31 October


ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Friday 02 to Sunday 04 November, 2012
Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
Round: 18 of 20

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: The Yas Marina Circuit layout of long straights and relatively tight corners puts a lot of energy into the brake system and with reasonably high ambient temperatures the general car cooling has to be run relatively open too. As per last year Pirelli bring their medium and soft tyres to this race and from an aerodynamics perspective the car will be set in medium to high efficiency trim.
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INDIAN GRAND PRIX REVIEW


31 October 2012
Williams F1 added to its world championship points tally at the Indian Grand Prix, when Bruno Senna came home in 10th place. It was a positive weekend for the team because the FW34 was competitive around the Buddh International Circuit from the outset, as our Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan explains.
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Renault Sport F1 Preview to the Abu Dhabi GP


The FIA Formula One World Championship remains in Asia for the second event in a double header this weekend. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place at the state-of-the-art Yas Marina circuit, a 5.554.km track that winds its way round the marina of the same name in a series of low to medium speed bends before passing underneath the distinctive Yas Hotel.
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2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview


Abu Dhabi GP: Vijay’s Vision
Dr Mallya looks back on the Indian Grand Prix and sums up the mood with three races to go.
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Sauber F1 Team signs on Nico Hülkenberg for 2013


Hinwil, 31st October 2012 – Nico Hülkenberg has been confirmed as one of the two team drivers for the Sauber F1 Team in season 2013. The 25-year-old German won the GP2 Series in 2009, made his Formula One debut in 2010 with the WilliamsF1 Team and managed to capture a pole position in his maiden year. He is currently driving for Sahara Force India and ranks 12th in the Drivers’ World Championship with 49 points after 17 out of 20 races. Hülkenberg’s best Formula One race result this season was at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he finished fourth on the challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
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30 October


2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix preview


Yas Marina Circuit facts & stats
The ultra-modern Yas Marina circuit hosts round 18 of the 2012 world championship. The track is located on a man-made island on the eastern side of Abu Dhabi and it’s one of five anti-clockwise venues on this year’s calendar. It has several unique features: the pit garages are air-conditioned, the pitlane exits through a tunnel under the track and it has the largest permanent lighting system in the world.
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview


2nd-4th November
Yas Marina Circuit – 55 laps – 5.554 km
Abu Dhabi, Tuesday the 30th of October 2012
With the Indian Grand Prix just finished, the teams head west for the third to last race of the season in Abu Dhabi. Narain Karthikeyan will race for the first time at the Yas Marina Circuit after completing a solid race at his home Grand Prix. On his behalf, Pedro de la Rosa returns to a circuit where he drove at in his Pirelli test driver days and where he hopes to have the same good sensations as in India but overcome the problems that forced him to retire last Sunday. Ma Qing Hua will step into the F112 for the third time in Friday’s first free practice session, replacing Narain Karthikeyan.
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2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW


YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
2-4 NOVEMBER
Round 18 of the 2012 Formula One World Championship takes place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 4 November. The race is the season's only twilight event with the lights going out at 17:00hrs at the 5.554 km Yas Marina Circuit.
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29 October


The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from a tyre point of view:


Abu Dhabi, 2-4 November 2012
P ZERO WHITE AND P ZERO YELLOW FOR THE LAST TIME
Milan, October 29, 2012 – The P Zero White medium tyre and the P Zero Yellow soft tyre have been nominated for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend, which follows straight off the back of the Indian Grand Prix. Abu Dhabi marks the final time that the soft tyre will be seen in competition this year, during which it has proved itself to be Pirelli’s most versatile compound, appearing in 15 of the 20 grands prix on the calendar.
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Preview – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix


18th of 20 Rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 02.-04.11.2012
Greater Noida/Hinwil, 28th October 2012 – The Sauber F1 Team wants to put the disappointment of the Indian Grand Prix behind it as soon as possible and is already busy packing up its 25 tons of airfreight to send it over to Abu Dhabi, where the 18th round of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship will take place next weekend.
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Better the Devil You Know - Kimi Räikkönen Confirmed for 2013


Lotus F1 Team is pleased to announce that Kimi Räikkönen will continue to drive for the team in 2013.
Kimi, who currently stands in third position in the FIA Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship, returned to the sport in 2012 after two seasons away and immediately showcased his pace, stepping on the podium six times so far this season - in Bahrain, twice in Spain (Barcelona and Valencia), Germany, Hungary and Belgium.
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28 October


Indian GP - A race at qualifying pace for Alonso


Scuderia Ferrari comes away from the Indian Grand Prix with twenty six points, thanks to a second place for Fernando Alonso and a sixth for Felipe Massa. It was Fernando’s tenth visit to the podium this season and the eleventh for the team. The Spaniard is now thirteen points down on the leader in the championship, while Felipe, with a seventh consecutive points finish, out of eleven this season, has consolidated his ninth place. Ferrari now has a ten point advantage over the third placed team in the Constructors’ classification, while the leader is 91 points ahead.
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Stuck In The Middle With You – Indian Grand Prix, Sunday 28 October


Kimi Räikkönen took seventh while Romain Grosjean finished ninth in a solid but frustrating Indian Grand Prix where both drivers finished right behind the cars ahead. Kimi maintains third position in the Drivers’ Championship on 173 points; 54 away from Fernando Alonso ahead and six in front of Mark Webber behind. The team remains fourth in the Constructors’ Championship on 263 points; 43 behind McLaren and an increased 127 in front of Mercedes.
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Indian Grand Prix: Team Reaction


The team look back on a hugely successful race for Red Bull Racing here at the Buddh International Circuit... [Read More!]
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Indian Grand Prix: Team Reaction


Our drivers and Team Principal Franz Tost look back on today's track action at the Buddh International Circuit...

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DELH-IGHTED. 2012 Indian Grand Prix - The Race


Indian Grand Prix
Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi
28 October 2012
PIC P19 1:31.366
GLOCK P20 1:31.721
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Renault engines seal 150th win in Indian Grand Prix


Sebastian Vettel’s win for Red Bull Racing at the Indian Grand Prix brought the total of Renault-engined wins in Formula 1 to 150. The manufacturer is third in the overall standings, only 16 behind Ford/Cosworth.
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Performance and durability from Pirelli in India


Delhi, October 28, 2012 – Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel took a step closer to another Formula One world title on Pirelli tyres after a lights to flag victory in India at the end of a perfect weekend: fastest in every session, pole and race win. It was the first time in the young German’s career that he had won four races in a row, giving him a 13-point advantage in the driver’s championship. Vettel also had a perfect weekend last year in India – Pirelli’s first year in Formula One – which means that no other driver has ever led a lap of the Buddh circuit.
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2012 Indian Grand Prix: Race Report


Sahara Force India secured four important points on home ground today as Nico Hulkenberg finished the Indian Grand Prix in a strong eighth place. Teammate Paul Di Resta made up four places in the race to finish in P12, ensuring a two-car finish in the team’s home race.
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2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX


Buddh International Circuit, Sunday October 28
“Some fantastic battles – so close, so tight, yet so clean”
LEWIS HAMILTON
MP4-27A-01
Started: 3rd
Finished 4th
Fastest lap 1m28.944s (+0.741s, 5th)
Pitstops One: lap 32 (3.12s) [Opt-Pri]
Points 165 (5th)
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Indian Grand Prix - Sunday 28th October 2012


Weather
Race: Dry, hazy, air temp 30° / track temp 35° (start), 30° / 34° (lap 30), 29° / 32° (lap 60)
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INDIAN GRAND PRIX RACE


28 OCTOBER 2012
Race Notes
• Bruno Senna made his one-stop strategy work, overtaking Nico Rosberg to finish in tenth position and claim one world championship point.
• Pastor looked set to finish in the points, but his race was hindered by a right-rear puncture after contact with Kobayashi, and eventually finished in 16th.
• The Williams-Renault FW34 has shown a clear improvement in pace this weekend and the team will be looking to build on this result in Abu Dhabi next weekend.
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2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE


2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX
BUDDH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
28 OCTOBER
Nico Rosberg finished the Indian Grand Prix in 11th place today with team-mate Michael Schumacher classified in P22.
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Indian GP – Race – Sunday, 28.10.2012


Weather: hazy and dry, temperatures, 29-30°C air, 32-36°C track

The Indian Grand Prix was a real disappointment for the Sauber F1 Team. Sergio Pérez, who qualified eighth, retired after 20 laps. Kamui Kobayashi, who had started 17th, finished 14th on the Buddh International Circuit. A lack of straight-line speed didn’t allow for proper overtaking.
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Indian Grand Prix


Buddh International Circuit
Sunday, 28th of October 2012
Weather: Clear skies – Air 31ºC, Track 38ºC
Race: 60 laps – Track distance: 5.125 km
Pedro de la Rosa F112-02 #22 DNF
Narain Karthikeyan F112-01 #23 21st
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Race Classification


after 60 Laps - 307.249 Kms
2012 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL INDIAN GRAND PRIX - New Delhi

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH

1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 60 1:31:10.744 202.183
2 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 60 1:31:20.181 +9.437 201.835
3 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 60 1:31:23.961 +13.217 201.696
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 60 1:31:24.653 +13.909 201.671
5 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 60 1:31:37.010 +26.266 201.217
6 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 60 1:31:55.418 +44.674 200.546
7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 60 1:31:55.971 +45.227 200.526
8 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 60 1:32:05.742 +54.998 200.171
9 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 60 1:32:06.847 +56.103 200.131
10 B. SENNA BRA Williams F1 Team 60 1:32:25.719 +74.975 199.450
11 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 60 1:32:32.438 +81.694 199.209
12 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 60 1:32:33.559 +82.815 199.168
13 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 60 1:32:36.808 +86.064 199.052
14 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 60 1:32:37.239 +86.495 199.037
15 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 59 1:32:11.843 +1 LAP 196.615
16 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 59 1:32:12.432 +1 LAP 196.594
17 V. PETROV RUS Caterham F1 Team 59 1:32:22.477 +1 LAP 196.238
18 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Caterham F1 Team 59 1:32:31.148 +1 LAP 195.931
19 C. PIC FRA Marussia F1 Team 59 1:32:41.326 +1 LAP 195.573
20 T. GLOCK GER Marussia F1 Team 58 1:31:35.546 +2 LAPS 194.556
21 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 58 1:32:15.745 +2 LAPS 193.144
22 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 55 1:26:23.077 DNF 195.607
NOT CLASSIFIED
P. DE LA ROSA ESP HRT F1 Team 42 1:07:10.063 DNF 192.055
S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 20 32:30.372 DNF 188.731
FASTEST LAP
J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:28.203 on lap 60 209.176

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2012 Indian Grand Prix - Starting Tyre Line-up


At the Indian Grand Prix the drivers started on these tyres:
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27 October


Indian GP - Two Ferraris on the third row


Two Ferraris on the third row: that was the outcome of qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix. In Q3, Fernando Alonso was fifth fastest, Felipe Massa sixth. Both drivers got through to the second part of the session using just one set of Prime tyres in Q1 and then moved forward fitting two sets of Options. In Q3, Fernando first did a timed lap on a used set and then took the third new one he had available; Felipe on the other hand opted to just make a single run on the third set of Pirelli Softs.
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Born Slippy - Indian GP, Saturday 27 October


A closely fought qualifying session at the Buddh International Circuit saw Kimi Räikkönen take seventh position on the grid whilst Romain Grosjean was just edged out of the top ten session, qualifying in eleventh place for tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix.
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Indian Grand Prix - Qualifying: Team Reaction


Here, Mark, Sebastian, Christian and Cyril reflect on our third consecutive front-row lockout of 2012.
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Indian Grand Prix - Qualifying: Team Reaction


Daniel Ricciardo (STR7-04)
“That was quite a good session for me and I was pretty happy with my laps, even if my last run in Q2 was a bit scrappy, but generally I pushed hard to get the time out of the car. I had hoped to get a bit closer to Q3, but looking at our pace this morning, we did make a small step forward for qualifying. The nature of this circuit means you have to be aggressive with it. We are looking alright for tomorrow as my lap time on used Options seems quite respectable.”
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2012 Indian Grand Prix: Qualifying Report


It was a hard-fought qualifying session for Sahara Force India as Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta qualified in twelfth and sixteenth places respectively for tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit.
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2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING


Buddh International Circuit, Saturday October 27th
“This is a race we can win”
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“We struggled a little to get the Options instantly ‘switched on’, and consequently our first few laps on them were a tad tricky. As a result, we weren’t able to post Q3 laps quite as rapid as the Red Bulls’ – our fastest Q3 time was 0.261s away from their fastest, in other words a delta of just over a quarter of a second.
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Speed and tyre strategy the key to Indian Grand Prix


Delhi, October 27, 2012 – Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has continued his perfect weekend by claiming a 35th career pole position (his fifth of the season) with a time of 1m25.283s on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre, which has been nominated together with the P Zero Silver hard for the Indian Grand Prix. Vettel has been fastest in every session held at the Buddh circuit so far this weekend.
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INDIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


27 OCTOBER 2012
Qualifying Notes
• Pastor Maldonado finished 9th and Bruno Senna 13th in qualifying for tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix.
• Pastor was fastest in Q1 with a time of 1:26.048, but a mistake on the final corner of his final lap in Q3 moved him down the order. Bruno also looked strong in Q1, but a mistake on his final lap in Q2 put him out of the top 10.
• Both drivers will be looking to secure some points in tomorrow’s race after demonstrating strong and consistent long run pace all weekend.
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Indian GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 27.10.2012


Weather: sunny and dry, 28-30°C air, 24-38°C track,
There were mixed feelings after the qualifying session for the Indian Grand Prix in the Sauber F1 Team. While Sergio Pérez exceeded expectations by qualifying eighth, there was disappointment about Kamui Kobayashi ending up 17th. A brief black out of the telemetry ultimately led to a wrong setting on the Sauber C31-Ferrari and robbed him of his chances of progressing to Q3.
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2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


BUDDH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, 27 OCTOBER
Nico Rosberg qualified in 10th place for the Indian Grand Prix, whilst Michael Schumacher will start from 14th position.

· Nico used two sets of soft tyres and one set of hard tyres, setting his fastest time of 1:25.976 on used softs in Q2
· Nico will take two new sets of hard and one new set of soft tyres into the race, with a free choice of starting tyre
· Michael used the same number of tyre sets and will have the same strategic opportunities open to him tomorrow
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Free Practice 3 & Qualifying at the Indian Grand Prix


Buddh International Circuit
Saturday, 27th of October 2012
Weather: Clear skies – Air 30ºC, Track 39ºC
11.00-12.00 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 3
Pedro de la Rosa F112-02 #22 24th (22 laps) 1:30.873
Narain Karthikeyan F112-01 #23 23rd (22 laps) 1:30.824
14.00-15.00 FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING SESSION
Pedro de la Rosa F112-02 #22 22nd (8 laps) 1:30.592
Narain Karthikeyan F112-01 #23 23rd (10 laps) 1:30.593
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Close-Run Thing. Free Practice 3 & Qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix


Indian Grand Prix
Buddh International Circuit
27 October 2012
The Marussia F1 Team achieved its objective of competing with Caterham in qualifying today, with Timo Glock posting a time just a 0.1s of Heikki Kovalainen during the Q1 session. Notwithstanding being disadvantaged by the lack of KERS versus the team ahead, Timo’s performance was all the more impressive considering the balance problems hampering his efforts, which meant he had difficulty getting temperature into the front right tyre and left him battling for grip on the Pirelli PZero Hard and Soft tyre runs. He ended the day in P21.
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Indian Grand Prix FP3 & Qualifying


Weather
FP3: Dry, hazy, air temp 27° - 29°, track temp 32° - 36°
Q1: Dry, sunny, air temp 30°, track temp 37°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: KOV 1.29.035, 19th / PET 1.29.237, 20th
Q1: PET 1.28.756, 19th / KOV 1.29.500, 20th
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Qualifying Session Classification


2012 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL INDIAN GRAND PRIX - New Delhi

POS NAME ENTRANT Q1 LAPS PERCENT Q2 LAPS Q3 LAPS
1 S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:26.387 5 100.393 1:25.435 3 1:25.283 5
2 M. WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1:26.744 7 100.808 1:25.610 5 1:25.327 5
3 L. HAMILTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:26.516 9 100.543 1:25.816 7 1:25.544 7
4 J. BUTTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:26.564 9 100.599 1:25.467 7 1:25.659 5
5 F. ALONSO Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.829 7 100.907 1:25.834 7 1:25.773 7
6 F. MASSA Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.939 6 101.035 1:26.111 8 1:25.857 4
7 K. RAIKKONEN Lotus F1 Team 1:26.740 11 100.804 1:26.101 9 1:26.236 5
8 S. PEREZ Sauber F1 Team 1:27.179 11 101.314 1:26.076 8 1:26.360 4
9 P. MALDONADO Williams F1 Team 1:26.048 10 100.000 1:25.983 8 1:26.713 6
10 N. ROSBERG Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:26.458 12 100.476 1:25.976 9 DNF 2
11 R. GROSJEAN Lotus F1 Team 1:26.897 9 100.986 1:26.136 7
12 N. HULKENBERG Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:27.185 12 101.321 1:26.241 8
13 B. SENNA Williams F1 Team 1:26.851 10 100.933 1:26.331 9
14 M. SCHUMACHER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:27.482 10 101.666 1:26.574 9
15 D. RICCIARDO Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:27.006 11 101.113 1:26.777 8
16 P. DI RESTA Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:27.462 11 101.643 1:26.989 8
17 K. KOBAYASHI Sauber F1 Team 1:27.517 11 101.707 1:27.219 6
18 J. VERGNE Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:27.525 11 101.716
19 V. PETROV Caterham F1 Team 1:28.756 10 103.147
20 H. KOVALAINEN Caterham F1 Team 1:29.500 10 104.011
21 T. GLOCK Marussia F1 Team 1:29.613 11 104.143
22 P. DE LA ROSA HRT F1 Team 1:30.592 8 105.280
23 N. KARTHIKEYAN HRT F1 Team 1:30.593 10 105.281
24 C. PIC Marussia F1 Team 1:30.662 11 105.362
POLE POSITION LAP
S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:25.283 216.338 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:25.283 216.338 KPH

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Third Practice Session Classification


2012 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL INDIAN GRAND PRIX - New Delhi

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:25.842 20 214.929
2 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:26.034 17 +0.192 214.450
3 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:26.108 18 +0.266 214.265
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:26.151 21 +0.309 214.158
5 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:26.209 22 +0.367 214.014
6 B. SENNA BRA Williams F1 Team 1:26.214 24 +0.372 214.002
7 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.521 15 +0.679 213.243
8 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:26.531 21 +0.689 213.218
9 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:26.652 21 +0.810 212.920
10 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:26.664 21 +0.822 212.891
11 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.691 13 +0.849 212.824
12 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:27.140 18 +1.298 211.728
13 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:27.162 21 +1.320 211.674
14 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:27.193 22 +1.351 211.599
15 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:27.229 21 +1.387 211.512
16 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:27.374 21 +1.532 211.161
17 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:27.711 20 +1.869 210.349
18 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:27.983 19 +2.141 209.699
19 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Caterham F1 Team 1:29.035 20 +3.193 207.221
20 V. PETROV RUS Caterham F1 Team 1:29.237 20 +3.395 206.752
21 T. GLOCK GER Marussia F1 Team 1:29.617 20 +3.775 205.876
22 C. PIC FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:30.298 20 +4.456 204.323
23 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 1:30.824 22 +4.982 203.140
24 P. DE LA ROSA ESP HRT F1 Team 1:30.873 22 +5.031 203.030

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26 October


Friday at Buddh


2012 Indian Grand Prix - FP1 & FP2
Weather
FP1: Hazy, air temp 24° - 28°, track temp 30° - 35°
FP2: Sunny, air temp 29°, track temp 38° - 36°
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Learning to Fly - Indian GP, Friday 26 October 2012


Kimi Räikkönen went fifth fastest and Romain Grosjean set the ninth fastest time at the end of Friday’s two practice sessions at the Buddh International Circuit ahead of Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix. Both drivers used the team’s new Coandã exhaust system, with new updated rear bodywork sections, whilst Kimi evaluated a new evolution front wing. Both cars ran reliably throughout the two 90 minute practice sessions.
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More To Come. 2012 Indian Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 & 2Indian Grand Prix


Buddh International Circuit, 26 October 2012
It was a challenging start to the day for the Marussia F1 Team in India, as Charles Pic sampled the track for the very first time and both Charles and Timo Glock struggled to balance their cars at the Buddh International Circuit.
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Indian GP - A Friday like so many others


The second running of the Indian Grand Prix got underway in straightforward fashion for Scuderia Ferrari. In the three hours of free practice, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa completed a total of 105 laps; 58 for the Spaniard and 47 for the Brazilian.
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Indian Grand Prix, Friday Practice, Drivers' Reaction


Here's what our drivers had to say about their first day of on-track action at the Buddh international Circuit...
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No surprises in India


The second ever staging of the Indian Grand Prix got underway today with the usual first two practice sessions, which saw Daniel Ricciardo post the ninth and fourteenth fastest times in the first and second sessions respectively.
In the other STR7, Jean-Eric Vergne, experiencing the delights of the Buddh International Circuit for the very first time was seventeenth and eighteenth.
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INDIAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE


26 OCTOBER 2012
Objectives
• Aero evaluations
• Tyre runs and set-up work
• Longer runs in FP2
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2012 Indian Grand Prix, Free Practice Report


Sahara Force India was back in action on home soil today as Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta completed a busy day of free practice at Buddh International Circuit.
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2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE


“It looks like another close race”

Buddh International Circuit, Friday October 26
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“This was a relatively routine practice day for the team, although it proved quite difficult throughout both sessions to find a low-fuel balance that worked for both drivers. However, our long-run pace certainly looks competitive.
Unfortunately, Jenson’s final run of the afternoon was cut short by a gearshift issue, but Lewis’s race pace was more encouraging – Lewis himself felt the car was very well balanced during his long run.
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2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


BUDDH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
26 OCTOBER
Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher completed the first two practice sessions for the 2012 Airtel Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit today.
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Vettel in front at final weekend with hard and soft P Zero tyres


Delhi, October 26, 2012 ­– The combination of Pirelli’s P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft tyre is being used for the final time this year, at the Indian Grand Prix: one of the fastest and most spectacular circuits on the Formula One calendar, where nine of the 10 corners between turns five and 14 are taken between 200 and 250kph.
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Free Practice sessions at the Indian Grand Prix


Buddh International Circuit
Friday, 26th of October 2012
Weather: Clear skies – Air 29ºC, Track 38ºC
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Indian GP – Practice – Friday, 26.10.2012


Weather: hazy and dry, 24-28°C air, 30-35° track
The Sauber F1 Team had an interesting start to the weekend of the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit. After Sergio Pérez arrived in India feeling unwell, the team followed the doctor’s recommendation and decided to be cautious by giving him a rest on Friday morning and letting reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez drive in the first free practice session. The 21-year old hadn’t driven the C31 before and the track was also new to him. For the second session Sergio was back at the wheel. All in all the team managed to get through today’s job list, and the consensus of opinion is the car looks quite good on long runs but less competitive on single fast laps.
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Second Practice Session Classification


2012 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL INDIAN GRAND PRIX - New Delhi

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:26.221 35 213.984
2 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:26.339 33 +0.118 213.692
3 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.820 34 +0.599 212.508
4 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:27.022 38 +0.801 212.015
5 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:27.030 40 +0.809 211.995
6 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:27.131 38 +0.910 211.750
7 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:27.182 24 +0.961 211.626
8 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:27.233 37 +1.012 211.502
9 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:27.397 36 +1.176 211.105
10 B. SENNA BRA Williams F1 Team 1:27.738 36 +1.517 210.285
11 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:28.004 32 +1.783 209.649
12 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:28.178 39 +1.957 209.235
13 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:28.222 37 +2.001 209.131
14 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.239 37 +2.018 209.091
15 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:28.296 23 +2.075 208.956
16 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:28.455 40 +2.234 208.580
17 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:28.596 38 +2.375 208.248
18 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:29.167 35 +2.946 206.915
19 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Caterham F1 Team 1:29.320 43 +3.099 206.560
20 V. PETROV RUS Caterham F1 Team 1:29.606 22 +3.385 205.901
21 P. DE LA ROSA ESP HRT F1 Team 1:30.950 37 +4.729 202.858
22 T. GLOCK GER Marussia F1 Team 1:31.113 35 +4.892 202.495
23 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 1:31.372 20 +5.151 201.921
24 C. PIC FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:31.493 31 +5.272 201.654

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First Practice Session Classification


2012 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL INDIAN GRAND PRIX - New Delhi

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:27.619 22 210.570
2 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:27.929 22 +0.310 209.828
3 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:28.044 24 +0.425 209.554
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:28.046 25 +0.427 209.549
5 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:28.175 22 +0.556 209.242
6 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:28.447 25 +0.828 208.599
7 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:28.542 24 +0.923 208.375
8 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:28.993 23 +1.374 207.319
9 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:29.204 24 +1.585 206.829
10 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:29.291 24 +1.672 206.627
11 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:29.691 26 +2.072 205.706
12 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:29.760 23 +2.141 205.548
13 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:29.802 18 +2.183 205.451
14 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:29.850 19 +2.231 205.342
15 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:29.895 19 +2.276 205.239
16 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:30.041 26 +2.422 204.906
17 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:30.401 23 +2.782 204.090
18 V. PETROV RUS Caterham F1 Team 1:30.630 24 +3.011 203.574
19 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 1:30.896 20 +3.277 202.979
20 E. GUTIERREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:31.212 29 +3.593 202.276
21 C. PIC FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:31.903 22 +4.284 200.755
22 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 1:32.125 24 +4.506 200.271
23 T. GLOCK GER Marussia F1 Team 1:32.369 19 +4.750 199.742
24 P. DE LA ROSA ESP HRT F1 Team 1:32.859 13 +5.240 198.688

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Sergio Pérez to be replaced for first free practice by reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez


Greater Noida, 26th October 2012 – Due to the fact Sauber F1 Team race driver Sergio Pérez (Mexico, 22) is unwell, the Sauber F1 Team has decided to let its reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez (Mexico, 21) jump into the car for the first free practice session ahead of the Indian Grand Prix on Friday. This should help Sergio's speedy recovery so he is able to drive for the remainder of the weekend.
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25 October


Preview to the Indian GP


The FIA Formula One World Championship enters its final furlong this weekend with the penultimate double header of the season. First in the back to back weekends will be the Indian Grand Prix, held at the Buddh International Circuit in the Greater Noida suburb on the outskirts of the Indian capital, New Delhi.
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Caterham F1 Team Confirms Giedo van der Garde & Alexander Rossi for Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test


Leafield, UK - 25th October 2012
Caterham F1 Team has confirmed that it will be running its current Reserve and Test Drivers at the forthcoming Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, taking place at the Yas Marina Circuit from 6th – 8th November. 27 year old Reserve Driver van der Garde will be in the car for days one and two of the test with 21 year old Test Driver Rossi taking over for day three.
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That Friday Feeling. Marussia F1 Team to give Max Chilton practice chance in Abu Dhabi


Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi
Thursday 25 October 2012, 12.00hrs UTC, 06.30hrs GMT (-5.5hrs)
As preparations begin for Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi, the Marussia F1 Team is pleased to announce that it will be providing new Reserve Driver Max Chilton with the chance to demonstrate his potential in a competitive race weekend environment by taking part in next Friday’s Free Practice 1 session in Abu Dhabi.
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23 October


Indian GP Preview


Kimi Räikkönen: “My motivation is very high; it always has been
”Having clinched P5 on his first visit to Korea, Kimi now has another new country and track to contend with as we head to India and the Buddh International Circuit

You gained another solid haul of points last time out; are you satisfied with the result in Korea?
I think fifth was about where we should have been. There were a couple of times where we were in a position to make up some places and – for different reasons – were not able to, but even so we didn’t quite have the speed to match the Red Bulls and Ferraris. I was pretty much on my own at the end of the race but we had to keep pushing to maintain position and it wasn’t so easy. I wouldn’t say it was a fantastic race but at the end of the day we still picked up points for the championship so it wasn’t too bad.
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Sauber F1 Team and Oerlikon renew their partnership


Hinwil, 23rd October 2012 – The Sauber F1 Team and Premium Partner Oerlikon are to continue their successful collaboration. Both parties are delighted to announce an extension of their contract to the year 2015.
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2012 Indian Grand Prix Preview


Sahara Force India looks forward to its home race, the Indian Grand Prix.

Indian GP: Vijay’s Vision
Dr Mallya talks about the team’s form in the second half of the year and gets set for the team’s home race.

Dr Mallya, the team continued its run of points finishes in Korea. What is your assessment of the season so far?
It certainly feels like we have upped our game since the summer break and it has been satisfying to see us up there fighting for good points. The only frustration is that we have not always managed to get two cars in the points and that has hurt us in the championship. But in terms of outright performance, I think we can be pleased with our level of consistency. We’ve had at least one car in the top ten of qualifying in over 80% of the races and scored points in 75% of the races. While we may not have finished on the podium this year, it is our consistency that has been key to our success and kept us in the fight.
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2012 Indian Grand Prix - Preview


Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi
26-28 October 2012
All you need to know >>> Race date 28 October…Laps 60…Circuit length 5.125 km...Race distance 307.249 km...11 corners, 7 left-handers, 9 right...Circuit direction clockwise…Lap record 1:27.249 (S. Vettel - 2009)…The circuit was brand new for 2011 when New Delhi hosted the inaugural Indian Grand Prix…One of its most striking features is the undulation, for which over 4m3 tons of earth was moved to achieve the spectacular rise and fall through the lap, 14 metres between Turns 1 and 3 alone…Circuit hallmarks - likened by some to Spa thanks to its series of fast, rolling curves, which allow the drivers to put the car on the absolute limit…a mixture of slow speed turns and high-speed straights, drivers pick up speed on the straights but will need to be hard on the brakes at the end of each straight…Tyre nomination Pirelli PZero Silver Hard and PZero Yellow Soft – softer than last year’s debut race, which should lead to closer racing…
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22 October


INDIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Friday 26 to Sunday 28 October, 2012
New Delhi, India
Round: 17 of 20
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: On the back of a disappointing result in Korea the team have worked extremely hard to address the balance inconsistencies that affected both cars. We believe that we have found a solution and look forward to testing and optimising around the updated car. The weather forecast in Delhi is good with predicted dry running throughout the weekend in reasonably high track temperatures and, as ever, the aim is to keep both the Pirelli hard and soft tyres within their optimal working window throughout the weekend.
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P ZERO SILVER AND P ZERO YELLOW FOR THE HEAT OF INDIA


The Indian Grand Prix from a tyre point of view: Delhi, 26-28 October 2012
Milan, October 22, 2012 – Formula One comes to India for only the second time this weekend, and just like last year Pirelli will bring the P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft tyres. However, these compounds are softer compared to their equivalents last year, and with a better knowledge of the Buddh circuit plus some real data, Pirelli can afford to be less conservative this time – which should lead to even closer racing.
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2012 Indian Grand Prix preview


Buddh International Circuit facts & stats
The Buddh International Circuit received a resounding thumbs-up from the teams and the drivers after last year’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix. It proved to be a technically challenging racetrack that contained several overtaking places.
One of the circuit’s key features is its undulating back straight, along which the cars are flat-out for 15s. There are also some fast chicanes around the lap and the 180-degree, double-apex Turn 10/11 has a minimum speed of 130mph/210km/h. Through this banked right-hander the drivers pull up to 4g for four seconds.
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19 October


2012 INDIAN GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW


BUDDH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
26-28 OCTOBER
The 2012 Airtel Indian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 28 October at the Buddh International Circuit just outside New Delhi. Having made its Formula One debut last year, the 5.125 km circuit hosts Round 17 of this year's championship.
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Indian Grand Prix Preview


26th-28th of October, Buddh International Circuit – 60 laps – 5.125 km
Madrid, Friday the 19th of October 2012
After two consecutive races in Japan and South Korea, the calendar offers a bit of respite and an opportunity to recharge batteries before another two weeks of continuous racing in Asia which gets underway with the Indian Grand Prix from the 26th to the 28th of October. It will be the second time that Formula 1 visits India, after a successful first edition in 2011 where Narain Karthikeyan made history by being the only local driver to take part in the first Indian Grand Prix. It will be a very special occasion once more for HRT Formula 1 Team and, in particular, for local hero Narain Karthikeyan, who will also be of great help to his teammate Pedro de la Rosa, who has never raced at the spectacular circuit.
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Preview – Indian Grand Prix


17th of 20 Rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 26.-28.10.2012
Hinwil, 19th October 2012 – With just four Grands Prix to go, the FIA Formula One World Championship is getting ready for its final spurt. The races follow in quick succession now and as double headers, beginning with the Indian Grand Prix on 28th October. The race in Abu Dhabi is just a week later, and then the inaugural event in Austin, Texas, will be held only days before the final round in Sao Paulo.
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Pirelli prepares for Circuit of The Americas


Milan, October 19, 2012 – Pirelli’s simulation work using data obtained from a visit to the track during its construction means that the Italian firm is well prepared for Formula One’s first race at the Circuit of the Americas, which will be officially opened this weekend.
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18 October


Holiday Inn partners with Sahara Force India in Abu Dhabi


Sahara Force India Formula One Team is pleased to announce Holiday Inn as an official team partner for the upcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The hotel brand, which is part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), will feature on the drivers’ race suits, garage panelling and team marketing tools, ensuring significant global visibility during the race weekend.
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WILLIAMS F1 HOST EXCLUSIVE PARTNER DAY AT SILVERSTONE


18 October 2012. Grove, UK. The Williams F1 Team hosted an action packed Partner Day at Silverstone yesterday as a way of paying tribute to its loyal stable of partners.

The event was a chance for friends of Williams F1 to enjoy an exclusive day of access all areas activities and for team personnel to personally thank them for their continued support. It was hosted in Silverstone’s new Wing Complex overlooking the International Pits straight, with guests treated to a drive around the famous circuit in a Renault Sports car by the team’s drivers, a pit-stop challenge, and a full-size Formula One car simulator challenge.
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Sauber F1 Team to test in Abu Dhabi with Gutiérrez and Frijns


Hinwil, 18th October 2012 – The Sauber F1 Team will be sending Esteban Gutiérrez and Robin Frijns out onto the track at the Young Driver Days in Abu Dhabi to be held from 6th to 8th November 2012.
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17 October


WILLIAMS F1 TEAM DEVELOPMENT DRIVER SUSIE WOLFF TAKES TO THE TRACK AT SILVERSTONE


17 October 2012. Silverstone, UK. Williams F1 Team Development Driver Susie Wolff put the Williams FW33 through its paces today at a special Williams F1 Partner event at the Silverstone circuit.
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Massa: ”I am very happy, Ferrari is my racing family”


Maranello, 16 October – The announcement should have been made next week, but then the two parties involved decided it was time to take the bull by the horns (no pun intended) and do it now: Felipe Massa will stay at Ferrari, at least until the end of 2013.
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Massa stays in Ferrari


Maranello, 16 October - Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its contract with the driver Felipe Massa to the end of the 2013 race season.

The Scuderia’s driver line-up for next year is therefore made up of Fernando Alonso and the aforementioned Felipe Massa.
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Interview with Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn


Monisha Kaltenborn: “You never lose your roots”
Hinwil, 17th October 2012 – Monisha Kaltenborn is almost a week into her post as the first female team principal in Formula One. With a total of four podium places so far, the Sauber F1 Team has enjoyed a very successful 2012 season. The forthcoming Indian Grand Prix takes the new boss to her native country. There’s plenty to talk about.
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16 October


KOREAN GRAND PRIX REVIEW


16 October 2012
The Korean Grand Prix ended in disappointment for Williams F1, with Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna coming home in 14th and 15th places respectively. Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan talks us through a difficult weekend for the team and he explains why the Indian Grand Prix in a fortnight's time should be better for the team.
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Pirelli announces tyre nominations for final three races


Milan, October 16, 2012 – Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli has announced the tyre nominations for the final three grands prix of the year.
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14 October


Korean GP - An important result on the toughest weekend


Scuderia Ferrari comes away from the Korean Grand Prix with twenty seven points to its name, thanks to a third place for Fernando Alonso and a fourth for Felipe Massa. Today’s was Fernando’s ninth podium finish of the season, the tenth for the team. The Spaniard has lost the lead in the Drivers’ classification, but is still just six points off the new leader, while Felipe, thanks to a sixth consecutive points finish (ten this season) has consolidated his ninth place. Six is also the number by which Ferrari now leads the third placed team in the Constructors’ championship, although the leader is a distant 77 away.
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I’m Still Standing – Korean Grand Prix, Sunday 07 October


Kimi Räikkönen took fifth while Romain Grosjean finished seventh in a fast-paced and intense Korean Grand Prix today. Kimi maintains third position in the Drivers’ Championship on 167 points; 42 from Fernando Alonso ahead and with an increased 14 point buffer to Lewis Hamilton behind. The team remains fourth in the Constructors’ Championship on 255 points; 29 behind McLaren and 119 in front of Mercedes.
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Korean Grand Prix: Team Reaction


Here’s what the team made of the points-filled afternoon here at the Korea International Circuit.
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Korean Grand Prix: Team Reaction


The drivers and our Team Principal Franz Tost look back on a points-filled afternoon at the 2012 Korean Grand Prix.
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2012 Korean Grand Prix - The Race


HAIR'S BREADTH
Korea International Circuit, 14 October 2012
GLOCK P18 1:45.236
PIC P19 1:44.462
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VETTEL WINS IN KOREA TO TAKE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD


Sebastian Vettel dominated today’s Korean Grand Prix to secure his third consecutive win and take the lead of the drivers’ championship by six points.
Vettel took his Renault-powered Red Bull Racing to the win, 8.2secs over team-mate Mark Webber, to secure a Red Bull-Renault 1-2 finish. The win also takes the total of Renault-engined victories in F1 to 149.
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2012 Korean Grand Prix: Race Report


Sahara Force India picked up eight points in the Korean Grand Prix as Nico Hulkenberg raced to a brilliant sixth place. Teammate Paul Di Resta finished the race in twelfth place.
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Vettel’s tyre management skills help him to victory in Korea


Yeongam, October 14, 2012 – A third consecutive victory for Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, following on from his success in Singapore and Japan, has made the drivers’ championship even closer heading into the final four rounds of the season. Vettel started the race from second on the grid using the Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tyres, and then carried out two stints on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre to win from his team mate Mark Webber, having taken the lead at the start. Vettel’s fourth victory of the year has given him the drivers’ championship lead, while third and fourth places for Ferrari, thanks to Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa respectively, moves the Italian squad up to second in the constructors’ championship.
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KOREAN GRAND PRIX RACE


14 OCTOBER 2012

Race Notes
• It was a challenging day for the Williams F1 Team with Pastor and Bruno finishing in 14th and 15th respectively.
• Both cars moved up from their qualifying position but finished the race outside of the points.
• Both drivers started on the supersoft tyres, with Pastor opting for a one-stop strategy.
• Bruno drove a two-stop race but lost a lot of time in the first stint with suspected debris caught in the front wing.
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2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - RACE


YEONGAM, 14 OCTOBER
Michael Schumacher finished the Korean Grand Prix in 13th place today whilst Nico Rosberg was forced to retire on lap two after being hit by another car.
· Michael completed a two-stop strategy of used option/new prime/new prime, stopping on laps 13 and 32
· Nico's car was hit from behind by Kamui Kobayashi on lap one, under braking for turn three
· Nico was forced to retire the car because of the resulting damage on the second lap of the race
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Korean GP – Race – Sunday, 14.10.2012


Weather: overcast and dry, temperatures, 21°C air, 27°C track
The Sauber F1 Team had an eventful but fruitless Korean Grand Prix. Kamui Kobayashi couldn’t avoid an accident after the start when braking for turn three. After 17 laps he had to park his car in the garage. Sergio Pérez was unlucky at his first pit stop, during which he was delayed by a technical problem. He dropped back from sixth to 13th. After a strong push towards the end of the race the Mexican finished in 11th – just 0.37 seconds away from a point.
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Korean Grand Prix - Sunday 14th October 2012


Weather
Race: Dry, sunny, air temp 21° / track temp 27° (start), 21° / 26° (lap 27), 21° / 26° (lap 55)
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2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX


Korea International Circuit, Sunday October 14
“Days like these show what’s in your heart when you keep fighting…”
MARTIN WHITMARSH,
Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Lewis may have scored only a single world championship point this afternoon, but I’m happy to be quoted as saying that it was probably the hardest won and most heroically fought world championship point in McLaren’s long history.
His car suffered a rear anti-roll bar failure early on – and that destroyed his car’s handling balance and made it impossible for him to look after his tyres. The fact that he nonetheless hung on in there, through thick and thin, battling wheel to wheel with drivers whose cars were undamaged, was truly mighty.
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Korean Grand Prix


Korea International Circuit
Sunday, 14th of October 2012
Weather: Clear skies – Air 21ºC, Track 26ºC
Race: 55 laps – Track distance: 5.615 km
Pedro de la RosaF112-02 #22DNF
Narain KarthikeyanF112-01 #2320th
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Race Classification


after 55 Laps - 308.630 Kms
2012 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - Yeongam

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 55 1:36:28.651 191.938
2 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 55 1:36:36.882 8.231 191.666
3 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 55 1:36:42.595 13.944 191.477
4 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 55 1:36:48.819 20.168 191.272
5 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 55 1:37:05.390 36.739 190.728
6 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 55 1:37:13.952 45.301 190.448
7 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 55 1:37:23.463 54.812 190.138
8 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 55 1:37:38.240 69.589 189.658
9 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 55 1:37:40.438 71.787 189.587
10 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 55 1:37:48.343 79.692 189.332
11 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 55 1:37:48.713 80.062 189.320
12 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 55 1:37:53.099 84.448 189.179
13 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 55 1:37:57.892 89.241 189.024
14 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 55 1:38:03.575 94.924 188.842
15 B. SENNA BRA Williams F1 Team 55 1:38:05.553 96.902 188.778
16 V. PETROV RUS Caterham F1 Team 54 1:37:31.417 1 LAP 186.425
17 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Caterham F1 Team 54 1:37:42.137 1 LAP 186.084
18 T. GLOCK GER Marussia F1 Team 54 1:37:52.750 1 LAP 185.748
19 C. PIC FRA Marussia F1 Team 53 1:36:31.365 2 LAPS 184.868
20 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 53 1:37:51.910 2 LAPS 182.332
NOT CLASSIFIED
P. DE LA ROSA ESP HRT F1 Team 16 29:49.468 DNF 180.345
K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 16 30:47.332 DNF 174.696
N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1 1:58.108 DNF 165.204
J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 0 DNF
FASTEST LAP
M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:42.037 on lap 54 198.104

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2012 Korean Grand Prix - Starting Tyre Line-up


At the Korean Grand Prix the drivers started on these tyres:
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13 October


Korean GP - Ferrari up the front end in Korea


A competitive Ferrari fought all the way to the end for the front rows during qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix. At the end of the three very closely contested sessions, Fernando Alonso set the fourth fastest time and, on the grid, will find himself directly in front of his team-mate, Felipe Massa, who set the sixth fastest time in Q3. In the first part, Fernando used two sets of tyres, the first a Soft, the second a Supersoft, while Felipe used just a single set of the Prime. On the first run in Q2, Fernando used the same set of Options he had just used before, while Felipe took his first set of new Supersofts. After running on a second set of Options for the final run in Q2, both Ferrari men ran an identical tyre programme in Q3: a first run on the tyres used just before and the second on the third set of new Options.
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Floorshow - Korean GP, Saturday 13 October


A closely fought qualifying session at the Korea International Circuit saw Kimi Räikkönen clinch fifth position whilst using the team’s new Coandã exhaust system, while team-mate Romain Grosjean with start in seventh place on the grid for tomorrow’s Korean Grand Prix.
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Korean Grand Prix - Qualifying: Team Reaction


The team give their reaction to a superb qualifying session in Korea which saw Mark clinch P1 on the grid, Seb secure P2 – and Renault notch their 200th pole.
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Korean Grand Prix - Qualifying: Team Reaction


Daniel, Jean-Eric and our Chief Engineer Laurent Mekies give their reaction to today’s qualifying session for the 2012 Korean Grand Prix.
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Moving Feast. Free Practice 3 & Qualifying for the 2012 Korean Grand Prix


Korea International Circuit, 13 October 2012

A testing weekend for the Marussia F1 Team continued on Saturday at Yeongam in the build-up to qualifying for tomorrow’s Korean Grand Prix.
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Key pole position moments in Renault’s history


A selection of key pole moments in Renault’s F1 history.

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Renault engines secure 200th pole in Formula 1 at Korean Grand Prix


Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber secured the 200th pole for Renault engines in Formula 1 with a superb lap round the Korean International Circuit today.

The Australian’s dramatic pole position now makes Renault only the second engine manufacturer in F1 history to record a double century of pole positions.
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One stop possible at the Korean Grand Prix


Mokpo, October 13, 2012 – Red Bull driver Mark Webber has taken pole position for the first time at Yeongam ahead of his team mate Sebastian Vettel. Webber set a time of 1m37.242s on the P Zero Red supersoft tyres, which have been nominated together with the P Zero Yellow soft tyres for the Korean Grand Prix.
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FP3 & Qualifying at the Korean Grand Prix


Korea International Circuit
Saturday, 13th of October 2012
Weather: Clear skies – Air 23ºC, Track 28ºC
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2012 Korean Grand Prix: Qualifying Report


Sahara Force India continued its run of Q3 appearances as Nico Hulkenberg qualified in eighth place for tomorrow’s Korean Grand Prix. Teammate Paul Di Resta will line up in P14.
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2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


YEONGAM, 13 OCTOBER
Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher qualified in ninth and tenth places today for the Korean Grand Prix.

· Both Michael and Nico qualified in the top ten for the ninth time in the 2012 season
· The main challenge of the session was optimising new tyre usage over the long lap
· Nico progressed through Q1 with a single run, and set his best time of the session on his timed lap in Q3
· Michael's fastest time was set in Q2 on a used set of option tyres, and he will start tomorrow from 10th position
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2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING


Korea International Circuit, Saturday October 13th
“Going all-out for the win tomorrow”
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Lewis drove a strong lap in Q3 to qualify third, immediately behind the two Red Bulls, and will start tomorrow’s Korean Grand Prix from an advantageous position on the clean side of the grid as a result.
Our long-run pace was pretty good yesterday, so we hope that he’ll be able to bag a hatful of points in tomorrow’s race.
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Korean Grand Prix - FP3 and Qualifying


Weather
FP3: Dry, cloudy, air temp 20° - 21°, track temp 27°
Quali: Dry, overcast, air temp 23°, track temp 28°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PET 1.41.114, 19th / KOV 1.41.437, 20th
Q1: PET 1.40.207, 19th / KOV 1.40.333 20th
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KOREAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


13 OCTOBER 2012
Qualifying Notes
• Pastor Maldonado finished 15th with Bruno Senna 18th in qualifying for tomorrow’s Korean Grand Prix.
• Both Pastor and Bruno struggled for car performance throughout qualifying.
• Both drivers will be aiming to plan a good race strategy in order to score as many points as possible for the team in the race tomorrow.
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Korean GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 13.10.2012


Weather: overcast and dry, 20-22°C air, 27-28°C track,

After having qualified so well just one week ago in Japan, neither of the Sauber F1 Team drivers made it into the top ten qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix. Both of them struggled when the yellow flags came out in the last sector on their final and crucial lap. Sergio Pérez qualified 12th for tomorrow’s race in Yeongam, and Kamui Kobayashi came 13th. However, at least this way a set of fresh super soft tyres was saved for the race.
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Qualifying Session Classification


2012 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - Yeongam

POS NAME ENTRANT Q1 LAPS PERCENT Q2 LAPS Q3 LAPS

1 M. WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1:38.397 5 100.192 1:38.220 6 1:37.242 6
2 S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:38.208 3 100.000 1:37.767 4 1:37.316 6
3 L. HAMILTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:39.180 5 100.989 1:38.000 5 1:37.469 6
4 F. ALONSO Scuderia Ferrari 1:39.144 8 100.953 1:37.987 5 1:37.534 6
5 K. RAIKKONEN Lotus F1 Team 1:38.887 5 100.691 1:38.227 6 1:37.625 6
6 F. MASSA Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.937 5 100.742 1:38.253 5 1:37.884 6
7 R. GROSJEAN Lotus F1 Team 1:38.863 8 100.666 1:38.275 6 1:37.934 6
8 N. HULKENBERG Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:38.981 8 100.787 1:38.428 6 1:38.266 4
9 N. ROSBERG Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:38.999 6 100.805 1:38.417 6 1:38.361 5
10 M. SCHUMACHER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:38.808 8 100.610 1:38.436 5 1:38.513 5
11 J. BUTTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38.615 5 100.414 1:38.441 6
12 S. PEREZ Sauber F1 Team 1:38.630 7 100.429 1:38.460 6
13 K. KOBAYASHI Sauber F1 Team 1:38.719 8 100.520 1:38.594 6
14 P. DI RESTA Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:38.942 9 100.747 1:38.643 6
15 P. MALDONADO Williams F1 Team 1:39.024 9 100.830 1:38.725 7
16 D. RICCIARDO Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.784 8 100.586 1:39.084 5
17 J. VERGNE Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.744 8 100.545 1:39.340 6
18 B. SENNA Williams F1 Team 1:39.443 9 101.257
19 V. PETROV Caterham F1 Team 1:40.207 7 102.035
20 H. KOVALAINEN Caterham F1 Team 1:40.333 10 102.163
21 C. PIC Marussia F1 Team 1:41.317 8 103.165
22 T. GLOCK Marussia F1 Team 1:41.371 8 103.220
23 P. DE LA ROSA HRT F1 Team 1:42.881 7 104.758
N. KARTHIKEYAN HRT F1 Team DNS 1
QUALIFYING CRITERIA
1:45.082 107.000
POLE POSITION LAP
M. WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1:37.242 207.873 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
M. WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1:37.242 207.873 KPH

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Third Practice Session Classification


2012 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - Yeongam

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:37.642 17 207.021
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38.169 12 +0.527 205.910
3 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38.511 13 +0.869 205.195
4 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:38.582 16 +0.940 205.047
5 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:38.666 18 +1.024 204.873
6 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.705 12 +1.063 204.792
7 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:38.766 7 +1.124 204.665
8 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.791 13 +1.149 204.613
9 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:38.833 16 +1.191 204.526
10 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:38.932 17 +1.290 204.322
11 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:38.954 17 +1.312 204.276
12 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:39.010 20 +1.368 204.161
13 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:39.150 18 +1.508 203.872
14 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:39.156 18 +1.514 203.860
15 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:39.345 14 +1.703 203.472
16 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.448 17 +1.806 203.262
17 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.537 18 +1.895 203.080
18 B. SENNA BRA Williams F1 Team 1:39.706 18 +2.064 202.736
19 V. PETROV RUS Caterham F1 Team 1:41.114 14 +3.472 199.912
20 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Caterham F1 Team 1:41.437 19 +3.795 199.276
21 C. PIC FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:41.684 16 +4.042 198.792
22 T. GLOCK GER Marussia F1 Team 1:42.062 15 +4.420 198.056
23 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 1:42.845 15 +5.203 196.548
24 P. DE LA ROSA ESP HRT F1 Team 1:42.882 14 +5.240 196.477

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Korean GP - A hundred laps to make a step forward


For Scuderia Ferrari, the Friday of the Korean Grand Prix at the Yeongam circuit, was essentially divided into two parts. In the morning, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa worked mainly on set-up and on the aerodynamic configuration of the F2012, while the afternoon was given over to evaluating tyre behaviour over short and long runs. There were no technical problems on either car, which is always a good way to start a race weekend. Between them the two drivers completed 102 laps, 53 for Felipe four more than his team-mate.
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Kick - Korean GP, Friday 12 October 2012


Kimi Räikkönen evaluated the team’s new Coandã exhaust system whilst Romain Grosjean ran through the usual programme of general setup work during the first day of running here at the Korea International Circuit. Both drivers made their inaugural appearance on Korean soil, running reliably through the two 90 minute practice sessions.
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12 October


Two Grands Prix in a Day


Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix is run over 55 laps and that’s exactly how many tours of the Yeongam track Daniel Ricciardo completed during today’s three hours of free practice. His team-mate, Jean-Eric Vergne did 56 laps, on his return to the track where he started driving for us last season, in the morning sessions.
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Korean Grand Prix: Friday Practice


Mark's and Sebastian's reactions to today's action at the Korean Grand Prix Circuit in Yeongam...
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2012 Korean Grand Prix


Korea International Circuit, Yeongam
12 October 2012

GLOCK P20 1:42.175 13 laps P20 1:42.596 28 laps
PIC P21 1:42.706 22 laps P21 1:43.066 21 laps
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Korean Grand Prix - FP1 and FP2


Weather
FP1: dry, sunny, air temp 17° - 19°, track temp 23° - 29°
FP2: dry, sunny, air temp 21°, track temp 29° - 31°
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2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE



“Looking positive, and still more to come”
Korea International Circuit, Friday October 12
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Finding the perfect set-up for this circuit is a somewhat tricky balancing act – and it’s not made any easier by the ‘green’ track surface and the changing wind direction between sessions.
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Two pit stops likely at warmest-ever Korean Grand Prix


Mokpo, October 12, 2012 – Pirelli’s P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft tyres took to the track in Korea for the first time this season, during the two free practice sessions at the 5.615-kilometre Yeongam circuit.
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2012 Korean Grand Prix, Free Practice Report


Sahara Force India enjoyed two productive practice sessions in Yeongam in preparation for this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix.
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KOREAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE


12 OCTOBER 2012

Objectives
• Aero evaluations
• Tyre runs and set-up work
• Longer runs in FP2
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Free Practice sessions at the Korean Grand Prix


Korea International Circuit
Friday, 12th of October 2012
Weather: Clear skies – Air 22ºC, Track 28ºC
10.00-11.30 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 1
Pedro de la Rosa F112-02 #22 23rd (23 laps) 1:44.517
Dani Clos F112-01 #23 24th (22 laps) 1:45.735

14.00-15.30 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 2
Pedro de la Rosa F112-02 #22 24th (24 laps) 1:44.533
Narain Karthikeyan F112-01 #23 23rd (36 laps) 1:43.869
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Korean GP – Practice – Friday, 12.10.2012


Weather: sunny and dry, 16-21°C air, 25-31° track
After a trouble free first free practice session before the Korean Grand Prix at Yeongam, the second 90 minutes session on Friday afternoon didn’t go so smoothly for the Sauber F1 Team. Sergio Pérez had to stop on track after only eleven laps due to an engine management problem. Kamui Kobayashi continued driving but wasn’t happy with his car.
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2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


YEONGAM, 12 OCTOBER
The Korean Grand Prix weekend got underway today at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam.

· Michael (52 laps) and Nico (60 laps) completed a total of 112 laps today, just over two full race distances
· Both drivers conducted further aerodynamic development work at the start of the first practice session
· The remainder of practice focused on set-up programmes and race preparation on higher fuel loads
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Second Practice Session Classification


2012 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - Yeongam

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:38.832 33 204.528
2 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:38.864 33 +0.032 204.462
3 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:39.160 28 +0.328 203.852
4 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:39.219 29 +0.387 203.731
5 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:39.330 31 +0.498 203.503
6 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:39.422 30 +0.590 203.315
7 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:39.584 36 +0.752 202.984
8 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:39.717 25 +0.885 202.713
9 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:39.739 33 +0.907 202.668
10 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:39.839 26 +1.007 202.465
11 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:39.957 28 +1.125 202.226
12 B. SENNA BRA Williams F1 Team 1:40.089 32 +1.257 201.960
13 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:40.112 34 +1.280 201.913
14 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:40.445 28 +1.613 201.244
15 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:40.745 11 +1.913 200.645
16 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:40.789 31 +1.957 200.557
17 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:40.997 32 +2.165 200.144
18 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:41.200 33 +2.368 199.743
19 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Caterham F1 Team 1:41.602 23 +2.770 198.952
20 T. GLOCK GER Marussia F1 Team 1:42.596 28 +3.764 197.025
21 C. PIC FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:43.066 21 +4.234 196.126
22 V. PETROV RUS Caterham F1 Team 1:43.067 22 +4.235 196.124
23 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 1:43.869 36 +5.037 194.610
24 P. DE LA ROSA ESP HRT F1 Team 1:44.533 24 +5.701 193.374

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First Practice Session Classification


2012 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - Yeongam

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:39.148 23 203.877
2 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:39.450 21 +0.302 203.257
3 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:39.575 21 +0.427 203.002
4 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:39.854 23 +0.706 202.435
5 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:40.088 21 +0.940 201.962
6 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:40.221 21 +1.073 201.694
7 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:40.396 24 +1.248 201.342
8 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:40.422 22 +1.274 201.290
9 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:40.440 19 +1.292 201.254
10 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:40.480 21 +1.332 201.174
11 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:40.929 14 +1.781 200.279
12 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:41.048 25 +1.900 200.043
13 J. BIANCHI FRA Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:41.140 21 +1.992 199.861
14 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:41.220 19 +2.072 199.703
15 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:41.514 20 +2.366 199.125
16 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:41.596 23 +2.448 198.964
17 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:42.021 25 +2.873 198.135
18 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:42.027 23 +2.879 198.124
19 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Caterham F1 Team 1:42.104 24 +2.956 197.974
20 T. GLOCK GER Marussia F1 Team 1:42.175 13 +3.027 197.837
21 C. PIC FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:42.706 22 +3.558 196.814
22 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 1:42.820 19 +3.672 196.595
23 P. DE LA ROSA ESP HRT F1 Team 1:44.517 23 +5.369 193.403
24 D. CLOS ESP HRT F1 Team 1:45.735 22 +6.587 191.176

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Korean Grand Prix Technical Feature


The torque map is probably the single most important reference map used in Formula 1 engine management.

It is the fingerprint of an engine and of critical importance for engine engineers to help optimise the on track engine performance.
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Baton change at the Sauber F1 Team


Hinwil/Yeongam, 11th October 2012 – Some time ago, Peter Sauber announced that he did not wish to be on the pit wall when he turned 70. The company founder is proving true to his word: in two days’ time – on 13th October – he will turn 69 and is now stepping back from the day-to-day running of the team. Monisha Kaltenborn (41), CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG and responsible for business operations at Hinwil since early 2010, will additionally take over the role of Team Principal at trackside with immediate effect. Peter Sauber will continue in his capacity as President of the Board of Directors of all Sauber Group companies and remain responsible for the Group’s strategic direction.
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10 October


2012 Korean GP Preview


Kimi Räikkönen: “How do I learn a new circuit? I drive it…”
After another battling drive to clinch P6 in Japan, Kimi faces the rare challenge of an unknown circuit as the Formula 1 circus rolls on to Korea. Is the Iceman phased? Not a chance…
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2012 Korean Grand Prix - Preview


10 october 2012
Korea International Circuit, Yeongam
12-14 October 2012
All you need to know >>> Race date 14 October…Laps 55…Circuit length 5.615 km...Race distance 308.630 km...18 corners, 11 left-handers, 7 right...Circuit direction anti-clockwise…Lap record 1:39.605 (Sebastian Vettel - 2011)…First hosted a Formula 1 race in 2010, track located in South Jeolla region, in southwestern part of Korean peninsula and 370 km from the Korean capital of Seoul, a rural location with magnificent mountain ranges…Tyre nomination - Pirelli PZero Yellow Soft and Red Supersoft same as Monaco, Canada and Singapore, and this track will test every aspect of the tyres’ performance…
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Preview to the Korean Grand Prix


Coming just one week after the Japanese Grand Prix, the Korean Grand Prix this weekend forms the second leg of a Far East double header. The third edition of the event will be held at the 5.615km Korean International Circuit situated on the edge of the Yellow Sea to the south-west of South Korea in the South Jeolla province, approximately 400km from Seoul.
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09 October


Historic article: Korean GP 2011


9 october 2012
The Korean GP has brought mixed fortunes for Red Bull Racing and Renault, with a costly double retirement in 2010 followed by a superb victory for Sebastian Vettel in 2011.
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KOREAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October, 2012
Yeongam, Korea
Round: 16 of 20

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: After a disappointing qualifying in Suzuka both drivers demonstrated very good pace in the race, with Pastor securing a solid 8th place. We now move onto Korea looking to capitalise on this pace and therefore need to ensure a better qualifying result. The 55 lap Korean race will be run using the soft and supersoft tyres, as per Monaco, Canada and Singapore. This is a medium to high speed circuit with a smooth track surface. In previous years we have seen a large grip evolution throughout the sessions and one should expect the same this weekend. With this large amount of evolution it is important to ensure that both cars set-up also evolves with the circuit so track time is therefore very important. Currently the forecast is predicting a dry weekend.
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2012 Korean Grand Prix Preview


Sahara Force India looks forward to the Korean Grand Prix.
Korean GP: Vijay’s Vision
Dr Mallya reflects on another points finish for Nico and looks ahead to the final five races…
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX REVIEW


09 October 2012
The team added to its points tally at the Japanese Grand Prix with an eighth place finish for Pastor Maldonado. As the team heads on to Korea, our Chief Operations Engineer, Mark Gillan, gives us his thoughts.
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Korean Grand Prix Preview


12th-14th October
Korea International Circuit – 55 laps – 5.615 km

Mokpo, Tuesday the 9th of October 2012
The Formula 1 World Championship continues in the Far East as it leaves Japan behind and heads to South Korea. It will be the fifth back-to-back race in the season meaning that the teams have no time to relax and must maintain their levels of work and concentration. In Suzuka, HRT Formula 1 Team proved to have taken a step forward with the aero upgrade which was introduced in Singapore, and the Spanish team hopes to continue with this progress in Yeongam. Dani Clos will return to the F112 for the first free practice session, replacing Narain Karthikeyan and will join Pedro de la Rosa for the sixth time this season.
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2012 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW


YEONGAM, 11-14 OCTOBER
Formula One moves from Japan to Korea this week to complete the first of the three sets of double-header races scheduled before the end of the 2012 season. Round16, the Korean Grand Prix, will be held for the third time on Sunday 14 October at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam.
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08 October


Korean Grand PrixView


General
Race Laps: 55
Straight line speed is important
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2012 Korean Grand Prix preview


Korean International Circuit facts & stats

The Korean International Circuit provides the teams with a fascinating technical challenge. The first half of the 18-corner racetrack contains several high-speed corners and a 1.2km straight, while the end of the lap is tight, twisty and hemmed in by walls. Car set-up is a compromise between straight-line speed and low-speed grip.
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Interview with Kamui Kobayashi


Kamui Kobayashi:
“It was fantastic to see the people in my home country happy”

Hinwil/Suzuka, 8th October 2012 – There was hardly anyone in the Formula One paddock in Suzuka who could resist smiling at the sight of an elated Kamui Kobayashi after his third place finish in front of a home crowd at the Japanese Grand Prix. A day later, the Sauber F1 Team driver talks about the first podium in his Formula One career.
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TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR P ZERO RED SUPERSOFT IN KOREA


The Korean Grand Prix from a tyre point of view: Mokpo,12-14 October 2012
Milan, October 8, 2012 – The Yeongam circuit takes in a very wide variety of speeds and corners, with Pirelli bringing the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft compounds: making it one of the toughest tracks that the softest tyre in the range has to cope with. As well as some corners that are as fast as those of the previous race in Suzuka, there are other sections more reminiscent of Monaco, meaning that every aspect of a tyre’s performance is tested thoroughly.
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Preview – Korean Grand Prix


16th of 20 Rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 12.-14.10.2012

Hinwil/Suzuka, 7th October 2012 – After a breathtaking Japanese Grand Prix with Kamui Kobayashi clinching his first podium in Formula One, the Sauber F1 Team wants to build on the momentum as it heads to South Korea for round 16 of the FIA Formula One World Championship on 14th October. With 116 points to its tally, the Sauber F1 Team has made up ground in its fight for fifth place in the constructors’ championship and lies just 20 points behind.
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07 October


Japanese GP - A bitter sweet Sunday


Eighteen points for Scuderia Ferrari in the Japanese Grand Prix, thanks to a second place from Felipe Massa. His team-mate, Fernando Alonso, had to retire just a few hundred metres from the start (371 to be precise) with a puncture to the left rear tyre, caused by contact with Raikkonen’s front wing: Fernando spun into the gravel and the engine cut out, putting an immediate end to his race. After this weekend, Fernando still leads the Drivers’ championship, but his lead over his closest rival has been drastically reduced to 4 points, while Felipe has moved up to ninth. The Scuderia has consolidated its third place in the Constructors’ classification.
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Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – Japanese Grand Prix, Sunday 07 October


Kimi Räikkönen came home a solid sixth, maintaining his third position in the Drivers’ Championship, whilst Romain Grosjean finished a classified 19th after retiring from 15th position on track after an eventful Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. The team remains fourth in the Constructors’ Championship with increased gaps of 103 points to Mercedes behind and 24 to Ferrari ahead.
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Japanese Grand Prix: Team Reaction


Here's what Seb, Mark, Christian and Cyril had to say about the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.
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Japanese Grand Prix: Team Reaction


Daniel, Jean-Eric and our Team Principal Franz Tost talk about today’s race in Suzuka…
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2012 Japanese Grand Prix - The Race


Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit, 7 October 2012

GLOCK P16 1:38.756
PIC DNF 1:40.493
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Vettel wins in dominant style in Japan


Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel won today’s Japanese Grand Prix in dominant fashion to move to within four points of the lead of the drivers’ championship with five races remaining.
The defending world champion led the race from start to finish, securing his third race win at Suzuka in four years, his 24th career victory in F1 and the 32nd for the Red Bull-Renault partnership.
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Tyre tactics shuffle the cards at Suzuka to re-open championship


Suzuka, October 7, 2012 – Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has closed to within four points of the championship lead with five races to go after winning in Japan, adopting a two-stop strategy. The reigning world champion, who clinched his second title at Suzuka a year ago, started from pole on the Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tyre and then completed two stints on the P Zero Silver hard tyre: the compounds that had been nominated for the Japanese Grand Prix. Vettel also used the hard tyre to set the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate tour.
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX RACE


07 OCTOBER 2012
Race Notes
• Both Pastor and Bruno drove a solid race for the Williams F1 Team finishing eighth and 14th respectively.
• Pastor moved up four places from his grid position to end the race in a points-scoring position.
• After an unscheduled pitstop for a new front wing due to a first lap collision with Rosberg, Bruno’s race was further compromised by being given a drive-through penalty for the incident.
• The team now moves on to Korea looking to build on the four points scored here in Japan.
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Japanese GP – Race – Sunday, 07.10.2012


Weather: sunny and dry, temperatures, 23°C air, 32°C track
Kamui Kobayashi made it – the 26-year-old Japanese achieved the first podium finish of his Formula One career at his home race in Suzuka. Overall it is the 27th podium for Sauber and the fourth this season. Kamui had a very good start from third on the grid and drove a strong and solid race, which was breathtaking for the team at the end when Jenson Button in his McLaren came closer and closer. Sergio Pérez, who started fifth, lost ground right at the beginning. Later he performed a very good overtaking manouevre on Lewis Hamilton in the other McLaren, but it all went wrong when Sergio tried to do this again on lap 19. The Mexican ended up in the gravel due to his own mistake.
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2012 Japanese Grand Prix: Race Report


Sahara Force India picked up six points in today’s Japanese Grand Prix as Nico Hulkenberg finished in seventh place with teammate Paul Di Resta coming home in twelfth.
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2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX


Suzuka Circuit, Sunday October 7
“Good, combative racing; super-slick pitwork; and some valuable points”

MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“When you consider that Red Bull’s drivers lined up for this afternoon’s race from P1 and P2, and our two drivers started it from P8 and P9, the fact that they extended their constructors’ championship lead over us by just five points has to be seen as a decent bit of damage limitation on our part.
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Japanese Grand Prix


Suzuka
Sunday, 7th of October 2012
Weather: Clear skies – Air 27ºC, Track 38ºC
Race: 53 laps – Track distance: 5.807 km
Pedro de la Rosa F112-02 #22 18th
Narain Karthikeyan F112-03 #23 DNF
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2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - RACE


SUZUKA, 7 OCTOBER
Michael Schumacher finished the Japanese Grand Prix in 11th place this afternoon, having started from 23rd on the grid. Team-mate Nico Rosberg was forced to retire on the first lap after being hit by another car.
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Japanese Grand Prix - Sunday 7th October 2012


Weather
Race: dry, sunny, air temp 23° / track temp 32°
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Race Classification


after 53 Laps - 307.471 Kms
2012 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - Suzuka

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 53 1:28:56.242 207.429
2 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 53 1:29:16.881 +20.639 206.630
3 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 53 1:29:20.780 +24.538 206.480
4 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 53 1:29:21.340 +25.098 206.458
5 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 53 1:29:42.732 +46.490 205.638
6 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 53 1:29:46.666 +50.424 205.488
7 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 53 1:29:47.401 +51.159 205.460
8 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 53 1:29:48.606 +52.364 205.414
9 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 53 1:29:50.917 +54.675 205.326
10 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 53 1:30:03.161 +66.919 204.860
11 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 53 1:30:04.011 +67.769 204.828
12 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 53 1:30:19.702 +83.460 204.235
13 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 53 1:30:24.887 +88.645 204.040
14 B. SENNA BRA Williams F1 Team 53 1:30:24.951 +88.709 204.037
15 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Caterham F1 Team 52 1:29:36.107 +1 LAP 202.003
16 T. GLOCK GER Marussia F1 Team 52 1:29:44.644 +1 LAP 201.682
17 V. PETROV RUS Caterham F1 Team 52 1:30:25.365 +1 LAP 200.169
18 P. DE LA ROSA ESP HRT F1 Team 52 1:30:31.354 +1 LAP 199.948
19 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 51 1:27:33.328 DNF 202.744

NOT CLASSIFIED
C. PIC FRA Marussia F1 Team 37 1:05:37.712 DNF 196.157
N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 32 56:40.754 DNF 196.393
S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 18 31:49.630 DNF 196.484
F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 0 DNF
N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 0 DNF
FASTEST LAP
S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:35.774 on lap 52 218.276

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2012 Japanese Grand Prix - Starting Tyre Line-up


At the Japanese Grand Prix the drivers started on these tyres:
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06 October


Japanese GP - Red slowed by Yellow


A yellow flag sealed Fernando Alonso’s fate in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. When the Spaniard was putting his all into the last flying lap in Q3, the yellow flags came out, after Kimi Raikkonen went off at Turn 14, which meant Fernando had to slow and was therefore unable to do better than seventh place, having also run into traffic going into the last chicane. Felipe did not have much luck in qualifying either: his best time in Q2 was just 21 thousandths slower than that of the tenth and last placed driver. Tomorrow, the two F2012s will line up on the third and fifth rows of the grid, both men benefiting from penalties for the two drivers who finished ahead of the Ferraris this afternoon.
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Spinning Around - Japanese GP, Saturday 06 October


Romain Grosjean will start the Japanese Grand Prix from P5 on the grid with Kimi Räikkönen in P8 after Saturday’s qualifying session at Suzuka. Both cars progressed easily through to the top 10 Q3 session, however Kimi span on his fast lap.
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Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying: Team Reaction


Here’s what Seb, Mark, Christian and Cyril made of the superb Qualifying session here in Suzuka this afternoon…
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Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying: Team Reaction


Daniel Ricciardo (STR7-04): “Without taking the grid position into consideration, this afternoon’s session was great fun. Driving this circuit on low fuel and with the best tyre of the weekend – a new set of Options – is very enjoyable. Today, it was really just a fight between myself and Jean-Eric in Q2 because the others were a little bit too far out in front. However, it’s not too discouraging, because on the positive side, we have definitely made progress since yesterday and if we can find another step forward for tomorrow, then hopefully we can sneak into the points again.”
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Suzuka Sandwich. Free Practice 3 & Qualifying


Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit, 6 October 2012

GLOCK Q1 P20 1:35.213 8 laps
PIC Q1 P22 1:35.429 8 laps
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2012 Japanese Grand Prix: Qualifying Report


Sahara Force India continued to show good speed in Suzuka as Nico Hulkenberg qualified in tenth place ahead of teammate Paul Di Resta in twelfth. The result marks the ninth consecutive race that Sahara Force India has qualified inside the top ten.
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The demands of Suzuka lead to unusual tyre choice


Suzuka, October 6, 2012 – Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has taken his fourth consecutive pole position at Suzuka, having also clinched pole with Pirelli tyres last year. Vettel set a benchmark of 1m30.839s on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre, which has been nominated together with the P Zero Silver hard tyre for the Japanese Grand Prix.
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2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


SUZUKA, 6 OCTOBER
Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg qualified in 13th and 15th positions today for the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.

· Knowing that he would take a ten-place grid penalty, Michael took an aggressive approach to qualifying
· He made a single Q1 run on the prime tyre, and a single Q2 run on the option, to finish the session in P13
· Michael will have four fresh sets of tyres (two prime, two option) available for tomorrow's race
· Nico finished P15 but will start further up the grid, with a free tyre choice, once penalties have been applied
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


06 OCTOBER 2012

Qualifying Notes
• Pastor Maldonado finished 14th with Bruno Senna 18th in qualifying for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix.
• Pastor struggled for pace in Q2, posting a quickest time of 1:32.512.
• Bruno narrowly missed out on Q2 by 0.35 seconds after being held up by Jean-Eric Vergne's Toro Rosso at the chicane on his final Q1 lap on soft tyres.
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2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING



Suzuka Circuit, Saturday October 6th
“I’d love to do well in front of the Japanese crowd – I’ll go for the win”
JENSON BUTTON

MP4-27A-03
FP3
8th 1m33.025s (+0.889s) 16 laps

Qualifying
Q1 15th 1m33.077s (on Primes)
Q2 2nd 1m31.772s (on Options)
Q3 3rd overall* 1m31.290s (on Options)

* Will start eighth owing to five-place gearbox penalty
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Japanese GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 06.10.2012


Weather: dry, 25-26°C air, 33-35°C track,

The Sauber F1 Team, its C31 car and its drivers love exciting circuits. Kamui Kobayashi qualified fourth for his home race at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka and his team mate, Sergio Pérez, qualified sixth. This comes quite close to what the team achieved at the spectacular Spa-Francorchamps track, where this year Kamui and Sergio qualified second and fifth. However, it is already clear for tomorrow’s grid both drivers will benefit from someone else’s penalty and move up one position.
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Free practice 3 & Qualifying at the Japanese Grand Prix


Suzuka
Saturday, 6th of October 2012
Weather: Clear skies – Air 27ºC, Track 38ºC

11.00-12.00 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 3
Pedro de la Rosa F112-02 #22 24th (16 laps) 1:36.875
Narain Karthikeyan F112-03 #23 23rd (12 laps) 1:36.649

14.00-15.00 FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING SESSION
Pedro de la Rosa F112-02 #22 21st (6 laps) 1:35.385
Narain Karthikeyan F112-03 #23 24th (6 laps) 1:36.734
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Japanese Grand Prix - FP3 & Qualifying


Weather
FP3: dry, sunny, air temp 25° - 26°, track temp 35°
Quali: dry, overcast, air temp 26°, track temp 34°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: KOV 1.35.568, 19th / PET 1.36.355, 20th
Q1: KOV 1.34.657, 19th / PET 1.35.432, 22nd
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Qualifying Session Classification


2012 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - Suzuka

POS NAME ENTRANT Q1 LAPS PERCENT Q2 LAPS Q3 LAPS

1 S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:32.608 3 100.629 1:31.501 3 1:30.839 5
2 M. WEBBER Red Bull Racing 1:32.951 7 101.001 1:31.950 3 1:31.090 5
3 J. BUTTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.077 5 101.138 1:31.772 3 1:31.290 6
4 K. KOBAYASHI Sauber F1 Team 1:32.042 7 100.014 1:31.886 6 1:31.700 3
5 R. GROSJEAN Lotus F1 Team 1:32.029 8 100.000 1:31.988 6 1:31.898 6
6 S. PEREZ Sauber F1 Team 1:32.147 10 100.128 1:32.169 7 1:32.022 3
7 F. ALONSO Scuderia Ferrari 1:32.459 8 100.467 1:31.833 6 1:32.114 3
8 K. RAIKKONEN Lotus F1 Team 1:32.221 7 100.208 1:31.826 6 1:32.208 5
9 L. HAMILTON Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.061 6 101.121 1:32.121 5 1:32.327 6
10 N. HULKENBERG Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:32.828 3 100.868 1:32.272 7 DNF 2
11 F. MASSA Scuderia Ferrari 1:32.946 6 100.996 1:32.293 6
12 P. DI RESTA Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:32.898 8 100.944 1:32.327 6
13 M. SCHUMACHER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:33.349 6 101.434 1:32.469 4
14 P. MALDONADO Williams F1 Team 1:32.834 4 100.874 1:32.512 7
15 N. ROSBERG Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:33.015 9 101.071 1:32.625 7
16 D. RICCIARDO Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.059 8 101.119 1:32.954 6
17 J. VERGNE Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.370 8 101.457 1:33.368 6
18 B. SENNA Williams F1 Team 1:33.405 8 101.495
19 H. KOVALAINEN Caterham F1 Team 1:34.657 6 102.855
20 T. GLOCK Marussia F1 Team 1:35.213 8 103.459
21 P. DE LA ROSA HRT F1 Team 1:35.385 6 103.646
22 C. PIC Marussia F1 Team 1:35.429 8 103.694
23 V. PETROV Caterham F1 Team 1:35.432 8 103.697
24 N. KARTHIKEYAN HRT F1 Team 1:36.734 6 105.112
POLE POSITION LAP
S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:30.839 230.134 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
S. VETTEL Red Bull Racing 1:30.839 230.134 KPH

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Third Practice Session Classification


2012 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - Suzuka

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:32.136 17 226.895
2 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:32.371 20 +0.235 226.317
3 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:32.824 13 +0.688 225.213
4 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:32.918 23 +0.782 224.985
5 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:32.920 19 +0.784 224.980
6 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:32.924 15 +0.788 224.970
7 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:33.008 21 +0.872 224.767
8 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.025 16 +0.889 224.726
9 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:33.094 17 +0.958 224.560
10 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:33.160 16 +1.024 224.401
11 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:33.184 14 +1.048 224.343
12 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:33.224 15 +1.088 224.246
13 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.569 14 +1.433 223.420
14 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.722 18 +1.586 223.055
15 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:33.899 23 +1.763 222.634
16 B. SENNA BRA Williams F1 Team 1:33.984 19 +1.848 222.433
17 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:34.023 19 +1.887 222.341
18 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:34.369 11 +2.233 221.526
19 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Caterham F1 Team 1:35.568 19 +3.432 218.746
20 V. PETROV RUS Caterham F1 Team 1:36.355 18 +4.219 216.960
21 T. GLOCK GER Marussia F1 Team 1:36.389 11 +4.253 216.883
22 C. PIC FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:36.517 18 +4.381 216.596
23 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 1:36.649 12 +4.513 216.300
24 P. DE LA ROSA ESP HRT F1 Team 1:36.875 16 +4.739 215.795

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05 October


Japanese GP - No surprises in Land of the Rising Sun


A Friday like so many others here in Suzuka, the scene of the first two free practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso completed 54 laps at the wheel of his F2012, while in the other Ferrari, Felipe Massa did 56, on a day given over to a careful analysis of various aerodynamic configurations and an evaluation of the small updates brought to the fascinating Japanese track. Both compounds brought here by Pirelli – the Hard and the Soft – were tested and at least from what could be seen today, their consistency in terms of performance will be severely tested.
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Staring At The Sun - Japanese GP, Friday 05 October 2012


Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean conducted setup evaluation runs and upgrade evaluations during the first day of running at the fabulous Suzuka circuit today. Under glorious skies both cars ran reliably in the morning, however Kimi suffered a coolant-leak induced KERS issue in the afternoon meaning he missed most of the session.
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Japanese Grand Prix: Friday Practice


Mark and Sebastian talk to us about their first day of on track action in Japan.
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Japanese Grand Prix - Friday


Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne and Chief Engineer Laurent Mekies give their views on today's action in Suzuka.
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Free Practice 1 - The Usual Places


No great surprise to report that we are 15th and 16th on the timesheet at the end of the first free practice session at a sunny Suzuka this morning, as these two places seem to be our usual Friday home.
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Japanese Grand Prix: Friday Free Practice 1&2


FP1
Mark was the fastest of our two drivers during this morning's Free Practice session, finishing in P3 with a fastest lap time of 1:34.856 after 24 laps of the Suzuka Circuit.
Sebastian finished the session in P17 after 23 laps, with a quickest time of 1:36.366.
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School Day. Free Practice 1 & 2 for the Japanese Grand Prix


Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit, 5 October 2012

The opening sessions of the Japanese Grand Prix got underway at Suzuka today in bright and sunny conditions, perfect for the Marussia F1 Team to evaluate some important aerodynamic developments to the MR01.
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Tyre management vital at the most demanding track of the year


Suzuka, October 5, 2012 ­– The Japanese Grand Prix puts the biggest energy loadings through the tyres all year, with the two P Zero compounds that have been nominated for Suzuka – P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft – taking to the track for the first time during the two free practice sessions today.
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX PRACTICE


05 OCTOBER 2012

Objectives
• Aero evaluations
• Tyre runs and set-up work
• Longer runs in FP2
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2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


SUZUKA, 5 OCTOBER
The opening day of practice for the Japanese Grand Prix saw the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg complete 33 laps and 37 laps respectively during the two 90-minute sessions.

· Both drivers evaluated development items this morning, before conducting race preparation this afternoon
· Nico experienced a precautionary engine shut-off at the end of P1 because of an oil pressure problem
· The engine, which had completed nearly 2000 km, was changed in the break for another unit from his allocation
· Michael went off the track at Turn 13 in the second session, bringing his day to an end 15 minutes earlier than planned
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2012 Japanese Grand Prix, Free Practice Report


Sahara Force India enjoyed a productive day of practice in Suzuka in preparation for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Nico Hulkenberg (VJM05/03)
FP1: P9 1:35.474 22 laps
FP2: P4 1:32.987 30 laps
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2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE


“There’s such a flow around this circuit”
Suzuka Circuit, Friday October 5

MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“It’s always a thrill to arrive at Suzuka – it’s a mighty motorsport amphitheatre, and a place which showcases Formula 1 at its finest, whether it’s through the graceful, high-speed sector-one Esses, the pincer-sharp Degner apices or the great sweeping arc of Spoon.
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Free practice sessions at the Japanese Grand Prix


Suzuka, Friday, 5th of October 2012
Weather: Clear skies – Air 27ºC, Track 39ºC

10.00-11.30 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 1
Pedro de la Rosa F112-02 #22 24th (19 laps) 1:39.688
Narain Karthikeyan F112-03 #2322nd (25 laps) 1:39.043
14.00-15.30 FORMULA 1 PRACTICE SESSION 2
Pedro de la Rosa F112-02 #2222nd (30 laps)1:37.342
Narain Karthikeyan F112-03 #2323rd (35 laps)1:37.701
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Japanese GP – Practice – Friday, 05.10.2012


Weather: sunny and dry, 25-27°C air, 30-36° track
Hard tyres, soft tyres, heavy car, lighter car - the Sauber F1 Team used its full armory in order to evaluate the new parts of the Sauber C31-Ferrari. The new components include a front wing which completes the aero package the team introduced at the recent race in Singapore. The team had a trouble free first day ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix. On the time sheets Sergio Pérez came 12th in both the 90-minutes sessions. Kamui Kobayashi, who is driving with a special helmet design dedicated to his home country, came sixth and 13th at the challenging Suzuka circuit.
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Japanese Grand Prix - FP1 & FP2


Weather
FP1: Dry, sunny, air temp 25° - 26°, track temp 33° - 37°
FP2: Dry, sunny, air temp 27° - 26° , track temp 38° - 34°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: PET 1.38.295, 20th / VDG 1.39.374, 23rd
FP2: KOV 1.35.711, 18th / PET 1.35.870, 19th
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Second Practice Session Classification


2012 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - Suzuka

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:32.493 34 226.019
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:32.707 32 +0.214 225.497
3 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:32.836 37 +0.343 225.184
4 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:32.987 30 +0.494 224.818
5 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:33.093 28 +0.600 224.562
6 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:33.107 35 +0.614 224.528
7 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.349 22 +0.856 223.946
8 B. SENNA BRA Williams F1 Team 1:33.499 35 +1.006 223.587
9 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:33.614 32 +1.121 223.312
10 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:33.750 13 +1.257 222.988
11 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:33.866 19 +1.373 222.713
12 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:33.903 36 +1.410 222.625
13 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:33.983 33 +1.490 222.435
14 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:34.291 12 +1.798 221.709
15 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:34.300 33 +1.807 221.688
16 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:34.863 32 +2.370 220.372
17 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:35.080 34 +2.587 219.869
18 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Caterham F1 Team 1:35.711 41 +3.218 218.420
19 V. PETROV RUS Caterham F1 Team 1:35.870 37 +3.377 218.057
20 T. GLOCK GER Marussia F1 Team 1:36.194 32 +3.701 217.323
21 C. PIC FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:36.636 28 +4.143 216.329
22 P. DE LA ROSA ESP HRT F1 Team 1:37.342 30 +4.849 214.760
23 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 1:37.701 35 +5.208 213.971
24 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 2

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First Practice Session Classification


2012 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - Suzuka

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME LAPS GAP KPH
1 J. BUTTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:34.507 20 221.202
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:34.740 26 +0.233 220.658
3 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:34.856 24 +0.349 220.388
4 N. ROSBERG GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:35.059 18 +0.552 219.918
5 M. SCHUMACHER GER Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:35.122 20 +0.615 219.772
6 K. KOBAYASHI JPN Sauber F1 Team 1:35.199 27 +0.692 219.594
7 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari 1:35.283 24 +0.776 219.401
8 P. DI RESTA GBR Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:35.299 18 +0.792 219.364
9 N. HULKENBERG GER Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:35.474 22 +0.967 218.962
10 P. MALDONADO VEN Williams F1 Team 1:35.478 24 +0.971 218.953
11 F. ALONSO ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1:35.484 26 +0.977 218.939
12 S. PEREZ MEX Sauber F1 Team 1:35.584 24 +1.077 218.710
13 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Lotus F1 Team 1:35.691 22 +1.184 218.465
14 R. GROSJEAN FRA Lotus F1 Team 1:35.724 21 +1.217 218.390
15 D. RICCIARDO AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.123 19 +1.616 217.483
16 J. VERGNE FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.222 25 +1.715 217.260
17 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:36.366 23 +1.859 216.935
18 V. BOTTAS FIN Williams F1 Team 1:36.389 24 +1.882 216.883
19 T. GLOCK GER Marussia F1 Team 1:37.716 17 +3.209 213.938
20 V. PETROV RUS Caterham F1 Team 1:38.295 23 +3.788 212.678
21 C. PIC FRA Marussia F1 Team 1:38.616 25 +4.109 211.985
22 N. KARTHIKEYAN IND HRT F1 Team 1:39.043 25 +4.536 211.071
23 G. VAN DER GARDE NED Caterham F1 Team 1:39.374 22 +4.867 210.368
24 P. DE LA ROSA ESP HRT F1 Team 1:39.688 19 +5.181 209.706

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04 October


Japanese Grand Prix Technical Feature


You hear them discussed every single Formula 1 race weekend. Pedal maps and torque maps are two of the most regularly used words in the sport, but what exactly are they?
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MICHAEL SCHUMACHER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM FORMULA ONE


SUZUKA, 4 OCTOBER 2012
Seven-time Formula One world champion Michel Schumacher today announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the 2012 season during a press conference at the Suzuka circuit in Japan.
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AKEBONO EXTEND TECHNICAL PARTNERSHIP WITH VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES


Woking/Tokyo, October 4th 2012:
Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. (Akebono) and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes are pleased to announce the extension of their successful long-term technical partnership.
Akebono began its collaboration with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes in 2007, developing and refining its braking technologies at the sharp end of global motorsport competition.
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03 October


2012 Japanese GP Preview


Kimi Räikkönen: “Suzuka really punishes the driver”
After – in his words, “a boring Singapore Grand Prix” – Kimi Räikkönen looks to the rest of the season, telling us how he’s always aiming for the top and why Suzuka suits him so well…
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Preview to the Japanese GP


After a spectacular Singapore GP, the FIA Formula One World Championship stays in the Far East for the next round of the 20-event series. The ever-popular Japanese Grand Prix takes place this weekend at the Suzuka circuit and will be followed one week later by the Korean race for the second double header after the summer break.
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SUZUKA-SPECIAL. What we’re saying about the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix


Suzuka Circuit, Japan
5-7 October 2012

All you need to know >>> Race date 7 October…Laps 53…Circuit length 5.807 km...Race distance 307.471 km...18 corners, 10 right-handers, 8 left...Circuit direction clockwise…Lap record 1:31.540 (Kimi Raikkonen - 2005)…First hosted a Formula 1 race in 1987, but this will only be the 24th Japanese Grand Prix hosted at Suzuka as the race moved to Fuji for two years in 2007 and 2008…Remains one of the great traditional circuits on the calendar - a real test of driver ability and technical package…Comprises some of the most challenging corners too - the flat-out 130R and Spoon Curve are amongst the drivers’ favourites…Tyre nomination Pirelli PZero Silver Hard and PZero Yellow Soft same as Silverstone, delivering both performance and durability at the fast and challenging Suzuka circuit…
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02 October


2012 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW


SUZUKA, 5-7 OCTOBER
The Japanese Grand Prix, Round 15 of the 2012 Formula One World Championship, takes place on Sunday 7 October at the 5.807 km figure-of-eight Suzuka circuit.
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01 October


2012 Japanese Grand Prix Preview


Sahara Force India looks forward to the Japanese Grand Prix.

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The Japanese Grand Prix from a tyre point of view: Suzuka, 5-7 October 2012


Paul Hembery: “Hard-soft combination for more strategies at Suzuka”
Milan, October 1, 2012 – This year, Pirelli will bring the P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft tyres to Japan: a change from last year’s nomination when the medium and the soft tyre was used. However, this year’s compounds are generally softer across the board, meaning that the tyres seen in Japan this year will offer even more performance, as has been the case throughout the season.
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Sauber F1 Team and Interroll Group form partnership


Hinwil, 1st October 2012 – Interroll becomes Promotional Partner of the Sauber F1 Team. With their Swiss headquarters and global operations, both companies strive for excellence as leading players in a highly competitive landscape.
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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Friday 5 – Sunday 7 October, 2012
Suzuka, Japan
Round: 15 of 20

The drivers love Suzuka. Its undulations, challenging corners and unique figure-of-eight layout make it the ultimate test of man and machine, and no bad drivers have ever won this race. It was where Ayrton Senna, Bruno’s uncle, clinched all three of his world championships, and it was where Seb Vettel claimed his second title last year. Aerodynamic downforce is crucial, especially through the high-speed changes of direction in sector one, and the drivers have to be very accurate because the track is narrow and there’s very little run-off. When you combine everything, it’s a brilliant challenge.
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Japanese Grand PrixView


General
Race laps: 53
Very high percentage of medium & high speed corners
Very lateral track
Highest tyre energy track of the season
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