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  • Sauber - Sergio Perez - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    moving again this time to Britain for his F3 debut He comfortably took out the second tier National UK F3 title in 2007 winning 14 times and represented his country in A1GP as well before graduating to a full scale F3 challenge for 2008 Four race wins came on his way to fourth overall in 2009 it was time for GP2 With the Campos now Addax team he took two wins in the GP2 Asia series where he finished as runner up and with Arden he was twice a podium finisher in GP2 s main game With Addax Sergio set his sights on the GP2 title in 2010 falling just short as Pastor Maldonado took it instead But seven fastest laps and five victories including a sparkling success in Monaco signalled Perez s arrival on the big stage Top talent spotter Peter Sauber signed him to a Formula 1 contract for 2011 Singapore was one of five places where he scored points on the way to 16th place in his rookie season He also drove his F1 car in the streets of his home town Guadalajara before an estimated crowd of over 100 000 fans A big football fan Perez

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  • Mercedes - Teams - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    toughest of the season for the brakes and gearbox In the final sector alone the drivers must negotiate 10 corners in the space of 1 500 metres and there is very little margin for error on such a twisty and bumpy street circuit Norbert Haug Mercedes AMG Petronas The modern Silver Arrows It is three years since Mercedes long term engine supplier to McLaren decided it was time to return to Formula One racing in their own right something we had not seen since 1955 when the all conquering German team withdrew from the sport in the aftermath of a tragic accident at Le Mans Famous for their pre war feats Mercedes entered the World Championship only in 1954 but they left no room for doubt as to their intentions In 12 races in those two seasons they scored eight pole positions nine fastest laps and nine race victories Small wonder when you consider that their driver line up contained the two greatest names of the day in Fangio and Moss though it was Fangio who claimed the lion s share with eight of those nine wins Originally stripped of their white paint Germany s racing colour and reduced to their aluminium bodywork to save weight the cars became known as the Silver Arrows The modern machines are driven by German pairing Nico Rosberg and the only man to have surpassed Fangio s World Championship feats Michael Schumacher Schumi returned to the sport he had left at the end of 2006 when Ross Brawn the guiding genius behind his title successes at Benetton and Ferrari became Team Principal of the reborn Mercedes squad It was after all Mercedes who helped launch Schumacher s career over two decades ago No all conquering performances yet though Rosberg s breakthrough victory in China

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  • Mercedes - Michael Schumacher - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    the cars around the city streets and see a real racing spectacle Second Time Around Michael Schumacher is statistically speaking the greatest driver Formula One has ever seen On retiring in 2006 he had 91 race wins 40 more than next man Alain Prost 68 pole positions and 76 fastest laps Oh yes and seven World Championships two more than the peerless Fangio in the Fifties After an extended karting career Michael moved into Germany s Formula König and Formula Ford series in 1998 then up to F3 in his native country with Willi Weber who would become his long time manager He won that title in 1990 By passing F3000 Michael raced instead as a Mercedes junior driver in the Sportscar World Championship in a Sauber Mercedes in 1990 and 1991 In 91 he made his Formula One debut funded by Mercedes in a Jordan at Spa Francorchamps He out qualified veteran teammate Andrea de Cesaris but his clutch broke before the first corner One race later Schumi was a Benetton driver in 1994 and 1995 he was World Champion with that team as his partnership with technical wizard Ross Brawn blossomed They moved together to Ferrari in 1996 but it took Michael until 2000 to become the Maranello team s first World Champion since 1979 He did it again for the next four years Lured irresistibly by Mercedes return to Formula One he came back with that team and Brawn in 2010 What stops Schumacher being seen as the greatest ever is a history of on track incidents Adelaide and Damon Hill in 1994 Jerez and Jacques Villeneuve in 1997 and others which have cast an unwholesome shadow But this hard man of the track is also a UNESCO Ambassador who has put his immense wealth to the

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  • Mercedes - Nico Rosberg - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    down a place at London s renowned Imperial College to set his sights on becoming a high flier in motor racing instead He had a hard act to follow born in Germany he was brought up largely in Monaco where his Finnish father Keke had won for Williams in the 1983 Grand Prix Keke was the 1982 World Champion After Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve Nico is the most recent son of a former F1 racer to build his own successful Grand Prix career Lewis Hamilton s karting teammate in 1996 Nico moved into single seaters in the German Formula BMW category and took that title in 2002 Next came two seasons in his father s team in the F3 Euro Series he won races at Le Mans in 2003 and at Hockenheim and the Nűrburgring in 2004 finishing eighth and fourth overall In 2005 Rosberg Jr made history as the first GP2 series champion racing for ART and clinching the title at the last round in Bahrain Months later he was back there to claim fastest race lap on debut for Williams his father s former team in F1 Four Williams years yielded just two podiums the first of

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  • Williams - Teams - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    more fastest laps than Williams So why does this team languish down the order with the numbers 18 and 19 on its flanks Because 2011 was the worst season since Frank Williams team s foundation yielding a wretched five points and leaving the proud British outfit in ninth position ahead only of the three newcomers who failed to score at all And yet it took only until the second Grand Prix of 2012 in Malaysia to improve on that dismal score when Bruno Senna finished sixth Three races later in Spain Pastor Maldonado scored the Williams team s first Grand Prix victory since the final round of 2004 when another South American Juan Pablo Montoya won in Brazil Maldonado s unlikely Spanish success was the 114th for Williams since Sir Frank as he now is and brilliant engineer Patrick Head combined forces to stun the Formula One world with cars like the fabled FW07 By 1980 they were double World Champions with the brutally effective Australian Alan Jones at the wheel Since then they have won the Constructors title nine times although the last was way back in 1997 and a total of seven drivers Jones Rosberg Piquet Mansell Prost

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  • Williams - Pastor Maldonado - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    since the last race of 2004 Europe based for a decade and more Pastor competed in Italian Formula Renault in 2003 and in the Italian and Eurocup series in 2004 winning the Italian crown He also tested an Formula One Minardi at Misano After a difficult 2005 including a four race World Series ban for dangerous driving he secured a full time seat in that championship for 2006 and was third GP2 was to be his hunting ground for four seasons with a first year win in Monaco for Trident Racing and a move to Piquet Sports in 2008 winning at Spa Francorchamps on his way to fifth overall Sixth with ART in 2009 when more was expected Maldonado signed for Rapax in 2010 and finally showed what he could do winning no fewer than six of the Saturday feature races to secure the title Like many others Pastor put himself in the Formula One shop window at the Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test in late 2010 and by December he had been named as a Williams Grand Prix driver for 2011 A single point in Belgium was his share in the team s worst season That all changed in

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  • Williams - Bruno Senna - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    so much was expected of late starter Bruno when he made his way to Europe and British F3 the series Ayrton won in 1983 in 2005 Staying with Raikkonen Robertson Racing in 2006 he had matured enough to claim five race wins and finished third overall Two years of GP2 were next on the agenda winning the main race at only his second event with the Arden team in Barcelona in 2007 and switching to iSport for his second campaign in 2008 His two race wins included Monaco where his uncle won the Grand Prix no fewer than six times his second was in the sprint race at Silverstone But for misfortune including a bizarre retirement when he hit a stray dog at Istanbul Park he might have done better than finish runner up overall Given a taste of an F1 car by Honda in 2009 Bruno opted for the Le Mans Series competing for Oreca in three European rounds with two podiums and racing at Le Mans And so to F1 in 2010 Senna was given his Grand Prix chance by the sport s new recruits from Spain HRT He started 2011 in a test driver role with Lotus

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  • Force India - Teams - Singapore F1 - 2012 Formula 1 Night Race - Singapore Grand Prix
    Its identity and much of its force comes from the charismatic presence of Team Principal Vijay Mallya a politician and entrepreneur whose business interests have spilled over into the pursuit of an Indian identity in this global sport While the team had declined dramatically from the heady days of Eddie Jordan s success at the turn of the century Jordan finished as high as third in the Constructors Championship in 1999 the new regime was able to secure a supply of Mercedes engines for its first World Championship campaign It also managed to attract drivers of the calibre of Grand Prix winner Giancarlo Fisichella a veteran of almost 200 races when he joined the emergent force from the East The Italian earned Force India its first moment in the spotlight when he took an unlikely pole position at Spa Francorchamps in 2009 and went on to finish second in the Belgian Grand Prix Force India s only flirtation with the podium so far Later that same year Adrian Sutil took the team s first and so far only fastest race lap at the Italian Grand Prix In 2009 they switched to Ferrari and have stuck with Italian power since then

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