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Bahrain GP: Williams Race Preview


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By Williams F1 Team
April 18 2012

The Williams F1 team is hoping to continue the momentum that they achieved in last weekends Chinese Grand Prix, that saw a double points scoring finish, as they prepare for the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix.

 
2012 Bahrain GP Preview
 
Bahrain Circuit
 

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer:
Having held the race on the longer endurance course layout in 2010, the 2012 race has now reverted back to the 5.412km long, 57 lap Grand Prix layout. One of the main problems imposed by this circuit is the very hot local ambient conditions of typically 35C and track temperature rising into the high 40Cs. These conditions force teams to open up the engine cooling bodywork which in turn can adversely affect the aerodynamic efficiency.

The layout of the circuit means the likelihood of a safety car is very low. The DRS zone detection point is just before the penultimate corner and the activation point is along the main straight. Pirelli have brought the same tyre compounds as used in both Australia and China, namely the Prime medium and Option soft tyre, and tyre management will once again be the main priority. Having got both cars home in the points in China the whole team is eager to repeat this result in Bahrain this coming weekend.

Bruno Senna:
Bahrain is a challenging track with a number of long straights followed by big braking areas so the car has to be set up differently to many other circuits. Cars with a big DRS effect will have an advantage so it will be interesting to see how teams will perform. We have good momentum from the first three races of the season and hopefully we can carry that into this race.

Pastor Maldonado:
I like the circuit layout, and it should suit our car because of the hot conditions. It is also a challenging circuit for tyre degradation so we need to prepare for that. It was satisfying to score my first points of the season in China and hopefully I can pick up some more points in Bahrain.

Rmi Taffin, Head of Renault Sport F1 Track Operations:
Sakhir is relatively similar in characteristic to Shanghai, so we will re-use the China engines again on both cars. Around 50% of the lap is spent at full throttle, but there are fewer slow corners so we work towards delivering driveability through the higher end of the rev range. We will target another trouble-free weekend to allow the team to capitalise on its China results and we are all very positive about the performance of the chassis-engine package so far this year.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director:
Once more we have nominated the soft and the medium tyre for Bahrain but these tyres will face a very different challenge to what we saw in China. Temperatures are expected to be very warm, and sand is often seen on the track in Bahrain from the surrounding desert which can affect grip, particularly at the beginning of each session. Traction and braking is very important at the circuit, which we tested at twice as we were preparing to return to Formula One, so we do have some data even though we are racing there for the first time.

Race Data
Friday:
Practice 1: 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2: 14:00 - 15:30
Saturday:
Practice 3: 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying: 14:00 15:00
Sunday: Race: 15:00

 
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Bahrain GP: Williams Race Preview
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Re: Bahrain GP: Williams Race Preview
A.Fant (IP Logged)
18/04/2012 14:06
I think Williams will struggle even more than last weekend in Qualifying if Bruno is correct and the DRS isn't up to snuff.

In China there is only the one long straight where everyone will reach top speed regardless of DRS efficiency.

While Bahrain doesn't have a straight as long as China, 50% of the lap is at full throttle, so an efficient DRS will give a huge advantage in qualifying. Expect Mercedes to lock out the front row and Sauber to be very competitive since I believe their DRS is the best after Mercedes'.

The race however will likely be very different. The hot temps will not favour the Mercs, and according to JA the Saubers also prefer lower temps (if this is true their qualifying form might also suffer a bit, but not as much as their race pace).

Hopefully, the high temps will allow the Williams' to move up the field from their mid-grid starting positions.

 
Re: Bahrain GP: Williams Race Preview
Mr. Pink (IP Logged)
18/04/2012 19:45
Oh no, Pastor used the " it should suit our car" sentence. We are doomed!!!

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Re: Bahrain GP: Williams Race Preview
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18/04/2012 19:58
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Oh no, Pastor used the " it should suit our car" sentence. We are doomed!!!

(Sm22)

 
Re: Bahrain GP: Williams Race Preview
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22/04/2012 17:48
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Oh no, Pastor used the " it should suit our car" sentence. We are doomed!!!

(Sm22)

I told you we were doomed...

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