Driver Line-up 2012 COMPLETE

Hi Racers,

The completed, confirmed driver line-up for the 2012 Season.

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

2012 Team Line-Ups

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel

Mark Webber

McLaren

Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton

Ferrari

Fernando Alosno

Felipe Massa

Mercedes

Michael Schumacher

Nico Rosberg

Lotus (Prev Renault)

Romain Grosjean

Kimi Raikkonen

Sauber

Kamui Kobayashi

Sergio Perez

Torro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo

Jean-Eric Vergne

Force India

Paul Di resta

Nico Hulkenberg

Marussia (Prev Virgin)

Timo Glock

Charles Pic

Carterham (Prev Lotus)

Heikki Kovalainen

Jarno Trulli

Williams

Bruno Senna

Pastor Maldonado

HRT

Pedro de la Rosa

Narain Karthikeyan

Hurry to secure your Melbourne GP Tickets 2012

 

Melbourne F1 GP - Get your tickets NOW

Hi Racers

Just a quick reminder that you only have until July 31st to buy your Melbourne 2012 Formula 1 Grand Prix Tickets AND secure yourself as a Gold Grand Prix Advantage Member for no extra cost.

You get a huge stack of extra goodies – memorabilia, pit lane walk, main straight walk, access to the GP Advantage only area and the chance to win some cool prizes.

Head over to the website and grab them now – they are limited!

http://www.grandprix.com.au/gp-advantage

You must purchase either a 4 day Grandstand or 4 Corner Grandstand Ticket to qualify for the Advantage Upgrade.

Get yours – I’ve got mine!

Vroom Vroom

2011 Season Preperation

Its time to get ready for a new season.

Some teams are still yet to confirm their drivers. Red Bull’s other racing team Torro Rosso are yet to confirm either of their 2 racers for 2011, and neither have Force India.

Lets hope they get their acts together soon so we can get to know the new drivers!!

Below is the Race Calender for 2011.

This will be Formula 1’s largest race calender ( 20 races ) in its 62 year history.

2 races are subject to circuit approval – India and China – both are new circuits being built ready for their maiden race. Lets hope they are finished in time.

2011 FIA Formula One World Championship Race Calendar.

 

Round Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Date
1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 13 March
2 Qantas Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Australia Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 27 March
3 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Malaysian GP Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 10 April
4 Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP People's Republic of China Shanghai International Circuit 17 April
5 Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP Turkey Istanbul Park 8 May
6 Gran Premio de España Spanish GP Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 22 May
7 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 29 May
8 Grand Prix du Canada Canadian GP Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 12 June
9 European Grand Prix European GP Spain Valencia Street Circuit 26 June
10 Santander British Grand Prix British GP United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit 10 July
11 Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland German GP Germany Nürburgring 24 July
12 Eni Magyar Nagydíj Hungarian GP Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 31 July
13 Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 28 August
14 Gran Premio Santander d’Italia Italian GP Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza 11 September
15 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit 25 September
16 Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka 9 October
17 Korean Grand Prix Korean GP South Korea Korean International Circuit, Yeongam 16 October
18 Indian Grand Prix Indian GP India Jaypee Group Circuit, Greater Noida 30 October
19 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Abu Dhabi GP United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit 13 November
20 Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 27 November

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What are you looking forward to most in the 2011 season?
Counting down to Race 1 – Bahrain.
Only 61 days, 15 Hours and 5 Minutes to go!
Happy Racing
Vroom Vroom

The idiots guide to Formula 1

            

 

A friend recently said to me that she always went to my blog, but didn’t have any idea what I was ever on about.

She is a self-confessed Formula 1 illiterate.

This gave me an idea, why not do a blog for those out there who have not come to know Formula 1.

Here, is my idiots guide.

WHAT IS FORMULA 1?

Formula 1 is the highest class of single-seater auto racing in the world.

The “formula” stands for the rules in which all cars in the race must all adhere to ( more on this later).

Each Formula 1 Season consists of a series of races, on specifically designed circuits and street circuits. The top 10 drivers in each race receive points. These points go towards the Drivers Championship.

There is also a Constructors Championship – a constructor is the team in which the car and racer are essentially racing for. For example, the most well-known in Formula 1 is Ferrari. There is also Red Bull, Williams and the list goes on.

WHATS SO SPECIAL ABOUT FORMULA 1?

Formula 1 cars are a super engineered car of brilliance.

They can reach speeds of up to 360km per hour, and on corners the cars are capable of lateral acceleration of 5G.  At their peak, they reach revs of up to 18,000rpm.

Formula 1 drivers must be exceptionally skilled, and some take many years to make it to a driving level capable of driving these cars. A lot of the driving relies on engineering, tyres, suspension and electronics.

HOW POPULAR IS FORMULA 1?

Formula 1 is the most popular motor sport in the world, with around 600MILLION viewers worldwide PER RACE.

HOW MANY TEAMS ARE IN FORMULA 1?

There are 12 teams in Formula 1, with each team having 2 drivers.

On track at a race, there are a 24 cars.

RACING & STRATEGY.

Formula 1 racing is not simply about fast cars. It’s about tactics too.

It can seem boring to some, because generally they seem to just go around and around the track not really doing much. But keep in mind that these cars are going at incredible speeds, so any actions for overtaking need to be precise or there can be HUGE dramas on track ( very exciting!! )

Each race spans over a week.

There are 3 parts to the race.

The first day is PRACTICE. The teams are given an opportunity to test their race car, electronics, strategy, and just generally allow the drivers to gain a feel for the track.

The second day is QUALIFYING.

This is an incredibly important part of formula 1.

They do it in a way that can be described as a “knock out”. Each car is on track in order to gain the fastest time. They knock out the slowest 10 cars in Q1. Then this happens again for Q2, until 10 cars remain on track. These 10 are the ones who will fight for POLL POSITION ( this means the car that will start at the top of the grid for the race )

Obtaining poll position, or a position on the front 2 rows is so important because in Formula 1, if you can start a race in 1st position, as long as you drive well, the car handles well and your strategies are spot on, there is no reason why you can’t win. It’s very hard to pass in Formula 1 due to the sheer speed of these cars, and the difficulty of the tracks, therefore the drivers work very hard to achieve the fastest possible qualifying time.

The 3rd day is RACE DAY. The race begins with a warm up lap, then all the cars line up on the grid in their respective qualifying positions.

Throughout the race drivers must make pit stops to change tyres and repair damage. Up until 2010 they would also refuel, however new rules introduced means they now must start on full tanks.

 Different teams and drivers use different pit stop strategies in order to maximise their car’s potential, and also to try to navigate their way around other drivers and the track. Making the wrong move when it comes to a pit stop can lose you a race, making the right one could win it.

Two different tyres are used in Formula 1, and its important to understand what they are. They are an integral part of the race strategy.

Each tyre has different durability and grip capabilities.

Over the course of a race, drivers must use both.

One compound will have a performance advantage over the other, and choosing when to use which compound is a key tactical decision to make.

Under wet conditions drivers may switch to one of two specialised wet weather tyres with additional grooves (one “intermediate”, for mild wet conditions, such as after recent rain, one “full wet”, for racing in or immediately after rain). If rain tyres are used, drivers are no longer obliged to use both types of dry tyres.

ACCIDENTS IN FORMULA 1.

Formula 1 is a dangerous sport and accident quite often do happen, some worse than others.

If an accident occurs during a race and there is a danger to other drivers from an obstruction on the track or debris that needs to be cleared the SAFETY CAR is deployed. This is signalled by a yellow flag.

NO overtaking is allowed while the safety car is out and the lead driver must stay no further than 10 car lengths behind the safety car. Once the safety car is bought back in, the cars then race as normal once more.

When an accident happens, sometimes the stewards with begin an investigation. If they believe one driver was responsible for the accident they can issue penalties. These can involve a drive through – which is a 10 – 15 second drive through the pits, or it could even be a fine for the team or loss of places on the grid at the next race.

POINTS.

Racing in Formula 1 is all about the points.

Each driver who gets a place in the top 10 of a race receives points that go towards their own Driver Championship.

The corresponding team to that driver also receive points that go toward the Constructors Championship.

The points are allocated as follows:

Points awarded for finishing
Position Points
1st 25
2nd 18
3rd 15
4th 12
5th 10
6th 8
7th 6
8th 4
9th 2
10th 1

 

Formula 1 can seem complicated and it takes a little getting used to and I believe it is an aquired passion. You need to be prepared that Formula 1 involves alot more than the actual race, and what you seen on track.

Formula 1 is a motor sport that involves state of the art machines, that are engineered to perfection in order to reach phenomenal speeds and precision driving.

Each team have their own drivers, tactics, mechanics and dramas, which all make for a very interesting motor sport.

I encourage you to watch a race in the upcoming season and see what you think.

If there is something you would like to know about Formula 1 – drop me a line.

Happy Racing

Vroom Vroom