June 13, 2011
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Despite yesterday's win, Button has not won for McLaren in a dry race
The action-packed Canadian Grand Prix saw Jenson Button take his tenth career win. Here are more stats from this weekend:
- After breaking the 10,000 miles led barrier in Monaco, McLaren are set to break the 4,000 constructor’s points barrier in Valencia, currently on a total of 3,996.5.
- The safety car was deployed 6 times on race day – a new F1 record.
- Similarly, the race was the longest in Formula 1 history, at 4 hours, 4 minutes and 39.537 seconds. The previous record was the 1951 Indy 500, at just under 4 hours.
- Sebastian Vettel took his 21st pole position in his career. Only 9 drivers have more, with Michael Schumacher on top with 68.
- While Button has now won 3 races with McLaren, all of them have come in wet conditions.
- Along with both Lotus, HRT and Virgin drivers, Pastor Maldonado has not finished a single race distance this year.
- This race was the first ever that both Red Bulls and Toro Rossos were in the points. It is the first time in more than 2 years that both Toro Rossos have finished in the points.
- Vitantonio Liuzzi’s 13th place has given HRT their best ever result. While Lotus got 12th in last year’s Japanese Grand Prix, Virgin have never finished higher than 14th. The result pushes HRT alongside Lotus in the constructor’s championship – the first time they have not been in last place.
- The last time the lead of a race changed on the last lap was the 2005 Japanese Grand Prix. However, since Kimi Raikkonen had led that race earlier, the previous record for a race win having only led one lap stretches back to the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix.
June 10, 2011
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Fernando Alonso headed the field for Friday Practice 2 for the Canadian Grand Prix. His time of 1.15.107 was several tenths faster than the pole position time from Lewis Hamilton in 2010.
The session was blighted by three crashes within 20 minutes of each other. The first was when Adrian Sutil took off the front left suspension after hitting the wall at Turn 6.
The yellow flags were quickly put out, but the red flag was thrown soon, as Kamui Kobayashi slammed into the barriers at Turn 4.
The session restarted after 10 minutes, but a crash by Jerome D’Ambrosio in the exact same spot as Kobayashi disrupted the session yet again with another red flag.
Because the clock still runs under red flags in Friday Practice, Pedro de la Rosa’s running in the Sauber was ruined. A late replacement for Sergio, the C30 had to be modified for Pedro’s extra height, which cost him time. The red flags resulted in him barely getting any track time.
Paul di Resta impressed with 6th place, while both Mercedes cars lagged in 19th and 20th after struggling with their tyres.
Times from FP2:
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1.15.107 34
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1.15.476 0.369 29
3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1.15.601 0.494 33
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1.15.977 0.870 26
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1.15.989 0.882 25
6. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1.16.089 0.982 34
7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1.16.102 0.995 28
8. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1.16.324 1.217 32
9. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1.16.422 1.315 32
10. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1.16.687 1.580 28
11. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1.16.905 1.798 16
12. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1.16.941 1.834 39
13. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.17.051 1.944 32
14. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.17.684 2.577 34
15. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1.17.757 2.650 20
16. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1.18.470 3.363 33
17. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1.18.482 3.375 38
18. Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1.18.536 3.429 14
19. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1.18.601 3.494 38
20. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1.19.209 4.102 28
21. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1.19.810 4.703 25
22. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1.20.284 5.177 31
23. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1.20.311 5.204 38
24. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1.20.922 5.815 26
June 10, 2011
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Pedro de la Rosa, pictured here in 2010, will replace Sergio Perez in Canada
Pedro de la Rosa will replace Sergio Perez for the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.
Perez was involved in a heavy shunt in Monaco qualifying, and was ruled out of the race. He returned to the cockpit in Friday practice today, but withdrew after the first session, after he reported feeling sick.
As a precaution, the team have decided to replace him for this weekend. Regular test driver Esteban Gutierrez was not in Montreal this weekend, so he has lost his chance to drive an F1 car for the first time.
A statement from Perez reads as follows:
"Of course I wanted to drive and I had no doubt I was alright.
But apparently this is unfortunately not the case.
I am deeply disappointed. I spoke to the team after the session
and told them that I’m not a hundred per cent fit. I only want
to drive when I’m a hundred per cent well. I need some more time
McLaren have allowed their reserve driver De la Rosa the chance to drive the C30 this weekend.
De la Rosa drove for Peter Sauber’s outfit last year, before he was dumped with 5 races to go, and replaced by Nick Heidfeld.
June 10, 2011
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Rosberg led FP1 in Canada
Nico Rosberg led proceedings for first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix. A 1.15.591 was 2.5 seconds faster than the fastest lap set in FP1 last year.
However, the main highlight of the session was Sebastian Vettel crashing out with half an hour to go.
The Red Bull driver locked up at the final chicane, and slid into the “Wall of Champions”, notorious for crashes in the past. As well as losing valuable track time, the team also lost a new front wing which was on Vettel’s car.
Onboard with Vettel as he slams into the Wall of Champions
The session was littered with incidents as the track was still in its “green” stage. Nick Heidfeld, Paul di Resta, Michael Schumacher, Mark Webber, Narain Karthikeyan, Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa all had off-track moments.
The first hour was spent testing Pirelli’s medium tyre to be used in Valencia, and soon focus switched to the soft compound. The super-soft compound was not used in this session.
Times from FP1:
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1.15.591 32
2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1.16.139 0.548 27
3. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1.16.549 0.958 30
4. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1.16.658 1.067 26
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1.16.676 1.085 20
6. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1.16.842 1.251 19
7. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1.16.990 1.399 28
8. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1.17.294 1.703 26
9. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1.17.445 1.854 28
10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1.17.549 1.958 20
11. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1.17.662 2.071 27
12. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1.17.820 2.229 30
13. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.18.458 2.867 31
14. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1.18.506 2.915 15
15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.18.648 3.057 35
16. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1.18.852 3.261 8
17. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1.18.932 3.341 20
18. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1.19.274 3.683 29
19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1.19.422 3.831 30
20. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1.19.577 3.986 26
21. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1.19.838 4.247 31
22. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1.19.960 4.369 23
23. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1.20.520 4.929 21
24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1.20.839 5.248 27
June 10, 2011
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Heads of the Bahrain International Circuit have given in to mounting pressure and announced that they will not persue holding a Grand Prix in Bahrain in 2011.
In recent days the FIA announced that the Bahrain event would return to the calendar, moving into India’s original spot. However, Max Mosley, Bernie Ecclestone and FOTA all agreed to oppose the event. Their argument was that unanimous agreement was needed in order to change race dates, which was never going to be achieved.
After months of critisism from international media, the circuit organisers have conceded that a race will not occur there in 2011.
Circuit chairman Zayed Alzayani has announced:
"Whilst Bahrain would have been delighted to see the Grand Prix progress on October
30th in-line with the World Motor Sport Council’s decision, it has been made clear
that this fixture cannot progress and we fully respect that decision.
Bahrain has always sought to play a positive role in the continued development of
Formula One, from pioneering F1 racing in the Middle East, to helping other countries
in facilitating their own races in new territories, as well as providing our own
unique experience and universal welcome to Grand Prix supporters.
Bahrain has absolutely no desire to see a race which would further extends the
calendar season detract from the enjoyment of F1 for either drivers, teams or
supporters. We want our role in Formula One to continue to be as positive and
constructive as it has always been, therefore, in the best interest of the sport,
we will not pursue the rescheduling of a race this season.
We look forward to welcoming teams, their drivers and supporters back to Bahrain
next year and would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our supporters, including
staff, volunteers, sponsors, private businesses and the general public, for whom I
know this year’s decision will be a disappointment. We would also especially like to
thank the FIA, FOM, The Bahrain Motor Federation (BMF) and the teams for all support
and understanding they have extended to us at this time."
While it will not be confirmed for a while, it is almost certain that the Indian Grand Prix will now be returned to its original October 30th date.
June 9, 2011
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There will be 2 DRS zones in Canada
The FIA has confirmed that drivers will be allowed to use Drag Reduction System in two locations for the Canadian Grand Prix.
However, both zones will be served by only one detection point, situated just before L’Epingle hairpin.
The two DRS zones are almost right next to each other. The first activation zone is on the back straight (approx. 800 metres), and the second is the entire length of the pit straight, just one corner later.
As these two zones are close together, the advantage will be hugely in favour of car behind. If it is able to pass before the final hairpin, then the second DRS zone will give the driver a clear lead into the first corner of each lap.
June 6, 2011
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Pirelli's medium tyre will be tested in Canada and debuted in Valencia
Pirelli’s revised medium compound tyre will be available for testing by the teams in Canada next weekend.
Friday Practice sessions 1 and 2 will see the first running of the medium tyre in 2011 (in an official session). This compound was originally tested in Valencia in February testing, but was dropped after complaints of heavy wear after a few laps.
In the actual race in Canada, Pirelli will bring the soft and super-softs. Valencia will see the debut of the medium tyre, alongside the super-soft. Britain will see the hard tyre used in Spain return, as well as the soft compound.
The objective of this new medium tyre is to keep the same performance as the original mediums, but with a longer life.
Compounds used so far in 2011 race-by race: