Monday, September 1, 2014

F1: Mirror-Mirror On the Wall, Who's the Worst Constructors in 2014?



Otay, as I've already mentioned 'bout being late to thee party once  again... As typical here in Nofendersville, this tiny story mushroomed into a three-part harmony, albeit I doubt any of our lowest three ranked Constructors are singing in harmony, with the exception of Marussia currently punching above its perceived weight! And hence, here goes with some very brief first-half 2014 F1 season assessments, albeit technically just past the half-way mark, having  compiled results thru the Hungarian Grand Prix...

(9) MARUSSIA
Engine: Ferrari
Points: 2

(Car #/Driver/Country/Points)
4. Max Chilton; Great Britain: 0
17. Jules Bianchi; France: 2-points

Races  : Rounds 1-11
Bianchi) 18/R; 19/R; 20/16; 19/18; 19/18; 19/9; 19/R; 19/15; 12/14; 18/15; 16/15.
Chilton) 17/13; 21/15; 22/13; 21/19; 18/19; 20/14; 18/R; 21/17; 13/16; 21/17; 19/16.

Head-to-Head
Qualifying = Bianchi 8-3.
Race = Bianchi 7-3.
(* = 1-Double Retirement)

What can I say 'bout my sentimental Back-marker team, especially having become the first of the two remaining 2010 F1 series 'Newbies to "Break their 'Duck" and finally score their debutant Grand Prix points after four-plus years of frustration! Even if  Jules Bianchi, whose one of my favourite newcomers massively utilized "The Chrome Horn" treatment upon his competitors, most notably arch nemesis Constructor Caterhams "K-Squared" (Kamui Kobayashi) in order to score a Top-10 finish in thy Principality, nee Monaco...

Yet team-mate Max Chilton is no slouch, even if being outperformed by Monsieur Bianchi, as the Briton has a massive tally of finishing races, as both drivers are surely doing the best with the sluggish Ferrari PU, albeit,  probably ranking second out of the three current engine manufacturers supplying the grid with this year's overly complex Power Units.

Thus will this Minnowesqe Constructor be able to cling onto its lofty ninth place points standing? And will Bianchi manage to score any further points? Only time will  tell, obviously...

(10) SAUBER
Engine: Ferrari
Points: 0

Drivers
21. Esteban Gutierrez; Mexico: 0
99. Adrian Sutil; Germany: 0

Races  : Rounds 1-11
Gutierrez) 19/12; 12/R; 15/R; 18/16; 14/16; 17/R; 22#/14; 18/19; 14/R; 14/14; 14/R.
Sutil)         14/11; 18/R; 18/R; 14/R; 17/17; 18/R; 16/13; 17/13; 16/13; 17/R; 12/11.

Head-to-Head
Qualifying = Gutierrez 6-5.
Race = Sutil 5-3*.
(* = 3-Double Retirements)

Really not sure what's happened to this long established mid-field team this year, who are without doubt the second biggest disappointment on the grid after the Lotus F1 concern. As how galling must it be for this once proud F1 Constructor to be trailing the much smaller, and presumably lesser(?) funded Marussia team, whom also utilize the Ferrari powertrain in the back half of its recalcitrant (Sauber) C33 chassis.

As  surely Adrian Sutil has to consider this season to be somewhat of a nightmare, especially with the fact that it appears that his younger Mexican team-mate Esteban Gutierrez has apparently gotten the upper-hand upon him somewhat in regards to their  intra-squad scrum so far.

thus, obviously about the only bright  spot the Himwil based squad can hope for is to somehow springboard  ahead of that pesky Russian-flagged concern Marussia in the battle for ninth place in this year's Constructors points standings...

(11) CATERHAM
Engine: Renault
Points: 0

Drivers
9. R-Marcus Ericsson; Sweden: 0
10. Kamui Kobayashi; Japan: 0
(R = Rookie)

Races  : Rounds 1-11
Kobayashi) 15/R; 20/13; 19/15; 18/17; 21/R; 21/13; 20/R; 20/16; 22/15; 20/16; 18/R.
Ericsson)    20/R; 22/14; 21/R; 20/20; 20/20; 22/11; 21/R; 22/18; 21/R; 22#/18; 20/R.
(# = No Time)

Head-to-Head
Qualifying = Kobayashi 9-2.
Race = Kobayashi 6-2*.
(* = 3-Double Retirements)

Really cannot be too shocked over Caterham's woeful performance this year, as I'm more disappointed by Tony Fernandes's decision to cut 'N run instead of building his team into a winner - having decided to sell his Formula 1 team to a bunch of mysterious Swiss-Middle East money men... 

As for the 3-way Rookie battle so far, Sweden's Marcus Ericsson seems completely off the radar map thanks in large part to the disappointing season Caterham's having, largely due to the downtrodden Reggie' (Renault) Power Unit's apparent lack of pace - with Seb' Vettel going so far as to mention how they're lacking on the "easy part," nee straights, which is a subtle way of saying that the Renault's are currently lacking horsepower!

And thus, with no disrespect to Ericsson, I'm not overly surprised that he's being upstaged by his veteran team-mate "K-Squared," (Kamui Kobayashi) who's got experience as a  Formula 1 driver, including seat-time with the ex-Toyota F1 works effort.

Hence, it'll be interesting to see how much surgery Dr. Colin Kolles can perform on the last place Constructor, having installed his former driver Christijan Albers as the team's principal, along with the continuous axing of staff, with accusations of sue v counter-sue having been the latest headlines concerning the Leafield-squad, in regards to forty employees having been given their pink-slips! Yet on the positive side, now comes word that a serious technical upgrade is on the way, possibly as early as Spa, to which hopefully will improve  the struggling team's performance...


DISCLAIMER
No Fenders is NOT responsible for ANY Statistical Anomalies/Mistakes, albeit I've compiled the following information by painstakingly reviewing each 'N every Qualifying & Race Results to the best of my ability - simply for use in this story...

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