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  • Lotus - Teams - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    far off days In fact it can be traced back to Toleman in the early Eighties which was taken over by Benetton which eventually became Renault It therefore has immense pedigree in its own right Renault entered the sport in 1977 and strove with might and main to earn France her first world titles falling two points short with Alain Prost in both the drivers and constructors standings in 1983 Renault then earned glory as engine partners to Williams before Fernando Alonso came on the scene to make them World Champions in their own right in 2005 and again in 2006 It has been a roller coaster ride since then though events such as Crashgate at Singapore which removed Pat Symonds and Flavio Briatore from the picture and the rallying accident which put a temporary halt to the brilliant career of Robert Kubica have brought Renault s pursuit of success in their own right to an end Instead it is the French engines which now supply the motive power to cars which run under the famous Lotus banner and are still built at the team s Whiteways Technical Centre in Oxfordshire s Formula One heartland They are running pretty well

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  • Lotus - Kimi Raikkonen - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    had just won the Formula Renault UK single seater title convincingly with seven victories but Sauber had to persuade the FIA that the Finn deserved his Super Licence Kimi duly scored a point on debut in Australia in 2001 and switched to McLaren in 2002 spending five years with Ron Dennis s team for whom his maiden victory came in Malaysia in 2003 He lost that season s title fight to Michael Schumacher by just two points In 2007 he replaced Schumacher at Ferrari and started by taking pole position fastest lap and victory in his maiden race for the Prancing Horse in Australia He was only the fourth man to win on debut for Ferrari in Formula One after Fangio 1956 Andretti 1971 and Mansell 1989 World Champion with the Scuderia in 2007 Kimi spent two further years there before quitting Formula One after 156 races to go rallying He had already made his World Championship debut in Finland in 2009 In 2010 had Citroën and Red Bull behind him then ran his own Ice 1 Racing entry in 2011 He also dabbled in NASCAR in the United States but decided to try his hand again in Formula One

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  • Lotus - Romain Grosjean - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    Formula Renault classes winning the French title in 2005 By now Romain had earned a berth on the Renault Driver Development Program Next was the F3 Euroseries another title he picked up in 2007 before graduating to Formula One feeder series GP2 in 2008 By that time he had been nominated as test driver for Renault in Formula One Romain proved capable of winning races in both the GP2 Asia series which he won and the main series where he was expected to do well in 2009 with Campos now Barwa Addax But Formula One came calling when he was drafted in to replace the disgraced Nelson Piquet Jr for Renault He made his race debut at the 2009 European GP and totalled seven appearances for the year The next two years were a time of reassessment as Romain aimed for a permanent Formula One seat He won again in the first race of the new FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010 he returned part time to GP2 and in 2011 raced full time there for DAMS winning both the shortened GP2 Asia series and the full GP2 title For 2012 Lotus Renault offered him the chance to resurrect his

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  • McLaren - Teams - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    Monaco represent the epitome of classic Formula 1 then a circuit such as Marina Bay has I think quickly established itself as one of the sport s modern wonders and greatest success stories Martin Whitmarsh Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Principal F1 Thoroughbreds Question what is a Serenissima Answer it s the three litre V8 sports car engine that powered Bruce McLaren to his first World Championship point in his own car at Silverstone in 1966 Founded by the great New Zealand driver McLaren emerged as Formula One aristocrats in the Eighties under the managerial regime of Ron Dennis and the technical direction of the incomparable John Barnard They have since become the closest rivals to the sport s traditional giants Ferrari in terms of titles race wins and other key statistics In 2011 McLaren passed the 700 race milestone this year s Hungarian Grand Prix brought their 150th pole position and their 178th race win The list of McLaren s title winners reads like a roll call of Formula One s greatest drivers The first was Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi back in 1974 since then James Hunt Alain Prost Ayrton Senna Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton have all claimed further titles for the team McLaren s first Constructors Championship also came in 1974 There have been eight in all but none in the 21st century an omission that current team principal Martin Whitmarsh and his henchmen are desperate to put right With a brilliant history of technical innovation starting in the early Eighties when they pioneered carbon fibre monocoques the team now operates from its gleaming McLaren Technology Centre in Woking Surrey opened by HM the Queen in 2004 On the engine front McLaren has enjoyed long term and highly successful partnerships with TAG Turbo Porsches and with Honda in the

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  • McLaren - Jenson Button - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    became McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Jenson did a season in British F3 in 1999 with the well known Promatecme team winning three races and finishing third overall He made the giant leap into Formula One with Williams the very next year With Juan Pablo Montoya waiting in the wings the man labelled a teenage sensation by the UK press got into his stride in the second half of his debut year but was then farmed out to Benetton to continue his apprenticeship In the end his Williams link was never renewed Jenson is one of a small group of current Formula One drivers who took more than 100 races to win their first Grand Prix think Webber Rosberg His was Hungary 2006 by which time he was halfway through a lengthy stint as a Honda powered driver first with BAR Honda then with the Japanese manufacturer itself But 2009 was Button s annus mirabilis Joining Ross Brawn and Rubens Barrichello in the Brawn GP team born from the ashes of Honda s withdrawal Jenson won six of the first seven races en route to that year s World Championship Since joining McLaren in 2010 he has

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  • McLaren - Lewis Hamilton - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    the tender age of nine Lewis marched up to McLaren F1 boss Ron Dennis and said he would like to drive for him one day By the German Grand Prix of 2012 Hamilton was celebrating his 100th Grand Prix as a McLaren driver and preparing to extend his contract with the only Formula One team he has represented Starting at the turn of the century in the British Formula Renault winter series Hamilton graduated to the full Formula Renault UK series and won the 2003 title with Manor Motorsport whose boss John Booth now runs Marussia in Formula One Moving into the F3 Euroseries Lewis dominated his second season in 2005 with 13 poles and 15 wins in a Dallara Mercedes run by ASM The logical move was to sister outfit ART in GP2 the team that made Nico Rosberg the first GP2 champion In 2006 Lewis Hamilton was its second winning five races and putting his campaign back on track with a stunning sprint race drive at Istanbul Park With the weight of a nation s expectations on his shoulders and his mixed race origins attracting enormous attention Lewis graduated to Formula One in 2007 His debut was marked by a second row start a brilliant round the outside move on the opening corner of the Australian race and his first podium finish At a dramatic Brazilian GP in 2008 the last race of the year Hamilton sliced past the slowing Timo Glock his ex GP2 rival on the final corner to claim the fifth place that carried him to the world title in only his second Formula One season His on off relationship with Nicole Scherzinger and the roller coaster nature of his off track life complement the on track dash and daring of this consummate racer The

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  • Sauber - Teams - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    it was Finnish driver JJ Lehto qualified sixth on debut with the team in South Africa and brought the C12 home in a remarkable fifth place While the Swiss team owner has had a string of major talents Frentzen Alesi Herbert come through his team he has always had an eye for young drivers Massa Raikkonen Kubica and Vettel all had early Formula One breaks at Sauber Until 2005 they competed proudly as an independent outfit their best season coming in 2001 With Quick Nick Heidfeld and another young Finn by the name of Raikkonen at the wheel Sauber accumulated 21 points on their way to fourth in the Constructors Championship In 2006 BMW quit its engine supplying partnership with Williams and took over the Swiss outfit operating jointly out of BMW s Bavarian HQ and Sauber s existing factory at Hinwil in Switzerland In 2007 they finished second albeit a long way adrift of Ferrari in 2008 the brilliant young Pole Robert Kubica claimed their first pole position in Bahrain then scored their first and so far only victory in Canada that same year In 2011 Sauber re acquired his own team and became an independent entrant again this

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  • Sauber - Kamui Kobayashi - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    Toyota in that country and won a place on the Toyota Driver Program By 2004 he had made the mandatory move to Europe to further his racing career Seventh place in Italian Formula Renault that year was followed by winning the Formula Renault Euro Cup and the Formula Renault Italy title F3 beckoned Kamui was rookie of the year in the 2006 F3 Euroseries a race winner in the F3 World Final in Macau and had earned a Formula 1 test with Toyota who were then in Grand Prix racing in their own right A second F3 Euroseries year yielded fourth place overall with a race win at Magny Cours then it was time for another step up to GP2 Kamui dipped his toe in those waters in the GP2 Asia series with DAMS winning in Malaysia and Bahrain and also claimed a victory in Barcelona in the main European based series A year later he was the GP2 Asia champion with two poles and two race wins but more importantly he was drafted in to replace Timo Glock in Toyota s F1 race team for the final two races of the season He only had to wait two races

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