Monday, 7 July 2014

Britain 2014 Results and Championship Standings (9/19)

At the start of the season, there were doubts - doubts that this season was going to be entertaining.  I feel these doubts have been answered. This race once again delivered - it had most things! While it didn't reach the heights of Bahrain and Canada, it was still special. A home winner was popular around the circuit, just like a Ferrari winner at Monza, especially as it had significant implications for the championship.

I feel that in terms of reaching classic status it missed a few essential elements - an epic battle for both the lead and for the other podium positions (Bottas and Ricciardo had a fairly easy time in the latter stages of the race). There were some tense battles further down; Alonso and Vettel entertained, their radio messages as funny as the on-track battle. One thing's clear, there's certainly no love lost between the two...

The weekend was a tale of contrasting fortunes - the fact that the podium consisted of drivers starting 6th, 8th and 14th was remarkable. The wet conditions in qualifying hampered six out of eight drivers in the top four teams (Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams) which created a very exciting race. 

Unfortunately for both Raikkonen and Massa their races were very short. Luckily both are mostly okay except for damaged pride and a loss of points respectively.

Congratulations to Aled Lewis again who repeated the feat of Kiszol (twice) by winning two consecutive races. Very impressive. Sangan and Michael are yet again tied close to each other, heading the table (they finished 3rd and 4th respectively). I wonder if there will be any decisive differences soon!? 

P.S. thanks to Dragan for pointing out a mistake last time. Juan Medina has been given back the 18 points.

More detailed results


Inputs and random

Please see below for the questions (Q1-Q7). Note that for the Acc. column only players who picked head-to-heads which were all successful scored any points. This proved to be decisive for five of the top six pickers. Juan Medina once again tops the random category.
British drivers
Q1: Will Hamilton beat his average practice position this weekend? (2nd) (Result: 8th)
Q2: Will Button beat his average qualifying position this weekend? (10th) (Result: 3rd)
Q3: Will Chilton beat his average race position this weekend? (17th) (Result: 16th)
Q4: Who will set the fastest qualifying time? (Hamilton, Button with 2.25 seconds deducted or Chilton with 4.75 seconds deducted). (Result: Button)
Q5: How many sessions (FP1, FP2, FP3, Q, Race and FL) will Jenson Button beat Kevin Magnussen? (0-2, 3-4, 5-6) (Result: 5 so 5-6)
Q6: How close will Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg be in qualifying? (0-0.099s/0.1-0.199s/0.2-0.399s/0.4s+) (Result: 0.4s+)
Q7: What position will Chilton's fastest lap be? (1-10, 11-14, 15-18, 19-22) (Result: 17th)

The German GP thread will be out earlier than usual to give people more time to pick. Please join the discussion in the random thread if you have any suggestions for the random categories for Germany. Hint, there may be a similar slant towards German drivers.
See you next time out. Once again congratulations to three-time winner Aled Lewis!

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