2010 Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying Report

Sorry that I have post this report so late, but well, the calendar seems to have thown me for a loop of some sort.

I made no driver changes since the Sutil move before the Chinese Grand Prix,  So the driver line-up is still Alonso, Kubica, Barrichello and Sutil.

Team’s Current Drivers Their Points
Alonso +20
Kubica +10
Sutil +5
Barrichello -5
Total +30 points.

This is about the average of my haul of points.

Optional Driver Their Points Replaced by +/-
de la Rosa +5 Alonso +5
Kobyashi +10  
Hulkenberg +5 Sutil 0
Total +15   +5

Not the point grab I was hoping for.  Lucky for me that I almost the best possible race results I could hope for….

2010 Chinese Grand Prix ==> Qualifying Report

It is funny how the more things see to change, the more they say the same.  In this case, a couple of ex-Ferrari drivers have upset my hopes for all my fantasy F1 team to be in the top ten qualifying positions…

I was really hoping for Barrichello to be in in the top ten but the got clipped out by Schumacher.  Now where have I see this before?

The nice move that I made before qualifying for this race is I switched Sutil in for Hulkenberg out. Be interesting to see if I took the right Williams driver out.

If I had my way, I would like Rubens to win, followed by Sutil, then Kubica and Alonso in 4th.Then I hope whoever has those small tanks to slow the field so that by the time the they run out fuel, the rest of the field are a few laps down….

So how did I do in Qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix?

Team’s Current Drivers Their Points
Alonso +25
Kubica +10
Sutil +10
Barrichello +5
Total +50 points.

This is about the average of my haul of points.

Optional Driver Their Points Replaced by +/-
de la Rosa +5 Alonso +15
Kobyashi +5  
Hulkenberg +5 Barrichello 0
Total +15   +15

 

So by picking up Alonso I gained an additional 15 points.

2010 Chinese Grand Prix ==> Race Report

 
Introduction

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.

Malaysian Grand Prix ==> Qualifying Report:

Ooops! That was interesting. Not quite what I wanted, but still interesting. Well I guess you can guess both Ferrari’s and McLaren’s decisions to unleash their drivers until late in the first qualifying session to be a bit of a gamble, right? After all, You are looking at a radar screen, you see a ton of clouds that are extremely heavy with water vapour heading your way but the radar screen does not tell you exactly when it is going to dump water on your head right? I do not know, simple logic will tell you that it takes time for a weather system to build up so you can expect a thunderstorm to occur in the late afternoon or early evening during the summer months, right? Plus these teams did have the benefit of Friday to guess what was going to happen weather wise – the conditions where the same, it is not like a cold front came by overnight to change the weather picture around, right? So to me, it just seems to make sense to go out on a banker lap and see where you stand right? Ferrari and Hamilton just shoot themselves in the foot I am afraid. I would have laughed but Ferrari just lost me points in my Fantasy Racers League….

Current Driver Selection
Driver Points
Alonso – 5
Barrichello +10
Kubica +10
Hulkenberg +15
Total + 30
Optional Driver Selection
Driver Points
Barrichello 10
De La Rosa 5
Kobayashi 10
Kubica 10
Hulkenberg 15
Total 50 points

Ouch lost +20 points!

On the flip side of the coin I was considering dumping Hulkenberg for Sutil and given Sutil’s 4th place in Qualifying I wish I made that decision, an extra 5 points would have been handy now…

Anyway, to bad about Alonso but the rest of my team are in positions 5th, 6th, and 7th on the grid!  Nice way to start the race.

Australian Grand Prix ==> Race Report.

Introduction

When it comes to F1, the great thing about living in the middle part of North America is that most of the races can be watched without affecting your Sundays. This is most true of the European Races, where after the race is over you can still make to church or enjoy the wrest of your weekend… In the case of Melbourne, staying up until 4 am is quite easy to do when you have all day Sunday to catch up on sleep. And really, on a normal (European F1 race) you are really not going to move away from the TV set until 10:00 am (EDT) anyway…….

So how did I do? Well…..

Actual Drivers Points
Alonso 163 points
Barrichello 108 points
Hulkenberg 5 points
Kubica 168 points
Total 444 points

And here are the drivers I planned to start the season with:

Planned Drivers Their points
Barrichello 108 points
Hulkenberg 5 points
Kubica 168 points
De La Rosa 79 points
Kobayashi 5 points
Total 365 points

By replacing Alonso for both De La Rosa and Kobayashi I gained an extra 79 points for the entire weekend. I wish replacing Kobayashi was not without cost, but he does seem to be a disgruntled former employee, and in his shunt into the wall, he managed to avoid everyone but Hulkenberg!  With all the cars that failed to complete the race,  I was hoping for the rest of my team to make the top four!  Alas, my hopes where only 50% accurate!  Kubica got second and Alonso fourth.  Barrichello came in a respectable 8th place.

My Results:

There are eight teams that have the top score of 1436 points now, so the slope of that mountain I have to climb has flattened out somewhat. I have improved to  389th place from my previous 428th standing in the Sidepodcast League, for a gain of 39 positions.  Even better for me is that there are now 469 entries in the Sidepodcast/League, so I am definitely closing on the mid-field for sure…..

In my other league, the F1 Rejects League, I have moved up five positions to 26th place and no new teams have joined the 39 entries in this League.

Overall, I have advanced 927 positions to 9808th place and there are now 12099 teams racing in the overall league.

Thoughts on the race itself

As for the race itself, well, Button by pitting in early passed how many cars in the pit lane? Yes there were many attempts to pass, but how many where actual attempts? I think quite a few of those passes where due to sliding on wet pavement missing the turning points. I did not find it surprising that the cars went back to their previous positions on the next corner. Should that count as two overtakes or one botched attempt of turning in? Hopefully super-wide Malaysia will provide us with answers next week.

Australian Grand Prix ==> Qualifying Report.

Greetings everyone!  First off, a recap of my current situation going into the Australian Grand Prix:  My Fantasy Racers F1 team, called 7UP Jordan Mercedes Bridgestone, was going into Melbourne in dismal shape with a total of 274 points collected to be in 428th place in the Sidepodcast League,  and 31st out of then 38 places in the F1 Rejects League.  Overall I am in 10735 place out of then 11134 entries in the FSPORTS Fantasy F1 League.  In short, something had to be done to fix this hole I am in.

Looking at my results, Kamui Kobayashi got me 16 points total and Pedro de la Rosa got me 37 points, and I am a little concerned that the BMW-Sauber is well,  just driving a little bit better than a brand new car.  I guess that BMW would have put a bit more development into this year’s car to make a better sale for whoever wants to buy it.  Then I remembered backing BMW for way too long last year and how much it bit me when they where supposedly developing last year’s car.  In short, bye BMW!

So with 15.15 million in the piggy I was in the position to buy a top notch driver and with no Iceman or Ice-cream man around I went with Alonso.  Here is my current points total after Qualifying.

Drivers Points
Alonso 25 points
Hulkenberg 5 points
Kubica 10 points
Barrichello 10 points
   
Total 50 points

 

But what if I decided to stay with my previous selection?

Drivers Points
Hulkenberg 5 points
Kubica 10 points
Barrichello 10 points
De La Rosa 5 points
Kobayashi 5 points
Total 35 points

 

Another gain of 15 points… And the funny thing is, when I made this move,  Alonso was worth 14 million, but Kobayashi and De La Rosa where worth 14.15 million, so I saved 0.15 million, while gaining points!  Nice.