Archive for April, 2010

Williams FW14 vs Red Bull RB6

Back in 1991, the Williams team used the Renault-powered FW14 car, which was designed by Adrian Newey. Initially the car suffered more than its fair share of reliability issues. Some would argue that Williams lost the 1991 Championships because of early season car problems. In 1992 the car’s reliability was significantly better, and the FW14B went on to dominate the season, winning ten out of sixteen races, and clinching both titles very early in the season.
Photo by StuSeeger
Photo by StuSeeger

Fast-forward to 2010 and Red Bull are using the Renault-powered RB6, designed by Adrian Newey. The car suffered with reliability issues during the first couple of rounds, and there is evidence that the car is still unreliable (Webber’s engine failure during practice). If the RB6’s reliability issues are sorted it could be very ominous for the competition. The car is clearly faster than McLaren and Ferrari. The RB6 and RB7 could go on to dominate in a very dramatic fashion … just like the FW14 did nearly twenty years ago!
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Malaysian Grand Prix 2010

Photo by Nik Aizu
Vettel celebrates his victory! (Photo by Nik Aizu)

Yesterday’s Malaysian Grand Prix was more entertaining than the doom-mongers were predicting. There wasn’t a drop of rain during the event, but there were some close battles, incidents, and drama. Here are some memorable points:

* Vettel overtaking his team-mate to take the lead into turn one
* The Virgin and Lotus cars fought battles on more than one occasion
* The Toro Rosso drivers impressed me with their racecraft
* Hamilton vs Petrov. A very good battle .. quite dramatic!
* Alonso passing Button into the first corner, and then retiring with a blown engine!

It was nice seeing Vettel winning his first race of the season, especially after what happened seven days beforehand! Hamilton drove a strong race to finish sixth, though I felt his tactics against Petrov were a little aggressive! The McLaren’s F-Duct “stalls” the rear wing, reducing drag and improving the straight line speed of the car! Expect to see these devices on other cars before mid-season.

I rate the race a solid 7/10! More pictures will follow in the next few days!