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2011 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX At Silverstone (July 8 - July 10)

Poll: 2011 British Grand Prix Winner (21 member(s) have cast votes)

Who will win the 2011 British Grand Prix?

  1. Sebastien Vettel (4 votes [19.05%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 19.05%

  2. Jenson Button (5 votes [23.81%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 23.81%

  3. Mark Webber (2 votes [9.52%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  4. Lewis Hamilton (3 votes [14.29%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

  5. Fernando Alonso (4 votes [19.05%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 19.05%

  6. Felipe Massa (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Nico Rosberg (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. Vitaly Petrov (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. Nick Heidfeld (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. Michael Schumacher (1 votes [4.76%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  11. Kamui Kobayashi (2 votes [9.52%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  12. Adrian Sutil (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  13. Jaime Alguersuari (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  14. Sébastien Buemi (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  15. Rubens Barrichello (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  16. Sergio Pérez (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  17. Paul di Resta (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  18. Jarno Trulli (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  19. Vitantonio Liuzzi (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  20. Jérôme d'Ambrosio (0 votes [0.00%])

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 01:30 PM

It is that time of year again and the F1 caravan makes its way to Silverstone for the mid-point of the season. While Vettel appears to have run away with the championship there may be a surprise in store. Starting from this weekend the FIA has imposed a ban on the blown diffuser concept and Adrian Newey thinks that this ban will have a significant impact as the car was designed around the exhaust. It remains to be seen whether or not this will have a detrimental impact on RedBull. Another thing that comes to mind is what if this ban has an even worse impact on the others that have copied the concept. Will Ferrari and McLaren gain or lose this weekend?


Pirelli will be bringing its hard and soft tyre compounds for the race and this is expected to do Ferrari no favors. The tyre compounds are the same as Spain.

Weekend Timetable:

Fri 08 July 2011
Practice 1 04:00 - 05:30
Practice 2 08:00 - 09:30

Sat 09 July 2011
Practice 3 05:00 - 06:00
Qualifying 08:00

Sun 10 July 2011
Race 08:00 (Please note, US viewers will likely have to resort to watching a delayed broadcast on FOX. Check your local listings)

Circuit information
Length: 5.901km (3.667m)
Race distance: 52 laps / 306.747km

Top speed: 305kph

Brake wear: Low
Downforce level: Medium
Gear changes per lap: 44

Strategy

Average fuel use per lap: 2.36
Pit lane time loss: 19.1 seconds (source: Williams)

2010 tyre compounds: hard (prime, no marking), soft (option, green markings)
2009 tyre compounds: hard (prime, no marking), soft (option, green markings)
2008 tyre compounds: hard (prime, no marking), medium (option, white markings)
20111 tyre compounds: hard and soft



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Posted 06 July 2011 - 03:20 PM

As of now the weather forecast seems to be positive. There is 60% chance of rain on Friday with Saturday and Sunday being partly cloudy.

Finding it hard to pick my choice for race winner. My gut tells me that RedBull will continue their streak, yet a part of me thinks that Alonso and Hamilton could also equally do well. As much as I'd want Button to win, it'd probably be safe to peg him for a points position. The more I think about it, Button is the most consistent of the entire field with the exception of Sebastien Vettel, and it is this consistency that has placed him second in the rankings.

EDIT: US TV Broadcast Info
FOX will air live Canadian Grand Prix and same day tape delayed coverage of the European, British and German Grands Prix at 1pm Noon ET, with each race being re-aired the following Tuesday at 12Noon ET on SPEED.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 03:29 PM

i have no clue.
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will win - if not Seb then Hamilton or Alonso.
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 04:54 PM

Let's hope this race isn't a snooze-fest like the last one.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 09:13 PM

Just to be clear, its a ban on off throttle "hot blown" diffusers. Teams can still blow their diffusers on throttle.
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 11:06 PM

^ If they cannot use the Off throttle blown diffusers, they will not use blown at all. It would change the grip bias too much between on and off throttle. You don't want to be mid corner on a double apex, lift throttle, and lose a few hundred pounds of rear downforce...

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 11:45 PM

I thought McLaren used the on-throttle blown diffusor?

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 09:45 AM

this is the one. kobayashi for the win. who's else has voted for kk?
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 10:10 AM

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this is the one. kobayashi for the win. who's else has voted for kk?



I haven't, but would love to see him win :D

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 03:14 PM

Per the FIA, there will be a single DRS Zone at Silverstone

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hmm...new pits might be an advantage ;)

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With the new Silverstone pits being used this year, Whiting has also said that he will look carefully at the pit lane entry - because its layout means it could be quicker to cross the start/finish line coming into the pits than keeping out on the track.

"The new pits are the biggest difference, and the entry and exit bring new challenges," explained Whiting. "The entry is shorter than staying on the circuit, so we will have to ensure that drivers don't use these changes to the pits to their advantage."




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Posted 07 July 2011 - 09:35 PM

Pulling for the Mclarean boys this race. A high speed track with good passing zones, and a chance of wet conditions seems ideal for Lewis. Lets just hope they are not hurt more by the ban on the OTBD then Redbull.

Also hoping Kobayashi can get a podium! I think I read the Sauber's have not been using the off throttle blown diffusers, so they may have just caught up the the field.
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 07:18 AM

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 07:21 AM

Chances of rain tomorrow afternoon as well. Race day looks clear so far.





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Posted 08 July 2011 - 07:25 AM

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EDIT: US TV Broadcast Info
FOX will air live Canadian Grand Prix and same day tape delayed coverage of the European, British and German Grands Prix at 1pm Noon ET, with each race being re-aired the following Tuesday at 12Noon ET on SPEED.



Corrected the time. Race Broadcast on Fox starts at Noon Eastern. Please check local listings in your area.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 08:51 AM

Interesting analysis from Andrew Benson of the BBC on How Sebastien Vettel can be beaten at Silverstone and going forward.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:04 AM

Practice Two Results:

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:31 AM

View Postaashish2, on 08 July 2011 - 08:51 AM, said:

Interesting analysis from Andrew Benson of the BBC on How Sebastien Vettel can be beaten at Silverstone and going forward.

yeah, that was a good read.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 06:43 PM

It is Horner Vs Whitmarsh on the eve of the British Grand Prix. FIA appears to have quite the dilemma to resolve.

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Whitmarsh was unhappy that a technical directive issued by the FIA on Friday morning left the way open for the Renault-powered teams - which include Red Bull Racing – to use 50 per cent of throttle blowing while the drivers were braking.

Horner responded that the decision, given to Renault on reliability grounds and relating to exhaust valves, was only fair because the Mercedes-Benz outfits were allowed to use engine over-run under braking to help with crank case pressure.

The situation rumbled on over Friday evening and FIA race director Charlie Whiting met with engine representatives for a lengthy meeting to discuss their concerns and try to find a solution that was fair for everybody – and prevent a situation where other engine makers try and find grounds to justify a similar 50 per cent limit.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 10:37 PM

Wet practice times mean nothing. Who knows how different track conditions were for each driver, even in the same session.

I put no faith in lap times until Q3.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 01:43 PM

it looks like it's going ot be very interesting race.
JB has good chance.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 06:38 PM

Looks like the FIA ban on the blown exhaust may be rescinded if the teams unanimously agree to allow it for the season.

Teams Working Group is set to meet tomorrow AM. If the ban is lifted will the teams be able to change the cars prior to the race. I'd think not as the cars are now in parc ferme.

http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/92987

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 08:51 PM

^ All of that should have been sorted out a week ago. The cars are setup using what the rules are now. If they change them again, then the whole balance of the car will need to be reset.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 11:48 PM

Well for this race, 10% restriction in effect, teams allowed to hot blow. But the FIA has agreed if teams are unanimous, they would lift the diffuser restriction for the rest of the season.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 01:19 PM

The race was ok. Had moments of excitement and moments of boredom. I for one probably expected way too much from the British Grand Prix.

Hated the Fox coverage as they did not show enough of the post-race coverage. Podium ceremony was rushed and the interview was way too brief. We will have to bear this for one more race before coverage reverts to Speed.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 01:22 PM

oh! and the ban on off-throttle diffuser will likely be rescinded by the German Grand Prix

http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/93016

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