Friday, 30 March 2012

Sergio Perez Introduces His Team: Video



Sergio "Checo" Perez goes for a walk about his garage with a video camera introducing some of his closer team members. Video below is the official 2012 Sauber F1 Team season trailer.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Massa Ferrari Form Guide 2006 - 2012

The pressure is mounting on Felipe Massa and as the Brazilian would say it isn't the first time others have been linked to his now 6 year Ferrari seat. Here is a look at how Felipe has stacked up to his three infamous Ferrari teammates. Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher, 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and 2005,2006 world champion Fernando Alonso.


Michael Schumacher vs Felipe Massa (2006)

Felipe Massa spent one year as a Ferrari teammate to Michael Schumacher in 2006, the last season before Schumacher's 3 year retirement. The Brazilian was an average 0.357 seconds off the seven times F1 champion's pace in qualifying. The average qualifying position for Schumacher was 3.8 compared to 6.1 for Massa. In head to head qualifying Schumacher was in front 14 times out of 18.

In races Schumacher's average finish was 2.6 compared to Massa's 4.4. In head to head on races were both finished Schumacher was ahead of Massa 11 times out of 14. At the end of their only season as teammates Schumacher had 121 points compared to Massa's 80.

Summary 2006
Schumacher beats Massa in qualifying 14-4 and races 11-3 with average qualifying gap 0.357secs.



Kimi Raikkonen vs Felipe Massa (2007)

Raikkonen joined Ferrari in 2007 as Massa's teammate and the Finn went on to win the championship that year. In their first year as teammates the stats were very even. Massa was on average 0.074 seconds quicker than Raikkonen in qualifying but Raikkonen's average qualifying position was a fraction better at 3.6 compared to Massa's 3.9. In who came out on top in the head to head qualifying Massa sneaked it by 9 times to 8.

In races Raikkonen's average finish was slightly ahead at 2.6 compared to Massa's 3.7. In head to head on races were both finished Raikkonen was ahead of Massa 9 times out of 13. At the end of the 2007 season as teammates Raikkonen had 110 points compared to Massa's 94.

Summary 2007
Massa beats Raikkonen in qualifying 9-8 with the Brazilian an average of 0.074 seconds quicker. In races Raikkonen leads Massa 9-4.




Kimi Raikkonen vs Felipe Massa (2008)

In their second year as teammates Massa started to get the better of Raikkonen and the Brazilian was desperately unlucky to not win the championship at the end of the year. There was absolutely nothing to separate them in qualifying though as Massa was on average 0.001 seconds quicker than Raikkonen. Massa's average qualifying position was slightly better at 2.9 compared to Raikkonen's 4.4. In the head to head qualifying Massa was ahead 12-6.

In races Massa's average finish was ahead at 4.8 compared to Raikkonen's 5.6. In head to head on races were both finished Massa was ahead of Raikkonen 8 times out of 11. At the end of the 2008 season as teammates Massa had 97 points compared to Raikkonen's 75.

Summary 2008
Massa beats Raikkonen in qualifying 12-6 and races 8-3 with the average qualifying gap 0.001 seconds.




Kimi Raikkonen vs Felipe Massa (2009)

Massa continued to have a slight upper-hand at the start of the 2009 season before his near fatal accident. Out of their ten last races together as teammates, Massa was on average 0.556 seconds quicker than Raikkonen in qualifying. Raikkonen's average qualifying position was slightly better at 8.5 compared to Massa's 8.9. In the head to head qualifying Raikkonen was ahead 6-4.

In races Massa's average finish was ahead at 6.6 compared to Raikkonen's 8.4. In head to head on races were both finished Massa was ahead of Raikkonen 3 times out of 5.

Summary 2009
Raikkonen beats Massa in qualifying 6-4 but Massa is on average 0.556 seconds faster. In races Massa beats Raikkonen 3-2.




Fernando Alonso vs Felipe Massa (2010)

The beginning of the end for Massa?? The stats for this season has a very close parallel to the differences between Massa's only season as Schumacher's teammate. In his first season with Alonso, Massa was an average 0.316 seconds off the two time F1 champion's pace in qualifying. The average qualifying position for Alonso was 5.9 compared to 7.8 for Massa. In head to head qualifying Alonso was in front 15 times out of 19.

In races Alonso's average finish was 4.6 compared to Massa's 7.1. In head to head on races were both finished Alonso was ahead of Massa 13 times out of 16. At the end of the 2010 season, Alonso had 252 points compared to Massa's 144.

Summary 2010
Alonso beats Massa in qualifying 15-4 and in races 13-3 with the average qualifying gap 0.316secs.




Fernando Alonso vs Felipe Massa (2011)


In their second season together Massa was an average 0.277 seconds slower than Alonso in qualifying. The average qualifying position for Alonso was 4.6 compared to 5.8 for Massa. In qualifying Alonso was in front 15 times out of 19 which was the same as the year before.

In races Alonso's average finish was 3.4 compared to Massa's 6.4. In head to head on races were both finished Alonso was ahead of Massa 13 times out of 15.(one of them was controversially gifted to Alonso!) At the end of the 2011 season, Alonso had 257 points compared to Massa's 118.

Summary 2011
Alonso beats Massa in qualifying 15-4 and in races 13-2 with the average qualifying gap 0.277 seconds.



In the first two races of 2012 Massa has slipped to 0.584 seconds behind Alonso in qualifying which is about double the standard 0.3 seconds of the previous two years. The likelihood is Massa will get back to the standard 0.3 second gap behind Alonso when the car improves with the major updates planned. The rumours are Massa is guaranteed 10 races this year on his contract although that contract will mean very little if Sergio Perez and Massa have another race anytime soon of differing forms like Malaysia.


Thanks to manipef1.com and formula1.com for helping research the stats.

Monday, 26 March 2012

BBC & Sky Malaysian GP Viewing Figures

Viewing figures for the Malaysian Grand Prix show Sky with an average of 0.96m watching the race live and a peak of 1.50m. BBC highlights for the Malaysian GP show an average of 2.7m with a peak of 3.2m.

Comparing the figures to the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2011 the BBC had an average of 3.5m and a peak of 4.4m for the live coverage. The BBC highlights in 2011 had an average of 1.0m and a peak of 1.2m.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Hulkenberg Likes It Hot And Humid Video



Sahara Force India's Nico Hulkenberg previews the Malaysian grand prix. Hulkenberg says he likes the hot and humid conditions at Malaysia and his past performance there certainly doesn't contradict this. His only previous time racing in Malaysia was with Williams in 2010 were he qualified 5th and finished 10th outperforming his then team mate Rubens Barrichello in both.

Malaysian Grand Prix TV Coverage (BBC & Sky)

  
The television coverage in the UK for the Malaysian Grand Prix is as follows -

BBC

Saturday
BBC 2 & BBC HD
1300-1415 Delayed Highlights coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
BBC 1 & BBC HD
1445-1640 Delayed Highlights coverage of Race.

BBC Red Button Freeview
1640-1740 Post-race analysis and debate.


Sky

Friday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0145-0350 Live coverage of the 1st practice session.

0545-0750 Live coverage of the 2nd practice session.


Saturday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0445-0610 Live coverage of the 3rd practice session.

0700-0945 Live coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0730-1200 Live coverage of Race. (Race starts at 0900)

Monday, 19 March 2012

BBC & Sky Australian GP Viewing Figures

Viewing figures for the Australian Grand Prix show Sky with an average of 874,000 watching the race live and peaking at 1.02m in the five minutes when Button crossed the finish line. Pre-race coverage, from 4.30-6.00am, drew an average audience of 267,000 and the entire program coverage from 4.30-9.00am averaged 526,000.

The BBC highlights program from 2.00-4.00pm for the Australian GP had an average of 2.73m with a peak of 3.28m in the 5 minutes at Button's victory. Last year when BBC had the race coverage live the average viewing figures for the 2011 Australian GP were 2.13m for live and 2.02m for highlights.

Comparing BBC live coverage in 2011 for the Australian GP to Sky live coverage in 2012 we get a peak of 3.18m for BBC compared to a peak of 1.02m for Sky. It seems the big viewing on the BBC highlights program has stopped the viewing figures falling of a cliff. It will be interesting to see what way the figures stack up to last year when the race isn't live at an inconvenient overnight time.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Ferrari Fans Furious Tweets

Ferrari fans worst fears have been confirmed in the first qualifying of the season. Fernando Alonso beached his Ferrari in the gravel trap but still ended up in 12th compared to Felipe Massa in 16th.

On-board footage shows the car an absolute handful to drive. The F2012 is every bit as bad as the worst estimates from winter testing. Ferrari fans took to Twitter to express their anger. It makes funny reading if your not a Ferrari fan and if you are a fan you can relate to their frustrations. Here are some of the best,


Evan Diamantis ‏ @EDiamantis
@InsideFerrari Mr Domenicali is arguing like Greek politician- bla bla and result …devastation


Juliana Justino ‏ @pneuduro
THE WHOLE FUCKING GRID ID FASTER THAN YOU @InsideFerrari DO YOU CONFIRM YOU UNDERSTAND THE FUCKING MESSAGE?


EDGAR A FERNANDEZ R ‏ @fernandezea
@InsideFerrari what a disaster, only one word, embarrassing!! as a Ferrari fan, this is unaceptable...


DJTaurus ‏ @sakiss
@InsideFerrari Ado Costa is working for Merc. It seems you fired the wrong people!


Antonio Pagliaro ‏ @stugats31
@InsideFerrari RUBBISH!


Javier Negueruela ‏ @JaviNegue
@InsideFerrari Spanish fans are really disappointed at Ferrari; do something and do it fast. We won't bear another year like last.


Vau9hn ‏ @Vau9hn
@InsideFerrari Hang your heads in shame. Biggest budget, worst performance!


DJTaurus ‏ @sakiss
@InsideFerrari It's embarrassing.


Alex Borsh ‏ @SashKaLakers
@InsideFerrari So disappointing... Domenicalli has transformed this team into a Prancing Donkey. Back to pre-Todt era...


Fernando Carvalho ‏ @zambezemz
@InsideFerrari what a bad team and car, another year to forget. Please pack and go home, maybe next year


L.M. ‏ @Grinsomx
@InsideFerrari hopefully the solution is coming fast,this is disgraceful and painful to watch


Boredy ‏ @boredy66
@InsideFerrari What's up with your car this year? It obviously hasnt improved since last year! Yeah thats a damn pity for Alonso!


Chris Pezzimenti ‏ @cpezzimenti
Everybody @InsideFerrari should be ashamed of themselves with this performance so far. #AusGP #F1


Arturo Esparza ‏ @enzo_arthur
@InsideFerrari You have to do something!!! Alonso do the 99% & the car -5%

Thursday, 15 March 2012

About The Mercedes Front Wing F-Duct



On Peter Windsor's The Flying Lap, Craig Scraborough discusses Mercedes new concept of an F-duct activated by the DRS. Scrabsf1 has a post on the concept here.

How New Rules Affect Tyres With Pirelli



Pirelli video showing how the new rules affect the tyres

Kimi In A Minute On DRS,Tyres & Comeback



Kimi Raikkonen talks about the feeling of his Lotus car being good but cautioning if it is fast enough he doesn't know yet. About the changes since he was last in F1, Raikkonen dismisses them as pressing a button(DRS) and tyres that wear a bit faster(Pirelli's)

Australian Grand Prix TV Coverage (BBC & Sky)

  
The television coverage in the UK for the Australian Grand Prix is as follows -

BBC

Saturday
 BBC 2 & BBC HD
1300-1415 Delayed Highlights coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
BBC 1 & BBC HD
1400-1600 Delayed Highlights coverage of Race.

BBC Red Button Freeview
1600-1700 Post-race analysis and debate.


For anyone going the RTL route or would like a change in commentary for the live action on Sky, in-case you didn't already hear, James Allen and Jamie Alguersuari are commentating on all the sessions on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Sky

Friday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0100-0320 Live coverage of the 1st practice session.

0500-0720 Live coverage of the 2nd practice session.


Saturday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0245-0410 Live coverage of the 3rd practice session.

0500-0745 Live coverage of Qualifying. (Qualifying starts at 0600)


Sunday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0430-0900 Live coverage of Race. (Race starts at 0600)

Alonso And Massa Talk About Their Fans



Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali talks about Ferrari's difficult winter testing and the likely performance order of cars come Melbourne. Ferrari's head of engine operations, Luigi Fraboni talks about you've guessed it 'engines'.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa discuss their best memory of Australia with Alonso saying a bike ride along the ocean and Massa a podium finish. The drivers also talk about their best memory from Malaysia and the tough conditions driving their.

Last but not least, Alonso and Massa discuss the importance of the their fans.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Kimi Raikkonen On Top Gear Video


Kimi Raikkonen laps the Top Gear track and is interviewed by Jeremy Clarkson on the BBC 2 program.

Some classic Raikkonen video's at Kimi Räikkönen Resume

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

HRT Launch & Installation Lap Video



Video of the HRT launch with drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Vettel & Webber On Favourite Tracks & Testing



Mark Webber and current F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel talk about their input in a race winning car. The Red Bull drivers also discuss their favourite tracks with both liking street circuits and Webber mentioning the 3 m's (Melbourne, Montreal and Monaco) and the traditional tracks like Spa, Silverstone and Monza.

 
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