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Sep 20

2012 Season Round 12 Preview – Singapore

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GP2 Series

GP2 - Davide Valsecchi (DAMS) and Luiz Razia (Arden International)Two weeks ago, Monza was truly an Italian fest with Luca Filippi winning on his comeback drive and Davide Valsecchi savouring another victory whilst pocketing more valuable points, with his sole title rival Luiz Razia failing to score. The DAMS driver now enjoys a twenty-five point lead over the Brazilian as the paddock flies to its last event of the 2012 season.

For the first time in GP2 history, the Series comes to Singapore to race at the infamous street circuit. This weekend will be all about novelties with a new F1 track for the GP2 drivers to learn and a new Champion to be crowned. The fight between Valsecchi and Razia is on with both men willing to battle with all their might to snatch the eighth GP2 crown! They are the only two drivers who can claim glory this weekend as the 2012 season draws to a close. If the Italian has a seventeen point lead over the Brazilian on Saturday evening, the game will be over and Valsecchi would become Champion. But this is GP2: nothing is ever over till it’s over. Nothing is predictable besides the thrill of the racing and the excitement of seeing the twentysix cars running in the streets of Singapore!

Just like in Formula One™, the GP2 drivers will have the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft tyres at their disposal for this twelfth round. Although overall tyre wear is low in Singapore, there is a high level of thermal degradation due to the high ambient temperatures. Coupled with extremely big levels of humidity, this makes it an exhausting race for the drivers and very demanding on the cars. While the Marina Bay circuit contains the second highest number of corners of the year (after Valencia) only two of them are fast, meaning that not so much lateral energy is put through the tyres, which helps the wear rate.

The drivers have to make a mandatory pit stop during Saturday’s first race, and with the longest pit lane of the year in Singapore, strategy will become extremely important. The key decisions revolve around whether to use just one or two different compounds, when to stop, and if using the same compound whether to change all four tyres or just two, in order to save time. The teams base these crucial decisions on information they collect in free practice, and with no historical data to fall back on, the single practice session will become all the more important.

Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola said:

“Singapore is a fantastic place for our second season supplying the GP2 Series to come to a close, showcasing the cars, drivers and tyres in a unique way. It’s enough to see from the number of drivers who have graduated to Formula One just how well GP2 prepares them for the pinnacle of the sport, thanks to experience of the circuits, strategy and tyres that are used at the top. Singapore will be another valuable experience for them, and the use of the two softest compounds in our GP2 range should allow them to extract the maximum performance from their cars during this very important weekend.

Nonetheless, it will still be very important to look after the tyres in both qualifying and the race, particularly if the drivers are planning to use the supersoft at any point during the first race. Theoretically this should be the fastest way, but it will only work if the drivers make sure that their tyres are in the best possible condition. With the sessions in Singapore always coming late in the day, ambient and track temperatures tend to fall rather than rise as each session goes on, and this makes performance quite hard to predict”

 

GP2 - Davide Valsecchi (DAMS) and Luiz Razia (Arden International)2
  • Marina Bay Street Circuit // Length 5.073 km
  • Race 1 34 laps – 172.345 km // Race 2 24 laps – 121.615 km

// Friday 21st September 2012

  • 16:45 // 17:15 Practice Session
  • 20:00 // 20:30 Qualifying Session

// Saturday 22nd September 2012

  • 15:45 Pit lanes opens
  • 15:50 Pit lanes closes – Grid
  • 16:00 Race 1 // Feature Race Start (34 laps / 60 mins.)

// Sunday 23rd September 2012

  • 15:55 Pit lanes opens
  • 16:00 Pit lanes closes – Grid
  • 16:10 Race 2 // Sprint Race Start (24 laps / 45 mins.)

Driver’s standings

  1. Davide Valsecchi 2M 2M 229
  2. Luiz Razia 1M 3M 204
  3. James Calado 2M 160
  4. Esteban Gutiérrez 2M 1M 152
  5. Max Chilton 1M 144
  6. Giedo Van der Garde 1M 141
  7. Fabio Leimer 127
  8. Marcus Ericsson 1M 106
  9. Johnny Cecotto Jr. 2M 104
  10. Felipe Nasr Rookie 85
  11. Jolyon Palmer 1M 78
  12. Nathanaël Berthon 59
  13. Stefano Coletti 47
  14. Rio Haryanto 36
  15. Tom Dillmann 1M 29
  16. Josef Král 1M 27
  17. Luca Filippi 1M 25
  18. Stéphane Richelmi 25
  19. Nigel Melker 25
  20. Fabio Onidi 13
  21. Julián Leal 9
  22. Rodolfo González 6
  23. Simon Trummer 4
  24. Fabrizio Crestani 1
  25. Brendon Hartley 1
  26. Daniel De Jong Rookie 0
  27. Sergio Canamasas Rookie 0
  28. Dani Clos 0
  29. Ricardo Teixeira 0
  30. Renè Binder Rookie 0
  31. Giancarlo Serenelli Rookie 0
  32. Victor Guerin Rookie 0
  33. Jon Lancaster Rookie 0
  34. Jake Rosenzweig 0

Team’s standings

  1. DAMS 2M 2M 314
  2. Lotus GP 2M 3M 312
  3. Arden International 1M 3M 208
  4. Racing Engineering 186
  5. iSport International 1M 1M 184
  6. Carlin 1M 180
  7. Caterham Racing 1M 147
  8. Barwa Addax Team 2M 1M 131
  9. Rapax 1M 41
  10. Trident Racing 34
  11. Ocean Racing Technology 26
  12. Venezuela GP Lazarus 1
  13. Scuderia Coloni 1M 0

 

Barwa Addax

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source: addaxteam.com

Dams

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source: dams.fr

Racing Eng.

The Racing Engineering team are ready for the new challenge of Singapore.

The 2012 GP2 season reaches its climax this weekend in Singapore when the teams and drivers arrive at the Marina Bay circuit for their first ever race on this demanding 5.067 Km street circuit.

Following a very good weekend at the last round at Monza where Fabio Leimer finished second in the Sprint Race and fifth in the Feature Race, the Racing Engineering team are looking forward to finishing the 2012 season on a high. In all the recent races both of Racing Engineering’s drivers have been very fast in race conditions taking three second places in the last four rounds.

Once again Leimer must be considered a favourite for the race win that has eluded him all season despite being one of the fastest and most consistent drivers of the year. Nathanaël Berthon must also be viewed as a potential winner following his pace in recent races where, as his confidence and experience has grown, he has been very fast and, if it wasn’t for a sequence of bad luck beyond his control, he might well have taken several more podium finishes.

For this weekend Pirelli will be supplying the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft tyres to the teams. The Marina Bay circuit does not result in much tyre wear but the high ambient temperatures can cause a high level of thermal degradation. Additionally the high temperatures in conjunction with similarly high levels of humidity mean a punishing race for both the drivers and their cars.

Below Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering, looks forward to Singapore:

It’s the first time that the Singapore Marina Bay Circuit is on GP2′s calendar. How does the team prepare for such an event?

The fact that the race on a new track actually makes things quite interesting, it doesn’t change the way we prepare for a race weekend in particular as we have to use different references. Under normal circumstances, the engineers focus on the technical side of the preparation of the car and driving aspects. But for Singapore it’s different as no GP2 car has ever run there, therefore the work consists in gathering and adapting as much information as possible from the 2011 Formula 1 race. Racing on a new track might help the rookies a bit at the beginning as, in theory, it puts all drivers back to the same level as they all have the same knowledge of the circuit. Nevertheless, it will be crucial to adapt to the layout and conditions as quickly as possible.

What are the challenges of racing on a new track with such a particular layout?

Apart from the track itself being completely new for all the GP2 teams, the circuit is a street circuit and we will also race on it, in qualifying, during the night. Overall the circuit can be considered as slow compared to the average layout of the season so far. Also the grip should be less than on a permanent race track due to the surface of the streets and tyre wear will have to be correctly anticipated. Additionally, the heat and humidity will make it a demanding event for the drivers and teams alike. With a total of 23 corners, it is definitely not the easiest circuit for drivers to learn in such a short period of time and the layout leaves very little margin for mistakes as the guardrails are very close and surround the entire track.

The track is new for both drivers, Nathanaël Berthon and Fabio Leimer. To what extent does this influence the preparation and weekend itself?

As GP2 is new to this circuit, the drivers, just like the teams, have no record and information to look at from previous years. The drivers will have to set their braking and turning reference points as quickly and precisely as possible. Qualifying will be very important to obtain a good result in the races and we hope both drivers are getting it right. The circuit walk will be even more important than on other tracks as drivers and engineers will look out for all the details to anticipate possible issues and search for the best driving solutions in terms of lines, braking, etc. Physically it will certainly be one of the most difficult races of the season for the drivers due to the high temperatures and the humidity. But also, due to the mental aspect, it will be intense for the drivers as the track is very demanding, leaving little space to “rest” in the car with so few straight lines. This means the drivers will be under a lot of physical stress while having to be very focused during each session.

TIMETABLE:

  • Practice: Fri 21 Sep 2012, 16:45 (GMT+8)
  • Qualifying: Fri 21 Sep 2012, 20:00 (GMT+8)
  • Race 1: Sat 22 Sep 2012, 16:00 (GMT+8)
  • Race 2: Sun 23 Sep 2012, 16:10 (GMT+8)

source: racing-engineering.com

iSport

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source: isportinternational.com

Lotus ART GP2 team

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source: art-grandprix.com

Caterham Racing logo

Caterham Racing

  • GP2 race preview – Singapore
  • Thursday 20th September 2012

The GP2 Series draws to a close with the season finale staged for the very first time at the Marina Bay circuit in Singapore.

A relatively new track to the Formula One race calendar, Singapore was introduced in 2008 as the first night race in F1 history. The Marina Bay street circuit has since proved to be a huge hit making it an obvious choice for the twelfth and final round of the 2012 GP2 Series, bringing to an end a memorable 2012 championship.

With the Pirelli soft and super soft compounds at the teams’ disposal in Singapore, pit stop strategy will, as always, be a crucial decision in the battle to collect the last remaining championship points of the season. Only the Valencia street circuit contains more corners than that of Singapore and whilst only two of the corners are fast, high humidity and ambient Asian temperatures will create demanding conditions, not only for the drivers but for the cars and tyres too. And with just a 30-minute practice session to learn the track Singapore looks set to host the GP2 season finale in spectacular style.

Rodolfo Gonzalez “I feel like I have learnt a lot this season with Caterham Racing and I am ready and raring to get out there and see what this track is really like! It will be the first time any of us GP2 drivers have driven here and it will be interesting to see how everyone gets on. Anything can happen during the race so my main aim must be to get the best qualifying position possible to give ourselves the best opportunity of scoring points and finishing well. It is quite a bumpy track with a lot of tight corners so it will be hard on the tyres, especially the rears. Keeping it on track and preserving the tyres will be fundamental but after a lot of laps in the simulator I feel quite confident that I know the track layout and am looking forward to getting out there and giving it everything I’ve got.”

Giedo van der Garde “It is a pity that this is our last race as I believe we have finally found the ideal setup and have a car that is very competitive. However, due to incidents and bad luck the last few race results have not reflected this. But this is a new track for everyone and I look forward to seeing what we can get out of it here. I think our basic setup will work well – it will be a matter of learning the track quickly but for me I don’t think it will be a big problem, and if we can qualify in the top five I will be happy as we can do a lot from there. The most important thing is to score maximum points so we can continue the fight for P3 in the championship.”

Caterham Racing Team Manager Phill Spencer “There is an air of excitement as we head into our final round of the season in Singapore. This is a new venue for GP2 and with no previous data for the circuit we are all on a level playing field and it will be interesting to see who can learn the track the fastest. The humidity here is intense and will affect everybody but as long we all stay hydrated the team is used to it and I see no reason why we can’t do well. The drivers are fit and looking forward to this new challenge so I am optimistic we can finish the season on a high note and give the Asian crowds a good show.”

Caterham Racing Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett “I am confident we can give both our drivers a good car for the final round of our season, regardless of the fact we have never raced here before. Since the track is ordinarily used as a road it will evolve a lot during the weekend and will be very green to start with. With this in mind we must be careful not to fall into the trap of adjusting the car too much after the first session. It is a very bumpy track with high downforce and a difficult track for the drivers to learn, however Giedo and Rodolfo have been working hard in preparation. The Friday practice session will be about collecting as much data as possible and with just a few short hours between our first run and qualifying, time will be tight and drivers will need to stay fully focused. We need a clean qualifying lap to put us in the best position for race one and from there stay clear of the barriers! It’s all or nothing now!”

GP2 Schedule

  • Friday 15:45 – 16:15 Practice
  • Friday 20:00 – 20:30 Qualifying
  • Saturday 16:00 – 17:05 Race One 34 laps
  • Sunday 17:10 – 18:00 Race Two 24 laps

source: caterham-racing.com

Scuderia Coloni

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source: scuderiacoloni.com

Trident Racing
Trident Racing

coming soon

source: tridentracing.it

Venezuela GP Lazarus
Venezuela GP Lazarus

coming soon

source: teamlazarus.it

Rapax Team

Rapax

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source: rapaxteam.com


Arden

coming soon

source: arden-motorsport.com

Ocean Racing

Last race of the GP2 season for Ocean

This coming weekend, the 21st to 23rd of September, Ocean Racing Technology will take part in the final round of the 2012 GP2 Championship Series in Singapore. Nigel Melker and Victor Guerin both aspire to finish the season with two good results after what has been a quite demanding and very competitive season.

The final round will be held at night giving it some very unique features, however the entire technical team at Ocean is quite accustomed to them. Melker is optimistic for a successful outcome: “I want to have two very good races and return to good views. The last two races were difficult and I hope that I can counter that this weekend. The races will be a different than usual, but I am optimistic about my adaptation and eager to get out on track,” said the Dutchman.

Victor Guerin will once again head into the unknown with the Singapore track a new venue for him. However he maintains a positive spirit: “It will be all new, the track, the weather and the fact that the race takes place at night, but I hope to adapt well and have two good races. I have been learning a lot in GP2 with Ocean and I would really like to compile everything I have learned and apply it to these two races and get my first points in the Championship. It would be the best way to end the season,” concluded the Brazilian driver.

The races can be followed live on Sky Sports on Saturday at 9:55am and on Sunday at 10:05am.

source: oceanracingtech.com

Carlin
Carlin

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source: carlin.co.uk

 
Pirelli

Singapore GP2 preview

2012 GP2 SERIES SET FOR THRILLING CLIMAX IN SINGAPORE

The GP2 Series draws to a close this weekend as it visits Singapore’s Marina Bay circuit for the very first time, with only two drivers in contention for the title: DAMS driver Davide Valsecchi and Arden’s Luis Razia.

As is the case in Formula One, the GP2 drivers will have the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft tyres at their disposal for the only night races on the GP2 calendar. Under the latest GP2 regulations introduced halfway through the season, each driver will be allocated three sets of the harder compound and two sets of the softer compound for each race weekend.

While Valsecchi is the strong favourite with a 25-point advantage heading into the final two races, the recent GP3 finale at Monza showed just how unpredictable all the feeder series to Formula One can be, with the destiny of the title changing hands several times before Mitch Evans finally triumphed.

Adding to the challenge this weekend will be the fact that Singapore is an unknown quantity for all the GP2 drivers and teams, with a very different set of track conditions to usual. While overall tyre wear is low, there is a high level of thermal degradation due to the high ambient temperatures. Coupled with extremely big levels of humidity, this makes it an exhausting race for the drivers and very demanding on the cars. While the Marina Bay circuit contains the second highest number of corners of the year (after Valencia) only two of them are fast, meaning that not so much lateral energy is put through the tyres, which helps the wear rate.

The drivers have to make a mandatory pit stop during Saturday’s first race, and with the longest pit lane of the year in Singapore, strategy will become extremely important. The key decisions revolve around whether to use just one or two different compounds, when to stop, and if using the same compound whether to change all four tyres or just two, in order to save time. The teams base these crucial decisions on information they collect in free practice, and with no historical data to fall back on, the single practice session will become all the more important.

The race for the team’s championship is much closer: just two points separate DAMS at the head of the classification from Lotus GP in second.

Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola said: “Singapore is a fantastic place for our second season supplying the GP2 Series to come to a close, showcasing the cars, drivers and tyres in a unique way. It’s enough to see from the number of drivers who have graduated to Formula One just how well GP2 prepares them for the pinnacle of the sport, thanks to experience of the circuits, strategy and tyres that are used at the top. Singapore will be another valuable experience for them, and the use of the two softest compounds in our GP2 range should allow them to extract the maximum performance from their cars during this very important weekend. Nonetheless, it will still be very important to look after the tyres in both qualifying and the race, particularly if the drivers are planning to use the supersoft at any point during the first race. Theoretically this should be the fastest way, but it will only work if the drivers make sure that their tyres are in the best possible condition. With the sessions in Singapore always coming late in the day, ambient and track temperatures tend to fall rather than rise as each session goes on, and this makes performance quite hard to predict.”

On Friday, the GP2 drivers will take part in one practice session at 16:45 local time (GMT +8) followed by qualifying at 20:00. The feature race takes place at 16:00 on Saturday, while Sunday’s sprint race gets underway at 16:10, before the Singapore Grand Prix.

source: pirelli.com



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