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Thursday, November 29, 2012

London Grand Prix Autosport Competition 1969 - Article 1 April 1982

not an April Fools joke. - click image to enlarge and read the article - or you can read here



 the start finish straight - what a view of the first corner from Buckingham Palace
the 2012 design used The Mall also, but was shorter
 Admiralty Arch - this building has been purchased in 2012 for refurbishment as a hotel
what a view of a London Grand Prix
 Sebastian Vetel, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton race up Constitutional Hill 3 abreast
Who will reach the Hyde Park Complex first?
 The judges particularly liked this part of John Nichols design - the Hyde Park Complex
Imagine Formula 1 cars racing across the Serpentine here towards Queen´s Gate and the South Kensington

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Meet the Drivers: McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award Finalists

Published on Nov 29, 2012 by
Since 1989 the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award has recognised up-and-coming talent from the UK and this week the six 2012 finalists visited the McLaren Technology Centre for their final interviews with the judging panel.

We caught up with Jake Dennis, Jack Hawksworth, Josh Hill (son of 1996 F1™ World Champion Damon Hill and grandson of 1962 and 1968 F1 World Champion Graham Hill), Jordan King, Melville McKee and Josh Webster to discover the stories behind their driving careers so far.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Williams F1 Team Introduces it's 2013 Driver Line-up

Published on Nov 28, 2012 by
Meet our driver line-up for the 2013 Formula One season - Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

F1 season final 2012 - and what to expect for 2013? F1-Saisonfinale 2012 - und was erwartet uns 2013?

Published on Nov 26, 2012 by
The last episode of the IGP News 2012 completes the season with the following topics:
World Champion Sebastian Vettel | Michael Schumacher and the number 7 | Nico Hülkenberg in Brazil | New record for Kimi Raikkönen | Premiere for the safety car | The latest standings & Fastest Lap Trophy | Sauber F1 Team 2013 | Adrian Sutil and his comeback? | HRT in Formula One
Published on Nov 26, 2012 by InsideAutoTV Die letzte Folge der Inside Grand Prix News 2012 schließt die F1-Saison mit folgenden Themen ab: Weltmeister Sebastian Vettel | Michael Schumacher und die Zahl 7 | Nico Hülkenberg in Brasilien | Neuer Rekord für Kimi Raikkönen | Premiere für das Safety Car | WM-Stand & Fastest Lap Trophy | Sauber F1 Team 2013 | Adrian Sutil und sein Comeback? | HRT in der F1

Monday, November 26, 2012

Brazilian Grand Prix - Ferrari´s Stefano Domenicali, about race (Video Italian with English subtitles)

Published on Nov 26, 2012 by
"Difficile dirlo ma voglio soltanto ricordare che Fernando è arrivato a questo risultato disputando solamente 18 delle 20 gare del calendario: quelle poche centinaia di metri percorsi a Spa e a Suzuka pesano oggi su questo verdetto come dei macigni"

"Hard to say, but I just want to point out that Fernando ended where he did, having effectively only taken part in 18 of the 20 races: the few hundred metres he covered in Spa and then Suzuka lays heavy like a rock on today's outcome"

Nico Rosberg: "I will keep on pushing in the winter." - message after Brazilian GP 2012: "Ich bin im Winter viel in der Fabrik" - Message nach Brasilien GP 2012

Published on Nov 25, 2012 by

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Brazilian Grand Prix - Toro Rosso F1 Team Information Race Interlagos 25 November 2012

2012 BRAZIL GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 25/11/2012
Jean-Eric Vergne (STR7-02)
Race finish: 8th
“It’s good to finish eighth, however, I am not so happy with myself, because I made the decision to stay out for a long time on the dry tyres and it proved not to be the right one, costing me a lap. The team gave me the opportunity to run the race as I saw best from the cockpit and I have learned a lot of valuable lessons from today. However, if the rain had stayed away it would have been a great decision! At the restart after the Safety Car came in, I was hanging back to get a run on Glock, but as I caught up, those in front were braking hard and I ran into him and I’ve already apologised to him for that. My pace on the slick tyres in the damp conditions was very good and it’s nice to finish the final race of the season in the points.”
Daniel Ricciardo (STR7-04)
Race finish: 13th
“The start was quite chaotic with several cars going off the track and people to avoid. I managed to make up a couple of places and my pace seemed okay. I was trying to hang on to those ahead as the conditions changed all the time. By around half race distance, we were looking in good shape, running in eighth or ninth place. More rain came after my first stop for fresh dry tyres, so I had to come in again, which obviously cost me time. In simple terms, it was a case of too many pit stops.”
Franz Tost: “First of all, on behalf of everyone at Scuderia Toro Rosso I want to congratulate Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing. Three consecutive Drivers’ titles is a remarkable achievement. This Brazilian Grand Prix demonstrated what a great show Formula 1 can be, at the end of a season that was closely contested and produced many memorable moments. We too had a good day to end this long and very exciting year, as Jean-Eric Vergne finished eighth for the fourth time, bringing home four more points. The conditions were difficult to deal with as the rain came and went, making it tricky for the drivers and those on the pitwall. Both our drivers did well to stay on track under these circumstances. Jean-Eric’s race was going very well until he made contact with Glock after the re-start, which cost us time but he was able to fight back, performing strongly to the chequered flag. In Daniel’s case, we got a bit out of synch on the tyre front, as it began to rain almost immediately after we had pitted him for fresh slicks. 
This dropped him out of the points zone, which is why we went for the ambitious gamble of putting him on extreme tyres to try and get him back to the top ten, but the rain was not heavy enough to achieve that. Our late season improvement in form was not enough to change our ninth place in the Constructors’ championship, but it is a good way to end, especially as next year’s regulations are not very different to the ones we have now. Therefore lessons learned will help for 2013, when we hope to perform well throughout the season.”

Brazilian Grand Prix - Sauber F1 Team Information Race Interlagos 25 November 2012

Sunday, 25. November 2012
Brazilian GP – Race – Sunday, 25.11.2012

The season finale of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship in Brazil was a thriller in which the Sauber F1 Team played various roles. The part of the victim was up to Sergio Pérez who retired on lap one after an accident which wasn’t his fault. Kamui Kobayashi showed one more time what a great fighter he is. The Japanese driver started 14th and finished ninth. In changing weather conditions with light rain falling twice and, despite pit stop difficulties, he scored two points in Interlagos.

The Sauber F1 Team has finished what has been its 20th season in Formula One sixth in the Constructors‘ World Championship. After 20 races in 2012 the team has 126 points to its tally, while in the previous year the score was 44 points from 19 Grands Prix. In 2012 the team achieved four of its total of 27 podium finishes. Sergio Pérez was second in Malaysia and Italy and third in Canada. Kamui Kobayashi contributed with his third place in Japan. In Malaysia even a second win for the fourth oldest F1 team seemed within reach. With a haul of 20 points at each race, the Grands Prix in Germany and Italy turned out to be the most beneficial weekends for the squad. In Spa both drivers achieved their best grid positions with Kamui starting from second and Sergio from fourth. Nevertheless the Belgian Grand Prix became one of eight races in 2012 that the Sauber F1 Team left empty handed.

Sergio Pérez finished his second Formula One season tenth in the drivers’ championship (66 points). Kamui Kobayashi is 12th at the end of his third full F1 season (60 points).

Kamui Kobayashi: 9th
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Start on new hard tyres, after 8 laps change to intermediate tyres, after 18 laps change to new hard tyres, after 54 laps change to intermediate tyres.
“I had a good start and stayed out of trouble. The beginning of the race was good. Then the track conditions became tricky with the drizzle and I had contact with Mark Webber’s car. That was why we had to change the nose cone when I pitted for intermediate tyres after eight laps. At my second pit stop after 18 laps I changed to hard slick tyres. For some reason it was a rather long stop, but nevertheless afterwards I was in sixth again. I think we did my last pit stop one lap too late. The conditions were right for Intermediates again. However, the weather forecast apparently said something different and then we also had a problem with the front left. At the end I was much quicker than Michael (Schumacher) and tried to overtake him, but on the inside it was a lot wetter than on the racing line and I lost the rear. Overall I think it was a really good race. I was able to do my own race and fight. I am happy for the team and for myself that we have scored points in this our last race together. I want to thank Sauber for the good times we have had and now I will try to find myself a Formula One cockpit for next year.“

Sergio Pérez: DNF (lap one)
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Start on new medium tyres.
“I really wanted to finish the season in a different way. It was a great season with three podiums and I want to thank everyone at Sauber. I wish the team all the best and will now take on my new challenge. I didn’t really understand what happened after the start today. I went to the inside to avoid contact with other cars and then people crashed into me.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“It was a thrilling final race of the season which didn’t exactly deliver the result we hoped for. Sergio was pushed out of the race on lap one through no fault of his own, and Kamui showed once again what a great fighter he is. Unfortunately we couldn’t convert that into a better result.

“For our team the Brazilian Grand Prix marks the end of a thrilling and spectacular season. Obviously at this moment we are disappointed we didn’t manage to clinch fifth place in the constructors‘ championship. However, when we stand back we can be proud of what we’ve achieved this year. We got four podiums and a total of 126 championship points. This is 82 more than last season, which is an impressive improvement. Of course we know that with a little more consistency we could have scored even more points. That’s something we will be working on for next season. The race in Interlagos was also the last one with our two drivers, Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez, to whom I would like to express my sincere thanks for their great contribution. Sergio will have the chance to show his great talent at the McLaren-Mercedes team, and to Kamui we wish him all the best and that he will have a successful future in motor racing.

“Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel for winning the world championship three times in a row.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“It was a good start for both drivers, but then Sergio was pushed out in corner four. Kamui started on the hard tyres and was able to climb up the field. Then it started raining and it was a good call from the driver’s side to change to intermediate tyres. He was able to make up positions, and also later changing back to dry tyres was well timed. He was able to match the lap times of Ferrari and Red Bull which was good. When it started raining again, everything went wrong. Kamui made a call for intermediate tyres, but before we could change onto them he went off. We lost a lot of time there, and also the pit stop went wrong. Then towards the end he had an additional spin when Kamui attacked Michael. So we finally ended up in ninth.”
Sonntag, 25. November 2012

GP Brasilien – Rennen – Sonntag, 25.11.2012

Das Saisonfinale der FIA Formel-1-Weltmeisterschaft 2012 in Brasilien war ein Krimi, in dem das Sauber F1 Team verschiedene Rollen spielte. In der Opferrolle sah sich Sergio Pérez, der bereits in der ersten Runde nach einem unverschuldeten Unfall ausschied. Kamui Kobayashi profilierte sich einmal mehr als überragender Kämpfer. Der Japaner war als 14. gestartet und kam als Neunter ins Ziel. Bei wechselhaftem Wetter mit immer wieder leichtem Regen und trotz Schwierigkeiten beim Boxenstopp holte der Japaner in Interlagos zwei WM-Punkte.

Das Sauber F1 Team beendet damit seine 20. Formel-1-Saison auf Platz sechs der Weltmeisterschaft der Konstrukteure. Nach 20 Rennen 2012 stehen 126 WM-Punkte zu Buche, im Vorjahr waren es 44 Zähler nach 19 Grands Prix. Vier von seinen insgesamt 27 Podestplätzen erzielte die Mannschaft in der abgelaufenen Saison – zwei zweite Plätze durch Sergio Pérez bei den Grossen Preisen von Malaysia und Italien sowie je einen dritten Platz durch Pérez in Kanada und Kamui Kobayashi in Japan. In Malaysia schien sogar der zweite Sieg in der Geschichte des viertältesten Formel-1-Teams in Reichweite. Mit je 20 Punkten am Rennsonntag wurden die Grossen Preise von Deutschland und Italien die besten Teamresultate. Ihre besten Startplätze hatten die Piloten in Spa mit Kobayashi auf Position zwei und Pérez auf Platz vier. Dennoch wurde dieser Grand Prix eines von insgesamt acht Rennen, bei denen das Team leer ausging.

Sergio Pérez beendet seine zweite Formel-1-Saison auf Platz zehn (66 Punkte), Kamui Kobayashi ist am Ende seiner dritten vollen Saison Tabellenzwölfter (60 Punkte).

Kamui Kobayashi
: 9.
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Start auf neuen harten Reifen, nach 8 Runden Wechsel auf Intermediate-Reifen, nach 18 Runden Wechsel auf neue harte Reifen, nach 54 Runden Wechsel auf Intermediates
„Ich hatte einen guten Start und konnte mich aus allem Gerangel heraushalten. Am Anfang lief das Rennen gut für mich. Dann wurden die Streckenbedingungen infolge des Nieselregens heikel, und ich hatte eine Berührung mit Mark Webbers Auto. Deshalb mussten wir auch die Fahrzeugnase tauschen, als ich nach acht Runden auf Intermediate-Reifen wechselte. Nach 18 Runden wechselte ich auf harte Trockenreifen. Dieser zweite Boxenstopp dauerte aus irgendeinem Grund länger als üblich, dennoch konnte ich mich später wieder bis auf Platz sechs vorarbeiten. Ich denke, unseren letzten Boxenstopp haben wir eine Runde zu spät gemacht. Die Bedingungen waren erneut richtig für Intermediate-Reifen, der Wetterbericht sagte allerdings etwas anderes, und darüber hinaus hatten wir vorne links ein Problem. Am Ende war ich schneller als Michael (Schumacher) und versuchte ihn noch zu überholen, allerdings war es innen deutlich nasser als auf der Ideallinie. Ich habe das Heck verloren. Insgesamt war es ein gutes Rennen. Ich konnte ganz ich selbst sein und kämpfen. Ich freue mich für das Team und für mich, dass wir im letzten gemeinsamen Rennen noch Punkte geholt haben. Ich möchte mich beim Sauber F1 Team für die guten Zeiten, die wir zusammen hatten, bedanken. Nun werde ich versuchen, ein Formel-1-Cockpit für das nächste Jahr zu finden.“

Sergio Pérez: Ausfall Runde 1
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Start auf neuen Medium-Reifen
„Ich wünschte mir wirklich, dass ich die Saison anders hätte beenden können. Es war eine tolle Saison mit drei Podestplätzen, und ich möchte mich bei allen im Sauber F1 Team bedanken. Ich wünsche dem Team alles Gute und werde nun eine neue Herausforderung annehmen. Ich habe selbst nicht richtig verstanden, was nach dem Start heute passiert ist. Ich bin auf die Innenbahn gezogen, um anderen auszuweichen, und dann wurde ich getroffen.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Das war ein höchst spannendes letztes Rennen, das für uns leider nicht nach Wunsch gelaufen ist. Kamui hat wieder einmal gezeigt, was für ein grosser Kämpfer er ist. Leider konnten wir das nicht in ein entsprechendes Resultat umsetzen, und Sergio wurde bereits in Runde eins ohne seine Schuld ins Aus befördert.

Mit dem Grossen Preis von Brasilien geht für das Sauber F1 Team eine spannende und spektakuläre Saison zu Ende. Natürlich sind wir im Moment enttäuscht, dass wir den fünften Rang in der Konstrukteurswertung nicht mehr erobern konnten, aber wenn wir die Saison mit ein wenig Distanz betrachten, dürfen wir stolz sein darauf, was wir in diesem Jahr erreicht haben. Wir haben vier Podiumsplätze erzielt und insgesamt 126 Punkte eingefahren, das sind 82 mehr als im vergangenen Jahr – eine beeindruckende Steigerung. Natürlich wissen wir auch, dass wir mit mehr Konstanz noch deutlich mehr Zähler hätten einfahren können. Darauf werden wir für die kommende Saison hinarbeiten. Das Rennen in Interlagos war auch das letzte mit unseren beiden Piloten Kamui Kobayashi und Sergio Pérez, bei denen ich mich für ihren grossen Einsatz herzlich bedanken möchte. Sergio erhält die Chance, sein Talent bei McLaren-Mercedes unter Beweis zu stellen, und Kamui wünschen wir von Herzen alles Gute und eine erfolgreiche Zukunft im Rennsport. Herzlichen Glückwunsch an Sebastian Vettel zum dreimaligen Gewinn der Weltmeisterschaft in Serie.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Beide Piloten hatten einen guten Start, doch dann wurde Sergio bereits in Kurve vier unverschuldet Opfer einer Kollision. Kamui war auf den harten Reifen gestartet und konnte Plätze gutmachen. Als es dann zu regnen anfing, traf Kamui eine gute Entscheidung, als er zum richtigen Zeitpunkt auf Intermediates-Reifen wechseln liess. Er konnte weiter Boden gutmachen, und auch der Wechsel zurück auf Trockenreifen passte gut. Kamui konnte die Rundenzeiten von Ferrari und Red Bull fahren. Als es dann wieder zu regnen begann, lief jedoch alles schief. Kamui verlangte über Funk erneut Intermediates-Reifen, doch bevor wir wechseln konnten, drehte er sich. Wir haben viel Zeit verloren, und auch der Boxenstopp lief nicht optimal. Gegen Ende des Rennens hatte Kamui dann noch einen Dreher, als er Michael Schumacher angriff. So blieb am Schluss leider nur Rang neun.“

Brazilian Grand Prix - Caterham F1 Team Information Race Interlagos 25 November 2012 8:56 PM (11 minutes ago) to

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Brazilian Grand Prix - Sunday 25th November 2012
Caterham F1 Team Partner Information
In 2011 the total EADS workforce numbered more than 133,000 people

x Weather
Race: Overcast, intermittent rain, air temp 19° / track temp 23° (start), 19° / 21° (lap 36), 18° / 20° (lap 71)

x Runplan
Vitaly Petrov
Start on medium tyres
Lap 14: pitstop 1, intermediate tyres
Lap 19: pitstop 2, hard tyres
Lap 54: pitstop 3, intermediate tyres
Finished: 11th
Fastest lap: 1.20.528 (lap 39)

Heikki Kovalainen
Start on medium tyres
Lap 15: pitstop 1, intermediate tyres
Lap 19: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Lap 37: pitstop 3, hard tyres
Lap 56: pitstop 4, intermediate tyres
Lap 59: pitstop 5, wet tyres
Finished: 14th
Fastest lap: 1.19.256 (lap 39)

x Team Quotes
Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “What an incredible race. I’m so pleased for the whole team and I want to thank every single one of them for doing such a fantastic job in the conditions today. Seeing what regaining tenth place in the championship meant to everyone when I got back to the garage was really special and I think we deserve it after all the hard work we’ve put in throughout the whole year.

“On track it was one of the hardest races I’ve ever been in, but also one of the best. I had a great start, passed a lot of cars and avoided all the problems in turn four, and from then I was pushing as much as I could as the conditions kept changing. We made the right calls today on the stops and every time I came in the boys were perfect. The change to inters on lap 54 is I think what made the difference today. I had a good battle with Pic until the last few laps but then got him into turn three and just pulled away. From there it was all about keeping it on track and when I heard the safety car was coming out and I knew I had one lap left to go it was such a great feeling. Now we can celebrate and everyone has earned it – all the team on track, the factory back in Leafield, our team partners and our technical partners Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Technology.”


Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “I’m really pleased for the team today and delighted that we’ve secured tenth place in the championship after a pretty intense race. It was one of those afternoons when anything could have happened and I think it was down to really good work right across the whole team that got us to where we finished today.

“My race was pretty interesting. I had an ok start and missed the problems on lap one but when we brought both cars in for the second stop there was an issue with my right rear that cost a lot of time and from that point I was playing catch up with the cars ahead. We went onto full wets on the last stop to cover the chance of the rain increasing but there was very little grip until the last couple of laps on that set. Despite that it was all about the final result and it came good right when it mattered.”

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: “On behalf of the whole team I want to say how proud we are of the job we’ve done today. It’s been a tough year, one where we have not performed at the level we want to, but today we have very good reason to celebrate. Every driver who finished the race in such treacherous conditions deserves praise and both our drivers did exactly that, so they can be very proud of the job they have done. They kept their cars on track when an awful lot of incidents were going on around them and they took full advantage of incidents that cost a number of other drivers the chance to finish the season in style.

“On balance, we deserved to regain tenth place. Our results over the whole season were better than our nearest rivals and when it mattered we were able to seize the opportunity that came our way. That is the mark of a good team and it means we head into the winter break and next year in a positive frame of mind.

“Our shareholders, Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun, and our team partners have given us the backing we need to progress up the field, and today we paid that support back in a small way by getting it right when it mattered. We can enjoy the feeling we have today, but tomorrow we will be back to work, ready to come back in 2013 and make the sort of progress a team in our position should.”

x Ends
Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Saturday 25th November 2012.
World Copyright:Charles Coates/LAT Photographic


Brazilian Grand Prix - HRT F1 Team Information Race Interlagos 25 November 2012

HRT - Formula 1 Team 8:50 PM (11 minutes ago) to


Brazilian Grand Prix Race

In Spanish below / en español abajo
Autódromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sao Paulo
Sunday, 25th of November 2012 

Weather: Wet – Air 19ºC, Track 23ºC
Race: 71 laps – Track distance: 4.309km

Pedro de la Rosa         F112-03 #22     17th  
Narain Karthikeyan      F112-01 #23     18th 

The 2012 Formula 1 World Championship drew to a close today at Interlagos’ circuit with one of the most thrilling races of the year that also saw both Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan get across the finish line, for the ninth time this season in 17th and 18th positions respectively. Rain finally made an appearance minutes before the race start and that was only the beginning of a crazy race that saw rain coming and going, loads of pit stops, all sorts of tyres and safety cars over the 71 laps. It has also been one of the best races of the HRT Formula 1 Team and their drivers, who managed to put in an extraordinary performance despite the difficult track conditions.

Today’s race has put an end to a tough and challenging but also rewarding season for the young Spanish outfit that wants to congratulate Sebastian Vettel on his third World Championship title. HRT Formula 1 Team also wants to thank our sponsors, partners and fans alike for their continuous support all year long.

Pedro de la Rosa: "It’s been a great race and I enjoyed driving very much. You never knew what to expect as conditions were changing every lap. You had to keep focused as it was easy to make mistakes and we pulled it out quite well. It’s certainly been one of the most enjoyable races of my career. We have done a good job overall and I am quite happy with the outcome. We wanted to finish on a good note and I think we did. I also want to congratulate Vettel on his third title. And finally thank the team for their tireless work and commitment and also our sponsors and fans that have supported and pushed us from the beginning to the end of this amazing season.”

Narain Karthikeyan: "It has certainly been one of the most difficult races of the season given the changing weather and track conditions. But I am very satisfied with how we all dealt with it and the way we drove. It was a bit of a gamble as weather conditions kept on changing during the whole race and it was easy to loose tyre temperature or overuse them when the track was drying out. But we managed the situation well and got both cars across the finish line, which is a positive way to finish the season. I want to thank the whole team for the work they’ve done all year and I am very proud to be part of this team”.

Luis Pérez-Sala, Team Principal: "What an amazing and difficult race! The changing conditions made it quite challenging out there and both drivers stayed fully focused from the beginning to the end and put in a fantastic performance. The work that all mechanics and engineers did in the garage was also very good and both cars got to the checkered flag, which is the best way to finish this long, tough but rewarding season. I am really proud of every single team member, without whom this season wouldn’t have been possible. But also thank our sponsors, partners and fans alike for their continuous support”.


Gran Premio de Brasil

Autódromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sao Paulo
Domingo, 25 de noviembre de 2012

Condiciones: Mojado  – Ambiente 19ºC, Pista 23ºC
Carrera: 71 vueltas – Longitud de la pista: 4.309km

Pedro de la RosaF112-03 #2217º
Narain KarthikeyanF112-01 #2318º

El Campeonato del Mundo de Fórmula 1 ha tenido hoy un apoteósico final en el circuito de Interlagos con una de las más emocionantes carreras de toda la temporada. Los dos coches del HRT Formula 1 Team han cruzado la meta por novena vez esta temporada, con Pedro de la Rosa en la 17º posición y Narain Karthikeyan en la 18º. La lluvia finalmente ha hecho acto de presencia minutos antes de que se tomara la salida y eso ha sido tan solo el inicio de una loca carrera que ha visto como la lluvia iba y venía, gran cantidad de paradas en boxes, todo tipo de neumáticos y hasta dos coches de seguridad. También ha sido una de las mejores carreras de la temporada para el HRT Formula 1 Team y sus pilotos que han tenido un extraordinario rendimiento a pesar de las difíciles condiciones en las que se encontraba la pista.

La carrera de hoy ha sido el colofón de una dura y desafiante, pero también gratificante temporada para la joven escudería española que quiere felicitar a Sebastian Vettel por su tercer título de Campeón del Mundo. HRT Formula 1 Team también quiere agradecer a sus patrocinadores, partners y aficionados por su continuo apoyo durante todo este año.

Pedro de la Rosa: "Ha sido una carrera fantástica y he disfrutado mucho conduciendo. Nunca sabías lo que te ibas a encontrar ya que las condiciones cambiaban vuelta tras vuelta. Tenías que mantener la concentración, porque era muy fácil cometer errores, y creo que lo hemos hecho bien. Ha sido una de las carreras más divertidas de mi vida. Hemos hecho un buen trabajo y estoy contento con como han salido las cosas. Queríamos terminar con buena nota y creo que lo hemos conseguido. Quiero felicitar a Sebastian Vettel por su tercer título de Campeón. Y finalmente dar las gracias al equipo por su incansable trabajo y compromiso, así como a nuestros patrocinadores y aficionados que nos han apoyado desde el principio hasta el final de esta increíble temporada”.

Narain Karthikeyan: "Sin duda ha sido una de las carreras más complicadas de la temporada por lo cambiante de las condiciones meteorológicas y de la pista. Pero estoy muy satisfecho con como lo hemos gestionado y como he conducido. Era una lotería y con las condiciones cambiando continuamente era fácil perder temperatura en los neumáticos o sobrecalentarlos cuando se secaba. Pero hemos manejado bien la situación y cruzado la meta con los dos coches, lo que es un buen modo de terminar la temporada. Quiero dar las gracias al equipo por el trabajo que han hecho durante todo el año y decir que me siento muy orgulloso de formar parte del HRT Formula 1 Team”.

Luis Pérez-Sala, Team Principal: "Menuda carrera tan increíble y complicada! Las cambiantes condiciones han hecho que fuera un auténtico desafío pilotar, pero ambos pilotos han estado concentrados desde el principio hasta el final y han hecho una carrera fantástica. También los mecánicos y los ingenieros han hecho un muy buen trabajo en el garaje y ambos coches han terminado la carrera. Es el mejor modo de culminar esta larga, dura pero también gratificante temporada. Me siento muy orgulloso de todos y cada uno de los miembros de este equipo, sin los cuales esta temporada no habría sido posible. Pero también dar las gracias a nuestros patrocinadores, partners y aficionados por su apoyo incondicional”.

Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday 25 Novemember 2012 Race results 1 Button 2 Alonso 3 Massa 4 Webber #Interlagos

14:00 local | 16:00 GMT | 17:00 CET
Track Conditions Damp / 25C
Race - Total laps 71 Lap distance 4.309 km
    #     Driver                       Team          Laps Pits   
    1     Button        GBR     McLaren     71     2   
    2     Alonso        ESP     Ferrari     71     3   
    3     Massa        BRA     Ferrari     71     3   
    4     Webber        AUS     Red Bull     71     3   
    5     Hülkenberg        GER     Force India     71     3   
    6     Vettel        GER     Red Bull     71     4   
    7     Schumacher        GER     Mercedes     71     4   
    8     Vergne        FRA     Toro Rosso     71     4   
    9     Kobayashi        JPN     Sauber     71     3   
    10     Räikkönen        FIN     Lotus     70     3   
    11     Petrov        RUS     Caterham     70     3   
    12     Pic        FRA     Marussia     70     3   
    13     Ricciardo        AUS     Toro Rosso     70     5   
    14     Kovalainen        FIN     Caterham     70     5   
    15     Rosberg        GER     Mercedes     70     4   
    16     Glock        GER     Marussia     70     4   
    17     di Resta        GBR     Force India     71     3   
    18     de la Rosa        ESP     HRT     70     4   
    19     Karthikeyan        IND     HRT     69     4   


    Hamilton     GBR     McLaren     54     2   
    Grosjean     FRA     Lotus     5     0   
    Maldonado     VEN     Williams     1     0   
    Senna     BRA     Williams     0     0   
    Perez     MEX     Sauber     0     0    
some pre race tweets

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Brazilian Grand Prix - HRT F1 Team Information Qualifying & Free Practice 3 Interlagos 24 November 2012

HRT - Formula 1 Team 7:30 PM (11 minutes ago)


Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying Free Practice& 3

In Spanish below / en español abajo

Autódromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sao Paulo
Saturday, 24th of November 2012 
Weather: Overcast – Air 32ºC, Track 40ºC

Pedro de la Rosa           F112-03 #22        22nd        (15 laps)     1’16.198
Narain Karthikeyan        F112-01 #23        23rd         (18 laps)     1’16.793

Pedro de la Rosa           F112-03 #22        24th         (12 laps)     1’19.699
Narain Karthikeyan        F112-01 #23        23rd         (13 laps)     1’19.576

The third free practice and qualifying sessions got underway today at the Interlagos circuit with over 15ºC lower temperatures than yesterday, which helped reducing the tyre degradation. The overnight set-up changes paid off and the HRT Formula 1 Team also managed to improve traction on their cars’ during FP3. The first raindrops hit the track between sessions but it stopped before the start of Q1 and the team decided to go for a dry strategy despite the track was still damp. It dried out lap after lap and Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa, despite being hit by another car on his flying lap, also improved their lap times throughout the session to finish 23rd and 24th respectively.
The HRT Formula 1 Team remains confident ahead of the 71-laps race tomorrow after having set competitive times, improving the overall grip and the data showing lower tyre degradation from yesterday. The weather forecast predicts rain for tomorrow’s race but conditions change pretty easily and the team will be ready for whatever conditions they will have to face to get both cars across the finish line and end the season in the best possible way.

Pedro de la Rosa: "The track was damp when we went out but we decided to go for the dry strategy because the dry line would come up pretty quickly. The first laps were a bit tricky but it improved a lot towards the end. However, I’m not happy with how qualifying ended. Our car was competitive and we certainly could have done better but I was on a flying lap when I was hit by another car. It was a dangerous manoeuvre because I couldn’t move aside given the track conditions. As a consequence of the impact, the rear suspension bent and also punctured the rear tyre. I went back in for a new set of mediums and fortunately managed to put in one more lap improving my time. I really hope the car is not badly damaged because the race is tomorrow and I want to be able to do my best here in order to finish the season on a good note”.

Narain Karthikeyan: "This morning we did a good job with the car and the fact that the track temperature was lower than yesterday also helped in reducing the tyre degradation. But before qualifying it started raining and we were not sure whether to go out on intermediate tyres or slicks. Even though the track was still damp, we finally decided to go out on the slicks and, although it was difficult at the beginning, it was the right thing to do. We struggled to generate enough tyre temperature but I am quite satisfied of how it went overall. For tomorrow, I would prefer the race to be a wet one but whatever the conditions will be, we’ll try our best as we have always done”. 

Toni Cuquerella, Technical Director: "Weather conditions turned the qualifying session into a gamble. Despite the track was damp, we decided to go for the dry tyres. The track was improving lap by lap and it was important to stay out until the end. Narain did a good job and so did Pedro given the circumstances. Unfortunately, he was hit by another car at one of the most dangerous parts of the track and it is even worse considering the track conditions. The rear suspension of his car got damaged but we can fix it for tomorrow. We have different strategies planned for the race but everything will depend on the weather. It seems it’ll rain in the morning and dry out during the race but we will have to be ready for whatever happens”.


Tercer entrenamiento libre y sesión de calificación del Gran Premio de Brasil
Autódromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sao Paulo
Sábado, 24 de noviembre de 2012
Tiempo: Nublado – Ambiente 32ºC, Pista 40ºC

Pedro de la RosaF112-03  #22  22º(15 vueltas)1’16.198
Narain Karthikeyan F112-01  #23  23º(18 vueltas)1’16.793

Pedro de la Rosa         F112-03 #22  24º (12 vueltas)1’19.699
Narain Karthikeyan      F112-01 #23  23º  (13 vueltas)1’19.576

La temperatura ha descendido en más de 15ºC para la tercera sesión de entrenamientos libres y la clasificación celebradas hoy en el circuito de Interlagos, lo que ha ayudado a reducir la degradación de neumáticos sufrida en el día de ayer. También los cambios en la puesta a punto han funcionado bien y se ha mejorado la tracción de los F112 durante la FP3. Las primeras gotas de lluvia han hecho acto de presencia entre sesiones pero ha cesado para la Q1 y, aunque estaba todavía mojado, el equipo ha optado por una estrategia de seco. La pista mejoraba vuelta tras vuelta y Narain Karthikeyan y Pedro de la Rosa, a pesar de haber sido golpeado por otro coche en su vuelta rápida, también han mejorado sus tiempos a lo largo de la sesión y terminado en la 23ª y 24ª posición respectivamente.

El HRT Formula 1 Team se muestra confiado para la carrera a 71 vueltas de mañana tras haber marcado tiempos competitivos, mejorado el agarre y reducido la degradación de neumáticos. La predicción meteorológica anuncia lluvia para la carrera de mañana pero las condiciones cambian rápidamente de modo que el equipo estará listo para cualquier eventualidad y lograr que los dos coches alcancen la meta para terminar la temporada del mejor modo posible.

Pedro de la Rosa
: "La pista estaba húmeda cuando hemos salido pero hemos optado por salir con neumáticos lisos ya que el carril seco se iba a formar rápido. Las primeras vueltas han sido complicadas pero ha mejorado mucho hacia el final. Sin embargo, no estoy contento con como ha terminado la sesión. Estaba en vuelta lanzada cuando otro coche me ha golpeado por detrás. Ha sido una maniobra peligrosa porque no podía echarme a un lado dadas las condiciones en las que estaba la pista. El impacto me ha pinchado una rueda y doblado la suspensión, pero he podido volver a salir con un último juego y mejorar mi tiempo a pesar de todo. Espero que el coche no esté muy dañado porque la carrera es mañana y quiero poder darlo todo para terminar la temporada con un buen sabor de boca”.

Narain Karthikeyan: "Esta mañana hemos hecho un buen trabajo y que la pista no estuviera tan caliente ha ayudado a reducir la degradación de las gomas. Pero antes de la Q1 se ha puesto a llover y no estábamos seguros de si era mejor salir con intermedios o lisos. A pesar de que todavía estaba mojada, hemos optado por los neumáticos de seco. Ha sido complicado al principio pero era la mejor opción. Nos ha costado mantener los neumáticos a temperatura pero en general estoy satisfecho de cómo ha ido. Mañana espero que llueva pero sea como sea lo daremos todo como siempre”.

Toni Cuquerella, Director Técnico: "La climatología ha hecho que la sesión fuera impredecible. A pesar de que estaba mojado, hemos salido con los neumáticos de seco porque la pista iba a mejorar vuelta tras vuelta y era importante estar en pista hasta el final. Narain ha hecho un buen trabajo y Pedro, a pesar de las circunstancias, también. Desafortunadamente, le han golpeado por detrás en una de las zonas más peligrosas del circuito y con la pista en malas condiciones. En el golpe se ha dañado la suspensión trasera, pero lo podemos reparar y no debería ser un problema para mañana. Tenemos varias estrategias previstas y optaremos por una u otra en función de lo que pase con la meteorología. Parece que lloverá por la mañana y podría secarse a lo largo de la carrera pero deberemos estar listos para lo que suceda”.

Brazilian Grand Prix - Sauber F1 Team Information Qualifying & Free Practice 3 Interlagos 24 November 2012

Brazilian GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 24.11.2012

The final race of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship will be a challenging one for the Sauber F1 Team. After having been quite competitive when the track was damp in the beginning of Q1, the Sauber C31-Ferraris couldn’t repeat this when the track was completely dry in Q2. Sergio Pérez qualified 13th for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix, Kamui Kobayashi came 15th today in Interlagos. Nevertheless both drivers still want to make the most of their last races for the Sauber F1 Team.

Sergio Pérez:
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 13th in Q2 (1:14.234 min / new medium tyres)
3rd practice: 13th (1:14.190 min / new medium tyres / 26 laps)
“My fastest lap was really okay and, therefore, I think our position pretty much reflects what is possible with the car. When the track was damp at the beginning of qualifying we were quite competitive. But later when it was completely dry we lost positions. Nevertheless I still hope to get a good result tomorrow in what will be my final race for Sauber.”

Kamui Kobayashi:
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 15th in Q2 (1:14.380 min / new medium tyres)
3rd practice: 14th (1:14.192 min / new medium tyres / 21 laps)
“My fastest lap wasn’t a perfect one because the warm up of the tyres wasn’t perfect. I lost a bit of the tyres’ potential there. I think in damp conditions we would have had a chance to make Q3, but not on a dry track. I actually hope we will get some rain for tomorrow’s race and so make the right calls then.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We have made some progress since yesterday, but in the end it was not enough, although the drivers did a good job. However, there is a chance of rain tomorrow, and we made some compromises towards that direction. We now hope this will pay off in the race.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Overall it was a better day than yesterday. We made some progress with the car’s balance and the grip. Based on this we expected more from qualifying, but we have to accept where we are. In dry conditions it will not be easy to make up a lot of ground in the race, but in case of rain anything can happen.”

Samstag, 24. November 2012

GP Brasilien – Qualifikation – Samstag, 24.11.2012

Das Finale der FIA Formel-1-Weltmeisterschaft 2012 wird eine Herausforderung für das Sauber F1 Team. Nach viel versprechenden Leistungen auf feuchter Strecke zu Beginn des ersten Qualifyingabschnitts konnten die Sauber C31-Ferrari auf trockener Piste nicht mehr glänzen. Sergio Pérez qualifizierte sich als 13. für den Grossen Preis von Brasilien. Kamui Kobayashi wurde heute in Interlagos 15. Dennoch will das Fahrerduo in seinem letzten Rennen für das Sauber F1 Team das Beste aus der Situation machen.

Sergio Pérez:
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Qualifikation: 13. in Q2 (1:14.234 min / neue Medium-Reifen)
3. Training: 13. (1.14,190 min / neue Medium-Reifen / 26 Runden)
„Meine schnellste Runde war wirklich in Ordnung. Ich denke, dass meine Platzierung das Potenzial des Autos widergibt. Als die Strecke zu Beginn des Qualifyings feucht war, waren wir konkurrenzfähig. Aber als der Asphalt zum Schluss komplett abgetrocknet war, haben wir Positionen verloren. Ich hoffe trotzdem, dass ich morgen in meinem letzten Rennen für Sauber ein gutes Ergebnis holen kann.“

Kamui Kobayashi:
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Qualifikation: 15. in Q2 (1:14.380 min / neue Medium-Reifen)
3. Training: 14. (1.14,192 min / neue Medium-Reifen / 21 Runden)
„Bei mir war die schnellste Runde nicht perfekt, weil die Reifen nicht optimal angewärmt waren. Da habe ich etwas liegengelassen. Ich denke, auf feuchter Bahn hätten wir eine Chance gehabt, ins Top-Ten-Qualifying zu fahren, aber eben nicht im Trockenen. Ich hoffe jetzt auf ein Regenrennen, in dem wir Glück mit den richtigen Entscheidungen zur richtigen Zeit haben.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Wir haben seit gestern Fortschritte erzielt, doch das war nicht genug, obwohl die Piloten gute Leistungen gezeigt haben. Aber morgen könnte es regnen, und wir haben einige Abstimmungskompromisse in diese Richtung gemacht. Jetzt hoffen wir, dass sich das positiv auswirkt.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Insgesamt war der heutige Tag besser als der Freitag, denn wir haben bei der Fahrzeugbalance und beim Grip-Niveau Fortschritte gemacht. Folglich hatten wir für das Qualifying mehr erwartet, müssen aber akzeptieren, wo wir stehen. Bei trockenen Bedingungen wird es nicht leicht sein, viel Boden gutzumachen. Sollte es allerdings regnen, kann alles passieren.”