Archive for June, 2009

Prediction game: Round 8 results

June 24th, 2009 No comments

Jenson Button, Silverstone, 2009The results are up for round 8 of the f1buzz prediction game and they show that Sergio has managed to just sneak past Andrew for the lead.

Everyone thought Jenson Button was going to score his first home Grand Prix win on Sunday, despite a few people picking Vettel for pole.  Out of 20 drivers on the grid it seems people thought only the Brawn and Red Bull drivers had a chance.

We are still only half way through the season so there are plenty of points up for grabs but if you want to overtake the leaders you might have to take some risks with some unconvential predictions.

There is a rare break in the F1 calendar now until the German Grand Prix at Nürburgring in three weeks’ time.

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June 23rd, 2009 No comments
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Red Bull keep things interesting

June 21st, 2009 No comments

Sebastian Vettel, Britain, 2009Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber secured Red Bull’s second 1-2 finish of the season at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

As indicated by Vettel’s incredible pace in qualifying, the young German was in another class for the whole race, crossing the line 15 seconds ahead of team mate Mark Webber, who was followed by Rubens Barrichello.

From the moments the lights went out in front of a capacity crowd at Silverstone, Vettel’s win was never really in doubt.  Rubens Barrichello managed to hold second position off the line but lost out to Mark Webber in the first set of pit stops.

Championship leader Jenson Button got squeezed at the start, dropping back to P9 behind Jarno Trulli and then struggled to keep the heat in his hard tyres, eventually finishing the race in 6th:

On the hard tyres the car just didn’t work and I couldn’t get any tyre temperature. That’s the way our car is in cooler temperatures.

Lewis Hamilton started 18th and  finished a slightly less miserable 16th.

While the local fans may have been hoping for a Brit to win what may be the last F1 race at Silverstone, the Red Bull resurgence has injected a bit more excitement into what was fast becoming a foregone conclusion.  All those extra bits Adrian Newey bolted onto the RB5 allowed Sebastian Vettel to close his gap to Button from 32 points to 25 points and the 1-2 finish sees Red Bull narrow Brawn’s lead in the Constructors’ Championship from 39.5 points to 30.5 points.

The Championship is far from over.

2009 British Grand Prix Race Results

Pos Driver Team Grid Time Points
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1 1:22:49.328 10
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 3 1:23:04.516 8
3 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 2 1:23:30.483 6
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 11 1:23:34.371 5
5 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 7 1:23:35.243 4
6 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 6 1:23:35.613 3
7 Jarno Trulli Toyota 4 1:23:57.635 2
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 9 1:23:58.950 1
9 Timo Glock Toyota 8 1:23:59.151 0
10 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 16 1:24:00.850 0
11 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 5 1:24:03.351 0
12 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 14 lapped 0
13 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 12 lapped 0
14 Fernando Alonso Renault 10 lapped 0
15 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 15 lapped 0
16 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 18 lapped 0
17 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 20 lapped 0
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 19 lapped 0
RET Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 retired, 37 laps 0
RET Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 13 retired, 36 laps 0

Image: Red Bull / Getty

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Britain: Fuel adjusted qualifying times

June 20th, 2009 No comments

Sebastian Vette, Britain, 2009The FIA now publishes the weights of each car after qualifying on Saturday.  Those cars that make it through to the final qualifying session must use the fuel they qualified with while the rest of the field may refuel before the race.

Below is a graph showing the actual top ten qualifying times as well as those times adjusted for the weight of fuel each car is carrying.  The graph assumes a standard lap time cost of 0.3 seconds per 10kg of fuel.

Nobody looks particularly out of place, although Kazuki Nakajima’s time was only possible because he was fuelled lighter than anyone else on the grid.

What it does show is how fast Sebastian Vettel really was.  His team mate Mark Webber was fuelled lighter than him but could only manage 3rd.  Vettel looks a lot faster than anyone else on the grid.

2009 British GP Q3 (weight-adjusted)

2009 British Grand Prix car weights

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Red Bull tops Friday practice

June 19th, 2009 No comments

Sebastian Vettel, Britain, 2009The two Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber posted the quickest time in both practice sessions for the British Grand Prix at a windy Silverstone on Friday.

Sebastian Vettel outpaced his team mate in both sessions but the new parts Red Bull have fitted (including a new front wing and nose) were obviously working well.

Mark Webber’s second session was cut short when he hit the curb and lost all electrical power:

It’s been a pretty good day for us; we’ve tried a few new bits here, which seem to be going pretty well. We’ve tried both sets of tyres and need to go through all the data tonight.  My second session ended a little early as I hit a kerb on Turn five, which caused the car’s electronics to stop.

In the first session, the two Brawn GP cars were 3rd and 4th fastest but, surprisingly, it was Force India’s Adrian Sutil who went 3rd fastest in the second session.

As Silverstone is such a light braking circuit, it can be hard to harvest enough energy to make KERS worthwhile so McLaren chose to run different strategies for their drivers in practice.  Heikki Kovalainen continued to use KERS while Lewis Hamilton ran without the device as Norbert Haug explains:

Lewis today drove without KERS because Silverstone is a circuit where you do not brake too often: you get less of a benefit from the system here than you would on heavy-braking circuits. By way of comparison, Heikki used the system today and our specialists will analyse today’s results and decide whether we choose to continue using the system on his car for the rest of the weekend.

It will be interesting to see what they choose to do on Saturday as Kovalainen felt he could still make use of KERS:

It’s still difficult to say whether it’s an advantage to be running KERS, but I felt I was getting a laptime benefit from the system.

Morning showers are predicted for Saturday but it should be dry by the time qualifying gets underway.

Here are the times from the first two practice sessions:
First Practice

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:19.400
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:19.682
3 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:20.227
4 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:20.242
5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:20.458
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.471
7 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:20.585
8 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:20.650
9 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:20.815
10 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:20.838
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:20.913
12 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.029
13 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:21.103
14 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:21.179
15 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:21.384
16 Timo Glock Toyota 1:21.386
17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:21.489
18 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 1:21.525
19 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:21.590
20 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:21.801

Second Practice

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:19.456
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:19.597
3 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:20.141
4 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:20.209
5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:20.237
6 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:20.244
7 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:20.417
8 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:20.458
9 Nico Rosbert Williams 1:20.468
10 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 1:20.608
11 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:20.622
12 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.733
13 Timo Glock Toyota 1:20.762
14 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:20.767
15 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:20.932
16 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:20.945
17 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:21.005
18 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:21.132
19 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:21.413
20 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:21.668
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