Today the dark clouds didn’t only literally hang over the Japanese grand prix, they hung low over all racers.

As of Lap 43 of today’s Japanese grand Prix (the race highlights can be found :here: ) F1 was stunned to silence. None of the podium winners where able to spray the campaign and celebrate their hard fought wins. This is because an incident involving Jules Bianchi having spun off the track and hitting the recovery truck sent out to recover Sutil’s car that had hit a wet spot spun out and hit the wall. (Sutil is fine, and very worried over Bianchi.)

Originally when the ambulence was first sent out to the yard, the initial thoughts was that Sutil’s car in it’s hydro plane (aqua plane for those in europe) had hit a Marshell, but it became quickly apparent that Jules Bianchi’s car was still missing and in fact when the Marussia team had called over the radio for Bianchi, there was no response.The ambulence quickly recovered the driver who was unresponsive, and brought him to the medical station inside the track, the confusion was emmens and the outright lack of organization for such an incident was shocking!

The FIA spokesperson had to force open the sliding doors to allow the team members into the medical building to even inquire upon Bianchi’s status.


Very quickly following, we where informed by the FIA that Bianchi was taken to the nearest hospital via ambulance, despite the fact that the medical helicopter was ready and able to fly, in fact it had taken off moments following the ambulance.

The 25 year old only started his F1 career last year, and has scored the only points for his team since their entry into F1 in 2010, (in Monaco this year). these points could place his team in 9th place in the constructors championship and is a major score for his place as an F1 driver. He has a bright career ahead of him, and i would love nothing more then to see him rise from the rubble of this incident and put the tires to the track and maybe next season take Hamilton out of first seat!
Nothing would please me more, and my thoughts are with Bianchi’s family.

 

Having walked into today’s race slightly late, i was quickly informed by the ever present ‘resident redbull’ that the race was under way into the second lap. It started out not only wet, but with a bit of drama with Ericcson spinning out behind the pace car. It was quickly red-flagged into the second lap because of track conditions, and weather being a general pain in the racer’s visibility. It was during this interlude Chris Horner of Red Bull was on with the sky sports people talking about the recent bomb shell of Vettle’s recent announcement of leaving redbull at the end of this season. While this bombshell came as a shock to myself (more so the resident redbull– who’ll have to either follow his driver to ‘f’ or keep with his team) what was more substantial in those few moments with sky sports was the interview.

In the interview, they stated that earlier during the pre-race start up that Mr. Horner, (Whom i am ever more disliking this season) had said that they wouldn’t be talking much on racing orders, yet during the interview was asked if given the oppertunity would the team be telling vettel once again to move out of Riccardo’s way?

Mr Horner had stated. “Mathimatically [Vettel] is out of this.”

Reffering to the points for driver’s championship and given the tone in which spoken, this listener would say that the inference was there that Vettel was not in the game anymore possibly speaking of actually racing. (Which anyone of the vettle fan club could easily say if false.)

As the race commenced once again, the race saw it’s first DNF of the day, with Alnso out due to loss of power in his car on the fourth corner, which was a shame because he held a great chance at podium today.
After nine LONG laps into the race restart, the safety car was still out, but finally at the end of lap nine, was pulled back in and the standings where.
1. Rosberg
2. Hamilton
3. Bottas
4. Massa
5. Riccardo
6. Magnassen
7. Button
8. Vettel
9. Raikkonen
10. Perez

Button was first to pit in lap ten, which brought about a chain reaction and a quick shifting of gears (forgive the unforgivable pun) in racing standings and the subsquent battles to come.

Latter in lap ten, my boy Daniel Riccardo had a near miss with Massa attempting to over take the driver, but still managed to hold positing in front of riccardo. In lap 12 the switch was made when massa pitted. (This was the first of many battles great battles over the course of this race.) In lap 15 the UK’s shining star of F1-Hamilton had a mishap attempting to over take team mate Rosberg, only to go wide and nearly hit the gravel managed to pull out in time with zero spin out. (which isn’t the last time this happened to Hamilton during the race but we’ll get back to this.)

Over the course of the following two laps we the fans of F1 (who either got up at the ungodly hour or managed to stay awake until the ungodly hour) where given a great treat in the battle between Masa, Vettel, and Riccardo. Vettel over took Mase, only to have the position retaken, then on the next turn took it back again, in a beautifully exicuted pass on the outside. Then in the heat to catch up to his team mate, Riccardo pulled nearly the same manouver two thirds of the track later leaving masa behind and gunning for Vettel. Riccardo over took Masa round the outside of the dunlock curve
The race quickly became the furious battle for redbull first with Vettal passing Botton, and then riccardo doing the same putting the standings at Rosberg, Hamilton, Button, Vettel, Riccardo.

Lap 25 FIA opened DNS, and all the while Rosberg could be heard on team radio saying how his car held alot of overstear.

In Lap 27, Hamilton once again goes wide into the first corner, and for the split seconds that he did so, made this watcher’s heart still as he was inches away from the gravel pit once more. (This incident was later admitted by Hamilton to have been a driver error, as he had left DNS open longer then he should have, and nearly wiped out due to it.) after a vicious battel with rosberg, Hamilton FINALLY passes rosberg.

In the 30th lap vettel pits, and riccardo passes. in the same lap, Button missed a gear in the pits and delyed his exit from the pits, giving both redbull drivers the pass. In lap 34, Magnussen held a wicked spin out, but with skill that looked so easy a baby could do it, managing to pull her out of the full 360 spin, facing the correct positing and continuing the race with out so much as skipping a beat– which i am sure his heart didn’t have the chance to do.
Lap 36, Riccardo manages to pass Hamilton, making the standings Riccardo, Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettle.
The rain returned to haunt the drivers on lap 36, and DNS is once again disabled.

Lap 43, sutil is into the barriers, and then, bianchi is also off the track. (Lap 43 News)

The race is redflagged, and would not be resumed,

Hamilton was first, rosberg second, and Vettle is third.

 

 

Hello again wordpressers.

Once again I am here to report on formula one racing! Consider yourself lucky as today i have comedown with a head cold, and was not going to post until tomorrow!

Race two like race one begins us off with amoment of silence for the Malaysia 370, and the announcement of Sergio Perez for force India not competing in todays race due to fuel issues that this novice F1 watcher and reporter is not quite clear on. As the race got under way Lewis Hamilton held pole position and pulled away clear from what could have potentailly been another repeat of Kobiyashi and Masa in race one. Beautifully exicuted first turns by Both Redbull cars, and Rosberg. Rosberg held onto second position with Riccardo taking thrid and Vettel in a close forth. By turn three, Vettel and riccardo managed to switch places, bringing Alonso to fight with riccardo for fourth for most of the race until Hulkenberg came up from behinde to pull Alonso to sixth.

The real story for this race is once again Daniel Riccardo, while out front for most of the race he pushed the car as much as he possibly could until a faitful pit stop that allowed him to release with a left front tire not put on properly, and one lap later the front wing failed entirely puncturing the right front tire. As well as prior to the situtation, the fuel sensor had failed completely according to reports live from Sky Sports 1.

Not long after Riccardo DNF retiring from the race in sixteenth place with a ten second stop and go pnility for unsafe release.

Race two Ended with mercedes ending a 1-2 finish the first for the team since 1955 with Rosberg coming up second 17+ seconds b
ehind Hamilton. Vettel managed to hold onto third place bringing Red Bull to the podium for the second time this season (Despite the fact that Riccardo’s disqualification hearing has not yet taken place…More to come on that was I know more.)

 

A couple incidences of contact in this race i have not been able to document due to my inexperience with F1 and the speed of the races (no pun intended). The next controversy of the race 2 of the season is Masa and Butas from williams while getting points for the team in 8th and 9th position at the end, Masa was given team orders to allow butas to pass, following the issues apparent from masa’s time with ferrari being told to move over for schumacher for most of his carreer. Masa had not listened to team orders, however williams is defending the results, but something tells me that there will be more going on behind the scenes.

All in all a fun race to watch, and with all the close calls and six cars DNF’s again, I wonder why I am being drawn into the sport like a moth to a bug zapper.

 

Always trying to write (Even while down with a head cold!)

 

Trisha Ellen

It isn't the destination, it's how you get there...

It isn’t the destination, it’s how you get there…

 

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Posted: March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello everyone, I am just posting this quick little diddy so that Twitter support will give me back my account.

I do apologize for this, this post will be removed when the issue is resolved.

@SupportRequests #00714422

I would like to apologize about my previous post dealing with the Australian grand prix. The rankings I posted on here appear to be wrong!

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The bbc first reported that Daniel Riccardo was disqualified from the race due to his car no meeting regulations when the fuel sensor read that he consistently used more than 100/kg per hour of fuel. The 2nd place podium standing would have been a first for riccardo  in his career and since signing up with team redbull. The Australian racer and his team are putting in an appeal stating that the sensors have cause problems since they where installed.

“These fuel-flow sensors, which have been fitted by the FIA to measure fuel, have proved problematic.” -Chris Horner

Horner also stated an issue with the sensor appeared on Friday’s practice and they where given a replacement that also “failed during qualifying.”

“We where asked to put the one we used on Friday back on the car and apply an offset.” Horner told the media.

The sport has introduced a whole whack of new regulations including less motors allowed for the whole season and fuel consumption limits. The me,t-down of my resident redbull is due to the sensor malfunction being the fault of the FIA and the appeal should be allowed to go through! As I said in my last post, I don’t know enough about F1 to forum my own opinion however I do find it strange that they could not see the fuel consumption levels where consistently going above the allowed amounts considering all if the live feed computers apparently in the car during the actual race and make a ruling during the two hours the cars where on the track.

Also, I have been informed the my picture in my last meltdown post was an old car, so I took the liberty of looking up this years redbull car…

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Can I ask what the heck is up with these new noses? They look like someone has found a naughty toy and is playing a practical joke on everyone…. of course this car isn’t as bad as the redbull  sister team torro-rosso…. I mean seriously!

I’ll up date everyone on the “raging redbull” when my raging bull either tosses his phone into a wall or suddenly breaks out in dance!

Always writing (And learning apparently)

Trisha Ellen

It isn't the destination, it's how you get there...

It isn’t the destination, it’s how you get there…

Hello again everyone.

As I am sure you have read, I have begun my criminal justice studies on January 28th this year.

At the wonderful,

Since the begin date, I have completed two classes (English Composition & Interpersonal Communication) and have begun my second semester. A little background first off, this is an condensed course, there for what would normally take me two years in a regular school is only  taking me one year to complete, so each semester is only five weeks.

So I am well into my second semester, I am finally working on my first real criminal justice course. My facilitator is MR. Peter Copple and he is amazing. First off he has a number of years experience in working within the Calgary Police service as the deputy chief.

He is funny, and very easy going with the students. Blunt and to the point, yet expects people to make mistakes and have lives (Unlike a facilitator whom I had earlier in the year.)

I have also had the opportunity to meet him through my Alberta Basic Security Training course in may last year.

Of course as the title of this post suggests this is the tales of woe.

I am using student aid, and have taken out a loan from both the government of Canada and the province of Alberta, and in that I have received a grant for low income, or rather I HAVEN’T received it. I was supposed to receive it by the second week of classes, (So around Feb. 7th) and I didn’t, and when i called the government they said the only thing they can do is to resend it.

Wait a second.

Your going to resend something that never showed up to my mailing address in the first place.  I am left scratching my head, wondering if I’ll see anything to do with my grant.

Apparently as of this moment I haven’t see hide nor hair of the grant– which was budgeted out to pay for my books until august, which is awesome, because I am currently working on trying to keep my grades up with out a text book, and wondering how i am going to survive until august when my next payment comes out.

Student live– it is so much fun…. Not.

On the up side, both of my current facilitators are very understanding and willing to work with me. I love my school, and i love these classes, I will be sorry to see them go in two weeks time. (Which is right around the time my boyfriend will be freaking out over F1 again)

Hello again,

So I haven’t gotten around to typing up those posts that I mentioned in my psa. Why you may ask,  well, it isnt a flareup!
Its because my boyfriend has been melting down over the new season of f1.

Yes I do mean formula 1.

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Well tonight, or rather this morning (as it is nearing 7 am here in Alberta) I stayed up to support the melt down as the Australian grand prix.  As I am writing this post I am still not 100 percet as to what I just watched. 57 laps of cars going about a track that looks much like the toy car mat that I had growning up.  In fact I dont understand much about forumla one, really anything for that matter.

What I do know is that Nico Rosberg own the race earning 25 points for Mercedes. 
Daniel riccardo in second earning his first podium position in f1, and 18 points for redbull.

At the end of the day, I know that the beginning of the race started with a bugger up between, Kobiyashi and Massa on the first turn taking both out of the race. Following on second lap with Lewis Hamiliton pulling out of the race because of misfiring piston, and Sebastain Vettel lost power resulting in a fourth did not finish. And during the race, both lotus cars didnt finish and two other cars for various reasons.

Despite the fact that many key players were out of the race, it was exciting, much like watching a boy racing two slinkies down a set of stairs for the first time. While first place was 20 something seconds a head the real winners where 2nd and 3rd place with a battle lasting practically until the last set of drs zones.

It was fun to watch, even if I didnt understand it all, and had to keep asking my boyfriend names and stats. Who knows maybe ill end up reporting more f1 coverage in a better manner…

Now excuse me while I watch Hemsworth make f1 sexy.