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PostSubject: F1 - 2013 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - SHANGHAI   Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:39 am

2013 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX

After a lengthy break with back-to-back Grands Prix, Formula 1 returns this weekend in Shanghai for the 2013 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit. The 2013 Chinese Grand Prix marks the third round on the 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.





Since 2004, Formula 1 has been racing at the 3.3 mile Shanghai International Circuit. Few other countries illustrate the power shift to the East as China does. A booming economy, the world’s biggest passenger car market and growing wealth means that China is a natural home for Formula 1. Formula One hopes that the Chinese’ appetite for four-wheeled transport will translate into interest for Formula 1 motor racing.

The Shanghai International Circuit cost $450 million to build; it is a state of the art facility that can match the standards of the very best circuits on the calendar. The construction of the circuit was funded by regional governments in China to host an F1 Grand Prix.

This circuit has produced some excellent Grands Prix in recent years. There was Michael Schumacher’s memorable first-corner pass on Fisichella in 2006, Hamilton’s gravel trap-nightmare in 2007, the first Red Bull victory in 2009, a mixed condition race in 2010, and overtaking-fests in 2011 and 2012.

There is a unique mix of corners; with a strange turn 1 that has a very fast entry, but gradually slows and tightens. Turns 5 and 6 are fast sweepers and driver-favourites, and there is a giant back-straightaway that will allow for great overtaking.

An overtaking-friendly track, the longest straight in F1 and fragile tyres should see an epic Grand Prix.

Chinese Grand Prix fast facts

-Driving direction: Clockwise
-Length of pit straight: 0.75 mile
-Average speed of lap: 118 mph
-Longest period at full throttle: 1360 metres (19 seconds)
-Full throttle percentage: 55 %
-Time on brakes: 14 %
-Gear changes per lap: 50
-Highest g-force: 3.5 g
--Total race distance: 189 miles

Overtaking opportunities

Turn 1 is a feasible passing opportunity, especially in the opening laps. Drivers often get turn 16 wrong and run wide, which can lead opponents to go side-by-side along the pit straight and do a dandier move into turn 1 – it has a very fast entry to it. Turn 6 is also a possible passing opportunity. If a driver gets a better exit off turn 4 than his opponent, it’s possible to dive up the inside of turn 6, which is a tight hairpin that will allow for clean overtakes. When the tyres start to degrade, this may be a popular place to pass as traction runs out.

Undoubtedly, the best passing opportunity comes at turn 14. The drivers will reach 200 mph one of F1’s longest straightaway’s before stamping on the brake pedal to just 45 mph. This is a massive braking zone with a wide entry that encourages passing, this is the most significant overtaking opportunity due to the opportunities for slipstreaming along the back straight and drivers trying to out-brake each other into turn 14 – a major stop from high speeds. Moves at this corner have been pulled off countless times. This straight is especially important, as the DRS-zone will be on the long straight - expect a lot of slipstreaming here this weekend.

Shanghai doesn’t have many obvious overtaking opportunities as Sepang, however; turns 1, 6 and turns 14 make up for that.


What to watch for

The Shanghai track is severe on rear tyres. As can be seen on the track guide, the circuit features many continuous tight and twisty corners with few full throttle sections in between. This means that teams run medium-to-high downforce levels at this track, so the cars have maximum traction when exiting these fiddly corners. Rear tyre slippage is reduced as a result, so drivers exit corners as fast as possible for competitive lap times. However, by the cars being run in high downforce specifications, this only increases tyre wear because the tyres are digging into the tarmac more aggressively due to higher downforce levels run then at other tracks.

The softer tyre compounds are likely to exacerbate tyre wear and degradation.

Front left tyre wear can also be heavy in Shanghai. The high speed and long turns of 1 and 2, turn 8, and, the slightly banked turns of 12 and 13 put significant lateral load on the tyre. Not over-driving the turns and knowing how much to push the tyres will be key on Sunday.

Car requirements

The Shanghai track requires medium to high downforce levels. Mechanical grip is also very important as well, due to the track’s many slow speed turns. Strain on engines and fuel consumption is very low here, due to the drivers being off throttle for much of the lap when negotiating the circuit’s slow, long and often frustrating corners. Combined with a shorter race distance compared to other events, the cars don’t require as much fuel as other races.

Despite the length of the back straightaway, it won’t have much effect on car-set up for the more competitive teams. More time on this track can be found with a car that turns eagerly into these tight corners, with good stability under braking rather than topping the speed trap. Apart from the back straightaway, most of the circuit requires good acceleration off slow corners. This requires closely-stacked lower ratio’s to deliver punchy acceleration. Gear ratio’s will have to be compromised slightly for qualifying though, because the added speed from DRS will require a taller seventh gear.

Tyre selections

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



Video footage

Here is an onboard lap of this Shanghai circuit with Fernando Alonso, driving in the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix in his Ferrari F2012:



Weekend schedule in UK time:

Fri 12 April 2013

Friday Practice 1 03:00 – 04:30
Friday Practice 2 07:00 – 08:30

Sat 13 April 2013

Saturday Practice 04:00 – 05:00
Qualifying 07:00

Sun 14 April 2013

Start of Formation Lap 08:00
2013 Chinese Grand Prix Race Start 08:03

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 11st April:

Formula One Press Conference – Press Room 15:00
Formula One Autograph Session – Press Room 16:00 – 17:15

Friday 12th April:

Formula One Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia First Practice Session 12:00 – 12:30
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 12:35 – 13:30
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 16:00 – 17:00
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Second Practice Session 16:00 – 17:30
Public Pitlane Walk - 3 Day Ticket Holders Only 17:15 – 19:00

Saturday 13th April

Formula One Pit Stop Practice 09:30 – 10:30
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 09:30 – 10:45
Formula One Practice 3 11:00 – 12:00
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Qualifying Session 12:25 – 12:55
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 13:00 – 13:45
Formula One Qualifying 14:00
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia First Race (12 Laps or 30 Mins) 15:30 – 16:05

Sunday 14th April

Formula One Paddock Club Pit Walk 11:00 – 12:15
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Second Race (12 Laps or 30 Mins) 12:30 – 13:05
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Walk 13:15 – 14:00
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 2013 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix 15:03

UK Television schedules – BST time

In addition to Sky F1’s coverage of the 2013 Chinese 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 April

BBC Red Button Coverage

Practice 1: 0255-0435, BBC Two/BBC Two HD
Practice 2: 0655-0835, BBC Two/BBC Two HD

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 02.45
Practice Two: 06.45

Saturday 13th April

BBC Coverage

Practice 3: 0355-0505, BBC Two/BBC Two HD
Qualifying: 0600-0830, BBC One/BBC Red Button
Qualifying replay: 1300-1415, BBC One/BBC One HD

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 03:45
Qualifying: 06:00

Sunday 14th April

BBC Coverage

Grand Prix live : 0700-1015, BBC One/Red Button
Grand Prix replay: 1400-1600, BBC One/BBC Red Button
Grand Prix highlights: 1900-2000, BBC Three

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 06.30 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 Chinese Grand Prix

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

Enjoy the Grand Prix!





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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - SHANGHAI   Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:51 am

Well, Vettel is giving people plenty to discuss in Shanghai:

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Asked if he would do the same again, Vettel replied: "I am not sure I can give you a proper answer because in the moment it might be different, but I would probably do the same.

"Had I understood the message and had I thought about it, reflected on it, thought what the team wanted to do, to leave Mark in first place and me finishing second... I think I would have thought about it and I would probably have done the same thing.

Mark Webber, in Vettel's eyes didn't....

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"He didn't deserve it.

"There is quite a conflict, because on the one hand I am the kind of guy who respects team decisions and the other hand, probably Mark is not the one who deserved it at the time."

Vettel has never felt support from Webber:

Quote :
"I never had support from his side," Vettel said. "I have a lot of support from the team, and the team has supported both of us the same way.

"But in terms of the relationship to Mark, I respect him a lot as a racing driver, but I think there was more than one occasion in the past where he could have helped the team and he didn't."

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/106631

Hmm, I still think that Schumacher ultimately respected the Ferrari team more than Vettel respects Red Bull. In 1999 at Malaysia, he rolled over for Irvine to give the latter the best chance of fighting Hakkinen.

Mind you, what basis does Vettel think that Webber 'didn't deserve' victory in Malaysia? He was using less engine revs than Vettel, did Vettel deserve the win by using more engine revs, when his teamate wasn't (as the 'Multi-21' internal code was suggested)? Was it a fair fought victory, with both drivers using the same engine revs?

It is also interesting that Vettel says that Webber could have helped the team more on "more than one occasion", but specifies none of these occasions whatsoever? Vettel is in no-man's land, he is prepared to open his gob and criticise - but not back up his statements.


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - SHANGHAI   Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:14 pm

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Hmm, I still think that Schumacher ultimately respected the Ferrari team more than Vettel respects Red Bull. In 1999 at Malaysia, he rolled over for Irvine to give the latter the best chance of fighting Hakkinen.

Not in the final race he didn't.

He could have helped Irvine more... he had no statistical chance of claiming the title, therefore he *had* to be seen to 'support' Irvine... but, ultimately, Schumi was *never* going to let Irvine get the first Ferrari drivers' championship for 2 decades over him... he was happy to support winning the constructors, but that was it.

Had Schumi actually wanted Irvine to win, then he'd have won the race from Hakkinen. He was more than capable, having started on Pole and with a clearly fast car. Going into the race Irvine was 4 points ahead of Mika... had Mika come second and Eddie third then the difference would only have been 2 points, and Irvine would have been Champion. As it was the difference was 6 points, and that was that.

Schumacher knew what he was doing at the start and during that final stint, and overtaking Mika (even if he had the pace) was never on the agenda.

The Pole Position, of course, was... because Schumi wanted to show everybody that had he not had his accident at Silverstone he'd have walked the Championship... but that was for 2000... when Ferrari would get its first Driver's Championship and "the right name" would be on the trophy.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - SHANGHAI   Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:28 am

That was the best f1 qualifying in ages, in fact since they got rid of the superior 1 hour format.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - SHANGHAI   Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:37 am

Not much happend in the first bit of Q1 though Neutral

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - SHANGHAI   Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:25 am

I like the way that Pirelli’s tyres are playing out so far. The Soft compound is literally a qualifying tyre around Shanghai; it won’t go much further than a few laps. The Hard compound is a much more durable tyre, but drivers sacrifice track position for starting the race on the Hard compound – the variety is excellent.
I didn’t mind qualifying, and it was entertaining once it got going.

The Mercedes-Benz really does seem to be the real deal. Not only is the Mercedes fast down the long back straightaway, it is fast in the twisty sections too. It suggests that Mercedes have a very complete package, when they can top the speed trap and don’t have to sacrifice downforce.

For the soft tyre-starts, I think being on the first couple of rows will be critical. In particular, Hamilton needs to get away and bridge a gap to the first medium-compound runner by the time he pits. That is a possibility; because Vettel and Button are starting in risky positions and they may lose time squabbling that they hoped to gain by running longer.

A lot of tomorrow’s strategy will hinge when the lights go out, as track position will dictate the success of these opposing strategies. Last year, Rosberg was never pressured from behind and whilst other cars made three pitstops and battled – Rosberg was in clean air and made one fewer pitstops.

Red Bull and McLaren admitted that they’ve only elected to start on the medium compound because they didn’t have the pace for pole – therefore a lot of this alternate strategy has come from necessity rather than genuine advantage.



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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - SHANGHAI   Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:29 am

Or at all.

Qualifying should never have changed this elimination system is a bit silly. The problem was never the format, ie 1 hour fastest person takes pole. It was the cost saving. To save money those that right the rules said you could only do 12 laps, take that away and it just works.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - SHANGHAI   Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:00 am

Is there any actual need for the types of tyre any more with the hard tyre need two changes anyway why have the chewing gum tyre why not use that as an old fashion qualifier?
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - SHANGHAI   Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:32 am

It was a great Grand Prix. Alonso drove a storming race, whilst it was nice to see Raikkonen and Hamilton scrapping for second position all race long.

Teams don’t like it, but Pirelli produced a fascinating spectacle. The huge difference between both compounds meant different teams opted for very difference strategies, and at the opposing strategies resulted in a thrilling last lap between Hamilton and Vettel.

This was better than having two compounds which are fairly similar – it doesn’t incentivise different strategies.

The fragility of the tyres also means that the absolute fastest car doesn’t guarantee victory. In two out of three Grand’s Prix so far, the fastest car didn’t win the race. It allows other contenders to fight for the win.

Perez was driving in an erratic manner in the braking zones; I’m not surprised that Raikkonen rear-ended Perez. At the last moment, Perez would change his line when braking – that must be annoying.

Webber was a bit too optimistic in trying to overtake Vergne in turn 6. At turn-in, Webber wasn’t far-enough inside of Vergne. Vergne was turning in when Webber went charging into the corner.

DRS were wholly unnecessary along the pit straight. The 2011 and 2012 races were superb without DRS along the pit straight; it wasn’t like overtaking had been difficult in previous years.

Next up is Bahrain – probably the dullest scenery on the calendar, but the heavy braking zones and slick track surface should give another great Grand Prix.

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