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2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina, November 2-5


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Sebastian Vettel looked the goods heading into the first turn of the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The wheels literally fell off his campaign in Turn 2, however, leaving Lewis Hamilton to take a relatively untroubled victory.


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F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Introduction

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Fighting on It’s a credit to the crews involved that there will be a full field of V8 Supercars on the grid this weekend as the category supports the Formula 1 circus offshore for the first time. Garry Rogers Motorsport and Kelly Racing put in the hard yards between the Armor All Gold Coast 600 and the plane leaving for Abu Dhabi in order to prepare spare cars for Alex Premat and Karl Reindler respectively. Tony D’Alberto Racing also had a big task on its hands to rebuild its crashed Falcon, while the remaining battle-weary squads still had to undertake the task of tearing down and refurbishing their cars after the punishing event. It’s extraordinary to think that the 2013 calendar has the Surfers Paradise and Yas Marina circuits hosting V8 Supercars events on consecutive weekends. The per unit cost of a Car of the Future may turn out to be below current levels, but it’s a big ask to expect teams to have spare cars prepared to the point that they can be finished in less than a day before being packed into a container for a fly-away race. At least this time next year the teams won’t have to deal with quite such a heavy COTF build and development program as they’re currently facing. Three teams - GRM, the Holden Racing Team and Kelly Racing - have or are expected to test their Car of the Future cars while the race crews are away in the UAE. Having separate ‘test teams’ is not something we’re all that accustomed to in Australian motorsport before, and gives a clear insight into the drain that’s currently being placed on each team’s resources. The post-Bathurst races in the V8 Supercars Championship always have a bit of a ‘staggering the end of a long season’ feel to them. Unfortunately this year, the workload for many may not much relent over the entire off-season...

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F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Cover Story

Crunch time for title contenders

The Formula 1 and V8 Supercars Championships come together this weekend at a crucial time

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or the first time ever, this weekend in Abu Dhabi sees the Formula 1 World Championship and V8 Supercars Championship link up outside of Australian shores. While the format for the V8 Supercars event, slashed from the twin 200km races seen at the Yas Marina Circuit in recent years to just three 65km affairs, puts the Australian class firmly in its place as a support category, the event is still a full points paying round. Both categories head to the Middle East at a crucial time in their seasons. Just three events remain on both championship calendars, and it almost goes without saying that this weekend could play a significant role in the final result.

Ferrari Formula 1 charger Fernando Alonso and Ford Performance Racing V8 Supercars pilot Mark Winterbottom arrive in Abu Dhabi with similar equations on their hands. If they are to overhaul the respective championship leaders Sebastian Vettel and Jamie Whincup, they’re quite simply going to need to start winning races.

Alonso, who now sits 13 points behind Vettel after seeing his Red Bull Racing rival win the last four consecutive races.

Alonso has not won since the German Grand Prix in July, a full eight races ago. Likewise, it’s been a dry spell for Winterbottom, who last took the top step at Phillip Island in mid-May. Both have led their respectively championships this year but enter the final three races as clear underdogs.

“Obviously three races remaining; championship is the main target so we need to recover some points and will be nice to finish in front of Sebastian in Abu Dhabi, whatever the position it is. And if we can win the race it will be even better – but for that we need to make a step forward. At the moment we are not able to win.”

“We know that we need to improve,” says

“I think we need to bring some new parts to Abu Dhabi, hopefully improve a little bit more then competitiveness of the car, try to be a little bit closer to Red Bulls on Saturday and hopefully on Sunday as well.

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F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Cover Story

Says Winterbottom simply of his weekend: “It will be tight but we need to win races and score more points than Jamie (Whincup) – that is our goal for the weekend.” Winterbottom is perhaps better placed than Alonso to end his winless streak this weekend. The 31-year-old has scored three podium finishes in his four previous starts at the venue, with only a Safety Car debacle keeping him well down in the second race last year. The format change for this year, he says, could be the catalyst for a breakthrough victory. “The sprint races will reward good qualifying and that has been our strength of late so hopefully that works for us,” he says. “Using the F1 layout means past results (at Abu Dhabi) don’t mean too much as the racing will be different. We

saw at Sandown in the sprint races the racing was frantic and that should be a good gauge for Abu Dhabi.”

me that it always comes down to a handful of points on the last race on the last day,” he says of the title fight.

Whincup, of course, has other ideas. The three-time and reigning champion has won six times since Winterbottom’s last triumph, including the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Whincup has won three of the four V8 Supercar races held in Abu Dhabi, and more success this weekend could see his 218 point lead blow-out to near unassailable proportions.

“I’m predicting that this thing is going to be a dog fight until the end. The longer the year goes on, the more desperate the other guys will get, so I just have to make sure I just do what I do – focus and just drive the car as fast as I can.

Having come out on both sides of the endof-season title fight each year since 2007, Whincup isn’t expecting to have it easy in the remaining races. “The thing I have on my side is experience in this situation, and my experience tells

“Three rounds doesn’t seem like much, but in my mind, there’s a long way to go. I’m just looking forward to doing what I do and going as hard as I can. To be honest, I don’t want the end of the year to come fast. I want to make the most of these last three events and hopefully my best race of the year is yet to come.” Continued on page 10 >>


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He adds of the weekend’s format: “If Sandown was any indication, it’s going to be pretty loose. If anyone thinks that a 12 lap race is going to be boring, they’re kidding themselves. There’s going to be action. It will be a wild weekend.” And what of Vettel? The 25-year-old is closing in on his third consecutive world title - a feat only previously achieved by Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. While victory in the Indian Grand Prix was not only Vettel’s fourth consecutive victory, but the third consecutive race in which he led every lap, he’s refusing to get carried away just yet. “If we speak about the world championship, obviously this was another good step for us, but still a long way to go and we have seen this year how quickly things can change,” he said after last weekend’s race. “There’s a lot more to come and we’ll try to take things step by step.”

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F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Event Info

Yas Marina Circuit Circuit Overview Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Length: 5.55 kilometres Direction: Anti-Clockwise Circuit Description Built on top of the man-made Yas Island at a reported cost of $1.3 billion, the Hermann Tilke-designed Yas Marina Circuit held the distinction of hosing the first ever ‘evening’ Grand Prix when it joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2009. The circuit added the V8 Supercars Championship to its calendar in 2010, with this year marking the first time the two classes have run on the same weekend. The change will see the Australian category taste the full circuit for the first time, having previously run on the 4.7km version. Formula 1 Lap Record: Sebastian Vettel, 1:40.279s, Red Bull-Renault, 2009 Formula 1 Event Format: Friday: Practice: 2 x 90 min Saturday: Practice: 1 x 90 min Qualifying: 1 x 60 min Sunday: 1 x 305km (55 laps)

Formula 1 Tyre Format: Each car will be allocated six sets of the prime (Pirelli’s medium/ white compound) and five sets of the option (Pirelli’s soft/yellow compound) tyres this weekend. Both compounds must be used in Sunday’s race. V8 Supercars Lap Record: N/A V8 Supercars Event Format: Friday: Practice: 2 x 30 min Qualifying: 1 x 20 min Note: The fastest time set by each driver in qualifying sets their grid position for Race 1, while their second fastest time counts towards the Race 2 grid, and their third fastest time the Race 3 grid. Saturday: Race: 2 x 65km (12 laps) Sunday: Race: 1 x 65km (12 laps) V8 Supercars Tyre Format: Each car will be allocated 12 hard and 12 soft tyres for the weekend, with no pre-marked tyres to be brought. Only the hard tyres can be used for the opening race (Race 24), with only the softs to be used in Races 25 and 26.


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F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Track Details

Yas Marina Circuit Technical preview with Lotus F1’s trackside operations director Alan Permane

THE CAR Rear wing The recent tracks - Suzuka, Korea, India have been a high-medium downforce level whereas Yas Marina is more towards a Monaco level of downforce - almost maximum because of the section between Turn 11 and 21 which is all very low speed with a lot of second gear corners. Brakes There are reasonable braking demands, especially into Turns 5, 8, 11 which have quite high speed approaches to the low speed corners. Temperatures will need to be monitored as will wear; these are not likely to be an issue, but more attention is paid to them here than at other tracks. Suspension The kerbs are more pronounced than seen at some other tracks, in particular Turns 8, 9 and through the last sector. A soft car which rides the kerbs well helps here, but it’s a trade-off between having a soft car which will ride over the kerbs and one which is stiff enough for the driver to have a sharp change of direction which is necessary for the chicanes – 8-9 and 11-13. Tyres The consecutive allocation of the medium

and soft compound Pirelli tyres should not present too many issues, with both tyres likely to suit the circuit – opening up the potential strategy permutations. Front wing Turn 2 is the crucial corner for determining how much front wing is used. More front wing is required here than for any other corner, so you need sufficient front wing for Turn 2 without causing too much detriment elsewhere.. Engine The day to night schedule makes ambient conditions vary significantly and grip levels, tyre warm up and air pressure will change. The engine needs to respond to this new set of parameters, so careful engine management and flexibility is crucial.

THE Circuit Turn 1 Turn 1 is medium speed, around 130kph, leading into the high speed Turns 2 and 3 which should be flat out in qualifying and only something for the drivers to think about when they are on heavy fuel loads. Turn 2 Turn 2 is a defining corner for set-up. You need sufficient front wing to eradicate high speed understeer and this defines

how much front wing is used as the other corners can all use less than this one. Turn 5 Turn 5 has one of the bigger braking demands on the circuit, down from around 300kph.. Turn 7 Good engine pickup out of Turn 7 is vital for to enter the longest straight of the track. Turn 7 is a second gear corner, taken at around 70kph. Turns 8 - 9 The fastest part of the circuit, at the end of one of the longest straights in F1 with a maximum speed of around 320kph. It’s followed by heavy braking down to second gear and around 80kph. The kerbs are used aggressively through Turns 8-9 so a soft car is beneficial here. Approaching Turn 11 Another long straight with a top speed of over 300kph which leads into a heavy braking zone for Turn 11. Turns 11-13 need a good change of direction from the car. Turns 11 - 21 Between Turns 11 and 21 is all very low speed with a lot of second gear corners, very reminiscent of a street course without actually being a street course.


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F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Tech Preview

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he race format certainly makes the strategy simple this weekend - take the lead off the start and then run flat-out until the chequered flag! Qualifying The most interesting part of the weekend will be qualifying as each car’s three fastest laps in the 20 minute session sets the grid positions for Races 24, 25 and 26 respectively. I’m not sure how well thought through this concept was to be honest as on a 5.5km track you’re only going to have time to do either three lots of one-lap runs or two lot of two-lap runs. Effectively everyone’s slowest time in the session will set the Race 26 grid. Where it could really come undone is if there’s a red flag. Usually the clock stops for

the first 15 minutes of red flag intervention, but because we’re running with Formula 1 that won’t be the case. With this format we certainly can’t afford to be losing time with a session stoppage. Tyres We’ve been allocated 12 hard and 12 soft compound tyres this weekend, which is an interesting combination given that qualifying and two of the races need to be done on the softs. While we’ll be scratching for softs, chances are that we’ll be leaving with an unused set of hards. Seeing that they don’t get delivered back into the country until the 20th of December, we’ll likely be taking them off the boat and putting them straight into the bin... Track The biggest difference for us this year is the time of day that we’ll be on track. Obviously we race with the Formula 1 guys at Albert Park each year so we’ve got some idea of how the track evolution is shaped by their Pirelli rubber, but the difference there is that we are on in the evening when

we race there. This year for example we only had one race that could be considered hot at around 35 degrees or so of track temperature. In Abu Dhabi we’re expecting it to be 40 degrees or more when we’re on track and it’ll come down into the 30s when the F1 cars are out. Qualifying at 9:30am and racing at 3:00pm will mean about 20 degrees different in the track temperature, which will take a very different car I would have thought. Brakes The combination of running in hotter ambient temperatures and running the longer configuration circuit means that it’ll be quite a lot harder on brakes this year. Using the full back straight gives you a 270km/h to 50km/h stop into Turn 8, and you’ve got another ‘sixth-to-first’ braking area into Turn 11. Even though each race is only 65km I think they’ll be extremely hard on brakes.


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V8 Supercars Championship leader Jamie Whincup holds a 218 point lead over Mark Winterbottom heading to Abu Dhabi, but it’s his record at fly-away races that must also have his rivals nervous. The three-time V8 Supercar champion has won three of the four races at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi (in 2010 and 2011, right) and finished on the podium in all four of them. He also has a brilliant recent strike rate in the Middle East, amassing eight race wins from his last nine starts since 2008 across both Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

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Russell Ingall will rack up a career milestone in Abu Dhabi - his 500th Australian Touring Car Championship/V8 Supercars Championship race start. The 2005 V8 Supercar champion will bring up the ‘500’ in Race 25 in Abu Dhabi (the second Saturday race) and remains the most experienced driver in the current field. His 500th race start will come up in Ingall’s 217th ATCC/V8SC event. The Supercheap Auto Racing driver sits 12th in the V8 Supercars

Championship, but has never had much luck in Abu Dhabi in his two previous trips in 2010 and 2011 with a 27th, 9th, 24th and DNF in the four races.

Whincup has won more races than any other driver in the championship in 2012 eight - and a pair of pole positions on the Gold Coast has moved him to the top of the chase for the Armor All Pole Position Award, which he has won for the last four years straight.

Holden’s VE Commodore is closing in on a special milestone in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/V8 Supercars Championship. The VE and its current VE II model have won a record 97 ATCC/ V8SC races since it was debuted at the 2007 Clipsal 500 with victory in the hands of Todd Kelly and the Holden Racing Team, left. Three more race wins will see it become the first model to hit 100 race wins in the history of the ATCC/V8SC - a clean sweep in Abu Dhabi would bring up the century. Prior to this weekend’s event in Abu Dhabi, there have been a total of 50 V8 Supercars Championship races held on foreign soil outside Australia. Those races have been held since 2001 in New Zealand (Pukekohe and Hamilton), China (Shanghai), Bahrain and Abu Dhabi with the United States to be added next year with the Circuit of The Americas. Jamie Whincup is the most successful driver with 12 race wins overseas clear of Greg Murphy (nine), Garth Tander (seven), Mark Skaife (five), Todd Kelly (four), Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom (three each). The most successful team has been Triple Eight (13), clear of HRT and Kmart Racing/HSV Dealer Team (12 each), Ford Performance Racing and PWR Racing (five each), Stone Brothers Racing (two) and Kelly Racing (one).

The battle for the V8 Supercars Champion Manufacturer award looks set to go down to the wire in 2012. Holden is attempting to claim its third straight Champion Manufacturers crown and

has a total of 13 race wins - all claimed by TeamVodafone - to Ford’s 10 - all claimed by Ford Performance Racing. The two dominant teams have claimed all 23 race wins this season and have a winning streak between them that now stands at an amazing 26 dating back to November 2011.


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Red Bull Racing Base: Milton Keynes, UK Team Principal: Christian Horner Technical Chief: Adrian Newey Chassis: RB8 Engine: Renault RS27-2012

Debut: Albert Park, 2005 Constructors’ titles: 2 Wins: 34 Pole Positions: 45 Fastest Laps: 27

2012 FORM Sebastian Vettel

Championship Position: 1 Best Qualifying: 1 Average Qualifying: 4.5 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 5.5

Mark webber

Championship Position: 5 Best Qualifying: 1 Average Qualifying: 6.0 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 6.3

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Sebastian Vettel heads to Abu Dhabi as the red hot favourite to win a fifth consecutive Grand Prix. The 25-yearold German has led every lap in the last three races having started on the front-row on each occasion. Red Bull’s recent qualifying dominance, locking out the front-row for the last three races, has effectively shut-out its opposition from the outset. Mark Webber has used his improved starting positions to score two of his season tally of four podiums in the last two races, with his third place finish in India coming despite a KERS issue. A one-two finish would be just the ticket for Vettel’s championship campaign this weekend.

Sebastian Vettel Nationality: German Date of Birth: 03/07/1987 Debut: Indianapolis, 2007 World Championships: 2 Wins: 26 Poles: 34 Fastest Laps: 13 Career Highlights: 2010 and 2011 World Drivers’ Champion, 2nd 2006 F3 Euro Series, 2nd 2004 Formula BMW ADAC

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Mark Webber Nationality: Australian Date of Birth: 27/08/1976 Debut: Albert Park, 2002 World Championships: 0 Wins: 9 Poles: 11 Fastest Laps: 14 Career Highlights: 3rd 2010 and 2011 World Drivers’ Championship, 2nd 2001 International F3000, 1st 1996 British FF Festival

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F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Driver Profiles

Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes Base: Woking, UK Team Principal: Martin Whitmarsh Technical Chief: Paddy Lowe Chassis: MP4-27 Engine: Mercedes-Benz FO 108Z

2012 FORM JENSON BUTTON Championship Position: 6 Best Qualifying: 1 Average Qualifying: 6.5 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 9.5 LEWIS HAMILTON Championship Position: 4 Best Qualifying: 1 Average Qualifying: 3.4 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 8.8

Debut: Monte Carlo, 1966 World Championships: 8 Wins: 180 Poles Positions: 153 Fastest Laps: 150

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... McLaren and Lewis Hamilton were victorious in last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but will return to the Yas Marina Circuit with realistic expectations of what can be achieved. Both Hamilton and team-mate Jenson Button were left behind by the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, as well as the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, last time out in India. With both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships having slipped through the team’s grasp this year, there is little to lose over the remaining races.

Jenson Button Nationality: British Date of Birth: 19/01/1980 Debut: Albert Park, 2000 World Championships: 1 Wins: 14 Poles: 8 Fastest Laps: 8 Career Highlights: 2009 World Drivers’ Champion, 1st 1998 British FF Festival, 1998 British FF Champion

Lewis Hamilton Nationality: British Date of Birth: 07/01/1985 Debut: Albert Park, 2007 World Championships: 1 Wins: 20 Poles: 24 Fastest Laps: 11 Career Highlights: 2008 World Drivers’ Champion, 2006 GP2 Champion, 2005 F3 Euroseries Champion


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F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Driver Profiles

SCUDERIA FERRARI Base: Maranello, Italy Team Principal: Stefano Domenicali Technical Chief: Pat Fry Chassis: F2012 Engine: Ferrari 056

2012 FORM FERNANDO ALONSO Championship Position: 2 Best Qualifying: 1 Average Qualifying: 6.3 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 5.7 FELIPE MASSA Championship Position: 9 Best Qualifying: 3 Average Qualifying: 10.4 Best Finish: 2 Average Finish: 9.1

Debut: Monte Carlo, 1950 World Championships: 16 Wins: 219 Pole Positions: 207 Fastest Laps: 227

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Fernando Alonso will continue his struggle to stay in the championship fight at Yas Marina. The Spaniard dragged a second place finish from his Ferrari in India despite proving unable to qualify among the first two rows for the sixth time in seven races. While the team clearly cannot match the pace of the Red Bulls at the moment, Alonso trails Sebastian Vettel in the standings by just 13 points and is not the type to panic. Another podium this weekend will still have the pressure on the German heading into the final two races.

FERNANDO ALONSO Nationality: Spanish Date of Birth: 29/07/1981 Debut: Albert Park, 2001 World Championships: 2 Wins: 30 Poles: 22 Fastest Laps: 19 Career Highlights: 2005 and 2006 World Drivers Champion, 1st 1999 Euro Open by Nissan

FELIPE MASSA Nationality: Brazilian Date of Birth: 25/04/1981 Debut: Albert Park, 2002 World Championships: 0 Wins: 11 Poles: 15 Fastest Laps: 14 Career Highlights: 2nd 2008 World Drivers’ Championship, 1st 2001 Euro F3000, 1st 2000 Formula Renault Eurocup


F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Driver Profiles

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Base: Brackley, UK Team Principal: Ross Brawn Technical Chief: Bob Bell Chassis: F1 W03 Engine: Mercedes-Benz FO108Z

Debut: Albert Park, 2010 World Championships: 0 Wins: 1 Pole Positions: 2 Fastest Laps: 3

2012 FORM MICHAEL SCHUMACHER Championship Position: 14 Best Qualifying: 1 Average Qualifying: 8.6 Best Finish: 3 Average Finish: 14.7 NICO ROSBERG Championship Position: 7 Best Qualifying: 1 Average Qualifying: 9.1 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 9.9

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Mercedes continues to stagger towards the end of the 2012 season, failing to score points in each of the last three races. The Brackley based squad could at least take solace from the fact that its Sauber rivals also failed to score last time out in India, leaving the gap between the pair in the Constructors’ Championship at 20 points. The team insists, however, that it has not turned the development tap off of its current car, a statement at least partially proven by the exhaust upgrades it has brought to recent events. Both Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher made Q3 in India and Korea, giving the team hope it can end its scoreless run this weekend.

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER Nationality: German Date of Birth: 03/01/1969 Debut: Spa, 1991 World Championships: 7 Wins: 91 Poles: 69 Fastest Laps: 77 Career Highlights: 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 World Drivers’ Champion, 1990 German F3 Champion

NICO ROSBERG Nationality: German Date of Birth: 27/06/1985 Debut: Sakhir, 2006 World Championships: 0 Wins: 1 Poles: 1 Fastest Laps: 4 Place of Birth: Wiesbaden Career Highlights: 2nd 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, 2005 GP2 Champion, 1st 2002 Formula BMW ADAC

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LOTUS F1 TEAM Base: Enstone, UK Team Principal: Eric Boullier Technical Chief: James Allison Chassis: E20 Engine: Renault RS27- 2012

2012 FORM KIMI RAIKKONEN Championship Position: 3 Best Qualifying: 4 Average Qualifying: 7.9 Best Finish: 2 Average Finish: 5.4 ROMAIN GROSJEAN Championship Position: 8 Best Qualifying: 2 Average Qualifying: 7.6 Best Finish: 2 Average Finish: 14.3

Debut: Albert Park, 2012 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Pole Positions: 0 Fastest Laps: 3

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Lotus now appears destined to go winless this year having failed to capitalise on the early season unpredictability or develop its car into a fully blown contender. The main focus for Kimi Raikkonen heading into the final three races should be to maintain his third placing in the Drivers’ Championship, which will be far from an easy task given that Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton trail the Finn by just six and eight points respectively. The team at least has one big question out of the way heading into the weekend having announced that Raikkonen will stay with the team in 2013.

KIMI RAIKKONEN Nationality: Finnish Date of Birth: 17/10/1979 Debut: Albert Park, 2001 World Championships: 1 Wins: 18 Poles: 16 Fastest Laps: 37 Career Highlights: 2007 World Drivers’ Champion, 2nd 2005 World Driver’s Championship, 2000 British Formula Renault champion

ROMAIN GROSJEAN Nationality: French Date of Birth: 17/04/1986 Debut: Valencia, 2009 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 1 Career Highlights: 2011 GP2 and GP2 Asia Series Champion, 2010 Auto GP champion, 2007 F3 Euro Series Champion

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SAHARA FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM Base: Silverstone, UK Team Principal: Vijay Mallya Technical Chief: Andrew Green Chassis: VJM05 Engine: Mercedes-Benz FO108Z

2012 FORM PAUL DI RESTA Championship Position: 13 Best Qualifying: 4 Average Qualifying: 11.4 Best Finish: 4 Average Finish: 10.5 NICO HULKENBERG Championship Position: 12 Best Qualifying: 5 Average Qualifying: 11.8 Best Finish: 4 Average Finish: 10.9

Debut: Albert Park, 2008 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Pole Positions: 1 Fastest Laps: 2

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... The worst kept secret surrounding this team, that Nico Hulkenberg will be leaving for Sauber next season, was finally made public as the Formula 1 circus arrived in Abu Dhabi. The German has enjoyed a strong season, out-qualifying his highly-rated team-mate Paul di Resta on nine occasions and currently sits five points (and one place) ahead in the championship standings. Although a chance to score points in each of the remaining races, the team appears highly unlikely to be able to overhaul the 23 point gap to Sauber, which currently sits sixth in the Constructors’ Championship.

PAUL DI RESTA Nationality: Scottish Date of Birth: 16/04/1986 Debut: Albert Park, 2011 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Career Highlights: 2010 DTM Champion, 2006 Formula 3 Euroseries Champion, 1st 2006 Masters of F3

NICO HULKENBERG Nationality: German Date of Birth: 19/08/1987 Debut: Sakhir, 2010 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 1 Fastest Laps: 1 Career Highlights: Pole Position for 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix, 2009 GP2 Series Champion, 2005 Formula BMW ADAC champion


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SAUBER F1 TEAM Base: Hinwil, Switzerland Team Principal: Peter Sauber Technical Chief: Matt Morris Chassis: C31 Engine: Ferrari 056

2012 FORM KAMUI KOBAYASHI Championship Position: 11 Best Qualifying: 2 Average Qualifying: 11.1 Best Finish: 3 Average Finish: 12.7 SERGIO PEREZ Championship Position: 10 Best Qualifying: 5 Average Qualifying: 12.0 Best Finish: 2 Average Finish: 12.2

Debut: Kylami, 1993 World Championships: 0 Wins: 1 Pole Positions: 1 Fastest Laps: 4

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Despite failing to score in either of the last two races, Sauber says its determined to overcome the 20 point deficit it currently faces in the Constructors’ Championship to fifth placed Mercedes. In order to do so, the team will likely need to score points with both of its cars - a feat not easily achievable. Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez have managed to find themselves together in the top 10 at the end of a Grand Prix just four times in the 17 races contested thus far, with the former having failed to score a point on the three occasions that the Mexican has finished on the podium.

KAMUI KOBAYASHI Nationality: Japanese Date of Birth: 13/09/1986 Debut: Interlagos, 2009 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 1 Career Highlights: 2008/09 GP2 Asia Series Champion, 4th 2007 F3 Euroseries, 1st 2005 FRenault Eurocup

SERGIO PEREZ Nationality: Mexican Date of Birth: 26/01/1990 Debut: Albert Park, 2011 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 1 Career Highlights: 2nd 2010 GP2 Series, 4th 2007 British F3 Championship Class, 1st 2007 British F3 National Class

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SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO Base: Faenza, Italy Team Principal: Franz Tost Technical Chief: Giorgio Ascanelli Chassis: STR7 Engine: Ferrari 056

2012 FORM DANIEL RICCIARDO Championship Position: 18 Best Qualifying: 6 Average Qualifying: 14.5 Best Finish: 9 Average Finish: 12.4 JEAN-ERIC VERGNE Championship Position: 17 Best Qualifying: 11 Average Qualifying: 16.8 Best Finish: 8 Average Finish: 14.3

Debut: Sakhir, 2006 World Championships: 0 Wins: 1 Pole Positions: 1 Fastest Laps: 0

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Toro Rosso pair Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne head into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend knowing that there 2013 future is secured after the team’s confirmation that it will keep both drivers. Although the second-tier Red Bull squad has proven ruthless with its drivers in the past, few would be surprised to see the Australian and the Frenchman stay on after promising seasons for both. While the car has been largely a disappointment, the more experienced Ricciardo has repeatedly out-qualified his team-mate, while Vergne has shown flashes of speed, taking three eighth place finishes. More points will be a tough ask here but are far from out of the question.

DANIEL RICCIARDO Nationality: Australian Date of Birth: 01/07/1989 Debut: Silverstone, 2011 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Career Highlights: 2009 British Formula 3 Champion, 2nd 2010 Formula Renault 3.5, 2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Champion

JEAN-ERIC VERGNE Nationality: French Date of Birth:25/04/1990 Debut: Albert Park, 2012 World Championships: – Wins: – Poles: – Fastest Laps: – Career Highlights: 2nd 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, 2010 British Formula 3 Champion, 2nd European Formula Renault 2.0 series

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WILLIAMS Base: Grove, UK Team Principal: Frank Williams Technical Chief: Mike Coughlan Chassis: FW34 Engine: Renault RS27- 2012

2012 FORM PASTOR MALDONADO Championship Position: 15 Best Qualifying: 2 Average Qualifying: 9.2 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 14.5 BRUNO SENNA Championship Position: 16 Best Qualifying: 9 Average Qualifying: 15.0 Best Finish: 6 Average Finish: 13.1

Debut: Aires, 1978 World Championships: 9 Wins: 114 Pole Positions: 127 Fastest Laps: 131

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Pastor Maldonado provided some encouragement for the Williams team in India when he made Q3 for the first time in three events. The Venezuelan’s chances of points, however, were dashed thanks to a clash with Kamui Kobayashi and a subsequent punctured tyre, leaving Maldonado to finish 16th. Burno Senna was also his usual self at the Buddh International Circuit, qualifying four places behind his teammate in 13th before driving quietly to pick--up the final point in the race. Maldonado again looms as the only one of this pair capable of making the points this weekend on pure pace.

PASTOR MALDONADO Nationality: Venezuelan Date of Birth: 09/03/1985 Debut: Albert Park, 2011 World Championships: 0 Wins: 1 Poles: 1 Fastest Laps: 0 Career Highlights: 2010 GP2 Champion, 3rd 2006 Formula Renault 3.5, 1st 2004 Formula Renault 2000 Italia

BRUNO SENNA Nationality: Brazilian Date of Birth: 15/10/1983 Debut: Sakhir, 2010 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 1 Career Highlights: 2nd 2008 GP2 Series, 3rd 2006 British F3 Championship, 5th 2008 GP2 Asia Series


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CATERHAM F1 TEAM Base: Hingham, UK Team Principal: Tony Fernandes Technical Chief: Mike Gascoyne Chassis: CT01 Engine: Renault RS27-2012

Debut: Sakhir, 2010 World Championships : 0 Wins: 0 Pole Positions: 0 Fastest Laps: 0

2012 FORM HEIKKI KOVALAINEN Championship Position: 20 Best Qualifying: 16 Average Qualifying: 18.8 Best Finish: 13 Average Finish: 16.8 VITALY PETROV Championship Position: 21 Best Qualifying: 19 Average Qualifying: 19.7 Best Finish: 13 Average Finish: 17.4

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Caterham is running out of race in which is snatch back 10th spot in the Constructors’ Championship from Marussia, which benefited from attrition in Singapore to score a surprise 12th place with Timo Glock. While matching that mark will be a tough ask this without a spate of mechanical issues or driver errors further up the field, previous form suggests that the team will at least be able to out-pace its Marussia rivals, however.

HEIKKI KOVALAINEN Nationality: Finnish Date of Birth: 19/10/1981 Debut: Albert Park, 2007 World Championships: 0 Wins: 1 Poles: 1 Fastest Laps: 2 Career Highlights: 1st 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix, 2nd 2005 GP2 Series, 1st 2004 World Series by Nissan

VITALY PETROV Nationality: Russian Date of Birth: 08/09/1984 Debut: Sakhir, 2010 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Career Highlights: 3rd 2011 Australian Grand Prix, 2nd 2009 GP2 Series, 3rd 2008 GP2 Asia Series

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HRT F1 TEAM Base: Madrid, Spain Team Principal: Luis Perez-Sala Technical Chief: Jean-Claude Martens Chassis: F112 Engine: Cosworth CA2012

2012 FORM PEDRO DE LA ROSA Championship Position: 25 Best Qualifying: 21 Average Qualifying: 22.4 Best Finish: 17 Average Finish: 20.3 NARAIN KARTHIKEYAN Championship Position: 24 Best Qualifying: 22 Average Qualifying: 23.5 Best Finish: 15 Average Finish: 21.0

Debut: Sakhir, 2010 World Championships: 0 WIns: 0 Pole Positions: 0 Fastest Laps: 0

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... The HRT will simply be aiming to get both of its cars to the finish this weekend after enduring a poor run of reliability over recent races, including the brake failure that pitched Pedro de la Rosa into the barriers last time out in India. Although neither de la Rosa nor Narain Karthikeyan have raced on the Yas Marina Circuit before, the Spaniard at least has extensive experience of the venue having tested there with Pirelli’s tyre program. For the third time this season, Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua will take to the wheel during Free Practice 1.

PEDRO DE LA ROSA Nationality: Spanish Date of Birth: 24/02/1971 Debut: Albert Park, 1999 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Career Highlights: 1997 Formula Nippon F3000 Champion, 1995 Japanese Formula 3 Champion

NARAIN KARTHIKEYAN Nationality: Indian Date of Birth: 14/01/1977 Debut: Albert Park, 2005 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Career Highlights: 4th 2005 US Grand Prix, 4th 2000 British F3 Championship, 4th 2003 Formula Nissan WS

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MARUSSIA F1 TEAM Base: Banbury, UK Team Principal: John Booth Technical Chief: Pat Symonds Chassis: MR01 Engine: Cosworth CA2012

2012 FORM TIMO GLOCK Championship Position: 19 Best Qualifying: 20 Average Qualifying: 21.3 Best Finish: 12 Average Finish: 17.6 CHARLES pIC Championship Position: 23 Best Qualifying: 21 Average Qualifying: 22.1 Best Finish: 15 Average Finish: 18.7

Debut: Sakhir, 2010 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Pole Positions: 0 Fastest Laps: 0

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Marussia is sitting pretty in 10th in the Constructors’ Championship with three races remaining. While neither Timo Glock nor team-mate Charles Pic have much chance of scoring the team’s first-ever point before the season’s out, Glock’s 12th place finish in Singapore should be enough to secure the position. Pic meanwhile will be looking to a smoother pre-race run this weekend after his Indian Grand Prix build-up was hampered by mechanical issues.

TIMO GLOCK Nationality: German Date of Birth: 18/03/1982 Debut: Montreal, 2004 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 2 Fastest Laps: 1 Career Highlights: 2nd 2009 Singapore Grand Prix, 2007 GP2 Champion, 1st 2001 Formula BMW ADAC

CHARLES pic Nationality: French Date of Birth: 15/02/1990 Debut: Albert Park, 2012 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Career Highlights: 4th 2011 GP2 Series, 3rd 2008 and 2009 World Series by Renault FR 3.5


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Triple Eight Base: Banyo, Queensland Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team principal: Roland Dane

Jamie Whincup has the runs on the board both in recent races and in the four previous Abu Dhabi encounters to be a well deserved favourite heading into this weekend. It won’t be easy for the championship leader however, as the three FPR entries are in fine form and will again provide a major challenge to the Vodafone Holdens. The format meanwhile could well work against Whincup, who can’t afford to repeat his occasionally tardy starts in these short sprints. Team-mate Craig Lowndes meanwhile cannot be discounted, although besting his team-mate in a straightfight appears unlikely.

#1 Jamie Whincup Team: TeamVodafone Born: 6 February 1983 V8SC debut: Queensland, 2002 Starts: 266 Wins: 59 Career Highlights: 2008, 2009 & 2011 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 2006, 2007 & 2008 Bathurst 1000, 2002 Australian Formula Ford Champion

#888 Craig Lowndes Team: TeamVodafone Born: 21 June 1974 V8SC debut: Calder Park, 1996 Starts: 462 Wins: 86 Career Highlights: 1996, 1998 & 1999 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 Bathurst 1000, 1993 Australian Formula Ford Champion

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Walkinshaw Racing Base: Clayton, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Walkinshaw Racing Engines: Walkinshaw Racing Team principal: Steve Hallam

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be plenty of eyes on James Courtney this weekend as the 2010 champ returns to the scene of his only HRT win. While Courtney has proven a top 10 contender in each of the last six races, the fact that his 2011 Yas win was largely down to fuel strategy should be kept in mind when making predictions for this weekend. Toppling the Triple Eight/FPR juggernaut once again will be a very big ask. Courtney, however, should fancy his chances of edging teammate Garth Tander. The West Australian had a poor run in Abu Dhabi both in 2010 and 2011, and was out-qualified by Courtney for both races on the Gold Coast - just the second time all year Courtney has come out on top in consecutive qualifying sessions.

#2 Garth Tander Team: Toll Holden Racing Team Born: 31 March 1977 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 1998 Starts: 431 Wins: 50 Career Highlights: 2007 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 2000, 2009 & 2011 Bathurst 1000, 1997 Australian Formula Ford Champion

#22 James Courtney Team: Toll Holden Racing Team Born: 29 June 1980 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2005 Starts: 210 Wins: 9 Career Highlights: 2010 V8 Supercars Champion, 2001 British Formula Ford Champion, 2002 Jaguar F1 test driver, 2000 British Formula Ford Champion

#66 Russell Ingall Team: Supercheap Auto Racing Born: 24 February 1964 V8SC debut: Eastern Creek, 1996 Starts: 496 Wins: 27 Career Highlights: 2005 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 1995 & 1997 Bathurst 1000,1st 1998 Sandown 500 & 1999 Queensland 500, 1993 British Formula Ford Champion


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Stone Brothers Racing Base: Yatla, Queensland Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Stone Brothers Racing Engines: Stone Brothers Racing Team principal: Ross Stone

Stone Brothers Racing enjoyed one of its most successful outings of the season in Abu Dhabi last year and will no doubt be keen to pick up where it left off. More so than ever thanks to the format, qualifying will be critical this year - an area where SBR particularly struggled on the Gold Coast, with a pair of 10ths for Van Gisbergen the pick of a disappointing litter. Van Gisbergen still appears the best chance for this team, while Holdsworth - who hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t qualified better than 10th in 11 races - is in danger of falling out of the top 10 in points with another bad result.

#4 Lee Holdsworth Team: IRWIN Racing Born: 2 February 1983. V8SC debut: Sandown, 2004 Starts: 218 Wins: 2 Career Highlights: 1st 2010 V8 Supercars Race 26 (Sydney), 1st 2007 V8 Supercars Round 8 (Oran Park), 3rd 2009 Bathurst 1000, 7th 2010 V8 Supercars Championship

#9 Shane van Gisbergen Team: SP Tools Racing Born: 9 May 1989 V8SC deubt: Oran Park, 2007 Starts: 155 Wins: 2 Career Highlights: 1st 2011 ITM400 Hamilton (Race 6), 1st 2011 Skycity Triple Crown (Race 12), 2005/06 NZ FFord Champion, 2nd 2006/07 Toyota Racing Series

#47 Tim Slade Team: Lucky 7 Racing Born: 3 August 1985 V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2009 Starts: 100 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2005 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 7th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series, 9th 2011 V8 Supercars Championship

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Ford Performance Racing Base: Campbelfield, Victoria Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Ford Performance Racing Engines: Ford Performance Racing Team principal: Tim Edwards

FPR ended TeamVodafone’s winning streak at 11 last time out on the Gold Coast, where Will Davison bounced back from a Saturday faux pas to take a brilliant Sunday victory alongside Mika Salo. Davison, Winterbottom and Reynolds should all be considered chances to jag a win this weekend. The Orrconbacked pilot clearly needs to start beating Jamie Whincup if he wants to enter the final races with a realistic shot at championship glory. Winterbottom’s double-podium on the Gold Coast was the result of some magnificent disasterrecovery, but thirds won’t be enough from here on in.

#5 Mark Winterbottom Team: Orrcon Steel FPR Born: 20 May 1981 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2003 Starts: 265 Wins: 20 Career Highlights: 1st 2006 Sandown 500, 1st 2003 V8 Supercars Development Series , 2nd 2008 V8 Supercars Championship, 2nd 2002 Australian Formula Ford Championship

#6 Will Davison Team: Tradingpost FPR Born: 30 August 1982 V8SC debut: Winton, 2004 Starts: 215 Wins: 13 Career Highlights: 1st 2009 Bathurst 1000, 1st 2009 Phillip Island 500, 2nd 2009 V8 Supercars Championship, 2001 Australian Formula Ford Champion

#55 David Reynolds Team: The Bottle-O Racing Born: July 1985. V8SC debut: Sandown, 2007 Starts: 70 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2007 Australian Carrera Cup Champion, 2004 Australian Formula Ford Champion, 4th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series

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Kelly Racing Base: Braeside, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Kelly Racing Engines: Kelly Racing Team principals: Rick and Todd Kelly

Rick Kelly’s qualifying speed was arguably the biggest surprise of the entire Gold Coast event, with the #15 Jack Daniel’s Racing Holden lining-up inside the top five for both races. Kelly had entered the event with just one top five qualifying effort to his name and a season average starting slot of 15th. Race results of eighth and 11th, however, snuffed out any hopes that a true miracle had occurred. Finishing in the top half of the field will again be strong results for Kelly this weekend, while his three team-mates will likely be outside the top 20. The Car of the Future era clearly can’t come quickly enough for this team...

#7 Tim Blanchard Team: Jack Daniel’s Racing Born: 21 June 1972 V8SC debut: 2010 Starts: 7 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2007 Australian Formula Ford Champion, 2nd 2008 British Formula Ford Championship, 2nd 2010 V8 Development Series

#11 Karl Reindler Team: Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Born: 18 April 1985 V8SC debut: Bathurst, 2008 Starts: 76 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2004 Australian F3 Champion, 8th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series, 3rd 2006 A1GP Shanghai Feature Race


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#15 Rick Kelly Team: Jack Daniel’s Racing Born: 7 January 1983 V8SC debut: Queensland, 2001 Starts: 318 Wins: 12 Career Highlights: 2006 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 2003 & 2004 Bathurst 1000 , 2001 Australian Drivers’ Champion, 2nd 2000 Australian Formula Ford Championship

#51 Greg Murphy Team: Pepsi Max Crew Born: 23 August 1972 V8SC debut: 1997 Starts: 429 Wins: 28 Career Highlights: 1st 1996, 1999, 2003 & 2004 Bathurst 1000, 1st 1996 & 97 Sandown 500, 1st 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour

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Brad Jones Racing Base: Albury, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Walkinshaw Racing Engines: Noonan Race Engines Team principals: Brad and Kim Jones

Brad Jones Racing heads to Abu Dhabi off the back of a difficult series of races. A 10th place finish for Fabian Coulthard and co-driver Nicholas Minassian on Sunday in Surfers Paradise is the only top 10 that the three-car squad has scored since Sydney Motorsport Park in August. The Gold Coast weekend in fact saw Coulthard drop out of the top 10 in points - a deeply disappointing development after a highly encouraging midseason run for the Lockwood entry. Jason Bright used a mix of fuel strategy and speed to star in Abu Dhabi last year. A repeat podium finish will likely be too much to ask, but top 10s for either Bright or Coulthard are far from out of the question.

#8 Jason Bright Team: Team BOC Born: 7 March 1973 V8SC debut: Symmons Plains, 1997 Starts: 404 Wins: 30 Career Highlights: 1st 1998 Bathurst 1000, 1995 Australian Formula Ford Champion, 1997 Australian Driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Champion, 1st 2006 Sandown 500

#14 Fabian Coulthard Team: Lockwood Racing Born: 28 July 1982 V8SC debut: Oran Park, 2004 Starts: 177 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2005 Australian Carrera Cup Champion, 2001 NZ Formula Ford Champion, 3rd 2004 Australian Carrera Cup, 4th 2000 NZ Formula Ford Championship

#21 David Wall Team: Wilson Security Racing Born: 1 January 1983 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2009 Starts: 27 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2009 & 2010 Australian GT Champion, 3rd 2007 Australian GT Championship, 11th 2011 V8 Supercars Development Series

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Dick Johnson Racing Base: Yatla, Queensland Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: InnoV8 (Roger Higgins) Team principal: Dick Johnson

Unfortunately for DJR, the subject of the team’s downsizing for the 2013 season has been far more newsworthy that its results over recent events. Team drivers Steven Johnson, Dean Fiore, Steve Owen and James Moffat sit just 17th, 19th, 20th and 24th respectively in the championship after 23 of 30 races, scoring just one top 10 between them across the last six encounters. It’s difficult to see much of an upswing in results this weekend in Abu Dhabi, although this event is as good as guaranteed to be kinder to James Moffat than Surfers Paradise, where the son-of-a-gun failed to take the wheel in either race.

#12 Dean Fiore Team: Jim Beam Racing Born: 1 December 1983 V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2009 Starts: 101 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2008 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 4th 2005 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 5th 2007 Australian Carrera Cup Championship

#17 Steven Johnson Team: Jim Beam Racing Born: 6 September 1974 V8SC debut: Oran Park, 1994 Starts: 406 Wins: 3 Career Highlights: 1st 2001 Queensland 500, 1st 2001 Canberra 400, 5th 2001 V8 Supercars Championship, 6th 2009 V8 Supercars Championship


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#18 James Moffat Team: Team Norton DJR Born: 1 8 June 1984 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2010 Starts: 51 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2009 V8 Development Series, 3rd 2008 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 3rd 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship

#49 Steve Owen Team: VIP Petfoods Racing Born: 18 December 1974 V8SC debut: Bathurst, 1999 Starts: 155 Wins: 1 Career Highlights: 1st 2008 & 2010 V8 Supercars Development Series, 1st 2010 V8 Supercars Race 20 (Gold Coast), 2nd 1999 Australian Formula Ford Championship

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Tekno Autosports Base: Stapylton, Queensland Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team principal: Jonathon Webb

The two Tekno Autosports Holdens head to Abu Dhabi sporting identical major sponsors for the first time all season, but few can expect that the two cars will be turning in similar results. Jonathon Webb continued his impressive run of form on the Gold Coast. Having scored Tekno’s first podium finish on Saturday, only a kerb-hopping penalty prevented the Gold Coast based driver from recording a fourth consecutive top 10 finish. Team-mate Michael Patrizi meanwhile has had a shocking run in the last four races, with a single 11th place finish coming amid DNFs at Sandown and Bathurst and a DNS due to a qualifying crash on Sunday at Surfers. Banking solid finishes should be Patrizi’s aim this weekend while Webb guns for the top runners.

#19 Jonathon Webb Team: Tekno Autosports Born: 10 December 1983 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2006 Starts: 82 Wins: 1 Career Highlights: 1st 2009 V8 Supercars Development Series, 3rd 2005 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 2010 V8 Supercars Race 26 winner

#91 Michael Patrizi Team: Tekno Autosports Born: 4 May 1984 V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2008 Starts: 50 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2005 Formula BMW Asia,, 8th 2006 Formula BMW UK, 18th 2007 Formula 3 Euroseries, 6th 2011 Australian Carrera Cup Championship

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Garry Rogers Motorsport Base: Knoxfield, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Garry Rogers Motorsport Engines: Walkinshaw Racing Team principal: Garry Rogers

Alexandre Premat returns to the GRM fold this weekend after being forced to watch the Gold Coast event unfold from the sidelines. Premat finds himself in one of the team’s spare chassis following the Race 22 startline accident involving the #33 entry, and going on the Frenchman’s season-long form, it’s hard to see him making much of an impact. Being more familiar with open, European-style, circuits like the Tilke-designed Yas Marina venue may at least help Premat’s quest to finish in the top 20. Team-mate Michael Caruso meanwhile may also struggle on a style of circuit not traditionally suited to the GRM cars. The top 10 may be a stretch.

#33 Alexandre Premat Team: Fujitsu Racing GRM Born: 5 April 1982 V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2012 Starts: 19 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2008 Le Mans Series Champion, 1st 2005-06 A1 GP Series (Team France), 1st 2004 Macau Grand Prix, 1st 2004 Masters of F3

#34 Michael Caruso Team: Fujitsu Racing GRM Born: 25 May 1983 V8SC debut: Bathurst, 2006 Starts: 141 Wins: 1 Career Highlights: 2003 Australian Formula 3 Champion, 3rd 2009 Bathurst 1000, 1st 2009 V8 Supercars Race 10 (Hidden Valley), 2nd 2007 V8 Supercars Development Series


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Tony D’Alberto Racing Base: Knoxfield, Victoria Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Ford Performance Racing Engines: Ford Performance Racing Team principal: Al D’Alberto

Tony D’Alberto says he’s simply hoping for some luck this weekend in Abu Dhabi, and when one looks at this entry’s recent record, few can blame him. Following frustrating campaigns at Sandown and Bathurst, being taken out of the Gold Coast event at the start of the opening race was a major blow. D’Alberto’s soft tyre qualifying form has been strong in the back half of the year, and with the Yas layout expecting to suit the FPR cars, this entry could be a surprise top 10 contender.

#3 Tony D’Alberto Team: Tony D’Alberto Racing Born: 9 December 1985 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2005 Starts: 142 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 1st 2007 V8 Supercars Development Series, 6th 2007 Bathurst 1000, 5th 2005 V8 Supercars Development Series, 9th 2011 Bathurst 1000

The Bagman’s Say Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Base: Nunawading, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team principal: Lucas Dumbrell

Staying out of trouble was the hallmark of Taz Douglas’ Gold Coast campaign, which yielded a 14th and a 16th place finish from two typically lowly starting positions. The end result was a gain of two places in the points standings and a solid base on which to build this weekend. Douglas is among just three drivers (alongside Tim Blanchard and David Wall) never to have driven at the Yas Marina Circuit before. With such limited pre-race running, this could hurt the former Dunlop Series runner’s chances of qualifying higher than the bottom couple of rows.

#30 Taz Douglas Team: Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Born: 11 February 1985 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2009 Starts: 26 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 1st 2010 V8 Supercars Development Series Sandown Race 2, 8th 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 9th 2009 V8 Supercars Development Series

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F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Race Stats

Championship Standings World Drivers Championship NO

Driver

Nat

Car

Points

1

Sebastian Vettel

Germany

Red Bull

240

2

Fernando Alonso

Spain

Ferrari

227

3

Kimi Raikkonen

Finland

Lotus

173

4

Mark Webber

Australia

Red Bull

167

5

Lewis Hamilton

Great Britain

McLaren

165

6

Jenson Button

Great Britain

McLaren

141

7

Nico Rosberg

Germany

Mercedes

93

8

Romain Grosjean

France

Lotus

90

9

Felipe Massa

Brazil

Ferrari

89

10

Sergio Perez

Mexico

Sauber

66

11

Kamui Kobayshi

Japan

Sauber

50

12

Nico Hulkenberg

Germany

Force India

49

13

Paul Di Resta

Great Britain

Force India

44

14

Michael Schumacher

Germany

Mercedes

43

15

Pastor Maldonado

Venezuala

Williams

33

16

Bruno Senna

Brazil

Williams

26

17

Jean-Eric Vergne

France

Toro Rosso

12

18

Daniel Ricciardo

Australia

Toro Rosso

9

19

Timo Glock

Germany

Marussia

0

20

Heikki Kovalainen

Finland

Caterham

0

21

Vitaly Petrov

Russia

Caterham

0

22

Jérôme D’Ambrosio

Belgium

Lotus

0

23

Charles Pic

France

Marussia

0

24

Narain Karthikeyan

India

HRT

0

25

Pedro de la Rosa

Spain

HRT

0

World Constructors Championship Pos

Constructor

Points

1

Red Bull Racing

407

2

Scuderia Ferrari

316

3

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

306

4

Lotus F1 Team

263

5

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

136

6

Sauber F1 Team

116

7

Sahara Force India F1 Team

93

8

Williams F1 Team

59

9

Scuderia Toro Rosso

21

10

Marussia F1 Team

0

11

Caterham F1 Team

0

12

HRT F1 Team

0


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F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Race Stats

V8 Supercars Championship Points Top 28 after 23 of 30 races Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Pts

1

Jamie Whincup

TeamVodafone

Holden Commodore VE

3060

2

Mark Winterbottom

Orrcon Steel FPR

Ford Falcon FG

2842

3

Craig Lowndes

TeamVodafone

Holden Commodore VE

2815

4

Will Davison

Trading Post FPR

Ford Falcon FG

2503

5

Shane Van Gisbergen

SP Tools Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2182

6

Tim Slade

Lucky 7 Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2085

7

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

2030

8

David Reynolds

The Bottle-O Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1746

9

James Courtney

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

1725

10

Lee Holdsworth

IRWIN Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1719

11

Fabian Coulthard

Lockwood Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1691

12

Russell Ingall

Supercheap Auto Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1628

13

Michael Caruso

Fujitsu Racing GRM

Holden Commodore VE

1517

14

Jonathon Webb

Tekno Autosport

Holden Commodore VE

1515

15

Rick Kelly

Jack Daniel’s Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1488

16

Jason Bright

Team BOC

Holden Commodore VE

1438

17

Steven Johnson

Jim Beam Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1359

18

Todd Kelly

Jack Daniel’s Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1263

19

Dean Fiore

Jim Beam Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1147

20

Steve Owen

VIP Petfoods Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1073

21

Michael Patrizi

Tekno Autosports

Holden Commodore VE

1072

22

David Wall

Wilson Security Racing

Holden Commodore VE

949

23

Tony D’Alberto

Tony D’Alberto Racing

Ford Falcon FG

917

24

James Moffat

Team Norton DJR

Ford Falcon FG

892

25

Taz Douglas

Team iSelect

Holden Commodore VE

852

26

Karl Reindler

Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing

Holden Commodore VE

830

27

Alexandre Premat

Fujitsu Racing GRM

Holden Commodore VE

782

28

Greg Murphy

Pepsi Max Crew

Holden Commodore VE

613


F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Race Stats

2012 SEASON STATISTICS Race Wins Jamie Whincup 8, Will Davison 7, Craig Lowndes 5, Mark Winterbottom 3, Warren Luff 1, Paul Dumbrell 1, Sebastien Bourdais 1, Mika Salo 1 Pole Positions Jamie Whincup 6, Craig Lowndes 5, Will Davison 5, Mark Winterbottom 3, Garth Tander 2, David Reynolds 1, Shane van Gisbergen 1, Luke Youlden 1

Fastest Laps Craig Lowndes 5, Mark Winterbottom 5, Garth Tander 3, Jamie Whincup 2, Jonathon Webb 2, James Courtney 1, Will Davison 1, Russell Ingall 1, Lee Holdsworth 1, David Reynolds 1, Shane van Gisbergen 1 Podiums Jamie Whincup 19, Mark Winterbottom 17, Will Davison 13, Craig Lowndes 10, Garth Tander 4, Shane van Gisbergen 2, Warren Luff 2, Paul Dumbrell 2, Sebastien Bourdais 2, Will Power 2, Tim Slade 1, Jason Bright 1, Steven Richards 1, David Reynolds 1, Dean Canto 1, Jonathon Webb 1, Marc Leib 1, Mika Salo 1

Results overview Qualifying Results

Race Results

#

Driver

Best

Worst

Average Best

Worst

Average

1

Jamie Whincup

1

10

3.6

1

26

4.0

2

Garth Tander

1

24

10.3

3

28

10.7

3

Tony D'Alberto

5

26

15.5

8

28

19.0

4

Lee Holdsworth

4

25

13.7

4

27

13.0

5

Mark Winterbottom

1

10

3.6

1

23

4.2

6

Will Davison

1

9

3.3

1

25

7.2

7

Todd Kelly

11

25

18.4

8

23

16.0

8

Jason Bright

2

27

14.7

3

28

14.6

9

Shane Van Gisbergen

2

18

8.7

2

22

9.1

11

Karl Reindler

21

28

25.9

14

25

21.3

12

Dean Fiore

11

27

20.7

11

25

18.2

14

Fabian Coulthard

5

20

10.3

4

27

12.6

15

Rick Kelly

3

23

13.2

5

27

14.9

17

Steven Johnson

7

24

15.7

10

27

15.7

18

James Moffat

8

28

17.0

13

28

20.8

19

Jonathon Webb

2

23

10.7

2

28

14.8

21

David Wall

18

28

24.7

14

28

21.0

22

James Courtney

6

28

15.0

4

26

12.9

30

Taz Douglas

8

28

23.4

12

27

21.2

33

Alexandre Premat

11

28

21.8

13

28

21.6

34

Michael Caruso

4

22

14.9

4

27

14.8

47

Tim Slade

5

20

12.5

3

21

9.3

49

Steve Owen

4

26

14.3

6

28

17.6

51

Greg Murphy

17

27

22.5

11

27

18.2

55

David Reynolds

1

17

6.4

2

26

13.3

66

Russell Ingall

5

28

18.1

4

28

13.6

91

Michael Patrizi

7

28

18.0

5

29

16.5

888

Craig Lowndes

1

20

6.2

1

28

5.0

Note: The Sandown qualifying result in the above panel has been taken from the 20 minute session, rather than the final grid order, which was determined following two qualifying races

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Past Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Winners Year

Driver

Car

Circuit

2011

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

Yas Marina

2010

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

Yas Marina

2009

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

Yas Marina

Past Abu Dhabi V8 Supercars Race Winners Year

Driver

Car

Circuit

2011

James Courteny

Holden Commodore VE

Yas Marina

Jamie Whincup

Holden Commodore VE

Yas Marina

Jamie Whincup

Holden Commodore VE

Yas Marina

Jamie Whincup

Holden Commodore VE

Yas Marina

2010


F1 Round 18 + V8 Races 24, 25 & 26 - Abu Dhabi I Event Schedule

Schedule of Events

Friday Start 1015 1145 1300 1500 1700

Finish 1045 1215 1430 1520 1830

Category V8 Supercars V8 Supercars F1 V8 Supercars F1

Duration 30 minutes 30 minutes 90 minutes 20 minutes 90 minutes

Session Practice – Part 1 Practice – Part 2 Practice 1 Qualifying Practice 2

Saturday Start 0945

Finish 0950

1000 (Green) flag – formation lap) 1140 1145 1155 (Green flag – formation lap) 1400 1500 1700

Category V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars

V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars

F1 F1

Duration

12 laps or 1 lap after 1030

12 laps or 1 lap after 1225

60 mins

Session Pit Exit Open Pit Exit Closed Race 24 65 km

Pit Exit Open Pit Exit Closed Race 25 65 km

Practice 3 Qualifying

Sunday Start 1315

Finish 1320

1330 (Green flag – formation lap) 1700

Category V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars

F1

Duration

12 laps or 1 lap after 1400

Session Pit Exit Open Pit Exit Closed Race 26 65 km

Race

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A trip to Abu Dhabi always means pre-event PR in the dunes. Last year Alex Davison led fellow V8 Supercars drivers Jason Bright, Will Davison, Karl Reindler and Tim Slade through the sand.


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