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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix 25 to 27 July @ Hungaroring (4.381 km) Hungary preview


Jean - Eric Vergne: This is an important race as it comes just before the summer break, so if you do well here, it means you can enjoy the holiday more. It is a really tough race for the car and for the drivers. The circuit is located in a bowl which seems to trap the heat and the lap has no straights, so there is no time to rest at all over a lap. It can be frustrating to race here though, like in Monaco, as you can find yourself behind a slower car and not be able to get close enough to pass. To overtake, you need to be really close in the last corner to pass down the pit straight and in order to manage that, you must be right on the tail of the slower car for the whole lap, which is quite tricky, as there are a few high speed corners. You are always turning, braking, accelerating. Not an easy race and the last two years it has not been a good track for Toro Rosso, so I really want this to change and we will be doing all we can to have a good race. I like the city, which I have visited many times from my days racing in the World Series 

Daniil Kvyat: Hungaroring is on the list of my favourite tracks with its flowing nature and fast chicanes and corners, which you need to attack a lot. That’s what I really love about this track. There’s no time to rest there but I am really looking forward to it. You can get stuck behind slower cars, which is frustrating and that’s why it is really important to get as good a grid position as possible here and start in front of your rivals. It can be very hot and from a physical point of view, Budapest can be even tougher than Malaysia because you don’t get time to rest as there are no long straights. It makes for a demanding and challenging weekend. I also like the city of Budapest, quite a lot of Russians come to this race, so I am looking forward to seeing a lot of Russian flags in the grandstands: not on the scale of Sochi of course, but a nice feeling all the same.
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Media schedules:
THURSDAY 24 TH JULY 2014 16:30 - 16:40 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - ALL TV - ENERGY STATION, MEDIA WALL 16:30 - 16:40 - DANIIL KVYAT - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:40 - 16:50 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - FRENCH MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:40 - 16:50 - DANIIL KVYAT - RUSSIAN MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:50 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:50 - DANIIL KVYAT - ALL TV - ENERGY STATION, MEDIA WALL FRIDAY 25 TH JULY 2014 18:00 (APPROX) - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE & DANIIL KVYAT - ALL MEDIA - ENERGY STATION SATURDAY 26 TH JULY 2014 IMMEDIATELY AFTER QUALIFYING - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE & DANIIL KVYAT - ALL TV - FIA TV SCRUM AREA 16:30 - 16:40 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - FRENCH MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:30 - 16:40 - DANIIL KVYAT - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:40 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:40 - 16:50 - DANIIL KVYAT - RUSSIAN MEDIA - ENERGY STATION SUNDAY 27 TH JULY 2014 IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE RACE - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE & DANIIL KVYAT - ALL TV - FIA TV SCRUM AREA IMMEDIATELY AFTER TV SCRUM - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE & DANIIL KVYAT - ALL PRINT MEDIA - ENERGY STATION DRIVER’S OPEN MEDIA SESSION WILL BE CANCELLED IF HE IS INVITED TO THE FIA PRESS CONFERENCE.
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FOR INTERVIEW REQUESTS PLEASE CONTACT THE SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO COMMUNICATIONS TEAM. PLEASE CHECK THE SCHEDULE POSTED IN THE MEDIA CENTRE FOR FINAL TIMINGS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT MEDIA@TOROROSSO.COM

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Caterham F1 Team - 2014 Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix 25 to 27 July @ Hungaroring (4.381 km) Hungary preview


General
Race Laps: 70
The Hungaroring is laterally demanding but as there are a lot of medium-slow speed corners, traction is also very important
Maximising pace through Sector 2 is important for lap time
The track is generally bumpy (T5 especially) but there are no major issues
Kerbs are significant in T6 and T7
The track can be very dusty if it is windy, which can present issues in determining setup options


Circuit Particularity
Bumpiness: medium / high
Kerbs: high in T6 and T7
Ride height setting particularity: none
Lat/Long grip: medium
Aero eff ratio: low
Track grip evo during w/e: high
Aero settings: very high (maximum)
Brake wear severity: medium / high
Brake cooling necessity: high

Team Quotes
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Kamui Kobayashi, car #10: "The last race before the August break is Hungary, another really popular race with both fans and everyone in F1. For me one of my best memories of the Hungarian GP is 2010, the first time I raced on this track in F1. I had a grid penalty for something so had to start on the last row, in 23rd, but I overtook about six or seven cars on the first lap and then finished in the points! I think we're realistic enough to know that probably won't be possible this year, but we'll still go there ready to fight as hard as we can, and hopefully come away with something positive.
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"On track the Hungaroring isn't one of the most challenging circuits we race on, but one of the keys to a good time is to find a rhythm, especially in sector two. You need to let the corners flow, one after the other, and with the high temperatures we usually have there and the tyre choice being soft and mediums, tyre management will be even more important than normal."
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Marcus Ericsson, car #9: "Straight on to Hungary after the German GP and another chance to take the fight to the cars ahead. For the last couple of races I've had a few issues that compromised my race before it started, so I'm targeting a clean weekend with maximum track time, especially in quali after what happened in Hockenheim.
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"I've always had great support in Hungary. It's one of the races a lot of Swedish fans come to and after seeing so many Swedish flags in Germany I'm looking forward to the same at the Hungaroring. This time I want to give them something to cheer for all weekend, especially on Sunday, so it's important we have good reliability across the whole package, giving us the chance to fight in quali and race properly on Sunday."
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Christijan Albers, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: "We now have completed two races since taking over the team and I have to say I am pleased with the progress we are making. In Germany the gap to our competitors was closer than it has been for several races and we are definitely aiming to continue that progress in Hungary. We can keep making small but significant improvements across the whole team, both on track and at the factory, and they will contribute to our ongoing development."
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Cedrik Staudohar: Hungarian GP lowdown with Renault Sport F1 track support leader, 


Main challenges of Budapest for the Power Units: "The Hungaroring puts a focus on low speed driveability and engine response under braking. It's not a power sensitive track so having a driveable and energy efficient Power Unit will pay dividends here."
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Main energy recovery points: "Energy recovery isn't a problem as just about every corner is low to medium speed. The MGU-K will recover under braking while the MGU-H can recharge on the short bursts of power. Making efficient use of the power is however very important as the long race distance and long lap means we'll be on the limit for fuel consumption."
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Difficulty rating: "Medium. The energy recovery system will be highly solicited but the ICE will have a relatively easy ride as the track is not power sensitive. The ambient heat does give us some worry, but we got on top of the effect of the high temperatures in Germany last week."

What to watch out for: "Power sensitivity and outright engine power are not a major concern so we will use an ICE on final race of its lifecycle."
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THURSDAY 24 TH JULY 2014
16:30 - 16:40 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - ALL TV - ENERGY STATION, MEDIA WALL 16:30 - 16:40 - DANIIL KVYAT - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:40 - 16:50 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - FRENCH MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:40 - 16:50 - DANIIL KVYAT - RUSSIAN MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:50 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:50 - DANIIL KVYAT - ALL TV - ENERGY STATION, MEDIA WALL

FRIDAY 25 TH JULY 2014 18:00 (APPROX) - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE & DANIIL KVYAT - ALL MEDIA - ENERGY STATION

SATURDAY 26 TH JULY 2014
IMMEDIATELY AFTER QUALIFYING - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE & DANIIL KVYAT - ALL TV - FIA TV SCRUM AREA 16:30 - 16:40 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - FRENCH MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:30 - 16:40 - DANIIL KVYAT - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:40 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - ENERGY STATION 16:40 - 16:50 - DANIIL KVYAT - RUSSIAN MEDIA - ENERGY STATION

SUNDAY 27 TH JULY 2014
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE RACE - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE & DANIIL KVYAT - ALL TV - FIA TV SCRUM AREA IMMEDIATELY AFTER TV SCRUM - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE & DANIIL KVYAT -

ALL PRINT MEDIA - ENERGY STATION DRIVER’S OPEN MEDIA SESSION WILL BE CANCELLED IF HE IS INVITED TO THE FIA PRESS CONFERENCE. FOR INTERVIEW

REQUESTS PLEASE CONTACT THE SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO COMMUNICATIONS TEAM. PLEASE CHECK THE SCHEDULE POSTED IN THE MEDIA CENTRE FOR FINAL TIMINGS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT MEDIA@TOROROSSO.COM

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 Pirelli Hungarian Grand Prix 25 to 27 July @ Hungaroring (4.381 km) Hungary preview

Hinwil. The Hungarian Grand Prix will take place this coming weekend in Budapest. After the 11th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Sauber F1 Team heads into the summer break together with all other teams at the beginning of August.


11th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 25th to 27th July 2014

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
“The Hungaroring has a different characteristic in comparison to other circuits on the calendar. It is a very interesting track, and I enjoy driving there. The circuit consists of many low and medium-speed corners. As it is quite bumpy, it will affect the mechanical set-up of the car. Due to the traditional high temperatures, it is demanding for the tyres. There is a lot of tyre degredation as the track has some corners with right-left combinations. Although this can give us some opportunites, and we can work on different strategies. I like being at the Hungaroring, so I am looking forward to going there again. The team keeps working hard, and we hope to be in a better position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.”


Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
“The Hungarian Grand Prix is a great event with many fans who are passionate about racing. The track itself is quite short, but very challenging with many corners, and it is not easy to put a perfect lap together. You need a lot of grip as there are several slow corners. The Hungaroring is interesting, and it is definitely good to have it on the calendar. It is the second slowest track after Monaco. Our chances are difficult to predict, but I am ready for a good result and hope for a great race. Budapest is a picturesque city with a lot of history and beautiful buildings.”


Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“The back-to-back race at Budapest is another “hot” event, temperature-wise. Compared to Hockenheim, the set-up of the car isn’t that different, although the time spent on straights is considerably less and the low to medium-speed corners dominate. The aerodynamic requirements can be briefly summarised to be high downforce wings and efficient cooling. The track surface is more abrasive than in Hockenheim, therefore, the Pirelli medium and soft tyres have been allocated for this track.”


Circuit:
Hungaroring / 4.381 km
Race distance: 70 laps / 306.630 km
Schedule: Qualifying 14:00 hrs local time (14:00 CEST), Race 14:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST)


Esteban Gutiérrez
Born: 05.08.1991 Monterrey (MX)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.80 m / 63 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2013
GP started: 29
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: 119
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:

Thursday:
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)

17:00-17:20 – Monisha Kaltenborn – written media (English, then German)
17:20-17:30 – Monisha Kaltenborn - TV

Friday:
16:45-16:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV
16:45-16:55 – Adrian Sutil – TV

Saturday:
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)

Sunday:
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.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND Race Sunday 20 July @ Hockenheimring review

Esteban Gutiérrez finished the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring in 14th. Adrian Sutil retired in lap 48 after spinning out in the last corner. It was a race in which the team had the chance to score a point.


Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 24-26°C air, 32-34°C track

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Start on supersoft tyres, after 14 laps change to supersoft and after 31 and 50 laps change to soft tyres
“The whole team did a good job over the weekend. From Friday on we developed the car as best we could. However, 14th position is not satisfying. I was fighting the entire race from the beginning to the end, trying to gain positions and keeping cars behind me. At the moment we are missing the pace to be able to fight with the others in front of us. There was not much that we could do. We need to keep working and focusing on our performance so we can be more competitive in the next races."


Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Start on supersoft tyres, after 16, 32 and 47 laps change to soft tyres
“It was an exciting race with good battles. I had a lot of fun and it was the first time I could keep up with some other drivers. It is positive as our car was more competitive this weekend. Suddenly, after my last pit stop, I lost power and when I entered the Motodrom I thought the engine would switch off. In the last corner I had a similar problem, then I spun and this time the engine did switch off. It is certainly frustrating, but at the moment we have to come to grips with it.”


Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“The race showed that our competitiveness has slightly improved, although we know that our level is certainly not satisfying yet. We had the chance to gain one point and it is a pity that we could not take advantage of this due to two unfortunate incidents. At first we suffered from a wrong driver procedure, following that the driver spun in the final corner and we still have to investigate the reasons for that. However, there were positive aspects and we need to deploy the insights we have gained and take every opportunity that comes up.”


Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Both our cars started on the supersoft tyres, which was meant to boost our chances on lap one, and worked well. When the Safety Car went in, Adrian was in P10 and Esteban in P13. Then we went to a split strategy with Adrian on soft and Esteban on supersoft tyres, which gave us a solid basis to make the right decisions for the second part of the race. This turned out to be the right decision. The drivers were racing close to each other and were able to keep up with our competition. Adrian’s race ended on lap 48 after the final pit stop due to a wrong driver procedure, following that the driver spun in the final corner and we still have to investigate the reasons for that. Esteban lost some positions on track, so in the end the result was not different from what we have had before, nevertheless there are some encouraging signs concerning our performance.“
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Santander Grosser Preis von Deutschland - Rennen - Sonntag

Beim Grossen Preis von Deutschland auf dem Hockenheimring belegte Esteban Gutiérrez Platz 14. Adrian Sutil schied in Runde 48 durch einen Dreher in der letzten Kurve aus, in einem Rennen, das durchaus die Chance auf einen WM-Punkt bot.


Wetter: sonnig/bewölkt und trocken, 24-26°C Luft, 32-34°C Asphalt

Esteban Gutiérrez (Startnummer 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf superweichen Reifen, nach 14 Runden auf superweiche Reifen, nach 31 und 50 Runden auf weiche Reifen gewechselt„Das gesamte Team hat am Wochenende gute Arbeit geleistet. Von Freitag an haben wir das Auto weiterentwickelt und versucht, das Beste herauszuholen. Dennoch können wir mit der 14. Position nicht zufrieden sein. Ich habe vom Anfang bis zum Ende des Rennens gekämpft, versuchte Plätze gutzumachen und musste meine Position auch verteidigen. Wir konnten während des Rennens nicht viel tun. Wir müssen weiterhin hart arbeiten und uns auf unsere Performance konzentrieren, um bei den kommenden Rennen konkurrenzfähiger zu sein.“


Adrian Sutil (Startnummer 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf superweichen Reifen, nach 16, 32 und 47 Runden auf weiche Reifen gewechselt„Es war ein aufregendes Rennen mit guten Zweikämpfen. Es hat viel Spass gemacht, und ich war das erste Mal in der Lage, mit einigen Fahrern mitzuhalten. Das ist durchaus positiv, da unser Auto definitiv konkurrenzfähiger war. Bis nach meinem letzten Boxenstopp lief alles nach Plan, doch dann hatte der Motor plötzlich Aussetzer. Ich hatte eingangs zum Motodrom keine Leistung mehr und dachte der Motor geht aus. In der letzten Kurve hatte ich ein ähnliches Problem, das zum Dreher führte, bei dem der Motor ausging. Es ist sicher deprimierend, aber wir müssen im Moment leider damit leben und versuchen, das in den Griff zu bekommen.“


Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Das Rennen hat gezeigt, dass wir unsere Konkurrenzfähigkeit etwas verbessert haben, obschon wir wissen, dass unser Level noch nicht zufriedenstellend ist. Die Chance auf einen Punkt war sicherlich da, und es ist ärgerlich, wenn wir wegen zwei unglücklichen Vorfällen diese Chance nicht nutzen konnten. Es begann mit einem Bedienungsfehler; hinzu kam, dass der Fahrer sich in der letzten Kurve drehte. Die Ursache dafür müssen wir noch prüfen. Dennoch gab es positive Aspekte, und wir müssen auf den Erkenntnissen, die wir gewonnen haben, aufbauen und die Möglichkeiten, die sich bieten, konsequent nutzen.“


Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Beide Autos starteten auf den superweichen Reifen, um in der ersten Runde die Chancen optimal zu nutzen, was auch funktioniert hat. Als das Rennen in der zweiten Runde wieder freigegeben wurde, lag Adrian auf Rang zehn und Esteban auf Position 13. Dann haben wir uns beim zweiten Stint für unterschiedliche Strategien entschieden, um eine gute Entscheidungsbasis für die zweite Hälfte des Rennens zu haben. Das funktionierte gut. Drei Stopps waren die richtige Entscheidung. Unsere Piloten waren in jener Phase in der Lage, die Pace unserer direkten Konkurrenten mitzugehen und mit ihnen zu kämpfen. Adrians Rennen endete dann in Runde 48 wegen eines Bedienungsfehlers, hinzu kam, dass der Fahrer sich in der letzten Kurve drehte. Die Ursache dafür müssen wir noch prüfen. Esteban verlor einige Plätze auf der Strecke. Das führte zu einem Resultat, das sich nicht von früheren Ergebnissen unterschied. Dennoch gab es durchaus einige positive Anzeichen, was unsere Performance betrifft.“
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Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND Race Sunday 20 July @ Hockenheimring review


Jean - Eric Vergne (STR9 - 0 1 )
Race Position: 13th 

"I was having a good race until the moment in which I had to make a five seconds stop - and - go penalty during my second pit stop, which compromised any possibility of scoring points. After it, I came back to the track on the option tyres, which are very fragile in traffic conditions. Very soon my front left was too damaged and I was forced to stop a gain for prime tyres to finish the race. I think points were possible here, the race was looking great so it's been a real shame."

Daniil Kvyat (STR9 - 03)
Race Position: DNF

 "It’s a shame how my race ended today, especially because yesterday went very well. My first stint was looking okay until the contact with Perez , which made me lose ground. I think I didn’t look after my tyres well enough during the second stint, in which I tried to catch up and get back some positions. The final stint was looking g ood in terms of pace , but I suddenly lost drive and I then saw smoke and later flames in the mirrors. I started to feel really hot in the car, so I parked it and jumped out as quickly as possible. It’s not a nice situation to be in, but I’m now more concer ned about the car than anything else. I hope everything will be ok and I will now switch my focus to Hungary, where I hope we can do better.”

Franz Tost ( Team Principal ) "Daniil's race was compromised by the collision wi th Perez. We had to call him in to change the tyres but the right hand side of his car was damaged which had a big impact on the aero - balance. S o from this moment onwards he was no longer able to keep the pace. Unfortunately he could not finish the race because of a drive train failure, wh ich we are still investigating. Jean - Eric showed a good performance, especially at the beginning of the race until the overtaking manoeuvre with Grosjean. Coming out from c orner six he went off the track with four wheels and therefore the stewards decided to give him a five seco nds stop - and - go penalty, which he paid during his second pit stop. With the supersoft, h e started to suffer from heavy front left graining, which slowed him down . Of course, for Jev to finish thirteen th is disappointing and after Daniil's good P8 result in his Q ualifying session yesterday, we were expecting some points today. We have now a lot of work in front of us until the next race i n Budapest, where we hope to show a better performance."

Ricardo Penteado ( Renault Sport F1 track support leader ) “ Today was a missed opportunity as our car performed yesterday and the team deserved to score a couple of points. Jev’s car worked well but his penalty pushed us out of the top ten. Daniil was really unlucky to spin in the first part of the race and then to retire in such a dramatic way. The issue is still under investigation but we believe it was an ignition problem that resulted in unburnt fuel igniting in the exhausts. ”
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Caterham F1 Team - 2014 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND Race Sunday 20 July @ Hockenheimring review

Hockenheim, Germany - 20th July 2014

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Weather
Race: overcast, dry, air temp 25° / track temp 34° (start), 24° / 32° (lap 33), 24° / 33° (lap 67)

Runplan
Kamui Kobayashi
Lap 15: pitstop 1, soft tyres
Lap 32: pitstop 2, soft tyres
Lap 48: pitstop 3, supersoft tyres
Finished: 16th

Marcus Ericsson
Lap 3: stop / go
Lap 18: pitstop 1, soft tyres
Lap 41: pitstop 2, supersoft tyres
Finished: 18th

Team Quotes

Kamui Kobayashi, car #10, chassis CT05-#02: “At the start I managed to avoid Bianchi who was slow off the line but I was behind Chilton going into turn one. After the safety car went back in Bianchi managed to get ahead so I focused on pushing to the first stop where really good work from the pitstop crew helped me jump Chilton, and I held that place comfortably up to the second stop on lap 32.

“The car balance was ok – there was a bit of understeer, less than on the supersofts I’d started on, but I didn’t have the outright pace to catch the cars ahead. When we boxed again the guys did another great stop and helped put some more time between Chilton and me so I didn’t have to push the second set of softs too hard on the first few laps of the third stint.

“I pulled away from Chilton and then when Sutil span we boxed for the last time to finish the race on another set of supersofts. 16th was about as much as we could have done today – we didn’t quite have the performance to catch Bianchi so now it’s on to Hungary next week for the last race before the August break.”

Marcus Ericsson, car #9, chassis CT05-#01: “I started from the pitlane so it was always going to be a struggle today. Obviously the safety car on lap one helped but I had to serve the ten second stop / go we’d incurred for breaking parc fermé rules last night after the issue with the power unit straight after the safety car came in, and from that point I was having to try and play catch up for the whole race.

“My first pitstop was on lap 18, going from supersofts to softs for the second stint, and when I rejoined the blue flags for the leaders meant I started losing more time and there wasn’t anything I could do to try and make up time to the cars ahead. My laptimes were pretty good, relative to the pace we could manage today, so I just kept pushing, right up to the second stop on lap 41 by which time that set was done.

“We went back out on supersofts for the final stint and I was told I could push to the flag. I made up some time on the Marussia ahead but with about five laps left that set was completely gone so I couldn’t close the gap up enough to fight Chilton and finished the race in 18th.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Renault Sport F1 track support leader: “We had a clean race this afternoon where we were able to run the power units to the maximum and are pleased to get a double finish, with one car ahead of a Marussia. We will build on this in the next race in Hungary."

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2014 German GP - Sunday 20th July Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Saturday 19 July 2014. Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham CT05 Renault. World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic.
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