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WEC 2013, Teams and Races

The WEC goes in 2013 in his 2nd year. They will be still 8 rounds, including the 24h of Le Mans. The WEC will drive in Austin instead of the 12h of Sebring and Silverstone is now the season opener. They will also make ”Super Weekends” with the ELMS (European Le Mans Series) in Silverstone and Spa, ALMS with Austin and the AsLMS (Asian Le Mans Series) in Fuji and Shanghai.

Toyota will only use one TS030 in the entire WEC season (apart from Spa and Le Mans). Audi will still use two R18 Diesel Hybrids and  four cars for Le Mans. Audi will even compete the 12h of Sebring, the season opener of the ALMS (American Le Mans Series). Rebillion will only use one Lola B10/60 Toyota, because they use two of them in the ALMS. OAK and JRM didn’t confirm anything to their LMP1 programm and Strakka will also use one HPD ARX-03a. So only 5 cars are in the LMP1 class, maybe more in Spa and Le Mans.

The LMP2 is the class with the most cars. Lotus will use two T128, Gulf and Greaves will also use two cars. OAK will compete with two Morgan Nissans and Signatech Nissan with two Zyteks. ADR-Delta and Pecom will use one car each.

In GTE-Pro are two cars each from AF-Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, Manthey Porsche 911 and Aston Martin Vantage V12. In GTE-Am they could be two Corvette Rcaing ZR1, one IMSA Porsche and maybe one BMW Z4 from Saudi Falcons.

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WEC (World Endurance Championship) Calender 2013:

1.  6H  Silverstone      14th April 2013 (Super Weekend ELMS)

2.  6H  Spa-Francorchamps    04th May 2013 (Super Weekend ELMS)

3.  24H  Le Mans     22nd June 2013

4.  6H  Sao Paulo   01st September 2013

5.  6H  Austin     22nd September 2013 (Super Weekend ALMS)

6.  6H  Fuji           20th Oktober 2013  (Super Weekend AsLMS)

7.  6H  Shanghai 10th November 2013  (Super Weekend AsLMS)

8.  6H  Bahrain    30th November 2013

Race: Button wins, Vettel for the 3rd time in a row World Champion!!!

Button wins a crazy Brazil GP ahead of Alonso and Massa, Vettel was 6th and that was enough to secure his 3rd title in a row.

At the start of the race Hamilton pulled away from the pole, Vettel had a bad start and was passed by Hülkenberg and Alonso. Than Vettel was hit by Senna on the inside of Turn 4, Vettel faced the wrong direction after the collision and was on the 24th Position.

Perez and Maldonado were also taking out of the race because of this collision.

Mean while there was much action on the circuit.

Alonso passes Massa and Webber on the start/finish line to secure 3rd Position. But in lap 5 Alonso locked up his brakes in Turn 1 and was just on the 5th position behind Hülkenberg a, the rain was getting worse, now the strategies are coming to play.

After lap 5 the order was like this: Hamilton ahead of Button, Hülkenberg, Alonso,Webber, Massa, di Resta, Kobayashi, Rosberg and Ricciardo on 10th position. Vettel 13th ahead of Raikkönnen, Glock 17th. Than Schumacher had a tire failure and fall back in 21st position. Grosjean spun and crashed against the wall in Turn 11. Kobayashi had spun out Webber in lap 7 and Button passes Hamilton for the lead in lap 8, Vettel was already in 8th position. There was still light rain, so the question was, do i saty on the dry tires or should i change to Intermediates?

Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton came for Inter’s in lap 11, Hülkenberg and Button stayed on track with medium tires, what was the right desicion. The rain was getting weaker, the track was getting dryer. In lap 19 Hülkenberg was much qicker than Button and overtoke in Turn 1 for the lead!!!

Hamilton, Alonso, Kobayashi, Rosberg and di Resta changed to medium/hard tires. Vettel came in for hard compounds in lap 21 and came directly behind Alonso on to the circuit. Rosberg was driving over a broken part of the Williams from Senna from the 1st lap collision and destroyed his rear right tire. Because this parts where all over this corner the Safety Car was deployed for 5 laps.

The advantage from Hülkenberg and Button over the other drivers was gone.

Hülkenberg was making a good restart and had a lead over 2.4 seconds ahead of Button. Further behind Vettel was attaked by his teammate Webber on the outside of Turn 1, but Webber lost it and rejoined the field on the 14th position. In lap 31, Hamilton overtoke Button for 3rd position and Kobayashi overtoke Alonso for 4th Position, Alonso passed him back one lap later. Vettel was passing Massa in the DRS-Zone for 7th position and was driving very defensiv.

Hülkenberg couldn’t quite match the pace and Hamilton was coming closer and closer per lap. In lap 42 the rain was coming back, but it was still light rain. The conditions were still tricky though.

The rain was getting worse in lap 47 and Hülkenberg nearly spun out in Turn 7, that were Petrov spun out earlier. Hamilton passed Hülkenberg becuase of this mistake. By Red Bull mean while, the desicions had to be maked, Vettel came in lap 53 for medium tires and falled back the leaderboard to 10th position. Hülkenberg was getting faster than Hamilton and tryed a inside overtake on the wet side of the track-with catastrophic consequences. Hülkenberg slided into Hamilton and destroyed the front left tire from Hamilton, who had to retire. Hülkenberg was still second after the collision though.

Alonso was mean while on the 3rd position and the rain was still making the track slippery. The team radio from Vettel failed, so he couldn’t tell his team that he wanted to change to inter’s in the next lap. That why the mechanics weren’t prepared and the pitstop toke very long.

Alonso was driving his last lap with his hard compound and nearly spun out of the track. Hülkenberg had to do a Drive Trough Penalty because of his collision with Hamilton, so Alonso was 3rd and his teammate Massa second who let him pass in lap 61. At this point Vettel was 7th.

In lap 65 Vettel passed Schumacher for 6th position. It was looking to be a showdown between Alonso and Vettel.

But then lap 70 and Di Resta had a nasty accident in Turn 14. The last lap was under the Safety-Car and as Vettel crossed the line he was the youngest triple world campion of all time and just the third after Fangio and Schumacher to be a triple world champion in F1 history. Button wins the Brazil GP and that was hi 3rd win of the year after Melbourne and Spa.

It has been a incredible, fantastic, epic season with a unbelievable finale here at the Brazil GP. Congrats to Sebastian Vettel to his World Championship 2012.

Hope to see you’ll soon in March 2013 when the new F1 season is starting in Melbourne to the Australian GP.

Have a great time before then!!!

Full results of the Brazil GP 2012:

1 3 J. Button McLaren 71 1:45:22.656 174,179
2 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 71 +0:02.754 +0:02.754 174,103
3 6 F. Massa Ferrari 71 +0:03.615 +0:00.861 174,079
4 2 M. Webber Red Bull 71 +0:04.936 +0:01.321 174,043
5 12 N. Hülkenberg Force India 71 +0:05.708 +0:00.772 174,022
6 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 71 +0:09.453 +0:03.745 173,919
7 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 71 +0:11.900 +0:02.447 173,852
8 17 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 71 +0:28.653 +0:16.753 173,393
9 14 K. Kobayashi Sauber 71 +0:31.250 +0:02.597 173,322
10 9 K. Räikkönen Lotus 70 +1 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 171,699
11 21 W. Petrow Caterham 70 +1 Rnd. +0:06.286 171,529
12 25 C. Pic Marussia 70 +1 Rnd. +0:01.698 171,483
13 16 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 70 +1 Rnd. +0:01.381 171,445
14 20 H. Kovalainen Caterham 70 +1 Rnd. +0:24.558 170,783
15 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 70 +1 Rnd. +0:06.807 170,600
16 24 T. Glock Marussia 70 +1 Rnd. +0:01.832 170,551
17 22 P. de la Rosa HRT 69 +2 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 169,224
18 23 N. Karthikeyan HRT 69 +2 Rnd. +0:32.325 168,363
19 11 P. di Resta Force India 68 +3 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 174,600

Preview: 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

The first Brazil GP was in 1973 won by Emerson Fittipaldi (Lotus), the pole came from Ronnie Peterson (Lotus).

Since then we had some memorable moments on this circuit.

Ayrton Senna’s first win at his Home Grand Prix 1991, the absolutley crazy chaotic and very wet  race in 2003 won by Kimi Raikkönnen (McLaren) and of course the fantastic championship battle between Massa and Hamilton 2008.

Massa won the race and was for 20 seconds the first Brazilian Champion after Ayrton Senna 1991, but Hamilton overtoke Glock for 5th position in the last corner on the last lap and that was enough to become the first British Champion since Damon Hill 1996 and the youngest F1 Champion ever (now beaten by Vettel in 2010).

The track is very fast, but has also a slow section with very twisty turns. The track has many height differences and is a hard challenge to find a good setup. At the most of the time the track is very hot and has a high air moisture, but this weekend will be rainy espesially in the race.

Alonso vs. Vettel? Who will win the Drivers Title? Vettel has a lead of 13 points ahead of Alonso, when Alonso wins Vettel has to be on P4 to become World Champion.

It will be very exciting, great and interesting weekend at the Brazil GP 2012.

The Brazil GP is this weekend and the final round of the FIA  Formula 1 World Championship.

Facts of the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos, Sao Paulo:

Lap length: 4.309 km

Race length. 71 laps

Total distance: 305, 909 km

Grip-Level:  Medium

Tire compounds: Medium/Hard

Tire wear: Medium

Brakes wear: low

Gear changes per Lap: 40

Top-Speed race: 314 km/h

Fuel consumption: low

Direction: Anti-clockwise

Numbers of left corners: 10

Numbers of right corners: 5

Numbers of GP’s: 29

Lap record Qualifying: 1:10.646 (Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, 2004)

Lap record Race: 1:11.473 (Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams-BMW, 2004)

Most wins Driver: Michael Schumacher (4)

Most wins Teams: Ferrari (8)

Most points Driver: Michael Schumacher (88)

Most points Teams: Ferrari (221)

Most poles Driver: Rubens Barrichello, Ayrton Senna, Mika Häkkinen, Felipe Massa (3)

Most poles Teams: McLaren, Williams (8)

Official Website: GP Brasil

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Full results of Brazil GP 2011:

1 2 M. Webber Red Bull 71 1:32:17.464 198,877
2 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 71 +0:16.983 +0:16.983 198,269
3 4 J. Button McLaren 71 +0:27.638 +0:10.655 197,889
4 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 71 +0:35.048 +0:07.410 197,626
5 6 F. Massa Ferrari 71 +1:06.733 +0:31.685 196,509
6 14 A. Sutil Force India 70 +1 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 195,836
7 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 70 +1 Rnd. +0:08.801 195,525
8 15 P. di Resta Force India 70 +1 Rnd. +0:09.949 195,176
9 16 K. Kobayashi Sauber 70 +1 Rnd. +0:04.590 195,015
10 10 W. Petrow Renault 70 +1 Rnd. +0:02.718 194,920
11 19 J. Alguersuari Toro Rosso 70 +1 Rnd. +0:03.248 194,806
12 18 S. Buemi Toro Rosso 70 +1 Rnd. +0:11.343 194,410
13 17 S. Perez Sauber 70 +1 Rnd. +0:10.745 194,037
14 11 R. Barrichello Williams 70 +1 Rnd. +0:04.327 193,887
15 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 70 +1 Rnd. +0:04.159 193,743
16 20 H. Kovalainen Lotus 69 +2 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 191,921
17 9 B. Senna Renault 69 +2 Rnd. +0:29.690 190,905
18 21 J. Trulli Lotus 69 +2 Rnd. +0:08.208 190,626
19 25 J. D’Ambrosio Marussia-Virgin 68 +3 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 188,793
20 22 D. Ricciardo HRT 68 +3 Rnd. +0:20.846 188,092