- Round One Vettel- Australian Grand Prix 2011
- Winter Testing 2011
- Vettel's Title - Abu Dhabi GP 2010
- Awesome Alonso - Korean GP 2010
- Red Bull's Party - Japanese GP 2010
- Master Alonso - Singapore GP 2010
- Forza Italy Forza Ferrari - Italian GP 2010
- Splash Down In Spa - Belgium GP 2010
- Magnanimous Massa - German GP 2010
- Webber Wins In Britain - British GP 2010
- Vettel's Valencia - European GP 2010
- Montreal Magic - Canadian GP 2010
- Red Mist - Turkish GP 2010
- Webber's Wonderful Monaco - Monaco GP 2010
- Webber's Back - Barcelona GP 2010
- McLaren's 1-2 In Shanghai - Chinese GP 2010
- Vettel Wins In Sepang - Malaysia GP 2010
- Start Delayed - Australia GP 2010
- Game On - Bahrain GP 2010
- Testing Testing Testing...2010
- Vettel's Dirty Date With Kate - Abu Dhabi GP 2009
- Button's Beautiful Brazil - Brazil GP 2009
- Land Of The Rising Sun - Japan GP 2009
- Singapore Sling - Singapore GP 2009
- The Magic Of Monza - Italian GP 2009
- The Return Of The Spa Master - Belgium GP 2009
- Barrichello Back To Work With A Win - European GP 2009
- Hamilton's Hungary - Hungarian GP 2009
- Webber Wins In Germany - German GP 2009
- Seb's Silverstone- British GP 2009
- Turkish Delight - Turkish GP 2009
- La Dolca Vita - Monaco GP 2009
- Back To Barcelona - Spanish GP 2009
- Fun In The Sun - Bahrain GP 2009
- Shanghai Surprise - Chinese GP 2009
- Monsoon Rain - Malaysian GP 2009
- Jenson's Coup - Australian GP 2009
- Formula 1 Test Barcelona 2009
- Little Rann Of Kutch
- Welcome To The New PETERJFOX Photography Website
So here we are then. First race down and it looks like Red Bull are way ahead of their rivals already.
With the all-new singing and dancing regulations coming into play for the first time, it was interesting to see how much of a difference they will make.
First up were the new Pirelli tyres, brought in to liven the show up with at least two if not three pit-stops per car per race. All through testing the drivers had been complaining about how they were breaking up too quickly making them slow and unpredicatable, meaning maybe more unscheduled pits-stops and therefore, more unpredictable races. Exactly what the fans may be looking for.
After one race we have had the likes of Webber making three stops whilst Mexican rookie Sergio Perez made just one stop to finish a brilliant seventh (only to be disqualified for a technical infringement missed by the team!). If this continues through the season, who knows how races may be manipulated by maverick tyre choices.
Then we have the Drag Reduction System (DRS) that has been brought in to increase the chances of overtaking by allowing drivers to open the rear wing and therefore decreasing drag. There are obviously a few parameters for its usage - one that you have to be within a second of the car in front and at a designated part of the track, whereas in qualifying you can use it whenever. This might make the spectacle of qualifying that little bit more exciting, as drivers may deploy the system early, giving us photographers some glorious images of cars oversteering through some of the quick corners or on the exits of some of the slower ones. Hmmm, nice thought. Didnít happen though.
There were three DRS Ė assisted overtakes this weekend. It is again too early to judge, but the feedback does seem to be that the system isnít really the answer to making overtaking more commonplace.
Kers was reintroduced for 2011, Red Bull didnít use it and blew everyone away. Could be a no-brainer, but weíll see.
How much these changes have added to the teams budgets for the year will always be shrouded in mystery, but I for one am always interested in seeing new technology introduced to make the sport more exciting. Itís what Formula One is all about. Give it another three or four races before we pass final judgement.
So there we go, Red Bull seem to have come out of the bag running with the rest playing catch up. With such a fantastic line up of drivers letís hope the techie boffins can nail their designs down quickly enough and make this one of the best years yet. Everything required is in place, all we need is for everyone to catch up with Red Bull and weíre in for a good one. Easy reallyÖ
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