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The ‘Home Team’ of Ferrari, Stefano Domenicali, laments performance points that took the Grand Prix of China, stressing that they had “potential” for Fernando Alonso had just the top five, while indicating that they are working to “limit the damage more effectively” in the lack of speed and traction in the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
“We knew that in Shanghai and Sakhir would have problems. Disappoints in China does not have scored the points that we believe in ourselves because we had the potential to put Fernando at least the top five and Philip in the points, but with the two always were and did not get much traffic, especially with the first roll with a clear track record with, “said Domenicali on the website of the ‘Scuderia’.
The head of the ‘Prancing Horse’, which has gone to Maranello with Pat Fry, technical director, to continue looking for the evolution of the ‘F2012′, makes no secret that the current car has “a lack of top speed” that caused the Asturian tried searching for “overtaking elsewhere in the circuit and take risks.”
So in the next Grand Prix of Bahrain will try “to limit the damage in the most effective” than they did in Shanghai, “primarily seeking the best possible advantage tires, both in qualifying and the race”, says Domenicali.
And that is to the Italian “understand how much and how you can take advantage of the tires is the key factor in the beginning of the season.” “You can make a difference and we must improve our capacity for analysis and forecasting,” he says about it.
But after three runs, and despite all the problems, Alonso has the same points in 2010, when he lost the title in Abu Dhabi. “This should serve as a stimulus to accelerate the development of the car. The real game is played this week in Maranello, where everyone is doing their best to find all possible hundredth performance in each area,” said Domenicali.
“Any news we will see in Mugello, but we will take until the last day available before the Grand Prix of Spain to introduce the latest updates. I am sure that our adversaries are also doing the same, trying to prove we’re better than them, making a better job, “judgment.
It seems that the season begins somewhat tarnished for Ferrari and Red Bull, because last night the FIA told they can not do their last day of training on Monday winter.
This bad news comes because of Article 22.4 of the sporting regulations, particularly in the third point of the code which are conducted strictly prohibits training the week before the start of a new championship.
So this means that the Maranello and Milton Keynes will have to shoot 1 to March 4, with the other computers on the grill.
At first, both teams had planned to finish a day after most teams had finished the preseason. True, at first, the Milton Keynes and Maranello and had planned to shoot 2 to March 5, but unfortunately the current FIA regulations prohibited doing so.
As mentioned before, the teams found out last night, as confirmed by Ferrari, the regulatory body. This requires of course that the two teams change their initial plans. Therefore, from “II Cavalino Rampant” has confirmed that Felipe Massa will drive the F2012 on Thursday 1 and Saturday, March 3. Instead, Fernando Alonso burn the asphalt with his new red racing car 2 and March 4.
Hopefully this small setback did not discourage both teams continue this highly competitive wasting leading from the start of the preseason.
Or last year Nico Rosberg finished the season as world champion and this time the title will be for Pastor Maldonado. The German was fastest in Montmelo on the third day of the penultimate day test and finished in seventh place. We’ll see how far the pilot of Venezuela …
It is true that all means try to get information in these trials to peer where things go in the first race of the year, but the truth is that it is virtually impossible to know who will win in Australia making use of time of these trials.
Yesterday Pastor Maldonado smashed all records and was a great lap time was one second faster than closest rival in the timesheets, Michael Schumacher. More likely is that Venezuelan fly yesterday at Montmelo with low fuel load, while Mark Webber’s Red Bull, for example, out with a full tank and pneumatic means. So complete a record that was two seconds and almost four tenths slower than the Williams.
Let us return to the past year and how they ended the test Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. These data did show a closer approximation of what was to come. And in 2011 the blond German was fastest in the two test sessions in which the Spaniard took the first day second and third the second, six tenths of Vettel. But nevertheless it was a Ferrari, Felipe Massa who had the best overall record in the four days of testing last year.
This time Vettel sent the first day, but succumbed on Wednesday to Hulkenberg and, predictably, downloaded Force India. Loads of gasoline, tires, KERS, search times or not, parts and more parts, per-season testing remains a mystery. Truth, in Melbourne.
Mercedes-Benz debuted this morning with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher at the Circuit De Catalina in Barcelona , the new 2012 Mercedes W03 Silver Arrow F1.
After a day of shooting limited to 100 km at Silverstone on 16 February, and a private test day in Barcelona on 19 February, about 354 km, finally today Michael and Nico share with the public expects the new machine pick up the results of classifications of Formula 1 in 2012.
“The W03 F1 is a car I think, and I hope our team can be proud of, and give off the track so we have worked hard to achieve,” said team principal Ross Brawn.
“Despite the distinctive design of the nose, which is certainly an acquired taste, the F1 W03 is a stylish interpretation of the rules, and a clear step up from its predecessor in terms of design detail and sophistication.”
According to the report that shares Mercedes, the new concept car includes two significant changes. One is the height of the body in front of the car, which intensified the nose design feature and the other corresponds to the new restrictions on the position of the exhaust pipes.
It consists of some 4,500 pieces compared to 4300 pieces in 2011, however, reaches a weight of the core, lower than its predecessor. Is better and more efficient packaging. All tests mandatory FIA crash were successfully completed in the first attempt by the end of the first week of January 2012.
The W03 F1 project began in May 2011 and is the first complete car produced by the task force organized last year, so expect to recover from the disappointing results in the previous GP. “The new Silver Arrow, the W03 F1, was the subject of an intensive program of testing and simulation in Brackley Brixworth, “says Mercedes.
After the recent successes of Singapore and Korea, India, in particular its capital, New Delhi, is the last eastern power welcoming the Grand Circus and seeks to impress on his debut in 2011.
The new circuit has been built south of the city, was designed by Hermann Tilke to not change and measures 5,125 meters. Referring to several teams before construction begins to use its simulators and define the final route, in its first sector consists of three slow corners and two long straights, while the rest of the circuit is fast with several changes of speed and direction of the fourth steep slopes. It also highlights the banked curve 10/11, which is estimated to cause forces “g” loads on the tires and similar to those of Turkey Turn 8.
The combination of curves, fast and slow, and long lines, will make finding the compromise between downforce and straightline speed is especially difficult.
Length : 5,125 meters
Number of turns : 60
Race distance : 307.249 km
Downforce : High
Percentage of time with rapid depth : 70% (estimated)
Percentage of time slowing down : -
Brake Wear : Medium
Fuel for the GP : 161.6 kilos (high)
Fuel consumption per revolution : 2.65 kilos (medium)
Lost time per lap for each 10kg of fuel on board : 0.35 seconds (medium / high)
Time to pit stop to refuel : 23 seconds
Record : 1.27.249 – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Grand Prize Winners from India in the circuit of Buddh :
2011: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Work on the Austin circuit, which should host the inaugural Grand Prix in November next year, have been stalled indefinitely, so the conclusion of the race is in serious danger.
On Tuesday afternoon Susan Combs, who controls the finances of the State of Texas, announced that the first $ 25 million that the State had allocated for the project will not be available before the first Grand Prix, which is a blow to its conclusion. The agreement was that Combs would pay in advance the annual sum of $ 25 million to cover the fee to be paid to Bernie Ecclestone. If you do not reach the 25 million, accounts do not match.
The reasons given for not making the payment before the Grand Prix is that the arrival of the new GP of New Jersey in 2013 could subtract Austin public event, but considering the two GPs are far from each other, and two races in the U.S. generate more excitement, this sounds like an excuse more than anything else. It seems that Combs is trying to force the issue to the developer who has the contract for the GP, Tavo Hellmund, and the group called Tour of the Americas that is building the track on the outskirts of Austin to settle their differences.
Hellmund wants out of the project and the developer wants a direct contract with Ecclestone. Bernie says the contract already sent (it is unknown whether the terms and payment to be made are the same or higher than the original offer) and waiting for your response. He also commented that the first payment and should have been done and that if things do not progress in December will be canceled GP.
Keep in mind that Ecclestone and Hellmund have been friends for a long time and after Combs confirmed recently that the state would pay the 25 million regardless of who will manage the race, Hellmund position has weakened. So it could be a ploy to improve his position to get out of it or something more serious than that. In any case, both parties need each other; Hellmund is committed to pay Ecclestone for the race, but needs the circuit. And the circuit owners have already spent much money you do not want to lose.
Red Bull Racing (RBR) is a Formula 1 team owned by Austrian beverage company Red Bull. Red Bull bought the team Jaguar Racing for about $ 110 million when the team’s parent company, Ford Motor Company, announced its withdrawal from the pinnacle of motorsport. Toro Rosso (“Red Bull” translated into Italian) is a second Formula 1 team, which also belongs to the brand of energy drinks.
The team’s origins date back to the team created by Jackie Stewart , Stewart Grand Prix, he played his first races in 1997. The team was bought by Ford and ran under the Jaguar name during the 2000 season of Formula 1. Despite the youth of the equipment compared to other manufacturers such as Ferrari and McLaren, it was considered a very successful start, a race won in 1999 . Despite the numerous technical and administrative changes (which included the hiring of high profile personalities such as Bobby Rahal and Niki Lauda), and the failed attempt to lure the designer Adrian Newey, the team never again reached the achievements of the era Stewart. Read the rest of this entry »
Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce that Kimi Raikkonen will race for the team next season. The 2007 World Champion, who left Formula 1 in late 2009 to pursue a career in rallying, has decided to make a comeback at the pinnacle of the cars. It has signed a two-year agreement with Lotus Renault GP.
Kimi F1 roll of honor includes 18 wins, 62 podiums and 16 pole positions. This experience and success is sure to help the team to step up next year. The commitment of the Finnish 32-year-old, in fact makes him a vote of confidence in Lotus Renault GP, which shows the determination of the team and the new philosophy for the season ahead.
Kimi Raikkonen: “I am delighted to be returning to Formula 1 after a break of two years and I am very grateful to Lotus Renault GP for giving me this opportunity. My time in the World Rally Championship has been a useful stage in my career as a pilot, but I can not deny the fact that my hunger for F1 just become overwhelming. It was an easy choice to return with Lotus Renault GP, I was impressed by the scope of the ambition of the team. Now I’m looking forward to playing an important role in pushing the team to the front of the grid. “
Gerard Lopez, Genii Capital, President: “Throughout the year, we said that our team was in the beginning of a new cycle. Backstage we have been working hard to build the foundation of a structure to ensure successful and soon to be able to fight at the highest level. Kimi decision to return to Formula 1 with us is the first step of several ads that you must become a more serious competitor in the future. Of course, everyone is eager to work with a world champion. On behalf of our staff, I would like to welcome Kimi to Enstone, a place has always been known for his humane approach to Formula 1. “
Fernando Alonso present at the party to be held in the Banco Santander Financial City in the Madrid suburb of Carr gave a press conference that despite not being very extensive served to know what your plans for the next 2012.
Despite not winning the 2011 Formula One championship, Alonso is proud of its results in relation to his teammates: “As I have been in Formula 1 has never been a fellow who has done more points than me. Hamilton only managed to equal me, it was a strange year (laughs).
But the competition is not with your partner, but with the opposition. “Ranked fourth place finishes this season 2011, the second Ferrari of Spanish and unfortunately has been worse since the first was far behind the expected results and Alonso acknowledges by saying, “We can not be happy with how far Red Bull has won this season. There are many things to improve next year. “Also, made a comment about the new car for next season, as the pilot spent four days in Maranello and could see it being now the question of whether a car is really competitive. According to Alonso, still need to wait until next February and see the results on the track. Read the rest of this entry »
The grill Formula 1 2011 is now complete after Hispania has confirmed Tonio Liuzzi as a driver and team mate Narain Karthikeyan. Liuzzi was left without a seat despite having a contract with Force India for 2011 and had tried HRT in Montmelo last month.
This is good news that Hispania, which will present its new F111 on Friday in Montmelo, have chosen a fast rider and experienced rider rather than a payment. Tonio, who has competed at junior level with team principal Colin Kolles has played in 63 Grand Prix with Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Force India to be their best results two sixth, one of them made in Korea last year.
The presentation on Friday at noon of the new F111 means the team can only test a maximum of one and a half before being sent to Melbourne for the first Grand Prix, although this is already far more than it had last year, when finished assemble cars in the pits of Bahrain, shooting one of them for the first time in qualifying. One of the concerns of HRT is the re-introduction of the norm of 107% in qualifying, although the gearbox and rear of Williams joined the engine Cosworth performance should improve over last year.