Speedcafe.com Race Guide - 2012 British Grand Prix

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British Grand Prix, Silverstone, July 6-8


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Last year’s British Grand Prix marked the debut of Silverstone’s new pit complex.


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Round 9 - Silverstone I Introduction

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Hats off to the title sponsor of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, Santander, for the part it has played in generating local preevent media interest in Formula 1. For those who missed it, the Spanish banking giant, which could be forgiven for having rather more domestic issues on its mind at present, last week released its own fantasy circuit layout for a Grand Prix through the streets of London. Not one to do things by halves, the firm engaged local drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, as well as television commentators Martin Brundle and David Croft, to explain its 14corner, 5.1km, layout. Predictably, the site of Formula 1 cars - albeit digital renderings of - ripping past such iconic landmarks as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Admiralty Arch proved too evocative to be ignored by even the world’s leading news outlets. Whipping the hype even further, and perhaps not coincidentally diverting attention away from the bribe scandal that had grabbed column inches the day before, Bernie Ecclestone even suggested that Formula 1 itself would be willing to pay the bill to hold a Grand Prix through London. Despite the London Olympics being just weeks from kicking off, Formula 1 had managed to wrestle away the spotlight in glamorous fashion. The real genius of it, of course, is the fact that a Grand Prix through the middle of the world’s most congested city is about as fanciful as it gets. The logistical and economic arguments against it are as plentiful as they are dull. While other more serious bids for utilising the Olympic site for motor racing in the future are bubbling away in the background, holding a Grand Prix in the heart of the city has long been, and will undoubtedly remain, nothing more than a eye-catching idea. Well played, Santander. Green means go!

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Round 9 - Silverstone I Cover Story

THE 15 YEAR ITCH Can Williams finally win again at home?

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t’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Williams last triumphed in the British Grand Prix.

Then at the peak of its powers, Jacques Villenueve’s 1997 victory was the Grovebased squad’s sixth win at Silverstone in seven years, and its 10th home-soil success in the World Championship. Looking back through the decades, one is reminded of the fact that the Williams F1 story is largely defined by its feats at the British Grand Prix. It’s very first Grand Prix win took place on Silverstone’s sweeps in 1979, when Swiss journeyman Clay Regazzoni benefited from a failure on team-mate Alan Jones’

car to take a popular victory against the previously dominant French (Ligier and Renault) and Italian (Ferrari) competition. Jones would have his revenge a year later when he returned to take the top step. Of course, the combination of the gritty Australian and the Ford-powered FW07 eventually led Jones and Williams to the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles respectively that season. As grand as those early triumphs were, the squad’s true affinity with its home race was to be hammered home by Nigel Mansell. A pair of back-to-back wins (1886/1987 and 1991/1992) for the lion-hearted British hero culminated in wrapping up the 1992 title at Silverstone, which sent local interest in

Grand Prix racing soaring to record heights. Mansell’s achievements kicked off a period where Williams could seemingly do no wrong at the Northamptonshire venue. Wins for Alain Prost (1993), Damon Hill (1994) and Jacques Villeneuve (1996 and 1997) followed before the current 15 year drought took hold. While defeating the likes of Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus (formerly Renault) - which have shared the Silverstone wins since 1997 - this weekend won’t be easy, Williams has genuine reasons to be optimistic. Pastor Maldonado undoubtedly had a quick car beneath him last time out in


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Valencia, where he qualified third before tripping over Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren while battling for the final podium spot on the penultimate lap. Although the stewards saw the clash as an act of typical on-track thuggery from the Venezuelan, the car’s speed was undeniable. Like all teams, Williams has struggled to consistently get its car into the right operating window for the tyres this season. In the races between Maldonado’s muchdiscussed triumph at in Barcelona and his resurgence in Valencia, the second-year driver failed to score a single point. According to Williams’ operations chief Mark Gillian however, the similarities between Silverstone and Barcelona has the team particular positive about its chances of again finding that illustrious sweet spot this weekend. “We head to our home Grand Prix at Silverstone with high hopes,” says Gillian. “Pirelli bring their hard (prime) and soft (option) tyres to this race, which is the

same pairing that we used successfully in Barcelona. “We will also bring an updated aerodynamic package to the event which is imperative given the importance of aerodynamic efficiency around this track and how tight the grid is at present.” Maldonado, who is a former winner at Silverstone in GP2, echoes Gillian’s thoughts. “I think the track will suit our car because it’s similar to Barcelona and it’s also very fun to drive with sections like Maggots and Becketts which really test you as a driver,” says the 27-year-old. “The pace of the car in Valencia was very promising and we have a number of updates expected for this race as well so hopefully we can give the home fans a good result.” Although disappointed to miss out on a podium in Valencia, Maldonado says that his understanding of the Pirelli rubber is

also a continual source of confidence. “I think I understand the tyres very well, much better than last year,” he says. “Even if they changed for this year, I have a great feeling. I know exactly what to do to look after the tyres, how to manage the race to get a longer life from them. I am always trying to improve, but I think the combination between me, the car, and the tyres is good at the moment.” Team-mate Bruno Senna has had a less headline-grabbing year. After a strong start, the Brazilian has scored just two points in the last five races, and was lucky to even end up with 10th in Valencia following a highspeed clash with Kamui Kobayashi. While the Senna name may not be as linked with Silverstone as it is other venues (Bruno’s uncle Ayrton took just one victory at the venue), Bruno rates the current layout as one of the best on the calendar. Continue on page 10 >>


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“Silverstone is one of my favourite tracks because it’s high speed and flows really well,” he says. “Our car has good pace at the high down force tracks and is good on high speed corners as well so it should suit Silverstone. “Whilst we didn’t get the result we were hoping for in Valencia we showed that our car can be very competitive and with more updates planned for this race I’m optimistic about what we can achieve.” With Williams having added a return to Renault power this year to its already 1997inspired livery design, memories of victories past will undoubtedly come flooding back should either Maldonado or Senna take the chequered flag this weekend.


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Round 9 - Silverstone I Feature

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Round 9 - Silverstone I Track Details

Circuit Details Silverstone Technical preview with Lotus F1’s trackside operations director Alan Permane

THE CAR Rear wing After three street courses, Silverstone requires a slightly lower level of downforce than we’ve seen of late with aerodynamic efficiency being king. Brakes In complete contrast to places like Canada or Valencia where we battle to keep the brakes cool, here we fight to maintain enough heat in them. Silverstone is very easy on the brakes, which get relatively little usage due to the quantity of high speed corners. On occasions when the drivers actually need the brakes they can be quite cold, so the key is to ensure they stay warm enough to function correctly. Suspension There isn’t a great deal of kerb usage or anything which relies on any particular aspect of the suspension here, as it’s more of an aerodynamic efficiency type of circuit. You need a stable car through the high speed corners like Copse, Maggots, Becketts and Chapel, and this is achieved through a combination of aerodynamic balance and suspension settings. Tyres Silverstone is not dissimilar to Barcelona in that the high speed corners make it quite a

tough circuit on tyres. There has also been some resurfacing at Copse – the most highspeed section of the track – which could have an impact on tyre wear.

essential to ensure good speed down the straight, as this leads on through Copse, then subsequently into the Becketts complex and on to Stowe.

Front wing The cars may carry a little bit more front wing here than at other places to balance the car through the high speed corners. This also helps minimise understeer through Brooklands and Luffield which is vital to maintain good speed down the following straight, then on through Copse and into the Becketts complex.

Turn 9 Taken almost flat out, Copse is one of the most daunting corners of the season. It’s been resurfaced for this year, which could catch a few drivers out on their early runs.

Engine The layout of Silverstone is reasonably hard on the engine due to the high average rpm used over the course of a lap.

THE Circuit Turn 1 The bump at Abbey was ‘addressed’ in 2011 after drivers complained of its severity, making this a much simpler corner than previously. Turns 1-6 The new section of the circuit – introduced in 2010 – is now quite familiar to most of the drivers, but this will be Kimi’s first experience of the updated layout. Turn 7 Minimising understeer through Luffield is

Turns 10-13 Overall car balance is essential through the high-speed Becketts complex, which is entered at over 300kph with only minor throttle lift through the entire series of corners. Turn 15 Stowe follows the infamous Hangar straight – the longest full throttle zone around the circuit – and is approached at over 300kph. Turn 16 Vale is one of the slowest corners on the track – taken at around 100kph – and precedes the final right-hander of Club before the drivers pile down the start / finish straight. Start/finish straight This is the second year in which the new pit complex will be used, with the original paddock being located on what is now the National straight.

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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: 29 Pole Positions: 42 Fastest Laps: 24

2012 FORM Sebastian Vettel

Championship Position: 4 Best Qualifying: 1 Average Qualifying: 5.5 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 6.8

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Championship Position: 2 Best Qualifying: 2 Average Qualifying: 7.0 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 4.9

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Following the performance gained from its ‘d-spec’ upgrade package debuted in Valencia, Red Bull will head to Silverstone as the favourites for victory. The upgrades may have contributed to unreliability issues for both Vettel and Webber in Spain, but the speed of the updated RB8 was undeniable. The majority of the Valencia upgrades centred around the car’s lower rear bodywork - further refining an area that has seen several revisions since pre-season testing. Both drivers have won here in the past and can be expected to be neck-and-neck this weekend.

Sebastian Vettel Nationality: German Date of Birth: 03/07/1987 Debut: Indianapolis, 2007 World Championships: 2 Wins: 22 Poles: 33 Fastest Laps: 11 Career Highlights: 2010 and 2011 World Drivers’ Champion, 2nd 2006 F3 Euro Series, 2nd 2004 Formula BMW ADAC

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Round 9 - Silverstone I Driver Profiles

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2012 FORM JENSON BUTTON Championship Position: 8 Best Qualifying: 2 Average Qualifying: 7.1 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 10.5 LEWIS HAMILTON Championship Position: 3 Best Qualifying: 1 Average Qualifying: 1.9 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 9.4

Debut: Monte Carlo, 1966 World Championships: 8 Wins: 177 Poles Positions: 148 Fastest Laps: 149

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... The British Grand Prix is always a big weekend for McLaren, especially so in the last few years where it has fielded an all-British driver line-up. The team’s package wasn’t far away from the ultimate pace in Valencia, with Hamilton managing to qualifying in the top two for the seventh time in eight races. Not for the first time however, tyre degradation and the 2008 World Champion’s determination to hold position were the car’s downfall. The cooler conditions likely to prevail at Silverstone should see Hamilton well in the podium fight this weekend. Team-mate Button has yet to stand on the podium at his home race, and with a qualifying average of 10.8 over the last three races, might be up against it once again.

Jenson Button Nationality: British Date of Birth: 19/01/1980 Debut: Albert Park, 2000 World Championships: 1 Wins: 13 Poles: 8 Fastest Laps: 7 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: 18 Poles: 20 Fastest Laps: 11 Career Highlights: 2008 World Drivers’ Champion, 2006 GP2 Champion, 2005 F3 Euroseries Champion


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Round 9 - Silverstone 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: 1 Best Qualifying: 3 Average Qualifying: 7.8 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 4.1 FELIPE MASSA Championship Position: 16 Best Qualifying: 6 Average Qualifying: 12.1 Best Finish: 6 Average Finish: 12.6

Debut: Monte Carlo, 1950 World Championships: 16 Wins: 218 Pole Positions: 205 Fastest Laps: 227

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... The Ferrari may continue to lack the ultimate onelap pace of its rivals, but as proven so emphatically in Valencia, one should never write-off the chances of Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard won the European GP despite starting 11th, and also took an against-the-odds victory at Silverstone last year. While his 2011 effort was boosted by what turned out to be a one-race crackdown on off-throttle diffuser blowing, the high-speed sweeps of the British GP venue are guaranteed to magnify any aerodynamic deficiencies in the Scuderia’s package. The car’s form on the similar Barcelona layout however indicates that a victory is not completely out of the question.

FERNANDO ALONSO Nationality: Spanish Date of Birth: 29/07/1981 Debut: Albert Park, 2001 World Championships: 2 Wins: 29 Poles: 20 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


Round 9 - Silverstone 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: 1

2012 FORM MICHAEL SCHUMACHER Championship Position: 13 Best Qualifying: 1 Average Qualifying: 7.4 Best Finish: 3 Average Finish: 16.5 NICO ROSBERG Championship Position: 5 Best Qualifying: 1 Average Qualifying: 5.3 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 6.5

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Michael Schumacher’s come-from-behind podium in Valencia was the German’s first visit to the rostrum in almost six years, and handed the Mercedes team just its second trophy in five races. The Brackley-based squad’s early season traits of being devastatingly quick over one-lap before fading fast in the races has long disappeared, leaving the team without a front-row start since China. Rosberg, however, has proven remarkably consistent - scoring just one less point than championship leader Alonso across the last six races. Expect the two Silver Arrows to be right in the middle of the top 10 scrap this weekend.

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER Nationality: German Date of Birth: 03/01/1969 Debut: Spa, 1991 World Championships: 7 Wins: 91 Poles: 69 Fastest Laps: 76 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: 3 Place of Birth: Wiesbaden Career Highlights: 2nd 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, 2005 GP2 Champion, 1st 2002 Formula BMW ADAC

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Round 9 - Silverstone I Driver Profiles

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: 6 Best Qualifying: 5 Average Qualifying: 8.6 Best Finish: 2 Average Finish: 6.3 ROMAIN GROSJEAN Championship Position: 7 Best Qualifying: 3 Average Qualifying: 5.9 Best Finish: 2 Average Finish: 13.9

Debut: Albert Park, 2012 World Championships: 0 Wins: 0 Pole Positions: 0 Fastest Laps: 2

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Lotus continues to be the nearly-team of the 2012 season, with both Grosjean and Raikkonen threatening to win races, but continually coming up short. The European Grand Prix was a case in point, with Grosjean running second for a large portion of the race before a rare mechanical failure (alternator), and Raikkonen ultimately finishing in the runner-up position. With the E20 having proven itself to work best in warmer track conditions, expecting the team to extract the extra ounce of pace out of the car required to take the biggest trophy at Silverstone is likely to be too much. A top five finish for either driver will be a good result.

KIMI RAIKKONEN Nationality: Finnish Date of Birth: 17/10/1979 Debut: Albert Park, 2001 World Championships: 1 Wins: 18 Poles: 16 Fastest Laps: 36 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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Round 9 - Silverstone I Driver Profiles

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: 11 Best Qualifying: 8 Average Qualifying: 12.5 Best Finish: 6 Average Finish: 9.3 NICO HULKENBERG Championship Position: 14 Best Qualifying: 8 Average Qualifying: 12.5 Best Finish: 5 Average Finish: 11.6

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

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Force India enjoyed its best points haul of the season in Valencia, with Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta finishing fifth and seventh respectively. Encouragingly heading into his home Grand Prix, 10th on the grid and seventh in the race were both disappointing results for di Resta. The former DTM champion believed that, without a critical mistake in Q3, he could have started as high as fourth. The race meanwhile was a case of sticking too rigidly to a one-stop plan, when joining Schumacher and Webber in making a late final stop could likely have rocketed him into the top placings. Both di Resta and Hulkenberg appear to stand a strong chance of scoring more points this weekend.

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: 0 Career Highlights: Pole Position for 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix, 2009 GP2 Series Champion, 2005 Formula BMW ADAC champion


Round 9 - Silverstone I Driver Profiles

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: 12 Best Qualifying: 4 Average Qualifying: 10.8 Best Finish: 5 Average Finish: 13.6 SERGIO PEREZ Championship Position: 9 Best Qualifying: 6 Average Qualifying: 12.9 Best Finish: 2 Average Finish: 9.4

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

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Sunday’s race is again likely to be a come-frombehind challenge for the Sauber squad. Perez has started no better than 15th over the last three races, while team-mate Kobayashi also has a double-digit season qualifying average, and heads to Silverstone with a five-place grid penalty following a clash with Felipe Massa in Valencia. The team has confirmed that it’ll be sporting an aerodynamic upgrade package this weekend, which could provide a boost on what is regarded as a highly aero-dependent circuit. As has been repeatedly proven, points are possible for this team no matter where they qualify.

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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Round 9 - Silverstone I Driver Profiles

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: 13.9 Best Finish: 9 Average Finish: 13.5 JEAN-ERIC VERGNE Championship Position: 17 Best Qualifying: 11 Average Qualifying: 17.0 Best Finish: 8 Average Finish: 13.9

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

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Like Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi, Jean-Eric Vergne will be on the back-foot this weekend thanks to a carry-over grid penalty from Valencia. The French rookie will likely start last thanks to a 10place punishment for an awkward clash with the Caterham of Heikki Kovalainen. Vergne was out-qualified by team-mate Ricciardo for the seventh time in eight Grands Prix in Valencia. The Australian celebrates a full year as an F1 driver this weekend at Silverstone. Sadly, the former long-time Red Bull-backed driver’s chances of scoring points this year aren’t that much greater than they were 12 months ago in the HRT. Rain is likely the main hope for these two to break into the top 10.

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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Round 9 - Silverstone I Driver Profiles

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

2012 FORM PASTOR MALDONADO Championship Position: 10 Best Qualifying: 2 Average Qualifying: 10.0 Best Finish: 1 Average Finish: 14.0 BRUNO SENNA Championship Position: 15 Best Qualifying: 13 Average Qualifying: 14.8 Best Finish: 6 Average Finish: 13.9

Debut: Aires, 1978 World Championships: 9 Wins: 114 Pole Positions: 127 Fastest Laps: 130

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Pastor Maldonado and Williams were back on form in Valencia - the Venezuelan qualifying an outstanding third on Saturday before ultimately tripping over Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages of the race while fighting for the final podium spot. The Williams team says it’s highly optimistic of providing its drivers with a quick car this weekend at Silverstone. The circuit’s similarities with Barcelona, where Maldonado broke the squad’s eight-year victory drought earlier this season, combined with the Valencia form gives strong reason for optimism.

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: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2008 GP2 Series, 3rd 2006 British F3 Championship, 5th 2008 GP2 Asia Series


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Round 9 - Silverstone I Driver Profiles

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: 19 Best Qualifying: 16 Average Qualifying: 18.1 Best Finish: 13 Average Finish: 17.1 VITALY PETROV Championship Position: 20 Best Qualifying: 19 Average Qualifying: 19.6 Best Finish: 13 Average Finish: 17.3

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Caterham will debut the second package of new parts in its two-stage update this weekend at Silverstone. While the team is cautious on predicting its gain, Heikki Kovalainen says he’s hoping for between a 0.5s and 1s improvement from the package, which will include new rear bodywork and exhaust treatment. Having genuinely out-qualified both Toro Rossos in Valencia, the Finn is understandably excited about the potential to push further into the midfield this weekend.

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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Round 9 - Silverstone I Driver Profiles

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: 24 Best Qualifying: 21 Average Qualifying: 22.1 Best Finish: 17 Average Finish: 20.9 NARAIN KARTHIKEYAN Championship Position: 23 Best Qualifying: 22 Average Qualifying: 23.6 Best Finish: 15 Average Finish: 20.9

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

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... The HRT will need to get on top of the tyre degradation issues its suffered from in Valencia if it is to beat its fellow cellar-dwellers Marussia this weekend. While both Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan out-qualified Charles Pic at the Spanish circuit, neither could stay ahead of the French rookie in the race. The team is this weekend planning on giving third-driver Dani Clos mileage during Friday practice - the first time that the Spaniard has experienced a race weekend since Barcelona.

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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Round 9 - Silverstone I Driver Profiles

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: 21 Best Qualifying: 20 Average Qualifying: 21.4 Best Finish: 14 Average Finish: 17.4 CHARLES pIC Championship Position: 22 Best Qualifying: 21 Average Qualifying: 22.0 Best Finish: 15 Average Finish: 19.1

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

THE BAGMAN’s SAY... Expect Marussia to pull clear of the HRT this weekend in the battle of the backmarkers. Marussia is bringing what it describes as its “first proper wind-tunnel generated’ upgrade of the season to Silverstone, which is set to include a new rear wing, exhausts, floor and sidepods. Timo Glock will return after missing the European Grand Prix with an infection. The German’s absence from qualifying and the race in Valencia left the team’s fortunes squarely on the shoulders of Charles Pic who, despite being outqualified by both HRTs, managed to come out on top in the race.

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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Round 9 - Silverstone I Race Stats

Championship Standings World Drivers Championship NO

Driver

Nat

Car

Points

1

Fernando Alonso

Spain

Ferrari

111

2

Mark Webber

Australia

Red Bull

91

3

Lewis Hamilton

Great Britain

McLaren

88

4

Sebastian Vettel

Germany

Red Bull

85

5

Nico Rosberg

Germany

Mercedes

75

6

Kimi Raikkonen

Finland

Lotus

73

7

Romain Grosjean

France

Lotus

53

8

Jenson Button

Great Britain

McLaren

49

9

Sergio Perez

Mexico

Sauber

39

10

Pastor Maldonado

Venezuala

Williams

29

11

Paul Di Resta

Great Britain

Force India

27

12

Kamui Kobayshi

Japan

Sauber

21

13

Michael Schumacher

Germany

Mercedes

17

14

Nico Hulkenberg

Germany

Force India

17

15

Bruno Senna

Brazil

Williams

16

16

Felipe Massa

Brazil

Ferrari

11

17

Jean-Eric Vergne

France

Toro Rosso

4

18

Daniel Ricciardo

Australia

Toro Rosso

2

19

Heikki Kovalainen

Finland

Caterham

0

20

Vitaly Petrov

Russia

Caterham

0

21

Timo Glock

Germany

Marussia

0

22

Charles Pic

France

Marussia

0

23

Narain Karthikeyan

India

HRT

0

24

Pedro de la Rosa

Spain

HRT

0

World Constructors Championship Pos

Constructor

Points

1

Red Bull Racing

176

2

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

137

3

Lotus F1 Team

126

4

Scuderia Ferrari

122

5

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

92

7

Sauber F1 Team

60

6

Williams F1 Team

45

8

Sahara Force India F1 Team

44

9

Scuderia Toro Rosso

6

11

Caterham F1 Team

0

10

Marussia F1 Team

0

12

HRT F1 Team

0

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Round 9 - Silverstone I Race Stats

Recent British Grand Prix Winners Year 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972

Driver Fernando Alonso Mark Webber Sebastian Vettel Lewis Hamilton Kimi Räikkönen Fernando Alonso Juan Pablo Montoya Michael Schumacher Rubens Barrichello Michael Schumacher Mika Häkkinen David Coulthard David Coulthard Michael Schumacher Jacques Villeneuve Jacques Villeneuve Johnny Herbert Damon Hill Alain Prost Nigel Mansell Nigel Mansell Alain Prost Alain Prost Ayrton Senna Nigel Mansell Nigel Mansell Alain Prost Niki Lauda Alain Prost Niki Lauda John Watson Alan Jones Clay Regazzoni Carlos Reutemann James Hunt Niki Lauda Emerson Fittipaldi Jody Scheckter Peter Revson Emerson Fittipaldi

Car Ferrari Red Bull-Renault Red Bull-Renault McLaren-Mercedes Ferrari Renault McLaren-Mercedes Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari McLaren-Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Ferrari Williams-Renault Williams-Renault Benetton-Renault Williams-Renault Williams-Renault Williams-Renault Williams-Renault Ferrari McLaren-Honda McLaren-Honda Williams-Honda Williams-Honda McLaren-TAG McLaren-TAG Renault McLaren-Ford McLaren-Ford Williams-Ford Williams-Ford Ferrari McLaren-Ford Ferrari McLaren-Ford Tyrrell-Ford McLaren-Ford Lotus-Ford

Location Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Silverstone Brands Hatch Silverstone Brands Hatch Silverstone Brands Hatch Silverstone Brands Hatch Silverstone Brands Hatch Silverstone Brands Hatch Silverstone Brands Hatch Silverstone Brands Hatch


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Round 9 - Silverstone I Race Stats

Previous World Dri

Year 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980

Driver Sebastian Vettel Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton Kimi Räikkönen Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Mika Häkkinen Mika Häkkinen Jacques Villeneuve Damon Hill Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Alain Prost Nigel Mansell Ayrton Senna Ayrton Senna Alain Prost Ayrton Senna Nelson Piquet Alain Prost Alain Prost Niki Lauda Nelson Piquet Keke Rosberg Nelson Piquet Alan Jones

Nat GER GBR GBR FIN ESP ESP GER GER GER GER GER FIN FIN CAN GBR GER GER FRA GBR BRA BRA FRA BRA BRA FRA FRA AUT BRA FIN BRA AUS

Constructor Red Bull Brawn McLaren Ferrari Renault Renault Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari McLaren McLaren Williams Williams Benetton Benetton Williams Williams McLaren McLaren McLaren McLaren Williams McLaren McLaren McLaren Brabham Williams Brabham Williams

Wins 5 6 5 6 7 7 13 6 11 9 9 5 8 7 8 9 8 7 9 7 6 4 8 3 4 5 5 3 1 3 5

Poles 10 4 7 3 6 6 8 5 7 11 9 11 9 10 9 4 6 13 14 8 10 2 13 4 1 2 0 1 1 4 3

Points 256 95 98 110 134 133 148 93 144 123 108 76 100 81 97 102 92 99 108 96 78 76 90 73 72 73 72 59 44 50 67


Round 9 - Silverstone I Race Stats

rivers’ Champions

Year 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963 1962 1961 1960 1959 1958 1957 1956 1955 1954 1953 1952 1951 1950

Driver Jody Scheckter Mario Andretti Niki Lauda James Hunt Niki Lauda Emerson Fittipaldi Jackie Stewart Emerson Fittipaldi Jackie Stewart Jochen Rindt Jackie Stewart Graham Hill Denny Hulme Jack Brabham Jim Clark John Surtees Jim Clark Graham Hill Phil Hill Jack Brabham Jack Brabham Mike Hawthorn Juan Manuel Fangio Juan Manuel Fangio Juan Manuel Fangio Juan Manuel Fangio Alberto Ascari Alberto Ascari Juan Manuel Fangio Giuseppe Farina

Nat RSA USA AUT GBR AUT BRA GBR BRA GBR AUT GBR GBR NZL AUS GBR GBR GBR GBR USA AUS AUS GBR ARG ARG ARG ARG ITA ITA ARG ITA

Constructor Ferrari Lotus Ferrari McLaren Ferrari McLaren Tyrell Lotus Tyrell Lotus Matra Lotus Brabham Brabham Lotus Ferrari Lotus BRM Ferrari Cooper Cooper Ferrari Maserati Ferrari Mercedes Maserati/Mercedes Ferrari Ferrari Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo

Wins 3 6 3 6 5 3 5 5 6 5 6 3 2 4 6 2 7 4 2 5 2 1 4 3 4 6 5 6 3 3

Poles 1 8 2 8 9 2 3 3 6 3 2 2 0 3 6 2 7 1 5 3 1 4 4 6 3 5 6 5 4 2

Points 51 64 72 69 64.5 55 71 61 62 45 63 48 51 42 54 40 54 42 34 43 31 42 40 30 40 42 34.5 36 31 30

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