Formula 1 – Turkish GP – Preview (with Video)


The summer holiday break is over now and the F1 circus is moving to Istanbul Park. This is one of the great new tracks (one great new track).

It is a home to the extremely challenging Turn 8. This is a long bumpy corner where drivers are exposed to 5Gs for around 7 seconds. It is this corner that makes the set up for race complicated. The long straights and smooth track require low downforce and low height set up of the car. But then the bumpy long Turn 8 comes and cars are prone to bottoming up. Once that happens the driver can turn into a passenger in no time.

It is important race for both Ferrari drivers. This race may be the one to decide which one of the Ferrari drivers will be backed by the team for the title challenge. Ferrari should be favourites to win here and begin their planned last 6 races winning streak. But it will not be easy. They have their own reliability issues to handle. And of course, there is McLaren with Hamilton and Alonso… And these 2 also have a lot to prove and fight for…

Here is the flying lap with Kimi Raikkonen

2006 Turkish Practice Video, Turn 8 in its best

Last year race brought a first F1 race win for Felipe Massa. This was also a race where Honda continued their good form after Button’s win in Hungary. What a difference does a year make… Video highlights:

In 2005 we had a bit of Montoya controversy. His off track excursions gifted 2nd place and 2 points to Alonso. This did not exactly help his team mate in his push for the title. It helped though Kimi to become one of the drivers with the biggest number of wins in a season without winning the title.

These are the top 10 places from the previous Turkish GP:

2006
1) Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 1:28:51.082
2) Fernando Alonso – Renault +5.5 sec
3) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +5.6 sec
4) Jenson Button – Honda +12.3 sec
5) Pedro de la Rosa – McLaren-Mercedes +45.9 sec
6) Giancarlo Fisichella – Renault +46.5 sec
7) Ralf Schumacher – Toyota +59.3 sec
8)Rubens Barrichello – Honda +60.0 sec
9) Jarno Trulli – Toyota +1 Lap
10) Mark Webber – Williams-Cosworth +1 Lap

2005
1) Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:24:34.454
2) Fernando Alonso – Renault +18.6 sec
3) Juan Pablo Montoya – McLaren-Mercedes +19.6 sec
4) Giancarlo Fisichella – Renault +37.9 sec
5) Jenson Button – BAR-Honda +39.3 sec
6) Jarno Trulli – Toyota +55.4 sec
7) David Coulthard – RBR-Cosworth +69.2 sec
8)Christian Klien – RBR-Cosworth +71.6 sec
9) Takuma Sato – BAR-Honda +109.987 sec
10) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +1 Lap

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2013 Teams and Drivers

Red Bull
1. Sebastian VETTEL
2 Mark WEBBER
Ferrari
3. Fernando ALONSO
4. Felipe MASSA
McLaren
5. Jenson BUTTON
6. Sergio PEREZ
Lotus
7. Kimi RAIKKONEN
8. Romain GROSJEAN
Mercedes
9. Nico ROSBERG
10. Lewis HAMILTON
Sauber
11. Nico HULKENBERG
12. Esteban GUTIEREZ
Force India
14. Paul di RESTA
15. Adrian SUTIL
Williams
16. Pastor MALDONADO
17. Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
18. Daniel RICCIARDO
19. Jean Eric VERGNE
Caterham
20. Charles PIC
21. Giedo van der GARDE
Marussia
24. Jules BIANCHI
25. Max CHILTON

2013 F1 Calendar

15-17 March - Australia
22-24 March - Malaysia
12-14 April - China
19-21 April - Bahrain
10-12 May - Spain
23-26 May - Monaco
07-09 June - Canada
28-30 June - Great Britain
5-7 July - Germany
26-28 July - Hungary
23-25 August - Belgium
06-08 September - Italy
20-22 September - Singapore
04-06 October - Korea
11-13 October - Japan
25-27 October - India
01-03 November - Abu Dhabi
15-17 November - USA
22-24 November - Brazil

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