Apr. 17th, 2011

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What a drive!!!

Mark qualified 18th due to no KERS(1) and hard tyres - which had the unintended consequence of leaving him with 3 sets of brand-new soft tyres for the race (not having wasted any in Q2 or Q3). A full-on incredibly balls'n'all drive - still with no KERS and a 3-stop strategy - saw him finish 3rd and on the podium for the first time this year. He's now 4th in the championshiop standings and only 1 point behind Jenson Button.

I still don't like KERS and I'm definitely against the DRS(2) as well. But this does seem to be shaping up to be a very interesting year in F1 for all that.

1 - Kinetic Energy Recovery System: stores the energy from braking in a battery type thingy and it can thern be accessed by the driver pushing a button - gives them a sudden boost of about 80bhp.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regenerative_brake#Kinetic_Energy_Recovery_Systems

2 - Drag Reduction System: a flap opens up in the rear wing allowing the car's aerodynamics to overcome drag from following someone closely, supposed to assist with overtaking.
http://www.f1rules.com/f1-drs/

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