Articles tagged with: 2012
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2012 presented a closely fought season that went down to the wire in Brazil as Sebastian Vettel pipped Fernando Alonso to the Drivers’ Championship. In the UK, at least, it was also a season of major change in the way Formula One broadcast as free-to-view gave way to Sky’s premium subscription service with only half the races broadcast live and free. Despite the titanic championship battle, television ratings inevitably took a hit.
After calls for the return of in-season testing, Formula One takes a break from the excitement of a tight World Championship and heads to Italy and the Mugello Circuit for some quiet testing and development. With the field so closely packed, this test could prove to be even more valuable than originally planned as gains here may reap big rewards when racing returns.
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What a difference a year makes… Twelve months ago Sebastian Vettel was sitting on pole by a massive margin in Melbourne, now he finds himself sandwiched between Mercedes with a Lotus, and more worrying for him, two McLarens up ahead. Of course, he’s not the only one who’s suffered/enjoyed a change of fortunes, so how does the grid for the first race of the year compare with 2011’s encounter?
Despite the raft of “ugly” noses that appeared as 2012’s new cars were revealed, there have been few changes to the technical regulations. Instead, it is new (and not so new) names that mark the biggest change on the grid this season with a series of driver changes as well as Lotus becoming Caterham, Renault going the other direction and Virgin now Marussia. So what other changes should you look out for in 2012?
So that wraps up pre-season testing for 2012 with Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen setting the quickest lap of the week as Lotus topped three of the four days’ timesheets. Of course, that’s just the headline times and too much shouldn’t be read into it any more than doom and gloom should be implied from Sebastian Vettel’s position at the bottom of the overall timesheet.
Here endeth pre-season testing. Kimi Raikkonen finished as he started off testing in Jerez a month ago – sitting at the top of the timesheets, this time with the fastest lap of all eight days of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. Sebastian Vettel, on the otherhand, was left propping up the table as a crash in which he damaged Red Bull’s latest front wing and gearbox problems limited him to a handful of laps.