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Formula One -Derland: Belgium 2014

by Jamie Sanford on August 26, 2014

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I skipped a review of the Hungarian race. However, it was pretty awesome. Lewis Hamilton finished third after starting from the pit lane because his car caught fire during qualifying. He keeps showing us over and over how he is one of the best in the field. Here’s the wiki for the race.

Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium is perhaps my favorite track of the year? Check out this amazing elevation change at Eau Rouge. (source)

Gorgeous.

(source) Here’s Fernando Alonso driving up Eau Rouge. Tragically for him he had a penalty because someone from Ferrari got too close to his car before the start. I think he would have had a podium finish. The guy is so damn talented.

So, it rained during qualifying, and Lewis Hamilton got to get through it without having a car malfunction. His teammate Nico Rosberg managed pole position, with Lewis right behind him. I was already worried, because these two do not get along. Mostly, I have been unimpressed with Nico’s behavior.

(source) During lap 1, Nico tried to pass Lewis, and didn’t quite manage to get around him well enough, and then clipped Lewis’ tire. He broke his own wing, but managed to quickly pull himself to the front since he had punctured Lewis’ tire. Lewis fell back and had to ride a flat back to the pit lane. He never managed to catch up too far and retired later in the race, earning no points. Nico ended up finishing second to Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, who no one is upset with.

(source) He’s always having a good time!

(source) Results.

The post-race was filled with drama, naturally. Nico Rosberg was booed on the podium because the fans were all convinced he did something shady that knocked Lewis out of the race. Then, we heard from Lewis:

“We just had a meeting about it and he basically said he did it on purpose,” said Hamilton. “He said he could have avoided it. He said ‘I did it to prove a point’. He basically said I did it to prove a point.

“And you don’t have to just rely on me. Go and ask Toto [Wolff] and Paddy [Lowe] who are not happy with him as well.”

“I was gobsmacked when I was listening to the meeting. You need to ask him what point he was trying to make because he just came in there and said it was all my fault.”

Oy. After this, people online questioned the truth of what was said. Awesome Formula One commentator Will Buxton had this:

So the people who were mad at Nico before he admitted to wrongdoing are REALLY pissed now. How unsportsmanlike can you get? We watch drivers go wheel to wheel all the time without hitting each other, these are professionals at the top of their sport who know how to race without putting anyone out for the day. Nico knew exactly what he was doing, and I hope he is severely penalized for it.

Back to racing in Monza in 2 weeks.

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Formula One -Derland: Belgium 2013

by Jamie Sanford on August 27, 2013

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Formula One is back! I totally missed it during the summer break, and we start with a bang by going to Spa-Francorchamps, which is possibly the best track on the calendar. Last year’s race was very full of excitement (also disappointment based on who got knocked out during the start), so I was nervous for this weekend’s activities.

Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso is looking rested, with a fresh eyebrow wax and luckily a shave.

Sebastian Vettel showed up with much blonder hair. There are lots of fun comments about this online.

Lewis Hamilton scored pole position again, meaning that Vettel has to wait a little longer before breaking another record. Mark Webber, who is just enjoying the hell out of himself during his last stint in Formula One, was pretty racy as well.

I didn’t recognize Kimi Räikkönen because he is SMILING in this picture. It’s like seeing a unicorn!

Hamilton managed a great start, but Vettel FLEW past him during the first lap, and never looked back. Damn it.

Paul di Resta had qualified SO well, and was doing well in the race, until Pastor “Crash” Maldonado hit him and sent his tire in a direction I didn’t realize was possible. I felt bad for Paul, and for myself, since his lack of finishing hurt my fantasy team points.

Vettel ended up winning the race, with Alonso in second and Hamilton in third.  Alonso started from P9 and had an amazing start, and performed AGAIN, even in a car that clearly doesn’t have the pace of the Red Bull driven by Vettel. Vettel now has quite a large point lead in the overall championship, so I’m hoping that the rest of the season is a bit more diverse in results, to keep it interesting.

Off to Italy in 2 weeks!

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Formula One -derland: Belgium and Italy

by Jamie Sanford on September 20, 2012

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After the brutally long break, which is just long enough to make me crazy, we got to start the season in Spa!

Belgium (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium)

(Photo from Planet F1 – check out their gallery here)

Way to restart the season with a big CF. (That’s clusterf*ck, if you didn’t know.) After all of the buildup and waiting during the break, Romain Grosjean of team Lotus went a little nuts during the start of the race and ended up causing a huge accident by first hitting Lewis Hamilton of McLaren Mercedes, who lost control and veered, and Grosjean’s car ended up flying over the front of Ferrari’s Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso‘s car, which was really terrifying for everyone. The damage was a big hot mess, but luckily, everyone walked away without injury.

I’m having embedding issues but you can see a gif of the action from Alonso’s onboard camera here.

MEANWHILE, my boy Jenson Button of McLaren Mercedes had scored himself pole position, an amazing spot to be in when everything is hitting the fan behind you. The safety car was deployed for a few laps after the big crash on the first turn, and Jenson had maintained his position. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel avoided the melee and ended up moving into 2nd from 10th on the grid, Iceman Kimi Räikkönen was 3rd for Lotus, and making me more nervous than ever for Paul di Resta was Nico Hulkenberg, finishing 4th for Sahara Force India.

(Photo from Planet F1 – check out their gallery here)

Jenson celebrates with the team and his girlfriend Jessica Michibata, who is gorgeous, naturally. Lewis is actually half smiling in the back there, having maybe had some time to calm down from being screwed out of the race.

Italy (Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy)

Crazy Italian fan time!

(Photo from Planet F1 – check out their gallery here)

The Italians LOVE Formula One racing, but they love Ferrari even more. It is so enjoyable to see the fans watching, because they are not shy about their feelings and react aggressively to pretty much everything. I love fans in Monza, they make great TV.

The weekend looked really good for McLaren Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton on pole and Jenson Button right behind him. I love both British drivers, but have a bigger soft spot for Jenson and would have loved to seen him take back-to-back races after winning in Spa. Felipe “Felipe Baby” Massa qualified third, far ahead of his Ferrari teammate Eyebrows Alonso, who had a roll bar issue that put him in 10th at the start. I had high hopes too for Paul di Resta, who qualified 4th, with a grid drop to 9th because of a gearbox change. However, I was hoping the speed he demonstrated during qualifying would be helpful during the race. Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean was out on a suspension for casusing the big mess in Spa, and Pastor “Is Going To Run Into You” Maldonado of Williams (who I really hope are looking to get rid of him)was paying the price for douchiness with a 10-spot penalty for RUNNING INTO EVERYONE LIKE ALL OF THE TIME.

The race was lead almost entirely by Lewis Hamilton, who had a nice lead for the most part, even when Sergio “Checo” Perez (that’s his real nickname, I did not make that one up) of Sauber was surging ahead to catch him. Tragically, Jenson Button’s car died mid-race, and I literally had tears because I was so excited that he was going to score more points towards the championship. Naturally, Jenson got out of the car and waved to the Italian fans and was generally amazing and classy as usual. In other news, Eyebrows came from behind to wind up the race in 3rd, helped along by retirements of Jenson Button, and the 2 Red Bulls. Lewis Hamilton managed to hop over 2 drivers in the championship standings because they did not finish the race, and is now just behind Fernando Alonso.

(Photo from Planet F1 – check out their gallery here)

I was totally happy for Lewis, and definitely happy for the Italian fans who got to have at least one Ferrari driver on the podium.

Fernando stayed on the podium long after the ceremony was over, and randomly took a turn at running a TV camera. How can you say no to that bone structure and the eyebrows?

Singapore is this weekend. NIGHT RACE!

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