F1weekly podcast number 587 British GP preview
HRT Formula 1 Team will take part in its Young Driver Test at Silverstone after the Grand Prix
F1: British GP 2012
The Formula One World Championship heads over to Silverstone this weekend for the ninth round of the 2012 season. Last year’s winner Fernando Alonso heads into the race as the championship leader having become the first double winner of 2012 in Valencia two weeks ago. He now has a solid 20 point lead of Mclaren’s Lewis Hamilton.
Initial weather forecasts have not been positive, with showers forecast over the all three days of the weekend. However, this could be just the kind of weather Hamilton needs if he is to win his home race for the second time this weekend given the worrying form of Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull team in Valencia last time out.
History is on Hamilton’s side, with Britain being the most successful nation at the event over the past 62 years; winning on 22 separate occasions with the most successful British driver being Jim Clark who was victorious at the race five times. In-fact British drivers have more than 4 times as many victories at the British Grand Prix as the German’s who are the second most successful nation.
This is all highlighted in the following British Grand Prix infographic which has been produced by price comparison website MoneySupermarket.com:
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On the GP3 front MW Arden’s Mitch Evans quickest on day two at Silverstone
The final pre-season test concluded in Silverstone today before the GP3 Series heads to Barcelona next month to kick start the 2012 season. The session got underway under dark clouds on a chilly morning at a slippery circuit which was declared wet at the start of the test. Maxim Zimin stepped into the Jenzer Motorsport and was fastest for the first hour until Tio Ellinas in his Marussia Manor Racing car took control of the timesheets. The morning test was eventful: five red flags occurred with several drivers getting caught out in the tricky conditions.
Antonio Felix Da Costa went top as the times continued to improve on a drying track as the drivers switched from wet tyres to slicks. Aaro Vainio then shot to P1 as the session was red flagged when Kotaro Sakurai spun off into the gravel. Ocean Racing Technology’s Robert Cregan suffered a technical issue when he was forced to stop on the circuit, giving a premature end to his morning test.
The position at the top of the timings then changed numerous times before Felix Da Costa regained his place back at the head of the standings. Conor Daly and Ellinas jumped up to P2 and P3 ahead of William Buller who was confirmed as driving for Carlin for 2012 this morning. David Fumanelli, Marlon Stockinger, Vainio, Daniel Abt, Matias Laine and Kevin Ceccon completed the top ten.
Following the one hour lunch break, it was the fastest man from day one, Mitch Evans who set the early pace in the afternoon. The New Zealander quickly improved on his best time from yesterday by a tenth of a second setting a lap of 1’50.150. Buller then made a trip into the gravel, thus causing a halt to proceedings. As the rest of the drivers concentrated on long runs and some pitstop practice, Laine had a quick, therefore a red flag arose. Within the final forty-five minutes, the rain began to lightly fall, as the session came to a close with Evans heading the pack again. Robert Visiou was a late addition to the top ten and went P2 in the dying stages ahead of Vainio, Fumanelli, Abt, Ellinas, Stockinger, Daly, Laine and Alex Brundle.
GP3 Series is next on track when the 2012 campaign begins at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on 11-13 May.
Passion for Performance
Painting: John Ketchell
January 18, 1950: Gilles Villeneuve is born on this day. The son of a piano-tuner played his own racing rhapsody, starting with snowmobiles in his native Quebec. Hauling his family race to race he set new standards in Formula Atlantic. Waves he made with gutsy and relentless pursuit of winning were felt across the pond.
Gilles’ performance in the Trois-Riviers Formula Atlantic race against established Formula 1 stars was talk of the town and track. James Hunt, on his way to a world championship, recommended this French-speaking charge to his McLaren team boss, Teddy Mayer.
Out of nowhere the Formula 1 world was treated to this speed demon at Silverstone. Entered in a third McLaren for the 1977 British Grand Prix the new kid on the block out-qualified the team’s regular number two driver, Jochen Mass.
The speed and tenacity shown by the little Canadian that weekend got the attention of the man most drivers crave for after years in Formula 1, Enzo Ferrari.
Gilles Villeneuve would spend the rest of his life and career on a prancing horse, and what a stride it was. Maiden win came on home soil in Montreal in 1978. A total of six Grand Prix victories were scored, most memorable was his freight-train victory at Jarama in the 1981 Spanish Grand Prix where he held-off a charging Jacques Laffite and three other drivers to score what would turn out to be his final win in Formula 1.
In between the wins was a race for which Gilles Villeneuve will always be remembered. It was his epic battle for second place with Rene Arnoux in the 1979 French Grand Prix at Dijon-Prenois. A battle royale over three decades ago is still a joy to watch.
For the 1982 season Scuderia Ferrari had the car, the beautiful 126C, to bring home the turbo-charged glory. The two pilots spoke the same language but there was complete breakdown in communication after the 1982 San Marino Grand Prix controversy. Sadly, controversy was followed by tragedy in qualifying for the next race at Zolder, the Belgian Grand Prix.
Enzo’s “Prince of Destruction” was unable to survive the accident approaching Terlaemenbocht corner, and the motor racing world lost a fierce competitor and what one journalist called “poet of a driver.”
— Nasir Hameed