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Karun Chandhok talks about 2012 F1 tracks

by Karun Chandhok Pics: Dppi Posted on March 16, 2012 20:39 IST 2,925 Views

The 2012 F1 World Championship, will be the longest in history with 20 races making up the calendar. Here's a little insight into these circuits


Karun Chandhok


1) Albert Park, Melbourne : The Melbourne Grand Prix first ran in 1996 and has become one of the most popular venues for the teams and drivers. The circuit is a part street – part permanent facility running through the town and this creates a unique scenario for the teams and drivers. Because the circuit is not used more than once a year, the grip levels early on in the weekend are quite poor and you often find drivers sliding around a lot more than normal. Formula 1 tyres are very sensitive to temperature and the surface at Albert Park is not at all abrasive which makes it hard for the drivers to build up the required heat in the tyres. There are a couple of overtaking opportunities around the circuit, and the DRS rear wing should help drivers use them.



Malaysian Grand PRix Sepang International Circuit


2) Sepang, Malaysia : Sepang will be the first race where we get a real indication of where the relative performance of the cars is because Melbourne is partly a street circuit and not really a great indicator of form. The big problem for the drivers in Sepang is the heat and humidity which are very hard on the cars, tyres and drivers. The circuit has a good flow to it with lots of fast sweeping corners and slower hairpins which present plenty of overtaking opportunities. Good aerodynamics, good stability on the brakes and low tyre wear are all very important to have a good result at Sepang. The drivers really earn their money here and can lose up to 3 kgs in fluid loss through the 90 minute race !

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