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    Originally posted by shicne
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      Vettel to stay at Red Bull untill 2014

      Red Bull have announced on Monday that Sebastian Vettel will continue to drive for the team until the end of the 2014 season. Last year, at just 23 years-old, Vettel became the sport's youngest-ever world champion after scoring 10 pole positions, five victories and 256 points in the team's RB6.

      "The reason why I'll stay until 2014 with Red Bull Racing is that I feel very comfortable in the team," he told Red Bull's official website on Monday morning. "I am proud to be part of the team, and I am proud of what we have achieved so far and will achieve together in the future."

      Originally posted by shicne
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        Kubica's operation

        Following an initial operation on his right forearm, Kubica underwent a second bout of surgery on his foot, shoulder, humerus, and anterior elbow last Friday. Wednesday's third operation treated the complex fracture to his elbow.

        The operation lasted eight hours in order to stabilise and reconstruct the damaged fragments of the delicate joint structure, explained the Renault team in a statement.At the end of the surgery, the doctors were pleased with the outcome, with the procedure being completed successfully.

        Rossello asay'd that it would be around a week before the success of the operation could be judged fully, warning that the Polish driver is likely to face an extended rehabilitation period, possibly 12 months, to regain full use of his hand.
        Originally posted by shicne
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          Pre season testings before Barcelona:

          Well, the perceived wisdom is that Red Bull and Ferrari almost certainly have the edge at the moment. Just in terms of mileage, they are way ahead of rivals. Ferrari have covered around 5,200 kilometres; Red Bull 4,400. And aside from an oil leak at the first session in Valencia and a few niggles in Barcelona, Ferrari's F150th Italia has boasted remarkable reliability. Red Bull too have run into very few issues, with just one day of the 11 days they've completed interrupted significantly. The pace of both teams has been strong and consistent, with Red Bull seemingly leading the way. Perhaps no surprise then that both also appear quietly confident, especially with further upgrades coming before the Australian season opener.

          Red Bull's closest rivals in 2010, McLaren, seem at first glance to be on much shakier ground. They certainly don't appear to have the pace of the blue or red cars, but this could be down to differing priorities, with McLaren openly admitting that one of theirs has been gathering data for simulation work. Perhaps more worrying is that McLaren are way down the mileage order - ninth of the 12 teams - having racked up around 2,500 kilometres with the new MP4-26 - less than half Ferrari's tally.The car's late launch date clearly contributed (McLaren used their 2010 car at the first test), but a succession of reliability niggles have dented their pre-season preparations. The MP4-26 is clearly a complex car, perhaps why the teething problems have been more pronounced.

          Mercedes seem struck by a similar malady. From the outset the MGP W02 appeared distinctly lacking in both pace and reliability. Still, thanks to an early launch, the team have collected around 4,300 kilometres of running, and recent developments to the car seemed to make a real difference at the last test in Barcelona.

          Of all the new cars, Renault's R31 has raised the most eyebrows. Its black and gold livery and - more importantly - its innovative forward-facing exhausts are striking, and judging by its test performance, the R31 could just drag the team back into title contention this year. It's not all been smooth running - the team have managed 3,700 kilometres after a series of issues, predominantly KERS-related.

          Innovation has also been the watchword at Williams. The FW33's short gearbox and extremely compact rear-end packaging has been widely discussed and the aggressive design has boosted the British team's confidence, even if its on-track potential arguably remains unproven. If Williams can harness that potential it would be difficult for rivals to copy and could well haul them back out of the midfield pack.

          Another quietly confident midfield team is Sauber. Undoubtedly helped by its Ferrari engine, KERS system and comparable rear aero package, the C30 looks a worthy charge for 2010's stand-out rookie Kamui Kobayashi, who believes he will be able to score points at most races. Kobayashi';s new team mate, rookie Sergio Perez, may regret his time-sapping crash during the Jerez test, but he - and the team - look full of promise relative to 2010.

          Going into their second season without the creative nous of sister team Red Bull, Toro Rosso have managed to design a striking - and seemingly quick - car single-handedly. The Italian team have completed around 3,700 kilometres of testing and with Jaime Alguersuari clocking the second-quickest time on day two in Barcelona, the STR6, complete with its unusually high sidepods and "dual floor design", seems to have reliability and pace.

          With Williams, Sauber and Toro Rosso apparently making gains over the winter, Force India could be in danger of losing out come Australia. As the last team bar HRT to launch their 2011 car, they only got round to sampling their new KERS system for the first time on the final day of the third test in Barcelona. But their overall tally of around 3,700 test kilometres is none too shoddy, and now convinced of the VJM04"s stability, the team are targeting a significant performance boost at the final test.

          Lotus appear to be leading the way among the new teams, aided and abetted no doubt by their new Renault engine-Red Bull gearbox package. The T128 hasn"t been a paragon of reliability (2,400 kilometres completed), but in terms of pace it seems to have lifted the team clear of nearest rivals Virgin and their solid but slower MVR-02. Finally, HRT"s 2011 car, the F111, has yet to make an on-track appearance, but at least the team appear pleased with how new signing Narain Karthikeyan is fitting in, as the Indian reacquaints himself with F1 performance levels five years on from his last Grand Prix.

          One area in which we have learnt plenty, however, is tyres.
          Last edited by fc arges; 16-03-11, 20:16.
          Originally posted by shicne
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            WMSC modify tyre usage and safety car rules

            At certain events, one additional specification of dry weather tyre may be made available to all teams for evaluation purposes. Teams will be informed about such an additional specification at least one week before the start of the relevant event. Two sets of these tyres will be allocated to each driver for use during P1 and P2, and any such tyres must be returned to the tyre supplier before the start of P3.

            One additional set of prime; specification tyres may be made available to all drivers. Teams will be informed about such an additional set at least one week before the start of the relevant event. In this instance, the additional set will be available for use during P1 and P2. One set of prime tyres must then be returned to the tyre supplier after P1, and two further sets of prime and one set of option specification tyres returned before the start of P3.

            The safety car speed limit (an approximate 40 percent decrease in lap time) will now be enforced over two laps instead of one. The purpose is to ensure that cars are driven at a safe speed until they reach the safety car.

            During a safety car period the pit exit light will remain green for the duration, unless the race is subsequently suspended.

            Other than when the safety car has been asked to use the pit lane, no car may enter the pits while the safety car is deployed unless it is for the purpose of changing tyres.
            Last edited by fc arges; 16-03-11, 12:45.
            Originally posted by shicne
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              2011 season changes

              With moveable rear wings, a new tyre supplier, the return of KERS, a 107 percent qualifying rule and more, there are plenty of regulation changes that will have a major impact on the Formula One field in 2011;

              Adjustable rear wings
              Under new moveable bodywork regulations, drivers of suitably equipped cars can adjust the rear wing from the pit, altering its angle of incidence through a set range. (The moveable front wing, used in 2010, has been dropped.) The system's availability is electronically governed - it can be used at any time in practice and qualifying, but during the race can only be activated when a driver is less than one second behind another car at pre-determined points on the track. The system is then deactivated once the driver brakes. In combination with KERS, it is designed to boost overtaking. Also like KERS, it isn't compulsory.

              No F-ducts or double diffusers
              Any system, device or procedure which uses driver movement as a means of altering the aerodynamic characteristics of the car is prohibited from 2011 - that means no F-ducts. Tightening of the regulations on stepped floors means double diffusers in their original sense are also banned.

              A badge of honour for some, a bugbear for others on its debut in 2009, KERS - or Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems - have been reintroduced in 2011 after the teams mutually agreed to suspend their use in 2010. KERS take the waste energy generated under braking and turns it into additional power. This is then made available to the driver in fixed quantities per lap via a steering wheel-mounted boost button. The systems are essentially the same as those seen in 09, with no increase in the maximum permitted power (though that could change in subsequent seasons). The challenge for the engineers this time round is packaging. Last time KERS was run, refuelling was legal. Now, with it banned, fuel tanks are larger and finding room to accommodate battery packs etc is not as easy. Hence don't be surprised if bodywork has grown in places, relative to 2010. On the plus side, minimum car weight has been upped by 20kg to 640kg, meaning larger drivers don't pay the weight-distribution penalty they once did in a KERS-equipped car.

              Wheel tethers
              In response to several stray wheels over the course of the 2010 season, teams must now place a second tether on every wheel to improve safety. The two tethers must be contained in separate suspension members.

              Following Bridgestone's decision to withdraw at the end of 2010 after 13 years in Formula One, Pirelli take over as the sport's sole tyre supplier. The Italian company, last part of F1 in 1991, will provide all teams with rubber for the next three years.

              Tyre allocation has been reduced for 2011, with 11 rather than 14 sets of dry-weather tyres available to each driver per race weekend. Drivers will receive three sets (two prime, one option) to use in P1 and P2 and must return one set after each session. A further eight sets will then be at their disposal for the rest of the weekend, although one set of each specification must be handed back before qualifying.

              If a driver fails to use both specifications of dry-weather tyres during a (dry) race, they will be excluded from the results. If a (dry) race is suspended and can't be restarted, and a driver has failed to use both specifications, 30 seconds will be added to the driver's race time.

              As part of the sport's cost-saving and environmental initiatives, gearboxes now need to last for five race weekends, instead of the previous four.

              107% qualifying rule
              During the first phase of qualifying, any driver who fails to set a lap within 107 percent of the fastest Q1 time will not be allowed to start the race. However, in exceptional circumstances, which could include a driver setting a suitable time during practice, the stewards may permit the car to start.

              Team curfew
              A clampdown on long working hours has been introduced, with a curfew on team personnel connected with the operation of the cars. They will not be allowed into the circuit between midnight and 6am when practice is scheduled to start at 10am the following day, or between 1am and 7am when practice starts at 11am. Each team is permitted four individual exceptions to this rule during the season.

              Stewards now have the power to impose a wider range of penalties for driving and other rule transgressions. Added to their armoury are time penalties, the right to exclude drivers from race results, or suspend them from subsequent events.

              Team orders
              The clause in the sporting regulations banning team orders has been removed.
              Originally posted by shicne
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                Classification (this will suck for our bets...or not!!)

                A commonly asked question is how drivers can be given a placing in the official race results even though they retired before the end of the race. The explanation can be found within the FIA regulations regarding classification.

                These state that any driver who completed at least 90 per cent of the race distance will be classified, whether or not he was running when the winner took the chequered flag.

                If a race is stopped before the full distance and a result is declared, the classification will reflect the race order at the end of the lap two laps prior to that on which the race was stopped (see 'Suspending and resuming a race'). For example, if a race is stopped on lap 60, the classification will be as it was at the end of lap 58.
                Last edited by fc arges; 16-03-11, 12:51.
                Originally posted by shicne
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                  Suspending and resuming a race

                  If a race is suspended because of an accident or poor track conditions then red flags will be shown around the circuit. When this happens, the pit exit will be closed and all cars on track must proceed slowly to grid without overtaking and then stop in staggered formation with the first car to arrive taking up pole position. Any driver pitting after the red flag signal will be given a drive-through penalty.

                  The safety car will then be driven to the front of the queue. While the race is suspended team members may come onto the track to work on the cars, but refuelling is not allowed.

                  Cars that were already in the pits when the red flag signal was given may be worked on there. These cars, and any that enter the pits while the race is suspended, may only rejoin the track once the race has been resumed.

                  At least a ten-minute warning will be given before the race is resumed behind the safety car, which will lead the field for one lap before pulling into the pits. As usual, overtaking behind the safety car is forbidden, unless a driver is delayed when leaving the grid, forcing others to pass. In this case, the delayed driver may repass those cars in order to regain his original position. If he fails to regain that position before the end of the lap, he must pit and rejoin the race once the field have passed the pit exit.

                  If for whatever reason it is impossible to resume the race, the rules state that the results will be taken at the end of the penultimate lap before the lap during which the signal to suspend the race was given.
                  Originally posted by shicne
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                    Tyre's and pit stops

                    One of the important things that will be for this season are the tyre's who are less durable than their Bridgestone predecessors, we could see drivers make three or more dashes into the pit lane for new rubber during the course of a Grand Prix.From the one-stop strategies that became the norm last season, it is something of a sea change for the sport and a real boon for fans. Time and time again, we've seen races won or lost in the pit lane and with more opportunities for pit-lane successes or failures in 2011, it will come as no surprise that most teams have had their nose to the grindstone repeatedly rehearsing pit stops during the pre-season tests
                    Last edited by fc arges; 16-03-11, 20:02.
                    Originally posted by shicne
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                      Michael & Nico's press conference(16.03.2011) *

                      My feeling is a good one, Schumacher told Mercedes GP's official website. The team has been working very hard over the winter to shape our car in all of the areas which had been identified by us as needing improvement. As a driver, you obviously hope for a good step forward and I think this is what we have achieved.

                      "I am confident that we can compete for podium finishes, and I am hopeful we can fight for victories at some of the races. Saying that, we will only see the truth once the season gets underway, so I can hardly wait to go to Melbourne to finally see what the real picture is.

                      Over four winter tests, Mercedes GP have completed 5759 kilometres of running, which equates to just under 19 race distances. At the most recent session, which took place at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya last week, a new upgrade package appeared to pay off and Rosberg is optimistic the revised car has the potential to succeed.

                      We've made good progress over the four tests,Rosberg explained. It's perhaps been a more difficult winter than we expected but everyone has worked really hard and pushed on with the new upgrades so that we have the car that we want for the start of the season. We haven't got the fastest car yet but we are going in the right direction.

                      The handling is better, the car has more grip, and is generally more fun to drive. We are certainly looking much better this year and our main target is to improve on our performances from last year. We have a good platform to do that.
                      Originally posted by shicne
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                        Unofficial test times

                        Barcelona day one - Webber sets the standard for Red Bull

                        1. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:22.544, 97 laps
                        2. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:22.910, 74
                        3. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:22.937, 27
                        4. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:24.117, 90
                        5. Nick Heidfeld, Renault, 1:24.735, 20
                        6. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:25.039, 38
                        7. Davide Valsecchi, Lotus, 1:25.406, 50
                        8. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:26.004, 48
                        9. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:26.030, 31
                        10. Luiz Razia, Lotus, 1:26.723, 29
                        11. Jerome D'Ambrosio, Virgin, 1:32.060, 57

                        Barcelona day two - Red Bull reign again as Vettel takes top slot

                        1. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:21.865, 112 laps
                        2. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:22.396, 120
                        3. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:22.670, 116
                        4. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:22.888, 57
                        5. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:23.324, 101
                        6. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:24.334, 118
                        7. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:24.436, 107
                        8. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:25.807, 100
                        9. Jarno Trulli, Lotus, 1:26.090, 98
                        10. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:26.989, 29
                        11. Jerome D'Ambrosio, Virgin, 1:28.982, 64

                        Barcelona day three - Sauber's Perez ousts Red Bull

                        1. Sergio Perez, Sauber, 1:21.761, 95 laps
                        2. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:22.092, 132
                        3. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:22.466, 97
                        4. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:22.637, 105
                        5. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:22.892, 89
                        6. Nick Heidfeld, Renault, 1:23.541, 32
                        7. Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, 1:23.990, 40
                        8. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:24.233, 24
                        9. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:24.334, 108
                        10. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:24.779, 107
                        11. Jerome D'Ambrosio, Virgin, 1:27.336, 96
                        12. Jarno Trulli, Lotus, 1:34.485, six

                        Barcelona day four - Schumacher on top for Mercedes GP

                        1. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:21.249, 67 laps
                        2. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:21.614, 141
                        3. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:21.788, 22
                        4. Nick Heidfeld, Renault, 1:22.073, 67
                        5. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:22.233, 89
                        6. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:22.315, 98
                        7. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:22.675, 72
                        8. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:22.933, 64
                        9. Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, 1:23.437, 138
                        10. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:22.653, 42
                        11. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:23.921, 26
                        12. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:24.108, 11
                        13. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:25.837, 57
                        14. Jerome D'Ambrosio, Virgin, 1:27.375, 46

                        Barcelona day five - Rosberg heads washed-out final day

                        1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:43.814, 35 laps
                        2. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:44.333, 23
                        3. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:44.560, 33
                        4. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, no time, 5
                        5. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, no time, 5
                        Last edited by fc arges; 16-03-11, 20:17.
                        Originally posted by shicne
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                          Ferrari amend 2011 car name

                          Ferrari have made a further revision to the name of their 2011 car after settling a dispute with Ford. It will now be known as the 150° Italia.

                          The car was launched as the F150 in late January, but the moniker prompted objections from Ford, who produce a best-selling pick-up truck of the same name in the US. In response Ferrari announced the car would become known by its full title, the F150th Italia.

                          Now, with Ford having withdrawn the threat of legal action, Ferrari have made a final tweak, dropping the "F" prefix and changing the English "th" to the Italian equivalent. The name is a tribute to the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.
                          Originally posted by shicne
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                            F1 2011 Preview

                            Had to read it. I always do though. The hardest part is that they started the preview chapters so far in advance, too much anticipation going on now.



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