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Pre-Season Report (By Matt Oram)

It's that time of year again when the fastest men on four wheels come out to play. Welcome to this years Formula 1 season! We start as always in Australia or more precisely Albert Park in Melbourne. The weather here is fine so we expect a good race that will sort the men from the boys and show us exactly who has been able to develop a better car over the winter. Of course we already have a reasonable idea from pre-season testing just a few weeks ago in Spain...

Of course this season is an extremely unique one! A new regulation has been passed that states each constructor is forced to give up at least one driver after each season. This is in a bid to make F1 more competitive and exciting, which has been one of the main targets for Bernie Ecclestone to allow for him to expand the sport throughout the rest of the World. Due to this massive change the whole of the current F1 roster of drivers have boycotted the sport meaning we have a completely new driver line up for all teams, clearly for the only time since the sports inception. With all the drivers being new, what can we estimate the different teams potential will be?..

Red Bull – Bob Sal (AC Milan) / Craig Robertson (Man City)

Red Bull; Winners of both the constructors and the drivers championships last season look as strong as ever. If there was one weakness the RB8 displayed in 2012, it was straight line speed but the new RB9 looks like it has overcome this deficit, and why wouldn’t it? Under chief technical officer Adrian Newey’s guidance, the Red Bull team has looked unbeatable in recent seasons! However, with the recent departure of Peter Prodromou, the Bull’s head of aerodynamics to McLaren, will Red Bull see their usual advantage dissolved and the rest of the pack close in? Expect Red Bull Racing to be near the top at the end of the season.

Ferrari – Dale Bowers (Chelsea) / Nizan Ron (Napoli)

Despite what could only be described as a tumultuous year for Ferrari last season in terms of delivering a car capable of challenging at the front; Ferraris team principal Stefano Domenicali has his sights firmly pinned on going one better this season and returning to the form of the early 00’s. However, the outlook isn’t quite so good and the issues of last season are still likely to exist with Ferraris new wind tunnel at home in Maranello not expecting to be ready until mid-season. Ferrari will always be able to rely on their engines, but with aerodynamics playing such a big part in modern F1, expect to see the Tifosi red in the face with anger instead of passion by the end of the season.

McLaren – Kent Ove Bang (Dortmund) / Peter Grady (PSG)

McLaren arguably had the strongest driver line up last year and perhaps were the underachievers of the season. But unfortunately it’s not all about drivers; the car needs to deliver too and all too often the car McLaren deliver is for Christmas, not for life. I don’t know what McLaren get up to during the season but it isn’t racing. A team with a history like the Woking based outfits (Senna, Prost, Lauda) should know full well that you shouldn’t be too single minded in your approach to design, but this again seems to be the pitfall. Pre-season testing has shown us McLaren have a car that is undoubtedly the fastest, but it looks unstable at the rear and may have problems getting this power on the tarmac. Look for McLaren to slip further into the middle of the pack this season.

Lotus – Michael Hudson (Arsenal) / Gordon Christopher (Tottenham)

Lotus are the new kids on the block, having only competed in their first season under the Lotus name in 2012; and they certainly know how to deliver a race winning car, an accolade achieved at the tail end of last season. Lotus win races by looking after their tires and with no other team understanding how Pirelli operate better than them. With the tire compounds set to be even softer this, and the E21 chassis being an evolution of last years, Lotus look like a team who have it all to gain and nothing to lose. There are a few whispers of discontent just as the season is getting underway relating to pay, but if a new sponsorship deal is successful, expect Lotus to be serious title contenders.

Mercedes – David Garvock (Bayern) / Jim Garvock (Real Madrid)

Mercedes arrive in the new season looking to continue their rise to the top and nothing it appears will get in their way it seems. Having already brought, I mean bought Michael Schumacher out of retirement (a move that definitely improved their collation of track data), and now signing Paddy Lowe from McLaren as their Executive Technical Director to sit alongside Toto Wolff – a move that has somewhat met with disagreement from Team Principal Ross Brawn. Mercedes believes that having a single man in charge is an antiquated way of running business, and Ross disagrees and ultimately this may lead to his resignation. However, should Paddy be able to come into the Silver Arrows team and resolve issues with high tire wear on long runs that saw them consistently starting near the front and falling backwards, it may be a worthwhile trade off – only time will tell and with the season commencing imminently, Mercedes may well be left on the grid.

Force India – ***** Kooiker (Atletico Madrid) / Andy Stow (Barcelona)

Force India are still an up and coming team in F1. Over the course of the few seasons they have been in F1, they have established themselves in the mid-table teams. Team Principal Vijay Mallya has stated he wants the team to make the push into the top group of constructors. However, it doesn’t appear that wish will come true anytime soon. Despite the country Force India call home becoming a big player in the modern world, the teams part owners, Sahara India Pariwar are not willing to inject the required funds into the team to make that next step. Losing a season long battle with Sauber for the coveted sixth place in the constructors championship will not have helped fund this seasons development either. Expect Force India to sit in the middle of the pack for at least another season yet.

Williams – Wayne Lowin (Juventus) / Ian Wilson (Man Utd)

What can you say about Williams? The team who dominated the late 90s is now a shadow of its former self. A string of problems to do with engines and aerodynamics have left the struggling to stay off the back of the grid. And last seasons efforts were no exception, residing themselves to the back of the mid-grid teams from early on. But every dog has its day, and this season looks to be no exception! One advantage of bailing out of a season early is that resource into next years car can begin earlier, and this is exactly what has happened at Williams under the guidance of Team Principal Claire Williams in her maiden season taking over from her legendary father Sir Frank Williams. The car they have produced this season dominated pre-season testing and looks to be the perfect package to revive the dreams of the whole team. Watch Williams F1 to make the jump back to the big time!

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Pre-Season Report (By Matt Oram)

It's that time of year again when the fastest men on four wheels come out to play. Welcome to this years Formula 1 season! We start as always in Australia or more precisely Albert Park in Melbourne. The weather here is fine so we expect a good race that will sort the men from the boys and show us exactly who has been able to develop a better car over the winter. Of course we already have a reasonable idea from pre-season testing just a few weeks ago in Spain...

Of course this season is an extremely unique one! A new regulation has been passed that states each constructor is forced to give up at least one driver after each season. This is in a bid to make F1 more competitive and exciting' date=' which has been one of the main targets for Bernie Ecclestone to allow for him to expand the sport throughout the rest of the World. Due to this massive change the whole of the current F1 roster of drivers have boycotted the sport meaning we have a completely new driver line up for all teams, clearly for the only time since the sports inception. With all the drivers being new, what can we estimate the different teams potential will be?..

[b']Red Bull – Bob Sal (AC Milan) / Craig Robertson (Man City)

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Red Bull; Winners of both the constructors and the drivers championships last season look as strong as ever. If there was one weakness the RB8 displayed in 2012, it was straight line speed but the new RB9 looks like it has overcome this deficit, and why wouldn’t it? Under chief technical officer Adrian Newey’s guidance, the Red Bull team has looked unbeatable in recent seasons! However, with the recent departure of Peter Prodromou, the Bull’s head of aerodynamics to McLaren, will Red Bull see their usual advantage dissolved and the rest of the pack close in? Expect Red Bull Racing to be near the top at the end of the season.

Ferrari – Dale Bowers (Chelsea) / Nizan Ron (Napoli)

Despite what could only be described as a tumultuous year for Ferrari last season in terms of delivering a car capable of challenging at the front; Ferraris team principal Stefano Domenicali has his sights firmly pinned on going one better this season and returning to the form of the early 00’s. However, the outlook isn’t quite so good and the issues of last season are still likely to exist with Ferraris new wind tunnel at home in Maranello not expecting to be ready until mid-season. Ferrari will always be able to rely on their engines, but with aerodynamics playing such a big part in modern F1, expect to see the Tifosi red in the face with anger instead of passion by the end of the season.

McLaren – Kent Ove Bang (Dortmund) / Peter Grady (PSG)

McLaren arguably had the strongest driver line up last year and perhaps were the underachievers of the season. But unfortunately it’s not all about drivers; the car needs to deliver too and all too often the car McLaren deliver is for Christmas, not for life. I don’t know what McLaren get up to during the season but it isn’t racing. A team with a history like the Woking based outfits (Senna, Prost, Lauda) should know full well that you shouldn’t be too single minded in your approach to design, but this again seems to be the pitfall. Pre-season testing has shown us McLaren have a car that is undoubtedly the fastest, but it looks unstable at the rear and may have problems getting this power on the tarmac. Look for McLaren to slip further into the middle of the pack this season.

Lotus – Michael Hudson (Arsenal) / Gordon Christopher (Tottenham)

Lotus are the new kids on the block, having only competed in their first season under the Lotus name in 2012; and they certainly know how to deliver a race winning car, an accolade achieved at the tail end of last season. Lotus win races by looking after their tires and with no other team understanding how Pirelli operate better than them. With the tire compounds set to be even softer this, and the E21 chassis being an evolution of last years, Lotus look like a team who have it all to gain and nothing to lose. There are a few whispers of discontent just as the season is getting underway relating to pay, but if a new sponsorship deal is successful, expect Lotus to be serious title contenders.

Mercedes – David Garvock (Bayern) / Jim Garvock (Real Madrid)

Mercedes arrive in the new season looking to continue their rise to the top and nothing it appears will get in their way it seems. Having already brought, I mean bought Michael Schumacher out of retirement (a move that definitely improved their collation of track data), and now signing Paddy Lowe from McLaren as their Executive Technical Director to sit alongside Toto Wolff – a move that has somewhat met with disagreement from Team Principal Ross Brawn. Mercedes believes that having a single man in charge is an antiquated way of running business, and Ross disagrees and ultimately this may lead to his resignation. However, should Paddy be able to come into the Silver Arrows team and resolve issues with high tire wear on long runs that saw them consistently starting near the front and falling backwards, it may be a worthwhile trade off – only time will tell and with the season commencing imminently, Mercedes may well be left on the grid.

Force India – ***** Kooiker (Atletico Madrid) / Andy Stow (Barcelona)

Force India are still an up and coming team in F1. Over the course of the few seasons they have been in F1, they have established themselves in the mid-table teams. Team Principal Vijay Mallya has stated he wants the team to make the push into the top group of constructors. However, it doesn’t appear that wish will come true anytime soon. Despite the country Force India call home becoming a big player in the modern world, the teams part owners, Sahara India Pariwar are not willing to inject the required funds into the team to make that next step. Losing a season long battle with Sauber for the coveted sixth place in the constructors championship will not have helped fund this seasons development either. Expect Force India to sit in the middle of the pack for at least another season yet.

Williams – Wayne Lowin (Juventus) / Ian Wilson (Man Utd)

What can you say about Williams? The team who dominated the late 90s is now a shadow of its former self. A string of problems to do with engines and aerodynamics have left the struggling to stay off the back of the grid. And last seasons efforts were no exception, residing themselves to the back of the mid-grid teams from early on. But every dog has its day, and this season looks to be no exception! One advantage of bailing out of a season early is that resource into next years car can begin earlier, and this is exactly what has happened at Williams under the guidance of Team Principal Claire Williams in her maiden season taking over from her legendary father Sir Frank Williams. The car they have produced this season dominated pre-season testing and looks to be the perfect package to revive the dreams of the whole team. Watch Williams F1 to make the jump back to the big time!

Great read so pumped now!!

Gentlemen start your engines let's get underway :)

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Race 1 - Australia

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Results

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1st - 15 pts | Bob Sal

2nd - 12 pts | Craig Robertson

3rd - 10 pts | Dale Bowers

4th - 8 pts | David Garvock

5th - 6 pts | ***** Kooiker

6th - 5 pts | Michael Hudson

7th - 4 pts | Andy Stow

8th - 3 pts | Jim Garvock

9th - 2 pts | Gordan Christopher

10th - 1 pts | Ian Wilson

Constructors

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27 | Red Bull

11 | Mercedes

10 | Ferrari

10 | Force India

7 | Lotus

1 | Williams

0 | McLaren

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Race 1 - Australia

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Results

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1st - 15 pts | Bob Sal

2nd - 12 pts | Craig Robertson

3rd - 10 pts | Dale Bowers

4th - 8 pts | David Garvock

5th - 6 pts | ***** Kooiker

6th - 5 pts | Michael Hudson

7th - 4 pts | Andy Stow

8th - 3 pts | Jim Garvock

9th - 2 pts | Gordan Christopher

10th - 1 pts | Ian Wilson

Constructors

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27 | Red Bull

11 | Mercedes

10 | Ferrari

10 | Force India

7 | Lotus

1 | Williams

0 | McLaren

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Hey David - how are points worked out again? I go no issues with the table I know I won't have many points just curious thanks ;)

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That's okay mate, I should have put a summary of the points allocation at the start of the thread.

Points are awarded after each race as follows :

1st - 15 pts

2nd - 12 pts

3rd - 10 pts

4th - 8 pts

5th - 6 pts

6th - 5 pts

7th - 4 pts

8th - 3 pts

9th - 2 pts

10th - 1 pts

11th - 0 pts

12th - 0 pts

13th - 0 pts

14th - 0 pts

After each race the league points you have in SM are effectively put to zero and I just track the amount of points you earn over the course of the following 5-6 matches for the next race. Points are then awarded again as above.

Then the 2 drivers points total is just put together for the Constructors totals.

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That's okay mate' date=' I should have put a summary of the points allocation at the start of the thread.

Points are awarded after each race as follows :

1st - 15 pts

2nd - 12 pts

3rd - 10 pts

4th - 8 pts

5th - 6 pts

6th - 5 pts

7th - 4 pts

8th - 3 pts

9th - 2 pts

10th - 1 pts

11th - 0 pts

12th - 0 pts

13th - 0 pts

14th - 0 pts

After each race the league points you have in SM are effectively put to zero and I just track the amount of points you earn over the course of the following 5-6 matches for the next race. Points are then awarded again as above.

Then the 2 drivers points total is just put together for the Constructors totals.[/quote']

Got it thanks :)

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Race 1 - Australia

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Results

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1st - 15 pts | Bob Sal

2nd - 12 pts | Craig Robertson

3rd - 10 pts | Dale Bowers

4th - 8 pts | David Garvock

5th - 6 pts | ***** Kooiker

6th - 5 pts | Michael Hudson

7th - 4 pts | Andy Stow

8th - 3 pts | Jim Garvock

9th - 2 pts | Gordan Christopher

10th - 1 pts | Ian Wilson

Constructors

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27 | Red Bull

11 | Mercedes

10 | Ferrari

10 | Force India

7 | Lotus

1 | Williams

0 | McLaren

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Where's the champagne ? :)

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Australia – Write Up

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by Matt Oram

The Formula 1 season started recently, as it always does – with sun and smiles as the seven constructors line up on the grid with high expectations. None higher than the reigning champions Red Bull and they started where they left off storming into the lead. From corner 1, in front of the Brabham grandstand, the Bulls looked in command and clearly Adrian Newey has designed yet another potentially title winning car as they crossed one and two and taking the fastest lap too.

In stark contrast to Red Bull, disaster struck on the first lap on the run down to turn 3 as one of the McLarens collided with a Williams taking both out of the race. Both drivers escaped with no injuries other than a bruised ego, having let down their teams – both of which are trying to get out of the rut of last season. And whilst the other McLaren car seemed to experience further engine troubles, the remaining Williams rallied hard to come away with a single point.

Ferrari despite stating previously that they would no longer have a lead and reserve driver and give each an equal chance of winning, they seemed to have chosen their number one yet again. An average qualifying saw the team in red split their race strategy, one to a clear positive effect and the other always struggling for position against cars who should be technically performing less well. Even if they haven’t selected their number one, they certainly have now with a big difference in points – 10 to 0, and them claiming the last place on the podium.

In the middle of the pack a race long scuffle saw surprising results as the boys at Force India just headed the Lotus team across the line. Lotus seemed to have the advantage until the second pitstops when their cars returned to the track on the harder compound tires and the Force India team chose the softer compound. The gap was too small to maintain and the latter placed Lotus let both Force India’s by with less than five laps remaining finishing meaning they finished 5th and 7th compared to Lotus’ 6th and 9th. Lotus will have to bounce back quickly if they want to keep their dreams of being title contenders alive.

Finally, Mercedes seem to be a team still in continued development. There cars looked competitive as they raced round the 5.3km circuit at Albert Park and they certainly are likely to be the stiffest competition for Red Bull in the long term, but the loss of Team Principal Ross Braun looks to have hurt them a lot. Confusion over strategy and an extra long pit stop (8.2 seconds) for one of the McLaren cars when called in unexpectedly cost the team a podium and valuable championship points, even at this stage.

With some teams in turmoil and others not performing it allowed the Red Bulls to escape and they go into race 2 with a massive 16 point lead!! Can anyone bring the fight to them as Formula 1 heads to China?

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Australia – Write Up

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by Matt Oram

The Formula 1 season started recently' date=' as it always does – with sun and smiles as the seven constructors line up on the grid with high expectations. None higher than the reigning champions Red Bull and they started where they left off storming into the lead. From corner 1, in front of the Brabham grandstand, the Bulls looked in command and clearly Adrian Newey has designed yet another potentially title winning car as they crossed one and two and taking the fastest lap too.

In stark contrast to Red Bull, disaster struck on the first lap on the run down to turn 3 as one of the McLarens collided with a Williams taking both out of the race. Both drivers escaped with no injuries other than a bruised ego, having let down their teams – both of which are trying to get out of the rut of last season. And whilst the other McLaren car seemed to experience further engine troubles, the remaining Williams rallied hard to come away with a single point.

Ferrari despite stating previously that they would no longer have a lead and reserve driver and give each an equal chance of winning, they seemed to have chosen their number one yet again. An average qualifying saw the team in red split their race strategy, one to a clear positive effect and the other always struggling for position against cars who should be technically performing less well. Even if they haven’t selected their number one, they certainly have now with a big difference in points – 10 to 0, and them claiming the last place on the podium.

In the middle of the pack a race long scuffle saw surprising results as the boys at Force India just headed the Lotus team across the line. Lotus seemed to have the advantage until the second pitstops when their cars returned to the track on the harder compound tires and the Force India team chose the softer compound. The gap was too small to maintain and the latter placed Lotus let both Force India’s by with less than five laps remaining finishing meaning they finished 5th and 7th compared to Lotus’ 6th and 9th. Lotus will have to bounce back quickly if they want to keep their dreams of being title contenders alive.

Finally, Mercedes seem to be a team still in continued development. There cars looked competitive as they raced round the 5.3km circuit at Albert Park and they certainly are likely to be the stiffest competition for Red Bull in the long term, but the loss of Team Principal Ross Braun looks to have hurt them a lot. Confusion over strategy and an extra long pit stop (8.2 seconds) for one of the McLaren cars when called in unexpectedly cost the team a podium and valuable championship points, even at this stage.

With some teams in turmoil and others not performing it allowed the Red Bulls to escape and they go into race 2 with a massive 16 point lead!! Can anyone bring the fight to them as Formula 1 heads to China?[/quote']

Great read Matt - top work!!

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Australia – Write Up

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by Matt Oram

The Formula 1 season started recently' date=' as it always does – with sun and smiles as the seven constructors line up on the grid with high expectations. None higher than the reigning champions Red Bull and they started where they left off storming into the lead. From corner 1, in front of the Brabham grandstand, the Bulls looked in command and clearly Adrian Newey has designed yet another potentially title winning car as they crossed one and two and taking the fastest lap too.

In stark contrast to Red Bull, disaster struck on the first lap on the run down to turn 3 as one of the McLarens collided with a Williams taking both out of the race. Both drivers escaped with no injuries other than a bruised ego, having let down their teams – both of which are trying to get out of the rut of last season. And whilst the other McLaren car seemed to experience further engine troubles, the remaining Williams rallied hard to come away with a single point.

Ferrari despite stating previously that they would no longer have a lead and reserve driver and give each an equal chance of winning, they seemed to have chosen their number one yet again. An average qualifying saw the team in red split their race strategy, one to a clear positive effect and the other always struggling for position against cars who should be technically performing less well. Even if they haven’t selected their number one, they certainly have now with a big difference in points – 10 to 0, and them claiming the last place on the podium.

In the middle of the pack a race long scuffle saw surprising results as the boys at Force India just headed the Lotus team across the line. Lotus seemed to have the advantage until the second pitstops when their cars returned to the track on the harder compound tires and the Force India team chose the softer compound. The gap was too small to maintain and the latter placed Lotus let both Force India’s by with less than five laps remaining finishing meaning they finished 5th and 7th compared to Lotus’ 6th and 9th. Lotus will have to bounce back quickly if they want to keep their dreams of being title contenders alive.

Finally, Mercedes seem to be a team still in continued development. There cars looked competitive as they raced round the 5.3km circuit at Albert Park and they certainly are likely to be the stiffest competition for Red Bull in the long term, but the loss of Team Principal Ross Braun looks to have hurt them a lot. Confusion over strategy and an extra long pit stop (8.2 seconds) for one of the McLaren cars when called in unexpectedly cost the team a podium and valuable championship points, even at this stage.

With some teams in turmoil and others not performing it allowed the Red Bulls to escape and they go into race 2 with a massive 16 point lead!! Can anyone bring the fight to them as Formula 1 heads to China?[/quote']

Thanks, nice read indeed !

Red Bully Bob

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China (5 turns)

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Race Result

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Nizan Ron ( Napoli ) | FER - 15

David Garvock ( Bayern ) | MER - 12

Wayne Lowin ( Juventus ) | WIL - 10

Michael Hudson ( Arsenal ) | LOT - 8

Jim Garvock ( Real Madrid ) | MER - 6

Bob Sal ( AC Milan ) | RED - 5

Dale Bowers ( Chelsea ) | FER - 4

Kent Ove Bang ( Dortmund ) | MCL - 3

Peter Grady ( PSG ) | MCL - 2

Gordan Christopher ( Tottenham ) | LOT - 1

Craig Robertson ( Man City ) | RED - 0

***** Kooiker ( Atletico Madrid ) | FOI - 0

Andy Stow ( Barcelona ) | FOI - 0

Tom McCamile ( Man Utd ) | WIL - 0

Drivers Championship

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David Garvock ( Bayern ) | MER - 20

Bob Sal ( AC Milan ) | RED - 20

Nizan Ron ( Napoli ) | FER - 15

Dale Bowers ( Chelsea ) | FER - 14

Michael Hudson ( Arsenal ) | LOT - 13

Craig Robertson ( Man City ) | RED - 12

Wayne Lowin ( Juventus ) | WIL - 10

Jim Garvock ( Real Madrid ) | MER - 9

***** Kooiker ( Atletico Madrid ) | FOI - 6

Andy Stow ( Barcelona ) | FOI - 4

Kent Ove Bang ( Dortmund ) | MCL - 3

Gordan Christopher ( Tottenham ) | LOT - 3

Peter Grady ( PSG ) | MCL - 2

Tom McCamile ( Man Utd ) | WIL - 0

Constructors Championship

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32 | Red Bull

29 | Mercedes

29 | Ferrari

16 | Lotus

10 | Force India

10 | Williams

5 | McLaren

Race Data

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Nizan Ron ( Napoli ) FER - 3 - 18 - 15

David Garvock ( Bayern ) MER - 12 - 25 - 13

Wayne Lowin ( Juventus ) WIL - 2 - 13 - 11

Michael Hudson ( Arsenal ) LOT - 10 - 20 - 10

Jim Garvock ( Real Madrid ) MER - 7 - 17 - 10

Bob Sal ( AC Milan ) RED - 15 - 24 - 9

Dale Bowers ( Chelsea ) FER - 13 - 22 - 9

Kent Ove Bang ( Dortmund ) MCL - 4 - 10 - 6

Peter Grady ( PSG ) MCL - 3 - 9 - 6

Gordan Christopher ( Tottenham ) LOT - 7 - 10 - 3

Craig Robertson ( Man City ) RED - 14 - 16 - 2

***** Kooiker ( Atletico Madrid ) FOI - 12 - 14 - 2

Andy Stow ( Barcelona ) FOI - 9 - 9 - 0

Tom McCamile ( Man Utd ) WIL - 10 - 10 - 0

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CHINA - Race Summary

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By Matt Oram

Race number two at the Shanghai International Circuit began on a calm Middle Eastern morning with a beautiful red sky – but you know what they say about red skies in the morning… too true!

The big news of the weekend was at the Williams garage where it appears that high expectations for the season collided with the harsh reality of yet more poor performances and it all got too much for one driver. Frustrated on lap 43 and whilst being lapped for the second time he returned to the pits, unannounced and got out the car! Never before has F1 witnessed scenes of such confusion! As the dust settled after the race it was revealed by Williams that the driver has been released from his contract and reserve driver Tom McCamille has been promoted to the full roster. With the attentions of the full team on the remaining driver on track, they managed to race to 3rd place – a position ironically fitting of the teams expectations.

And if Williams’ woes wasn’t enough excitement for one race, Red Bulls fall from grace was a welcome surprise for the remaining teams on the grid who took their chance to pounce! It has long been understood that the only team that can defeat the Red Bulls is themselves and this was definitely the case! A strong qualifying put them at the front of the grid as per usual, but within 5 laps of the start their first driver had to retire from the race as a large amount of smoke emerged from the back of the car emerging from corner 13. Ten laps later the other car in almost exactly the same spot had a tyre blowout. The unforced pit stop so early in the race ruined any strategy the car may have been running. A good drive back into the middle of the pack was the only bit of good news on an arduous weekend for the current World Champions.

Compared to the other teams on the grid, Mercedes had a fairly uneventful race. With their youngest driver narrowly missing out on the first win of his career, he seemed nonetheless overwhelmed by achieving second place and couldn’t resist the opportunity to instigate a team bundle with team principles, Paddy Lowe and Toto Wolff. This brought a smile to the other Mercedes driver who came home 5th and in his post race interview he was quoted as saying ‘I like driving for Mercedes and they have really made me feel at home. I feel there are great things to come’.

McLaren and Lotus had a race long battle in the middle of the pack to try and bring home as many points as they can. Lotus took a risk with one of their drivers and tried to do a one-stop race and managed to pull it off and almost took a podium position in the process! Tyre degradation was unexpectedly low and on lap 21 of the 56 lap race, Lotus put their plan into action. With all of the other teams already committed to two stops, they were helpless as the lead Lotus driver pulled out an almost unrecoverable amount of time into the lead of the race with 16 laps to go. Unfortunately the lack of fresh rubber really began to show with 3 laps to go and the podium position was lost – not that it dampened any spirits. The remaining Lotus driver and the boys at McLaren were left to battle for the last few points, with McLaren just edging it in the end – but there is plenty more work to do at McLaren HQ if they want to really get their season underway.

Ferrari have me wondering what they are up to. In the last race it was clear that they had selected their number one but in this race they had all their attention on their other driver. What is going on at Maranello? A largely uneventful race for Ferrari should have resulted in a healthy points haul but once again it was a story of two halves - one driver leading the way (and indeed winning the race) and the other almost forgotten about – to fend for himself. It doesn’t appear to me there is any favouritism going on, but it does seem that the oldest team in F1 just can’t do two things at once. Ferrari may have a winning driver this season, but it takes two to win the constructors championship and perhaps that is out of their reach.

Finally, Force India… whether it is driver ego or poor management, it needs to be sorted out! Both drivers were next to each other on the grid and were fighting throughout the first lap before colliding with each other at the end of the back straight towards Turn 14. As a spectator, crashes are perhaps something that have defined F1 over the years. It can make a race more exciting and has definitely made the sport the globally watched spectacle it is today – but if drivers of the same constructor continue to not play as a team it can have limiting effects! Sponsors don’t get the advertisement they want and money in the team is tightened. Before you know it, the downward spiral that leads to a team no longer competing in Formula 1 has begun and things are already hard enough economically for these constructors – not to mention the fact that there is no sport without them! Team principal Vijay Mallya has got his work cut out for him before the next race!

See you in sunny Bahrain!

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BAHRAIN (6 TURNS)

Race Result

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1st - 15 pts | Jim Garvock - MER

2nd - 12 pts | David Garvock - MER

3rd - 10 pts | Michael Hudson - LOT

4th - 8 pts | Nizan Ron - FER

5th - 6 pts | Tom McCamile - WIL

6th - 5 pts | Bob Sal - RED

7th - 4 pts | Craig Robertson - RED

8th - 3 pts | Kent Ove Bang - MCL

9th - 2 pts | Andy Stow - FOI

10th - 1 pts | Gordan Christopher - LOT

11th - 0 pts | John James - FOI

12th - 0 pts | Dale Bowers - FER

13th - 0 pts | Wayne Lowin - WIL

14th - 0 its | Peter Grady - MCL

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Driver's Championship

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David Garvock | MER - 32

Bob Sal | RED - 25

Jim Garvock | MER - 24

Michael Hudson | LOT - 23

Nizan Ron | FER - 23

Craig Robertson | RED - 16

Dale Bowers | FER - 14

Wayne Lowin | WIL - 10

Tom McCamile | WIL - 6

Kent Ove Bang | MCL - 6

Andy Stow | FOI - 6

Gordan Christopher | LOT - 4

Peter Grady | MCL - 2

John James | FOI - 0

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Constructor's Championship

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56 | Mercedes

41 | Red Bull

37 | Ferrari

27 | Lotus

16 | Williams

8 | McLaren

6 | Force India

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BAHRAIN WRITE UP

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By Matt Oram

This day could go down in history! Another day to add to the F1 almanac – this day is Mercedes’ day! On the third race of the season at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir the Silver Arrows showed everyone why they believe they are the next Formula 1 World Champions and a tour-de-force for the seasons to come!

It was clear from the smiles on their faces, before the race even started, that the Mercedes team had something up their sleeve. In qualifying they took the front line of the grid with relative ease – eight tenths up on the next best car and when the lights went out at the start of the Grand Prix the result never looked in doubt. The only battle on track was between the two Mercedes drivers and it seemed that experience was key with driver Jim Garvock staying cool and delivering a safe and flawless race all the way to the checkered flag. With Mercedes clearly delivering a very positive upgrade package this early on in the season its hard to see the other constructors keeping up – none more so than Force India…

Force India clearly have financial issues and it came to a head right in front of our eyes in Bahrain. After a promising result at the first race of the season, the team has failed to score any points since, and it appears this may be down to a lack of development. A modern mid-pack F1 team tends to rely heavily on whatever sponsorship money a driver can bring to the table for the likes of development. So when money from one of these sponsorship deals failed to materialize, Team Principal Vijay Mallya made the difficult decision to part ways with one of the Force India drivers. It is a grim reminder that even F1 cannot escape the clutches of the tough economic times faced by the rest of the World. With new driver John James announced hopefully it is not too late for Force India to rescue their season.

Just after the first round of pitstops, an interesting battle emerged between McLaren and Williams. Both teams have been a bit hit and miss so far this season, but it seemed both cars were fairly evenly matched here in the scorching desert heat. With all four cars competing for non-podium points and less than 7 seconds between them, the Williams that was bringing up the rear of the pack tried to pass the second McLaren down into Turn 4 with a late braking maneuver after utilizing all his KERS. With the McLaren not anticipating the move he turned in to the apex and swiped the nose off the Williams and spinning both drivers out of the race. A slow second pit stop for the remaining McLaren finally gave Williams a bit of breathing space and they eventually took home a deserved 5th place with the McLaren losing a bit more ground to and coming home 8th.

With Red Bull taking the 2nd row on the grid, it looked like it was going to be another day in the office for them, but reliability seems to still plague the Milton Keynes outfit. Credit where credit is due, they appear to be capable of pulling off respectable results even when issues are presenting themselves, and that is indeed the sign of a great team – but be sure that Red Bull will not be happy. The aforementioned issue revolves around an overheating element in the Renault engine of which the workaround at the moment is simply to not rev the engines to full revs. The air entering the engine is then just enough to stop the element burning out. Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has stated that resolving this issue is their number one priority and they are working closely with Renault to find a solution. Red Bull have debatably the best mechanics and engineers in the paddock so expect them to be challenging at the front again soon.

Lastly we have Lotus and Ferrari. Qualifying in the middle of the pack meant both constructors opted for split strategies with both constructers leading drivers forced to keep the same car set up as in qualifying as per the rules of Parc Ferme. However due to the lack of changing ambient conditions the split strategy couldn’t really be pulled off and the secondary cars of both teams were relegated for fighting for the last remaining point which in the end went to Lotus. However near the front of the race, with the aforementioned battles and reliability issues at other teams it did allow the leading drivers to gain places throughout the race, and again a Lotus overtook a Ferrari to the final podium position 3 laps from the end with a fantastic overtake around the outside of turn 11 with a little help from DRS. It will likely be one of the overtakes of the season and indeed F1 history giving this usually mundane Grand Prix yet another reason to be remembered.

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RACE RESULT

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1st - 15 pts | Bob Sal - RED

2nd - 12 pts | Jim Garvock - MER

3rd - 10 pts | David Garvock - MER

4th - 8 pts | Tom McCamile - WIL

5th - 6 pts | Peter Grady - MCL

6th - 5 pts | Nizan Ron - FER

7th - 4 pts | Wayne Lowin - WIL

8th - 3 pts | John James - FOI

9th - 2 pts | Andy Stow - FOI

10th - 1 pts | Gordan Christopher - LOT

11th - 0 pts | Kent Ove Bang - MCL

12th - 0 pts | Michael Hudson - LOT

13th - 0 pts | Craig Robertson - RED

14th - 0 its | Dale Bowers - FER

Drivers Championship

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David Garvock ( Bayern ) | MER - 42

Bob Sal ( AC Milan ) | RED - 40

Jim Garvock ( Real Madrid ) | MER - 36

Nizan Ron ( Napoli ) | FER - 28

Michael Hudson ( Arsenal ) | LOT - 23

Craig Robertson ( Man City ) | RED - 16

Tom McCamile ( Man Utd ) | WIL - 14

Wayne Lowin ( Juventus ) | WIL - 13

Peter Grady ( PSG ) | MCL - 8

Andy Stow ( Barcelona ) | FOI - 8

Kent Ove Bang ( Dortmund ) | MCL - 6

Gordan Christopher ( Tottenham ) | LOT - 5

John James ( Atletico Madrid ) | FOI - 4

Constructors Championship

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78 | Mercedes

56 | Red Bull

28 | Ferrari

28 | Lotus

27 | Williams

14 | McLaren

12 | Force India

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Monaco Race Result

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Bob Sal | RED - 15

Michael Hudson | LOT - 12

David Garvock | MER - 10

Nizan Ron | FER - 8

Jim Garvock | MER - 6

Craig Robertson | RED - 5

Wayne Lowin | WIL - 4

Andy Stow | FOI - 3

Peter Grady | MCL - 2

Kent Ove Bang | MCL - 1

Tom McCamile | WIL - 0

Gordan Christopher | LOT - 0

Drivers Standings

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Bob Sal | RED - 55

David Garvock | MER - 52

Jim Garvock | MER - 42

Nizan Ron | FER - 36

Michael Hudson | LOT - 35

Craig Robertson | RED - 21

Wayne Lowin | WIL - 17

Tom McCamile | WIL - 14

Andy Stow | FOI - 11

Peter Grady | MCL - 10

Kent Ove Bang | MCL - 7

Gordan Christopher | LOT - 5

Constructors Standings

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94 | Mercedes

76 | Red Bull

40 | Lotus

36 | Ferrari

31 | Williams

17 | McLaren

11 | Force India

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Canada Race Result

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1st | David Garvock - 15

2nd | Michael Hudson - 12

3rd | Peter Grady - 10

4th | Gordan Christopher - 8

5th | Craig Robertson - 6

6th | Kent Ove Bang - 5

7th | Wayne Lowin - 4

8th | Tom McCamile - 3

9th | Andy Stow - 2

10th | Bob Sal - 1

11th | Jim Garvock - 0

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Drivers Championship

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David Garvock | MER - 67

Bob Sal | RED - 56

Michael Hudson | LOT - 47

Jim Garvock | MER - 42

Craig Robertson | RED - 27

Wayne Lowin | WIL - 21

Peter Grady | MCL - 20

Tom McCamile | WIL - 17

G Christopher | LOT - 13

Andy Stow | FOI - 13

Kent Ove Bang | MCL - 12

Constructors Championship

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109 | Mercedes

83 | Red Bull

60 | Lotus

38 | Williams

32 | McLaren

13 | Force India

0 | Ferrari

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Race Results

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1st - 15 its | Craig Robertson - RED

2nd - 12 pts | Kent Ove Bang - MCL

3rd - 10 pts | Jim Garvock - MER

4th - 8 pts | Gordan Christopher - LOT

5th - 6 pts | Michael Hudson - LOT

6th - 5 pts | David Garvock - MER

7th - 4 pts | Wayne Lowin - WIL

8th - 3 pts | Bob Sal - RED

9th - 2 pts | Andy Stow - FOI

10th - 1 pts | Peter Grady - MCL

11th - 0 its | Tom McCamile - WIL

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Drivers Championship

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David Garvock | 72

Bob Sal | 59

Michael Hudson | 53

Jim Garvock | 52

Craig Robertson | 42

Wayne Lowin | 25

Kent Ove Bang | 24

Gordan Christopher | 21

Peter Grady | 21

Tom McCamile | 17

Andy Stow | 15

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Constructors Championship

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124 | Mercedes

101 | Red Bull

74 | Lotus

42 | Williams

45 | McLaren

15 | Force India

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RACE RESULT

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1st - 15 pts | Gordan Christopher - LOT

2nd - 12 pts | Tom McCamile - WIL

3rd - 10 pts | David Garvock - MER

4th - 8 pts | Craig Robertson - RED

5th - 6 pts | Andy Stow - FOI

6th - 5 pts | Jim Garvock - MER

7th - 4 pts | Kent Ove Bang - MCL

8th - 3 pts | Bob Sal - RED

9th - 2 pts | Michael Hudson - LOT

10th - 1 its | Wayne Lowin - WIL

DRIVERS TOTAL

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David Garvock | MER - 82

Bob Sal | RED - 62

Jim Garvock | MER - 57

Michael Hudson | LOT - 55

Craig Robertson | RED - 50

Gordan Christopher | LOT - 36

Tom McCamile | WIL - 29

Kent Ove Bang | MCL - 28

Wayne Lowin | WIL - 26

Andy Stow | FOI - 21

Peter Grady | MCL - 21

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CONSTRUCTORS TOTAL

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139 | Mercedes

112 | Red Bull

91 | Lotus

55 | Williams

49 | McLaren

21 | Force India

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