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PostSubject: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:50 am

2012 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX

Just one week after Suzuka, Formula 1 returns for its penultimate visit to Asia for 2012 in Korea for the 2012 Korean 1 Japanese Grand Prix. at the Korea International Circuit.

This 3.4 mile, 18 turn road course marks the sixteenth round on the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.





Korea is a country growing, with global car manufacturers Hyundai and Kia and electronics firm LG – all which were founded in Korea. The country is home to many blue-chip companies that are synonymous with consumers the world over. Korea also has a huge motor industry with the country being the fifth largest producer of production vehicles. Now, the country hosts a Formula 1 Grand Prix, and, with near capacity crowds for both events so far – it’s clear that Korea has warmed to motor racing quickly.

The Korean International Circuit is located on the coast in the South Jeolla region, a province in the southwest corner of Korea. The Korean Tourist Board calls this area ‘Korea’s greenest province’. Much of Korea’s agriculture takes place in this region, which means the backdrop does lack the glitz and the nature of the city of Seoul. But, the track will appeal to those who prefer more natural settings.

This 3.49 mile 18 turn road course has a fascinating array of sectors, with sector one favouring cars with the highest top speeds, sector two again favouring aerodynamically efficient cars and cars with quick direction change. In contrast, the final sector requires high levels downforce due to the twisty sections. This therefore makes for an interesting circuit with a genuine variety of characteristics and challenges.

With the championship battle really heating up, with just four points separating Alonso and Vettel, the long straightaways in Korea should prove some thrilling action.


Korean Grand Prix fast facts

-Driving direction: Anti-clockwise
-Number of left turns: 11
-Number of right turns: 7
-Maximal braking force: 5.4 g
-Maximal lateral G-force: 3.6 g
-Total race distance: 191 miles


Overtaking opportunities

There are some key overtaking opportunities at the Yeongam circuit; however, they mainly come in sectors one and two. The first passing opportunity comes at turn 1, the cars should haul down the pit straight at around 190 mph before hard braking into a tight left hander to around 60 mph.

Turn 2 won’t really be a corner for these cars, and they will power down an extremely long straightaway at over 200 mph and brake very hard to around 60 mph once again for turn 3. We should see a lot of slipstreaming on this straightaaway and the wide entry encourages overtaking. The DRS activation zone is located on this straight, so even more passing can be expected here.

The final overtaking opportunity comes at turn 4, this is again a long straight where the cars should reach around 195 mph before braking for a tight left hand hairpin. Due to the slow exit of turn 3 drivers should be able to follow each other closely without losing too much downforce, which makes slipstreaming in order to make a move in the braking zone of turn 4 is definitely possible.

The rest of the circuit features either high speed corners or sequences of slow bends with very few straights in between. However, as the tyres start to degrade as stints progress, drivers with a traction advantage may be able to pass whilst exiting turn 6.

What to watch for

Pirelli have decided to bring their softest compound to Korea, the circuit has very low grip due to a lack of use, in effect requiring the same grip levels as a temporary course. Whilst this compound selection was fine last year, the cars have lost overall downforce and sliding might be more prevalent. This could be something to watch for in the race.

Car requirements

Korea is a medium to high downforce circuit, with mechanical grip at a premium. The circuit mainly consists of slow turns; the final mainly sector features slow turns. Teams won’t want to run maximum downforce levels, as sectors 1 and 2 have long full throttle sections where aerodynamic efficiency will be important – especially if they become subject to a DRS attack from behind. There might be strategic decisions to run higher downforce packages to protect the tyres, even if ultimate speed is lost down the long straightaways.

Tyre selections

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



Video footage

Here is a flying lap of this Korean circuit with Fernando Alonso, driving in Q3 last year in his Ferrari F150:



Weekend schedule in UK time:

Fri 12 October 2012

Friday Practice 1 02:00 – 03:30
Friday Practice 2 06:00 – 07:30

Sat 13 October 2012

Saturday Practice 03:00 – 04:00
Qualifying 06:00

Sun 14 October 2012

Start of Formation Lap 07:00
2012 Korean Grand Prix Race Start 07:03*

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 11th October:

Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 15:00

Friday 12th October:

Formula One Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:35 – 13:30
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30
CJ Hellovision Superrace Practice Session 16:00 – 16:30
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 16:00 – 17:00

Saturday 13th October

Formula One Pit Stop Practice 09:30 – 09:40
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 09:00 – 10:45
Formula One Practice 3 11:00 – 12:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:05 – 13:30
CJ Hellovision Superrace Qualifying 12:30 – 13:00
Formula One Qualifying 14:00
Formula One Autograph Session 16:30 – 18:00


Sunday 14th October

Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 11:40 – 14:00
CJ Hellovision Superrace Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins) 12:00 – 12:30
Formula One Drivers Parade 13:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 13:45 – 14:15
Formula One National Anthem 14:46
Start of Formula One Formation Lap 15:00
Start of 2012 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix 15:03

UK Television schedules – BST time

In addition to Sky F1’s coverage of the 2012 Korean 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 12th October

BBC Red Button Coverage

Practice One: 0155-0330
Practice Two: 0555-0730, Red Button

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 1.45
Practice Two: 5.45

Saturday 13th October

BBC Coverage

Practice Three: 0255-0400, Red Button
Qualifying: 0500-0730, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 2.45
Qualifying: 5:00

Sunday 14th October

BBC Coverage

0600-0915, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 5.30 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 Korea Grand Prix

2010 – Fernando Alonso – Ferrari
2011 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault

Enjoy the Grand Prix!



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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:00 am

Grosjean for the win this weekend




The win being taking Vettel out at the start
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:09 am

Haha. Now if that did ever happen, Christian Horner might be jailed for murdering Grosjean.

Grosjean faces an odd task this weekend. He has to be punchy and aggressive at the start, that’s the only way to make up positions, but needs to balance that with not hitting anybody.

It will be fascinating to see how Alonso and Ferrari respond to Red Bull, the latter is now a huge threat. Alonso’s mastery might not be able to combat the Red Bull’s poise, downforce and traction.

Without a car to compete for the win, Alonso may secretly hope for a wet Grand Prix, conditions where the Ferrari has been one of the most competitive cars.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:01 am

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Christian Horner might be jailed for murdering Grosjean.

Not really, you can't jail Horner. He's just a puppet and only does what he's told by dieter.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:02 am

Sometimes if you look really closely you can see the strings
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:42 pm

I'm not sure the law works like that; "sorry guv, my paymaster told me to commit homicide, it wasn't my fault". lol!

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:35 am

i might get up for the race start.

lets see how ferrari do. it could be slipping away from them.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:34 am

Grosjean says:
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"I've sat down and looked at things again with the team - for sure it's still an area we need to improve.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/19899222

No, Grosjean, driving like Maureen from driving school is your problem, not the team's. The team won't tell you what cars are around you, where to position the car, when its safe to pass other cars. Sato in Shanghai once got told which way to weave at the start; it was like a spotter in American racing. Now Sato was an endangered spicy, as he's proving in IndyCar.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:05 am

If grosjean was qualifying badly. Say 12 th or lower then he would be taking out saubers and Williams and no one would really notice.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:13 am

I believe Schumacher did an interview for the BBC back in the 1990's, and stated that nobody would care about his then incidents if he was running 20th. I think he's right. When things happen at the important end of the grid, the problem is that much more high-profile. Taking out Hamilton, Alonso now Webber couldn't be much worse.


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:34 pm

Mobil 1 wrote:
I believe Schumacher did an interview for the BBC back in the 1990's, and stated that nobody would care about his then incidents if he was running 20th. I think he's right. When things happen at the important end of the grid, the problem is that much more high-profile. Taking out Hamilton, Alonso now Webber couldn't be much worse.


Indeed

It's sad because Grosjean has the potential to win a race on the right day. He's good enough but he can't get around the first lap foe some reason. However there is an easy way. Start last.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:53 am

Yes Grosjean has shown tremendous pace on occasions, and actually been a consistent performer after lap 1 in my opinion. Bahrain and Valencia are real highlights for Romain in terms of speed. It is therefore a shame that his first lap incidents are distorting a very good driver otherwise.

Grosjean has also done plenty of clean passing after lap 1, he made some great moves in Canada, Bahrain and other races all using great judgment. Whether its nerves, anxiety at the start; who knows.

The FIA have taken the surprise move of extending the DRS zone down that colossal back straightaway. It was already a long DRS zone, I expect drivers may manipulate use of DRS on Sunday. Hamilton did it last year, he deliberately let Webber through in turn 1, so he could blast past him with DRS afterwards. I find it kind of cool...slipstreaming battles.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:38 pm

Ferrari urgently needs to improve their car, or kidnap Vettel. Unlike in the mid-part of the season, Alonso can no longer afford to merely pick up points; he needs a car to win in the dry. If you look at Alonso’s wins this season, they’ve been weather related, either in the race or qualifying.

Today was close, but not close enough to Red Bull. The Ferrari seemed better than the McLaren before the first pitstop, but could not touch the Red Bull.

Korea’s layout ensures that drivers are still bunched up even down to turn 4, seeing 6 cars all racing for the same positions into turn 3 was breath-taking.

Hamilton did very well to finish 10th with the anti-roll bar failure. Seeing him fight off Raikkonen was great to watch, he fought for every position possible – pure racer.

Hulkenberg’s double-pass on Hamilton and Grosjean was superb, unlike Kimi, Hulkenberg managed to stay on the outside of Lewis in turn 4, becoming the optimum line for turn 5.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:54 am

If I'd known the race would be that boring, I'd have stayed in bed a few more hours.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:29 am

I thought it was pretty good, there were times that it lacked action, but the quality of the battles made up for that.

This weekend and last weekend, Hamilton and Raikkonen have shown the art of close wheel-to-wheel combat without contact. Hard racing but great judgment.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX   Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:40 am

One of the most boring races i have seen in a while, i just couldn't get into it at all.

I think Vettel looks nailed on now for the title.

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