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2012 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Bram Hengeveld, Mar 29, 2012.

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  1. Bram Hengeveld

    Bram Hengeveld
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    The Track
    Circuit Name: Shanghai International Circuit
    Circuit Length: 5.451 km
    Race Distance: 305.066 km (56 laps)
    Lap Record: 1:32.238 - Michael Schumacher (2004)

    Time Table
    Friday 13 April 2012
    02:00 GMT Practice 1
    06:00 GMT Practice 2

    Saturday 14 April 2012
    03:00 GMT Practice 3
    06:00 GMT Qualifying

    Sunday 15 April 2012
    07:00 GMT Race

    Teams & Drivers
    Red Bull
    Engines: Renault
    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Mark Webber

    McLaren
    Engines: Mercedes
    3. Jenson Button
    4. Lewis Hamilton

    Ferrari
    Engines: Ferrari
    5. Fernando Alonso
    6. Felipe Massa

    Mercedes
    Engines: Mercedes
    7. Michael Schumacher
    8. Nico Rosberg

    Lotus
    Engines: Renault
    9. Kimi Raikkonen
    10. Romain Grosjean

    Force India
    Engines: Mercedes
    11. Paul di Resta
    12. Nico Hulkenberg

    Sauber
    Engines: Ferrari
    14. Kamui Kobayashi
    15. Sergio Perez

    Toro Rosso
    Engines: Ferrari
    16. Daniel Ricciardo
    17. Jean-Eric Vergne

    Williams
    Engines: Renault
    18. Pastor Maldonado
    19. Bruno Senna

    Caterham
    Engines: Renault
    20. Heikki Kovalainen
    21. Vitaly Petrov

    HRT
    Engines: Cosworth
    22. Narain Karthikeyan
    23. Pedro de la Rosa

    Marussia
    Engines: Cosworth
    24. Timo Glock
    25. Charles Pic

    2012 Standings
    Click here

    2011 Winner
    Lewis Hamilton (McLaren - Mercedes)

    2011 Onboard
    Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP)
     
  2. Hampus Andersson

    Hampus Andersson

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    F1 2011 and 2010 has literally destroyed youtube with their shitty onboard videos of a shitty game.
    [/rant]

    Mclaren has done good here, i expect Hamilton on Pole once again, possibly edged my Schumacher but i think he will either get front row or second row.
    I also hope he banks this one, there´s two races where things haven´t went well for him so i hope he can lead this one from start/finish.

    I think Red Bull will be slightly closer in this qual as well.
     
  3. Scott Webber

    Scott Webber

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    HD Quality Pictures will make it's debut here in this thread, all thanks to the wonderfull BBC who do this for free on their BBC1 Channel.

    Bring it on, i love this track!
     
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  4. Diego Lopez

    Diego Lopez

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    my least favorite track to even drivea car in....no grip whatsoever :confused:

    by the way....why the wait .... it should of been this weekend :mad:
     
  5. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
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    Let the guys working 16 hours a day for 5-6 days during a race weekend have some rest :)

    EDIT: Just to clarify, after all, people might pick on trivia. I know a race weekend goes over 3 days ( or 4 in Monaco, because there are practice Thursday). But many guys in the team, does set up all the stuff in the garage, the motorhome etc. and does indeed work 5-6 days the weeks there are a race. :)
     
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  6. Michael Brown

    Michael Brown

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    Don't know if that's an April fools joke, but doesn't China know the Force India driver they're supposed to keep out is Adrian Sutil?
     
  7. Hampus Andersson

    Hampus Andersson

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    It´s most definitely a joke. It has to be.
     
  8. Jordi Casademunt

    Jordi Casademunt

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    Dear China, I'm warning you. Don't get The Hulk angry. You won't like him when he's angry.
     
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  9. Manuel De Samaniego

    Manuel De Samaniego
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  10. Markus Neumann

    Markus Neumann

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    First good April's fool joke I've seen today :)
     
  11. Georgios Davakos

    Georgios Davakos

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    Have you seen youtubes april's fool joke? (I found it very clever :p )
    Link: http://www.youtube.com/theyoutubecollection

    (sorry for off-topic but I just had to mention it)
     
  12. Dmitry Zaharov

    Dmitry Zaharov

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    Full lap


    That T1 is endless
     
  13. James Maskell

    James Maskell
    "Remember the name! Tommy Vercetti!"

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    Wow he's back!!!!! Hey Dmitry :)
     
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  14. Kennett Ylitalo

    Kennett Ylitalo

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    I hate that T1-2 combo... At the start of lap, your tires are getting very hot and then the car looses grip on the rest of it... "We want it to be just like Malesia but longer..." And the fact that the whole track is modelled after a chinese letter, what a crappy circuit. "The track layout was inspired from the Chinese character shang (上) the first character in the name of the city Shanghai, meaning "above" or "ascend"."

    [​IMG]

    EDIT Hmm, i thought that it's T1-2 but it seems to be for some strange reason T1-3... The only place where it gets even remotely interesting is T8.. And their website is in Chinese only.. That's just awful..

    EDIT2: lol, just hear the description of a lap:
    - very long right-hander
    - sharp left-hander
    - short right-hander straight... up to 7th gear
    - hairpin
    - long, fast left-hander
    - long, fast right-hander.
    - two fairly sharp, medium speed left handers
    - short straight.
    - sharp, slow left-hander
    - long, fast right-hander which is classified as two turns by the designer, Hermann Tilke.
    - very long back straight, the longest in Formula One, at 1170m.
    - hairpin.
    - fast left-hander to finish
     
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  15. Hampus Andersson

    Hampus Andersson

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    It´s a technical track i give you that.

    For me i like the T1-3 complex with the super fast entry downshifting and braking while turning harder and harder only to take a wide entry into T3 and power out.

    T5-T6 uneventful but out of T6 is where the fun starts, really fast T7 and part T8.
    Then T12-T13 which is banked is pretty cool i have to say.

    Apart from that there´s nothing really driver pleasure in it. 100% a technical track, which usually provides some good racing because of that.
     
  16. Ho3n3r

    Ho3n3r

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    Nice track to drive, and with DRS provides good racing.

    However, without DRS, it might just be the most boring of them all.
     
  17. Markus Neumann

    Markus Neumann

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    Is the DRS zone already set? Same as last year? Because personally I'd prefer it on the pit straight, it's just too strong on the back straight and on the pit straight it would provide more overtaking maneuvers like Hamilton vs Button...
     
  18. Ho3n3r

    Ho3n3r

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    That's why they'll have it only in the last half of the back straight, like last year.

    I still go for getting rid of DRS.
     
  19. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

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    I think they should have a single-detection before the back straight, then activation zones in the second half of the straight then again on the pit straight.
     
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