Sunday, 28 March 2010

Australian GP

A great response from F1 after the first race. Button had made the right call, which could have easily gone wrong if the rain came soon after his tyre change. Like i said in my last blog, the race is exciting to watch when there's an accident, and there was in the opening laps. Alonso had to go from the back and pass the slower cars, which we like to see,but if he did not spin we would not have seen any over taking from him. The rain always add to the excitement of the race and for a few laps we where saying, what are they going to do with there tyres? It was a better race with Kubica having a superb start and we missed out on a good fight between him and Lewis because of Lewis’s 2nd stop. Why they did that i don't know, they gave Massa 3rd and i think Lewis could have passed Kubica but not Button and it would have been a McLaren one-two. Vettle will have the title as the unluckiest driver this season if his car keeps failing. Over all a good race but if there is a two pit stop mandatory, it would not change anything unless the safety car is out or the wheel nut doesn't fit. Refuelling will need to come back and we should not know how much fuel is in the cars. Bring back the guessing game in F1

McLaren: A great day for them, would have been perfect if they didn't bring Lewis in for a 2nd pit stop and possible missed out on a one-two finish.

Renault: Kubica, the nicest man in F1 and has the talent to go with it. He should use this a push the team forward and qualify ahead of Mercedes GP.

Ferrier: A strong finish from from both their drivers, even with Alonso falling to the back of the grid. Massa could be the man that collects the points and challenges for the title quietly, like in 2008.

Mercedes GP: Rosberg had a good race with luck on his side, he will get a podium, but has to be patient. Schumi had bad luck with his front wing damaged. he was quick in Friday practice but in the race we saw him push but there's some spark missing. I think we will see the spark in Monaco.

Force India: Starting 13th and finishing 7th was a good performance from Liuzzi, he took advantage of and incident packed race, which is how the mid-teams will make their way forward this season.

Williams: Out of the mid-teams i expected the Williams to be the best. they still can with Rubens, as long as he keeps his chin up, he will consistently be in the points and have a good fight with Kubica and Sutil this season.

Red Bull: A disappointing race for them. Vettle again lost the race because of his car, will it happen at the next race? Webber should have taken advantage, the team have the fastest car but sometime when your at your home race the pressure gets to you on a subconus level, is that what happened with Webber?

Toro Rosso: Alguersuari had Schumi behind him and had a good battle with him. This should give him confidence and will get some points soon

BMW Sauber: A quite race for the one surviving car. The drivers need to learn how to take advantage on wet races.

Lotus: Kovi had a solid performance again. Bringing the car in 13th place. Lotus car is reliable for Kovi and will be in the points soon.

Hispania: Chandhok did a great job. He has not had the best start to the season, with not enough practice, The race time he has picked up will be valuable to the team and him.

Virgin: With the news that their fuel tank was not big enough for the race, it would have been nice to se how far they can go in the race but reliability will be the issue for the season on this computer designed car.

Muteen Hussian

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Bahrain GP

Well it was good to see the first race of the season and oh boy do we need to see some changes. When there was refuelling, there was always going to be 2 pit stops or more, but now the drivers only have to do 1 as long as they can look after there tyres. with more pit stops there was a chance something happening and it also broke the race down into 3 parts. I was board mainly because there was no over taking, well there isn't normally because a lot of over taking is done either a mistake, in the pits, an accident or malfunction. They are on about bringing in a mandatory 2 pit stops, well that would be more entertaining for the viewers and it would make the drivers push the tyres more, but what i think they should do is bring back refuelling but instead of Q3 cars carrying the fuel from Qualifying into the race they should just qualify with little fuel on there cars and then top up to how much they want after, and not release the data out. This will bring back the mystery element of the sport and we would have to guess who will be coming in at which stop, how many stops will they be doing and the lighter cars will be trying to take over the heavier cars.

As for the rest of the race,

The Red Bull was a great surprise but they are still unreliable, which i think will be the reason why they wont win the championships.

Ferrier look to be great with two drivers that wont stop pushing even if they fall back.

McLaren look to be the best on keeping their tyres so we will see a good fight from them.

Mercedes will be pushing for the podiums and with can get 3 wins at most this year, 2 for Schumi and 1 for Rosberg.

Force India have stepped up and look to be Williams best challengers for 9th and 10th spot in the race.

Williams will want to secure there place as the best of the middle teams and with Rubens it look possible and they could get a 2 podiums, 1 at the British GP.

Didn't see much from Renault, mainly because Kubica was spun on the 1st laps but but finishing 11th show's he has the passion to drive and compete. Don't think he would finish higher than 6th in a couple of races.

Toro Rosso need to pick up there game or they will be caught by the new boys.

Lotus, probably the best untold story of the race with both cars finishing and Kovi finishing ahead of a Toro Rosso is a great start for them. They will be the 1st of the new boys to win some points.

BMW Sauber were a disappointment. With them being BMW last year and having experience in F1 for such a long time they should have done a lot better.

Hispania need more race time. Good that they made it to the grid but with little or no practice, this is the result. should be interesting to see how they improve and to see if they will get a point. Possible 3 points this season with Senna getting them in a wet race.

Virgin want to be the best of the new boys, and Branson has a bet with Lotus boss on the best new team, the loser will have to work on the others airline for the day, will at the moment Lotus look to have the better car so Virgin will need to improve and I'm looking forward to this team being the fun team of the season.

Who will win the world championship? Vettel.

Muteen Hussian

Monday, 8 March 2010

F1 Is Upon Us

The F1 season is only days away and the big four, McLaren Ferrari Mercedes and Red Bull, look set to be competing for the first win. I think the Ferraris will lead at the beginning but the McLaren will be close behind with Button because i think he will know how to look after his tyres better than Lewis. Red Bull have a great car designed by Adrian Newey and the Mercedes have a the genius of Brawn, but i think both will be just short to win this race.

F1 looks to be going back to private owned teams and probably the best private owned team would have to be Williams. This good be a great year for them and i think will be, for some people a surprise, especially if they have a win. Renault, Force India, and Tora Rosso make up the middle order (for me). Force India and Tora Rosso do not want to fall along side the new teams, this a great time to push for bigger points and hope that some accident will push them forward in the race. Renault wont be anything great. For me they are like this years BMW, but we good see some great driving by Robert Kubica.

Lotus F1, Hispania Racing Team, Sauber and Virgin Racing, The new boys, good to see them on the grid, it would have been a bigger embracement if another team had to drop out. F1 should be seen as a smooth running machine and the FIA should see why US F1 has pulled and make sure this does not happen again because I am sure there are others that would have done a better job. The big issue for the new boys would be reliability. As for points, well i think they have to hope for the front runners to crash out or there reliability lets them down.

As for the world Champion this year, if Button can win one of the 1st four races i think that will give him the confidence to be champion again, but it will be between Lewis and Alonso and i think the Ferrari reliability will win it for him…sorry Massa.

Schumacher, will he win a race, yes. I would say he will win the Monaco GP and the Hungarian GP.

Please know that this is only my view of the 2010 F1 season.

Muteen Hussain