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PostSubject: F1 - 2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX    Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:36 am

2012 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL INDIAN GRAND PRIX

Formula 1 makes its final visit to Asia this season, for the second Grand Prix in India at the Buddh International Circuit. The 2012 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix marks the seventeenth round of the 2011 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.





India hosts its second Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend in Greater Noida, 14 miles away from New Delhi. The arrival of Formula 1 in India coincides with the sport’s ever increasing links with emerging economies in Asia, with event's now in China, Singapore and Korea. Unlike those countries, the construction of the Buddh International Circuit and the annual race fees are not government-funded. The whole event has been financed by the Jaypee Group; a private firm specialising in industrial services and engineering.

A growing middle-class and popularity of western brands gives F1 a fighting proposition in India. Cracking a cricket-mad nation won’t be easy, but considering the large attendance last year, motor racing is slowly being established in India.

The Buddh International Circuit mirrors certain sections of other circuits, like the long back straight from Shanghai leading into a tight hairpin. However, the second and third sector feature unique sections, like a slightly banked, multiple apex turn 10 and the quick direction change of turns 13 and 14.

Indian Grand Prix fast facts

-Driving direction: Clockwise
-Number of left turns: 7
-Number of right turns: 9
-Total race distance: 191 miles

Overtaking opportunities

The Buddh International Circuit doesn’t have many overtaking opportunities, even though the actual opportunities are very good. The pit straight is where the first DRS zone will be located, with the detection point coming very early on the exit of the penultimate turn. Passing on the pit straight and into Turn 1 are great passing opportunities; the cars should reach around 185 mph before braking for the tight turn 1. This will be a heavy braking zone, encouraging dives up the inside. A driver could be repassed with an overlap into turn 3, even though it’s a short and uphill full throttle section to the third turn. The next passing opportunities come on the back straightaway after turn 3 and into turn 4.

This straight will see the cars topping 200 mph, allowing for plenty of slipstreaming and dandier moves into turn 4. The second DRS zone will also be placed on this straight, and strategic use of the system could be deployed – to avoid getting mugged down the more effective DRS zone out of the two. To promote passing, the second DRS zone has been extended by 80 metres for 2012.

If an overtaking driver into turn 3 gets a poor exit of the corner, the driver who’s just been passed could get a better exit out of the corner and try and re-pass into turn 5. The entry to turn 5 is fast, so a driver on the offensive would need to be well enough alongside of his opponent to make a move. The circuit then tightens up and corners follow into each other. Passing could be possible into turn 15 and then 16, but the downforce loss off turn 14 and the short straight into turn 16 will makes this unlikely.

For drivers trailing their opponents, it will be important to stay close in the twister second half of the layout, to get DRS enabled for the more overtaking-friendly first half of the track.

What to watch for

The conservative tyre selections from Pirelli indicate to a one stop race. The long pitlane will ensure that a two-stopper is pointless, this means that some drivers may run out of grip towards the end, particularly with the left front tyre taking high loads in long stints. Cars that are easy on their tyres, but can still set competitive laptimes will perform brilliantly in the race.

Pirelli’s tyres and the length of pitlane don’t leave much scope for variation in strategy.

Car requirements

India’s Buddh International Circuit requires medium levels of downforce, the second and third sector will require high levels of downforce for the high speed corners. However, that needs to be balanced out with the long back straight which requires good straight line speed - therefore aerodynamic efficiency. The extended DRS zone down the back straightaway may see use of a slightly taller seventh gear, so cars on the offensive don’t run out of speed once they try and pass.

Tyre selections

Pirelli will bring their Soft and Hard 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 Indian circuit with Nico Rosberg, driving his Mercedes-Benz W02 in last year’s first practice session:



Weekend schedule in UK time:

Fri 26 October 2012

Friday Practice 1 05:30 – 07:00
Friday Practice 2 09:30 – 11:00

Sat 27 October 2012

Saturday Practice 06:30 – 07:30
Qualifying 09:30

Sun 28 October 2012

Start of Formation Lap 09:30
2012 Indian Grand Prix Race Start 09:03*

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 25th October:

Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 15:00
Formula One Drivers Autograph Session 18:00

Friday 26th October:

JK Racing Asia Series Practice Session 08:45 – 09:15
Formula One Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
MRF Challenge Practice Session 12:00 – 12:30
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:35 – 13:45
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 16:00 – 17:00
MRF Challenge Practice Session 16:00 – 16:30

Saturday 27th October

JK Racing Asia Series Qualifying Session 09:15 – 09:45
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 09:50 – 10:50
Formula One Pit Stop Practice 10:00 – 10:30
Formula One Practice 3 11:00 – 12:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 13:00 – 13:45
Formula One Qualifying 14:00
JK Racing Asia Series First Race (10 Mins or 25 Mins) 15:30 – 16:00

Sunday 28th October

Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 10:00 – 10:50
MRF Challenge First Race (10 Mins or 25 Mins) 11:00 – 11:30
JK Racing Asia Series Second Race (10 Mins or 25 Mins) 12:00 – 12:30
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:35 – 14:15
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 Indian Grand Prix 15:03

UK Television schedules – BST/GMT time

Friday 26th October

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 5:45 am
Practice Two: 9.15 am

Saturday 27th October

BBC Coverage

Qualifying highlights: 1300-1415, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 6:15 am
Qualifying: 8:30 am

Sunday 28th October

BBC Coverage

Race highlights: 1730-1900 , BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 8.00 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 Indian Grand Prix

2011 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault

Enjoy the Grand Prix!



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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX    Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:09 am

BBC highlights fits well with the weekend ahead with alpine skiing starting.......lets hope whatever the result the championship stays close.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX    Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:27 am

The start of 9:30 am is definitely the best Asian GP start time for me. Ferrari seems bullish with their updates, but their dodgy wind tunnel and inaccurate simulations might cost them. Right now, this is Vettel’s title; the onus is on Ferrari to produce a faster car than Red Bull, which is going to be a very tough task with so few races remaining.

Alonso needs to kidnap Vettel to win it.

This is the best Tilke circuit for me; nice elevation change, great overtaking spots and sweeping turns.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX    Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:42 am

From what I’ve seen, the first four cars are extremely tight in race trim. They were all setting consistent 1:32’s yesterday. I don’t count out Raikkonen; with a good start he could be an upset tomorrow, he was excellent on high fuel.

I think the clean side will be an advantageous place to start; Hamilton could be sitting in a good position in that third starting spot. Alonso must be worried by now; Ferrari has come with new updates, but it’s unclear whether they’ve made a difference, whilst the Red Bull is just a plain superior car. When Alonso is trying to gain extra speed from Massa, you know they're in trouble.

I do wonder what the pit strategy will be. The hard tyre is lasting pretty nicely, and so is the soft. The soft tyre is so durable, that drivers who blew qualifying laps could continue on and still set flying laps – there isn’t much give up. With the long pitlane, there would have to be a massive speed advantage of stopping twice.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX    Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:13 am

Unless a catastrophic mistake on their part occurs, I can't see this being anything other than a Red Bull victory.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX    Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:38 am

Alonso, Hamilton and Button three wide down the back straightaway was thrilling, yikes, they continued being three wide even after turn 4. Alonso really dug deep in that race, it was mighty impressive. He flung the car into turn 14 on one occasion and it didn’t quite stick – that’s determination.

Vettel mostly had that race covered, but it was closer than I thought. Alonso started to close down Webber before the latter’s KERS failure.

I like the exit of turn 4, if a driver tries to pass in turn 4, the other driver can cut back and get a better exit, taking back the position.

This definitely looks like a Red Bull championship. Ferrari has never been that great in the dry, Nando just drags amazing stuff out of that car. With the way that Vettel in particular gets such a leap from pole, Alonso is always chasing him down; it’s not the way to fight for a title.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX    Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:37 am

Although he'd never say in public, Alonso must probably know deep down that anything Ferrari brings to the last 3 races may not be enough to overcome Red Bull's current form. They've really hit on something in these last few races, and Vettel especially has drawn the maximum out of it to take the title lead.

Still, with the way Fernando's been driving recently, it probably wouldn't take very much for him to score big if either Vettel, Webber or anyone fighting for the lead suffered a non-score. He knows the F2012 isn't the fastest, but he only has to put it into a good enough position to capitalise on the possible failing of others ahead of him: he's always been there to pick up the pieces when others DNF. If they don't, he takes what he can. Better to score something then nothing at all.

A little bit like Lorenzo in MotoGP: if he couldn't beat either of the Honda's, take the next best thing (nothing else but 2nd Rolling Eyes).

Regardless of Vettel's dominant form, with a 13-point gap heading to Abu Dhabi, this title fight is still on.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX    Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:20 am

I fear Red Bull might even be more dominant in Abu Dhabi; it’s a traction circuit where the drive off is very important – that’s Red Bull all-over. Alonso’s title challenge is in Ferrari’s hands, imo, it’s no longer enough to hope that others retire or get in trouble. In the mid-part of the season, Alonso got away with merely scoring points. Spa and Suzuka jeopardised that, Ferrari now needs the fastest car to win this title – no more hoping for miracles.

I loved this steering wheel change; I didn’t know they can exchange a steering wheel without losing any time – incredible: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/20114235

Just watching the Sky coverage today made me realise how authentic, engaging and humorous that the BBC coverage is. Lazenby is still gormless, Damon Hill I’m sure is a great guy, but blithers on about quite random crap, and Herbert is also dire. No chemistry, humor or genuine camaraderie.

Humphrey, DC and Eddie are a great team. Eddie is the paddock clown, but he’s all the better for it.

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