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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: India 2013

by Jamie Sanford on October 29, 2013

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Great shot of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. I’m pretty sure their relationship has not been reduced to slapping just yet.

Nico and Lewis were fast in qualifying, but not faster than Sebastian Vettel, who managed pole position, again. He only had to finish the grand prix in 5th position or higher to clinch the driver’s championship.

…and Mark Webber looks pissed for a reason. He was doing so well in the race, behind Vettel in 2nd, and the team told him to pull over and turn the car off. Apparently something about the alternator. He was mad. I was too.

Skipping ahead, Vettel won the race and the championship. After his cooldown lap, he did donuts with a $20 million dollar car, in front of the grandstands. He was reprimanded for that later.

Vettel also gave love to the car when he got out. You can see the rubber he left on the track there too.

Here’s my thoughts on Vettel right now. Yes, he’s a great driver. He also has the fastest car, so that isn’t hurting. However, he has acted mostly like a child all season, holding his stupid finger up, not respecting his teammate, and all the while acting like he absolutely deserved to be the king of Red Bull. Maybe that is true, but as my Nan says, you catch more flies with honey. If Vettel had acted more gracious throughout the season, I think he would be getting booed a lot less. He was quite emotional after the race, and even said on Twitter that he was crying. I think I would be a much bigger fan of his if I felt this level of excitement and emotion from him more often. Also, please dude, stop with the finger. Just throw your hands up and go with that.

Yes, it was Vettel’s day, but Romain Grosjean managed to jump from 17th on the grid to a 3rd place podium finish, which was awesome.

Three races left, but less exciting now that the championship is already won. Hopefully they will be lots of fun to watch.

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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: 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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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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