Formula One: The Great Half-time analysis
Half of all races this year are over and it's worth a look at the teams to throw and was like their season so far.
11 races are over, eight more will follow, where there will be only two in Europe (Spa, Monza). The remaining races are held mainly in Asia (Singapore, Japan, Korea, India) which will be a particular challenge for the teams. For because of the longer arrival and departure is to bring serious updates to the car. The time spent racing chassis in the factory is shorter, besides that, you will keep ready a number of new aero parts because of the very different routes. Another reason which is complicate updates, is simply the money. If you want to update the 2011 model more or maybe more the 12er model? You see - who makes mistakes in the preparation and in the first half of the season, the punishment is bitter. And mistakes have made many teams.
1 Red Bull
At first glance, Red Bull has done everything right. It has the chassis with the best output that comes with all the tires cope, you have a flawless Sebastian Vettel and the technology also does not limp. But the success of the RB7 is also based on the weakness of the other team. So Red Bull has further problems with the KERS, at times you could not use it. Luck you had with the mapping rules. The idea of the FIA to reduce the overrun of 10% would have the Renault engine is not well done. It ran a lot this year for Red Bull, who have worked hard to keep last year's projection and improve. Also Vettel is more relaxed this year on the road, but is more able to be aggressive on the road, if need be. Mark Webber, however, is a disappointment this year. About the reasons why he is so far behind Vettel fell back, there are two rumors. One side calls the Pirelli tires. Others the characteristics of the RB7, which should not be the Australian But - despite all Red Bull and Vettel are the titles can enter a second time this year.
When they introduced the McLaren MP4-26, I already thought that there are only two variants are at such a precipitated Concept: flopped with start-up or develops after the first teething a real winner. McLaren has met with a lot this year. In the winter tests the car was virtually undrivable, such as Button and Hamilton confirmed clear. Only the reconstruction of the subsoil, the exhaust system, the cooling and the diffuser then led to the desired results. Nevertheless, the McLaren, like Ferrari, a grab bag. In addition, the car handles too hard on the rear tires, which does not always easily the strategy for the team. The world title might be gone, but the interesting thing here is still the question of whether McLaren will keep over the winter to the L-shaped sidepods.
Hamilton has a mixed season this year. His frustration with the poor start to the season you could tell him clearly and he disgraced himself clearly on the line. Since it goes up, and Hamilton is again satisfied. Jenson Button fared no better, but he delivered perfectly brilliant race from. Unfortunately, he had two "noughties", which made its slim chances of winning the world title naught.
The third consecutive Ferrari's miserable start to the season. Last year we won the first race at least yet, this year you had to wait until the race in England. The problems are manifold Ferrari. Since the strange problem was with the wind tunnel, which had improved to 60% models, but the values supplied did not fit well with the CFD models. Secondly, the basic problem that we are addressing the matter too conservative. It has responded and development department rebuilt. The unsuccessful Aldo Costa had to go, Pat Fry took over complete control in terms of chassis and aerodynamics. The Ferrari despite the redeployment could be successful, is then quite a surprise and speaks for the team. But the season of course you can check off.
Alonso has shown several times this year, he can. Even with a bad F150 was often a risk and since the European GP he has always been on the podium. Massa, however, is not in a good mood, he has not been run in this year only 70 points, while Alonso has 145 points. The Ferrari 2012 does not exchange him, probably only has something to do with the fact that you can not find a viable replacement.
As you might have expected more. So easy you can summarize the season of Mercedes. Ross Brawn is the MGP02 again a rather middling draft only succeeded besides that, obviously narrow budgets allow little improvement. At least from the outside makes the Mercedes the impression that he would hardly change. One can cite a long list of reasons why the car is not running (long wheelbase, poor cooling, poor diffuser, a lack of grip in front), but in the end agrees not stop the entire package. As a glimmer of hope but one must also say that it is the team managed to reduce the gap to the front during the season significantly. There were times 2 seconds were in the last few races where it's 1.3 seconds. If one considers that the other has become even faster, which is a good result.
The drivers were both pale. Schumacher had bright spots but still more low points, Nico Rosberg could not really convince me so far, but that may be due to the chassis. Overall, the team did not unfortunately makes the impression as if you could make 2011 a decisive step forward.
Renault also has what pretty devised with the specified forward exhaust, but the season was actually with the accident of Kubica over. They had the Poland tailored to R27 on the body and when he was gone, we had the salad. In addition to that the idea to blow the entire underbody, in reality does not really sufficient. It has experimented with a "normal" exhaust, but the design of the car does not fit in. Internally, there was also a lot of trouble, because many employees from the development are reduced in the last 12 months. Eric Boullier has an idiosyncratic style of leadership, how to listen so. The obligation of Nick Heidfeld was the right decision, but the German could not really convince. His qualifying weakness in today's F1 not nice a serious disadvantage and the defeats against Petrov. The Russians, in turn, drives a surprisingly stable season, but I'm sure - Kubica would sit in the car, saw the matter differently. Renault will spend the second half of the season trying out many new parts for 2012 and Driver. Grosjean is regarded as one who could even replace Heidfeld this year.
The sixth place in the Constructors' Championship is probably the best thing the Swiss can achieve. The Top 3 are not going to get one step better Mercedes and Renault certainly achievable in some races. And yet I'm a little disappointed. After all drives Sauber Ferrari with the complete drive train (engine, transmission, KERS) and with James Key you got one of those designers, one of the best of his generation. This one has with Kamui Kobayashi and the amazingly fast Perez a good team of drivers. But this year's Sauber not going so well, he lacks especially the hot-blown diffuser, which you did not build, after the FIA wanted to ban it first. So will you try to bring to an end and the sixth place inside the season in style, were it not for the emerging Force India team.
Kamui Kobayashi was a lot of fun again this year and I would have liked to see him in 2012 in a top team, but there's no space. 2013 could be different if he was still somewhat reduced its error rate. Sergio Perez is one of the surprises this year. Even though he can not always keep up with Kobayashi as an interesting talent could ripen.
7 Force India
The Indians deliver from a mixed season, but we must not forget that they are not just equipped with a lush budget. Even Vijay Mallya has in the last 18 months, the entire development team must rebuild, therefore the good and easier to becoming a slight surprise. But this has to do with the drivers, pointing to some weaknesses at the beginning of the year, a strong performance. Sutil has arrived finally back on its normal level after an ugly start, Paul di Resta returns for his first season very good results from and is probably on the long list of some team bosses. The problem with Force India's just that they run out of resources at the end of the year, because it works on the new car. But still they certainly have a chance Sauber trap, but that's really only very narrow.
8 Toro Rosso
The B-Team Red Bull is true in terms of design on its own, but depends more on the drip of Red Bull. And really good it really does not work this year. Your first draft of an F1 chassis has promising approaches, but more they do not. Normally you should be traveling at the level of Force India, which will also work in the race. But in the qualification but it is back a fair bit. The points you have been able to pick up on the strategy and the clean driving the pilot.
Where neither Sebastian Buemi nor Alguersuari Jamie could really convince me so far. Buemi is the better man in qualifying and in the race often looks better. But the differences in the race are rather marginal. Clear may be that a will have to go in winter. Maybe both, if, in addition Daniel Ricciardo is another man finds.
Certainly the disappointment of the year. The FW33, the concept looks interesting on paper, is a total flop. And a flop of such proportions that one wonders why no one noticed before. Patrick Head, Adam Parr and Frank Williams who then made the only right and quickly pulled consequences. Sam Michael and large parts of the development had to go, it has brought with Mike Coughlin a quite interesting man who is able to build a very fast and reliable car. Also, the deal with Renault Williams brings in the right direction, even if the Cosworth is apparently not as bad as its reputation. The drivers can say little. Barrichello makes his job, but looks listless, Maldonado surprised every now and again with a good, but then sags in the race. The four points that Williams (last year at the time there were 40), actually say it all.
For me, the second disappointment of the year. It was clear that no trees would be able to pull in the second year, but basically, the distance is even though the front has become smaller, but not so far that you could keep up at least with Williams. This Lotus has taken a lot of money in the hand, including the Renault engines. It is striking that both cars fail with very technical issues that may Kovalainen which were at least 5 failures and thus he is the frontrunner in this year on this list. Since there is obviously quality problems in our own factory, because the Renault engine is indeed stable in other teams. However - Lotus missing the "hot blown diffuser" KERS and when that comes, we can be reached may be able Q2.
Trulli and Kovalainen to little can be said. The Finn made a better impression this year, but the better race results has Trulli. Tony Fernandes has indicated that one could possibly keep Trulli. If I had to give him some advice, I would see to it that I'll get someone like Hulkenberg into the team.
Yes, in the standings, HRT again before Virgin, because Liuzzi once had retracted a good result. What can I say - the miracle is actually that the team is still moving, what one owes Colin Kolles, who prepared the car in his company near Ingolstadt. Spanish was the only owner who has but changed to the team. The investment company is money, but in the current difficult economic situation because you have to be careful. That HRT does not get anywhere is also the old, barely modified Dallara chassis, which next year will probably finally replaced. In terms of driver - Luizzi does its job, Karthikeyan was not on and its successor, Daniel Ricciardo has not convinced so far, but the one must certainly be some time.
The British at the end of the vote, which probably does not correspond to their actual performance throughout. Virgin has also revamped the technical department. Nick Wirth is out (even if you have bought the F1 Division of Wirth) and from 2012 to work closely with McLaren, what is the team certainly bring something. But this year you can check off. It is interesting that you have Timo Glock extended for another three years, but openly talks about it, that D'Ambrosio will probably not continue in 2012. It apparently is looking for a driver from midfield. This could be an ex-Toro Rosso man be, but also the various Spare driver is one to watch.
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