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)
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.’’
Excerpt from the Press release below:
Tata Communications, a leading global provider of ‘ A New World of Communications’, will work closely with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS to deliver high-speed, high quality and secure trackside connectivity, enabling the team to transfer vital real-time data from the Silver Arrow cars at any Grand Prix location to its headquarters in the UK, three times faster than at present. The improved trackside connectivity will enable the team to react more quickly to developments at the track and help to increase car performance.
Ross Brawn, Team Principal at MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS commented: “We are delighted to have agreed our new team partnership with Tata Communications. Formula One® relies on data and the ability to transfer our data from the track back to our factories in Brackley and Brixworth quickly and securely. The Tata Communications global network will play a key role in the team’s performance and our ability to react over the race weekends. That we will now be able to achieve our data transfer requirements three times faster is fantastic. Having Tata Communications on-site at the race track to work with the team will be a big asset in our demanding and fast-paced environment, and we look forward to developing a close working relationship with them as we strive to achieve our ambitions in Formula One®.”
Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director, F1 Business, Tata Communications said: “The modification and improvement of car set-up and handling is a constant during the race season, and being able to share richer data and to report issues back from trackside to the factory in real-time provides a competitive edge in car performance, both in speed and also in handling and stability. Providing three times faster connectivity for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS via Tata Communications’ global network means that the team has access to secure and agile trackside connectivity regardless of race location – it showcases our expertise and speed to lead when it comes to global connectivity, and reinforces our ongoing commitment to technology innovation within Formula One®.”
Part of the worldwide Tata group, Tata Communications owns and maintains a complete ring of cables around the world including the world’s first wholly-owned subsea fibre ring to circle the globe. The Tata Communications global network comprises over 500,000 km of subsea cable and over 200,000 km of terrestrial network fibre, allowing a data transfer capacity of one terabit per second, high bandwidth availability and seamless scalability. In February 2012, Tata Communications announced a multi-year technology service and marketing agreement with Formula One Management to deliver world-class connectivity to all Formula One® race locations over its world-first wholly-owned subsea fibre ring. It also provides global hosting and content delivery services to the official Formula One® website Formula1.com
What Tata Consultancy Services and Scuderia Ferrari are working together on is simple. The work is on the technology front in Formula 1 covering the specialist domains of Engineering Design, Digital Advisory, Software Development, Digital Manufacturing and Data & Product Lifecycle Management systems. The aim is to improve the probability of Scuderia Ferrari winning races and the certainty of building beautiful Cars. Of course lots and lots and lots of work goes behind all the above.
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