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Chinese Grand Prix – Friday Practice

April 18, 2014

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I’m really sorry about the last couple of weeks – I did about half the analysis of the race for Malaysia, and I didn’t get the chance to do anything at all for Bahrain – but I did discover how the fuel consumption at a circuit can affect the competitiveness. In Malaysia, there was no […]

Australian Grand Prix – Friday Practice

March 14, 2014

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And we’re back. The cars look (a bit) different and sound (a lot) different, but the Formula One circus is go. So much for all the cars breaking down, and no-one going out to practice. There’s a fair bit of data, and most of it looks to be reasonably consistent. The gap from front to […]

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Friday Practice

November 2, 2013

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Without looking at the data at all you would imagine that we could reasonably safely predict that Red Bull will be miles ahead, with Lotus – or perhaps Mercedes – second, followed by Ferrari. The data suggested something different in Melbourne, and it turned out not to be false hope. And in Abu Dhabi? No […]

Japanese Grand Prix: Red Bull Conspiracy?

October 16, 2013

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Now I’m not one for conspiracy theories, and although Sebastian Vettel is clearly favoured at Red Bull, I don’t think they have ever intentionally hindered Webber. However, the events at Suzuka at the weekend had me wondering if they had moved Mark out of the way deliberately.  As always, I will leave it to the […]

Japanese Grand Prix: Friday Practice

October 11, 2013

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OK. This is a difficult one. You could think that Rosberg was a whole second faster than the Red Bulls on the medium tyres. Or indeed, you could think that he was over two seconds slower on the hard tyres. It’s easy to dismiss this as fuel loads, wave our hands in the air and […]

Korean Grand Prix: Race Notes

October 10, 2013

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The trouble with races like the Korean Grand Prix, apart from the lack of entertainment at the time, is that there is no real motivation to analyse them. Maybe it wasn’t the most dull race for ages, but I have to admit to doing a fair amount of (real) work during it as there wasn’t […]

Korean Grand Prix: Friday Practice

October 4, 2013

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Now this is an odd one.  I’m not sure anything has been straightforward in Korea. Two years ago all we heard about was that it was going to be a five stop race, and it turned out to be a two-stopper. The next year, all signs pointed to Ferrari dominance, and Vettel walked away with […]

Singapore Grand Prix: Race Notes

September 25, 2013

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It wasn’t close, was it? In fact, it looked like it was even more dominant than Friday had suggested – indeed the general suggestion is that Vettel had between two and three seconds in hand. But things are rarely what they seem. Usually, to claim that a car is about a second and a half […]

Singapore Grand Prix: Friday Practice

September 20, 2013

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Not hard to call this one. All the headlines have Red Bull as favourites with the best part of a second advantage. And apart from a few laps from Raikkonen, the race pace picture looks even more one-sided. Behind the Red Bulls, and it looks like only they can stop themselves finishing one-two, it looks […]

Italian Grand Prix – Race Notes

September 9, 2013

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I quite enjoyed the Italian Grand Prix. Races where key players get out-of-position are often fun. Add in a really good midfield battle, even without the Lewis and Kimi double act, and the Alonso pass on Webber and there was a lot to like. It’s just a shame that the race winner was never really […]