Luhr/Graf were the fastest through the 2 hours and 45 minutes of the Road America race, the 7th round of the American Le Mans Series 2013 presented by Tequila Patron. The Dyson Lola of Burgess/McMurry came into 2nd, they were quite unobtrusive allong the way.
But the Delta Wing of Legge/Meyrick was the most impressive.
Delta Wing had a good strategy and lead the race for a while until the Muscle Milk HPD from Klaus Graf was catching up and overtook the Delta Wing for 1st. Legge/Meyrick showed the real pace of the car and what it’s cappable of.
And that was actually the first finish of the Delta Wing since Petit Le Mans 2012.
LMP2, LMPC: Tucker/Pagenaud win in P2, Junqueira/Ende in PC
Tucker/Pagenaud were battling with the ESM car of Cosmo/Sharp for the P2 lead and no this time the Dsyon Lola was actually ahead of the P2 cars (not like CTMP).
However it was nearly a Level 5 1-2 as Franchitti/Gonzales made their last pitstop, the #01 ESM car of Cosmo/Sharp overtook them for 2nd position, and kept that till the last full cause caution.
In LMPC Ende/Junqueira won in class and were even 3rd overall (!).
Duncan Ende again showed fantastic pace, but this time he had no bad luck and secured the well deserved win for RSR Racing.
GT,GTC: Again Vette vs. Viper, Flying Lizard win in GTC
The #93 Viper of Bomarito/Wittmer was starting on pole for the 2nd in a row, but then lost the lead due pit strategy.
But the #91 Viper of Farnbacher/Gossens was making progress from 8th on the starting grid and overtoake the #93 Viper in the early stages of the race.
Then the two Corvettes of Milner/Gavin and Garcia/Magnussen were catching up and finally overtoke the #91 Viper after these guys made their last pitstop. But #91 Viper came back and overtoke both of the Corvettes to get the lead back.
The the RLL BMW team who were the favourites for the GT win there (they won 3 times in Road America since 2009) but the #56 BMW Z4 of Auberlen/Martin had early trouble in the race.
The Paul Miller Porsche of Miller/Holzer was trying to avoid the spinning RSR PC car and then also spun.
The #56 BMW the also tried to avoid the Paul Miller Porsche and onto the grass and made four 360’s.
The Flying Lizard Porsche of Canache/Pumpelly won in GTC after a great battle with the AJR Porsche of MacNeil/Bleekemon.
The race was finished under yellow flags because 9 minutes before the end of the race a GTC car crashed at Turn 1, there’s no Green-White-Checkered in the ALMS.
So now i will talk a bit about the Spanish GP.
Well Alonso won his first Spanish GP since 2006 ahead of a disappointed Raikkönnen and teammate Massa.
Mercedes went backwards in the race-Rosberg was from Pole to P6, teammate Hamilton from P2 in Quali to P12 in the race.
Vettel was 4th, but he’s still leading the championship with only 3 points ahead of Raikkönnen.
But really the GP was the most boring race after a long long time and i will now tell you why (this is my personal opinion, of course some of you will disagree):
So my problem is that the tires are ruling the races in F1 WAY too much.
The drivers have to look more over their tires then on the most important thing- namely driving the car to the limit!!!
The tires from last year were still ok and some could still drive very fast, but now Pirelli overstated it.
I mean did anybody requested (aside of the FIA) that they should do new tires for the 2013 season?
No i don’t think so and you see the result of it.
So the drivers and teams are complaining about the tires and blaming Pirelli. But don’t blame Pirelli, they’re just doing their job.
You have to blame the FIA for that, they requestet for that back in 2011, when Bridgestone just left.
So how should be the tires for the future?
Well Pirelli announced to revise the tires for the British GP, so two GPs to go until that happens.
They have two options for the changes:
1. They use the tires from 2012, but they stay to the current composites
2. They stick to the current tires, but make the composites harder. (What do you think is better?)
Anyway i will want the 2nd option because i hope the tires are at least so hard like in 2011, were it wasn’t so crazy with the tires like nowadays.
Or better bring them to 2010 form (but i don’t think it will happen).
Because i think 2010 was the last F1 season with real racing, no DRS, no KERS, no tire zick zack whatever, just side by side racing and that’s it.
But it won’t happen sadly 😦
However the next GP- in Monaco will be a lot different than the last one. The track characteristics are a lot different and the surface is completely different. So it’s still going to be exciting.
UPDATE: The new tires come already to the Canadian GP with option 2 (2013 composites).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
– 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