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F1 US GP in COTA 2012 Qualifying Highlights.

Qualifying: Vettel on Pole in COTA

Sebastian Vettel had a perfect saturday with the fastest lap in FP3 and the Pole in Qualfying with a 1:35.657, so he was faster than the predicted lap time (1:37).

Vettel was ahead of Hamilton and his teammate Webber. Title contender Alonso was on very disapointing 8th Position behind his teammate Massa.

Grosjean had a good Qualifying with P4 but he will start from P9 in the starting grid because he’s team made a transmission change, so they got a five place grid penalty. Raikkönnen has good chances for a Podium today with P4, but he has also chances to win the race, who knows?

Schumacher was surprisingly fast in this Quali (P5), he has great chances to gain many points. He’s teammate Rosberg however will start from P17 and will have difficult run at the start of the race in the first few turns.

Hülkenberg had a great Quali (P8) and i still not understand why McLaren didn’t commited him instead of Perez, who is on P15 ahead of his teammate Kobayashi.

Button again very slow in Quali (P12), but two minutes before Q2 ended he had a technical failure.

HRT came above the 107% time and Glock with a fantastic 19th Position, he’s ahead of the two Caterham drivers (P21 and P22).

So if Vettel wins and Alonso finishes in fifth, then is Vettel World Champion for the third time in a row. He (Vettel) would be also Champion if he finishes in second and Alonso finishes in seventh, when he’s in P3 Alonso has to be on P11.

I think it will be a messy start at the first few corners (lockout for Grosjean, Perez and Maldonado). We can see some overtaking on the Circuit, of course the DRS-Zone, Turn 9 and Turn 20 (I think) are also a good overtaking points.

We will see a fantastic race, can Vettel win the race and be third in history of F1 to secure three titles in a row? Can Hamilton finish the race without any mechanical issues? Can Raikkönnen make it to the podium or even the win? Are we seeing some stupid mistakes or crashes from Perez, Grosjean or Maldonado? Many questions, but they will be all answered this evening in the US GP on Circuit of the Americas.

Can’t wait!!!

Full results from Qualifying:

1 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:35.657 6
2 4 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:35.766 +0:00.109 +0:00.109 7
3 2 M. Webber Red Bull 1:36.174 +0:00.517 +0:00.408 6
4 10 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:36.587 +0:00.930 +0:00.413 7
5 9 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:36.708 +0:01.051 +0:00.121 6
6 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:36.794 +0:01.137 +0:00.086 7
7 6 F. Massa Ferrari 1:36.937 +0:01.280 +0:00.143 7
8 12 N. Hülkenberg Force India 1:37.141 +0:01.484 +0:00.204 5
9 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:37.300 +0:01.643 +0:00.159 7
10 18 P. Maldonado Williams 1:37.842 +0:02.185 +0:00.542 7
11 19 B. Senna Williams 1:37.604 9
12 3 J. Button McLaren 1:37.616 +0:00.012 +0:00.012 5
13 11 P. di Resta Force India 1:37.665 +0:00.061 +0:00.049 6
14 17 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:37.879 +0:00.275 +0:00.214 8
15 15 S. Perez Sauber 1:38.206 +0:00.602 +0:00.327 6
16 14 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:38.437 +0:00.833 +0:00.231 6
17 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.501 +0:00.897 +0:00.064 8
18 16 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:39.114 9
19 24 T. Glock Marussia 1:40.056 +0:00.942 +0:00.942 12
20 25 C. Pic Marussia 1:40.664 +0:01.550 +0:00.608 11
21 21 W. Petrow Caterham 1:40.809 +0:01.695 +0:00.145 7
22 20 H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:41.166 +0:02.052 +0:00.357 7
23 22 P. de la Rosa HRT 1:42.011 +0:02.897 +0:00.845 12
24 23 N. Karthikeyan HRT 1:42.740 +0:03.626 +0:00.729 10

FP2: Sebastian Vettel fastest again despite water leak

 

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in FP2 ahead of Webber and Alonso. Vettel had water pressure issues and couldn’t drive the first 30 minutes.

 

But the team solved the problem and he was driving the fastest lap with a 1:38.718, 0.8 seconds faster than his teammate Webber.

Grosjean, De La Rosa, Massa and Hamilton spun out in this session. I think we will see a chaos start at the race  to Turn1, because the track will be still very slipprey. Kartikehyan didn’t come over the 107% time (1:44.558).

We will have a very exiciting Qualifying tomorrow.

Full results of FP2:

1 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:37.718 17
2 2 M. Webber Red Bull 1:38.475 +0:00.757 +0:00.757 36
3 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:38.483 +0:00.765 +0:00.008 35
4 4 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:38.748 +0:01.030 +0:00.265 31
5 3 J. Button McLaren 1:38.786 +0:01.068 +0:00.038 32
6 6 F. Massa Ferrari 1:39.029 +0:01.311 +0:00.243 33
7 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:39.448 +0:01.730 +0:00.419 32
8 19 B. Senna Williams 1:39.531 +0:01.813 +0:00.083 38
9 14 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:39.653 +0:01.935 +0:00.122 36
10 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:40.115 +0:02.397 +0:00.462 30
11 9 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:40.166 +0:02.448 +0:00.051 32
12 18 P. Maldonado Williams 1:40.230 +0:02.512 +0:00.064 35
13 10 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:40.286 +0:02.568 +0:00.056 32
14 15 S. Perez Sauber 1:40.326 +0:02.608 +0:00.040 35
15 16 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:40.435 +0:02.717 +0:00.109 30
16 17 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:40.516 +0:02.798 +0:00.081 32
17 12 N. Hülkenberg Force India 1:40.700 +0:02.982 +0:00.184 34
18 11 P. di Resta Force India 1:41.430 +0:03.712 +0:00.730 35
19 20 H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:42.476 +0:04.758 +0:01.046 38
20 24 T. Glock Marussia 1:42.652 +0:04.934 +0:00.176 33
21 21 W. Petrow Caterham 1:42.846 +0:05.128 +0:00.194 38
22 25 C. Pic Marussia 1:43.538 +0:05.820 +0:00.692 38
23 22 P. de la Rosa HRT 1:44.453 +0:06.735 +0:00.915 16

COTA plans concerts for first Texas race

COTA plans concerts for first Texas race

Circuit of the Americas, home of the returning United States Grand Prix this season, has planned a series of concerts for race-goers ahead of its debut on the F1 calendar.

A downtown fan festival, concerts and parties will be staged on the three days of Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November. These will include a number of activities set up in collaboration with the F1 teams and music entertainment from Aerosmith, Flo Rida and Enrique Iglesias (pictured, top).

“Racing enthusiasts from around the world will converge in Austin this fall to celebrate the return of Formula 1 racing to the United States, and we want to throw a Texas-sized party to show our guests what makes our city special,” says Circuit of The Americas President Steve Sexton.

“From racing team exhibits, simulators and interactive displays, to a sampling of Austin’s cuisine and live music scene, the best of motorsports will meet the best of the Lone Star State in downtown Austin for three days this November.”

More information can be found on the Austin Fan Fest website.

 

Source: GPupdate.net

Good news from F1 hosts Austin and Russia

There is good news from new Formula One hosts in Texas as well as Sochi, Russia.

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Austin’s new Circuit of the Americas announced that three-day general admission tickets for its inaugural grand prix in November have sold out.

US media reports said the venue estimates a whopping 120,000 spectators will attend on all three days of the race weekend.

“Worldwide fan interest has been remarkable,” spokesman Geoff Moore said.

And the Austin American Statesman newspaper said the first layers of track asphalt have been laid, concrete for the corner kerbs and pitwall poured, run-off gravel put down, and safety fencing is being installed.

Progress is also being made in Russia, despite earlier fears the resort city Sochi might not be ready for its inaugural 2014 race date.

Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak is quoted by the ITAR-TASS agency as saying the track will be ready for 2014, even though Sochi is also gearing up to host the winter Olympics.

“We’ll be ready to host the first Russian grand prix in October 2014,” he said in London.

Source: F1zone.net