Archive for the Race Previews Category

F1 2011 Round 05 – Spanish GP Preview

Posted in Race Previews with tags , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Welcome to Round 05 of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship, at Barcelona, Spain. The Santander Spanish Grand Prix signals the return of Formula 1 to its traditional European venues, most of which have several decades of racing history. The Circuit de Catalunya has hosted the race since 1991, before which the Spanish GP was held at four other venues – Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (nine times between 1968 and 1981), Montjuich (four times between 1969 and 1975), and Jerez (1986-90). Since the Catalunya is also a heavily favoured test track, and most of the pre season testing takes place here, it is usually upgraded and maintained quite well.

Continue reading

Advertisements

F1 2011 Round 04 – Turkish GP Preview

Posted in Race Previews with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Welcome to Round 4 of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship at Istanbul, Turkey. The DHL Turkish Grand Prix marks the end of the ‘flyaway’ races and a prelude to the European leg of the title race. The inaugural race at this venue was held back in 2005, and Kimi Raikkonen won the race in his McLaren-Mercedes. In 2005 and 2006 the race took place near the end of the European stint, before the Italian GP. Since then it has been moved up the calendar and has been more or less around the Spanish/Monaco GP dates. This is the first time however, that Istanbul Park is hosting its race before any of the European races.

Continue reading

F1 2011 Round 03 – Chinese GP Preview

Posted in Race Previews with tags , , , on April 13, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Welcome to Round 3 of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship at the spectacular Shanghai International Circuit in China. The third and final flyaway race before the teams head to Europe and North America, the Chinese Grand Prix arrives just a week after the Malaysian GP. Since 2004, the circuit has been a regular fixture on the calendar, and has extended it’s contract, although its popularity has waned in recent years. Despite the lack of financial success, the circuit and the races have been faultless – the most expensive racing facility ever built has delivered some brilliant races over the last eight years.

Continue reading

F1 2011 Round 02 – Malaysian GP Preview

Posted in Race Previews with tags , , , , on April 6, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Welcome to Round 2 of the 2011 Formula 1 season – the Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit, Sepang. The 3.44 mile track is the first purpose-built race venue of this season and as circuit designs go, it is certainly one of Hermann Tilke’s better efforts. With two long straights, slow hairpins, several medium speed and fast corners, it is a stern test of a car’s aerodynamic efficiency and mechanical setup. A dry race will shed light on the relative pace of the cars, while a little bit of rain will give us a great race and a chance for someone to stop the Red Bull juggernaut.

Continue reading

F1 2011 Round 01 – Australian GP Preview

Posted in Race Previews on March 25, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Welcome to the start of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship. A season that promises to be even better than last year’s epic thriller. Owing to civil unrest in Bahrain, the actual season opener has been cancelled and Australia will host Round 1 of the 2011 season. There is much to look forward to as the weekend gets under way in Melbourne. After furious debates and discussions on the pace of each team throughout winter testing, we will finally get to see the true pecking order this weekend.

Continue reading