Issue # 15

Every Monday 

Monday March 29 2021

PIC from Mercedes 

EXPERIENCE OVER YOUTH WHEN DRIVING ON SANDPAPER 

Lewis Hamilton stretched his lead over Ferrari's Alberto Ascari by another four hundredths on Sunday winning an action packed season opener at Bahrain. Bold strategy by Mercedes, making an early first stop, put pressure on Red Bull who were unable to respond. Hamilton's tyre management and defensive car placement kept a fast finishing Max Verstappen at bay. Hamilton remains P2. 

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BAHRAIN MARCH 28, 2021. 

PIC by Alpine F1

A promising return to the grid for Fernando Alonso before debris in a brake duct ended what was shaping up as a strong points finish. In other news Vettel's poor start with the new Aston Martin team means Stirling Moss is ever closer to taking his top ten spot. Elsewhere Rubens Barricello and Jacques Laffite took the road from Charles Leclerc despite a promising race from Ferrari's leading driver.

The ranked driver results ... 

P2. LEWIS HAMILTON

Wins Bahrain. Remains in P2 and pulls away from Ascari. Fangio remains a long way up the road. Catching him is theoretically possible but the gap is huge. 

1st.  JM Fangio

2.125 rpw / 5.941 ppr

2nd. Lewis Hamilton

2.781 rpw / 5.344 ppr

3rd. Alberto Ascari

2.461 rpw / 4.906 ppr

P9. SEBASTIAN VETTEL

Moss is closing fast on Vettel. The gap is 0.133. Seb's career long battle with Ayrton Senna is almost certainly now lost. It's 9 tenths.

8th. Ayrton Senna

3.926 rpw / 4.024 ppr

9th. Sebastian Vettel

4.867 rpw / 3.965 ppr

10th. Stirling Moss

4.125 rpw / 3.090 ppr 

P21. FERNANDO ALONSO

A good comeback from the double World Champion was only brought undone when debris in a brake duct sent temperatures soaring and saw him retire the car. He has a handy lead over Alan Jones at this point but is James Hunt's P20 under threat? Only time and Alpine F1 can tell.

 

20. James Hunt

9.200 rpw / 2.086 ppr

21. Fernando Alonso

9.781rpw / 2.520 ppr

22. A Jones

9.666 rpw / 1.879 ppr

P27. MAX VERSTAPPEN

No change in Max Verstappen's P27. His win at Abu Dhabi last year saw him move from P31 passed Gonzalez, Reutemann, Gilles Villeneuve and Mario Andretti to finish 2020 in P27. He needs a win at Imola to hold Mario Andretti at bay. His points per race ratio remains stunning but his win rate isn't good enough to get him anywhere near his place winning peers, which includes Lauda and Mansell. A good year ahead? 

26. Peter Collins

10.666 rpw / 1.744 ppr

27. Max Verstappen

12.000 rpw / 2.825 ppr

28. Mario Andretti

10.666 rpw / 1.500 ppr

P40. KIMI RAIKKONEN

Kimi's position is threatened by Jacques Villeneuve who will push him out of the top 40 in 2021 without Kimi taking significant points.  

39. Peter Revson

15.000 rpw / 2.100 ppr

40. Kimi Raikkonen

15.761 rpw / 2.308 ppr

41. Jacques Villeneuve

14.818 rpw / 1.349 ppr

P43. VALTTERI BOTTAS

Bottas is one win from Raikkonen and Villeneuve to break into the top 40. His other compatriot Mika Hakkinen is still some distance up the road. With 157 starts under his belt there is ample room for advancement ... but Hakkinen might soon be a tough ask without multiple wins in 2021. 

42. Phil Hill

16.000 rpw / 2.104 ppr

43. Valtteri Bottas

17.444 rpw / 2.707 ppr

44. Piero Taruffi

18.000 rpw / 2.388 ppr

P58/63. RICCIARDO and LECLERC

Ricciardo holds station but Rubens Barricello and Jacques Laffite take the road from Leclerc. Ralf Schumacher has the Ferrari ace in his sights. Leclerc simply lacks the wins to hold his competition at bay. His win rate drops 0.5 with every race. At Imola he could drop FIVE places. 

58. Clay Regazzoni

26.400 rpw / 1.643 ppr

59. Daniel Ricciardo

27.000 rpw / 1.481 ppr

60. Pedro Rodriguez

27.500 rpw / 1.327 ppr

61. Rubens Barrichello

29.363 rpw / 1.554 ppr

62. J. Laffite

29.333 rpw / 1.329 ppr

63. Charles Leclerc

30.000 rpw / 1.633 ppr

64. Ralf Schumacher 

30.000 rpw / 1.438 ppr

P82. PIERRE GASLY

He has room to Carlos Pace and a very handy looking car. A second win?

81. Patrick Tambay

57.000 rpw / 0.921 ppr

82. Pierre Gasly

65.000 rpw / 0.492 ppr

83. Carlos Pace

72.000 rpw / 0.819 ppr

P95. SERGIO PEREZ 

Perez at Red Bull and looking sound.

94. Olivier Panis

158 rpw / 0.430 ppr

95. Sergio Perez 

192 rpw / 0.520 ppr

96. Jean Alesi

201 rpw / 0.1.199 ppr