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Formula One -derland: Germany and Hungary

by Jamie Sanford on September 16, 2012

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The next two races on the calendar were Germany and Hungary.

Germany

There wasn’t a race in Hockenheimring in 2011, but I did get to experience it during my rewatch of the 2010 F1 season at the end of last year. The track is pretty amazing. Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso qualified in pole position and almost made it boring by staying at the head of the race for nearly the entire time. Luckily, everyone behind him was still interested in racing.

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

So behind Fernando was Jenson Button (who I am always rooting for, I love Jenson) and Sebastian Vettel, and it was getting dirty. Lewis Hamilton had fought through the race after an unfortunate puncture early on and was accused of holding up the race leaders a chance to let Jenson catch up – which McLaren obviously denied. Very close to the end of the race, Vettel decided that he didn’t actually need to be on the track and went completely off in order to pass Jenson Button, and ultimately ended up on the podium in 2nd position. I WISH I had a photo of the little chat that Jenson had with Sebastian before the podium ceremony, where he said something like “you know the stewards are reviewing that move on me, right?” I guess Vettel (as always) thought he was in the right, but ended up with a 20-second penalty that moved his result into 5th position. Jenson finished second, and Iceman Kimi Räikkönen ended up in third. I know I would have waited another 5 minutes for the podium ceremony so that the penalty could have been decided, and so Kimi could have stood on the podium instead of Vettel.

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

The glitterbombing was awesome though.

Hungary

The Hungarian track is called the Hungaroring, which is just fun to say, so big ups to Hungary.

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

Lewis Hamilton could feel pole approaching (or something, this is the kind of unintentionally funny stuff that comes out of the mouths of our brilliant Speed channel commentators), and managed to start the race in pole position. Romain Grosjean made a strong showing and started second on the grid, pleasing Will who has Grosjean in his F1 Fantasy Team. (I have one too, no shame.)

Lewis and the Iceman led in the race, but Kimi was unable to maintain a lead over Lewis in the end, but did manage to stay past his teammate – although the Lotus team did manage a 2-3 finish, which is great for them. Lewis scored 25 points while previous leader Eyebrows Alonso finished sixth, earning points and maintaining his lead, but certainly seeing a bit of that cushion slipping away.

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

Lewis always gives good poses and faces when he is in victory mode. I know that a lot of people think he is a whiny bitch, but I enjoy him quite a lot. I definitely have a thing for McLaren drivers.

Naturally, I will now show you the most amazing cartoon, called Tooned, which is being released by McLaren Animation. It stars Jenson and Lewis (well, the cartoon versions, who are adorable), and shows their adventures with testing all things Formula One. Enjoy!

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Formula One -derland: Europe and Great Britain

by Jamie Sanford on September 8, 2012

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Valencia and Silverstone! I am so behind on Formula One posting.

Europe (Valencia, Spain)

Spain was exciting because it was getting to the point where SOMEONE had to be the second to win more than one race in a season. Fernando “Eyebrows” Alonso was hoping for a chance to win or at least end up on the podium at his home race, but ended up starting 11th after qualifying. I was feeling like we would see Sebastian Vettel pick up the win as he was starting from pole, but the race went a different way.

(Photos from Planet F1 – click for their full gallery)

So Vettel got off to a good start, as is normal for him, and looked to be building himself quite a lead. However, the safety car was determined to rain all over his parade. Meanwhile, Eyebrows had worked his way up from 11th and was in 3rd when the race restarted post-safety car deployment. Fernando moved into second over Romain Grosjean, and then in lap 33, Vettel’s car just seemed to shut off. (This happened to me once, it was the timing belt. Do Formula One cars even have those?) He was CLEARLY pissed, and stomped off to pout about it. Meanwhile, Eyebrows Alonso was fast on his way to winning his second race in 2012. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton and Iceman Kimi Räikkönen were battling for 2nd. Kimi managed to pass Lewis, and soon enough, Master D-Bag Pastor Maldonado managed to catch up with Lewis and pull a dick move that ruined his own race and ended Lewis’. Pastor finished 10th, but was downgraded to 12th after a 20-second penalty was applied for causing a collision. Keeping cool throughout the drama, Michael Schumacher ended up finishing 3rd, his first podium since 2006.

(Photos from Planet F1 – click for their full gallery)

Fernando knows which way to point the champagne.

Great Britain (Silverstone)

This race was not too long before the Olympics. I guess England decided to just get all of the rain of the year out of the way in a few weeks time, because it was hella rainy, and watching Friday practice was a joke. Even after the track dried, everything else was still a soggy mess. Like the grass.

(Photos from Planet F1 – click for their full gallery)

The race started without much drama, save for that with Paul di Resta, who suffered a rear puncture so early on that he retired after finally making it back around to the pits. Fernando Alonso held on to the lead for the majority of the race, until eventually being caught by Mark Webber, on a different tire strategy. Alonso did not put up much of a fight as he seemed to know it was a lost cause, but managed to retain 2nd place over Sebastian Vettel who finished 3rd. Pastor Maldonado ended up shooting himself in the foot again by colliding with Sergio Perez, causing Perez to have to retire, and left Maldonado well out of the points in 16th. Maldonado was fined 10,000 Euros for causing the accident with Perez. Ass.

(Photos from Planet F1 – click for their full gallery)

This happened on the podium. Lots of win for Mark Webber.

Next up, Germany and Hungary.

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