06/09/2012

What's happening this weekend?

Formula One
Back-to-back weekends for the sport as the circus heads to Monza, Italy.

After picking up a fantastic 13 points last weekend in Belgium, Sahara Force India are hoping for more of the same on a track which should really suit the car! In a way, it's a crucial weekend. The team could do with a great result here to be able to push for the P5/P6 position in the constructors championship.

Here are the current standings:

Constructors championship (5th-8th)
5) Mercedes (112 points)
6) Sauber (80)
7) Force India (59)
8) Williams (53)

Currently 21 points behind Sauber & 53 points behind Mercedes. To catch up with Sauber, the team need an average of 2.625 points per race more than the Swiss team. To catch up with Mercedes, SFI require 6.625 points per race more than Schumacher & Rosberg.

Looking elsewhere, after a promising but ultimately disappointing weekend in Spa, Narain Karthikeyan will be hoping to perform to his very best at this race. The real aim for the Indian driver is to beat teammate de la Rosa, both in qualifying and the race. Marussia had a big upgrade package in Belgium and now they look a little too far ahead for the two HRT cars.

Here are all the build up quotes and a nice video preview from Paul di Resta.

Paul di Resta (Sahara Force India driver):
"It's one of those really special races and a venue where you can really appreciate the history of the sport. It's also another place where the fans really get behind Formula One and always create a brilliant atmosphere. It always takes a while to get used to the car because we run with a lot less downforce compared to any other circuit. Your braking distances increase and we're travelling about 25 km/h faster than we do all year. So adapting to that quickly and getting up to speed is always a challenge. It's mainly about getting the brakes right. You need to have your brake balance spot on and it's not easy when you're changing fuel load - especially in practice and on low fuel in qualifying. You also need to be aggressive and use the kerbs to get the lap time".

Paul di Resta's guide to Monza

Nico Hulkenberg (Sahara Force India driver):
"I really enjoy Monza. It is the last high-speed circuit of the year and the atmosphere is just brilliant. Obviously every team brings a new wing configuration to Monza because the track is so unique, so we have to wait and see how our aero package performs there. The target remains more points on Sunday".

Vijay Mallya (Sahara Force India team principle):
"The car was working well in Spa and looked competitive on the straights so I'm hopeful we can carry this over to Monza where we run with even less downforce".

Narain Karthikeyan (HRT driver):
"Monza is a circuit that I really like and an interesting track for us. We're bringing a specific package for this event, with a low drag wing which we hope will help us to have a good performance. It's a fantastic circuit where I love to race with legendary corners such as the Parabolica and the Curva di Lesmo. I hope not to run into bad luck at this Grand Prix and to be able to convert a good performance into a positive result".

Formula Two
Parthiva Sureshwaren is due to be in action this weekend at the Hungaroring in Hungary. There are test sessions today, and one has been completed this morning, but according to the classification, Parthiva was not present.

We'll let you know if he does take part at anytime during the race weekend. If he does, the aim needs to be ending the pointless run which now stretches to an alarming 27 races.

British GT Championship
Sailesh Bolisetti should be in action this weekend at Silvertsone, Great Britain. Having said that, Sailesh was rejected a visa for the last round at Snetterton (also in Great Britain). As a result, Sailesh's team, Lotus Sport UK, withdrew from that event. We're not sure what the situation is for this weekend, we'll let you know when we have any information.

If Sailesh does take part, the aim will have to be a class win; it would be his second of the season.

We wish the F1 boys the very best of luck this weekend, and also Parthiva & Sailesh if they take part. On a final note, it is Shahaan Engineer's birthday today! He's now 17-years old; Auto India Sports wishes him a very happy birthday :-)

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