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Track Preview: Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo

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Sebastian Vettel wins in Austin, Romain Grosjean drives a cracking drive to second place and Mark Webber claims the final place on the podium after a good drive. McLaren yet again have made small improvements to their car in order to gain their way back to the front and gain some points. And Sauber and Williams also picked up some much needed points for their teams. And people are still wishing that the Red Bull or Vettel still do not have the pace in qualifying…

The Brazilian Grand Prix is an event that has seen drivers and teams win titles and lose titles also. The circuit used to hold the record for bumpiness, but since it has been resurfaced Singapore now holds the record. The circuit runs anti-clockwise with high speed sections and compressions which makes it a difficult race for the drivers and their necks.

Top speed can be achieved before Turn 1 or Turn 4, depending on the direction of the wind. The cars need to have a lot of traction to have a good race here. However, the weather can quickly change around this circuit, anything can happen and it usually does around Interlagos.

And here we go guys with nineteenth and final race of the 2014 Formula One season, the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo…

Facts and Figures

  • Brazil has hosted the Grand Prix at the circuit since 1973.
  • Alain Prost is the most successful driver with six wins.
  • Felipe Massa and Mark Webber are the most successful drivers currently at the track with two wins each.
  • McLaren is the most successful constructor to win the Grand Prix with twelve wins.
  • Race distance: 305.9km (190.08 miles)
  • Number of turns: 15
  • Top speed: 320kph
  • Lap record: Juan Pablo Montoya- Williams (2004)- 1.11.473
  • Winners from pole 10/30 (33%)
  • Winners from last five Brazilian Grand Prix: 2008- Felipe Massa, 2009- Mark Webber, 2010- Sebastian Vettel, 2011-Mark Webber, 2012- Jenson Button

My top 5 Brazilian Grand Prix

Here are my top five Brazilian Grand Prix races and in no particular order:-

  1. 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix- Juan Pablo Montoya wins the race ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Rubens Barrichello. Barrichello took Pole Position at his home race. The race in its early stages was in changeable conditions and the battle between Raikkonen and Montoya was ongoing. To take the lead, Montoya pulled off a brilliant move that he deemed himself to be ‘brave’. Montoya took what would be Williams’s last victory until the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.  This race would signal the end of Barrichello’s retirements at the race in ten years. [No Video was avaliable]
  2. 1991 Brazilian Grand Prix- Ayrton Senna wins the race ahead of Riccardo Patrese and Gerhard Berger. I have only just recently just watched this race as I was only two years old when the race was on. Senna led the race from start to finish with an outstanding drive from the Brazilian. Even though Senna’s gearbox was failing and he was driving in sixth gear as he lost fifth and third gears with Patrese catching him rather quickly but could not pass Senna due to problems with his own gearbox. After the race, it became apparent that the effort to win his home race in style at last had taken its effect on Senna. Senna was unable to move after suffering muscle cramps and a fever and had to be lifted out of the car. I have ever seen anything like it and I do not think we ever will. A legend. 
  3. 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix- Mark Webber wins the race ahead of Robert Kubica and Lewis Hamilton. The opening lap was separated by three different incidents. The first was Kovalainen making contact with Vettel coming out of the Senna ‘S’. The second took place two corners later with Sutil trying to pass Trulli out of the fifth corner. Both cars were eliminated. The third took place in the pit lane Kovalainen was released from his pit box with the fuel hose still attached to the car, took it with him and a spray of fuel. Luckily no one was hurt, the Brawn mechanics got the fuel tank release off his car. Barrichello led the first part of the race. Mark Webber took the lead as Barrichello struggled with the pace and took the win. Also, Jenson Button was declared the World Champion and Brawn GP Constructors Champions at the end of the race after a brilliant year. 
  4. 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix- Jenson Button wins the race ahead of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. I have never seen a race like this ever with Alonso and Vettel battling each other for the title. Vettel had a poor start and then a spin with Bruno Senna sending him back to 22nd position with a lot of work to do. Rain began to fall and Button and Hulkenberg stayed out while others pitted for Intermediate tyres. Debris on the track brought out the Safety Car on Lap 23. Hulkenberg on Lap 56 tried to pass Hamilton but slid into him, which made Lewis with damage to his left front suspension, handing the lead to Button. The race ended with Di Resta crashing out on the start/finish straight. Vettel won his third consecutive world title. Caterham managed to finish ahead of Marussia for 11th place in the Constructors. It was also the final  race for HRT who withdrew from the season due to financial issues. But Button drove a magnificent race! 
  5. 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix- Felipe Massa wins the race ahead of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. With one of the best races I have ever seen, Brazil and its weather create a championship showdown between Massa and Lewis. Lewis is passed by Vettel when Kubica unlaps himself and all hopes of the championship is gone… unless Glock makes a mistake, promoting Lewis into the position that he needs to win the championship from Massa (regardless if Massa takes the win). Glock makes that mistake on the final lap while Massa crosses the line for the win, thinking he has won the world title. But Lewis manages to keep Glock at bay and becomes the 2008 world champion!!! I was so emotional that day, tears in my eyes, punching the air with Lewis! A great race!  or  (from 3.23 to end is the best bit!).

If the Brazilian Grand Prix from last year is anything to go by from last year, we look set to witness a great race next weekend. Will Fernando be able to challenge Red Bull, Mercedes and Lotus to win again and gain some points in the Constructors championship lead for Ferrari? Will Red Bull be able to achieve pole position and try to win the race? Will Rosberg, Raikkonen, Massa, Button, Perez, Hamilton or be able to challenge them?

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every practice session, the qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and the BBC are also showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 11.45pm and 3.45pm [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 12.45pm and 3.00pm [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 2.30pm
  • BBC- Friday Saturday- (Qualifying) 4.0pm, Sunday (Race Highlights on BBC1 and Race Highlights on BBC 3) 4.00pm and 4.00pm (Times are still to be confirmed!)

My next blog post will be a full Race Report on the Brazilian Grand Prix and also a Tribute to Mark Webber by the end of next week. Loving the start of the weekend of Formula One, Hope you will be enjoying every single moment of the weekend as much as me!

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Track Preview: Indian Grand Prix, New Delhi

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Sebastian Vettel wins in Japan, Mark Webber drives to second place and Romain Grosjean claims the final place on the podium after a good drive. McLaren yet again have made small improvements to their car in order to gain their way back to the front and gain some points. And Sauber also picked up some much needed points for their teams. And people are still wishing that the Mercedes or Vettel still do not have the pace in qualifying…

The Indian Grand Prix is one that the teams and the drivers seem to like, especially the Indian culture, people and cuisine. The circuit is average in terms of latitude and longitude. The circuit has an incredible flow especially from Turn 4 (which is wide-apex right hander) that is downhill. The track is a series of fast rolling curves which allow you to push the car to the absolute limit.

And here we go guys with sixteenth race of the Formula One season, the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi…

Facts and Figures

  • New Delhi has hosted the Grand Prix since 2011.
  • Sebastian Vettel is the most successful driver currently at the track with two wins.
  • Red Bull is the most successful constructor to win the Grand Prix with two wins.
  • Race distance: 307.25km (190.92 miles)
  • Number of turns: 16
  • Top speed: 310kph
  • Lap record: Sebastian Vettel- Red Bull (2005)- 1.27.249
  • Winners from pole 2/2 (100%)
  • Winners from last 2 Indian Grand Prix: 2011-Sebastian Vettel, 2012-Sebastian Vettel

My top 2 Indian Grand Prix

Here are my top two Indian Grand Prix races (there is only been two!) and in no particular order:-

  1. 2011 Indian Grand Prix- Sebastian Vettel wins the race ahead of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Vettel dominated the whole race to win the inaugural event. Button kept pushing Vettel but could not challenge Vettel, meanwhile Alonso held off Webber to secure the final place on the podium. 
  2. 2012 Indian Grand Prix- Sebastian Vettel wins the race ahead of Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber. Vettel took the Pole Position on Saturday and stormed to victory on Sunday, leading every single lap. Alonso couldn’t match Vettel’s car or pace, meanwhile Webber ran comfortably in second place until a problem with his KERS system left him vulnerable and it gave the place to Alonso. 

If the Indian Grand Prix from last year is anything to go by from last year, we look set to witness a great race next weekend. Will Fernando be able to challenge Red Bull and Lotus to win again and gain in the championship lead? Will Red Bull be able to achieve pole position and try to win the race? Will Rosberg, Raikkonen, Massa, Button, Perez, Hamilton or be able to challenge them?

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every practice session, the qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and the BBC are also showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 5.15am and 9.15am [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 6.15am and 8.30am [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 8.30am
  • BBC- Friday (Practice 1 and Practice 2 Live) 5.25am and 9.25am [Highlights on Friday morning on BBC2], Saturday- (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 6.25am and 8.30am [Highlights on Saturday morning on BBC2], Sunday (Race Live and Race Highlights) 8.30am and 2.30pm

My next blog post will be a full Race Report on the Indian Grand Prix by the end of next week. Loving the start of the weekend of Formula One, Hope you will be enjoying every single moment of the weekend as much as me!

Track Preview: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka

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Sebastian Vettel wins in Korea, Kimi Raikkonen drives to second place and Romain Grosjean claims the final place on the podium after a good drive. McLaren yet again have made small improvements to their car in order to gain their way back to the front and gain some points. And Sauber also picked up some much needed points for their teams. And people are still wishing that the Mercedes or Vettel still do not have the pace in qualifying…

The Japanese Grand Prix is one of the favourite destinations for the teams and the drivers and they love the circuit! The circuit is technically one of the best of the season. The circuit has a high percentage of medium and high speed corners. The track has very high tyre energy and has one of the highest tyre demands of the season. The track is also very easy on brakes. The drivers and teams need to get the set up perfect or the track will expose and highlight the weakness in the car.

And here we go guys with fifteenth race of the Formula One season, the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka…

Facts and Figures

  • Suzuka has hosted the Grand Prix since 1987.
  • Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver at the track with six wins.
  • Sebastian Vettel is the most successful driver currently at the track with three wins.
  • McLaren is the most successful constructor to win the Grand Prix with nine wins.
  • Race distance: 307.47km (191.05 miles)
  • Number of turns: 18
  • Top speed: 310kph
  • Lap record: Kimi Raikkonen- McLaren (2005)- 1.31.540
  • Winners from pole 12/24 (50%)
  • Winners from last 5 Japanese Grand Prix: 2008- Fernando Alonso, 2009- Sebastian Vettel, 2010-Sebastian Vettel, 2011-Jenson Button, 2012-Sebastian Vettel

My top 5 Japanese Grand Prix

Here are my top five Japanese Grand Prix races and in no particular order:-

  1. 1996 Japanese Grand Prix- Damon Hill wins the race ahead of Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen. Hill took his eighth win of the season and won the championship finally! Just a great drive from Damon! 
  2. 2008 Japanese Grand Prix- Fernando Alonso wins the race ahead of Robert Kubica and Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton lead the championship into the race. He lead the race from pole but was penalised due to an incident with Raikkonen. Massa was also penalised for causing Hamilton to spin. Hamilton was at the back of the field and Massa collided with Bourdais leaving Fernando to victory. [No video was avaliable]
  3. 1998 Japanese Grand Prix- Mika Hakkinen wins the race ahead of Eddie Irvine and David Coulthard. Great drive from Mika to clinch his first title in the sport. [No video was avaliable]
  4. 2011 Japanese Grand Prix- Jenson Button wins the race ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. Button at the start of the weekend announced a new deal with the McLaren team.  Also Vettel secured his second consecutive drivers title. A brilliant drive from Jenson. One of his best victories. [No video was avaliable]
  5. 1999 Japanese Grand Prix- Mika Hakkinen wins the race ahead of Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine. This race was also Damon Hill’s last race as a driver. Mika deserved to win the title this year after a hard battle with Irvine. I was so happy when Mika secured his second consecutive title. [No video was avaliable]

If the Japanese Grand Prix from last year is anything to go by from last year, we look set to witness a great race next weekend. Will Fernando be able to challenge Red Bull and Lotus to win again and gain in the championship lead? Will Red Bull be able to achieve pole position and try to win the race? Will Rosberg, Raikkonen, Massa, Button, Perez, Hamilton or be able to challenge them?

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every practice session, the qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and the BBC are also showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 1.45pm and 5.45pm [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 2.45am and 5.00am [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 5.00am
  • BBC- Friday (Practice 1 and Practice 2 Live) 1.50am and 5.55am [Highlights on Friday morning on BBC2], Saturday- (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 1.55am and 5.00am [Highlights on Saturday morning on BBC2], Sunday (Race Live and Race Highlights) 6.00am and 2.00pm

My next blog post will be a full Race Report on the Japanese Grand Prix by the end of next week. Loving the start of the weekend of Formula One, Hope you will be enjoying every single moment of the weekend as much as me!

Track Preview: Korean Grand Prix, Yeongam

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Sebastian Vettel wins in Singapore, Fernando Alonso drives to second place and Kimi Raikkonen claims the final place on the podium after a good drive. McLaren yet again have made small improvements to their car in order to gain their way back to the front and gain some points. And Sauber and Force India also picked up some much needed points for their teams. And people are still wishing that the Mercedes or Vettel still do not have the pace in qualifying…

The Korean Grand Prix is not one of the favourite destinations for the teams and the drivers but they love the circuit. The circuit is quite demanding and does not have a flow like some of the previous new circuits introduced in the last few years. The circuit is not really used and is quite dusty and low on grip at the start of the weekend. The front right tyre gets a lot of pressure because of the loading of the circuit and it being anti-clockwise.

And here we go guys with fourteenth race of the Formula One season, the Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam…

Facts and Figures

  • Yeongam has hosted the Grand Prix since 2010.
  • Sebastian Vettel is the most successful driver at the track with two wins.
  • Red Bull is the most successful constructor to win the Grand Prix with two wins.
  • Race distance: 308.63km (191.77 miles)
  • Number of turns: 18
  • Top speed: 318kph
  • Lap record: Sebastian Vettel- Red Bull (2011)- 1.39.605
  • Winners from pole 0/3 (0%)
  • Winners from last 3 Korean Grand Prix: 2010-Fernando Alonso, 2011-Sebastian Vettel, 2012-Sebastian Vettel

My top 5 Korean Grand Prix

Here are my top three Korean Grand Prix races (well there as only been three) and in no particular order:-

  1. 2012 Korean Grand Prix- Sebastian Vettel wins the race ahead of Webber and Alonso. Just a dominant race from Vettel from start to finish. [No video avaliable]
  2. 2011 Korean Grand Prix- Sebastian Vettel wins the race ahead of Hamilton and Webber. Another master class from Vettel. However, Hamilton broke Red Bull’s record of Pole Positions in this race. 
  3. 2010 Korean Grand Prix- Fernando Alonso wins the race ahead of Hamilton and Massa. The first race to be held in South Korea. A dominant display from Fernando. A great drive. 

If the Korean Grand Prix from last year is anything to go by from last year, we look set to witness a great race next weekend. Will Fernando be able to challenge Red Bull and Lotus to win again and gain the championship lead? Will Red Bull be able to achieve pole position and try to win the race Will Rosberg, Raikkonen, Massa, Button, Perez, Hamilton or be able to challenge them?

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every practice session, the qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and the BBC are also showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 1.45am and 5.45am [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 2.45am and 5am [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 5.30am
  • BBC- Saturday (Qualifying Highlights) 1.15pm, Sunday (Race Highlights) 2.00pm

My next blog post will be a full Race Report on the Korean Grand Prix by the end of next week. Loving the start of the weekend of Formula One, Hope you will be enjoying every single moment of the weekend as much as me!

Track Preview: Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore

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Sebastian Vettel wins in Italy, Fernando Alonso drives to second place and Mark Webber claims the final place on the podium after a good drive. McLaren yet again have made small improvements to their car in order to gain their way back to the front and gain some points. And Mercedes and Toro Rosso also picked up some much needed points for their teams. And people are still wishing that the Mercedes or Vettel still do not have the pace in qualifying…

The Singapore Grand Prix is a special circuit that most drivers and teams look forward to visiting every year. The Grand Prix takes place in the night and makes a change for the teams and the drivers. The track lap is very long. It is a high down force track with some tricky bumps and kerbs that raises the ride height of the cars. The circuit is not very easy on brakes and challenges the drivers both physically and mentally due to the high temperatures and humidity.

And here we go guys with thirteenth race of the Formula One season, the Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore…

Facts and Figures

  • Singapore has hosted the Grand Prix since 2008.
  • Sebastian Vettel is the most successful driver at the track with three wins.
  • Red Bull is the most successful constructor to win the Grand Prix with three wins.
  • Race distance: 309.31km (192.20 miles)
  • Number of turns: 23
  • Top speed: 297kph
  • Lap record: Kimi Raikkonen- Ferrari (2008)- 1.45.599
  • Winners from pole 3/5 (60%)
  • Winners from last 5 Singapore Grand Prix: 2008-Fernando Alonso, 2009- Lewis Hamilton, 2010-Fernando Alonso, 2011-Sebastian Vettel, 2012-Sebastian Vettel

My top 5 Singapore Grand Prix

Here are my top five Singapore Grand Prix races and in no particular order:-

  1. 2012 Singapore Grand Prix- Sebastian Vettel wins the race ahead of Alonso and Raikkonen. This race will be remembered for Lewis Hamilton sadly retiring his McLaren after a dominant race leading which ultimately led to his decision a week later to leave McLaren from Mercedes 
  2. 2008 Singapore Grand Prix- Fernando Alonso wins the race ahead of Rosberg and Hamilton. This was the first ever Singapore Grand Prix and also the first night race in the history of the sport. Brilliant drive from Alonso. 
  3. 2011 Singapore Grand Prix- Sebastian Vettel wins the race ahead of Button and Webber. A dominant display from Vettel. 
  4. 2010 Singapore Grand Prix- Fernando Alonso wins the race ahead of Vettel and Webber. A dominant display from Fernando. A third from Webber also extended his championship lead at the time. 
  5. 2009 Singapore Grand Prix- Lewis Hamilton wins the race ahead of Timo Glock and Fernando Alonso. Brilliant drive from Lewis. Also, this was one of the podiums that did not have a Brawn GP or a Red Bull driver on in 2009. 

If the Singapore Grand Prix from last year is anything to go by from last year, we look set to witness a great race next weekend. Will Fernando be able to challenge Red Bull and Lotus to win again and gain the championship lead? Will Red Bull be able to achieve pole position and try to win the race Will Rosberg, Raikkonen, Massa, Button, Perez, Hamilton or be able to challenge them?

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every practice session, the qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and the BBC are also showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 8.45pm and 12.45pm [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 9.45pm and 12.00pm [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 11.30pm
  • BBC- Saturday (Qualifying Highlights) 5.00pm, Sunday (Race Highlights) 5.00pm

My next blog post will be a full Race Report on the Singapore Grand Prix by the end of next week. Loving the start of the weekend of Formula One, Hope you will be enjoying every single moment of the weekend as much as me!

Track Preview: Italian Grand Prix, Monza

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Sebastian Vettel wins in Belgium, Fernando drives to second place and Lewis Hamilton claims the final place on the podium after a good drive. McLaren yet again have made small improvements to their car in order to gain their way back to the front and gain some points. And Mercedes and Toro Rosso also picked up some much needed points for their teams. And people are still wishing that the Mercedes or Vettel still do not have the pace in qualifying…

The Italian Grand Prix is a special circuit that most drivers and teams look forward to visiting every year. The circuit enables the cars to be set up with extremely low downforce settings. The circuit offers very challenging high speed and low speed corners that you have to jump on the brakes quickly with no downforce.  The circuit has the highest top speed of the year and is not very easy on brakes.

And here we go guys with twelfth race of the Formula One season, the Italian Grand Prix in Monza…

Facts and Figures

  • Italy has hosted the Grand Prix since 1950.
  • Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver at the track with five wins.
  • Sebastian Vettel is the most successful driver currently to win the Grand Prix with three wins.
  • Ferrari is the most successful constructor to win the Grand Prix with nineteen wins.
  • Race distance: 306.72km (190.59 miles)
  • Number of turns:11
  • Top speed: 339kph
  • Lap record: Rubens Barrichello- Ferrari (2004)- 1.21.046
  • Winners from pole 21/62 (33%)
  • Winners from last 5 Italian Grand Prix: 2008-Sebastian Vettel, 2009- Rubens Barrichello, 2010-Fernando Alonso, 2011-Sebastian Vettel, 2012-Lewis Hamilton

My top 5 Italian Grand Prix

Here are my top five Italian Grand Prix races and in no particular order:-

  1. 1999 Italian Grand Prix- Heinz-Harald Frenzten wins ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Mika Salo. But the race will be forever remembered with Mika Hakkinen on Lap 30 spinning while selecting too low a gear. [No video avaliable]
  2. 2002 Italian Grand Prix- Rubens Barrichello wins the race ahead of Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine. A brilliant drive from Rubens to achieve a double finish for the Ferrari team. [No video avaliable]
  3. 2009 Italian Grand Prix- Rubens Barrichello wins the race for Brawn GP ahead of Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen. Just a brilliant drive from Rubens and Jenson to take the Grand Prix victory and second place for Brawn GP. [No video avaliable]
  4. 2012 Italian Grand Prix- Lewis Hamilton wins the race ahead of Perez and Alonso. What a race. Perez had a cracking drive to finish second place. McLaren that weekend also broke the record of sixty second front row lockout from Williams. Just a brilliant drive from Lewis! 
  5. 2001 Italian Grand Prix- Juan Pablo Montoya wins the race ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher. This was the first race win for Montoya. [No video avaliable]

If the Italian Grand Prix from last year is anything to go by from last year, we look set to witness a great race next weekend. Will Fernando be able to challenge Red Bull and Lotus to win again and gain the championship lead? Will Red Bull be able to achieve pole position and try to win the race Will Rosberg, Raikkonen, Massa, Button, Perez, Hamilton or be able to challenge them?

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every practice session, the qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and the BBC are also showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 8.45pm and 12.45pm [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 9.45pm and 12.00pm [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 11.30pm
  • BBC- Friday (Practice 1 and 2 on BBC 2) 8.55am and 1.00pm [Replays throughout Saturday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 9.55am and 1.00pm, Sunday (Race) 12.10pm

My next blog post will be a full Race Report on the Italian Grand Prix by the end of next week. Loving the start of the weekend of Formula One, Hope you will be enjoying every single moment of the weekend as much as me!

Track Preview: Belgian Grand Prix- Spa- Francorchamps

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Lewis Hamilton wins in Hungary, Kimi Raikkonen drives to second place and Sebastian Vettel claims the final place on the podium after a good drive. McLaren yet again have made small improvements to their car in order to gain their way back to the front and gain some points. And Mercedes and Willians also picked up some much needed points for their teams. And people are still wishing that the Mercedes or Vettel still do not have the pace in qualifying…

The Belgium Grand Prix is a circuit that most drivers and teams look forward to visiting every year. The circuit offers a very interesting engineering point of view. The circuit offers very challenging high speed corners and you need to get the set up absolutely right to maintain good rhythm to get a good position on the grid. However, the track is easy on brakes and cooling but ride heights need to be set up carefully.

And here we go guys with eleventh race of the Formula One season, the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps…

Facts and Figures

  • Belgium has hosted the Grand Prix since 1950.
  • Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver at the track with six wins.
  • Kimi Raikkonen is the most successful driver currently to win the Grand Prix with four wins.
  • Ferrari is the most successful constructor to win the Grand Prix with sixteen wins.
  • Race distance: 308.05km (191.41miles)
  • Number of turns:19
  • Top speed: 329kph
  • Lap record: Sebastian Vettel- Red Bull (2009)- 1.47.263
  • Winners from pole 15/45 (33%)
  • Winners from last 5 Belgium Grand Prix: 2008-Felipe Massa, 2009- Kimi Raikkonen, 2010-Lewis Hamilton 2011-Sebastian Vettel, 2012-Jenson Button

My top 5 Belgian Grand Prix

Here are my top five Belgian Grand Prix races and in no particular order:-

  1. 2004 Belgium Grand Prix- Kimi Raikkonen wins ahead of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Brilliant drive from Kimi. [No video was avaliable]
  2. 1998 Belgium Grand Prix- Damon Hill wins the race ahead of Ralf Schunacher and Jean Alesi.  This race is famous for the worst and scariest start to a Grand Prix I have ever seen. David Coulthard lost control of his McLaren which caused a massive collusion taking out 13 drivers. This then delayed the race by an hour in order to clear the damage. A brilliant drive from Damon to achieve the first double finish for the Jordan team. 
  3. 2010 Belgium Grand Prix- Lewis Hamilton wins the race for McLaren ahead of Mark Webber and Robert Kubica. Just a brilliant drive from Lewis to take the Grand Prix victory. It was also the last ever podium finish in Formula One for Kubica. [No video was available]
  4. 2012 Belgium Grand Prix- Jenson Button wins the race ahead of Vettel and Raikkonen. What a race. The start was hampered with Grosjean taking out Alonso, Hamilton and Kobayashi which led to Grosjean receiving a ban. Just a brilliant driver from JB! 
  5. 2000 Belgium Grand Prix- Mika Hakkinen wins the race ahead of Michael and Ralf Schumacher. Brilliant drive from Mika. This was the race that Mika made the stunning move on Michael at Eau Rouge using backmarker Ricardo Zonta. Was so happy when Mika won! One of his best victories! Got a video of the Hakkinen/ Schumacher battle 

If the Belgian Grand Prix from last year is anything to go by from last year, we look set to witness a great race next weekend. Will Fernando be able to challenge Red Bull and Lotus to win again and gain the championship lead? Will Red Bull be able to achieve pole position and try to win the race Will Rosberg, Raikkonen, Massa, Button, Perez, Hamilton or be able to challenge them?

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every practice session, the qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and the BBC are also showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 8.45pm and 12.45pm [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 9.45pm and 12.00pm [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 11.30pm
  • BBC- Friday (Practice 1 and 2 on BBC 2) 8.55am and 12.50pm [Replays throughout Saturday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 9.55am and 12.10, Sunday (Race) 12.10pm

My next blog post will be a full Race Report on the Belgian Grand Prix when I get back from my holiday! (Sob, won’t be able to watch the race!). Loving the start of the weekend of Formula One, Hope you will be enjoying every single moment of the weekend as much as me!