2012 F1 topic

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Postby Kev » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:12 pm

2012 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX


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Singapore
Race Date: 23 Sep 2012
Circuit Name: Marina Bay Street Circuit
Number of Laps: 61
Circuit Length: 5.073 km
Race Distance: 309.316 km
Lap Record: 1:45.599 - K Raikkonen (2008)


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Sat 22 September 2012
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Sun 23 September 2012
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby a4gee » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:31 am

Lewis signs for Mercedes!
Is this the end for schumi?
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:08 am

Yeah kind of surprising and not all at the same time.

Perez also confirmed at McLaren. That's a great move for him.

I think Hamilton just wanted out of McLaren and Merc was realistically the only place he could go. But if he wants to win races, he's in for a season of mid grid mediocrity there next year I think. He's probably pinning all his hopes on the 2014 spec change as being a major step up for Merc. I think he'll regret it and he'll spend all of next year being asked, 'so are you sure the move to Mercedes was the right choice?'.

Sauber could do worse than take on Schumacher......
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby trix » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:30 am

Schumacher is retiring (again) Bernie let the cat out of the bag the other week with the BBC boys
(also sad to see Jake go from the BBC coverage but he & his wife deserve some family time after an amazing few years)
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby a4gee » Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:37 pm

Jake is going up bbc vision to head up the football so not much time away. If the beep keep him I'm sure we'll see him doing a lot more as he is the new face for bbc.
Bernie knew what was happening as he needs to know who is in and who he'll let the teams use
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:46 pm

I think losing Jake will be a blow for the BBC. I heard he 'only' gets £250k/year and was more than a bit miffed that Alan Shearer gets 10x that! I wonder too if he knows/suspects that the BBC might lose its live coverage and that's what he really likes doing. If they just go to highlights next year it probably won't be as much fun to do. But as he's about to become a daddy I doubt travelling the world every fortnight sat well with his wife :)
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Ryy » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:15 pm

Perez and Button next year will be great.
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

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2012 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX


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Suzuka
Race Date: 07 Oct 2012
Number of Laps: 53
Circuit Length: 5.807 km
Race Distance: 307.471 km
Lap Record: 1:31.540 - K. Raikkonen (2005)


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2005 Kimi Raikkonen McLaren Suzuka
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
2003 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari Suzuka
2002 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
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1999 Mika Hakkinen McLaren Suzuka
1998 Mika Hakkinen McLaren Suzuka
1997 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Suzuka
1996 Damon Hill Williams Suzuka
1995 Michael Schumacher Benetton Suzuka
1994 Damon Hill Williams Suzuka
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby a4gee » Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:25 pm

Ecclestone: 'New engines could be scrapped'


The new engine formula planned for 2014 and beyond may very well be scrapped, according to Bernie Ecclestone who strongly opposes the change.
Plans are currently in place to replace the current 2.4 litre V8 engines with 1.6 litre turbo-charged V6 engines in a bid to improve the sports environmental image.
The revelation comes after Ecclestone attended a fire-up of the new engine, which are currently under development by Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes.
"I listened to the noise of the engines in Maranello the other day, the new engine and the old engine, and even Luca di Montezemolo (Ferrari Chairman) said it sounded terrible and didn't like it," Christian Sylt quotes the 81-year-old as saying.
Ecclestone is confident that FIA president Jean Todt and Di Montezemolo will agree to at least delaying the engines which have spiralled in cost, despite F1 entering a budget reducing era.
"[Todt] will get rid of it," he said, adding: "I think Luca is also saying we should suspend it for two or three years. I think it is sensible to get rid of it and stick with what we have got. It is much cheaper than the new one. It probably could be 30% of the price."


This will be a blow for Mercedes/Lewis as that was one of there hopeful spins that the new regs would work for them :lol:
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:14 am

I think the teams have already invested too much money to scrap them but by all accounts they need to make them sound better. At the moment they don't sound very F1-ish.
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Ryy » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:51 pm

I think right now is the lowest of the low. They already have done a lot for reducing carbon footrpint, where does it stop? 20 mechanics in a box at the back peddling? A cross over from Tour-de-France? lol
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:13 am

2012 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX


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Yeongam
Race Date: 14 Oct 2012
Circuit Name: Korea International Circuit
First Grand Prix: 2010
Number of Laps: 55
Circuit Length: 5.615 km
Race Distance: 308.630 km
Lap Record: 1:39.605 - S Vettel (2011)


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Re: 2012 F1 topic

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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:50 pm

They just needed someone to fill a 1 year gap till Vettel is available so I guess it's the easy option.
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Ryy » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:03 pm

I would of taken anyone buy him. Someone from a lower formulae even. Stabber Sutil, Maybe even Senna on a years loan kept quiet. I'm sure there's a hundred options... but... Massa!?!?
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:11 pm

Easy option for them though. They don't have to change anything and he knows his place.

Others might have been reluctant to take a 1 year deal as it might have left them out in the cold for the 2014 seat changes.
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby trix » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:54 pm

i think i see some other interesting seat moves for the 2014 season..
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Ryy » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:59 pm

Kev wrote:Easy option for them though. They don't have to change anything and he knows his place.

Others might have been reluctant to take a 1 year deal as it might have left them out in the cold for the 2014 seat changes.


I know, I know and he's established etc. But given the chance, I dare say they had a plethora of options.
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

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2012 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL INDIAN GRAND PRIX


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New Delhi
Race Date: 28 Oct 2012
Circuit Name: Buddh International Circuit
First Grand Prix: 2011
Number of Laps: 60
Circuit Length: 5.125 km
Race Distance: 307.249 km
Lap Record: 1:27.249 - S Vettel (2011)


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Practice 1 05:30 - 07:00
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Sat 27 October 2012
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:16 pm

I was too busy last week and didn't get round to doing an Abu Dhabi one.

2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX


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Austin
Race Date: 18 Nov 2012
Circuit Name: Circuit of The Americas
First Grand Prix: 2012
Number of Laps: 56
Circuit Length: 5.516 km
Race Distance: 308.896 km

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Practice 1 15:00 - 16:30
Practice 2 19:00 - 20:30
Sat 17 November 2012
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Qualifying 18:00
Sun 18 November 2012
Race 19:00

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* Sebastian Vettel started his F1 career in 2007 at the USA GP at Indianapolis.

* This weekend he starts his 100th GP back in the USA again with two World Championships, 35 pole positions, 26 wins and 45 podiums already under his belt.

* Austin is the 10th venue for a F1 race in the USA (after Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Phoenix, Riverside, Sebring and Watkins Glen)

* Simulations suggest the circuit has more corners over 250 kph than Spa and more below 100 kph than Hungary

* A qualifying lap time of around 97 seconds (1:37) and a race lap time around 102 seconds (1:42) are predicted

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