May 05, 2013

F1 On NBCSN: Spain 2013!

It has been a while since Formula 1 has graced the digital pages of The Pond, but the first long break of the season has come to an end and F1 is back!  The high-horsepower Circus has made its way back home to Europe and what many consider the real beginning of the season.  The first race on The Continent is, as always, the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcalounger.  Let's take a look at the track map, shall we?

If there is an "average track" in Formula 1, this is it.  The teams have tested here so much, they know it like the back of their hand.  There are no surprises in store, nothing they aren't aware of, leaving it down to the cars, the mechanics and the drivers.  Having said all that, it's because there are no surprises in store at Barcalounger that races here can often have the appearance of being a parade.  Not last year, though, when Pastor Maldonado won his first race, Williams won their first race in years on Sir Frank's birthday, and then their pit garage exploded into flames.  Yes, that counts as memorable.

The biggest news going into the race is that Pirelli folded under the pressure from Red Bull and has changed the tire compound on their Hards.  It's now going to be closer to the 2012 rubber, longer lasting and ohbytheway, something that the Red Bull chassis loved.  The rest of the compounds have not changed, but give it time.  We'll find out just how much difference it'll make this weekend as Pirelli brings the Hard and Medium tires to Barcalounger.

As far as the race goes, the good folks at NBCSN will be providing their usual sterling coverage all weekend!  Here's the broadcast schedule:
Practice 2: 7a - 830a live
Quals: 7a - 830a live
2013 Grand Prix of Spain: 63a - 9a
As usual, NBCSN's schedule is online via the excremental Zap2It, so it should all be taken with a grain of salt the size of a salt lick. 

As is also usual, F1Update! will be all over the race, and by "all over," we mean we'll watch it and give it the writeup it deserves.  Because that's what we do now.  See ya then!

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