Formula 1 – US GP Preview (with Videos)


We did not have enough time to discuss and review properly all that happened on Sunday in Montreal and here comes United States GP in Indianapolis.

It seems like this race was in the calendar for quite some time. Formula 1 has quite some history in the US.

However there was long break between 1992 and 1999 with no race being held in the States before the circus found its US home in Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is an interesting track. Part of it is the classic high speed American oval track (in clockwise direction however) with tricky walls never too far. Then there is the infield section with several corners. This combination makes the car set up a bit tricky compromise. See the video of the lap with Michael Schumacher.

This is not the easiest track to race on. Last year we had only 9 finishers with 7 cars out after first 2 corners. It also was the last F1 race for Juan Pablo Montoya. See video:


les adieux de Montoya à la F1
Uploaded by jyache

Historically this track suits Ferrari cars. However last 2 years do not give clear picture and may be a bit deceiving. In 2005 there was the famous Michelin trouble with tyres that were unable to last the race distance. All Michelin runners withdrew and Ferraris only competed with then the backmarkers Jordan and Minardi. As a consequence in 2006 Michelin brought in rather conservative tyres that were no match for Bridgestones and Ferrari had more less no other real competition except their own reliability. This year the tyres are same for everybody and Ferrari will face tough competition from McLaren and BMW at least. Safety car is also quite common sight on this track, so anything can happen here, even Minardi scored a point here in 2004 … It will be interesting to see how the McLaren drivers cope with this track. Hamilton never raced here (as was the case in few other track this year) and Alonso has yet to finish on podium on this track.

Here are the results from previous Indianapolis races (all finishers):
2006

1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1’34:35.199
2) Felipe Massa – Ferrari +7.984
3) Giancarlo Fisichella – Renault +16.595
4) Jarno Trulli – Toyota +23.604
5) Fernando Alonso – Renault +28.410
6) Rubens Barrichello – Honda +36.513
7) David Coulthard – Red Bull-Ferrari +1 lap
8)Vitantonio Liuzzi – Toro Rosso-Cosworth +1 lap
9) Nico Rosberg – Williams-Cosworth

2005

1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1’29:43.181
2) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +1.5
3) Tiago Monteiro – Jordan-Toyota +1 Lap
4) Narain Karthikeyan – Jordan-Toyota +1 Lap
5) Christijan Albers – Minardi-Cosworth +2 Laps
6) Patrick Friesacher – Minardi-Cosworth +2 Laps

2004

1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +1:40’29.914
2) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +2.950 secs
3) Takuma Sato – BAR-Honda +22.036 secs
4) Jarno Trulli – Renault +34.544 secs
5) Olivier Panis – Toyota +37.534 secs
6) Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes +1 Lap
7) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +1 Lap
8)Zsolt Baumgartner – Minardi-Cosworth +3 Laps
9) Giancarlo Fisichella – Sauber-Petronas +8 Laps

2003

1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:33’35.997
2) Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes +18.258 secs
3) Heinz-Harald Frentzen – Sauber-Petronas +37.964 secs
4) Jarno Trulli – Renault +48.329 secs
5) Nick Heidfeld – Sauber-Petronas +56.403 secs
6) Juan Pablo Montoya – Williams-BMW +1 Lap
7) Giancarlo Fisichella – Jordan-Ford +1 Lap
8)Justin Wilson – Jaguar-Cosworth +2 Laps
9) Cristiano da Matta – Toyota +2 Laps
10) Jos Verstappen – Minardi-Cosworth +4 Laps
11) Nicolas Kiesa – Minardi-Cosworth +4 Laps

2002

1) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari – 1:31:08.0
2) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari + 0.011
3) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes + 7.799
4) Juan Pablo Montoya – Williams-BMW + 9.911
5) Jarno Trulli – Renault + 56.847
6) Jacques Villeneuve – BAR-Honda + 58.211
7) Giancarlo Fisichella – Jordan-Honda +1 Lap
8)Jenson Button – Renault +1 Lap
9) Nick Heidfeld – Sauber-Petronas +1 Lap
10) Eddie Irvine – Jaguar-Cosworth +1 Lap
11) Takuma Sato – Jordan-Honda +1 Lap
12) Olivier Panis – BAR-Honda +1 Lap
13) Heinz-Harald Frentzen – Sauber-Petronas +2 Laps
14) Mika Salo – Toyota +2 Laps
15) Allan McNish – Toyota +2 Laps
16) Ralf Schumacher – Williams-BMW +2 Laps

2001

1) Mika Häkkinen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:32:42.840
2) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +11.046
3) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +12.043
4) Jarno Trulli – Jordan-Honda +57.423
5) Eddie Irvine – Jaguar-Cosworth +1:12.434
6) Nick Heidfeld – Sauber-Petronas +1:12.996
7) Jean Alesi – Jordan-Honda +1 Lap
8)Giancarlo Fisichella – Benetton-Renault +1 Lap
9) Jenson Button – Benetton-Renault +1 Lap
10) Heinz-Harald Frentzen – Prost-Acer +1 Lap
11) Olivier Panis – BAR-Honda +1 Lap
12) Pedro de la Rosa – Jaguar-Cosworth +1 Lap
13) Enrique Bernoldi – Arrows-Asiatech +1 Lap
14) Tomáš Enge – Prost-Acer +1 Lap

2000

1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari -1:36:31
2) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +12.118
3) Heinz-Harald Frentzen – Jordan-Mugen-Honda +17.368
4) Jacques Villeneuve – BAR-Honda +17.936
5) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +28.813
6) Ricardo Zonta – BAR-Honda +51.694
7) Eddie Irvine – Jaguar-Cosworth +1:11.115
8)Pedro Diniz – Sauber-Petronas +1 Lap
9) Nick Heidfeld – Prost-Peugeot +1 Lap
10) Alexander Wurz – Benetton-Playlife +1 Lap
11) Johnny Herbert – Jaguar-Cosworth +1 Lap
12) Marc Gené – Minardi-Fondmetal +1 Lap

One Comments Post a Comment
  1. steverobbo says:

    Should be another action-packed race.

    I’m sure Hamilton’s first win has attracted a few fair-weather fans to this event.

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