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Date Grand Prix Circuit Lap km
Offset km
Laps Dist. km
Start time Practice km/h
Race* km/h
13 Mar Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit 5.412 0.246 57 308.238 15.00 60 100
27 Mar Australian Albert
5.303 0.000 58 307.574 17.00 60 60
10 Apr Malaysian Sepang International Circuit 5.543 0.000 56 310.408 16.00 60 100
17 Apr Chinese Shanghai International Circuit 5.451 0.190 56 305.066 15.00 60 100
08 May Turkish Istanbul
5.338 0.208 58 309.396 15.00 60 100
22 May Spanish Circuit de Catalunya 4.655 0.126 66 307.104 14.00 60 100
29 May Monaco Circuit de
3.340 0.000 78 260.520 14.00 60 60
12 June Canada Circuit Giles Villeneuve 4.361 0.000 70 305.270 13.00 60 100
26 June European Valencia Urban Circuit 5.419 0.000 57 308.883 14.00 60 60
10 July British Silverstone
5.891 0.105 52 306.227 13.00 60 100
24 July German Nurburgring 5.148 0.017 60 308.863 14.00 60 100
31 July Hungarian Hungaroring 4.381 0.040 70 306.630 14.00 60 100
28 Aug Belgian Spa Francor-champs 7.004 0.124 44 308.052 14.00 60 100
11 Sept Italian Autodromo Nazionale Monza 5.793 0.309 53 306.720 14.00 60 100
25 Sept Singapore Marina Bay Circuit 5.073 0.137 61 309.316 20.00 60 60
09 Oct Japanese Suzuka
5.807 0.300 53 307.471 15.00 60 100
16 Oct Korean Korea International Circuit 5.615 0.195 55 308.630 15.00 60 100
30 Oct Indian New
5.137 TBA 60 TBA TBA 60 100
13 Nov Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit 5.554 0.115 55 305.355 17.00 60 100
27 Nov Brazilian Autodromo José Carlos Pace 4.309 0.030 71 305.909 14.00 60 100

* Includes the qualifying practice session

Indian GP in progress – Karun reports

Karun Chandok: Just driven into circuit – much easier than when @jakehumphreyf1 was here !! Workforce up 5 times since our last visit

Just completed 2 laps – no need to take diversions or avoid lakes this time ! Progress on track is amazing in 6 weeks… Pics soon

Still get goose bumps everytime I drive around here !!

So fantastic to have big dreamers like the Gaur family to bring F1 to India !

They’ve just moved 3500 people in the last 15 days to ramp up progress !! Also means they need a 100 cooks for food apparently…

Museum taking shape…

The awesome banked turns 10-11 – will be over 210 kmh through here !

Turn 15 with the huge grandstand up ahead

The grandstands really taking shape – are you going to be in it ??

Pits and team buildings starting to look more in shape now !

The climb uphill through turn 2 towards the blind turn 3…

Vettel grabs Abu Dhabi pole

Elemezzünk egy kicsit.

Webber már megint mit csinál? Vagyis mit nem csinál? Azzal az autóval! Ez így nagyon kevés. Már Monza óta harmat és égeti a peches német. Ezzel az autóval elbukni az egyéni címet szégyen lesz az egész csapat számára. Márpedig jelenleg erre van a legnagyobb esély.

A McLarennek végre működik a hátsó szárnya. ‘Szétvet az öröm’ miatta. Ez a szárny Szuzukára lett kifejlesztve és csak most kezd el működni, szomorú. ‘Elefánt a porcelánboltban’, jegyezték meg Hamiltonról a közvetítésben. Hát ja. Sokan már paráznak is miatta, főleg az Alonso szurkolók. Mintha Hamiltonnak életcélja lenne holnap tönkretenni Alonso versenyét. Inkább győzni akar és jókedvűen befejezni ezt a szezont. Alonsot én inkább Buttontól és Webbertől félteném.

De akármilyen érdekesnek is ígérkezik a rajtrács, akármennyire is konspirálgatnak egyesek, hogy ki kit szeretne kitorpedózni, legnagyobb esélyt egy unalmas, vonatozós futamra látok.

Sebastian Vettel will start the Abu Dhabi title decider from pole position, with chief rivals Fernando Alonso third and Mark Webber only fifth.

The Red Bull drivers elected to do just one run in Q3, with the McLarens having already set times in the mid 1m39s a couple of minutes earlier.

Vettel immediately took provisional pole and then bettered his own time again, while Webber struggled to keep pace with his team-mate and remained behind the times the McLarens set on their first runs.

When the McLarens and Ferraris came back out for one lap at the end, Lewis Hamilton claimed a place on the front row alongside Vettel, seconds before Alonso pipped Jenson Button to the head of the second row.

Webber was left in fifth, and will start alongside Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.

Hamilton had survived an earlier scare in Q2 when he was still to post a decent time in the final minutes of the segment. Having already out-braked himself to ruin an earlier lap, he was searching for a gap in the traffic when he appeared to delay Massa on the way into a left hander – though Hamilton did run off the track and collect a bollard in getting out of the way.

Button had complained of a “massive vibration” in his McLaren at the beginning of Q1, but after pitting for treatment to his brakes he found his pace, finishing second only to Vettel in Q2.

Mercedes bucked the trend as Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg did the majority of their running on the harder tyre. It worked for them in the early rounds, particularly Rosberg who was second in Q1 and third in Q2, but come Q3 they did only one run each and ended up with Schumacher eighth and Rosberg ninth.

Rubens Barrichello put Williams into seventh ahead of the two Mercedes, while Renault’s Vitaly Petrov completed the top 10.

His team-mate, Robert Kubica ended his run of making it through to Q3 in every race at the final hurdle. Petrov had already made it through, and sat as high as seventh during Q2, but Kubica could not match his time and the Pole’s scrappy last-gasp effort fell more than a tenth short.

Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi will start alongside Kubica in 11th, with Adrian Sutil (Force India) and Nick Heidfeld (Sauber) on row seven. Brazil pole-sitter Nico Hulkenberg was just 15th for Williams, with Vitantonio Liuzzi and Jaime Alguersuari concluding the Q2 runners.

The shame of joining the six new team drivers in the elimination zone at the end of Q1 was a battle between Toro Rosso team-mates Sebastien Buemi and Alguersuari.

Buemi held the spot going onto the final laps, but Alguersuari overhauled him by just over a tenth to make it into Q2.

At the back, Jarno Trulli out-qualified Lotus team-mate Heikki Kovalainen, with Timo Glock beating Lucas di Grassi and Bruno Senna ahead of Christian Klien.

Pos  Driver       Car                  Q1         Q2         Q3
 1.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault     1m40.318s  1m39.874s  1m39.394s
 2.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes     1m40.335s  1m40.119s  1m39.425s
 3.  Alonso       Ferrari              1m40.170s  1m40.311s  1m39.792s
 4.  Button       McLaren-Mercedes     1m40.877s  1m40.014s  1m39.823s
 5.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault     1m40.690s  1m40.074s  1m39.925s
 6.  Massa        Ferrari              1m40.942s  1m40.323s  1m40.202s
 7.  Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth    1m40.904s  1m40.476s  1m40.203s
 8.  Schumacher   Mercedes             1m41.222s  1m40.452s  1m40.516s
 9.  Rosberg      Mercedes             1m40.231s  1m40.060s  1m40.589s
10.  Petrov       Renault              1m41.018s  1m40.658s  1m40.901s
11.  Kubica       Renault              1m41.336s  1m40.780s
12.  Kobayashi    Sauber-Ferrari       1m41.045s  1m40.783s
13.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes 1m41.473s  1m40.914s
14.  Heidfeld     Sauber-Ferrari       1m41.409s  1m41.113s
15.  Hulkenberg   Williams-Cosworth    1m41.015s  1m41.418s
16.  Liuzzi       Force India-Mercedes 1m41.681s  1m41.642s
17.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m41.707s  1m41.738s
18.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m41.824s
19.  Trulli       Lotus-Cosworth       1m43.516s
20.  Kovalainen   Lotus-Cosworth       1m43.712s
21.  Glock        Virgin-Cosworth      1m44.095s
22.  di Grassi    Virgin-Cosworth      1m44.510s
23.  Senna        Hispania-Cosworth    1m45.085s
24.  Klien        Hispania-Cosworth    1m45.296s

Abu Dhabi FP2: Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso, Webber

Hamilton bejelentkezett a futamgyőzelemért…

Lewis Hamilton set the quickest time of the second free practice session in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

The McLaren driver raised hopes that he might be able to compete for victory on Sunday by outpacing both Red Bulls and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

The Yas Marina circuit was two seconds faster than in the day’s earlier session, with the times coming down as more rubber was laid on the track.

Alonso’s Ferrari had been quickest after most of the runners had completed their first long runs on the harder tyre, but Hamilton took the top spot as all the frontrunners improved on the softer compound.

Sebastian Vettel was second behind Alonso early on and improved on the soft tyre to finish second to Hamilton. Alonso ended the 90-minute session third, with Mark Webber fourth.

There were few changes in the final minutes as both Red Bull and Ferrari were lapping on heavy fuel loads at the end.

Robert Kubica was best of the non-title contenders in fifth for Renault, ahead of Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Vitaly Petrov (Renault), Jenson Button (McLaren) and Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India).

Massa’s session ended early though, when his Ferrari stopped out on track with 22 minutes remaining, due to a reported fuel problem.

Aside from a few more cars sliding off the slippery surface, the only other incident of note was Jaime Alguersuari spinning, but coming to no harm, at Turn 19 with half an hour to run.

Pos  Driver              Car                   Time       Gap
 1.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.888s
 2.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1m41.145s  + 0.257s
 3.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m41.314s  + 0.426s
 4.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m41.315s  + 0.427s
 5.  Robert Kubica       Renault               1m41.576s  + 0.688s
 6.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1m41.583s  + 0.695s
 7.  Vitaly Petrov       Renault               1m42.096s  + 1.208s
 8.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m42.132s  + 1.244s
 9.  Tonio Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes  1m42.203s  + 1.315s
10.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m42.222s  + 1.334s
11.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1m42.246s  + 1.358s
12.  Nico Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth     1m42.449s  + 1.561s
13.  Adrian Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  1m42.535s  + 1.647s
14.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.768s  + 1.880s
15.  Rubens Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth     1m42.914s  + 2.026s
16.  Nick Heidfeld       Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.950s  + 2.062s
17.  Jaime Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m43.128s  + 2.240s
18.  Sebastien Buemi     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m43.584s  + 2.696s
19.  Heikki Kovalainen   Lotus-Cosworth        1m45.180s  + 4.292s
20.  Timo Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       1m45.259s  + 4.371s
21.  Jarno Trulli        Lotus-Cosworth        1m45.612s  + 4.724s
22.  Lucas di Grassi     Virgin-Cosworth       1m46.053s  + 5.165s
23.  Christian Klien     Hispania-Cosworth     1m47.210s  + 6.322s
24.  Bruno Senna         Hispania-Cosworth     1m47.434s  + 6.546s

Abu Dhabi FP1: Vettel, Hamilton, Button, Webber

A Red Bull brutálgyorsnak tűnik, elsődlegesen Vettellel. A McLaren nem rossz, talán nem is lesz olyan nagy lemaradásuk. Hamilton leggyorsabb körében pálya melletti műfüves kirándulások is voltak, eldobhatott akár fél másodpercet is. Ferrari értékelhetetlen, mint szinte mindig az első szabadedzéseken. Megint valami agyonhasznált motor van benn, amit már ‘generálozni kéne, a sivatagban is szívatóval indul és eszi a Botond olajat’. Nem tudom, hogy mire lehet képes a Ferrari ezen a pályán. Papíron ez (is) Red Bull pálya a sok lassú kanyar miatt és a csúcssebességük is rendben van, Neweyék is már kihozták az F-Ductból, ami benne van. A hétvége nagy kérdése, hogy melyik csapat lehet a Red Bull sarkában, a Ferrari vagy a McLaren. Ha a brit csapat, akkor Alonso átmegy majd Hamilton szurkolóba a hétvégén, hogy a McLarenje ne csak második erő legyen, hanem a futamon első.

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of Friday’s first practice session in Abu Dhabi.

The Yas Marina track was damp at the beginning, following a surprise downpour this morning.

Friday’s first practice is usually an exercise in circuit cleaning and that was the case even more today thanks to the patches of damp, particulary in the shade of the unique circuit’s bridges and trackside buildings.

Both McLaren and Red Bull spent time early on testing parts on their cars, with both having brought upgraded rear wings to the season finale. Mark Webber particularly spent laps early on assessing the wing with flow-vis paint on his RB6.

Everyone posted at least installation laps but few returned for much meaningful running until the last half hour – Lewis Hamilton, for example did not complete a timed lap until there were just 18 minutes left on the clock.

When the times did fall into the 1m43s, it was the Red Bulls of Webber and Vettel, and Hamilton’s McLaren that set the pace.

All 24 cars were on the circuit at the end of the 90-minute session, by which time the circuit was in good enough condition for Vettel to break into the 1m42s.

That left him six tenths clear of Hamilton, with Jenson Button jumping up to third late on in the second McLaren. Webber finished up fourth, ahead of Robert Kubica’s Renault and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher, Kamui Kobayashi, Nico Rosberg and Nick Heidfeld completed the top 10.

The session passed without any major incidents. Several cars had trips off the damp track early on, but Fairuz Fauzy (Lotus) was the only one to spin. Rubens Barrichello’s Williams stopped on his way back to the pits after the chequered flag.

Pos  Driver              Car                   Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1m42.760s            18
 2.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1m43.369s  + 0.609s  16
 3.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m43.785s  + 1.025s  19
 4.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m43.840s  + 1.080s  19
 5.  Robert Kubica       Renault               1m44.080s  + 1.320s  19
 6.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m44.121s  + 1.361s  17
 7.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1m44.199s  + 1.439s  19
 8.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1m44.604s  + 1.844s  18
 9.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m44.718s  + 1.958s  19
10.  Nick Heidfeld       Sauber-Ferrari        1m44.737s  + 1.977s  19
11.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1m45.160s  + 2.400s  18
12.  Vitaly Petrov       Renault               1m45.445s  + 2.685s  21
13.  Rubens Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth     1m45.474s  + 2.714s  15
14.  Adrian Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  1m45.552s  + 2.792s  20
15.  Tonio Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes  1m45.585s  + 2.825s  14
16.  Jaime Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m46.003s  + 3.243s  20
17.  Nico Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth     1m46.644s  + 3.884s  19
18.  Sebastien Buemi     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m47.105s  + 4.345s  22
19.  Timo Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       1m48.450s  + 5.690s  19
20.  Jarno Trulli        Lotus-Cosworth        1m48.472s  + 5.712s  17
21.  Lucas di Grassi     Virgin-Cosworth       1m49.375s  + 6.615s  13
22.  Bruno Senna         Hispania-Cosworth     1m49.590s  + 6.830s  18
23.  Christian Klien     Hispania-Cosworth     1m50.274s  + 7.514s  17
24.  Fairuz Fauzy        Lotus-Cosworth        1m51.705s  + 8.945s  18

Qualifying Session Speeds

2010 Brazilian Grand Prix

Qualifying Session Speed Trap

 1  11  R. KUBICA         305.7   14:58:59
 2  2   L. HAMILTON       305.4   14:59:09
 3  5   S. VETTEL         305.4   14:59:32
 4  3   M. SCHUMACHER     305.4   14:59:39
 5  7   F. MASSA          304.9   14:59:24
 6  6   M. WEBBER         304.5   14:59:29
 7  10  N. HULKENBERG     303.7   14:59:55
 8  8   F. ALONSO         303.6   14:59:47
 9  9   R. BARRICHELLO    302.7   14:59:22
10  16  S. BUEMI          302.6   14:11:21
11  17  J. ALGUERSUARI    302.4   14:40:10
12  12  V. PETROV         301.9   14:59:05
13  4   N. ROSBERG        301.7   14:06:50
14  23  K. KOBAYASHI      301.7   14:39:29
15  1   J. BUTTON         299.5   14:40:52
16  14  A. SUTIL          299.2   14:18:06
17  15  V. LIUZZI         297.9   14:41:28
18  22  N. HEIDFELD       295.6   14:41:21
19  25  L. DI GRASSI      290.7   14:14:21
20  18  J. TRULLI         288.7   14:16:53
21  19  H. KOVALAINEN     287.6   14:10:35
22  24  T. GLOCK          287.3   14:15:58
23  20  C. KLIEN          283.0   14:19:32
24  21  B. SENNA          279.7   14:15:02

Qualifying Session Maximum Speeds

POS DRIVER         KPH    DRIVER         KPH    DRIVER         KPH
 1  J. ALGUERSUARI 303.8  R. BARRICHELLO 248.2  R. KUBICA      308.1
 2  F. MASSA       303.6  M. SCHUMACHER  247.7  L. HAMILTON    307.7
 3  S. VETTEL      303.2  F. ALONSO      247.0  F. MASSA       306.9
 4  M. WEBBER      303.0  S. VETTEL      246.9  S. BUEMI       306.4
 5  R. KUBICA      302.6  N. HULKENBERG  246.5  A. SUTIL       305.8
 6  L. HAMILTON    302.6  M. WEBBER      245.3  J. ALGUERSUARI 305.3
 7  M. SCHUMACHER  301.4  V. PETROV      245.0  V. LIUZZI      303.3
 8  N. HULKENBERG  300.9  F. MASSA       244.4  S. VETTEL      303.3
 9  F. ALONSO      300.7  K. KOBAYASHI   244.1  N. ROSBERG     303.2
10  N. ROSBERG     300.5  J. BUTTON      243.9  M. SCHUMACHER  302.3
11  R. BARRICHELLO 300.5  N. ROSBERG     242.3  M. WEBBER      302.1
12  S. BUEMI       300.3  S. BUEMI       242.2  R. BARRICHELLO 301.7
13  K. KOBAYASHI   299.5  R. KUBICA      241.9  N. HULKENBERG  301.5
14  V. PETROV      299.5  L. HAMILTON    241.6  F. ALONSO      300.8
15  J. BUTTON      298.9  J. ALGUERSUARI 239.5  J. BUTTON      299.8
16  A. SUTIL       298.6  V. LIUZZI      238.2  B. SENNA       299.7
17  N. HEIDFELD    297.7  N. HEIDFELD    237.0  K. KOBAYASHI   299.1
18  V. LIUZZI      297.6  A. SUTIL       236.5  V. PETROV      298.8
19  H. KOVALAINEN  297.1  J. TRULLI      234.4  N. HEIDFELD    298.3
20  B. SENNA       295.4  T. GLOCK       234.2  H. KOVALAINEN  297.8
21  C. KLIEN       294.1  B. SENNA       230.9  C. KLIEN       296.8
22  J. TRULLI      293.9  L. DI GRASSI   230.9  J. TRULLI      294.6
23  L. DI GRASSI   293.5  C. KLIEN       229.8  L. DI GRASSI   292.2
24  T. GLOCK       291.2  H. KOVALAINEN  228.8  T. GLOCK       289.1