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Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team, is looking forward to its second home Grand Prix of the year, at the Valencia Street Circuit. For the third time since 2008, this Valencia track is the venue for the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe. With a total length of 5.419 km and 25 corners, the Valencia track is a unique street circuit where most of the action is carried out along the water’s edge of the Juan Carlos I Marina: skimming past the quay, through the port and the historic fish market, along the docks and shipyard gates, and briefly following the course of the River Turia. The construction of the City of Arts and Sciences by architect Santiago Calatrava and the fact that the city’s marina was the base of the 32nd America’s Cup in 2007, the most important sailing competition in the world, make Valencia a fashionable destination of the Mediterranean.
Especially at the beginning the race weekend, a low grip level is expected, as normally the streets are used for normal traffic. Due to this lack of grip off-line, overtaking is more difficult here than at other circuits. The circuit itself is a stop-and-go track with long straights and low speed corners, which means there will be a lot of heavy breaking, and car traction is needed. Unlike Monte Carlo, the track is wider, the run-off areas are more spacious on dangerous spots, and therefore top speeds are higher. The cars run flat-out between turn 10 and 12 for approximately twelve seconds, and top speeds of 323km/h can be reached, making it one of the highest speeds that can be seen during the year together with the Monza and Spa races.
Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team, is prepared for another good performance and is pleased to race in the streets of Valencia. The Spanish Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team is looking forward to finish the ninth race round of the season with two cars and fight for positions with other teams during the race again.
Team Principal Dr Colin Kolles:
“There is a special atmosphere at the Valencia Street Circuit because it is situated around the harbour. It is not easy to find the right setup for the car because of the track layout with high speed straights and low speed corners. You need low downforce on the straights but high downforce and traction for accelerating after slow and slippery corners. Due to the coastal location of the circuit, a strong sea breeze can also cause balance problems. The drivers have to be concentrated during the 57 laps of the race and due to normally high air temperatures it is going to be a physically tough race. After our good performance in Canada, we are aiming to fight for positions with other teams again.”
Karun Chandhok, Race driver:
“It is the second home race this year for our team in Valencia and the atmosphere there is normally quite good and very special. I am looking forward to the event on this circuit and I already raced there in GP2 series. The track is not a traditional street circuit as it is very wide and has a lot of run-off areas unlike Monaco or Montreal. There are long straights and low speed corners where you have to jump the kerbs to be quick. You will need good stability on the brakes, compliance on the kerbs and good traction. For Valencia, we hope to show a good performance like we did the races before.”
Bruno Senna, Race driver:
“I am really looking forward to the Grand Prix in Valencia because it is a circuit where I had a good performance in GP2 series in 2008. The circuit is difficult with some very technical corners but the biggest challenges are the bridge, which is very narrow and bumpy, and the last corner, into which you arrive at very high speed. Then, you have to slow the car down turning into the hairpin. On this circuit, it is very important to find the right setup for tight slow corners and good traction. As it is not a very high downforce circuit, we may be able to have a competitive weekend again and I hope we will continue having good races.”
-source: hrt

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