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2011 FIA Formula One World Championship

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Well, the first race of the season is only three weeks away, but there was some big stories coming out before the start of March. First, the calendar.

Australia

Date: March 27

Official Title: Qantas Australian Grand Prix

Circuit: Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit

Location: Albert Park, Victoria, Australia

Circuit Length: 3.295 miles/5.303 kilometers

Race Distance: 58 laps, 191.071 miles/307.574 kilometers

2010 Winner: Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes

Malaysia

Date: April 10

Official Title: Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix

Circuit: Sepang International Circuit

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Circuit Length: 3.444 miles/5.543 kilometers

Race Distance: 56 laps, 192.878 miles/310.408 kilometers

2010 Winner: Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault

China

Date: April 17

Official Title: UBS Chinese Grand Prix

Circuit: Shanghai International Circuit

Location: Shanghai, China

Circuit Length: 3.387 miles/5.451 kilometers

Race Distance: 56 laps, 189.559 miles/305.066 kilometers

2010 Winner: Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes

Turkey

Date: May 8

Official Title: Turkish Grand Prix

Circuit: Istanbul Park

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Circuit Length: 3.317 miles/5.338 kilometers

Race Distance: 58 laps, 192.250 miles/309.396 kilometers

2010 Winner: Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes

Spain

Date: May 22

Official Title: Gran Premio de España

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya

Location: Montemelo, Spain

Circuit Length: 2.892 miles/4.655 kilometers

Race Distance: 66 laps, 190.825 miles/307.104 kilometers

2010 Winner: Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault

Monaco

Date: May 29

Official Title: Grand Prix de Monaco

Circuit: Circuit de Monaco

Location: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Circuit Length: 2.075 miles/3.340 kilometers

Race Distance: 78 laps, 161.887 miles/260.520 kilometers

2010 Winner: Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault

Canada

Date: June 12

Official Title: Grand Prix du Canada

Circuit: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Circuit Length: 2.709 miles/4.361 kilometers

Race Distance: 70 laps, 189.694 miles/305.270 kilometers

2010 Winner: Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes

Europe

Date: June 26

Official Title: European Grand Prix

Circuit: Valencia Street Circuit

Location: Valencia, Spain

Circuit Length: 3.367 miles/5.419 kilometers

Race Distance: 57 laps, 191.931 miles/308.883 kilometers

2010 Winner: Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault

Britain

Date: July 10

Official Title: Santander British Grand Prix

Circuit: Silverstone Circuit

Location: Towcester, England, United Kingdom

Circuit Length: 3.667 miles/5.901 kilometers

Race Distance: 52 laps, 190.604 miles/306.747 kilometers

2010 Winner: Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault

Germany

Date: July 24

Official Title: Grosser Preis Santander von Deutschland

Circuit: Nurburgring GP-Strecke

Location: Nurburg, Germany

Circuit Length: 3.199 miles/5.148 kilometers

Race Distance: 60 laps, 190.424 miles/306.458 kilometers

2010 Winner: Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault (Hockenheimring), Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault (2009 Nurburgring)

Hungary

Date: July 31

Official Title: Eni Magyar Nagydij

Circuit: Hungaroring

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Circuit Length: 2.722 miles/4.381 kilometers

Race Distance: 70 laps, 190.560 miles/306.663 kilometers

2010 Winner: Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault

Belgium

Date: August 28

Official Title: Belgian Grand Prix

Circuit: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Location: Francorchamps, Belgium

Circuit Length: 4.352 miles/7.004 kilometers

Race Distance: 44 laps, 191.410 miles/308.052 kilometers

2010 Winner: Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes

Italy

Date: September 11

Official Title: Gran Premio Santander d’Italia

Circuit: Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Location: Monza, Italy

Circuit Length: 3.600 miles/5.793 kilometers

Race Distance: 53 laps, 190.596 miles/306.720 kilometers

2010 Winner: Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

Singapore

Date: September 25

Official Title: Singapore Grand Prix

Circuit: Marina Bay Street Circuit

Location: Marina Bay, Singapore

Circuit Length: 3.148 miles/5.067 kilometers

Race Distance: 61 laps, 192.066 miles/309.087 kilometers

2010 Winner: Fernando Alonso

Japan

Date: October 9

Official Title: Japanese Grand Prix

Circuit: Suzuka International Race Course

Location: Suzuka, Japan

Circuit Length: 3.608 miles/5.807 kilometers

Race Distance: 53 laps, 191.117 miles/307.573 kilometers

2010 Winner: Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault

Korea

Date: 16 October

Official Title: Korean Grand Prix

Circuit: Korean International Circuit

Location: Yeongam, Republic of Korea (South Korea)

Circuit Length: 3.49 miles/5.621 kilometers

Race Distance: 55 laps, 192.1 miles/309.155 kilometers

2010 Winner: Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

India

Date: October 30

Official Title: Indian Grand Prix

Circuit: Jaypee Group Circuit

Location: Greater Noida, India

Circuit Length: 3.2 miles/5.15 kilometers

Race Distance: 60 laps, 192 miles/309 kilometers (estimate)

2010 Winner: none

Abu Dhabi

Date: November 13

Official Title: Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Circuit Length: 3.451 miles/5.554 kilometers

Race Distance: 55 laps, 189.810 miles/305.470 kilometers

2010 Winner: Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault

Brazil

Date: November 27

Official Title: Grande Premio do Brasil

Circuit: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Circuit Length: 2.677 miles/4.309 kilometers

Race Distance: 71 laps, 190.067 miles/305.909 kilometers

2010 Winner: Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault

Changes from 2010 to 2011:

-The addition of the Indian Grand Prix

-The Malaysian Grand Prix will have its name changed to the Malaysia Grand Prix for tourism purposes

-The cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix

The Bahrain Grand Prix, originally scheduled for March 13th, was canceled due to anti-government protests. There was no threat to the drivers or others involved in the Grand Prix race, but the Bahrain monarchy decided to focus all of their attention to the protesters' demands instead of having it divided with the Grand Prix. It is possible that the race will be rescheduled to a later date, most likely near the end of the season. A final decision about the race is expected to be made before the start of the Australian Grand Prix weekend.

Next, the Teams and Drivers:

Red Bull Racing (AUT)

Chassis: Red Bull RB7

Engine: Renault RS27-2011

Drivers: #1 Sebastian Vettel/VET (DEU), #2 Mark Webber/WEB (AUS)

Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes (GBR)

Chassis: McLaren MP4-26

Engine: Mercedes-Benz FO 108Y

Drivers: #3 Lewis Hamilton/HAM (GBR), #4 Jenson Button/BUT (GBR)

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro (ITA)

Chassis: Ferrari 150th Italia

Engine: Ferrari 056

Drivers: #5 Fernando Alonso/ALO (ESP), #6 Felipe Massa/MAS (BRA)

Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team (DEU)

Chassis: Mercedes MGP W02

Engine: Mercedes-Benz FO 108Y

Drivers: #7 Michael Schumacher/MSC (DEU), Nico Rosberg/ROS (DEU)

Lotus Renault GP (FRA)

Chassis: Renault R31

Engine: Renault RS27-2011

Drivers: #9 Robert Kubica/KUB (POL) & Bruno Senna/SEN (BRA), #10 Vitaly Petrov (RUS)

AT&T Williams (GBR)

Chassis: Williams FW33

Engine: Cosworth CA2011

Drivers: #11 Rubens Barrichello/BAR (BRA), #12 Pastor Maldonado/MAL (VEN)

Force India F1 Team (IND)

Chassis: Force India VJM04

Engine: Mercedes-Benz FO 108Y

Drivers: #14 Adrian Sutil/SUT (DEU), #15 Paul di Resta/RES (GBR)

Sauber F1 Team (SUI)

Chassis: Sauber C30

Engine: Ferrari 056

Drivers: #16 Kamui Kobayashi/KOB (JPN), #17 Sergio Perez/PER (MEX)

Scuderia Toro Rosso (ITA)

Chassis: Toro Rosso STR6

Engine: Ferrari 056

Drivers: #18 Sebastien Buemi/BUE (SUI), #19 Jamie Alguersuari/ALG (ESP)

Team Lotus (MAL)

Chassis: Lotus T128

Engine: Renault RS27-2011

Drivers: #20 Heikki Kovalainen/KOV (FIN), #21 Jarno Trulli/TRU (ITA)

Hispania Racing F1 Team (ESP)

Chassis: HRT F111

Engine: Cosworth CA2011

Drivers: #22 Narain Karthikeyan/KAR (IND), #23 Vitantonio Liuzzi/LIU (ITA)

Marussia Virgin Racing (GBR)

Chassis: Virgin MVR-02

Engine: Cosworth CA2011

Drivers: #24 Timo Glock/GLO (DEU), #25 Jerome d’Amboise (BEL)

Changes from 2010-2011:

Team Changes

-Hispania F1 has a partnership with Williams to supply a transmission system; also forging a partnership with Spanish businessman Juan Villalonga

-Lotus Racing team principle Tony Fernandez purchased the rights to the Team Lotus name from David Hunt so as to rename the team; the team (now known as Team Lotus) then terminated their three-year contract with Cosworth and switched to Renault engines.

-Lotus Cars partnered with Renault F1 and became the title sponsor of the team, now known as Lotus Renault GP, but the chassis and constructor will still be officially known as Renault because of the Concorde Agreement.

-Infiniti will be a major sponsor of Red Bull Racing, but despite earlier reports, will not rebrand the engine as an Infiniti.

-PDVSA, the government-controlled oil company of Venezuela, will be a long-term sponsor of the Williams team after the departure of RBS, Philips and AirAsia.

-Russian sport car manufacturer Marussia acquired a significant stake of Virgin Racing and, as such, the team as been renamed "Marussia Virgin Racing".

Driver Changes

-GP2 driver Jerome d'Ambrosio replaces Lucas di Grassi at Virgin Racing.

-DTM champion Paul di Resta replaces Vitantonio Liuzzi at Force India.

-Nico Hulkenberg was released from Williams before the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He will become a test driver for Force India.

-Narain Karthikeyan returns to F1 to drive for the Hispania team. He previously competed in F1 with the former Jordan team.

-The biggest driver news, Robert Kubica was seriously injured during the Ronde di Andora rally in Italy; the car he was piloting struck a section of guardrail that then penetrated through the car, into the cockpit, then out the rear of his Skoda. The accident nearly severed his right arm, not to mention the multiple fratures to his arm, hand and leg. He is estimated to take a year to recover from his injuries. Because of this, Nick Heidfeld will take over the driving duties of the Pole.

-The 2010 GP2 champion, Pasto Maldonado, signed on for the Williams team, taking Hulkenberg's seat.

-2010 GP2 runner-up Sergio Perez is teaming up with Kamui Kobayashi for the Sauber team, coinciding with the partnership between Telmex and Sauber.

-Bruno Senna left Hispania Racing after the 2010 season and has joined Lotus Renault GP as a test/reserve driver.

Edited by commadore183

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Australian GP results:

1 1 Sebastian Vettel, RBR-Renault

2 3 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes

3 10 Vitaly Petrov, Lotus Renault GP

4 5 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

5 2 Mark Webber, RBR-Renault

6 4 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes

7 6 Felipe Massa, Ferrari

8 18 Sebastien Buemi, STR-Ferrari

9 14 Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes

10 15 Paul di Resta, Force India-Mercedes

11 19 Jaime Alguersuari, STR-Ferrari

12 9 Nick Heidfeld, Lotus Renault GP

13 21 Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Renault

14 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio, Virgin-Cosworth

NC 24 Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth

DSQ 17 Sergio Perez, Sauber-Ferrari

DSQ 16 Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari

Ret 11 Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth (Transmission)

Ret 8 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP (Accident damage)

Ret 20 Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Renault (Water leak)

Ret 7 Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP (Puncture damage)

Ret 12 Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Cosworth (Transmission)

Both the Sauber cars were disqualified from the race after post-race inspection revealed that they had their rear wings outside of the regulations. Both Perez and Kobayashi finished 7th and 8th, respectively, in the race. Sauber has announced that they will appeal the disqualification, claiming that the infraction did not give them a performance advantage.

EDIT: Sauber will not appeal their disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix.

WDC Standings

1 Sebastian Vettel, RBR-Renault: 25

2 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes: 18

3 Vitaly Petrov, Lotus Renault GP: 15

4 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari: 12

5 Mark Webber, RBR-Renault: 10

6 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes: 8

7 Felipe Massa, Ferrari: 6

8 Sebastien Buemi, STR-Ferrari: 4

9 Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes: 2

10 Paul di Resta, Force India-Mercedes: 1

11 Jaime Alguersuari, STR-Ferrari: 0

12 Nick Heidfeld, Lotus Renault GP: 0

13 Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Renault: 0

14 Jerome d'Ambrosio, Virgin-Cosworth: 0

15 Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth: 0

16 Sergio Perez, Sauber-Ferrari: 0

17 Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari: 0

18 Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth: 0

19 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP: 0

20 Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Renault: 0

21 Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP: 0

22 Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Cosworth: 0

WCC Standings

1 RBR-Renault: 35

2 McLaren-Mercedes: 26

3 Ferrari: 18

4 Lotus Renault GP: 15

5 STR-Ferrari: 4

6 Force India-Mercedes: 3

7 Lotus-Renault: 0

8 Virgin-Cosworth: 0

9 Sauber-Ferrari: 0

10 Williams-Cosworth: 0

11 Mercedes GP: 0

The next race will be the Malaysia Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit on April 10th.

Edited by commadore183

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Malaysia Grand Prix results:

1 #1 Sebastian Vettel, RBR-Renault (1:37:39.832)

2 #4 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes (+3.2 secs)

3 #9 Nick Heidfeld, Renault (+25.0 secs)

4 #2 Mark Webber, RBR-Renault (+26.3 secs)

5 #6 Felipe Massa, Ferrari (+36.9 secs)

6 #5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari (+57.2 secs)

7 #16 Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari (+66.4 secs)

8 #3 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes (+69.9 secs)

9 #7 Michael Schumacher, Mercedes (+84.8 secs)

10 #15 Paul di Resta, Force India-Mercedes (+91.5 secs)

11 #14 Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes(+ 1 Lap)

12 #8 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes (+1 Lap)

13 #18 Sebastien Buemi, STR-Ferrari (+1 Lap)

14 #19 Jaime Alguersuari, STR-Ferrari (+1 Lap)

15 #20 Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Renault (+1 Lap)

16 #24 Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth (+2 Laps)

17 #10 Vitaly Petrov, Renault (Accident)

Ret #23 Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT-Cosworth (Rear wing issue)

Ret #25 Jerome d'Ambrosio, Virgin-Cosworth (Accident)

Ret #21 Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Renault (Clutch)

Ret #17 Sergio Perez, Sauber-Ferrari (Accident)

Ret #11 Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth (Hydraulics)

Ret #22 Narain Karthikeyan, HRT-Cosworth (Hydraulics)

Ret #12 Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Cosworth (Engine misfire)

Both Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton were penalized 20 seconds in lieu of a drive through penalty at the end of the race by the stewards; Hamilton for making more than 1 defensive move to block Alonso, and, for some damn reason, Alonso was penalized for "avoidable contact" with Hamilton after Hamilton slowed exiting a corner and Alonso made slight contact with Hamilton's rear tyre causing no damage to Hamilton but Alonso needed to change his front wing.

WDC Standings

1 Sebastian Vettel: 50

2 Jenson Button: 26

3 Lewis Hamilton: 22

4 Mark Webber: 22

5 Fernando Alonso: 20

6 Felipe Massa: 16

7 Nick Heidfeld: 15

8 Vitaly Petrov: 15

9 Kamui Kobayashi: 6

10 Sebastien Buemi: 4

11 Adrian Sutil: 2

12 Michael Schumacher: 2

13 Paul di Resta: 2

14 Jaime Alguersuari: 0

15 Nico Rosberg: 0

16 Jarno Trulli: 0

17 Jerome d'Ambrosio: 0

18 Heikki Kovalainen: 0

19 Timo Glock: 0

20 Sergio Perez: 0

21 Rubens Barrichello: 0

22 Vitantonio Liuzzi: 0

23 Pastor Maldonado: 0

24 Narain Karthikeyan: 0

WCC Standings

1 RBR-Renault: 72

2 McLaren-Mercedes: 48

3 Ferrari: 36

4 Renault: 30

5 Sauber-Ferrari: 6

6 STR-Ferrari: 4

7 Force India-Mercedes: 4

8 Mercedes: 2

9 Lotus-Renault: 0

10 Virgin-Cosworth: 0

11 Williams-Cosworth: 0

12 HRT-Cosworth: 0

The next race is the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 17.

Edited by commadore183

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Incredible race today, and watching Hamilton hunt down Vettel was a thing of beauty. Brilliant drives by him and Webber.

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Chinese Grand Prix Results

1) #3 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes (1:36:58.226)

2) #1 Sebastian Vettel, RBR-Renault (+5.1 secs)

3) #2 Mark Webber, RBR-Renault (+7.5 secs)

4) #4 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes (+10.0 secs)

5) #8 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes (+13.4 secs)

6) #6 Felipe Massa, Ferrari (+15.8 secs)

7) #5 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari (+30.6 secs)

8) #7 Michael Schumacher, Mercedes (+31.0 secs)

9) #10 Vitaly Petrov, Renault (+57.4 secs)

10) #16 Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari (+63.2 secs)

11) #15 Paul di Resta, Force India-Mercedes (+68.7 secs )

12) #9 Nick Heidfeld, Renault (+72.7 secs)

13) #11 Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth (+90.1 secs)

14) #18 Sebastien Buemi, STR-Ferrari (+90.6 secs)

15) #14 Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes (+1 Lap)

16) #20 Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Renault (+1 Lap)

17) #17 Sergio Perez, Sauber-Ferrari (+1 Lap)

18) #12 Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Cosworth (+1 Lap)

19) #21 Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Renault (+1 Lap)

20) #25 Jerome d'Ambrosio, Virgin-Cosworth (+2 Laps)

21) #24 Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth (+2 Laps)

22) #23 Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT-Cosworth (+2 Laps)

23) #22 Narain Karthikeyan, HRT-Cosworth (+2 Laps)

Ret) #19 Jaime Alguersuari, STR-Ferrari (Wheel)

WDC Standings

1) Sebastian Vettel: 68

2) Lewis Hamilton: 47 (-21)

3) Jenson Button: 38 (-30)

4) Mark Webber: 37 (-31)

5) Fernando Alonso: 26 (-42)

6) Felipe Massa: 24 (-44)

7) Vitaly Petrov: 17 (-51)

8) Nick Heidfeld: 15 (-53)

9) Nico Rosberg: 10 (-58)

10) Kamui Kobayashi: 7 (-61)

11) Michael Schumacher: 6 (-62)

12) Sebastien Buemi: 4 (-64)

13) Adrian Sutil: 2 (-66)

14) Paul di Resta: 2 (-66)

15) Jaime Alguersuari: 0

16) Jarno Trulli: 0

17) Rubens Barrichello: 0

18) Jerome d'Ambrosio: 0

19) Heikki Kovalainen: 0

20) Timo Glock: 0

21) Sergio Perez: 0

22) Pastor Maldonado: 0

23) Vitantonio Liuzzi: 0

24) Narain Karthikeyan: 0

WCC Standings

1) RBR-Renault: 105

2) McLaren-Mercedes: 85 (-20)

3) Ferrari: 50 (-55)

4) Renault: 32 (-73)

5) Mercedes: 16 (-89)

6) Sauber-Ferrari: 7 (-98)

7) STR-Ferrari: 4 (-101)

8) Force India-Mercedes: 4 (-101)

9) Lotus-Renault: 0

10) Williams-Cosworth: 0

11) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

12) HRT-Cosworth: 0

Next race: Turkish Grand Prix, May 8th.

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Anyone here planning on attending the 2012 USGP in Austin, TX?

I sent them an email letting them know I'm interested - however I get the impression tickets will be quite a bit more than what I was paying when I went to Indy.

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Anyone here planning on attending the 2012 USGP in Austin, TX?

I sent them an email letting them know I'm interested - however I get the impression tickets will be quite a bit more than what I was paying when I went to Indy.

Well we paid A$420 for a 4 day pass on the Fangio grandstand in Melbourne last year, worth every cent to see Jenson lift the silverware right in front of us.

Just wish we could afford to see the Wings lift Mr Stanley at the Joe..

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Gah! I flat forgot about this thread! I'll just post the podium finishers for the past two races and hope no one notices :P

Turkish Grand Prix results

1) #1 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault

2) #2 Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault

3) #5 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

Spanish Grand Prix results

1) #1 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault

2) #3 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes

3) #4 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes

WDC Standings

1)Sebastian Vettel: 118

2) Lewis Hamilton: 77 (-41)

3) Mark Webber: 67 (-51)

4) Jenson Button: 61 (-57)

5) Fernando Alonso: 51 (-67)

6) Nico Rosberg: 26 (-92)

7) Nick Heidfeld: 25 (-93)

8) Felipe Massa: 24 (-94)

9) Vitaly Petrov: 21 (-97)

10) Michael Schumacher: 14 (-104)

11) Kamui Kobayashi: 9 (-109)

12) Sebastien Buemi: 6 (-112)

13) Adrian Sutil: 2 (-116)

14) Sergio Perez: 2 (-116)

15) Paul di Resta: 2 (-116)

16) Jaime Alguersuari: 0

17) Rubens Barrichello: 0

18) Jarno Trulli: 0

19) Jerome d'Ambrosio: 0

20) Heikki Kovalainen: 0

21) Pastor Maldonado: 0

22) Timo Glock: 0

23) Narain Karthikeyan: 0

24) Vitantonio Liuzzi: 0

WCC Standings

1) Red Bull-Renault: 185

2) McLaren-Mercedes: 138 (-47)

3) Ferrari: 75 (-110)

4) Renault: 46 (-139)

5) Mercedes: 40 (-145)

6) Sauber-Ferrari: 11 (-174)

7) Toro Rosso-Ferrari: 6 (-179)

8) Force India-Mercedes: 4 (-181)

9) Williams-Cosworth: 0

10) Lotus-Renault: 0

11) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

12) HRT-Cosworth: 0

Next race is the Monaco Grand Prix tomorrow.

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Memorial Day is one of the biggest days in motorsports, as three of the year's biggest races are on: the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, and the Coca-Cola (nee World) 600. For this year, I'll post the full results of all three races, starting with the Monaco Grand Prix:

1) #1 Sebastian Vettel, RBR-Renault (2:09:38.373)

2) #5 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari (+1.1 secs)

3) #4 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes (+2.3 secs)

4) #2 Mark Webber, RBR-Renault (+23.1 secs)

5) #16 Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari (+26.9 secs)

6) #3 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes (+47.2 secs)

7) #14 Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes (+1 Lap)

8) #9 Nick Heidfeld, Renault (+1 Lap)

9) #11 Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth (+1 Lap)

10) #18 Sebastien Buemi, STR-Ferrari (+1 Lap)

11) #8 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes (+2 Lap)

12) #15 Paul di Resta, Force India-Mercedes (+2 Lap)

13) #21 Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Renault (+2 Lap)

14) #20 Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Renault (+2 Lap)

15) #25 Jerome d'Ambrosio, Virgin-Cosworth (+3 Lap)

16) #23 Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT-Cosworth (+3 Lap)

17) #22 Narain Karthikeyan, HRT-Cosworth (+4 Lap)

18) #12 Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Cosworth (Accident)

Ret) #10 Vitaly Petrov, Renault (Accident)

Ret) #19 Jaime Alguersuari, STR-Ferrari (Accident)

Ret) #6 Felipe Massa, Ferrari (Accident)

Ret) #7 Michael Schumacher, Mercedes (Airbox fire)

Ret) #24 Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth (Suspension)

DNS) #17 Sergio Perez, Sauber-Ferrari

Sergio Perez crashed during the qualifying session at the chicane at the exit of the tunnel, and sustained a concussion, and thus did participate in the event. He's expected to drive at Canada in a week.

Lewis Hamilton was nailed twice in the race for avoidable contact, one with Felipe Massa at about the mid-point of the race, and again with Pastor Maldonado at the end, with the 2nd accident incurring a 20 second drive-through penalty.

Adrian Sutil also got a drive-through penalty in the race for contact at the Hairpin.

The race was red flagged with about 5 laps left in the race due to an accident at the Swimming Pool complex that required rescue teams to extract Vitaly Petrov, who was unhurt in the incident. During the red flag, the teams were permitted to change tyres and perform other work on the cars; that proved to be advantageous to Vettel, who was on tyres that were about 60 laps old.

WDC Standings

1) Sebastian Vettel: 143

2) Lewis Hamilton: 85 (-58)

3) Mark Webber: 79 (-64)

4) Jenson Button: 76 (-67)

5) Fernando Alonso: 69 (-74)

6) Nick Heidfeld: 29 (-114)

7) Nico Rosberg: 26 (-117)

8) Felipe Massa: 24 (-119)

9) Vitaly Petrov: 21 (-122)

10) Kamui Kobayashi: 19 (-124)

11) Michael Schumacher: 14 (-129)

12) Adrian Sutil: 8 (-135)

13) Sebastien Buemi: 7 (-136)

14) Rubens Barrichello: 2 (-141)

15) Sergio Perez: 2 (-141)

16) Paul di Resta: 2 (-141)

17) Jaime Alguersuari: 0

18) Jarno Trulli: 0

19) Heikki Kovalainen: 0

20) Jerome d'Ambrosio: 0

21) Pastor Maldonado: 0

22) Timo Glock: 0

23) Vitantonio Liuzzi: 0

24) Narain Karthikeyan: 0

WCC Standings

1) RBR-Renault: 222

2) McLaren-Mercedes: 161 (-61)

3) Ferrari: 93 (-129)

4) Renault: 50 (-172)

5) Mercedes: 40 (-182)

6) Sauber-Ferrari: 21 (-201)

7) Force India-Mercedes: 10 (-212)

8) STR-Ferrari: 7 (-215)

9) Williams-Cosworth: 2 (-220)

10) Lotus-Renault: 0

11) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

12) HRT-Cosworth: 0

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95th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race:

1) #98 Dan Wheldon

2) #12 J. R. Hildebrand ®

3) #29 Graham Rahal

4) #82 Tony Kanaan

5) #9 Scott Dixon

6) #2 Oriol Servia

7) #30 Bertrand Baguette

8) #07 Tomas Scheckter

9) #26 Marco Andretti

10) #7 Danica Patrick

11) #67 Ed Carpenter

12) #10 Dario Franchitti

13) #83 Charlie Kimball ®

14) #12 Will Power

15) #14 Vitor Meira

16) #22 Justin Wilson

17) #3 Helio Castroneves

18) #44 Buddy Rice

19) #19 Alex Lloyd

20) #36 Pippa Mann ®

21) #24 Ana Beatriz

22) #43 John Andretti

23) #41 Ryan Hunter-Reay

24) #11 Davey Hamilton

25) #23 Paul Tracy

26) #99 Townsend Bell

27) #6 Ryan Briscoe

28) #77 Alex Tagliani

29) #06 James Hinchcliffe ®

30) #88 Jay Howard ®

31) #78 Simona de Silvestro

32) #59 E. J. Viso

33) #5 Takuma Sato

J. R. Hildebrand was leading on the final lap heading into the final turn when he came upon a lapped car. Hildebrand drove up high to avoid the car, got too high and slammed the outside wall coming out of T4, two-wheeling it to 2nd place after Dan Wheldon passed him in the final couple of hundred feet to the line.

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Coca-Cola 600

1) #29 Kevin Harvick

2) #6 David Ragan

3) #20 Joey Logano

4) #22 Kurt Busch

5) #43 A.J. Allmendinger

6) #9 Marcos Ambrose

7) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

8) #78 Regan Smith

9) #00 David Reutimann

10) #11 Denny Hamlin

11) #21 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

12) #42 Juan Montoya

13) #16 Greg Biffle

14) #17 Matt Kenseth

15) #33 Clint Bowyer

16) #99 Carl Edwards

17) #14 Tony Stewart

18) #83 Brian Vickers

19) #2 Brad Keselowski

20) #24 Jeff Gordon

21) #31 Jeff Burton

22) #4 Kasey Kahne

23) #13 Casey Mears

24) #47 Bobby Labonte

25) #38 Travis Kvapil

26) #56 Martin Truex Jr.

27) #36 Dave Blaney

28) #48 Jimmie Johnson

29) #27 Paul Menard

30) #32 Mike Bliss

31) #39 Ryan Newman

32) #18 Kyle Busch

33) #34 David Gilliland

34) #5 Mark Martin

35) #09 Landon Cassill

36) #195 David Starr

37) #1 Jamie McMurray

38) #7 Robby Gordon

39) #66 Michael McDowell

40) #30 David Stremme

41) #87 Joe Nemechek

42) #46 J.J. Yeley

43) #60 Mike Skinner

Jimmie Johnson blew his engine with about 5 laps left in the race, bringing out the caution and the GWC when everyone was trying to save some fuel. On the restart, there was a small incident between Jeff Burton and a few other drivers, but the race remained green. On the final lap, in T3, Dale Jr was leading the field to the checkered flag when he ran out of gas. Harvick passed Dale Jr to win his 3rd race of the season. Twice that day, a National Guard sponsored car failed to win the race when leading on the final lap.

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Rihanna waltzed through Lewis Hamilton's garage area during the lengthy rain delay.

Something I learned today: race car is spelled the same forward or backwards.

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Canadian Grand Prix results

1) #4 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes (4:04:39.537)

2) #1 Sebastian Vettel, RBR-Renault (+2.7 secs)

3) #2 Mark Webber, RBR-Renault (+13.8 secs)

4) #7 Michael Schumacher, Mercedes (+14.2 secs)

5) #10 Vitaly Petrov, Renault (+20.3 secs)

6) #6 Felipe Massa, Ferrari (+33.2 secs)

7) #16 Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari (+33.2 secs)

8) #19 Jaime Alguersuari, STR-Ferrari (+35.9 secs)

9) #11 Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth (+45.1 secs)

10) #18 Sebastien Buemi, STR-Ferrari (+47.0 secs)

11) #8 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes (+50.4 secs)

12) #17 Pedro de la Rosa, Sauber-Ferrari (+63.6 secs)

13) #23 Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT-Cosworth (+1 Lap)

14) #25 Jerome d'Ambrosio, Virgin-Cosworth (+1 Lap)

15) #24 Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth (+1 Lap)

16) #21 Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Renault (+1 Lap)

17) #22 Narain Karthikeyan, HRT-Cosworth (+1 Lap)

18) #15 Paul di Resta, Force India-Mercedes (Accident)

Ret) #12 Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Cosworth (Spun off)

Ret) #9 Nick Heidfeld, Renault (Accident)

Ret) #14 Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes (Accident)

Ret) #5 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari (Accident)

Ret) #20 Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Renault (Driveshaft)

Ret) #3 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes (Accident)

Narain Karthikeyan was penalized 20 seconds for cutting a turn on track, dropping him from 14th to 17th.

WDC Standing

1) Sebastian Vettel: 161

2) Jenson Button: 101 (-60)

3) Mark Webber: 94 (-67)

4) Lewis Hamilton: 85 (-76)

5) Fernando Alonso: 69 (-92)

6) Felipe Massa: 32 (-129)

7) Vitaly Petrov: 31 (-130)

8) Nick Heidfeld: 29 (-132)

9) Michael Schumacher: 26 (-135)

10) Nico Rosberg: 26 (-135)

11) Kamui Kobayashi: 25 (-136)

12) Adrian Sutil: 8 (-153)

13) Sebastien Buemi: 8 (-153)

14) Jaime Alguersuari: 4 (-157)

15) Rubens Barrichello: 4 (-157)

16) Sergio Perez: 2 (-159)

17) Paul di Resta: 2 (-159)

18) Pedro de la Rosa: 0

19) Jarno Trulli: 0

20) Vitantonio Liuzzi: 0

21) Jerome d'Ambrosio: 0

22) Heikki Kovalainen: 0

23) Timo Glock: 0

24) Pastor Maldonado: 0

25) Narain Karthikeyan: 0

WCC Standings

1) Red Bull-Renault: 255

2) McLaren-Mercedes: 186 (-39)

3) Ferrari: 101 (-154)

4) Renault: 60 (-195)

5) Mercedes: 52 (-203)

6) Sauber-Ferrari: 27 (-228)

7) STR-Ferrari: 12 (-243)

8) Force India-Mercedes: 10 (-245)

9) Williams-Cosworth: 4 (-251)

10) Lotus-Renault: 0

11) HRT-Cosworth: 0

12) Virgin-Cosworth: 0

And on Tuesday, 2 time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and 2008 FIA Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton "swapped" rides at Watkins Glen International for a little demonstration run promoted by Mobil 1. Both drivers did a few laps in their own cars, then switched to each others for a few laps. The baseline laps were done in wet conditions and the track started drying out as the day went on. Here's part 1 of the event:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yzs-2bDai8

Both drivers had a blast, and both quickly adapted to the cars as they went on, with Lewis even drifting it a bit through a few of the turns, then did a few donuts at the start/finish line, while Smoke was ripping it during his runs (as much as he could without binning a detuned car).

The next race is on June 26th at Valencia street circuit for the European Grand Prix.

EDIT: Bahrain GP officially scratched

The calendar is now down to 19 events instead of the intended 20.

Edited by commadore183

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European GP results

1 #1 Sebastian Vettel, RBR-Renault (1:39:36.169)

2 #5 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari (+10.8 secs)

3 #2 Mark Webber, RBR-Renault (+27.2 secs)

4 #3 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes (+46.1 secs)

5 #6 Felipe Massa, Ferrari (+51.7 secs)

6 #4 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes (+60.0 secs)

7 #8 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes (+98.0 secs)

8 #19 Jaime Alguersuari, STR-Ferrari (+1 Lap)

9 #14 Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes (+1 Lap)

10 #9 Nick Heidfeld, Renault (+1 Lap)

11 #17 Sergio Perez, Sauber-Ferrari (+1 Lap)

12 #11 Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth (+1 Lap)

13 #18 Sebastien Buemi, STR-Ferrari (+1 Lap)

14 #15 Paul di Resta, Force India-Mercedes (+1 Lap)

15 #10 Vitaly Petrov, Renault (+1 Lap)

16 #16 Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari (+1 Lap)

17 #7 Michael Schumacher, Mercedes (+1 Lap)

18 #12 Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Cosworth (+1 Lap)

19 #20 Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Renault (+2 Laps)

20 #21 Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Renault (+2 Laps)

21 #24 Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth (+2 Laps)

22 #25 Jerome d'Ambrosio, Virgin-Cosworth (+2 Laps)

23 #23 Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT-Cosworth (+3 Laps)

24 #22 Narain Karthikeyan, HRT-Cosworth (+3 Laps)

WDC Standings

1 Sebastian Vettel: 186

2 Jenson Button: 109 (-77)

3 Mark Webber: 109 (-77)

4 Lewis Hamilton: 97 (-89)

5 Fernando Alonso: 87 (-99)

6 Felipe Massa: 42 (-144)

7 Nico Rosberg: 32 (-154)

8 Vitaly Petrov: 31 (-155)

9 Nick Heidfeld: 30 (-156)

10 Michael Schumacher: 26 (160)

11 Kamui Kobayashi: 25 (-161)

12 Adrian Sutil: 10 (-176)

13 Jaime Alguersuari: 8 (-178)

14 Sebastien Buemi: 8 (-178)

15 Rubens Barrichello: 4 (-182)

16 Sergio Perez: 2 (-184)

17 Paul di Resta: 2 (-184)

18 Pedro de la Rosa: 0

19 Jarno Trulli: 0

20 Vitantonio Liuzzi: 0

21 Jerome d'Ambrosio: 0

22 Heikki Kovalainen: 0

23 Timo Glock: 0

24 Pastor Maldonado: 0

25 Narain Karthikeyan: 0

WCC Standings

1 RBR-Renault: 295

2 McLaren-Mercedes: 206 (-89)

3 Ferrari: 129 (-166)

4 Renault: 61 (-234)

5 Mercedes: 58 (-237)

6 Sauber-Ferrari: 27 (-268)

7 STR-Ferrari: 16 (-279)

8 Force India-Mercedes: 12 (-283)

9 Williams-Cosworth: 4 (-291)

10 Lotus-Renault: 0

11 HRT-Cosworth: 0

12 Virgin-Cosworth: 0

Next race is the British GP on July 10th.

Edited by commadore183

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British GP Results

1 #5 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari (1:28:41.196)

2 #1 Sebastian Vettel, RBR-Renault (+16.5 secs)

3 #2 Mark Webber, RBR-Renault (+16.9 secs)

4 #3 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes (+28.9 secs)

5 #6 Felipe Massa, Ferrari (+29.0 secs)

6 #8 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes (+60.6 secs)

7 #17 Sergio Perez, Sauber-Ferrari (+65.5 secs)

8 #9 Nick Heidfeld, Renault (+75.5 secs)

9 #7 Michael Schumacher, Mercedes (+77.9 secs)

10 #19 Jaime Alguersuari, STR-Ferrari (+79.1 secs)

11 #14 Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes (+79.7 secs)

12 #10 Vitaly Petrov, Renault (+80.6 secs)

13 #11 Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth (+1 Lap)

14 #12 Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Cosworth (+1 Lap)

15 #15 Paul di Resta, Force India-Mercedes (+1 Lap)

16 #24 Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth (+2 Laps)

17 #25 Jerome d'Ambrosio, Virgin-Cosworth (+2 Laps)

18 #23 Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT-Cosworth (+2 Laps)

19 #22 Daniel Ricciardo, HRT-Cosworth (+3 Laps)

Ret #4 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes (Wheel nut)

Ret #18 Sebastien Buemi, STR-Ferrari (Accident damage)

Ret #16 Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari (Oil leak)

Ret #21 Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Renault (Oil leak)

Ret #20 Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Renault (Gearbox)

Both Sauber and McLaren were fined 20k Euros and 5k Euros, respectively, for unsafe pit releases during the race, after Kobayashi was released into traffic and Button was released without a right-front wheel nut.

WDC Standings

1 Sebastian Vettel: 204

2 Mark Webber: 124 (-80)

3 Fernando Alonso: 112 (-92)

4 Lewis Hamilton: 109 (-95)

5 Jenson Button: 109 (-95)

6 Felipe Massa: 52 (-152)

7 Nico Rosberg: 40 (-164)

8 Nick Heidfeld: 34 (-170)

9 Vitaly Petrov: 31 (-173)

10 Michael Schumacher: 28 (-176)

11 Kamui Kobayashi: 25 (-179)

12 Adrian Sutil: 10 (-194)

13 Jaime Alguersuari: 9 (-195)

14 Sergio Perez: 8 (-196)

15 Sebastien Buemi: 8 (-196)

16 Rubens Barrichello: 4 (-200)

17 Paul di Resta: 2 (-202)

18 Pedro de la Rosa: 0

19 Jarno Trulli: 0

20 Vitantonio Liuzzi: 0

21 Jerome d'Ambrosio: 0

22 Heikki Kovalainen: 0

23 Pastor Maldonado: 0

24 Timo Glock: 0

25 Narain Karthikeyan: 0

26 Daniel Ricciardo: 0

The maximum number of points remaining to a driver is 250 points. No one is mathematically eliminated, yet.

WCC Standings

1 Red Bull-Renault: 328

2 McLaren-Mercedes: 218 (-110)

3 Ferrari: 164 (-164)

4 Mercedes: 68 (-260)

5 Renault: 65 (-263)

6 Sauber-Ferrari: 33 (-295)

7 Toro Rosso-Ferrari: 17 (-311)

8 Force India-Mercedes: 12 (-316)

9 Williams-Cosworth: 4 (-324)

10 Lotus-Renault: 0

11 HRT-Cosworth: 0

12 Virgin-Cosworth: 0

The maximum amount of points left in the season for the constructors is about 430 points.

The next race will be the German GP at the Nurburgring on July 24.

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