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2012 Chinese Grand Prix Preview

From: Myron L
Sent on: Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:32 PM

2012 Formula One Season

Race: Chinese Grand Prix
Track: Shanghai International Circuit
Lap Distance: 5.451km / 3.387m
Number of Laps: 56
Race Distance:[masked]km /[masked]m
Top Speed: 316kph / 196mph
Average Speed: 204kph / 126mph
Average Corner Speed: 145kph / 90mph
Full Throttle: 56%
Brake Wear: Low to Medium
Aero Downforce: High
Tire Usage: Medium / High
Pit Lane Lose (approx): 24 seconds
Fuel used per lap: 2.7kg / lap
Fuel laptime penalty: 0.03 s/10kg

Key Issues – low grip, bumpy track, weather conditions and limited overtaking

Hi F1 Fans, we are back for what could be back to back racing. First up is the Chinese Grand Prix. As in the past we have explained this track is meant to resemble the shape of the Chinese Character “shang” meaning above. Traditionally there hasn’t be much overtaking at this circuit, but with the new technical regulations (and more overtaking having already happened compared to this time last year) we are fairly certain teams will be overtaking each other as they struggle for grip exiting the corners. The tires for the race will be Pirelli Zero White: medium and Yellow: soft. The asphalt of the track isn’t very aggressive and the temperatures tend not to be as high, which could mean there isn’t a whole of tire wear.

The track contains six high speed stretches, five slow turns and three ideal corners for overtaking. These are turns 6, 9, and 14 – where most people expect overtaking as drivers brake from the back straight. Overall this track is very technical and has a mix of slow and fast corners. So it’s very important for teams when setting up the car, the right compromise has to be found so that the car is well balanced throughout the lap. The track isn’t completely hard on the brakes, but drivers will need to have a stable car to attack the corners under braking and then will need to be able to apply the power smoothly to utilize all available traction out of a slow corner. While the track isn’t hard on the brakes, drivers still can achieve 5G’s for force when braking from the front straight approaching turn 1 or approaching turn 14. Comparing this race to the Malaysian Grand Prix drivers could be in for the same storm according to preliminary weather reports.

The most unique feature and critical point of this track is turn 1. It is very quick on the entry but tightens very quickly into turn 2, which is a never-ending right-hander, where drivers stay on the brakes longer than usual. Then the corner flicks to the left in what is a very tight left-hander (turn 3 - may actually be in 1st gear). This first sequence of corners is very technical, and it’s easy for drivers to lose time here. It’s important to note the length of these feature corners turns 1 & 2 (closes) and turns 12 & 13 (opens). To have a good lap here, drivers will need to have a very good aerodynamic balance, straight-line speed for the two main straights and good car stability. The main strategy for drivers this weekend is to be consistent to help pressure the leading driver into a mistake.

If you’re in the New York City Area please join us to watch Live round 3 of the 2012 season at Feile Bar - We hope to see you there!

Sunday April 15th @ 3AM (EST) with the pre-race show starting at 2:30AM at
Feile Bar & Restaurant
131 West 33rd St (btw 6th and 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10001

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