Force India marked their best ever start to a season this year with the Indian team scoring 32 points in the first 5 races of 2013. But if you go inside the season, you'll find that the team could have had an even better start had it not been for some mistakes, bad luck and mechanical failures. Without these, Force India could have scored as many as 50 points by now. We pin point where exactly the team lost.
The 2013 Spanish Grand Prix was all about saving tyres. Pirelli have been asked to make tyres which degrade quickly to make races more entertaining. But in Spain, even Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery admitted that tyre degradation was way too much as drivers had to make up to four stops to finish the race. One of the drivers who maximised on a four stop strategy was Fernando Alonso who took a comprehensive victory in front of his home crowd. While many others shifted to a four stop strategy, Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus decided to stay on a three stop strategy and ultimately finished second. So could Raikkonen have beaten Alonso to victory on a four stop strategy? We analyse that and more in our Spanish GP strategy analysis.
The 2013 Spanish Grand Prix was all about saving tyres, meaning drivers had to work extra hard to secure a good result at Barcelona. While some drivers struggled on their tyres, some managed Pirelli tyres and other things well to give a head start to their European campaign. One of them was Fernando Alonso, who secured his 3rd victory in front of his home crowd having started the race from 5th place. His teammate Felipe Massa was equally impressive as he occupied the final spot on the podium having started down in 9th place after his penalty. Kimi Raikkonen, Paul di Resta and Daniel Ricciardo also impressed at Circuit de Catalunya. We give our ratings to the drivers who impressed us most during the Spanish Grand Prix and publish the views of fans who voted across on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ page. If you haven't casted your vote yet, you can do so from the poll below.
The 2013 Spanish Grand Prix gave the excitement that the home viewers, what they wanted to see, and to the people who thronged the Grandstands, what they came to see. Let’s find out how it all happened. But, this is a different sort of excitement though...
Spanish Grand Prix was hell of a race with many drivers including race winner Fernando Alonso doing four stops on their way to chequered flag. The home hero put on a brilliant race from 5th on the grid, overtaking Raikkonen and Hamilton in the opening lap and Vettel and Rosberg after the first round of pitstops to win 32th Grand Prix of his career. Kimi Raikkonen managed his tyres well on a three stop strategy to finish 2nd while Massa took his first podium finish of the season having started the race down in 9th place. The two Mercedes struggled to maintain their tyres and finished 6th and 12th after starting the race from the front row. We review the 'Tyre Grand Prix' in 10 Tweets.
2013 season is off to a flying start with three different drivers winning the first four races of the season. The new generation of Pirelli tyres are one of the talking point of the season, as they were in 2012. Lotus and Force India are the two teams who are able to maximise from the new tyres, while Mercedes are struggling to manage them. Apart from tyres, use of two DRS zones in first four races of the season have grabbed attention. The rule has made overtaking way too easy and the car in front finds it hard to defend its position. Meanwhile, Jules Bianchi has proved himself to be the most impressive rookie of the year with some amazing drives during the first four races of the season. So we analyse in details the key talking points of the season and performance of the top 5 teams.
First four races of the Formula 1 season are now behind and we have already seen good racing, drama and team politics. The season is still young, but we already had some positive surprises by teams and drivers as compared to the 2012 season. Next up is the Spanish Grand Prix which has been the race over the years where the teams bring their first big updates to their cars. Let’s find out who have impressed us the most so far, and what updates we can expect the teams to make...
Ferrari and McLaren are two of the most successful teams in the history of Formula 1, sharing a total of 27 Driver Championships and 24 Constructers World Championships between them. But if you look at the history of these two manufacturer teams, there have been multiple periods in the past where they failed to compete at the top and were relegated to the midfield. Same thing happened in these two years with Ferrari enduring a poor start in 2012 and McLaren starting off their 2013 campaign with a dismal car. We compare these poor starts and tell you how McLaren can fight their way back to top of the field.
Strategy played an important role in deciding the outcome of the Bahrain Grand Prix, not as much as it did a week ago in China, but it certainly played an important role. 3 stops were preferred by the most in conditions where thermal tyre degradation was a major problem.
Sebastian Vettel dominated the proceedings on a three stop strategy, however the fight for the next three spots between Raikkonen, Grosjean and Di Resta was quite close. In the end, the Lotus pair denied Di Resta his maiden podium finish. In this article, we analyse how Raikkonen and Grosjean, who started down the field made their way up the grid on different strategies and beat Force India's Paul di Resta for final two spots on the podium.
The Grand Prix of Bahrain was a great race with full of action and battles on the track. Nico Rosberg started from the pole position with Sebastian Vettel with him on the front row. Fernando Alonso started 3rd and his team mate Felipe Massa started 4th after grid penalties were handed for Mark Webber after a collision at China and for Lewis Hamilton because of a gearbox change for the qualifying session. Also, Massa was the one who teams were looking at as he went through the Q3 with hard tyres, which meant he was going to start the race with hards and trying to find advantage from that.