Articles in the Statistics Category
Headline, Personal musings, Statistics »
2012 presented a closely fought season that went down to the wire in Brazil as Sebastian Vettel pipped Fernando Alonso to the Drivers’ Championship. In the UK, at least, it was also a season of major change in the way Formula One broadcast as free-to-view gave way to Sky’s premium subscription service with only half the races broadcast live and free. Despite the titanic championship battle, television ratings inevitably took a hit.
With the Italian Grand Prix run, the European leg of the Formula One calendar closes for 2012. Europe produced mixed fortunes for the drivers, with McLaren perhaps happy to see the back of it despite winning the last three race. In fact, this year’s unofficial European Championships standings make interesting reading as while World Championship leader Fernando Alonso is unsurprisingly crowned champion, his nearest challenger by some distance is Kimi Raikkonen.
Canadian GP, Headline, Race Strategy, Statistics »
It took a while to get going but the Canadian Grand Prix finally came to life in the closing laps as differing strategies unfolded. Lewis Hamilton became the seventh race winner of the season after two-stopping. Fernando Alonso’s gamble on making just the one stop proved expensive, while Sebastian Vettel minimised the damage of taking the same route by making an unscheduled late stop.
Headline, Monaco GP, Race Strategy, Statistics »
Mark Webber held on at the front of a gaggle of cars as one-stop strategies dominated proceedings with most setting out on Pirelli’s supersoft compound before switching to the soft. However, Sebastian Vettel, Paul di Resta and Jenson Button did things the opposite way around with mixed success – the first two climbing up the order while Button’s poor start left him staring at the back of a Caterham for most of the race…
Race Strategy, Spain, Statistics »
Another fascinating race has unfolded and we’ve now had five different winners stand on the top step of the podium. The three stop strategy was optimal at Catalunya with only Hamilton choosing a two stop model in order to recover from starting at the back of the grid – he eventually made up 16 places…
Bahrain, Race Strategy, Statistics »
A three stop strategy was the way to go in Bahrain with most teams favouring the prime tyre for the bulk of the race. Lotus seemed to have learned from mistakes in China and gave Raikkonen new tyres for each of his four stints, whilst Kobayashi, the only driver to start the race on prime tyres didn’t see his gamble pay off.