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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: 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: Japan 2013

by Jamie Sanford on October 15, 2013

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Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso, who is a ball of mystery. He’s one of the best drivers in Formula One, but his Ferrari isn’t doing the job. There are rumors he will cut his contract with Ferrari and go to McLaren, where he won world championships.

Nico Rosberg makes way too much money to have teeth that yellow.

Japanese fans recognized the death of female Formula One test driver Maria de Villota, who died last Friday.

In an enjoyable moment for me, Mark Webber scored pole position! Sebastian Vettel was behind him, but still, anyone else being the best is welcome.

The start was crazy, with Romain Grosjean bolting to the front and staying there for quite a while. Lewis Hamilton bumped into Vettel and sadly seemed to screw the car completely, as he retired not too long thereafter.

There was also an unfortunate crash in the back pf the pack during lap 1. Giedo van der Garde didn’t fare too well. He walked away uninjured though.

So Vettel won again. However, since Alonso came in 4th, the title race is still on. Vettel is now 90 points ahead, and even Alonso is telling everyone that it is just a matter of time before Vettel is crowned the winner again.

There are lots of changes coming to the setup on the cars for 2014. I’m hopeful it will perhaps create a more even playing field.

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Formula One -Derland: Singapore 2013

by Jamie Sanford on September 24, 2013

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Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso is in a good mood, and looking cute. It was announced this week that Kimi Raikkonen will be driving next to him in the Ferrari next year.

Singapore is the only race held entirely in the dark, and it’s got lots of beautiful sights. Definitely on the list of Formula One races I want to attend.

I missed qualifying due to a DVR issue, but I heard that Sebastian Vettel went out early in the final bit of qualifying and had to wait and see if anyone surpassed his time. He still ended up in pole position, but whatever. Let’s talk about his sparkly helmet, which was really fabulous, no matter how much he isn’t my favorite.

So yes, Vettel on pole, with Nico Rosberg following, and Romain Grosjean in P3. Romain gets extra points for being red-faced like me.

The race start was pretty exciting. Alonso jumped something like 5 spots before the first turn, and Rosberg was ahead of Vettel for about half a second before Vettel went on to lead the entire rest of the race.

Talked to my brother Pete about the race, and he didn’t believe me when I told him that Vettel had already built around a 3-second lead by the end of lap 1. But he did. We barely saw Vettel because luckily, the TV people know that it is boring to watch someone just be at the front, alone.

Side note: Vettel has been getting booed at every race when he is on the podium. Apparently people do not like the domination that he has experienced in the last few years. I don’t know how to feel about it. Yes, I think having someone so clearly ahead is boring. I much prefer to watch people actually racing against one another, and competing, and not just having the fastest car and being in the front. If Vettel was fighting more for his wins, I’m sure he would not get booed as much.

Poor Mark Webber, who just wants to have fun driving a Formula One car while he still has one, had the back of his car explode out with flames during the final lap. Fernando Alonso came by and picked him up during his cooldown lap, and everyone got to get a kick out of Mark Webber waving to the fans while riding on a Ferrari. It was good tv! Naturally, the stewards got pissed and gave them both a reprimand, and since it was Webber’s third, he ended up with a grid penalty for the next race. Lame.

Then Alonso got to pick up his miniature trophy and watch Vettel get weirdly intimate with his. Stop kissing the trophy dude, it just results in images that look like this.

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