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2012 Canadian Grand Prix Results

Well, the one-stop strategy was tried and in full effect… it just failed miserably for a few of the front runners and predicted winner especially. In the end, it was Lewis Hamilton, whose record in Montreal is either a win or a DNF so far in his career, meaning that I really should have picked him to win as he had a pretty good shot. This makes it seven winners from seven races and means that the championship is still wide open and anyone can take it in the remaining 13 races.

Usually, Canada provides some good racing, and it provided some good moments to be sure, but not if you are a fan of the Prancing Horse. With Felipe Massa spinning out of his own accord and Fernando Alonso trying to nurse some very well worn tires for over 45 laps, neither of the two I picked to have good results finished that well. Alonso’s tires fell off the cliff in the final three laps, making him easy prey for Hamilton, Perez, Grosjean and Vettel, all of whom passed the struggling Ferrari in the last few laps of the race. To his, and his team’s, credit, the McLaren driver had the right strategy for the day called all along. Even when Hamilton came in for his second stop and both Alonso and Vettel stayed out, it looked like the race would be over for him. Either they would put in a few fast laps to come in and stay ahead after the pit stops, or they would stay out and just run out the few remaining laps to the checkered flag. However, the team must have known something – or got very lucky – as they were adamant that Alonso and Vettel would be stopping again before the end and that Lewis would catch them in the rotation. However, the longer they stayed out, the more Hamilton had to push, and the faster he wound up catching them both as their tires began to fall apart. As Kimi Raikkonen proved earlier this year, when the tires fall of the cliff, they fall off hard, and both Red Bull and Ferrari made critical errors that they might come to regret later on in the season. Lewis is one of the most consistent drivers on the grid for scoring points, and now leads Alonso in the Driver’s Championship by two points.

Yes, there is a long way to go, but with every point becoming more and more valuable, no driver can ill afford to have a blunder or blown strategy call anymore. Both Ferrari and Red Bull will learn from this, but Hamilton is going to only find strength in this win and it could be a three horse race as they start to come down to the wire. Look for these three to lead the way and start to pull clear of the rest of the field soon enough.

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Romain Grosjean

3. Sergio Perez

4. Sebastian Vettel

5. Fernando Alonso

6. Nico Rosberg

7. Mark Webber

8. Kimi Raikkonen

9. Kamui Kobayashi

10. Felipe Massa

 

In other racing news, the next race is one of my most detestable: The European Grand Prix in Valencia. And it comes as no surprise to me that the race is struggling to find an audience. As I have said before, it makes no sense for one country to have two races, and even Bernie said as much, then went ahead and did the damn thing anyway! Now, the director of the circuit was quoted as saying, “Two races for Spain is meaningless. Like everything, you have to rationalise.” If that isn’t proof enough of what I had been preaching since this race’s inception, nothing is. Bernie, stop lining your goddamn pockets, pull your head out of your ass and either alternate the race (bad idea) or get rid of the parade lap that lacks the pomp and theater of Monaco (best idea) known as the Valencia circuit.

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

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

 

2012 Bahrain Grand Prix Results

Turns out that only one protester was killed during the Grand Prix weekend. So all in all, not too bad for Bernie I guess, although F1 was marred by sharing headline space on the international papers with the goings on in Bahrain when they should have stayed out once again. No matter the result of this race, F1 did not gain any new fans.

Also, how freaking insane is this season so far? Four races and four different winners. I think next week might see the fifth if either Hamilton or Raikkonen can get to the front of the pack. Who knows? Anything seems possible this season. Hell, it’s so crazy I didn’t have even one position in the top 10 correctly called! Usually I can hit on at least one of them, but nothing is for certain in 2012. Also, if anyone noticed, the previous race featured an all Mercedes podium, while this one featured all Renault powered cars. And the race before that almost featured all Ferrari powered vehicles… well, not almost, but 2/3 of the podium isn’t bad. Seriously, anything can happen. Should be the slogan for this season. The Spanish Grand Prix is up next.

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Kimi Raikkonen

3. Romain Grosjean

4. Mark Webber

5. Nico Rosberg

6. Paul di Resta

7. Fernando Alonso

8. Lewis Hamilton

9. Felipe Massa

10. Michael Schumacher

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!

Bernie’s Hypocrisy and Odd F1 Cars

It was revealed in a recent letter that the proposed GP in Rome will most likely never happen. This is due to F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone stating that one race per country is enough and that the Monza circuit would have precedence over Rome in the new 20 race schedule. However, as I look over the calendar, I notice that there is a country with two Grands Prix in it currently. Spain. They have both the Spanish GP and the European GP. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have been constantly berating the European GP in Valencia for a few years because it is boring and goes against what Bernie wants, which is for no country to have two races. This is part of the reason why Germany switches between both of its tracks. All I’m saying is that the European GP should be moved out of Spain because 1) I think it’s a bad race, and 2) it really does go against what Bernie is trying to accomplish, and if it stays there, it will only reinforce the fact that he is a senile old bat who has lost touch with the sport and how it should be run.

Also, in preparation for the arrivals of the team’s new car designs, here is a good slide show of ten of the weirdest F1 cars ever to take to the track. The unmistakeable Tyrrell P34 and the March 711 are both crazy faves of mine.