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2012 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix

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    Laps: 56
    Circuit length: 5.451 km (3.387 mi)
    Race length: 305.066 km (189.559 mi)

    Fri 13 April 2012
    Practice 1 03:00 - 04:30
    Practice 2 07:00 - 08:30

    Sat 14 April 2012
    Practice 3 04:00 - 05:00
    Qualifying 07:00

    Sun 15 April 2012
    Race 08:00

    News


    Hamilton hit with 5 place grid drop - Changing Gearbox

    DRS: The detection zone will at turn 12, while the activation point for the DRS will be on the back straight, 752 metres before turn 14. It was in the same place in 2011.
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    Circuit Name: Shanghai International Circuit
    Number of Laps: 56
    Circuit Length: 5.451 km
    Race Distance: 305.066 km
    Lap Record: 1:32.238 - M Schumacher (2004)

    Practice 1: Fri 03:00
    Practice 2: Fri 07:00
    Practice 3: Sat 04:00
    Qualifying: Sat 07:00
    Race: Sun 08:00

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Grand_Prix
    http://www.formula1.com/races/in_detail/china_866/
    http://www.trackpedia.com/wiki/Shanghai_Circuit

    DRS zone: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98711

    Thursday press conference: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98724
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    Grid drop for Hamilton: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98713
    Protest of Merc wing: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98719
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    I really like the Chinese circuit. Turn 1 provides a lot of excitement at the start of the race with drivers taking the long way round to get the advantage in to turn 3. Turns 7 + 8 provide the most thrilling spectacle in terms of change of direction at high speed. Turn 12 is a nice corner, starting tight and unwinding in to the long back straight. Heavy braking and DRS means we should get some good action in to turn 14. Brindle doesn't count 15 as a corner, quite frankly, neither do I!
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    awesome - 3 weeks is too big of a gap! Hamilton unlucky with his gearbox change, no doubt going to be pissed.

    Hope Kimi/Alonso can produce some magic this weekend!
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    Threads are like buses, you wait ages for one and then two come along at once.
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    Crying out loud, Hamilton not having the greatest of luck thus far. Still, shouldn't be too disastrous if he qualifies on what ought to be front row.

    Waiting for news about Bahrain, I really hope it goes ahead - 4 weeks without a race would be tortuous!
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    We both posted the same thread within 1 minute of each other! Great minds!
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    (Original post by mikeyd85)
    We both posted the same thread within 1 minute of each other! Great minds!
    Can't figure out how to delete this one now!
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    (Original post by Lib)
    Can't figure out how to delete this one now!
    Ask a mod I'd guess.
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    yeaaah longest straight in f1 !!
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    lol inb4 political discussion about the geopolitical relations between china and the united states.
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    Apparently the protest result will be released this evening. And it's nearly 7pm in China.

    And Merc can keep it. Bah.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98736
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    I'm glad they can keep it. I like good innovation like that in F1!
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    (Original post by mikeyd85)
    I'm glad they can keep it. I like good innovation like that in F1!
    I'm just bitter because the decisions never go our way. FIA tell us for nigh on a year that our 'innovation' is legal and then change their minds before the start of the year, but don't change their minds about Mercs even when there's a formal protest about it. Bah hambug!
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    (Original post by Lib)
    I'm just bitter because the decisions never go our way. FIA tell us for nigh on a year that our 'innovation' is legal and then change their minds before the start of the year, but don't change their minds about Mercs even when there's a formal protest about it. Bah hambug!
    True that. I can understand why you'd be annoyed. TBH, I was annoyed that got banned too. I'm all for one team having an innovation over the rest of the grid. Once it gets copied and really exploited, then ban it I say.
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    Aha been waiting for this thread. Button to win and dare I say get pole position now Hamilton has the penalty.
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    Yeah im on button to win too. needs to get back on top again from the last race
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    (Original post by The_master616)
    Aha been waiting for this thread. Button to win and dare I say get pole position now Hamilton has the penalty.
    Depends how much of an advantage the Super-DRS gives them on the outrageously long back straight...
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    (Original post by Idris Dragon)
    Depends how much of an advantage the Super-DRS gives them on the outrageously long back straight...
    Depends on how long their tyres last during the race...

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