F1 - 2014 Belgian Grand Prix

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WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Fri 22 August 2014 Practice 1 04:00 - 05:30 Practice 2 08:00 - 09:30 Sat 23 August 2014 Practice 3 05:00 - 06:00 Qualifying 08:00 Sun 24 August 2014 Race 08:00 US TV Schedule Friday, August 22 - 8:00 a.m. -- Belgian Grand Prix - Practice #2 (NBCSN) Saturday, August 23 - 8:00 a.m. -- Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying (CNBC) Sunday, August 24 - 7:30 a.m. -- Belgian Grand Prix - Race (NBCSN) CIRCUIT INFO: Lap data Lap length 7.004km (4.352 miles) Race laps 44 Race distance 308.052km (191.415 miles) Pole position Right-hand side of the track Lap record* 1’47.263 (235.071 kph) by Sebastian Vettel, 2009 Fastest lap 1’44.503 (241.279 kph) by Jarno Trulli, 2009 Maximum speed 324kph (201.324 mph) DRS zone/s (race) Pit straight and Kemmel straight Distance from grid to turn one 265m Car performance Full throttle 72% Longest flat-out section 2015m Downforce level Medium Gear changes per lap 45 Fuel use per lap 3.2kg Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.128s Strategy Quickest complete pit stop in 2012 19.668s by McLaren (see full list) 2013 prime tyre**: Hard (2012: Hard) 2013 option tyre**: Medium (2012: Medium) *Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix **Pirelli’s compounds are softer than those used in 2012 Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes Jenson's awesome Q3 lap from 2012 that put him on pole. His McLaren was the fastest in all sessions and he won the race leading from pole. Watch the video and you will hear the rev limiter kick in about 4 times on the Kemmel straight. Hope McLaren gets back to those ways smile http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqYoZ2D9_b4 Hat tip to A2 on S2Ki for the content.
 
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The mid season break seemed extra long this year. The drama at Mercedes along with Red Bull appearing to find their groove has my anticipation full tilt. Thanks for posting, gofast182.
 

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Shame about Nico and Lewis. It was Lewis' turn but accidents happen. Unfortunately this one has huge implications. I also liked hearing Matchett repeatedly call out F1 for rules that disincentivize the drivers from racing. Let them swap engines as needed during the first year of a formula change. Let them have more fuel so they can at least rev. to 15k RPM to make better noise and not have to slow down to conserve fuel. How about some tires that don't litter the track with rubber marbles that makes the drivers unwilling to pass. Looking forward to next year, I think McLaren needs to keep investing in Magnussen. He's doing great work this year, is consistently faster than Button, and with some added experience will be able to begin making the most of strategy. Plus, realistically, how many years does Button have left even if they keep him around next year?
 
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Originally Posted By: gofast182
Plus, realistically, how many years does Button have left even if they keep him around next year?
Button himself stated recently that he has, I believe, eight years left in the tank by his estimation. I'm a Button fan, but that might be a bit much. wink
 
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watching the race on replay, i think Nico did it on purpose. You can see his hands steer at Lewis. There was a turn but... he's too good not to think that would happen. wing on rear tire. Look at the beginning of his pass, its in a pretty impossible area unless you are clearly ahead of the inside car at turn in, he was not nearly enough ahead or carrying enough speed against Lewis, who he knows is a supreme late braker and hard to pass.
 
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