Grand Prix 2011 Indian Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Is the season over yet?

Unfortunately the answer is no as the F1 circus rumbles onto India for a brand new track, but after problems with the construction of the track, there is a degree of hesitation as not everyone is overjoyed about the prospect of a race there at the current moment in time. Added to the fact that it is another Tilke track, many fans aren't optimistic for an exciting race, but we've been proven wrong before. After all, we thought 2011 would be a close championship!!

Red Bull reasserted itself as the best car on the track after a dominant win in Korea with Vettel taking yet another win as he continues to rewrite the record books in the same way as Schumacher used to, just not as controversially as the elder German. Mark Webber had his strongest races recently pushing Hamilton very hard for second place, perhaps showing that he still has it for next season.

Hamilton put a long list of poor races behind to finish second in Korea after taking his first pole position of the season and it turned out after the race that he was running with tyre bits in the front wing which was costing a good couple a tenths a lap, something which would surely have cost him a true crack at a third race victory of the season, but at the very least it shows that he's getting back to his best, but a split with his partner might explain a less than happy mood recently.

Ferrari are constantly lingering as the team behind the top 2 and they are almost in a race with themselves as they are far quicker than Mercedes but not quick enough (mainly Massa) to challenge the Red Bulls and Mclarens for victories, particularly on a consistent basis after the problems with the EBD after Silverstone.

In the midfield there is a serious log jam as Mercedes, Renault, Force India, Sauber and Toro Rosso fight over points and championship places as a lot of money is at stake for 4th-8th in the championship and it's probably the best place to see action at the moment as the racing has been close and extremely well fought with different cars being better at each different circuit with none having the best all round package of the 5 teams. Now even Team lotus is getting involved in the action as they are starting to beat some of these cars on pure pace which will no doubt please the owners, and Kovalainen beating Petrov on pure pace in Singapore would particularly have pleased the team after the rows with Group lotus this season.

No-one knows what to expect from the Indian track, but early reports indicate it's better than previous Tilke tracks, but then it can't be worse than Bahrain and Abu Dhabi really.... We hope so anyway.

For Galahad's superb write up, see here http://cliptheapex.com/pages/buddh-international-circuit/
 

Josh

Champion Elect
This is the circuit:
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The DRS zones were on the start/finish straight and on the long straight between turn 3 and 4. So what I think Hughes is saying is that Hamilton used the DRS on that long straight to try to overtake Massa at turn 4 but couldn't make it stick despite being alongside him at turn 4 and 5. Turn 5 is a pretty fast corner as well I think... And I think on the next lap Hamilton used his DRS but not his full KERS but instead saved that so he could use it somewhere (probably at the end) between turn 4 and 5 and between turn 5 and 6 in order to make the overtake which resulted in a collision.
Pretty clever actually.

EDIT: wait you weren't serious? Damn your subtleties :(
 

Fenderman

Rooters Reporter
LOLLOL. Sorry! I had a good day at work today. Felt a bit mischievous. I'll try to control it a little bit.:thinking::)

Edit: I thought my uncharacteristic use of the :whistle:smiley would give the game away.
 

Slyboogy

World Champion
Contributor
I said Lemur!

Well I edited it :p

I like Lemar, especially the song "If there's any justice" - sang from the bottom of the heart! LOL

I have also forgot to mention the amount of hype around this track really did irritate me, Martin Brundle has a tendency to big up every race and anything to do with F1, one of his annoying traits.

Actually come to think about, every track that's new, even if it is terrible gets bigged up by the BBC (or ITV), I was personally glad when Eddie Jordan after the Abu dhabi came out saying after the race on the programme that it was terrible.

I am also suprised how no one mentioned how Eddie Jordan on the F1 forum said "Massa should spank Lewis Hamilton" when he actually meant "speak" :snigger:
 

jez101

Bookies drive nice cars because of people like me
Contributor
Been on the sauce tonight, chaps? Beats a Hamilton-bash any day.

Back on topic for Bill, before the race I said i thought drs into 5 would be good. Having seen the track I now think i am an idiot for suggesting that ;)
 

Fenderman

Rooters Reporter
Thinking about it, Buddh would probably have been the perfect track to have allowed a gloves off, use DRS anywhere you like approach. Definitely didn't work in the specified zones did it?
 

Slyboogy

World Champion
Contributor
Thinking about it, Buddh would probably have been the perfect track to have allowed a gloves off, use DRS anywhere you like approach. Definitely didn't work in the specified zones did it?

If it didn't work in it's specified zones, how is it going to work anywhere else? :thinking:
 
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