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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

2015 Current Driver Line-up: Part 1

There are a few changes to the 2015 driver line up. Some were expected, some were not. It's a new year and a new driver line up. Team mates were a big part of 2014 and I for one hope it will be included in 2015 too.

Mercedes: Hamilton and Rosberg
Their relationship was tested a lot in 2014. However, at the end of the final race of the year, their feud seemed to be over. It was clear from the start these two were a good partnership and one of them was going to be champion. It's no surprise Mercedes have kept both of the drivers. Will Mercedes keep their gap? And if they do, how will the relationship between them be this season?

Red Bull: Ricciardo and Kvyat
After Vettels departure it meant Ricciardo was left to be number 1 at the team which he feels he is ready for. He impressed during his first year with Red Bull, even winning a few races. Obviously we cannot forget is amazing overtakes. He will be partnered by Kvyat who has only had 1 year experience in F1. He must have done something right for Red Bull to promote him above Vergne and other drivers.  However, he was consistent in 2014 so it will be interesting to see how he settles in and does this season.

McLaren: Alonso and Button
This was the last line up to be announced. Alonso had been rumoured to re-join the team for a couple of months. The only remaining question was, would they keep on Button or the young Magnussen? In the end they chose Button. This will be a strong partnership as they both have a lot of experience. I cannot wait to see how these two work together. They will have to work with the new Honda engine. With reliability possibly being an issue. We can't be sure how McLaren will do, but with these two drivers, they will hopefully achieve a lot this year.

Williams: Massa and Bottas
These 2 have a strong partnership. Both talented drivers, just one with more experience than the other. Not that you could tell. They seem to work well together. They have helped turn the Williams team around. So no surprise that the Williams team will want to keep them for as long as they can. 

Ferrari: Raikkonen and Vettel
Vettel leaving Red Bull was a shock but with the rumours of Alonso leaving Ferrari, it was only a short space of time before it was announced that Vettel would be joining Ferrari. I'm sure Vettel and Raikkonen will enjoy being team mates as they are good friends off track. Ferrari had a tough year in which Raikkonen expected to struggle. Vettel wanted a change and Ferrari are hopeful for next year so only time will tell. 

Since there are so many teams, I have decided to do the driver line up in two parts. The next one will be up soon. I am very dedicated to my blog and making it the best I can. 

-shortysian

Saturday, 20 December 2014

What do you really know about the drivers and their weight?

 
There are so many reasons why people love F1, whether it’s the cars, the technology, the history of F1, there is always something.

For me personally it is all really interesting. However one stands out to me more than everything else. That is the drivers and what they go through. As viewers we just see the drivers get in the car and drive it around a circuit. We don’t see all the preparation and training they do. The drivers have to change their whole life to be able to do what they do.

Over the past year their training and diet has become a bigger thing than it ever has before. They have to be the lightest they can be as the weight of the car has increased. It was one of the many rule changes of 2014. Personally, I like all the rule changes. It keeps F1 entertaining and hopefully getting more people watching. However, there was a big impact on the drivers. The drivers have never looked slimmer. The taller drivers are the ones who were hit the hardest by the rule changes as they are naturally heavier than smaller drivers. What I would really like to know is how often drivers go to the gym and what kind of exercises they do. I know some drivers focus on the muscles in their neck. I never realised until a few months back how much stress the neck is put under. The neck has to cope with the weight of the helmet and constantly moving throughout the race.

I would also love to know what food drivers eat and what they avoid. I assume they would eat food containing Carbohydrates as that will give them lots of energy for training and when they’re in the car. We all read articles about people losing weight by going to the gym and eating the most healthy food they can find; but can drivers really do that? I would love to know what they eat on a day to day basis and if it changes on a race weekend. Maybe that’s F1’s the best kept secret.

I feel it is important for us to be aware of the drivers weight. They are put under pressure to be as light as they can. You can only imagine how tough it must be for them. However, at the end of the day they are doing it to get the best result they can in the races. I really admire the drivers. It shows they are fully committed and prepared to do whatever they can to be the best they possibly can. If that means avoiding chocolate and spending lots of time in the gym then so be it. I think it demonstrates to us that when we really care about something, we will do whatever we can to give ourselves the best chance.
 
-ShortySian

 

 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

what now?

So the 2014 season is over. It was full of amazing moments, and terrible ones. All sorts of surprises. No one knew what to expect due to all the rule changes. This season can be called a lot of things but boring is NOT one of them.
 
My question now everything is quiet, what do we do now? I for one have no clue how I will cope without a race every couple of weeks! I am constantly checking the Formula 1 website, BBC and Sky Sports F1 for any news. At this time of year its just nice for it to be a bit quiet; I think it gives us a chance to take in how quickly the year has gone and what happened during the season. Also, we can learn more about the cars now and how things will change for next season.

Its sad to know the next race is 3 months away. However, I am sure it wont be a boring wait with the tests coming up in February. It will be interesting to see what the drivers and teams share on social media about their preparations for the test and the first race in Australia next year.

There is still more news to look forward to and I for one will keep up with the news and learn as much as I can for next year.

-ShortySian


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Abu Dhabi race review: 2014

I could not wait for this race. It had been highly anticipated. The driver championship title came down to this. It did not disappoint.
 
Congratulations to Hamilton who did end up winning the race and the drivers championship. Both Hamilton and Rosberg deserved to win. It was a bit annoying that reliability mainly decided who won. After Rosberg's car problems could not be solved, he still carried on all the way to the end. Even when the team wanted to retire the car he kept going. That was my favourite part. He was going to finish the race. When Rosberg went to congratulate Hamilton, that was a moment I think surprised everyone. It was very good to see after everything that happened this year, they were still there to congratulate each other. You could see when Hamilton was on the podium how much it meant to him. Amazing drive from both of them this year. Cant wait for next season.
 
Williams did their usual thing and kept being Mercedes and getting on the podium, this time with both cars. I wonder if they might be able to close the gap to Mercedes. Ricciardo quietly came home 4th. Where as his team mate who was driving his last race for Red Bull could only manage 8th. Might not have been the way Vettel wanted to end it but I'm sure he is looking forward to the new challenge in Ferrari.
 
McLarens Kevin Magnussen had contact on the first lap and an issue with tyres which caused him to drop out of points positions. On the other hand Button managed to come home 5th in what he called a 'tough race.' Button said he lacked pace to keep up with the guys ahead. Lets wait and see how good the Honda engine is next year. But, who will be driving the two McLarens?

Sad day for Toro Rosso. Kvyat had to retire due to an engine relates issue. Although Vergne brought the car home, he didn't get any points. Also, it was his last race with the team. I'm sure it was not the day the team had planned. But neither driver will be the team next year with Kvyat going to Red Bull and Vergne leaving. A team who did have a good day was Force India. They managed to get both cars home 6th and 7th respectively. They are competitive and have a strong driver line up remaining unchanged for next year.

It was good to see Caterham back on the grid. Unfortunately Marussia were unable to return which was a shame. It probably wasn't the way Caterham wanted to return either. Kobayashi was forced to retire due to him feeling vibrations. However, it must have been a pleasing day for Will Stevens to compete and finish in his first F1 race. I wonder, if Caterham are on the grid next year, will Stevens join them?

Ferrari had a tricky season but ended it with both cars just in the points. Alonso had his last race with the team and beat his partner to the finish line. Raikkonen lost a few places at the start and was unable to make them up due to the lack of pace. I'm sure both will be looking forward to next year.

It was a sad race for Sauber all round. Both cars not managing higher than 15th and both the drivers leaving. Had not been a good season for them at all. Hopefully things are better for the team next year and for their new line up of Ericsson and Nasr. Lotus didn't have a great race either. The way Maldonado walked away from his car on line. He had to stop mid-race as his engine caught fire. Not the way he wanted to end the season. Grosjean came home 13th. They're both staying with Lotus for next season so we can see how they improve.

Overall, the last race was full of drama. And sadness with many partnerships coming to an end. There is even still some mystery as to who will be at McLaren and whether Marussia and Caterham will be back next season and if they are, who will be driving for them? I cannot wait. The winter cannot go fast enough!




 
 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Brazilian race review: 2014

The penultimate race. Rosberg seemed to have the perfect week; leading every practice session and getting pole position. But, the question on everyone's mind was, could he keep ahead of Hamilton in the race?
 
It became apparent the race was mostly going to be about tyres. That made the race more interesting. Tyres didn't seem to be a big issue this season and I quite enjoyed them being a big factor in this race.
 
You could argue the tyres helped Rosberg as Hamilton had a spin and lost time. However, I fully believe Rosberg deserved to win. You could tell by how he was driving that he wants this a lot. He is showing everyone what he can do and that he deserves to be champion as much as Hamilton does.
 
I was happy to see Gutierrez running a points position in the open stages. However, his tyres were over heating and that lost him places. Sutil didn't have a better race either, starting from the pit lane and then having an uneventful race. Another team that had an uneventful race was Force India. Perez missed out on a lot of track time before qualifying and that hurt his chances this weekend. Saying that, it wasn't all bad. Hulkenberg was able to take some points away from this weekend. He was a driver who did a different strategy and he had a long first stint which was impressive.
 
Williams, what can I say. Bit of a mixed weekend. Massa lost a lot of time due to his 5 second penalty and stopping in McLarens spot (I'm sure he's had a good laugh about that). But he managed to get a podium on the track in his home country. You could see in his face how much it meant to him. Bottas lost time in his pits stops which meant he lost places. Not one of his best races. McLaren had a mixed weekend too. Button achieved 4th and showed why he should be here next year. Magnussen on the other hand experienced a lot of degradation with the tyres which ruined the race for him. He did manage to score some point so its not all bad.
 
Ricciardo had to retire his car due to issues. However, he has put it behind him and is targeting a podium in the last race. Vettel didn't have a great start but managed to fight back and get a good amount of points. Toro Rosso didn't get any points unfortunately. Kvyat did well to finish 11th since starting 17th. Vergne was negative towards the race after. But both of them are looking ahead to the last race of the season and trying to make it better.
 
The two Ferrari's gave us a battle to enjoy near the end of the race. Alonso had to save fuel at the end after pushing a lot during the race. Raikkonen two stopped and it worked to his advantage. He had a good battle with Button at one point and they both showed great respect towards the other. Ferrari had a positive weekend and that will motivate them for the last race. Maldonado in the Lotus tried to two stop but could not make that strategy work. The same happened with Grosjean. They became more competitive at the end of the race but did not manage to get any points.
 
Overall, it was thrilling. A great race to have before the last one! Set everything up nicely. I have mixed feelings towards the last race. It will be so exciting to finally know who is champion but its sad to know it will be over for another year.
 
-ShortySian
 
 
 


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

US race review: 2014

After 3 weeks away, last weekend the race was held in the US. During those 3 weeks, important things happened in the F1 world.
 
First Caterham went into administration and then Marussia ended up doing the same. It's a real shame and I hope we see them back on the grid soon. It really makes people think about how money is an issue and how things can change. However, one Caterham driver made an announcement shortly after they went into administration. Marcus Ericsson will be at Sauber next year. Personally, I was surprised but I think he deserves to be on the grid next year. Sauber obviously agree.
 
Anyway, back to the race. Mercedes had the result they wanted. Another 1-2, these guys have an outstanding car. Hamilton and Rosberg both drove a good race but Hamilton just drove a little bit better to get the top place on the podium.
 
Ricciardo got the last remaining place on the podium after undercutting both Williams cars during the pit stops. Well done to Red Bull pit crew! He did well to get third. Let's not forget his amazing over takes! Ricciardo dares to overtake where no one else does. Vettel had his work cut out since he was starting from the pit lane. However, that didn't phase him. If anything it probably gave him more encouragement. Not only did he get into points, he came a respectable seventh.
 
Force India had an awful day. First, Perez crashed into Sutil which ended both of their races. All I'm going to say about that is Perez was very optimistic to think he could pass there. After struggling for the last few races you hoped Hulkenberg would be able to pull something out of the bag. Unfortunately not, reliability got the best of him. Sauber got one car to the finish and not last. I really wanted Sauber to show everyone what they could do but you could tell Gutierrez gave it his best. They are still lacking a bit of speed which hopefully they can get sorted for next year.
 
Lotus, McLaren, Toro Rosso, Vettel and Raikkonen all battled it out for 7th-12th. Those battles for me, was the highlight of the race! Showed great driving and respect from each driver. They all seemed equally matched, it just came down to who had their tyres in the best condition and if they could actually pass.
 
Alonso and both Williams' had a quiet race to be honest. Alonso was overtaken which is rare and Ricciardo passed both Williams'. This shows the 3 cars have a bit more pace than the ones lower down but not enough to catch up with runaway winners Mercedes.
 
This weekend it was very odd having two teams missing. The race didn't seem right without them. There is always that thought in my mind as to who was winning the Marussia/Caterham battle. A very vital part of F1 was missing. Hopefully issues get sorted soon.
 
-ShortySian


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Russian race review: 2014

Firstly, I would like to start off by saying how terrible last weeks event was. After what happened to Bianchi, the results became irrelevant. Therefore, I decided not to write an article about it. Bianchi has been in my thoughts all week. I hope we get some good news soon.
 
Secondly, I want to mention Jolyon Palmer who won the GP2 championship yesterday. I have been supporting him all year since I got into GP2. I expect to see him in F1 next year because that's where he should be. So keep a look out for him!
 
I was looking forward to today's race. The circuit looks fun to drive, I don't think there is another like it. Qualifying proved interesting with Massa starting down the back of the field and Russian Kyvat starting in 5th.
 
Today looked promising for so many teams, Torro Rosso, Sauber, McLaren and Mercedes. Only two of them managed to have a good day! Well, Mercedes had a terrific day; winning the constructors championship!
 
Red Bull and Torro Rosso had a nice battle going on at the start but Vergne and Kvyat did not have the pace today to get in the points. Sauber's plan relied on a safety car which unfortunately for them did not happen. However, Gutierrez did a impressive stint on his tyres and was running in 9th place for a little while. Sutil had a fairly uneventful race. Also, Red Bull just didn't seem to be able to challenge that much today but had both cars in the points.
 
McLaren finished an impressive 4th and 5th. Their best team result since Australia. I think Magnussen did a good job on the opening laps and was able to make up places after his grid penalty. Button was comfortable in 4th and I'm sure the team will be happy with their performance today. Williams should be pleased with theirs as Bottas achieved 3rd place today. Even though Massa didn't score any points, he still made up a lot of places and shows us some skill today.
 
Ferrari seem to have a quiet day, managing to get the most out of their car and getting some points for the team. Force India were another team that had a quiet day. They were only able to score 1 point by Perez coming 10th, who was able to keep Massa behind him for a fair bit of the race.
 
Further down the field, Ericsson who had been impressive over the week was not able beat the Lotus' in the end. However, was the only car out of Caterham and Marussia to finish the race. I do believe Caterham are improving, or at least Ericsson is but reliability still seems to be an issue. Lotus didn't seem to be able to do much today. But, they both kept ahead of Ericsson after his last pit stop.
 
Rosberg made a mistake in the first lap which caused him to pit and be at the back of the pack but he was determined to get as many points as possible and worked his way to 2nd. I was very impressed. Throughout the year Hamilton had to come from the back of the field and he did that which amazed everyone, and today Rosberg had the chance to show the fans he can do the same. Another 1-2 for Mercedes, well deserved the constructors championship.
 
Now all we need to know is who is going to win the drivers championship! I am sad to know that there are only 3 more races left. Never the less, I am very excited to see what they bring.
 
-ShortySian
 
 


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Singapore race review: 2014

Qualifying was so interesting yesterday that I had high hopes for the race. I was not disappointed. My favourite race so far.

Mixed day for Mercedes with Hamilton winning and Rosberg's issue with the car. It wasn't a good sign for Rosberg when he had to start from the pit lane. He will be able to bounce back from this and I look forward to see these two battle on in 2 weeks time. Very well done to Hamilton who managed to stay in the lead for all but one lap. Survived the restart after the safety car and the Red Bulls.

The two Red Bulls looked strong, even had some of us wondering if Vettel was going to win the race! Ricciardo had issues with his car and managed to land a place on the podium. Ferrari had a better week. Alonso struggled with tyres but unfortunately could not get on the podium. Raikkonen got stuck behind a Williams and had a fairly quiet race. Both Williams drivers also had a quiet race. Massa seemed to be lonely but finished in a strong 5th place. However, Bottas' tyres lost all grip near the end of the race and sadly dropped out of a points position.

 McLaren had an interesting day. Sadly Button was unable to finish the race. Magnussen endured a tough race but managed to score one point. Which he said was 'the hardest point he has ever earned.' Well earned as well, some very good driving from him today. Force India both managed to gain points in todays race. Perez finished 7th even after the incident with Sutil that meant the safety car came out and he needed a new nose. Strong race for him. Hulkenberg had few battles today but drove a good race to finish 9th.


Lotus showed improvements in their car but was unable to get any points. Another team that showed improvements was Sauber. Gutierrez had a strong start and was challenging the points until he had to retire the car due to reliability issues. If that wasn't bad enough Sutil had to retire as well. Poor race for them. Torro Rosso will be happy with their race today. Vergne is clearly showing the other teams why he deserves a seat next year.

Down at the end of the field. despite Caterhams bad luck with Kobayashi not being able to start the race; Ericsson won the Caterham-Marussia battle. He finished a strong 15th and should be proud of his race. Ericsson is another driver who showed why he should be here next year. Marussia just seemed not to have the pace this weekend. This could be because the track didn't suit the car or Caterham have caught up.

I know I say this nearly every time but I really am very excited for the next race. These two weeks cannot go by quick enough!

-ShortySian

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Do females and F1 mix?


Since starting my blog I have been wanting to talk about F1 more. However, I've realised that a lot of people my age don't watch it which makes me sad.
 
In my opinion the majority of the people that watch F1 are grown males. I think that may be because its always been considered a 'mans sport.' I am aware females do like the sport but people can be sexist and wonder what females actually know about the world of F1.
 
I get so offended when someone asks me what I know and begins asking me questions. Yes, I am a young female who loves F1. I'm not the typical fan but I feel we should be encouraging young people (including females) to watch F1 and understand the sport.
 
A lot of people think its just cars driving round a track but its so much more than that. I've only been really into F1 for just over a year know but I know so much more than I did. Every time I learn something new it makes me love F1 even more.
 
I am proud to say I'm not the stereotypical fan. However, females should be more accepted in the world of F1 and I am certain that one day we will see more females working in the garages and one day, some female F1 drivers. Honestly, I cant wait for those days.
 
So, I guess the point of this week's blog post was to put my opinions across about females in the F1 world.
 
-ShortySian
 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Italy race review: 2014

Italy, home of the Ferrari's. It seemed as if Mercedes power cars had the best chance to finish high up in the points and any car that didn't have Mercedes power were going to struggle.
 
First off I have to say how much of a disappointment it is that Alonso had his first retirement of the season at his teams home race! Being a Ferrari fan, I was gutted. However there was so much going on in the race I didn't have time to be sad.
 
The start was just wow. Hamilton and Bottas both had bad starts which is unusual. While Magnussen had an amazing start up to 2nd. However, he was overtaken by Hamilton and then Bottas. Magnussen and Bottas are both young drivers and showed off what they could do, even if there was an incident that meant Magnussen had a penalty.

Perez and Button had a battle that the audience and the drivers themselves enjoyed. Great respect was shown. There was a few times when they may have collided but luckily did not! This is what F1 is all about.

Red Bull may not have qualified high up but managed to scrape 5th and 6th. Both showed pace and managed to over take. Ricciardo pulled off a magnificent pass. This guy seems to over take where no one else dares to!

Further down the field it was mostly calm. Except from Chilton who braked a little too late and had his 2nd retirement of his 2 years in F1. Gutierrez and Grosjean had a battle which resulted in contact and Gutierrez getting a puncture. Shame for Sauber, this team can't seem to have a uncomplicated race. Caterham beat the remaining Marussia of Bianchi. Caterham are slowly improving and are challenging Marussia more now.

I can't wait till Singapore! Every race just gets better and better. Lets hope this continues.

-ShortySian
 
 


Friday, 29 August 2014

Belgian race review: 2014

Wow, this race beat every expectation. Nothing says welcome back to formula 1 like team mates crashing into each other and 4 way battles.

Obviously the first thing I'm going to talk about is the clash between Hamilton and Rosberg in the first few laps. While Mercedes were hoping for a 1-2, that isn't what they got at all. People are divided on whether it was Rosberg's fault or not but I think everyone is going to have their own opinion. It will be interesting to see how they move forward.

My favourite part of the race was the battle between Magnussen, Alonso, Vettel and Button. It was very exciting. All of the drivers showed what they can do. C'mon, we have to give Magnussen credit for battling with 3 champions for a whole race! Even though Magnussen was given a penalty after the race and therefore dropped out of the points, he drove an amazing race.

Further down the field it was mostly uneventful. Sauber showed that they have more pace now but not enough to fighting for the points just yet. Force India and Torro Rosso had 7th-11th position covered. It was good to see Chilton and Ericsson battling it out. That was a good thing for Caterham and Marussia as one car from each team had to retire. Lotus had a difficult race with neither of their cars finishing. Hopefully they can sort out any issues.

Monza is up next and I'm hoping its just as exciting as Belgium!

-ShortySian

 


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Mid-season review: Part 3

It is time for the final part of my mid-season review. I didn't realise how much has happened in the first half of the season.
 
Lotus: Lotus decided to miss the first pre-season testing and that has shown to be a mistake. They have big reliability issues with 9 retirements between them. Gorsjean always pushes hard, especially in qualifying. Maldonado has had a poor start to the season with his new team. However, he is staying with the team. Lotus haven't impressed so far, it will be interesting to see how they come back after the break.
 
Marussia: What a start for them! Getting their first points in Monaco. They are challenging for higher places this year and seem to have improved from last year. Bianchi can overtake and achieved their highest position of 9th to get their first points. Bianchi has said he 'feels ready for Ferrari', he might have to wait a while till a seat becomes available. Chilton is taking more risks this year. He had his first retirement of his F1 career this year. Marussia are a team to keep your eyes on.
 
Sauber: They struggled with reliability issues at the start but in recent races have improved. The drivers are working their way up the field and getting into Q2 and gaining positions in the races. I think the main thing that has helped Sauber is they've kept positive. Adrian Sutil got close to 10th in Hungary and got their highest position of this year at 11th. Gutierrez highest position has been 12th showing the car has improved. Although the team has had 10 retirements overall, they have been challenging and have become more reliable. Sauber always manage to turn things around and I'm sure they will crack the top 10 and have points.
 
Caterham: They have had a difficult season so far and have been another team to suffer with reliability issues. Kobayashi is happy to be back but has only managed the best position of 13th. However, he is an experienced driver who can help rookie Ericsson. I feel as if Ericsson hasn't been able to show us what he can do just yet. I think people need to remember it is his rookie season and the cars are so different this year. He did manage to finish 11th in Monaco, one position away from the points. That is impressive. The team will come back more focused than ever.
 
So, that's all the teams. I am looking forward to the Grand Prix next week in Belgium. How I have survived during the break I'm not sure. I hope the second half of the season will be just as exciting as the first half.
 
-ShortySian
 


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Mid-season review: Part 2

Today's blog is going to be part 2 of my mid-season review. There is just so much to talk about so that is why the mid-season review is split into 3 parts!
 
Williams: They are big risk takers, sometimes the risk pays off and sometimes it doesn't. Williams never seem to have a problem with fuel consumption or tyres going off which baffles me a bit! Massa managed to get pole position, however didn't make it onto the podium. Massa has been in noticeably more crashes this season. The one that sticks out for me is the crash he had with Perez. After the crash he said 'he would think twice before trying to pass Perez again.' Massa has a good start to the season with his new team. However, Bottas has been the more impressive one. He keeps calm no matter what situation he is in and his overtakes are very impressive. Williams have had a good start to the season and I'm sure they will only get better.

Force India: This team has been one of the teams fighting for best of the rest. Force India managed to get a podium this season and has clearly boasted the moral. That must be the high point so far for Perez with the low point being his 2 retirements. Partnering him is Nico Hulkenberg who seems to get the best of out his car. He tends to qualify in the mid-field and then move up in the race. He has been consistently in the point for the first 10 races until his first retirement of the year. Force India is a team to watch.

McLaren: Jenson Button has not retired once this year which is very good considering all the retirements there has been so far this year. His only podium has been in Australia. His best qualifying session was in Great Britain when he qualified 3rd. However, could not make it onto the podium. Kevin Magnussen has had a great start to his rookie season. Coming 2nd in Australia, his first formula 1 race, was pretty impressive. He has also out qualified and out raced Button. Magnussen has shown how good he is in Hungary when he started in the pits and finished 12th. There is more to come from both these drivers and I'm sure they will deliver.

Torro Rosso: Their only issue seems to be reliability. Between the two drivers there have been 9 retirements. However, both drivers have been in the points 4 times. Torro Rosso isn't a bad team to drive with in your rookie season, Kvyat has shown he is a good driver but I feel he lacks confidence. The team seems to stay around 10th place, in qualifying and race position. They are able to get into Q3 but aren't able to start any higher than 6th. Its been a relatively quiet start to the season, we will have to see what Torro Rosso can pull out of the bag.

 


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Mid-season review: Part 1

 
It is currently the 'big break' in Formula one which means drivers can rest a bit more than usual while the cars can be updated and improved for the remaining 8 races. So I decided its the perfect time to post a mid-season review. I am going to be posting the review in 3 parts due to the fact there are 11 teams.
 
Mercedes: The silver arrows have been dominant from the start where only twice this year has another driver has won the races. While other teams have had reliability issues, Mercedes have been lucky to only have a few. Their only big issue seems to be the rivalry between the two drivers and team orders. The team just want a 1-2 and to get both cars to the end of the race but both drivers want win and get maximum points. Both drivers can be happy as they have both won their home races this year. Hamilton has won just once more than Rosberg this season but Rosberg leads the championship as Hamilton has retired more than Rosberg. Hamilton has the pace and the skill to over take and has shown this several times by charging through the field to get the best result possible. Rosberg's only issue seems to be his starts. He can be quite slow off the line and that's something that can ruin your race a little bit, especially when you're starting from pole.
 
Red Bull: The first race wasn't their best start to the season with Vettel having to retire the car and Ricciardo getting disqualified. However, they have come fighting back and improving all the time. Vettel seems to have his former team mates bad luck and has retired his car 3 times. That still hasn't stopped him from grabbing 3rd twice so far this season. No one will forget his battles with Alonso which may be frustrating at the time, but Vettel has said it was good fun. Ricciardo is the only driver to win a race while not driving a Mercedes this year. This man is always smiling and remaining positive. That is the best attitude to take especially after his first race.
 
Ferrari: This was the pairing everyone was excited to see but its been very one sided. Raikkonen has not had an easy season however he has only been out of the points 4 times. He is very strong when it comes to the race. However, that same cant be said for qualifying, with him being knocked out in Q1 twice. No one can forget his big crash in Great Britain, I was so relieved when he walked out of the car. I think at that point everyone let out a sigh of relief. Alonso has been consistent and has scored points in every race this year. He has been impressive in the race landing himself a spot on the podium twice so far. Alonso's overtakes have bee equally impressive. This is a driver that has pushed the car to the limit and has shown what it can do.



 
 


Monday, 4 August 2014

My very first blog post!


    This is something I have been thinking about for a while now. I was hesitant at first but after encouragement from close friends and family I saw no reason not to begin a blog. While writing this I feel nervous, a little bit scared but very excited as I see this as a new chapter in my life.
 
I am going to be writing blog posts mainly about one of my big loves in life, Formula 1. I love it, I could talk about it all day! I know I'm not the stereotypical fan (which is male and probably a bit older) but I still love it the same amount as they probably do, maybe even a little bit more.
 
I've always seen races growing up but never watched the races fully until 2 years ago. That's when I believe my interest in formula 1 first begun. As I got older I've learnt more and more about it and it makes me love it more and more.
 
Around this time last year I was at a low point in my life, I needed something I could look forward to, that I could rely on to make me feel better. One Sunday lunchtime it hit me. Formula 1 was the answer. It's always changing and there's so much to learn about! As I researched about every track, every current driver, anything I could about the car, I fell more in love with it and ever since its been a big part of my life.

Even when I didn't watch all of a race, I was still a Ferrari fan and will till I die. Michael Schumacher was and always will be my favourite driver of all time. He was always so positive and determined and I admire that. My favourite driver out of the current field is Fernando Alonso for the same reason. I would probably cry if Fernando left Ferrari for another team as I believe he has had an impact on how the team is now.

I've found it difficult to find people to speak about Formula 1 with. So, a blog seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to get out my opinions and views on Formula 1.

-ShortySian