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PostSubject: F1 - 2013 SPANISH GRAND PRIX - CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA   Mon May 06, 2013 9:18 pm

FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPANA 2013

Three weeks after the dual in the desert, Formula One returns to traditional European territory in Spain this weekend for the Formula 1 Gran Premio De Espana 2013. The 2013 Spanish Grand Prix marks the fifth round of the 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.





Now that the European Grand Prix in Valencia has disappeared off the calendar, Spain now joins other nations in having a sole Grand Prix. Despite the turbulent Spanish economy, the Alonso fan base will be strong in the grandstands. Spain is now more accepting of four wheeled racing, with the success of Alonso. However, attendance at the venue has tailed off slightly in the most recent years, due to Alonso’s success petering out since 2006. Ticket prices are also a luxury that an increasing number can no longer afford with a troubled economy.

The Circuit de Catalunya has long been considered to be the definitive test of a Formula 1 car, if a car performs well at this circuit, that pace can be replicated at other high downforce circuits. Although the high speed corners and generally short braking zones make overtaking difficult, racing has improved at this facility since last year with more fragile tyres and DRS.

An additional DRS zone should help overtaking elsewhere, and last year’s event showed that the circuit can produce entertaining Grands’ Prix.

Spanish Grand Prix fast facts

-Driving direction: Clockwise
-Length of pit straight: 0.68 mile
-Average speed of lap: 127 mph
-Longest period at full throttle: 1140 metres (16 seconds)
-Full throttle percentage: 57 %
-Time on brakes: 12 %
-Gear changes per lap: 44
-Highest g-force: 4 g
-Total race distance: 190 miles

Overtaking opportunities

The Circuit de Catalunya has traditionally seen dull Grand’s Prix, due to the circuit’s continuous flowing corners and lack of heavy braking zones. This hinders overtaking for such aerodynamically-dependent machines. DRS and more varying levels of tyre grip altered this slightly last year, with greater differentiation between the speeds of cars.

Turn 1 is one of the best opportunities to make a pass, but even this corner is not ideal for overtaking. The drivers will approach approximately 200 mph down the front straightaway, and brake to around 87 mph for turn 1. The entry and exit to the corner is very fast, meaning there is limited opportunity for dandier moves into the turn. It is a very line-specific entry as well, unlike Bahrain’s turn 1, the entry here in Barcelona is relatively narrow. The driver on the offensive has to be well alongside their rival to make this move stick.

The next passing opportunity is usually pulled off when the pack is bunched up, as oppose to when the field spreads out. It is possible for a driver to cut back after turn 3 and immediately go the inside line to pass in turn 4. A mistake on the opening lap is when passing can be completed in turn 4. If that doesn’t work, the pursuing driver can try an unexpected dive up the inside of turn 5. This is more about catching a driver unawares than getting a slipstream.

Finally, the slow bend of turn 10 is a good opportunity to pass. The drivers will build up to around 185 mph before braking to just 45 mph for the corner, the length of the braking zone makes this a common place for passing, and is one of the biggest stops on the circuit. A second DRS zone on the back straightaway before turn 10 will be available for drivers to try and overtake. On a track where passing is more difficult, the second DRS zone might help a driver get closer to an opponent for a pass down the front straightaway.

What to watch for

The Hard Tyre compound is making its debut this weekend, and the tyre selections will the most durable so far this season. It remains to be seen which cars suit or don’t suit the hard compound, which will most probably be the “option” tyre.

Car requirements

Circuit de Catalunya requires high downforce levels; because turns 1 – 3, 7 and 9 are fast corners that lead onto straights – meaning carrying maximum speed out of these turns is important for lap time. With overtaking rather difficult here, aero efficiency is not a particular priority in Barcelona - not in terms of passing or lap time gain.

With the final sector being revised in 2007, it has put more emphasis on traction and drivability than before. Drivers tend to hit the kerbs aggressively as well in the fiddly corners, so compliant suspension is needed so the driver can hit the kerbs without the car being destabilised to a great degree.

Tyre selections

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



Video footage

Here is an onboard lap of this Bahraini circuit with Pastor Maldonado, driving to an eventual pole position for last year’s 2012 Spanish Grand Prix in his Williams-Renault FW34:



Weekend schedule in UK time:

Fri 10 May 2013

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

Sat 11 May 2013

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

Sun 12 May 2013

Start of Formation Lap 13:00
2013 Spanish Grand Prix Race Start 13:03


Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 9th May:

3 Day Ticket Holders Pit Lane Walk 10:00 – 12:00
Formula One Press Conference – Press Room 15:00
3 Day Ticket Holders Pit Lane Walk 16:00 – 19:00

Friday 10th May:

Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 08:45 – 09:45
Formula One Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
GP2 Practice Session 12:00 – 12:30
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 12:35 – 13:45
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30
GP2 Qualifying Session 15:55 – 16:25
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 16:00 – 17:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Practice Session 16:45 – 17:30
GP3 Practice Session 17:50 – 18:35

Saturday 11th May

Formula One Pit Stop Practice 08:30 – 09:15
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 08:30 – 09:35
GP3 Qualifying Session 09:45 – 10:15
Formula One Practice 3 11:00 – 12:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Qualifying Session 12:25 – 12:55
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 13:00 – 13:45
Formula One Qualifying 14:00
GP2 First Race (37 Laps or 60 Minutes) 15:40 – 16:45
GP3 First Race (17 Laps or 30 Mins) 17:20 – 17:55


Sunday 12th May

GP3 Second Race (17 Laps or 30 Mins) 09:25 – 10:50
GP2 Second Race (26 Laps or 45 Minutes) 10:35 – 11:25
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup (14 Laps or 30 Mins) 11:45 – 12:20
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Walk 12:25 – 13:15
Formula One Drivers Parade 12:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 12:45 – 13:15
Formula One National Anthem 13:46
Start of Formula One Formation Lap 14:00
Start of 2013 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix 14:03

UK Television schedules – BST time

In addition to Sky F1’s coverage of the 2013 Spanish 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 10th April

BBC Red Button Coverage

Practice 1: BBC Two 08:55-10:35, Red Button 10:35-12:15
Practice 2: BBC Two 13:00-14:45, Red Button 14:45-16:20

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 08.45
Practice Two: 12.45

Saturday 11th May

BBC Coverage

Practice 3: BBC Two 09:55-11:19, Red Button 12:45-14:15 (Driver Tracker)
Qualifying: BBC One & Red Button 12:10-14:15, replay on Red Button 17:05-19:00

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 09:45
Qualifying: 12:00

Sunday 12th May

BBC Coverage

Race: BBC Two 12:10-15:15, Red Button 10:35-12:15 (Driver Tracker), 15:15-16:15 (Forum), highlights BBC Three 19:00-20:00, Red Button 20:00-05:59

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 11.30 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 Spanish Grand Prix

2004 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2005 – Kimi Raikkonen – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2006 – Fernando Alonso – Renault
2007 – Felipe Massa – Ferrari
2008 – Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
2009 – Jenson Button – Brawn-Mercedes Benz
2010 – Mark Webber – Red-Bull Renault
2011 – Sebastian Vettel – Red-Bull Renault
2012 – Pastor Maldondo – Williams-Renault

Enjoy the Grand Prix!

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 SPANISH GRAND PRIX - CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA   Wed May 08, 2013 5:57 pm

have been skeptical about a second DRS zone on other track’s, but at this circuit it is entirely appropriate. IMO, the FIA should help promote overtaking where it is more difficult – not where overtaking is plentiful.

The second DRS zone before turn 10 probably won’t increase overtaking into the turn, but it will help the chasing driver close up to his opponent to overtake on the pit straight.
I don’t mind – if a driver closes up to 1 second then they are clearly faster anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 SPANISH GRAND PRIX - CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA   Sun May 12, 2013 8:08 am

Looks like McLaren are in trouble Neutral

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 SPANISH GRAND PRIX - CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA   Sun May 12, 2013 8:37 pm

Yes indeed, McLaren are badly struggling. It is puzzling how they’ve gone from having a race-winning car in Brazil last year, to scrapping in the midfield. It is a downforce problem, but even basic things like ride height issues are very strange.

Let’s see if Mercedes-Benz can convert this rapid qualifying speed into race pace. I still think they lack the long-distance pace of other cars, but they’ve deliberately been focusing on race-runs with heavy fuel in practice. Qualifying was the first time they depleted the tanks to set fast times.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 SPANISH GRAND PRIX - CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA   Mon May 13, 2013 1:49 am

I have not seen the race BUT !! it's a great result, il mondo di ferrari sostiene la causa di
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 SPANISH GRAND PRIX - CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA   Mon May 13, 2013 2:02 am

Dull fest, more or less shuffling down to how the car manages the tyres. Not really sport.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 SPANISH GRAND PRIX - CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA   Mon May 13, 2013 3:22 am

Duckman wrote:
Dull fest, more or less shuffling down to how the car manages the tyres. Not really sport.
That's why i prefer Sports Cars , because you don't know to the end who is going to win.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 SPANISH GRAND PRIX - CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA   Mon May 13, 2013 4:35 am

First 3rd of the race was decent, then it became yet another tyre management exercise. Doubt the Spanish fans cared one bit. Wink

A lot of things could be said about tyres and DRS, but tbh, I just can't be bothered anymore.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 SPANISH GRAND PRIX - CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA   Mon May 13, 2013 7:54 am

It was a good Grand Prix in parts, but it was a tad confusing to follow with four pitstops for most drivers.

Alonso drove wonderfully, overtakes on the outside of turn 3 were done in GP2 – I didn’t think it would be possible with F1 cars.
In fairness to Ferrari, they are acing this current set-up of racing. Ordinarily, the Ferrari isn’t the quickest car in terms of raw pace. However, They are faster than the competition whilst keeping the tyres intact.

Mercedes’ issues are very puzzling. Clearly the car takes too much out of the fragile tyres, but that’s not the only issue. Seemingly from lap 1, the Mercedes drops off massively in pace. If a car “switches on” its tyres in qualifying, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that the initial race laps will be decent.

It’s almost like the Mercedes is allergic to Sunday afternoon’s all together, which is a problem when no points are given for Saturday. There was an interesting piece in the Sunday Times about Mercedes’ issues. Essentially, they’ve got to keep the rear tyres under a specific temperature before they totally fall away. In essence, that’s what both drivers were fighting today.

My problem is not the quantity of pitstops. I find it alarming that the very hardest compounds in Pirelli’s range required four pitstops. By definition alone, the “medium” and “hard” compounds are nowhere near hard enough. If this happened with the super soft and soft tyres, fair play – this is what soft compounds are supposed to produce.

I suspect that Red Bull and Mercedes will be a joint force in lobbying for harder tyres. Arguably, the sheer fragility of the tyres is hiding the real speed of both cars.

On the other hand, Ferrari quite likes the dodgy tyres because it suits the car perfectly. The lack of raw speed from the Ferrari is being nicely disguised.

I’m just imagining Monaco now…a Mercedes train – all we need is Trulli and it would be ideal. Razz





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