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Germany Round 10 July 22 - 24 2011

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Round 10 – Nurburgring

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he return of Formula One cars to the Nurburgring this weekend will no doubt be a special sight for a multitude of Australian race fans.

While, to use one of Mark Webber’s favourite phrases, a lot of water has passed under the bridge since July 12, 2009, memories of that day’s German Grand Prix still burn brightly. Webber’s reaction to his first Grand Prix victory was as memorable as it was emotional. Having scrounged his way through the British single-seater scene, survived two horrendous crashes at Le Mans, and suffered a multitude of disappointments since joining Formula One, Webber’s first Grand Prix victory celebration was always going to be something special. As the Nurburgring’s race-sharing agreement with the Hockenheimring ensures that the 5.15km layout in the shadows of the ‘Green Hell’ is now only seen every two years, we head into the 2011 German Grand Prix hoping Webber can revive some of that maiden win magic. The 166-race-veteran beat team-mate Sebastian Vettel to pole position for the second time this season last time out at Silverstone, but again it was the German who came out ahead in the race. With Vettel having already taken the Australian and Monaco races on his way to a seemingly inevitable championship crown, this weekend may mark Webber’s last chance to steal a significant trophy away from his team-mate. As the relaxed regulations regarding off-throttle blowing of diffusers look likely to boost Red Bull out of reach of its McLaren and Ferrari rivals, the 2011 German Grand Prix is set to be one heck of a grudge match.

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Caution to the Wind Fernando Alonso is prepared to take bigger risks from here on in to add to his 2011 win tally

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ernando Alonso says he will throw caution to the wind in order to repeat his British Grand Prix victory this weekend. The Spaniard took Ferrari’s first win of the season at Silverstone - charging away from Red Bull Racing pair Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in the closing stages after gaining track position in pitlane. Despite the win, Alonso still stands nearly four complete races behind Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel in the World Championship standings, and says he must focus on winning races rather than the title battle. “We have to be realistic, because we are 92 points behind in the classification and that is a very big gap,” says Alonso. “We will tackle the races one at a time, trying to win as many as possible. “This will also involve taking a few more risks and maybe it will happen that we pay a high price for that, but there is no alternative. “We are definitely not giving up, but we must not think about the championship... we are keeping our feet on the ground.”

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The FIA’s decision to revert to the ‘Valencia’ regulations on off-throttle diffuser blowing, following its failed crack-down on the concept at Silverstone, is expected to play against Ferrari this weekend, with Red Bull and McLaren’s exhaust/diffuser packages having proven superior throughout the season so far. Alonso however is optimistic that the upgrades the 150th Italia received for Silverstone, which included a new rear wing and DRS activation mechanism, a revised rear suspension layout and altered exhaust position, will see the team competitive this weekend. “I haven’t spent too much time thinking about the technical

reasons behind the win in the British Grand Prix,” says Alonso. “There were definitely some major improvements on the car, which mean it feels much easier to drive now and you can feel it much more stuck to the ground than before, especially in the fast corners. “That means it’s got more aerodynamic downforce, which was the area where we trailed our main rivals the most. “I don’t think the changes to the engine mapping (for Silverstone) were a factor: we were quicker specifically at the part of the track where you practically don’t have to brake, which means it is the actual car that is going well.””


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Round 10 – Nurburgring

TRACK DETAILS

Sauber technical director James Key on the challenges of the Nuburgring The Nurburgring is quite a mixed circuit with different features, which makes it hard to characterise. Good braking stability is important into turn one, where there is a potential overtaking opportunity. The first sector is relatively low speed, or at least is after turn one which results in a car which needs good traction and good levels of downforce. Then there is a high speed section down to the hairpin, which presents another overtaking opportunity. The second half to the lap is relatively high speed. Primarily it consists of medium and slow speed corners and a couple of relatively long straights with a chicane in the end and a difficult last corner. This is a challenge for the engineers and drivers to try and

get it right particularly in qualifying. It’s going to be an interesting weekend, because there are many different challenges with the big mix of corners and straights. The tyre compounds will be medium and soft. We know the medium tyres were a little tricky in Canada, so we have to work on them. The softs should be okay. Key Stats Track Length: 5.148km Turns: 15 Top Speed: 297km/h Laps: 60 Total Distance: 308.863km Lap Record: 1:29.468s, Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004

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OPINION by GREG RUST

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he age old argument over team orders in Grand Prix racing has been in full flight since the British Grand Prix. Red Bull Racing’s decision to ask Mark Webber to ‘hold position ‘ and not attempt a pass on team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages at Silverstone certainly raised a few eyebrow. My view on team orders has never changed - I think they really stink. That goes for any sport, not just motor racing. People want to see a contest for its purity, they don’t want to see something that’s contrived and manipulated or anything on those lines. I get why the team got on the radio and said what they said, but do I think there was going to be a repeat of Turkey (2010, when Webber and Vettel clashed)? No, I don’t. The thing I’ve struggled with the most since the British Grand Prix is that it goes against everything that Red Bull preached at Silverstone last year, and everything that Red Bull stands for. So I don’t understand why they did it from that perspective. Guys like David Coulthard (BBC commentator and former driver) have since said that those of us in the media need to do a better job of explaining the fact that team orders are now very much a part of the sport. Team orders have been rubber-stamped by the powers that be and they are very much part of the game now, and so we need to make sure that both the first time viewer and the longtime viewer understand that. That’s an interesting point, but all I’m trying to be is a barometer for public opinion and most people that you run into on the street don’t like it, and that’s the bottom line. My gut feel on it has been the same for a long time - I don’t like it. I understand the rationale of why it’s done, but I’m more than happy to have an argument with someone about it. There’s been a lot of chat this year about Mark’s future, which not surprisingly intensified after he seemingly

ignored the team’s wishes at Silverstone. Mark’s decision to ignore the orders was made at the heat of the moment. I don’t think it really matters for a Formula One driver what colour the car in front is - if you’re faster, then you want to make a pass. I think that, despite all this talk of Kimi Raikkonen coming back, or Mark going to Renault or Ferrari, he will stay at Red Bull - it’s just a matter of sorting out the details. He’ll complete 2012 with the team and then asses how the cards will fall from there. All the intellectual property that Mark has, in terms of how the team and the cars operate, will stay put for another year. Then if they are going to ultimately replace him with, hopefully, Daniel Ricciardo, it’ll give Daniel time to become the calibre of driver they need to partner Sebastian Vettel. Daniel would have 18 months to really prove himself, and if one Aussie could replace another, that’d really be a wonderful story for us. I think we’ll hear sooner rather than later on Mark’s future, maybe not this weekend, but I feel it won’t be too far away. Mark may not have had the race results on paper yet this year, but I think he’s getting there and there could be some race wins ahead in the coming races. Memories of the 2009 Nurburgring race, where he had his first Grand Prix victory, will be worth a huge amount to him heading into the weekend. Mark has clearly had a tougher time this year adapting to the Pirelli tyres compared to his team-mate Sebastian, but he seems to be really starting to get his head around how the tyres behave and how to make it work for him. So I think he’s in for a really good weekend.

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RED BULL RACING SEBASTIAN VETTEL Nationality: German Wins: 16 DoB: 03/07/1987 Poles: 22 Debut: Indianapolis, 2007 Fastest Laps: 7 Career Highlights: 2010 World Drivers’ Champion, 2nd 2006 F3 Euro Series, 2nd 2004 Formula BMW ADAC Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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THE BAGMAN’S SAY The relaxation of the off-throttle diffuser blowing regulations should see Red Bull return serve on Ferrari this weekend. Even with the one-off Silverstone rules in place, the RB6s continued to set the pace, with Webber and Vettel sharing the front-row of the grid, and the race only being lost in the pitstops. Apart from Red Bull’s occasional pitlane gaff, the now long-running feud between its drivers may be the team’s only weakness. Although Webber will be especially fired up after the Silverstone team orders battle, Vettel is the clear favourite to take his first home GP win.

MARK WEBBER

RED BULL RACING

Wins: 6 Nationality: Australian Poles: 8 DoB: 27/08/1976 Fastest Laps: 10 Debut: Albert Park, 2002 Career Highlights: 3rd 2010 World Drivers’ Championship, 2nd 2001 International F3000, 1st 1996 British FF Festival

Chassis: Red Bull RB7 Engine: Renault RS27-2011 Base: Milton Keynes, UK Team nationality: Austrian Team principal: Christian Horner Technical leader: Adrian Newey Debut: Albert Park, 2005 Wins: 21 Poles: 29 Fastest Laps: 17 Constructors’ Championships: 1

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McLAREN MERCEDES LEWIS HAMILTON

Nationality: British Wins: 15 DoB: 07/01/1985 Poles: 18 Debut: Albert Park, 2007 Fastest Laps: 9 Career Highlights: 2008 World Drivers’ Champion, 2006 GP2 Champion, 2005 F3 Euroseries Champion Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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JENSON BUTTON Nationality: British Wins: 10 DoB: 19/01/1980 Poles: 7 Debut: Albert Park, 2000 Fastest Laps: 4 Career Highlights: 2009 World Drivers’ Champion, 1st 1998 British FF Festival, 1998 British FF Champion Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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THE BAGMAN’S SAY Having appeared one of the worst hit by the recent rule changes, McLaren will be hoping to - at a minimum - get back on top of Ferrari this weekend. Button and Hamilton managed just fifth and 10th respectively in qualifying at the team’s home Grand Prix, while a faulty wheel gun took Button out of the race falling from second to fifth in the championship as a result. The two Britons now sit equal on points, but expect Hamilton to assert his authority in the coming races. The 2008 World Champion fought doggedly at Silverstone, holding off Massa for fourth while running out of fuel in the waning laps VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES

Chassis: McLaren MP4-26 Engine: Mercedes-Benz FO 108Y Base: Woking, UK Team nationality: British Team principal: Martin Whitmarsh Technical leader: Paddy Lowe Debut: Monte Carlo, 1966 Wins: 171 Poles: 146 Fastest Laps: 144 Constructors’ Championships: 8


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FERRARI FERNANDO ALONSO Nationality: Spanish Wins: 27 DoB: 29/07/1981 Poles: 20 Debut: Albert Park, 2001 Fastest Laps: 19 Career Highlights: 2005 and 2006 World Drivers Champion, 1st 1999 Euro Open by Nissan Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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FELIPE MASSA Nationality: Brazilian Wins: 11 DoB: 25/04/1981 Poles: 15 Debut: Albert Park, 2002 Fastest Laps: 13 Career Highlights: 2nd 2008 World Drivers’ Championship, 1st 2001 Euro F3000, 1st 2000 Formula Renault Eurocup Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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THE BAGMAN’S SAY Ferrari made genuine gains with its revised aerodynamic and suspension parts at Silverstone, but it remains difficult to expect Alonso to challenge Red Bull Racing this weekend. The Scuderia benefited from the wet weather at the start of the British Grand Prix, as it ensured the harder compound tyre did not need to be used. Even on the soft Alonso and Massa struggled initially for tyre temperature compared to their rivals - a problem which should again hurt this weekend. Anything less than a podium will be disappointing for Alonso, but against a potentially resurgent McLaren it’s no sure thing. Chassis: Ferrari 150th Italia Engine: Ferrari 056 Base: Maranello, Italy Team nationality: Italian Team principal: Stefano Domenicalli Technical leader: Pat Fry Debut: Monte Carlo, 1950 Wins: 216 Poles: 205 Fastest Laps: 226 Constructors’ Championships: 16


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MERCEDES MICHAEL SCHUMACHER Nationality: German Wins: 91 DoB: 03/01/1969 Poles: 68 Debut: Spa, 1991 Fastest Laps: 76 Career Highlights: 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 World Drivers’ Champion, 1st 1990 German F3 Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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NICO ROSBERG Wins: 0 Nationality: German Poles: 0 DoB: 27/06/1985 Fastest Laps: 2 Debut: Sakhir, 2006 Career Highlights: 2nd 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, 2005 GP2 Champion, 1st 2002 Formula BMW ADAC Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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THE BAGMAN’S SAY Mercedes GP heads into its second home race in as many weekends, with the Germanowned, UK-based squad having endured another difficult weekend at Silverstone. The team’s upgrades did show some signs of improvement however, allowing both Rosberg and Schumacher to score points, despite the latter committing another fundamental driving error. The seven-time World Champion took ninth place despite being handed a 10 second stop-go penalty for knocking Kobayashi into a spin in the early laps. Having both cars in the back half of the top 10 this weekend will be a solid result. MERCEDES GP PETRONAS F1 TEAM

Chassis: Mercedes MGP W02 Engine: Mercedes-Benz FO 108Y Base: Brackley, UK Team nationality: British Team principal: Ross Brawn Technical leader: Bob Bell Debut: Albert Park, 2010 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Constructors’ Championships: 0

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RENAULT NICK HEIDFELD Nationality: German Wins: 0 DoB: 10/05/1977 Poles: 1 Debut: Albert Park, 2000 Fastest Laps: 2 Career Highlights: 2nd 2005 Monaco Grand Prix, 1999 Formula 3000 Champion, 1996 German F3 Champion Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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VITALY PETROV Wins: 0 Nationality: Russian Poles: 0 DoB: 08/09/1984 Fastest Laps: 1 Debut: Albert Park, 2010 Career Highlights: 3rd 2011 Australian Grand Prix, 2nd 2009 GP2 Series, 3rd 2008 GP2 Asia Series Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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THE BAGMAN’S SAY Renault is expected to provide its drivers with a more competitive package this weekend after the team’s predicted lacklustre performance without its aggressive off-throttle diffuser blowing system at Silverstone. Petrov and Heidfeld qualified just 14th and 16th for the British Grand Prix - a position from which the German did well to score points. Petrov finished 15s adrift of the points last time out, and heads to the Nurburgring following a busy schedule of promoting the 2014 Russian Grand Prix in his home land. Expect at least one Renault in the top 10 in the race this weekend, although qualifying might again prove to be a struggle.

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Round 8 – Valencia

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RUBENS BARRICHELLO

Nationality: Brazilian Wins: 11 DoB: 23/05/1972 Poles: 14 Debut: Kyalami, 1993 Fastest Laps: 17 Career Highlights: 2nd 2002 and 2004 World Drivers Championship, 1991 British Formula 3 Champion Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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AT&T WILLIAMS

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

Chassis: Williams FW33 Engine: Cosworth CA2011 Base: Grove, UK Team nationality: British Team principal: Frank Williams Technical leader: Sam Michael Debut: Buenos Aires, 1978 Wins: 113 Poles: 126 Fastest Laps: 130 Constructors’ Championships: 9

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THE BAGMAN’S SAY Despite the result, Williams appeared to make a small step forward at Silverstone - running new exhaust, diffuser, front wing and suspension pieces in the race after confirming their potential in practice. Maldonado qualified an impressive seventh, but again missed out on his maiden Grand Prix points after struggling badly in the opening wet laps. The team will again be among those to bring new parts this weekend, with front and rear wing revisions complemented by tweaked engine software. Both drivers will contend for the final points.

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FORCE INDIA ADRIAN SUTIL Nationality: German Wins: 0 DoB: 11/01/1983 Poles: 0 Debut: Albert Park, 2007 Fastest Laps: 1 Career Highlights: 2006 All-Japan F3 Champion, 2nd 2005 F3 Euroseries, 2nd 2005 Masters of F3 Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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Wins: 0 Nationality: Scottish Poles: 0 DoB: 16/04/1986 Fastest Laps: 1 Debut: Albert Park, 2011 Career Highlights: 2010 DTM Champion, 2006 Formula 3 Euroseries Champion, 1st 2006 Masters of F3

Chassis: Force India VJM04 Engine: Mercedes FO 108Y Base: Silverstone, UK Team nationality: Indian Team principal: Vijay Mallya Technical leader: Andrew Green Debut: Albert Park, 2008 Wins: 0 Poles: 1 Fastest Laps: 1 Constructors’ Championships: 0

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THE BAGMAN’S SAY Mistakes cost Force India certain points at Silverstone - a situation which cannot be repeated, says team principal Vijay Mallya. Paul di Resta’s outstanding sixth place qualifying performance turned sour thanks to a significant delay when the team prepared Sutil’s tyres for the Scot’s first pitstop. Later contact with Buemi saw di Resta end the race a lowly 15th, while team-mate Sutil also missed the points. Di Resta has raced at the Nurburgring several times in the DTM, but only on the shorter version, while its a home race for Sutil. The rule changes may make Q3 a more difficult task this weekend.

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SAUBER KAMUI KOBAYASHI Nationality: Japanese Wins: 0 DoB: 13/09/1986 Poles: 0 Debut: Interlagos, 2009 Fastest Laps: 0 Career Highlights: 2008/09 GP2 Asia Series Champion, 4th 2007 F3 Euroseries, 1st 2005 FRenault Eurocup Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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2007

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SERGIO PEREZ

SAUBER F1 TEAM

Wins: 0 Nationality: Mexican Poles: 0 DoB: 26/01/1990 Fastest Laps: 0 Debut: Albert Park, 2011 Career Highlights: 2nd 2010 GP2 Series, 4th 2007 British F3 Championship Class, 1st 2007 British F3 National Class Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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MAL

CHI

DSQ DNF 17 Recent Nurburgring Form

THE BAGMAN’S SAY Silverstone marked Perez’s first points since his horrendous Monaco shunt, with a seventh place finish coming after another wily run on a two-stop strategy. The team will bring minor diffuser and rear brake duct revisions to the Nurburgring, a circuit where neither of its drivers have competed in a Grand Prix before. Kobayashi will be looking to bounce back after two poor races. The Japanese was penalised for colliding with Maldonado in the Silverstone pitlane after earlier contact with Schumacher. Kobayashi is again a definite points scoring threat.

TUR

ESP

MON

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EUR

GBR

14

9

DNS

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2007

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2009

2010

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Chassis: Sauber C30 Engine: Ferrari 056 Base: Hinwil, Switzerland Team nationality: Swiss Team principal: Peter Sauber Technical leader: James Key Debut: Kylami, 1993 Wins: 1 Poles: 1 Fastest Laps: 2 Constructors’ Championships: 0

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TORO ROSSO SEBASTIEN BUEMI Nationality: Swiss Wins: 0 DoB: 31/10/1988 Poles: 0 Debut: Albert Park, 2009 Fastest Laps: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2008 GP2 Asia, 2nd 2007 F3 Euroseries, 2nd 2005 Formula BMW World Final Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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MAL

CHI

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ESP

MON CAN

EUR

GBR

15

8

13

14

9

14

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2007

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JAIME ALGUERSUARI

SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO

Nationality: Spanish Wins: 0 DoB: 23/03/1990 Poles: 0 Debut: Budapest, 2009 Fastest Laps: 0 Career Highlights: 2008 British F3 Champion, 2nd 2007 Formula Renault Italia, 1st 2006 FR Italia Winter Series Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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MAL

CHI

9 1 14 DNF Recent Nurburgring Form

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16

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THE BAGMAN’S SAY The tide has turned at Toro Rosso, with Alguersuari now ahead of Buemi in the points standings after a third consecutive top 10 finish at the British Grand Prix. Making matters worse for Buemi, the Swiss driver was forced to retire at Silverstone thanks to damage sustained in a collision with di Resta. Although the team has lacked qualifying pace all season, its double Q1 knockout in Britain was more to do with poor reading of the weather than outright speed. With neither driver having qualified inside the top 15 since Barcelona, STR again starts as an outside chance for points.

Chassis: Toro Rosso STR6 Engine: Ferrari 056 Base: Farenza, Italy Team nationality: Italian Team principal: Franz Tost Technical leader: Giorgio Ascanelli Debut: Bahrain, 2006 Wins: 1 Poles: 1 Fastest Laps: 0 Constructors’ Championships: 0

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LOTUS HEIKKI KOVALAINEN Nationality: Finnish Wins: 1 DoB: 19/10/1981 Poles: 1 Debut: Albert Park, 2007 Fastest Laps: 2 Career Highlights: 1st 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix, 2nd 2005 GP2 Series, 1st 2004 World Series by Nissan Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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17

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TEAM LOTUS

JARNO TRULLI Wins: 1 Nationality: Italian Poles: 4 DoB: 13/07/1974 Fastest Laps: 1 Debut: Albert Park, 1997 Career Highlights: 1st 2004 Monaco Grand Prix, 1996 German F3 Champion, 2nd 1995 Macau Grand Prix Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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21 13 DNF 19 Recent Nurburgring Form

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CAN

EUR

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18

18

13

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13

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17

-

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THE BAGMAN’S SAY Prior to Silverstone, The Bagman hypothesised that the high level of reliability among the current crop of Formula One cars would again make it impossible for Team Lotus to score points. It was with some irony that both green and gold entries ground to a halt within 10 laps of the start of the British Grand Prix. With Kovalainen losing fourth gear and Trulli suffering an oil leak, it was an embarassing result on home soil for the Norfolk based squad. Earlier in the weekend, rain had allowed the Finn to make a rare Q2 showing. Don’t expect the same to happen this weekend. Chassis: Lotus T128 Engine: Renault RS27-2011 Base: Norfolk, UK Team nationality: Malaysian Team principal: Tony Fernandes Technical leader: Mike Gascoyne Debut: Albert Park, 2010 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Constructors’ Championships: 0


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HRT DANIEL RICCIARDO Nationality: Australian Wins: 0 DoB: 01/07/1989 Poles: 0 Debut: Silverstone, 2011 Fastest Laps: 0 Career Highlights: 2009 British Formula 3 Champion, 2nd 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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Recent Nurburgring Form 2001

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TONIO LIUZZI

HRT F1 TEAM

Wins: 0 Nationality: Italian Poles: 0 DoB: 06/08/1981 Fastest Laps: 0 Debut: Imola, 2005 Career Highlights: 3rd 2008/09 Speedcar Series, 2004 F3000 Champion, 2nd 2001 Formula Renault Germany

Chassis: HRT F111 Engine: Cosworth CA2011 Base: Madrid, Spain Team nationality: Spanish Team principal: Colin Kolles Technical leader: Tony Cuquerella Debut: Albert Park, 2010 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Constructors’ Championships: 0

Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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MAL

THE BAGMAN’S SAY Ricciardo hopes to close the gap to team-mate Liuzzi this weekend. The rookie Aussie proved a little under 0.6s shy of the Italian in qualifying at Silverstone, while the gap between the pair grew considerably in the race. The art of being lapped while losing the least amount of time may not win world championships, but its a skill Ricciardo will have to learn if he is to come to terms with Liuzzi this year. Ricciardo will benefit from having raced at the Nurburgring last month in Formula Renault 3.5. This line-up will provide much needed added excitement to Q1 as the season continues.

CHI

DSQ DNF 22 Recent Nurburgring Form

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Round 8 – Valencia

VIRGIN TIMO GLOCK Nationality: German Wins: 0 DoB: 18/03/1982 Poles: 0 Debut: Montreal, 2004 Fastest Laps: 1 Career Highlights: 2nd 2009 Singapore Grand Prix, 2007 GP2 Champion, 1st 2001 Formula BMW ADAC Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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MARUSSIA VIRGIN RACING

JEROME D’AMBROSIO Nationality: Belgian Wins: 0 DoB: 27/12/1985 Poles: 0 Debut: Albert Park, 2011 Fastest Laps: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2008/09 GP2 Asia Series, 1st 2007 International Formula Master, 1st 2003 FRenault Belgium Recent Grand Prix Form ABU

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14 DNF 20 Recent Nurburgring Form

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15

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THE BAGMAN’S SAY Virgin Racing continues its quiet battle with Hispania at the back of the field. Both Glock and D’Ambrosio outqualified the Spanish team cars at Silverstone - with Glock doing so to the tune of a full second. Unlike the Lotus entries, both MVR-02s ran reliably over the course of the British Grand Prix, but the two laps lost to race winner Alonso shows the enormity of the work that still needs to be done. Expect a similar gap to the front of the field this weekend.

Chassis: MVR-02 Engine: Cosworth CA2011 Base: Dinnington, UK Team nationality: Russian Team principal: John Booth Technical leader: TBA Debut: Albert Park, 2010 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Constructors’ Championships: 0

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RECENT GERMAN GP WINNERS Year Driver 2010 Fernando Alonso 2009 Mark Webber 2008 Lewis Hamilton 2006 Michael Schumacher 2005 Fernando Alonso 2004 Michael Schumacher 2003 Juan Pablo Montoya 2002 Michael Schumacher 2001 Ralf Schumacher 2000 Rubens Barrichello 1999 Eddie Irvine 1998 Mika Häkkinen 1997 Gerhard Berger 1996 Damon Hill 1995 Michael Schumacher 1994 Gerhard Berger 1993 Alain Prost 1992 Nigel Mansell 1991 Nigel Mansell 1990 Ayrton Senna 1989 Ayrton Senna 1988 Ayrton Senna 1987 Nelson Piquet 1986 Nelson Piquet 1985 Michele Alboreto 1984 Alain Prost 1983 René Arnoux 1982 Patrick Tambay 1981 Nelson Piquet 1980 Jacques Laffite 1979 Alan Jones 1978 Mario Andretti 1977 Niki Lauda 1976 James Hunt 1975 Carlos Reutemann 1974 Clay Regazzoni 1973 Jackie Stewart 1972 Jacky Ickx 1971 Jackie Stewart 1970 Jochen Rindt 1969 Jacky Ickx 1968 Jackie Stewart 1967 Denny Hulme

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Car Ferrari Red Bull-Renault McLaren-Mercedes Ferrari Renault Ferrari Williams-BMW Ferrari Williams-BMW Ferrari Ferrari McLaren-Mercedes Benetton-Renault Williams-Renault Benetton-Renault Ferrari Williams-Renault Williams-Renault Williams-Renault McLaren-Honda McLaren-Honda McLaren-Honda Williams-Honda Williams-Honda Ferrari McLaren-TAG Ferrari Ferrari Brabham-Ford Ligier-Ford Williams-Ford Lotus-Ford Ferrari McLaren-Ford Brabham-Ford Ferrari Tyrrell-Ford Ferrari Tyrrell-Ford Lotus-Ford Brabham-Ford Matra-Ford Brabham-Repco

Location Hockenheimring Nürburgring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Nürburgring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Hockenheimring Nürburgring Nürburgring Nürburgring Nürburgring Nürburgring Nürburgring Hockenheimring Nürburgring Nürburgring Nürburgring

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PAST CHAMPIONS Year Driver Nat Constructor Wins Poles Points 2010 Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull 5 10 256 2009 Jenson Button GBR Brawn 6 4 95 2008 Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren 5 7 98 2007 Kimi Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 6 3 110 2006 Fernando Alonso ESP Renault 7 6 134 2005 Fernando Alonso ESP Renault 7 6 133 2004 Michael Schumacher GER Ferrari 13 8 148 2003 Michael Schumacher GER Ferrari 6 5 93 2002 Michael Schumacher GER Ferrari 11 7 144 2001 Michael Schumacher GER Ferrari 9 11 123 2000 Michael Schumacher GER Ferrari 9 9 108 1999 Mika Häkkinen FIN McLaren 5 11 76 1998 Mika Häkkinen FIN McLaren 8 9 100 1997 Jacques Villeneuve CAN Williams 7 10 81 1996 Damon Hill GBR Williams 8 9 97 1995 Michael Schumacher GER Benetton 9 4 102 1994 Michael Schumacher GER Benetton 8 6 92 1993 Alain Prost FRA Williams 7 13 99 1992 Nigel Mansell GBR Williams 9 14 108 1991 Ayrton Senna BRA McLaren 7 8 96 1990 Ayrton Senna BRA McLaren 6 10 78 1989 Alain Prost FRA McLaren 4 2 76 1988 Ayrton Senna BRA McLaren 8 13 90 1987 Nelson Piquet BRA Williams 3 4 73 1986 Alain Prost FRA McLaren 4 1 72 1985 Alain Prost FRA McLaren 5 2 73 1984 Niki Lauda AUT McLaren 5 0 72 1983 Nelson Piquet BRA Brabham 3 1 59 1982 Keke Rosberg FIN Williams 1 1 44 1981 Nelson Piquet BRA Brabham 3 4 50

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS WORLD DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP no

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Driver Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber Fernando Alonso Lewis Hamilton Jenson Button Felipe Massa Nico Rosberg Nick Heidfeld Vitaly Petrov Michael Schumacher Kamui Kobayashi Adrian Sutil Jaime Alguersuari Sergio Perez Mendoza Sébastien Buemi Rubens Barrichello Paul di Resta Pedro de la Rosa Jarno Trulli Vitantonio Liuzzi Jérôme D’Ambrosio Heikki Kovalainen Pastor Maldonado Timo Glock Narain Karthikeyan Daniel Ricciardo

Nat DEU AUS ESP GBR GBR BRA DEU DEU RUS DEU JPN DEU ESP MEX SUI BRA GBR ESP ITA ITA BEL FIN VEN DEU IND AUD

Car Red Bull Red Bull Ferrari McLaren McLaren Ferrari Mercedes Renault Renault Mercedes Sauber Force India Toro Rosso Sauber Toro Rosso Williams Force India Sauber Lotus HRT Virgin Lotus Williams Virgin HRT HRT

Points 204 124 112 109 109 52 40 34 31 28 25 10 9 8 8 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WORLD CONSTUCTORS CHAMPIONSHIP Pos 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

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Constructor Red Bull Racing Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Lotus Renault GP Sauber F1 Team Scuderia Toro Rosso Force India F1 Team AT&T Williams Team Lotus HRT F1 Team Marussia Virgin Racing

Engine Renault Mercedes Ferrari Mercedes Renault Ferrari Ferrari Mercedes Cosworth Renault Cosworth Cosworth

Points 328 218 164 68 65 33 17 12 4 0 0 0

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Round 10 –Round Nurburgring 2 – Malaysia There was no shortage of local support for McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton (below) and Jenson Button at Silverstone.

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