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)

- Steve Nielsen will join Lotus (Caterham) as sporting director from December who will replace Dieter Gass who is leaving the team
- McLaren-Mercedes will have their test driver Gary Paffett(30 years old) and young driver Oliver Turvey(24 years old) at next week’s Abu Dhabi young driver test at the Yas Marina Circuit
- Williams has announced that Valtteri Bottas (GP3 champion - 22 years old) and Mirko Bortlotti (21 years old from Trento) will be testing at next week’s Young Driver session in Abu Dhabi
- Force India have announced that Max Chilton (British - 20 years old) will test for the team at next week’s young driver session in Abu Dhabi
- Dani Clos (GP2 driver - 23 years old from Barcelona) will join HRT for the young driver test at the Yas Marina Circuit next week

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