Brought to you by TJ13 Courtroom Reporter & Crime Analyst: Adam Macdonald (@adamac39)
The disbelief when I saw a man running across the track in Free Practice 2 made me question whether I was still dreaming or not. Why I wondered, would someone be so desperate to make it into the Ferrari garage? Surely he did not think he would just be able to slip in there unnoticed. Then it struck me, he was just trying to gain an advantage in his predictions for that week as the tyre wear was still relatively unknown at that point. Mystery solved, investigation over.
Unfortunately for the gentleman involved, he was arrested and was unable to update his GP Predictor anyway, so the whole exercise was in vain. Others around the world were able to and here is how those in the TJ13 league fared this week:
A new leader
Climbing 24 places and into the top spot in the TJ13 Courtroom League is Boden86. A staggering 180 points made it a Grand Prix to remember for the team, but the pressure is now on, can this continue in Bahrain?
Also shooting up the league into a solid 7th position is Rigel, having made up 101 places this week! A perfect top 6 was mostly the reason for this, although, in truth, it was not the most surprising of results. Now mixing it with the heavy weights of the league, Bahrain should be more a challenge…
The only way is up
Formula-TeamLH fell heavily this week 41 places thanks to the inconsistent Renault powertrain and some wishful thinking of problems for Nico Rosberg. That said, had Hamilton’s plan to back Rosberg up worked then it might just have come off; fine margins at work here. Will Bahrain finally shake up the order at the front?
Nobody saw it coming
The only slightly out of the ordinary result was the Lotus of Romain Grosjean finishing in 7th place – finally showing their hand and delivering on all the preseason promise. The Renault problems were, if not predictable, foreseeable in China.
Food for thought
With the Lotus package looking strong and, according to some teams’ data, being faster than the Williams, can they break into the top 6 at a circuit that has traditionally been very good for them? Furthermore, will Pastor Maldonado once again blow a great opportunity of a strong points finish?
As for the rest of the field, it really is a lottery and a great unknown. Even more reason to tune into Free Practice then…
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 Chinese GP has been noted for how it has failed to capture the interest of the Chinese people. How many people were reported to have attended in its inaugural year in 2004?
(Answer will be posted in the next Predictor summary)
Last question’s answer
The question was: When was the last time both Toro Rosso cars finished higher than the Red Bulls?
Answer: This is one that causes great discussion, as technically the answer is Australia 2014, where Sebastian Vettel retired and Daniel Ricciardo was later disqualified, as Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat finished 8th and 9th respectively. However, Ricciardo did actually finish that race, therefore, the last time both Toro Rossos finished ahead of both Red Bulls was Australia 2009.
The Red Bulls were classified 12th and 13th while Sébastien Buemi and Sébastien Bourdais finished 7th and 8th respectively. Incidentally, that was the only race that year that both of the mini bulls finished in the points.