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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 Italian Grand Prix 5 to 7 September @ Autodromo di Monza (5.793 km) Monza preview

It's that time of year again when everyone at Toro Rosso looks forward to our home race. The Italian Grand Prix is also the home event for that other famous team which features an animal in its logo, however it's fair to say that all the other nine teams also look forward to the week in Monza, as it's truly a unique and historic event on the calendar. Driving into the Royal Park, one cannot fail to get a sense of history about the place. 

Putting all that emotion to one side, the hard truth is that the race is the fastest of the season, thanks to the famous long straights, broken up with some tight chicanes and a couple of testing corners. That means it will not best suit the power characteristics of the STR9. Long high speed straights mean brakes are also going to be sternly tested, especially as the cars will all run in a low downforce configuration, even if the current rules mean there are no special "Monza-specification" cars like in the old days. As for overtaking, braking for the first corner provides the most likely opportunity, which is why there are inevitably fireworks on the opening lap. It's a fact of modern F1 life that quick tracks tend to provide the least passing places, so Saturday's qualifying will be the first hurdle to overcome for everyone. As for Sunday, there will be many factors to take into account, some of them linked to the new Power Unit as finding the best energy strategy and managing fuel consumption will be the key. Demands on tyres are tough here, so Pirelli has gone for the classic "Hard" and "Medium" compounds for Monza and the fact the lap is so quick means that strategy is always a case of making the least stops – which effectively means just one. Knowing when to make it is the tricky part.

Daniil Kvyat: "I really like Monza and it's been an important circuit for me, as I have taken some major wins and podium finishes there. Last year was particularly good, when I won Race 1 in the GP3 category and then came second in Race 2 in which they reverse the grid order for the front runners. It's a very challenging track, especially for the rookie drivers, as it a very high speed and demanding circuit. I have always enjoyed driving it in the junior formulas and I hope it will still be the case in the Formula 1 car this year. I have spent a lot of my life in Italy, so it's going to be cool to be in a familiar atmosphere. Of course, it's also Toro Rosso's home race, which will make what is always a highlight of the F1 calendar even more special."
Jean-Eric Vergne: "It's the home race for us at Toro Rosso and I'm really looking forward to the weekend, because it's always great to perform in front of the tifosi, who really make this Grand Prix special. I think it might be a difficult race for us, as it is very much a power track where you need to be flying down the straights, which is maybe not our biggest strength this year. We will still be doing our best to have a good home race. I love the atmosphere here and I have good memories of when I won here in World Series. Last year's race was quite unfortunate for me, but I hope we can have a strong race this time."

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 Italian Grand Prix 5 to 7 September @ Autodromo di Monza (5.793 km) Monza preview

Hinwil. After Hockenheim, the Italian Grand Prix is another home race for the Sauber F1 Team as the Monza track is not far from the Swiss border. The final European round of the FIA Formula One World Championship will take place from the 5th to 7th September. On Friday test and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde will be driving the C33 during the first free practice. From the second free practice on regular driver Adrian Sutil will take over.

13th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 5th to 7th September 2014

As the Sauber F1 Team and the Swiss watch manufacturer Certina celebrate their ten-year partnership, Certina will introduce a limited edition of its DS-2 chronograph. On Thursday, 4th September at 17:00 hrs (CEST), the exclusive watches will be presented in our paddock hospitality in Monza. As part of this event, the management and the drivers of the Sauber F1 Team will receive the first pieces. In addition, the anniversary will be acknowledged with a special Certina branding on the C33s during the weekend in Monza.

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
“I am looking forward to going to Monza. Due to the track layout, we need a high top speed in order to be fast on the straights. Monza’s characteristics are different in comparison to the other circuits on the calendar. On one side, there are long straights, but on the other there are also two very slow chicanes on which we will use the kerbs. Therefore, the mechanical set-up of the car is crucial. From an aerodynamic point of view, it is important to have low drag, and, as a result, the downforce is much reduced. Ascari and Parabolica are my favorite corners on the track. In Monza it is not only the circuit that is special, but also the event itself. I am always excited to go there.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
“The race weekend in Monza is always a very special event due to the popularity of Formula 1 and the tifosi. It is surely one of my favourite Grands Prix, as the Italians are great fans, and they generate a nice atmosphere around the track. The circuit is the fastest on the calendar, and I am curious about the top speed on the straights with the new engines. The car needs to be stable under braking, as in the first chicane we reduce our speed from approximately 340 kph to about 60 kph, and on top of that we hit the kerbs. On the long straights a high top speed is important, which can be achieved by a very low downforce. As Pirelli has chosen the medium and hard compounds, it could be a challenge for us to bring the tyres up to temperature. After the German Grand Prix, the race weekend in Monza is another home race for the team, as the track is not far away from the Swiss border. I am looking forward to racing there, the Italian Grand Prix has a remarkable history.”

Giedo van der Garde (car number 36):
“It is great to be back again in the cockpit on Friday morning. Particulary in Monza, there is always a special atmosphere, and the Italian people are really passionate about motorsport. I like this high speed track, and with the new engines and the special aero package we will be very quick on the straights. It is important to have a high straight-line speed, and to be fast through the chicanes. We need to find a compromise with the downforce level resulting in a high straight-line speed, but also finding the right set-up for a stable car. During the first free practice session we will test different configurations in order to find the best possible package. My favorite corner is Ascari, which is very technical and for me a perfect combination. I believe the spectators will see a lot of oversteering cars there. The track has quite high kerbs, while when you brake hard the rear is moving and the car is sliding around. It is good fun, and I look forward to driving there.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Racing at Monza is special. The engineering challenges posed by such a circuit are standalone. On the long straights the car hits speeds that aren’t reached anywhere else. Even if the number of corners per lap is low, every range of cornering speed is covered. Strong braking is fundamental, as well as traction out of the chicanes and stability over the bumps and kerbs. The car’s set up is heavily biased towards speed, and the drivers need to somehow reset their references to the minimal level of downforce carried. As for the tyre allocation, Pirelli have opted for the hard and the medium compounds, which is an very conservative choice. One step softer sounded more sensible for such a circuit, and we suspect that a number of teams will struggle to get the primes into their temperature working window. ”

Autodromo di Monza / 5.793 km
Race distance: 53 laps / 306.720 km
Schedule: Qualifying 14:00 hrs, Race 14:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST)

Esteban Gutiérrez
Born: 05.08.1991 Monterrey (MX)
Marital status: In a relationship
Height / Weight: 1.80 m / 63 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2013
GP started: 31
Best race result: 7th Japan (2013)
Best qualifying: 9th Korea (2013)
Points 2014: 0 (currently 20th)
Points in total: 6

Adrian Sutil
Born: 11.01.1983 Starnberg (DE)
Marital status: In a relationship
Height / Weight: 1.83 m / 75 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2007
GP started: 121
Best race result: 4th Monza (2009)
Best qualifying: 2nd Monza (2009)
Points 2014: 0 (currently 17th)
Points in total: 124

The Sauber F1 Team currently holds 10th place in the World Constructors’ Championship.

Schedule for the group interview sessions during the weekend:

13:30-13:40 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (Spanish)
13:40-13:50 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (English)
13:50-14:00 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV (Spanish, then English)

13:30-13:40 – Adrian Sutil – TV (German, then English)
13:40-13:50 – Adrian Sutil – written media (German)
13:50-14:00 – Adrian Sutil – written media (English)

16:45-16:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV
16:45-16:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV

16:45-16:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (Spanish)
16:55-17:05 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media  (English)
17:05-17:15 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV (Spanish, then English)

16:45-16:55 – Adrian Sutil – TV (German, then English)
16:55-17:05 – Adrian Sutil – written media (German)
17:05-17:15 – Adrian Sutil – written media (English)

After the race the drivers will be available in the mixed zone set up by the FIA.
Monisha Kaltenborn will be available in the team’s area.

Involvement in the FIA press conference means that the group interviews will be cancelled on the relevant day.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kevin Magnussen has been handed a 20-second post-race penalty following an incident with Fernando Alonso #BelgianGP2014 #F1

Belgian GP: Magnussen handed 20-second penalty for ...
19 hours ago - Kevin Magnussen has been handed a 20-second post-race penalty following an incident with Fernando Alonso during the Belgian Grand Prix.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mercedes AGM Formula 1 Team - the Lewis Hamilton / Nico Rosberg incident

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The FIA confirms it will not investigate the Mercedes clash at Spa unless a 'new element' is brought forward - #F1

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 Shell Belgain Grand Prix Race Sunday 24 August @ Spa-Francorchamps review

2014 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 24/08 /2014

Daniil Kvyat (STR9 - 0 4 )
Race Position: 10th

“This was a good but tough race, especially the end where I was defending my position against Hulkenberg who was on new options. That was quite thrilling, as I had to look after my tyres and at the same time fight to keep tenth place. The car handling during the race was good and I was quite pleased that the weather stayed dry. All in all, it was a positive weekend, where we were able to improve step by step and I’m happy to take away a point from this race. I can’t wait to get back into the car in two weeks’ time when we will be in Monza.”

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR9 - 0 1 )
Race Position: 12th

"The start wasn't great. There were some cars already passing me by on the straight and I couldn't do anything to defend myself. It's a bit frustrating to sit in the traffic, with my tyres which didn't last very long and suffering of a lack of performance. We need no w to have a look at all the data to see if there is anything we can do to be back in Monza in a better condition. We are not far from the points but we need to sort a few things out, have a clean weekend and score some points at our home Grand Prix."

Franz Tost ( Team Principal ) "First of all congratulations to Daniel Riccardo and Red Bull for anoth er win. Daniel's race was very exciting, so really well done! As for us, Daniil scored another point which is quite important for the team and for the Constr uctor Championship. Unfortunately, our performance during the race was not on a level to be able to fight and beat the teams which were in front of us . Both our drivers did a very good job, always pushing as much as possible . We leave this great circuit wi th a tenth position and we are look ing forward to our home Grand Prix in Monza."

Ricardo Penteado ( Renault Sport F1 track support leader ) “The race was clean for us in terms of energy and fuel management on Daniil’s car so it was a shame to come away with just one point. On JEV’s car the different car set up possibly offset the pace we could have had, making it difficult to overtake, but the potential is there. It gives us momentum going forward to the team’s home ra ce in Monza in two weeks.”

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 Shell Belgain Grand Prix Race Sunday 24 August @ Spa-Francorchamps review

In the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps the Sauber F1 Team drivers applied different strategies, which in the end didn’t make a significant difference. Adrian Sutil, who stopped three times, finished in 14th , while Esteban Gutiérrez, who pitted twice, was 15th.

Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 13-16°C air, 21-31°C track

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Start on soft tyres, after 14 laps change to soft tyres and after 30 laps change to medium tyres

“It was a tough race. The race strategy was to attack straight from the beginning on. Unfortunately, it did not work out as expected, but at least I was able to gain some positions during the first laps. Throughout the race I struggled a lot with the medium tyres. This aspect made things complicated and put us in a difficult position. Our pace was too slow to finish the race in the points. We need to keep working to be in the top ten as soon as possible.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Start on medium tyres, after 11, 21 and 34 laps change to soft tyres

“It was an exciting race, but 14th was the maximum today. Unfortunately, I got stuck behind  Felipe (Massa). As I came in for the pit stop, he also went in at the same time. In some sectors on track I was faster than him, but on the straights he was just too fast. Felipe’s engine was simply too strong and I could not overtake him. We then decided to race with a three-stop-strategy, which in the end was the right choice. I felt more comfortable with the soft compound in comparison to the medium tyres. I am satisfied with the procedures over the weekend. The team did a good job without making any mistakes.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“The whole crew delivered a race without any mistakes. However, it is disappointing to see that on a track where power and top speed are crucial, we were simply not fast enough. For the upcoming events it will be important for us to build on the improvements that we were able to make recently on the chassis side during the last few races.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“This was a disappointing result after a reasonable race. We expected that we would struggle in dry conditions, and we finally achieved more or less what we could expect. We tried something with Adrian‘s strategy, starting on the medium tyre, which was clearly slower than the soft. This was working until he got stuck behind Felipe Massa. We then decided to switch to a three stop strategy, which didn’t work out because Adrian got stuck behind slower cars. In the end, our drivers finished behind each other.”
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Shell Grosser Preis von Belgien - Rennen - Sonntag

  Beim Grossen Preis von Belgien in Spa-Francorchamps fuhren die beiden Sauber F1 Teampiloten mit unterschiedlichen Strategien, was jedoch letztlich kaum einen Unterschied machte. Adrian Sutil, der drei Mal stoppte, kam auf Rang 14, Esteban Gutiérrez lief nur zweimal die Boxen an und wurde 15.

Wetter: sonnig/bewölkt und trocken, 13-16°C Luft, 21-31°C Asphalt

Esteban Gutiérrez (Startnummer 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf weichen Reifen, nach 14 Runden auf weiche Reifen und nach 30 Runden auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt„Es war ein schwieriges Rennen. Wir entschieden uns für eine Strategie, mit der wir schon zu Beginn des Rennen angreifen wollten. Während den ersten Runden konnte ich zwar einige Positionen gutmachen, allerdings ging die Strategie nicht so wie erhofft auf. Ich hatte während des Rennens mit der mittleren Reifenmischung permanent zu kämpfen, was uns letztendlich in eine schwierige Position gebracht hat. Die Rundenzeiten waren zu langsam, um das Rennen in den Punkten zu beenden. Wir müssen uns weiterhin steigern, um sobald wie möglich in den Top 10 anzukommen.“

Adrian Sutil (Startnummer 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf Medium-Reifen, nach 11, 21 und 34 Runden auf weiche Reifen gewechselt
„Mehr als Platz 14 war heute nicht möglich, aber es war dennoch ein spannendes Rennen. Leider blieb ich hinter Felipe (Massa) hängen. Als ich an die Boxen fuhr, kam er zum gleichen Zeitpunkt rein. Ich war in gewissen Abschnitten schneller als er, aber auf den Geraden ist