F1 - 2014 Italian Grand Prix

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Apr 30, 2013
Tinton Falls NJ
WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Fri 05 September 2014 Practice 1 04:00 - 05:30 Practice 2 08:00 - 09:30 Sat 06 September 2014 Practice 3 05:00 - 06:00 Qualifying 08:00 Sun 07 September 2014 Race 08:00 US TV Schedule: Friday, September 5 - 8:00 a.m. -- Italian Grand Prix - Practice #2 (NBCSN) Saturday, September 6 - 8:00 a.m. -- Italian Grand Prix - Qualifying (NBCSN) Sunday, September 7 - 7:30 a.m. -- Italian Grand Prix - Race (NBCSN) CIRCUIT INFO: Lap data Lap length 5.793km (3.6 miles) Race laps 53 Race distance 306.72km (190.587 miles) Pole position Left-hand side of the track Lap record* 1’21.046 (257.321 kph) by Rubens Barrichello, 2004 Fastest lap 1’19.525 (262.242 kph) by Juan Pablo Montoya, 2004 Maximum speed 337kph (209.402 mph) DRS zone/s (race) Start/finish straight and straight to Ascari Distance from grid to turn one 380m Car performance Full throttle 77% Longest flat-out section 1520m Downforce level Low Gear changes per lap 46 Fuel use per lap 2.6kg Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.078s Strategy Quickest complete pit stop in 2012 20.736s 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66nChx3glE0 Hat tip to A2 on S2Ki for the content.
Monza's a beautiful old, fast circuit. But that first chicane is terrible. It's almost as bad as Spa's final chicane.
The chicanes kinda kill the momentum of the track, but if they weren't there the speeds would be even higher. The last chicane at Spa is terrible, the old bus-stop was a lot better. On a side note, it is bad that IndyCars have a similar engine platform and sound a lot better. I went to the IndyCar race in Fontana and the cars sounded so much better than F1.
Nah, it was a relatively smooth left-right-left, not the current 'slam on your brakes and do a 3 point turn in order to continue'. The new one does a fine job of slowing things down (mission accomplished) just because it's so awkward and has no flow. Here's a clip of it from '95 during the golden years of World Superbikes that I miss dearly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuR6xUsdqx0 That's gotta hurt!
When I have some time at home, I'll have to watch that link and check some others. I was always of the impression that it wasn't terribly smooth, at least in my view. I'm thinking roughly 1985 and 1986, anyhow, or at least that's my best guess.
Nice to see Lewis take the win! Hopefully him and Nico can have a clean fight to the finish of the year and we have no more incidents.
Originally Posted By: bdcardinal
The chicanes kinda kill the momentum of the track, but if they weren't there the speeds would be even higher.
Not much higher. The cars scoot up to 320 k/hr pretty quick but the climb to 340 k/hr is pretty leisurely some cars not even making that. I think the main purpose (aside from the politics of a faux safety measure) of the chicane is to reduce the amount time the cars are actually at these speeds.
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