Could Tilke be redeemed the season?

Hermann Tilke is the man responsible for a lot of the tarmac on the F1 calendar. All the new tracks since Sepang have been designed by him (Sepang / Bahrain / Shanghai / Istanbull Park / Marina Bay / Valencia / Yas Marina /  Korean International and this years Jaypee Group circuit in India all designed by the man)  as well as major modifications to established circuits (Hockenheimring, Circuit de Catalunya, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Nürburgring). Therefore the mans style of tracks feature heavily on the calendar, one of his classics is a tight hairpin following or leading into a straight.

Read on to find out why this might be no bad thing in 2011

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Quick Nick Flounders while the rocket from Russia collects a podium

Well we’ve had our first race of the year and while not a vintage Austrailian grand prix it still was a good watch. The DRS system seemed ok, obviously teams still have to sort it out but the tires also played their part too. But the drive of the day has to go to Vitaly Petrov picking up his maiden podium bring the renault home in 3rd place beating Ferraris and a red bull on the way. People have been asking what Robert could of done in the car and im not sure the top two steps were quite within reach. Vettel had a storming drive, perfectly in control throughout.

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KERS? HRT? DRS? Acronyms galore in Melbourne

Well we’ve finally seen the drivers take to the track with low fuel and battle each other outright with their best efforts, or have we? Despite Sebastian Vettel’s massive pole position gap he wasn’t using KERS and nor was team-mate Mark Webber. This is impressive as the system is worth up to 3 tenths round albert park, and the team were not deploying it. One assumes they have the system in their car as they cannot simply add it after qualifying due to the park ferme conditions.

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Dumb Removable System? and oh dear Karun

Well i’ve just finished watching FP1 and 2 from austrailia (I was out late last night so I wasn’t for watching it live).

But first up Karun Chandhok managed 3 corners before applying too much power and meeting a wall. However the lotus’s in the hand seemed to spend most of the two practice sessions exploring the gravel traps. The Drage Reduction System (DRS) / Moveable Rear Wing (MRW) got a run out in race mode for a bit but read on after the break for a summary of the new overtaking assist

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Gentlemen Start Your Engines!

So this weekend the action truely gets underway after moto GP entertaining us with a fairly good start in the desert last weekend (see previous post).

But its not just Formula 1, scotsman (and cousin of Paul Di Resta) Dario Franchitti starts his Indy Car title defence. Along with some other action after the break:

For all the action this weekend remember the time change on saturday night!

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And its go go go

A week late but the premier international motorsport season is underway with Moto GP kicking off its season yesterday in Qatar.

For those of you unfamiliar with grand prix motorcycle racing, it is essentially Formula 1 on bikes. Contested between 4 manufactures: Ducati, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki (who are only fielding one bike which failed to make it to the grid as sole rider Bautista crashed in free practice) the series is a world championship of matching man and machine. The grid is a little light this year with only 16 bikes contesting the 2011 world championship, however next year with the new 1000cc engine class we expect to see a few new entries to contest the manufactures title.

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