2)
8) Williams (73) (+14)
Note: numbers in green represent the points scored this weekend.

For P6:
Pre-Abu Dhabi: an average of 7.67 points more than Sauber needed each race.
Post-Abu Dhabi: an average of 14.5 points more than Sauber needed each race.

14.5 per race is A LOT! It's looking increasingly unlikely that we will achieve P6 - but the team will never give up. All it takes is one good result; say P4 & P5 (which would be 22 points) and we're right back in contention. If the team are going to get a podium this season though, it would be of much benefit if it happened at the next race in Austin!

Drivers championship (11th-16th)
11) Kamui Kobayashi (58 pts)
12) Nico Hulkenberg (49)
13) Paul di Resta (46)
14) Michael Schumacher (43)
15) Pastor Maldonado (43)
16) Bruno Senna (30)

This result means Paul has closed to within three points of Nico - pretty sure this battle is going down to the wire!

Drivers championship (19th-25th, all 0 pts)
19) Timo Glock (Best finish: 12th x1)
20) Heikki Kovalainen (Best finish: 13th x2)
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 x3)

Narain Karthikeyan will still be hoping to jump ahead of Pic in the championship, but it relies mainly on the cars ahead having reliability issues.

Formula Pilota China
We're waiting on the series organisers to publish full results, when we have them, we'll share them.

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