Formula Racing

Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka Circuit)

One of the oldest remaining circuits in the F1 championship, Suzuka (Japan) is celebrating the 50th Year of its inception. True to the tradition this year of Japanese GP promises to be on its way to give an indication about the potential World Championship Winners. One of the narrowest circuits in the championship, Suzuka has a series of sharp ‘right’ & ‘left’ turns because of its design which essentially is similar to the construction of the digit “8”.

The Qualifying was relatively successful for the two of the Force India drivers – Nico Hulkenberg who managed a 10th Place in Q3 and Paul Di Resta who has racked up a slightly disappointing 12th position especially after the setting good pace and finishing 4th at the Singapore GP. However, the unscheduled gearbox change during the practice on Friday, will see Nico Hulkenberg drop 5 places, as he serves the penalty. Overall, Force India will be looking for a strong finish from both their drivers and will be hoping to get on the points board considering the supreme straight line speed of their cars.

Vettel Dominates At Mighty Suzuka While Rivals Falter – By Armaan Ebrahim

Sebastian Vettel demolished Fernando Alonso's points lead to just 4 points with a dominant victory in the Japanese Grand Prix.

After qualifying on pole convincingly Vettel had to just finish ahead of his championship rivals to keep the fight going but I guess he got more than he probably asked for.Turn one was were everything went wrong for Alonso after coming together with Kimi Raikkonen and this sent the Ferrari driver spinning out of the GP with a puncture.The other big names to suffer were Nico Rosberg who was collected by Bruno Senna and Front row starting Mark Webber who was hit by Romain Grosjean and later even branded him "the first corner nutcase"!!

The biggest gainers from all this drama were Filipe Massa who slotted into 4th,Jenson Button had a blinding start to get himself upto 3rd and home hero Kamui Kobayashi made use of his sublime qualifying performance in 3rd to move upto 2nd.Everyone maintained their places till the first round of pitstops where Massa stayed out longer and was able to make the jump on both Kobayashi and Button.Once ahead the Brazilian was able to pull clear of the chasing two and got his first podium in nearly two years!

Jenson tried his level best but could not pass Kobayashi which resulted in the Sauber driver picking up his first podium and equaling the best result by a Japenese driver in Formula One.

Further down Lewis Hamilton who had a quiet start before coming home in fifth.He spent the first half of the race battling with his Mclaren replacement for next year Sergio Perez.The Mexican made a ballsy move but lost the place during the first round of pit stops and eventually retired after failing make his move on Kimi Raikkonen stick while going into the first corner.

Raikkonen had an average but busy race finishing in 6th just ahead of FORCE INDIA's Nico Hulkenberg who finished a fantastic 7th.Pastor Maldonado,Mark Webber and Daniel Riccardo rounded up the top ten and the final championship points.

Force India had a sweet and sour day with Nico Hulkenberg finishing a solid seventh and Paul Di Resta only recovering to 12th after almost dropping to the back at the start due to a problem with his cluth.Overall they should be happy because this was the strongest they have been at Suzuka over the past few years.

The results of the Japanese Grand Prix have really thrown the race for the title wide open and its going to be a dog fight in the last 5 rounds of the championship.Next up is the Korean Grand Prix and then our very own Airtel Indian Grand Prix!The beauty about this year unlike last season where the championship was already sealed is that the outcome of the Indian GP will play a significant role in crowning the 2012 World Champion.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes