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The Follow F1 race Pre-read: Santander German Grand Prix 2013

German GP 2013

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.


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