The 2012 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix will take place on Sunday the 22nd of April 2012. Practice sessions 1 and 2 will be on 20 April, while Practice session 3 and Qualifying ar on 21 April. The race consists of 57 laps around a 5.412 km circuit, totalling a distance of 308.238. Watch the Grand Prix to find out if Michael Schumacher’s 2004 lap record of 1:30.252 can be broken.
Dates: 22 April 2012
Venue: Bahrain International Circuit
Country: Kingdom of Bahrain
The UBS Chinese Grand Prix is the third race of the F1 Championship season. It consists of 56 laps of 5.451 km, totalling 305.066 km. The lap record for the race was set in 2004 by Michael Schumacher at 1:32.238. Practice sessions will be on Friday and Saturday, with qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
Date: 15 April 2012
Venue: Shanghai International Circuit
The 2012 Formula One season kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix on 18 March. Practice sessions begin on Friday, 16 March. This is followed by the Qualifying round on Saturday, 17 March. The race consists of 58 laps around a 5.303 km circuit, totalling 307.574 km.
Date: 18 March 2012
Venue: Albert Park
As India prepares to host the inaugural Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix taking place on 28-30 October 2011, President and CEO of Formula One Management, Bernie Ecclestone, has been reported as saying that F1 authorities are happy with the progress at the newly constructed Buddh circuit located outside New Delhi. This comment came after the World Motor Sports Council met on Friday prior to the Singapore Grand Prix, which was won by Sebastian Vettel, with Jenson Button taking second place, and Mark Webber in third.
The 5.137-kilometer Buddh circuit on the outskirts of New Delhi’s Noida suburb has been designed by German engineer and auto racer, Hermann Tilke, with extensive input from representatives of the Formula One teams that will be competing in the much-anticipated event. The track has a number of gradient changes and other interesting and challenging features, and is considered to be on a par with other Formula One venues.
Race organizers, Jaypee Sports International, have revealed that American pop star Lady Gaga will be performing at the concert scheduled to take place after the race on 30 October, and US heavy-metal band Metallica will take to the stage in the F1 Rocks concert on 28 October in nearby Gurgaon. A host of other entertainment events will take place throughout the three-day Formula One weekend.
In the run-up to the Indian Formula 1 Grand Prix, auto racing fans are being offered the opportunity to view Formula 1 cars up close. One of the Red Bull Racing F1 cars has been spotted on the streets of Noida, while Ferrari unveiled their F1 car at a shopping center in Saket. It is expected that a number of F1 racing teams will be appearing at special events being staged to generate interest in the race. Judging by the enthusiasm with which each new development is greeted, local racing fans are more than ready to support India’s entry into this popular high-speed sport.
Spectators traveling to India for the event should be sure to set some time aside to explore both new and old Delhi. As the ancient city blends with the new, this popular tourist destination in India boasts historic landmarks, fascinating history and colorful culture.
The streets of Baltimore were transformed into a high speed raceway over the weekend of 2 September to 4 September 2011 for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. The new race now forms part of both the American Le Mans Series and the IndyCar Series. A multi-year contract was signed between IndyCar and Baltimore Racing Development to secure the future of this event. The circuit was laid out past the Inner Harbor and through Baltimore’s downtown area. The course is 3.28 kilometers in length with the Pratt Street intersection being the start and finish line of the event. The first person to win the Baltimore Grand Prix was Will Power.
Last weekend Will Power was able to capture the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma, and this past weekend he was able to grab another victory on this new course. This talented Australian race car driver seemed extremely confident as he negotiated his car around the hairpin turns and the parts of the course that were a little bumpy, and did not make one mistake while taking on the Baltimore Grand Prix. During the practice sessions, which took place on Friday, 2 September 2011, Power was able to secure the best times through the course and when race day arrived, he was able to lead for seventy of the seventy-five laps of the race. Power was extremely happy with what he called a “championship run”, but said that he was exhausted. The competition is most definitely heating up, as Power is now a mere five points behind Dario Franchitti, who is the current points leader, but could only manage a fourth position during the Baltimore Grand Prix.
Oriol Servia from Spain finished in second position, followed by Brazil’s Tony Kanaan. Fifth position was taken by Scott Dixon, with Danica Patrick in sixth, who will be moving over to NASCAR in three races time. The massive bottle of champagne that was sprayed out in victory was a crowning moment for Will Power, and he is looking forward to trying to deliver another spectacular performance in the next IndyCar event, which will be another road course at the Indy Japan 300 on 18 September 2011.