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Silverstone Young Driver Test 2013: The Driver Line-Up

Note: The Young Driver Test (17th-19th of July) at Silverstone is also a tyre test, because Pirelli is planning to bring the new tires to Hungary.

So the current driver’s in the teams, not only the rookies, will compete the YDT to give feedback of the new tires.

Here the driver line-up of the 10 teams competing the YDT:

Infiniti Red Bull Racing:

Sebastian Vettel

Antonio Felix Da Costa (first two days)

Carlos Sainz Jr. (first two days)

Daniel Riccrado (Wednesday)

Scuderia Ferrari

Davide Rigon (all three days)

Felipe Massa

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Kevin Magnussen (Wednesday)

Oliver Turvey (Thursday)

Gary Paffet     (Friday)

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Pirelli will give the new tyre data to the Mercedes team.

Lotus

Davide Valsecchi (Thursday)

Nicolas Prost    (Wedensday)

Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil (all three days)

Paul Di Resta (all three days)

James Calado (Wednesday)

Sauber

Nico Hülkenberg (all three days)

Robin Frijns (Wedensday and Thursday morning)

Kimiya Sato  (Thursday and Friday morning)

Williams

Pastor Maldonado (all three days)

Daniel Jucandella (Wednesday)

Susie Wolff (Friday)

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo

Jean Eric Vergne

Carlos Sainz Jr.

Johny Cecotto Jr.

Daniil Kwjat

Caterham

Alexander Rossi (Wednesday)

Will Stevens (Thursday)

Giedo van der Garde (Friday)

Charles Pic (Friday)

Marussia

Tio Ellinas

Rodolfo Gonzales

Jules Bianchi

Max Chilton

F1 2013 with Classic Cars and Tracks

Yesterday Codemasters announced F1 2013.

They uploaded three trailers at their official Youtube channel and showed two hotlaps,  the Lotus E20 at the Nürburgring and the Mclaren MP4-28 at Silverstone.

But the third trailer was the most interesting one, the classics trailer.

They announced that they will bring overall 4 classic tracks (Estoril, Jerez, Imola and Brands Hatch) and 10 historic cars, 5 cars each for the 80’s and the 90’s including 17 driver legends with commentary from commentator legend Murray Walker (!).

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The 80’s cars and tracks will be in the stantard edition, but when you also want to play the 90’s cars and tracks, you will have to buy the classic edition.

Codemasters didn’t mentioned if the boxed version of the classic edition will be only for pre order and then later available as DLC, as it was in GRID 2 were you could choose between one free DLC car pack for the pre ordered version of the game.

The classic edition can be not bought in the boxed version, when you buy F1 2013 on PC/Steam.

You will have to download it as additional content to the stantard F1 2013.

The classic cars are also playable in online and local multiplayer.

You will also have the chance to play the historic cars on the new tracks and the 2013 cars on the classic tracks.

Codemasters said that the historic cars are going to be much harder to drive than the current ones.

The physics of the 2013 cars and the A.I. have been improved.

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                                                          The Williams-Renault FW148 from the F1 1992 season, driven by Nigel Mansell and Ricardo Patrese. 

People that were able to play the Preview version of F1 2013 at Press day said that the handling system is similar to the 2011 version.

Codemasters didn’t said anything about the penalty system, what was the most discussed point at F1 2012.

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Honestly, i’m not that excited,  I want to see more info about the game, especially the penalty sytem, menu system etc.

So I won’t pre order it for now, too risky.

The game will come out for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, F1 2013 won’t come for the next-gen consoles (Xbox One, PS4) and the realese date will most likely come at the end of September.

And no, tyre explosions aren’t included 😉

Exclusiv Historic Williams Onboard Gameplay:

Here are the trailers:

Pre-order available at Amazon and Gamestop

F1: Honda will comeback to F1 in 2015

Honda will comeback to F1 in 2015 as a engine supplier for McLaren.

They confirmed that on their todays press conference.

Honda wanted to comeback to F1, because they liked the idea of the 1.6 litre V6 turbo engines replacing the old 2.4 litre V8  engines for 2014.

We don’t know how the livery will look like, but because the name of the team will be McLaren-Honda again, it would be awesome if the red/white livery comes back.

They also came back to F1, because Hybrid tech will come for the 2014 season and you know Honda has a lot of it in their road car line up. So they don’t have to bring cars like the ”Earth Car” back in F1 2008, their last F1 season.

Of course Mclaren and Honda had a really succesfull partnership before.

McLaren-Honda won four Driver and Manufacturer titles from 1988-1991, their partnership ended after a not so good 1992 season, back then when Nigel Mansell dominated that year with the Williams-Renault.

Hondas return to McLaren is also very good for McLaren in the financial aspect.

They have to pay for their engines for the first time since 1996 and are generally in a not so good financial position.

So their F1 future in combination with their new sponsor Gillette is safe- for now.

Honda didn’t talked about any engine tests or supplieng other F1 teams in the future.

2013 Chinese Grand Prix Preview

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The wait has been long for the Formula 1 fans throughout the world for the third race of the season. Three weeks ago Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing took the honors at Malaysia, though Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have negotiated to an extent, Sebastian Vettel has clearly come out and said that he had no regrets for winning the race three weeks ago and that is what is was being paid to do.
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Last time this year in China, the Silver Arrows team locked out the front row with Nico Rosberg on pole and Nico Rosberg took it all the way to the chequered flag without putting a foot wrong giving himself and Mercedes their first Grand Prix victory since 1955.

However, this year is different from last year.Last year the team made use of their unique Double Drag Reduction System (DDRS) giving them the boost on the straights and top speed. This year too they are contenders for winning the race as they have the second best car after Red Bull in qualifying trim and race trim. It wouldn’t be surprising if they beat the Bulls on Sunday using a clever tyre strategy and look after them for a longer time during a stint.
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Lotus too are expected to challenge the above two teams as they can win the tyre preservation game very well.

Ferrari are bringing updates to this race and will be testing them on Friday, they are expected to be quick in qualifying.

McLaren after their dismal start to the season, for the first time since 2009 are bringing a raft of updates and the team has already told both their drivers that they have no time whatsoever to waste on Friday. The team believe that they have pinpointed the exact issues with their 2013 challenger and are hoping it to fix it this weekend.

Among the midfield teams Force India are expected to be good around the Shanghai International Circuit as their cars have good straight line speeds.

Sauber too have decided to bring test parts to this race and examine them on Friday.

Williams are expected to continue with their problems and are not expected to come over them.

Toro Rosso are still where they were last year and are not expected to challenge teams like Force India and Sauber just yet.

Marussia with Jules Bianchi have impressed so far this season with a car which he has driven for a very less duration of time in testing. The team have said that they will be bringing updates to this race and close the gap further more to teams such as Toro Rosso.

Caterham on the other hand have been on the last row ever since the start of the season and are making slow progress, the team is expected to remain where they are even this weekend.

A lap around the Shanghai International Circuit

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Turns 1 and 2 make up a very long right-hand curve which leads immediately into turns 3 and 4, a very long left-hand curve. One and two are far more difficult – a lift on entry followed by various taps of the throttle and brakes are needed so the car maintains balance throughout. It also becomes blind towards the middle of the corner. Three and four are nowhere near as difficult but a good exit is needed to gain speed down the following straight and through turn 5. Turn 6 is a second gear, right-handed hairpin with plentiful run-off. Turns 7 and 8 make up a high speed chicane – the left-right complex sees a constant G-force of 3 and a minimum speed of about 100 mph. Turns 9 and 10 immediately follow – two slow left-handers which require a good exit to gain speed down the next straight. Turns 11 and 12 effectively make up a slow left-right chicane where the use of kerbs are important but traction is low. Turn 13 is a very long right-hander which becomes less and less tight, and a very good exit is important as the longest straight in F1 follows. It is the equivalent to 11 football pitches laid end to end, or the same length as three and a half of the world’s biggest aircraft carriers Turn 14 is a hairpin at the end of the straight – the second gear corner is a prime overtaking spot as DRS is available in the run up to the corner. Turn 16 is the last corner – a fourth-gear left-hander which requires a quick tap on the brakes – braking early can be more effective as you can then carry more speed through the corner and then down the pit straight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVGnmXc5eBE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The total length of the circuit is 5.451 km (3.387 mi), which is about average for a Formula One circuit. The lap record was set by Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher in 2004. He completed one lap of the circuit in 1:32.238.

From the weather point of view it is expected to be 100% dry throughout the weekend which is crucial for teams such as McLaren.

From the tyre point of view Pirelli are bringing the Pirelli P Zero yellow (soft)and Pirelli P Zero White (medium). The driver who nurses his tyre will be standing on the top step of the podium on Sunday.

An excited race is in the waiting for all the fans around the world.

2013 Malaysia Grand Prix Preview

After an exciting start to the season thanks to Kimi Raikkonen and the Lotus team’s performance last weekend, its time to head to another continent, another island nation Malaysia. Malaysia is a tropical country known for its afternoon monsoon like showers, usually around 15:00 (local time). Its either the showers or the blistering temperatures reaching 50°C.
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The Malaysians since 1999 have always been excited about motorsports and attend all kinds of races held at the Sepang International Circuit, be it local racing events, Moto GP, GP2 or Formula 1.

The next question arises as to how are Malaysia and Formula 1 linked to one another? Major involvement comes from Malaysian businessman Mr.Tony Fernandes, owner of Air Asia, Tune group and Caterham cars. He owns the Caterham F1 Team.
Another involvement is from Oil & Natural gas giant who are the title sponsors to Mercedes AMG F1 Team. A huge public interaction is not wrong to expect at all.
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About the track: Sepang International Circuit is a built for racing track unlike Albert Park, Australia which is a street circuit.

The main circuit, normally raced in a clockwise direction, is 5.543 kilometres long, and is noted for its sweeping corners and with straights. The layout is quite unusual, with a very long back straight separated from the pit straight by just one very tight hairpin.

A virtual lap

Last year it was a McLaren front row lockout in qualifying, this year it looks highly unlikely for them to repeat that kind of performance. Looking back at the previous race in Melbourne last weekend, the Red Bulls were the best team on a single lap performance with Mercedes and the Ferraris very closely matched. but when it came to race trim, the Ferraris and Lotus are were far more better than the Red Bulls. The Lotus especially is not hard on its tyres, whereas the Ferrari slightly is. This weekend the car with the better aerodynamic package will fare better. The temperature is expected to be 30°C higher than what it was in Melbourne.

On the tyres front, Pirelli have decided to debut The P Zero Orange hard & P Zero White medium for Sepang, the latter was already seen in Melbourne last weekend. The two hardest compounds in Pirelli’s range are ideal for the extreme temperatures and abrasive surface of Malaysia.
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More about the The P Zero Orange hard tyre: The P Zero Orange hard tyre has a high working range, whereas the P Zero White medium has a low working range. This makes it an ideal combination that can deal well with any eventuality. The durability characteristics of the new hard tyre are close to those of last year’s medium tyre, resulting in lap times that are around 0.4s-0.5s quicker than the 2012-specification hard.

“We would describe Sepang as genuinely ‘extreme’: both in terms of weather and track surface,” said Hembery.

“This means that it is one of the most demanding weekends for our tyres that we experience all year. For the first time we see our new Orange hard compound in competition, with this colour chosen to make it more easy to distinguish from the white medium on television.

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery : “The nomination we have for Malaysia is the same as last year, but the compounds themselves offer more performance and deliberately increased degradation this season, Last year three stops proved to be the winning strategy in a mixed wet and dry race, with a thrilling finish between Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez that was all about tyres.

“We’d expect three stops again but once more it’s likely to be weather that dominates the action. Even when it isn’t raining, the drivers can expect humidity in the region of 80 per cent and ambient temperatures of more than 30 degrees centigrade.”
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The weather forecasts suggest that it might be cloudy but dry on Friday, but rain with thunderstorms are expected for Sunday’s race. If its a dry race on Sunday, you can expect the Red Bulls, Lotus, Ferrari and Mercedes to shine and the team/driver who caresses their tyres tin best can stand on the top step of the Malaysian podium, but assuming its a wet race, you can expect the unexpected like last year, strategy calls at the right time will give the driver and his team the honours they deserve. One thing certain is that it won’t be a boring race, lot of overtaking can be anticipated.

Kimi Raikkönnen wins in Melbourne

Kimi Raikkönnen wins the Australian GP in Melbourne ahead of Alonso and Pole setter Vettel.

Raikkönnen was driving unobtrusive through the whole race.

The key for his win was the 2 stop strategy, nearly everybody was on 3 stop strategy because their tires lost more grip.

Alonso and Vettel were on a 3 stop strategy. Alonso had a better pace then Vettel, that why he could drive to 2nd.

The driver of this race was clearly Massa. I was surprised by his pace during the race, he was even faster than his teammate Alonso. Massa  had 4th postion as result.

Mercedes is fast during Quali but not in the race

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Hamilton had a good start, but started to struggle with his car and lost positions through the race- P5 was the result.

His teammate Rosberg had more bad luck. Rosberg was on 6th position till his engine gave up the ghost.

But the W04 is better than the last years car and Mercedes has a good base.

This car has much potential and i think there’s more to come.

McLaren and Williams way to slow

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Button had a difficult race with a difficult car.

He managed to bring his car into the points, in 9th, but McLaren has a lot of work to do if they want to keep up with the front runners.

Perez race ended in 11th, outside the points but still with an solid debut with McLaren.

Williams has even more problems than McLaren with their FW34.

Maldonado crashed out, not having a good start to the season.

Rookie Bottas completed his race in 14th, but the most important thing is that he managed to stay on the road.

Not a good race for Ricciardo and Webber in their home Grand Prix

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Webber started the race in 2nd place and ended it 6th position and why? Yes you have guessed right, he made an awful start and lost  a couple of places.

He was driving unobtrusive through the GP and maybe he’s last in Australia.

Ricciardo had to retire his Toro Rosso in 12th position.

Overall good start to the 2013 season

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We had many overtakes with many different drivers having a chance to win the race.

Sutil had an amazing drive in his first race after Sao Paulo 2011.

He was even leading the race for a short amount of time, but this were his very first leadkilometres in his career.

We didn’t had many incidents in this race, we didn’t even had any contact going on at the start (Grosjean learned his lesson). We had a fantastic race with three world champions on the podium.

The next race is only in one week, the Malaysian GP in Kuala Lumpur.

Result of the Rolex Australia GP in Melbourne:

1 7 K. Räikkönen Lotus 58 1:30:03.225 204,927
2 3 F. Alonso Ferrari 58 +0:12.451 +0:12.451 204,456
3 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 58 +0:22.346 +0:09.894 204,083
4 4 F. Massa Ferrari 58 +0:33.577 +0:11.232 203,661
5 10 L. Hamilton Mercedes 58 +0:45.561 +0:11.984 203,213
6 2 M. Webber Red Bull 58 +0:46.800 +0:01.239 203,167
7 15 A. Sutil Force India 58 +1:05.068 +0:18.268 202,488
8 14 P. di Resta Force India 58 +1:08.449 +0:03.381 202,363
9 5 J. Button McLaren 58 +1:21.630 +0:13.181 201,877
10 8 R. Grosjean Lotus 58 +1:22.759 +0:01.129 201,836
11 6 S. Perez McLaren 58 +1:23.367 +0:00.608 201,813
12 18 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 58 +1:23.857 +0:00.490 201,795
13 12 E. Gutierrez Sauber 57 +1 lap. +1 lap. 200,315
14 17 V. Bottas Williams 57 +1 lap. +0:07.451 200,041
15 22 J. Bianchi Marussia 57 +1 lap. +1:01.527 197,804
16 20 C. Pic Caterham 56 +2 laps. +1 lap. 197,288
17 23 M. Chilton Marussia 56 +2 laps. +0:34.359 196,045
18 21 G. van der Garde Caterham 56 +2 laps. +0:26.626 195,093