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Yet another weekend dominated by tyres has seen Pirelli finally bow to the pressure of a certain Austrian drinks producer and change the compounds. Whether this is for better or for worse, one thing is for sure – not everyone is going to be pleased.
This is a move that will surely help the Red Bull and Mercedes teams, and hit the teams who are kind to their tyres, like Lotus.
So what really happened?
Adrian Sutil: Another poor pit stop for the German, as the right rear tyre caused some headaches for the Force India pit crew. In terms of finishing, Sutil has been awarded 7th behind Mark Webber. The Aussie had the undercut from pitting earlier, and as was proven by Sutil’s teammate, Paul Di Resta, the Force India cars struggled to overtake at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Romain Grosjean: A first retirement of the season for the Swiss-French driver, and through no fault of his own. Suspension failure caused him to retire on lap 8, when he had been running in 9th. The Lotus had been kind to the tyres all weekend, and would have almost certainly jumped Webber. Therefore he has been awarded 5th, ahead of Mark.
Sergio Perez: Team orders once again reared its ugly head. This denied Checo the chance to overtake Button, as the Britain was clearly slower. Jenson has clearly asserted himself as No.1 back at Woking, since the kerfuffle in Bahrain.
Giedo van der Garde: An unfortunate end to what had been a promising weekend for the Flying Dutchman. After being quicker than teammate Pic for the first time, VDG will be disappointed not to have finished. He is awarded 19th at the head of the new teams mini race.
Jean-Eric Vergne: Having been running in 14th and looking strong, it was an unfortunate end to JEV’s race. The Toro Rosso cars had been looking good all weekend, after introducing a whole host of upgrades. The Frenchman has been awarded 15th place due to Grosjean’s 5th place finish.
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:
|Revised Race Position||Driver||Result comparison||Points||Points Difference||Grid Position|
|9||Paul Di Resta||-2||2||-4||10||9|
|19||Giedo van der Garde||RETIRED||0||=||18||19|
Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:
|Driver||Revised WDC||WDC Points Difference|
|Paul Di Resta||11||17||-9|
|Giedo van der Garde||21||0||=|
What they would have said
Jenson would once again have been moaning about how younger drivers, and in particular, how Perez should not have been allowed to pass him. Ultimately, Sergio has now been quicker for the past two races, so Jenson must be feeling the pressure. Maybe he would be better suited to a different role, like in the video below.
The world championship would be even tighter than it already is, giving the impression that the racing has been ideal this year. The memories of Vettel storming off into the distance at the start of GPs from 2011 would be nothing more than a distant memory. However, are races with 4 pit stops really what we as fans want?
Lotus would have said how happy they were to still be in 2nd place in the WCC, whilst Paul Di Resta would have been moaning. Nobody is sure what about; but he would have found something.
Quote of the Day
The American Footballer and Coach, Vincent Thomas ‘Vince’ Lombardi once said, “If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” To throw a controversial suggestion out there; it would be better that the 3 point gap between 2nd to 3rd, and 3rd to 4th is changed. Surely it should in fact be 19 points for 2nd place, making it 4 points from 2nd to 3rd, giving it added incentive, but still rewarding a win suitably. It would be interesting to hear your views on this.
With 3 x 2nd place finishes in a row now, Kimi must be getting sick of being up on the podium, but not quite winning. Dropping 7 points to the leader each time also has to hurt. The phrase, ‘close, but no cigar’ seems very appropriate, given that it’s being applied to the Iceman.