Archive for November 2011

Season 1: F1 2011 Monaco GP

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Season 1, Race 6.

Here it is, the most glamoreus F1 race. Monaco, hop i got the very best result here. And i have a new helmet, still with red, white and black color stripes with a sponsor sticker also, but just Arai that is my sponsor, the other is team's sponsors. Thank for ML2166 who designed this helmet for me.

On practice season, we had a bit problem with the car setup, not just for me but also for Adrian's car. I still strugling with the steer handling. And near the end of the season i broke my left front wing, so team said to canceling my lap and return to garag, makes me endede on P19 mean while Adrian on P14.

On the qualy first season, it's getting worse, well at the beggining i can reach the top 10, but middle season the car feels oversteer on everywhere, and at the end of the first season i hit the wall, i had to get out of my car so the steward can remove my car, because it blockade the circuit, so i ended up on P22, mean while Adrian got P11 for start, what a shame.

The race day, i dunno where i have to start the story, start from P22 grid, it really cruel at the firs corner lot of a car there. so at the first corner team said that there is a collision behind me, not long enough there is yellow flag on sector 1 and sector 3, after a minutes there is a collision that make safty car deployed, after some laps we back racing, well it always repeated like that and i dunno who is got DNF and whatever, after my 4th pit i feels that my car is getting hard to controlled, i always got wide on some fast corner and i ended after hitting the wall. That damn wall, this is my first time that i can't finish my race, what a day....

Hope tomorrow, Montreal give me luck.

after race result

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Season 1: F1 2011 Spain GP

Race 5, Circuit de Catalunya

Season 1, Race 4. Catalunya, SPAIN

Practice season result
After a great result at Turkey last race, team has a good confidance for this race. And Mr. Vijay says "Well done" and he also promising me that if i can stay fokus like this my seat in Force India is abselutly save, so glad knowing that i will have another season on this team.

Practice season, not much i can say, car feels good, setup suit with track condition, even i run with medium compound tyre and mix 2 engine setup, i still can manage on top ten at the table result. But sadly on Adrian's time, look like he having problem with his car setup, his best position is on P18 even he use soft compound on his tyre.

Qualifying season result
Qualifying season, all day is showered with rain, can't have a maximum performence on condition like this, so we had to save our engine for the race day, coz we use used engine from the last race at Turkey, we just looking for a save place now, i got P18 while Adrian got P15 for the race start, and Hamilton taking the pole with 1:22.612 as best lap time.

Racing day, team says i will use prime tyres (medium compound) on start meanwhile Adrian use optional tyres (soft compound) so i will came in a bit late on pit stop from the others. Start begin, i quckly i use a half of my KERS so i can reach my max speed, gained some position on first turn chicane, i almost hit one of Williams rear wing, but  still can manage my braking and take his left on stright line, on turn two dueling with Torro Rosso, driving on his right side to pushing my car on tinside lin and push him out from the line, so i can reach a gap on turn three. After a fiew lap, i got problem with the KERS wen crossing the star/finish line, "KERS is offline" radio says, i try to manage my time with pushing engine to mix 3 seting so i can maintain my gap from the car behind, after 2 laps KERS is back online, but i still use mix 3 to get closing with front car.

Race screen capture

On lap 17 if i'm not wrong, there is an accident that make safty car launched, team says it Vettel and Button who had crashing and also make Barrichello DNF on pit garage, so i catching up to get joined with the others car it take a lap to joining, coz the gap is was about 30 or 40 second. We were about 5 or 7 lap behind SC, to giving time to clean up the track. i was on P5, so i was thinking that i will looking a good chance when SC came in to pit. But sadly when SC came in, it was coincides with my pit lap, so when SC is back to pit line it was me and Nico Rosberg who came in for changing tyres, the Mercedes pit crew is a bit faster on action, so i came out behind Nico on P18, spending a few laps behind Nico i got a good chance on  last cichane, he's a bit wide when trying to over take a Virgin car so i use this to overtake him and then Ambrosio's on start/finish line and ont turn 3 i also overtake Lotus car, useing a set of fresh soft compound i push my car as fast as i can, and presume condition from who's haven't pitting after Safty Car convoy, and gaining some place to catch P9. Mean while Mark give another victory for Red Bull and again Adrian had another DNF races, it a shame that we cant optimized the SC condition, but still this is a race sport, there no specific strategy to have a  good result, there will be an unpredictable situations.

Next is Monaco series, can't wait.

Here is the after race result:
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

The $20 Story

A woman came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find her 5-year old son waiting for her at the door.
SON:「Mummy, may I ask you a question?
MUM:「Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the woman.」 
SON:「Mummy, how much do you make an hour?
MUM:「That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?」 the woman said angrily. 

SON:「I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?
MUM:「If you must know, I make $20 an hour.」 
SON:「Oh..」 the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON:「Mummy, may I please borrow $5?
The mother was furious, 「If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don't work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door... 
The woman sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? 
After about an hour or so, the woman had calmed down, and started to think: 
Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $5 and he really didn't ask for money very often.The woman went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door. 
Are you asleep, son?」 She asked.
No Mummy, I'm awake,」replied the boy. 
I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier」 said the woman. 「It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $5 you asked for.」 
The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 「Oh, thank you Mummy!」he yelled.
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. 
The woman saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.
The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his mother. 
Why do you want more money if you already have some?」 the mother grumbled.
Because I didn't have enough, but now I do.」 the little boy replied. 
Mummy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.」 
The mother was crushed. She put her arms around her little son, and she begged for his forgiveness.

It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $20 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

F1 2011 Turkey GP

Practice season and result
Istambul, Turkey. Season 1, Race 4.

After bad result at china last race, i came with passion i have to got finished on big 10, it's a pay day!

On practice season 1 all we done is testing the grip and suspension,we had to increase car's top speed, coz this circuit is having a long stright line. At the second season, we began to adjust car setup for race and qualy condition, coz the weather forecast says that race will cloudy but we cant do a lot, we have to save the enggine for the race day. On last practice season we got the ideal setup and end up on P8 but unfortunately after finished my lap, at the first cichane my rear left tyre got sliped on the grass and i got lost control on rear tyres, the car is going to wall but lucky there is a gravel trap so the car didn't hit the wall just grazed on it. Thanks God for it.

Qualifying result
Qualifying, not much insiden a quiet season i think, gained enough speed on the car i got P6 on the grid tomorrow, sad for adrian, he looks strugling with his car, he event can't pass for the second season and stuck on P17. Vettel got pole and Hamillton is right behind him the gap is just 0.001 second and fernando on P3 congrats for them.

Race day, wheather look cloudy and team hope is i can reach big 5 coz Adrian looks can't reach the team objectives. So race begin, on the start i'm chose not to use the KERS emidietly, Mark is on my right side on the first corner and i took inside line to overtake the his 5th position, duel with Filipe for several laps, i got chance to overtake him at the second cichane on sector 2, took him from the inside line with DRS help on the stright line, keeping my pace to the best condition before my first stop Lewis looks have a problem with his tyre and make me easily overtake him on the long stright line, and maintine the distance from him but cant getting closer to the race leader Vettel.

Race screen capture
After changing to prime tyres, i got behind Senna teams say that he haven't stop for tyre yet, so i keep beheind him and looking for chance on the stright line to overtake him. avter several laps back to P2 position, looks like cant pursuit Vettel car the distance is 30 second so i try my best to defence my position and play save, at last stop having  problem with the radio, i contact team to give me option tyre to increase more grip coz car behind is getting closer within 5 second from me, but on pit they give me a set of prime tyres. had no chance so i keep the enggine use Mix 3 setting to increas the speed.

No radio contact with the team after last pit i getting worried coz i don't know how close is car behind and distance between me and the race leader, 5 laps remaining the radio has back to work, team say they still don't know what happen with the radio and informing that Button is 4 second right behind me and keep faster a half second from my time, looks like he using option tyres and the race leader is really far away, i was 1 minutes and 15 second behind him. What the hell, how can he so fast like that, but i dont care, now what i must do is to keep this position and take my second podium, so i use all i have on the car, at the last lap i finished on P2 and Button at P3, 3 second behind me.

After race

So Ecstatic, feels that i'am is the race winner, i keep thinking how can Vettel so far away like that is he having a help from a ginnie? But still, after a bad race on Chinese GP this is a great relief, well see you in Catalunya.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

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