07/06/2012

What's happening this weekend?

Three things to inform you of this weekend, obviously the major action is the Formula One.

Sahara Force India and Narain Karthikeyan will be in action at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada for what is usually one of the craziest races of the season.

The talk will once again be of tyres for this grand prix, infact the track surface in Canada means that tyres will be even more crucial than usual this weekend. It's the main aspect that Sahara Force India will be focusing on in the free practice sessions; trying to understand how the tyres perform at different temperatures.

The target for this weekend (as always) will be getting both cars into the points, but once again we could see the cars place anywhere between 1st and 17th depending on how things play out! All teams have almost identical pace so it's gonna be interesting for sure. Nevertheless it's nice to see the team being positive.

As for Narain Karthikeyan his aim will be (as always) to beat teammate de la Rosa. It's worth noting that a 14th place finish would move him ahead of Charles Pic in the standings; well, that's presuming that Narain finishes 14th and beats Pic in Canada.

Positions can be gained in both championships this weekend, this is how things currently stand:

Constructors Championship (5th-8th)
5) Mercedes (61pts)
6) Williams (44)
7) Sauber (41)
8) Force India (28)

Drivers Championship (9th-24th)
9) Maldonado (29pts)
10) Perez (22)
11) di Resta (21)
12) Kobayashi (19)
13) Senna (15)
14) Massa (10)
15) Hulkenberg (7)
16) Vergne (4)
17) Ricciardo (2)
18) Schumacher (2)
19) Kovalainen (0)
20) Glock (0)
21) Pic (0)
22) Karthikeyan (0)
23) Petrov (0)
24) de la Rosa (0)

and here's what the main players have to say:

Paul di Resta (Sahara Force India driver)
"It's quite an unusual track with some long straights and you need good top speed to be competitive. We run a special low-downforce package, similar to the one we use for Monza, so the car feels quite different and a bit loose without all the downforce. It always takes a few laps to get used to things again".

Nico Hulkenberg (Sahara Force India driver)
"It's one of my favourites and I love Montreal as a city. There's a good atmosphere because the whole place gets behind the race and the city is always full of fans. It’s quite an unusual circuit being a mix between a permanent track and a street circuit, so there are lots of corners where the walls are very close. It's easy to make a mistake because you have to use the kerbs and get close to the walls to get a good lap. It's two years since I raced there, but I was able to do Friday practice last year".

Dr Vijay Mallya (Sahara Force India team principle)
"As for Canada this weekend, we've had good and bad times in Montreal in recent years. We were competitive there in 2010, but last year I believe we threw away some certain points. Hopefully we'll redeem ourselves this year".

Narain Karthikeyan (HRT driver)
"Canada is a unique feature on the calendar, a mix of street circuit with no run-offs like Monaco along with purpose-built bits. I really like the track and I was 14th at the finish of the crazy race last year before getting a penalty. The weather usually throws up something in Montreal, so there may be an opportunity for us. We will be bringing a new rear wing as well, given the low-downforce nature of the circuit. We need to pick up where we left at Monaco, in terms of gap to the front-runners and our immediate rivals".

The other action this weekend is the British GT Championship which takes place at Rockingham, England. There will be one race lasting 120 minutes and Indian driver Sailesh Bolisetti will be hoping to match his performance in the last round when he won his class.

Here are how things currently stand:

British GT Championship (GT4) (1st-3rd)
1) Jody Fannin/Warren Hughes (75pts)
2) Sailesh Bolisetti/Phil Glew (71)
3) Zoe Wenham (60)

With 37.5 pts for a win this weekend, it's pretty clear that Sailesh could come out of the weekend as the championship leader; we wish him the very best of luck! :-)

So, we said there were three things to inform you of; 1 - Formula One, 2 - British GT and 3 - Auto India Sports. Yes, us! This Sunday (10/06) marks our one year anniversary!! To mark the occasion we'll have a few site changes and some fun stuff too - stay tuned for that :-)

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