British GP: Preview – Ferrari


Innovation and custom come collectively on the tenth spherical of the season, the British Grand Prix. It takes place at Silverstone, a circuit enshrined within the historical past of Components 1 because the monitor that hosted the opening spherical of the very first world championship, on 13 Might 1950. And it is right here that this weekend, the brand new Dash Qualifying Race format is being trialled for the primary time, launched with the goal of including an additional factor of competitors to the race weekend, making it much more spectacular for the followers.

Drivers and groups subsequently face a special timetable to traditional. On Friday, as a substitute of two 60 minute free apply periods, there’s simply the one at 14.30 native time (15.30 CET), adopted at 18 (19 CET) by qualifying which defines the grid for the Dash Qualifying. There’s a second hour of free apply on Saturday at 12 (13 CET) after which at 16.30 (17.30 CET) the 100 kilometre race will get underway, with no obligation to alter tyres and with a free selection of compound. The results of this race will determine the grid for the Grand Prix, which begins on Sunday at 15 (16 CET). The highest three finishers will rating factors. The format is because of be repeated at two extra rounds this season: one other basic on the calendar, the Italian Grand Prix at Monza and the race at Interlagos, Brazil.

One other new factor being launched at Silverstone issues the tyres: sole provider Pirelli is bringing a brand new development examined in free apply on the final race in Austria. The compounds are the identical as earlier than and for this occasion, the groups will use the C1, C2 and C3, however the construction of the carcass of the rears has been made extra inflexible.

Silverstone is named the house of British motorsport, a monitor laid out on the perimeter roads of a wartime airfield and, over the previous 30 years, it has been modified a number of instances, whereas sustaining its important attribute of being quick and flowing with a number of the greatest beloved corners on the calendar. The present monitor is 5.891 kilometres lengthy and aerodynamically talking, it has change into a medium downforce circuit, the place one wants good traction for the twistier sections and loads of pace for the straights and excessive pace corners. The engines run at full throttle for 70% of the lap and there are two DRS zones: one on the straight between turns 5 and 6 and the opposite on the Hangar Straght, which comes instantly after the well-known modifications of course made up of the Maggots, Becketts and Chapel corners. The British Grand Prix will probably be raced on 52 laps (306.198 km).

Ferrari on the British GP

GP entered 67
Debut 1951 (J.F. Gonzalez 1st; L. Villoresi third, A. Ascari ret; P. Whitehead ninth)
Wins 17 (25.37%)
Pole positions 15 (22.39%)
Quickest race laps 21 (31.34%)
Whole podiums 57 (33.33%)

British Grand Prix: details & figures

2. The variety of Grands Prix which have all the time been on the Components 1 World Championship calendar: the British and Italian occasions. The truth is the primary world championship occasion occurred at Silverstone on 13 Might 1950 and was gained by Giuseppe Farina for Alfa Romeo, whereas the next 12 months, Scuderia Ferrari took its maiden victory courtesy of Jose Froilan Gonzalez in a 375 F1. Silverstone has hosted the race 54 instances, with 12 happening at Manufacturers Hatch and 5 at Aintree.

7. The variety of drivers who shared the honour of setting the quickest race lap within the 1954 British Grand Prix. At a time when timing solely went right down to the closest tenth of a second, a time of 1:50.0 was set by the Ferraris Jose Froilan Gonzalez, who was additionally the race winner, team-mate Mike Hawthorn, Maserati drivers Alberto Ascari, Onofre Marimòn and Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio in a Mercedes and Jean Behra in a Gordini. They had been every awarded one seventh of the purpose on supply for the quickest race lap.

8. The furthest again on the grid from which the British Grand Prix has been gained. It occurred at Manufacturers Hatch and Carlos Reutemann, who handed away one week in the past, was the motive force in query on the wheel of a Ferrari 312 T3. As for Silverstone, profitable from furthest again was Emerson Fittipaldi who began seventh in 1975 in a McLaren. With regards to attending to the rostrum from the furthest again, the accomplishment of Onofre Marimòn is prone to stay unbeaten, as he completed third, having began twenty eighth in a Maserati.

1907. The 12 months the very first everlasting race monitor was opened. On 17 June, the crowds flooded by the gates of the Brooklands Motor Circuit, designed and constructed by entrepreneur Hugh Locke King. It was an oval, however with one uncommon characteristic in that the pit straight was solely used for the beginning, end and pit stops, as through the races opponents turned proper at “The Fork”, the one right-hander on the monitor that led on to a 30 diploma banked semi-circular nook, the Residence Banking.

31000. The variety of folks competing in some type of motor sport within the UK, together with all the pieces from karting to historic racing, essentially the most of any nation on the planet. Nice Britain additionally boasts extra racing groups than another nation.

This week in Ferrari historical past

14/7. In 1951, at Silverstone, Scuderia Ferrari took the primary of its 238 wins in Components 1 thus far. It got here courtesy of Jose Froilan Gonzalez in a 375 F1 and Enzo Ferrari had this to say about it in his e book “Ferrari80”. “When Gonzalez in a Ferrari left the 159 and your complete Alfa Romeo staff trailing in his wake for the primary time ever in our duel, I cried with pleasure. However blended in with the tears of enthusiasm, there have been additionally tears of ache, as a result of on that day I believed, ‘I’ve killed my mom.'” On this case the “mom” was Alfa Romeo, for whom Ferrari had been a take a look at driver, racer and head of its racing division.

15/7. On the 2006 French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, Michael Schumacher took his 58th pole with Scuderia Ferrari, the staff’s 183rd. For the seven time world champion it was his 68th and final pole. On Sunday the German gained the race.

16/7. In 2012, the funeral of Gianni “Giannino” Marzotto occurred in Valdagno, within the province of Vicenza, Italy, who had died two days earlier in Padua. Often called “The Flying Rely,” Marzotto gained a number of sports activities automobile races. Notable with Scuderia Ferrari was victory within the 1950 Mille Miglia alongside Marco Crosara in a 195 S Berlinetta Touring. Marzotto additionally raced single-seaters, ending third within the 1951 Components 2 Rome Grand Prix on the wheel of a 166 F2. That very same 12 months, he ought to have made his Components 1 debut within the Italian Grand Prix with a 375 F1. He didn’t participate due to work commitments, as he was an necessary determine within the textile business, which explains his behavior of racing in a jacket, shirt and tie…

17/7. In 2011, three years earlier than Components 1 raced in Sochi, the Scuderia introduced one in every of its race vehicles to Russia as a part of the Moscow Metropolis Racing exhibition. Driving a 2010 F10 was Giancarlo Fisichella, who drove a number of laps of a avenue circuit, firing up the Russian followers with burn-outs and donuts, whereas the Maranello mechanics additionally pulled off some very quick pit stops.

18/7. In 2015, Jules Bianchi handed away in his native Good, after preventing for his life for over 9 months. The son and nephew of racing drivers, Jules was the very first Ferrari Driver Academy scholar and he made his Components 1 debut in 2013 with Marussia, to achieve expertise. On 5 October 2014, in pouring rain on the Japanese Grand Prix, Bianchi misplaced management of his automobile, crashing at excessive pace right into a crane that was shifting the Sauber of Adrian Sutil, who had simply crashed on the similar level. It was instantly clear that his situation was very severe and he by no means regained consciousness and, having been flown from Japan again residence to Good, he died at 2.45 on that 18th July.


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