-the residents of Bangalore(capital of the Indian state of Karnataka) enjoyed on Tuesday the presence of Lewis Hamilton who took to the streets of the indian city in his 2008 world championship-winning car: MP4-23. Over 40 000 people stand there to watch the show and witness the unique sight and sound of an F1 supercar
- Manager and Renault doctor of Robert Kubica have shown their optimism over Robert Kubica returning to F1 for the 2012 season. Following his near-fatal rallying accident of 6 February, the Polish remains in the Enstone team’s driver line-up alongside Vitaly Petrov. Ceccarelli adds that the 26-year-old from Kraków – who was recently pictured with family members, appearing notably fitter – has now regained full sensitivity in his fingertips, with his right hand having been partially severed in the accident(source: gpupdate)
-Renault team says even if in the early season results were podium and good places, now latest results(like last 8-9 races) were very poor and that, they say, may be caused by issues in their innovative forward-facing exhausts, although initially envied up and down the pit lane, technical director James Allison believes that the concept is flawed(at least at low-speed tracks like Singapore)
-Sauber F1 team has confirmed a partnership with AMUL for next month race at Indian GP and the logos of India’s largest milk brand will be appearing on the rear wings and helmets of Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez. Amul produces 4 billion litres of milk every year, with 3 million milk producers spread across 15 000 villages(its products include ice-cream and yoghurt)
-more than a quarter of the current F1 grid will take part in Felipe Massa’s annual karting event (at Florianopolis - Ingeleses Kart track in Brazil) in december 3-4 with actual f1 drivers having agreed to participate in the charity fundraiser: Rubens Barrichello, Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Jaime Alguersuari and Adrian Sutil. The full line-up contains famous names from world motorsport: Lucas di Grassi, Jules Bianchi and Luciano Burti
- at Grand Prix of India american pop icon Lady Gaga will be the star attraction at the post-race party. The five time Grammy Award winner will also be making her first Indian appearance when she performs on October 30. Other acts confirmed for concerts on the Friday and Saturday of the race weekend include celebrated DJ Roger Sanchez, Dj Tom Navy and romanian top producer and musician Edward Maya. But meanwhile, race goers at November's 2011 Abu Dhabi GP when will concert Britney Spears and Paul McCartney
- Kimi Raikkonen's manager knocked out the rumors of potential return in Formula 1 after champion completed a visit to the Williams factory two weeks ago
1. Sebastian Vettel 309pct
2. Jenson Button 185pct
3. Fernando Alonso 184pct
4. Mark Webber 182pct
5. Lewis Hamilton 168pct
6. Felipe Massa 84pct
7. Nico Rosberg 62pct
8. Michael Schumacher 52pct
9. Vitaly Petrov 34pct
1. Sebastian Vettel 1:59:06.757(good start, good race and some insane laps with no pressure; the last 10 laps(11sec ahead of Button) was taken with caution with no risks for his victory in Singapore)
2. Jenson Button +1.7 sec(one of the best race of the season, smooth, strategic, calm; unfortunately bad luck with red flag and if it had not been the delayed cars, he would have put more pressure on Vettel and the last part of the race would have been more exciting than it was) 3. Mark Webber +29.2 sec(as we used, poor start for australian, but good race and good car for Mark)
4. Fernando Alonso +55.4 sec(also, as we used, fantastic start, good strategy up to a point, but his car is not helping him, so he didn't had a good rhythm allowing Webber to pass)
5. Lewis Hamilton +67.7 sec(unimaginable race, with overtakes, hits, an extra change of tires and a drive trough made him finish just 5th)
6. Paul di Resta +111.067 sec(best race of his career in F1 and best race for Force India with only 2 times at pits)
7. Nico Rosberg +1 lap
8. Adrian Sutil +1 lap
9. Felipe Massa +1 lap
10. Sergio Perez +1 lap
11. Pastor Maldonado +1 lap
12. Sebastien Buemi +1 lap
1. Sebastian Vettel 326pct
2. Mark Webber 219pct
3. Lewis Hamilton 194pct
4. Fernando Alonso 157pct
5. Jenson Button 153pct
6. Felipe Massa 118pct
7. Nico Rosberg 94pct
8. Vitaly Petrov 37pct
9. Michael Schumacher 34pct
10. Jaime Alguersuari 14pct
11. Nick Heidfeld 14 pct
12. Paul di Resta 13pct
For this season no major changes were made by constructor teams regarding the transfer of new pilots. F1 championship should be revived with new teammates for the team leaders as follows below:
1. Redbull: Vettel with Massa (this transfer could revive Felipe to what it was before the Hungary accident and could be a team of pole position masters)
2. Ferrari: Alonso with Button (could be the strongest team with great consistency and most constant drivers on the grid)
3. McLaren: Hamilton with Alguersuari (could be the crazyest team who would fight for all or nothing)
4. Renault: Kubica with Rosberg (both drivers are somehow frustrated, one because he couldn't drive this year and the other driver because lately things didnt turn out so well and maybe he needs a fresh air)
5. Mercedes GP: Schumacher with Webber (could be the most experienced team, with both drivers "running on water" like nobody)
6. Force India: Adrian Sutil with Sergio Perez
7. Sauber: Kobayashi with Paul di Resta
8. Williams: Barrichello with Sebastien Buemi
Singapore is a southeast asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometres north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south. The country is highly urbanised with very little primary rainforest remaining, although more land is being created for development through land reclamation.The Singapore Grand Prix is a motor race currently held in the Marina Bay - area of Singapore named Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Marina Bay Circuit has 5 km, 61 laps with a race distance of 309 km; 4 highspeed straches, 7 slow turns, 3 ideal spots for overtaking and a top speed around 300 km/h.
Best Preview by Mark Webber:
Singapore's third Night Race was held in September 2010, in conjunction with a comprehensive 10-day entertainment schedule. Officially known as the Grand Prix Season Singapore 2010, which led up to the final race which included parties, race-themed events, music concerts, exhibitions and dining & shopping experiences.
First organised in 1961, the race was initially known as the Orient Year Grand Prix. The following year, the race was renamed the Malaysian Grand Prix. After Singapore attained its independence in 1965, the race at the Thomson Road circuit was renamed to the Singapore Grand Prix. The event was discontinued after 1973 and a variety of reasons have been suggested, including an increase in traffic, the inconvenience of having to close roads for the event and fatal accidents during the 1972 and 1973 races. It is also thought that a surge of oil prices stemming from the Suez Crisis might have been to blame (although the 1973 oil crisis would probably be a more plausible reason than the 1956 Suez Crisis).
An agreement for a five-year deal was signed by Singapore GP Pte Ltd, the Singapore Tourism Board and Bernie Ecclestone. In November 2007 it was announced that the telecommunications company Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) would sponsor the event. The race was co-funded by the Government of Singapore, footing 60% of the total bill, or $90 million SGD, out of a total tab of $150 million SGD.
The first race held at the new Marina Bay Street Circuit was the 15th round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, and was also the first night-time event in Formula One history. The timing of the night event meant that it could be broadcast live at a convenient time for European TV audiences. The track was also illuminated by a series of projectors which adapt their output to match the shape of the course. For the 2009 race, the circuit was reprofiled slightly, including modifications to turns 1, 2 and 3 to aid overtaking, and also at turn 10 where high kerbs caused many accidents in 2008.
Number of wins: 3 - Graeme Lawrence 1969, 1970, 1971, 2 - Fernando Alonso 2008, 2010
Number of wins: McLaren - 1969, 2009, Ferrari - 1970, 2010
Winners: 2010 Fernando Alonso Ferrari, 2009 Lewis Hamilton, 2008 Fernando Alonso, 1974 not held, 1973 Vern Schuppan, 1972 Max Stewart, 1971 Graeme Lawrence, 1970 Graeme Lawrence, 1969 Graeme Lawrence, 1968 Garrie Cooper, 1967 Rodney Seow, 1966 Lee Han Seng
Fastest laps: 2008 - 1:45.599 Kimi Raikkonen, 2009 - 1:48.240 Fernando Alonso, 2010 - 1:47.976 Fernando Alonso
- the day after tomorow is the release of F1 2011(codemasters) videogame for: xbox360, PS3, PC, 3DS and PS Vita TBC
- DRS zone for race in Singapore: 230 metres before the apex of turn five, with the activation zone running from the exit of the corner, through the high speed turn six and along Raffles Boulevard straight until the end of the first sector
- HRT have announced that Narain Karthikeyan will have a seat in a F111 at the 2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of Indiah. Karthikeyan will be racing too in first day practice at Singapore this week
- WODC(west oxfordshire district council) has granted Lotus Renault GP planning permission for the construction of a new simulator at its headquarters in Enstone.The new simulator will be situated next to the wind tunnel, building work will begin imminently and is expected to be complete by March 2012
- Sam Michael will join McLaren Mercedes as sporting director from 2012, it was announced on Tuesday. Michael resigned from his current post as Williams technical director in May and his last race with the British team will be in Singapore
- Sauber will carry the message: “May our prayers reach the people in Japan” on the side of the C30 car for those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami when they visit Suzuka for this year’s race
- Team Lotus has announced 3 days ago that it has extended Jarno Trulli's contract for 2012 to take the Italian into his third season with the Anglo-Malaysian squad
- Robert Wickens (currently Formula Renault 3.5 leader) makes his debut with Virgin by making the 3rd straight-line aero test of the season on Tuesday at the Italian circuit of Vairano, with his first experience in an F1 car
1. Sebastian Vettel 1:20:46.172(race of a champion and crazy overtaking Alonso) 2. Jenson Button +9.5 sec(smooth as usual, no mistakes and calmly done) 3. Fernando Alonso +16.9 sec(no tyres, no setup, no rhythm, but amazin' start)
4. Lewis Hamilton +17.4 sec(Schumacher made him lose the calm, and at the and of the race if the track would have had one more corner, he would have overtake Fernando)
5. Michael Schumacher +32.6 sec(nice race and with a better car he would be celebrating on the podium along Vettel and Button)
6. Felipe Massa +42.9 sec
7. Jaime Alguersuari +1 lap(crazy race)
Vettel will fight with Lewis Hamilton and Button for the first place with a very nice fight due the race, Alonso could take advantage of a mistake in front and behind to top ten no overtakes except first corner and Alguersuari, Perez and Maldonado will overtake a lot.
So, top my top ten:
1. Sebastian Vettel 301pct
2. Mark Webber 201pct
3. Lewis Hamilton 182pct
4. Fernando Alonso 147pct
5. Jenson Button 138pct
6. Felipe Massa 110pct
7. Nico Rosberg 88pct
8. Vitaly Petrov 37pct
9. Michael Schumacher 30pct
10. Jaime Alguersuari 14pct
Monza is the third-largest city of Lombardy and the most important economic, industrial and administrative centre of the Brianza area, supporting a textile industry and a publishing trade. Monza is a city and comune on the river Lambro, a tributary of the Po, in the Lombardy region of Italy some 15 km north-northeast of Milan. It is the capital of the Province of Monza and Brianza. It is best known for its Grand Prix motor racing circuit, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Monza consists of very long straights and tight chicanes, putting a premium on good braking stability and traction. Formula 1 engines are at full throttle about 77% of the lap, with engine failures common. Formula One cars are set up with mimimal wing angle, to ensure the lowest level of drag on the straights. There are only 3 proper corners at Monza, the two Lesmos and the Parabolica, so cars are set up with maximum performance on the straights.
Cars approach the first corner at 340 kilometres per hour in seventh gear and brake at about 120 metres before the first chicane - the Variante del Rettifilo, entering at 86 kilometres per hour in first gear, and exiting at 74 kilometres per hour in second gear. It is important to accelerate out of the first chicane as straight as possible and with mimimal wheelspin, as a lot of time will be lost through the Curva Grande down to the Variante della Roggia chicane in 7th gear, at 330 kilometres per hour. The braking point is just under the bridge. The kerbs are very vicious, and it is very easy for a car to spin. This chicane is probably the best overtaking chance on the lap, as it is the only one with the "slow corner, long straight, slow corner", one of the characteristics of the modern circuits.The Curva di Lesmo are two corners that are not as fast as they used to be, but are still challenging corners. The first is blind, entered at 264 kilometres per hour 5th gear, and dropping to 4th gear at 193 kilometres per hour and has a slight banking. The second is 5th gear entry at 260 kilometres per hour, apexing in 3rd gear at 178 kilometres per hour and very important and all the kerb is used. A mistake at one of these corners will either result in a spin into the gravel, or an overtaking move into the Variante Ascari chicane. The downhill straight down to the Variante Ascari chicane is very bumpy under the bridge. The Variante Ascari chicane is a very tricky sequence of corners, and is key to the lap time. The final challenge is the Curva Parabolica, approaching at 335 kilometres per hour in 7th gear, cars quickly dance around the corner, apexing in fourth gear at 215 kilometres per hour and exiting in 5th gear at 285 kilometres per hour accelerating onto the main start/finish straight.
Monza Circuit has 5.8 km, 53 laps with a race distance of 307 km; 4 highspeed straches, 2 slow turns, 2 ideal spots for overtaking and a top speed around 351 km/h. Best Preview by Mark Webber:
The Monza circuit has been the arena of many fatal accidents, especially in the early years of the Formula One world championship, and has claimed the lives of 52 drivers and 35 spectators.
The original circuit, as used from 1922 to 1933. The starting grid of the "1st Cup Fiera di Milano" race held in 1925. A race in 1925 with cars racing across the bridge. The Florio circuit, used from 1935 to 1937.
Both car and Grand Prix motorcycle racing were regular attractions at Monza, but as the speed of the machines were increasing, two chicanes - the Curva Grande at the end of the start/finish straight and the Ascari, were added in 1972 to reduce racing speeds. This resulted in a new circuit length of 5.755 kilometres. Grand Prix motorcycles continued to use the un-slowed road track until two serious accidents resulted in five deaths, including Renzo Pasolini and Jarno Saarinen, in 1973, and motorcycle racing did not return to Monza until 1981. These races involved drivers constantly slipstreaming competing cars, which produced several close finishes, such as in 1967, 1969, and 1971; the last year the Italian Grand Prix was run at Monza without chicanes.The 1972 chicanes were soon seen to be ineffective at slowing cars; the Vialone was remade in 1974, the other, Curve Grande in 1976 and a third also added in 1976 before the Lesmo, with extended run-off areas. The Grand Prix lap after these alterations was increased to 5.800 kilometres long.
With technology still increasing vehicle speeds, the track was modified again in 1979, with added kerbs, extended run-off areas, and tyre-barriers improved, to improve safety for drivers off the track. The infrastructure was also improved, with pits able to accommodate 46 cars, and an upgraded paddock and scrutineering facilities. These changes encouraged world championship motorcycling to return in 1981, but further safety work was undertaken through the 1980s. In the safety conscious years following the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994 (albeit at a different track), the three main long curves were "squeezed" in order to install larger gravel traps, shortening the lap to 5.770 kilometres
In 2007, the run off area at the second chicane was changed from gravel to asphalt. The length of the track in its current configuration is 5.793 kilometres. Statistics
Rubens Barrichello recorded the fastest ever pole position lap at Monza in 2004 when he lapped in 1m20.089s and in pre-qualifying session for the same race, Juan Pablo Montoya lapped the track in 1m19.525sec which remains the fastest lap ever recorded in an F1 car.