30 October


Indian GP - A Ferrari on the podium on F1's first passage to India


Fifteen points for Scuderia Ferrari in the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, thanks to Fernando Alonso’s ninth podium finish of the season, this one a third place. Unfortunately, his team-mate Felipe Massa had to retire on lap 33 when the left front suspension broke through a series of contributory causes. Fernando pitted twice, using the Soft tyres in the first two stints of the race and Hards in the third and final one. Felipe, who started off with one less set of Softs than his team-mate was on a similar strategy. After the seventeenth round of the Championship, the team and driver positions remain the same in their respective classifications: Fernando is still third in the Drivers, with Felipe sixth: the Scuderia is still on the lowest step of the podium in the one for Constructors.
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Home Alone


Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi
Sunday 30 October 2011
Marussia Virgin Racing’s Jérôme D’Ambrosio crossed the line in 16th position today in the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi. It was a less fortunate outcome for Timo Glock however, who was forced to retire after Kamui Kobayashi drove into him.
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Indian Grand Prix: The Team Reaction


October 30, 2011 
A spectacular start to Grand Prix life in India, not only did we win here but we set yet another new record as Sebastian has now led the most laps during the course of a Formula One season, ever. Here's what our team members had to say about the day:
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Records continue for Vettel and Red Bull Racing-Renault in India


Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing-Renault dominated the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit.

The German secured his 11th win of the season from pole position, with fastest lap sealing an ideal result. The lights-to-flag win means Vettel now surpasses another record; the most laps led in one season, a record that has been held by fellow Renault-engined driver Nigel Mansell since 1992. Mark Webber finished in fourth position behind Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
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Vettel keeps on track with Pirelli for another record


30 oktober 2011
By winning his 11th grand prix this year, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel is still on course to equal the record for the most number of wins in one season: 13, held by Michael Schumacher from 2004..
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A bitter sweet result in New Delhi


A week in India and 60 laps on Sunday equalled a grand total of 4 points in the country’s first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix. These came courtesy of Jaime Alguersuari who brought his TR6 home in eighth place. Sébastien Buemi was less fortunate, when technical troubles saw him have to park at the side of the Buddh circuit, when he too looked set to add to our points total.
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2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX


“A very good result – and second place secured in the Constructors’ World Championship”
Buddh International Circuit, Sunday October 30
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Jenson made a great start and then drove a brilliant first few corners, working his way from fourth on the grid to second by the end of the first lap.

He followed that with a truly excellent race-long performance, managing tyre wear where necessary yet still managing to keep up impressive race pace throughout. He didn’t ever have quite enough race pace to mount a concerted attack on Seb, but he got the maximum out of his car and beat everyone else fair and square.
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2011 Indian Grand Prix Race Report – 30 October


Sahara Force India finished in the points in the team’s home race as Adrian Sutil raced hard to a well-earned ninth place finish. Team-mate Paul Di Resta tried an aggressive strategy and came home in P13.
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2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE


BUDDH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
30 OCTOBER
Strong drives from MERCEDES GP PETRONAS pair Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg saw them finish in fifth and sixth places respectively in today's inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit.
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INDIAN GP - RACE - LOTUS RENAULT GP RACE REPORT


30 october 2011
Bruno Senna, R31-04 P12
Vitaly Petrov, R31-06 P11
Lotus Renault GP just missed out on a return to the points today at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, as Vitaly came home 11th and Bruno just behind in 12th.
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Indian Grand Prix


Buddh International Circuit, India
Sunday, 30th of October 2011
Weather: Maximum temperature: Air 31ºC , Track 38ºC
Race: 60 laps
Track distance: 5.125 km
Narain Karthikeyan F111-002 #22 17th
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #23 18th
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INDIAN GRAND PRIX RACE


Rubens Barrichello was the sole finisher for AT&T Williams at the debut Indian Grand Prix today. Starting from 15th on the grid, Rubens was involved in a first corner incident which forced him to pit for a new nose. Rejoining the race at the back of the field, Rubens showed good pace to finish the afternoon in P15 with the seventh fastest lap of the race. While running competitively just outside the top ten, Pastor Maldonado experienced a gearbox failure which terminated his race on lap 13.
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Indian GP – Race – Sunday, 30.10.2011


Weather: dry, 31°C air, 38-39°C track
After starting 20th on the grid Sergio Pérez managed to finish tenth at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix and scored one point for the Sauber F1 Team. While for Pérez a brave tyre strategy paid off – he used the hard compound only for the very first race lap – his team mate, Kamui Kobayashi, was left empty handed. He was involved in an accident and retired right after the start.
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INDIAN GRAND PRIX 2011


Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - Chassis T128-01: “I had another good start, maybe not quite up there with the last two races, but avoided the problems in turn 1 and 3 and from there I had a really strong race. At one point I was running 10th and the car felt great all afternoon. I was still in it after the first stops and as the fuel level dropped I was able to keep pace with Senna ahead, and keep a gap to the cars behind, but when I went onto the hards it was much harder to keep up the pace. I was also seriously held up by the HRTs when they had blue flags shown to them. I think they held up Lewis as well and they definitely cost me quite a lot of time. I probably wouldn’t have finished any higher, even without them holding me up, but when we’re pushing as hard as we are, and fighting with midfield cars, it’s a good feeling, for me and the whole team.”
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Race Classification


after 60 Laps - 307.249 Kms
2011 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL GRAND PRIX OF INDIA - New Delhi

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 60 1:30:35.002 203.513
2 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 60 1:30:43.435 +8.433 203.198
3 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 60 1:30:59.303 +24.301 202.607
4 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 60 1:31:00.531 +25.529 202.562
5 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 60 1:31:40.423 +65.421 201.092
6 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 60 1:31:41.853 +66.851 201.040
7 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 60 1:31:59.185 +84.183 200.409
8 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 59 1:30:54.422 +1 LAP 199.406
9 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 59 1:31:10.160 +1 LAP 198.832
10 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 59 1:31:12.750 +1 LAP 198.738
11 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 59 1:31:13.627 +1 LAP 198.706
12 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 59 1:31:25.298 +1 LAP 198.283
13 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 59 1:31:29.243 +1 LAP 198.141
14 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Team Lotus 58 1:30:41.595 +2 LAPS 196.485
15 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 58 1:30:56.557 +2 LAPS 195.947
16 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 57 1:30:51.481 +3 LAPS 192.745
17 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 57 1:30:52.067 +3 LAPS 192.724
18 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 57 1:31:23.903 +3 LAPS 191.605
19 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 55 1:30:58.490 +5 LAPS 185.737

NOT CLASSIFIED
F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 32 50:08.917 DNF 195.916
S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 24 37:44.904 DNF 195.105
P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 12 19:03.829 DNF 192.770
T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 2 4:05.557 DNF 146.590
K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 0 DNF
FASTEST LAP
S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:27.249 on lap 60 211.463

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29 October


Indian GP - A step forward in India: Alonso fourth and Felipe sixth in qualifying


The first qualifying session for an Indian Grand Prix was very exciting and close right down to the wire, with the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in the thick of it, in both a good way and a bad. The Spaniard set the fourth fastest time of the day, but will start from third place on the grid, because of the penalty handed out to Hamilton yesterday. Felipe is sixth despite not completing the session, because he went off the track after his right front suspension broke on impact with the inside kerb at turn 8. Fernando used Hards in Q1, a set of Softs in Q2 and two in Q3; to be safe, Felipe went for a set of Softs in Q1 after his run on Hards, but then he paid the penalty for this choice in Q2 and in Q3 when he followed a similar programme to his team-mate.
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Korea was no fluke


When you get a promising result like the double top ten finish we secured in Mokpo at the Korean GP a fortnight ago, coming to the next race can be a bit nerve wracking: people are talking about you, saying you did well and there’s a sense of apprehension as to whether you can continue down the same path or not. Well, we have not done it yet, because although there were smiling faces in the garage after qualifying, that will all be forgotten if we don’t deliver tomorrow in the seventeenth round of the world championship, the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
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Indian Grand Prix, Qualifying: The Team Reaction


October 29, 2011 
It was a special qualifying session at the Indian track here today. We managed to lock out the front row for tomorrow's race start and in the process set a new record for the highest number of poles ever secured within a season with 16. Here's what the team had to say about it...
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Vettel takes pole position for first Indian Grand Prix


29 october 2011
Newly-crowned World Champion Sebastian Vettel has claimed another pole position with the P Zero Yellow soft tyre: his 13th pole position of the year and the ninth that he has taken with Pirelli’s soft compound. Vettel set a time of 1m24.178s – more than three seconds faster than the time he set during the very first free practice session on Friday.
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INDIAN GP - QUALIFYING - LOTUS RENAULT GP REPORT


29 october 2011
Bruno Senna, R31-04
P15, 1:26.651 16 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-06
P11, 1.26.319 20 laps
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Buddh Luck


Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi
Saturday 29 October 2011
Marussia Virgin Racing drivers Jérôme D’Ambrosio and Timo Glock will start tomorrow’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix from 21st and 22nd positions respectively after today’s qualifying session at the brand new Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi.
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2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING


“We’ve got good pace, but it’s going to be a long race”
Buddh International Circuit, Saturday October 29
MARTIN WHITMARSH , Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Lewis drove very well in qualifying this afternoon, his best lap-time eclipsed by only that of Seb [Vettel], but he won’t start tomorrow’s race from the front row owing to the three-grid-position penalty he incurred yesterday morning.
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INDIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


AT&T Williams concluded today’s inaugural qualifying at the Buddh International Circuit with both its drivers securing their grid positions in Q2. On Pirelli’s soft tyres, Pastor set the 14th fastest time of the session, Rubens the 16th. After penalty considerations are taken into account for other drivers, Pastor will start the first Indian Grand Prix in P13, with Rubens in P15.
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2011 Indian Grand Prix Qualifying Report – 29 October


Sahara Force India delivered a strong performance at Buddh International Circuit today as Adrian Sutil qualified in eighth place for tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix. Teammate Paul Di Resta will start from P12.
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2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


BUDDH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
29 OCTOBER
Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher qualified in seventh and 12th places respectively today during qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi.
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FP3 & Qualifying at the Indian Grand Prix


Buddh International Circuit, India
29th of October, 2011
Maximum temperature: Air 31ºc, Track 38ºC - Sunny
11.00-12.00 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 3
Narain Karthikeyan F111-002 #22 22nd (25 laps) 1:30.900
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #23 24th (16 laps) 1:33.246
14.00-15.00 FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING SESSION
Narain Karthikeyan F111-002 #22 22nd (11 laps) 1:30.238
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #23 21st (11 laps) 1:30.216
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Indian GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 29.10.2011


Weather: dry, 29-30°C air, 37-39°C track
The Sauber F1 Team experienced a disappointing qualifying session ahead of the Formula One debut race in India. Both drivers had difficulties heating up the tyres to get them to work. Kamui Kobayashi also had bad luck with traffic, and both factors then resulted with him ending up 18th and dropping out after Q1. Team mate Sergio Pérez made it into Q2, but considering the issues with tyre warm up and a grid penalty, which he received on Friday, the team decided not to sacrifice another set of fresh tyres in Q2. Yesterday Pérez was penalised for ignoring yellow flags in the first free practice session. He finished qualifying in 17th position and will have to go back three positions on the grid.
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INDIAN GRAND PRIX 2011 - FP3 & QUALIFYING


Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - Chassis T128-01: “I think I got as much out of the car as I could in quali and it’s good to put in a lap like that right towards the end of the run. Honestly, I’ve been struggling all weekend to find a balance and put heat into the tyres, so to come out on Saturday and hook up a lap within 0.7 of Kamui feels pretty good. As the weekend’s continuing the track’s getting better and better and I have to say I’m really enjoying myself out there, so tomorrow will be fun, particularly as we’ve shown recently that we can fight with the cars in front throughout the race.”
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Qualifying Session Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL GRAND PRIX OF INDIA - New Delhi

POS NAME ENTRANT Q1 LAPS PERCENT Q2 LAPS Q3 LAPS
1 S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:26.218 7 100.033 1:24.657 3 1:24.178 6
2 L. HAMILTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:26.563 7 100.433 1:25.019 5 1:24.474 6
3 M. WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1:26.473 8 100.329 1:25.282 3 1:24.508 6
4 F. ALONSO Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.774 7 100.678 1:25.158 5 1:24.519 7
5 J. BUTTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:26.225 11 100.041 1:25.299 4 1:24.950 5
6 F. MASSA Scuderia Ferrari 1:27.012 8 100.954 1:25.522 4 1:25.122 6
7 N. ROSBERG Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:26.364 10 100.203 1:25.555 4 1:25.451 5
8 A. SUTIL Force India F1 Team 1:26.271 12 100.095 1:26.140 5 DNF 2
9 S. BUEMI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26.608 10 100.486 1:26.161 7 DNF 2
10 J. ALGUERSUARI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26.557 9 100.426 1:26.319 8 DNF 2
11 V. PETROV Lotus Renault GP 1:26.189 11 100.000 1:26.319 9
12 M. SCHUMACHER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:26.790 10 100.697 1:26.337 7
13 P. DI RESTA Force India F1 Team 1:26.864 10 100.783 1:26.503 5
14 P. MALDONADO AT&T Williams 1:26.829 10 100.742 1:26.537 8
15 B. SENNA Lotus Renault GP 1:26.766 8 100.669 1:26.651 8
16 R. BARRICHELLO AT&T Williams 1:27.479 10 101.496 1:27.247 7
17 S. PEREZ Sauber F1 Team 1:27.249 6 101.229 1:27.562 4
18 K. KOBAYASHI Sauber F1 Team 1:27.876 6 101.957
19 H. KOVALAINEN Team Lotus 1:28.565 13 102.756
20 J. TRULLI Team Lotus 1:28.752 13 102.973
21 D. RICCIARDO HRT F1 Team 1:30.216 11 104.672
22 N. KARTHIKEYAN HRT F1 Team 1:30.238 11 104.697
23 J. D'AMBROSIO Marussia Virgin Racing 1:30.866 14 105.426
T. GLOCK Marussia Virgin Racing 1:34.046 3 109.116
QUALIFYING CRITERIA
1:32.222 107.000
POLE POSITION LAP
S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:24.178 219.178 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:24.178 219.178 KPH


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Third Practice Session Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL GRAND PRIX OF INDIA - New Delhi

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:24.824 18 217.509
2 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:25.191 15 +0.367 216.572
3 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:25.203 19 +0.379 216.541
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:25.288 16 +0.464 216.325
5 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:25.784 17 +0.960 215.075
6 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.058 16 +1.234 214.390
7 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 1:26.785 19 +1.961 212.594
8 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:26.873 22 +2.049 212.378
9 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:26.958 19 +2.134 212.171
10 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:27.146 20 +2.322 211.713
11 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:27.217 21 +2.393 211.541
12 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 1:27.235 20 +2.411 211.497
13 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:27.262 19 +2.438 211.432
14 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 1:27.280 18 +2.456 211.388
15 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:27.387 20 +2.563 211.129
16 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:27.749 21 +2.925 210.258
17 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 1:27.793 17 +2.969 210.153
18 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 1:27.875 20 +3.051 209.957
19 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 1:29.355 21 +4.531 206.479
20 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Team Lotus 1:29.750 19 +4.926 205.571
21 T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 1:30.683 23 +5.859 203.455
22 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 1:30.900 25 +6.076 202.970
23 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 1:32.851 19 +8.027 198.705
24 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 1:33.246 16 +8.422 197.863

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28 October


Indian GP - Good first take for Massa


Felipe fastest as Buddh makes its debut
The day got better as it went along for Scuderia Ferrari on Formula 1’s debut in India. The morning was spoilt when the engine failed on Fernando Alonso’s car which prevented the Spaniard from making the most of the first free practice session. There were no problems in the afternoon and the two 150º Italias ended the second session in first and third places with Felipe Massa ahead of his team-mate. The Brazilian completed 55 laps, while his Spanish team-mate has 38 to his name. Both men, and this was also done in the name of the Scuderia, joined many of their colleagues in carrying stickers on their helmets in memory of Marco Simoncelli and Dan Wheldon, who died recently in the two tragic accidents in Sepang and Las Vegas.
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Done & Dusted


Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi
Friday 28 October 2011
Marussia Virgin Racing’s Timo Glock enjoyed a positive opening day of practice at the Buddh International Circuit in preparation for Sunday’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix in Delhi. He was able to complete his full programme of tyre and aero evaluation at a circuit which, coming into the weekend, was an unknown quantity for all of the teams and drivers. It was a more frustrating day on the other side of the garage however, as the positive start Jérôme D’Ambrosio had made came to an abrupt end following a crash midway through FP2.
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Buddh…ing success


They were still painting lines on the track last night, some building work was not quite finished and there were a few other teething problems, literally in the case of a dog that ran on the track and interrupted FP1, but overall, the first day of F1 action in India can be deemed to have gone off smoothly, with a huge army of local and very friendly staff speed-learning the difficult task of hosting a race meeting.
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Indian GP - Practice 1&2 - Lotus Renault GP Report


28 october 2011
Bruno Senna: R31-04, P8, 1:27.498, 36 laps
Vitaly Petrov: R31-06, P11, 1:27.890, 37 laps

As the drivers eased into their driving duties at the Buddh International Circuit, Bruno and Vitaly were able to enjoy some considerable track time in this afternoon's 90-minute session.
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Indian Grand Prix, Friday: The Drivers' Reaction


October 28, 2011
As a new circuit and one that is unfamiliar to all drivers, today's Free Practice sessions here in India were challenging. The Buddh International Circuit is a dusty track made up of wide entries, quick chicanes and some extreme elevation. Here's what our drivers had to say about it:
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Massa fastest for Ferrari as Formula One™ arrives in India


28 october 2011
Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has set the fastest lap of the all-new Buddh International Circuit, with a time of 1m25.706s during the second free practice session this afternoon. The Brazilian used the P Zero Yellow soft tyre to set his fastest time, beating Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel by just 0.088s.
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INDIAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE


Objectives P1 & P2
• Familiarisation runs of the new Buddh International Circuit
• Testing of upgrade components
• Tyre runs and set-up work
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2011 Indian Grand Prix Free Practice Report – 28 October


Free practice objectives:
FP1 – Track acclimatisation work, assessment of aero upgrade
FP2 – Tyre data collection runs, continued evaluation of aero upgrade
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2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE



“We’re hopefully going to be fighting for the win on Sunday”

Buddh International Circuit, Friday October 28
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“First of all, I want to congratulate the promoters here in Delhi for having created a truly excellent circuit. The drivers love it, and the teams’ facilities are very good too. And of course India, whose population is second in magnitude only to that of China, is a hugely important new addition to the Formula 1 calendar.
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Indian GP – Practice – Friday, 28.10.2011


Weather: dry, 25-30°C air, 30-39°C track

The Sauber F1 Team with its drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez made full use of the first day of practice ahead of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. The brand new Buddh International Circuit welcomed F1 with an extremely dusty and slippery surface, but stable weather conditions with a dry heat. Both drivers did a lot of set-up work and completed the programme as planned.
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2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


BUDDH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
28 OCTOBER
Formula One made its debut in India today with the first two practice sessions for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix taking place at the new Buddh International Circuit on the outskirts of New Delhi.
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Day 1 at the Indian Grand Prix


Buddh International Circuit, India
Friday, 28th of October 2011
Maximum temperature: Air 30ºC, Track 39ºC – Clear
10.00-11.30 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 1
Narain Karthikeyan F111-002 #22 22nd (30 laps) 1:34.113
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #23 21st (27 laps) 1:33.928
14.00-15.30 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 2
Narain Karthikeyan F111-002 #22 24th (33 laps) 1:32.824
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #23 23rd (33 laps) 1:32.728
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INDIAN GRAND PRIX 2011 - FP1 / FP2


Karun Chandhok, Car 20 - Chassis T128-01: “It felt great to finally be able to drive an F1 car here at the Buddh International Circuit, and it was a real honour to be the first car to set a timed lap in front of the fans. I want to thank the team for giving me that chance, and everyone at the Jaypee Group and all the people involved in helping create the first ever Indian Grand Prix for doing such a great job on the whole event. In the car I was pretty pleased with how it went today. We completed most of the morning programme and without the yellow flags at the end of the session I’m pretty sure there was another second in hand on my final lap time. The track itself is really enjoyable to drive, particularly the middle section which is very quick, and as it evolves and the times keep coming down I think we’ll see some very good racing here all weekend.”
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Second Practice Session Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL GRAND PRIX OF INDIA - New Delhi

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:25.706 33 215.270
2 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:25.794 34 +0.088 215.050
3 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:25.930 34 +0.224 214.709
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:26.454 26 +0.748 213.408
5 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:26.500 30 +0.794 213.294
6 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:26.714 28 +1.008 212.768
7 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:27.316 34 +1.610 211.301
8 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 1:27.498 36 +1.792 210.861
9 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 1:27.853 35 +2.147 210.009
10 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:27.868 35 +2.162 209.974
11 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 1:27.890 37 +2.184 209.921
12 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:28.050 34 +2.344 209.540
13 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:28.289 36 +2.583 208.972
14 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.552 31 +2.846 208.352
15 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 1:28.691 29 +2.985 208.025
16 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 1:28.708 24 +3.002 207.985
17 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 1:29.332 39 +3.626 206.532
18 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Team Lotus 1:30.241 41 +4.535 204.452
19 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:31.098 38 +5.392 202.529
20 T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 1:31.469 32 +5.763 201.707
21 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:31.804 28 +6.098 200.971
22 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 1:32.593 12 +6.887 199.259
23 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 1:32.768 33 +7.062 198.883
24 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 1:32.824 33 +7.118 198.763

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First Practice Session Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL GRAND PRIX OF INDIA - New Delhi

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:26.836 22 212.469
2 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:27.416 23 +0.580 211.059
3 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:27.428 27 +0.592 211.030
4 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:28.394 23 +1.558 208.724
5 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:28.531 23 +1.695 208.401
6 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:28.542 29 +1.706 208.375
7 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:28.644 22 +1.808 208.135
8 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:28.705 23 +1.869 207.992
9 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:29.219 24 +2.383 206.794
10 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:29.355 29 +2.519 206.479
11 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 1:29.700 24 +2.864 205.685
12 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 1:29.705 22 2.869 205.674
13 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 1:29.799 20 +2.963 205.458
14 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:30.132 25 +3.296 204.699
15 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 1:30.367 21 3.531 204.167
16 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:30.566 19 +3.730 203.718
17 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 1:30.669 22 +3.833 203.487
18 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 1:30.818 22 +3.982 203.153
19 K. CHANDHOK IND Team Lotus 1:32.487 24 +5.651 199.487
20 T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 1:32.771 24 +5.935 198.876
21 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 1:33.928 27 +7.092 196.427
22 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 1:34.113 30 +7.277 196.040
23 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 1:35.796 19 +8.960 192.596
24 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:35.899 4 +9.063 192.389

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27 October


WILLIAMS F1 AND HATCH JOIN FORCES TO DEVELOP AND DELIVER INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO MINING, ENERGY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND INDUSTRIAL CLIENTS

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27 October, 2011. Grove, UK and Mississauga, Canada. Williams F1 and professional services firm Hatch announced today that they have created a partnership to develop new products and services for current and potential mining, energy, infrastructure and industrial clients. The partnership will also develop education initiatives to encourage young people to explore careers in engineering industries.
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26 October


Renault Sport F1 Preview to the Indian GP



26 October 2011 – The FIA Formula One World Championship ventures into new territory this week with inaugural Indian Grand Prix, which takes place on 30 October at the Buddh International Circuit. The 5.137km track is located some 40km from the Indian capital, New Delhi, and has been built as part of a massive redevelopment of the Greater Noida area, which will eventually include residential and professional buildings.
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2011 Indian Grand Prix Preview


Vijay’s vision
Team Principal and Managing Director, Dr. Vijay Mallya, looks forward to the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.

Dr. Mallya, the big day is almost here, the very first Indian Grand Prix in Delhi. How proud are you to see India host its first race?
I have been involved in motor racing for over 30 years and it’s one of my greatest passions. I brought the first Formula 1 car over to India in the 1980s and it was always a dream of mine to one day see this great nation host a Grand Prix. So this weekend is a very significant moment and I’m extremely proud. It’s a major step forward for Indian motorsport and for sport in general in our country. We are all looking forward to it immensely.
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Indian GP - From Maranello to Noida, from simulator to race track


This weekend sees Formula 1 take on a pioneering role once again, as the sport makes its first ever visit to India, for the eponymous Grand Prix, which takes place in Noida, a suburb of Delhi. As the globalisation of Formula 1 continues at a fast pace, with new venues coming on the calendar on a seemingly yearly basis – last year it was Korea, next sees a return to the United States – the teams face the challenge of being as well prepared as possible for Friday free practice, without the luxury of running on the actual race track.
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What We’re Saying about New DelhiIndian Grand Prix


Buddh International Circuit, India, 28-30 October 2011
“We are all incredibly excited to be heading to New Delhi for the first Indian Grand Prix. We always welcome a new addition to the calendar, taking Formula One into exciting new territories and broadening its reach and accessibility. The fans there have some great racing to look forward to.” says John Booth, Marussia Virgin Racing’s Team Principal and Director of Racing.
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25 October


2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW FEATURE


2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX - BUDDH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
27-30 OCTOBER
Race Preview Feature 17: Simulating New Circuits
The Formula One drivers will only turn a wheel for the first time at the Buddh International Circuit on Friday morning. But although those practice laps will mark the beginning of a new learning process, the teams and drivers are far from starting from zero when they actually take to the track. Preparations for the race have been underway for nearly a year - and by race day, around one million simulations of the race will already have been completed.
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2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX VIEW - KARUN CHANDHOK TO DRIVE IN FP1 IN INDIA


Karun Chandhok “I am very excited about driving at the new Buddh International Circuit in FP1 in front of my home crowd and while I am obviously disappointed that I won’t have the chance to race on Sunday, I accept the team’s decision to opt for the experience and talent they have at their disposal with Jarno and Heikki. This is a team that is still young, still growing, and I know that they have to do their best to secure their future in the sport – sometimes the hard decisions have to be made, and in this case it must have been a very difficult choice, but I understand that this isn’t about me. It’s about the team and everything the 254 people on track and back at the factory are doing to build for the future. For me, I believe that I have grown as a driver in and out of the car this year with my role in the Friday practice sessions and I’m looking forward to playing my part in helping the team have another strong weekend on track.”
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Vitaly Petrov on the Indian GP – “Racing in India will be a refreshing challenge”


With a five place penalty on the grid heading into the Indian GP, Vitaly accepts he has his work cut out but will do all he can to redeem himself
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New territory for all the teams and the P Zero compounds


What’s the story?
The recently-constructed Buddh International Circuit represents brand new territory for all the teams as well as Pirelli. With the track never having been used before, Pirelli has opted for a tyre nomination that should cover every eventuality, with the P Zero Silver hard tyre – making its final appearance of the season – alongside the P Zero Yellow soft tyre. Contrary to convention though, the softer tyre has been nominated as the prime choice in India with the harder tyre as the option. This means that the teams will have more of the softer tyres than the harder tyres at their disposal during free practice on Friday: the first opportunity that the teams will have to run on the 5.137-kilometre track. In addition the teams will also get an extra set of soft tyres on Friday, allowing them to maximise their running and provide Pirelli with some valuable information for the future.
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24 October


INDIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October, 2011
Buddh International Circuit, India
Round: 17 of 19

The teams have received basic data about the 5.137km Buddh International Race Circuit, such as the corner radii and the length of the straights, but we’ll have to wait until we get there to get a clear picture of the venue, located just south of India’s capital city New Delhi.
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22 October


Indian Grand Prixview


It’s time for yet another new venue on the Formula 1 calendar as the sport continues to expand to all four corners of the globe. Will it be a success, like Singapore for example, or will it fall by the wayside like some of the sport’s less successful attempts to chart new waters on the Good Ship Grand Prix? Only time will tell, but if India’s enthusiasm for sport in general is anything to go by, then the Indian Grand Prix could be a big hit. In the short term, it helps that there will be one Indian-owned team and at least one, or maybe two Indian drivers on the grid on Sunday, for the seventeenth round of the World Championship.
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Bruno Senna on the Indian GP – “India will have a completely different culture from anything I've seen before"


After two below par races, the Brazilian is eager to see his name on the points board once again

It was a trying weekend for you in Korea – what was your judgment?
In all honesty, it was a weekend riddled with problems. On Friday, our running was limited and we had some issues with the balance and aerodynamics of the car. On the Saturday I also endured a tough time, as I wasn't able to pick myself up in qualifying and, as a result, ended up P15 on the grid. As for the race, I think the car was better than where it finished. I had a poor start again, which dampened my expectations but I still gave it my all and managed to recover a few positions to finish in 13th. Unfortunately I didn't have the performance necessary to overtake a few more cars and my tyres were pretty beaten up by the end.
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Indian Grand Prix Preview


28th-30th October
Buddh International Circuit, 60 laps, 5.137km

Madrid, 22nd of October 2011
The Indian Grand Prix will be a step into the unknown for all the teams as the Formula 1 World Championship visits the Asian country for the first time ever. The 17th race of the season will be a special occasion for HRT F1 Team’s Narain Karthikeyan who will be racing in front of his home fans. The first ever Indian F1 driver will have the honour of taking part in his country’s inaugural Grand Prix and will enjoy every second of this huge occasion for his home nation. Daniel Ricciardo will pair with the 34-year-old Indian driver for this single event.
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21 October


Preview – Indian Grand Prix


17th of 19 Rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 28-30 October 2011

Hinwil, 21st October 2011 – There is great deal of curiosity about discovering another new venue on the Formula One calendar: On the weekend of 28th to 30th October the inaugural Indian Grand Prix will take place. The Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida is located about 50 kilometres south east of New Delhi in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The Sauber F1 Team is especially looking forward to the Grand Prix because it is heading to the home country of its CEO Monisha Kaltenborn, and with Amul, Asia’s largest milk brand, the team has a well-known partner from India on board for this coming race weekend.
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2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


As the Formula 1 circus heads to a new continent and a new grand prix circuit, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes discusses the challenges of preparing for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix with Lewis, Jenson and team principal Martin Whitmarsh
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2011 INDIAN GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW


BUDDH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
28-30 OCTOBER
Formula One heads to new territory next week with the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2011 World Championship, taking place at the Buddh International Circuit on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Sunday 30 October.
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19 October


Fabio Leimer will be driving the Sauber C30-Ferrari at one of the “Young Driver Days” in Abu Dhabi


Hinwil, 19th October 2011 – At the so called “Young Driver Days”, the test days for up and coming drivers who have competed in no more than two Formula One races, the Sauber C30-Ferrari will not only be driven by Esteban Gutièrrez, but also by Fabio Leimer. Mexican Gutièrrez, the team’s 20-year-old official test and reserve driver, will be at the wheel for two of the three days in Abu Dhabi. Leimer, 22-years-old and from the Kanton Aargau in Switzerland, will have his first experience in an F1 car at the Yas Marina Circuit. The “Young Driver Days” will take place from 15th to 17th November after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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18 October


Interview with CEO Monisha Kaltenborn Narang - Indian GP


Monisha Kaltenborn Narang: “The grand prix is good for India and good for Formula One”
Hinwil, 18th October 2011 – Sauber F1 Team CEO Monisha Kaltenborn Narang, the only woman to hold such a position in Formula One, was born in India and is looking forward to the inaugural grand prix in her native country.
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17 October


KOREAN GRAND PRIX REVIEW


17 OCTOBER 2011
Rubens Barrichello led the way for AT&T Williams at the challenging Yeongam circuit, with a 12th place finish at the Korean Grand Prix. After a competitive start, Pastor Maldonado’s race was compromised by a drive-through penalty before a terminal engine issue brought his weekend to an early conclusion on lap 31. Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer, gives us his thoughts.
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16 October


Korean GP – Sunday in Korea much the same as Saturday, but a different flavour


Eighteen points for Scuderia Ferrari in the Korean Grand Prix, thanks to a fifth place finish for Fernando Alonso and a sixth for Felipe Massa. Both Ferrari men made two pit stops, running identical strategies in terms of their use of the Pirelli tyres: Supersoft for the first stint, Soft in the second and third. After the sixteenth round of the Championship, the team and driver positions remain unchanged in their respective classifications: Fernando is still third in the Drivers’ with Felipe sixth, while the Scuderia occupies the lowest rung of the podium in the Constructors’ table.
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Korea Best


Korea International Circuit, Yeongam
Sunday 16 October 2011
Marussia Virgin Racing drivers Timo Glock and Jérôme D’Ambrosio finished 18th and 20th respectively in the Korean Grand Prix today.
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Watch out Sauber……we’re coming after you...


Scuderia Toro Rosso is now just three points behind Sauber and seventh place in the Constructors’ championship. Eight points, eight wonderful, hard-earned points came our way in Korea thanks to a marvellous team effort, led by the stars of the show of course, the drivers. Jaime Alguersuari drove his socks off to take a fantastic seventh place and Sébastien Buemi had a slightly more complicated afternoon on his way to ninth.
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KOREAN GP - RACE - LOTUS RENAULT GP RACE REPORT


Bruno Senna, R31-04 P14
Vitaly Petrov, R31-06 DNF

Lotus Renault GP suffered a pointless finish at the Korean Grand Prix after a mistake on lap 16 left Vitaly smarting from a case of what might have been, having started the race from eighth on the grid.
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Korean Grand Prix: The Team Reaction


Here's what the Formula One double World Contructors Champions had to say about bringing their title home:
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Vettel wins his first race with Pirelli as a two-time Champion


Newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel has won his 10th grand prix of the season, after claiming the lead on the opening lap from his grid position of second place and using the correct pit stop strategy to maintain his advantage. He now has the chance to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in one season. With Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber finishing third, Red Bull Racing has sealed the manufacturers’ championship for the second year in a row – taking its 25th win at the same time.
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2011 KOREAN GRAND PRIX


“Two brilliant racing drivers – who never give up”
Korea International Circuit, Sunday October 16
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“I think Lewis’ drive today was utterly inspirational. He may be downplaying it, because he’s a perfectionist and he wanted to win, but to withstand such enormous pressure, for lap after lap, from a faster car, was a drive absolutely worthy of the great champions.
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Victory for Red Bull Racing in Korea seals constructors’ title and 10th title for Renault engines


Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber secured a 1-3 result at today’s Korean Grand Prix, giving Red Bull Racing-Renault its second consecutive constructors’ world title.
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KOREAN GRAND PRIX RACE


AT&T Williams’ drivers, Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado, displayed some competitive race craft at the challenging Yeongam circuit for today’s Korean Grand Prix. Originally on a three stop strategy, Rubens made a clean start on the super soft tyre from his 18th place grid slot to gain three places off the line. His second stop for a set of prime tyres was to be his last visit to the pits in the 55 lap race, Pirelli’s soft tyre proving its considerable durability to carry him through the field to finish the afternoon in P12. Pastor’s early form, which had promoted him to 11th by lap 17 from 16th on the grid, was latterly compromised; firstly by a drive through penalty on lap 22 and ultimately by a terminal engine issue on lap 31.
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RED BULL RACING-RENAULT CROWNED CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONS IN KOREA


Renault and Renault Sport F1 would like to offer its congratulations to Red Bull Racing for securing the 2011 constructors’ title at the Korean Grand Prix.

The title is the second consecutive world title for the Red Bull Racing-Renault partnership and comes after 558 points, 15 pole positions and 10 wins so far this season.
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2011 Korean Grand Prix Race Report – 16 October


Sahara Force India returned to the points this afternoon as Paul Di Resta finished the Korean Grand Prix in tenth place. Teammate Adrian Sutil finished just behind in eleventh place.
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Korean Grand Prix


Korea International Circuit, Korea
Sunday, 16th of October 2011
Weather: Maximum temperature: Air 21ºC, Track 26ºC - Overcast
Race: 55 laps
Track distance: 5.615 km
Vitantonio Liuzzi F111-002 #23 21st
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #22 19th
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Korean GP – Race – Sunday, 16.10.2011


Weather: dry, 21°C air, 24-25°C track

The second Korean Grand Prix ended in disappointment for the Sauber F1 Team. Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez were struggling all weekend with the pace of their cars, so finished in 15th and 16th respectively in a race during which they both had an additional pit stop due to incidents.
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2011 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - RACE


KOREA INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
16 OCTOBER
Nico Rosberg finished the Korean Grand Prix in eighth place today with team-mate Michael Schumacher forced to retire on lap 16.
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KOREAN GRAND PRIX 2011


Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - Chassis T128-04: “After the fantastic performance last weekend in Japan this is another big step forward for us – finishing 14th today, ahead of both Saubers and within touching distance of Senna on the final lap is for sure our strongest ever race and it’s a great feeling for me and the whole team to see us fighting with a big group of cars right from the very first lap.
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Race Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - Yeongam
after 55 laps 308.630km

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME/GAP KPH

1. Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull Racing 1:38:01.994 188.893
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes +12.019 188.507
3. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing +12.477 188.493
4. Jenson Button GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes +14.694 188.422
5. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro +15.689 188.390
6. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro +25.133 188.089
7. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso +49.538 187.315
8. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team +54.053 187.173
9. Sébastien Buemi SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso +62.762 186.898
10. Paul di Resta GBR Force India F1 Team +68.602 186.715
11. Adrian Sutil GER Force India F1 Team +71.229 186.633
12. Rubens Barrichello BRA AT&T Williams +93.068 189.950
13. Bruno Senna BRA Lotus Renault GP +1 lap 185.253
14. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Team Lotus +1 lap 185.192
15. Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber F1 Team +1 lap 184.780
16. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber F1 Team +1 lap 184.768
17. Jarno Trulli ITA Team Lotus +1 lap 184.089
18. Timo Glock GER Marussia Virgin racing +1 lap 182.873
19. Daniel Ricciardo AUS HRT F1 Team +1 lap 182.600
20. Jérôme d'Ambrosio BEL Marussia Virgin racing +1 lap 182.526
21. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA HRT F1 Team +3 laps 177.608
Not classified:
 Pastor Maldonado VEN AT&T Williams 30 laps 177.773
 Vitaly Petrov RUS Lotus Renault GP 16 laps 180.969
 Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 15 laps 186.620
Fastest Race Lap 
Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull Racing 1:39.605 on lap 55 202.941 kph

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15 October


Korean GP - Qualifying goes as expected on a sad day for the Scuderia


The two Ferrari 150º Italias will start the Korean Grand Prix from the third row of the grid. That was the outcome of qualifying which saw Felipe Massa outpace his team-mate Fernando Alonso. The two Ferrari men took slightly different routes through the three sessions: while in Q1 both men used one set of Primes, in the second, Felipe used two sets of Options and Fernando only one. The Brazilian then tackled his first run in Q3 with a set of Options he had used in Q2, while the Spaniard used his two remaining sets of the same compound, although he aborted his final flying lap.
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Dry Run


15 October 2011
Korea International Circuit, Yeongam
Saturday 15 October 2011
This afternoon’s qualifying session for tomorrow’s Korean Grand Prix ended with the two Marussia Virgin Racing cars of Timo Glock and Jérôme D’Ambrosio classified 21st and 22nd respectively.
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The sun has got his hat on…


Eleventh place on the grid for Jaime Alguersuari and thirteenth, right behind the Spaniard for Sébastien Buemi was the encouraging outcome of qualifying this afternoon in sunny Yeongam. Yes, sunny, as the weather forecast continues to be spot on and we were able to enjoy a full day of dry track action and the crowd wasn’t bad either for a Saturday in a country that’s not really immersed in F1 culture. We have definitely been making progress with the TR6 in recent races and developing this year’s car at this late stage is not an indulgence: not only can it prove useful as we try and catch Sauber in the Constructors’ Championship, but with not too many changes to the 2012 technical regulations, anything we learn now might be useful for next year’s car.
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KOREAN GP - QUALIFYING - LOTUS RENAULT GP REPORT


15 october 2011
Bruno Senna, R31-04
P15, 1:38.791 (Q2 time) 14 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-06
P8, 1.38.124 (Q3 time) 19 laps
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Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, The Team Reaction


October 15, 2011 
It wasn't to be a full set of pole positions this season and the break came this afternoon. But, it was still another strong performance from our team. Here's the reaction to Qualifying in Korea...
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Hamilton breaks qualifying monopoly using P Zero Red tyres


15 october 2011
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has broken Red Bull Racing’s monopoly on pole positions this season, thanks to a lap of 1m35.820s on Pirelli’s P Zero Red supersoft tyres in Korea. Hamilton’s pole, at McLaren’s 700th grand prix, was his first since the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix, beating newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel by two-tenths of a second. This was also the first time that a Red Bull Racing car has missed out on pole since the Brazilian Grand Prix last year (where pole was claimed by Nico Hulkenberg for Williams).
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FP3 & Qualifying at the Korean Grand Prix


Korea International Circuit, Korea
15th of October, 2011
Maximum temperature: Air 22ºC, Track 28ºC - Overcast

11.00-12.00 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 3
Vitantonio Liuzzi F111-002 #23 23rd (22 laps) 1:44.421
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #22 24th (11 laps) 1:45.143

14.00-15.00 FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING SESSION
Vitantonio Liuzzi F111-002 #23 23rd (8 laps) 1:43.758
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #22 24th (2 laps) DNF
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2011 Korean Grand Prix Qualifying Report – 15 October


Sahara Force India returned to Q3 today with both cars confirming their practice form. Paul Di Resta will start from ninth, while Adrian Sutil is just behind in tenth.
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2011 KOREAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING


“All the ingredients for a fantastic race”
Korea International Circuit, Saturday October 15
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Obviously, it feels great to be on pole, particularly if you haven’t had it for some time – and we’ve missed a few that we felt we should have had this year – but it’s not the full celebration yet.
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KOREAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


AT&T Williams were unable to extract a more competitive performance than a Q2 time out of the FW33 during today’s qualifying session for the Korean Grand Prix. On the super soft tyre throughout, Pastor Maldonado passed through Q1 and in his first qualifying experience at the Korean International Circuit set the 16th fastest time in Q2. Meanwhile, team mate Rubens Barrichello will start tomorrow’s race from P18 on the grid with a complete set of fresh, soft rubber.
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2011 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING

KOREA INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, 15 OCTOBER
Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher qualified in seventh and 12th places respectively at the end of today's qualifying hour for the Korean Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit.
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Korean GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 15.10.2011


Weather: dry, 21-23°C air, 25-31°C track

After the weather conditions on Friday had only allowed some dry running on Saturday morning, neither of the Sauber F1 Team drivers was happy with the balance of the Sauber C30-Ferrari in qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix. Kamui Kobayashi qualified 14th and Sergio Pérez came 17th.
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KOREAN GRAND PRIX 2011 - FP3 & QUALIFYING


Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - Chassis T128-04: “For me that was probably my best qualifying lap of the season. Next to Hungary, I think I got as much as I possibly could out of the car and nailed every sector, so it’s a good feeling to know when you’ve wrung as much as you can from a single lap. We worked hard last night and today to find a balance that would suit the dry conditions today and tomorrow, and I think we’ve done that, so I’m feeling pretty good about the race. It’ll be very interesting to see how the tyre strategies play out, and if we can keep up the pace from Suzuka we’ll be there or thereabouts.”
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Qualifying Session Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - Yeongam

POS NAME ENTRANT Q1 PERCENT Q2 Q3

1 L. HAMILTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:37.525 100.000 1:36.526 1:35.820
2 S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:39.093 101.607 1:37.285 1:36.042
3 J. BUTTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:37.929 100.414 1:37.302 1:36.126
4 M. WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1:39.071 101.585 1:37.292 1:36.468
5 F. MASSA Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.670 101.174 1:37.313 1:36.831
6 F. ALONSO Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.393 100.890 1:37.352 1:36.980
7 N. ROSBERG Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:38.426 100.923 1:37.892 1:37.754
8 V. PETROV Lotus Renault GP 1:38.378 100.874 1:38.186 1:38.124
9 P. DI RESTA Force India F1 Team 1:38.549 101.049 1:38.254 DNF
10 A. SUTIL Force India F1 Team 1:38.789 101.296 1:38.219
11 J. ALGUERSUARI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.392 101.914 1:38.315
12 M. SCHUMACHER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:38.502 101.001 1:38.354
13 S. BUEMI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.352 101.873 1:38.508
14 K. KOBAYASHI Sauber F1 Team 1:39.464 101.988 1:38.775
15 B. SENNA Lotus Renault GP 1:39.316 101.836 1:38.791
16 P. MALDONADO AT&T Williams 1:39.436 101.959 1:39.189
17 S. PEREZ Sauber F1 Team 1:39.097 101.611 1:39.443
18 R. BARRICHELLO AT&T Williams 1:39.538 102.064
19 H. KOVALAINEN Team Lotus 1:40.522 103.073
20 J. TRULLI Team Lotus 1:41.101 103.666
21 T. GLOCK Marussia Virgin Racing 1:42.091 104.681
22 J. D'AMBROSIO Marussia Virgin Racing 1:43.483 106.109
23 V. LIUZZI HRT F1 Team 1:43.758 106.391
D. RICCIARDO HRT F1 Team DNF
QUALIFYING CRITERIA
1:44.351 107.000
POLE POSITION LAP
L. HAMILTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:35.820 210.958 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
L. HAMILTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:35.820 210.958 KPH


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Third Practice Session Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - Yeongam

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:36.910 18 208.585
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:37.199 18 +0.289 207.965
3 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:37.723 23 +0.813 206.849
4 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.029 21 +1.119 206.204
5 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.434 18 +1.524 205.355
6 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:39.559 23 +2.649 203.035
7 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 1:39.612 20 +2.702 202.927
8 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:39.660 22 +2.750 202.829
9 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:39.695 22 +2.785 202.758
10 8 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:39.743 25 +2.833 202.660
11 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 1:39.847 22 +2.937 202.449
12 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.851 20 +2.941 202.441
13 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.964 21 +3.054 202.212
14 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:40.005 17 +3.095 202.129
15 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:40.030 18 +3.120 202.079
16 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 1:40.451 19 +3.541 201.232
17 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 1:40.529 20 +3.619 201.076
18 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 1:40.711 22 +3.801 200.712
19 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Team Lotus 1:41.909 18 +4.999 198.353
20 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 1:41.945 13 +6.365 195.729
22 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 1:44.377 16 +7.467 193.663
23 V. LIUZZI ITA HRT F1 Team 1:44.421 22 +7.511 193.581
24 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 1:45.143 11 +8.233 192.252

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14 October


Korean GP - Lapping in the rain


Rain was the main factor during this first day of the Korean Grand Prix. This morning it rained for the entire session and then in the second one, the track remained wet throughout. It was only towards the end that some tried dry tyres, but the conditions were not good enough to make the most of this choice. In the morning, neither Felipe nor Fernando set a time and then in the second session, they completed a total of 49 laps. This is a special weekend for the Brazilian as on Sunday afternoon, he will celebrate lining up for his 150th Grand Prix, at the wheel of a 150º Italia. To mark the occasion, Felipe has a special livery on the shoulders of his race suit and on his helmet, which reprises the colours of the Brazilian flag.
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Flashbacks


Korea International Circuit, Yeongam
Friday 14 October 2011
Timo Glock and Jérôme D’Ambrosio got Marussia Virgin Racing’s race weekend underway today in the first two Free Practice sessions for the Korean Grand Prix.
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Bruno sports ‘Senna Tri Campaign' helmet


After the official launch of the ‘Senna Tri Campaign' in Japan last weekend, Bruno sported a specially-branded Sennatri helmet during today's two Korean GP practice sessions.
The Senna Tri Campaign not only marks the 20th anniversary of the last of Ayrton Senna's third world title, but aims to raise awareness of the work the foundation is doing - feeding, housing, clothing and educating the underprivileged in Brazil; causes that were very close to Ayrton's heart.
Bruno will continue to wear the helmet for tomorrow's final practice, qualifying and the race itself on Sunday
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To quote Bon Jovi – “slippery when wet”


P2
It is something of an F1 tradition, wherever we are in the world, that rain is predicted at some point over the Grand Prix weekend, even if it is high summer and possibly even if we had a race in the middle of the Sahara desert. Here in Yeongam, the predictions were for rain on Friday followed by a dry weekend: at the moment the weathermen are spot on. There was a hint of déjà vu as, this morning, the track looked like the one we left a year ago after that infamously rain delayed race.
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Korean Grand Prix, Friday: The Drivers' Reaction


October 14, 2011 
Free Practice did not give us the opportunity to learn very much today as the track was very wet, whilst weather predictions for Saturday and Sunday suggest a dry forecast. Such unpredictability will make for a very interesting Free Practice and Qualifying tomorrow.
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McLaren quickest in Korea on P Zero Blue intermediate tyres


14 october 2011
Wet conditions at the Yeongam circuit in Korea meant that McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton used Pirelli’s P Zero Blue intermediates to go quickest with a time of 1m50.828s in the second free practice session today. He was followed by his team mate Jenson Button, who was just a tenth of a second slower.
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Korean GP - Practice 1&2 - Lotus Renault GP Report


14 october 2011
PRACTICE 2
Bruno Senna, R31-04 P15, 1:55.187, 28 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-06 P11, 1:54.200, 26 laps
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2011 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


KOREA INTERNATIONAL CIRCUITb 14 OCTOBER
The Korea International Circuit in Yeongam saw two wet practice sessions on the first day of running for the 2011 Korean Grand Prix. No dry running could be completed today, although improved conditions are forecast for the weekend.
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2011 Korean Grand Prix Free Practice Report – 14 October


Free practice objectives:
FP1 – Track familiarisation for Paul, balance and set-up checks
FP2 – Extended running on intermediate tyres, exploration laps on dry tyres
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KOREAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE


Objectives P1 & P2
• Testing of upgrade components
• Set-up work
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2011 KOREAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE


“Today we’re quick and the car feels good”
Korea International Circuit, Friday October 14
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Despite the wet weather, this morning we were able to carry out a useful test on Lewis’s car, which allowed us to successfully evaluate some components. With little to gain from the track-time, Jenson opted to sit out the majority of the session so that his mechanics could make a change to his car ahead of P2.
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Day 1 at the Korean Grand Prix


Korea International Circuit, Korea
Friday, 14th of October 2011
Maximum temperature: Air 18ºC, Track 18ºC - Wet

10.00-11.30 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 1
Narain Karthikeyan F111-002 #23 15th (14 laps) 2:08.832
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #22 16th (14 laps) 2:09.232

14.00-15.30 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 2
Vitantonio Liuzzi F111-002 #23 24th (20 laps) 2:00.165
Daniel Ricciardo F111-003 #22 23rd (19 laps) 1:59.958
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Korean GP – Practice – Friday, 14.10.2011


Weather: mainly raining, 17-19°C air, 17-19°C track
For the Sauber F1 Team the first day of free practice at the Korean International Circuit was incident free, but, due to a massive lack of grip in changing weather conditions, there wasn’t much to learn either. Originally the team had planned to do further work on the new aero package which was introduced last weekend in Suzuka, but proper set-up or fine tuning was impossible as the track never dried on Friday. For Saturday dry conditions are expected, and everyone is keen to see how the track conditions will evolve then after the circuit basically hasn’t been used since the inaugural Formula One Grand Prix one year ago.
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KOREAN GRAND PRIX 2011 - FP1 / FP2


Karun Chandhok, Car 21 – Chassis T128-03: “I do seem to be a little jinxed with the rain… I think Monza and Suzuka were anomalies as every time I get in the car the rain seems to hammer down, but I just have to deal with what’s put in front of me, and so it was again today! Despite the limited running in FP1 I still got a sense of how good this circuit is but today it was simply about keeping it on the track and making sure I didn’t make any mistakes in pretty treacherous conditions. I think the pace was pretty good for the one run I did and certainly the last two Fridays have given me a lot more confidence in the car than I had a couple of months ago.”
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Second Practice Session Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - Yeongam

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:50.828 26 182.390
2 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:50.932 19 +0.104 182.219
3 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:52.646 30 +1.818 179.447
4 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:52.774 25 +1.946 179.243
5 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:53.049 27 +2.221 178.807
6 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:53.402 25 +2.574 178.250
7 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:53.707 24 +2.879 177.772
8 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:53.914 18 +3.086 177.449
9 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:53.948 27 +3.120 177.396
10 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 1:53.957 32 +3.129 177.382
11 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 1:54.200 26 +3.372 177.005
12 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:54.392 26 +3.564 176.708
13 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 1:54.831 30 +4.003 176.032
14 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:54.965 21 +4.137 175.827
15 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 1:55.187 28 +4.359 175.488
16 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:55.203 24 +4.375 175.464
17 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:55.544 23 +4.716 174.946
18 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 1:56.067 22 +5.239 174.158
19 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Team Lotus 1:56.669 20 +5.841 173.259
20 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 1:57.173 19 +6.345 172.514
21 T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 1:58.269 25 +7.441 170.915
22 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 1:59.458 26 +8.630 169.214
23 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 1:59.958 19 +9.130 168.508
24 V. LIUZZI ITA HRT F1 Team 2:00.165 20 +9.337 168.218

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First Practice Session Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - Yeongam

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 2:02.784 10 164.630
2 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 2:02.840 8 +0.056 164.555
3 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 2:02.912 12 +0.128 164.459
4 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 2:03.141 12 +0.357 164.153
5 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 2:03.182 9 +0.398 164.098
6 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 2:03.292 13 +0.508 163.952
7 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2:03.391 6 +0.607 163.820
8 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 2:04.311 12 +1.527 162.608
9 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 2:04.797 8 +2.013 161.975
10 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 2:05.183 5 +2.399 161.475
11 K. CHANDHOK IND Team Lotus 2:06.350 11 +3.566 159.984
12 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 2:06.852 11 +4.068 159.351
13 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 2:07.541 9 +4.757 158.490
14 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 2:08.218 5 +5.434 157.653
15 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 2:08.832 14 +6.048 156.902
16 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 2:09.232 14 +6.448 156.416
17 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 2:12.658 7 +9.874 152.376
18 T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 2:14.508 4 +11.724 150.281
19 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1
20 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 5
21 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 1
22 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 1
23 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Team Lotus 1
24 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1

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12 October


Sahara India Pariwar announces co-ownership of the Force India Formula One Team with Dr. Vijay Mallya


New Delhi, October 12, 2011: Sahara India Pariwar, a leading promoter and patron of sports in India, today announced an equity investment in the Force India Formula One Team, India’s only F1 team. Subsequent to subscribing to new shares, Sahara India Pariwar will be investing approximately USD 100 mn into the Force India Formula One Team. With this investment both the Sahara India Pariwar and Dr. Mallya will own 42.5% each in the team. The Mol family’s equity will be at 15%.
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Renault Sport F1 Preview to the korean GP


12 October 2011 – Just one week after the Japanese Grand Prix comes round 16 on the 19-event calendar, the Korean Grand Prix. The race is held at the 5.615km Korean International Circuit in the South Jeolla province, some 400km to the south of South Korea’s capital, Seoul. The track was constructed as part of an ongoing plan to energise the industrial area, with the circuit a semi-permanent facility that will eventually be incorporated into a new city. Used for the first time last year, the Korean track delivered a fascinating Grand Prix due to the changeable weather and grip conditions.
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MERCEDES GP PETRONAS ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH PUMA


BRACKLEY/STUTTGART
12 OCTOBER 2011
The MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula One Team is pleased to announce a new multi-year partnership with PUMA.
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Korean GP - A race between races


This year’s event is the second running of the Korean Grand Prix, one that has good memories for Scuderia Ferrari, because the inaugural race was won by Fernando Alonso with Felipe Massa joining his team-mate on the podium in third place.
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What We’re Saying about Yeongam


Korean Grand Prix
Yeongam Circuit, Korea, 14-16 October 2011
“The championship may have been decided but we can still look forward to some great racing in the remaining four races.” says John Booth, Marussia Virgin Racing’s Team Principal and Director of Racing.
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Korean Grand Prix: Things Can Only Get Better


Shiny and new, the Korea International Circuit appeared on the F1 calendar for the first time last year... but, let's face it, we are hoping for better things at the new circuit this season.
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KOREAN GRAND PRIXVIEW


By around 9.30 on Sunday evening in Suzuka, there was hardly any equipment left in the paddock, all of it duly packaged up and sitting in pit lane waiting for the trucks that would take the F1 circus hardware off to the airport, prior to its flight to Korea. With more and more races now taking place away from the European mothership, packing and unpacking is now almost as much of an art as running the race cars on track. At Scuderia Toro Rosso, everyone mucks in, because since the regulations restricted the number of operational personnel at the track, there is no longer the luxury of having personnel who can just finish work and disappear into the dark night.
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11 October


2011 Korean Grand Prix


Pirelli puts the P Zero supersoft tyres through their toughest test
What’s the story?
Pirelli heads straight to Korea from Japan for the second long-haul back-to-back race of the season, following Malaysia and China at the start of the year.
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Vitaly Petrov on the Korean GP - “I have momentum and confidence behind me, but I'm fully mindful that it will be a different proposition to Suzuka”


Having helped the team reinforce its position in the Constructors' Championship, Vitaly Petrov looks to build on his Suzuka performance in Korea.
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Bruno Senna on the Korean GP - “The layout of the track means that all the weaknesses we had in Singapore won't be as pronounced in Korea”


Hotfoot from the Japanese GP, Bruno looks to make amends for his sobering outing at Suzuka…
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Set-up guide - Korean Grand Prix


Engine
Korea is not an all-out power circuit, however there are significant straights at the start of the lap. For the lower speed corners like turns 1, 4, and 6, good traction is essential so smooth power delivery from the engine is an advantage here.
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2011 Korean Grand Prix Preview


Vijay’s vision
Chairman and Team Principal, Dr. Vijay Mallya looks back on the Japanese Grand Prix.
Dr. Mallya, the race in Suzuka was a tough one for Force India. What was your verdict on the result?
I think on the whole we delivered a reasonable level of performance, but we simply lost out due to the way the race unfolded – namely the safety car at half distance. I’m not trying to make excuses, but without it I believe our strategy could have been more fruitful. That’s all part of motor racing: sometimes these things work for you and sometimes against you. Usually over the year things tend to even out.
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KOREAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Friday 14 to Sunday 16 October, 2011
Korea International Circuit, Korea
Round 16 of 19

Despite the frenetic rush to get the Yeongam circuit finished, last year’s inaugural Korean Grand Prix was deemed a great success. The facilities were good and, more importantly, the track got the thumbs-up from the drivers. Its mix of fast, open corners to start the lap and a street circuit finish seemed to work well.
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Race Preview Feature Sixteen: Track Evolution


2011 KOREAN GRAND PRIX
KOREA INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
14-16 OCTOBER
In 2010, the Korea International Circuit registered the greatest decrease in lap times between first practice and qualifying as the circuit rubbered-in: the pole time was 5.302 seconds faster than the quickest time in practice one, compared to an average dry weather improvement of around 2.5 seconds. That’s typical for a new circuit on which the cars are running for the first time, and also strongly characteristic of little-used street circuits. But what exactly happens during the processing of ‘rubbering-in’? Here’s an explanation…
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10 October


2011 KOREAN GRAND PRIX – PREVIEW



Lewis Hamilton
“I had a pretty good race here last year, finishing second – it was a long, tough afternoon, but I’m glad we got the chance to put on a race for all the fans who’d come for the first-ever grand prix in Korea.

I think the DRS zone into Turn Three should definitely make for some exciting racing: last year, the back straight didn’t really produce too much overtaking because it was so wet and there was so much spray by the time we reached that downhill braking area, that it wasn’t an easy place to pull off a pass. The weather’s supposed to be good next weekend, so I think we’ll really begin to see how this circuit works in the dry.
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX REVIEW


10 OCTOBER 2011
AT&T Williams endured a tough weekend at Suzuka, its cars coming home in 14th (Pastor Maldonado) and 17th (Rubens Barrichello) places. Both drivers fought hard, but the deployment of the safety car before half distance put them on the back foot and ruined their chances of scoring points. Mark Gillan, the team's new Chief Operations Engineer, gives us his thoughts.
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2011 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW


KOREA INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
14-16 OCTOBER
The Korean Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2011 Formula One World Championship, will take place on Sunday 16 October at the Korea International Circuit in the South Jeolla region. Just seven days after the Japanese Grand Prix, the Yeongam track will host its second race after making its debut on the calendar in 2010.
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2011 KOREAN GRAND PRIX VIEW


Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - Chassis T128-04: “Last year was obviously the first race in Korea and while we had a pretty interesting race day, it was good to be in another new country and keep taking our sport to new places. This year I’m sure the whole event will step up another level and be even better and I’m looking forward to getting back there to see how the track has progressed, and how we’ll do now we have a car that gives us a chance to fight in the race. The circuit itself is interesting – it has the classic long straight with a tight turn at the end that gives a good chance to overtake, and Pirelli’s tyre choice of the softs and the supersofts and the high degradation levels we expect to see will make strategy even more important.”
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Preview – Korean Grand Prix


16th of 19 Rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 14-16 October 2011
Hinwil/Suzuka, 9th October 2011 – The Sauber F1 Team leaves the Japanese Grand Prix with mixed feelings. While Kamui Kobayashi couldn’t finish higher up than 13th after having a problem at the start, his team mate Sergio Pérez fought his way through from 17th on the grid to finish in eighth place. On his way he also set the second fastest race lap, which proved the new aero package on the Sauber C30-Ferrari was a significant improvement. Accordingly the team is now full of confidence as it heads to the Korean Grand Prix, which only takes place for the second time this year. The team’s target is to reduce the gap to sixth position in the constructors’ world championship.
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09 October


Japanese GP - Alonso within a whisker of winning at Suzuka


Twenty four points in the bag for Scuderia Ferrari at the end of the Japanese Grand Prix, thanks to a second place for Fernando Alonso and a seventh with Felipe Massa. Both Ferrari men made three pit stops, running identical strategies in terms of their use of the Pirelli tyres: Soft in the first three stints of the race, Medium in the final one. After the fifteenth round of the Championship, Fernando is still third in the Drivers’ classification, while Felipe is sixth. The Scuderia remains on the lowest rung of the podium in the Constructors’ points table.
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Trading Places


Suzuka Circuit, Japan
Sunday 9 October 2011
In today’s Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, Marussia Virgin Racing’s Timo Glock and Jérôme D’Ambrosio finished in 20th and 21st positions respectively.
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Toro Rosso “Old Boy” does well in Japan


It was a day to forget for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Suzuka, but a day we will probably still remember for a while, as our former driver Sebastian Vettel became the youngest-ever double world champion today, after steering his Red Bull to third place at the end of 53 fascinating laps of this great track.
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JAPANESE GP - RACE - LOTUS RENAULT GP RACE REPORT


Bruno Senna, R31-04 P16
Vitaly Petrov, R31-06 P9
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Vettel claims Formula One world title on Pirelli tyres


Sebastian Vettel, driving for Red Bull Racing, has joined an exclusive club of drivers to have won Formula One World Championships on Pirelli tyres: Giuseppe Farina (1950), Alberto Ascari (1952, 1953) and Juan Manuel Fangio (1951, 1954,1957). The German also becomes the youngest double world champion in Formula One history and the ninth driver to win two titles in a row.
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2011 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX


“Such an emotional victory”
Suzuka, Sunday October 9
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Today we witnessed a great drive from Jenson. It was a fast and tough race from the very start, and Jenson, Fernando [Alonso] and Sebastian all did a fantastic job today.
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX RACE


AT&T Williams leaves Suzuka with a two car finish but no points today as tyre degradation and a safety car deployment compromised both its drivers’ races. Pastor Maldonado’s late surge in the closing laps saw him clear the Toro Rosso of Alguersuari to claim 14th at the flag, while Rubens Barrichello concluded the Japanese Grand Prix in 17th. Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel on his second Drivers’ World Championship.
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Japanese Grand Prix


Suzuka, Japan
Sunday, 9th of October 2011
HRT F1 Team has taken another step forward today at the Japanese Grand Prix by finishing the 53 lap race at Suzuka without any incidents. Daniel Ricciardo completed a solid race, improving his pace lap by lap and setting his best personal lap time four laps from the end. The 22 year old Aussie rookie finished in 22nd place although he had an interesting fight with his closest rivals which was settled at the very end. His teammate, Vitantonio Liuzzi, faced more adversity given that 14 laps in practice sessions meant that he was unable to fine tune his car’s set up as he would have liked and finished the race in 23rd. With no time to lose the team moves directly on to Korea where the 16th Grand Prix of the season will take place next week.
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Japanese GP – Race – Sunday, 09.10.2011


Weather: dry, 24°C air, 29-31°C track
The Sauber F1 Team added four more world championship points to its tally in an emotional Japanese Grand Prix when Sergio Pérez finished eighth after starting from 17th on the grid. He also set the second fastest race lap. Kamui Kobayashi, who started seventh, which was the best grid position for the team since Peter Sauber bought it back almost two years ago, came 13th at his home race. He was not able to recover from a problem at the start, and his tyre strategy was compromised by the unlucky timing of a safety car period. However, race day in Suzuka was dominated by it being the decider of the 2011 drivers’ championship, and the entire Sauber F1 Team wants to congratulate Sebastian Vettel for his well deserved second consecutive title.
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2011 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - RACE


SUZUKA, 9 OCTOBER
Michael Schumacher finished in sixth place at today's Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, making up two places on his starting position, whilst Nico Rosberg came from the back row of the grid to finish in the points in 10th place.
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2011 Japanese Grand Prix Race Report – 9 October


Force India just missed out on points in the Japanese Grand Prix as Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta came home in eleventh and twelfth places.
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 2011


Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - Chassis T128-04: “What a great race for the whole team! I made an incredible start, no wheelspin, the perfect clutch slip and was suddenly past a load of cars and up into 14th. It looked like everyone else went into reverse and I even heard one of the engineers laugh and accidentally telling someone else how brilliant the start was, and I thought ‘no! Don’t mention it now, I need to get on with the rest of the race!’ After that the first couple of stints were great. The car was working really well on the soft tyres and the stops were mega, and then the safety car came out and bunched everyone up so from there it was a race to the flag with Jarno and I stayed ahead until the last lap. The car has felt balanced all weekend so on the harder compound I was still able to push all afternoon, and even though I was held up a bit by the Virgins and the HRTs when they were being shown blue flags, I was still able to keep ahead of Jarno and as he’s always been quick here that feels pretty good.
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Japanese Grand Prix: The Team Reaction


October 9, 2011
Car 1 Sebastian Vettel, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: POLE
“A lot of people have been quite confident about the title, but one of the important things was that we didn’t allow ourselves to drift away with the thought too much. Instead we concentrated on every single step and everything we have done this year and everything we have achieved – then wow.
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Mission Accomplished (Part One)

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October 9, 2011
It took fewer races and more wins and while it wasn't the cliff-hangar of 2010, Sebastian still did it. Today in Suzuka at the Japanese Grand Prix he was once again crowned Formula One world champion.
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Race Classification


after 53 laps - 307.471km
2011 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - Suzuka

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH

1. Jenson Button GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 53 1:30:53.427 202.972
2. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 53 1:30:54.587 +1.160 202.929
3. Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull Racing 53 1:30:55.433 +2.006 202.897
4. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing 53 1:31:01.498 +8.071 202.672
5. Lewis Hamilton GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 53 1:31:17.695 +24.268 202.073
6. Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 53 1:31:20.547 +27.120 201.968
  7. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 53 1:31:21.667 +28.240 201.926
8. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber F1 Team 53 1:31:32.804 +39.377 201.517
  9. Vitaly Petrov RUS Lotus Renault GP 53 1:31:36.034 +42.607 201.398
10. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 53 1:31:37.749 +44.322 201.336
11. Adrian Sutil GER Force India F1 Team 53 1:31:47.874 +54.447 200.966
12. Paul di Resta GER Force India F1 Team 53 1:31:55.753 +62.326 200.678
13. Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber F1 Team 53 1:31:57.132 +63.705 200.628
14. Pastor Maldonado VEN AT&T Williams 53 1:31:57.621 +64.194 200.611
15. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 53 1:32:00.050 +66.623 200.522
16. Bruno Senna BRA Lotus Renault GP 53 1:32:06.055 +72.628 200.304
17. Rubens Barrichello BRA AT&T Williams 53 1:32:07.618 +74.191 200.248
18. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Team Lotus 53 1:32:21.251 +87.824 199.755
19. Jarno Trulli ITA Team Lotus 53 1:32:29.567 +96.140 199.456
20. Timo Glock GER Marussia Virgin racing 51 1:31:41.117 +2 laps 193.612
21. Jérôme d'Ambrosio BEL Marussia Virgin racing 51 1:31:42.392 +2 laps 193.567
22. Daniel Ricciardo AUS HRT F1 Team 51 1:31:44.888 +2 laps 193.479
23. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA HRT F1 Team 50 1:30:59.218 +3 laps 191.269
Not classified:
 Sébastien Buemi SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 11 18:59.578 DNF 220.843
Fastest Race Lap 
Jenson Button GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:35.658 on lap 52 216.481 kph

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08 October


Japanese GP - A step forward in qualifying at Suzuka


Fourth and fifth places on the starting grid for the Japanese Grand Prix, for Scuderia Ferrari’s pair of 150º Italias with Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso respectively. That was the outcome of the qualifying session which saw the top five drivers all lap within just over four tenths of one another. The two Ferrari men ran identical programmes during the session: one run on the Medium tyres in Q1, one on the Soft in Q2 and two on the Soft in Q3.
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Ganbatta (Good Job)


Suzuka Circuit, Japan
Saturday 8 October 2011

Marussia Virgin Racing drivers Jérôme D’Ambrosio and Timo Glock will start tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix from 20th and 21st position respectively after today’s qualifying session in Suzuka.
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Not quite what we wanted


Qualifying did not go the way we wanted, even if it was not too far from what we might have expected. Our good turn of speed in Friday’s FP1 owed much to some new tweaks introduced here in Japan.
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Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying: The Team Reaction


October 8, 2011 
Car 1 Sebastian Vettel, Position: POLE, (3rd Practice – P3, 1:32.122)
“I went off in the free practice yesterday and damaged the front wing, so it wasn’t ideal to prepare the car for today. We suffered a bit from that this morning regarding the car’s balance and were too slow. We sat down after P3 and looked at where we could improve and we were able to extract everything out of the car in qualifying, which was crucial.
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JAPANESE GP - QUALIFYING - LOTUS RENAULT GP REPORT


8 october 2011
Bruno Senna, R31-04
P8 1:32.297 (Q2 time) 12 laps

Vitaly Petrov, R31-06
P9, 1.32.245 (Q2 time) 17 laps
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Vettel claims closest-ever pole position at Suzuka


8 october 2011
Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel has put himself in the best possible position to seal his second Formula One title this weekend by claiming pole for the Japanese Grand Prix, using Pirelli’s P Zero Yellow soft tyres to set a time of 1m30.466s. The German eclipsed his pole time last year of 1m30.785s and beat McLaren driver Jenson Button by just 0.009s. This made it the closest-ever pole in Suzuka, equal to Michael Schumacher’s 2000 benchmark, who also beat Mika Hakkinen by exactly the same margin.
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2011 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


SUZUKA, 8 OCTOBER
Michael Schumacher qualified in seventh place* at Suzuka today for the Japanese Grand Prix whilst team-mate Nico Rosberg will start on the back row after being forced to sit out qualifying due to a technical issue.
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2011 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING


“Narrowly missing pole position – by 68cm!”
Suzuka, Saturday October 8
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“The whole qualifying session was extremely tight today. In terms of pace, we’re encouraged by our performance – it’s the closest we’ve been to the Red Bulls for some time, and, with one driver starting second and the other third, we’re in good shape for the race tomorrow.
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Japanese GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 08.10.2011


Weather: sunny and dry, 22-23°C air, 34-37°C track

Sauber F1 Team driver Kamui Kobayashi has made it into the top ten qualifying at his home race in Suzuka. He qualified tenth, but could probably start further up on the grid. In Q1 he was fastest. Kobayashi also benefitted from the new aero package on the Sauber C30-Ferrari, his team mate, Sergio Pérez, was unlucky because a hydraulic problem prevented the Mexican from doing a timed lap in Q2. He will be starting 17th.
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado again claimed places just outside the top ten in today’s qualifying shoot out for the Japanese Grand Prix. Rubens’ time of 1:33.079 and Pastor’s 1:33.224 will see them line up alongside each other on Sunday’s grid, in P13 and P14. Both drivers recorded their fastest time on Pirelli’s soft Option tyre.
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FP3 & Qualifying at the Japanese Grand Prix


Suzuka, Japan
Saturday, 8th of October 2011
Just like yesterday, the second day at the Japanese Grand Prix left a bittersweet taste for HRT F1 Team’s drivers in Suzuka. Daniel Ricciardo has continued his progression at the quick 5.807km circuit and in the morning session reduced the gap with his closest rivals. In the afternoon’s qualifying session he improved on his times with both sets of soft tyres and will start tomorrow’s race from 22nd position.
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2011 Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying Report – 8 October


Under sunny skies at Suzuka, Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta qualified in eleventh and twelfth places respectively for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix.
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 2011 - FP3 & QUALIFYING


Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - Chassis T128-04: “I’m pretty happy with that, particularly as it was one run, one lap to get it right, and I nailed it straight out of the box. We took the riskier strategy with the tyres, went out late in the session and I think I may have even been able to find a bit more in the first sector, but overall I’m pleased. I went through 130R with the rear wing open which was pretty hardcore, but having been bold with the tyres we’re in a good position for the race tomorrow. There’s been quite a lot of talk about the tyre wear here but I’m not sure the degradation will be as big a problem as people thought. The long run on the soft tyres yesterday was good – I think we can get maybe up to 15 laps out of them, and as we have a few new sets ready to go tomorrow it’ll be an interesting afternoon.”
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Qualifying Session Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - Suzuka

POS NAME ENTRANT Q1 PERCENT Q2 Q3
1 S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:33.051 100.458 1:31.424 1:30.466
2 J. BUTTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:32.947 100.346 1:31.434 1:30.475
3 L. HAMILTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:32.843 100.234 1:31.139 1:30.617
4 F. MASSA Scuderia Ferrari 1:33.235 100.657 1:31.909 1:30.804
5 F. ALONSO Scuderia Ferrari 1:32.817 100.206 1:31.612 1:30.886
6 M. WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1:33.135 100.549 1:31.576 1:31.156
7 M. SCHUMACHER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:33.748 101.211 1:32.116 DNF
8 B. SENNA Lotus Renault GP 1:33.359 100.791 1:32.297 DNF
9 V. PETROV Lotus Renault GP 1:32.877 100.270 1:32.245 DNF
10 K. KOBAYASHI Sauber F1 Team 1:32.626 100.000 1:32.380 DNF
11 A. SUTIL Force India F1 Team 1:32.761 100.145 1:32.463
12 P. DI RESTA Force India F1 Team 1:33.499 100.942 1:32.746
13 R. BARRICHELLO AT&T Williams 1:33.921 101.398 1:33.079
14 P. MALDONADO AT&T Williams 1:33.781 101.246 1:33.224
15 S. BUEMI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.064 100.472 1:33.227
16 J. ALGUERSUARI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:35.111 102.682 1:33.427
17 S. PEREZ Sauber F1 Team 1:34.704 102.243
18 H. KOVALAINEN Team Lotus 1:35.454 103.053
19 J. TRULLI Team Lotus 1:35.514 103.117
20 J. D'AMBROSIO Marussia Virgin Racing 1:36.439 104.116
21 T. GLOCK Marussia Virgin Racing 1:36.507 104.189
22 D. RICCIARDO HRT F1 Team 1:37.846 105.635
N. ROSBERG Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team DNS 1
V. LIUZZI HRT F1 Team DNS 2

QUALIFYING CRITERIA 1:39.109 107.000
POLE POSITION LAP
S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:30.466 231.083 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:30.466 231.083 KPH

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Third Practice Session Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - Suzuka

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:31.255 13 229.085
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:31.762 16 +0.507 227.819
3 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:32.122 18 +0.867 226.929
4 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:32.279 16 +1.024 226.543
5 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:32.401 14 +1.146 226.244
6 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:32.429 16 +1.174 226.175
7 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:32.725 19 +1.470 225.453
8 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:32.878 17 +1.623 225.082
9 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 1:33.058 15 +1.803 224.646
10 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:33.424 14 +2.169 223.766
11 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.469 18 +2.214 223.659
12 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.545 18 +2.290 223.477
13 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:33.818 17 +2.563 222.827
14 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:33.836 21 +2.581 222.784
15 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 1:33.990 16 +2.735 222.419
16 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 1:34.321 21 +3.066 221.638
17 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 1:35.389 5 +4.134 219.157
18 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 1:35.651 18 +4.396 218.557
19 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 1:36.327 16 +5.072 217.023
20 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Team Lotus 1:36.912 14 +5.657 215.713
21 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 1:37.938 17 +6.683 213.453
22 T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 1:38.011 16 +6.756 213.294
23 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 1:38.355 19 +7.100 212.548
24 V. LIUZZI ITA HRT F1 Team 1:41.097 8 +9.842 206.783

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07 October


Rising Sons


7 October 2011
The first two Free Practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix took place today as Marussia Virgin Racing drivers Timo Glock and Jérôme D’Ambrosio got to grips with the track and completed their first laps of the weekend at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan.
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Japanese GP - So far so good in Suzuka


A Friday like so many others this season in Suzuka, which today saw the first two free practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix. The 150º Italia cars completed a total of 118 laps (57 with Fernando Alonso and four more for Felipe Massa,) equivalent to 685 kilometres. Work centred mainly on evaluating different aerodynamic configurations and on the performance of the two types of tyre – Soft and Medium – brought to this fascinating circuit by Pirelli.
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Hard work back home pays off in Japan


It was a good day for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the Suzuka circuit, home to the Japanese Grand Prix, the fifteenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship.
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Japanese Grand Prix, Friday: the Drivers' Reaction


October 7, 2011 
After the first day running DRS and Pirelli tyres at Suzuka, it was a successful day's testing in Japan; bar a minor meeting of Seb's RB7 with the barrier this morning. Here's what the drivers thought...
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Button dominates Japan practice on both Pirelli compounds


7 october 2011
The 12 Formula One teams had their first taste of Pirelli’s P Zero tyres in Japan today, with McLaren driver Jenson Button – the only person who is theoretically able to deprive Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel of the championship this year – setting fastest time in both of the two free practice sessions.
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Pirelli reveals tyre choices for India, Abu Dhabi and Brazil


Milan, 7 october 2011
Pirelli has revealed the final three tyre choices for its inaugural season as the exclusive tyre supplier to Formula One.
At the Indian Grand Prix, which takes place at the end of this month, the P Zero Yellow soft tyre will be used along with the P Zero Silver hard tyre. For the final two grands prix of the season in Abu Dhabi and Brazil, the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft compounds have been nominated.
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Japanese GP - Practice 2 - Lotus Renault GP Report


7 october 2011
Bruno Senna, R31-04
P14, 1:34.557, 27 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-06
P9, 1:33.446, 36 laps
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JAPANESE GP - PRACTICE 1 - LOTUS RENAULT GP REPORT


7 october 2011
Bruno Senna, R31-04
P11, 1:36.487, 18 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-06
P10, 1:36.370, 18 laps
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2011 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE


“Always encouraging to end the day fastest”
Suzuka, Friday October 7
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“It’s always encouraging to end the day fastest, and Jenson really underlined our pace by heading up both of today’s free practice sessions. We’ve made a number of small changes to the cars for Japan and we’re encouraged by the results – not just for this weekend, but as the foundation for development at future races.
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Statement from Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman & Team Principal, Force India Formula One Team Ltd.


Dr. Vijay Mallya: "I was shocked to read a media report that I am selling the Force India Formula One team. This is completely untrue and without any basis whatsoever. I take great pride in having been able to put an Indian team on the Formula One World Championship grid and have worked very hard to greatly improve the performance of the team. Now that India is finally on the Formula One World Championship calendar, my commitment to Force India becomes even stronger. As Team Principal, I will continue to run the team and I have no plans whatsoever to exit.”

New Delhi
October 7, 2011

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2011 Japanese Grand Prix Free Practice Report – 7 October


Free practice objectives:
FP1 – Track acclimatisation for Paul, brake work, car set-up and aerodynamic testing for Nico
FP2 – Tyre comparison, high fuel runs, general car set-up and balance work
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JAPANESE GP PRACTICE


Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer
We’ve had a difficult start to the weekend with not as much running as we had hoped for. Accordingly, we have now revised the running plan going into P3. We did improve the set-up between sessions one and two with some aero development and mechanical adjustments on the cars.
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Japanese GP – Practice – Friday, 07.10.2011


Weather: sunny and dry, 22-23°C air, 28-37°C track
The Sauber F1 Team was busy testing the new aero package on the Sauber C30-Ferrari during the first two free practice sessions of the Japanese Grand Prix. The car’s update includes a new front wing, two new rear wings, new brake ducts in the front and modified brake ducts in the rear, as well as a modified floor and new turning vanes.
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Day 1 at the Japanese Grand Prix


Suzuka, Japan
Friday, 7th of October 2011
The Japanese Grand Prix got underway today at the Suzuka Circuit with the first two practice sessions. Narain Karthikeyan joined Daniel Ricciardo for the morning’s session. The young Australian driver felt comfortable during his first day in Suzuka and completed 25 laps with a best time of 1:41.106. Karthikeyan got through the same amount of laps and finished six tenths of his teammate.
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 2011 - FP1 / FP2

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Karun Chandhok, Car 20 - Chassis T128-4: “It was good to get back out on track, particularly here in Suzuka as this is a circuit I haven’t driven on before and was looking forward to trying out. It took a while to get the right lines, and as the tyre wear started to kick in I wasn’t really able to improve the overall time, although I was getting quicker in certain sectors of the track. I got through a decent number of laps and think I did exactly what was required of me this morning. The car definitely feels quicker than it did when I raced it in Germany – the update we brought to Singapore has definitely taken us a small step forward and we finished pretty close to the Williams, so I think we’ll be able to fight in the race and hopefully put in as good a performance as we did here last year.”
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2011 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


SUZUKA, 7 OCTOBER
Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg began the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team's weekend in Suzuka today with the first two practice sessions ahead of Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, the 15th race of the 2011 season.
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Second Practice Session Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - Suzuka

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:31.901 32 227.475
2 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:32.075 33 +0.174 227.045
3 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:32.095 35 +0.194 226.996
4 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:32.147 28 +0.246 226.867
5 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:32.448 34 +0.547 226.129
6 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:32.710 26 +0.809 225.490
7 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:32.982 27 +1.081 224.830
8 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.245 26 +1.344 224.196
9 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 1:33.446 36 +1.545 223.714
10 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.681 33 +1.780 223.153
11 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.705 25 +1.804 223.095
12 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:33.790 36 +1.889 222.893
13 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:34.393 35 +2.492 221.469
14 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 1:34.557 27 +2.656 221.085
15 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 1:34.601 33 +2.700 220.982
16 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:36.038 33 +4.137 217.676
17 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Team Lotus 1:36.225 35 +4.324 217.253
18 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 1:37.123 14 +5.222 215.244
19 T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 1:37.440 30 +5.539 214.544
20 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 1:38.093 30 +6.192 213.116
21 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 1:38.387 16 +6.486 212.479
22 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 1:38.763 36 +6.862 211.670
23 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 1:39.800 24 +7.899 209.470
24 V. LIUZZI ITA HRT F1 Team 1:42.480 4 +10.579 203.992


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First Practice Session Classification


2011 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - Suzuka

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.634 20 223.265
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.725 18 +0.091 223.048
3 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:34.090 22 +0.456 222.183
4 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:34.372 24 +0.738 221.519
5 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:34.426 25 +0.792 221.392
6 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:34.937 23 +1.303 220.200
7 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:35.585 27 +1.951 218.707
8 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:35.590 25 +1.956 218.696
9 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:36.033 22 +2.399 217.687
10 V. PETROV RUS Lotus Renault GP 1:36.370 18 +2.736 216.926
11 B. SENNA BRA Lotus Renault GP 1:36.487 18 +2.853 216.663
12 N. HULKENBERG GER Force India F1 Team 1:36.700 21 +3.066 216.186
13 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:36.948 24 +3.314 215.633
14 P. DI RESTA GBR Force India F1 Team 1:36.949 22 +3.315 215.630
15 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:37.103 29 +3.469 215.288
16 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team 1:38.197 18 +4.563 212.890
17 R. BARRICHELLO BRA AT&T Williams 1:38.331 11 +4.697 212.600
18 P. MALDONADO VEN AT&T Williams 1:38.446 8 +4.812 212.351
19 J. TRULLI ITA Team Lotus 1:39.168 10 +5.534 210.805
20 K. CHANDHOK IND Team Lotus 1:39.946 22 +6.312 209.164
21 T. GLOCK GER Marussia Virgin Racing 1:40.872 13 +7.238 207.244
22 J. D'AMBROSIO BEL Marussia Virgin Racing 1:41.019 24 +7.385 206.943
23 D. RICCIARDO AUS HRT F1 Team 1:41.106 25 +7.472 206.765
24 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 1:41.775 25 +8.141 205.406

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06 October


Vitantonio Liuzzi pays respects to Japanese earthquake victims

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Suzuka, 6th of October 2011
HRT Formula 1 Team driver, Vitantonio Liuzzi, will pay respect to the victims of the earthquake that struck Japan’s northwest coast in March this year by wearing a special edition helmet in their honour.
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05 October


Set-up guide - Japanese Grand Prix


Suzuka set-up guide
1. Engine
Engine performance alone is not a key indicator of car performance around Suzuka, although it plays an important role. Drivers will need to be quick on the throttle heading out of the Spoon curve in order to maximise their run down the back straight and through 130R, the quickest part of the track where engine power will come to the fore. The ‘S’ curves at the start of the lap are another special feature of Suzuka, with quick change of direction crucial to a competitive first sector. It’s not a track where much lowspeed is required, though there is one small chicane and a hairpin; the rest of the track is medium to high speed corners especially between Turns 2 and 7 when the car is on part-throttle. Suzuka is 50m above sea level though the circuit’s ambient characteristics will have little effect on engine power.
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Renault Sport F1 Preview to the Japanese GP


5 October 2011 – The FIA Formula One World Championship remains in the Far East for round 15 of the 19 race calendar; the Japanese Grand Prix. The race is held at the famed Suzuka Circuit, a high-speed figure of eight track that features every possible corner, from high speed kinks to flowing linked turns and profiled curved bends and chicanes and hairpins. As such, it’s a tough challenge for the Renault RS27 engine that needs to deliver across the entire power spectrum without sacrificing driveability and responsiveness.
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VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES BUILDS FOR THE FUTURE BY RE-SIGNING JENSON BUTTON TO NEW MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT


‪WOKING, SURREY, UK, 5th OCTOBER 2011
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is delighted to confirm that it has re-signed 2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button to a new multi-year contract. ‪
Jenson’s re-signing is a move that will strengthen Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ long-term stability as it continues to grow and develop its race-winning form into further world championship successes. ‪
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04 October


WILLIAMS F1 AND SILATECH ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO PROMOTE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AMONGST THE YOUTH OF THE MIDDLE EAST


Grove, UK and Doha, Qatar. 4 October, 2011. Williams F1 and Silatech have entered into a broad partnership to help foster entrepreneurship among youth in Qatar and the wider Middle East region.

Qatar-based Silatech was founded in 2008 by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned. The organisation’s primary aim is to address the unemployment challenges faced by the region’s 18 to 30 year olds by creating employment and enterprise opportunities through the mobilisation of interest, investment, knowledge, resources and action in the area.
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2011 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX


SUZUKA, 7-9 OCTOBER
Race Preview Feature 15: Accelerated Development with PETRONAS

In the era of the homologated, or so-called 'frozen' engine, it is easy to forget that there are still fruitful avenues of development and gain open to the manufacturers. Chief among these is the evolution of the fuels and lubricants used within the engine, which remain areas of cutting-edge technical research and development for partners such as PETRONAS.
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03 October


2011 Japanese Grand Prix


Pirelli heads to Japan with P Zero medium and soft tyres
Suzuka is one of the classic venues of the Formula One calendar, incorporating a huge variety of demanding corners such as the well known Spoon and 130R.
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Friday 7 to Sunday 9 October, 2011
Suzuka Circuit, Japan
Round: 15 of 19

Designed and built in 1962 by Dutchman John Hugenholz, the Hermann Tilke of his day, Suzuka is a drivers’ circuit par excellence. Its unique figureof-eight layout, its string of fast corners and the passionate yet polite Japanese fans make this one of the season’s classic races.
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2011 Japanese Grand Prix Preview


Vijay’s vision
Chairman and Team Principal, Dr. Vijay Mallya, toasts the team’s strong showing in Singapore and sets his sights on more points in Japan.
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01 October


2011 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX VIEW


Heikki Kovalainen, Car 20 - Chassis T128-04: “I headed out of Singapore on Monday and back to Europe to do a bit of work in the simulator before heading back out for the Japanese and Korean races. Singapore worked out really well for us and we all left feeling pretty good about what the new floor and diffuser had given us, and how we’d performed generally all weekend.
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