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Monday, May 4, 2015

Sauber F1 Team - 2015 Spanish Grand Prix preview 8 to 10 May @ Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona

Hinwil. The Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona sees the European Formula One season kick off. The fifth round of the the FIA Formula One World Championship will take place from the 8th to 10th May 2015 on the Circuit de Catalunya. During the previous four overseas races the Sauber F1 Team put in a solid performance. Therefore, the Swiss team and its drivers Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson are travelling to Barcelona with a positive mindset. Both Sauber C34-Ferrari will come with aerodynamic upgrades.

5th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 8th to 10th May 2015

Test and reserve driver Raffaele Marciello will be called into action for the second time this season for FP1 on Friday. Regular driver Marcus Ericsson will take over from the second practice session on. After the Spanish Grand Prix, the first two days of in-season testing will take place from the 12th to 13th May on the Circuit de Catalunya. Ericsson will be at the wheel of the Sauber C34-Ferrari on Tuesday, while Marciello will drive the car on Wednesday.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“It is nice coming back to Barcelona, a track we know quite well from testing. The track is quite demanding for the tyres, especially for the left front tyre and mainly because of turn three, which is a long, right-hand bend. Normally with the warmer temperatures in Barcelona, I assume the tyre degradation will be quite high. Thus, it will be crucial to find a set-up on which we are able to set good lap times, as well as having good tyre management. These are two facts we need to focus on during the weekend building up to the race.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
“I am looking forward to our first race in Europe. I know the track in Barcelona quite well from many of the series I have raced in. It is a technical track, which requires a good downforce due to its high-speed corners, as well as strong traction because of its slow-speed corners in the last sector. These are the two main factors for a good lap time. We have to maximise everything we have and take every opportunity to fight again for points.”

Raffaele Marciello (car number 36):
“Overall, it will be a busy weekend for me. Besides my duties in the GP2 Series, I will be back in the Sauber C34-Ferrari on Friday for FP1. I am really looking forward to it. I enjoy driving on this track, as it consists of fast as well as slow-speed corners. It is important being consistent over a lap, because if you push too much in the first sector, which has some fast corners, the last sector with slow-speed corners could be challenging as the tyres could overheat. My favorite part of the track is the left-right-right combination, turns seven, eight and nine in sector two, which is quite fast. In general I like high-speed corners, and also turn three is nice to drive. After the race weekend, I will have the opportunity to drive the Sauber C34-Ferrari on the second day of in-season testing in Barcelona. I am looking forward to testing the car for one whole day during which I am able to collect some mileage.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“After an encouraging pre-season campaign at the Circuit de Catalunya, we head back there with some solid race achievements and aerodynamic upgrades. The first European race is known for a number of teams introducing improvements to their cars, therefore it will be important for us to keep up momentum and fight for points. We are aware that the conditions will be fairly different to how they were two months ago, and, therefore, some set-up adjustments will be needed to get the medium and hard tyres to work at their best in warmer temperatures. After the race, the team will stay in Spain for the first two days of in-season testing, when Marcus and Raffaele will work through an intense programme mainly featuring aerodynamics, the braking system and the rear suspension.”

Circuit de Catalunya / 4,655 km
Race distance: 66 laps / 307.104 km
Schedule: Qualifying 14:00 hrs Race 14:00 hrs local time (12:00 hrs GMT)

Marcus Ericsson
Born: 02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.80 m / 70 kg
First GP: Australia 2014
GP started: 20
Best race result: 8th Australia (2015)
Best qualifying: 10th Malaysia (2015), 10th China (2015)
Points 2015: 5 (currently 14th)

Felipe Nasr
Born: 21.08.1992 / Brasilia (BR)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.75 m / 68 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2015
GP started: 4
Best race result: 5th Australia (2015)
Best qualifying: 9th China (2015)
Points 2015: 14 (currently 8th)

The Sauber F1 Team has 19 points to its tally and currently holds 5th place in the World Constructors’ Championship.

Schedule for the group interview sessions during the weekend:

13:30-13:40 – Marcus Ericsson – TV (Swedish, then English)
13:40-13:50 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (Swedish)
13:50-14:00 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (English)

15:00 – Felipe Nasr – FIA Press Conference

16:00 – Giampaolo Dall’Ara – FIA Press Conference
16:45-16:55 – Marcus Ericsson – TV
16:45-16:55 – Felipe Nasr – TV

16:45-16:55 – Marcus Ericsson – TV (Swedish, then English)
16:55-17:05 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (Swedish)
17:05-17:15 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (English)

16:45-16:55 – Felipe Nasr – written media (Portuguese)
16:55-17:05 – Felipe Nasr – written media (English)
17:05-17:15 – Felipe Nasr – TV (Portuguese, then 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.

17:15 Marcus Ericsson – written media (hospitality)
17:25 Felipe Nasr – written media (hospitality)

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

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sauber F1 Team - 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix Race review Sunday 18 April 2015 @ Bahrain International Circuit. Sakhir. Bahrain

The Bahrain Grand Prix, the first night race of the season, ended in disappointment for the Sauber F1 Team. Despite competitive lap times the drivers only managed to finish in 12th (Felipe Nasr) and 14th (Marcus Ericsson). Both drivers were hindered by technical problems. Marcus Ericsson lost a lot of time during his second pitstop due to a mechanical issue when changing the front left wheel. Felipe Nasr was slowed down by a temporary loss of power. So, despite good lap times, the team was not able to convert the good performance into points.

Weather: dry, 26-24°C air, 31-29°C track

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Start on soft tyres, after 11 and 25 laps change to soft tyres, after 37 laps change to medium tyres

“I had a really good start into the race. On the first lap I moved up from 13th to ninth. In the first and second stints our lap times were quite strong, keeping up with our direct competitors. We were running as planned, but then unfortunately we had the mistake during the second pit stop due to a mechanical problem that came up when the crew changed the left front wheel. Of course, it is very disappointing, but sometines this happens in racing. We win together, and we loose together. After that our race was extremely compromised. However, I still tried to do my best and during the rest of the race my pace was good. All in all, we showed a reasonable performance and this is what counts for the next race in Barcelona.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):

Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Start on soft tyres, after 10 and 24 laps change to soft tyres, after 41 laps change to medium tyres

“It was a difficult first lap for me as I got squeezed in turn 1, so I lost a few positions. Afterwards I got stuck in traffic which compromised my race pace during the whole first stint. In the course of the race I lost power for several laps, which made us loose ground. On the positive side of things, I was quite satisfied with our lap times on the medium compound. Overall, I think we could have scored points if we would have had a clean race. It is a shame not to have them.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“There is no doubt that today we missed a very realistic chance of finishing in the points, particularly as our lap times were competitive. On Marcus’ car we had a technical issue during his second pitstop, where he lost a lot of time. We are sorry for that. Felipe lost time due to a temporary loss of power. The engineers were able to  fix this after some laps, but the time lost was too big, and so he was also not able to fight for points like his team mate. Both drivers fought impressively, but we didn’t get any rewards today.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Obviously this is a disappointing result. On Marcus‘ car we had a mechanical issue during his second pitstop when changing the front left wheel, which delayed him by 24 seconds. He was then simply not able  to recover  from this and couldn’t get the points he would have deserved. Felipe was hindered by a temporary loss of power, which was able to be fixed after some laps, but this cost him 12 seconds. Both drivers drove strongly, and it’s just a shame that we were not able to convert that into points.”

Der Grosse Preis von Bahrain, das erste Nachtrennen der Saison, endete für das Sauber F1 Team mit einer Enttäuschung. Trotz guter Rundenzeiten kamen die Fahrer über die Plätze 12 (Felipe Nasr) und 14 (Marcus Ericsson) nicht hinaus. Beide Piloten wurden durch technische Probleme gebremst. Marcus Ericsson verlor bei seinem zweiten Boxenstopp viel Zeit weil beim Wechseln des linken Vorderrades ein mechanisches Problem auftrat. Felipe Nasr seinerseits beklagte einen vorübergehenden Leistungsverlust. So konnten die an sich guten Rundenzeiten nicht in Punkte umgewandelt werden.

Wetter: trocken, 26-24°C Luft, 31-29°C Asphalt

Marcus Ericsson (Startnummer 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf weichen Reifen, nach 11 und 25 Runden auf weiche Reifen gewechselt, nach 37 Runden auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt

„Ich hatte einen sehr guten Start in das Rennen. Während der ersten Runde konnte ich vier Plätze gutmachen und lag auf der neunten Position. Die Rundenzeiten der ersten beiden Stints waren durchaus gut, und wir waren in der Lage, mit unseren direkten Konkurrenten mitzuhalten. Es lief alles nach Plan. Dann hatte die Crew während des zweiten Boxenstopps Schwierigkeiten, das linke Vorderrad zu montieren. Ursache dafür war ein mechanisches Problem. Das ist natürlich sehr enttäuschend, aber manchmal passieren solche Dinge im Motorsport. Wir gewinnen und verlieren gemeinsam. Danach war unser Rennen natürlich sehr beeinträchtigt. Nichtsdestotrotz habe ich weiterhin versucht, mein Bestes zu geben und konnte bis zum Ende des Rennens gute Rundenzeiten fahren. Alles in allem zeigten wir eine vielversprechende Performance, und das ist ausschlaggebend für das nächste Rennen in Barcelona.“

Felipe Nasr (Startnummer 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf weichen Reifen, nach 10 und 24 Runden auf weiche Reifen gewechselt, nach 41 Runden auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt

„Mein Start war nicht wie erhofft, denn bereits in Kurve eins ging mir der Platz aus, woraufhin ich einige Positionen verlor. Im Anschluss blieb ich im Verkehr stecken, was meine Rundenzeiten während des gesamten ersten Stints beeinträchtigt hat. Zusätzlich musste ich für ein paar Runden einen Leistungsverlust hinnehmen, was dazu führte, dass ich den Anschluss nach vorne verlor. Allerdings war es vielversprechend, dass ich auf den Medium-Reifen starke Rundenzeiten fahren konnte. Ich denke, dass wir ohne Probleme hätten in die Punkte fahren können.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Keine Frage, wir haben heute eine sehr realistische Chance auf Punkte vergeben, zumal unsere Rundenzeiten gut waren. Bei Marcus gab es ein mechanisches Problem bei seinem zweiten Boxenstopp, das sein Rennen stark beeinträchtigt hat. Das tut uns Leid. Felipe verlor wegen eines vorübergehenden Leistungsverlusts ebenfalls Zeit. Zwar konnte dieser dann behoben werden, doch war er bereits zu weit zurückgefallen, als dass er noch in den Kampf um Punkte hätte engreifen können. Beide Piloten haben toll gekämpft, aber wir haben uns heute letztlich nicht belohnt.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Das ist natürlich ein enttäuschendes Resultat. An Marcus‘ Fahrzeug gab es beim Wechseln des linken Vorderrades ein mechanisches Problem, das ihn 24 Sekunden kostete. Danach war er nicht mehr in der Lage, diesen Rückstand wettzumachen und die Punkte einzufahren, die er eigentlich verdient hätte. Felipe wurde durch einen vorübergehenden Leistungsverlust gebremst, der nach einigen Runden behoben werden konnte. Durch diesen Zwischenfall verlor er 12 Sekunden. Beide Piloten fuhren stark, leider waren wir nicht in der Lage, das in Punkte umzusetzen.“

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Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix Race review Sunday 18 April 2015 @ Bahrain International Circuit. Sakhir. Bahrain

201 5 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 19 /04 /2015
Weather: dry, 26-24°C air, 31-29°C track

Max Verstappen (STR10 - 03, Car 33)
Race: Retired 

 “It hasn’t been a positive day. It was a tough race. We still don’t know the exact reason for the retirement, but it looks like an electrical issue made us end our race before time. Obviously this is not the way we would like to finish our weekend but we have to stay positive. I’m disappointed, but we will carry on working as hard as always in o rder to c ome back strong er in Barcelona and fight for points again. T hat’s where we belong ! ”

Carlos Sainz (STR10 - 04, Car 55)
Race: Retired 

“Quite a disappointing day today for all of us, especially after such a good qualifying yesterday. I don’t know what happened to my car today, I just know that I f elt something weird with its behaviour and I was forced to stop. I can ’ t hide the fact that I ’ m upset because we had a very good sta rting grid position but we suffered from a lack of pace today . We’ll do our best to be in good shape for the start of the European season in Barcelona, a race which will be very special for me as I will be racing at home.

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2015 FORMULA 1 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - Sunday 19 April 2015 @ Bahrain International Circuit Sakhir 1 HAM 2 RAI 3 ROS 4 BOT 5 VET 6 RIC 7 GRO 8 PER 9 KVY 10 MAS

Sunday 19 April
Race - 18:00 – 20:00 / CET 17:00 / GMT 16:00 / ET 10:30
Weather: dry, - 26-24°C
Track: - 31-29°C

First Grand Prix 2004
Number of Laps 57
Circuit Length 5.412 km
Race Distance 308.238  km
Lap Record 1:31.447 by Pedro de la Rosa (2005) .
# Driver                      Team        Laps/gap
1.Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 57 laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari +3.3s
3. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes + 6.0s
4. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams +42.9s
5. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari +43.9s
6. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull +61.7s
7. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus +84.7s
9. Sergio Perez MEX Force India +1 lap
10. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull +1 lap
8. Felipe Massa BRZ Williams +1 lap
11. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren +1 lap
12. Felipe Nasr BRZ Sauber +1 lap
13. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India +1 lap
14. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber +1 lap
15. Pastor Maldonado VEN Lotus +1 lap
16. Will Stevens GBR Mano +2 laps
17. Roberto Merhi ESP Manor +3 laps

Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso
Carlos Sainz Jr ESP Toro Rosso

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