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F1 2013: Japanese GP  
User currently onlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2863 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

Last stop in East Asia this year, before going to India. 5 races left on the calendar and the possibility for Sebastian Vettel to secure his 4th consecutive title. To do so, he needs to win and hope that Alonso does not do better than 9th.

Suzuka is regarded as one of the most technical F1 circuits and one of the most preferred amongst drivers.

A bit of facts and trivia (from the F1 website):

- The Japanese Grand Prix has been run 28 times previously - 24 times at Suzuka (1987-2006, 2009-) and four times at Fuji (1976-77, 2007-08). The only other Japanese track to host a Grand Prix is the TI Aida circuit, which staged the Pacific Grand Prix in 1994 and 1995.
- The inaugural Japanese Grand Prix in 1976 was held at Fuji and won by Lotus’s Mario Andretti. James Hunt dramatically clinched the ‘76 drivers’ title by finishing third.
- Suzuka features a crossover and is the only figure-of-eight circuit on the calendar, meaning that it features both clockwise and anti-clockwise elements. It was designed by Dutchman John Hugenholz in 1962 and hosted its first Grand Prix in 1987.
- Michael Schumacher is statistically the most dominant driver in Japanese Grand Prix history, with six wins, three other podium finishes, eight pole positions and four fastest laps.
- Five drivers on the current grid have won the Japanese Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel (three times), Fernando Alonso (twice), Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button (all once).
- McLaren have more wins (nine) and more podiums (25) in Japan than any other team.
- Jenson Button has appeared in the Japanese Grand Prix more times than any other driver on the grid - this year will be his 12th start.


Suzuka Circuit

http://sponsoring.allianz.com/static/sites/default/media/formula1/Images_2013/circuit-graphics-e-2013/15_Japan_E_72DPI.jpg


Lap data

Lap length: 5.807 km
Race laps: 53
Race distance: 307.471 km
Pole position: Left-hand side of the track
Race Lap record*: 1’31.540 (228.372 kph) by Kimi Raikkonen, 2005
Fastest lap: 1’28.954 (235.011 kph) by Michael Schumacher, 2006
Maximum speed: 314 kph
DRS zone/s (race): Pit straight
Distance from grid to turn one: 545 m.


Car performance

Full throttle: 70%
Longest flat-out section: 994 m.
Downforce level: Medium
Gear changes per lap: 48
Fuel use per lap: 2.8 kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel: 0.112 s.


Championship standings

1 - Sebastian Vettel 272
2 - Fernando Alonso 195
3 - Kimi Räikkönen 167
4 - Lewis Hamilton 161
5 - Mark Webber 130
6 - Nico Rosberg 122
7 - Felipe Massa 89
8 - Romain Grosjean 72
9 - Jenson Button 58
10 - Paul di Resta 36
11 - Nico Hülkenberg 31
12 - Adrian Sutil 26
13 - Sergio Perez 23
14 - Daniel Ricciardo 18
15 - Jean-Éric Vergne 13
16 - Pastor Maldonado 1
17 - Esteban Gutiérrez 0
18 - Valtteri Bottas 0
19 - Jules Bianchi 0
20 - Charles Pic 0
21 - Giedo van der Garde 0
22 - Max Chilton 0


1 - Red Bull / Renault 402
2 - Ferrari 284
2 - Mercedes 283
4 - Lotus / Renault 239
5 - McLaren / Mercedes 81
6 - Force India / Mercedes 62
7 - Sauber / Ferrari 31
8 - Toro Rosso / Ferrari 31
9 - Williams / Renault 1
10 - Marussia / Cosworth 0
11 - Caterham / Renault 0


"A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one" - Moliere
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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2828 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1827 times:

And I have to start with some sad news...

Maria de Villota has been found dead in a hotel in Seville, she was 34 years old.

She was a test driver for Marussia and suffered a terrible crash during some tests in Duxford back in 2012, she survived but lost an eye, she made a full recovery and went on to collaborate with Antena 3 (The spanish channel that broadcasts the F1) promoting safe driving.

Wikipedia article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar%C3%ADa_de_Villota

So far they mention natural causes.

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1806 times:

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/.../Maria-De-Villota-Marussia-008.jpg

Maria de Villota

An exciting life... but way too short...

RIP F1 lady

        



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User currently onlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2863 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 1):
Maria de Villota has been found dead in a hotel in Seville, she was 34 years old.

No way! What happened?? I remember her accident with Marussia, it was terrible.

May she RIP.



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2678 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1692 times:
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Not exactly Japanese GP related, but (Sir) Murray Walker (no idea why he hasn't been awarded a KBE), the man who has been involved in F1 longer than most of us have been alive, did an interview with James Allen on BBC where he rates Vettel alongside the likes of Schumacher and Senna as among the very best drivers that he had ever seen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exDddz5QdIU

KERS problem for Vettel relegates him to second on the grid for Suzuka. Still, I'm looking forward to the race. Great to see both Willams making it through to Q2 - that in itself is an improvement.



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2678 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
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What a fantastic race that was! I think Romain Grosjean has really grown as a driver since last year, when he was labelled as a "first lap nutcase". I'm impressed by Grosjean's drive. Great drive by Vettel as well to win despite a less than perfect start.

Then there was the Bathurst 1000 in Australia in which Ford won for the first time since 2008. All in all, a great weekend for motorsport  



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User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5724 posts, RR: 44
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1495 times:
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Not a bad race,
Expected result by the dominant driver of the era... doesn't mean I have to like him!!

His plaintive "keep him away from me" over the team radio.. sounded like the weakling being bullied in the school yard!

Don't get me started on Bathurst, great result for FPR and as Ford fan am happy to see it, but! .......... and it is a big "but" This big business approach to motorsport may make folks rich and 28 cars may be appropriate for regular tracks but on the "mountain" ... just seems like an empty track for much of the day!
Discussing a 1000km race with only 2 safety car periods with a colleague .. his response was succinct... missing about 30 cars!!
I was there Fri/Sat, enjoyed qual, the Carrera Cup Porsches, Touring Car masters and even the Dunlop series but the actual Sunday race is largely a yawn fest that I saw mostly on TV back in Sydney.



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User currently onlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2863 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

Well, for the first time this season, I stopped watching before the end. Precisely when Vettel overtook Grosjean. I really thought we could have the first French win since 1996, but for a few laps I forgot that only Vettel could win races these past few months. Obviously, when he overtook Grosjean, the fate of this Japanese GP was sealed.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 5):
I think Romain Grosjean has really grown as a driver since last year

Yes, he grew up. He's more mature. He also hired the services of Benoît Campargue, the former coach of 6-time judo world champion Teddy Riner, to help him control his emotions. Apparently it's working well!

Quoting stealthz (Reply 6):
Don't get me started on Bathurst, great result for FPR and as Ford fan am happy to see it, but! .......... and it is a big "but" This big business approach to motorsport may make folks rich and 28 cars may be appropriate for regular tracks but on the "mountain" ... just seems like an empty track for much of the day!
Discussing a 1000km race with only 2 safety car periods with a colleague .. his response was succinct... missing about 30 cars!!
I was there Fri/Sat, enjoyed qual, the Carrera Cup Porsches, Touring Car masters and even the Dunlop series but the actual Sunday race is largely a yawn fest that I saw mostly on TV back in Sydney.

But 28-30 cars has always been the number of cars for this race, hasn't it? Are you sure you want to put 60 cars on a 6-km circuit?

I could not watch the race, unfortunately.



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User currently onlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2863 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1454 times:

By the way, I don't know if you noticed when the FIA published its calendar a couple of weeks ago, but Valencia is out. They were meant to "share" the Spanish GP with Barcelona in the same fashion as the German GP, but it looks like it will stay in Barcelona.

The Spanish website "20 minutos" published some pictures of the circuits in ruins. There's no money to maintain it. It's really sad to see.

http://www.20minutos.es/galeria/9895...cuito-urbano/formula-uno/valencia/

When you look at these pictures, you can't believe that the last GP occured only 15 months ago.



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User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5724 posts, RR: 44
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1425 times:
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Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 7):
But 28-30 cars has always been the number of cars for this race, hasn't it?

Only since the "franchise" based V8 SuperCar era began.
The classic days of the James Hardie 1000 (and the H-F500 before that) had 55 cars across many different classes.
Even then there were quiet periods during the race.
It was especially great to watch the speed differential down Conrod Straight. didn't have the "chase" in it in those days.

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 7):
Are you sure you want to put 60 cars on a 6-km circuit?

Absolutely!!

The 12 Hour race run in Feb had 58 starters from humble Subarus and SEATs to GT3 Ferraris, Audis, Lambo's etc. Watching a Ferrari and Lambo pass either side of a Carrera cup car down through the Dipper or swallow up a Subaru across McPhillamy park is something that you will never see in the V8SC 1000. .. and the race is the poorer for it!

Cheers



If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
User currently offlinemad99 From Spain, joined Mar 2012, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1403 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 8):
When you look at these pictures, you can't believe that the last GP occured only 15 months ago

Well its not really a circuit they just paint the kerbs etc so i imagine you could take those pics anytime between gp's.

The whole area is shocking... all that money spent on the america's cup buildings and all abandoned. Such a wast of money...


User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5724 posts, RR: 44
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1375 times:
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Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 1):
And I have to start with some sad news...

And the sad news keeps coming, Sean Edwards, son of former F1 driver Guy Edwards has died in a Porsche 996 at Queensland raceway.

Guy Edwards was the driver awarded for valour and bravery for assisting the rescue of Niki Lauda at Nurburgring in 1976.
Indeed Sean coached some of the actors for the movie "Rush" and actually played the part of his father in that movie.

In a sad coincidence Guy Edwards co-drove a Lolo T600 with Emillio de Villotta at Lemans in 1981, tragic they both lost their race driver children within a few days of each other.



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User currently onlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2863 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Quoting stealthz (Reply 9):
The 12 Hour race run in Feb had 58 starters from humble Subarus and SEATs to GT3 Ferraris

It's good for the spectators, but a nightmare for drivers. They have to constantly pay attention to traffic!

But ok, if I have to choose, I'd rather have 60 cars than 20. It's like in Le Mans 1992, there were only 28 cars as opposed to the usual 50-55. I was almost crying. It felt so weird and empty... Empty in the grandstands too.

Quoting mad99 (Reply 10):
Well its not really a circuit they just paint the kerbs

I'm expecting a Grade 1 FIA circuit to be more than just paint on the kerbs! They invested 90 million euros and it's all wasted.

I'm sad and not sad a the same time. Sad because I don't like to see any circuit abandonned. Not sad because I never really enjoyed the track. I'm happy the Spanish GP stays in Barcelona.

I just wished that European GP slot could be attributed to France, but we have incompetent people at the French federation and governments are not interested in helping.

Quoting stealthz (Reply 11):
And the sad news keeps coming, Sean Edwards, son of former F1 driver Guy Edwards has died in a Porsche 996 at Queensland raceway.

This is sad indeed. I saw him racing at Le Mans in 2012. He was part of the Prospeed Competition team. He also won the 24 Hours of Nürburgring last May. I've known him for his endurance races more than anything else.

What a terrible year for Motorsports.

Quoting stealthz (Reply 11):
In a sad coincidence Guy Edwards co-drove a Lola T600 with Emillio de Villotta at Le Mans in 1981, tragic they both lost their race driver children within a few days of each other.

My God...



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User currently onlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2863 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 month 5 days ago) and read 1137 times:

Toro Rosso confirmed their second driver for the 2014 season. It will be Russian driver Daniil Kvyat. Daniil is currently second of the GP3 championship with one race remaining on the calendar. He drives for Arden, a team founded by Christian Horner and Mark Webber.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/110783



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