Posted on April 7, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 223

The Malaysian Grand Prix was all about making the right decisions, particularly in qualifying. We have seen in all three races so far that qualifying is having a significant effect on race outcome, because the options for doing something completely different on race strategy are reduced with the refueling ban. Cars which qualify out of position struggle to make up the places, while midfield cars who are able to take advantage can go on and score big points in the race because overtaking is hard. Force India’s Adrian Sutil managed to keep Lewis Hamilton behind him despite the McLaren having More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on April 7, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 223

Ferrari lead both the drivers’ and constructor’s championships after the first three races of the season and have shown that their pace is closest to the Red Bulls, but there is an uneasiness about their position at the moment, particularly in light of the operational and reliability problems they encountered in Malaysia. The engine which let Fernando Alonso down on Sunday will arrive back at the Ferrari engine department today for examination, while yesterday’s debrief at Maranello focussed on the wider reliability problems, with both Saubers’ Ferrari engines breaking and the mistakes made in qualifying which led to Alonso and More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on April 6, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 223

The Malaysian Grand Prix was a weekend of sunshine, heavy showers and quick decisions. Sebastian Vettel called his Red Bull team mate Mark Webber “Pokerface” after his risky call on intermediate tyres in qualifying gave him pole, but the German had the last laugh on race day when he slid down the inside of Turn 1 and won the race, putting himself at the heart of the championship battle. Relive some of the beauty of the event with these stunning images from top F1 photographer and JA on F1 collaborator Darren Heath. Look out for a great shot of Massa More…

Posted on April 5, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 223

Lewis Hamilton put in another fighting drive from 20th on the grid to finish 6th in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. But he said afterwards that the McLaren team need to stop making life difficult for themselves and drew some criticism from Renault for the way he resisted the challenge of Vitaly Petrov. Hamilton changed direction four times in front of Renault’s Vitaly Petrov and was warned by the stewards for his driving, but not penalised. The incident happened at the start of lap eight. Hamilton had passed Petrov into the final corner at the end of lap five, but the More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on April 4, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 223

After leading but failing to win the first two Grands Prix Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix today at Sepang, thanks to a bold pass on his team mate the pole sitter Mark Webber at the start of the race. It was another race where the start was decisive. That move by Vettel was the key. Webber finished second, with Nico Rosberg third. Robert Kubica had another strong performance, jumping up to fourth place at the start, as in Melbourne and holding that place until the finish. And Adrian Sutil underlined Force India’s credentials with a strong drive to More…

Posted on April 3, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 223

Ferrari and McLaren were left with egg on their faces after totally misjudging the weather conditions in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Their four drivers will start from the back of the grid after their teams held them back at the start of a rain soaked first part of qualifying. They presented an open goal to their title rivals Red Bull and Mercedes, who took full advantage. Mark Webber was the only driver to gamble on intermediate tyres in the final session and took pole by a big margin, with team mate Vettel third. Nico Rosberg did a great More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on April 2, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 223

Ever wondered why F1 designers go to such extraordinary lengths to refine the design of the front wings and particularly the endplates? Top teams bring something new in this area to almost every race. When you drill down into this area of the car’s design, you realise that it has far more effect on the aerodynamics than the much discussed double diffuser – probably five to ten times more effect! Double Diffusers grab all the headlines, largely because of the legality issues, but they are nothing like as important to an F1 car as the barely discussed “outwash” front wing. More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on April 2, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 223

Lewis Hamilton set the pace on the opening day of the Malaysian Grand Prix in sweltering conditions. The McLaren driver was on top in both sessions, setting a fastest time in the afternoon of 1m 34.175, ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. The track temperature hit 51 degrees early in the afternoon session. With weather conditions unpredictable, teams worked on qualifying and long run programmes to cover the bases. The times were set on the softer of the two Bridgestone tyre compounds. In several cases drivers found that the fastest lap came on the third lap More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on March 31, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 223

Welcome to a new content strand on JA on F1, which will look at the decisive moments after each Grand Prix and the strategy behind them. The content is being sponsored by FX Pro. The Strategy Briefing is produced after consultation with a number of leading F1 engineers and analysis of the data. The idea is to help fans get more understanding of why the race unfolded as it did and to get closer to the sport. As F1 strategy is now less pre-planned and is more reactive, thanks to the no refueling rule, it will analyse the key decisions More…

Posted by:
Category:
Tags:
Posted on March 30, 2010
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 223

One of the interesting human interest stories to come out of this Melbourne weekend was the renewal of the niggly relationship between Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher. The pair have history. Alonso is the driver Schumacher identified as his biggest threat as early as 2002, when the Spaniard was test driver for Renault. They battled for the title in 2006 and in Monaco that year, things came to a head when Schumacher blocked the track in qualifying. Alonso was one of the drivers prevented from taking pole by that move and was very angry about it. Privately, he threatened to More…



COUNTDOWN TO NEXT RACE
Strategy Report
Innovation and Technology brought to you by TATA Communications
Senna DVD
Download the Chequered Flag Podcast here
MTS
Darren Heath
Sport Right Now