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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: Abu Dhabi 2013

by Jamie Sanford on November 5, 2013

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The Formula One grand prix in Abu Dhabi is the only day to night race. It leads to beautiful photos like this one.

Even Lewis Hamilton cannot make Google Glass look cool.

Happy news! Mark Webber qualified in P1!

Many good things in this image. 1, the pit girls have awesome outfits and shooties. 2, Kimi Raikkonen is wearing FLIP FLOPS (which he would stomp off in later in the day).

Can someone do science on this? Is it wearing the helmet that causes Formula One drivers to be unable to grow facial hair that isn’t super patchy?

Hmm, who is that in the front? Oh right, Vettel, who launched out of the start and led the whole race, again.

Kimi started at the back because he had a car problem that screwed up his qualifying. He made a very suspect turn during the first corner and hit another car, and broke the steering and had to pull off. This seemed more suspect because he didn’t show up to any media things on Thursday, then told everyone that Lotus owes him $15 million, and oh by the way, he is going to Ferrari next year and probably isn’t so concerned with Lotus’ performance as a team.

Vettel won. Again. By like 30 seconds.

We never see him really during races because he gets so far ahead in his vastly superior car that it would be boring to watch him. Instead we saw amazing fights in the race for 5th-10th place, which is what is saving me from giving up on this season.

Meanwhile, more news that the promoters of the proposed race in New Jersey have still not come up with the necessary funding, meaning that I will have to try and work out a trip to somewhere else for a Formula One race in 2014. Abu Dhabi might be the winner.

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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: 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: 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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