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Formula One -Derland: Singapore 2014

by Jamie Sanford on September 30, 2014

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This race was super important to see how things would go with the driver’s championship. Nico Rosberg was 22 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton, and if Rosberg managed another win, Lewis would only have more work to do as the season wraps up.

Lewis wants to win though, and he managed pole position by an INSANE 3 thousands of a second. I had a good feeling about it for the race. I was also looking forward to seeing Fernando Alonso do his thing since he has a proven record of doing well in Singapore. Neither of them disappointed.

I know it’s bad to enjoy someone’s misfortune, but it did seem that Nico Rosberg was owed a DNF result as he has only had one this season, compared with 3 for his teammate. I had a feeling he was doomed when the cars pulled off of the grid for the formation lap and his car didn’t move, and ended up starting in the pit lane. He ran for 13 laps with a seriously wonky electrical system before retiring.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton was on a lovely Sunday drive at the front of the pack, clearly just ready to win the race. He didn’t have work incredibly hard until after the last pit stop, when he had a few places to make up to win the race.

Classy. Nico knows that a lot of people still think he is a cheater.

Lewis wins! The 2 Red Bulls are behind him, and Daniel Ricciardo outperforms Sebastian Vettel, again.

I could not be happier for Lewis except for if he was Fernando Alonso. I think he will be amazing for the rest of the season and will take the championship.

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Formula One -Derland: China 2014

by Jamie Sanford on April 22, 2014

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After the last race in Bahrain was so amazing, it was unlikely this one would be as exciting. It wasn’t, but it wasn’t boring either!

(source) What the hell, Fernando.

(source) After qualifying, the Red Bulls had managed P2 and P3 on the grid, and Lewis Hamilton managed to get on pole again!

(source) This is a great track. Lots of straights for passing with some serious turns.

(source) The start. Watch the white car that darts out on the left and then back to the middle, and you can see the contact between Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. Luckily, both of them continued on without difficulty.

(source) Lewis took off and was never seen again. Luckily, fighting was happening on the track, including an exchange between the Red Bulls. During the last race, the team told Vettel to let his teammate Ricciardo pass, and he did. However, this time, he asked back which tires Ricciardo was running, and once he found out they were both on the same tires? “Tough luck” was all he said before not letting Ricciardo pass without a fight. As much as it looked like Vettel was showing us a little bit of a friendlier side, it’s clear that he is not totally on board with that.

(source) The other great fight of the race was in Fernando Alonso, who I have enjoyed watching for so long, and the reason that his fans are so into him is because he’s been driving a sub-par Ferrari for years and still giving it everything, and even got a podium result this time!

(source) Go Lewis! Also, thanks for helping me take the lead in our fantasy league.

(source) European races start in a few weeks in Spain!

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Formula One -Derland: Malaysia 2014

by Jamie Sanford on April 1, 2014

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After a rainy qualifying, Lewis Hamilton took pole, and Sebastian Vettel managed to get his way back to the front row.

Unlike last time, this race was pretty calm at the start.

The race was not that eventful either. Lewis Hamilton managed to stay in front the whole time, and there was some fighting behind him, but nothing super exciting. Except Felipe Massa ignoring team orders and not letting his teammate pass.

Nico Rosberg was second, Vettel was third.

Champagne inappropriateness.

(source) Then Benedict Cumberbatch showed up to interview the drivers on the podium. This is normally people who are affiliated with the sport, so this was odd. But, I enjoy him, so OK.

Apparently this was happening while Lewis was being interviewed.

Bahrain is this weekend!

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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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