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Friday, August 22, 2014

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 Shell Belgain Grand Prix FP1 & FP2 Friday 22 August @ Spa-Francorchamps review

Daniil Kvyat (STR9 - 04 )
First Practice Session Best lap: 1: 53.594 , pos. 12 th , 21 laps 
Second Practice Session Best lap: 1: 50.725 , pos. 7th , 25 laps 

"I really enjoyed driving this track today and I’m quite happy with the car and how we managed to get through our programme. We improved the car balance between the two sessions and I have to say that I feel confident for tomorrow, where I hope we will continue on this strong trend and improve even further.”

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR9 - 01)
First Practice Session Best lap: 1: 54.189 , pos. 16th , 20 laps 
Second Practice Session Best lap: 1: 51.383 , pos. 11th , 26 laps 

"This morning we had some Power Unit related issues, which compromised our programme a b it but nevertheless our performance didn't look too ba d. In the afternoon, while trying different t hings, we probably didn't go in the right direction but we have a clear picture now on what we have to do for tomorrow. On the positive side, we seem competitive on the long runs, which is definitely an encouraging aspect for the rest of the weekend. Overall I'm happy, as we have a good car and we know what steps to take next . ”

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer) “Overall it was quite an interesting day for us. W e tested a few things and played with down force level s across the cars. Both drivers have done a good job to work through their programme and we learned quit e a bit, experimenting with the cars . On the long runs JE V looked quite strong , while Daniil look ed particularly good on the short runs, so it’s a matter of combining these two aspects . There is still some homework for us to do tonight, but hopefully we can put it all together for tomorrow and ge t both drivers in a good place.”

Ricardo Penteado (Renault Sport F1 track support leader) “ Spa lived up to its reputation of an engine circuit today, giving us plenty of work! While the Power Unit calibration and mapping was quite good, and Daniil set a strong time in FP2, we still have room for improvement on the energy management side to be competitive over one lap. On JEV’s car we had to change the PU thanks to a water leak that occurred during the first session, but we don’t expect any further issue. Tomorrow will be interesting as some rain is predicted so we’ll try to maximize performance in all conditions.”

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 Shell Belgain Grand Prix FP1 & FP2 Friday 22 August @ Spa-Francorchamps review

The first practice day for the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps didn’t go exactly according to plan for the Sauber F1 Team. In the morning, the power unit in Giedo van der Garde’s car didn’t deliver the maximum power output, and in the afternoon the failing of the Energy Recovery System (MGUK) brought Esteban Gutiérrez‘ practice session to an end after just a few laps. Meanwhile Adrian Sutil was quite happy with the performance of his car.

Weather: overcast and dry, 13-17°C air, 17-33°C track

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
2nd practice: 17th / 1:53.955 min (7 laps)

“It was a very short Friday for me. I did not drive in the morning, then in the afternoon we had a problem with the MGUK, which cost me the second free practice. At least I was able to run some laps. We have to investigate what caused the incident. Now I am going to focus on tomorrow. We have to work a lot and get things ready for qualifying.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1st practice: 14th / 1:53.703 min (14 laps) / 
2nd practice: 12th / 1:51.450 min (29 laps)

“It was a good day and I had a lot of fun driving on my favorite circuit. I am quite satisfied with our programme today, as we did not have any issues in the morning or in the afternoon. The balance of the car was ok, but there are still some areas which we need to optimise.”

Giedo van der Garde (car number 36):Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
1nd practice: 17th / 1:54.335 min (16 laps)

“It was not an ideal session for me. From the beginning on I didn’t have enough power and I struggled during all the session with this issue. I could only complete two laps during my first run. I came in quite early on so we could try to solve the problem. Afterwards, I went out again for another installation lap, but the issue was still there. However, we had to finish our programme, and so I continued with the second run. The balance of the car was ok, but I still didn’t have enough power and I struggled a little with straight-line speed. It is a pity, but this is motorsport and sometimes these things can happen. I am sure we can solve the problem together.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“In the morning we were more or less able to run through our programme, although the power unit on Giedo’s car didn’t deliver the maximum power output. In the afternoon we had more problems on the same car, but now with Esteban behind the wheel. After only a few laps the MGUK failed and caused Esteban to spin. He was able to make it back to the pits but couldn’t continue the practice session, which limited his running today to just seven laps. This is definitely not helpful. Adrian on his side was quite happy with the car, which is encouraging. It looks as if we are stronger in qualifying conditions than on longer runs, where energy management plays a crucial role, and we loose top speed on the straights. We definitely need to improve our reliability.”
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Shell Grosser Preis von Belgien - Training - Freitag

Der erste Trainingstag beim Grossen Preis von Belgien in Spa-Francorchamps verlief für das Sauber F1 Team nicht nach Wunsch. Am Morgen lieferte die Antriebseinheit im Auto von Test- und Ersatzfahrer Giedo van der Garde nicht die volle Leistung, und am Nachmittag bedeutete ein Schaden am Energierückgewinnungssystem (MGUK) nach wenigen Runden das Ende von Esteban Gutiérrez‘ Trainingstag. Adrian Sutil war mit der Performance seines Autos durchaus zufrieden.

Wetter: bewölkt und trocken, 13-17°C Luft, 17-33°C Asphalt

Esteban Gutiérrez (Startnummer 21):Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
2. Training: 17. / 1:53,955 min (7 Runden)

„Es war ein kurzer Freitag für mich. Das erste freie Training habe ich verpasst, und am Nachmittag hat mich ein Problem mit der MGUK die zweite Trainingssitzung gekostet. Ich konnte immerhin ein paar Runden fahren. Nun werde ich mich auf morgen fokussieren. Wir müssen noch einiges tun, um das Qualifying in Angriff nehmen zu können.“

Adrian Sutil (Startnummer 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1. Training: 14. / 1:53,703 min (14 Runden) / 
2. Training: 12. / 1:51,450 min (29 Runden)

„Es war ein guter Tag, und es hat heute Spass gemacht, auf meiner Lieblingsstrecken zu fahren. Ich bin ganz zufrieden mit unserem heutigen Programm, da wir weder im ersten noch im zweiten freien Training grössere Probleme hatten. Die Balance des Autos war in Ordnung, aber es gibt durchaus noch Bereiche, die wir optimieren müssen.“

Giedo van der Garde (Startnummer 36):

Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
1. Training: 17. / 1:54,335 min (16 Runden)
„Es war kein ideales freies Training für mich. Schon von Beginn an hatte ich kaum Motorleistung und musste damit bis zum Ende des Trainings zurechtkommen. Ich konnte anfangs nur zwei Runden fahren. Danach absolvierte ich eine weitere Installationsrunde gefahren, das Problem war aber nicht behoben. Dennoch führten wir unser geplantes Programm fort. Die Balance des Autos war in Ordnung, aber ich hatte immer noch nicht ausreichend Motorleistung, um auf den Geraden eine angemessene Höchstgeschwindigkeit zu erzielen. Es ist schade, aber solche Zwischenfälle können im Motorsport nun mal passieren. Ich bin mir aber sicher, dass wir das Problem zusammen lösen können.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Am Morgen konnten wir unser Programm mehr oder weniger abarbeiten, obwohl die Antriebseinheit in Giedos Auto nicht die maximale Leistung lieferte. Am Nachmittag gab es dann weitere Probleme mit diesem Auto, das nun von Esteban gefahren wurde. Bereits nach wenigen Runden versagte die MGUK ihren Dienst und verursachte damit einen Dreher. Esteban war zwar in der Lage, das Auto an die Boxen zurückzufahren, sein Training war jedoch zu Ende. Das limitierte seine Rundenzahl gerade mal auf sieben, was natürlich nicht hilfreich ist für ihn. Für Adrian hingegen lief es insgesamt gut, und er war mit der Performance durchaus zufrieden. So, wie es derzeit aussieht, sind wir im Qualifikationstrimm schneller als mit der Rennabstimmung, in der das Energiemanagement eine wichtige Rolle spielt. Wir verlieren im Renntrimm viel an Höchstgeschwindigkeit auf den Geraden. Zudem müssen wir unsere Zuverlässigkeit deutlich verbessern.“

Caterham F1 Team - 2014 Shell Belgain Grand Prix FP1 & FP2 Friday 22 August @ Spa-Francorchamps review

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – 22 August 2014

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: LOT 1:57.886, P21 / ERI 1:57.977, P22
FP2: LOT 1:54.093, P20 / ERI 1:54.050, P19

Total laps:
FP1: LOT 24 / ERI 24
FP2: LOT 24 / ERI 30

André Lotterer, car #45: “I’m very pleased with today. This morning’s first practice was a good session for me; I got used to the car quite quickly and now I just need to optimise everything in terms of driving style. Considering it was my first time out, it all went according to plan and I was able to get a good feel of what it’s like to drive the car. Now we need to keep working like this and continue improving the car.

FP2 was another good session and everything went smoothly even though we had to stop a little bit early due to a technical problem. It’s definitely been another learning process for me on the option tyre – I went out and I didn’t know what to expect, but I think it went very well. We’ve been able to follow the programme as planned, improving while learning and trying to play with the car slowly. We did some long runs and I’m certainly starting to feel comfortable with everything, even though I’m still in the learning curve.

Marcus Ericsson, car #9: “It’s good to be back racing - I’ve been training hard during the summer break and I feel in very good shape. We didn’t have the best of starts, as this morning I had issues with the brakes and a few other technical problems, which is not what we needed. Nevertheless, we were able to complete quite a few laps and gather useful information for the weekend.

FP2 was a better session for us. We solved the issues we had this morning with the brakes, so that was an improvement, even though we will need to solve a few other things overnight, but it’s been a productive day. We’ve completed plenty of laps running on both compounds, so we have a lot of information that will be vital for the rest of the weekend.”

Christijan Albers, Team Principal: “We’ve certainly seen some visible signs that we’re starting to move forward after the summer shutdown. Today we’ve made progress and this is what we intend to do during the rest of the season. Having André in the car is definitely helping us, he has done an extraordinary job on his first day driving for us. We focused on long runs today and tomorrow we will dedicate more time to qualifying performances. It’s been a positive day and we look forward to the rest of the weekend – we will also have an eye on the weather, as here in Spa it can rain at any moment, so anything could happen and we need to be ready.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Renault Sport F1 track support leader: “Spa is the hardest circuit on the calendar for the Power Units so today was a very busy, but productive day. It was very interesting to work with André; he was on the pace straight away, his feedback is excellent and he brings a lot of useful and very different insights to the team. Everything worked as expected until the last few minutes of FP2 when we had a CU-H problem on his car that ended his session early. Marcus also had a good day and everything related to the engine and energy management was managed very well. We’re pretty confident for the rest of the weekend and hope to take advantage of any opportunities that come our way.


Signing session - Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Thursday 21 August 2014. Andre Lotterer, Caterham F1, signs autographs for fans. World Copyright: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic.

FP2 - 2014 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX Friday 22 August @ Spa-Francorchamps 1 Hamilton 2 Rosberg 3 Alonso 4 Massa 5 Button

Friday August 22:
Free practice 2 14:00 local | 12:00 GMT | 14:00 CEST
Lap: 7.004 km
Weather: Changeable 17°C
Track: Dry 33°C
# Driver                Team        Time 
1 1 Hamilton GBR Mercedes 1'49.189
2 Rosberg GER Mercedes 1'49.793
3 Alonso ESP Ferrari 1'49.930
4 Massa BRA Williams 1'50.327
5 Button GBR McLaren 1'50.659
6 Bottas FIN Williams 1'50.677
7 Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso 1'50.725
8 Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 1'50.977
9 Magnussen DEN McLaren 1'51.074
10 Hülkenberg GER Force India 1'51.077
11 Vergne FRA Toro Rosso 1'51.383
12 Sutil GER Sauber 1'51.450
13 Perez MEX Force India 1'51.573
14 Grosjean FRA Lotus 1'52.196
15 Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 1'52.234
16 Bianchi FRA Marussia 1'52.776
17 Gutiérrez MEX Sauber 1'53.955
18 Chilton GBR Marussia 1'54.040
19 Ericsson SWE Caterham 1'54.050
20 Lotterer GER Caterham 1'54.093
21 Maldonado VEN Lotus -
22 Vettel GER Red Bull -

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FP1 - 2014 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX Friday 22 August @ Spa-Francorchamps 1 Rosberg 2 Hamilton 3 Alonso 4 Button 5 Räikkönen

Friday August 22:
Free practice 1 10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 10:00 CEST
Lap: 7.004 km
Weather: 12 deg C
Track: Dry 17 deg C
# Driver              Team     Time 
1 Rosberg GER Mercedes 1'51.577
2 Hamilton GBR Mercedes 1'51.674
3 Alonso ESP Ferrari 1'51.805
4 Button GBR McLaren 1'52.404
5 Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 1'52.818
6 Perez MEX Force India 1'52.903
7 Magnussen DEN McLaren 1'52.922
8 Hülkenberg GER Force India 1'52.937
9 Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 1'52.972
10 Bottas FIN Williams 1'53.172
11 Vettel GER Red Bull 1'53.369
12 Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso 1'53.594
13 Grosjean FRA Lotus 1'53.597
14 Sutil GER Sauber 1'53.703
15 Massa BRA Williams 1'53.968
16 Vergne FRA Toro Rosso 1'54.189
17 van der Garde NED Sauber 1'54.335
18 Maldonado VEN Lotus 1'55.336
19 Bianchi FRA Marussia 1'55.782
20 Rossi USA Marussia 1'57.232
21 Lotterer GER Caterham 1'57.886
22 Ericsson SWE Caterham 1'57.977
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

#F1 - 2014 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX 22 to 24 August @ Spa-Francorchamps (7.004 km) Spa-Francorchamps Stavelot

Friday August 22:
Free practice 1 10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 10:00 CEST
Free practice 2 14:00 local | 12:00 GMT | 14:00 CEST
Saturday August 23:
Free practice 3 11:00 local | 09:00 GMT | 11:00 CEST
Qualifying 14:00 local | 12:00 GMT | 14:00 CEST
Sunday August 24:
Race 14:00 local | 12:00 GMT | 14:00 CEST
Circuit diagram
First Grand Prix: 1950 
Number of Laps: 44 
Circuit Length: 7.004 km 
Race Distance: 308.052 km 
Lap Record: 1:47.263 - S Vettel (2009)

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