01/11/2012

What's happening this weekend?

Only two of the series that we follow have yet to complete their 2012 season; Formula One & Formula Pilota China. Both these series are in action this weekend.

Formula Pilota China
Round five of six takes place this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.
Last time out our drivers had fantastic results in the three races at Guangdong, China. Parth Ghorpade scored two wins and Raj Bharath secured a podium finish. They'll both certainly be hoping to at least match that this weekend.

This is how things look from a championship point of view:

Drivers' championship (1st-8th):
1) Antonio Giovinazzi (138 pts)
2) Dan Wells (118)
3) Parth Ghorpade (110)
4) Sean Gelael (92)
5) Ren Nagabuchi (91)
6) Shota Kiyohara (74)
7) Raj Bharath (58)
8) Yin Hai Tao (36)

Best Asian driver trophy (1st-5th):
1) Parth Ghorpade (135 pts)
2) Sean Gelael (131)
3) Ren Nagabuchi (116)
4) Raj Bharath (88)
5) Shota Kiyohara (79)

Teams' championship (3rd-5th):
3) KCMG (138 pts)
4) Meco Motorsport (50)
5) Asia Racing Team (22)

We'll update you with all the results when we receive them. We must stress that the organisers of the series are slow to publish updates however, so please bear with us.

Formula One
I think it's fair to say that Formula One is what most of you want to know about. Round #18 takes place at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Standard aims heading into the event for the Indian contingent; both cars in Q3 & in the points for Sahara Force India whereas Narain Karthikeyan will be trying to beat his teammate, Pedro de la Rosa.

As things currently stand:

Constructors championship (5th-8th)
5) Mercedes (136 pts)
6) Sauber (116)
7) Force India (93)
8) Williams (59)

For P6: an average of 7.67 points more than Sauber needed each race.

Drivers championship (11th-16th)
11) Kamui Kobayashi (50 pts)
12) Nico Hulkenberg (49)
13) Paul di Resta (44)
14) Michael Schumacher (43)
15) Pastor Maldonado (33)
16) Bruno Senna (26)

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)

Heading into the event, things are looking promising for Paul di Resta following the release of this article. He'll be doing his darnedest to get back into the points this weekend! As for Nico Hulkenberg, he'll keep pushing as hard as ever despite moving to our rivals at the end of the season. I thought Paul's words on Nico's deal were particularly interesting:

"I was surprised that Nico left this team, to be fair, for an immediate competitor, i don't see it as being a step up, to be perfectly honest. i see it as an equal kind of status. Long term where you see this team is going, i think it is probably better [at Force India]. They [Sauber] have had a couple of remarkable results, and i am not going to deny that. But in terms of consistency, we have got a lot. It may be different. Next year may be different, and i don't know the full reasons why Nico has gone there. There is progression, and the way this team is structured and going forward, i am content where i am".

Haven't said much about Narain Karthikeyan yet, but there is little to say in all honesty. Like always, he'll be pushing that HRT as hard as possible (except when he has to back off to cool the brakes) ..

Preview quotes are here. We'll keep you fully up to date with all results when they happen.

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