Skip to comments.2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX - LIVE THREAD
Posted on 11/15/2012 4:02:33 PM PST by Chode
Formula 1 Austin 2012
|Race Date:||18 Nov 2012|
|Circuit Name:||Circuit of The Americas|
|First Grand Prix:||2012|
|Number of Laps:||56|
|Circuit Length:||5.513 km|
|Race Distance:||308.405 km||
Fri Sunny 68F
Sat Sunny 68F
Sun Sunny 72F
(I got my Dad to drive the family Station Wagon 'round the course some months off of the race w/e.)
"This work was performed in the Flight Research and Vehicle Dynamics Department of Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory under the direction of William Close."
I wish I could be there to watch with several of my friends. I will try and post some pictures that they send my way.
"It seems reasonable to assume that, for racing purposes at least, a 'scientific hay bale' can be builta large, low-density penetration barrier which would absorb the speed of a runaway car while being penetrated by it. The center of gravity would be higher than the car's to prevent climbing and overturning. Perhaps straw and broken cornstalks mixed with a tar binder would provide the desired characteristics. No one really knows; this is a problem for the physicist and the chemist. Continue Story"
A few of my local pals, here in the general MetroMess area, are headed down this weekend. It is all any of them have been talking about for a while. Good on ‘em, I can only hope Tilke has built a gooder ‘un.
Go Alonso, make Enzo proud. I’ll be on a 64 mile mountain bike ride up north, along the Rio Rojo. Catch up on what happened when AutoWeek drops in my mailbox next week.
I was hoping to be there for this one. Just can’t make it happen this year. -sigh-
I remember the "scream" of the high revving Honda as it smoked 'round the track.
Much less security back then.
I met Jackie Stewart a couple of times much later.
Brother and I will be heading over for practice in a few minutes. I’ll check in later.
None of those cars idled well, so they were always blipping the throttle on the road between the garage and the pits.
This was the kind of understatement we didn't expect to encounter in the Lone Star State: on our way into Austin to attend the Grand Prix of the Americas, the man sitting next to us on the plane – an Austinite born and raised – said, "There's gonna be a lot of wealthy people here." You know, as if Texas didn't have its fair share already.
Wealthy people need wealthy things to do and not-as-wealthy people to arrange such things for them. Case in point is My Yacht Club, which follows the Formula 1 parade and other rah-rah events around the globe, hosting guests and parties on yachts. In Austin the event group has had to change its schtick; there's no way to navigate one 150-foot motor yacht into Austin's Lady Bird Lake. MYC principal Nicholas Frankl told KUT News, "We spoke to the Army Air Corps. They couldn't lift it." We believe he meant the Army Corps of Engineers, but no matter, they couldn't lift it either.
So MYC has switched to a land-lubbers venue, The Long Center where Ballet Austin, the opera and the symphony perform. In case you readers are worried about how guests will manage without chiseled Italian deckhands in epaulets, not only has Frankl promised that "the elements of decadence and luxury and coolness and exclusivity are all there," guests will get to guzzle 24-karat gold-infused champagne. Because the stars at night just aren't as big and bright without it, obviously.
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:37.718||17|
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:38.475||0.757||36|
|17||12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:40.700||2.982||34|
|18||11||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:41.430||3.712||35|
|23||22||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT-Cosworth||1:44.453||6.735||16|
That is the calculation made using OptimumLap simulation software by OptimumG a vehicle dynamics consulting and data acquisition company based in Colorado and boasting a client list that reads like a who's who of international racing and automobile manufacturing.
T1 is an obvious one, being at the brow of a hill, but the track is so open (good for spectators) it is hard to learn the track quickly, but I guess that's why the drivers are called "professionals", huh?
I hope to see a good race Sunday. Vettel against Alonso. Would love to see a good battle to the finish between those two!
Watched Speed, track looks pretty sporty, but wish they would have made it downhill at the end of the straight instead of uphill (Road Atlanta-esque).
Angling for a shot at working the MotoGP depending on who they have as staffing agent for the grunts.
Some how I don't think that the estimate took into consideration Red Bull and Vettel.......
best of luck with the Moto-GP
The main straight at Mid-Ohio goes sharply downhill at the end. After a couple of laps it was always a thrill pumping up the pedal down the straight and wondering how much brake there would be.
Track is nice, but whoever is in charge of the race here is clueless. Nothing marked to get in/out, huge lines everywhere, GA sections are unseeded/unsoded. Not sure if the cash-only at all of the booths is just F1 or if they had satellite issues, but was not hearing many good things today - except for people saying it’ll get better because it’s the first day (but of course - also the day with the fewest people).
2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.558 1:35.796 1:35.657 20
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.058 1:36.795 1:35.766 20
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:37.215 1:36.298 1:36.174 20
4 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:37.486 1:36.906 1:36.587 28
5 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:38.051 1:37.404 1:36.708 26
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:37.927 1:37.102 1:36.794 22
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:37.667 1:36.549 1:36.937 24
8 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:37.756 1:37.066 1:37.141 20
9 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.968 1:37.123 1:37.300 24
10 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:37.537 1:37.011 1:37.842 26
11 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:37.520 1:37.604 20
12 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.565 1:37.616 12
13 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:38.104 1:37.665 15
14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:38.434 1:37.879 17
15 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.500 1:38.206 16
16 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.418 1:38.437 15
17 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.862 1:38.501 16
18 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:39.114 9
19 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:40.056 12
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:40.664 11
21 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:40.809 7
22 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:41.166 7
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:42.011 12
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:42.740 10
Q1 107% Time 1:43.317
I’m sure it’s a huge challenge to open up a built from scratch facility with your biggest event. All your working grunts are pretty much neophytes.
When they had F-1 at Indy it was small potatoes, relatively, 100k people vs 250k for the 500.
I know at Kentucky last year they had Sprint Cup for the first time, they had 10 yrs of experience with smaller crowds (30K for Indy and Nationwide) when the 100k showed up it was still a disaster.
so much for science......
Local liberal rag says AT&T is “helping” with the credit card issues - http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/racing/entries/2012/11/17/circuit_officials_working_to_f.html/?cxntfid=blogs_formula_austin
Austin has been clueless about managing traffic for decades, no surprise there. Eventually they’ll figure it out. Hope you have a nice time while you’re here.
Wow. Ferrari in full strategy mode. Intentionally bumped Massa down 5 places so Alonso can start on the clean side of the grid.
Like they say...all’s fair in love and war...and F1.
congrats to RedBull winning the Constructors Title but the saga continues for the drivers... on to Brazil!!!
2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 56 1:35:55.269 2 25
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +0.6 secs 1 18
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 +39.2 secs 7 15
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +46.0 secs 11 12
5 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 56 +56.4 secs 12 10
6 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 56 +64.4 secs 4 8
7 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 56 +70.3 secs 8 6
8 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 56 +73.7 secs 6 4
9 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 56 +74.5 secs 9 2
10 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 56 +75.1 secs 10 1
11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 56 +84.3 secs 15
12 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 56 +84.8 secs 18
13 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 +85.5 secs 17
14 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 16
15 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 13
16 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 5
17 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 21
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 22
19 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 19
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 20
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 23
22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 24
Ret 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 16 Alternator 3
Ret 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 14 Suspension 14
That was a great race, lots of good battles up and down the grid. T1 and then those esses look incredible, especially with some of those wide TV shots.
Gonna try to go next year, always best to let them shake out some of the rookie problems (learned that from 1st MotoGP race at Laguna Seca).
i hope you make it next year
Great crowd, great race.
If it follows the pattern, F-1 will bow out in 5 yrs and Austin will have the best SCCA track around.
BTW Keselowski just gave a great drunk interview on Wind Tunnel.
They said the track is magnificent
Yes ... great pics! And a great race. Excellent TV coverage, great weather, superb driving. Welcome back, F1!
Any report on race organization? Getting in/out, facilities, etc. Considering making a trip to Austin next year since it sounds like the NJ race is going to be, at best, postponed.
Great pic’s thanks for sharing!