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Hamilton the fashion icon (08:00)
Singapore FP1 (12:59)
Singapore FP2 (16:22)
Pirelli Friday Practice Report (17:20)
Caterham Cars, easy does it (17:40)
Hamilton the fashion icon
Some light hearted news first. According to Hamilton most of the team kits are designed by someone who has no sense of fashion with the result that some drivers look like bums. In a Q&A session with Formula1.com Hamilton said “If you look at the team kits you think that there is somebody in the background making decisions without a sense of fashion. I am interested in fashion – probably that’s what shows. I wear my own jeans, my own trainers – and my own new cap.”
So what does the Jury think? In the picture below Hamilton is sporting his own jeans, trainers and cap (one that he did not want to wear until he gave his fashionable input into designing it).
Massa will be valuable to a [competitive] team in 2014
Speaking to Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper Massa said he will be able to bring investment to a team that he would drive for in 2014. He did say he will not pay for a drive and want’s to be paid to race as he is a professional driver therefore if there is no money to pay him he won’t be interested.
Massa says he has great relationships and can use them “to find a company that wants to be part of a global marketing project, and there are many in Brazil.” Santander has been linked as a potential sponsor however what makes Massa so confident he has the relationships to get funding for a team? Surely Bruno Senna and Luiz Razia must have knocked on the same doors?
Massa said he will consider driving in DTM but not Indycars… did Barrichello not say this as well? Anyway, with Massa’s stance on not wanting to be a pay driver, rather being paid to drive, it completely rules out the back of the grid leaving only… well who does it leave?
Was Lotus, Sauber and Force India (talking Hulk here) not supposed to be paying their drivers as well?
With FP1 completed it appears the Mercedes have found their pace again with Hamilton leading the Red Bull duo. Rosberg slotted in 4th while the soon to be be (again) Ferrari driver Raikkonen lead his team mate home in 5th.
Alonso could only drag his Ferrari to 7th 1.3s off the pace of Hamilton. Perez, Vergne and Gutierrez made up the top ten, and all three of them bettering their much lauded team mates.
Early days on a green track but Alonso must hope something goes wrong with the Red Bulls as they (read Vettel) can only extend their lead in the World Championship.
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1’47.420||0.365||20|
|3||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1’47.885||0.83||19|
|9||18||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’49.348||2.293||23|
|15||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1’49.887||2.832||18|
|16||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1’50.092||3.037||20|
|18||19||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’50.757||3.702||16|
|21||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1’52.920||5.865||24|
With FP2 coming to an end the writing is pretty much on the wall for this weekend. Red Bull will run away with victory unless their gearboxes pack up. Alonso will be doing rain dances, practically any dance to bring him some luck (and speed) to get up to challenging Vettel but the signs are ominous.
Vettel, as can be expected, is leading the pack with Webber 0.6s behind. Rosberg seem to have found his mojo (in FP anyway) and is leading Hamilton by 0.11s. In 5th Grosjean managed to get his Lotus out of the garage after being confined to look at timing screens for most of the session managing 18 laps compared to Raikkonen’s 32.
Alonso is in 6th followed by Button. Worryingly for Alonso he is 1.44s down on Vettel. Raikkonen, Sutil and Perez rounds out the top 10 with Ricciardo in 11th followed very closely by Vergne.
Not much can be read into these times and we will need to wait for Dr Beck’s analysis to see who the fast cars are, other than Red Bull…
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1’44.249||34|
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1’44.853||0.604||30|
|9||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1’46.002||1.753||27|
|11||19||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’46.406||2.157||34|
|12||18||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’46.429||2.18||33|
|13||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1’46.606||2.357||33|
|19||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1’49.434||5.185||34|
Pirelli Friday Practice Report
The final street circuit of the season showcased Pirelli’s P Zero Red supersoft tyres and P Zero White medium during the opening two free practice sessions. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel went fastest in the second session, with a time of 1m44.249s on the supersoft.
As expected, humidity was close to 75% at the Marina Bay circuit, which hosts Formula One’s only night race. This is just one of the factors that makes Singapore such a physically demanding race, so the two free practice sessions were essential for the teams to capture data that will allow them to maximise their opportunities during the race. After the flat-out straights of Monza, the teams revert to a high-downforce set-up for Singapore, which is the second-slowest lap of the year after Monaco.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “It’s absolutely fantastic for us to be back in Singapore where the atmosphere is as spectacular as ever. Because it is such a different race to anywhere else, the work done in free practice is vital to assimilate information with different fuel loads, set-ups and compounds.
This data forms the backbone of each team’s strategy, but with the high probability of a safety car, the strategies have to be as flexible as possible. Normally we’d be looking at two pit stops here, but it depends so much on how the race pans out or even if it runs to its full allocation of scheduled laps, which wasn’t the case last year. Singapore is also a massive contrast to the two races that have preceded it, so seeing how the high-downforce set-ups work with the tyres in these conditions was another priority.
We’ve got more data to look at but what we can say for now is that wear is low and there is a significant performance gap of approximately two seconds between the two compounds which really opens up the opportunities for strategy. We’d expect most people to qualify on the supersoft, as it’s the closest we get to an actual qualifying tyre, but then what they do in the race is completely open.”
|1.Hamilton||1m47.055s||Medium Used||1.Vettel||1m44.249s||Supersoft New|
|2.Webber||1m47.420s||Medium Used||2.Webber||1m44.853s||Supersoft New|
|3.Vettel||1m47.885s||Medium Used||3.Rosberg||1m44.258s||Supersoft New|
Tyre statistics of the day:
|kms driven *||1,445||3,961||N/A||N/A|
|sets used overall **||22||44||N/A||N/A|
|highest number of laps **||24||26||N/A||N/A|
* The above number gives the total amount of kilometres driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per compound, all drivers combined.
May the Force be with you:
|-Max. g-force braking (longitudinal force):||-4.53 @ T7|
|-Max. g-force cornering (lateral force):||4.15 @ T22|
Caterham Cars, easy does it
Cast your memory back to 2010 when Lotus Racing entered Formula 1 and you will remember the reason why Tony Fernandes got involved with Lotus was in the hope of joining a car manufacturing venture. The Lotus deal did not go as planned and he bought Caterham. Slowly he is realising his dream, from the original Caterham 7 they present the AeroSeven, a new performance concept road car.
Before you get a fright, it will be powered by a 237bhp Ford Duratec-based engine which will propel the AeroSeven Concept to 100kph in under 4… wait a minute… Where is Renault in this?