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Formula 1: Against The Odds

First Lap Carnage in Catalunya

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Circuit de CatalunyaThe old adage states that you can’t win the race at the first corner, but you can lose it. With the prospect of a processional race ahead of them, I just wonder how many drivers will remember this tomorrow. We are reaching that point where establishing supremacy both within your team and with your rivals can set the tone for the rest of season. Will some drivers think that it is time to gamble? Continue reading…

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From Lights to Flag in Spain

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Circuit de CatalunyaThe Circuit de Catalunya is renowned for being processional. It is the circuit that the teams know best, where car set-up should be as close to optimal as possible and where the layout provides such limited opportunities for passing. This puts more emphasis on qualifying position than any circuit that we have visited so far this season. Continue reading…

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May 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

Chinese Lottery

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Shanghai International CircuitForgive me for sounding flippant, but I really don’t have a clue about where the value lies this race at this stage of the weekend. Never has an F1 race felt more middle-of-the-road and less interesting. I’m hoping Qualifying will prove unpredictable and spark my enthusiasm, or perhaps the weather will save us yet again. Otherwise I’ll be forced to tip a Vettel victory! Continue reading…

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April 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm

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Sepang Safety Cars

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Charlie Whiting and Bernd MaylanderA difference of opinion between two bookmakers has lead to that all too rare event of a 100% book in the Safety Car market for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. That means that you could back both outcomes and be guaranteed not to lose any money. More pertinently, it means that if you have an opinion in this market, then you can back it safe in the knowledge that you are not paying a margin to the bookmaker. Continue reading…

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April 1, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Malaysian Margins

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Sepang CircuitThe start of the 2010 season has drawn much comment, ranging from the expected – are the new regulations working? – to the less expected – was the track too long to encourage overtaking? One observation that I haven’t seen anywhere however is that we have had two wide-margin winners. Is this just a coincidence, or is it a product of the new rules and revised strategies? Continue reading…

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March 31, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Sutil Difference In Strategy

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It was interesting to note that in today’s Q3 Qualifying session, nine out of the ten drivers opted to go for the Super Soft Bridgestone tyre and chase the best possible grid slot. The exception was Adrian Sutil. Force India had been muted in the build up to the weekend as one of the teams that could possibly upset the status quo at the front of the field. This decision to deviate from the norm simply makes that possibility more intriguing. Continue reading…

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March 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Fuelled To The Finish

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Felipe MassaOne of the most intriguing rule changes for the 2010 has been the ban on refuelling. At first glance that would seem to indicate nothing more than shorter, simpler pit-stops and the increased challenge for the driver of handling a car with a massively different weight profile throughout the race.

Closer inspection reveals some technical challenges too, Continue reading…

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March 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm