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Formula One -Derland: United States 2013

by Jamie Sanford on November 19, 2013

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Foggy Friday at Circuit of the Americas, just outside of Austin.

This is Heikki Kovalainen, the driver taking Kimi Raikkonen‘s place since Kimi decided to get some back surgery and not race for Lotus for the rest of the season. Could Kimi’s back have waited? We will likely never know.

Fernando Alonso was covered in medical tape to try and help him with his back injury from a few weeks back. I’m hoping he feels better next week in Brazil.

Many props to the Texas circuit, it is pretty amazing. In the back there is a 250-foot-high observation deck.

Vettel eked out Mark Webber for pole position, again, and Romain Grosjean managed P3, again.

Vettel jumped at the start again (he did not JUMP the start, that is cheating, he just went really fast, like usual), I think he led all but 2-3 laps of the race due to pit stops. Lewis Hamilton got a great start and moved up 2 spots right away.

Adrian Sutil bumped another car and ended his race at the end of turn 1, during lap 1. No word on whether or not he has a spot in Formula One for 2014.

Nico Hulkenberg continued his ass-kicking season, going P4 in qualifying and finishing 6th, giving the Sauber team great points. He has not confirmed his seat for 2014 but says he would consider staying at Sauber. He really should be with one of the bigger teams though, he is fantastic.

Vettel in the lead, whatever. What I love about this image is that you can see the crazy elevation change right after the start/finish line.

Vettel wins his 8th in a row, Grosjean is second, and Webber is third. No comment on this photo?

I have to end on this amazing look at Romain Grosjean in a cowboy hat, which just looks WRONG. Also, look at the patchy facial hair! I’m pretty sure this is a Formula One driver symptom. That doesn’t explain why he has no eyebrows though.

Next weekend is the last race of the year, in Brazil. This season has become slightly boring overall, with little to no change recently in the top finishers. Hopefully next year’s ugly cars make for some variety.

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Formula One -Derland: Hungary 2013

by Jamie Sanford on July 30, 2013

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Hungary

Time to visit the Hungaroring in Budapest for the last race of the first half of the season. We now have a 4-week break, before launching right over to Belgium for the start of the second half of the season.

The best moment of Saturday’s qualifying was Lewis Hamilton‘s absolute shock at achieving pole position. He was SO surprised on the team radio, it was absolutely great. Sebastian Vettel was really planning on breaking a record held by Nigel Mansell, and Lewis ruined it for him, which is I guess why he looks pissy. In P3 was Romain Grosjean, who looks really unhealthy.

Adrian “I Stabbed A Guy” Sutil was starting his 100th grand prix. His fearless girlfriend was celebrating with this situation.

After what happened during the start in Germany, I was worried for Lewis Hamilton, but he JUMPED at the start and pulled ahead. He managed to have a nearly flawless race. The Ferraris also had great starts from further back.

…and Lewis won the race! It was his first win with Mercedes, his new team. Shoutouts have to go out though, to Kimi Raikkonen, who managed to stay in second with Vettel ALL over him for the last few laps, and Mark Webber, who only cares about being AWESOME during his last few races in F1 and was setting fast laps like crazy towards the end of the race.

Who knew that Ross Brawn was so gigantic? Or, F1 drivers are teeny tiny. I think that the guys are partly just happy that the race is over, because it was incredibly hot in Budapest.

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Formula One -Derland: Monaco 2013

by Jamie Sanford on June 4, 2013

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Monaco

Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso and Lewis Hamilton chatted before the race. I would love to know what they chat about.

Lewis also chatted with AdrianI Stabbed A GuySutil. This is particularly interesting because they used to be BFFs but after the stabbing incident, Lewis declined to testify and Sutil called him a coward. Drama!

Speaking of Lewis, this is his special helmet design for the Monaco race. That’s him with girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, and his dog Roscoe.

In important fantasy news, I had chosen a bonus of “pole sitter” for this race, because I know that there is a way greater chance of the pole sitter winning the race in Monaco, because passing opportunities are at a minimum. It was a Mercedes front row, and although Hamilton tried his hardest to pass his teammate at the race start, Nico Rosberg kept this spot at the top.

My boy Fernando Alonso didn’t have the best day, having started in the 3rd row and finishing there too.

This race was full of accidents. There were 2 safety car periods and a full red-flagged stop. This is Pastor Maldonado‘s car and the pieces of it after he plowed into the barriers. Since this is a street race, the barriers are all temporary, and he managed to dislodge them in a BIG way.

The other participant in this accident was Jules Bianchi, who had a bent wing. I was surprised by this because we so often just see the front wings disintegrate into thousands of pieces upon impact.

Nico managed to hold the lead through the ENTIRE race, which gets trickier when any lead you might have developed shrinks to nothing behind the safety car.

…and Nico won the race! Behind him were the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

In addition to giving me tons of fantasy points, I’m happy for Nico. His father Keke won this race 30 years ago (before Nico was even born), and Nico lives in Monaco, so although he is German, this is really his home race. Congratulations Nico!

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