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FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2013 : Fact Sheet And Schedule

by on May 7, 2013


F1 TIMETABLE at a Glance

Friday 10 May 2013
Practice 1     10:00 – 11:30
Practice 2     14:00 – 15:30

Saturday 11 May 2013
Practice 3     11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying     14:00

Sunday 12 May 2013
Race     14:00

Circuit and Race Information :

Race Date:         12 May 2013
Circuit Name:         Circuit de Catalunya
First Grand Prix:     1991
Number of Laps:     66
Circuit Length:     4.655 km
Race Distance:         307.104 km
Lap Record:         1:24.670 – K Raikkonen (2008)


Tyres: Pirelli will be bringing the hard and medium compounds. The hard compound is new and will be along the same lines as the 2012 compound which will feature a wider working temperature window. Pirelli Director of Motorsports Paul Hembery gives us this insight, “We’d expect the medium tyre to still be significantly faster and this is the one that the teams are likely to qualify on, whereas the hard is likely to be the preferred race tyre.”.  Pirelli’s Mario Isola has also said that the circuit’s surface is also quite abrasive and that there will be a large amount of energy put through the tyres, especially on the left side of the car. Pirelli will also be bringing an extra set of tyres in the way of a new experimental compound for FP1.  This extra set will not be limited to third drivers.

DRS Zone: 1 – Detection between turns 8 and 9, Activation after turn 9 on the short straight leading into turn 10.

DRS Zone: 2 – Detection upon approach to Turn 16, Activation after Turn 16 on main straight.  Top speed expected 305km/h in 7th gear. (NB. a second DRS Zone may be announced)

Braking: This circuit is not particularly hard on brakes. Turn 10 is a hairpin right hander which pulls about 3Gs and is probably the toughest test for the brakes.

Lateral track with high percentage of high speed corners
Maximising slow speed traction is important through sector three
Medium brake energy
Bumps at entry of T9 and braking into T10
Grip level and balance change with different weather conditions (track temp and wind direction)
Understeer is the typical balance issue in the high speed corners T3 and T9
First gear is not used on the track
Drivers usually prefer to run through T9 without downshifting

2012 Timing
P1: Hamilton, 1.21.707 (Q3)
P2: Maldonado, 1.22.285 (Q3)
P3: Alonso, 1.22.302 (Q3)
CF1T best: P19 Petrov, 1.25.277 (Q1)

P1: Maldonado (1.27.906 L26)
P2: Alonso (1.27.390 L46)
P3: Raikonnen (1.26.930 L63)
CF1T best: P16 Kovalainen (1.28.715 L50)

Circuit Particularity
Bumpiness: medium
Overtaking chance: medium
Kerbs: smooth / medium
Ride height setting particularity: none
Engine severity: low
Gearbox severity: medium
Lat/Long grip: lateral
Aero eff ratio: low
Safety car history: 2012 – none, 2011 – none, 2010 – none
Track grip evo during w/e: high
Aero settings: high
Brake wear severity: medium
Brake cooling necessity: medium

Circuit Contact Information:

Circuit de Catalunya
Mas La Moreneta
Apartat de Correus 27
08160 Montmelo (Barcelona)
T: (+34) 935719700
F: (+34) 935722772

Complete GP Weekend Schedule

Thursday 9th May
Promoter activity     3 Day Ticket Holders Pit Lane Walk     10:00 – 12:00
Formula One     Press Conference – Press Room     15:00
Promoter activity     3 Day Ticket Holders Pit Lane Walk     16:00 – 19:00

Friday 10th May
Formula One     Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk     08:45 – 09:45
Formula One     Practice 1     10:00 – 11:30
GP2     Practice Session     12:00 – 12:30
Formula One     Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk     12:35 – 13:45
Formula One     Practice 2     14:00 – 15:30
GP2     Qualifying Session     15:55 – 16:25
Formula One     Press Conference – Press Room     16:00 – 17:00
Porsche Supercup     Practice Session     16:45 – 17:30
GP3     Practice Session     17:50 – 18:35

Saturday 11th May
Formula One     Team Pit Stop Practice     08:30 – 09:15
Formula One     Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk     08:30 – 09:35
GP3     Qualifying Session     09:45 – 10:15
Formula One     Practice 3     11:00 – 12:00
Porsche Supercup     Qualifying Session     12:25 – 12:55
Formula One     Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk     13:00 – 13:45
Formula One     Qualifying     14:00
GP2     First Race (37 Laps or 60 Mins)     15:40 – 16:45
GP3     First Race (17 Laps or 30 Mins)     17:20 – 17:55

Sunday 12th May
GP3     Second Race (17 Laps or 30 Mins)     09:25 – 10:00
GP2     Second Race (26 Laps or 45 Mins)     10:35 – 11:25
Porsche Supercup     Race (14 Laps or 30 Mins)     11:45 – 12:20
Formula One     Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk     12:25 – 13:15
Formula One     Drivers Track Parade     12:30
Formula One     Starting Grid Presentation     12:45 – 13:15
Formula One     National Anthem     13:46
Formula One     Race     14:00

*All times are subject to change

Sources: FIA, Pirelli, CaterhamF1


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