Friday, 17 November 2017

Brazil GP - Results

With one race left and all home tracks raced, it's tight at the top...

1. No Vices Now - 1,136*
2. Two World Champions, two future World Champions and, um, two other guys - 1,134*
3. Moneyball - 1,133*
4. The EvePitstop Princess - 1,030*
5. Evel Marque - 1,029*
6. Hoping for an Indian Summer - 1,021*
7. Jenson's Whinging Legacy - 1,008*
8. Bernie is a hobbit - 1,000*
9. Even more hopeful - 991*
10. Beauty & the F1 Geek - 862*
11. Burn After Racing - 855*
12. Slightly Slower Racing - 719*
13. BOT-RAI-PER - 709*
14. Hippy F1 - 641*

*Home track played

Brazil GP - "Daddy, we are so proud of you"

This weekend saw a cracking race.  It got off to a good start with Hamilton in the pits.  Lap one saw Ocon and Grosjean come together, then Van Doorne and Ricciardo triggered a safety car.  There was lots of overtaking but I have no notes from the race??!  I think it was just of a standard we haven't seen in a long, long time.  Even after Vettel crossed the line, there was the battle between Massa, Alonso and Perez to enjoy.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Mexico GP - "Not the race you wanted but who cares"

Another awful start to a race...penalties.  It made a day of the living dead at the back of the grid.  I did enjoy the theme though.

And so to the first lap, Vettel and Hamilton went at each other then Vettel and Verstappen.  So by lap 22, Hamilton was in 19th place with blue flags being waved at him: "it would be quicker for him to let me past and follow".  This is racing, Hamilton and we're all hoping you can't overtake and Vettel can.

Hulkenberg bought sparks to the race, nearly, being instructed that: "the car is not safe...get out by climbing out at the front of the car and jump off".  Hartley and Ericsson later brought real fire to the game.  Interesting retirements this race.

The pressure was getting to Hamilton and he demanded of his team: "when I ask a question, please give me a reply".  He did give us the best battle of the race when he encountered Alonso.  Finishing 9th, he won the world championship and I sincerely hope there'll be Neymar celebs on the radio this season.  Hamilton revealed that at this race, the Mexican fans are the best in the world.  We were also treated to a rare appearance by the Dutch national anthem and as a one off special, there was a special revolving podium introducing a DJ.  Whatever next?

Mexico GP - Results

1. No Vices Now - 1,105*
2. Moneyball - 1,085*
3. Two World Champions, two future World Champions and, um, two other guys - 1,074*
4. Hoping for an Indian Summer - 986*
5. The Pitstop Princess - 985*
6. Evel Marque - 984*
7= Bernie is a hobbit - 955*
7= Jenson's Whinging Legacy - 955*
9. Even More Hopeful - 938*
10. Burn After Racing - 826*
11. Beauty & the F1 Geek - 819*
12. BOT-RAI-PER - 661*
13. Slightly Slower Racing - 635
14. Hippy F1 - 600

* Home track played

Monday, 23 October 2017

US GP - "so proud to be part of it"

With such a dominant pole from Hamilton, I wasn't sure there would be much to watch in the race.  Pleasantly surprised but the ten minutes after the race ended were the most interesting.

The build up was very focused on Hamilton and Mercedes' triumphs and I wonder what they are now going to find to play next week, as the drivers' championship remains undecided.

When Jones announced that there was going to be a showcall, we knew we were in for a treat.  As Mr PSP predicted:...

"presenting...the backmarker...for Sauber...it's..."
"He's the man seeking to finish 21st in this 20 car race..."
"The one, the only, the legend...Wehrlein"

Then they skipped broadcasting the introductions to all the backmarkers!  Ricky Rocket was the only one who really embraced it...even Hamilton looked awkward.

And so the race started and for the first time in a long time, Mr PSP had not accidentally found out who the winner was in advance of watching.  Mainly because for the first time in a very long time, we were watching live.

The start also had a cheesy announcement: "Start your engines", which should really be: "get someone to start your engine".  It was a great start by everyone but especially Vettel, who nailed it and gave everyone hope for a thrilling race ahead.  Ricciardo added to the spice by some really aggressive driving to get past Bottas.  However, lap 6 saw DRS give the pass to Hamilton, followed ten laps later by Ricciardo bowing out.  Less rocket ship and more rocket ice lolly.

I was impressed that Stroll did manage to keep one driver behind him this race...Hartley.

The remaining action came from Raikkonen, passing Bottas, dallying with Verstappen and letting Vettel past: "Seb is now the car behind" - subtle.

Then we went to bed.

Then we watched the rest of the footage to see how and when Verstappen found out he was off the podium.  What an awkward podium room, Raikkonen just showed up and smiled and was literally handed the pink cap from Max's head.  I'm not surprised he threw it into the crowd and kept his sunnies on for the whole podium.

Hamilton asked Bolt to show him how to raise his hands in the air, then he got some shiny football boots.  I've deleted any further coverage.