Components A single has altered a whole lot in the six-and-a-50 % several years considering the fact that Robert Kubica crashed out of the Rally di Andora in February 2011. Spells of dominance have appear and long gone, circuits have vanished from the calendar and new types have emerged. The cars and trucks have also altered substantially.
ESPN charts the critical changes and statistics of the 2,372 times among Kubica’s remaining 2011 pre-season visual appeal in Valencia (the place he finished swiftest) and return to the vehicle on August 2, 2017.
Fat: Cars have enhanced in bulk by 88 kg in the time Kubica has been sidelined. The minimum amount pounds of a vehicle in 2011 was 640kg, but that has considering the fact that climbed to 728kg — with an added 26kg included this yr on your own. This year’s more substantial, bulkier cars and trucks also have included downforce as opposed to the former iteration of F1 vehicle, nevertheless Kubica would have knowledgeable similar levels in 2008.
Tyres: A single issue we by no means bought to see was Kubica running Pirelli’s quickly-degrading tyres all through a race. The sport turned to Pirelli as sole producer in 2011 as it appeared for a way to inject additional enjoyment into races by making certain motorists needed to make additional pit stops all through a race.
DRS: Robert Kubica examined the Drag Reduction Program in his remaining formal F1 examination session when it experienced to start with been launched, but he has by no means raced with it on his vehicle. Right after the 2009 regulations failed to supply the increase in overtaking prospects F1 experienced hoped for, rule makers appeared for a way to guarantee motorists at the very least experienced an possibility to overtake one more. DRS was and, to some, stays controversial, but it has stayed in put considering the fact that 2011 — the only change being a driver could use it everywhere on a qualifying lap back again then and now it is limited to DRS zones.
V6 turbos: The most sizeable alter within F1 cars and trucks took put in 2014. Kubica drove all through the V8 period, engines which remained until eventually the finish of 2013. The subsequent yr F1 created a controversial swap to additional economical but additional high-priced and quieter V6 turbos which will continue being until eventually at the very least 2020. This also indicates Kubica by no means raced an F1 vehicle with 8 gears, something which arrived with the 2014 alter.
Halo/cockpit protection: A single of the additional modern changes, F1 to start with unveiled cockpit protection when the Halo was trialled by Ferrari at the start off of 2016. Every driver on that year’s grid trialled the gadget, although some have also examined the turned down Aeroscreen and Defend units. Halo will be on the cars and trucks in 2018 — which means any return for Kubica could coincide with a single of the most sizeable and controversial regulation changes in Components One’s historical past.
Two males have dominated the period considering the fact that Kubica’s incident. Blended, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have received all but a single of the championships considering the fact that and — as of this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix — have 89 of the 121 wins in that time. It can be not tough to see how, with both of those males experiencing periods of dominance both facet of the introduction of V6 turbo engines. Nico Rosberg, the only other guy to have shared Hamilton’s profitable several years at Mercedes, is the last in double figures but has almost 50 % the wins of his previous teammate.
Remarkably, only 13 of those 121 wins have been scored by Ferrari. Mercedes has a staggering 23 additional wins than the closest competitor in this spell, inspite of Vettel’s dominant several years of 2011 and 2013. McLaren’s statistics are maybe the most damning, with all 14 of their wins coming prior to they switched from Mercedes to Honda ability in 2015.
There have been just five new grand prix winners in the time considering the fact that Kubica’s departure: Nico Rosberg and Pastor Maldado (2012), Daniel Ricciardo (2014), Max Verstappen (2016) and Valtteri Bottas (2017).
Total wins considering the fact that Australia 2011:
Lewis Hamilton – forty three
Sebastian Vettel – 36
Nico Rosberg – 23
Jenson Button – 6
Fernando Alonso – 6
Daniel Ricciardo – five
Mark Webber – three
Kimi Raikkonen – 2
Valtteri Bottas – 2
Pastor Maldonado – 1
Max Verstappen – 1
Mercedes – sixty one
Crimson Bull – 38
McLaren – 14
Ferrari – 13
Lotus – 2
Williams – 1
The pole positions in this time period comply with a similar pattern to victories. Mercedes and Hamilton — who is closing in on Michael Schumacher’s all-time file of sixty eight — direct the way. Due to the fact the start off of 2011, there have been just four new polesitters — Nico Rosberg (China 2012), Pastor Maldonado (Spain 2012), Daniel Ricciardo (Monaco 2016) and Valtteri Bottas (Bahrain 2017). All of those motorists also registered their to start with earn in this spell.
Total poles considering the fact that Australia 2011:
Hamilton – 49
Vettel – 33
Rosberg – thirty
Webber – 7
Alonso – 2
Maldonado – 2
Button – 1
Massa – 1
Ricciardo – 1
Raikkonen – 1
Twenty-9 motorists have created their Components A single debut considering the fact that Kubica’s incident.
2011: Jerome d’Ambrosio, Paul di Resta, Pastor Maldonado, Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo
2012: Charles Pic, Jean-Eric Vergne
2013: Giedo van der Garde, Jules Bianchi, Max Chilston, Esteban Gutierrz, Valttei Bottas
2014: Marcus Ericsson, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, Andre Lotterer
2015: Roberto Merhi, Alexander Rossi, Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz, Max Verstappen
2016: Rio Haryanto, Esteban Ocon, Jolyon Palmer, Stoffel Vandoorne, Pascal Wehrlein
2017: Antonio Giovinazzi, Lance Stroll
Of the higher than, just four (Maldonado, Ricciardo, Verstappen and Bottas) have received an F1 race, although Rossi received the 2016 Indy 500 as a rookie.
F1 has shed three groups from the grid considering the fact that Kubica’s last examination — HRT, Caterham and Manor-Marussia — but attained just a single, in the kind of 2016 debutants Haas F1.
Even though Kubica is returning with the exact Enstone-based Renault workforce he was at in 2011, the title and command of the workforce has altered substantially in the time he’s been away. When the Polish driver joined it was the Renault manufacturing unit workforce, but the French producer resolved to scale back again its involvement in late 2010 and bought a bulk stake of the workforce to Genii Capital. It meant Renault was no for a longer period a ‘factory’ outfit inspite of the title, but it remained as an motor supplier. In 2011, the grid experienced Lotus-Renault and Crew Lotus (which turned Caterham in 2012) due to a legal dispute above the title.
Lotus-Renault turned Lotus in 2012, a title it retained until eventually finish of 2015, when Renault reversed its conclusion from the start off of the ten years and returned to the sport as a totally-fledged producer. The workforce Kubica tests with is thus the exact as he drove for in 2011, but it has experienced three title changes in that time and two various proprietors.
The strategy the F1 calendar has grown wildly out of command in the last couple of several years is something of a fallacy. In 2011, it was meant to be a twenty-race season, but political unrest in Bahrain saw that year’s race cancelled, nevertheless it returned the subsequent season. With the exception of F1’s file-breaking 21-race 2016 season, just about every yr Kubica has missed has highlighted both 19 or twenty races.
But the races on that calendar have altered slightly. In that time, Austin’s Circuit of the America’s, India’s Buddh Intercontinental Circuit, Russia’s Sochi Autodrom and Azerbaijan’s Baku Metropolis Circuit have joined the calendar. New Dehli has truly appear and long gone in that time, signing up for the calendar in 2011 and dropping off just after the 3rd race of its contract in 2013.
India is not the only casualty of the last couple of several years. Turkey dropped off the calendar just after the 2011 race, with European Grand Prix host Valencia acquiring its swansong the subsequent yr. The Korean Grand Prix dropped off the calendar in 2013. Germany is set to return in 2018 but it is safe to say the Nurburging will not be returning any time shortly, with economical challenges cancelling the German Grand Prix in 2015 at a time when Nurburgring alternated with Hockenheim.