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Post by Chris Chan on Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:04 am

When do new cars get unveiled and testing start? (Assuming Durrell will answer this one)

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Post by Vanig Bostanian on Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:19 am

February 7 Force India. Testing at Jerez.

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Post by Stephen Mitchell on Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:23 am

Any news on who has got the second seat at Williams? There were rumours going around about Bruno Senna, but I think they haven't been vindicated by any of the quality papers. I'm surprised Sutil doesn't have a team for next year, finished last season on a high, and was pretty consistent.
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Post by Vanig Bostanian on Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:29 am

I read on the eurosport website that Senna "downplays Williams rumour" or something.

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Post by Durrell on Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:57 am

Testing Dates according to GPUpdate.net:

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7 Feb   Circuito Permanente de Jerez   
8 Feb   Circuito Permanente de Jerez   
9 Feb   Circuito Permanente de Jerez   
10 Feb   Circuito Permanente de Jerez   
21 Feb   Circuit de Catalunya   
22 Feb   Circuit de Catalunya   
23 Feb   Circuit de Catalunya   
24 Feb   Circuit de Catalunya   
1 Mar   Circuit de Catalunya   
2 Mar   Circuit de Catalunya   
3 Mar   Circuit de Catalunya   
4 Mar   Circuit de Catalunya   
1 May   Mugello Circuit   
2 May   Mugello Circuit   
3 May   Mugello Circuit

Mercedes AMG don't debut their new car until the 21st of February at the earliest. They've already said it won't be at the first test. Hispania's new car launch will be delayed as well.

Drivers for 2012 are:

Mclaren

Lewis Hamilton
Jenson Button
Tester(s): Gary Paffett, Oliver Turvey

Red Bull Racing

Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber
Tester: Sebastien Buemi

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso
Felipe Massa
Tester: Jules Bianchi

Mercedes AMG

Nico Rosberg
Michael Schumacher
Tester: Unconfirmed

Lotus F1 (formerly Renault f1)

Kimi Raikkonen
Romain Grosjean
Tester: Unconfirmed. Bruno Senna was their tester last season, and could stay on

Force India

Paul di Resta
Nico Huelkenberg
Tester: Unconfirmed

Sauber

Kamui Kobayashi
Sergio Perez
Tester: Esteban Guiterrez

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo
Jean Eric Vergne
Tester: Sebastien Buemi

Williams

Pastor Maldonado
Valterri Bottas, the team's test driver in 2011 and 2010 has signed for the team, but it is as yet unclear whether he is again a tester, or in the second car.

Caterham (formerly Lotus)

Heikki Kovalainen
As with Bottas at Williams, Trulli is signed for 2012, but there was no confirmation whether it was as a tester or 2nd driver. Vitali Petrov has been linked to the team

Hispania

Pedro de la Rosa
Jaime Alguersuari has been linked with the 2nd seat after being dropped by Toro Rosso

Marussia (Formerly Virgin)

Timo Glock
Charles Pic
Tester: Unknown. Robert Wickens had the role last year, and may continue in that role.


As for other changes for 2012, the Turkish GP has been dropped. Virgin/Marussia have parted company with Nick Wirth, and have a technical partnership with McLaren, similar to the one Force India have, and the one HRT have with Williams.
The USA GP returns at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. However, there have been issues surrounding the funding, and it could yet collapse like Donington hosting the British GP did a few years ago.
Similarly, Valencia are looking to pull out after being unable to sustain the costs, so that may be gone post 2012 as well.
There are rumours that Spa Francorchamps and Circuit Paul Ricard in France (and host of the French GP in the late 80s) will alternate.

Some rule changes for 2012 as well:

Teams cannot run exhausts through the floor for extra downforce like they did in 2011. They are required to run top facing exhausts from now on.

The maximum time for any session is 4 hours. So if we get a situation like in Canada last year, the clock will run and the result declared after 4 hours.

In the event of a Safety Car period, lapped cars will be allowed to overtake the SC so that the field is in order when the SC pulls in, to avoid blocking on a restart.


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Post by Durrell on Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:04 am

Stephen Mitchell wrote:Any news on who has got the second seat at Williams? There were rumours going around about Bruno Senna, but I think they haven't been vindicated by any of the quality papers. I'm surprised Sutil doesn't have a team for next year, finished last season on a high, and was pretty consistent.

Adrian Sutil is apparently being looked at by Williams, but his situation is a bit difficult. On the Chinese GP weekend he got into an altercation with Eric Lux, CEO of Genii, who own the Lotus F1 team. Lux suffered cuts to his neck from a broken glass, and is filing charges against Sutil. If found guilty, Adrian could be off to prison, so it's a risk taking him on at the moment.
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Post by Stephen Mitchell on Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:24 am

Jeez! Had no idea about that.
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Post by Chris Chan on Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:27 am

Jesus, what was the altercation rumoured to be about?

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Post by Durrell on Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:34 am

On the car design front, Ferrari and Mercedes AMG have hinted at building more aggressive cars than last year.

McLaren are apparently going to remove the sidepods, have the cooling ducts much narrower and closer to the body with floating wings in the space created. Basically a much more aggressive form of the MP$-26

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Post by Chris Chan on Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:38 am

What does more aggressive even mean?

They will need to improve considerably (and possibly take a few more risks with the design) to get anywhere near the Red Bulls.

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Post by Durrell on Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:48 am

Chris Chan wrote:Jesus, what was the altercation rumoured to be about?


No one really knows. There were rumours that Sutil is gay and Lux was being homophobic towards him, but they were just that, rumours
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Post by Durrell on Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:52 am

Chris Chan wrote:What does more aggressive even mean?

They will need to improve considerably (and possibly take a few more risks with the design) to get anywhere near the Red Bulls.

Basically taking more risks with their design. There's a balance between building a fast car and one that doesn't break all the time. Adrian Newey likes to go as far as possible, sacrificing reliability for speed, and working backwards to build reliability.
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Post by Chris Chan on Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:15 am

Ah rite, good to hear. Ferrari have been playing it safe for a while though. Much more respect for people like Newey who push the boundaries. No risk no reward as they say

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Post by Richard Wallace on Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:55 am

Any ideas what is going on with Kubica?
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Post by Durrell on Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:11 am

Richard Wallace wrote:Any ideas what is going on with Kubica?

Eric Bouiller said that they hope he recovers but they aren't going to hold his seat for him. Kubica himself hasn't said anything at all, but Ferrari have been heavily linked with a test and the possibility of replacing Felipe Massa for 2013.
When Alex Nannini severed his arm in 1990, even though it was reattached he never recovered full use of it and as such couldn't drive an F1 car again because he didn't have the reflexes for it anymore. Kubica also severed nerves in his hand, so will have diminished reflexes when he returns (as is the norm for injuries of that nature). It remains to be seen just how much that impairs his ability to drive.
His contract either ran out at the end of 2011, or runs out at the end of this year, so it's highly likely Renault will dump him anyway.
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Post by Richard Wallace on Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:18 am

Durrell wrote:
Richard Wallace wrote:Any ideas what is going on with Kubica?

Eric Bouiller said that they hope he recovers but they aren't going to hold his seat for him. Kubica himself hasn't said anything at all, but Ferrari have been heavily linked with a test and the possibility of replacing Felipe Massa for 2013.
When Alex Nannini severed his arm in 1990, even though it was reattached he never recovered full use of it and as such couldn't drive an F1 car again because he didn't have the reflexes for it anymore. Kubica also severed nerves in his hand, so will have diminished reflexes when he returns (as is the norm for injuries of that nature). It remains to be seen just how much that impairs his ability to drive.
His contract either ran out at the end of 2011, or runs out at the end of this year, so it's highly likely Renault will dump him anyway.

I, for one, really hope he recovers back to his best. I thought he was a top driver and could be challenging with the best in the right car. A Kubica-Alonso in 2013 would be very interesting indeed, but I guess, as you said, it all depends on his recovery and how much he has been affected by the injury and whether he will fully recover.

I have a feeling next year will be very open and we might see 4/5 drivers battling out for the title with some of the rule changes for next year. Either that or Adrian Newey produces another car that stands head and shoulders above the rest and we'll have a three time world champion in Vettel!
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Post by Chris Chan on Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:22 am

I have a feeling next year will be very open and we might see 4/5 drivers battling out for the title with some of the rule changes for next year. Either that or Adrian Newey produces another car that stands head and shoulders above the rest and we'll have a three time world champion in Vettel!

Yup, some very good drivers next year (like there was this year) all of whom seem comfortable in the teams they are in. It will come down to car design again and Newey has already proven he is the best, having said that it only takes one risk to backfire...

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Post by Durrell on Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:41 am

Chris Chan wrote:

Yup, some very good drivers next year (like there was this year) all of whom seem comfortable in the teams they are in. It will come down to car design again and Newey has already proven he is the best, having said that it only takes one risk to backfire...

Rory Byrne is back to help out Ferrari with their 2012 car though, and he has designed the second and third most successful F1 cars ever. Alonso destroyed the field in the second half of 2010, so if he is given a car on the pace from the beginning of the year, I feel he will run and hide.
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Post by Chris Chan on Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:51 am

I actually think Alonso had a very good 2011, he just didn't have the car under him. He got more than most other drivers would have out of that Ferrari. If he gets a car, expect big things from Fernando

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Post by Durrell on Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:53 am

Some updates:

Karun Chandhok is racing LMP1s next season
Robert Kubica broke his leg at home
McLaren launch is on February 1st, at the MTC in Woking.
Ferrari launch is February 3rd
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Post by Stephen Mitchell on Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:41 am

Interestingly, also, BBC now reporting that Senna is likely to get the 2nd seat at Williams.

Intriguing, particularly from a historical perspective, seeing the Senna name attached to a Williams car again.


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Post by Durrell on Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:18 am

Ferrari's chassis failed its first crash test. This is very interesting for two reasons:

1) this is the first year cars have to pass crash tests before going testing. Ferrari are the first to fail one

2) Failing a crash test would seem to suggest Ferrari are pushing the absolute limits of the speed/safety ratio.
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Post by Chris Chan on Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:37 am

Durrell wrote:Ferrari's chassis failed its first crash test. This is very interesting for two reasons:

1) this is the first year cars have to pass crash tests before going testing. Ferrari are the first to fail one

2) Failing a crash test would seem to suggest Ferrari are pushing the absolute limits of the speed/safety ratio.

Yeah hopefully a sign that they are actually being 'more aggressive'. I wonder if reliability is going to be an issue this season

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Post by Nick Evans on Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:58 pm

Stephen Mitchell wrote:Interestingly, also, BBC now reporting that Senna is likely to get the 2nd seat at Williams.

Intriguing, particularly from a historical perspective, seeing the Senna name attached to a Williams car again.

Seeing Senna drive a Renault in the old Lotus JPS livery was surreal enough for me!

Sad to see Kubica wasted his talent. He will be very lucky to step in any F1 car again. Mind you, with Kimi Raikkonen back in a Lotus, I suppose anything is possible.

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