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On-Song or Gone Wrong? – European GP Review

From Timo's sickness to Caterham's progress. We briefly review the highs and lows amongst the lower field positions after the European Grand Prix.
Monday, June 25, 2012

Born in Adelaide during its 11 year long era of hosting Formula One, Jacob Polychronis has admired the sport his whole life. Along with his brother Gabriel, they share their educated opinion via articles and their podcast, F1 News & Views Podcast.

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June 25th, 2012 (F1plus/Jacob Polychronis ): On-Song or Gone Wrong? Is a segment that is run on each review edition of F1 News & Views. It is designed to shed light on some performances which may have not received much attention during the live broadcast.

Daniel Ricciardo - On-song: As criticism mounted over the Australian's race performances compared to his team mate, Jean-Eric Vergne, Ricciardo understood that it was time to "kick on." He did exactly this. Ricciardo's 11th place finish certainly alleviated some pressure which was accumulating on his shoulders as the statistics began to sway the way of Vergne. Ricciardo still trails his team mate by two championship points, however, he out-performed the Frenchman comprehensively in Valencia. Considering Ricciardo already comfortably holds a qualifying advantage over Vergne, if his race performances continue to improve he will certainly become the best driver at Toro Rosso.

Timo Glock's Health - Gone Wrong: It is rare to see a driver forced to not compete in a Formula One event today as a result of illness. In fact, many will recall Mark Webber soldiering through food poisoning at Fuji Speedway in 2007. This resulted in the Australian vomiting in his crash helmet. Timo Glock unfortunately, on the advice of his doctors, was unable to compete on Sunday due to intestinal illness. Missing a race is far from ideal for Marussia and their sponsors are likely unhappy. This was obviously an unavoidable situation though and we all wish Timo a speedy recovery for Silverstone.

Caterham F1 - On-Song: Caterham F1 enjoyed what was their most successful race for the season so far. Vitaly Petrov claimed his highest position for the season, finishing in 13th just ahead of his Finnish team mate, Heikki Kovaleinen. Many may argue that their improvement within the race standings was due to some timely retirements from front running cars. As David Croft will mention repeatedly whilst commentating though, 'you got to be in it to win it.' No, Caterham did not win anything, however they can certainly be pleased with their showing in Valencia which included an appearance in Q2.

Jenson Button - Gone Wrong: Jenson Button's race performance statistically improved by twice as much. It saw the Briton finish in 8th instead of 16th. After showing promising signs during practice sessions in Valencia, Button will consider this nothing to be proud of though. After appearing to be a major contender early on in the season, the position Button finds himself in is still hard to believe. It is quite reminiscent of Felipe Massa prior to Monaco 2012. Worst of all, Button finds himself a staggering 62 points off the championship lead, and in a lowly 8th position in the drivers' standings. The next race will be Button's home one at the historical Silverstone Circuit. There is no better time for Button and half of the McLaren garage to turn the season around and feature in some key battles. Hopefully he will not need to appear in this segment again.

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