Half Term Report: Ferrari

The quest for success continues for Ferrari and unfortunately for the Scuderia this season shows no sign of giving them anything to shout about, the F14T is fundamentally not the best car that has came out of Maranello though in the hands of Fernando Alonso it has shown some promise, the team may have entered the season with arguably the strongest driver pairing but Raikkonen has struggled, not only that but there have been changes within the team with Stefano Domenicali replaced by Marco Mattiaci as team principal, it is a tough year for the prancing horse but their main goal now is most likely to finish in the top three in the constructors.

Fernando Alonso
4th place – 115 points
2 podiums – China, Hungary

Fernando Alonso has once again shown that he is arguably the most complete driver on the grid with his performances this year, he is also the only driver to score points at every race so far in 2014, he is known for getting the absolute maximum from any car he drives and he has done just that on his way to the brace of podiums he has earned, came very close to winning in Hungary but had to settle for second, the goal for Alonso in the second half of the season is to continue what he is doing, to fight with the Red Bull and Williams drivers.

Rating: 9/10

Kimi Raikkonen
12th place – 27 points
Best finish – 6th – Hungary

When the deal was confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen would rejoin Ferrari from Lotus, the F1 world looked forward to what could have been a fascinating battle between the Finn and Fernando Alonso, but unfortunately for Raikkonen, it has been a long and difficult struggle, it isn’t helped by the fact Alonso is outperforming the car but to put it simply, Kimi hasn’t done well enough, 27 points for a Ferrari driver in a half-season is not good enough, hopefully we can see a big improvement during the second half of the season or his seat will come under pressure for 2015.

Rating: 4/10

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Hungarian GP: Driver of the Day

Half Term Report: Red Bull

After the disaster that was winter testing, the world champion team have had an incredible recovery, the RB10 that could barely do a race distance around Bahrain or Jerez in the pre season, now they sit 2nd in the constructors with two wins to their name.

They have been dogged by unreliability with the Renault power unit especially with Sebastian Vettel, but for his new teammate Daniel Ricciardo it has been a dream start to his Red Bull career with victories in Canada and Hungary.

The announcement regarding Adrian Newey means that they may also need to look for some new technical genius from next year and the work to replace Newey must start soon.

It must be considered that realistically there is no chance of Red Bull winning the championship, so they should turn their attention to holding onto 2nd place and keeping at bay the challenge that will come likely from Williams.

Daniel Ricciardo
3rd place – 131 points
5 podiums – Spain, Monaco, Canada, Britain, Hungary
2 wins – Canada, Hungary

Daniel Ricciardo came into Red Bull very much the underdog in the team led by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, but the young Australian has proved a massive success so far and has made Vettel look poor at times this season, only halfway through the season but he is making a big impression and many consider him to be a future world champion himself, has two wins to his name, the victories at Canada and Hungary were both due to late charges, he has only led about half a dozen laps this year though he also has shown great pace on a Saturday as well as race-craft to match, he looks good to be best of the rest behind the Mercedes duo.

Rating: 9/10

Sebastian Vettel
6th place – 88 points
2 podiums – Malaysia, Canada

It can certainly be argued that 2014 is the worst season Sebastian Vettel has had to endure as a Red Bull driver since his move to the team in 2009, though he has nothing to prove as a four-time world champion, he has shown glimpses of his best but not enough to match his new teammate, will need a big step up in the second half of the season if he is to beat Ricciardo though his record in the second half of seasons gone by would suggest he can close the gap, whilst he has been simply slower than his team-mate on a number of occasions, he has also had to deal with unreliability from his Renault powered RB10.

Rating: 6/10

 

I’m back!

After a long time, I feel that I want to carry on writing this blog, my original intention was to do this blog throughout the season however as you may know I was given the opportunity to write for RaceDepartment, during the time I spent there I enjoyed writing to a larger audience about the sport that I love.

However due to the fact I have had exams and then a recent holiday where I had been unable to contribute to the great effort that RaceDepartment go to, I now don’t have that same desire to write for a website, that coupled with other reasons have resulted in me wishing to give up my role at RD, I want to thank Bram, Howard and everyone there for all the help and time they gave to me whilst I was part of the team. It was truly awesome.

Even more recently, I have been thinking about resuming this blog, after all it was where it all started for me and it would be a shame to just quit writing about F1, so I want to try again with the blog, expect a round up of the British GP to be online before the end of today with possibly a few other bits and bobs.

David.

Chequered Flag Blog Announcement

I have been thinking for a number of days about my commitment to keeping this blog going and as you, the reader may be aware I have not posted at all over the Malaysia GP weekend.

I have noticed a drop in figures in the past few weeks and with the work I am doing for RaceDepartment, feel that there is not much point on being hugely active on this as well with such a small audience when I can share my opinion and write pieces to a large audience at RD.

Due to my other focuses mainly work for my exams in the summer and my role with RaceDepartment, I would like to take a break from fully working on this blog for a while just to get my ideas sorted, I have been part of the team at RaceDepartment for about a month now and I have loved it and I will be doing plenty of pieces on there.

But for the next few weeks atleast I am taking a break from this blog, I do not see this as an end to the blog but for now there will be very limited updates (possibly monthly roundups or occasional updates so not neccesarily for every race) from the Chequered Flag Blog although if you wish to keep up to date with my pieces on F1 between now and then, visit http://www.racedepartment.com/ where you will find news and great posts on all things racing from all the team and also plenty of pieces from myself.

Thanks.

Bahrain Testing – Days 2/3 Times

Day 2

1. Magnussen, McLaren, 1.34.910, 46 laps
2. Hulkenberg, Force India, 1.36.445, 59 laps
3. Alonso, Ferrari, 1.36.516, 97 laps
4. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1.36.965 85 laps
5. Bottas, Williams, 1.37.328, 116 laps
6. Kobayashi, Caterham, 1.39.855, 66 laps
7. Vettel, Red Bull, 1.40.340, 59 laps
8. Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1.40.609, 58 laps
9. Gutierrez, Sauber, 1.40.717, 55 laps
10. Grosjean, Lotus, 1.41.670, 18 laps 
11. Chilton, Marussia, 1.42.511, 17 laps

Day 3

1. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1.34.263, 67 laps
2. Button, McLaren, 1.34.976, 103 laps
3. Massa, Williams, 1.37.066, 60 laps
4. Gutierrez, Sauber, 1.37.180, 96 laps
5. Perez, Force India, 1.37.367, 57 laps
6. Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1.37.476, 44 laps
7. Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1.38.974, 57 laps
8. Maldonado, Lotus, 1.39.642, 26 laps
9. Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1.40.781, 28 laps
10. Ericsson, Caterham, 1.42.130, 98 laps
11. Chilton, Marussia, 1.46.672, 4 laps
12. Bottas, Williams, no time, 55 laps

Apologies for the delay but I have been quite busy with stuff.