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, 8 more will follow, where there will be only two in Europe (Spa, Monza). The remaining races will take place mainly in Asia (Singapore, Japan, Korea, India) which will be a particular challenge for the teams. For because of the longer and departure is to bring serious updates to the car. The time spend the racing chassis at the factory, is shorter, besides that, you will have ready a number of new aero parts because of the very different routes. Another reason, which is more difficult updates, is simply the money. If you want to update the 2011 model continues or rather 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 have made mistakes many teams.
1 Red Bull
At first glance, Red Bull has done everything right. One has the chassis with the best output that comes with all the tires cope, you have a flawless Sebastian Vettel and the technique does not make you tired. However, the success of the RB7 is also based on the weakness of the other teams. 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 in this year much 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 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.
As one of the McLaren MP4-26 presented, I already thought that there are only two variants are at such a fancy concept: a flop 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, as well as the 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 maintain over the winter to the L-shaped sidepods.
Hamilton has had 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 track. Since it goes up, even Hamilton is again satisfied. Jenson Button fared no better, but he delivered perfectly brilliant race from. Unfortunately, he had two "noughties", which made its narrow chance of winning the world title naught.
The third consecutive year Ferrari has started miserably in the season. Last year, you could win the first race at least yet, this year you had to wait until the race in England. The problems at Ferrari are varied. 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 one is addressed 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, 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 what he can. Even with a bad F150 was often a danger and since the European GP, he has always stood on the podium. Massa, however, is not in a good mood, he has not retracted this year only 70 points, while Alonso has 145 points. The Ferrari 2012 does not exchange him, probably has something to do with the fact that you can not find a usable substitute.
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, the obvious narrow budget allows 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 front), but in the end does not stop the entire package. As a glimmer of hope but one must also say that it is the team has 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. When you consider that the other have also become faster, which is a good result.
The drivers were both pale. Schumacher had bright spots but even more low points, Nico Rosberg could not really convince me so far, but that may be due to the chassis. Overall, the team does not, unfortunately, the impression that one could make 2011 a decisive step forward.
Also, Renault 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, they 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 it does not fit. Internally, there were also a lot of trouble, because very many employees from the development have gone in the last 12 months. Eric Boullier has an idiosyncratic style of leadership, as one hears so. The obligation of Nick Heidfeld was the right decision, but the German could not really convince. Its quality is weakness in today's F1 not nice a serious disadvantage and the defeats against Petrov. The Russians, in turn, drives an amazingly 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 known as one who could still replace Heidfeld this year.
The sixth place in the Constructors' Championship is probably the best thing that the Swiss can achieve. The Top 3 are not going to get one step better Mercedes and Renault quite achievable in some races. And yet I'm a bit disappointed. After all leaves clean with the complete Ferrari drive train (engine, transmission, KERS) and James Key you got one of those designer who is among 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 is inside the season in style, were it not for the aspiring Force India team.
Kamui Kobayashi was a lot of fun again this year and I would have liked to have seen him in 2012 in a top team, but there's no space. 2013 could look 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 in gestation.
7 Force India
The Indians supply from a mixed season, but one must not forget that they are not really equipped with a lush budget. Even Vijay Mallya has in the last 18 months, the entire development team must rebuild, hence 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 returned to its normal level after a nasty 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 towards the end of the year, because it works on the new car. But still they do have a chance Sauber trap, but that's really just very narrow.
8 Toro Rosso
The B-Team Red Bull is indeed in terms of design on its own, but depends more on the drip of Red Bull And really good it really does not run in 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 good bit. The points you have been able to pick up on the strategy and the clean way in which 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. Sure this 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, whose concept looks interesting on paper, is a total flop. That is, 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 correct and quickly pulled consequences. Sam Michael and much of the development had to go, one 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. Among the drivers, one can say little. Barrichello does its job, but looks listless, Maldonado surprised from time to time with a good, but then sags in the race. The four points that Williams (last year at the time they 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 lacks 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, the score is again before HRT Virgin because Liuzzi once had retracted a good result. What can I say - the miracle is actually that the team is still moving, what you have to thank Colin Kolles, who prepared the car in his company near Ingolstadt. Spanish was only the owner, but who has changed on the team. With the investment firm comes 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 be well and truly replaced. In terms of drivers - Luizzi does its job, Karthikeyan was not on and his successor, Daniel Ricciardo failed to convince so far, but where you have to surely give some more time.
The British are at the end of the special, which probably does not correspond to their actual performance in whole. Also, Virgin has revamped the technical department. Nick Wirth is out (even if you bought the F1 Division of Wirth) and from 2012 to work closely with McLaren, which will certainly bring something to the team. 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 the midfield. This could be an ex-Toro Rosso man be, but also the various replacement driver is worth exploring.
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