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Formula One -Derland: Brazil 2014

by Jamie Sanford on November 11, 2014

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Rumors still swirling around Jenson Button and his apparent departure from Formula One. The man is such a joy to watch while driving or being interviewed. His McLaren has sucked the last 2 years, and I hope he will figure out a way to stay in F1. (Source)

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso takes the sexy beard to new levels of sexy. (Source)

The Mercedes cars qualified 1 and 2, as usual. Lewis Hamilton was in 2nd, and stayed there the whole race. He went off the track a bit on 1 lap and it cost him the win. (Source)

No one cares about Rosberg and Hamilton when a Brazilian is on the podium! Congratulations to Felipe Massa for finishing 3rd and having the best time. (Source)

Interesting stats on qualifying and race performance between teammates. (Source)

Updated with these new results. (Source)

Lewis Hamilton has a 17-point lead in the driver’s championship. Here’s a great image from BadgerGP explaining what the champion result will be based on finishing in the final race. I am so excited to be going!

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Formula One -Derland: Brazil 2013

by Jamie Sanford on November 26, 2013

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I won’t be missing this, Vettel.

So much rain on Friday for practice and Saturday for qualifying in Brazil.

It was hometown boy Felipe Massa‘s last drive for Ferrari. He got an unfortunate drive-through penalty that sort of ruined his race.

Fernando Alonso was my favorite, is my favorite. I hope things are much better for him next year.

Beard science. Note weird patchy hair on Lewis Hamilton and Alonso.

Checo Perez has some weirdness going on there too.

Jenson Button has a pretty glorious beard but there is a little weird bit there.

Vettel qualified on top, again, whatever. Nico Rosberg was P2, and Alonso was P3, which was exciting because Fernando starts like a CHAMP.

Alonso doesn’t look that excited about it.

HOW GREAT is the smile on Jenson Button, next to the retiring Mark Webber?

Thank you Mark, indeed. What a class act, even when giving Vettel the finger, we were all with you. I am totally going to watch Le Mans and root for you!

Mark took his helmet off and felt the breeze in an open cockpit and waved to the fans after coming in second. It was really touching.

Then this happened, because it can only stay classy for so long. Good times though, the best part of the race was watching Alonso and Webber going at it on track, because they are buddies and seemed to be having a great time, which makes everyone enjoy the race more.

I totally came in 3rd in the fantasy league…out of 4. Maybe next year will be better. I am just hoping for more variety in performance. If I can’t get a race in New Jersey, at least I could get a season not full of watching the same dude win all of the time.

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Formula One -Derland: Korea 2013

by Jamie Sanford on October 8, 2013

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One of my favorite drivers, Paul di Resta, has not had a good streak of luck as of late. I’m not too happy with Paul’s contribution to my fantasy points at this point in the season.

Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso, continuing down the trail of awesomeness. Not his best weekend, but I still think he’s the best driver in the field.

This is Jenson Button, laughing at me for dropping him from my fantasy team. He’s doing marginally better than he did earlier in the season.

I would really really like to know what Massa and Vettel have to laugh about.

Vettel was on pole position, again, with Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton behind him. He did the same thing as in Singapore, and just TOOK OFF at the start and amassed a 2-second gap by the end of the first lap. Grosjean didn’t let him get the lead he had managed over Nico Rosberg during the last race, but it still seemed unreachable for Grosjean. Even after 2 safety car periods, Vettel still managed a gap.

(Photo from here) Meanwhile, the luckless Mark Webber‘s car was up in flames for the second consecutive race. What is Red Bull making his car out of?

(Photo from here) The 2 Mercedes drivers were going at it when all of a sudden, Rosberg’s nose just sort of fell, and it was crazy sparkage from there. Absolutely mad. But, he went back into the pits, got a new nose, and was back on track.

Sigh. Vettel wins the race. Kimi Raikkonen passed Grosjean for second, which seemed inevitable since Kimi is still (sort of) in the title race. Vettel has an insane points lead, and it is mathematically possible for him to win the season championship during the next race, which is in Japan, at his personal favorite track. We shall see. Apparently Lewis Hamilton totally agrees with me that watching the same person win all of the time is boring.

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Formula One -Derland: Britain 2013

by Jamie Sanford on July 2, 2013

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Great Britain

The dramatic weekend at Silverstone started with the announcement that Mark Webber would be leaving Formula One at the end of the year to drive for Porsche at Le Mans, amongst other places. I look forward to seeing Mark again, he’s been enjoyable to watch as an F1 driver.

At the driver’s press conference on Thursday, there was lots of chatter regarding Mark Webber’s departure. All 4 British drivers were there to discuss the season and the upcoming race. Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso decided to take Lewis Hamilton‘s photo.

Here’s the photo Alonso took. (Source.)

This image is from someone on Tumblr, apologies for no link.

Alonso has removed the patchy beard bits, but now looks like his own evil twin. WTF.

Photos from this point forward are from Planet F1.

Jenson Button looked pretty positive on Saturday – he must not have heard that I dropped him from my F1FRL fantasy team.

After qualifying, it was the 2 Mercedes cars on the front row AGAIN! I’m partial to any result that doesn’t end up with Sebastian Vettel holding his finger up, because I find that obnoxious.

How great is this image of Lewis Hamilton greeting the crowd, surrounded by track ladies?

The start was great for Lewis Hamilton who managed a decent gap to Vettel who had passed Nico Rosberg.

I was gutted (along with TONS of British fans I imagine) when during lap 7, Lewis Hamilton’s rear tire explosively failed. After this, rear tires on Massa, Vergne, and Perez failed in the same way, meaning that tiremaker Pirelli will have some questions to answer.

While Lewis was busy fighting his way back to 4th from dead last, Vettel had taken the lead. About 3/4 through the race, his gearbox went off, and his race was over. The field got super tight because they called a safety car out while they removed his car from the track.

Having managed to maintain position from the race start, Nico Rosberg emerged victorious, giving him his second victory this season. Mark Webber had an absolutely horrible start, but fought like MAD in the last few laps to move up to second. He was definitely helped along by Kimi Raikkonen‘s tires taking a turn for the worse, which must be a sore subject for Lotus by now, since this has happened multiple times. Fernando Alonso missed being slammed with Perez’s exploding tire debris to pass Raikkonen and take 3rd, closing his championship gap to Vettel to just 21 points.

Next week’s race is at the Nurburgring, in Germany!

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Formula One -Derland: Bahrain 2013

by Jamie Sanford on May 14, 2013

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Before another long break between races, we go to Bahrain for race 4 in the season.

All photos of this race in Bahrain are from Planet F1. Go here to see their whole gallery and enjoy the site in general.

Nico “Not Really The Number One Driver” Rosberg managed to obtain pole position!

Lewis “Swag Party” Hamilton, hanging out during qualifying.

Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso, just chilling in the garage.

Mark “Can’t Catch A Break” Webber was celebrating his 200th grand prix. Unfortunately he would be starting it with a grid penalty for last week’s contact during the race.

The race start – Nico Rosberg managed to hang on to the race lead for about 40 seconds before being passed by Sebastian “AGAIN?!?” Vettel.

Sadly, Alonso was faced with a stupid broken DRS wingflap, resulting in extra pit stops that ruined his chances for a win.

The race had some exciting moments, a few between Jenson “Cute As A” Button and Sergio “Spicy Mexican” Perez, who are on the same team! Perez was all over Button and then got into it with Webber later in the race. Crazy.

Meanwhile, my boy Paul di Resta managed a 4th place finish! I have a special affinity for Paul since he started as a regular Formula One drive when I started watching. I hope he gets on the podium soon.

The same exact result from last year. Vettel was first, Kimi “Has No Feelings” Räikkönen was second, and Romain “Former King of Race Contact” Grosjean in third. The best part of this picture is that Red Bull sent a woman up onto the podium to accept the constructor’s trophy for the race. Go Gill Jones!

Spain in a few weeks.

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