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Europe 2011 - Race information // Previewing the upcoming race around the Valencia Street Circuit

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We've had two chaotic races in a row, with Canada following Monaco. Both featured safety cars and red flags, the first we had seen of them all year. Now, the F1 paddock move on to Valencia, where things are likely to be a little bit calmer. The European GP has not been known for its exciting races, particularly since it moved to the dockyard in Spain, and the new regulations will be tested to the max.

Event schedule

Sebastian Vettel made his first major mistake in a race during the Canadian Grand Prix, and under pressure from the McLaren, he handed the win to his rival. It'd be foolish to assume this is the start of a downwards trend for the dominating German, but it at least shows he's not superhuman, and there can be a chink in the armour.

Ferrari showed improved pace in Montreal, which may or may not have been to do with the circuit more than the drivers or any car upgrades. McLaren will also be riding the momentum of their rocket red victory.

Session Timetable
DateDaySessionTime (GMT+1)Time (Local)
24 JunFridayFree Practice 109:0010:00
Free Practice 213:0014:00
25 JunSaturdayFree Practice 310:0011:00
Qualifying13:0014:00
26 JunSundayGrand Prix13:0014:00

Support racing for this event includes GP2 and GP3.

The weather

After the rain dragged the Canadian Grand Prix out a lot longer than it should have done, it looks like things will be clear and hot over the weekend in Valencia. Long range forecasts suggest only Sunday will be sunny, but it will be dry throughout.

cloudy

Valencia Street Circuit, Friday

25℃

  • Low 18℃
  • Humidity 46%

Cloudy

cloudy

Valencia Street Circuit, Saturday

17℃

  • Low 12℃
  • Humidity 82%

Cloudy

clear

Valencia Street Circuit, Sunday

16℃

  • Low 11℃
  • Humidity 94%

Sunny

Circuit map

Valencia Street Circuit Map
Valencia Street Circuit MapCredit: FIA

The circuit

Circuit Data
NameValencia Street Circuit
LocationSpain
TimezoneGMT +0200
First Race2008
Laps57
Length5.419 km
Distance308.883 km
Start / Finish Offset0.000 km

The Valencia circuit features 25 corners, which is an awful lot, particularly when they all look the same, and are very, very grey. It is similar to the Monaco circuit, in that the walls are in close proximity, and there is little room for error.

In contrast to the other street circuits on the calendar, it's a fast-flowing circuit, with just a couple of slow corners to test the drivers. It will also be the first time the medium tyres are used, although they were tested during Free Practice at the last race. Pirelli are expecting a high rate of wear, but are hoping there will be less marbles.

2010 Results
SessionDriverTeamTimeLinks
Free Practice 1Nico RosbergMercedes1:41.175Live / Results
Free Practice 2Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:39.283Live / Results
Free Practice 3Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:38.052Live / Results
QualifyingSebastian VettelRed Bull1:37.587Live / Results
Grand PrixSebastian VettelRed Bull1hr 40:29.571Live / Results
Fastest LapJenson ButtonMcLaren1:38.766

Tyre compounds

Medium and soft compounds
Medium and soft compoundsCredit: Pirelli

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayTime (Local)AttendeeRepresenting
Thursday15:00Jaime AlguersuariToro Rosso
Fernando AlonsoFerrari
Kamui KobayashiSauber
Tonio LiuzziHRT
Mark WebberRed Bull
Friday16:00Ross BrawnMercedes
Mike GascoyneLotus
James KeySauber
Geoff WillisHRT
Franz TostToro Rosso
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race sewards

The FIA stewarding process was changed last year to include a former F1 driver to give added insight. These are the stewards overseeing this weekend's action.

F1 Stewards
NamePosition
Heinz-Harald FrentzenThrice Grand Prix winner
Radovan NovakWMSC member and President of FIA Central European Zone
Roger PeartPresident of FIA Circuits Commission and President of ASN

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