Posted on August 28, 2011

Today was a fascinating Belgian Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel taking the lead on four separate occasions, giving an idea of how things chopped and changed. Here are a few other numbers from today’s race to provide food for thought: There were 8 lead changes in the first 18 laps. Vettel today moved onto 259 points, which is more than he scored all of last season in clinching the 2010 World Championship Vettel becomes only the second winner at Spa from pole position since 2002. The other was Raikkonen in 2007. It was Vettel’s 17th win, from his 24th pole, More…

Posted on August 26, 2011

Although there appears to be a commercial dimension to Renault’s decision to replace Nick Heidfeld with Bruno Senna, it is also based on performance. The German was outqualified 8-3 by Vitaly Petrov and although he has performed slightly better in races, as you would expect relative to an inexperienced driver, this is clearly not in line with what Renault management was expecting. It’s hard for a driver to come into a team mid-season, but the team has said they expect Senna to be on Petrov’s pace by Singapore. As for this weekend, I’ve commissioned some stats from the leading stats More…

Posted on May 16, 2011

I’m struck by the contrast in the start to the season of Sebastian Vettel has enjoyed compared to last year. He has reached 93 points already after 4 races, something it took him 9 races to achieve in 2010. A sixth place or better will take him past 100 points from five races. Also interesting is the stat about him leading team mate Mark Webber in qualifying by 4-0, which is quite surprising, given how the pair matched up last season. The difference this year is that Vettel has an edge over a single lap on these Pirelli tyres. He More…

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