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have won the championship, Michael Schumacher has won the driver�s
championship and Barrichello is second from where he can only be beaten if
Montoya wins both remaining races and he does not earn at least three points.
Ralf has an even slimmer chance! That is pretty unlikely.
Indianapolis circuit is a combination of Monza and Monaco. Half of it is very
fast with long sweeping bends ant the other half is very slow and tight.
first corner, tight right hander at 100km/H (62mph) almost immediately leads
into an equally tight lefthander followed by a faster right sweep (turn 3
240km/H or 150mph) that tightens into turn 4. A short squirt on the
accelerator and it is down to around 160km/H (100mph) for turn 5, another
squirt and you are in the S of turns 6 and 7 before getting to the back
straight where cars will get up to over 300km/H (186mph) before braking for
the very tight combination of turns 8, 9 and 10 which will be negotiated at
under 100km/H (60mph). They will hardly be on the accelerator before turn 11
(130km?H or 80mph) and then the fast bit starts. Turn 12 will be taken flat
out at over 250km/H (155mph) and turn 13 at over 300km/H (186mph). Speed on
the straight will exceed 350km/H (220mph).
will be limited to the fast section of the track and the back straight.
compromise between downforce and straight line speed makes this circuit very
difficult to set up for. Too much wing will sacrifice top speed on the fast
section too little wing will lose grip in the slower section.
are still the team to beat. Schumacher may allow Barrichello through to
totally secure his second place in the championship but I suspect that they
will be allowed to race as there is little risk that Barrichello will not
finish second by the end of the season. If they are allowed to race, team
orders will again apply to the last part of the race, which makes sense. There
is no point in risking both cars when they are way out in front.
may use their qualifying engines for full race distance. That will undoubtedly
make them faster, possibly even fast enough to be competitive, but reliability
will then be an issue. Both cars could retire.
the two Williams drivers I expect Montoya to be faster, providing that he
keeps his motivation up.
McLaren have suddenly found a lot more power they will probably not fare well
should be faster than the rest but after that it could be difficult to
predict. Jaguar may be very fast again, Toyota could be fast but they'll
struggle in the slower section, Sauber do not have the power, Honda power is
also lacking so do not expect BAR or Jordan to do well and Arrows is turning
into a has-been team. Minardi will fill in the last 2 positions as usual.
expect both Ferrari drivers on the podium, the only question is who they will
share it with. It could be a Williams but if I am right and both Williams
retire with a blown motor it will be between McLaren and the very improved
Agree or disagree ?
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