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    #F1 News: 2011 Championship classifications

    Driver and Team Points Tables
    Driver Total
    S. Vettel 25 25 18 25 25 25 18 25 18 12 18 25 25 25 15 25 25 - 18 392
    J. Button 8 18 12 8 15 15 25 8 - - 25 15 18 18 25 12 18 15 15 270
    M. Webber 10 12 15 18 12 12 15 15 15 15 10 18 - 15 12 15 12 12 25 258
    F. Alonso 12 8 6 15 10 18 - 18 25 18 15 12 15 12 18 10 15 18 12 257
    L. Hamilton 18 4 25 12 18 8 - 12 12 25 12 - 12 10 10 18 6 25 - 227
    F. Massa 6 10 8 - - - 8 10 10 10 8 4 8 2 6 8 - 10 10 118
    N. Rosberg - - 10 10 6 - - 6 8 6 2 8 - 6 1 4 8 8 6 89
    M. Schumacher - 2 4 - 8 - 12 - 2 4 - 10 10 - 8 - 10 6 - 76
    A. Sutil 2 - - - - 6 - 2 - 8 - 6 - 4 - - 2 4 8 42
    V. Petrov 15 - 2 4 - - 10 - - 1 - 2 - - 2 - - - 1 37
    N. Heidfeld - 15 - 6 4 4 - 1 4 - - - - - - - - - - 34
    K. Kobayashi - 6 1 1 1 10 6 - - 2 - - - - - - - 1 2 30
    P. di Resta 1 1 - - - - - - - - 6 - 4 8 - 1 - 2 4 27
    J. Alguersuari - - - - - - 4 4 1 - 1 - 6 - - 6 4 - - 26
    S. Buemi 4 - - 2 - 1 1 - - - 4 - 1 - - 2 - - - 15
    S. Perez - - - - 2 - - - 6 - - - - 1 4 - 1 - - 14
    R. Barrichello - - - - - 2 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - 4
    B. Senna - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 - - - - - - 2
    P. Maldonado - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - 1
    J. Trulli - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    H. Kovalainen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    T. Glock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    J. D'Ambrosio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    N. Karthikeyan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    V. Liuzzi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    D. Ricciardo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    Team Total
    Red Bull Racing 35 37 33 43 37 37 33 40 33 27 28 43 25 40 27 40 37 12 43 650
    McLaren 26 22 37 20 33 23 25 20 12 25 37 15 30 28 35 30 24 40 15 497
    Ferrari 18 18 14 15 10 18 8 28 35 28 23 16 23 14 24 18 15 28 22 375
    Mercedes GP - 2 14 10 14 - 12 6 10 10 2 18 10 6 9 4 18 14 6 165
    Renault 15 15 2 10 4 4 10 1 4 1 - 2 2 - 2 - - - 1 73
    Force India F1 3 1 - - - 6 - 2 - 8 6 6 4 12 - 1 2 6 12 69
    Sauber - 6 1 1 3 10 6 - 6 2 - - - 1 4 - 1 1 2 44
    Toro Rosso 4 - - 2 - 1 5 4 1 - 5 - 7 - - 8 4 - - 41
    Williams - - - - - 2 2 - - - - 1 - - - - - - - 5
    Team Lotus - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    Marussia Virgin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    Hispania Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0


































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































    Driver and Team Points Tables
    Driver Total
    S. Vettel 25 25 18 25 25 25 18 25 18 12 18 25 25 25 15 25 25 - 18 392
    J. Button 8 18 12 8 15 15 25 8 - - 25 15 18 18 25 12 18 15 15 270
    M. Webber 10 12 15 18 12 12 15 15 15 15 10 18 - 15 12 15 12 12 25 258
    F. Alonso 12 8 6 15 10 18 - 18 25 18 15 12 15 12 18 10 15 18 12 257
    L. Hamilton 18 4 25 12 18 8 - 12 12 25 12 - 12 10 10 18 6 25 - 227
    F. Massa 6 10 8 - - - 8 10 10 10 8 4 8 2 6 8 - 10 10 118
    N. Rosberg - - 10 10 6 - - 6 8 6 2 8 - 6 1 4 8 8 6 89
    M. Schumacher - 2 4 - 8 - 12 - 2 4 - 10 10 - 8 - 10 6 - 76
    A. Sutil 2 - - - - 6 - 2 - 8 - 6 - 4 - - 2 4 8 42
    V. Petrov 15 - 2 4 - - 10 - - 1 - 2 - - 2 - - - 1 37
    N. Heidfeld - 15 - 6 4 4 - 1 4 - - - - - - - - - - 34
    K. Kobayashi - 6 1 1 1 10 6 - - 2 - - - - - - - 1 2 30
    P. di Resta 1 1 - - - - - - - - 6 - 4 8 - 1 - 2 4 27
    J. Alguersuari - - - - - - 4 4 1 - 1 - 6 - - 6 4 - - 26
    S. Buemi 4 - - 2 - 1 1 - - - 4 - 1 - - 2 - - - 15
    S. Perez - - - - 2 - - - 6 - - - - 1 4 - 1 - - 14
    R. Barrichello - - - - - 2 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - 4
    B. Senna - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 - - - - - - 2
    P. Maldonado - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - 1
    J. Trulli - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    H. Kovalainen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    T. Glock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    J. D'Ambrosio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    N. Karthikeyan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    V. Liuzzi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    D. Ricciardo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    Team Total
    Red Bull Racing 35 37 33 43 37 37 33 40 33 27 28 43 25 40 27 40 37 12 43 650
    McLaren 26 22 37 20 33 23 25 20 12 25 37 15 30 28 35 30 24 40 15 497
    Ferrari 18 18 14 15 10 18 8 28 35 28 23 16 23 14 24 18 15 28 22 375
    Mercedes GP - 2 14 10 14 - 12 6 10 10 2 18 10 6 9 4 18 14 6 165
    Renault 15 15 2 10 4 4 10 1 4 1 - 2 2 - 2 - - - 1 73
    Force India F1 3 1 - - - 6 - 2 - 8 6 6 4 12 - 1 2 6 12 69
    Sauber - 6 1 1 3 10 6 - 6 2 - - - 1 4 - 1 1 2 44
    Toro Rosso 4 - - 2 - 1 5 4 1 - 5 - 7 - - 8 4 - - 41
    Williams - - - - - 2 2 - - - - 1 - - - - - - - 5
    Team Lotus - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    Marussia Virgin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    Hispania Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0

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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Sauber F1 - Turkish GP Preview 29/04/2011 11:11am

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Sauber F1 - Turkish GP Preview

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    April 29th 2011

    Hinwil, 29th April 2011 - After three exciting races in Australia and Asia, the Sauber F1 Team is looking forward to travelling to a Grand Prix weekend for the first time this year with its convoy of trucks and its motorhome. Istanbul Park is a challenging circuit for the drivers and the Sauber C30-Ferrari as well as for the tyres. The target is clearly set: Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez want to fight for top ten positions again - in both, qualifying and the race. --- Kamui Kobayashi (car no 16): "After spending some time in Tokyo I'm very much looking forward to the race in Istanbul Park. It is an exciting track and one of my favourites. Last year our performance was pretty good there, and we scored our first point when I finished the race in tenth. It was a relief for us and this feeling is still a nice memory. There are a couple of high speed corners which I like, and I feel we should be quite competitive in Turkey. However, the corner I like most is the triple left hander which forms turn eight. Regarding tyre management, I find it difficult to predict how the situation will develop. The grip level at this circuit is normally very low, which means the cars tend to slide a lot. I believe it will be crucial to save the front tyres in particular so the wear is as low as possible." --- Sergio Perez (car no 17): "In a way I feel for me the championship is about to start now with these next races on circuits I know. I have raced at Istanbul Park twice in the GP2 series and I find the track very nice. I especially used to enjoy turn eight a lot. With the Formula One car it will, of course, be physically demanding for the neck muscles, and turn eight will also be a special challenge for the front tyres. We will have to be careful with them. In any case I'm really looking forward to the Turkish Grand Prix and I want to bag my first points." --- James Key, Technical Director: "Istanbul Park is a good circuit, and one of the favourites with the teams and drivers. It's quite technical and challenging. It will be another interesting event for the tyres, because the famous turn eight is one of the high speed corners of the year with the highest loading of the tyres. Although we have seen some high speed corners at the last two events, I think this is by far another step beyond that. It will be interesting to see how well the tyres cope with that in terms of wear and degradation. This could result in some alternative strategies in the race, but we will not know until we get there. The rest of the circuit is a pretty good mix of some medium speed corners and the long back straight, which could provide some overtaking opportunities. But then at the end of the lap we have a combination of three low speed corners where braking stability into them, the line through them and traction out of them is important. They are quite technical corners. Overall this track offers a good mix of different corners. We expect quite reasonable weather conditions, with it not being too hot but in a better window for us than Shanghai was. Tyre management could be the key to the weekend of the Turkish Grand Prix. As far as the car is concerned, we will have some more test items to run on Friday - some of them aerodynamic and some of them mechanical - which we hope to introduce to the car pretty soon. Apart from that it will be another weekend for us to target the top ten, both in qualifying and the race." Read More...

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Mercedes GP - Turkish GP Preview

    www.mercedes-gp.com

    April 29th 2011

    | Of six Turkish Grands Prix held since 2005, three were won with Mercedes-Benz power ('05, '09, '10). | The Turkish Grand Prix has been won from pole four times and never from lower than P2 on the grid. | The 120m run from the grid to the first corner is the joint shortest of the season with Monaco. --- Michael Schumacher "It is always exciting when the calendar returns to Europe and the racing schedule becomes more intense. After returning from the first three races, I have enjoyed spending some time with my family in the short break, and I am now really looking forward to the action getting underway again. The venue for our next race, Istanbul Park, is a great track and provides a good challenge for the drivers. It's anti-clockwise, has a lot of gradient changes and different corner layouts, so it's quite nice to drive. I know that the team have been working very hard to continue the progress that we made during the last race weekend in China and, with the help of some developments planned for Istanbul, I am confident that we can enjoy an equally positive weekend." --- Nico Rosberg "We had a more difficult start to 2011 than we had expected, and the first three races felt a little like a rollercoaster of emotions. We were all disappointed in Melbourne and Malaysia but, after leading the race in Shanghai, we have confirmed the potential of our car. The team did a very good job to take a step forward and we learned a lot from the weekend. Hopefully we can now make a further step for Turkey and produce another positive performance. After spending time with my family during Easter, I am really looking forward to the race at Istanbul Park. Turn Eight is one of the most challenging corners of the year: it's taken at full throttle for over eight seconds, with forces of up to 5G. If I had to create a fantasy Formula One circuit, this corner would definitely be included." --- Ross Brawn, Team Principal "The team and drivers have worked extremely hard in the short break before the European season begins to ensure that we continue to move forward. We have a fundamentally good car and we need to achieve its full potential in the races to come. The Chinese Grand Prix reminded everyone at the team what it is like to fight for a race. We didn't succeed on that occasion but it's a feeling that we would like to experience more often. When the car is working properly, we can be more competitive and the solutions we are bringing to Turkey will help us achieve this level more consistently. However, we also know that we need to push for more performance if we want to fight regularly at the front. The first three races have been a challenge but we have pulled together and will continue working hard to make progress." --- Norbert Haug, Vice-President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport "The Turkish Grand Prix is the first race of the European season in the 2011 Formula One World Championship. It is a demanding circuit for both cars and drivers, and Turn Eight is the longest corner of the entire season. Nearly 70% of the 5.338 km lap is spent at wide open throttle which means that, in addition to the chassis and tyres, the engine is under considerable load. At the last race in China, our team took a step up in competitiveness relative to the first races in Australia and Malaysia. Our aim is to consolidate this level of performance in Turkey before building on it." Read More...

    #F1 News: Turkey ticket prices too high - Webber

    GMMf1NET

    April 29th 2011

    The Red Bull driver's comments come amid great uncertainty about the future of the event at Istanbul Park, with organisers saying the race next Sunday will be the last due to Bernie Ecclestone's doubling of the sanctioning fee. The circuit is popular among the drivers and purists but Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbas said actual attendance has always been low because "Turkish people didn't give the races recognition". FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh, however, blames a lack of promotion. "Go around Istanbul and tell me how many billboards or advertisements you see," he told reporters in China two weeks ago. But Australian Webber thinks the locals simply can't afford tickets. "Unfortunately I think it's a pretty expensive race for locals to attend, which means the atmosphere is often not what it could be," he said on Thursday. Ecclestone owns the long-term management lease to the circuit at present and insists he has done his bit by "subsidising" the sanctioning fee since the inaugural race in 2005. And the Mirror quotes him as suggesting the local government could be in a better mood for the future after next weekend's event. "When our first agreement was made, they subsidised ticket revenue so everyone was expecting a whole bunch of people to be there and if there wasn't, the government was going to make up for the missing tickets," said the Briton. "It looks very much like the crowd is going to be much bigger this year, so it means the government's involvement will be considerably less," added Ecclestone. Read More...

    #F1 News: Ferrari budget biggest in F1 - report

    GMMf1NET

    April 29th 2011

    But the latest edition of 'Business Book GP' said the teams association FOTA has succeeded in dramatically cutting costs with its resource restriction agreement, according to a report in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo. The average annual team budget has reportedly decreased from EUR 209 million in 2009 to 113m in 2011. It was 119m in 2010. Ferrari's (199m) is the highest budget, while HRT's (34m) is the lowest. And the reduction in the average figure, whilst apparently impressive, is also due to the arrival of three low-spending new teams, and the withdrawal of big-spenders like BMW and Toyota and the scaling-down of Renault's operation. The report also said that despite the success of the cost-cutting, the Martin Whitmarsh-led FOTA wants to further empower the resource restriction agreement. Reportedly, not every team in F1 has reduced its spending. Business Book GP said Team Lotus is spending much more money in 2011, while Virgin, Sauber and Red Bull also have bigger budgets than a year ago. Meanwhile, grandees Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Renault are all now spending less, relying on sponsors for more than 50 per cent of their budgets. Read More...

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