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PostSubject: F1 - 2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:02 am

2012 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX

After the most overtakes of 2012 in Valencia, Formula 1 arrives at a classic circuit this weekend in the shape of Silverstone, for the 2012 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix. This high speed circuit hosts the ninth round of the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.





Silverstone is one of few circuits to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix in the championships debut season in 1950, and despite numerous changes have been made to the Northamptonshire circuit, it is still hugely respected by fans and drivers alike. Silverstone’s new pit and paddock complex show that the Circuit can modernise when necessary, but the circuit’s classic corners are still present. Few other nations can match the motor racing pedigree of the UK, with 80 % of F1 manufactured and developed on this small island. With a large and knowledgeable crowd as well, the British Grand Prix is one of the truly special events on the schedule.

Even though the circuit’s flow has been somewhat slowed by the tight first sector, Silverstone is still a high speed blast where the bravest and best cars prevail. Valencia is not known for overtaking, but the European Grand Prix produced the most overtaking so far in 2012. On a less compromised circuit, this historic event could produce another enthralling Grand Prix.

British Grand Prix fast facts

-Driving direction: Clockwise
-Length of pit straight: 0.25 mile
-Average speed of lap: 139 mph
-Longest period at full throttle: 12 seconds/890 meters
-Full throttle percentage: 64 %
-Time on brakes: 8 %
-Gear changes per lap: 40
-Highest g-force: 5 g
--Total race distance: 190 miles

Overtaking opportunities

The Arena section now forms Silverstone’s first sector, and it improved overtaking opportunities in the two previous events. The hairpins after turn 1 allow a driver to get close to his rival, to try and overtake onto the Wellington Straight into Brooklands. The emphasis of Silverstone is still downforce dominated, but the additional braking and slow corners of the new section improve overtaking prospects.

Turn 1 is a possible passing opportunity, if a driver is struggling with traction out of turn 18 then a driver may use the new pit straight and pass his rival before turn 1. Turn 3 is a corner where a driver can surprise his rival with a late dive up the inside – this is a big braking zone from almost 180 mph into the tight turn 3. The cars then build up to around 180 mph on the Wellington Straight before braking to 60 mph for Brooklands corner, turn 6. Passing into Brooklands should be possible if a driver gets a poor exit of turn 5. The Wellington Straight will be the DRS zone, so drivers wanting to overtake will want to get the best possible exits off the slow hairpins leading onto the DRS zone. Expect the overlap pass to be attempted frequently exiting turn 5, to lead onto the Wellington Straight.

The next overtaking opportunity comes at Copse corner, turn 9, the driver’s barley take a lift during this corner, so the pursuing driver needs to be well alongside to pass. If a driver has been cautious through Chapel, it is possible to tuck underneath a rivals gearbox, slipstream him and make a dandier pass into Stowe. The cars power down the hanger straight to 190 mph and then brake to around 125 mph for Stowe. This is a genuine passing place and overtaking at Stowe is where a lot of the overtaking occurs in the race due to the fairly heavy braking involved and the length of the Hanger Straight. The next passing opportunity comes into Vale corner, turn 16.

After Stowe corner, drivers reach over 170 mph and then brake hard for Vale to just 45 mph. If a driver fails to pass at Stowe, they can cross over, get a better exit and try diving underneath their competitor in this turn. Vale is a bit frustrating for the drivers, having gone through such fast corners previously. With the increase of corner exits which are traction-limited, a driver struggling with high tyre degradation will probably get passed easier than on the old layout - because they will be very slow in the Arena section with all the slow turns.


What to watch for

Pirelli has elected to have a gap in their compound choice this weekend, with Soft and Hard tyres being used. Silverstone’s high speed turns result in significant load for the tyres, and the Hard tyre will probably be a good tyre in the race which can sustain high loads.

However, this year has shown that different cars are very sensitive to not only the Pirelli tyres, but the different compounds. The Hard tyre isn’t used by Pirelli in many events, and it will be a challenge for teams to get their respective cars to handle both very different compounds without struggle. There might be a few surprises this weekend, and a team which has a car deficiency, but handles both compounds very well, could have a great result.

Car requirements

Silverstone is one of the most demanding circuits on the schedule for aerodynamics, and teams will bring their highest downforce packages to this circuit. The first sector requires good mechanical grip, but the second and third sectors feature high speed sweepers – and these will be the priority for teams.

Teams will also close off cooling ducts on the bodywork or brakes, because Silverstone is the least demanding circuit on brakes. This will increase downforce. The aero drag will naturally help the cars stop, due to the downforce settings they will run.


Tyre selections

Pirelli will bring their Soft and Hard compound P Zero tyres to Silverstone. The graphic below shows Pirelli’s 2012 range of P Zero tyres and their respective markings:




Video footage

Here is a flying lap of Silverstone with Jenson Button, driving his McLaren-Mercedes Benz MP4-26 during the 2011 British Grand prix weekend:



Weekend schedule in UK time:

Fri 6 July 2012

Friday Practice 1 09:00 – 10:30
Friday Practice 2 13:00 – 14:30

Sat 7 July 2012

Saturday Practice 10:00 – 11:00
Qualifying 13:00

Sun 8 July 2012

Start of Formation Lap 13:00
2012 British Grand Prix Race Start 13:03*

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 5th July:

Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 15:00

Friday 6th July:

GP3 Practice Session 08:30 – 09:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 09:15 – 09:45
Formula One Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
GP2 Practice Session 11:55 – 12:25
HFO Historic Practice Session 12:45 – 13:15
Black Knights Parachute Team 13:15 – 13:30
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 13:20 – 13:45
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30
GP2 Qualifying Session 16:00 – 16:30
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 16:00 – 17:00
Porsche MOBIL 1 Supercup Practice Session 17:00 – 17:45

Saturday 7th July

Formula One Pit Stop Practice 07:30 – 08:10
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 07:30 – 08:15
GP3 Qualifying Session 08:45 – 09:15
Formula One Practice 3 10:00 – 12:00
Porsche MOBIL 1 Supercup Qualifying 11:25 – 11:55
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:00 – 12:45
Aerostars Aerobatic Display 12:00 – 12:13
Formula One Qualifying 13:00
GP2 First Race (29 Laps or 60 Mins) 14:40 – 15:45
GP3 First Race (14 Laps or 30 Mins) 16:20 – 16:55
HFO Historic Qualifying Session 17:25 – 17:55
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Safety Car Demonstration Laps 18:10

Sunday 8th July

GP3 Second Race (14 Laps or 30 Mins) 08:15 – 08:50
GP2 Second Race (21 Laps or 45 Mins) 09:30 – 10:20
Porsche MOBIL 1 Supercup Race (12 Laps or 30 Mins) 10:45 – 11:20
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 11:25 – 12:00
Formula One Drivers Parade 11:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 11:45 – 12:15
Red Arrows Display 12:00 – 12:24
Formula One National Anthem 12:46
Start of Formula One Formation Lap 13:00
Start of 2012 Formula 1 British Grand Prix 13:03*

* Based on the time period between the start of formation lap and actual race start in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.

UK Television schedules – BST time

In addition to Sky F1’s coverage of the 2012 British Grand Prix, BBC is showing this weekend’s Grand Prix sessions live. All live sessions can also be viewed on BBC’s F1 website, free of charge: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/

Friday 6th July

BBC Coverage

Practice 1: 0955 - 1135, BBC Red Button/online/5 live sports extra

Practice 2: 1355 - 1535, BBC Red Button (except on freeview)/online/BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 09.45
Practice Two: 13.45 pm

Saturday 7th July

BBC Coverage

Practice 3: 0955 - 1105, BBC Red Button/online

Qualifying: 1210-1430, BBC Two/BBC HD/online/BBC Radio 5 live

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 09.45
Qualifying: 12:00 pm

Sunday 8th July

BBC Coverage

Race: 1205-1530, BBC Two/BBC HD/online/BBC Radio 5 live

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 11.00 am

Live timing and scoring is available for every session at http://www.formula1.com/ Registration is required to view live timing. If you wish to watch this Grand Prix outside the UK, please check your local listings.

Previous winners of British Grand Prix

2004 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2005 – Juan Pablo Montoya – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2006 – Fernando Alonso – Renault
2007 – Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
2008 – Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2009 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault
2010 – Mark Webber – Red Bull-Renault
2011 – Fernando Alonso – Ferrari

Enjoy the Grand Prix!


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:59 am

I always enjoy watching these cars around Silverstone. The traction-orientated street circuits have been entertaining, but a track like Silverstone truly shows the cornering abilities of F1 cars.

I think it will be a great Grand Prix. If it’s dry, the big gap in tyre compounds and air temperatures will be very tricky, and might result in surprise contenders again. If it’s wet, well, that’s always been a lottery.

This is what I like about F1 in 2012, that every race except Monaco has produced truly amazing action. F1 should also be the pinnacle of racing and entertainment – now it is.

I really liked the FIA’s debris Safety Car period in Valencia – that was a great call. Caution for debris is the new fashion.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:17 am

fast tracks = great racing

silverstone is a fast tracka and should have been the template for the tracks built in the last five years but it wasn't. booooooo
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:49 pm

should be good race.

Today its soaking wet and probably rain for the rest of the weekend. which might mix things up. hopefully.

heard the traffic going into silverstone was a nightmare.....people complaining about it on Twitter.



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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:03 pm

MotorracingP wrote:
should be good race.

Today its soaking wet and probably rain for the rest of the weekend. which might mix things up. hopefully.

heard the traffic going into silverstone was a nightmare.....people complaining about it on Twitter.




perhaps if they weren't so busy on twitter and concentrating on driving maybe it won't be so bad. pirat
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:54 am

everything is messed up. traffic, camping, parking. oh dear.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:02 am

With the Bridgestone tyres and even with tyre competition, it used to be the case that high speed tracks like Silverstone struggled to put on a show. Those tyres were so consistent, durable in terms of the loading they could handle. Now, with how the Pirelli’s fall off during a stint, that creates different speeds – so the aero turbulence isn’t so much of a problem. As a general characteristic of the Pirelli’s since 2011, they’re very sensitive to high loading – especially the left front tyre.

I like Silverstone purely because it shows what an F1 car can really do. I also like tracks like Singapore and love Montreal, but those tracks don’t show the forte of an F1 car.

Access to Silverstone has significantly improved with the bypass, but when you’ve got 80,000 cars in one lane – there’s always going to be lengthy queues. Eliminating grassed car parks would go some way in reducing mess when it’s wet. Tarmac car parks are a win-win situation. I suspect Silverstone is telling some fans not to turn up, because if 80,000 fans getting in was bad, an expected 125,000 on Sunday would be an ugly result.

Maybe Silverstone should deploy Safety Car periods to reduce traffic? Many studies around the world have shown how Safety Car periods can reduce congestion.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:24 pm

Glock, what a wanker Mad

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:26 am

Glock deserves huge praise for ensuring that Button starts 18th. Wink Laughing

This was a completely thrilling qualifying session, with the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate Medical Car taking many laps of the track. This was a truly great moment.

Alonso drove a mighty lap at the end, that car works really well in damp conditions on the intermediate tyre. Fernando could turn tightly enough into corners without excess understeer, which protects the front tyres. That could be important tomorrow. It seems a responsive car in the wet. Ferrari has greatly improved their wet weather performance, as a few years ago their cars had terrible traction and drivability in the wet.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:16 am

Thought Schumacher and Alonso both did really dumb rejoins. Reversing onto a F1 track and driving back on to the straight in front of other cars, idiots.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:32 am

Webber’s patience paid off in the end, because for most of the GP Alonso had everything under control. Alonso’s front left tyre just grained too heavily, and it wasn’t an issue with the rear tyres like it usually is. Webber set up a lovely overtake, and he made sure he got a good exit onto the Wellington Straight. When the track is green like that, the harder tyre is less delicate and is more versatile.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that McLaren have a crisis at the moment. I was watching the sector times throughout the race, and yikes, they really have fallen very far. The traction and balance of the car looks really poor, I don’t think it’s purely a lack of downforce.

Maldonado’s 5000th crash into another driver wasn’t so bad. He just got loose under Perez, and the Sauber was sadly there to collide with. Saying that, Maldonado knew he had Perez alongside him, so he clearly couldn’t use the entire track like usual. He carried apex speed as if he was alone, without Perez there.

Perhaps more irritating, is Maldonado’s interviews. This time, he suggested that the races should be under Safety Car if people don’t want to race. Eh? Motor racing is dangerous, yes, but it’s also an art. In open wheel cars, the art of watching a driver set up another competitor; race wheel-to-wheel is fascinating. Maldonado is incapable of doing this…unless you mean banging wheel-to-wheel.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:10 am

Maldonado simply needs to learn when to quit, sometimes the other driver is in a better position than you and you must get it go. Trouble is he is 27 now, he should have learnt that from 18-24 really.
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