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Formula 1, Canadian Grand Prix preview

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Canadian Grand Prix Preview: Round 7

FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2015

Round 7

Date: 7th June 2015

Circuit name: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

First Grand Prix: 1978

Type: Purpose-built permeant race trace. Medium and fast corners. Hard on brakes and tyres.

Circuit Length: 4.361 km

Laps: 70

Lap Record: 1:13.622 Rubens Barrichello (2002)

Tyre Allocation:  Soft (Yellow) and Supersoft (Red)

DRS Zones: Two – Main straight and final straight.

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Pole Sitter: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:14.874

Winner: Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Renault

Fastest Lap: Felipe Massa, Williams Mercedes, 1:18.504 on lap 58

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Cotton Couches to Carbon Race Seats

Historically, an entry into the world of proffesional motorsport has come with immense sacrifice and expence. What if there was a new alternative to aspiring drivers? Well, now there is.

Driving fast cars for a living is a dream that is kept by many a fan and young child. Funding a career going into Motorsport can be an arduous and difficult task. In Formula Ones’ premature years, drivers found their way into racing cars through working as a mechanic at a successful garage, or perhaps owning a road car dealership. This type of entry into the sport was quite normal and accepted. In fact, it spawned triple world champion, Jackie Stewart. The flying Scot began his early days as an apprentice mechanic with the family business in his father’s motor repair shop. Barry Filer, a trusted customer of Stewart’s garage offered Jackie a number of opportunities to test his cars at English race track, Oulton Park. This sowed the seeds of Stewart’s racing career. It was only in the twilight of the seventies when a new crop of drivers, the most famous driver being young Ayrton Senna, took to karting – a new alternative for Grand Prix training. The Brazilian worked his way through each tier of racing before hitting the big league of Formula One. Beginning in karts was a fresh and respectable style of entry. Thereafter he graduated to more prestigious Formulae and then finally, F1.

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