GP Canada 2012 - The preview

GP Canada 2012 (preview)
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A n June 12, 2011 the formula will be 1 fans will remember for a long time. Jenson Button then spoke of the craziest day of his career. Before that, the Briton had fought his way from last place to the top step of the podium in a more than four-hour rain fight. A collision with teammate Lewis Hamilton, a drive-through penalty and a rain stop for more than two hours couldn't prevent the McLaren driver's tenth Grand Prix victory.

In a race full of drama, Sebastian Vettel was left behind in the end. Only in the very last lap did the future world champion have to give up his lead after a small slip on the semi-wet slope. Michael Schumacher, who had meanwhile had a promising position in the race, was also disappointed with fourth place.

On the weekend, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will again be for championship points. And once again the fans have a thriller at prime time (start: 8 p.m.). With six different winners in the first six races, the 2011 season had already produced some surprises. Can a seventh name actually be added to the list of winners? There are enough candidates. Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Räikkönen - or even one of the Sauber drivers? We'll tell you what's important in Canada.

The track - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve:

After the classic in Monaco, the next street circuit is on the program in Montreal. In terms of layout, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Ile Notre Dame in the middle of the St. Lawrence River cannot be compared with the narrow muddle in the Principality. The cars accelerate six times on the 4.361 kilometer lap to more than 250 km /h. And just as often, the drivers have to get really tough.

In order to produce fast lap times, the cars have to aggressively over the curbs in the chicanes. The walls at the corner exit come threateningly close to the filigree racers several times. The gang in the finish chicane in particular has already become the undoing of many big names, which earned them the nickname 'Wall of Champions'. There is a change compared to the previous year in terms of DRS: The drivers are now only allowed to flatten the rear wing during the race on the long full-throttle passage out of the hairpin and no longer also on the home straight.

Fast Facts:

HighestLateral acceleration: 3g (for 1.3 seconds in turn 5)
Longest full throttle passage: 950 meters
Percentage of braking phases in the lap time: 15 percent
Percentage of straights on a lap: 56 percent
Number of Gear changes per lap: 53
Full throttle on a lap: 59 percent
Lowest speed: 60 km /h (Turn 8)
Highest cornering speed: 300 km /h (Turn 12)
Distance from the starting line to the first corner: 150 meters
top speed: 318 km /h
fuel consumption: 2.11 kilos /lap
loss of time per 10 kilos of additional weight: 0.32 seconds
tire wear: 1/5
Braking load: 5/5

The setup for the GP Canada:

For the first time this year, the pilots are going on a track on which the wings are noticeably flatter must be asked. The long straights require a good top speed, otherwise you will lose lap time and become easy prey for the competition. When it comes to downforce, the engineers have to find a good compromise so as not to lose too much time in the winding sections.

Out of the tight corners, traction counts above all. Somewhat softer springs should therefore be installed on the rear axle. When it comes to ground clearance, the curbs and some waves in the asphalt must be taken into account. In addition, when choosing the setup, the engineers should take into account that the grip level on the non-permanent racetrack traditionally increases significantly over the weekend. The changing wind is also a factor that should not be underestimated.

Technical updates:

Most teams are coming at the European races in Valencia and Silverstone with larger update packages. The rear wing is particularly important in Canada. Many cars are equipped with special versions for low downforce, in which the DRS effect is also optimized. Only in Monza can the pilots flap the flap more often during a lap than in Montreal (63 percent). The brake ventilation is also important: the scoops are slightly larger due to the high loads. Many teams also compete in Canada with a fresh engine.

The favorites for the GP Canada:

Whenever you thought this season that the balance of power was becoming a little clearer, came the next surprise around the corner. Making predictions about strengths under different conditions on different routes is like calculating chaos theory. There are just too many variables.

On paper, Mercedes looks good in Canada. In qualifying, the silver car can play its DRS trick to the full. The strengths in terms of top speed, traction and stability when braking and in tight corners should also come into play on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Schumacher and Rosberg already showed in Monaco that the Mercedes is capable of winning.

The weather could tip the scales againand the hoops play. The Silver Arrow likes it cold. According to current forecasts, the mercury should climb to 27 ° C on race day. That would, in turn, suit the Lotus racers, who feel most comfortable on hot asphalt. If you want to bet money, you could also play the lottery right away. Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren are also hot contenders for victory. And with Sauber and Williams there are again two highly traded outsiders.

Expert opinion: Norbert Haug (Head of Mercedes Motorsport)

'On the trip to Montreal everyone asks themselves the question: Will there be a seventh winner in seven races? Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has a habit of producing unpredictable races. In seven of the last ten races, the safety car had to go to the Track. Last year’s Grand Prix was not only the longest but also one of the most exciting in history.

The track on the former Olympic site on the Ile Notre Dame is characterized primarily by tight curves - three of them under 100 km /h - as well as many long straights on which more than 285 km /h are reached. The setup compromise focuses on reduced downforce and little air resistance. The brakes have to do heavy work.

We were able to do two of the last four races ride right at the front. Nico has converted this strength into 59 points - more than any other driver in the field. For Michael, our focus is on giving him a problem-free weekend in Montreal. As his fastest qualifying time in Monaco proved, he still has the speed to be at the front. He has won seven times in Montreal, his Silver Arrow is number seven and Canada is race number seven of the 2012 season ... '

Last year, Michael Schumacher was very close to his first victory the comeback. In our picture gallery we show you again the pictures from the Montreal spectacle 2011.


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