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2009 F1 Season Analysis and Statistics after Monaco Grand Prix (6th Race)

Posted by f1cafe on May 24, 2009

                 
  Constructors Standings   Drivers Standings  
                 
  Constructor Points Gap to Leader   Driver Points Gap to Leader  
  Brawn GP 86     Jenson Button 51    
  Red Bull-Renault 42.5 43.5   Rubens Barrichello 35 16  
  Toyota 26.5 59.5   Sebastian Vettel 23 28  
  Ferrari 17 69   Mark Webber 19.5 31.5  
  McLaren-Mercedes 13 73   Jarno Trulli 14.5 36.5  
  Renault 11 75   Timo Glock 12 39  
  Williams-Toyota 7.5 78.5   Fernando Alonso 11 40  
  BMW Sauber 6 80   Lewis Hamilton 9 42  
  STR-Ferrari 5 81   Kimi Raikkonen 9 42  
  Force India-Mercedes 0 86   Felipe Massa 8 43  
  Mathematically, all constructors are still in with a Nico Rosberg 7.5 43.5  
  chance of winning the constructors title Nick Heidfeld 6 45  
          Heikki Kovalainen 4 47  
          Sebastien Buemi 3 48  
          Sebastien Bourdais 2 49  
          Robert Kubica 0 51  
          Nelson Piquet Jr. 0 51  
          Kazuki Nakajima 0 51  
          Adrian Sutil 0 51  
          Giancarlo Fisichella 0 51  
          Mathematically, all drivers are still in with a chance
          of winning the world drivers’ championship
                 

 

 

             
  Pole Positions by Driver Fastest Race Laps by Driver  
             
  Driver Poles   Driver Fastest Laps  
  Jenson Button 4   Rubens Barrichello 2  
  Jarno Trulli 1   Felipe Massa 1  
  Sebastian Vettel 1   Jarno Trulli 1  
        Jenson Button 1  
        Nico Rosberg 1  
             

 

 

             
  Driver Total Places Gained/Lost over the Season   Driver Average Places Gained/Lost per Race  
  Timo Glock 30   Timo Glock 5  
  Sebastien Bourdais 28   Sebastien Bourdais 4  
  Giancarlo Fisichella 20   Giancarlo Fisichella 3  
  Lewis Hamilton 19   Lewis Hamilton 3  
  Adrian Sutil 12   Adrian Sutil 2  
  Nick Heidfeld 12   Nick Heidfeld 2  
  Mark Webber 7   Rubens Barrichello 2  
  Rubens Barrichello 7   Jenson Button 1  
  Jenson Button 5   Mark Webber 1  
  Fernando Alonso -1   Fernando Alonso -1  
  Sebastien Buemi -3   Nelson Piquet Jr. -1  
  Nelson Piquet Jr. -5   Sebastien Buemi -1  
  Jarno Trulli -10   Jarno Trulli -2  
  Nico Rosberg -12   Nico Rosberg -2  
  Kimi Raikkonen -19   Felipe Massa -3  
  Felipe Massa -21   Heikki Kovalainen -4  
  Heikki Kovalainen -23   Kimi Raikkonen -4  
  Robert Kubica -28   Robert Kubica -4  
  Sebastian Vettel -30   Kazuki Nakajima -5  
  Kazuki Nakajima -31   Sebastian Vettel -5  
             
  For the above calculations, any DNFs are treated as 20th race finishing
position (P20)
 
  Net places gained is inclusive of overtakes as well as retirements (of
other drivers ahead)
 
             

 

 

             
  Driver Average Race Starting Position   Driver Average Race Finishing Position  
  Jenson Button 2   Jenson Button 1  
  Sebastian Vettel 4   Rubens Barrichello 3  
  Rubens Barrichello 5   Mark Webber 7  
  Fernando Alonso 7   Timo Glock 7  
  Nico Rosberg 7   Fernando Alonso 8  
  Kimi Raikkonen 8   Nico Rosberg 9  
  Mark Webber 8   Sebastian Vettel 9  
  Felipe Massa 9   Lewis Hamilton 10  
  Jarno Trulli 9   Nick Heidfeld 10  
  Heikki Kovalainen 12   Jarno Trulli 11  
  Kazuki Nakajima 12   Felipe Massa 12  
  Nick Heidfeld 12   Kimi Raikkonen 12  
  Robert Kubica 12   Sebastien Bourdais 12  
  Timo Glock 12   Giancarlo Fisichella 14  
  Lewis Hamilton 13   Nelson Piquet Jr. 15  
  Nelson Piquet Jr. 14   Sebastien Buemi 15  
  Sebastien Buemi 14   Adrian Sutil 16  
  Sebastien Bourdais 16   Heikki Kovalainen 16  
  Giancarlo Fisichella 17   Robert Kubica 16  
  Adrian Sutil 18   Kazuki Nakajima 17  
             

 

 

       
  Driver Total Times Finished in Points  
  Jenson Button 6  
  Rubens Barrichello 6  
  Fernando Alonso 4  
  Mark Webber 4  
  Nico Rosberg 4  
  Timo Glock 4  
  Jarno Trulli 3  
  Lewis Hamilton 3  
  Sebastian Vettel 3  
  Felipe Massa 2  
  Kimi Raikkonen 2  
  Nick Heidfeld 2  
  Sebastien Bourdais 2  
  Sebastien Buemi 2  
  Heikki Kovalainen 1  
  Adrian Sutil 0  
  Giancarlo Fisichella 0  
  Kazuki Nakajima 0  
  Nelson Piquet Jr. 0  
  Robert Kubica 0  
       

 

 

                     
  Team Mates Head to Head in Qualifying   Team Mates Head to Head in Races  
                     
  Driver 1             Driver 2   Driver 1             Driver 2  
  Lewis Hamilton 4 2 Heikki Kovalainen   Lewis Hamilton 4 1 Heikki Kovalainen  
  Kimi Raikkonen 3 3 Felipe Massa   Kimi Raikkonen 4 2 Felipe Massa  
  Robert Kubica 4 2 Nick Heidfeld   Nick Heidfeld 5 1 Robert Kubica  
  Fernando Alonso 6 0 Nelson Piquet Jr.   Fernando Alonso 6 0 Nelson Piquet Jr.  
  Jarno Trulli 5 1 Timo Glock   Timo Glock 4 2 Jarno Trulli  
  Sebastien Buemi 5 1 Sebastien Bourdais   Sebastien Bourdais 3 2 Sebastien Buemi  
  Sebastian Vettel 5 1 Mark Webber   Mark Webber 4 2 Sebastian Vettel  
  Nico Rosberg 6 0 Kazuki Nakajima   Nico Rosberg 6 0 Kazuki Nakajima  
  Jenson Button 5 1 Rubens Barrichello   Jenson Button 6 0 Rubens Barrichello  
  Giancarlo Fisichella 4 2 Adrian Sutil   Giancarlo Fisichella 4 2 Adrian Sutil  
                     

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Tickets arrived yesterday for British Grand Prix (Silverstone)

Posted by f1cafe on May 22, 2009

Fantastic. Our British Grand Prix tickets have arrived, a month ahead of the race weekend.

We bought our tickets directly from the Silverstone website. We bought these tickets around an year ago, immediately after the 2008 British Grand Prix.

This year, we have tickets for all three days (Friday free practice, Saturday practice and qualifying, and Sunday’s race). I’ll be sitting with four of my work colleagues in covered Platinum Grandstand Luffield A.

Luffield A provides a great view of the cars for longer duration of the lap, as it covers some of the slow corners and fast straights. Great for photography as well. The main advantage with Luffield A is that it is covered and there’s no problem even if it rains hard. In 2008, I was glad I sat in Luffield A, as it rained quite badly on Sunday.

There’s also a giant TV screen close to Luffield A. So it’s very easy to follow what’s going on in the race. I’ll have my mobile phone and headphones ready to tune into the live race coverage on Silverstone FM. Last year the commentary was great and it was easy to follow. Combined with the giant TV screen and FM commentary it was a lot more easier to follow the race than I had imagined.

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My British Grand Prix (Silverstone) Pictures from 2008 Season

Posted by f1cafe on May 20, 2009

The first F1 race I attended was the British GP at Silverstone in 2008. Those were my early days with my new Canon Digital SRL (EOS 400D) with a Canon 70-300 zoom lens. I did some reading on the Internet about motorsport photography and learned a few tricks on how best to capture these fast moving cars in a entry level SLR.

I am going to attach some of those pictures to this blog entry and you can judge my photographic abilities for yourself 🙂 Post a comment if you’d like to have the high resolution original image.

Drivers Parade - British Grand Prix @ Silverstone 2008

Drivers Parade – British Grand Prix @ Silverstone (2008)

 

Red Arrows - British Grand Prix, Silverstone 2008

Red Arrows Display – British Grand Prix @ Silverstone (2008) – It was a pretty bad day in terms of weather and Red Arrows could not perform all the planned maneuvers

 

Red Bull

Red Bull

 

Red Bull

Red Bull

 

BMW

BMW

 

Honda's Earth Dreams Car

Honda’s Earth Dream car

 

Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari

 

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

 

Kimi Raikkonen trying to overtake Lewis Hamilton

Kimi trying to overtake Lewis through a slow corner

 

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso

 

Filipe Massa's one of many spins of the race

Filipe Massa’s one of many spins of the race

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A visit to Ferrari Store in Regent Street, London

Posted by f1cafe on May 19, 2009

If you aren’t already aware, about a month or so ago, Ferrari had opened their first Ferrari Store in the UK. This store is situated in London’s Regent Street and is a two minute walk from Oxford Circus station. Kimi Raikkonen officially opened this store when he was in London prior to the Spanish GP.

Yesterday, after finishing at work early, I went to Regent Street to check out the Ferrari Store, and see if there’s anything that I fancy!! Shop looked nice and clean. It has one floor under ground. For added effect, every couple of minutes you hear the sound of a Ferrari F1 car gunning past you at speed. As you enter the store, you cannot ignore the real F2005 (The Ferrari F1 car from the 2005 season) in all its glory.

They seem to have chosen Italian staff. They all speak English with some accent, and all are very friendly and dressed up in Ferrari F1 gear.

You can find all sorts of Ferrari merchandise including T-Shirts, Polo shirts, sweat shirts, various models of cars, books, caps, bags and more. There’s a lot of stuff for kids as well. There are video games for you and your kids to enjoy.

As always Ferrari branded stuff is expensive! But I did end up splashing cash on a £55 Ferrari F1 shirt, which I always had an eye on. I’ll be wearing it when I go to British GP at Silverstone next month!

Check out some cool Ferrari gear at Amazon.co.uk

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5 races into the season, some interesting statistics

Posted by f1cafe on May 15, 2009

Here are some statistics after the Spanish grand prix:

Constructors Standings:

Constructor Points Gap to Leader
Brawn GP 68 0
Red Bull-Renault 38.5 29.5
Toyota 26.5 41.5
McLaren-Mercedes 13 55
Renault 9 59
BMW Sauber 6 62
Ferrari 6 62
Williams-Toyota 4.5 63.5
STR-Ferrari 4 64
Force India-Mercedes 0 68

Mathematically, all constructors are still in with a chance of winning the constructor’s title.

Drivers Standings:

Driver Points Gap to Leader
Jenson Button 41 0
Rubens Barrichello 27 14
Sebastian Vettel 23 18
Mark Webber 15.5 25.5
Jarno Trulli 14.5 26.5
Timo Glock 12 29
Fernando Alonso 9 32
Lewis Hamilton 9 32
Nick Heidfeld 6 35
Nico Rosberg 4.5 36.5
Heikki Kovalainen 4 37
Felipe Massa 3 38
Kimi Raikkonen 3 38
Sebastien Buemi 3 38
Sebastien Bourdais 1 40
Adrian Sutil 0 41
Giancarlo Fisichella 0 41
Kazuki Nakajima 0 41
Nelson Piquet Jr. 0 41
Robert Kubica 0 41

Mathematically, all drivers are still in with a chance of winning the world drivers’ championship.

Pole Positions by Driver:

Driver Poles
Jenson Button 3
Jarno Trulli 1
Sebastian Vettel 1
Adrian Sutil 0
Felipe Massa 0
Fernando Alonso 0
Giancarlo Fisichella 0
Heikki Kovalainen 0
Kazuki Nakajima 0
Kimi Raikkonen 0
Lewis Hamilton 0
Mark Webber 0
Nelson Piquet Jr. 0
Nick Heidfeld 0
Nico Rosberg 0
Robert Kubica 0
Rubens Barrichello 0
Sebastien Bourdais 0
Sebastien Buemi 0
Timo Glock 0

 

Fastest Race Laps by Driver:

Driver Fastest Laps
Rubens Barrichello 2
Jarno Trulli 1
Jenson Button 1
Nico Rosberg 1
Adrian Sutil 0
Felipe Massa 0
Fernando Alonso 0
Giancarlo Fisichella 0
Heikki Kovalainen 0
Kazuki Nakajima 0
Kimi Raikkonen 0
Lewis Hamilton 0
Mark Webber 0
Nelson Piquet Jr. 0
Nick Heidfeld 0
Robert Kubica 0
Sebastian Vettel 0
Sebastien Bourdais 0
Sebastien Buemi 0
Timo Glock 0

 

Average Race Starting Grid Positions of Drivers:

Driver Average Race Starting Position
Jenson Button 2
Sebastian Vettel 4
Rubens Barrichello 5
Fernando Alonso 7
Jarno Trulli 7
Nico Rosberg 7
Mark Webber 8
Felipe Massa 9
Kimi Raikkonen 10
Robert Kubica 10
Timo Glock 10
Nick Heidfeld 11
Kazuki Nakajima 12
Lewis Hamilton 12
Heikki Kovalainen 13
Nelson Piquet Jr. 15
Sebastien Buemi 15
Sebastien Bourdais 17
Adrian Sutil 18
Giancarlo Fisichella 18

 

Average Race Finishing Position of Drivers:

Driver Average Race Finish Position
Jenson Button 1
Rubens Barrichello 4
Timo Glock 6
Mark Webber 7
Sebastian Vettel 7
Fernando Alonso 8
Lewis Hamilton 9
Nico Rosberg 9
Jarno Trulli 10
Nick Heidfeld 10
Sebastien Bourdais 12
Kimi Raikkonen 13
Felipe Massa 14
Giancarlo Fisichella 14
Nelson Piquet Jr. 14
Sebastien Buemi 14
Heikki Kovalainen 15
Robert Kubica 15
Adrian Sutil 16
Kazuki Nakajima 17

For the above calculations, any DNFs by drivers are treated as P20.

Average Number of Places Gained or Lost During Races:

Driver Average Number of Places Gained/Lost During Race
Sebastien Bourdais 5
Giancarlo Fisichella 4
Timo Glock 4
Lewis Hamilton 3
Adrian Sutil 2
Jenson Button 1
Mark Webber 1
Nelson Piquet Jr. 1
Nick Heidfeld 1
Rubens Barrichello 1
Sebastien Buemi 1
Fernando Alonso -1
Heikki Kovalainen -2
Nico Rosberg -2
Jarno Trulli -3
Kimi Raikkonen -3
Sebastian Vettel -3
Felipe Massa -5
Kazuki Nakajima -5
Robert Kubica -5

For the above calculations, any DNFs by drivers are treated as P20. Also, the net places gained is inclusive of overtakes as well as retirements (of other drivers ahead).

How Many Times Each Driver Finished in Points?

Driver Number of Times Finished in Points
Jenson Button 5
Rubens Barrichello 5
Timo Glock 4
Fernando Alonso 3
Jarno Trulli 3
Lewis Hamilton 3
Mark Webber 3
Nico Rosberg 3
Sebastian Vettel 3
Nick Heidfeld 2
Sebastien Buemi 2
Felipe Massa 1
Heikki Kovalainen 1
Kimi Raikkonen 1
Sebastien Bourdais 1
Adrian Sutil 0
Giancarlo Fisichella 0
Kazuki Nakajima 0
Nelson Piquet Jr. 0
Robert Kubica 0

 

Team Mates Head to Head in Races:

Driver 1             Driver 2
Lewis Hamilton 3 1 Heikki Kovalainen
Kimi Raikkonen 3 2 Felipe Massa
Robert Kubica 1 4 Nick Heidfeld
Fernando Alonso 5 0 Nelson Piquet Jr.
Jarno Trulli 2 3 Timo Glock
Sebastien Buemi 2 2 Sebastien Bourdais
Mark Webber 3 2 Sebastian Vettel
Nico Rosberg 5 0 Kazuki Nakajima
Jenson Button 5 0 Rubens Barrichello
Adrian Sutil 2 3 Giancarlo Fisichella

Cases where both team mates failed to finish, are not included in the above.

Team Mates Head to Head in Qualifying:

Driver 1             Driver 2
Lewis Hamilton 4 1 Heikki Kovalainen
Kimi Raikkonen 2 3 Felipe Massa
Robert Kubica 4 1 Nick Heidfeld
Fernando Alonso 5 0 Nelson Piquet Jr.
Jarno Trulli 4 1 Timo Glock
Sebastien Buemi 4 1 Sebastien Bourdais
Mark Webber 1 4 Sebastian Vettel
Nico Rosberg 5 0 Kazuki Nakajima
Jenson Button 4 1 Rubens Barrichello
Adrian Sutil 2 3 Giancarlo Fisichella

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