Daily Archives: July 30, 2010

Cypher Group abandons F1 2011 application

The American-based Cypher Group have announced that they are to withdraw their application to the FIA to compete in the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship. They have claimed that, despite amassing much money through sponsorship, they still did not have the budget to compete fully.

Here is their full statement:

"We remain completely committed to developing a credible and 
viable Formula One team and were able to raise a considerable 
amount of sponsorship and interest in recent months. However 
after much deliberation, we have decided that the budget we 
have is not sufficient to allow us to pursue the project in a 
manner befitting the series. It was not an easy decision, but 
one made out of respect for the FIA Formula One World 
Championship and our loyal supporters."

I’m disappointed to see another team drop out, but to be honest, they weren’t as viable as some of the other options. Having said that, it’s good to see them admit defeat when they realised it, unlike another certain American team.

I know I said I would have written an article on the 2011 applicants by now, but unfortunately I was delayed all last week, so it will be up after the Hungarian GP weekend.

Hungarian Grand Prix practice in pictures

Red Bull, especially Sebastian Vettel, completely stamped their authority on the rest of the field today. Here are the pictures from Friday Practice 1 and 2:

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Vettel still leads in Hungarian FP2

Sebastian Vettel topped Friday Practice 2 in Hungary, by almost half a second to Fernando Alonso. Mark Webber was just behind the Ferrari in 3rd position. There were concerns about the kerbs on the track, after Fernando Alonso tore up a chunk of the kerb at Turn 11 near the end of the session.

Sebastian Vettel retained his pace in FP2 in Hungary today

Sebastian Vettel retained his pace in FP2 in Hungary today

Behind the top 3, Felipe Massa was the only driver who was able to set a 1.20’s lap. He was 4th, and leading Vitaly Petrov (who had Renault’s new front wing) and Lewis Hamilton. Robert Kubica was 7th, Nico Hulkenberg 8th, Jenson Button 9th and Michael Schumacher 10th.

Pedro de la Rosa was 11th, ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Nico Rosberg. Kamui Kobayashi was 14th, Jaime Alguersuari 15th, with Sebastien Buemi splitting the two Force Indias of Sutil and Liuzzi.

Jarno Trulli was comprehensively the fastest driver of the new teams, 4.4 seconds off Vettel’s time.  Behind him, the Virgins of Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi were 20th and 21st. Bruno Senna was 22nd, and Sakon Yamamoto was 23rd, amazingly only 1 tenth slower than Senna. Heikki Kovalainen suffered a hydraulic problem after 5 laps, and therefore was well off the pace in last place.

Times from FP2:

Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1′20.087 33
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1′20.584 0.497 34
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1′20.597 0.510 36
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1′20.986 0.899 33
5 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1′21.195 1.108 33
6 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1′21.308 1.221 30
7 Robert Kubica Renault 1′21.375 1.288 37
8 Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1′21.623 1.536 41
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1′21.730 1.643 33
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1′21.773 1.686 31
11 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1′21.809 1.722 38
12 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1′21.844 1.757 36
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1′22.039 1.952 28
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1′22.212 2.125 37
15 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1′22.469 2.382 43
16 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1′22.507 2.420 22
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1′22.602 2.515 38
18 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1′23.138 3.051 36
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1′24.553 4.466 37
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1′25.376 5.289 35
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1′25.669 5.582 32
22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1′26.745 6.658 33
23 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1′26.798 6.711 32
24 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1′27.705 7.618 5

Vettel and Webber dominate Hungarian FP1

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber completely dominated Friday Practice 1 in Hungary today, beating all of their rivals by more than an entire second. Robert Kubica was third, but nowhere near the Red Bulls. Lewis Hamilton suffered several problems in this session.

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber completely dominated FP1 in Hungary today

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber completely dominated FP1 in Hungary today

Vettel’s fastest lap was a 1.20.976, which was 0.13 seconds faster than Webber. However, Kubica was an entire second slower, leading many to speculate about the Red Bulls running light on fuel. Jenson Button was 4th, but another 4 tenths off Kubica’s time. Rubens Barrichello did yet another good performance in the Williams to get 5th, while Pedro de la Rosa was impressive in 6th. Fernando Alonso was testing their new blown rear wing, and came 7th. Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were 8th and 9th, followed by Nico Hulkenberg.

Adrian Sutil was half a second faster than team-mate Paul di Resta, and Felipe Massa was12th on his return to the Hungaroring. He was the first out on track, although he was lapping the track slowly at first. Vitaly Petrov was 13th, Kamui Kobayashi 14th, while Paul di Resta was 15th. Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari were 16th and 17th, while Lewis Hamilton struggled with the balance of the car, as well as suffering a technical glitch, and was 18th.

The two Lotus cars were miles faster than the Virgin or Hispania cars. Jarno Trulli was 19th, and an entire second faster than the fastest Virgin. Heikki Kovalainen was 20th, followed by Timo Glock, Lucas di Grassi and Bruno Senna. Sakon Yamamoto was last, 7 seconds slower than Vettel, and an entire second slower than his team-mate Senna.

Driver Car Best lap Gap # of Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1′20.976 29
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1′21.106 0.130 27
3 Robert Kubica Renault 1′22.072 1.096 21
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1′22.444 1.468 17
5 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1′22.601 1.625 25
6 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1′22.764 1.788 24
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1′22.772 1.796 25
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1′22.777 1.801 25
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1′22.792 1.816 26
10 Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1′22.966 1.990 25
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1′23.003 2.027 19
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1′23.007 2.031 26
13 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1′23.249 2.273 24
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1′23.327 2.351 23
15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1′23.520 2.544 19
16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1′23.780 2.804 22
17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1′23.868 2.892 28
18 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1′24.075 3.099 15
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1′25.032 4.056 22
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1′25.210 4.234 23
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1′25.990 5.014 21
22 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1′26.868 5.892 17
23 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1′26.990 6.014 34
24 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1′28.157 7.181 24