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The 2009 German Grand Prix Thread

Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:51 pm

Grand Prix Preview (courtesy: The FIA) - For team previews visit the 2009 F1 Team Reports Forum

Round nine of the 2009 Formula One calendar takes place at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany. The circuit, which was originally known as the Nordschleife, is located in the Eifel region of Germany and is 60 kilometres north-west of Koblenz and 90 kilometres south-west of Cologne. Alternating with the Hockenheim circuit, the last event at the Nürburgring track took place in 2007.

The modern Nürburgring circuit has a mix of high and low-speed corners with heavy braking areas. The characteristics of the Nürburgring track mean the cars have a tendency to understeer. Drivers will be challenged to achieve the correct aero balance and the circuit’s slow and medium speed corners will require strong measures of downforce. The track offers good levels of grip which will allow teams to run soft tyre compounds.The track features a fast section where drivers can reach speeds of up to 300 km/h and two short straights. About 60 percent of the track is run under full throttle and it is especially demanding for the aerodynamic efficiency of the car, as well as the engine.


CHANGES TO THE CIRCUIT SINCE 2007

- There are no significant changes to the circuit since 2007.

NÜRBURGRING CIRCUIT – INTERESTING FACTS

- Over 340 highly trained volunteer track side marshals will be on duty at the circuit. 19 scrutineers and 39 medical staff will also participate in the event.

- The circuit’s fastest corners are turn 5 at 190 km/h, turn 8 with 240 km/h and turn 9 with 250 km/h.

- The circuit’s new grandstand will provide space for 5,000 additional spectators. The Nüburgring circuit also features a new state of the art event centre, a theme park and a covered all-weather boulevard which is home to a TV and radio studio and the largest interactive video wall in the world totalling 48 metres in length.

- The Ring Arena, a new air-conditioned facility that can seat upwards of 3,000 people, will feature a world championship boxing match on the Saturday of the Grand Prix weekend.

Circuit data

Length of lap: 5.148km
Offset: 0.017km
Total number of race laps: 60
Total race distance: 308.863 km
Speed limits in the pit lane: 60km/h during practice sessions; 100km/h during race

Formula One time table

Friday
Practice Session 1: 10.00 – 11.30 hrs
Practice Session 2: 14.00 – 15.30 hrs

Saturday
Practice Session 3: 11.00 – 12.00 hrs
Qualifying: 14.00 – 15.00 hrs

Sunday
Race : 14.00 hrs
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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:02 pm

First Friday practice session at the Nurburgring is underway

It is dry but cloudy with air temperatures at 10 degrees while track temperature at 14 degrees

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:03 pm

Drivers on their installation laps

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:10 pm

Most drivers have completed their installation laps. Hamilton and Glock the only drivers not to do so

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:11 pm

Kovalainen is back on the track. His car will not have any upgrades this weekend

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:13 pm

Kovalainen pits without going for a flyer. Fisichella and Buemi on track

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:15 pm

A 1:43.315 for Buemi

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:15 pm

Fisichella sets a 1:40.674

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:17 pm

Buemi pits.

Toyota have brought a modified front this weekend

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:20 pm

Fisichella pits

Only Hamilton has yet to go out!

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:21 pm

There are dark clouds over the track

No cars on the track at the moment

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:26 pm

Bourdais who's seat is rumoured to be under threat is on the track now. His teammate Buemi also on the track

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:27 pm

Bourdais pits without setting a time. So does his teammate

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:32 pm

Hamilton makes his installation lap

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Postby Ed » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:33 pm

Rosberg and Trulli back on the track


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