Latest F1 championship standings

Felipe Massa moves to the top in the battle for the 2010 F1 drivers’ championship – but the real mover is Sebastian Vettel, who vaults up from seventh to joint second with Fernando Alonso, thanks to his fantastic win in Malaysia.

Massa will now go to the Chinese Grand Prix in two weeks time with 39 points on the board, just two more than Alonso and Vettel. Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg round out the top five, both with 35 points, with Lewis Hamilton on 31, Robert Kubica on 30 and Mark Webber on 24.

In the Constructors’ championship, Ferrari stays top, with 76 points – although McLaren closes the gap from 16 points to six. Red Bull Racing moves up to third, thanks to a dominant 1-2 result, only five points behind McLaren – 66 points versus 61.

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@Podge: Obviously, it all comes down to how it’s interpreted. Some people will argue that weaving from left to right several times to break the slipstream effect is a form of pre-emptive blocking in itself because all F1 drivers rely on slip-streaming to overtake, while others will argue that it’s just a driver using their initiative and skill to defend their place and it’s totally justified.

My take on this: Lewis started weaving virtually AS SOON as they hit the START of the straight because he knew that Petrov was about to overtake him and so Hamilton broke his slipstream before he could even get the chance to do so. So effectively, Hamilton made it physically impossible for Petrov to overtake in the first instance with a very cynical move. A form of blocking? It all comes down to semantics I suppose..

So, we could argue forever about who is right and who is wrong but the bottom line for me is that there is a reason why all of the other drivers DON’T use this tecnique ALL THE TIME and that is because it is seen as UNSPORTING and not in the spirit of fair play (if you disagree with this, then please explain to me why we don’t see ALL drivers weaving all over the place like this in every race? It’s because they have more respect for fair play).

I think Lewis is a superb driver and in the scheme of things, this move was not the crime of the century BUT he should have been penalised because he was taking the p1ss! :)

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3 topics:
1. the rules don’t forbid what lewis did so that’s not illegal, BUT i don’t agree whit what Podge said in the last part of his post, that lewis is a source of entertainment because he stoped an overtaking as i consider more entertaining having petrov overtake lewis, and after, maybe lewis overtake again’s been said that schumacher’s performance is quite rubbish. The standard by witch we judge michael is what he had used us to, and that is being BETTER THAN ANYONE. In that respect i too would consider him less than what he used to be(at least for now) but that’s a far cry form being rubbish, i would consider him, at this point, better than about half of the drivers on the gird(and i wold like you opinion on this). I believe that because compared to rosberg(witch i consider maybe in the top 4-5 drivers, and not since this year) he qualified 3 tents slower in bahrain(jenson had 4 over lewis), about 0.05 or so in australia (witch is nothing) and dominated q3 until the last lap on witch he had no good tyres anymore. I don’t think that many drivers(that were in activity in the last three years) would come as close to roseberg.

3. i would consider the drivers values in the folowing order(i leave schumacher out, witch i consider quickest driver in history, even if it just based on wtaching tv):

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Rookie Monster, tis true, it all comes down to technicalities and semantics, as you say. And as such, I’ll side with the stewards who have experience, telemetry data, onboard footage and the rulebook at their disposal. They deemed it legal.

F1 fan, sorry, i didn’t mean what I said in the way that whatever Hamilton does is bursting with entertainment; I too would have loved to have seen Petrov re-re-overtake, they had a great fight. I meant it in the way that I have never seen two F1 cars fight in such a way. It had me on the edge of my seat, admittedly in a partly ‘oh my god please don’t penalise him’ way looooool, but in a purely objective view, it made a great spectacle.

I’m not defending Hamilton, I’m defending the stewards’ decision.

Anyway, F1 Fan, to what you said about Schumacher, you asked what we thought about it, so I’ll hold you to it : )

I was absolutely gutted the year he decided to retire was the year Raikkonen (pretty much the main reason i got into F1 a couple of years ago) decided to join Ferrari, and the year Hamilton joined F1. His fight with Alonso at Imola remains one of the best things I have seen on a racetrack. I think the criticisms, or even the doubts that he isn’t living up to his reputation, are unfounded. It makes me cringe to see the whole ‘IT WAS THE CAR NOT THE DRIVER’ argument come out.

I’m glad he has a three year deal (think its three years anyway), as he really does need this first season, maybe the whole of it, to get back into the swing of things. It’s true that no matter what, yes, he really is THAT good. After three years out, an eternity in F1, he’s still in the upper quadrant of drivers.

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Podge. The Stewarts gave Hamilton a warning. If you commit a minor offence on the road and police pull you over and give you a warning. What they are effectively saying is -You broke the law (rules) and if you do it again you will be penalised. My whole argument is based on the stewards’ decision. Steward’s decision is not in question. Was the move legal or Illegal? According to my logic the stewards deemed it Illegal as they gave Hamilton a Warning…Podge also Petrov was along side Hamilton at the next corner. You cannot honestly say that Petrov had no chance of overtaking Hamilton!!

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The simple fact is that the stewards were not really sure about how to react at what lewis did,so they gave a warning during the race, to give themselves time to think about it, and they did. After they thought about it they didn’t do anything like penalise lewis or something.

I would just go in favor of forbidding the move lewis did,because if a car is fast enough to overtake an other without the tow then,i myself don’t really care about that fight because that is not really a fight, more of a drive by. If two cars are closely matched then the only way to overtake(in a straight line) is to use the tow, and if the drivers would do that move overtaking(when i care) is imposibile.

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