Daily Archives: February 11, 2010

11th February: Testing results

Kamui Kobayashi put in a low-fuel run near the end of today’s testing, to take the fastest lap of today’s running in Jerez.

Sebastien Buemi had led for most of the day, with a 1.20.026, but Kobayashi’s lap of 1.19.950 was enough to see him on top. However, there was concern at Virgin, where Timo Glock had a “front wing mounting problem”, which basically ment the front wing fell off. This was only after 11 laps, and even worse, there was a shortage of components, which meant that the team will have to wait until tomorrow to continue testing. Glock has managed a miserable 16 laps in 2 days, and has finished last on both occasions.

Back at the top, Jenson Button was behind Kobayashi and Buemi in third (1.20.618), and was followed by Hulkenberg, Liuzzi, Schumacher, Alonso, Kubica, Webber and then Glock.

There was another problem, however, in the form of yesterday’s intermediate tyres wearing too quickly. Many of the drivers were today complaining about excessive wear on the tyres, even when the track was saturated with water. Nico Hulkenberg said:

“Even though we were picking up a lot of water on the track they still seemed too soft. They were wearing a lot quite quickly.”

Jenson Button, however, believes the problem is with the Jerez circuit itself:

“It’s quite an abrasive surface here. The wet tyre felt like it would last forever but the intermediate had a much shorter lifespan. I think that was the same for everyone. It’s about keeping a balance so you’re not destroying one end. It is an abrasive surface and layout here and we saw the same thing last year.”

On another subject, Hulkenberg has said that there is definitely a power increase with this year’s Cosworth engine, compared to last year’s Toyota one. He said:

“It’s good, I’m very positively surprised about it. There’s been no issues with reliability and drive-ability’s very good. It feels better, it feels stronger [than the Toyota].”

Times from today’s test:

Driver Team Car Fastest lap Difference # of laps
1. K. Kobayashi Sauber C25 1.19.950 103
2. S. Buemi Toro Rosso STR5 1.20.026 +0.076 121
3. J. Button McLaren MP4-25 1.20.618 +0.668 83
4. N. Hulkenberg Williams FW32 1.20.629 +0.679 67
5. V. Liuzzi Force India VJM03 1.20.754 +0.804 80
6. M. Schumacher Mercedes W01 1.21.003 +1.133 124
7. F. Alonso Ferrari F10 1.21.424 +1.474 129
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R. Kubica

M. Webber

T. Glock

Renault

Red Bull

Virgin

R30

RB6

VR-01

1.22.003

1.22.043

1.29.964

+2.053

+2.093

+10.014

103

99

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Pictures from today’s testing:

Silverstone confirms “Arena” circuit for 2010

Silverstone's layout for 2010

Silverstone's layout for 2010

The “Arena” version of Silverstone circuit has been approved by Formula 1 Managment, meaning the new layout will host the British Grand Prix in 2010.

Silverstone is currently undergoing redovelopment to coincide with the new circuit, and will be completed in the next few months. It is believed that it was the redevelopment of the facilities of Silverstone that convinced FOM to allow the circuit onto the calendar. We all know that Ecclestone has been complaining about Silverstone’s poor facilities for quite a while now, so he must have been eager to take up this opportunity. However, the new paddock and pits will only be completed for the 2011 race.

As I have previously stated, the corners Bridge, Priory, and Abbey, replacing them with two straights separated by a slow corner. There will be 17 corners, instead of the previous 18, and there will be probably 52 laps instead of 60.

Last year’s pole position was set by Sebastian Vettel, a 1.19.509. It has been predicted that this year’s pole lap will be around 1.23.130. This is mainly because of the increasing of the track’s length from 5.14km to 5.9km.

The managing dorector of Silverstone, Richard Phillips, said:

“The new sections of circuit were initially brought in to comply with Moto GP safety regulations, but the ‘Arena Complex’ was always designed with both two and four-wheeled racing in mind. We have been very careful, working closely with drivers and riders, to make sure we are improving and enhancing what Silverstone already has to offer – from a drivers, riders and spectators point of view.”

“Some will miss not seeing modern day F1 cars accelerating through Bridge, but we have to move with the times and continue looking at ways to improve the overall experience. The new layout will bring an extra dimension to Silverstone, a new challenge for the drivers, and will enable fans to get closer to the action. We have a very exciting year ahead of us, with F1, MotoGP and World Superbikes all coming to Silverstone, and I can’t wait to see how the drivers and riders tackle the new circuit.”

The overall cost of the redovelopment of Silverstone is estimated at around £5m.

Just a thought: Paris Grand Prix?

A few days back, I said that I would be going off to Paris for a few days. User pickle92 suggested that I keep a look out for ideas for the new French GP while I was there. At first, it didn’t seem like it could be done, having a Paris GP, but I noticed a few things while I was there. Just be aware that this is all my personal musings and nothing near what will ever be planned for an F1 circuit…

We were on buses a lot of the time, and I found out that many of the boulevards are certainly wide enough for an F1 circuit. At the moment, nowhere near flat enough, but this can be changed. It turns out that many of the roads in Paris in the 19th century were widened by Napoleon the 3rd, to prevent assasination attempts on his carriage. The roads have changed little since, so they are probably wide enough.

One of these examples is the Rue de la Vilette, about 2 miles away from the Champs Elysées, and just inside the Boulevard Périphérique. The current road is lined with trees on either side, so it’s not lacking in terms of scenery. Now, of course, safety regulations would mean that this would have to be adjusted a bit to make it safer, but it may still be a scenic straight to race on.

Also, my design would incorporate the Rue de Flandres. Now, I’ll be honest, it’s not the best place to be! However, the tree lining is still in place for part of the straight. Also, afterwards, the circuit would move onto a small section of the Boulevard Périphérique. The corner connecting the two is similar to the Curva Parabolica, except a bit sharper in turn-in. After a short straight, it would branch off into the Parc de la Butte Rouge, which would feature a long chicane, to slow the cars after the two straights. The track would then turn quickly right, then a slow 90 degree right corner, leading onto the longest straight (1.4 miles), on the Rue de Belleville.

After this, there would be a hard braking zone, another 90 degree right, as an overtaking opportunty. The circuit would then rejoin the Rue de la Vilette, where there would be two right jinks before rejoining the Rue de la Flandres.

I’ve already stated that this is nowhere near a properly planned F1 circuit, but since I was in Paris, I decided I might as well give it a try. There are many obvious problems with this design though. Grandstands would be impossible to place, for example. Also, as Paris goes, there are more glamorous places to go. Still, I was staying in that area, and I figured I might as well incorporate the place into the design.

The map of the circuit is availble at http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3468133. It’s just my plans laid out on Google Maps, but let me know what you think anyways. If you have any designs for circuits yourselves on gmap-pedometer, post the link here and we can all compare.

Picture of my design:

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