'A mix of predictability and unpredictability'
The opening grand prix of the 2011 season threw up a mix of predictability and unpredictability to make an entertaining start for what should be an entertaining year in Formula One.
The most predictable part of the result was Seb Vettel's utter dominance of the weekend.
In 1993 Ayrton Senna famously said: "If you think I'm good, just wait until you see my nephew." Well, now we have … although it's fair to say the jury's still out.
Aside from learning that the 2010 HRT was painfully slow, it was hard to draw any meaningful conclusions from Bruno Senna`s debut season in Formula One. As a driver he clearly developed, which is more than can be said for his car, but he simply didn't have the tools available to him to prove his talent. And now, at 27 years old, it's far from clear what the future holds.
F1 teams shared $658m in 2010
Formula One's 12 teams shared US$658 million in prize money in 2010, an increase of 21% over the previous year. The figures are revealed in the accounts of Formula One Administration Ltd (FOA).
Meanwhile overall turnover for FOA Ltd was up $19m on the previous year to US$1082 million, largely as a result of the addition of Korea and Canada to the calendar, which helped to offset other economic factors.
At the same time the top executive in Formula One, believed to be Bernie Ecclestone, rose 21% to almost US$8 million.
We know Paula doesn't make sense at the best of times:-# but you have to agree about crapelli tires and Paula's counter argument.
It's absurd that, a) they should make a tire, have no clue how it has come out and throw any numbers out there, 3-4 stops, maybe 10 who knows.
b) they are saying we don't know what we were making but after all the testing and a race under our belt and with the most advance technology we still can`t say how long our tires might or might not last.
I don't think that does anything for them in terms of publicity of any sort. It rather portrays utter incompetence. I guess they have a monopoly until 2013, so they can say anything.
If it is a dry race, which looks quite unlikely right now, we are going to see a 3 stop race, and 4 stops for some teams. Perez won`t be able to repeat his performance from Oz.
Michelin's stats aren't impressive either (thanks to Ferrari i guess :S )... and lolz @ Perilli.. now is their golden period till 2013 :S ..
Pirelli should read 200 races and 44 wins but they have already added their first win from this year.
Michelin did suffer to some extent because of Ferrari-Bridgestone combination but their stats are the most impressive to me because they did not have a monopoly at anytime. All others-including Goodyear, who are very impressive, had a period where they were the only tire suppliers.
In fact, it would be an interesting thing to check what those numbers come out to if the period, where the were the only tire suppliers is taken out.
Maybe genius can find out?:S