Nelson Piquet’s childhood doesn’t reflect the cliched stories of any other champion before, or after him. He struggled to remain true to anything he was born into or achieved. Spening much of his teen years in Miami, Florida he flourished in tennis. With modest features, squiggly teeth and an acquired sense of humor, Nelson never epitomized athleticism. He eclipsed his own talents and lost interest in the sport before turning professional. Playing on a hard court, back and fourth clearly didn’t excite the individual, and he traded cement for tarmac and a linear sport for circles.
F1 Grand Prix Preview: Austria
FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 2015
Date: 21st June 2015
Circuit Name: Red Bull Ring
First Grand Prix: 1970
Type: Permanent, purpose built race track. Undulating and scenic.
Circuit Length: 4. 326 km
Lap Record: 1:08.337, Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2003 (2003)
Tyre Allocation: Soft (Yellow) and Super Soft (Red)
DRS Zones: Two (Pit straight and the back straight of sector two)
Canadian Grand Prix Preview: Round 7
FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2015
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
Lap Record: 1:13.622 Rubens Barrichello (2002)
Tyre Allocation: Soft (Yellow) and Supersoft (Red)
DRS Zones: Two – Main straight and final straight.
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
THE 2015 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX
Date: 12 April 2015
Name of Circuit: Shanghai International Circuit
First Grand Prix: 2004
Type: Permanent, purpose built race track. Notably long straight. Combination of sharp but quick turns with some slower corners. Medium downforce required.
Circuit Length: 5.451 km
Race Distance: 305.066 km
Lap Record: 1:32.239 – Michael Schumacher (2004) / Ferrari F2004
Tyre Allocation: Soft (Yellow Wall) and Hard (White Wall)
DRS Zones: 2. One on the long back straight, the other on the pit straight. Each has their own detection point.