Monday, 28 November 2011

Nothing to post - Amazing overtake in a very difficult spot (Brazil)

Alonso overtook Button in a difficult spot with a very nice maneuver for 3rd place at that moment


Driver standings and Constructor standings after Interlagos (BR) 2011

1. Sebastian Vettel 392pct
2. Jenson Button 270pct
3. Mark Webber 258pct
4. Fernando Alonso 257pct

Brazil, Interlagos Circuit - Race results


1. Mark Webber 1:32:17.464 (perfect start - which is not too common for australian driver, very nice race although the RedBull strategy for first pit stop was not much in the interest of Webber when the team decided that Vettel stop first even if Mark Webber had much more tyre degradation, but anyway in the lap 40 taked the lead and won the race with a last lap - record lap)

2. Sebastian Vettel +16.9 sec (good start, nice race etc although he had or not that gearbox overheating problem; RedBull has shown once again the superiority of its car or of its drivers: vettel managed to win 2nd place with a problem and Webber with his last lap record as a kind of arrogance)

3. Jenson Button +27.6 sec (amazing race, its a shame that in the 1st part of the race lose too much time, because in last part of the race with hard tyres his race rhytm is fantastic)
4. Fernando Alonso +35.0 sec (after overtook Hamilton at the start, he overtook Button in a very difficult spot, but hard tyres gave headaches for Ferrari and Button took advantage of this problem)
5. Felipe Massa +66.7 sec (good race, even if he couldn't be on the height of front drivers and maybe next year will be on top again like 2008 season; we saw a nice burnout after race ended of the brazilian driver)
6. Adrian Sutil +1 lap

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Driver standings by Qualifying after Brazil 2011

1. Sebastian Vettel 444pct
2. Mark Webber 284pct  
3. Lewis Hamilton 282pct
4. Jenson Button 231pct  
5. Fernando Alonso 207pct  
6. Felipe Massa 162pct  
7. Nico Rosberg 120pct  
8. Michael Schumacher 45pct 
9. Vitaly Petrov 43pct

Pole lap - Brazil 2011 (video)

1:11.918Sebastian Vettel


- DHL (world’s leading express and logistics company and a Global Partner of F1) announced that Mark Webber is the winner of the DHL Fastest Lap Award of 2011 after the australian clinched the award with one race of the season still remaining. The rules for winning the the DHL Fastest Lap Award are very simple: 1 point is awarded to the driver who records the fastest lap in every Grand Prix race. The driver with the most points at the end of the season wins the award

- Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber driver) wore a special helmet in Brazil this weekend and will wear in the race too, personally designed for him by Joe Hahn (producer and member of Linkin Park). The helmet will be auctioned after Sunday’s race to raise money for Japanese earthquake victims

- HRT announced on Monday that Pedro de la Rosa has signed a two-year contract to race for them starting 2012. So, the 40-year-old Spaniard, will leave his current role as test driver for McLaren - one he has performed on and off since 2003

- Eric Boullier says that, unfortunately, Kubica will not be able to be at the first test, which means he will not be able to start the season, so we'll have to wait longer for the polish return in F1

Qualifying Interlagos Circuit - starting grid 2011(Brazil)

1. Sebastian Vettel 1:11.918

2. Mark Webber 1:12.099  

3. Jenson Button 1:12.283  

4. Lewis Hamilton 1:12.480  
5. Fernando Alonso 1:12.591

Practice 3 in Brazil - Results

1. Sebastian Vettel 1:12.460  
2. Jenson Button 1:12.547 
3. Mark Webber 1:12.597  
4. Lewis Hamilton 1:12.622

Practice 1 and 2 in Brazil - Results

Practice 2
1. Lewis Hamilton 1:13.392  
2. Sebastian Vettel 1:13.559  
3. Mark Webber 1:13.587  
4. Fernando Alonso 1:13.598  
5. Michael Schumacher 1:13.723 

Preview 2011 Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Brazilian GP

São Paulo (Saint Paul) is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the southern hemisphere and South America, and the world's seventh largest city by population. The metropolis is anchor to the São Paulo metropolitan area, ranked as the second-most populous metropolitan area in the Americas and among the five-largest metropolitan areas on the planet.
The Brazilian Grand Prix (Grande Prêmio do Brasil) is a Formula One championship race which occurs at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Interlagos, a district in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.
São Paulo has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate. In summer, mean temperatures are between 17 °C and 28 °C, and 32 °C on the hottest days. In winter, are between 11 °C and 23 °C, and 6 °C on the coldest days. Rainfall is abundant, amounting to an annual average of 1,454 millimetres so its very likely to rain, especially this Sunday when its anticipated rain or heavy rain (never know - meteorology its not an exact science)

Technical detailes
Interlagos Circuit has 4,3 km, 71 laps with a race distance of 306 km and racing direction - counter-clockwise; 4 highspeed straches, 2 slow turns, 3 ideal spots for overtaking and a top speed around 310 km/h.

Best preview by Mark Webber in RedBull simulator:

Wikipedia History
A Brazilian Grand Prix was first held at Interlagos in 1972, although it was not part of the F1 World Championship. The following year,  the race was first included in the official calendar. In 1978 the Brazilian Grand Prix moved to Jacarepaguá in Rio de Janeiro, returning to Interlagos for the next two seasons before becoming the host from 1981, due to safety concerns with the 5-mile Interlagos circuit. In 1990 the Grand Prix returned to a shortened Interlagos, where it has stayed since.
The Interlagos circuit has created some of the most exciting and memorable races in recent Formula One history, and is regarded as one of the most challenging and exciting circuits on the F1 calendar. Along with Spa-Francorchamps, it is rare in that the circuit in its modern form is one of the few with a lengthy history in the sport not considered to have lost much of its mystique or challenge in its adaptation for the modern, much more safety-conscious era of 21st century Formula One.
In March 2008, the mayor of São Paulo announced that he had signed a new deal with Bernie Ecclestone to continue the holding of the Brazilian Grand Prix. This deal allows the Brazilian race to be on the calendar until 2015. With this, Interlagos is set for major improvements in its pit and paddock facilities.
In the final race of the 2008 season at the Brazilian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton became the youngest Formula One world champion, to that point in Formula One history. After adopting a conservative strategy without risks for most of the race to secure at least 5th place, and the title, a late-race rain shower caused unexpected trouble. First, Hamilton was pushed down to 5th place by German Toyota driver Timo Glock who didn't enter the pits for intermediates like most other front runners. With just 3 laps to go, Sebastian Vettel then also overtook the Briton on the track which meant he would end up with equal points to Massa, but with one victory less. While everybody was focussing on the battle between these two (Vettel managed to stay in front in the end), against all expectations both were able to overtake Glock, who had lost all grip with his dry weather tyres, in the very last corner before the finishing straight. This meant that, while the McLaren driver's title rival Felipe Massa won the race in his Ferrari, Hamilton ultimately grabbed the fifth place he needed to become champion. Renault's Fernando Alonso, the previous youngest champion, was second ahead of Massa's team-mate Kimi Räikkönen and Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel.

Lap Record:1:11.473 - by Montoya in 2004

Wins Brazilian GP - including Jacarepagua Circuit (drivers):
6 - Alain Prost (1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990)
4 - Carlos Reutemann (1972, 1977, 1978, 1981)
   - Michael Schumacher (1994, 1995, 2000, 2002)
2 - Emerson Fittipaldi (1973, 1974)
   - Nelson Piquet (1983, 1986)
   - Nigel Mansell (1989, 1992)
   - Ayrton Senna (1991, 1993)
   - Mika Häkkinen (1998, 1999)
   - Juan Pablo Montoya (2004, 2005)
   - Felipe Massa (2006, 2008)
Winns (constructors):
11 - McLaren (1974, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005)
10 -  Ferrari (1976, 1977, 1978, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008)
6 - Williams (1981, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2004)
3 - Brabham (1972, 1975, 1983)
2 - Red Bull (2009, 2010)
   - Benetton (1994, 1995)
   - Renault (1980, 1982)
1st places at Interlagos (by every year raced):
2010 - Sebastian Vettel, 2009 - Mark Webber, 2008 - Felipe Massa, 2007 - Kimi Räikkönen, 2006 - Felipe Massa, 2004 - Juan Pablo Montoya, 2003 - Giancarlo Fisichella, 2002 - Michael Schumacher, 2001 - David Coulthard,  
2000 - Michael Schumacher, 1999 - Mika Häkkinen, 1998 - Mika Häkkinen, 1997 - Jacques Villeneuve, 1996 - Damon Hill, 1995 - Michael Schumacher, 1994 - Michael Schumacher, 1993 - Ayrton Senna, 1992 - Nigel Mansell, 1991 - Ayrton Senna,  
1990 - Alain Prost,  
1980 - René Arnoux, 1979 - Jacques Laffite,
1977 - Carlos Reutemann, 1976 - Niki Lauda, 1975 - Carlos Pace, 1974 -  Emerson Fittipaldi, 1973 - Emerson Fittipaldi, 1972 - Carlos Reutemann  

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Day 3 at Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test - time results

1. Jean-Eric Vergne (Red Bull) - 1:38.917 with 46 laps done
2. Sam Bird (Mercedes GP) - 1:40.897 with 104 laps done
3. Jules Bianchi (Ferrari) - 1:41.347 with 106 laps done
4. Oliver Turvey (McLaren) - 1:41.513 with 89 laps done
5. Max Chilton (Force India) - 1:41.575 with 79 laps done
6. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) - 1:42.049 with 77 laps done
7. Mirko Bortolotti (Williams) - 1:43.277 with 4 laps done
8. Kevin Ceccon (Toro Rosso) - 1:43.686 with 35 laps done
9. Alexander Rossi (Caterham) - 1:44.283 with 74 laps done
10. Jan Charouz (Lotus Renault) - 1:44.470 with 82 laps done
11. Stefano Coletti (Toro Rosso) - 1:44.545 with 48 laps done
12. Nathanael Berthon (HRT) - 01:45.839 with 51 laps done
13. Robert Wickens (Marussia) - 01:45.934 with 34 laps done
14. Charles Pic (Marussia) - 01:46.348 with 49 laps done

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Day 2 at Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test - time results

1. Jean-Eric Vergne (Red Bull) - 01:40.188 with 43 laps done
2. Jules Bianchi (Ferrari) - 01:40.279 with 91 laps done
3. Gary Paffett (McLaren) - 01:41.756 with 71 laps done
4. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) - 01:42.367 with 88 laps done
5. Johnny Cecotto Jr.  (Force India) - 01:42.873 with 84 laps done
6. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) - 01:43.637 with 96 laps done
7. Sam Bird (Mercedes Grand Prix) - 01:43.734 with 94 laps done
8. Kevin Korjus (Lotus Renault) - 01:43.776 with 70 laps done
9. Luiz Razia (Caterham) - 01:43.944 with 89 laps done
10. Kevin Ceccon (Scuderia Toro Rosso) - 01:44.808 with 97 laps done
11. Jan Charouz (HRT F1 Team) - 01:46.644 with 56 laps done
12. Charles Pic (Marussia) - 01:46.698 with 61 laps done
13. Nathanael Berthon (HRT F1 Team) - 01:48.646 with 9 laps done

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Selected photos - United Arab Emirates

Alternative clowns

F1 - assembly of elders
starting Robert Haug, Ron Dennis
and Dr. Dieter Zetsche

King Of The World (by Porcelain)




again, Suuup?!?!??!(Patrick Vieira)





Hey....what the f*ck are you looking at?


Day 1 at Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test - time results

1. Jean-Eric Vergne (Red Bull) - 01:40.011 with 82 laps done
2. Jules Bianchi (Ferrari) - 01:40.960 with 85 done
3. Robert Wickens (Lotus Renault) - 01:42.217 with 77 done
4. Fabio Leimer (Sauber) - 01:42.331 with 67 laps done
5. Gary Paffett (McLaren) - 01:42.912 with 41 laps done
6. Max Chilton (Force India F1) - 01:43.016 with 80 laps done
7. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) - 01:43.118 with 71 laps done
8. Oliver Turvey (McLaren) - 01:43.502 with 35 laps done
9. Sam Bird (Mercedes Grand Prix) - 01:43.548 with 52 laps done
10. Rodolfo Gonzalez (Caterham) - 01:44.022 with 87 laps done
11. Stefano Coletti (Scuderia Toro Rosso) - 01:45.278 with 87 laps done
12. Dani Clos (HRT F1 Team) - 01:45.329 with 68 laps done
13. Charles Pic (Marussia) - 01:46.930 with 30 laps done
14. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Marussia) - 01:47.292 with 32 laps done

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Nothing to post - German commentators are like chinese rappers

I want to learn german, i know few words, but when i listen that it's like I listen to chinese rap - i dont understand a thing - just,
"opned awsut@#@nos unt Vettel shantz

Driver standings and Constructor standings after Abu Dhabi (AE) 2011

1. Sebastian Vettel 374pct
2. Jenson Button 255pct
3. Fernando Alonso 245pct
4. Mark Webber 233pct
5. Lewis Hamilton 227pct
6. Felipe Massa 108pct
7. Nico Rosberg 83pct
8. Michael Schumacher 76pct

UAE, Yas Marina circuit - Race results


1. Lewis Hamilton 1:37:11.886 (had a perfect race, especially with no Vettel left to race after second corner, dominated the race from start to finish, a result that comes very well for his morale) 
2. Fernando Alonso +8.4 sec (strong race, managing to keep up with Hamilton with a gap of 4-5 sec until almost the end)
3. Jenson Button +25.8 sec (a fairly quiet race to place on the last step of the podium)
4. Mark Webber +35.7 sec (bad luck, bad race and a very bad strategy; strategy could have work if would have been more than 20 laps to go for the finish)
5. Felipe Massa +50.5 sec
6. Nico Rosberg +52.3 sec
7. Michael Schumacher +75.9 sec
8. Adrian Sutil +77.1 sec
9. Paul di Resta +101.087 sec
10. Kamui Kobayashi +1 lap

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Driver standings by Qualifying after United Arab Emirates 2011

1. Sebastian Vettel 419pct  
2. Lewis Hamilton 270pct  
3. Mark Webber 266pct 
4. Jenson Button 216pct
5. Fernando Alonso 197pct  
6. Felipe Massa 156pct 
7. Nico Rosberg 112pct 
8. Michael Schumacher 44pct
9. Vitaly Petrov 43pct

Qualifying Yas Marina Circuit - starting grid 2011(UAE)

1. Sebastian Vettel 1:38.481  

2. Lewis Hamilton 1:38.622

3. Jenson Button 1:38.631  

4. Mark Webber 1:38.858  
5. Fernando Alonso 1:39.058  
6. Felipe Massa 1:39.695  
7. Nico Rosberg 1:39.773  
8. Michael Schumacher 1:40.662

Practice 3 in UAE - Results

1. Lewis Hamilton 1:38.976  
2. Sebastian Vettel 1:39.403  
3. Mark Webber 1:39.427  
4. Jenson Button 1:39.429  
5. Fernando Alonso 1:39.661 
6. Nico Rosberg 1:40.135 
7. Felipe Massa 1:40.183

Friday, 11 November 2011


- F1 teams will be unable to use any form of off-throttle blowing of exhausts next season. A move to ban blown diffusers in 2012 through the mandatory use of periscope exhausts had not been enough to quell fears that some outfits could still try and make use of hot gases to help boost the aerodynamic performance of their cars. Those suspicions resulted in the FIA issuing a technical directive last month informing teams that there will be severe limitations on engine mapping next year to minimise the possibilities of off-throttle blowing. The timing of that decision left several teams unhappy, because they had already begun designing their 2012 cars assuming that blowing could still be implemented - a practice that uses up fuel so would require a larger fuel tank( source)

- FOTA has released 2012 testing calendar as follows:
7 february 2012 - Jerez circuit 
8 february 2012 - Jerez circuit
9 february 2012 - Jerez circuit
10 february 2012 - Jerez circuit
21 february 2012 - Catalunya circuit 
22 february 2012 - Catalunya circuit 
23 february 2012 - Catalunya circuit 
24 february 2012 - Catalunya circuit 
1 march 2012 - Catalunya circuit
2 march 2012 - Catalunya circuit 
3 march 2012 - Catalunya circuit 
4 march 2012 - Catalunya circuit
1 may 2012 - Mugello circuit 
2 may 2012 - Mugello circuit 
3 may 2012 - Mugello circuit

- weather conditions are anticipated for this weekend in Abu Dhabi with no rain. Ambient daytime temperatures will remain in the high 20°C  across this weekend, never falling any lower than 15°C at night, with good visibility and with a wind speed of approximately 9 km/h for the race day

Practice 1 and 2 in UAE - Results

Practice 2
1. Lewis Hamilton 1:39.586  
2. Jenson Button 1:39.785  
3. Fernando Alonso 1:39.971 
4. Felipe Massa 1:39.980

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Preview 2011 Yas Marina Circuit, UAE GP

Yas Marina is the Grand Prix of UAE wich was designed by Hermann Tilke and is situated on Yas Island, about 30 minutes from the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the second-largest city of the United Arab Emirates according to population and lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. with a population of 896,751 in 2009. This city has a hot arid climate with Sunny blue skies can be expected throughout the year. The months of June through September are generally hot and humid with maximum temperatures averaging above 35 °C. During this time, sandstorms occur intermittently, in some cases reducing visibility to a few meters.
The weather is cooler from November to March and this period also sees dense fog on some days.

Technical detailes
Yas Marina Circuit has 5,5 km, 55 laps with a race distance of 305 km and racing direction - counter-clockwise; 5 highspeed straches, 5 slow turns, 3 ideal spots for overtaking and a top speed around 306 km/h.
Designed as an Arabian version of Monaco, the twenty-one corners twists through the man made island off the Abu Dhabi coast, passing by the marina and through the Yas Marina Hotel designed and conceived of by New York based architects Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture, Asymptote Architecture, and winding its way through sand dunes, with several long straights and tight corners.
The marina-based development includes a theme park, a water park, as well as residential areas, hotels and beaches.
The circuit has five grandstand areas (Main Grandstand, West Grandstand, North Grandstand, South Grandstand and Marina Grandstand (aka Support) and part of its pit lane exit runs underneath the track. It also houses a team building behind the pit building, Media Center, Dragster Track, VIP Tower and Ferrari World Theme Park. Additionally, one of the gravel traps runs underneath the West grandstand.
Best track preview by Mark Webber:

Wikipedia History
The circuit was built by main contractor Cebarco-WCT WLL, under contract from developer Aldar Properties. Among the sub-contractors involved were KOH AH HING from Malaysia (Structural contractor), as well as specialised subcontractors; Voltas (MEP), PKE-Siemens (MEP), Able-Middle East (Earthworks), Hamilton International (Interior), Bau Bickhardt (Track) and Unger Steel (Steel structure).
The circuit was constructed with a permanent lighting system provided by Musco Lighting, similar to that also installed at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Yas Marina Circuit is the largest permanent sports venue lighting project in the world; previously that title was held by Losail.
The surface of the track is made of Graywacke aggregate, shipped to Abu Dhabi from Bayston Hill quarry in Shropshire, England. The surface material is highly acclaimed by circuit bosses and Formula 1 drivers for the high level of grip it offers. The same aggregate material is used at the Bahrain International Circuit for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
On 7 October 2009, the circuit was granted final approval to hold Formula One races by the FIA. Bruno Senna was the first driver to complete a test run on the circuit.

After the first practice sessions at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the circuit was welcomed by the drivers, with Nico Rosberg commenting that every corner was 'unique', while double World Champion, Alonso, echoed his sentiments, stating that it was enjoyable because there was always something to do. Force India's Adrian Sutil rated the circuit as being better than Formula One's other night race in Singapore as he felt there was too much light at Marina Bay.
Not all of the drivers were complimentary, with Giancarlo Fisichella expressing a particular dislike of the pit exit, which dips under the main circuit by way of a tunnel. Although the pit exit remained free of incidents for the early practice sessions, Fisichella claimed that it was both very difficult and dangerous.
The circuit came under much criticism from drivers following the 2010 race for a lack of suitable overtaking opportunites, despite the lack of high speed corners, which cause the cars to spread out somewhat. Fernando Alonso was unable to pass Vitaly Petrov for much of the race, with Mark Webber also remaining behind Alonso. The organisers were urged to modify the circuit for the 2011 race, in order to create more legitimate overtaking opportunities. While initially agreeing to make changes, organizers have since postponed any changes following the massive increase in overtaking seen in the 2011 Formula One season caused by new tyre strategies and the DRS & KERS systems.

Lap record: 1:40.279 by Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull Racing - in 2009
Sebastian Vettel: races - 2, victories - 2, podiums - 2, pole-laps - 1
Mark Webber: races - 2, victories - 0, podiums - 1, pole-laps - 0
Lewis Hamilton: races - 2, victories - 0, podiums - 1, pole-laps - 1
Jenson Button: races - 2, victories - 0, podiums - 2, pole-laps - 0
Felipe Massa: races - 1, victories - 0, podiums - 0
Michael Schumacher: races - 1, victories - 0, podiums - 0, pole-laps - 0
Nico Rosberg: races - 2, victories - 0,  podiums - 0, pole-laps - 0

Other informations:
Time zone: GMT +4
Owner: Government of Abu Dhabi
Operator: Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management
Broke ground: May 2007
Construction cost : €893 million
Seating Capacity – 41,093
Area – 161.9 ha

Now let's see last year pole by Sebastian Vettel (video):
Abu Dhabi 1:39.394

Wednesday, 9 November 2011


- Pirelli will supply the teams with two extra sets of dry-weather tyres (as part of its preparations for 2012) to use during Friday’s practice at Abu Dhabi event. The extra rubber will be an experimental version of the Italian manufacturer’s soft compound. Additional prototype tyres will be available to use next week for young driver test at the Yas Marina circuit

- 2 DRS zones will be available for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:
1. 1st DRS zone will be the long back straight between Turns 7 and 8, which gradually thins towards its end; for this area, the detection beam – measuring whether a chasing car is within the necessary one second window – will be placed before the hairpin
2. 2nd detection zone will be positioned in the middle of the Turn 8-9 chicane, with the next activation zone coming between the fast-sweeping Turn 10 and tight left-hander at Turn 11 (gpupdate source)

- Red Bull Racing has two newTeam Partnerships for the upcoming Abu Dhabi grand prix:
1. L’Equipe - french newspaper
2. DU (the provider of the fastest nationwide real mobile broadband network in the UAE)
L'Equipe and DU branding will feature on both RB7's and on Mark and Sebastian's driver overalls this weekend. To celebrate the partnership, DU has also launched a range of competitions, with prizes including a trip to Brazil and a F1 driver meet and greet(more info on official site of DU)

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Longer pit stops for 2012 season (or not)

Banning refueling during Sunday races led to a crazy fight between Formula 1 teams mechanics to have a very quick change of tyres, this process usually achieving in less than 3 seconds.
Decreasing the time required for changing tyres was made possible through the use of helium in stud-guns too, that increasing unscrewing speed by 30%.
This method was originally introduced by McLaren-Mercedes, but was quickly copied by all and now team leaders have decided to ban the use of helium starting 2012 season.

So formula 1 drivers will wait a little bit longer at pit-stops until the discovery of a new technology for unscrewing :)


- F1 teams have agreed on the requested name changes (starting 2012 season) for Lotus Renault GP(in Lotus - but they are still thinking), Team Lotus(in Caterham) and Virgin Racing(in Marussia)

- Lola (racing car engineering company) is ready and waiting to join formula 1 next year as the 13th team.  Lola initially applied to join the grid in 2010, when the FIA opened up a bidding method for four new teams to take the grid to 13 teams. But Lola not passes in their challenge with the FIA choosing Lotus, Virgin, HRT and last - USF1 wich failed to make the grid and leaving the door open for a new competitor

- HRT has extended technical partnership with Williams for 2012, with the english team set to supply the spanish team with gearboxes and for the next year with KERS too

Friday, 4 November 2011

Understanding F1 car - V2: Tyres

FIA moved to a single tyre supplier in 2007(Bridgestone) but, even now, optimizing the car-tyre balance is something of a black art.
An ordinary car tyre is made with heavy steel-belted radial plies and designed for durability - typically a life of 16,000 kilometres or more. A Formula 1 tyre is designed to last for, at most, 200 kilometres and - like everything else on a the car - is constructed to be as light and strong as possible. That means an underlying nylon and polyester structure in a complicated weave pattern designed to withstand far larger forces than road car tyres.
F1 has a single tyre supplier, with all teams using identical Pirelli rubber. The advantages of this, instead of  dispose over multiple tyre suppliers, include closer racing and reduced testing and development costs.
The specifications of Pirelli tyres are differentiated by the colouring of the sidewall lettering:
super soft - red
soft - yellow
medium - white
hard - silver
wet - orange
intermediates - light blue
The racing tyre is constructed from very soft rubber compounds which offer the best grip against the texture of the track, but wear very quickly in the process. Over 150 different components are used in the manufacture of F1 tyres but the main ingredients are rubber, carbon and mechanical oil. Varying the relative amounts of these three components will produce different tyre compounds, which will each have different characteristics.  If you look at a typical track you will see that, just off the racing line, a large amount of rubber debris gathers. All racing tyres work best at relatively high temperatures.

Harder compound tyres will be more durable than softer compound tyres, meaning that the driver can complete a greater number of laps before the tyres lose performance and they are forced to make a pit stop. The harder compounds will provide less grip than the softer compounds, meaning that the driver will not be able to go as fast on each of the laps they make. The choice of tyre compound is therefore a compromise between durability and grip. Choose hard and you'll be able to stay out longer than your competitors. Choose soft and you'll have to pit earlier in the race but you'll be going faster than they are and may be able to make up the difference. The physical explanation of the difference between the hard and soft compounds is the degree to which the rubber molecules interact with the track surface.

SLICKSlick tyres are the ones that F1 drivers use most of the time. A normal slick tyre actually has no tread pattern at all. This is because in dry conditions the aim is to get the maximum grip from the tyre and this is achieved by having as much rubber in contact with the racetrack as possible.

The wet tyres, which are characterised by grooves in the tread pattern, come in two types: full wet tyres, for rain, and intermediates and the two tyres have in common the same compound.
The wet tyres have deep grooves in them, with channels designed to expel water on full wet asphalt. These tyres are similar to a road car tyre, and are designed to expel more than 60 litres of water per second at 300kph. A road car tyre can only displace about 10 litres of water per second, at much lower speeds.
Intermediate tyres are exactly what their name suggests - a compromise between a full wet and a fully slick tyre. They have slightly shallower grooves that are cut in a different pattern and remove a fair amount of water from the racetrack surface while also providing a decent level of grip once the track has dried. These are the tyres that are used most often when weather conditions are bad. Only in absolutely torrential conditions where there is continuous rain are the fully wet tyres needed.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011


- a FIA commission will discuss, on Thursday, 3 requests for team name change for 2012
1. Virgin Racing Formula 1 team wants to change into MARUSSIA(the team’s major sponsor)
2. Renault is hoping to race under Lotus name next season
3. Team Lotus is hoping to change its team name to Caterham

- Pastor Maldonado is set to drop ten places on the grid at the forthcoming 2011 Formula 1  Abu Dhabi Grand Prix because he will have to use his ninth engine of the season at Yas Marina (each driver may use no more than eight V8s during a championship campaign and, if they do need to use additional units, they will incur a grid penalty); Maldonado's Williams gearbox failure that led to his early retirement in India at the weekend, means he will have to make use of a ninth engine in Abu Dhabi

- Bahrain and Korea could be removed from the 2012 calendar, which opens the way for Turkey Grand Prix. Teams will analyze, on Thursday, in a Commission meeting in Geneva the possibility that F1 of Bahrain and South Korea to be removed, but the reasons are completely different. Bahrain still has not resolved many security issues that led into the cancellation of this year's race and Korea could leave Formula 1 after only two years because of the participation taxe wich are considered too high
- Martin Whitmarsh has accidentally revealed the length of Jenson Button's new contract (3 years) after was asked by a BBC reporter whether or not Jenson Button's performance improved at McLaren following his new contract and replied by saying Button just fits the team really well and that he hopes to see 3 great years of Jenson at McLaren

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Selected photos - India


Uhh... baby!!!

       I miss Nicole Scherzinger... :((

RedBull had double diffuser, flexi front wing etc., but now ferrari has adjustable front suspension...

Levitating F1 car (so evolved these days cars)

Def Leppard - Pour some sugar on me