We discuss the 2014 Driver World Championship, the winner, the loser, and the interaction between them. But that’s just the beginning as news overflowed from the sanctioning body, the teams, and drivers. Lots going on, lots’s to talk about. Finally, we reflect on 2014 and ask for ways to make our podcast better for 2015. http://funwithcars.com
Since we saw Mercedes humble its competitors at the 2014 Formula 1 season opener in Australia, it seemed inevitable that the Drivers World Championship would eventually be contested between the Silver Arrows teammates: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. At the United States Grand Prix on November 2nd, the only other driver with a shot, Daniel Riccardo, was mathematically eliminated and proved inevitability correct. With the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale fast approaching, it’s down to two drivers and 50 points. Hamilton holds a 17 point advantage, but Rosberg dominated last weekend and won the Brazilian Grand Prix, so he carries momentum. Who will win? Statistics say: Hamilton.
I devised this fun little chart outlining all the variations on results between Hamilton and Rosberg:
Green means Hamilton wins, blue means Rosberg wins. The number within each cell is the margin of victory (Rosberg’s are negative because of the math I used). There are 110 different possible outcomes of the Abu Dhabi GP. In 85 of those outcomes, Hamilton wins, Rosberg in 25. Because of Mercedes supremacy, only four of those outcomes are likely:
1) Hamilton Wins, Rosberg in second
2) Rosberg wins, Hamilton in second
3) Hamilton wins, Rosberg DNF’s
4) Rosberg wins, Hamilton DNF’s.
In three out of four of those cases, Hamilton wins.
Put it another way, if Hamilton finishes second or better, he becomes Drivers World Champion, regardless of how Rosberg finishes.
Almost all F1 fans agree that double points for the last race are silly…stupid…gimmicky—a mistake. But our best argument for reverting back to the 2013 points scoring system is that double points aren’t likely to change the outcome. Here’s a theoretical chart without double points, but all else equal:
In this case, Hamilton would have a slightly stronger statistical chance at the championship, but notice that the four likeliest scenarios I listed before remain the same.
So there you have it, the Fun with Cars nerdy version of championship math. And now for our prediction: Daniel Riccardo hops on his magic Kangaroo and boomerangs back in time several Grands Prix, wins them all, and the 2014 Formula 1 Drivers World Championship!
Jules Bianchi suffered a serious injury at the Japanese Grand Prix, a race already replete with news, silly season controversy, and serious weather. We wish Bianchi a speedy recovery, and his family and the Marussia team our support.
Despite the impending typhoon, a remarkable race went on and delighted the steadfast, and soaking wet, formula 1 fans. We discuss silly season silliness, race results, and much more. Visit http://funwithcars.com
It’s the start of the second set of flyaway races for the one and only night race at Singapore. We discuss tire strategy, the merits of more reliability, and of course all the fun as a result of much tighter qualifying session. Visit http://funwithcars.com
In this belated coverage (again) we cover the happy occasion of what delayed us in the first place and dig into the crazy, action packed news that preceded the Grand Prix; silly season is certainly in full swing. The race itself was thrilling and brought on much more discussion, and frankly, more consensus than we expected. And a sarcastic Fun with Cars first: we talk about F1 2014 sound! Of course, there’s always time for listener feedback and predictions. Visit http://funwithcars.com for more.
Germany served an extra large stein of racing for 2014, along with a side of drama. We discuss the deception of the modern World Championship points system, the continued intra-team rivalries, and begin the silly season with our own predictions. Wouldn’t you know it, the sound of Formula 1 came up too. Of course we dive into listener feedback, and predictions. Then Robin sings a song! Visit http://funwitchcars.com for blog posts, feedback, and more.
We talk about the Mercedes qualifying pace verses the other front runners, and the simmering team tension that continues between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. We discuss the higher than average attrition as well as Montreal’s ability to consistently provide great racing. Pit Reporter Jamey Price tells us more behind the scenes insights from this memorable grand prix. Visit http://funwitchcars.com for blog posts, feedback, and more.
In this week’s show we discuss the Spanish Grand Prix and F1’s return to Europe. Hamilton and Mercedes refuse to get off the freight train of success. Does a GP2 car deserve more of your attention? Pastor Maldonado yet again shows us why he chose lucky number thirteen. Kimi gives Alonso a wake-up call. And solutions to the new formula’s “noise complaints” get tested. Visit http://funwithcars.com for more!
Jamey Price share’s his China experience and give’s fascinating insight to the general mode (like the looks on the driver’s faces), the cars, and the atmosphere. He even mentions the fortitude it takes to travel in China with bags full of camera gear. Speaking of cameras, the pictures included are fantastic.
Claire Williams, daughter of Sir Frank, and the Deputy Team Principal of Williams Martini Racing was just awarded the coveted title of: Best Deputy Team Principal of all time, ever! And the reason is simple. Through her leadership, one of the most storied F1 teams in history is as competitive now as it was in the days of Juan Pablo Montoya. What’s more, she led a turn around of the team in short order. Only last year Williams finished a shameful 9th in the contractors championship with only 5 points. Now, with only three races complete they’ve collected 30 points, sit in 6th in the championship, and have momentum on their side to catch 5th place Ferrari.
That is impressive as hell!
Just last week we wrote about intra-team politics that caused the drivers consternation. Boo. But that was quickly handled, issue settled. Then less than a week later both drivers made it to Q3, 3rd and 7th respectively, and then went on to finish 7th and 8th for another fantastic result. Clearly many people deserve credit for this, but it’s undeniable that a fresh face, with fresh ideas has proved revelatory.
And here’s the best bit. I like Williams. Jim likes Williams. Everyone, just about, likes Williams. They’re a plucky never-give-up team that always finds a way to preserver. Ever since BMW left Williams, they struggled as a privateer team with no manufacturer backing. But now, with new rules and an even more complicated power train, they thrive. I love it. And I wanted to take a moment to recognize the brilliant mind behind it.
The Best Deputy Team Principal in the freakin Galaxy, Claire Williams.