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Friday, November 28, 2014

Formula One - Coulthard on embracing fear video


26 November 2014
While risk and racing have always gone hand in hand, racing drivers are far from the adrenalin seeking mavericks they are sometimes portrayed as.

From wheel to wheel racing at speeds in excess of 200mph to the intricacies of car set up, every decision is precisely calculated.

The fear of getting it wrong and making a mistake is what drives them to the pursuit of perfection.

In this moving film 13 time Grand Prix winner, David Coulthard talks about his personal experiences of racing on the limit.

Find more Coulthard Insights and everything about UBS & F1 at http://www.ubs.com/f1

FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Formula 1 not via GP3 & GP2

FIA F3 European Championship 2014 - 25th 26th & 27th races @ Nürburgring Germany (3,629 km km) August 15 to 17

FIA F3 European Championship 2014 - Race 22: 23 & 24 August 1 to 3 @ Spielberg (lap 4.326 km)

FIA F3 European Championship 2014 - 19th 20th & 21st races @ Moscow Raceway. Moscow. Russia (3.931 km) July 11 to 13 
FIA F3 European Championship 2014 - 16th 17th & 18th races @ Norisring Germany (Length 2,300 km) June 28 to 30
FIA F3 European Championship 2014 - 10th 11th & 12th races @ Hungaroring. Hungary (Length 4,381 km) May 30 to June 1)
F3 - 7th 8th & 9th race FIA F3 European Championship 2014 @ Pau (Length: 2,760 km) France videos (full race) 09 to 11/05/2014 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 ABU DHABI TEST: DAY 2 - Driver Max Verstappen


Yas Marina Circuit – 5.554 kms
Car: STR9 chassis number 03
Driver: Max Verstappen Laps: 78
Best time: 1:43.763

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer) “We had a very productive day, especially in the mo rning, when we ran continuously, even squeezing in an extra run before lunch. However, at the start of the afternoon, a technical problem kept the car in the garage for around three hours. The mechanics worked really well to get the car back out on track and we even woke up some of o ur nightshift guys to come and help! Thanks to their efforts we managed to give Max a further t hree runs. He has really got stuck into his learning programme over these past two days, doing long and short runs and finding out a lot about tyre management. Overall, this has been a goo d end to our time on track in 2014.”

Max Verstappen: “We had a very good morning with a lot of running, which allowed us to test quite a few new things on the car in preparation for next year. We had the possibility to go through the intense programme that we had planned, to catch up from yes terday without delays or hitches. I really enjoyed spending four hours without getting out of the car; it was a great feeling. Unfortunately in the afternoon we had a Power Unit issue which stopp ed us for quite a while, but we managed to fix the problem in time to go out again before the end of the session, getting some more useful driving time. I want to thank the team for everythi ng they have done to make these two days a great start to the new season together.”
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Sauber F1 Team - 2014 ABU DHABI TEST: DAY 2 - Driver Marcus Ericsson



Abu Dhabi. Marcus Ericsson was again driving the C33 during the second and last day of testing in Abu Dhabi. The Sauber F1 Team continued to focus on aerodynamic testing, 2015 tyre comparisons and working on different set-up configurations on low and high fuel loads. Despite having some technical issues, the Sauber F1 Team was mainly able to get through the planned programme. Overall the team was pleased with the outcome of the day. Marcus completed a total of 112 laps.


Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit / 5.554 km
Driver: Marcus Ericsson
Weather: sunny and dry, air 26-32 °C, track 28-43 °C
Chassis / engine: C33-04 / Ferrari
Laps today: 112 laps, 622.048 km
Fastest lap: 1:44.551 min


Paul Russell, Test Engineer:
“Overall it was a good day. We carried on with the aero work from yesterday. Besides that, we continued to investigate what the tyres for next year were like, which was more detailed today. We had technical issues with the brakes. Therefore, we did some brake tests, which were interesting. Although we had a short delay because of this, we were able to get almost everything done. We continued working with Marcus, which was good. At the end of the day, he did short runs with qualifying settings.”


Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“I have had two great testing days with just a few problems. We have completed a productive test programme over both days, and we have covered almost everything we had planned. I had a good time getting to know the people within the team, and starting to work with everyone. Starting to drive the C33, building my feeling for the car, and giving my input for next year’s car was important. Overall, we had two constructive test days. Today we continued to work on different set-ups, aero measurements and tyre evolutions, which will be beneficial for next year. This was a good start. Now I am even more motivated to work extremely hard with the team over the winter to be prepared for the first test.”
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Caterham F1 Team - 2014 ABU DHABI TEST: DAY 2 - Driver Will Stevens


Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi – 26 November 2014

Fastest lap / position:
STE 1:44.551, P5

Total laps: 76

Weather:
Morning: Dry, sunny. Track temp 48°, air temp 30°
Afternoon: Dry, sunny, then twilight. Track temp 42°, air temp 29°

Will Stevens, car #46, chassis CT05-#04: “Today’s been another very good day. We started to do our performance runs at the end of the day – I managed to get one run in and put a good lap time on the board, but we unfortunately had a small issue when I was on a better lap… Having said that, we cannot complain about the reliability here in Abu Dhabi, it’s been a trouble-free week. I’ve learned so much over the weekend and the past two days, I’ve got to the point where I now feel very comfortable in the car.

“Looking back, I wish I could have the race weekend beginning now, after these two days – I’ve definitely made the most of this test. I’ve had a great time and it’s very nice to be able to say that I’ve raced in my first F1 Grand Prix – I didn’t make any silly mistakes, learned a lot, enjoyed every second and did a good job. It’s been a great week and I want to thank both the team and the fans for giving me this opportunity. Now let’s wait and see what the future brings.”

Gianluca Pisanello, CaterhamF1 Team Head of Engineering Operations: “It’s been a very positive two days of testing here in Abu Dhabi. Will has done an excellent job, making no mistakes and providing very valuable feedback. Today we continued to work on the test programme that we started yesterday, evaluating the new 2015 Pirelli tyres as well as working on different set-ups and fine-tuning the car. We can be happy with our reliability throughout most of the test, we only had a small hiccup right at the end of the day. We were able to complete plenty of laps over the two days and to do so at a good pace and overall the test run very smoothly.

It’s been a difficult end to the season for the whole team, but we can be very pleased with what we have achieved here in Abu Dhabi after having missed two races. The team has worked extremely hard and it’s been a pleasure to work with a group of people who never stopped believing we would be here and, of course, we cannot forget the fans who also helped us on our journey here. We can end the season with a smile on our faces.”

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Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Tuesday 25 November 2014.
Will Stevens, Caterham CT05 Renault.
World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 ABU DHABI TEST: DAY 1 - Driver Max Verstappen

Yas Marina Circuit – 5,554 kms 
Car: STR9 chassis number 03 
Driver: Max Verstappen 
Laps: 55 
Best time: 1:47.194 

Two days after the final race of the season, Scuderia Toro Rosso and other Formula 1 teams were in action again, for the start of the final tw o day test of the 2014 season. Driving both days for us is Max Verstappen, who was having his first taste of driving on the Yas Marina track. 

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer) “It was an interesting day today, as we ran with th e new 2015 tyres. Unfortunately in the morning we got minimum running due to a suspension issue, w hich caused Max to run wide in turn 19 and crash into the barrier. The car was damaged and it took the whole morning to fix it, before we were able to get it back on track. However, despite this, it was a productive day. In the afternoon we concentrated on long run comparisons between 201 4 and 2015 tyres and we have already learnt quite a bit in this area, but there is still a lot to do. We will now put together a programme for tomorrow, based on what we learned today.” 

Max Verstappen: “Unfortunately we didn’t get much running in the mo rning, but in the afternoon we carried out very useful long runs, which helped me with my understanding of how to manage the tyres. To be able to run the car for a longer period than just an hou r and a half, which is all I had done so far when running in the FP1 sessions, was definitely a good experience and lap by lap, I got more used to the car. I’m looking forward to getting another day in the car tomorrow, to go on with the programme we started today.”