Ferrari is back with a bang with Alonso leading 1-2 finish at the start of the 2010 season with Massa finishing second and Hamilton third. Vettel who lead most part of the race slowly dropped to 4th position but held onto it thwarting Rosberg in Mercedes who finished 5th ahead of team mate Schumacher in other Mercedes. Button tried hard to take the 6th position but Schumacher kept his cool and Button finished 7th ahead of Webber in the other Red Bull. Luizzi got the points for Force India finishing 9th. Force India looks good this season and we can expect them to score more points in the coming seasons. Other Indian in F1- Chandhok didn’t seem to be on the track. So Ferrari starting off with a 1-2 finish looks like they are back to their winning ways. After snatching the lead from Vettel, Alonso cruised ahead taking a 16sec lead from Massa. Schumacher needs to get back to his winning ways but Mercedes doesn’t look that faster when compared to the Ferraris.
F1 caravan will now be moving to Australia with the Australian GP to be held from March 26-28.
Interesting- Red Bull on pole followed by the two Ferrari’s then there’s Hamilton, Mercedes’s Rosberg, Red Bull again this time its Webber and the man to watch out for- Michael Schumacher- will be starting 7th ahead of another Button. So Vettel will be under pressure from the two Red Cars- the start is going to be as usual crucial and interesting. Lets see if Schumacher will get off to a good start and snatch few places to move up. Force India’s Sutil in top 10 that’s something to cheer for Indians 🙂 Meanwhile Chandhok will be starting from the last- Hope he doesn’t become another Narain. So there’s Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, one from Renault and Force India completing the top 10 positions.Don’t know what the other teams are for- May be just to fill up the last positions. 😀
So lets see who’s going to win the opening Grand prix.
I hardly was concerned about the Race results last year, I used to just glance through the news paper for the results and read the report there. There’s wasn’t much action/competition with some Brawn dominating through out the season and with lots of technical issues, teams boycotting and all. But with the return of Michael Schumacher with his old Team Boss- Ross Brawn under whom he won his 7 driver championships and with an Indian driver- Chandhok this season is going to be interesting. Michael fans are eager to see their driver give a tough competition to the likes of Button, Hamilton, Massa, Alonso. Also Hamilton will be for the first time racing alongside Michael so its going to be something new for him 🙂 And Mercedes GP up against the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, Williams makes it even more challenging.
So watch out for the action over the weekend when F1 2010 Season kicks off with Bahrain GP.
Felippe Massa has been decalared as the winner of the Belgian Grand Prix after Hamilton was awarded 25 second penalty for his involvment in the incident with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen which saw the latter crashing out of the race, after he was leading right up front. This has pushed BMW Sauber’s Heidfeld to 2nd place and Hamilton drops to 3rd position. Great day fro STR-Ferrari as both their drivers finished in top 10 with Sebastian Vettel finishing 5th and Sebastien Bourdais finishing 6th. Had Hamilton not been penalised, he would have been leading the drivers standings with 80 points followed by Massa with 70 points. After being penalised and loosing crucial 2 podium places, Hamilton still leads the drivers standings with 76 points followed by Massa with 74 points. Robert Kubica is at 3rd position with 58 points, 1 point more than Raikkonen who is in 4th place. With 5 more races to go, the battle for the drivers championship is getting intense with Massa and Hamilton locking horns against each other.
Great outing for Kovalainen!!! It was a shock maiden win for McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen at the Hungarian Grand Prix after Ferrai’s Massa suffered an engine failure while leading with three laps remaining. It was really disappointing day for Ferrari as Massa had to retire at the end of the race. It was all set for a Massa victory but then his engine died in front of the main grandstand with three laps to go. Massa also got an added advantage when Hamilton had to pit with punctured left Tyre. Toyota’s Timo Glock put up an impressive performance to clinch a debutant podium finish. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen brought some cheer to the otherwise dull Ferrari camp. He finished 3rd well ahead Renault’s Fernando Alonso. It was disappointing day for McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton who finished 5th, starting from pole. But this did not affect his Driver’s standing. Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers Standings despite a puncture just after the midway stage that saw him finish the race in fifth place. BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica finished a disappointing Eight.
It was a treat to watch McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton drive with perfection when other drivers were fumbling and finding it hard to grip on the slippery surface, thanks to the rain during the race. A brilliant British Grand Prix victory has lifted him right back into contention for the world championship, on a day when Kimi Raikkonen failed to shine and Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa and BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica were the ones who came home pointless. Hamilton lapped all but two of the field and finished more than a minute ahead of Nick Heidfeld’s BMW Sauber. Hiedfeld who started from 5th did well to finish second ahead of Rubens Barrichello who finished third. Barrichello’s podium finish has brought some cheer to the Honda camp after their other driver Jenson Button failed to finish. Really disappointing day for Ferrari with Kimi Raikkonen finishing fourth and Massa, who spun at least five times in the race, came last of the 13 finishers and failed to pick up a point. McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen finished 5th behind Kimi after he started from Pole. He could not capitalise his maiden Pole position to get to Maiden Victory, something for which he will be cursing himself 😦 Alonso has stuck to his 6-7-8 positions and he finished 6th ahead of Jarno Trulli and Kazuki Nakajima who was the last one to finish among the points.
Heikki Kovalainen grabbed his first ever Formula One pole position on Saturday with a near perfect qualifying display at the British Grand Prix. The Finnish McLaren driver was half a second faster than Red Bull’s Mark Webber who will start second behind Kovalainen. This is Red Bull’s first ever front row grid position. The front runners will have the Ferrari of world champion Kimi Raikkonen and also McLaren Lewis Hamilton breathing down their neck from third and fourth on the grid respectivley. Webber’s second place grid position has taken every one by surprise, even the Australian himself. BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld and Renault’s Fernando Alonso will start from 5th and 6th positions respectively followed by fellow Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr. Pretty good qualifying for Renault in the changing track conditions. They will be looking for a strong finish. Heidfeld seems to be back in his old self running for a string 5th place grid position. Good to see Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel starting along side Nelson in the 4th row. He will be starting 8th ahead of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. Massa looked good during the practice but in the qualifying suffered a problem with the right rear wheel nut on his Ferrari during his final tyre change, and never made it out for his second run. BMW’s Kubica will be starting alongside Massa in the 10th position. Disappointing qualifying for Toyota’s Jarno Trulli, after his podium finish in the last race. As usual Force India’s drivers Adrain Sutil and Fisichella will be starting at the end of the grid. They were atleast somewhat close to Honda’s, thats something to cheer about for Mallya 😉