The FIA president Jean Todt is looking to change the format of the Formula 1 Friday practice schedule and change the rules around in-season testing. Currently on Friday there are two sessions of an hour and a half each. Todt’s proposal is that they break up the three hours of Friday into three session of 60 minutes each. The first session on Friday morning would be reserved just for test drivers.
The World Motorsport Council confirmed overnight that Melbourne’s Albert Park Circuit will host Round One of the 2012 FIA Formula 1™ World Championship from 15-18 March.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Westacott said the spotlight will be on Melbourne as we once again host the sought-after season opener.
“There is something exciting and special about a new season in any sport and we can’t wait to showcase our race and city to the world in 2012,” he said.
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of “Keeping Track” - the Official Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix Podcast.
Hosted by renowned F1 journalists Stuart Sykes and Matt Clayton, the AusGP Podcast will be available for download each month on www.grandprix.com.au and will contain exclusive interviews, GP updates and fantastic prizes! Also, stay tuned in September for the inaugural MotoGP Podcast.
Red Bulls roar again
Vettel and Webber claim RBR’s second 1-2 finish of the year... Hamilton has a big ‘off’ but Button fights through to the podium... Michael has ‘big fun’ and makes up 19 places in a busy Belgian race... Senna off to a bad start.
The boys are back in school – and young Sebastian Vettel showed he is still very much the man in charge with his seventh win of the year and the 17th of his short F1 career to put one hand on a second successive Drivers’ World Championship trophy.
26 - 28 August 2011
Circuit Length: 7.004 Km
Lap Record: 1:45.108 = 238.931 km/h K. Raikkonen (McLaren) 2004
‘Aaaaahhhh’: you can almost hear the collective sigh of relief as F1 is back, and back on a ‘proper’ circuit…
“It’s a place where you really feel on the limit,” says 2010 winner Lewis Hamilton, “and that’s pretty awesome in a Formula 1 car.”
Mark finished an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix in fifth place. However, his chances of a fifth consecutive podium ended late in the race when he was forced to make an extra pit stop for dry tyres after a heavy rain shower failed to materialise.
“When it started to rain with 20 laps to go,” says Mark, “I pitted for intermediate tyres. Everyone was skidding around in front of me at the entrance to the pit lane, so I made the call to pit. It didn’t work out because the heavier rain didn’t come and I had to pit for dries a couple of laps later, but I wanted to roll the dice.”
There may be dozens of buttons on a Formula 1 steering wheel these days, but there is only one Button behind the wheel – and Jenson had all the answers to head home Sebastian Vettal and Fernando Alonso as a treacherous Hungaroring provided a stern examination of all the drivers’ talent.
The 2011 FIA Formula 1 World Championship has reached its mid-season break – and the team going off on holiday with all the momentum behind it is McLaren.
29 - 31 July 2011
Circuit Length: 4.381 Km
Lap Record: 1:19.071 = 199.461 km/h M. Schumacher (Ferrari) 2004
Four different winners in the last four races: the Red Bull monopoly is over for now and it’s Vettel and Webber who have some catching up to do!
Seb hasn’t won here and last year he goofed behind the Safety Car, letting Mark pounce for an opportunistic win.
Mark finished third in today’s German Grand Prix, his third successive podium at the spectacular Nurburgring which hosts the event every second year, alternating with Hockenheim. Surprisingly, given the atrocious weather conditions early on race day, the 60-lap grand prix was dry throughout and F1 fans were treated to a thrilling race-long battle between Mark, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.