11/11/2011

Weekend preview!

All the series we follow have finished for 2011 except for two - F1 and the JK Racing Asia Series.

F1 is the only one of those two in action this weekend for the twilight race in Abu Dhabi!

Drivers Championship (9th-14th)
9) Vitaly Petrov (36pts)
10) Nick Heidfeld (34pts) 
11) Adrian Sutil (30pts)
12) Kamui Kobayashi (27pts)
13) Jaime Alguersuari (26pts) 
14) Paul di Resta (21pts)
15) Sebastien Buemi (15pts)
16) Sergio Perez (14pts)

Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta will both naturally be looking for strong finishes this weekend.

Adrian Sutil has previously stated that his target is P9 in the championship. Nick Heidfeld no longer has his drive in F1 and so will not score points this weekend; this means that 4pts for Adrian (which is an 8th place finish) would see him level on points with Nick going into the final GP. There is a nice interview with Adrian Sutil on the official F1 website here.

Meanwhile the most likely outcome for Paul Di Resta this weekend is to remain in 14th place overall. However if he can manage a strong finish (7th or higher) then maybe he could leapfrog Alguersuari and possibly even Kobayashi.

Constructors Championship (5th-8th)
5) Lotus Renault (72pts) 
6) Force India (51pts)
7) Sauber (41pts)
8) Toro Rosso (41pts)

With Renault 21pts ahead of Force India the real battle now appears to be for 6th place.

Quite simply Force India need to try and outscore Sauber and Toro Rosso to maintain the gap going into the final race.

In terms of pace, Force India has the fastest car on high downforce tracks (lots of corners, short straights) whereas Toro Rosso have the faster car on low downforce circuits (long straights, few slow corners). Elsewhere Sauber seem to have dropped off the pace recently on both types of track.

So what type of track is Abu Dhabi? Well, it's a mix! It has both long acceleration zones and slower corners so i am expecting a good close battle between the two teams. One clear advantage Force India does have is reliability - the Indian team have only had three DNF's this season compared to Toro Rosso's seven.

If you have not yet seen them; you can read weekend previews quotes from Sutil, Di Resta and team principle Vijay Mallya right here.

The race is not the only thing to be excited about this weekend though! Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday after the GP we will see the annual young driver test take place with British GP2 driver Max Chilton taking control of the VJM04. To view the full grid line-up for the young driver test please take a look at this page.

Furthermore, shortly after the race in Abu Dhabi we are expecting an announcement from Force India management about their 2012 driver line-up. It appears as if the teams current three drivers; Adrian Sutil, Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg are fighting over the two race seats for 2012.

Personally i would keep things as they are - why change something if it's not broken? Nevertheless i trust the management's decision.

I think that's everything for now! We will keep you fully upto date this weekend so check back for more =)

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