F1 - 2014 Japanese Grand Prix

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WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Fri 03 October 2014 Practice 1 (Thu) 21:00 - 22:30 Practice 2 (Fri) 01:00 - 02:30 Sat 04 October 2014 Practice 3 (Fri) 22:00 - 23:00 Qualifying (Sat) 01:00 Sun 05 October 2014 Race 02:00 US TV Schedule: Friday, October 3 - 1:00 a.m. -- Japanese Grand Prix - Practice #2 (NBCSN) Saturday, October 4 - 1:00 a.m. -- Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying (NBCSN) Sunday, October 5 - 1:30 a.m. -- Japanese Grand Prix - Race (NBCSN) CIRCUIT INFO: Lap data Lap length 5.807km (3.608 miles) Race laps 53 Race distance 307.471km (191.054 miles) Pole position Left-hand side of the track Lap record* 1’31.540 (228.372 kph) by Kimi Raikkonen, 2005 Fastest lap 1’28.954 (235.011 kph) by Michael Schumacher, 2006 Maximum speed 314kph (195.11 mph) DRS zone/s (race) Pit straight Distance from grid to turn one 545m Car performance Full throttle 70% Longest flat-out section 994m Downforce level Medium Gear changes per lap 48 Fuel use per lap 2.8kg Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.112s Strategy Quickest complete pit stop in 2012 19.794s by McLaren (see full list) 2013 prime tyre**: Hard (2012: Hard) 2013 option tyre**: Medium (2012: Soft) *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=YpeG2WbpJT0 Hat tip to A2 on S2Ki for the content.
 
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Sort of watched practice #2 overnight as I was drifting in and out of sleep. Heard that Fernando Alonso may be going to McLaren next year. Who can blame him after 5 years of driving dud cars at Ferrari?
 
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Originally Posted By: A_Harman
Sort of watched practice #2 overnight as I was drifting in and out of sleep. Heard that Fernando Alonso may be going to McLaren next year. Who can blame him after 5 years of driving dud cars at Ferrari?
Agreed! Although Fernando has become synonymous with Ferrari, it's beginning to feel as if they have taken advantage of the situation, knowing he is a top 3 driver and will always have them in the points....with an inferior car.
 
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I heard the race might not happen due to the typhoon. It's supposed to be equal to a class 4 hurricane. The eye is supposed to hit land around midnight Sunday. The rain and winds are expected at the start of the race. I assume vettel is leaving for a boatload of money and new scenery. It certainly isn't to win.
 
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Originally Posted By: Whitewolf
Not a good way for it to finish after all that. Let's just hope that Bianchi is going to recover OK.
Ya I was up late watching a stream of Sky Sports News trying to get any word on him before I went to bed. I knew it wasn't good when the Medical Car was dispatched and hauled butt past the Safety Car.
 
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