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Oct 09 2011

F1: Suzuka

So once again Lewis Hamilton is under fire for McLaren’s pit lane miscues.

Even after shouldering the burden for their mistake in not sending him out soon enough to guarantee at least a hot lap if not the pole (this isn’t a decision the driver makes) washed up has been Nigel Mansell and the rest of the Formula One establishment jump all over him for daring to suggest that Schumacher’s cutting the corner on the grass was ‘dangerous’.

Just like fucking skiing folks, the burden is on the overtaking driver to make a clean pass and don’t bother trying to tell me this isn’t all about lingering Scuderia Marlboro UPC bias.

In other great moral triumphs, Bernie and the teams are going to discuss once again whether they should be supporting an anti-Shiite dictatorship in Bahrain or if it’s even safe to do so since the oppressed class are the ones making your beds and serving your drinks.

Of course I didn’t pee in it sahib.

The deeper you look at things the more you discover class struggle everywhere and sports are no exception.  That’s one of the reasons I bring them to your attention.  They’re not just simple diversions but microcosms of society at large and if you don’t think the fate of great empires can turn on small events I encourage the study of Justinian and the Blue/Green riots.

Speed coverage repeats at 3:30 pm.

Kobayashi advances from 10th to 7th because he at least attempted a fast lap in Q3.  Apparently Rosberg and Liuzzi will race, making the 107% rule officially a joke.

Pretty tables below the fold.

Starting Grid

Grid Driver Team Q-Time Q-Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 01:30.466 14
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 01:30.475 14
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 01:30.617 14
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 01:30.804 15
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 01:30.886 13
6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 01:31.156 14
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 01:32.380 15
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 01:32.116 10
9 Bruno Senna Renault 01:32.297 12
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 01:32.245 17
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 01:32.463 14
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 01:32.746 10
13 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 01:33.079 13
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 01:33.224 14
15 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 01:33.227 10
16 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 01:33.427 10
17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 01:34.704 6
18 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 01:35.454 3
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 01:35.514 6
20 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 01:36.439 8
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 01:36.507 7
22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 01:37.846 7
23 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 2

Driver Standings

Rank Driver Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 309
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 185
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 184
4 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 182
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 168
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 84
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 62
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 52
9 Vitaly Petrov Renault 34
10 Nick Heidfeld Renault 34
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 28
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 27
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 20
14 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 16
15 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 13
16 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 9
17 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 4
18 Bruno Senna Renault 2
19 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1

Constructor Standings

Rank Team Points
1 Red Bull 491
2 McLaren 353
3 Ferrari 268
4 Mercedes 114
5 Renault 70
6 Force India 48
7 Sauber 36
8 Toro Rosso 29
9 Williams 5
10 Team Lotus 0
11 HRT 0
12 Virgin 0

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