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Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
31, 01, 02 September 2012
Length of lap: 7.004 km (4.352 mi)
Total number of race laps: 44
Race length: 308.052 km (191.410 mi)
Most wins (constructors): Ferrari (16)
Fastest lap 2011: Mark Webber Red Bull 1:49.883

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1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren
2 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus
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Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:24.136
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Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:20.953

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Lewis Hamilton & Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-25
Turkish GP, Istanbul Park Circuit
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Fernando Alonso. Ferrari 150° Italia
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Pirelli busy assessing 2012 tyres at Abu Dhabi test

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This week’s test at Yas Marina may have been designed to allow the teams to audition young drivers, but tyre supplier Pirelli will also use the three-day session in Abu Dhabi to trial a selection of prototype compounds that they hope to introduce in 2012.

The Italian manufacturer already supplied the teams with an experimental version of their soft compound to use during the practice sessions for last weekend’s 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. And several other new compounds will be made available at this week’s young driver test.

“Now that the season is virtually over, we’re already well underway with our preparations for 2012,” explained Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery. “We ran some experimental tyres on Friday in Abu Dhabi, and we’ll also be running some new tyres in Brazil. Together with the information we accumulate during the young driver test, we’re gathering plenty of data in preparation for next year, where we will see a reduction in lap times between the compounds to hopefully make racing even closer.

“Although the young drivers don’t have the same experience as the regular drivers, this three-day test will be a good education for them. It’s also very important in terms of information-gathering, for both ourselves and the teams, as we aim to make the tyres an even more prominent feature of the action in 2012.”

Pirelli also revealed that the design of the tyres for next season has changed slightly, with tyres at the front and rear featuring squarer profiles in an effort to distribute wear more evenly. In terms of compound, there will be an entirely new selection, with only the super-soft tyre remaining the same.

Once enough data is collected, the tyre manufacturer plans to adjust the experimental compounds ahead of the first test of the 2012 season, which is expected to take place at the Spanish circuit of Jerez from February 7-9.


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2012 Race Drivers

Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber
Lewis Hamilton
Jenson Button
Fernando Alonso
Felipe Massa
Michael Schumacher
Nico Rosberg
Kimi Räikkönen
Romain Grosjean
Paul di Resta
Nico Hulkenberg
Kamui Kobayashi
Sergio Perez
Daniel Ricciardo
Jean-Eric Vergne
Pastor Maldonado
Bruno Senna
Heikki Kovalainen
Vitaly Petrov
Pedro de la Rosa
Narain Karthikeyan
Timo Glock
Charles Pic

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