The 2012 Formula One Guide Index

 

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Welcome   1
  Introduction 1
  Scope   1
  Layout   1
  What is formula one? 1
  Conventions Used 3
    Circuit Names 3
      Country List 3
    Team Names 3
      Team Names List 4
  Order of Teams 4
  Order of drivers 4
  Order Of Cars 4
The Circuits   5
  All circuits   5
    Types of F1 Circuits 5
    Circuits General 5
    Race Distance 5
    Circuit Classification 5
    Circuit Markings 6
    Downforce Scale 7
    Circuit Comparisons 7
     
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  1. Australia 12
    2012 FORMULA 1 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX (Melbourne) 12
  2. Malaysia 14
    2012 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX (Kuala Lumpur) 14
  3. China   16
    2012 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) 16
  4. Bahrain   18
    2012 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX (Sakhir) 18
  5. Spain   20
    FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA SANTANDER 2012 (Catalunya) 20
  6. Monaco 22
    FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2012 (Monte Carlo) 22
  7. Canada   26
    FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2012 (Montreal) 26
  8. Europe   28
    2012 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE (Valencia) 28
  9 England   30
    2012 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX (Silverstone) 30
  10 Germany 32
    FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2012 (Hockenheim) 32
  11 Hungary 34
    FORMULA 1 ENI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2012 (Budapest) 34
  12 Belgium 36
    2012 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX (Spa-Francorchamps) 36
  13 Italy   40
    FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2012 (Monza) 40
  14 Singapore 42
    2012 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (Singapore) 42
  15 Japan   44
    2012 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX (Suzuka) 44
  16 Korea   46
    2012 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX (Yeongam) 46
  17 India   48
    2012 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL GRAND PRIX OF INDIA (New Delhi) 48
  18 Abu Dhabi 50
    2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX (Yas Marina Circuit) 50
  19. USA   52
    2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (Austin) 52
  20 Brazil   54
    FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO DO BRASIL 2012 (São Paulo) 54
     
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The Teams   56
  Red Bull   56
    Team Information 56
    History 57
      The Stewart Grand Prix F1 Team 57
      Jaguar Racing Formula 1 Team 57
      Red Bull Racing 57
  McLaren   59
    Team Information 59
    History 59
  Ferrari   62
    Team Information 62
    History 63
  Mercedes   65
    Team Information 65
    History 65
      Tyrrell Racing 65
      BAR 66
      Honda 66
      Braun 67
      Mercedes 67
  Lotus   69
    Team Information 69
  Force India 70
    Team Information 70
    History 70
  Sauber   72
    Team Information 72
    History 72
  Toro Rosso 74
    Team Information 74
    History 74
  Williams   76
    Team Information 76
    History 76
  Caterham   80
    Team Information 80
  HRT   81
    Team Information 81
  Marussia   82
    Team Information 82
     
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The Drivers   83
  Drivers General 87
    The Best? 87
    Driver Changes 87
    No Italian Driver 88
    Car Numbers 88
    Car Identification On Track 89
    Driver Abbreviations 89
    Drivers' Base Salaries 90
    Super Licence 91
    Face of the Team 92
    This Century's Champions. 92
    Age   92
  Sebastian Vettel 93
    Description 93
    F1 Statistics 93
    Career Before formula one 93
    Formula One Career 93
  Mark Webber 94
    Description 94
    F1 Statistics 94
    Career Before formula one 94
    Formula One Career 94
  Jenson Button 95
    Description 95
    F1 Statistics 95
    Career Before formula one 95
    Formula One Career 95
  Lewis Hamilton 96
    Description 96
    F1 Statistics 96
    Career Before formula one 96
    Formula One Career 96
  Fernando Alonso 97
    Description 97
    F1 Statistics 97
    Career Before formula one 97
    Formula One Career 97
  Felipe Massa 98
    Description 98
    F1 Statistics 98
    Career Before formula one 98
    Formula One Career 98
  Nico Rosberg 99
    Description 99
    F1 Statistics 99
    Career Before formula one 99
    Formula One Career 99
  Michael Schumacher 100
    Description 100
    F1 Statistics 100
    Career Before formula one 100
    Formula One Career 100
  Kimi Raikkonen 102
    Description 102
    F1 Statistics 102
    Career Before formula one 102
    Formula One Career 102
  Romain Grosjean 103
    Description 103
    F1 Statistics 103
    Career Before formula one 103
    Formula One Career 103
  Paul di Resta 104
    Description 104
    F1 Statistics 104
    Career Before formula one 104
    Formula One Career 104
  Nico Hulkenberg 105
    Description 105
    F1 Statistics 105
    Career Before formula one 105
    Formula One Career 105
  Kamui Kobayashi 106
    Description 106
    F1 Statistics 106
    Career Before formula one 106
    Formula One Career 106
  Sergio Perez 107
    Description 107
    F1 Statistics 107
    Career Before formula one 107
    Formula One Career 107
  Daniel Ricciardo 108
    Description 108
    F1 Statistics 108
    Career Before formula one 108
    Formula One Career 108
  Jean-Eric Vergne 109
    Description 109
    F1 Statistics 109
    Career Before formula one 109
    Formula One Career 109
  Pastor Maldonado 110
    Description 110
    F1 Statistics 110
    Career Before formula one 110
    Formula One Career 110
  Bruno Senna 111
    Description 111
    F1 Statistics 111
    Career Before formula one 111
    Formula One Career 111
  Heikki Kovalainen 112
    Description 112
    F1 Statistics 112
    Career Before formula one 112
    Formula One Career 112
  Vitaly Petrov 113
    Description 113
    F1 Statistics 113
    Career Before formula one 113
    Formula One Career 113
  Pedro de la Rosa 114
    Description 114
    F1 Statistics 114
    Career Before formula one 114
    Formula One Career 114
  Narain Karthikeyan 115
    Description 115
    F1 Statistics 115
    Career outside formula one 115
    Formula One Career 115
  Timo Glock 116
    Description 116
    F1 Statistics 116
    Career Before formula one 116
    Formula One Career 116
  Charles Pic 117
    Description 117
    F1 Statistics 117
    Career Before formula one 117
    Formula One Career 117
     
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The Cars   118
  General   118
    Not Specified. 118
    Construction 118
    Engine 118
    Transmission 118
    Suspension 118
    Electronics 118
    Specified 119
  Red Bull   120
  McLaren   121
  Ferrari   122
  Mercedes   123
  Lotus   124
  Force India 125
  Sauber   126
  Toro Rosso 127
  Williams   128
  Caterham   129
  HRT   130
  Marussia   131
       
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  Technical   132
    The Engines 132
    KERS 133
      Kinetic Energy 133
      Energy Capture 133
      Energy Recovery. 134
      Usage Rules 134
  Transmission 134
  Clutch   134
  Gearbox   135
  Differential 135
  Suspension 136
  Wheels and Tires 138
    Wheels 138
    Tires   139
  Aerodynamics 141
    How A Wing Works 141
    Wheels 142
    Suspension 142
    Front Wing 143
    Rear Wing 143
    Drag Reduction System (DRS) 143
    Diffuser 143
    Barge Boards 144
    Body Shape 144
  Brakes   145
   
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Governance of Formula One 146
  FIA     147
    About FIA 147
    FIA STATUTES 147
      ARTICLE 1 147
      ARTICLE 2 – OBJECT OF THE FIA 147
    General Assembly 148
    Jean Todt 148
    Senate 148
    World Councils 148
    International Court of Appeal 148
  Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) 149
  Formula One Group 150
    Bernie Ecclestone 150
    Commercial Rights 150
  Grand Prix Drivers Association 151
  Concorde Agreement 152
    Compensation 152
    The Prize Fund 152
    Television Revenue 153
    Payment Terms 154
   
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FIA Regulations 155
  General   155
  2012 F1 Sporting Regulations - published on 04.01.2012 155
    Index   155
  Simple Interpretation of the 2012 F1 Sporting Regulations 156
    1) REGULATIONS 156
    2) GENERAL UNDERTAKING 157
    3) GENERAL CONDITIONS 157
    4) LICENCES 157
    5) CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS 157
    6) WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 157
    7) DEAD HEAT 158
    8) PROMOTER 158
    9) ORGANISATION OF EVENTS 158
    10) INSURANCE 158
    11) FIA DELEGATES 158
    12) Officials 158
    13) COMPETITORS APPLICATIONS 159
    14) PASSES 159
    15) INSTRUCTIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS TO COMPETITORS 159
    16) INCIDENTS 159
    17) PROTESTS AND APPEALS 160
    18) SANCTIONS 160
    19) CHANGES OF DRIVER 160
    20) DRIVING 160
    21) CAR LIVERY 161
    22) TRACK AND WIND TUNNEL TESTING 161
    23) PIT ENTRY, PIT LANE AND PIT EXIT 161
    24) SCRUTINEERING 162
    25) SUPPLY OF TYRES IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND TYRE LIMITATION DURING THE EVENT 162
    26) WEIGHING 163
    27) GENERAL CAR REQUIREMENTS 163
    28) SPARE CARS, ENGINES AND GEARBOXES 163
    29) REFUELLING 164
    30) GENERAL SAFETY 164
    31) PRACTICE SESSIONS 165
    32) FREE PRACTICE 165
    33) QUALIFYING PRACTICE 165
    34) POST QUALIFYING PARC FERME 166
    35) PRESS CONFERENCES, MEDIA OPPORTUNITES AND DRIVERS PARADE 166
    36) THE GRID 166
    37) MEETINGS 166
    38) STARTING PROCEDURE 166
    39) THE RACE 167
    40) SAFETY CAR 167
    41) SUSPENDING A RACE 167
    42) RESUMING A RACE 168
    43) FINISH 168
    44) POST RACE PARC FERME 168
    45) CLASSIFICATION 168
    46) PODIUM CEREMONY AND POST EVENT PRESS CONFERENCE 168
    Appendixes 169
     
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  2012 F1 Technical Regulations - published on 04.01.12 169
    Simple Interpretation of the 2012 Formula One Technical Regulations 169
      INDEX 169
      ARTICLE 1: DEFINITIONS 173
      ARTICLE 2 : GENERAL PRINCIPLES 175
      ARTICLE 3 : BODYWORK AND DIMENSIONS 176
      ARTICLE 4 : WEIGHT 177
      ARTICLE 5 : ENGINES AND KINETIC ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEMS 177
      ARTICLE 6 : FUEL SYSTEM 180
      ARTICLE 7 : OIL AND COOLANT SYSTEMS 180
      ARTICLE 8 : ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS 180
      ARTICLE 9 : TRANSMISSION SYSTEM 181
      ARTICLE 10 : SUSPENSION AND STEERING SYSTEMS 183
      ARTICLE 11 : BRAKE SYSTEM 183
      ARTICLE 12 : WHEELS AND TYRES 183
      ARTICLE 13 : COCKPIT 184
      ARTICLE 14 : SAFETY EQUIPMENT 184
      ARTICLE 15 : CAR CONSTRUCTION 185
      ARTICLE 16 : IMPACT TESTING 185
      ARTICLE 17 : ROLL STRUCTURE TESTING 185
      ARTICLE 18 : STATIC LOAD TESTING 185
      ARTICLE 19 : FUEL 185
      ARTICLE 20 : TELEVISION CAMERAS AND TIMING TRANSPONDERS 185
      ARTICLE 21 : FINAL TEXT 186
     
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  Links to the FIA Regulations 194
    FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 194
      Specific regulations: 194
      Related Regulations: 194
    Other Regulations: 194
      Competitor's Staff Registration System: 194
    TECHNICAL LISTS 195
      Regulations: 195
    FIA MEDICAL REGULATIONS 196
      Specific regulations: 196
      Related Regulations: 196
    CIRCUITS 196
      Specific regulations: 196
      Related Regulations: 197
    FIA STANDARDS 197
      Regulations: 197
    DRIVERS' EQUIPMENT 197
      Safety helmets: 197
      Flame-resistant clothing: 198
      Safety harnesses: 198
      Head restraint: 198
      Extractable Seats: 198
    APPROVAL OF TEST HOUSES 199
      Specific regulations: 199
      Related Regulations: 199
    Generalities 199
      2011 200
      2010 200
       
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History     201
  Before Any Racing 201
    Steam, External Combustion 201
    Internal Combustion 201
  Before the term Grand Prix Races 202
    The Automobile Club de France 203
    Coupe International (International Cup) 205
    Michelin 207
    News Media 207
    The Politics 208
    Other Nations 208
    Grand Prix - 1906 to 1922 210
    Grand Prix 1923 to 1949 211
    Grand Prix 1923 to 1949 (Graph) 213
  Formula One 214
    Birth of the FIA and Formula One 214
    1950   215
    1951   217
    1952   218
    1953   220
    1954   220
    1955   222
    1956   223
    1957   224
    1958   225
    1959   227
    1950s Summary 229
      Events 229
      Entrants and Constructors 229
      Drivers 229
      Safety 230
      Graphs 230
    History of 1960 To Date 235
    All The Formula One Driver Champions 235
    All the Formula One Constructor Champions. 236
    All The Championship Titles 237
   
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2011 Season Analysis 239
  Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel 239
  Podiums   239
  Other Cars 240
    McLaren 240
    Ferrari 240
    Mercedes 240
    Lotus Renault 240
    Force India 241
    Sauber 241
    Toro Rosso 241
    Williams 241
    Team Lotus 241
    HRT   242
    Virgin 242
  Other Drivers 242
    Drivers' Results 2011 Season - Table 243
    2011 Graphical Analysis 244
    2011 World Constructors' Championship 244
    2011 Constructors with less than 70 Points 245
    2011 World Drivers' Championship 246
    2011 Drivers with less than 90 Points 247
    2011 Drivers with less than 45 Points 248
     
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TV Graphics   249
  Side Bar   249
  Overtaking (or not) Graphic 250
  Pit Stop Graphics 250
  Speed Graphic 251
  Time Remaining 252
  Driver Seen 252
  Lap Times 252
  Practice Sessions (not Qualifying) 252
  Qualifying   253
  Other Graphics 253
Signalling   254
  Flags   254
    Green Flag 254
    Yellow Flag 255
    Blue Flag 255
    White Flag 255
    Red Flag 256
    Black Flag 256
    Black with Red Circle Flag 256
    Red and Yellow Striped Flag 257
    Black and White Diagonal Flag 257
    Chequered Flag 257
  Pit Lights   257
Glossary   259

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