Karting catchup

Karting catchup

Thought I’d post my time-sheets from my most recent three karting sessions. Prior to this I had been going to Lakeside Karting about once a year for many years. Since it was getting a bit cold, I decided to try the indoor track at Rayleigh Karting Stadium. I had been there before many, many years ago, but the track layout has changed except for two corners, so no point comparing previous lap times. Essentially it’s a new track for me.

All sessions are 10 minutes.

Edit: I can’t figure out how to make the results sheets open full-size in a new window. If you want a copy, contact me and I will email you a link.

Autumn 2015.

2015-1x-Autumn RayleighI don’t remember much about the session now, but here are the highlights I wrote down at the time.

Session 1. 10 drivers, started 4th, finished 3rd, won fastest lap.

Session 2. 9 drivers, started 5th, finished 1st, won fastest lap.

Session 3. 10 drivers, started 11th, finished 4th. Very dirty racing from some drivers. Every time I overtook one car he would hit me and take me off on the next corner.

Session 4. 3 drivers, started 1st, finished 2nd. The other drivers, Jon and Tim, had been about ten times so far that year. Tom’s car was difficult to drive, to be fair. Jon weighed about 13lb (6kg) less than I did at the time.

Session 5. 3 drivers, started 3rd, finished 3rd. Worked on my technique for the bridge and first corner.

My fastest lap of the day 28.45.

 

Dec 2015.

2015-12-xx #1 Rayleigh

Session 1.

Sessions 1 and 2. I was the only driver.

Session 3. 2 drivers, finished 1st, fastest lap.

Session 4. 6 drivers, finished 1st, fastest lap.

Session 5. 6 drivers, finished 1st, fastest lap.

 

 

 

2015-12-xx #2 RayleighSession 6. 6 Drivers, finished 3rd, fastest lap. There was one driver who was very quick but not as fast as I was. Every time I pulled out to pass him he would drive me into and along the barrier to stop me from passing. I got fed up with this, and next time he moved right to force me into the barrier, I moved left and spun him out. Both of us got penalised one lap. I spoke to the marshal afterwards about it, and he wasn’t sympathetic. I didn’t pursue it; their track, their rules.

Session 7. 6 drivers, finished 1st, fastest lap.

Session 8. Just me. Good job too, I was pretty tired by now.

 

My fastest lap of the day, 28.99.

 

14th Jan 2016.

2016-01-14 #1 Rayleigh Session 1. Just me.

Session 2. 4 drivers, started 4th, leading after the first corner, finished 1st, fastest lap.

Session 3. 4 drivers, can’t remember where I started, finished 1st, fastest lap.

Session 4. 4 drivers, finished 1st, fastest lap.

Session 5. Just me.

 

 

2016-01-14 #2 Rayleigh

Sessions 6, and 7, just me.

My fastest lap of the day, 29.28. This got me to 30th fastest lap of the (short) year so far.

Karting session at Lakeside

Here are the time-sheets for my trip to Lakeside Karting Raceway yesterday.

It was a last minute decision to go, so I went on my own.  The other drivers were an individual and a couple of groups.

The first session started from the pits and was 20 minutes long.  I was 1st in that session with fasted lap too.

The second session started from the grid, with additional drivers joining from the pit lane.  We were supposed to line up with the fastest from session 1 (me) at the front of the grid, but I was 6th or 7th on the grid.

The first corner is about 30m from the start line and is a slight right, and about 10m later a left.  I had started well from the left of the grid, and was on the inside at turn 2, and already up to 3rd.  I can’t remember where I overtook the other two, but I was first at the end of the lap.  I finished 1st, and got fastest lap again.

There were a couple of people who joined in at the second session that were quite slow.  I am careful not to make contact or risk a crash with slower drivers during these sessions; they’re fun sessions, not serious races, and the speed difference is quite big.  I did get slowed down a couple of times while waiting for a safe place to overtake, but most of my overtakes were quick and clean.

One of the other drivers races in the stock car championship each year, and I think he said he had been champion for the last two years.  Another driver races regularly in a “Dad’s Series”; he had his own race suit, so he must be serious!

Looking at the rank at the top of each session sheet, I’m in the top 1.1% of drivers.  Not bad seeing as I haven’t been since Fathers’ Day last year.

So, two sessions, two wins, and two fastest laps. Perfect!

Where to find Malaysia’s grid line-up and fuel loads

No time to try to create a table to include here, so I’ll just post a link to the excellent F1 Fanatic site, showing grid positions, fuel loads, and estimated first (or only) stop.

Very nice site too.  I wish I had the time to make my site that good. 

I’m working on a way to get the race results and championship standings posted to this site within about 10 minutes of the end of the race.  It might not be pretty, but it might be fast.  I won’t be able to do that for tomorrow, I have some technical stuff to work on first.

I hoping that my site will be ‘F1 for busy people’ (written by a busy person); a place to go for all the key information like TV schedules and Championship standings.  Of course, any racing I do myself will also go here if I get round to writing it up.

Enjoy the race!

Championship Standings

Drivers’ Championship Standings

Position / Points / Driver / Team
Pos 1 – 10 points – Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
Pos 2 – 8 points – Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
Pos 3 – 6 points – Jarno Trulli Toyota
Pos 4 – 5 points – Timo Glock  Toyota 5
Pos 5 – 4 points – Fernando Alonso Renault
Pos 6 – 3 points – Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota
Pos 7 – 2 points – Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari
Pos 8 – 1 points – Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari
Pos 9 – 0 points – Felipe Massa Ferrari
Pos 10 – 0 points – Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes
Pos 11 – 0 points – Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber
Pos 12 – 0 points – Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota
Pos 13 – 0 points – Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
Pos 14 – 0 points – Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
Pos 15 – 0 points – Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
Pos 16 – 0 points – Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Pos 17-  0 points – Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Pos 18 – 0 points – Nelson Piquet Jr Renault
Pos 19 – 0 points – Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
Pos 20 – 0 points – Robert Kubica BMW Sauber

Constructors’ Championship Standings

Pos 1 – 18 points – Brawn-Mercedes
Pos 2 – 11 points – Toyota
Pos 3 – 4 points – 3 Renault
Pos 4 – 3 points – 4 Williams-Toyota
Pos 5 – 3 points – 5 Toro Rosso-Ferrari
Pos 6 – 0 points – 6 Red Bull-Renault
Pos 7 – 0 points – 7 Ferrari
Pos 8 – 0 points – 8 BMW Sauber
Pos 9 – 0 points – 9 McLaren-Mercedes
Pos 10 – 0 points – 10 Force India-Mercedes

Hamilton Disqualified. Should Trulli retain penalty? Rules need sorting out.

Okay, it took me so long to write that last post that the things had moved on before I posted it.  Read more at F1 Fanatic.  I agree with their comments about the Stewards/FIA procedures.

Maybe Trulli should still be penalised; he did pass a car under yellow flags.  I didn’t see the incident in TV, but if he could have stayed behind Hamilton without stopping, then he should have done so.

As I said, I’m an Hamilton fan, and more so a McLaren fan, but I don’t think a DQ is sufficient.  Misleading the Officials is a serious offense.  The penalty should be so harsh that teams don’t even consider it. 

Here starts my rant, move on if your not interested or too busy.

The FIA should have a scale for punishments, such as ‘Misleading Officials by Deceit: DQ for three races where the car finishes the race, commencing with the race where deceit occured.’  This would prevent the teams from starting a race knowing that they would be DQ’d, but not finishing it in order to save their engines.

Further, the rule would have to stipulate whether the penalty applies to both drivers.  In the case where only one driver is involved (Hamilton in this case), only that drive should be DQ’ed, and of course the team suffers from potential loss of points.  However, where a fuel irregularity is involved for example, the penalty must apply to both drivers individually.

These must be carefully thought out. In the above example, if the deceit occurs at the end of the season, a decision has to be made (when the rule is written) as to whether the punishment is retrospectively applied to the last three races of the season, or is carried over to the early races of the following season, with regard to potential team and driver changes.

Another punishment might be ‘Misleading Officials by Error: DQ from the affected race(s)’.  This would be used to put right breaches that took place in the past, but could not be identified at the time.  It’s hard to think of an example right now, but the purpose of this rule is to put right mistakes that had been made, but where a team could not have known at the time of the original decision by the Stewards.

There also needs to be a procedural change in regulations.  Take the diffuser row for example.  The cars were deemed legal to race, but under appeal they may be deemed illegal.  Either they’re legal under the current regulations, or not.  The Officials should have the facilities (and wit) to make a decision at the time.  If they can’t decide whether the cars meet the regulations, then the regulations aren’t specific enough, and the teams must not be punished for that.

There should be no ‘spirit of the rules’ rubbish.  The rules are the rules.  If the cars don’t actually breach the regulations as they’re written, then they’re legal.  If it is then decided that the regulations need to be tightened up, then do so after the fact, but allow the teams reasonable time to make adjustments.  There must be no retrospective penalties when the regulations that aren’t clearly defined.

The FIA must take the stance that the rules are a work in progress.  F1 is a complicated sport, and innovation should be encouraged within the regulations.  If it’s not specifically illegal according to the regulations, then it’s legal until the regulations specifically make it illegal.

Trulli’s penalty may be reversed, and Hamilton may be penalised

Officials are re-examining what happened when Trulli and Hamilton swapped places under the safety car in Malaysia.  They’re meeting later today to make a decision which could see Trulli reinstated to 3rd and Hamilton penalised.

Under the safety car, Trulli slid off onto the grass and Hamilton went past; that’s legal.  Trulli recovered and re-passed Hamilton; that’s illegal.  Trulli was penalised with a 25 seconds penalty which demoted him to 12th (or thereabouts) and Hamilton took 3rd.

However, Trulli says that he passed Hamilton because Hamilton slowed suddenly and veered off the racing line, and Trulli thought he had a mechanical problem and was letting cars pass.  Hamilton said that he was distracted by a message on his steering wheel.  However, Stewards are reviewing radio transmissions which may show that Hamilton thought he had to let Trulli pass again; something he didn’t disclose to Stewards in the initial investigation.

Unfortunately, the BBC TV coverage didn’t show the incident.

I’m no expert, but here’s how I see it:

  • Hamilton can’t be penalised for slowing and moving off-line, but can be penalised if he was more than two seconds behind the cat in front.  If he mislead the Officials, then he should be punished severely.
  • Trulli should not have passed Hamilton unless Hamilton had slowed so much that Trulli had to stop (it’s against the rules to stop on the track unless you have a car failure).  If Trulli had been forced to pass Hamilton because Hamilton slowed, he could have allowed Hamilton to re-pass and the Stewards would take no action.

I’m a Hamilton fan, but misleading Officials is a serious offense, and disqualification from that race is not enough of a punishment.

The FIA must publish their findings, and the evidence, so the public can be fully confident that the regulations have been correctly applied.  I have long held the view that all punishments should be clearly defined.  In other words, for example, “Continuing to drive for more than three turns when the car is damaged to the point that it cannot realistically be repaired during the race (for example, broken suspension): penalty is disqualification from that race, and 10 points penalty for both driver and constructor.”

Yet again, we’re faced with uncertainty over a race result.  This has got to be solved, it’s bad for the sport, and bad for its commercial interests.