We might have seen 12 days of F1 pre-season testing already this year, but today is the eve of the 2012 Formula One season proper. When tomorrow’s free practice sessions go green that will be the first chance we get to see who is fast and who was mucking around during those pre-season tests.
To help prepare you for another mammoth year in F1 we bring you this quick reference guide. We have the full entry list and numbers for all drivers, plus links to our launch articles for all 11 teams. Very useful will be the coloured boxes which indicate which drivers will have a red camera atop their car and who will have yellow.
We’ve also included an introductory video from Pirelli explaining some of the changes they have made to the tyres for the season ahead. And, finally, there’s a handy calendar with the start times for all 20 races converted to Australian Eastern time.
If you still want more information you can learn more about the rule changes introduced this year in the Charlie Whiting Q&A article and The Guardian also has a good team-by-team preview, that is well worth a read.
All that’s left now are questions on what the season will bring: will this be Mark’s year; can Ricciardo edge himself ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne; and, more importantly, can anyone stop Sebastian Vettel?
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2012 F1 calendar
2012 FIA Formula One World Championship Entry List
Red Bull Racing Renault
1 Sebastian Vettel (DEU) â–ˆ VET
2 Mark Webber (AUS) â–ˆ WEB
3 Jenson Button (GBR) â–ˆ BUT
4 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) â–ˆ HAM
5 Fernando Alonso (ESP) â–ˆ ALO
6 Felipe Massa (BRA) â–ˆ MAS
7 Michael Schumacher (DEU) â–ˆ MSC
8 Nico Rosberg (DEU) â–ˆ ROS
9 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) â–ˆ RAI
10 Romain Grosjean (FRA) â–ˆ GRO
Force India Mercedes
11 Paul Di Resta (GBR) â–ˆ DIR
12 Nico Hulkenberg (DEU) â–ˆ HUL
14 Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) â–ˆ KOB
15 Sergio Perez Mendoza (MEX) â–ˆ PER
Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari
16 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) â–ˆ RIC
17 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) â–ˆ VER
18 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) â–ˆ MAL
19 Bruno Senna (BRA) â–ˆ SEN
20 Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) â–ˆ KOV
21 Vitaly Petrov (RUS) â–ˆ PET
22 Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) â–ˆ DLR
23 Narain Karthikeyan (IND) â–ˆ KAR
24 Timo Glock (DEU) â–ˆ GLO
25 Charles Pic (FRA) â–ˆ PIC
2012 Pirelli tyres
More information: Guide to 2012 Pirelli F1 tyres