#F1 Victims of Circumstance: Barcelona 2015 – #SpanishGP

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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.]

The win which so many pundits and experts had decided would change Nico Rosberg’s season arrived.  For once, it was Lewis Hamilton that had the poor start and faced the irritation of needing to deal with a meddling Ferrari in the Mercedes procession to the chequered flag.  The most worrying part of the season for me has been the lack of overtaking, especially going into the Monaco Grand Prix, where passing cars is notoriously difficult.

When we factor in the test session that happened immediately after the race, in which countless aerodynamic aids and engine upgrades would have been tested, can we really expect the cars to be that different in Monte Carlo?  The turbulent air leaving the cars will surely be even greater and the promised engine upgrades will probably be saved until Canada as teams look to stretch the life of powertrains.

With declining spectator figures and audiences around the globe (excluding the US) why is F1 not consolidating what it already has rather than trying to improve the product, especially at such an uncertain time for the sport?  Those on shaky ground should not make rash moves.

So what really happened?

Fernando Alonso: So much has been covered of this already, but the point in question is that Alonso was not at fault for his brakes opting for a fiery siesta mid race.  The Spaniard is reinstated to a net 15th place.

Pastor Maldonado: For any of the readers who are 90s kids then you will be familiar with Pokemon, the animated series of make believe beings that fight each other.  A friend of mine said, while watching the race, that the Venezuelan was like one of the mystical creatures that hurts itself in confusion at the thought of overtaking someone which seemed a fair assessment.  Nevertheless, he is reinstated to 9th place at the race that he not so long ago won.

Marcus Ericsson: Another weekend that has seen Sauber slip back into the clutches of Force India and Manor, as well as another weekend that sees a slow pit stop cost Marcus Ericsson.  The positive start to the season must seem like a distant memory now.  The Swede is promoted to a net 13th place.

Romain Grosjean: Victims does not correct for running over your mechanic, he remains in place.

Jenson Button: The car was ‘scary’ in his own words, but it would have been an afternoon fighting the Force Indias anyway, given the complex nature of the circuit.  He is corrected to a net 17th.

The Verdict
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:

Revised Race Position Driver Result comparison Points Points Difference Grid Position
Start RevisedPosition
1 Nico Rosberg = 25 = 1 1
2 Lewis Hamilton = 18 = 2 2
3 Sebastian Vettel = 15 = 3 3
4 Valtteri Bottas = 12 = 4 4
5 Kimi Raikkonen = 10 = 7 5
6 Felipe Massa = 8 = 9 6
7 Daniel Ricciardo = 6 = 10 7
8 Romain Grosjean = 4 = 11 8
9 Pastor Maldonado RETIRED 2 +2 12 9
10 Carlos Sainz Jr -1 1 -1 5 10
11 Daniil Kvyat -1 0 -1 8 11
12 Max Verstappen -1 0 = 6 12
13 Marcus Ericsson +1 0 = 16 13
14 Felipe Nasr -2 0 = 15 14
15 Fernando Alonso RETIRED 0 = 13 15
16 Sergio Perez -3 0 = 18 16
17 Jenson Button -1 0 = 14 17
18 Nico Hulkenberg -3 0 = 17 18
19 Will Stevens -1 0 = 19 19
20 Roberto Merhi -1 0 = 20 20


Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:

Driver Revised WDC WDC Points Difference
Position Points
Lewis Hamilton 1 111 =
Nico Rosberg 2 94 +3
Sebastian Vettel 3 80 =
Kimi Raikkonen 4 59 +7
Felipe Massa 5 44 +5
Valtteri Bottas 6 42 =
Romain Grosjean 7 22 +6
Daniel Ricciardo 8 20 -5
Max Verstappen 9 11 +5
Felipe Nasr 10 8 -6
Carlos Sainz Jr 11 7 -1
Daniil Kvyat 12 3 -2
Sergio Perez 13 2 -3
Pastor Maldonado 14 2 +2
Nico Hulkenberg 15 0 -6
Marcus Ericsson 16 0 -5
Jenson Button 17 0 =
Fernando Alonso 18 0 =
Roberto Merhi 19 0 =
Will Stevens 20 0 =

*Those with 0 points will not be ordered

What they would have said

Not a great deal of change on a relatively dull weekend of racing, but at least Pastor would have been off the mark for 2015.  Oh well, Monaco it is then; it’s hardly as though he’ll struggle in a place where precision driving is fundamental to success…oh wait.

An important race for both Mercedes drivers to make a statement, the streets of Monte Carlo could once again prove pivotal in the season’s title tussle.  It’s always hard to write off Lewis Hamilton, but Nico has been supreme around there in recent years.  Maybe, just maybe, it won’t be as boring as some want to make out then…

Quote of the Day

The late great Enzo Ferrari famously said “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.”

Enzo Ferrari

Admittedly, this was said in a different era of racing and technology, but I wonder what he would make of the sport today were he still around.

4 responses to “#F1 Victims of Circumstance: Barcelona 2015 – #SpanishGP

  1. Love the quote, thanks to TJ13 and all its contributors who make this particular site a breath of fresh air in comparison to some others. Haven’t been posting long but I really enjoy the articles and posts which I have come across.

  2. I know the great man would be turning in his grave, Ferrari was always an engine man and you only have to think back to how long his beloved team held onto the glorious sounding v12..to give you an idea as to how one fan feels about this..there is a cave not far from here, graced only by one man and is off limits to Mrs Oddball(if she knew how much I sent on the decore then I am toast) there are pieces of every engine ever produced by the prancing horse..except two…there are distributor caps,valve guides and nik naks all produced with care and passion..and not one bit is made of cast plastic or formed carbon and not one is from a 1.4lt turbo hybrid phone charger. Rest in piece ‘el presidente’

    • “1.4lt turbo hybrid”
      Well, that explains Ferrari’s problem; giving up 12.5% if the allowed displacement can’t be good.

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