Peter Sauber, mafioso? © 2010 LAT Photographic

Sauber

  • Qualifying: Kobayashi (13th) de la Rosa (17th)
  • Race: de la Rosa (14th) Kobayashi (ret)

Let’s get the big news out of the way first – de la Rosa is no more. He is an ex-driver. It turns out that what everyone thought at the start of the season is true – he’s not fast enough. He’s going to be replaced by old Sauber hand Nick Heidfeld who, to be honest, we would imagine would have accepted any drive in F1. Luckily for Nick, he’s managed to avoid being out of the game for too long. Congratulations and commiserations all round.

Anyway, to the Grand Prix. Kobayashi was much happier (and faster) than de la Rosa in the car and managed to get to 13th, something he felt was the best he could do, especially given Michael Schumacher was three tenths of a second ahead. It all went a bit wrong in the race though and, but a bit wrong, we mean very wrong. The tale is quickly told – gearbox fault, gearbox mended, pit lane start, gearbox says no. End of story.

In the other car, de la Rosa managed his favourite kind of weekend, trail round towards the back and don’t annoy anyone. Apparently he struggled with the car. Tell us something we didn’t know.

Badger’s best: Heidfeld

Virgin

  • Qualifying: Glock (21st, plus demoted 5 places for gearbox work) di Grassi (22nd)
  • Race: Glock (17th) di Grassi (20th)

Glock qualified just ahead of di Grassi, which begs the question why di Grassi thought it wise to say he got everything out of the car. Clearly not.

The race went well for Glock, even though he suffered a five place grid demotion for messing about with the gearbox. Beggars can’t be choosers. He managed to get himself up to 17th and be the best of the new boys, which is something worth congratulating him on. With that in mind, well done Timo.

His team mate, on the other hand, endured a typical di Grassi weekend. Slow and then retired. We don’t think he’s going to be around next season.

Badger’s best: Glock

Lotus

  • Qualifying: Trulli (18th) Kovalainen (19th)
  • Race: Kovalainen (18th) Trulli (ret)

Again, the same old story for Lotus. Promising work in qualifying blighted by reliability problems during the race. In case you were wondering, it was the gearbox this time, not the hydraulics. Should be sorted for next season though, after they agreed to take Renault power.

One of the most interesting teams to watch for next season.

Badger’s best: Kovalainen

HRT

  • Qualifying: Senna (23rd) Yamamoto (24th)
  • Race: Yamamoto (19th) Senna (ret)

Why are they ever here? Dull, as ever. Yamamoto at least provided some interest, but not the sort we at Badger like to see, when he hit a pit lane mechanic (he’s fine by the way).

Bring Chandhok back. We liked Chandhok.

Badger’s best: Chandhok (yeah, so there)