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PostSubject: F1 - 2013 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - ALBERT PARK   Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:48 am

2013 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Formula 1 finally returns this weekend on the city streets of Albert Park in Melbourne, for the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. The Albert Park circuit marks the first round on the 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.





Since 1996 the Formula 1 season has almost exclusively started at Albert Park in Melbourne, and there is something quite fitting about the Australian Grand Prix playing host to the opening round. The narrow nature of the track, bumpiness in braking zones and street-circuit nature means Albert Park can throw surprises, especially when teams will be finding out the limitations of their new machinery for 2013.

The Albert Park track mostly consists of public roads, combined together with some permanent race track. The locals usually embrace the Grand Prix, with usually 50,000 spectators even attending Friday practice. Crowds of over 100,000 people on race day are not uncommon; making this one of Australia’s largest sporting events – this firmly puts the world’s attention on Melbourne as a tourist destination. With usually beautiful weather and beautiful sceneries, the track is located in a public park.

2013 has the hallmarks of another great Formula 1 season. In the first seven Grand’ Prix of 2012, there were seven different winners. With very few regulation changes, 2013 could be an even more competitive season. Pirelli has yet again changed the characteristics of their tyres, and this could throw a curveball for teams.

Australian Grand Prix fast facts

-Driving direction: Clockwise
-Length of pit straight: 0.5 mile
-Average speed of lap: 130 mph
-Longest period at full throttle: 735 metres (10 seconds)
-Full throttle percentage: 69 %
-Time on brakes: 14 %
-Gear changes per lap: 60
-Highest g-force: 4.5 g
-Total race distance: 191 miles

Overtaking opportunities

Turn 1 is one of the best opportunities to pass on this Albert Park track, drivers will build up to approximately 190 mph and brake to just 90 mph for the first turn. A pass down the inside has been pulled off countless times here, which is mainly due to the last turn being slow, meaning cars can follow each other through the last turn, then slipstream their rival down the main straight and try and out-brake their opponent into the braking zone. This overtaking opportunity is especially significant, as it’s the first opportunity for drivers to activate their rear wings to dump drag to try and overtake.

Turn 3 is another passing opportunity, and it very much follows on from turn 1. If an opponent fails to get past his opponent in turn 1, he can always try and dive up the inside of their opponent at turn 3. This is another heavy braking zone from high speeds, meaning that passing here is possible. This year, drivers on the offensive will have the benefit of using DRS again on the straight between turns 2 and 3. The front straightaway is quite short, so if a driver doesn't pull the pass off in turn 1, they've got another great opportunity into turn 3. The detection point for both DRS zones comes very early at turn 14, meaning a driver only needs to be within a second of his rival at a relatively early stage of the lap to attack on the front straight, and, the straight between turns 2 and 3 with the rear wing open.

The next passing opportunity comes at turn 13. The drivers will build up to almost 190 mph on the straight that proceeds turn 13, and brake from almost 190 mph to just 85 mph. An attacking driver can try and set up a move into turn 13 by drafting their rival before turns 11/12, then try and get a great exit of the chicane to attack on the straight until turn 13. Drivers can slipstream each other down the straight, and try and pass their opponent at this corner. If a driver defends his line into turn 13, then the driver behind can get an overlap and get better exit of turn 13 to pass their opponent into turn 14.

Overall, there are a number of passing opportunities at the Albert Track, which should make for an entertaining race on Sunday.


What to watch for

The Albert Park can throw up unpredictable and strange Grand’s Prix at times; the close proximity of the walls can be unforgiving to mistakes. The races in 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008 saw multiple safety car periods for accidents, a big part of those were first-lap shunts. There is only one groove through turn 1, but there are 22 cars fighting for the same track. Melee can still break loose in turn 3, where drivers are still bunched up.

Pirelli has decided to be very aggressive in their tyre allocation for Melbourne this year; bringing Super Soft and Medium tyres. Not only is the significant difference between compounds likely to encourage different strategies, but, teams might be forced to do multiple pitstops if the super soft tyre gives up too quickly.

With the likelihood of Safety Car deployments based on previous events, this be a factor on Sunday for some teams. Could a mid-field team gamble on pitting, anticipating a Safety Car period and being able to go faster on fresher rubber?

Car requirements

The circuit requires high downforce levels and a lot of mechanical, low speed grip. Although there are two long straights, the rest is very twisty and slow, almost like a street circuit requiring high downforce levels and low speed grip. A car with a responsive turn-in to tight corners, and a stable car under braking will be important for maximising lap time. There are still notictable bumps in the braking zones for some corners, so stability under braking will be very important. Braking zones like turn 1 are usually used by passenger vehicles on a daily basis, so there won’t be optimum grip levels of a bespoke circuit.

Tyre selections

Pirelli will bring their Super Soft and Medium P Zero tyres to Albert Park. The graphic below shows Pirelli’s 2013 range of P Zero tyres:



Video footage

Here is an onboard lap of this Albert Park track with Lewis Hamilton driving to pole position for the 2008 Australian GP in his Mclaren-Mercedes Benz MP4-23. As described by Martin Brundle:



Weekend schedule in UK time:

Fri 15 March 2013

Friday Practice 1 01:30 – 03:00
Friday Practice 2 05:30 – 07:00

Sat 16 March 2013

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

Sun 17 March 2013

Start of Formation Lap 06:00
2013 Australian Grand Prix Race Start 06:03

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 14th March:

2 Seater Demonstration Laps 07:30 – 09:00
Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 09:00 – 10:20
Gates open to public 10:30
Historic Demonstration 11:00 – 11:15
AGPC Guest Hot Laps 11:25 – 12:10
Tarmac Rally Car Demonstration 12:15 – 12:25
Period Sports Cars Practice Session 12:25 – 13:15
RAAF Roulettes Air Display 13:15 – 13:30
V8 Supercars First Practice 13:30 – 14:00
Carrera Cup Practice Session 14:10 – 14:30
Period Sports Cars Qualifying 14:40 – 15:00
Formula Press Conference – Press Room 15:00
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 15:05 – 15:40
Celebrity Challenge 15:10 – 15:30
Ultimate Speed Comparison Practice Session 15:40 – 16:00
V8 Supercars Second Practice Session 16:10 – 16:40
Carrera Cup Qualifying Session 16:50 – 17:10
Ultimate Speed Comparison 17:20 – 17:35
2 Seater Demonstration Laps 17:40 – 18:00
Former SAE Demonstration 18:30 – 19:00
Gates close to public 20:00

Friday 15th March:

2 Seater Demonstration Laps 07:20 – 08:40
Gates open to public – 10:30
V8 Supercars First Race (25 Mins) 11:00 – 11:30
Historic Demonstration 11:35 – 11:50
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 11:40 – 12:10
RAAF Roulettes Air Display 12:00
Formula One Practice 1 12:30 – 14:00
V8 Supercars First Race (25 Mins) 14:20 – 14:50
Ultimate Speed Comparison 15:00 – 15:15
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 15:05 – 15:40
Celebrity Challenge First Race (5 Laps or 10 Mins) 15:30 – 15:45
RAAF F/A18 Jet Display 15:55 – 16:05
Formula One Practice 2 16:30 – 18:00
Carrera Cup First Race (8 Laps or 15 Mins) 18:20 – 18:40
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 18:30 – 19:30
Tarmac Rally Car Demonstration 18:50 – 19:00
Guest Laps 19:05 – 19:15
Gates close to public 20:00

Saturday 16th March

2 Seater Demonstration Laps 07:20 – 08:40
Gates open to public 10:30
Historic Demonstration 11:00 – 11:20
Formula One Pit Stop Practice 11:05 – 12:00
Tarmac Rally Car Demonstration 11:30 – 11:40
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 11:40 – 12:25
Celebrity Challenge Second Race (5 Laps or 10 Mins) 11:55 – 12:10
Ultimate Speed Comparison 12:25 – 12:35
Carrera Cup Second Race (8 Laps or 15 Mins) 12:50 – 13:10
RAAF Roulettes Display 13:30 – 13:45
Formula One Practice 3 14:00 – 15:00
V8 Supercars Third Race (30 Mins) 15:20 – 15:55
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 16:05 – 16:35
Ferrari Road Car Parade Laps 16:10 – 16:20
RAAF F/A18 Jet Display 16:30 – 16:40
Formula One Qualifying 17:00
Period Sports Cars First Race (8 Laps or 15 Mins) 18:25 – 18:45
Guest Laps 18:50 – 19:00
Gates close to public 20:00

Sunday 17th March

2 Seater Demonstration Laps 07:20 – 08:40
Formula One Main Straight Walk – Qantas Holiday Packages
GP Advantage Ticket Holders Only
09:30 – 10:30
Gates open to public 10:30
Historic Parade 11:00 – 11:15
Period Sports Cars Second Race (8 Laps or 15 Mins) 11:20 – 11:40
Celebrity Challenge & CAMS Champs Parade 11:45 – 11:55
Junior GP Challenge 12:00 – 12:10
V8 Supercars Drivers Parade 12:15 – 12:25
Guest Laps 12:25 – 12:30
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 12:30 – 13:30
Celebrity Challenge Third Race (5 Laps or 10 Mins) 12:40 – 12:55
V8 Supercars Fourth Race (30 Mins) 13:20 – 13:55
Carrera Cup Third Race (8 Laps or 15 Mins) 14:10 – 14:30
Ultimate Speed Comparison 14:40 – 14:55
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 14:40 – 15:10
60th AGP Anniversary Parade Lap 15:00 – 15:15
Formula One Drivers Photograph – Starting Grid 15:25
Formula One Drivers Parade 15:30 – 15:40
RAAF Roulettes Display 15:40 – 15:55
RAAF F/A18 Jet Display 16:10 – 16:20
Formula One National Anthem 16:50 – 16:52
Qantas Jet Flyover 16:52
Start of Formula One Formation Lap 17:00
Start of 2013 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 17:03
Gates close to public 21:00

UK Television schedules – GMT time

In addition to Sky’s live coverage of the Australian Grand Prix, the BBC is showing extended highlights of both qualifying, and the 58 lap Grand Prix. Times of the TV coverage can be seen below:

Friday 15th March

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 01:00 am
Practice Two: 05.15 am

Saturday 16th March

BBC Coverage

Qualifying highlights: 1300-1405, BBC One/BBC One HD

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 02:45 am
Qualifying: 05:00 am

Sunday 17th March

BBC Coverage

Race highlights: 1350-1550, BBC One/BBC One HD

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 04.30 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 Australian Grand Prix

2004 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2005 – Giancarlo Fisichella – Renault
2006 – Fernando Alonso – Renault
2007 – Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
2008 – Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2009 – Jenson Button – Brawn-Mercedes Benz
2010 – Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2011 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault
2012 – Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes Benz

Enjoy the Grand Prix!


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - ALBERT PARK   Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:53 pm

I woke up at 7:30am for alpine skiing finals and quali was still going on and it got cancelled because of a few puddles? sunny
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - ALBERT PARK   Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:26 pm

I think the FIA need to seriously reconsider their procedures and actions when the track is wet. If the track is wet, will delaying qualifying make the track better or worse? The best way to shift water is to have 22 cars running about, dispersing huge amounts of water and slowly making the track more drivable.

After Q1, what the heck happened? They delayed Q2 by 20 minutes…and by then it got wetter.

Its wet, of course there were going to be accidents! Rolling Eyes

Wasn’t Lewis Hamilton lucky not to have done more damage? He just brushed the wall coming out of turn 2 – very lucky.

Felipe Massa’s accident out of turn 14 really surprised me. I’m amazed you can have such an impact, drive away and merely replace the front wing, with no wishbones or other pieces undamaged.

Clearly and obviously, the best part of qualifying was seeing the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate Medical Car checking the circuit conditions. This was a thrilling moment.

So: qualifying at 12:00 am UK time. This means qualifying will happen at night – this could spice up the show even further.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - ALBERT PARK   Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:09 am

I'm confused about cars returning to the garage with damaged front wings, I thought they were not allowed to do that sicne Buemi got a penalty for returning to the garage in Suzuka a couple of seasons ago.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - ALBERT PARK   Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:14 am

Quaifing tonight at 11pm UK time. If the Australian grand Prix started at 10pm UK time wondnt that be better than very early morning?
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - ALBERT PARK   Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:46 am

Sky's updated TV schedule is showing qualifying to start at 12 am: http://www1.skysports.com/formula1/live-on-sky/


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - ALBERT PARK   Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:57 pm




It was a cracking Grand Prix. It had a great variety of strategies and a lot of entertaining on-track overtaking.

Raikkonen made the most out of the Lotus’ economical tyre usge, and being able to get away with a two-stopper could be significant at some other races.

Conditions were almost like testing, with cold air/track temperatures and a ‘green’ track. The graining and heavy degradation simply transferred to Albert Park. I hope we get a warm, rubbered in and dry track in Malaysia to truly see the pecking order.

I’m not surprised that Vettel pitted early, his tyres after qualifying looked awful.

It was quite amusing to see Sutil pulling away from Vettel.

Hamilton drove a very disciplined, well-judged motor race. He could have forced the issue a number of times, but he conceded positions that weren’t worth fighting over. The low air temperatures didn’t seem to suit the Mercedes well, but it seems like one of the better cars.

As for McLaren, oh dear. Poor stability, poor downforce, poor ride and even worse tyre wear – pitting on lap 4 for Button was quite amazing. Good job Hamilton left – because the McLaren is hopeless and there doesn’t seem to be quick-fixes for their issues.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - ALBERT PARK   Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:45 am

Good race all round. Lotus couldn't have started their season any better, and Kimi did a great job. Smile Grosjean seemed to be nowhere though after the first few laps.

Red Bull's pace seemed to evaporate after headlining all the practice and qualifying sessions. But then they've won the season opener just once in the last 3 years, and still went on to be champions. No doubt people haven't written them off early just yet.

Ferrari look strong, and it was good to see Massa in the running again after what feels like forever. Sutil did a blinding job too to stay amongst the leaders for as long as he did. Hamilton gave a real solid performance on his Mercedes debut, and top marks to Bianchi as well for his drive.

Wasn't so sure of it at first, but that Merc looks good visually on track. Ferrari too. Cool

As for McLaren..... oh dear. Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - ALBERT PARK   Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:04 am

Raikkonen's steering wheel.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - ALBERT PARK   Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:13 am

I really hate the tyre situation still, seems you get reward only if you never try to push. Probably why Kimi did so well since he really couldn't give a damn and drives round for the fame. Hamilton was doing well until he made the error of increasing his pace and that ruined his race there and then. Sutil was the same, all that good work and then he fancys his chance on some super softs with no fuel, two laps later just a flailing mess left on the wheel rims. Mclaren did okay in the race considering the mistakes they made, its way to early to judge anything in the conditions from this weekend I just hope the drivers are given a chance to put some real pace into their race in future.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - ALBERT PARK   Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:35 am

That is true. The cool air temperatures and a ‘green’ track meant that today’s Grand Prix were not typical conditions. The super soft tyre really needed a rubbered-in track to work effectively, but it rained. In the same way that the 2013 cars can’t be definitely judged, neither can the super soft tyre.

I’m sure the super soft tyre would have been more durable if there had been typical track evolution. Saturday’s and early Sunday’s rain left a track with barley any rubber on it, and as GP weekends go, this one was unusual.

I think Hamilton was driving very carefully throughout the race, he had no option. Like other cars, the Mercedes couldn’t go fast and conserve tyres in those conditions.

There did seem to be a skill of setting competitive laptimes, but conserving tyres. At no point did Raikkonen look vulnerable from other cars, but he kept good pace whilst running on older tyres. On a green, cold race track – the Lotus looks in fine form. This is more car design and tyre usage than Pirelli’s fault.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - ALBERT PARK   Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:30 pm

it was a decent race.

Kimi did a good job and Hopefully its big battle for the title with lots of drivers involved and not just two or one.

Ferrari looks good

The tyres are an interesting one. buttons quali tyres after lap 4 looked shocking. lets see how they work on proper race track.

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