The effect of restrictions on F1

I don’t want to become an F1 commentator or a critic. But I love that sport and there’s a lot more to it than just ‘driving round the track a hundred times’ as some people say.

Felipe Massa hits Vitantonio Liuzzi
Felipe Massa hits Vitantonio Liuzzi

Last year, grace a la recession, the FIA (Federation Internationale d’Automobile) introduced some restrictions for teams and manufacturers a few of which have been mentioned here.Read More »


Who’s right and who’s wrong? A Scary Situation.

Recently in F1, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel part of the Red Bull F1 racing team were all set to take a 1-2 victory in the Turkish Grand Prix. There were around 17 laps to go when the younger of the two drivers, Sebastian made a move on the dirty side of the track over team-mate and race leader Mark Webber. Mark refused to give him any space, while Sebastian felt he had nailed the spot and maneuvered his car to the clean part of the track and in the process colliding with the unrelenting Aussie. In effect, Sebastian spun out of the race into retirement while Mark owing to the scuffle, lost track position to both the chasing Mclarens. The race eventually ended with a gift-wrapped 1-2 for the Mclaren team and only a consolation of a third place for Mark Webber.

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Barrichello strikes gold

Barrichello strikes gold |

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What a great result to a seemingly boring race for a Ferrari Fan! After the high hopes we were given of Schumi’s return, this is a little sweet.

Earlier this month the F1 fraternity was all abuzz with the news that seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher would be returning behind the wheel for the remnant of this year’s grand prix as stand in for the injured Felipe Massa. Everyone was eager to see him again – I had arranged for the TV to be shifted out of my parents bedroom.

The dream disappeared shortly afterwards when Schumi cancelled his return due to unfit neck muscles – pivotal to a good drive. The stand-in, was now Luca Badoer, Ferrari’s longest test driver who’s not been racing since ’97. Having big shoes to fill, he started the qualifiers in Valencia finishing a mere 20th! Nothing improved on Sunday and he went off skidding upwards to a no-less-humiliating 17th place finish.

Kimi on the other hand who had been outshone by his injured team mate for most of the season, either seemed to have been wary of schumacher’s return or relieved of the pressure from Massa, showed a superb performance moving up the grid from 6th to finsih 3rd!

Right in front was the man who was behind many of Ferrari’s victories – Ruebens Barrichello. Now a Brawn GP driver he showed of his brawn when he drove out ahead of team mate Button to finish first. Button finished 7th.

One would wonder what happened to Lewis Hamilton and his tail end partner Heikki Kovlanen after they started from the front end of the grid. Well, an uncalculated pit stop with unready tires cost Lewis 6 major seconds that Ruebens took full advantage off. Heikki didn’t put up much of a show but managed to better his team mate and came a repsectable 4th.

Our man Luca needs to better his pace by leaps and bounds. I don’t think the Toro Rosso is in any position to challenge inspite of Adrian Newey. Williams, Renault and BMW are both missing their edge especially Alonso who couldn’t shine in front of his home team. The lesser known team of Force India seems to be catching pace with the leaders coming 10th and 12th respectively in a race not marked by too many casualties. I hope the races stay this interesting. Got just 7 days to go before the next race in Belguim. See you there!

Watch this space for more on ‘A Ferrari’s Fan’s Most Frustrating Season’