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With the news of Kimi being on his way to Ferrari, it has thrown the twittersphere into overdrive as people try to make sense of where this leaves the driver market. Personally, I would love to see two Champions up against each other driving those famous red cars. The simple and easy option would have been to stay at Lotus and battle through until the end of his career there, but Kimi has been fearless by potentially putting himself up against the “matador” that is Fernando Alonso. I came across a quote from Steve Jobs, the late co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc, which seems to fit perfectly. The quote is taken from the book by Robert Tuchman, Young Guns, “Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?”
So much focus has been taken away from the race, which as pointed out yesterday by TitanRacer69 in the comments section, was a very exciting one. “A very solid 9 of 10”, were the exact words which was true. Drivers throughout the grid who were out of position, on a track where sacrificing your Sunday pace for a Saturday straight line advantage proved to be decisive for the Toro Rosso’s, amongst others.
It made for some interesting results in the predictor.
On the Up
MotoPK was the most improved up 24 places into 13th. Predicting the podium correctly was a brave choice for the weekend, but it proved to be a stroke of genius. If Vettel had not had the transmission problems it may well have been even better.
One to Forget
It was not such a happy home GP for Fake Race Control. Despite predicting with 27% accuracy, the team still dropped 4 places in the TJ13 All Star F1 Racers League. And who says F1 is hard to predict?
The only way is … err … down
Over the last few GP weekends Scherzingers Rejects have suffered a dip in form to leave the chasing pack within touching distance. The dip seems to have come around the time of Lewis and Nicole’s break up; coincidence?
There again, refusing to even select a driver for positions gained could be viewed as arrogance. Perhaps the team is just lulling everyone else into believing they have a shot at winning (unlike Vettel).
Nobody saw it coming
Nico Hulkenberg to have such a strong race weekend. No really; nobody saw it coming.
Food for thought
A high down force setup required for the tight and twisty street circuit that is Singapore, so the Toro Rosso cars may not do so well there. Sutil will have a new gearbox available to him which will play into his hands. Other than that, well, there is only one person you can realistically predict for the win.
In this section there will be a question each week to test your memory from GPs gone by. The idea is not to look it up but see if you can remember it first!
The Italian GP was one of the inaugural races on the 1950 F1 race calendar. Every Formula One Italian GP has been held at the famous Monza circuit, apart from one year. Which year was this and where was it held instead?
(Answer will be posted in the next Predictor summary)
Last question’s answer
The question was: Red Bull Racing can now boast 2 wins at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Which other constructors have 2 victories to their name there?
Answer: The answer is Maserati, in 1933 and 1954, and Benetton, in 1992 and 1995. The 1933 victory, of course, was before the times of being part of the Formula One World Championship.