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After a hectic weekend, and barely managing to reach home just in time to see the start of the race, things could not have been better.

And best of all, the fight between two legends, both on opposite end of age-spectrum. One could never see a better attack by any driver at San Marino to overtake, and neither the sheer grit of another driver to hold back. That’s what F1 racing is all about and that’s what we got the great privilege to see.

Race started pretty well until Yuji Ide thought he was racing in MotoGP and tried to squeeze his car in space good enough for a bike. As a result, Christijan Albers ended up upside-down in gravel spectacularly after somersaulting 3-4 times, which just reminded me of X-Games for few seconds. Thankfully he escaped unhurt. Click on image on left to see it in bigger resolution.

Good enough, things went on pretty cool until time came for first pit-stops. In comes Rubens Barrichello and Honda pit-crew comes out with flying feather, messing up big time with Right-side Rear-tyre, ruining any chances Reubens have of any pole position [which I sincerely doubt he had any].

Then came Button and Honda pit-crew came out with a gem of all. With fuel hose still in, the lollipop-man gave him green signal to get going, and then realizing his mistake, tried to stop him. As a result, Button not only got to nearly taste the new lollipop in the market, but also took the fuel hose with him, not forgetting about the 3 pit-crew members who were tasting the pit-lane tarmac. Click on image on right to see it in bigger resolution.

With all the drama going all over, the “Best Thing” was happening at the position 1 & 2. With Alonso trying to overtake Schumacher attacking him all the time but Schumacher was defending his position with rock-solid grit and determination. The tussle between Schumi & Alonso started once first pit-stops were made by both the drivers until the 3rd last lap, where Alonso made a mistake and ran a little wide. Most of the time, the time difference between Schumi & Alonso was .350 – .410 seconds, which went over 2 seconds due to this mistake, and rest is history.

Near the end of race, the temperature of disc-brake on Schumacher’s car was at 950° C, that’s 50° more than the usual !!

All in all, an amazing race weekend. Worth every penny that people must have paid to watch it from the stands. And worth every second that I watched it on TV, keeping on hold all my other commitments. After all, that what a true F1 race is all about.

All images courtesy The Official Formula 1 Website

For detailed results, please visit The Official Formula 1 Website

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I have been contemplating these “wild-thoughts” for quiet a few days now. And given the direction that events are going by, at least one of my “wild-thoughts” seems to be not so wild after all.

I was thinking on the lines of Kimi moving to Ferrari, then what would be the ideal scenario. If [and that is still a big IF], Kimi does move to Ferrari next season, then I didn’t see any sense in Schumi’s contract not getting renewed. Mainly because Ferrari would not miss a chance of racing both Kimi & Schumi wearing scarlet dress given the number of fans that are so very much interested in seeing that happen[I for one is hell-bent on it].

So if Kimi & Schumi does race together next year, what will happen to Massa ? Another wild thought of Ferrari racing second team. With Massa & Rossi at the helm. That again IF Rossi decides to move to F1, which I feel he will.

Now given the speculations of Schumi signs new two-year deal with Ferrari? and Raikkonen move to be confirmed this weekend? which again speculate his move to Ferrari next season, I think my first “wild-thought” is going in right direction. As for second “wild-thought”, well, it still is a wild-thought.

So what do you think ? Am I thinking in right direction or you have your own Kimi-Schumi Story?

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What an amazing qualifers for Nico Rosberg, his second F1 race and he’ll be starting from 3rd grid position behind Fisichella & Button.

Ferrari had engine problems in it’s hands since they changed the engine for Schumacher & Massa both. As a result, Schumacher would be starting from 14th grid position whereas Massa didn’t ran in second round, so he’ll be starting from the back-of-the-grid alongside Coulthard, who also have to change the engine since Red Bull is also using same Ferrari Engine and Ralf Schumacher, whose engine blew after he got provisional pole position at the end of 2nd round.

With Montoya, Räikkönen & Alonso taking 6th, 7th & 8th position respectively, it is said that they were running with heavy fuel load compared to other cars.

The most exciting moment came at the end of first round, when Michael Schumacher reached 16th position and was nearly knocked out at the end of first round.

The exact grid positions of the drivers will be available only tomorrow morning and I am quiet sure it is going to be very complicated given so many engine failures. All in all tomorrow is going to be another exciting F1 race.

For Qualifier Timmings visit The Official Formula 1 Website.

None Of Us Is As Dumb As All Of Us

Posted: March 14, 2006 by Neeraj in Articles, External

None Of Us Is As Dumb As All Of Us is a very good article by RHM where he exploits the loopholes in current qualifiying system.

There are at least two reasons this format is dumb:

* The cars are only going to try once or twice to set a flying lap right at the end of the session – the rest of the 20 minutes are more-or-less superfluous.
* Flying in the face of calls to save money in F1, and Max Mosley’s apparent conversion to environmental activist, they are sending the cars out for 15 minutes simply to burn fuel!

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First qualifiers for 2006 and it couldn’t have been any better than this.

Ferrari came back with a bang with both cars positioned 1st [Schumacher] & 2nd [Massa] on the grid. Whereas Räikkönen’s problem just doesn’t seems to go away, with Rear-Suspension gave up and taking Rear-Wing with it in his warm-up lap itself, as a result qualifiers came to a halt for 5 mins to clear-up the debris. So he’ll be starting tomorrow from rear of the grid.

Button, on the other hand, proved how fast Honda is by winning 3rd place on the grid, followed by World Champion Alonso 4th on the grid, followed by Montoya in 5th place.

The qualifiers started looking quiet confusing. With new 15-15-20 format, the first victim to first 15 minutes was Ralf Schumacher when he got stuck in traffic during his flying lap as there were 14 cars running on the circuit.

Second 15 minutes also went very well. But once last 10 cars came out for final 20 minutes, it was pure F1 adrenaline rush from there, and that really showed what we missed so much last year in single-lap qualifiers.

So I am all set for equally amazing Race-Day tomorrow.

For Qualifier Timmings & tomorrow’s Grid Position visit The Official Formula 1 Website.

UPDATE

Kimi Räikkönen’s Rear Suspension & Wing failure. Image courtsey Simon’s Blog.

TAGS: Formula 1 . F1 . Ferrari . McLaren . Renault . Bahrain . Michael Schumacher . Fernando Alonso . Jenson Button . Honda . Kimi Raikkonen . Felipe Massa

Formula 1 2006 Season Prediction

Posted: March 9, 2006 by Neeraj in Articles, Editorials, General, Writings

Okay, few days [2 to be precise] left before the first race of the season. so it’s time to make the predictions for the favorite teams & drivers.

RHM made his prediction on his blog. So below are mine.

Driver’s Championship:

  • Räikkönen
  • Alonso
  • M Schumacher
  • Barrichello
  • Button

Constructor’s Championship:

  • McLaren
  • Ferrari
  • Renault
  • Honda
  • Toyota

So that’s it. In Kimi, Alonso & Schumacher, I believe it is going to be a tough fight and a very close competition and I am looking forward to it.

So did you made any predictions ? Feel free to post them here in the comments.

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Formula One Preview: The New Rules

Posted: March 8, 2006 by Neeraj in Articles, External, General

As reported on TSN.ca

Teams and drivers will face some significant rule changes when they gather in Bahrain for the season opening race this weekend.

First in the series of few articles related to new season changes, teams and drivers.

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