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F1 Preview: Turkish Grand Prix 2011

Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel are the favorites in the race at Istanbul (Grand Prix of Turkey 2011), as he will start the race from pole position and will be joined on the front row of the grid by his teammate Mark Webber.

Formula 1 turns its full attention to the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend after Red Bull Racing has proved it still has the best monopost in Formula 1 after the Austrians had monopolized the front row of the start grid trough Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Timed in 1:25.049, the world champion was four tenths of a second faster than his teammate, both saving a set of tires after given up to come on the track in the second part of Q3. This is further proof that Red Bull expected that none of the rivals to be able to dethrone the two. In addition, Vettel remains as the only driver who started from pole position in of Formula 1 2011 season.

Istanbul Park – Istanbul Racing Circuit (IRC)

Istanbul Park, also known as the Istanbul Racing Circuit or initially Istanbul Otodrom, is located in Akfırat County east of Istanbul, Turkey. It was inaugurated on 21 August 2005. It has been called “the best race track in the world” by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Video RBR simulator – Here are the main characteristics of the Istanbul Racing Circuit:

Technical characteristics of the Istanbul Racing Circuit (Akfırat County,Istanbul, Turkey):

Tour Length – 5.338km (3.317 miles)
Number of laps – 58
Total distance – 309.396km (192.25 miles)
Maximum  Speed – 321,4 km/h (199.709 mph) by Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), 2010
Average Speed – 205 km/h
Maximum g force – 5 G
Aerodynamic downforce – High
Brake Wear – medium
Full throttle – 69%
Power loss – 6%
Lap record – 1:24:770 (226.693 kph) by Juan Pablo Montoya, 2005

Strategies for Pirelli tires

Turkish Grand Prix could provide one of the most spectacular races of the season in terms of strategies for changing tires if predictions made by Pirelli will come true.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport director, believes that pilots will make four pit stops during the race, which is why they should use no more than five sets of tires. However, Hembery acknowledges that pilots could cope with only three stops, since there will be many support races that will precede the Formula 1 action.

Results in the last five years:

Season / Winner
2010 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2009 Jenson Button (McLaren)
2008 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
2007 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
2006 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

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