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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX 19 to 21 September @ Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore preview

Hinwil. After the last European race in Monza the Sauber F1 Team will travel to one of the season highlights in the Far East, the Singapore Grand Prix. The island of Singapore is again hosting the traditional night race, and the event will take place from the 19th to 21st September on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. This year, the 14th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship will be the second race held at night after the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Sauber F1 Team will introduce an aerodynamic update package, which includes a new engine cover and a modified front wing on the C33.

14th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 19th to 21st September 2014

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
“I am looking forward to the Singapore Grand Prix, as it is one of my favorite tracks. The fact that the race is hold at night brings a great atmosphere, which I really enjoy. Because of the high humidity, racing is a physical challenge there. I remember last year, not only when I was driving, but even more so when I finished the race, I noticed how much energy this climate consumed. Overall I have good memories from Singapore. In 2013 we had a good qualifying, and it was the first time I made it into Q3. In terms of track layout, I think the characteristics will suit the C33. We have been working intensely on the mechanical set-up of the car, which will be crucial on this circuit, as the track has many tight corners and only a few short straights. I am really looking forward to the weekend, and especially to geting the maximum out of the updates to the car we are having there. It is going to be an interesting race, and there is a realistic chance for a positive result.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
“Driving on the track in Singapore is good fun, and, on top of that, it is a street circuit which I personally like a lot. The circuit has relatively short straights and 23 corners, which makes it the track with the most corners on the calendar. Sheer engine power is not crucial here; rather a high mechanical grip is important because of the many tight corners. Good stability of the car as well as high downforce will be essential, as the circuit has several kerbs and is quite bumpy in some places. I think we will have the best chance for a better result there. Moreover, the night race in Singapore is always special and offers the spectators a great backdrop. I am looking forward to the Asian trip; the Singapore Grand Prix is one of the season highlights.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Considering that the Singapore track is one of those circuits which are less dependent on engine power, as well as the fact that we will be introducing an aerodynamic update package with a new engine cover and a modified front wing, the team is feeling quite positive about regrouping in Singapore. The night race on the street circuit is one of a kind; the track offers the typical engineering challenges of a street circuit with the need for mechanical grip, traction, stability and cooling on top of the job list. To the drivers it is unforgiving in places, it is therefore essential to provide them with a set-up they can fully trust. The show will benefit from Pirelli’s compound choice of soft and supersoft, and the safety car deployment rate of 100 percent in the races so far.”

Marina Bay Street Circuit / 5.065 km
Race distance: 61 laps / 308.965 km
Schedule: Qualifying 21:00 hrs local time (15:00 CEST), Race 20:00 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: 32
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: 122
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:

16:30-16:40 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (Spanish)
16:40-16:50 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (English)
16:50-17:00 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV (Spanish, then English)

16:30-16:40 – Adrian Sutil – TV (German, then English)
16:40-16:50 – Adrian Sutil – written media (German)
16:50-17:00 – Adrian Sutil – written media (English)

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

23:00-23:10 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV (Back of garage)
23:00-23:10 – Adrian Sutil – TV (Back of garage)

23:45-23:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (Spanish)
23:55-00:05 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media  (English)
00:05-00:15 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV (Spanish, then English)

23:45-23:55 – Adrian Sutil – TV (German, then English)
23:55-00:05 – Adrian Sutil – written media (German)
00:05-00:15 – 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.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Friday, September 12, 2014

FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA 2014 at Monza video

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 Italian Grand Prix Race Sunday 7 September @Autodromo_Monza. Monza review

The Italian Grand Prix on the highspeed track in Monza became, as expected, a difficult race for the Sauber F1 Team. Adrian Sutil finished the 13th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship in 15th. After having made contact with another competitor, Esteban Gutiérrez had to come in for an unexpected pit stop due to a flat tyre. Due to a penalty that was imposed by the stewards after the race, he was relegated from 19th to 20th.

Weather: sunny and dry, 25-26°C air, 37-45°C track

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Start on hard tyres, after 9, 36, and 49 laps change to medium tyres

“It was a really tough race. From the beginning on I struggled to get the hard tyres to work. We changed the strategy immediately, and I think that was a good decision. Back on track I was able to overtake a few cars, but that was it. We lost a lot of time with the incident I had towards the end of the race. Now, I need to look forward and concentrate on the next races.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Start on hard tyres, after 24 laps change to medium tyres
“It was not a spectacular race for me. We were easily able to finish the race with a one stop strategy. Generally we were too slow today, that is why I could not finish better than 15th. The team worked well and we did not make any mistakes. We still have to continue working on the car in order to improve our performance. It was not an easy race, but we finished it without any incidents.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“It was a difficult weekend that ended as we expected it would. Under the circumstances the team worked well, even though we have some room for improvement with the consistency of the pit stops. Adrian extracted from the car what was possible today. The contact which Esteban had with a competitor was unnecessary. The tracks which are now coming up are less dependent on power, therefore, we hope we can come back to the level of performance we had in Hungary.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“From the beginning it was clear that under normal circumstances it would be extremely difficult to make up positions. We, therefore, decided to choose a tyre strategy which was meant to give us an advantage if some unexpected things happened. However, in the end this didn’t pay off. Esteban struggled to get the hard tyres to work, therefore, we switched to a two-stop strategy. But in the race we were simply not fast enough. It looks as if we are stronger in qualifying, but then are losing ground to our competitors with our race settings. The tracks that are now coming up need less power, which should help us.”
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Grosser Preis von Italien - Rennen - Sonntag

Der Grosse Preis von Italien auf der Powerstrecke in Monza wurde für das Sauber F1 Team zum erwartet schwierigen Rennen. Adrian Sutil beendete den 13. Lauf zur Formel-1-Weltmeisterschaft auf Rang 15. Bei der Berührung mit einem Kontrahenten handelte sich Esteban Gutiérrez hinten rechts einen platten Reifen ein, der ihn zu einem nicht geplanten Boxenstopp zwang. Die Stewards entschieden kurz nach dem Rennen, den Mexikaner mit einer Strafe zu belegen, wodurch er das Rennen nicht wie ursprünglich auf Platz 19, sondern auf Platz 20 beendete.

Wetter: sonnig und trocken, 25-26°C Luft, 37-45°C Asphalt

Esteban Gutiérrez (Startnummer 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf harten Reifen, nach 9, 36 und 49 Runden auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt

„Es war ein schwieriges Rennen. Schon von zu Beginn an hatte ich Probleme, die harte Reifenmischung zum Arbeiten zu bekommen. Wir haben die Strategie schnellstens geändert, was im Nachhinein eine gute Entscheidung war. Zurück auf der Strecke, konnte ich dann einige Autos überholen, aber dann kam ich nicht mehr weiter nach vorne. Ich habe durch den Zwischenfall in den letzten Runden des Rennens viel Zeit verloren. Nun muss ich nach vorne schauen, und mich auf die nächsten Rennen konzentrieren.“

Adrian Sutil (Startnummer 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf harten Reifen, nach 24 Runden auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt
„Es war kein allzu aufregendes Rennen für mich. Mit der gewählten Einstopp-Strategie konnten wir die Renndistanz allerdings gut bewältigen. Wir waren heute generell zu langsam, wodurch in der derzeitigen Situation mehr als ein 15. Platz nicht möglich war. Das Team hat gut gearbeitet, und wir haben keine Fehler gemacht. Wir müssen weiterhin daran arbeiten, die Performance des Autos zu verbessern. Es war kein einfaches Rennen, dennoch sind wir ohne Zwischenfälle ins Ziel gekommen.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:„Ein schwieriges Wochenende, das erwartungsgemäss ausgegangen ist. Das Team hat unter den gegebenen Umständen insgesamt gute Arbeit geleistet, wenngleich wir bei der Konstanz der Boxenstopps noch Verbesserungspotenzial haben. Adrian hat im Rennen das aus dem Auto herausgeholt, was ging. Die Berührung, die Esteban kurz vor Schluss mit einem Konkurrenten hatte, war unnötig. Die Strecken, die nun folgen, sind weniger leistungsabhängig, entsprechend hoffen wir, wieder an jene Leistung anzuknüpfen, die wir in Ungarn gezeigt haben.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Es war von Anfang an klar, dass wir hier unter normalen Umständen grösste Mühe haben würden, aus eigener Kraft Positionen gutzumachen. Deshalb entschieden wir uns für eine Reifenstrategie, die uns unter bestimmten Umständen etwas hätte bringen können. Am Ende hat es sich nicht ausgezahlt. Esteban tat sich schwer, die harten Reifen zum Arbeiten zu bringen, deshalb wechselten wir auf eine Zweistopp-Strategie. Aber unter dem Strich waren wir ganz einfach nicht schnell genug. Tatsache ist, dass wir im Qualifying im Vergleich zu unseren direkten Konkurrenten schneller sind als im Rennen, wenn wir entsprechende Einstellungen des Antriebsstrangs wählen müssen. Die Strecken, die nun folgen, sind weniger leistungsabhängig, was uns eigentlich entgegenkommen sollte.“

Scuderia Torro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 Italian Grand Prix Race Sunday 7 September @Autodromo_Monza. Monza review

Daniil Kvyat: (STR9 - 0 3 ) 
Race Position: 11th 

“I feel disappointed with how my race ended. We had a brake disc failure I think, but I managed to hang on and bring the car home in P11. It ’ s a shame when you give it your hundred percent and you finish the race outside the points, but I’ m very pleased with my race in general . Starting from the back is never easy, but I managed to overtake a few cars and get close to a points finish. We will no w have a look at what exactly happened, before heading to the next race in Singapore.” 

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

"From the beginning of the weekend our performance was not on the level where we would like to be. Even though we have been working very hard, session after session, to improve the car handling, I have been struggling for the whole race, making it very tou gh today. We will now have to analyse carefully what went wrong and hopefully we will come back stronger at the next race in Singapore." 

Franz Tost (Team Principal) "Daniil did a fantastic job today. Starting from the last position on the grid he was able to make his way up. I think he is the driver who can count the highest number of overtaking during today's race. In the last two laps he was fighting to close the gap to Kimi Raikkonen, getting quite close to him, but unfor tunately he suddenly suffered a front brake failure, which we will have to investigate. Only thanks to his extraordinary driving skills he was able to control the car and avoid a collision. All considered, I'm really impressed by his capability to close the gap to the cars in front of him and I'm convince d that he might have finished the race in 9th position today, after the 5 seconds penalty imposed to Magnussen. As for Jean - Eric, he complained about a lack of grip which made him strugg le with the car for the entire race and therefore he finished in the thirtee nth position. The team has done a solid job with a good wor king strategy and fast pit stops. W e just have to go on pushing as much as possible to arrive well prepared in Singapore to score the points which we missed out on today ." 

Ricardo Penteado ( Renault Sport F1 track support leader ) "A great race for Dan iil , who did an incredible job to recover from his penalty and finish just outside the top ten. JEV had a harder race, but on the engine side we really pushed the Power Units to the max, taking calculated risks to improve performance on t he hardest ‘ engine ’ track of the year. Despite the higher than expected temperatures everything worked fine. We are now looking forward to Singapore, which should suit the car more than this track."