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AUSTRALIAN GP 16-18/03/12

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ALBERT PARK. MELBOURNE

Kilometres between Madrid and Melbourne

amount of Data cable used in the box

Dani Closfavourite number and the number of Narains car

23

Pedro de la Rosa cars number

numbers of laps in the Australian GP

58

litres of water drunk during a GP

700

1400 31.905

number of person living per km2 in Australia

litres of fuel used in a GP

HRT followers on Twitter before the Australian GP

>Preview

Just three months after packing everything up for the 2011 season in Brazil, the show is back on the road as the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship gets underway in Australia. A renewed HRT Formula 1 Team takes to the track in Melbourne with the F112 having seen the light only a few days ago but with some mileage under its belt. A step forward from last year but having missed out on preseason testing, the Spanish outfit faces a tough challenge at Albert Park next weekend. But the team has proved that with hard work and effort anything is possible. Pirelli have elected their medium and soft tyres for the opening round of the season. Im feeling positive ahead of the Australian Grand Prix after having completed 10 laps with the new F112 last Monday. Of course this was only a first contact and we didnt push it to the limit but the important thing was to get the ball rolling. Its not ideal to miss testing but we must look forward now. Last year we only managed to complete five laps in the third practice session and failed to qualify for the race, so Im looking to etch out that memory
Narain Karthikeyan

After a long winter of hard work, weve finally made it to Australia and are really looking forward to trying the car out and continue learning. We need to try and make the most of our time on Friday and Saturday morning to make it to qualifying and the race in the best possible conditions. The most important aspect of the car is braking, traction and its top speed, which is why the DRS will play an important role
Pedro de la Rosa

It doesnt seem true but the first race of the season is already upon us. Weve spent three months working relentlessly, but the team and the car are ready for the great task ahead of us. We have done a lot of things since the last race of 2011 in Brazil and Im very proud of the entire team but, without a doubt, the hardest part comes now. We know where we are but also where we wish to be and with the team spirit and sacrifice that we have shown, Im convinced that we can achieve it.
Luis Prez-Sala, Team Principal

>My day with HRT

From the day I was informed that I was the winner of the contest, a dose of nerves and emotions got the best of me. The day arrived and my friend and I turned up at the circuit ready to enjoy a fantastic experience alongside HRT F1 Team.

With the accreditations in our hands, few places and things would be left without doing. The teams garage and hospitality were the main places we visited. As a Formula 1 fan I never thought I would see these places, so having this opportunity was unbelievable and interesting at the same time. We also enjoyed the last day of testing from a privileged view in the circuits terraces and stands. Lastly, a stroll down the pit lane and the paddock allowed to fully submerge ourselves in the world of Formula 1. Despite the fact that we were informed in the morning that the team car would not make it out in the end, we equally enjoyed accompanying the team and the whole experience. I would like to highlight the teams spirit and family environment to, despite facing adversity, bring the project forward. Proof of this is the vibe in the teams new hospitality, where friendly conversations spontaneously emerged, even with the drivers.

Thanks to that and in the unforgettable experience, I didnt want to finish this small valuation without thanking the whole team for the special attention and good treatment we received during the whole day. Thanks HRT F1 Team!
Andreu Nadal

>HRT drivers
PEDRO DE LA ROSA NARAIN KARTHIKEYAN

Date of birth: 24th of February, 1971 Place of birth: Barcelona, Spain Marital status: Married Citizenship: Spanish Height: 177 cm Weight: 73 kg Country and place of residence: Zurich Switzerland Official website: www.pedrodelarosa.com Twitter: @pedrodelarosa1 Starts (F1): 85 Poles (F1): 0 Wins (F1): 0 Best F1 result: 2nd (Hungarian GP, 2006)

Date of Birth: 14th of January of 1977 Place of Birth: Chennai, India Marital status: Married Nationality: Indian Height: 168 cm Weight: 64 kg Country and place of residence: Coimbatore, India Website: www.narainracing.com Twitter: @narainracing Starts (F1): 28 Poles (F1): 0 Wins (F1): 0 Best F1 result: 4th (US GP, Indianapolis 2005)

>Last time out


After not rolling with the F111 in any of the official practice of the preseason, the Spanish team faced a hard start for the World Championship in Albert Park as the single-seater got just in time for the first appointment of the calendar. Team worked day and night in Melbourne and was rewarded when the car hit the track for the second practice on Friday, even though it only completed one lap. Both drivers could complete 11 laps in Saturdays qualifying session but blamed their lack of shooting and Narain Karthikeyan y Vitantonio Liuzzi were unable to perform a time below 107%, so neither of them was on the grid for the Australia 2011 Grand Prix.

The F112:
Engine: Cosworth V8 2400cc CA2012 Max rpm: 18.000 Engine weight: 95Kg (mnimum FIA regulation weight) Chassis: Carbon fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque Front suspension: Carbon Fibre Double wishbone with pushrod operating torsion springs and anti rollbar via rocker Rear suspension: Carbon Fibre Double wishbone with pullrod operating torsion springs and anti roll-bar via rocker Dampers: Lineal Hydraulic dampers Fuel tank: Kevlar reinforced rubber fuel cell Steering wheel: Carbon Fibre with integrated electronics and instrumentation Steering system: HRT Hydraulic servo assisted system Gearbox: Williams seven-speed Quick-Shift sequential semi-automatic shift Clutch: Carbon Multi Plate Brake material: Carbon brake discs and pads Brake material: 6 pistons all round Cooling callipers: Aluminium oil, water and gearbox cooler Seat belts: OMP Cockpit: Removable seat made of anatomically formed carbon composite and six-point seat belt & HANS system ECU and logging system: FIA standard ECU & FIA homologated electronic & electrical system Battery: 12V Wheel rims: Aleacin de magnesio Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Overall width: 1.800mm Height: 950 mm Front track: 1445 mm Rear track: 1420 mm Car weight: : 640Kg (Minimum FIA weight)

ALBERT PARK. MELBOURNE

>Circuit
The Australian Grand Prix exists since 1950 but didnt form a part of the Formula 1 World Championship calendar until 1985 when it took place at the Adelaide Street Circuit. In 1996 the race moved to Melbourne, specifically to Albert Park, a street circuit which is used once a year for this event. It is a quick track with few straights meaning that overtaking is not a simple task. Since it is a street circuit, there isnt much grip at the start of the weekend but this improves as the days pass by. The Australian Grand Prix tends to be an exciting race as it gets the Championship underway and many surprise results can occur.

Type of Circuit: Semi Street Circuit Inaugurated: 1996 Circuit Length: 5,303 Km Race Distance: 307,574 Km Number of Laps: 58 Total Number of Turns: 16 Right-Hand Turns: 10 Left-Hand Turns: 6 Direction of the Circuit: Clockwise
7 8 6 9 5 4 3 11 12
BRABHAM JONES CLARK

10

WHITEFORD

PROST

15

ASCARI

13

14
STEWART

16

2012 driverschampionship:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Sebastian Vettel Jenson Button Mark Webber Fernando Alonso Lewis Hamilton Felipe Massa Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg Kimmi Rikknen Romain Grosjean Paul di Resta Nico Hulkenberg Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Prez Daniel Ricciardo Jean-Eric Vergne Pastor Maldonado Bruno Senna Heikki Kovalainen Vitali Petrov Pedro de la Rosa Narain Karthikeyan Timo Glock Charles Pic

PROGRAMME:
Thursday: 09:20-10:20 Paddock pit walk 14:30-14.50 HRT autogragh session 15:00 Press conference Friday: 11:00-11:30 V8 supercars: first race 11:05-11:50 Paddock pit walk 12.30-14:00 Free practice 1 14:20-14:50 V8 supercars: second race 15:05-15:40 Paddock pit walk 15:25-15:45 Formula Ford. first race 16:30-18:00 Free practice 2 18:30-19:30 Press conference

Saturday: 11:05-12:00 Team pit stop practice 11:30-11:45 Formula Ford: second race 11:55-12:15 Carrera Cup: second race 12:50-13:05 Renault Challenge: first race 14:00-15:00 Free practice 3 15:20-16:00 V8 supercars: third race 16:05-16:35 Paddock pit walk 17:00-18:00 Qualifying session 18:25-18:45 Group A/ C Touring Cars Sunday: 09:30-10:30 Main straight walk 10:30-10:45 Marshalling system track test 11:00-11:15 Historic parade 12:00-12:30 Paddock pit walk 12:50-13:05 Formula Ford: third race 13:20-13:55 V8 Supercars: Fourth race 14:10-14:30 Carrera Cup: third race 14:40-15:10 Paddock pit walk 15:30-15.40 Drivers parade 17:00-19:00 Race