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On-Song or Gone Wrong? – British GP Review

Pastor Maldonado is at fault for another collision while Jean-Eric Vergne stars as the lights go out.
Monday, July 9, 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.

June 11th, 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.

Bruno Senna: On-Song: Despite the capabilities of the FW34, Bruno Senna has not been able to cash in on high point finishes. This is highlighted when compared to his team mate, Pastor Maldonado who has a race victory in 2012. Senna managed to claim 9th place and 2 points in England last weekend. This was a solid 4 spots up from his qualifying position and saw him claim his 3rd best result this season. Considering the course of the weekend and Senna's recent form, 9th place was a good performance from the Brazilian. In the long run, Frank Williams will expect to see some higher qualifying results and points finishes, similar to Maldonado. For the time being though, if Senna was to consistently finish in the points, this would be an impressive effort.

Pastor Maldonado: Gone-Wrong: Pastor Maldonado was at fault for causing a retirement for the second consecutive race after colliding with Sergio Perez at the Vale chicane. Perez out-braked the Venezuelan and attempted a move on the outside of the left hander, however, Maldonado was unable to keep to his confines on the inside of the track. The drivers collided and subsequently Perez' race was brought to a premature end. The incident saw Maldonado incur a reprimand, a 10,000 euro fine and Perez' wrath. Maldonado's performances so far this season have been dramatically conflicting. We have seen him claim the ultimate high of winning a Grand Prix, however, the past two weekends have certainly been lows.

Jean-Eric Vergne: On-Song: Jean-Eric Vergne was forced to serve a 10 spot grid penalty last weekend at Silverstone. This was part of a brutal penalty he received for causing a collision with a Caterham in Valencia. As a result, Vergne was forced to start the race from 23rd position. Vergne proceeded to display some fine starting skills though, as he jumped up 8 positions on the opening lap alone. In the end, Vergne finished in 14th position, comfortable territory for the Toro Rosso outfit. It is typical to see top teams carve through the field after being forced to start in lower positions. An example would be Mark Webber climbing from 19th to 4th in Valencia. What is unusual however, is seeing a lesser team such as Toro Rosso climbing 9 positions from their qualifying result. This can truly be seen as an impressive drive from the Frenchman.

Paul di Resta: Gone-Wrong: Paul Di Resta unfortunately notched up his first retirement for the 2012 season at Silverstone. Di Resta was impressive in Valencia, claiming 6 championship points. The Briton would have been eager to have another strong showing in what is technically his home grand prix. Di Resta managed to qualify in a solid 11th position and was able to start from 10th on race day. Things were promising for him until turn 5 of lap 1 where Di Resta suffered an incident and subsequently retired. Unfortunately, a positive British result just wasn't meant to be at the British Grand Prix, after all 3 Britons found no joy over the race weekend.

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