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F1 2012 - Interview with Sergio Pérez: “We have to push hard and stay realistic”

In what was only his 19th Formula One race Sergio Pérez achieved his first podium in the highest echelon of motorsport. The 22-year-old came second in the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday and is on his way back to his home town of Guadalajara in Mexico.


Sergio, has it sunk in that you have just had your first F1 podium finish?

Sergio Pérez: “I must say it is a bit difficult to accept it because in Formula One everything happens so quickly and, although I had to leave straight after the race, I’m still not at home in Mexico and have not really celebrated yet. I am just having a stopover in the US, at Dallas. For sure it was a great race and in a way a great feeling. But initially I was a bit disappointed because I thought maybe I could have won it, although nobody knows what in the end would have happened if I had managed to attack Fernando (Alonso) and whether I would have got by him or not. Meanwhile, of course, I realised that having come second is also a great result for us and is a perfect boost for the entire team, which is working very hard. I am happy for everybody in the Sauber F1 Team.”

What do you expect to happen when you arrive in Guadalajara?

SP: I have no idea. Mexicans are completely out of control.

Even Felipe Calderón was among those who tweeted their congratulations. Have you been able to check all the congratulatory messages yet?

SP: “I have seen a lot of messages and it is absolutely great to receive so many of them, and especially so many from my home country. I feel a lot of support and I appreciate it very much. I regard it as a kind of reward for all I have done in my career so far, which hasn’t always been easy. I’d like to thank everybody for all the kind messages!”

What will you be doing over the next days?

SP: “Of course I am looking forward to going home and seeing my family and friends. I will prepare myself for the next races as we have a long season ahead of us. I will get in touch with the engineers to talk and see what we can do next to improve, and I certainly will be training to be a hundred percent fit and ready to give my utmost at the forthcoming Grand Prix in China.”

What is your next target?

SP: “The target is to keep improving our overall performance and the car. We have to push hard and, of course, we have to stay realistic. Although the pace in the race was good we should not forget that this result came after a very special race in extraordinary conditions. Ultimately I always wanted to win races and I strongly believe my first win in Formula One will come sooner or later - in an ideal world it will happen this year.”

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Interview mit Sergio Pérez: “Müssen hart arbeiten und realistisch bleiben”

In seinem erst 19. Formel-1-Rennen hat Sergio Pérez seinen ersten Podestplatz in der Königsklasse erzielt. Der 22-Jährige kam am Sonntag beim Grossen Preis von Malaysia als Zweiter ins Ziel und ist noch auf dem Weg in seine Heimatstadt Guadalajara in Mexiko.


Sergio, haben Sie mittlerweile realisiert, dass Sie gerade Ihren ersten Podestplatz in der Formel 1 geholt haben?

Sergio Pérez: „Ich muss zugeben, dass fällt mir etwas schwer, weil in der Formel 1 alles so schnell passiert und, obwohl ich unmittelbar nach dem Rennen abgereist bin, bin ich noch immer nicht daheim in Mexiko und habe auch noch nicht richtig gefeiert. Momentan warte ich gerade in den USA, in Dallas, auf meinen Anschlussflug. Auf jeden Fall war es ein grossartiges Rennen und auf eine Art ein tolles Gefühl. Aber direkt nach dem Rennen war ich sogar etwas enttäuscht, weil ich daran dachte, dass ich vielleicht hätte gewinnen können. Obwohl niemand weiss, was am Ende passiert wäre, wenn ich es geschafft hätte, Fernando (Alonso) tatsächlich anzugreifen und ob ich an ihm vorbeigekommen wäre oder nicht. Mittlerweile ist mir natürlich bewusst, dass der zweite Platz für uns auch ein super Ergebnis ist und auch ein perfekter Schub für das gesamte Team, das sehr hart arbeitet. Ich freue mich für jeden einzelnen im Sauber F1 Team.“

Was erwarten Sie bei Ihrer Ankunft in Guadalajara?

SP: „Ich habe keine Ahnung. Mexikaner sind komplett unberechenbar.”

Sogar Felipe Calderón hat Ihnen auf Twitter gratuliert. Haben Sie schon alle Glückwünsche lesen können?

SP: „Ich habe schon viele Nachrichten gelesen, und es ist absolut grossartig, dass sie derart zahlreich sind. Vor allem aus meinem Heimatland kommen unheimlich viele. Ich empfinde eine riesige Unterstützung und bin wahnsinnig dankbar dafür. Ich betrachte das als eine Art Honorierung dessen, was ich in meiner bisherigen Karriere gemacht habe. Es war nicht immer leicht. Ich möchte allen ganz herzlich für die vielen freundlichen Botschaften danken!”

Was werden Sie in den kommenden Tagen tun?

SP: „Natürlich freue ich mich jetzt erst einmal darauf, nach Hause zu kommen und meine Familie und Freunde zu sehen. Und ich werde mich gut auf die nächsten Rennen vorbereiten, denn vor uns liegt eine lange Saison. Ich werde auch mit den Ingenieuren sprechen, und wir werden sehen, was wir tun können, um uns weiter zu verbessern. Und ich werde trainieren, damit ich hundert Prozent fit bin und beim nächsten Rennen in China mein Bestes geben kann.“

Was ist Ihr nächstes Ziel?

SP: „Das Ziel ist, unsere Leistungen insgesamt und das Auto weiter zu verbessern. Wir müssen hart arbeiten und auf jeden Fall realistisch bleiben. Obwohl das Tempo im Rennen gut war, dürfen wir nicht vergessen, dass wir dieses Resultat bei einem besonderen Rennen mit aussergewöhnlichen Umständen erzielt haben. Es war immer mein Ziel, Rennen zu gewinnen, und ich glaube fest daran, dass mein erster Sieg in der Formel 1 kommen wird – früher oder später, in einer perfekten Welt noch in dieser Saison.“

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

GP2 Series 2012 - Sepang International Circuit Malayasia 25 March

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F1 2012 - Malaysian GP HRT F1 Team Information Race - Sunday 25th March

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Objetivo cumplido hoy para el HRT Formula 1 Team que ha visto cómo los coches de Pedro de la Rosa y Narain Karthikeyan cruzaban la meta en la carrera a 56 vueltas disputada en el Circuito Internacional de Sepang. Una ajetreada carrera desde el inicio con el coche de De la Rosa teniendo que salir desde el pit lane, pero la acertada estrategia de neumáticos ha dado sus frutos cuando ha empezado a llover con fuerza y los HRT eran los pocos coches que montaban neumáticos de lluvia extrema. Dirección de carrera ha tenido que detener la prueba con tan solo 9 vueltas y con Karthikeyan y De la Rosa en 10ª y 17ª posición respectivamente. Prácticamente una hora han estado los coches en parrilla antes de la reanudación y Pedro ha sido penalizado con un drive through pero, a pesar de todo, ambos pilotos han realizado un excelente trabajo al volante de un F112 que necesita rodar al máximo para estar al nivel que le corresponde. También el equipo ha cumplido con la estrategia y los mecánicos han realizado los primeros pit stops.
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Mission accomplished today for the HRT Formula 1 Team that has seen the cars of Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan cross the line in the race of 56 laps around the Sepang International Circuit.  A busy race from the start with the car of De la Rosa having to start from the pit lane, but the right tire strategy paid off when it started to rain hard and the HRT were one of the few cars to use the "extreme rain" tires. Race Control had to stop the race with only 9 laps completed and Karthikeyan and De la Rosa were in 10th and 17th position respectively. Almost one hour have been cars on the grid before the race resumed and Pedro was penalized with a drive through, but nevertheless, both drivers have done an excellent job driving a F112. Also the team has met with the strategy and mechanics have had their first pit stops.

F1 2012 - Malaysian GP Sauber F1 Team Information Race - Sunday 25th March

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March 25, 2012
Sergio Pérez on podium for 2. place 
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Malaysian GP – Race

The Sauber F1 Team is over the moon after having finished second in a very difficult Malaysian Grand Prix with Sergio Pérez at the wheel of the Sauber C31-Ferrari. Sergio had started ninth and was one of the two drivers of the pack who changed tyres from intermediate to rain tyres after the very first lap. With the rain becoming too heavy, the race was interrupted for 51 minutes after nine laps. Thanks to the team’s strategy, Sergio was third on the grid for the restart. He managed the remainder of the race with a very strong drive, chased winner Fernando Alonso and finally finished second.

Weather: rain, drying out, 26-25°C air, 29-24°C track


For his team mate, Kamui Kobayashi, the guessing and gambling with the weather conditions didn’t pay off that well. The team took different options for the two drivers in order to maximise its chances. Kamui made an excellent start and then had to deal longer with the increasing rain on intermediate tyres. Before his late stop for rain tyres he was running ninth, but for the restart he was then only 16th. Later he retired after 47 laps because of brake problems.


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March 25, 2012
Sergio Pérez on 2. place

Sergio Pérez: 2nd
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Start on intermediate tyres, after 1 laps change to rain tyres, restart on new rain tyres, after 15 laps to intermediates, after 41 laps to hard dry tyres

“It is a great day for me. The team did a very good job and I feel very happy for them. It is a really nice feeling to have been on the podium here, but I think victory was also within reach. Twice in the race I was catching Fernando (Alonso). On the final stint, when I was on the hard tyre compound, my tyres had degraded quite a lot. It wasn’t easy and I went wide and touched a curb. I actually was lucky not to go off. Before that Fernando had just pitted on the perfect lap for dry tyres, just one lap before me, and I lost a bit of ground to him. It was very difficult to make the right calls today and I want to thank my team. They always called me in at the right time, the first stop after lap one was especially important and it was also good to take the hard compound in the end, as the medium compound was not working too well for us. It is only our second race in 2012 and I think we have a great season ahead of us. I knew we had potential to fight today, our car is not far away from the top cars and a good crew and a driver can also make a difference in such conditions.”
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March 25, 2012
2. place for Sergio Pérez
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Kamui Kobayashi: DNF (leak in the brake system / retired after 47 laps / 13th position)
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)

Start on intermediate tyres, after 5 laps change to wet tyres, restart on new wet tyres, after 13 laps to intermediate, after 40 laps to medium dry tyres

“It is great for our team to have scored so well today, but for me personally, of course, it was a very disappointing race. Technically I struggled with the brakes and that was then also why I had to give up after 47 laps. Besides that for me the strategy didn’t work out, which, of course, is always easy to realise in hindsight. I had a good start but then it was a long time before I changed from intermediates to rain tyres. It was not easy to keep the car on track, and almost as soon as I had changed the red flag came out. But nobody can know this in advance. Later in the race then it was the other way round. I would have loved to get dry tyres, but we were expecting more rain so, again, I could not get rid of the intermediate tyres.”
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March 25, 2012
Team celebration after Sergio Pérez 2. place
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Peter Sauber, Team Principal:
“What a great result! Sergio drove an outstanding race and rose above our expectations. What surprised me most was the fact that he was very competitive in all conditions and with all tyres. Whether they were wet, intermediate or dry tyres he was always one of the fastest drivers on track if not the fastest. This obviously also shows the huge potential of the car. And I want to pay a big compliment to Giampaolo Dall’Ara and his team for doing a great job with the strategy. Thanks also to everybody in the factory in Hinwil. I’m sorry for Kamui who had to stop due to a technical problem. Nevertheless it was a great and important day for the team.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“It was a very strong race for our team. We made a good call on the weather conditions, and then Sergio took over. He drove a brilliant race. His pace was excellent on a wet and dry track. For Kamui it was an unlucky race. First we should have called him in earlier, but there was a chance of rain. This judgment was wrong. Secondly he had a leak in the brake system which stopped him, and we are sorry for that. We have to investigate it. However, it was a great performance and a great result for the team.”
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March 25, 2012
Sergio Pérez, Sauber C31-Ferrari
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GP Malaysia – Rennen

Das Sauber F1 Team freut sich riesig über einen zweiten Platz im turbulenten und schwierigen Grossen Preis von Malaysia. Sergio Pérez erzielte im Sauber C31-Ferrari in Sepang den ersten Podestplatz in seiner jungen Formel-1-Karriere. Pérez war als Neunter gestartet und als einer von nur zwei Fahrern bereits nach der ersten Runde zum Wechsel von Intermediate-Reifen auf Regenreifen an die Box gekommen. Wegen Starkregens wurde das Rennen nach neun Runden für 51 Minuten unterbrochen. Dank der guten Teamstrategie war Pérez beim Neustart Dritter in der Startaufstellung. Er fuhr ein starkes Rennen, jagte den späteren Sieger Fernando Alonso und wurde schliesslich Zweiter.


Wetter: Regen, dann abtrockende Strecke, 26-25°C Luft, 29-24°C Asphalt


Für seinen Teamkollegen Kamui Kobayashi ging der Poker mit dem Wetter weniger gut aus. Das Team hatte zur Chancenmaximierung auf geteilte Strategien gesetzt. Kobayashi musste nach einem hervorragenden Start dem Regen länger auf Intermediate-Reifen trotzen. Vor seinem Boxenstopp zum Wechsel auf Regenreifen hatte er an neunter Position gelegen, zum Neustart reihte er sich nur als 16. ein. Nach 47 Runden fiel er wegen Bremsproblemen aus.

Sergio Pérez: 2.
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Start auf Intermediates, nach 1 Runde Regenreifen, Neustart auf neuen Regenreifen, nach 15 Runden Intermediates, nach 41 Runden harte Trockenreifen

„Das ist ein grossartiger Tag für mich. Das Team hat sehr gute Arbeit geleistet, und ich freue mich sehr für die Jungs. Es ist ein sehr schönes Gefühl, auf dem Podium zu stehen, aber ich denke, der Sieg war auch in Reichweite. Zwei Mal im Rennen habe ich zu Fernando (Alonso) aufgeschlossen. Im letzten Rennabschnitt, als ich auf den harten Trockenreifen fuhr, baute der Gummi stark ab. Es war nicht einfach, ich bin von der Strecke abgekommen und habe einen Randstein getroffen. Ich hatte Glück, nicht abzufliegen. Zuvor hatte Fernando genau die perfekte Runde für den Wechsel auf Trockenreifen erwischt. Ich kam eine Runde später zur Box, und dabei habe ich wieder etwas Zeit auf ihn verloren. Es war heute unheimlich schwierig, die richtigen Entscheidungen zur richtigen Zeit zu treffen, und ich möchte meinem Team für das gute Timing danken. Sie haben mich immer zur richtigen Zeit an die Box gerufen, vor allem der Stopp nach der ersten Runde war wichtig. Und es war auch richtig, am Ende die harte Reifenmischung zu nehmen, mit der Medium-Mischung kamen wir hier nicht gut zurecht. Es war erst das zweite Rennen 2012, und ich denke, vor uns liegt eine grandiose Saison. Ich wusste, dass wir heute Potenzial zum Kämpfen hatten. Unser Auto ist nicht allzu weit weg von der Spitze, und unter solchen Bedingungen wie heute können eine gute Crew und der Fahrer auch einen Unterschied machen.“

Kamui Kobayashi: Ausfall nach 47 Runden an 13. Position (Bremsprobleme)
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
Start auf Intermediates, nach 5 Runden Regenreifen, Neustart auf neuen Regenreifen, nach 13 Runden Intermediates, nach 40 Runden Medium-Trockenreifen

„Es ist toll für unser Team, dass wir heute so viele Punkte geholt haben. Aber für mich persönlich war das Rennen natürlich enttäuschend. Ich hatte lange Bremsprobleme, und deshalb musste ich auch nach 47 Runden aufgeben. Abgesehen davon hat die Strategie für mich nicht funktioniert, was man natürlich im Nachhinein immer besser weiss. Ich hatte einen guten Start, aber dann musste ich sehr lange auf den Wechsel von Intermediate- zu Regenreifen warten. Es war nicht so einfach, das Auto auf der Strecke zu halten. Und kaum hatte ich gewechselt, kam die rote Flagge raus. Aber das wusste ja niemand vorher. Später im Rennen hätte ich so gerne Trockenreifen gehabt, aber das Team hat mit weiterem Regen gerechnet. Also wurde ich die Intermediates wieder nicht los.“

Peter Sauber, Teamchef:
„Was für ein tolles Resultat! Sergio fuhr absolut grossartig und wuchs förmlich über sich hinaus. Am meisten überrascht hat mich die Tatsache, dass er unter allen Bedingungen zu den schnellsten Piloten auf der Strecke zählte – ob mit Regenreifen, Intermediates oder Trockenreifen. Rundenlang war er Schnellster insgesamt. Das zeigt das grosse Potenzial des Autos. Ein ganz besonderes Kompliment gilt Giampaolo Dall’Ara und seinem Team, die eine sehr gute Strategie entwickelt hatten. Danke auch an alle Mitarbeiter in Hinwil. Es tut mir sehr leid für Kamui, der aufgrund eines technischen Defekts aufgeben musste. Dennoch war es ein fantastischer und wichtiger Tag für das Team.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Das war ein sehr starkes Rennen für unser Team. Wir haben im Falle von Sergio die Wettersituation richtig beurteilt und holten ihn schon nach einer Runde an die Boxen, um von Intermediates auf Regenreifen zu wechseln. Den Rest besorgte dann Sergio. Er fuhr sowohl bei nassen wie auch bei abtrocknenden Bedingungen extrem schnell. Für Kamui war es ein unglückliches Rennen. Zuerst liessen wir ihn zu lange draussen, weil die Möglichkeit eines erneuten Regenschauers da war, doch diese Einschätzung war falsch. Anschliessend musste er mit einem Leck im Bremssystem aufgeben, was uns für ihn sehr leid tut. Wir werden das genau analysieren. Nichtsdestotrotz war es eine grossartige Leistung und ein fantastisches Resultat.“

GP2 2012 - Caterham Racing News Saturday 24th March Malaysia GP2 Race Two

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Sunday 25th March 2012

Caterham Racing concluded the Malaysian race weekend with another eight points following a determined drive by Giedo van der Garde who finished fourth in the sprint race on Sunday. The Dutch driver made an excellent start and put in a strong drive throughout the race. Team mate Rodolfo Gonzalez finished 18th at the chequered flag after he too had a good start from his grid position of twenty-third.

Caterham Racing Team Manager Phill Spencer: “I am pleased that we have got through our first race weekend of the season without too many issues and with a decent number of points. In the sprint race both drivers made strong starts and from there Giedo drove a controlled race to record another eight points for the team. Rodolfo had a good early part of the race but a mistake cost him several places and he finished 18th.  Despite that both he and Giedo have had good weekends overall. Now we will regroup and work hard in the lead up to our next race in Bahrain in a few weeks where we want to build on what we have achieved in Malaysia.”

Giedo van der Garde (P4 / Best lap time: 1:51.116): “I had a better start than some of the guys around me today, and at the end of a solid first lap I was already up to fourth position. Our pace early on was really competitive but perhaps during the middle of the race I was a little too conservative, but I knew it was a long race and that tyre wear would play a big role in the final standings. My position at the flag proved our plan paid off and overall I am happy with how this weekend has gone. If we can continue to develop like this we will be in a good position for the next round in Bahrain.  The team did a good job all weekend and we collected some points which provides great motivation for everyone in Caterham Racing.”

Rodolfo Gonzalez (P18 /Best lap time: 1:51.713): “After a really strong start I had good race pace without pushing the tyres too much in the early laps. It was tough going out there - it seemed hotter than yesterday but overall I felt good which is encouraging for the season ahead. I was keeping up with the other guys so I am happy with what we learnt this weekend. In Bahrain I want to focus on maximising my performance in qualifying. If I can do that I will feel more confident and the aim has to be to put myself in a position to score points throughout the season.”

Caterham Racing Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett: “Giedo had a storming race today, but from an engineering point of view we still have some work to do on tyre usage and how we get the most out of the tyres in the next few races. Towards the end of the race Giedo was struggling with degradation, perhaps more than some of the guys in front of him, but nevertheless he showed great skill and control to maintain his position and bring the car home in fourth.

“I am also happy to see Rodolfo continually progressing. He was putting in some very good lap times today when he was in clear air and overall he drove well today. Now we have the next three weeks to work through what we have learnt here to fine tune our strategies and be as well prepared as possible for Bahrain ”

F1 2012 - Malaysian GP Caterham F1 Team Information Race - Sunday 25th March

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Malaysian Grand Prix - Sunday 25th March 2012

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Weather
Wet start, rain in early part of race, rain leading to red flag, dry post-restart

Final Positions
PET: 16th
KOV: 18th
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Caterham F1 Team on the grid in the Malaysian GP 2012 after the redflag
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - Sunday
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
25th March 2012
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Team Quotes

Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “I am really happy with the performance today. We didn't show the car's true potential in qualifying, but today I was able to put in similar lap times to the cars ahead and didn't make any mistakes in the tricky conditions. The car felt good all afternoon and the team worked really well to help me get the most out of it, both on the pitwall and with the stops, so I'm very pleased I've been able to record my first race finish for the team and to start to show what we can do in races. This gives us a good base to work from so it's been a good Sunday, particularly in front of our home fans.”


Vitaly prepares for the Malaysian GP 2012
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - Sunday
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
25th March 2012
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Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “That was one of those races when we could have had a really good result, but a bit of bad luck and a car I didn't really have a great balance on meant I'm just pleased to have got it home. I made a small mistake on the inters and had to come in for a new nose, and that dropped me back a few places which basically ended my race. Despite that, it's good that we got both cars home and we also showed again that we have a car that can race on Sundays. Now we need to focus on getting more out of it in qualifying and pushing on at the next race in China.”


Vitaly Petrov in Malaysian GP race action 2012
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Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
25th March 2012
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Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader: "Conditions like we saw today can make the race a complete lottery. We worked well all afternoon with the engineering team to adjust the engine strategy to deal with the red flag and the safety car period, and we can be reasonably pleased with how well the car performed against the teams ahead, so now we will focus on China and Bahrain and make sure we use this as a base to keep progressing."

Mark Smith, Technical Director: “From the technical perspective that was an incredibly busy race. With the constantly changing conditions we had to make a number of calls to give us a chance to fight and while that paid off for Vitaly, for Heikki it was a much tougher afternoon. He had to change a front wing after going off track and that effectively ended his race, but it is good to see how hard Vitaly was able to push, and to see the lap times he was putting in on the inters.”
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Caterham F1 Team 2012
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - Sunday
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
25th March 2012
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Tony Fernandes, Team Principal: “I'm happy with how the race went today. We recorded our first two car finish at our home race in Malaysia, and we definitely gave the fans here something to cheer for, particularly with Vitaly battling with the likes of Ferrari, Williams and Toro Rosso. We showed good pace and with a bit more work ont he strategies I think we can keep demonstrating that we keep edging ever closer to what is clearly an intense battle in the midfield. The fact we are now fighting with some of the most famous names in motorsport is a huge achievement in what is only our third season, and now we will keep fighting to close that gap which is already so much smaller than it was last year, and streets ahead of where we were in 2010.”
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Heikki and Tony pre-race
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - Sunday
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
25th March 2012
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#F1 Malaysian Grand Prix 25 March 2012 - Race results - #1 Alonso #2 Perez #3 Hamilton #4 Webber

Race

Total laps 56 Lap distance 5.543 km
Track Conditions Wet / 26C

    #     Driver             Team         Laps Pits    
    1     Alonso     ESP     Ferrari     56     3    
    2     Perez     MEX     Sauber     56     3    
    3     Hamilton     GBR     McLaren     56     3    
    4     Webber     AUS     Red Bull     56     3    
    5     Räikkönen     FIN     Lotus     56     3    
    6     Senna     BRA     Williams     56     4    
    7     di Resta     GBR     Force India     56     3    
    8     Vergne     FRA     Toro Rosso     56     2    
    9     Hülkenberg     GER     Force India     56     3    
    10     Schumacher     GER     Mercedes     56     3    
    11     Vettel     GER     Red Bull     56     4    
    12     Ricciardo     AUS     Toro Rosso     56     4    
    13     Rosberg     GER     Mercedes     56     4    
    14     Button     GBR     McLaren     56     5    
    15     Massa     BRA     Ferrari     56     4    
    16     Petrov     RUS     Caterham     55     3    
    17     Glock     GER     Marussia     55     3    
    18     Kovalainen     FIN     Caterham     55     4    
    20     Pic     FRA     Marussia     55     3    
    21     Karthikeyan     IND     HRT     54     2    
    22     de la Rosa     ESP     HRT     54     3
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Post Race Interview - Malaysian GP 2012 (Formula 1)
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Fernando Alonso (winner), Sergio Perez (2nd) and Lewis Hamilton (3rd) in the Post-race interview for the Malaysian GP 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

F1 2012 - Malaysian Grand Prix McLaren team boss says Button & Hamilton can race each other

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McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are free to race each other down to the first corner in Malaysia, even though it will be nerve-wracking for him on the pit wall.

The McLaren drivers occupy the front row of the grid in Kuala Lumpur and, after being beaten to turn one last time out in Australia , Whitmarsh expects Hamilton will want to get his own back on Button at Sepang.

Whitmarsh also says he was suprised to see Sebastian Vettel set his best time in Q3 on hard tyres, but feels it was the smart thing to do and may hand him an advantage in the race on Sunday.

F1 2012 - Malaysian GP HRT F1 Team Information FP3 and Qualifying - Saturday 24th March 2012

Tercer entrenamiento libre y sesión de clasificación del Gran Premio de Malasia

 
 
Buena jornada de trabajo del HRT Formula 1 Team hoy en el Circuito Internacional de Sepang en donde la joven escudería española ha cumplido con el objetivo de clasificarse para la segunda carrera de la temporada dejando atrás gran parte de los problemas que impidieron la participación en la prueba inaugural de hace apenas una semana.
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Good working day for the HRT Formula 1 Team today at the Sepang International Circuit where the young Spanish team has met the goal of qualifying for the second race of the season, leaving behind many of the problems that prevented it´s participation in the opening race just a week ago at Melbourne Australia.

F1 2012 - Malaysian GP Escuderia Toro Rosso Information FP3 and Qualifying - Saturday 24th March 2012

2012 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 24/03/2012

Daniel Ricciardo (STR7-01)
Third Practice Session
Best lap 1:38.423, pos. 15th, 13 laps
Qualifying
Best lap: (Q1) 1:38.419, (Q2) 1:37.883, pos. 15th

“Today’s performance was okay, but obviously not as good on paper as last Saturday when I was in Q3. Looking at the times, it’s very close so a tenth of a second might have made a difference of a few positions. Having said that, the people behind me are quite close as well. I think we are more or less where we thought we would be, as we expected Q3 to be a more difficult target here than in Melbourne. I am reasonably happy with the lap I did, which was pretty clean and I am not kicking myself thinking I could have done better. Hopefully, we have a good package for the race and I will be trying to nose into the points. We’ve got 56 laps to make up position and yesterday, our long run performance wasn’t bad. But if it rains, then it’s anyone’s game and there will be more opportunities, so that could help.”

Jean-Eric Vergne (STR7-03)
Third Practice Session
Best lap: 1:38.640, pos. 16th, 11 laps
Qualifying
Best lap: (Q1) 1:39.077, pos. 18th

“Of course I am a bit disappointed with this result. I made a mistake at the first corner, having a massive lock-up on a front wheel. That created so much vibration that I had to come back to the pits and that was my qualifying over. Looking for something positive, at least it means we have saved one set of new Option tyres for the race. There’s also a chance of rain for tomorrow so anything could happen, but whatever the conditions, I feel our car can be competitive in race trim. Compared to Melbourne, the car is pretty much the same so the difference in qualifying result between there and here is down to the fact the mid-field is so close and, as I was not able to do a time on the Option that explains my grid position.”

Laurent Mekies (Chief Engineer): “In terms of the result, it’s not as good as last week. We are racing in the same mid-field group with Williams, Sauber and Force India and while in Australia we were at the top end of that group, here we are not. We are only talking about two to three tenths of a second from one end of the group to the other. That means we still have every chance to do well tomorrow. In Jean-Eric’s case he did not really get to do a time, as he locked a wheel and that’s part of the game. Daniel did what he had to, but as it’s so tight, a couple of tenths made the difference. In Melbourne we started ahead of this group and after only one lap, we were at the back, so let’s hope it’s the other way round tomorrow!”

F1 2012 - Malaysian GP Sauber F1 Team Information FP3 and Qualifying - Saturday 24th March 2012

Malaysian GP – Qualifying

After both the Sauber F1 Team drivers reported some improvement with the balance of their Sauber C31-Ferraris in the third free practice session in the morning, they had very different qualifying sessions. While Sergio Pérez made it into the final qualifying session, where he eventually finished tenth, Kamui Kobayashi struggled in Q2 and qualified 17th for the Malaysian Grand Prix.


Weather: sunny and dry, 27-32°C air, 29-44°C track


Sergio Pérez:
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 10th (1:37.698 min in Q3 / new medium tyres)
3rd Practice: 12th (1.38.178 min / new medium tyres / 15 laps)
“I am very happy we made it into Q3. Considering all the balance problems we had yesterday that we could not fully explain, it was a great achievement today for the team. Also I think our car is still better in race conditions than in qualifying form, so we should have good potential for tomorrow’s race. For some reason it is difficult to find proper grip with the medium compound tyres, but the changes we made after free practice helped a bit. It will be a tough race tomorrow for the car, the tyres and the drivers. I will fight and bring home as many points as possible.”
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Sergio Pérez, Sauber C31-Ferrari
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Kamui Kobayashi:
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 17th (1:38.069 min in Q2 / new medium tyres)
3rd Practice: 10th (1.37.977min / new medium tyres / 17 laps)
“There was no particular problem on my final lap in Q2 such as traffic or mistakes, but I could not feel the grip with the medium tyre compound. We were struggling a lot with the car’s balance yesterday, but in the third free practice this morning it was better. But the changes we then made for qualifying apparently went in the wrong direction. Looking forward to the race, I can say that the circuit itself isn’t bad for overtaking but I’m not sure we will have enough straight line speed.”

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Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber C31-Ferrari

Peter Sauber, Team Principal:
“It’s great for Sergio to be in the top ten. It’s our goal to have at least one car in Q3, and looking at our competitors I know this is very ambitious. Kamui was strong in the first three sessions but then couldn’t benefit from that in qualifying. We have to find out why. The race will be very tough, so there are a lot of unknowns.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“We had a difficult start to the weekend yesterday when we struggled a lot in free practice one, but then we were able to make some improvements during the day and an additional step over night. Today the drivers were happier with the balance of their cars. Sergio was able to convert that into a good grid position, while Kamui struggled on his final run. We have to analyse all the details to understand what happened.”

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Sergio Pérez, Sauber C31-Ferrari
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GP Malaysia – Qualifikation

Nachdem beide Sauber F1 Team Piloten nach dem dritten freien Training am Samstagvormittag Fortschritte bezüglich der Balance der beiden Sauber C31-Ferrari konstatiert hatten, lief das Qualifying für die beiden Fahrer sehr unterschiedlich. Während Sergio Pérez den Sprung ins letzte Qualifying-Segment schaffte, wo er letztlich Zehnter wurde, schied Kamui Kobayashi bereits in Q2 aus. Er qualifizierte sich als 17. für den Grossen Preis von Malaysia.

Wetter: trocken und sonnig, 27-32°C Luft, 29-44°C Asphalt


Sergio Pérez:
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Qualifikation: 10. in Q3 (1:37.698 min / neue Medium-Reifen)
3. Training: 12. (1.38,178 min / neue Medium-Reifen / 15 Runden)
„Ich bin sehr froh, dass wir es in Q3 geschafft haben. Angesichts der Schwierigkeiten, die wir gestern mit der Fahrzeugbalance hatten und die wir uns nicht komplett erklären können, haben wir als Team viel erreicht. Ich denke auch, dass unser Auto noch immer im Renntrimm stärker ist als im Qualifying, für den Grand Prix morgen haben wir also noch Potenzial. Aus irgendeinem Grund ist es schwierig, mit den Medium-Reifen ordentlich Grip zu finden, aber die Abstimmungsänderungen, die wir nach dem dritten freien Training gemacht haben, halfen etwas. Das Rennen wird hart – für das Auto, für die Reifen und für uns Fahrer. Ich werde kämpfen und so viele Punkte wie möglich heimbringen.“

Kamui Kobayashi:
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
Qualifikation: 17. in Q2 (1:38.069 min / neue Medium-Reifen)
3. Training: 10. (1.37,977 min / neue Medium-Reifen / 17 Runden)
„Ich hatte kein spezielles Problem auf meiner letzten Runde in Q2, keinen Verkehr oder Fahrfehler. Aber ich konnte mit den Medium-Reifen keinen Grip spüren. Wir hatten gestern mit der Fahrzeugbalance stark zu kämpfen, und heute im dritten freien Training war es besser. Aber die Änderungen, die wir dann für das Qualifying vorgenommen haben, gingen anscheinend in die falsche Richtung. Mit Blick auf das Rennen denke ich, dass der Kurs zwar grundsätzlich nicht so schlecht ist zum Überholen, aber ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob wir auf den Geraden schnell genug sein werden.“

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Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber C31-Ferrari

Peter Sauber, Teamchef:
„Es ist toll, dass es Sergio unter die ersten Zehn geschafft hat. Es ist unser Ziel, jeweils mindestens ein Auto in den Top Ten zu haben. Und wenn ich unsere Konkurrenten anschaue, dann bin ich mir durchaus bewusst, dass das sehr ambitioniert ist. Kamui fuhr in den ersten drei Trainings stark, hat es dann aber nicht geschafft, das auch im Qualifying umzusetzen. Wir müssen herausfinden, warum das passierte. Das Rennen wird sehr hart, und es gibt zahlreiche Faktoren, die eine Rolle spielen werden.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Wir hatten gestern einen schwierigen Start ins Wochenende, als wir im ersten Training gar nicht zurechtkamen. Aber dann haben wir uns im Laufe des Freitags verbessert und am Samstagvormittag noch einmal. Heute waren beide Fahrer zufriedener mit der Balance ihrer Autos. Sergio konnte das in einen guten Startplatz ummünzen, Kamui hatte auf seiner letzten Runde Schwierigkeiten. Wir müssen alle Details analysieren, um das zu verstehen.“

F1 2012 - Malaysian GP Caterham F1 Team Information FP3 and Qualifying - Saturday 24th March 2012

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FP3 and Qualifying Report - Saturday 24th March 2012

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The lightest ever Caterham Seven weighs under 400kgs, the standard car weighs 520kgs

Weather
FP3: Damp track in S3 at start of session, dry, air temp 27° - 29°, track temp 32° - 35°
Q1: Dry session, air temp 32°, track temp 42°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PET 1.39.704 19th / KOV 1.40.189, 20th
Q1: KOV 1.39.306, 19th / PET 1.39.567, 20th

Total laps:
FP3: PET 15 / KOV 14
Q1: KOV 9 / PET 6

Runplan - FP3
Heikki Kovalainen
1300 - 1302: Installation, 1 lap (inters)
1302 - 1327: System checks. Changes: front wing flap, brake balance, rear brake blanking
1327 - 1343: Run 2, 8 laps (primes)
1343 - 1352: Changes: front / rear ride height, front wing flap angle
1352 - 1402: Run 3, 5 laps (options)


Vitaly Petrov
1300 - 1302: Installation, 1 lap (inters)
1302 - 1328: System checks
1328 - 1345: Run 2, 9 laps (primes)
1345 - 1353: Changes: n/a
1353 - 1403: Run 3, 5 laps (options)

Runplan - Q1
Heikki Kovalainen
1601 - 1612: Run 1, 6 laps (primes)
1612 - 1616: Changes: front wing flap angle
1616 - 1621: Run 2, 3 laps (options)

Vitaly Petrov
1601 - 1607: Run 1, 3 laps (options)
1607 - 1616: Changes: front wing flap angle
1616 - 1621: Run 2, 3 laps (options)


Team Quotes

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “That was an odd qualifying session for me. I know there's more time in the car because I definitely lost time on the second run on the options. I made a couple of small errors and felt the rear grip just wasn't quite there, so there was more to come, but just not today. Tomorrow I have to make sure I get past the cars in front as quickly as possible and get on with my race. The rain that's been predicted hasn't fallen during a session yet but who knows what could happen tomorrow. It's always interesting here and with the conditions we have it'll be all about making sure we get to the end of the race and see where we are.”

 
Heikki in the garage, FP3 and qualifying
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - Saturday
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
24th March 2012
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Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “We had quite an aggressive strategy here for qualifying but it didn't quite pay off. I haven't really had a good balance on the car in either FP3 or the quali runs and I think we need to spend a bit more time looking at how to get the most out of the tyres. Now I'm looking forward to tomorrow. The car felt great last Sunday and on the long runs we've done here it's been more settled, so we'll aim to have a good start, avoid any problems in the first couple of corners and get on with the fight ahead.”

 
Vitaly Petrov, Q1 Malaysia 2012
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - Saturday
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
24th March 2012
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Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader: "From the engine perspective this was a pretty decent performance. Since yesterday we have improved the engine cooling options and the driveability characteristics and they will both play a vital role tomorrow."


Caterham F1 Team garage
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - Saturday
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
24th March 2012
World Copyright:Charles Coates/LAT Photographic


Mark Smith, Technical Director: “We opted for a longer run on the prime tyres for Heikki on his first run, giving us more tyre choice tomorrow and taking into account the positions he has to give up after the penalty he took in Australia. Both cars then ran on the medium compound on the second runs and it looks like we could have found a little more time if we had maximised the performance of the options. We have a plan for tomorrow that gives us the best chance of using the car's strong race pace so more work tonight and a strong day tomorrow should see us achieve the targets we have set ourselves for this weekend.”

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal: “It is good to be back on track and to see how the team has developed again, particularly compared to where we were this time last year. There may have been a bit more time to be found in each car, but at the moment our car seems to be stronger in race trim than over a single lap. That is a positive as it means both Vitaly and Heikki can fight when it really counts, so we want to make sure we have a strong Sunday, avoid the reliability problems that we encountered last week and put on as good a show as we can for our home fans.”

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Malaysian Grand Prix 23 March 2012 - Free practice 2 results - #1 Hamilton #2 Button #3 Schumacher #4 Webber

Qualifying

Track Conditions Dry / 47C

#     Driver                 Team         Time    
1     Hamilton     GBR     McLaren     1'36.219    
2     Button     GBR     McLaren     1'36.368    
3     Schumacher     GER     Mercedes     1'36.391    
4     Webber     AUS     Red Bull     1'36.461    
5     Räikkönen     FIN     Lotus     1'36.461    
6     Vettel     GER     Red Bull     1'36.634    
7     Grosjean     FRA     Lotus     1'36.658    
8     Rosberg     GER     Mercedes     1'36.664    
9     Alonso     ESP     Ferrari     1'37.566    
10     Perez     MEX     Sauber     1'37.698    
11     Maldonado     VEN     Williams     1'37.589    
12     Massa     BRA     Ferrari     1'37.731    
13     Senna     BRA     Williams     1'37.841    
14     di Resta     GBR     Force India     1'37.877    
15     Ricciardo     AUS     Toro Rosso     1'37.883    
16     Hülkenberg     GER     Force India     1'37.890    
17     Kobayashi     JPN     Sauber     1'38.069    
18     Vergne     FRA     Toro Rosso     1'39.077    
19     Kovalainen     FIN     Caterham     1'39.306    
20     Petrov     RUS     Caterham     1'39.567    
21     Glock     GER     Marussia     1'40.903    
22     Pic     FRA     Marussia     1'41.250    
23     de la Rosa     ESP     HRT     1'42.914    
24     Karthikeyan     IND     HRT     1'43.655

GP2 2012 - Caterham Racing News Saturday 24th March Malaysia GP2 Race One

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Caterham Racing News

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

GP2 Race One

Saturday 24th March 2012

In the much anticipated opening race of the 2012 season Caterham Racing collected two points with a ninth place finish for Giedo van der Garde. After a difficult start Giedo dropped back to 16th on the first lap but drove magnificently to overtake a number of cars and ended the race ninth, with the grip on his rears tyres reaching the limits of their performance.

Rodolfo Gonzalez made an impressive start to his life with Caterham Racing and gained several positions on the first lap, running alongside his team-mate in the early stages of the race.  However, an altercation with iSport International’s Marcus Ericsson caused damage to his car and the Venezuelan was forced to retire from the race after 13 laps.

Caterham Racing Team Manager Phill Spencer: “This race has been a long time coming and it ends with mixed emotions for me. I am pleased Giedo recorded his first points of the season and delighted that Rodolfo showed good pace until the incident that brought his race to an early conclusion. I am obviously a little disappointed we didn’t have two cars finish the race but the team did a good job today in tough conditions, particularly on strategy and in the pitstops, so now we will rebuild the cars and focus on tomorrow.”

Giedo van der Garde (P9 / Best lap time: 1:49.883): “I had an issue at the start of the race and didn’t get off the grid as quickly as I had hoped. By the end of lap one I was down about eight positions but after that I found my pace and was able to challenge and put some good passing moves on the cars ahead. We were really fast early on, and again after the pit stop, but towards the end of the race the rear tyre grip went off and we were struggling a bit. We can learn from that and know what we have to do tomorrow so the aim is to keep pushing and build on our first points of 2012.”

Rodolfo Gonzalez (DNF /Best lap time: 1:52.864): “I made a really good start and by turn four I had made up ten places and was running midfield, right in there amongst Ericsson and Giedo. Unfortunately I made contact with Ericsson which caused some problems and I dropped back. I managed to pick up the pace again but it wasn’t long before I was forced to end my race early. The positives are that I raced well, the car felt more consistent than in testing and I was keeping up with strong competitors and overtaking cars, which is all very encouraging.

“One of the key aspects of motor racing is precision, especially during qualifying on the 2012 Pirelli tyres. I want to work on ensuring I always qualify well and if I can continue to get good starts I am confident I can fight to finish in the points.”

Caterham Racing Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett: “After such an encouraging start it was a shame Rodolfo was forced to retire early from the race today. We are still working to find out what caused him to stop after he made contact with another car early on in the race but he has made good progress with team since he joined us and we are all looking forward to seeing him complete the sprint race tomorrow.

“I think the strategy we used with Giedo was good. We brought him in at the right time and the team did a very good pit stop, demonstrating that the work we have been doing on our stops is paying off. After the race he said he was happy with the balance of the car but towards the end the grip in his rear tyres was dropping off, but still he brought the car home in one piece and scored our first points of the season. That is a good base to work from for the rest of the weekend and provides good motivation for us to keep pushing here at our home race.”

 
   

Malaysian Grand Prix 24 March 2012 - Free practice 3 results - #1 Rosberg #2 Vettel #3 Webber #4 Räikkönen

 Free practice 3
Track Conditions Damp / 31C

#     Driver                 Team         Time   
1     Rosberg     GER     Mercedes     1'36.877   
2     Vettel     GER     Red Bull     1'37.320   
3     Webber     AUS     Red Bull     1'37.338   
4     Räikkönen     FIN     Lotus     1'37.356   
5     Grosjean     FRA     Lotus     1'37.382   
6     Button     GBR     McLaren     1'37.404   
7     Maldonado     VEN     Williams     1'37.455   
8     Schumacher     GER     Mercedes     1'37.663   
9     Hamilton     GBR     McLaren     1'37.776   
10     Kobayashi     JPN     Sauber     1'37.977   
11     Senna     BRA     Williams     1'38.091   
12     Perez     MEX     Sauber     1'38.178   
13     Alonso     ESP     Ferrari     1'38.246   
14     Hülkenberg     GER     Force India     1'38.285   
15     Ricciardo     AUS     Toro Rosso     1'38.423   
16     Vergne     FRA     Toro Rosso     1'38.640   
17     di Resta     GBR     Force India     1'38.794   
18     Massa     BRA     Ferrari     1'39.209   
19     Petrov     RUS     Caterham     1'39.704   
20     Kovalainen     FIN     Caterham     1'40.189   
21     Pic     FRA     Marussia     1'41.901   
22     Glock     GER     Marussia     1'42.007   
23     de la Rosa     ESP     HRT     1'42.464   
24     Karthikeyan     IND     HRT     1'43.378

Friday, March 23, 2012

Top Drivers React To Free Practice In Malaysia: BBC F1 2012 - Round 2: Malaysian GP

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Sebastian Vettel says he would like his Red Bull to be "more predictable" after failing to get within half a second of the top time set by Lewis Hamilton's McLaren during free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, complaining his tyres "seem to drop off pretty quickly".

Hamilton meanwhile is "quite happy" with the balance of his MP4-27, with team-mate Jenson Button less content with his pace on short runs.

Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber apologises to Heikki Kovalainen after nearly colliding with the Finn's Caterham at turn one during the second session.

Fernando Alonso Says Ferrari Have 'Full Trust' In Massa: BBC F1 2012 - Round 2: Malaysian GP

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Fernando Alonso says Ferrari have "full trust" in Felipe Massa despite speculation the Maranello-based outfit are thinking of dropping his Brazilian team-mate following an unimpressive start to 2012 at the Australian Grand Prix .

Double world champion Alonso finished fifth in Melbourne whilst Massa retired following a collision with Bruno Senna's Williams, but the Spaniard believes Massa's performance was a "one-off" despite his patchy form since recovering from a heavy accident during qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix .

Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali also urges his team to "stay close" to a "psychologically fragile" Massa in order to allow him to allow the 11-time Grand Prix winner to "express his talent".

Sky Sports Formula 1 2012 - 02 Malaysian GP - Lewis Hamilton ready for progress

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Lewis Hamilton is completely focused on his qualifying set-up.

Sky Sports Formula 1 2012 - 02 Malaysian GP - Raikkonen frustrated

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Kimi Raikkonen is downbeat after his practice round in Malaysia.

Sky Sports Formula 1 2012 - 02 Malaysian GP - Timo Glock feels at home

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Timo Glock told Ted Kravitz he was enjoying life at Marussia ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

F1 2012 - Malaysian GP Scuderia Toro Rosso Information FP1 / FP2 Report - Friday 23rd March 2012

2012 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 23/03/2012

Daniel Ricciardo (STR7-01)
First Practice Session
Best lap 1:40.469, pos. 18th, 23 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:38.853, pos. 5th, 33 laps

“I’ve driven here before in Formula BMW, but when you switch to a Formula 1 car, the notes go out the window! But all the same, it helps to have some previous track experience. The simulator work has probably been more useful to me. The track is quite technical and I think we made a good step forward this afternoon, compared to the morning which was quite difficult. Much of our work today centred on adapting the car to the very different track characteristics here compared to Melbourne and the biggest difference of course is the temperature. The tyres have to work harder in these conditions and therefore getting the car balance right is crucial.”

Jean-Eric Vergne (STR7-03)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:40.099, pos. 16th, 23 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:39.297, pos. 8th, 33 laps

“Since last year, I’ve driven the track at the simulator a lot, but they don’t have the heating turned to maximum in Milton Keynes! Overall, I think today went well for us, I had a strong long run this afternoon, when my pace was good and Daniel’s lap time shows we have a good car. I feel quite confident and happy with how things are going. Obviously, I am experiencing the heat and humidity for the first time, but I expect to get more used to it as the weekend goes on, so I have no concerns for the race from the physical point of view.”

Laurent Mekies (Chief Engineer): “Another positive Friday, after the one we had in Melbourne. Today was more straightforward than last week, because the weather conditions were stable with a dry track. We had a few aero elements to evaluate in the morning and then in the afternoon, we worked on set-up. We spent quite a lot time evaluating the two compounds with both drivers in different conditions. Jean-Eric and Daniel did well, completing more than a race distance in both cars, in these hot conditions. Tonight’s task is to make the best use of all the data we have gathered, converting it into more performance for Saturday and Sunday.”

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GP2 2012 - Caterham Racing News Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. Friday 23rd March GP2 Qualifying

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Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

Friday 23rd March 2012
 

GP2 Qualifying

Caterham Racing enjoyed a good start to the first GP2 qualifying session of the 2012 season at Sepang with Giedo van der Garde qualifying eighth with a 1:45.773 laptime, just 0.2 seconds from pole position. 0.9 seconds separated the top ten positions, pointing to an incredibly tight battle ahead for the season opening race in Malaysia. Team-mate Rodolfo Gonzalez encountered traffic on each of his fastest laps and will start P23 for the 31 lap race on Saturday.

Caterham Racing Team Manager Phill Spencer: “From the team’s perspective everything very went well today. We looked sharp on track and everyone worked hard to help us enjoy a decent start to our season. The race tomorrow looks like it is going to be very exciting – the top ten cars are covered by less than a second and attention to detail will be key to making sure we have a strong race.

“We have one car in the top ten and the other towards the back of the grid. Giedo showed how valuable his experience and outright pace will be this year in helping us achieve our targets. Rodolfo had a couple of issues on his quickest laps, but we have a good race strategy for both cars, so I am looking forward to getting out there and taking some points. A podium finish is definitely not out of the question.”

Giedo van der Garde (Qualified: P8 - Best lap: 1:45.773) “We stuck to our strategy today and went out and did two runs, using both tyre compounds. My first run didn’t go as well as we had hoped - we couldn’t find the performance on the hard compound so we came in, changed to the medium tyres and I did my fastest lap. To be honest it was not ideal. I made a small mistake which probably cost us two tenths, but overall it was good enough to finish in the top eight.

“Now we have some work ahead of us to make sure we have the right setup for tomorrow’s race. I am confident the team will give me a good race car and from eighth on the grid the aim is to work our way up and hopefully finish on the podium.”

Rodolfo Gonzalez (Qualified: P23 - Best lap: 1:46.962) “The car was very competitive today but I had traffic on each of my fastest laps which is a real shame. Despite that I feel confident with the car and I know we have a good strategy to help us have a good race tomorrow and if I can manage my tyres well we can certainly try for a points finish.”

Caterham Racing Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett: “The times today were incredibly close, so although we were hoping to be further up the field, with Giedo just over a tenth off the quickest time in P8 I am not overly concerned about where we ended up. He did not get a perfect lap but the pace was there so come tomorrow I am confident he can work his way through to the front of the field and have a strong race. During the recent tests we saw we have good pace over the long runs and I am happy with the race strategy we have been working on. We are still learning about the new tyres - there doesn’t seem to be much difference between the two compounds here, but both Giedo and Rodolfo seem happy with their cars and we know what to do to give us the sort of race we want to see tomorrow.

“another very pleasing observation from today is to see just how well the whole team is working. The engineers are doing a very good job and the mechanics are working hard in the testing conditions. Both cars ran faultlessly today so I am very happy with our overall performance and I am looking forward to carrying that through to the race tomorrow and the rest of the weekend.”

F1 2012 - Malaysian GP Sauber F1 Team Information FP1 / FP2 Report - Friday 23rd March 2012


Malaysian GP – Practice

The Sauber F1 Team did not have an ideal start to the weekend of the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang, but is working in the right direction. After neither Kamui Kobayashi nor Sergio Pérez had been happy with the balance of the Sauber C31-Ferrari in the first free practice, the crew used the break for quite a few set-up changes. In the second session the balance improved, but Kamui missed a lot of time because of a gear box problem. Overall there is still a bit of work to do to get back into the same shape that brought the team sixth and eighth at the Australian Grand Prix last week.

Weather: sunny and dry, 28-31°C air, 33-47°C track


Kamui Kobayashi:
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 14th / 1:39.910 min (21 laps) / 2nd Practice: 14th / 1:39.687 min (16 laps)
“It was the first time we have used the 2012 tyres in such high temperatures and the degradation is quite significant. Probably this had an impact as well, but in any case we struggled with the balance of the car quite a lot today. We will have to improve for qualifying and the race, but I’m sure we can do that. It was a shame that I lost so much track time in the second session because of the gear box problem, but these things happen.”



Sergio Pérez:
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 20th / 1:41.085 min (23 laps) / 2nd Practice: 18th / 1:40.947 min (33 laps)
“It was a difficult day in terms of setting up the car and getting the balance right. It was better on long runs than on single laps. We managed to achieve some improvements for the second free practice and now we will be looking carefully at the data tonight.”
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Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“This was obviously not an ideal start to the weekend. We have some work ahead of us to get the car’s balance right here. The reliability issue on Kamui’s car didn’t help, but we will keep working hard and do better tomorrow.”

 

F1 2012 - Malaysian GP Caterham F1 Team Information FP1 / FP2 Report - Friday 23rd March 2012

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Weather
FP1: Dry session, air temp 30° - 33°, track temp 38° - 43°
FP2: Dry session, air temp 31°, track temp 44° - 46°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: KOV 1.40.247, 17th / PET 1.40.857, 19th
FP2: PET 1.41.464, 19th / KOV 1.42.594, 21st

Total laps:
FP1: KOV 19 / PET 25
FP2: KOV 18 / PET 25

Runplan - FP1
Heikki Kovalainen
1000 - 1002: Installation, 1 lap (primes)
1002 - 1025: System checks
1025 - 1037: Run 2, 6 laps (primes)
1037 - 1046: Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake blanking, front anti-roll bar
1046 - 1102: Run 3, 9 laps (primes)
1102 - 1112: Changes: front anti-roll bar
1112 - 1121: Run 4, 3 laps (options)


Heikki on track in FP1
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - Friday Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 23rd March

Vitaly Petrov
1000 - 1003: Installation, 1 lap (primes)
1003 - 1025: System checks
1025 - 1040: Run 2, 7 laps (primes)
1040 - 1052: Changes: front wing flap angle, front torsion bar, front / rear anti-roll bar
1052 - 1108: Run 3, 8 laps (primes)
1108 - 1113: Changes: n/a
1113 - 1132: Run 4, 9 laps (options)


Making sure Vitaly doesn't fall out on the way round
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - Friday Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 23rd March


Runplan - FP2
Heikki Kovalainen
1419 - 1430: Run 1, 6 laps (primes)
1430 - 1436: Changes: n/a
1436 - 1459: Run 2, 12 laps (primes)

Vitaly Petrov
1416 - 1427: Run 1, 5 laps (options)
1427 - 1442: Changes: n/a
1442 - 1455: Run 2, 6 laps (primes)
1455 - 1504: Changes: front wing flap angle
1504 - 1530: Run 3, 14 laps (primes)

Team Quotes

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “I think today proved what we suspected, that managing tyre degradation is going to be critical to performance on Sunday. This morning we tried a couple of setup options that didn't really work too well but we made some changes over lunch and straight away this afternoon the car felt better. I had more grip and was able to manage the tyres well over the second run we did so I think we've found some improvements where we wanted to today and have a base to work on tonight.”

Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “We worked through the normal Friday runplans and for me it was a pretty good day. The grip levels this morning were not good, but I think that was the same for most of the teams, but this afternoon we had found some improvements, even though the track itself had lost some of the grip from this morning. We have a couple of areas to focus on tonight, particularly looking at maximising traction, but I'm reasonably pleased with where we have ended up.”


Vitaly on track in FP1
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - Friday Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 23rd March.

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader: "Preparations for this race started several months ago when we first ran the engines on the dyno and replicated the heat and the humidity we run in here in Malaysia. We work very closely with the aerodynamics department at the team to make sure we have the right cooling on the bodywork and from what we have seen today it looks like we have achieved the targets we set ourselves for this weekend."

Mark Smith, Technical Director: “An interesting day for us and probably every team in the paddock. We knew that tyre management would play a key role over the weekend and it was immeditaly clear this morning that degradation levels on both tyre compounds are going to be high. The forecasts this morning suggested it might rain this afternoon so we switched the plans and went through some of the afternoon's workload this morning, looking at how the tyres behaved on different fuel loads on each car. This afternoon we saw improvements on both cars and now have a lot of data to look at to prepare for tomorrow and Sunday.”

Riad Asmat, Caterham Group CEO: “First of all it is just great to be back on track in Sepang, in our home country. We have had a tremendous welcome here and, for me, it is good to feel the heat of home. That is not quite the same for the guys in the garage but they have prepared well and are all working extremely hard to make sure we can reproduce the pace we saw in Sunday's race in Melbourne. Whatever happens, we will do our best to give the home fans reason to cheer and we have the right people in control of our race plans to do just that.”

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Vitaly on the pit wall with Chief Engineer Jody Egginton
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - Friday
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
23rd March 2012
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