Formula One: Canadian Grand Prix 2012 Preview


Montreal is not only one of the interesting cities in the world, the track can be seen. Although the layout is rather simple, it produces year after year good races.

This will probably be no 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, they had been for a long time. Slowly, the World Cup also for nerve thing, because every little 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 the 2 in the last three. He can already write off the World Cup almost, unless he is to win a series. But McLaren does not give the impression that the team is capable of doing at the moment. But also in other teams, there 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 by the FIA, but the technical committee 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 its explanatory article though no figures, but says that parts of the air flow has been improved by up to 50%. This is not the entire 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 out of the corners. But basically, Montreal is a stretch for a team with good top end speed and is missing content. Vettel and Webber will be looking to pick up important points.

Far ahead on 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 expected to bring on the long straights lot. At least in the qualification, where you can use the DRS will. In the race, the advantage is disappearing much. The FIA ​​has set in this year only one DRS zone (Just before the last chicane) and the even slightly shortened. Last year Überholorgie will therefore not take place, Mercedes will also not 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 been supposed in the handle, the top speed is correct and fast corners there is not. A disadvantage still seems to have on the way out 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 were so many variations? One reason can the many be many updates that you throw on the car permanently. New rear, 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 faster. Williams is one such example. It has often shown that fewer 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 will also use a top driver not fast, but fast chassis can ausreizen better. As regards the form of McLaren in Montreal: Since I am unsure. They were weak in Barcelona, ​​Monaco, it was not strong. Maybe the car brought lower temperatures.

"Dark Horse" over the weekend Lotus should be. In Monaco, the car did not fit that had been previously announced. In Montreal, the story is slightly different. I got me again the times viewed 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 it twice more or less by strategy. Care should also Romain Grosjean, even if he is the first betting candidate for the "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 that catches your weight, you could see in Spain. Despite KERS and DRS Alonso Maldonado came close not really. These are not good prospects for Canada, so I see them at the level of Red Bull the Italians is already a step forward succeeded and after all leads to the WM to. 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 to Montreal better again. The car has a good top speed and goes well out of the tight corners. Could well be that Maldonado sneaks back into the top 5. A question mark there but in the form of the tires. Since Pirelli again mixes 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 so well ahead. As in the last race was also unlucky when, for example, as Grosjean in Spain Perez slashed the back of maturity, but somehow it never seems to fit so properly with Sauber. Either messed up one of the pilots, the quality, or there are technical problems, or you are involved in accidents. Sure - the starting position in 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 guess times that at least one car will land at No. 8.

Force India is not like Montreal. The car is a little slow, even if the tire wear remains low. At high temperatures, this can be an advantage, in Canada it is the weekend but only about 25 degrees warm. For Toro Rosso similar applies. The team has improved slightly, but is usually only on the strategy towards Top 10

Caterham continues to search performance. After all, was quite close to the midfield in Monaco. With an almost sensational performance Kovalainen was able to keep behind and even reach P13 in the race Jenson Button. With this one has also held back the not unimportant 10th place in the team championship. But you missing but the performance leaps forward and looked at rapid rates, Caterham has not been good. The car produces too little output, is to have a nervous rear axle and the tire wear, it also looks not so hot.

Marussia, however, expects the race in Montreal a lot. The collaboration with McLaren is running 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 is, as always, stay up the rear.

The strategy will be interesting over the weekend again. Because of the short startup and shutdown times in the box it really is not worth putting on a one-stop strategy. The loss of time with deterioration of the tires will be too great, especially with the Supersoft. The expected number of passengers not bring quite as much, maybe half a second, but that's enough for the tight intervals of yes. Depending on how well you walk through the quality, the choice of two sets of supersoft and a sentence should fall soft. Here then applies, 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 kept for the final sprint for a long middle stint with the "soft" turn to these a second set of them. How Vettel has shown in Monaco, which is quite a worthwhile alternative, because you is rinsed forward in the long middle stint and has relatively free ride. If the field at the end but closely together, the Supersoft better traction from 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 showers. The thing is done from Canada and rain has the Grand Prix still given a special touch.

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