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[For those who are new to the page; TJ13 attempts to remove certain aspects of the race to give a fairer reflection of the race result.]
A refreshing change from the usual dominant weekends, where a complete change in pace for the qualifying and race led to an unexpected result. More controversy surrounded the Ferrari DRS, but family affairs dominated the news after the race instead. Nobody quite knows where the Spaniard will end up, but Daniel Ricciardo is looking less and less likely to be in the Red Bull seat next year.
Tyres, once again, were expected to play a major role in the weekend’s proceedings. They were not quite so critical, as the Kevlar belted tyres lived up to their billing of not overheating quite so much. This leaves Mercedes GP in a great position. With a much better Sunday car now, they can realistically fight for wins, and perhaps even the WDC and WCC. However, Ross Brawn did concede that the fastest car (the RB) had not won the grand prix.
So what really happened?
Adrian Sutil: The German failed to finish his 100th GP thanks to a hydraulic leak. Really not much the Force India man could have done. It was caused by a racing incident; the contact with Felipe Massa. Sutil is awarded 7th position.
Nico Rosberg: The Mercedes GP man finally felt how it was to be on the other side of the garage when your teammate wins the race. A difficult afternoon started after contact with Felipe Massa on the opening lap, where he was forced off the road and re-joined in 12th. An engine failure forced him to retire on lap 64.
Valtteri Bottas: The first point of the season (Maldonado), as the Williams GP team finally got the season started also saw the first retirement of the year for Bottas. A hydraulic failure forced him out, stopping on track on lap 42. He is awarded 17th place.
Esteban Gutierrez: The young Mexican was forced to retire after just 28 laps. It was a gearbox problem that forced him out, culminating in a difficult weekend for the Sauber team as Nico Hulkenberg finished 11th after taking a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Gutierrez is awarded 17th place.
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:
|Revised Race Position||Driver||Result comparison||Points||Points Difference||Grid Position|
|15||Paul Di Resta||-2||0||=||18||15|
|19||Giedo van der Garde||-5||0||=||20||19|
Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:
|Driver||Revised WDC||WDC Points Difference|
|Paul Di Resta||11||24||-12|
|Giedo van der Garde||21||0||=|
*Those with 0 points will not be ordered
What they would have said
The Grosjean drive-through penalty masked another poor weekend for Ferrari. Alonso’s position in the WDC is higher than it realistically should be. The car simply not kept pace with that of its rivals which must be very worrying for anybody who is involved with Maranello.
This weekend has cost Force India badly. Now only 4 points ahead of McLaren in the WCC, they will surely lose 6th position. The new tyres have been blamed, but it is important to remember this is FI’s 3rd non-point scoring weekend of the year.
Quote of the Day
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was a famous Irish writer and poet, well known for his critical assessment of situations and vivid imagination.
He once said, “When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.” Lewis Hamilton has now ‘got the monkey off his back’ by winning for the first time in 10. However, no sooner had he done so was there more pressure being heaped on by the media trying to draw him into talking about his WDC chances. It’s funny what one good result can do!