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2011 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Calendar

Round / Circuit Date Laps Start Time Local (GMT)
01. Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir) POSTPONED 11 – 13 March 49 15:00 (12:00)
02. Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne) 25 – 27 March 58 17:00 (06:00)
03. Malaysian Grand Prix (Kuala Lumpur) 08 – 10 April 56 16:00 (08:00)
04. Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai) 15 – 17 April 56 15:00 (07:00)
05. Turkish Grand Prix (Istanbul) 06 – 08 May 58 15:00 (12:00)
06. Spanish Grand Prix  (Catalunya) 20 – 22 May 66 14:00 (12:00)
07. Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo) 26 – 29 May 78 14:00 (12:00)
08. Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal) 10 – 12 June 70 13:00 (17:00)
09. European Grand Prix (Valencia) 24 – 26 June 57 14:00 (12:00)
10. British Grand Prix (Silverstone) 08 – 10 July 52 13:00 (12:00)
11. German Grand Prix 2010 (Nurburgring) 22 – 24 July TBC 14:00 (12:00)
12. Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest) 29 – 31 July 70 14:00 (12:00)
13. Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps) 26 – 28 August 44 14:00 (12:00)
14. Italian Grand Prix (Monza) 09 – 11 September 53 14:00 (12:00)
15. Singapore Grand Prix (Singapore) 23 – 25 September 61 20:00 (12:00)
16. Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka) 07 – 09 October 53 15:00 (06:00)
17. Korean Grand Prix (Yeongam) 14 – 16 October 55 15:00 (06:00)
18. Indian Grand Prix (New Delhi) 28 – 30 October TBC TBC
19. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina) 11 – 13 November 55 17:00 (13:00)
20. Brazilian Grand Prix (Sao Paulo) 25 – 27 November 71 14:00 (16:00)


A Typical Grand Prix Weekend Timetable (times differ from race to race)

10h00-11h30 Free Practice 1
14h00-15h30 Free Practice 2
11h00-12h00 Free Practice 3
14h00-15h00 Qualifying
14h00-(2hr max.) Race
*At Monaco these sessions are on Thursday


Qualifying sessions will be run as follows:

14h00 to 14h20 (Q1) All cars will be permitted on the track and at the end of this period the slowest seven cars will be prohibited from taking any further part in qualifying. They will start the race in positions 18 to 24 in the order they finished this session.

14h27 to 14h42 (Q2) The times are all re-set and the seventeen remaining cars will be permitted on the track and at the end of this period the slowest seven cars will be prohibited from taking any further part in qualifying. They will start the race in positions 11 to 17 in the order they finished this session.

14h50 to 15h00 (Q3) The ten remaining cars will be permitted on the track for the “Pole-Position shoot-out”. This session will decide the order in which the top ten drivers start the race. The ten drivers involved in this session must start the race using the same set of tyres they qualify on.

The above procedure is based upon a Championship entry of 24 cars. If 22 cars are entered only six cars will be excluded after Q1 and Q2.

Timings are shown for a standard European race and so are accurate for the majority of races. Timings do vary however, so please visit:http://www.formula1.com/races/calendar.html and click on the race of interest for the latest information.


World Championship Points

The Formula 1 World Championship drivers’ title will be awarded to the driver who has scored the highest number of points

The title ‘Formula 1 World Champion Constructor’ will be awarded to the team scoring the highest number of points in total (adding both car totals together).

Points for both titles will be awarded at each race according to the following scale:

1st 25 points
2nd 18 points
3rd 15 points
4th 12 points
5th 10 points
6th 8 points
7th 6 points
8th 4 points
9th 2 points
10th 1 point


Rules & Regulations – Changes for 2011

If you followed the 2010 Formula One World Championship you will notice a number of changes to the rules for 2011. These should all contribute to making this season one of the greatest ever.

KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System): First seen in F1 in 2009, KERS has been reintroduced to the sport this season. KERS works by taking the waste energy generated under braking and turning it into additional power. Using a wheel mounted boost button the driver can then use this power in fixed quantities per lap. Marussia Virgin Racing is not currently planning to use KERS in 2011.

Adjustable rear wing: Formula One’s ongoing attempts to improve overtaking will see adjustable rear wings introduced onto cars from 2011. Drivers of suitably equipped cars can adjust the rear wing through a set range from the cockpit. The system can be used any time during practice and qualifying, but during the race can only be activated when a driver is less than one second behind another car at pre-determined positions on the track.

No F-ducts or double diffusers: Changes for 2011 mean that any system, device or procedure which uses driver movement to alter the aerodynamic characteristics of the car have been banned, so no more F-Ducts. Also banned for 2011 are double diffusers.

Tyres: After exiting the sport in 1991, Pirelli makes its return this season as Official Tyre Supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship, providing tyres to every team on the grid this year. Each driver will receive 11 sets of dry-weather tyres (reduced from 14 sets in 2010) per race weekend. Drivers will also receive four sets of intermediate tyres and three sets of wet weather tyres. The dry-weather tyres will be available in four compounds, with two different compounds being taken to each race weekend. If a driver fails to use both specifications of dry-weather tyres during a dry race, they will be excluded from the results. If a dry race is suspended and can’t be restarted and a driver has failed to use both specifications, 30 seconds will be added to the driver’s race time.

Wheel Tethers: In an effort to improve the safety of the sport and reduce the risk of wheels coming away from cars, teams must now place a second tether on every wheel. The two tethers must pass through a different suspension member and have its own mounting points on the upright and the chassis.

Gearboxes: In line with the sport’s cost-saving and environmental initiatives, gearboxes are now required to last for five race weekends, instead of four as per 2010. Should a driver use a replacement gearbox during P3, the qualifying practice or the race he will drop five places on the starting grid. If a driver also uses more than his five allocated gearboxes during the season then he will drop an additional five places each time a further gearbox is used.

107% qualifying rule: Drivers may now not be allowed to start a race if they do not achieve a qualifying time within 107% of the fastest Q1 time that is set. In exceptional circumstances however, which could include a driver setting a suitable time during practice, the stewards may permit the car to start.

Team orders: Following some controversy in 2010, the clause in the Formula One sporting regulations banning team orders has now been removed.

Team curfew: In a bid to cut down on the long working hours of team personnel, a curfew has been introduced which ties in with the operating hours of the cars. Staff will not be allowed into the circuit between midnight and 6am when practice is scheduled to start at 10am the following day, or between 1am and 7am when practice starts at 11am. Teams are allowed four individual exceptions to this rule during the season.

Penalties: Stewards have now been given greater power to impart a wider range of penalties for driving and rule misdemeanors. Punishments now included time penalties, the right to exclude drivers from race results, or suspend them from later events.

If you are unsure of any of the terms mentioned above, please check out our jargon buster for clarification: http://partner.virginracing.com/formula1_team.


2011 – Drivers & Teams

No. Race Drivers Nationality Team
1 Sebastian Vettel (German) Red Bull Racing
2 Mark Webber (Australian) Red Bull Racing
3 Lewis Hamilton (British) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
4 Jenson Button (British) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
5 Fernando Alonso (Spanish) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
6 Felipe Massa (Brazilian) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
7 Michael Schumacher (German) Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
8 Nico Rosberg (German) Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
9 Nick Heidfeld (German) Lotus Renault GP Team
10 Vitaly Petrov (Russian) Lotus Renault GP Team
11 Rubens Barrichello (Brazilian) AT&T Williams
12 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuelan) AT&T Williams
14 Adrian Sutil (German) Force India F1 Team
15 Paul di Resta (British) Force India F1 Team
16 Kamui Kobayashi (Japanese) Sauber F1 Team
17 Sergio Perez (Mexican) Sauber F1 Team
18 Sebastien Buemi (Swiss) Scuderia Toro Rosso
19 Jaime Alguersuari (Spanish) Scuderia Toro Rosso
20 Heikki Kovalainen (Finish) Team Lotus
21 Jarno Trulli (Italian) Team Lotus
22 Narain Karthikeyan (Indian) HRT F1 Team
23 Tonio Luizzi (Italian) HRT F1 Team
24 Timo Glock (German) Marussia Virgin Racing
25 Jerome D’Ambrosio (Belgian) Marussia Virgin Racing


Flag Signals

Green: Shown to signal the start of the warm-up lap and displayed at the end of a danger area.
Red: Shown at start/finish line and simultaneously at marshals’ post when race must be stopped immediately.
Yellow: Stationary – Slow down, do not overtake, danger ahead.

Waved – Slow down, do not overtake, be prepared to change direction or take unusual line.

2 waved – Slow down, do not overtake, be prepared to stop, the track is wholly or partially blocked.

Yellow/red strips: Stationary – Oil or water on track. Waved – Slippery surface imminent.
White: Stationary – Presence of slower car on track. Waved – Driver may be seriously obstructed by slower car.
Blue: Waved – Faster car behind is about to overtake, give way immediately.
Black: Shown with white number – Driver must pit and report to Clerk of the Course.
Black/white diagonal: Once only warning for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
Black/red spot: Competitor with number has mechanical fault and must pit.
Chequered: The race is finished.


Fast Facts!

There will be Twenty Grand Prix in 2011 (the most ever in one season!), taking place across 6 continents, involving 12 teams and 24 drivers, in order to find the 2011 Driver & Constructors Formula One World Champions.

The Marussia Virgin Racing F1 car is made up of around 80,000 components, if it were assembled 99.9% correctly; it would still start the race with 80 things wrong! Fortunately the Marussia Virgin Racing mechanics are amongst the best in the world.

Our MVR-02 car has over a kilometre of cable linked to about 100 sensors and actuators which monitor and control many parts of the car.

The Marussia Virgin Racing F1 car can go from stationary to 160 k/ph and back to a stand-still in around four seconds.

When Timo hits the brakes in his MVR-02 F1 car, he experiences deceleration of up to 5g (five times the force of gravity).

Timo can loose around 4kgs of weight after just one race due to the prolonged exposure to high G-forces and temperatures.

At 640kg, our Marussia Virgin Racing F1 car weighs approximately half the weight of the original Mini.

The Cosworth engine in Marussia Virgin Racing’s F1 car revs up to 18,000 rpm, with the piston travelling up and down 300 times per second. Most family road cars only rev to around 6,000rpm, less than a third of our F1 engine!

The brake discs on the Marussia Virgin Racing F1 car have an operating temperature of approximately 1,000 degrees centigrade and are not made of steel, but of carbon fibre which is much harder and so more resistant to wear and tear.

The fit of the MVR-02 cockpit is so tight that the steering wheel must be removed for Timo to get in and out of the car. A small latch behind the wheel releases it from the column. Levers or paddles for changing gear are located on the back of the steering-wheel. There is no gearstick, the clutch levers are also on the steering wheel, located below the gear paddles.

The amount of aerodynamic downforce produced by our Marussia Virgin Racing F1 car is amazing. When the car is travelling over 160k/mph it generates enough downforce to more than equal its own weight. In theory this means that it could quite happily drive upside down along the roof of a tunnel!

At a street circuit like Monaco, the downforce produced by an F1 car provides enough suction to lift manhole covers. Before the race all of the manhole covers on the streets have to be welded down to prevent this from happening.

The Pirelli P-Zero tyres on the MVR-02 don’t have air in them like normal road car tyres. Most racing tyres have nitrogen in them, as nitrogen has a more consistent pressure compared to air. Air typically contains varying amounts of water vapour in it, which affects its expansion and contraction as a function of temperature, making the tyre pressures unpredictable.

During the race the tyres lose weight. Each tyre loses about 0.5kg in weight due solely to wear.

Normal road car tyres can last 60,000–100,000km. Pirelli’s F1 tyres are so soft, thus providing the exceptional grip F1 cars enjoy, this means they are designed to last 100-150km.

A dry-weather F1 tyre reaches peak operating performance (best grip) when tread temperature is between 900C and 1200C. At top speed, an F1 tyre rotates 50 times a second.