Well, the start of the Formula One season is here.
I’m no expert, but I have to watch the races so I have something to talk about with Richard, my Dad, who even watches Turn Left Racing (NASCAR) if nothing else is available.
Me? I like Figure Eight in School Buses or with Trailers.
Flaming Chunks of Twisted Metal!
I watch it on Speed Channel. If you don’t get that, there’s a possibility that they may stream it, but frankly I’m not sure so if that’s a bad link please forgive me, I’ll try and do better next time.
They broadcast live from all over the world so start time is variable but almost always too early. Today’s race starts at 7:30 for the pre-race including the in car camera hot lap, which will happen just before the 8 am rolloff.
All Daylight Time, I hope you set your clocks forward.
The major rule change this season is that they will not be refueling. Pit Stops will only be for Tire Changes and mechanical fixes and adjustments.
They are still required to use 2 different Bridgestone compounds. Aero rules have been adjusted so that last year’s double diffusers are no longer legal. Wheels no longer have spats to fall off, but the rims have been aeroed. There is no more KERS.
Last year’s manufacturing champion, Brawn, has been sold to Mercedes. Felipe Massa is back with Ferrari after getting hit in the head with a suspension spring last year. Michael Schumacher is back after a 3 year retirement for Mercedes. Last year’s driving Champion, Jenson Button, has moved to McLaren. Team Lotus returns after having been absent since 1993. Rubens Barrichello all by himself has the 3rd most experience of any Team in Formula One this season with 284 starts under his belt.
There was supposed to be a Team USA this year also, but they are notably absent and I must have missed the explanation for that.
The biggest strategic changes are that there is every incentive to stay out as long as your tires last and that the cars are going to be as much as 135Kg heavier because of the fuel weight which is going to put additional stress on the suspension and brakes as well as change ride height (and aerodynamics) over the course of the race.
This is particularly problematic in this race, Bahrain, where they have added .9Km of new asphalt and 8 new turns where the drivers have already complained about the bumpiness. At 6.3Km it is now the second longest circuit in Formula One after Spa.
I’ll try and liveblog, but it was a very late night last night as I went to visit my SciFi friend and watch the latest Caprica (as well as some Star Wars Episodes 1 – 3 which I haven’t bothered with up until now) with her dog before he goes in the kennel and she disappears on a business trip for a week.
And then there is that pesky time change.
Being Formula One there will not be a lot of things to report anyway after the dominant cars establish themselves (usually in the first corner) other than unexpected retirements (Flaming Chunks Of Twisted Metal!), Pit/Tire Strategy, and gossip.
But as I said I have to watch it, either live or during the 12:30 pm repeat otherwise the only thing I’ll have to talk with my Father about will be Michigan State’s draw in the NCAA Basketball Tournament and I’m a big Syracuse fan.
Your starting grid-
|5||4||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes Benz GP Ltd||01:55.5|
|7||3||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes Benz GP Ltd||01:55.6|
|10||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||01:55.2|
|12||15||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India-Mercedes||01:55.6|
|14||22||Pedro de la Rosa||BMW Sauber-Ferrari||01:56.4|
|16||23||Kamui Kobayashi||BMW Sauber-Ferrari||01:56.5|
|22||25||Lucas Di Grassi||Virgin-Cosworth||02:00.6|
Time is Qualifying Lap Time (low fuel).