F1 Boss, Bernie Ecclestone, announced today that the Indian Grand Prix is in doubt for 2014. With a cap of 20 races next year and 3 new races confirmed there have been a lot of speculations on which circuits will go missing on the 2014 calendar. I will not go into discussing which circuits that will be dropped but will certainly put forward a few thoughts on why the Indian Grand Prix is definitely on for a long time to come.
Let’s break this down, shall we?
c. Now two things can happen, either India continues being “Very Political” and indulges in an inner battle of sorts, or the nation comes together and opens up to the global sports market. The latter has higher probability.
d. Now, coming to Formula 1 in India, No, lets look at the bigger picture and say ‘Motorsports’ in India. 3 Circuits, 1.2 Billion people. Like gabbar of Bollywood says: ‘Bahut nainsafi hai’ (This is absolute injustice). Europe on the other hand has 733 Million people and ~80 circuits. The air in half glass empty being that this is a humongous opportunity for any sport, and Formula 1 is the choice due to the nation’s steadfast opinion on the sport.
e. Formula 1 not only opens up the sport’s market, but also opens up supporting markets like Travel and Tourism, Hospitality and the Luxury market. India’s luxury market will grow at 25% YoY.
f. Now coming to the most important point, the Indian automobile market and it’s relationship with Formula 1. After lots of thought, I see all the significant automobile manufacturer’s in India developing their brands through ‘Formula 1’ associations, these could range from sponsorship to technological tie-ups and even track infrastructure ownership.
g. I’m going to stop for now.
Needless to say, Ecclestone has ventured into the Asian markets with an intent to establish the sport, I see no reason any of the asian races would be dropped. Sure there will be disagreements but India is most certainly now a part of the F1 Family.
- Indian Grand Prix faces axe in 2014 (dnaindia.com)
- F1 teams reluctant to go to more than 20 races (dailystar.com.lb)
- Ecclestone doubts 2014 Indian GP (bbc.co.uk)
- Indian GP Organisers Dismiss Rumours (jackameyf1.wordpress.com)
- F1 teams reluctant to go to more than 20 races (dnaindia.com)
Alright, so the Hungarian Grand Prix is all set to start in 15 minutes. Delivering this as promised before the race 😉 Read up, enjoy the facts and do share your feedback.
Current Drivers Championship: Sebastian Vettel 157 | Fernando Alonso Díaz 123 | Kimi-Matias Räikkönen 116
Current Constructors Championship: Red Bull/Renault 250 | Mercedes 183 | Ferrari 180
Teams Races in Points: Mercedes, Lotus, Red Bull, Ferrari – 9/9 | Force India, McLaren – 7/9 | Toro Rosso – 6/9 | Sauber – 4/9
Start line offset: 40 Mts
Distance fro grid to T1: 610m
Pole Position Location: Left
Fuel use per lap: 1.9Kg
Quickest complete pitstop in 2012: 18.964 by Red Bull
Circuit Name: Hungaroring
Circuit Grip bias (Mechanical or Aerodynamic): Mechanical
Number of Grand Prix held: 27
Number of Driver Wins from First row: 12
2012 GP Winner: Lewis Hamilton
Race Nomenclature: FORMULA 1 MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2013
Race Date: 28 Jul 2013
Championship Race: 888
Practice 1 Result (Pole): Sebastian Vettel 1:22.723 RBR RB9
Practice 2 Result (Pole): Sebastian Vettel 1:21.264 RBR RB9
Practice 3 Result (Pole): Romain Grosjean 1:20.730 Lotus E21
Qualifying Result (Pole): Lewis Hamilton 1:19.388 Mercedes W04 198.665 km/h
Grid: HAM VET GRO ROS ALO RAI MAS RIC PER WEB SUT HUL BUT VER MAL BOT GUT RES PIC GAR BIA CHI
First Grand Prix: 1986
Number of Laps: 70
Circuit Length:4.381 km
Race Distance: 306.670 km
Number of turns: 16
Lap Record: 1,19.071 – M Schumacher | Ferrari F2004 (2004)
Fastest Lap: 1,18.436 – Rubens Barichello 2004 F2004 (2004)
Will this record be broken this time? Looks likely, Vettel has already done a 1:19:400
Circuit Length: 4.381 KM
Longest period of full throttle: 10 seconds, Super Gold straight
DRS Zones: 2 (1 added this year)
Overtaking opportunities: 1 (Turn 1)
Number of Grand Stands: 1 Super Gold, 5 Gold, 1 Red Bull,
- Shocked Lewis Hamilton grabs Hungarian pole ahead of Sebastian Vettel (metro.co.uk)
- Top Five Formula 1 Teams chase world championship at Silverstone, Nurburgring (roadloans.com)
- Hamilton not expecting Hungary win (bbc.co.uk)
- Sebastian Vettel: “I wasn’t aggressive enough” (sportsmole.co.uk)
German Retailer closes deal with RBR for the German Grand Prix.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing this morning announced a one-race partnership with Kaufland.
Kaufland, a German supermarket chain which also features shops in Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, will have its name and logo on the racing overalls of both drivers aswell as on the front wing of the RB9. Kaufland was a partner with Red Bull the last time Formula One held a race at the Nurburgring – in 2011. In that year, Mark Webber secured pole position and finished second, while home-boy Vettel finished fourth.
The last one-race partnership was with McLaren in Austin, Texas last year for the inaugral American Grand Prix, when the Woking based team swapped title sponsor Vodafone for their American counterpart, Verizon.
Few facts to go through prior to the German Grand Prix this weekend.
Current Drivers’ Championship standings: Sebastian Vettel 132, Fernando Alonso 111, Kimi Raikkonen 98, Lewis Hamilton 89, Mark Webber 87, Nico Rosberg 82, Felipe Massa 57, Paul di Resta 36, Romain Grosjean 26
Current Constructors Championship: Red Bull Renault 219, Mercedes 171, Ferrari 168, Lotus Renault 124, Force India Mercedes 59
Race Date: 07 Jul 2013
Time zone: GMT +1
2013 Race number: 9 /19
Name of Circuit: Nürburgring
Number of DRS Zones: 2
Number of Laps:60
Circuit Length:5.148 km (3.199 mi)
Race Distance: 308.623km
Lap Record:1:29.468 – M. Schumacher (2004) Ferrari F2004
Record Pole: Kimi Räikkönen 1:18.233 (McLaren MP4-19B)
Number of Turns: 15
Highest G-force: Turn 5 | 3.88 G’s at 196kmph
%age lap on full throttle: 61%
Number of Gear changes per lap: 60
Weather on race day: Clear, Max 25ºC | Min 13ºC
Number of pitstops expected: 2 on Medium Pirelli’s, 3 on Soft Pirelli’s
National Drivers at Race: Sebastian Vettel (No wins at the circuit), Nico Rosberg (hoping for ‘home hat-trick’), Adrian Sutil (in good form but bad luck)
National Legend: Michael Schumacher
National Teams at Race: Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Most wins (Constructors): Ferrari (22 – Including Hockenheim Ring)
Most Wins (Driver): Fernando Alonso (3 – twice at Nurburgring)
Consecutive race win record (current): Kimi Raikkonen 25 as on British Grand Prix, will he make it 26?
Last F1 Podium (@2011 | 2012 was at Hockenheimring – alternating since 2008): Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes) 1:37:30.344; Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) +3.980; Mark Webber (Red Bull Renault) +9.788
First Grand Prix:1951
Number of European Grand Prix held at Nurburgring: 12
Number of Grandstands: 14
Race Sponsor: Santander
Press Conference Line up: Vettel, Hulkenberg, Perez, Ricciardo, Rosberg and Sutil
Corners at the circuit:
Castrol-S Corner After the long run from the start finish line to the first corner, the Castrol-S, drivers brake hard and shift into second gear for the hairpin. The hairpin sees the revs drop very low here: just 9,500rpm, the lowest revs seen on this circuit, before going straight into theMercedes-Arena; a second to third gear complex taken with an average speed of around 100kph. Through this section the engine needs to have good braking control on the entry to corners and good traction on the exit.
Turns 8 & 9 After the hairpin of turn 7, taken in second gear at just 10,500rpm, the driver accelerates hard to turn 8. With only a short straight before the corner he does not have time to reach maximum speed, but will be ‘flat out’, with the accelerator pedal at full travel, by the time he takes the corner in sixth at 250kph. The loads travelling through the car will still be huge even with the relatively low speed; the driver will pull around 3.5g through this section. As a result the internals and fluids within the engine will also need to withstand this increased g-force.
The NGK Schikane Corner Sector three is the shortest section in time on the track, taking just 24secs to complete. In fact only the chicane and the fast right hander back onto the pit straight break up the constant period of acceleration. The chicane is the slowest corner in sector three, and one of the hardest stops anywhere on the track. F1 Drivers approach at over 300kph with DRS open, braking to second gear and just 90kph for turn in. The driver will just blip the throttle between the kerbs and then accelerate back through the gears to the final corner. In the data this big stop is seen very clearly, with an abrupt descent from close to 18,000rpm to a little over 10,000rpm.
Edited F1 Technical report:
Rob White, deputy managing director at Renault Sport F1 noted: ‘‘The sound of the engine is the sum of three principal components, exhaust, intake and mechanical noise. On fired engines, exhaust noise dominates, but the other two sources are not trivial and would be loud if the exhaust noise was suppressed and contribute to the perceived sound of the engines in the car.
‘‘All three sources are still present on the V6. At the outset, there is more energy in each combustion event but there are fewer cylinders turning at lower speed and both intake and exhaust noise are attenuated by the turbo. Overall, the sound pressure level (so the perceived volume) is lower and the nature of the sound reflects the new architecture.
‘‘The car will still accelerate and decelerate rapidly, with instant gearshifts. The engines remain high revving, ultra high output competition engines. Fundamentally the engine noise will still be loud. It will wake you from sleep, and circuit neighbours will still complain. The engine noise is just a turbocharged noise rather than a normally aspirated noise: you can just hear the turbo when the driver lifts off the throttle and the engine speed drops.”
‘‘I am sure some people will be nostalgic for the sound of engines from previous eras, including the preceding V8, but the sound of the new generation Power Units is just different. It’s like asking whether you like Motorhead or AC/DC. Ultimately it is a matter of personal taste. Both in concert are still pretty loud.’’