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F1Head’s most read posts of 2012

Since the launch of F1Head in late june this year, a very good response has been received since then. The website crossed 18,700+ views since its launch. We would like to share with you the most read  posts in the website’s six month tenure. Here are F1Head’s ten most read posts from the year gone by…. 

1. 33 Classic Kimi Quotes (OCTOBER 18, 2012) To celebrate Lotus’ Iceman turning 33 today, I have put together 33 Kimi Raikkonen quotes from over the years.

2. 2013 F1 Constructors entry/participation fees (DECEMBER 1, 2012) 

3. 2013 F1 driver lineup so far

4. Caterham has an interest in Bruno Senna (DECEMBER 19, 2012) Caterham team boss, Frenchman Cyril Abiteboul, reported today that the Brazilian driver Bruno Senna may be the companion of the newcomer Charles Pic, who is already confirmed as a team driver for the 2013 season.

5. Heikki Kovalainen won’t bring sponsorship money to Caterham (NOVEMBER 6, 2012) Heikki Kovalainen says that he will not be able to bring any sponsorship money to Caterham next year even if it is a necessity.

6. F1 Drivers’ Birthday Dates

7. Qualifying: Teammates Head to Head Comparison

8. United States Grand Prix: Grid girls (images) (NOVEMBER 18, 2012)

9. DHL Fastest Lap Award – 2012

10. Number of Post Qualifying and Post Race press conferences (Combined) attended by drivers

2012 F1 Season Review

Australian GP, Melbourne, Albert Park Circuit:

Australian F1 Grand Prix - Race

McLaren had the best car to begin of the season. Ferrari’s car was bad and Red Bull’s car was not so dominating like in 2010 and 2011. They had Button and Hamilton ont the first row, Grosjean was third on the grid. Current World Champion Vettel was sixth, webber 4th. The race itself was great, Grosjean crashed already at the start of the race. Schumacher was second for a while before his Mercedes engine had a problem and had to retire. Maldonado fightet with Alonso for 5th position until the last lap where he crashed out. The rcae was won by Button ahead of Vettel and Hamilton.

Malayian GP, Sepang,  Sepang International Circuit:


As always in Malasyia, it was rainy at the race. In Quali Hamilton and Button completed the first front row. In the race Grosjean made trouble again as he spun Schumacher and him self out. The Williams drivers had also some issues at the start and both spun out. In a very tactical race with many weather issues, was it really difficult to choose between Intermediate, Wet tires or already on Dry tires. Vettel had some issues with Kartikehyan and was 11th at the end of the race.  At the end Alonso was surprisingly leading the field, but Perez in the Sauber was also surprisingly fast and could have won the GP if he didn’t made that mistake at the end of the race. Alonso won the Malasyian GP ahead of Perez and Hamilton.

China GP, Shanghai, Shanghai International Circuit:

Rosberg’s favourite track in recent years. He was making always good perfomances on this track, and this year it was a very good one. He was driving surprisingly to a fantistic Pole, with a very great Mercedes W03 this  weekend. Teammate Schumacher was second on the grid. It was the only GP that i have missed this season, but it was still a great race as i heard. Raikkönnen was 4th, but on the last lap he was 11th because of a tire wear issue. Rosberg won his first GP in his career in his 111th GP, teammate Schumacher had to retire becuase a tire was not well fixed in the box. Second was Button ahead of Hamilton in third-again.

Bahrain GP, Sakhir, Bahrain International Circuit:

The Bahrain GP was not one of the most exciting races of the season, still it the race was enjoyable. Vettel was on Pole, Hamilton was second, Webber third. But Raikkönnen battled with Vettel for the lead of the race. Rosberg was defending his 5th position against Hamilton and Alonso on the outside of the track. Vettel won his first GP of the season, Raikkönnen second and Grosjean on a sensational 3rd position.

Spain GP, Barcelona, Circuit de Catalunya:

Hamilton drove to Pole, but it was denied becuase he had a to small amount of fuel in the car. Maldonado was getting the pole and it was the first pole from Williams since Brazil 2010. Maldonado was surprisingly leading the race ahead of a hard charging Alonso on P2. Schumacher crashed into Senna and became a 10 grid penalty for the next race in Monaco. Vettel got a Drive trough penalty because he was to fast under yellow flags. Hmailton was fighting through the field and was at the end of the race from P24 on P7. Maldonado could hold his lead and was winning the race ahead of Alonso and  Raikkönnen on 3rd. But a fire in the Williams Box because of the KERS from Senna’s car overshadowed the win.

Monaco GP, Monte Carlo, Circuit de Monaco:

A very exciting GP, as always. Schumacher was driving to his first Pole of his comeback career, but ironicly he had his grid penalty so Webber was on Pole. Schuamcher crashed with Grosjean at the start of the race and Kobayashi was also involved. We didn’t see many overtakes, no surprise it’s really hard to make a good overtake in Monaco. But still it was exciting. Webber was followed by Rosberg, Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton and Massa like a train in the last few laps. Webber was stil winning his second Monaco GP after 2010 ahead of Rosberg and Alonso.

Canada GP, Montreal, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve:

Again another Canada GP, again another win there by Hamilton and this for the 3rd time!!! Vettel landed on Pole ahead of Hmailton and Alonso. After a good pit stop strategy, Hamilton was in the lead. Schumacher had a DRS failure and had to continue he destrases season. Vettel came for new tires, but only a few laps before the end of the race. Alonso risked it and drove this stint through, it was a bad desicion. Grosjean and Perez were driving great with the tires and landet on the podium. Seven different winners in seven races.

European GP, Valencia (Spain), Valencia Street Circuit:

Vettel was on pole again and everybody thought that the Red Bull had the perfomnace from 2011 back. And it was looking like that in the race, until Vergne had a collision with Kovalainen and deployed a Safety Car. After the Safety Car in again Vettel became a problem with his alternator and had to retire. Than Grosjean led the race and also had to retire later because of a alternator problem. Alonsso, who was on P11 in Quali, was in the lead and won the race at the end. Ricciardo crashed with another Caterham, this time driven by Petrov. Maldonado was fighting with Hamilton for 3rd Position until he collided with him in Lap 55. Because of all this retirements, Raikkönnen was second and Schumacher was 3rd for first in his comeback career.

British GP, Silverstone, Silverstone Circuit:

In Qualifying there was very classic British rain, so Alonso was on Pole ahead of Webber. Schumacher was showing a good drive with P3. But the start of the race was dry. It was a enjoyable with many overtakes. But the most important one happend at the end of the race, where Webber was overtaking Alonso for the lead and won the race at the end. Grosjean showed some good overtakes despite his collision with Di Resta at the start. Maldonado was colliding this time with Perez, who was really angry and called Maldonado a ”stupid driver”.

German GP, Hockenheim, Hockenheimring:

The German GP was a great race. I couldn’t watch it live, because the ticket prise is just too high, and i wasn’t the only who was thinking like that. Only 56.000 people were coming to the race (2010, 62.000). Anyway Alonso was driving to Pole again and won the race, it should be his 3rd and last win in the season. Vettel was second in Quali and race. But overtoke Button for P2 at the end of the race in the run-off area and this isn’t allowed. He was getting a 10 seconds time penalty and was on P5 instead of P2. P2 was going to Button who has the fastest pit crew in the world with a world record breaking 2.1 seconds. Raikkönnen was coming on the podium again with P3.

Drivers’ championship table after 10 GP’s:

1. F. Alonso 154 10 25 2 6 18 15 10 25 18 25
2. M. Webber 120 12 12 12 12 25 6 12 25 4
3. S. Vettel 110 18 10 25 8 12 12 A 15 10
4. K. Räikkönen 98 6 10 18 15 2 4 18 10 15
5. L. Hamilton 92 15 15 15 4 4 10 25 4 A
6. N. Rosberg 76 25 10 6 18 8 8 1
7. J. Button 68 25 18 2 4 1 18
8. R. Grosjean 61 A A 8 15 12 A 18 A 8
9. S. Perez 47 4 18 A 15 2 A 8
10. K. Kobayashi 33 8 A 1 10 A 2 A 12
11. P. Maldonado 29 4 A 25 A
12. M. Schumacher 29 A 1 A 1 A A A 15 6 6
13. P. di Resta 27 1 6 8 6 6 A
14. F. Massa 23 A 2 8 1 12
15. N. Hülkenberg 19 A 2 1 4 10 2
16. B. Senna 18 8 6 A 1 1 2
17. J. Vergne 4 4 A
18. D. Ricciardo 2 2 A
19. H. Kovalainen 0 A
20. W. Petrow 0 A A S
21. T. Glock 0 A S
22. C. Pic 0 A A A
23. N. Karthikeyan 0 A A
24. P. de la Rosa 0 A A

Hungarian GP, Budapest, Hungaroring:

Hamilton was driving to his next pole. Schumacher stopped at the start of the race after a problem with the car. The start was first cancelled, than they restarted the race after Schumacher will start in the pits. Hamilton was leading the race but had some trouble with the tires and came in early. Grosjean was leading at this point but also had to do a pitstop later. With a good strategy, Raikkönnen could overtake teammate Grosjean for P2. Maldonado made some troulbe with the drivers again, this time he collided with Di Resta and got a Drive trough penalty. So Hamilton won the race ahead of Raikkönnen, who had chances to win the drivers title at this point and Grosjean on P3.

Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps:

The Belgian is one of the highlights of the season with Monza, Suzuka and Monaco. Button was on pole but there were some surprises further back. Kobayashi was on P2 and teammate Perez on P5. Maldonado was on P3 showed his fast talent again. But the good startposition from this drivers should be all destroyed in seconds. Maldonado was little bit to nervous and jumped the start, but the really worst was to come. Grosjean closed the inside for Hamilton, they collided together and it all ended in massive start crash. Included in this crash was Grosjean, Hamilton, Alonso, Kobayashi and Perez. Alonso was nearly hitten by the front nose from the Lotus against his head and would have lost his live if this would have happend. Raikkönnen made a fantastic and very rare pass in the famous Eau Rouge corner. Vettel battled with Schumacher for P3 at the Busstop chicane. Button won the race, Vettel was second and another podium finish from Raikkönnen. Hülkenberg drove a fantastic race with P4 in his Force India. Grosjean was banned for the Italian GP. The FIA talked about bringing a roof above the cockpit  limit a head injury by a flying car or wheel. But Ecclestone was already strictly against it. Raikkönnen said his opinion to this in one sentence:’ If the sport is to dangerous for you, you’re here in the wrong place”.

Italian GP, Monza, Autodromo Nazionale di Monza:

Again there was no win by Ferrari, this time it was McLaren with there 3rd GP win in a row. Hamilton won the race his teammate Button retired with a engine problem and lost the connection to the championship battle. Vettel had a failed alternator again, at this point Red Bull was really at there lowest point of the season, because some laps later Webber had also to retire after a tire puncture. Perez was making a stunning performance again. He overtoke Massa and Alonso at the end of the race to get his 3rd podium finish of the season. Vergne flew high when he was jumping on the curb of the first corner (Red Bull gives you wings guys ;). Hamilton won ahead of Perez and Alonso. Hamilton was back for his title hopes.

Singapore GP, Marina Bay, Marina Bay Street Circuit:

Hamilton was on Pole ahead of Maldonado and Vettel. Hamilton had a good start, Vettel overtoke Maldonado for P2 in Turn 3. Unfortunately Hamilton had a broken gearbox and had to retire, Many were thinking that this retirement was crucial for the Mercedes move next season. Massa made a spectacular move on Senna as he was drifting and overtaking on the inside at the same time!! So Vettel was leading and kept the lead until the end and won his 2nd GP of the year. Button was 2nd and Alonso 3rd. Maldonado couldn’t do anything with his good start position after his collision with Vergne.

Japanese GP, Suzuka, Suzuka International Racing Course:

Vettel was on Pole on his favourite racetrack, Webber was close to him in P2 and Button was giving everything to bring his championship hopes alive. Title contender Alonso had a race to forget and i think without this crash he would had a better chance to win the driver’s title. He collided with Raikkönnen at the start of the race, made a rally drift and ended on the oppisite of the track. Grosjean made carnage again at the start of the race after his one race ban. He collided with Webber and spun him out who also had contact with Rosberg. All this happend at the first corner. Perez tried a move on Hamilton at the slowest part of the track and spun out into the barriers- Vettel showed his domination from last year again and won the race ahead of  Massa, who had a good strategy and had his first podium since Korea 2010 and Kobayashi on a fantastic 3rd. All japanese were screaming ‘Kobayashi’ at the driver’s podium, it was a great moment for Kobayashi and F1 fans and it was very memorable.

(South) Korea GP, Yeongam, Korea International Circuit:

It was a full Red Bull front row for the start of the race. Webber was on Pole but was letting Vettel passed at the long DRS straight. At the end of the long straight there was big collision between Kobayashi, Button and Rosberg. Kobayashi braked to late and crashed into both of the cars, all three had to retire from the race. Teammate Perez had a tire puncture after a collision and also had to retire. Vergne and Ricciardo had great teamwork as they were driving through the field and making some great passes. Hamilton had again bad luck, this time he had no gearbox problem, this time he was dragging the dstroyed carpet from the racetrack for last few laps of the race. Vettel won the race ahead of Webber and Alonso.

Indian GP, Noida, Buddh International Circuit:

Vettel with a pole-again. The less exciting races were coming with Vettel winning a race again. This ”Hermann Thilke tracks” are suiting the RB8 to good. After a great three-wide battle between Alonso, Button and Hamilton on the DRS straight, the race was getting boring nad not more so exciting like the previous races. De la Rosa crashed after a scary brake failure on the bracking point and Maldonado collided with Kobayashi and was landing on the gravel trap. As i said Vettel won, ahead of Alonso and Webber. Vettel was back in the championship lead.

Abu Dhabi GP,  Yas Island, Yas Marina Circuit:

I thought this race will be really boring, but it was the best race of the season. Vettel NOT on pole, this time he was 3rd, but he had a to small amount of fuel in the tank, so he had to start from 24th position. Beacuse Red Bull wanted to build the car especially for this ”last position” situation, they had to start fro the box. Hamilton was on pole ahead of Webber and Raikkönnen. Hamilton started perfectly, Webber’s start failed again and Raikkönnen moved to P2 before Turn 1. Further back was carnage with Hülkenberg, Di Resta and Senna crashing against each other. Vettel rushed through the field until he hit Senna with his frontwing and damaged it. Then Rosberg crashed against the rearwing from Kartikehyan and flew in the air until his crash ended in the barrier. The Safety Car was deployed for 5 laps. Ricciardo was braking very hard on the DRS straight, Vettel didn’t expect that and nearly rushed into him. After the restart Hamilton had a gearbox problem-again on lap 35. Now Raikkönnen led the race. Webber had a carnage race, he collided with Massa and Maldonado in the same corner and later in the race he collided with the Lotus from Grosjean after Grosjean was trying to avoid the ahead spinning Perez. Raikkönnen was holding the lead until the end and was the 8th GP winner in 2012 and it was the first Lotus win since Estoril in 1987 with the legendary Ayrton Senna. 2nd was Alonso ahead of a spectacular driving Vettel in 3rd.  And two sentences will be always rememberd after this crazy race: ” Leave me alone, i know what i’m doing”  and Yes, yes, yes i’m doing that all the time from our great Kimi Raikkönnen in the Team Radio with his engineer.

US GP,  Austin (Texas), Circuit of the Americas (CoTA):

The first US GP since 2007 was under way back again in 2012, but not this time in Indianapolis. This time it was at the brand new CoTA circuit in Texas. This Hermann Thilke track was very well designed with special turns like Turn1 where it goes uphill to this corner. Or the turns 2-6 are like the Meggets and Bekkets corners at Silverstone, but not the same. Vettel could habe been champion already, but it didn’t happen. Vettel was on pole ahead of Hamilton and Webber. Alonso moved one position forward becuase his teammte Massa had got a time penalty for changing the gearbox. But Ferrari made this gearbox change deliberate to bring Alonso in a better position for the driver’s title. The race was enjoyable with many overtakes, the best one came from Raikkönnen where he overtoke Hülkenberg on the outside through the esses. The most important overtake was on lap 42 where Hamilton overtoke Vettel for the lead of the race and kept it for his last GP win for McLaren. Vettel 2nd and Alonso 3rd.

Brazilian GP, Interlagos (Sao Paulo), Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace:

The final round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2012. It has been a long, though, crazy and unpredictable season but only two drivers had chances to be World Champion, Vettel or Alonso-who will win? Hamilton was on pole, Vettel 3rd and Alonso on weak 8th position. Vettel had a bad start to the race where lost two places before Turn 1. But after the straight, beginning at Turn 3, he had a collision with Senna in the Williams and spun out. He was last and the championship hopes were very low, at this point Alonso was 5th until he overtoke Massa and Webber in lap 2. Than rain was starting to fall, Vettel was already in the Top 15 after Lap 5. Grosjean spun out and crashed against the barriers just like Di Resta did in lap 70. Hülkenberg was nealy winning his first GP before hitting Hamilton, who had to retire. Vettel was driving through the field and was 7th until Schumacher let him pass for 6th and Raikkönnen was using Apple Maps to comeback to the racetrack after driving on the old racepart. 6th was enough for Vettel to secure his 3rd world championship in a row, Button won the GP and Alonso looked very angry after parking his 2nd placed Ferrari in the Parc Ferme. Massa was on a fantastic 3rd.

The next GP is in a Australia, Melbourne on March 17 of FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2013.

All Grand Prix’s of the 2012 season:

01. Australia / Melbourne 18. March Jenson Button
02. Malaysia / Sepang 25. March Fernando Alonso
03. China / Shanghai 15. April Nico Rosberg
04. Bahrain / Sakhir 22. April Sebastian Vettel
05. Spain / Barcelona 13. May Pastor Maldonado
06. Monaco / Monte Carlo 27. May Mark Webber
07. Canada / Montréal 10. June Lewis Hamilton
08. Europe / Valencia 24. June Fernando Alonso
09. Great Britian / Silverstone 8. July Mark Webber
10. Germany / Hockenheim 22. July Fernando Alonso
11. Hungary / Hungaroring 29. July Lewis Hamilton
12. Belgian / Spa-Francorchamps 02. September Jenson Button
13. Italia / Monza 09. September Lewis Hamilton
14. Singapore / Singapur 23. September Sebastian Vettel
15. Japan / Suzuka 07. Oktober Sebastian Vettel
16. Southkorea / Yeongam 14. Oktober Sebastian Vettel
17. India / Noida 28. Oktober Sebastian Vettel
18. Abu Dhabi / Abu Dhabi 04. November Kimi Räikkönen
19. USA / Austin 18. November Lewis Hamilton
20. Brazil / Interlagos 25. November Jenson Button

F1 Drivers Championship after 20 GPs 2012:

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari-Ferrari
3 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari-Ferrari
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes-Mercedes
10 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari
13 Michael Schumacher Mercedes-Mercedes
14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault
16 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari
18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault
= Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault
= Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth
= Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth
= Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth
= Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth
= Jerome d’Ambrosio Lotus-Renault

Constructuers Championship after 20 GPs 2012:

1. Red Bull Racing                                       460

2. Scuderia Ferrari                                     400

3. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes           378

4. Lotus F1 Team                                          303

5. Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team    142

6. Sauber F1 Team126

7. Sahara Force India F1 Team    109

8. Williams F1 Team         76

9. Scuderia Toro Rosso   26

10. Caterham F1 Team    0

11. Marussia F1 Team      0

12. HRT F1 Team               0

Tyre statistics of 2012 by Pirelli

Pirelli have successfully completed its second full season as F1’s official tyre supplier, and following the last race of the season at Brazil, the Italian company has released the following stats, showing how its tyres were used throughout the 20 races in 2012.

– Total number of tyres provided for the season: Race tyres: 31,800 of which 22,500 dry tyres and 9,300 wet tyres plus an additional 6,600 for the tests (not including development tyres)
– Of which (for race tyres only): supersoft: 6 % / soft: 25 % / medium: 21 % / hard: 17 % / intermediate: 18 % / wet: 11 % / 2 % development tyres
– Total numbers of tyres used: Dry tyres: 21,400; wet tyres: 2,100
– Number of tyres recycled during 2012: All, i.e. 31,800 race tyres plus 6,600 test tyres
– Average life span of a dry compound this season: 180 km
– Average life span of a wet compound this season: 140 km

Tracks, Races and Tests
– Longest continuous energy input into a tyre: India (turn 10-11)
– Longest race of the year: Malaysia in 2hrs 44min 51.812s
– Shortest race of the year: Great Britain in 1 hr 25min 11.288s
– Most laps run on Pirelli tyres: Hard – Kobayashi (798); Medium – Senna (869); Soft – Ricciardo (1,012); Supersoft – Raikkonen (237); Intermediate – Alonso (145); Wet – Kobayashi (104)
– Highest top speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 248.241 kph (Hamilton / Italy Qualifying)
– Slowest top speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 161.828 kph (Schumacher / Monaco Qualifying)
– Most fastest laps in 2011: Sebastian Vettel (5 in race / 6 in qualifying)
– Distance covered by Pirelli’s Renault R30 test car in 2012: 7,012 kms
– Number of different test tracks visited by Pirelli staff this year (incl. private tests): 9

Pit stops
– Total number of pit stops for the year: 957 (of which 14 were a Drive Through and 2 a stop&go penalty)
– Total average number of stops per race: 47.9, i.e. 1.9 per driver
– Most pit stops in a race: 76 (Malaysia)
– Least pit stops in a race: 24 (United States)
– Fastest pit stop time: 2.31s (McLaren / Jenson Button at the German Grand Prix)

– Number of overtaking manoeuvres in 2012: 994 (not including Brazil)
– Most overtaking manoeuvres in a dry race: 90 at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix
– Most overtaking manoeuvres in a wet race: 76 at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix
– Least overtaking manouevres in a dry race: 12 at the Monaco Grand Prix

Other interesting numbers
– Total kilometres driven by all the P Zero compounds in 2012 (races and tests): Hard – 101,692; Medium – 121,840; Soft – 123,270; Supersoft – 21,993; Intermediate – 13,770; Wet – 7,930
– Coldest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: United States Grand Prix at 11 degrees Celsius (17.11.); coldest overall: Jerez winter testing at 0 degrees Celsius (10.02.)
– Hottest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: Brazilian Grand Prix at 55 degrees Celsius (23.11.)
– Coldest air/ambient temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: United States Grand Prix at 4 degrees Celsius (17.11); coldest overall: Jerez winter testing at -2 degrees Celsius (10.11.)
– Hottest air/ambient temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: Grand Prix of Europe at 37 degrees Celsius (21.06.)
– Amount of time spent downloading all tyre data on the RTS system this year (incl. tests): 92 hrs
– Number of track/air temperature taken by tyre fitter per race weekend: 124
– Total distance travelled by all F1 tyres in 2012 (off-track): 216,967 kms

Pirelli F1 and its people
– Total number of Pirelli people travelling to each race: 52
– Total number of nationalities within the Pirelli F1 team: 10
– Average amount of hours spent by each Pirelli staff member on a plane this year: 192 hrs (or 8 days!)
– Number of Pirelli wristbands given out during the season in the paddock: 4,450
– Total number of hotel nights booked for the Pirelli team: 1,498

Pirelli’s F1 Trucks & Hospitality
– Total amount of trucks at European races: 13
– Total average kilometres travelled by each Pirelli truck in 2012: 31,125 kms
– Numbers of meals served at the Pirelli F1 hospitality (incl. tests): 24,132
– Number of coffees served by Pirelli hospitality during the season: 28,350
– Number of different pasta recipes cooked by Pirelli’s chef this year: 314
– Amount of mascarpone used for tiramisu and other dolci: 205 kgs

Pirelli in Formula One overall (since 1950)
– Races started: 242
– Wins: 83
– Pole positions: 86
– Podium places: 256
– Fastest laps: 90
– Constructors Championships: 2

F1 2012 basic driver salaries revealed, but who earns the most?

2012 F1 drivers salaries revealed- From the list below you can see that Fernando Alonso ( Ferrari) is the highest paid driver, second to him are the two British drivers at McLaren and third come the two Red Bull drvers, Felipe Massa nad Nico Rosberg. Surprisingly Mercedes pay €2m lesser to Michael Schumacher compared to his teammate.  Kimi Raikkonen gets a salary of €5m. Pay drivers such as Pastor Maldonado also get paid by their team with a sum of € 400,000  , Sergio Perez with €500,000 , Bruno Senna and Narain Karthikeyan  with €250,000.

01. Fernando Alonso €30 million ($37.24 million)

02. Lewis Hamilton €16 million ($19.86 million)
= Jenson Button €16 million ($19.86 million)

04. Sebastian Vettel €10 million ($12.41 million)
= Mark Webber €10 million ($12.41 million)
= Felipe Massa €10 million ($12.41 million)
= Nico Rosberg €10 million ($12.41 million)

08. Michael Schumacher €8 million ($9.93 million)

09. Kimi Raikkonen €5 million ($6.21 million)

10. Heikki Kovalainen €4 million ($4.97 million)`

11. Timo Glock €3 million ($3.72 million)

12. Kamui Kobayashi €1 million ($1.24 million)
= Romain Grosjean €1 million ($1.24 million)

14. Nico Hulkenberg €500,000 ($620650.00)
= Sergio Perez €500,000 ($620650.00)
= Vitaly Petrov €500,000 ($620650.00)
= Pedro de la Rosa €500,000 ($620650.00)

18. Jean-Eric Vergne €400,000 ($496520.00)
= Daniel Ricciardo €400,000 ($496520.00)
= Pastor Maldonado €400,000 ($496520.00)

21. Bruno Senna €250,000 ($310325.00)
= Nairan Karthikeyan €250,000 ($310325.00)
23. Paul di Resta €200,000 ($248260.00)

24. Charles Pic €150,000 ($186195.00)

Source: Business Book GP 2012

Was there a car numbered 13 in F1?

Have you ever wondered whether a F1 car beared numbered 13?

A car numbered 13 has only appeared once in a Grand Prix. Moises Solana qualified 11th for his first race at his home Grand Prix in Mexico City – in 1963 in a BRM numbered 13. He was a classified finisher in 11th despite his engine having failed eight laps short of the chequered flag.

Solana went on to compete in another seven Grand Prix but never with the number 13 again and never finished in the points.

The only other occasion a car numbered 13 appeared in a F1 race weekend was in 1976 when Divina Galica attempted to qualify for her first Grand Prix (also her home race, at Brands Hatch) in Surtees-Ford number 13. failed to make the race, as she did on her other two attempts to enter races in 1978.

33 Classic Kimi Quotes

To celebrate Lotus’ Iceman turning 33 today, I have put together 33 Kimi Raikkonen quotes from over the years.


1. Martin Brundle: “Kimi, you missed the presentation by Pele.”

Kimi : “Yeah.”

Martin: “Will you get over it?”

Kimi: “Yeah. I was having a shit.”



2. Interviewer: “What makes TAG Heuer special?”

Kimi: “It’s OK.”


3.Interviewer: “What kind of a relationship do you have with Peter Sauber?”

Kimi: “He is my boss.”


4. “I read somewhere that I drive with the luck of a drunk.”


5. “Suddenly the steering wheel was in my hands. I tried to put it back on, but it was too late. I was just wondering where I was going toend up.”


6. “I’d rather be probably out of second and third place so I don’t have to go to the prize-giving.”


7. “Ah, go and interview Mikko Leppilampi. He likes to talk.”


8. Interviewer: “Is it true that sometimes you’re bored in the car?”

Kimi: “Only when I am in front by a country mile, like in Melbourne last year. Then you are thinking about other things or you’re playing with the buttons on the steering wheel.”


9. “I’m not interested in what people think about me. I’m not Michael Schumacher.”


10. “The interesting thing will be to see what the weather will do tomorrow. I lost my mirror during the final qualifyingsession butdidn’t notice it, and it had no effect. Now we will see what happens in the race.”


11. “You don’t drive races on paper.”


12. “Driving is the only thing I love about F1.”


13. Interviewer: “The helmet has a special meaning for many drivers. How important is it to you?”

Kimi: “It protects my head.”


14. “The Constructor’s Championship doesn’t really mean anything to me.”


15. “Coulthard can say what he wants. I’m not interested in what he’s saying.”


16. I”Montoya’s comments doesn’t interest me.”


17. “I’m not interested in what Jackie says. He hasn’t got anything to do with me.”


18. “Others can sit in the simulators if they want. I´m here to drive.”


19. Interviewer: “The most exciting moment during the race weekend?”

Kimi: “I think so it’s the race start, always.” Interviewer: “The most boring?”

Kimi: “Now.”


20. Interviewer: “Do you have any special rituals when the helmet is concerned like many have?”

Kimi: “I wipe it so that I can seebetter.”


21. When asked about how his yellow flag affected the other drivers: “I don’t care what happened to the others.”


22. “It’s all the same if it rains or not.”


23. “Ferrari’s own parties are the nicest. There are all the crew and their children. I don’t know exactly what I will do there. Maybe Iwill be Santa. Other parties are official and boring.”


24. Interviewer: “Kimi, what’s the 5th grid place like?”

Kimi: “It’s the 5th grid place.”


25. Interviewer: “What is your feeling before the race?”

Kimi: “It’s alright.”


26. Hungarian GP 2007: “Boring race.”


27. “My life would be much more easier had I been a f1-driver in the 70’s with the guys. I was definitely born in the wrong era.”


28. “I don’t give a damn about what Trulli says.”


29. “I’m not going to a language school to learn Italian, that’s not what I came to do at Ferrari.”


30. “If there’s a red light when you leave the pitlane you have to stop. Then some wooden eye [ Lewis Hamilton] crashes into you andbreaks the car.”


31. Talking about Michael Schumacher: “He doesn’t come and tell us drivers anything. And at least I don’t need his advice.”


32. Interviewer: “How does it feels to drive at 300 km/h?”

Kimi: “It feels normal.”


33. “I have not looked at what everyone else is doing and what teams are running, so we are just doing our own thing.”



Japanese GP – Suzuka Story

The Japanese Grand Prix is a race in the calendar of the FIA  Formula One World Championship. Traditionally one of the last, if not the last race of the season, the Japanese Grand Prix has been the venue for many title-deciding races, with 13 World Champions being crowned over the 27 World Championship Japanese Grands Prix that have been hosted.


The first Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, in 1976, was held at the Fuji Speedway, 40 miles (64 km) west of Yokohama. The race was to become famous for the title decider between James Hunt and Niki Lauda as it was held during monsoon conditions. Lauda, who had survived a near-fatal crash at the German Grand Prix earlier in the season, withdrew from the race stating that his life was more important than the championship. Hunt scored the 3rd position he needed to win the title by the slender margin of one point. Hunt returned the next year to win the second Japanese Grand Prix, but a collision between Gilles Villeneuve and Ronnie Peterson during the race saw Villeneuve’s Ferrari somersault into a restricted area, killing two spectators. The race did not reappear on the Formula One calendar for another decade.

On Formula 1’s return to Japan in 1987, the Grand Prix found a new venue at Suzuka circuit, 80 kilometres (50 mi) south west of Nagoya. The circuit, set inside a funfair, was designed by Dutchman John Hugenholtz and owned by Honda, who used it as a test track. Most notable initially for its layout—Suzuka is the only figure-eight race track to appear on the F1 calendar—immediately it saw another World Title decided, as Nigel Mansell injured himself when he crashed his Williams-Honda in practice and consequently could not start the race, effectively handing the title to his team-mate Nelson Piquet.

Suzuka will always be chiefly remembered, however, for the legendary feud between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. During the 1989 Grand Prix, Senna tried to overtake Prost to keep his Championship hopes alive, only for Prost to shut the door as he had stated before the race, saying he would not be giving up the position simply for McLaren not to be embarrassed by a double retirement. Prost was beached and got out of his car promptly, knowing he had won the championship whilst Senna got a push from the marshals. It was deemed, however, that he had cut the chicane and eventually disqualified after making his way up to the lead and being first on the track. He was infuriated by the decision, as shown in a video of the pre-race drivers’ briefing the following year, as fellow driver Nelson Piquet argued it was dangerous for a driver to go against the traffic just to make the chicane. At the ensuing 1990 Japanese Grand Prix, Senna mimicked Prost’s statement of the previous year saying he would not move over if Prost attempted to overtake in the first corner — Senna started at pole, with Prost second (albeit on the racing line) —, resulting in the two crashing out and thus handing Senna his second world championship. Both drivers have been accused of crashing into the other deliberately and thus the two situations as well as their comments after both incidents have tainted both driver’s reputations in the eyes of most but die hard fans.

From its return to the Formula One calendar in1987, the Japanese Grand Prix was one of the most popular with spectators. For the 1990 race, three million fans entered a draw for the 120,000 available tickets, due to the popularity of Honda’s world championship successes as an engine supplier to the Williams and McLaren teams, and the fact that the country had produced its first full-time F1 driver in the shape of Satoru Nakajima After Nakajima’s retirement in 1991 and Honda’s withdrawal from competition the following year, interest went into decline despite the addition of the Pacific Grand Prix to the F1 calendar, an event also held in Japan during the 1994 and 1995 seasons. The  1995 Japanese Grand Prix was the first for which the allocated tickets did not sell out. Subsequently, the appearance of new Japanese drivers such as Takuma Sato and the entry of Honda and Toyota as full manufacturer teams has restored the event to its former popularity.


The late 20th and early 21st century have seen a number of other, rather more sporting duels for the Championship at Suzuka, most memorably those between Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen. The most notable of these was at the 2000 race, where Schumacher took advantage of his superior speed in damp conditions during a mid-race rain shower to secure the race win and his first World Title for Ferrari — his third in all.

At the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher endured one of the most trying races in his career — needing to come at least eighth, he started at fourteenth on the grid — but managed to secure the point he needed to take his sixth World Championship, beating the record held by Juan Manuel Fangio. At the 2006 event Michael Schumacher led until an engine failure virtually ended his chances of an eighth championship.

The qualifying session for the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix, due to have been held on 9 October, was postponed until race day after a typhoon hit Suzuka. This led to the idea of holding qualifying sessions on a Sunday morning . The 2005 race was one of the most exciting races of the season after many top drivers started near the back of the grid after the qualifying in variable weather. Kimi Räikkönen won the race after starting from 17th place, overtaking Giancarlo Fisichella at the beginning of the last lap.

It was announced on March 24, 2006 by the FIA that future races will again be held at the redesigned Fuji Speedway in Oyama, Sunto District, Shizuoka Prefecture. The news of the Japanese Grand Prix moving to the circuit redesigned by Hermann Tilke was met with some trepidation, as Suzuka was a favorite of many of the drivers and Hermann Tilke’s tracks have received mixed reviews from the drivers and the fans.

On 8 September 2007, it was announced that Fuji will alternate the Japanese Grand Prix with Suzuka, starting from 2009 onwards.

The 2007 race was held in torrential rain and started behind the safety car. Lewis Hamilton took the victory while his team-mate Fernando Alonso crashed heavily. Heikki Kovalainen finished 2nd, his best result until that date and Kimi Räikkönen 3rd, marking the first time that two Finnish drivers were together on the podium.

In 2008, the first corner brought troubles for the McLarens and the Ferraris, and Fernando Alonso was able to take win in a Renault. Felipe Massa was 7th after a penalty for a collision with title rival Lewis Hamilton, while Hamilton finished outside the points, having also served a penalty for an incident in the first corner.


In July 2009, Toyota cited a global economic slump as the reason that the Japanese Grand Prix would not return to Fuji Speedway in 2010 and beyond. The speedway argued, according to the Associated Press, that “continuing to host F1 races could threaten the survival of the company.” As a result, the 2010 Grand Prix was held at Suzuka. image

Sebastian Vettelsecured his second World Championship in the 2011 Grand Prix with a third place finish, McLaren’s image

Jenson Button  won the race wearing a special tribute helmet to the people affected by the 2011 Töhoku earthquake and tsunami.The helmet featured a design in the style of the Japanese flag, and he auctioned the helmet off afterwards to raise money for those caught in unfortunate circumstances during the times of the tsunami earlier that year.

Felipe Massa on his way to make a record

Felipe Massa, has become Ferrari’s number two driver ever since the 2010 German Grand Prix. His form since then till the late second half of the 2012 season seemed worrying, casting doubts over his future beyond 2012 with Ferrari and Formula 1.

But his determination and hard work ever since the 2012 United States Grand Prix things have been working in favour. He has out-qualified his teammate Fernando Alonso in qualifying since then, but has out-qualified in race trim only once (in the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix).

If Felipe Massa out-qualifies his teammate Fernando Alonso in China, it will be a new record as he will do it for the fifth time in a row, this feat couldn’t be achieved even by Fernando Alonso’s then rival Lewis Hamilton in 2007.

Felipe Massa has received a pat on the back from the team management for the performance he has shown, two points finishes sees him sitting four points, and one place, above his team-mate in the early season standings, and his form could yet give Ferrari a headache it could not have imagined at the times last season when it was considering axing its ‘number two’.