Monday, 30 May 2016

Monaco GP - "Just save it...nothing youse can say can make that any better"

Gambling big

Ricciardo - was that really his first pole?
Engine failure in Qualifying 3 - a glimmer of hope from Hamilton
Wet race - promised such a lot...
"He flies through the air with the greatest of ease..." - Verstappen mounts the kerb
Clever strategy - Hamilton's team did a great job
Force India - brought a strong race, Perez third and Hulkenberg sixth
Ricciardo - using the Scottish vernacular

Losing it all

Safety car start - what are these drivers paid for?
Palmer - crashing to bring out another safety car just as we'd got rid of the first one
Raikkonen - taking a good driver [himself] out of the race
More bad luck for Ricciardo - a 13.5 second pit stop.  Just seems impossible for Red Bull.
Brundle looking for a jacket to wear for the podium interviews - who dropped out during the race?  Bieber?
Team orders - worked out well for Sauber
4 Monte Carlo wins in a row - not for Rosberg
Bieber??? - rocking the Angus hair cut though!

Monaco GP - Results

1. BogOffBernie - 345
2. Weak End of Bernie - 343
3. Three teams, one dream - 311
4. The Pitstop Princess - 308
5. Merc-redible Hulk - 299
6. Claire has to type out this sentence each time as my team name - 285
7= Halo, it's me - 247
7= No Vices Now - 247
9. Hippy F1 - 231
10. The Hopefuls - 230
11. Beauty & the F1 Geek - 225
12. British Racing Green - 208
13. The Maranello Marvels - 205
14. Marian's Marvels - 177
15. Indiana Walker and the Tyres of Doom - 127
16. Put out to Pastor - 102

Monday, 16 May 2016

Spain GP - "unbelievable"

Testing track

Verstappen/Kvyat switch around - promotion, demotion, sideways moves, Red Bull did well out of it and Kvyat stuck it home with a fastest lap.  Just to clarify, if you have either driver in your team you will still score whatever points they score etc.
Hamilton's start - whooping in the Crossword King household
Hamilon/Rosberg L1 "racing incident" - this was rewound several times.  If it wasn't for the Old Skool gravel traps, I guess it wouldn't have mattered so much.  After throwing his steering wheel to the ground, Hamilton kept it very professional in the press pit.  I assume that there will an announcement shortly that Hamilton and Wehrlein are to swap seats?
Double noggin knockers - what I assume Toto did in the Mercedes truck
Haas - yet again, bringing the racing to the race
Dilemmas - now, I don't want Red Bull or Vettel to do well but I do want Ferrari and Ricciardo to...who should I be rooting for?
18 year old winner - are we going to be ruing this day in 5 years, 10 years...?  Or is it too much too soon and he'll go the Macauly Culkin way?
Smiling and talking - Raikkonen!
Booing - Vettel must wonder what on earth he has to do to win over the public.

Testing times

Worst interview ever with Sir Frank - courtesy of Alain Prost
Continuation of the poor strategy by Williams - Massa out in the first qualifying session
Does Verstappen even know the song Sweet Dreams? - probably not DC
Too much excitement - as Ricciardo fails to pass Vettel on L59
Webber's unlucky Red Bull seat - inherited by Ricciardo
Channel 4 - cut the podium room chat
Placido Domingo - ?

Spain GP - Results

1. Weak End of Bernie - 308*
2. BogOffBernie - 298
3. Three teams, one dream - 279
4. The Pitstop Princess - 272
5. Merc-redible Hulk - 255
6. Claire has to type this sentence each time as my team name - 234
7. No Vices Now - 225
8. Beauty & the F1 Geek - 215
9. Halo, it's me - 212
10. British Racing Green - 190
11. Hippy F1 - 187
12. The Maranello Marvels - 178
13. Marian's Marvels - 169
14. The Hopefuls - 167
15. Put out to Pastor - 90
16. Indiana Walker and the Tyres of Doom - 88

*Home track

Monday, 2 May 2016

Russia GP- "We've finally done it in Russia"

Putin orders it

The Pitstop Princess loves a pun - Brundle: "Fins ain't what they used to be"
Tidying up - Vettel puts his broken front wing in his cockpit
Scooter driving - Vettel hops in the driver seat to get back to the pits (see also Toddler Pitstop's main life ambition)
Bleeper machine - Formula 1 Management gets good value from theirs this weekend
What little radio communication we heard - Perez: "Do you like my pace?  Do you like it?"
Consecutive race wins - if it was Hamilton we would all be complaining though.  Apparently this means that Nico has won more races consecutively than his father won in his whole championship-winning career.  I tried to verify this but the chart on Wikipedia was too confusing.
Mercedes engineer swap - the big story of the race weekend.  Has management decided that Rosberg should have better engineers?  Is it all coincidence?
Kvyat - a masterclass in how to own up and apologise for a mistake

Putin frowns

Kvyat - gets it right this time, bumping Vettel twice to ensure no awkward podium room chat (although he missed  bumping Putin which would have guaranteed this for all)
Radio communication - so the Mercedes engineers can't tell Hamilton "it's hammer time" but the Ferrari engineers can tell Raikkonen "this is a critical point"?
Massa's five second penalty - does anyone know why this was awarded?
Paul di Resta - are we the only household who hits fastforward whenever he appears?

Russia GP - Results

1. BogOffBernie - 284
2. Three teams, one dream - 265
3. Merc-redible Hulk - 227
4. The Pitstop Princess - 219
5. Claire has to type this sentence each time as my team name - 212
6. No Vices Now - 211
7. Weak End of Bernie - 208
8. Beauty & the F1 Geek - 196
9. Halo, it's me - 193
10. Marian's Marvels - 167
11. The Hopefuls - 146
12. Hippy F1 - 138
13. British Racing Green - 133
14. The Maranello Marvels - 121
15. Put out to Pastor - 80
16. Indiana Walker and the Tyres of Doom - 58