30 August


30 AUGUST 2011
Pastor Maldonado battled hard at Spa-Francorchamps to become the first Venezuelan to score a world championship point since Johnny Cecotto in 1983. Wet conditions on Friday and Saturday gave the teams next to no dry running ahead of the race and AT&T Williams dealt with the situation better than most. Here, Technical Director Sam Michael sums up the team's Belgian Grand Prix weekend.
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28 August

Red Bull Racing-Renault secures 1-2 result in thrilling Belgian Grand Prix

Red Bull Racing, powered by the Renault RS27 engine, secured victory in today’s Belgian Grand Prix following a thrilling race. Sebastian Vettel took the win from pole position, marking his 7th victory of the season and his 17th career win. Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber took second position to give the RS27 its second 1-2 result of the year.
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Belgian GP - Determination not enough: only fourth for Alonso at Spa. Massa finishes eighth after a puncture

Scuderia Ferrari and Fernando Alonso’s run of four consecutive podium finishes came to an end at Spa-Francorchamps, even though the Spaniard fought right to the last lap for a top three result, before having to settle for fourth place. Felipe Massa’s race was ruined by an unexpected puncture which meant he had to make an unplanned stop on his way to finishing eighth. Fernando made two pit stops: having started on the Soft tyres, he then fitted a second set of Soft and one of the Medium. Felipe also started on the Softs and initially followed a similar strategy, except that he had to fit an additional set of the Mediums, because of the aforementioned puncture.
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Home and Dry

28 August 2011
Marussia Virgin Racing drivers Timo Glock and Jérôme D’Ambrosio finished in 17th and 18th positions respectively in a fascinating Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit today.
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Belgian Grand Prix: The Team Reaction

Car 1 Sebastian Vettel, Finish Position: 1st Start Position: Pole
“I’m very happy; today was a very good race for us, although it was not easy with the tyres. The beginning of the race was more research and science than racing and we sacrificed a lot by stopping very early. We had a good feeling, though, and I came in again when the safety car came out, just to see how they were. I can judge a bit from looking at the inside, but when you’re doing 300kph or more and the tyres are always spinning rather than stopped, you can’t really take the time to see, so it was crucial to come in and have a closer look.
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Vettel continues his leadership with Pirelli in Belgium

August 28th, 2011 – After an action-packed race that was dominated by tyre strategy, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel converted pole position to another race win this year, the 17th of his career, over 44 laps around the epic Spa-Francorchamps circuit. By winning in Belgium, Vettel exceeded the points total of his championship-winning 2010 season.
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Update on Robert Kubica

28 august 2011
Today, Robert underwent one last scheduled operation in Italy, aimed at recovering the full mobility of his right elbow. The surgeons are happy to report that they have been able to complete 100% of their task and did not encounter any complications. They have described the outcome of the operation as “a total success”.
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Belgian GP - Race Report

28 august 2011
LRGP took ninth position in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps, showing promising pace from the R31 with its latest upgrade package running for the first time in dry conditions. Vitaly Petrov battled with a late brake issue to come home in the top ten, whilst Bruno Senna finished in 13th on his LRGP debut.
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Eric Boullier: “The weekend has acted as a real building block for Monza”

28 august 2011
What are your feelings after today's race?
EB: I take mixed feelings from today because we suffered from a poor first corner, which prevented us from scoring more points. Having said that, both Vitaly and Bruno drove a respectable race from this point on, and ensured we would take something away from this weekend.
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Belgian GP – Race – Sunday, 28.08.2011

Weather: dry with some sunshine, 16-17°C air, 23-24°C track
A promising Saturday turned into a disappointing Sunday for the Sauber F1 Team in Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix. Although both Sergio Pérez and Kamui Kobayashi were initially running in the top ten in their Sauber C30-Ferraris, at the end of the race their results were a retirement and 12th respectively.
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Italian team in Latino wipe-out at Spa

In our post-qualifying press release on Saturday, our technical director Giorgio Ascanelli, who worked in the past with Ayrton Senna, commented that it was emotional to see the yellow helmet in a black car again at Spa, in reference to Bruno Senna’s appearance in the Renault team. After the opening moments of today’s Belgian Grand Prix, as the Brazilian smashed into Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso at the very first corner, putting the Spaniard out of the race, Ascanelli was no doubt not feeling quite so warm towards him.
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28 AUGUST 2011
Pastor Maldonado scored his first points for AT&T Williams at Spa-Francorchamps today finishing in 10th place in the Belgian Grand Prix. Pastor drove through from 21st on the grid into the top ten despite picking up damage to the front wing of his Williams-Cosworth FW33 on the first lap of the race. Today’s result makes him the first Venezuelan to score a world championship point since Johnny Cecotto back in 1983. Rubens Barrichello came home in 16th after having to make an unscheduled pit stop from 13th position for a new front wing with just three laps remaining.
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“A dazzlingly impressive race from Jenson today”
Spa-Francorchamps, Sunday August 28
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Jenson drove a dazzlingly impressive race today – in fact I’d say without any doubt whatsoever that he was the man of the match.
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Michael Schumacher came from the back of the field to finish in fifth place at the Belgian Grand Prix today on the weekend that marked the 20th anniversary of his Formula One debut at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Nico Rosberg finished in sixth place, after an exceptional start which saw him go from fifth on the grid to leading the race at the end of the first lap.
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2011 Belgian Grand Prix Race Report – 28 August

After a difficult qualifying session yesterday, Force India bounced back strongly this afternoon as Adrian Sutil raced to seventh place in the Belgian Grand Prix, earning the team a further six championship points. Paul Di Resta sustained damage to his car in a first corner incident and just missed out on points as he finished P11.
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Belgian Grand Prix

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Sunday, 28th of August 2011
Vitantonio Liuzzi F111-002 #23 19th
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #22 DNF
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Jarno Trulli, Car 21 - Chassis T128-01: “For me and the whole team that was a really good race. I had a great start, passing a few other cars away from the line but then the accident in T1 meant both Heikki and I suffered damage – him to his nosecone, me to the floor and I had to run the whole race with that damage, so to finish 14th after that is just fantastic. Apart from the start I enjoyed the whole race – I passed a number of cars and when the safety car came out I was able to close the gap to the cars ahead. That gave me the chance to fight with the Renault and I passed him and was then able to keep pace with the other guys ahead. One of the best points of the race was the first stop I made – I came in just behind one of the HRTs and the pitcrew did a brilliant job to get me out fast enough to pass him in the pitlane, so I want to thank them and the whole team for a really solid weekend. Racing like this, with no problems and with a car I can fight with all afternoon is very satisfying, so now I can’t wait to get back in when we get to Italy and keep up the momentum we’ve built up here.”
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Race Classification

after 44 Laps - 308.052 Kms

1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 44 1:26:44.893 213.066
2 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 44 1:26:48.634 +3.741 212.913
3 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 44 1:26:54.562 +9.669 212.671
4 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 44 1:26:57.915 +13.022 212.534
5 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 44 1:27:32.357 +47.464 211.140
6 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 44 1:27:33.567 +48.674 211.092
7 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 44 1:27:44.606 +59.713 210.649
8 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 44 1:27:50.969 +66.076 210.395
9 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 44 1:27:56.810 +71.917 210.162
10 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 44 1:28:02.508 +77.615 209.935
11 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 44 1:28:08.887 +83.994 209.682
12 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 44 1:28:16.869 +91.976 209.366
13 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 44 1:28:17.878 +92.985 209.326
14 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 43 1:26:55.773 +1 LAP 207.787
15 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Team Lotus 43 1:27:02.556 +1 LAP 207.517
16 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 43 1:27:02.594 +1 LAP 207.516
17 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 43 1:27:52.627 +1 LAP 205.546
18 T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 43 1:27:54.328 +1 LAP 205.480
19 V. LIUZZI ITA HRT F1 Team 43 1:28:33.305 +1 LAP 203.973

S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 27 57:15.616 DNF 198.026
D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 13 26:39.599 DNF 204.639
L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 12 23:39.493 DNF 212.840
S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 6 12:03.233 DNF 208.563
J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 0 DNF
M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:49.883 on lap 33 229.465

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27 August

Spaniard’s Super Spa Saturday Session

“This is the sort of day when a young driver can make a name for himself and today, you made a name for yourself. Sixth place on the grid is really outstanding.” Why should we praise Jaime Alguersuari ourselves when we can rely on this eloquent introduction from a British TV commentator, interviewing our Spanish driver a few minutes after he recorded the best-ever qualifying position of his Formula 1 career? Completing an excellent afternoon’s work for Scuderia Toro Rosso, Sébastien Buemi will start the Belgian Grand Prix from the sixth row in eleventh place.
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Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying: The Team Reaction

August 27, 2011 
With Seb on pole and Mark third on the grid, the team give their reaction to a great Qualifying session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
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Vettel claims pole with Pirelli after action-packed Spa qualifying

World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position by half a second at Spa-Francorchamps, carrying on from where he left off after claiming pole at the last grand prix in Hungary before the summer break.
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“An eventful hour – but we’re one of the quickest around here”
Spa-Francorchamps, Saturday August 27
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Lewis drove a great lap in Q3 this afternoon and will start from the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s race as a result.
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Belgian GP - A disappointing qualifying: a poor day in Spa

One of the worst qualifying sessions of the season for Scuderia Ferrari, with Felipe Massa fourth and Fernando Alonso eighth. The session began on a wet track and the two drivers used one set of intermediates each in Q1 and two in Q2. Then, in Q3 conditions allowed for the use of dry tyres and both Felipe and Fernando opted for the Soft.
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Wet and Dry

27 August 2011
The qualifying session for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix proved a challenging experience for drivers and engineers up and down the pitlane this afternoon, thanks to the changeable climatic conditions and track incidents. Marussia Virgin Racing were no exception.
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Bruno Senna, R31-01 P7, 1:51.121, 24 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 P10, 1:52.303, 23 laps
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As anticipated, conditions in the Ardennes forest delivered a wet qualifying at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit today forcing the field onto intermediate tyres for the duration of the three rounds. AT&T Williams’ Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado drove the team’s FW33s through Q1; which concluded with Pastor setting the 11th fastest time, Rubens the 12th. Q2 proved more troublesome for the pair. A red flag with six minutes remaining left the field clambering for space once the track went green and so traffic ultimately compromised both drivers’ final attempts at a quick time. At the chequered flag, Rubens just bettered Pastor’s time to claim 14th on the grid, with Pastor 16th.
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FP3 & Qualifying at the Belgian Grand Prix

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Saturday, 27th of August 2011
HRT Formula One Team participated in qualifying for the twelfth time this season at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi and rookie Australian Daniel Ricciardo qualified their HRT F111’s in 22nd and 23rd places respectively for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.
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Belgian GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 27.08.2011

Weather: showers and the track never totally dry, 15-16°C air, 19-20°C track
The Sauber F1 Team battled with the ever changing Spa-Francorchamps weather conditions ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, and won by getting one of its drivers into Q3 for the sixth time this year. For Sergio Pérez ninth is his best qualifying result for the team, and his third appearance in the top ten. Kamui Kobayashi just missed out and ended up 12th in his Sauber C30-Ferrari.
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2011 Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying Report – 27 August

It was a disappointing afternoon for Force India as Adrian Sutil qualified in P15 following a crash at the top of Eau Rouge. Teammate Paul Di Resta will line up in P18 following a spin.
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Nico Rosberg qualified in fifth place at the end of an action-packed qualifying at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit this afternoon, whilst team-mate Michael Schumacher's session was unfortunately brought to an early conclusion in Q1.
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27 august 2011
Bruno Senna, R31-01 P9, 2:11.664, 14 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 P15, 2:13.290, 15 laps
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Qualifying Session Classification


1 S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 2:03.029 100.998 2:03.317 1:48.298
2 L. HAMILTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2:03.008 100.981 2:02.823 1:48.730
3 M. WEBBER Red Bull Racing 2:02.827 100.832 2:03.302 1:49.376
4 F. MASSA Scuderia Ferrari 2:05.834 103.300 2:04.507 1:50.256
5 N. ROSBERG Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 2:05.091 102.691 2:03.723 1:50.552
6 J. ALGUERSUARI Scuderia Toro Rosso 2:05.419 102.960 2:04.561 1:50.773
7 B. SENNA Lotus Renault GP 2:05.047 102.654 2:04.452 1:51.121
8 F. ALONSO Scuderia Ferrari 2:04.450 102.164 2:02.768 1:51.251
9 S. PEREZ Sauber F1 Team 2:06.284 103.670 2:04.625 1:51.374
10 V. PETROV Lotus Renault GP 2:05.292 102.856 2:03.466 1:52.303
11 S. BUEMI Scuderia Toro Rosso 2:04.744 102.406 2:04.692
12 K. KOBAYASHI Sauber F1 Team 2:07.194 104.417 2:04.757
13 J. BUTTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2:01.813 100.000 2:05.150
14 R. BARRICHELLO AT&T Williams 2:05.720 103.207 2:07.349
15 A. SUTIL Force India F1 Team 2:06.000 103.437 2:07.777
16 P. MALDONADO AT&T Williams 2:05.621 103.126 2:08.106
17 H. KOVALAINEN Team Lotus 2:06.780 104.077 2:08.354
18 P. DI RESTA Force India F1 Team 2:07.758 104.880
19 J. TRULLI Team Lotus 2:08.773 105.713
20 T. GLOCK Marussia Virgin Racing 2:09.566 106.364
J. D'AMBROSIO Marussia Virgin Racing 2:11.601 108.035
V. LIUZZI HRT F1 Team 2:11.616 108.047
D. RICCIARDO HRT F1 Team 2:13.077 109.246
M. SCHUMACHER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team DNS
2:10.339 107.000
S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:48.298 232.824 KPH
S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:48.298 232.824 KPH

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Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - Chassis T128-04: ¡°I think we can be very pleased with the performance today. That last lap in Q1 was as much as I could get out of the car and to get back into Q2 is obviously a great result for the whole team. We had the right plan for the conditions, put it into action on track and it paid off. I don¡¯t think I could have got any more out of the package today, so finishing where we did goes down as objective achieved for today. It looks like it¡¯ll be a dry race tomorrow, and I think the key for us is to make sure both cars finish. If we can do that, be there to take advantage of anything that happens, and leave Spa having got into Q2 and had a solid race, this will go down as a good weekend for us.¡±
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Third Practice Session Classification


1 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 2:08.988 7 195.478
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2:09.046 8 +0.058 195.390
3 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 2:09.931 16 +0.943 194.059
4 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2:10.257 7 +1.269 193.574
5 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 2:10.402 9 +1.414 193.358
6 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 2:10.580 15 +1.592 193.095
7 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 2:10.837 12 +1.849 192.716
8 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 2:11.437 13 +2.449 191.836
9 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 2:11.664 14 +2.676 191.505
10 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 2:11.667 10 +2.679 191.501
11 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 2:11.874 13 +2.886 191.200
12 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Team Lotus 2:13.036 15 +4.048 189.530
13 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 2:13.074 12 +4.086 189.476
14 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 2:13.182 12 +4.194 189.322
15 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 2:13.290 15 +4.302 189.169
16 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 2:13.778 12 +4.790 188.479
17 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 2:14.334 14 +5.346 187.699
18 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 2:14.682 11 +5.694 187.214
19 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 2:17.159 12 +8.171 183.833
20 T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 2:18.039 10 +9.051 182.661
21 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 2:19.001 12 +10.013 181.397
22 V. LIUZZI ITA HRT F1 Team 2:19.597 14 +10.609 180.622
23 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 2:22.454 7 +13.466 177.000
24 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari no time 5

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26 August

Belgian Grand Prix, Friday: The Drivers’ Reaction

August 26, 2011 
Friday, like Thursday, was another wet day here in Spa. Here’s what our drivers had to say about it:
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Webber fastest in free practice at a wet Spa

26 august 2011After a four-week summer break, the Formula One field returned to action in the majestic setting of Spa: one of the most challenging tracks of the year that is characterised by a long lap and uncertain weather.
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26 august 2011
Bruno Senna, R31-01 P17, 1:53.835, 21 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 P24, 2:02.234, 12 laps
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26 august 2011
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 P22, 2:13.601, 10 laps
Bruno Senna, R31-01 P23, 2:14.340, 7 laps
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Normal service resumes at Spa

After Friday had dawned hot, humid and sunny, normal Spa-Francorchamps weather soon put in an appearance during the first free practice session for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.
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Belgian GP - A positive start in changing conditions

The weather was the main player today and why would it be any different given where we are? The rain meant there were only a couple of dry interludes at the start of each of the two sessions. Therefore, it is even harder than usual, if not impossible, to draw any conclusion as to the hierarchy on track. Alonso and Massa completed a total of 56 laps (31 for the Spaniard, 25 for the Brazilian,) but only half of these were done on dry tyres.
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At Home With Jerome

26 Augus 2011
The first two Free Practice sessions for the Belgian Grand Prix took place today at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, marking the start of the second part of the 2011 Formula One season following the summer break.
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“We’re looking in good shape – in the wet or dry”
Spa-Francorchamps, Friday August 26
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“It’s always fun to watch the Spa micro-climate once again defy the best efforts of the weather forecasters and produce a pair of typically unpredictable sessions!
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2011 Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice Report – 26 August

FP1 objectives:
Comparison of wet and intermediate tyres
FP2 objectives:
Comparison of medium and soft tyres
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Objectives P1
• Testing of upgrade components
Objectives P2
• Continued evaluation of FW33 upgrades
• Tyre runs and set-up work
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The MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team completed two busy practice sessions today in preparation for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Conditions were typical of the Ardennes, with numerous showers through the day.
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Belgian GP – Practice – Friday, 26.08.2011

Weather: Sun and rain, 22-23°C air, 19-26°C track
As if it wanted to maintain its bad reputation, the weather in the Ardennes pulled out all the stops on the first day of practice before the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps. Even with unpredictable conditions between sunshine and heavy rain showers, both Sauber F1 Team drivers stayed out of trouble. Sergio Pérez was 12th and seventh while Kamui Kobayashi came tenth and 13th respectively in the two 90 minute sessions. For almost the entire first session both cars ran on full wet tyres, but in the second session both drivers did their fastest lap times on the soft tyre compound.
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Day 1 at the Belgian Grand Prix

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Friday, 26th of August 2011
Maximum temperature: 23ºC Air, 27º Track - Wet
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Karun Chandhok, Chassis T128-04 (FP1): “It’s good to have been back in the car and despite the weather I enjoyed my time out there today. I had traffic on what would have been my quickest lap, but the chance to spend more time in the cockpit is always useful and as it was a bit of a stop-start session for everyone I pretty much did as much as I could today.”
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Second Practice Session Classification


1 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:50.321 22 228.554
2 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:50.461 19 +0.140 228.265
3 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:50.770 9 +0.449 227.628
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:50.838 9 +0.517 227.488
5 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:51.218 15 +0.897 226.711
6 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:51.242 23 +0.921 226.662
7 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:51.655 21 +1.334 225.824
8 N. HULKENBERG GER Force India F1 Team 1:51.725 18 +1.404 225.682
9 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 1:51.751 9 +1.430 225.630
10 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:51.790 13 +1.469 225.551
11 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:51.922 23 +1.601 225.285
12 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 1:52.750 20 +2.429 223.631
13 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:52.780 26 +2.459 223.571
14 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:52.911 25 +2.590 223.312
15 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:53.009 25 +2.688 223.118
16 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 1:53.156 17 +2.835 222.828
17 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 1:53.835 21 +3.514 221.499
18 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 1:55.051 20 +4.730 219.158
19 T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 1:55.494 23 +5.173 218.317
20 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Team Lotus 1:56.202 15 +5.881 216.987
21 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 1:56.816 21 +6.495 215.847
22 V. LIUZZI ITA HRT F1 Team 1:57.450 19 +7.129 214.681
23 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 1:57.612 24 +7.291 214.386
24 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 2:02.234 12 +11.913 206.279

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First Practice Session Classification


1 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:54.355 13 220.492
2 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:54.829 15 +0.474 219.582
3 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2:02.740 8 +8.385 205.429
4 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 2:03.752 10 +9.397 203.749
5 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2:04.301 7 +9.946 202.849
6 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 2:04.663 18 +10.308 202.260
7 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 2:04.728 10 +10.373 202.155
8 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 2:05.391 12 +11.036 201.086
9 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 2:06.583 16 +12.228 199.192
10 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 2:06.886 15 +12.531 198.716
11 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 2:07.055 12 +12.700 198.452
12 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 2:07.481 15 +13.126 197.789
13 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 2:08.233 14 +13.878 196.629
14 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 2:08.239 14 +13.884 196.620
15 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 2:08.918 10 +14.563 195.584
16 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 2:09.792 8 +15.437 194.267
17 T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 2:12.278 13 +17.923 190.616
18 V. LIUZZI ITA HRT F1 Team 2:12.389 10 +18.034 190.456
19 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 2:12.772 13 +18.417 189.907
20 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 2:13.058 8 +18.703 189.499
21 K. CHANDHOK IND Team Lotus 2:13.090 11 +18.735 189.453
22 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 2:13.601 10 +19.246 188.729
23 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 2:14.340 7 +19.985 187.690
24 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 2:14.933 11 +20.578 186.866

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25 August

Special Spa

25 august 2011
At 7.004km Spa Francorchamps is the longest circuit on the Formula One calendar, and it's quality as well as quantity that the venue of the Belgian Grand Prix venue provides.
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Vitaly: “Congratulations Bruno”

25 august 2011
Vitaly, a new team-mate. How is that going to affect you? Will it affect you at all?
VP: First of all, congratulations Bruno. I know he has signed for the next two races. For me I think it doesn't matter now who is my team-mate. I know what I need to do. I know how I need to improve the car so I will just do my job.
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The Belgian Grand Prix from a tyre point of view

25 august 2011
The Spa Francorchamps circuit is an epic track, with the longest lap of the year, huge changes in elevation, plenty of time spent at full throttle and variable weather conditions. It is a true driver’s track: all the multiple winners at Spa have claimed at least one driver’s title each. Here are some of the reasons why…
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Back to Business in Belgium

At last….we don’t have to pretend to be enjoying a holiday when all we want to do is go racing. It would not really matter where we went back to work, but somehow, getting back to the serious business of the Formula 1 World Championship at one of the greatest tracks on the calendar, makes it seem even more exciting. The only downside is a plague of wasps that has already stung quite a few people in the paddock. Generally, it’s a case of everyone back on duty, apart from Nick Heidfeld, whom as you may have read is now being replaced by Bruno Senna at the team everyone knows as Renault, but now calls “Black Lotus” to distinguish it from “Green Lotus.”
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Bruno Senna: “It feels like Christmas and my toughest exam have both arrived on the same day!”

25 august 2011
Enstone, Thursday 25 August 2011
Lotus Renault GP can confirm that Bruno Senna has been nominated to race alongside Vitaly Petrov at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix and at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks later. The team's present intention is to give Bruno the opportunity to race for the rest of the season. However, some legal issues have not been fully resolved as yet and, as a result, the team will make another announcement on this matter in due course.
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Bruno Senna: “I'll put my whole heart into this opportunity”

25 august 2011
It has been announced that Bruno Senna will step into the seat of the R31 to become Lotus Renault GP's new Race Driver. Here, he offers his thoughts on what the decision means to him.
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24 August

Bruno Senna to race for Lotus Renault GP

Enstone, Wednesday 24th August 2011
Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce that Bruno Senna will race alongside Vitaly Petrov at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
Bruno will attend the Official FIA Press Conference tomorrow at 15.00.

A press release with further details on the matter will be issued tomorrow morning.
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Vitaly Petrov on the Belgian GP - “I'm hungrier than ever to get back to scoring points”

Revitalised and ready, the Russian tells us he is ready to return to the R31 at one of F1's most demanding venues.
It's the first Grand Prix back after the summer break – what are your expectations?
The Belgian Grand Prix is a big race. I hope our new upgrades will be working well and then we will see where we are in terms of performance, but I know Spa-Francorchamps very well. I had a strong race there last year. It's one of the best and most challenging tracks you face as a driver because you have a number of different corners, ups and downs, and the weather can change at any given moment! One corner can be wet and on the other side of the track it could be dry. You never know what to expect in Spa, but I hope that we will be much more prepared and ready for this weekend. That is crucial in order to turn our season around, and I'm confident we can do just that.
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Renault Sport F1 Preview to the Belgian GP

After a four week hiatus the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship restarts with one of the classic races on the calendar. The Belgian Grand Prix, held at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is a 7.004km rollercoaster loop through the hills and forests of the Ardennes area. Over 70% of the circuit is taken at maximum throttle, making it a stiff challenge for drivers, but particularly for engines that need to deliver good top end power, driveability and responsiveness to negotiate the fast, flowing corners such as the famed Eau Rouge and Blanchimont and the tight Bus Stop chicane and La Source hairpin.
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Sauber F1 Team and Oerlikon sign technology partnership

Hinwil, 24th August 2011 – The Sauber F1 Team and the Oerlikon company have concluded a partnership aimed, among other things, at the development and expansion of environmentally friendly measures. These include a project for a solar park at the team’s headquarters in Hinwil.
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Group CEO of Team Lotus, Caterham Team AirAsia, Caterham Cars, merchandising, engineering and all associated businesses
Hingham, UK - 24th August 2011
Tony Fernandes and fellow shareholders Kamarudin Meranun and SM Nasarudin have confirmed that with immediate effect Riad Asmat has been promoted Group CEO of Team Lotus, Caterham Cars, Caterham Team AirAsia, merchandising, engineering and all related interests.
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23 August

Eric Boullier on the Belgian GP - “We need to catch Mercedes GP”

After the mid-season break, Eric explains how the team is eager to get back to the action in Spa-Francorchamps.
It was a tough weekend in Budapest, but Spa offers the perfect chance for the team to return to its early-season form…
Yes, Budapest was evidently a very testing weekend for us; it was in fact one of the most difficult weekends we could have had before the August factory shutdown. Having said that, we're approaching the Belgian Grand Prix with some developments to the car which, we hope, will benefit us greatly. In addition, our upgraded wind tunnel (now 60%) has been fully operational since the beginning of June. I'm confident that we will now start to see the effect of these car updates, because we want a result that will put the smile back on our faces.
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Belgian Grand Prix 2011
How was the summer break for you?
I went to Hawaii, which is one of my favourite places in the world. The weather was fantastic and I had a great time for 10 days – even though I had to take some time out to write a speech because I was Best Man at a friend’s wedding straight afterwards. All in all, it was a great break.
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Race Preview Feature 12: Majestic Spa-Francorchamps

Seventy-two years ago, it no doubt seemed like an innocuous change to speed up the circuit layout. When the teams arrived for the 1939 Belgian Grand Prix at the end of the June, the fiddly Virage de l’Ancienne Douane (Customs House Hairpin) early in the lap had been bypassed with a new, steep uphill section linking to the long straight towards Les Combes. The new section probably merited little special consideration in comparison with the rest of the 14-kilometre circuit, which included sections like Burnenville, the Masta Kink and the run from Stavelot to La Source. The old Spa disappeared from the calendar in 1970, to return in 1983 using a layout that was half the length and had been made significantly safer in order to meet the needs of modern motor racing. But that piece of tarmac, Le Raidillon de l’Eau Rouge, remained and is now taken flat-out in a Formula One car. Furthermore, it has also come to symbolise the unique, majestic challenge of one of the last remaining classic road circuits in the sport: Spa-Francorchamps.
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2011 Belgian Grand Prix Preview

Vijay’s vision
Chairman and Team Principal, Dr. Vijay Mallya, looks ahead to the Belgian Grand Prix.
“I always enjoy coming to Spa. Not only is it an evocative and historic venue, it’s also the scene of our greatest success to date and I have many happy memories of our podium two years ago.
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22 August

Track Day Training

22 augustus 2011
On the eve of our home race, our drivers had chance to take the Toro Rosso car around the Misano track in Italy.
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Pirelli gets ready for the ultimate driver’s track

22 august 2011
What’s the story?

Spa-Francorchamps, in the heart of the Ardennes, is a favourite of all the drivers because of the unique challenges that it provides. At 7.004 kilometres, it is by some margin the longest track on the Formula One calendar, underlining its status as an epic circuit from a bygone era. Corners such as Eau Rouge and Blanchimont have entered into grand prix legend, requiring the sort of commitment that pushes not just the driver, but also the tyres to the limit.
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Spa: A Favourite For Fans And Drivers

August 22, 2011 
When you ask drivers and fans to name their favourite race circuit, Spa-Francorchamps is, nine times out of ten, top of the list.

Set in the beautiful Ardennes forest, and with a heady mix of long straights and demanding corners, dramatic climbs and falls, plus some notoriously fickle weather, Spa has it all.
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Set-up guide - Belgian Grand Prix

Spa Francorchamps Set-up guide

1. Engine
An engine with a strong top end is needed. This is especially the case for the drag up Raidillon and the Kemmel Straight which follows because it runs slightly uphill all the way to turn five. Good horsepower is rewarded in many sections of a lap, due particularly to its undulating nature.

2. Brakes
There are not many braking demands so, as a result, the focus is on keeping the brakes warm to ensure immediate efficiency when they are required. There are three major braking areas - into the first corner, into the turn 5 chicane, and then into the former bus stop chicane. These sections also offer the principal overtaking opportunities.
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Belgian Grand Prixview

It’s back to work, because holidays are for wimps!
Twenty six days after the Hungarian Grand Prix, we will finally hear the sound of Formula 1 engines in anger again, as 24 drivers roll out of the pits to tackle the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the first free practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix. The seven kilometres plus of the world’s most charismatic race venue is the perfect way to get back to work, kicking off the final eight races of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship.
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26-28 AUGUST
The first race after the summer break takes place this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix, Round 12 of the 2011 Formula One World Championship, hosted at the historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit. For Michael Schumacher, the race will mark his 20th anniversary in Formula One, having made his debut at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix.
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Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August, 2011
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Round: 12 of 19

One of the world’s classic racetracks. Eau Rouge, Pouhon, Stavelot and Blanchimont are corners synonymous with speed and they’re all found here, at Spa-Francorchamps.
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Belgian Grand Prix Preview

26th-28th August, Spa-Francorchamps, 44 laps, 7.004km
Madrid, 22nd of August of 2011
After a three-week summer break, the HRT Formula One Team is preparing for the 30th F1 Grand Prix of its young history on August 28. Since its two car finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Italian driver Vitantonio Liuzzi recharged his batteries in Greece while Australian rookie Daniel Ricciardo only took one week off at home in the UK after a number of busy Red Bull promotions in Austria and Italy.
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What We’re Saying about Spa-Francorchamps

22 August 2011
Belgian Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps, 26-28 August 2011
“This is going to be Jérôme’s twelfth race in F1, but it’s a special weekend for him as he is racing at home. I’m sure this will make him push even harder and it will be great to see all the Belgian fans supporting their driver at their home race.” says John Booth, Marussia Virgin Racing’s Team Principal and Director of Racing.
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A Ferrari on the streets of Rotterdam

Rotterdam, 21 August – For the first time Scuderia Ferrari has today taken part in ‘Rotterdam City Racing’ at the sixth time that the event has been held. The motoring festival takes place in the middle of the Dutch city along a curved route between the Willemsbrug Bridge and the Hofplein square.
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21 August


Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - Chassis T128-04: “After a really good break in Finland it’ll be good to get back to work. I’m feeling better than ever and it’s always exciting heading to Spa. Eau Rouge is, of course, the corner everyone talks about and while it is still flat-out it’s actually not that hard for us now, but it’s still a big thrill. Any corner you take at 300km is pretty quick so you hang on the wheel pretty hard so that you don’t get any snap out of the corner, build up a good speed down then you feel all that compression as the car bottoms out through the corner and then you’re up the hill. It’s still very exciting!
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20 August

James Allison on the Belgian GP: “What Spa does offer is a glorious challenge for drivers”

James explains how the long-lap Spa-Francorchamps circuit is set to present a good all-round challenge for the R31.
Which areas of the car are crucial for a good performance at Spa-Francorchamps?
In general, the features that make a car quick at one circuit tend to make it quick at all circuits. Those features are good aerodynamic performance, good engine performance, good use of the tyres and fast drivers. From circuit to circuit the relative contribution of each of these parameters waxes and wanes, but the fundamentals are always the same. For Spa, the features which have somewhat higher prominence than normal are engine power and aerodynamic performance.
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19 August


Martin Whitmarsh, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“It’s exciting to be returning from the summer break and heading straight back into the fray at Spa: it’s one of Formula 1’s greatest circuits, and always a place where the unexpected tends to happen.
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Preview – Belgian Grand Prix

12th of 19 Rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 26-28 August 2011
Hinwil, 19th August 2011 – Refreshed after the summer break, the Sauber F1 Team is looking forward to racing on the spectacular circuit of Spa-Francorchamps where the Belgian Grand Prix will take place on the weekend of the 26th to 28th of August. With a lap of slightly over seven kilometres it is the longest track of the season. Summer in the Ardennes doesn’t necessarily mean sunshine, as the weather is traditionally difficult to predict at Spa. The Sauber C30-Ferrari will appear with a Spa specific new rear wing, updates to the front wing – and two drivers who love the circuit.
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18 August

Maria De Villota gets first taste of F1 with LRGP

18 august 2011
Spanish driver María de Villota took to the wheel of Lotus Renault GP's R29 at the Paul Ricard Circuit earlier this month, and clocked up 300 kilometres during her time on the track.
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16 August

Photos France 1999 added

Added 148 pictures of the French GP 1999
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12 August

Q&A with Vitantonio Liuzzi

Who better to analyse the first half of the season than a seasoned campaigner in Formula 1 as is Vitantonio Liuzzi. Leading the way for HRT Formula One Team this season, Tonio defines both his and the team’s performance as solid in these first 11 Grands Prix. It’s been a road with many obstacles but the Italian has dealt with adversity sensibly and with a constructive attitude. Without a doubt, his conviction and willpower led him to achieve the team’s best result of the season so far: a 13th place finish in Canada which helped the team leapfrog Virgin in the Constructors Championship. This is just the beginning of the history Tonio and HRT are building together.
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04 August

Q&A with Daniel Ricciardo

The midpoint of the 2011 Formula 1 season is upon us. It is, therefore, a good time to take a breather and evaluate the 11 Grands Prix which have taken place up to now. Even though Daniel Ricciardo has only raced in the last three, his arrival at the team was surrounded by excitement. Eager to make the most of his debut in Formula 1, Daniel arrived looking to prove his worth and aiming to help the team in its quest of achieving its targets for the remainder of the season. These three Grands Prix alongside HRT Formula One Team have been intense but he still has a lot to offer. With his potential and ambition, big things can be expected of this 22 year old Australian.
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03 August

Pirelli announces tyre choice for Belgium, Italy and Singapore

3 august 2011
Pirelli, the exclusive tyre supplier to Formula One from 2011-2013, has revealed the tyre compound choices for the next three grands prix in Belgium, Italy and Singapore.
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01 August


01 AUGUST 2011
Ever-changing track conditions turned the Hungarian Grand Prix into a lottery. Unfortunately, both AT&T Williams drivers lost out in the excitement, making five trips each to the pits, and they came home in 13th and 16th places. Technical Director Sam Michael gives his assessment of the team's performance.
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Vitaly - “I'll come back and be fully ready for Spa”

How was yesterday's race for you?
VP: Yesterday it was a very difficult race with changeable weather conditions. When the rain returned near the end of the race I lost temperature in my tyres and this made the car's handling very difficult. It looked like the wet conditions would continue so I changed to the intermediates, but it did not last as long as we thought. Maybe we should have changed to the super softs, but it is so difficult to predict the weather, and many other teams did the same thing. I am a little disappointed as it was possible to score points had we adopted the perfect strategy, but it was not to be.”
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