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2012 Spanish Grand Prix Results

Huh.. that one certainly came out of left field.

1. Pastor Maldonado

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Kimi Raikkonen

4. Romain Grosjean

5. Kamui Kobayashi

6. Sebastian Vettel

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Lewis Hamilton

9. Jenson Button

10. Nico Hulkenberg

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2012 Spanish Grand Prix Predictions

It feels like the season is going to start to become predictable now. The timesheets from practice play almost exactly as I would expect them too, with Lotus now moving up the ranks and Ferrari still in the back, but in the top 10. On the longer runs, it sounded like the McLaren and Lotus cars have it figured out, but for some reason I feel that Vettel got a bunch of confidence from that last race and that he the Red Bulls were sandbagging it a bit. If they have gotten their stuff together finally, look for Vettel to come under fire, but hold on for the victory. Thus follow my predictions.

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Kimi Raikkonen

3. Jenson Button

4. Romain Grosjean

5. Lewis Hamilton

6. Mark Webber

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Fernando Alonso

9. Michael Schumacher

10. Felipe Massa

 

Spanish Grand Prix Results and Monaco Predictions

This’ll be sort of a double post this time around because I forgot to recap the Spanish Grand Prix from last weekend, and the Monaco Grand Prix is happening this weekend. I wasn’t too far off in my predictions, but at the start it sure looked like I was going to be. After a raucous and, frankly, amazing start, the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso was at the head of the pack. Not only did nobody see this happening, but I was surprised at how long he held off the faster Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel and the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton. However, with the crowd behind him, Alonso charged off in the lead for about 20 laps. Then things went the way I thought they would. Alonso’s Ferrari couldn’t keep up with the aerodynamically superior cars after the initial pitstops and he was eventually lapped by both the front runners. It must have been an odd feeling to not only lead your home grand prix, but then to be lapped by the people you were running in without having an accident or any mechanical problems of any kind. After the race, Ferrari’s technical director, Aldo Costa, stepped down from his position. It just goes to show that this team hasn’t been the same since it had that amazing grouping from the late 90s and early 2000s. A few key people make all the difference. However, imagine where this team would be without Alonso behind the wheel. Granted, I really like Felipe Massa, but he is nowhere close to the same driver that Alonso is. But I digress. As it happened, the Spanish Grand Prix featured a ton of action in the first few laps, then turned into the normal parade that we have come to expect out of Formula One. Which is a shame, but at the same time, that won’t change this next weekend in Monaco. Here are the results of the Spanish Grand Prix.

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Jenson Button

4. Mark Webber

5. Fernando Alonso

6. Micheal Schumacher

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Nick Heidfeld

9. Sergio Perez

10. Kamui Kobayashi

Will the story be any different after this weekend? Judging by the timesheets, I would have to say yes, as Fernando Alonso seems to have a bead on all things Monaco. However, I thought that last year too and he then went and stuck it in the wall because he was trying so hard to control the car and make it fast that he had to be on the limit or above it for the entire time. This year, I think he will do better, but the Red Bulls still seem to have something up their sleeves. Here then, are my picks.

1. Sebastian Vettel – will get his first Monaco victory after coming close last year

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Mark Webber

4. Jenson Button

5. Lewis Hamilton

6. Felipe Massa

7. Michael Schumacher

8. Nico Rosberg

9. Vitaly Petrov

10. Nick Heidfeld

Spanish Grand Prix Predictions

So this weekend in Barcelona looks like it could be a closer fight for the win and the podium for all concerned. The tires that were brought in for this race are the “super hard” compound, and they are being labeled as disastrous by a few drivers in the field including Lewis Hamilton who says he is 2.5 seconds a lap slower on them because he is sliding all over and that they don’t actually add any more laps to the pace because of the massive degradation. Fernando Alonso is on the fence about them as well, saying that it will take around four stops to get through the race and that many teams will be taking out the softer tires for the first session of qualifying even. It remains to be seen what happens during the race of course, but with some more upgrades to the Ferrari and the Red Bulls still looking strong, this really could be a closer fight. Plus, with the Catalunya Circuit boasting the longest DRS zone of the year to date, there will probably be some good opportunities for passing into the first corner – which is downhill – and also some good chances for crashes and wrecks for once this season. The racing will hopefully be tight and here is how I think the finishers will shape up.

1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Mark Webber

5. Lewis Hamilton

6. Nico Rosberg

7. Felipe Massa

8. Michael Schumacher

9. Vitaly Petrov

10. Kamui Kobayashi

I see Button winning only because he is very, very good at taking care of his tires in bad conditions and Lewis is certainly not known for being easy on tires or I would probably put him higher. I think that the Red Bulls will again dominate in qualifying, but that the race pace will see them slip down the order. Alonso just signed a contract until 2016 and is front of his home crowd, so I see him doing better than most expect and he will get on the podium in a close fight to the finish with Vettel. As for the rest, well, they are just there because that is normally where they end up finishing really.

Also, in three weeks I will heading to Montreal to the Canadian Grand Prix and can’t wait to see what the Great White North has in store for the F1 Circus!

Race Five: Spain

With Mark Webber dominating from the start, the Spanish Grand Prix was a somewhat boring affair that saw little overtaking and a very strung out race. However, there were some decent moments in the race that made it not quite the ultra bore that Bahrain was, but overall, it pales in comparison to some of the other races this year that have been in the wet. Here are the results and, as always, they will be compared to how I saw this weekend working out.

  1. Mark Webber
  2. Fernando Alonso
  3. Sebastian Vettel
  4. Michael Schumacher
  5. Jenson Button
  6. Felipe Massa
  7. Adrian Sutil
  8. Robert Kubica
  9. Rubens Barrichello
  10. Jaime Alguersuari

Here is how I predicted it would turn out:

1. Fernando Alonso – a home GP in a Ferrari? I’m calling victory and a raucous crowd.

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Felipe Massa

5. Mark Webber

6. Michael Schumacher

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Robert Kubica

9. Jenson Button

10. Adrian Sutil

Not horribly bad, but with Lewis crashing out just before the end and Nico nowhere to be found the entire weekend, I had a few wrong. I got Kubica pegged though! When I visited Barcelona last year, my father and I also drove to where the teams are going next, Monaco. The crown jewel of the Formula One season. This is the race that every driver on the grid hopes to win. Even if you don’t win the championship, winning at Monaco is something akin to winning a small one. This year, there will be additional concerns because of the sheer number of cars in the principality and how slow the back markers are this season. We saw in Barcelona that if a back marker gets in the way of one of the faster cars, they really have to make an effort to slow down or an accident could be imminent. I will have more on Monaco as the week progresses, including my travelogue of the principality and some pictures of how the track looks when there is regular traffic on it. Practice is on Thursday this week and Friday is a quiet day, so I will post that up again on that day. It should be quite the race and I am anxious to see the beauty of that place again as the cars go charging through the streets and rattle every window in town.

Spanish Grand Prix Predictions

With the long three-week break finally coming to an end, it is now time for me to make my picks for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. As of final free practice, it was the Red Bulls leading the way, a trend I feel will continue throughout the weekend. However, I do not see either of them winning the race, but they will still place high up in the order.

1. Fernando Alonso – a home GP in a Ferrari? I’m calling victory and a raucous crowd.

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Felipe Massa

5. Mark Webber

6. Michael Schumacher

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Robert Kubica

9. Jenson Button

10. Adrian Sutil

This is one of the tracks that I have visited, and it is a flowing track that demands a car with a lot of downforce through medium and high speed corners. This should be a good race, but as usual, will feature the regular crowd at the top.

Start Finish Circuit de Catalunya

Start Finish Circuit de Catalunya

On Start Finish Circuit de Catalunya

On Start Finish Circuit de Catalunya

Podium Circuit de Catalunya

Podium Circuit de Catalunya

Pressbox Circuit de Catalunya

Pressbox Circuit de Catalunya

Race Four: Chinese Grand Prix

For the third week in a row, rain showed up at an F1 race and changed the dynamic of the whole affair. It started off with a jumped start (the first one in a long long time) and ended with the season seeing the first repeat winner so far.

With the rain trickling from the skies, all the runners started on slicks, and Fernando Alonso got a jump on the field by timing the lights a fraction of a hair too early. He was given a drive through penalty later on, yet still managed to finish the race in fourth place. When the rain did come, it was Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg who dived into the pits early and reaped the benefits. Much like in Australia, Jenson became the winner off of spectacularly good timing (not to mention his smooth driving style). The worst drives of the day have to go to the Red Bull drivers, who went from being one-two on the grid, to finishing in sixth and eighth. Rain does mysterious things and I do like it when it happens as the racing it provides is much more exciting and you get to see drivers at their best and worst.

So, the question is, how did I do this week? Here are the top ten finishers of the Chinese Grand Prix against my predictions of what would happen.

1. Jenson Button

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Nico Rosberg

4. Fernando Alonso

5. Robert Kubica

6. Sebastian Vettel

7. Vitaly Petrov

8. Mark Webber

9. Felipe Massa

10. Michael Schumacher

My predictions for the race were this:

1. Felipe Massa

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Nico Rosberg

5. Mark Webber

6. Fernando Alonso

7. Adrian Sutil

8. Robert Kubica

9. Michael Schumacher

10.Jenson Button

So it turns out that I was waaaaay off about Button, but I actually got Lewis right and wasn’t that far off with the rest of the order. I’m don’t know whether to be surprised or not though. On one hand, I’m getting better at picking these points scorers, but on the other hand the top 10 is getting really predictable. Pretty much every week it seems like I could just scramble these 10 names and get most of them in the points (barring some huge accident or something). And now the teams are waiting to leave China for mainland Europe, but are stuck for a bit because of the volcano that erupted in Iceland. The next race is in Barcelona, a track that almost all of the teams know very well because that is where they test in the winter. I have been to this track and can say that it should make for a very entertaining race in three weeks time.