Gangnam…F1 style!

K-Pop star Psy (C) performs the “Gangnam style” dance with Red Bull-Renault driver Mark Webber of Australia (L) and Red Bull-Renault driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (R) before the start of the Formula One Korean Grand Prix at the Korean Circuit in Yeongam on October 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez.

Preview of 2012 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix Korea International Circuit

Who can win the Korean Grand Prix in “Yeongam” Style?

The 16th Formula 1 Grand Prix is going to Korea, the hometown of Gangnam Style. But the focus here is the exciting F1 race on the all-around technical circuit with a combination of both long straights and tight corners, together with the generally cold weather which provides a challenge on the brakes and tyres.

The race distance is 308.630 km on 55 laps around the circuit. The lap record 1:39.605 is set by Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull in 2011. It is quite likely to see a new record set by McLaren, Red Bull or Lotus this year before the change in engines starting from 2014. The track is not abrasive and should be at a low grip level. Going in Turn 1 and Turn 3, the drivers have to prevent the brakes from locking up due to heavy braking for the tight corners and the cars also require good traction when exiting. The circuit is very unique because Sector 1 is like a purpose built racing circuit while Sector 2 and 3 are like street circuit which is tight and twisty. The setup must be well balanced so that no time will be wasted at each sectors, straight-line speed and low-speed grip have to come to a compromise.

Pirelli will be bringing P Zero Red supersoft tyres and P Zero Yellow soft tyres to Korea because Korea has the highest lateral energy loadings of all the circuits. Two stop strategy is common in Korean Grand Prix due to the reasonable tyre wear, however, the cold weather may cause issues in warming up the tyres and brakes. There are quite a number of overtaking opportunities on the track particularly on Turn 1, 3, 4 and 10. Safety car is very likely to deploy so the strategy has to be flexible to take advantage of it.

After Alonso’s DNF in Japan Suzuka Circuit, Vettel is just 4 points behind him. Now there are 4 world champions which are in a solid battle for the title and Button & Webber may also be included in the title fight. This race is the most crucial race this season which may put Button and Webber away from the championship forever if they didn’t perform well or more accurately, a podium finish.

Lap Record : 1:39.605 – Sebastian Vettel (2011)

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The Japanese Grand Prix has the most amazing fans of all the circuits

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Back in the day, organisers of race meetings at Goodwood circuit in the UK used to talk about having “the right crowd and no crowding”. What would they have made of the crowd at Suzuka? A trip into the spectator areas yesterday revealed some interesting sights: there were fans wearing replica Michael Schumacher helmets all day; other people were wearing the overalls of their favourite drivers; others were draped from head-to-toe in Williams team clothing. Yes, we have a merchandising stand here at Suzuka and it would seem the fans can’t get enough of our gear, all the caps sold out before Saturday! Third driver Valtteri Bottas even spotted a #Bottas flag in the grandstands during FP1!



Infographic of Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit

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Today the mystery was solved relating to Tomita…

Finally the mystery was revealed today around the figure of Tomita, the microscopic mysterious doll that some time is part of the virtual adventures of Fernando Alonso. Usually seen in the places visited by the Spanish, this silent friend was now starring in a memorable encounter between his “father”, Japanese Hideo Baba, and Alonso. The scenario of the game: the Scuderia Ferrari garage Suzuka circuit, home of the fifteenth round of the FIA ​​Formula 1 World. Tomita was renamed with the name after being acquired in a toy store in Tokyo, though his real name is Asbel, hero of a popular game in Japan, called “Tales of Graces”, produced by the company Bandai, the third game maker in the world. Precisely Alonso and curious little hero will star in an advertising campaign that Kaspersky Lab, a leading company in the field of computer security and a member of the Scuderia since 2010, will launch next November. [Translated by Google – Source]