2010 Chinese Grand Prix ==> Race Report


And I thought staying up to see the Malaysian Grand prix was going to be tough.  I stayed up until 5 am to watch the Malaysian Grand Prix live!  My thanks again to to the International Date Line, as, sadly I admit to sleeping in until noon in an attempt to catch up on sleep.

I am very surprised that Hamilton only got a warning at Malaysia for his weaving tactics.  That’s just silly.  At least we got “clarification” that you can not weave anywhere on a racetrack.  I think I could have told you that because well, if you botch an attempt at slamming the door into the corner and you weave more than once, I can easily see both cars going off.  Best not to weave in and going into corners then.

Going down a  straight, I can see why a driver would want to weave to break up an opposing driver’s slipstream.  To bad you can not weave multiple times according to the regulations.  So why does every F1 driver except Hamilton think the same way I do?  All, well….

Race Results

So how well did I do?  Well, here are my current drivers in my team:

Actual Drivers Points
Alonso 161
Kubica 136
Barrichello 77
Sutil 84
Total Points 458

Of course I made made a few changes over the coarse of the season, namely I replaced Kobayashi and de la Rosa for Alonso and just recently I replaced Hulkenberg with Sutil.

Optional Driver Points Replaced with Points (+/-)
Kobayashi 5 Alonso +144
de la Rosa 12  
Hulkenberg 70 Sutil +14
Total Points 87   +158

Interesting.  I did not think that BMW would be that bad of a car this year.  Alonso by himself is more than 8 times more effective in getting points and was cheaper than purchasing both BMW drivers this year.

My Fantasy F1 Results

In the Panda / Sidepodcast League my team gained 12 positions to 396th place, and there are now 6 more entries in this league which now has 481 teams in the fight.

In the F1 rejects League, my team has actually moved up two positions to 24th place.  Too bad that there are still only 39 teams in this league.

Overall, I gained 172 positions to move up to 9559 place in the overall league.

Thoughts on the Race Itself

Alonso at the start!   Nooooo!  Well, great recovery drive, he got lucky with the safety car periods although.

.Looks like Joe Saward got what he wanted – an entertaining race due to rain and the reducing effect it has on grip levels.  Myself although, it just goes to show how safe F1 is right now.  I mean, on a decent (non-Tilke ) track most of these cars that slip off the track at a corner would have smack a wall and at the very least would need a new nose cone..   Here in China, they have enough room to slow down, make the turn and re-join the circuit….

Another problem I have are with the softness of the Inters.  They seemed to be be dying to quickly.   I am not too concerned for these track that run in the high 60’s lap counts but what happens when we get to Spa and one section of the track has drizzling rain?  It is Spa, after all?  You could burn out your inters and wets to slicks before you get to the wet section….

Hamilton got another warning for that pit-lane infraction? What is this?  three strikes and you get to hard time with no parole?  I am only glad that he did not run over any Williams pit crew.


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