Formula One: Preview GP Canada 2012
Montreal is not only one of the interesting cities of the world, the track can be seen. Although the layout is rather simple, it produces year after year a good race.
This probably will not be different this year, when the course of this season look at. Six races, six different winners in the World Cup and it is so competitive, how long gone. Slowly, the World Cup also for nerve thing, because every small mistake in qualifying and in the race may already be the end of the championship. Jenson Button can sing a song. The winner of Australia has three more or less miserable weekends behind. 43 points he collected in the first three races, all two in the last three. He can already write off almost the World Cup, unless he is to win a series. But McLaren does not give the impression that the team was capable of doing at the moment. But also in other Teams are problems.
Although Red Bull leads the team standings, but last week it suffered a small setback. The ominous holes in the underbody just before the tires were banned not directly from the FIA, but the technical commission made it clear that these things do not conform to the spirit of the regulations. The team played down the significance of the holes, the air introduced to the diffuser down, but quite unimportant air bypass was not. Craig Scarborough calls in his explanatory article though no figures, but says that parts of the air flow were improved by up to 50%. This does not affect the total output, but can decide in a Formula One, in thousandths of a pole, it will still make something.
In general, are not expected to be far ahead the Red Bull in Canada. It lacks the important top speed, even if the RB8 which makes up partially with good grip in the curves. But basically, Montreal is a stretch for a team with good top speed and is missing content. Vettel and Webber will be looking to collect important points.
At the front of the betting lists is to find Mercedes announcing for weeks that with Montreal, Valencia and Silverstone are three routes that should suit them. The still unique F / W-Duct system is likely to bring on the long straights lot. At least in the qualification where you can use the DRS will. In the race, the advantage shrinks significantly. The FIA has set in this year only one DRS zone (Just before the last chicane) and also shortened slightly. Last year Überholorgie will therefore not take place, Mercedes will not even be in the race better off than other teams. In fact, however, the Germans could stand far ahead. The problem with the tire wear has well under control, the true top speed and fast corners there is not. A disadvantage seems to have the design acceleration, what could possibly be a disadvantage in Montreal Mercedes.
McLaren is me at the moment a mystery. Where is the good performance go? Why have so many variations? One reason can the many be many updates that you throw on the car permanently. New rear end, new nose, new air deflectors on the side boxes - there is a lot of experimenting. Interestingly, get updates but often less than you hoped for, while other teams who have fewer new parts, be faster. Williams is one such example. It has often shown that less new parts on a car certainly need not be a disadvantage, because the driver then better understand the car and align the vote more according to their wishes. A mediocre car is even with the top riders not faster, but a quick chassis can ausreizen better. As regards the form of McLaren in Montreal: I'm not sure. They were weak in Barcelona, in Monaco it was not too strong. Maybe the car brought lower temperatures.
"Dark Horse" at the weekend Lotus should be. In Monaco, the car did not fit, which had been previously announced. In Montreal, the story is somewhat different. I got me again the times looked from Barcelona and saw that Raikkonen was in the first two sections, very good move. This could mean for Canada that you are well prepared. Lotus is also slow due when it comes to a win after having missed him twice more or less by strategy. Watching you should also Romain Grosjean, even if he is the first candidate for betting "Wall of Champions" at the same time.
Ferrari I do not see as much in Montreal. Because the car generates downforce (at least so far) you have to drive high wing, what the top speed hurts. How much falls to the weight, could be seen in Spain. Despite KERS and DRS Alonso Maldonado came close to not really. These are not good prospects for Canada, so I see them at the height of the Red Bull. The Italians is already a step forward succeeded, and after all, leads you to the World Cup. But really convincing the F2012 has not been.
Williams should have the fire damage from Barcelona replaced now. After a disappointing weekend in Monaco it looks Montreal better again. The car has a good top speed and goes well out of the tight corners. Could be good, that Maldonado sneaks back into the top 5. A question mark there but in the form of the tires. Since Pirelli again the mixtures Soft / Super Soft and comes up with the FW34 not exactly squeamish deal with the rubber, Williams may be forced to compromise in the vote.
At Sauber wants it, despite good test results, do not go quite advanced. As in the last race was also unlucky when, for example, as Grosjean in Spain Perez slashed the rear maturity, but somehow it never seems to fit so properly with Sauber. Either messed up one of the pilots the qualification, or there are technical problems, or you are involved in accidents. Clear - the start position in the midfield support that, but actually the clean should be able to ride ahead. In terms of top speed was clean at least so far often top of the class, so I'm guessing that at least one car will land at number 8.
Force India is not like Montreal. The car is a bit slow, even if the tire wear is low. At high temperatures this can be an advantage, in Canada it is the weekend but only about 25 degrees warm. For Toro Rosso applies similar. The team has improved slightly but is usually only on the strategy towards top 10th
Caterham investigated further performance. After all, was quite close to the midfield in Monaco. With an almost sensational performance Kovalainen could keep behind and even reach P13 in the race Jenson Button. This one has then also held back the not unimportant 10th place in the team championship. But one misses but the performance leaps forward and looked at fast rates, Caterham has not been good. The car produces enough downforce to have a nervous rear axle and the tire wear, it also looks not so hot.
Marussia other hand, hopes for the race in Montreal a lot. The collaboration with McLaren runs well now better to bring you the new and supposedly crucial parts to Canada. The route could be the car to and so you might experience a little surprise. (Although I am skeptical). HRT will as always remain the rear.
The strategy will be interesting on the weekend again. Because of the fast startup and shutdown in the box, it really is not worth putting on a one-stop strategy. The loss of time with degrading tires will be too great, especially with the Supersoft. The likely on the track does not get quite as much, maybe half a second, but that's enough for the tight spacing of yes. Depending on how well you walk through the qualification, choosing two sets Supersoft and a sentence should fall soft. Here then is true, however, the question of when to use his new sets of tires. It will start with Super Soft, but then the question is whether to take or are kept for the final sprint to a long middle stint with the "soft" turn to this second sentence thereof. How Vettel showed in Monaco, which is quite a worthwhile alternative, because it is flushed to the front in the long middle stint and has relatively free ride. If the field at the end but closely together, the Supersoft better traction out of the narrow hairpins offer out for a few laps.
A role is also able to play the weather. On Friday thunderstorms are announced, on race day, it could also give rain. The one knows from Canada and rain has the Grand Prix still given a special touch.
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