Thread: Article: 2011 F1 Indian Grand Prix - Mercedes GP Race Report - Vettel Cruises to Victory, Schumacher 5th and Rosberg 6th
10-25-2011, 02:09 AM #1
2011 F1 Indian Grand Prix - Mercedes GP Preview
The Buddh International Circuit, the newest addition to Formula One. This race is the first new race in four years (Singapore & Valencia 2008, Abu Dhabi 2009, Korea 2010). Formula One heads to new territory next week with the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2011 World Championship, taking place at the Buddh International Circuit on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Sunday 30 October.
Designed by acclaimed circuit designer Hermann Tilke, the circuit cost $188 million to build and features a 5.141km long track that incorporates 16 corners and runs in a Clockwise direction. The race is expected to take place over 60 laps, although there has been no official confirmation. India has signed a ten-year contract with Bernie Ecclestone to host the grand prix, which experts believe could generate as much as $170 million in revenue and employ as many as 10,000 people.
Michael is looking forward to race in India next week:
“For the next race, we are heading to India for the first time; a country which a lot of people tell me is fascinating. I’m looking forward to experiencing this new culture and seeing the track for the first time. I am sure we will be impressed with what has been done there. There has been a lot of interest in the build-up to the event, and therefore hopefully we will entertain a lot of new fans in India.
“I’ve always been happy to welcome new tracks on the calendar and enjoy the challenge of adapting to them. The outcome of the last race in Korea was unlucky for us, therefore I am extra-motivated to score some points next weekend, and reward the good work of the team.”
“It will be very exciting for me to discover the new culture. I am planning to spend a few days in the country and looking forward to doing some sightseeing, particularly making a visit to the Taj Mahal. I hope the first race in India will be a great show for all motorsport fans there, and a big success.
“I enjoy going to new tracks for the first time as I tend to learn them quickly, and it will be very interesting to set the car up as there will be so many unknown points. I hope to be able to fight in amongst the top six cars again, like during the last race in Korea, but this time hopefully I will be able to stay ahead of one of them until the end of the race.”
“Indian Grand Prix will be a new adventure for Formula One, and we are all looking forward to experiencing the country and the Buddh International Circuit for the first time next week. A tremendous amount of work has gone into the new venue and the preparations for this inaugural event, and the interest in India seems to be growing daily. In the second most populous country in the world, this can only be good for Formula One as we continue to expand our fan base by taking the sport to new markets.
“The circuit itself looks to be an interesting challenge and we have been preparing back at the factory with circuit maps, simulations and models. You can do a great deal of work beforehand but nothing replicates the feedback from the drivers on their first laps out on the new circuit on Friday. With just three races remaining, we will be aiming to finish the season on a high and pushing hard to score good points at each one.”
“MERCEDES GP PETRONAS is pleased and proud to be part of Formula One's visit to India and its inaugural Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit. India is a country with a rich cultural heritage which is admired and respected across the world, and it is also a country of the future: there is a vibrant, growing economy and, for Mercedes-Benz, a rapidly accelerating market for our cars. The Buddh International Circuit promises to deliver the excellent facilities we are used to at the most modern Formula One venues. It presents a complete challenge to the cars with a range of faster and slower corners, as well as long straights that may make the compromise between downforce and straightline speed delicate to find.
“On the operational side, a new circuit levels the playing field somewhat between the teams and all of us must start from zero; however, it does provide an opportunity for our race team's operational excellence to pay dividends. We saw some signs of promising potential in the early stages of the last race in Korea, although this did not ultimately translate into the final results. But we will be aiming to build on this potential in India, and our team will keep pushing at every race this year to extract the maximum from our current technical package.”
F1 TIMETABLE (New Delhi Local Time)
Fri 28 October 2011
Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30
Sat 29 October 2011
Practice 3 11:00 - 12:00
Sun 30 October 2011
F1 TIMETABLE (Pacific Time)
Fri 28 October 2011
Practice 1 (Thu) 21:30 - 23:00
Practice 2 (Fri) 01:30 - 03:00
Sat 29 October 2011
Practice 3 (Fri) 22:30 - 23:30
Qualifying (Sat) 01:30
Sun 30 October 2011
F1 TIMETABLE (Eastern Time)
Fri 28 October 2011
Practice 1 00:30 - 02:00
Practice 2 04:30 - 06:00
Sat 29 October 2011
Practice 3 01:30 - 02:30
Sun 30 October 2011
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10-25-2011, 02:33 AM #2
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10-25-2011, 02:50 AM #4
I've been reading that the teams have been squeezing as much data as they can from their simulators, but the sims can only prepare the team to an extent. Nothing like real world data.2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
10-27-2011, 02:33 AM #5
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10-29-2011, 05:46 AM #7
So MS screwed up qually. Barely making Q2, he was .8 seconds slower then Rosberg, which got him 12th place.
Rosberg, last of the timesetters, made 7th place.
Disappointing to still see teams not setting a fast lap in Q3, just to save tires.
Vettel has pole again, Hamilton got second, but will get a 3 place penalty, so Webber will start in slot 2, and Alonso will take 3rd place.
Surprisingly nice track.There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works
10-29-2011, 05:54 AM #8
And Red Bull broke the all time record with 16 pole positions in one season.
Off course, with 20 races the final number of this record can change, with 3 races to go it is gonna be a record pretty hard to beat with Vettel's performance in qualifying.There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works
10-29-2011, 07:43 AM #9
10-29-2011, 08:00 AM #10
I can give you the provisional grid for tomorrow:
1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 8 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 9 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 11 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 12 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 13 9 Bruno Senna Renault 14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 15 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 19 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 20 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 21 23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 22 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 24
Petrov penalised 5 grid spots for causing crash in Korea; Hamilton & Perez 3 spots for ignoring yellow flags in FP1; Ricciardo 5 spots for gearbox change; Karthikeyan 5 spots for blocking. Glock didn't meet 107% requirement, races at stewards' discretion.There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works
10-29-2011, 08:03 AM #11
10-29-2011, 08:06 AM #12
Yes, and before his final run the top 4 were .1 second apart. In his final timed lap Vettel managed to find another .27 !There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works
10-29-2011, 08:17 AM #13
Sorry man, I'm working on it. I was out taking care of a bunch of stuff. I didn't even get a chance to watch it.2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
10-29-2011, 08:39 AM #14
2011 F1 Indian Grand Prix - Mercedes GP Report - Vettel Grabs Pole, Rosberg 7th and Schumacher 11th
Rosberg and Schumacher qualified in seventh and 12th places respectively today during qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi. For Rosberg he completed one run in each of the sessions to save tires for the race. He will have one set of primes and two sets of the soft option tires.
Schumacher on the other hand had a difficult qualifying session, he had to switch to a set of super softs to make Q2 on his last lap. In Q2, he suffered from tyre vibrations and missed out on Q3 by 0.018s
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, the new crowned world champion ran away with his 13th pole position in the inaugrual Indian Grabd Prix. With this, he has now tied Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost for the most pole positions in a season.
Although Hamilton set the second fastest lap, he will start in fifth place after being hit by a penalty in friday's practise for speeding under yellow flag conditions. This means Mark Webber will start second, followed by Alonso, Jenson Button. Massa, who crashed on his final lap will start in sixth place. Sutil, Buemi, and Alguersuari round out the top 10.
From Michael’s perspective, his qualifying session didn’t go as expected:
“At first I hit some traffic, and then on my final run in Q2, there was again vibrations on the set of tyres which I used which was not helpful. Saying that, this certainly does not explain the time gap to Nico so we need to understand what the reason was for that and get on top of it.
As for the race tomorrow, this should work out better for me, and my aim undoubtedly is to score some points. I’m not really sure which side of the grid will be the better one, so I will just take it from there and try to gain as much as possible.”
“In Q1, I hit a kerb quite heavily and damaged the floor which lost some of the car’s downforce for the rest of qualifying. I was on my quickest lap at the end of Q3 but unfortunately I had to slow down for the yellow flag after Felipe’s incident so that cost me some time.
I will push hard to gain places tomorrow and have a good race on this fantastic track. I’m guessing it will be an exciting race and the Indian people should be proud to have one of the best tracks in the world of motorsport now!”
“An exciting and tense qualifying session. We got caught out a little in traffic on occasions which didn’t help as it was particularly close out there. It’s a shame that we didn’t get through to Q3 with Michael, and he was unhappy with his final set of tyres. Nico did a great job, especially considering that he was struggling a little with the car yesterday, so all credit to him and his team for getting the car in good shape for qualifying. Our runs on high fuel this weekend have been encouraging so we are looking forward to the race tomorrow at this impressive new track.”
“Nico did a good job today and a good qualifying strategy from our team with just one run in Q3 to save tyres for the race. Michael missed getting into the top ten by 0.018s and the gap to P8 was less than two-tenths which shows how intense the battle is. Our target tomorrow is to achieve the best possible result behind the top three teams and hopefully finish in the top six rankings which we achieved three times in the last five races. The new circuit and facilities here in Greater Noida are very impressive and it is very positive for Formula One to be present in such a vibrant country full of passion and friendliness.”
Driver Teams Time 1 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1'24.178 2 M Webber (AUS) Red Bull 1'24.508 3 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1'24.519 4 J Button (GBR) McLaren 1'24.950 5 LC Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 1'24.474 6 F Massa (BRA) Ferrari 1'25.122 7 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes-Benz 1'25.451 8 A Sutil (GER) Force India 1'26.140 9 S Buemi (SUI) Toro Rosso 1'26.161 10 J Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso 1'26.319 11 M Schumacher (GER) Mercedes-Benz 1'26.337 12 P di Resta (GBR) Force India 1'26.503 13 P Maldonado (VEN) Williams 1'26.537 14 B Senna (BRA) Renault 1'26.651 15 RG Barrichello (BRA) Williams 1'27.247 16 V Petrov (RUS) Renault 1'26.319 17 K Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber 1'27.876 18 H Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus 1'28.565 19 J Trulli (ITA) Lotus 1'28.752 20 S Perez (MEX) Sauber 1'27.562 21 J d'Ambrosio (BEL) Virgin 1'30.866 22 T Glock (GER) Virgin 1'34.046 23 D Ricciardo (AUS) HRT 1'30.216 24 KRN Karthikeyan (IND) HRT 1'30.238
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10-29-2011, 08:40 AM #15
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10-29-2011, 08:47 AM #17
Thanks man, The articles i read made it seem he didn't run in Q3. I edited my post2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
10-29-2011, 08:59 AM #18
You are welcome.
No need to download the qualification, it was not really that intense.
Let's hope the race will be more exiting.
It should provide lots of overtaking with 2 DRS zones.There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works
10-29-2011, 07:23 PM #19
10-30-2011, 06:29 AM #20
Mid race standings:
1 Vettel Red Bull 33 1 2 Button McLaren 33 1 3 Webber Red Bull 33 1 4 Alonso Ferrari 33 1 5 Rosberg Mercedes-Benz 33 1 6 Schumacher Mercedes-Benz 33 1 7 Hamilton McLaren 33 2 8 Alguersuari Toro Rosso 33 1 9 Sutil Force India 33 1 10 Perez Sauber 33 1 11 Petrov Renault 33 2 12 Senna Renault 33 1 13 Kovalainen Lotus 33 1 14 di Resta Force India 33 2 15 Massa Ferrari 33 3 16 Ricciardo HRT 33 2 17 Barrichello Williams 33 1 18 Karthikeyan HRT 33 1 19 d'Ambrosio Virgin 33 1 20 Trulli Lotus 33 2 Buemi Toro Rosso 27 1 Maldonado Williams 13 0 Glock Virgin 3 2 Kobayashi Sauber 1 02010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
10-30-2011, 06:34 AM #21
Massa is out of the race with suspension failure after hitting a curb. Schumacher is catching Rosberg and cut the distance from 6 secs to 2.8. As usual, Vettel is tearing it up.2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
10-30-2011, 06:54 AM #22
Schumacher is able to get the undercut with pit stops and is now ahead of Rosberg in P5, 7 laps to go!2010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
10-30-2011, 07:09 AM #23
Race Results: Article to follow after the Mercedes GP interview
1 Vettel Red Bull 60 2 2 Button McLaren 60 2 3 Alonso Ferrari 60 2 4 Webber Red Bull 60 2 5 Schumacher Mercedes-Benz 60 2 6 Rosberg Mercedes-Benz 60 2 7 Hamilton McLaren 60 3 8 Alguersuari Toro Rosso 59 2 9 Sutil Force India 59 2 10 Perez Sauber 59 2 11 Petrov Renault 59 2 12 Senna Renault 59 2 13 di Resta Force India 59 3 14 Kovalainen Lotus 58 2 15 Barrichello Williams 58 2 16 d'Ambrosio Virgin 56 2 17 Karthikeyan HRT 56 2 18 Ricciardo HRT 56 3 19 Trulli Lotus 55 3 Massa Ferrari 35 3 Buemi Toro Rosso 27 1 Maldonado Williams 13 0 Glock Virgin 3 2 Kobayashi Sauber 1 02010 335i Coupe Le Mans Blue
10-30-2011, 07:10 AM #24
And Vettel has ticked all the boxes again. Pole, fastest lap and the race win.
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10-30-2011, 07:12 AM #25
Vettel also broke another record this race. He now is the race driver who has led the most laps in a GP season.
Beating the 1992 record of Nigel Mansell.
Also winning 21 races of the 79 he ever started. How's that for a CV?There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works