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Oct 14 2012

F1 2012: Yeongam

It seems the story of this and the last 4 races are going to be the Drivers and (possibly) Constructors Championships and if I say that with a sigh I’d much rather see some exciting racing.  Yeongam is fast enough, but like so many of the newer tracks with the current cars lead changes will only happen at the start, through accidents and mechanical failures, and through tire strategies.

Softs and Super Softs are on offer, most teams blew away 2 sets of the Super Softs during Qualifying (Ferrari saved a set) and all of the first five rows are on the Supers BUT…  depending on how used up they are it’s just barely possible that some drivers will try and stretch them out long enough before the first pit to run a one stop.  They will be aided by the fact that the track is so new and smooth.  Will this make much of a difference?  There is about 0.2 to 0.6 seconds lap time difference between the two compounds.

On the start everyone, particularly the even gridders will be looking for a fast one to keep Vettel from running away in the distance.  Look for any Team Order strategies at Red Bull to be designed around getting him in front of Webber in the first lap.

As far as mechanical failure goes, Pic had to accept a 10 Grid penalty for exceeding his engine allotment for the season and almost every team is on their last new one.

Schumacher can’t stay away from trouble.  After being reprimanded for impeding HRT (HRT!) in practice Mercedes will have to pay a 10,000 euro fine for unsafe release in front of Hamilton during Qualifying.

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Yeongam

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Pretty tables below.

Starting Grid

Grid Driver Team Q-Time Q-Laps
1 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:37.242 17
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:37.316 13
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.469 16
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.534 19
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1:37.625 17
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:37.884 16
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:37.934 20
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:38.266 18
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.361 17
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:38.513 18
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.441 11
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.460 13
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.594 14
14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:38.643 15
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:38.725 16
16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:39.084 13
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:39.340 14
18 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:39.443 9
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:40.207 7
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:40.333 10
21 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.371 8
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:42.881 7
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth No time 1
24 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.317 8

Driver Standings

Rank Driver Team Points
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 194
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 190
3 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 157
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 152
5 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 134
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 131
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 93
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 82
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari 69
10 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 66
11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 50
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 44
13 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 43
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 37
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 33
16 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 25
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 8
18 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 7

Constructor Standings

Rank Team Points
1 Red Bull 324
2 McLaren 283
3 Ferrari 263
4 Lotus 239
5 Mercedes 136
6 Sauber 116
7 Force India 81
8 Williams 58
9 Toro Rosso 15

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