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Discussion in 'Sports & Entertainment' started by layman, Jul 6, 2012.

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    Lewis Hamilton Helmet Design

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    Giedo van der Garde helmet Design

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    Formula 1 - Singapore GP Qualifying Picture

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    Formula 1 - Singapore GP Race Results

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    Formula 1 - Korean GP

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    The Korea International Circuit very nearly wasn’t completed in time to hold its first race in 2010.

    After hurried last-minute work by the organisers the race went ahead, only for a race day downpour to put it in further jeopardy. The race was eventually started after a long delay behind the Safety Car, and ended in darkness as the sun had set before the chequered flag appeared.

    The Hermann Tilke-designed track has three distinct parts. The first sector is long straights and tight hairpins, the second a succession of medium-speed corners.

    The last sector is slower in pace and bordered more closely by barriers. It was designed this way because further buildings were planned around this part of the track, but so far they haven’t materialised.

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    Formula 1 - Korean GP Build up Pictures

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    Vettel laughs off F1 cheating allegations ahead of Korean GP

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    YEONGAM, South Korea: Sebastian Vettel is laughing off allegations that Red Bull is using illegal traction control to gain a big advantage on its rivals.

    The German has a 60-point lead in the Formula One championship standings heading into this weekend's Korean Grand Prix and appears headed toward a fourth straight title.

    His huge speed advantage in the previous race in Singapore prompted former F1 team boss Giancarlo Minardi to allege Red Bull is using banned traction control to gain a cornering-speed advantage.

    Asked about the allegation on Thursday, Vettel laughed and joked that even a forecast typhoon in southern Korea on race day will not be able to stop him winning because “since we have traction control, it doesn't matter so much.”

    Vettel's three straight titles and continued dominance this year have prompted a series of conspiracy theories about how Red Bull achieves its tremendous cornering speed, from adjustable ride heights to illegal diffusers and now traction control.

    “We are pretty proud of the system and others have to figure out how we have done it,” Vettel said. “That is part of the homework they have to do.”

    He said he was not angry over the allegations of cheating.

    “I don't think it was meant as an insult,” Vettel said. “People are interested in the sport and the technology behind it.”

    Minardi, who gave name to the team that competed from 1985-2005, attended the race in Singapore, where Vettel was at times a staggering 2.5 seconds a lap faster than his rivals, and said the sound of the car in corners indicated it was using a form of traction control.

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton said Thursday the Red Bull was using something which its rivals could only guess at.

    “Perhaps they have a lot more in the bag that we get to see,” Hamilton said. “He is on the power full throttle at least 20 meters before everyone else, which is a huge advantage.”

    Vettel's nearest championship rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari said the different sound of the Red Bull in cornering had been apparent since preseason testing, and does not account for its growing dominance in the latter half of the season.

    “They are using something different compared to other teams but something that is completely OK because it's passed all the tests on Saturdays and Sundays,” Alonso said. “It's up to us to do a better job.”

    Given his remarkable speed advantage, it appears the main threat to Vettel's chances of a third straight Korean GP victory will come from the weather.

    A forecast typhoon south of Korea could affect Yeongam and bring the kind of heavy rain that blighted the first year of the event in 2010.

    “Rain is forecast at this stage for Sunday, and maybe more than rain, we don't know what's coming,” Vettel said.

    “The package is strong no matter where we go, so we are confident.”

    Wild weather could deliver the kind of upset result that is needed to breathe new life into the championship, but Alonso said heavy rain may not help Ferrari much either.

    “You never know in wet races who will be the lucky one in that situation,” Alonso said. “With the downforce they (Red Bull) have, in wet conditions they should be stronger.”

    Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen could be a threat in any conditions, but the Finn isnt' even sure he'll be able to start Sunday's race because of a lingering back injury, saying he will decide after Friday's practice sessions.

    “Once we drive tomorrow I will know more,” Raikkonen said, adding that “it would be pointless coming here if I didn't race.”
     
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    We have only one F1 race track in India, right ??

    In UP !!
     
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    It is called Buddha International Circuit. You will know when the race happens in on This month 25-27, After Suzuka.
     
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    Formula 1 - Korean GP Practice I

    Hamilton quickest as Raikkonen crashes in Korea

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    A minor spin during practice in Korea didn’t keep Lewis Hamilton from heading the times sheet after the first 90 minutes of running.

    But Kimi Raikkonen had a bigger drama as he crashed at the final corner moments before the session ended. The Lotus driver lost control of his car in the middle of turn 17 and spun into the barrier nose-first.

    Moments earlier Sebastian Vettel had given a reminder of Red Bull’s potential by lapping just three-hundredths of a second slower than Hamilton on much older tyres.

    The first practice session for the Korean Grand Prix began in bright, sunny conditions with the track temperature already 30C. After taking to the track for their first installation laps several of the drivers reported the track’s new pit lane exit was very bumpy.

    Rodolfo Gonzalez was the first driver to set a time but was clearly struggling for grip. He’d already run wide more than once before he lost the car at the exit of turn 13, knocking the car’s nose off. “I’m really sorry guys,” he told the crew as he brought Jules Bianchi’s car back into the pits.

    Several other drivers lost control of their cars on the slippery track without crashing. James Calado, the only other reserve driver participating in the session, also had a spin, as did Hamilton.

    Felipe Massa’s session was spoiled when a puncture was detected on his front-left tyre shortly after he took to the track for his first timed run halfway through practice. He returned to the pits and only reappeared in the final minutes.

    Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg made it both Red Bulls and Mercedes in the top four. Jenson Button gave McLaren some encouragement with the fifth-fastest time.

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    Formula 1 - Korean GP Practice II

    Hamilton stays ahead in Korea

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    Lewis Hamilton improved his quickest time from first practice by almost a second and remained the driver to beat in Korea.

    The Mercedes and Red Bull drivers were closely matched, all four drivers separated by less than two tenths of a second after their runs on the super-soft tyres.

    Sebastian Vettel was the last driver to do a lap on the softer rubber but fell short of beating Hamilton by a tenth of a second afterwards. He pitted immediately afterwards due to a problem with his brake bias adjuster.

    Felipe Massa was best of the rest for Ferrari, just over four-tenths of a second slower than Hamilton. He had a run-in with the driver who will replace him at Ferrari next year during the session, locking a wheel as he passed Raikkonen’s Lotus.

    Raikkonen’s car was repaired in good time following his crash in the first session, allowing him to set eighth-quickest time, the Lotus and Ferrari drivers occupying positions five to eight.

    Jenson Button and Adrian Sutil completed the top ten, the latter pipping his team mate by just one thousandth of a second.

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    Formula 1 - Korean GP Practice III

    Red Bull lead Mercedes in final practice

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    Sebastian Vettel led the final hour of practice ahead of qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

    The Red Bull driver was the only person to lap the Korea International Circuit in less than 1’38, and team mate Mark Webber made it a one-two for Red Bull.

    The pair moved to the top of the times in the final ten minutes of the session when the drivers switched to super-soft tyres. Prior to that Lewis Hamilton had been quickest on the medium compound.

    However he was held up in traffic during his final run and ended up fourth-fastest behind team mate Nico Rosberg.

    As yesterday the Ferraris and Lotuses were next. Fernando Alonso was fifth-fastest and Felipe Massa improved to seventh on super-softs having been some way off the pace on the medium compound.

    Nico Hulkenberg put his Sauber in the top ten ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren.

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