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Saturday, June 30, 2012

British Grand Prix - Scuderia Ferrari Racing News #10 videos in English & Italian

Published on Jun 29, 2012 by
After the victory in Valencia the Scuderia Ferrari is getting ready for the GP in Silverstone, the ninth race of the Championship. Don't miss the interview with Rob Smedley, Felipe Massa's race engineer, talking about the start of the season. Follow us to discover the Puma works, the brand that has been dressing the men and women from Ferrari since 2005, to see the evolution of race overalls. And then there is the section dedicated to the Formula 1 alphabet: today the Scuderia Ferrari technicians explain the extractor and graining.

Published on Jun 29, 2012 by
Dopo la vittoriosa trasferta di Valencia, la Scuderia Ferrari si prepara per il GP di
Silverstone, nona tappa del campionato. Da non perdere, l'intervista a Rob Smedley,
ingegnere di pista di Felipe Massa, che ci racconta questo inizio di stagione.
Inoltre, seguiteci nel nostro viaggio all'interno degli stabilimenti della Puma, il marchio che dal 2005 veste gli uomini della Ferrari, per capire l'evoluzione delle tute da corsa. Infine, un nuovo appuntamento con la sezione dedicata all'alfabeto della Formula 1: oggi i tecnici della Scuderia Ferrari ci spiegano cosa sono l'estrattore e il graining.

GT1-LIFE The Amazing Hexis Engine Swap-Out. 'I Work All Night' By The Hexis Racing Team

Published on Jun 29, 2012 by
The Hexis Racing Team Show Us How to Swap Out Their Maclaren Engine.

Superb video of the Hexis Team changing their engines at the Slovakia Ring.

Friday, June 29, 2012

British Grand Prix - Sauber Ferrari F1 Team Preview: July 6th to 8th 2012

British GP - Preview

After mixed fortunes at the recent European Grand Prix, the Sauber F1 Team has higher expectations for the weekend of the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, 6th to 8th of July. The Sauber C31-Ferrari will have updates for the ninth round of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship. Kamui Kobayashi, who showed a great qualifying performance in Valencia and was initially lying fourth, remains positive despite the grid penalty he has been given. Sergio Pérez is determined to qualify better than he has done recently and is, therefore, focusing on Saturday’s job first.

9th of 20 Rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 6th to 8th July 2012

Kamui Kobayashi (car number 14):
“I’m really looking forward to this race, and my expectations are quite high. Silverstone is one of my favourite circuits. Our cars were always good in medium and high speed corners, but with the Sauber C31 we have also improved the performance in slow corners, which means we should have no problems with the new part of the track, which was introduced in 2010. Despite the fact I have to cope with a penalty, which will send me five places down the grid, I’m optimistic for this race. I believe we have the potential to achieve something special in England and I hope for a little more luck as well.”

Sergio Pérez (car number 15):
“I really like the Silverstone circuit. I have won there in Formula 3 and in GP2 and also last year my first Formula One race was good. I came seventh and this was actually my best race result in 2011. Back then it was a crazy race in difficult weather conditions with the track drying. I think our car will be good in Silverstone and I want to fight for another podium there. In my view in Silverstone it is even more difficult to overtake than it was in Valencia, therefore qualifying is high priority on the job list. I need a better grid position than recently. I like the fast and fluid corners a lot, so this is a very enjoyable part of the track. The race in Silverstone is a special Grand Prix – because of the fans and the atmosphere and also for me personally. I lived in Oxford for three years and I have quite a few friends in England.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“The Silverstone circuit is very different from the last two tracks we’ve been racing on. It has some challenging high speed corners and requires a set-up which is optimised with regard to aerodynamics as well as changes of direction. Silverstone has the charm of some of the older tracks with a surface that is not perfect and quite bumpy in some places. It also offers some real challenges for the drivers. The straights are not very long, therefore we can afford to run quite a lot of downforce. The DRS zone is in the same place as last year, in the section that was built a couple of years ago. Its length is quite limited which means overtaking is not so easy. We will be running the soft and the hard tyre compounds, which I expect to suit this track nicely, and also warming-up should not be an issue. An important factor in Silverstone is always the weather, an aspect we need to take into consideration when preparing for the race weekend, and something which we might to need to adapt to during the race. Our Sauber C31 will get an aerodynamic development package, which includes some modifications of the engine cover and the rear of the car. Looking at the layout of this track and the characteristics of our car, I think we can approach this race weekend with a lot of optimism.”

Circuit: Silverstone / 5.891 km
Race distance: 52 laps / 306.198 km
Schedule: Qualifying and Race 13:00 hrs local time (12:00 hrs UTC)

Kamui Kobayashi
Born: 13.09.1986 Amagasaki (JP)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.68 m / 62 kg
First GP: Sao Paulo 2009 (9th)
GP started: 48
Best race result: 5th (Monaco 2011, Barcelona 2012)
Best qualifying: 4th (Shanghai 2012)
Fastest lap: 1 (Shanghai 2012)
Points 2012: 21 (currently 12th)
Points in total: 86

Sergio Pérez
Born: 26.01.1990 Guadalajara (MX)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.73 m / 64 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2011, (7th/disqualified)
GP started: 25
Best race result: 2nd (Sepang 2012)
Best qualifying: 6th (Barcelona 2012)
Fastest lap: 1 (Monaco 2012)
Points 2012: 39 (currently 9th)
Points in total: 53

The Sauber F1 Team is currently 6th in the Constructors’ Championship (60 points).

Schedule for the group interview sessions during the weekend:

13:30-13:40 – Sergio Pérez – TV (Spanish, then English)
13:40-13:50 – Sergio Pérez – written media (Spanish)
13:50-14:00 – Sergio Pérez – written media (English)
14:00-14:10 – Kamui Kobayashi – TV (Japanese, then English)
14:10-14:20 – Kamui Kobayashi – written media (Japanese)
14:20-14:30 – Kamui Kobayashi – written media (English)
17:00-17:20 – Peter Sauber & Monisha Kaltenborn (all media – German & English)

16:45-16:55 – Kamui Kobayashi – TV
16:45-16:55 – Sergio Pérez – TV
18:00-19:00 – Cuervo Tequila Moment – Motorhome – all media invited for drinks

15:45-15:55 – Kamui Kobayashi – TV (Japanese, then English)
15:55-16:05 – Kamui Kobayashi – written media (Japanese)
16:05-16:15 – Kamui Kobayashi – written media (English)
15:45-15:55 – Sergio Pérez – written media (Spanish)
15:55-16:05 – Sergio Pérez – written media (English)
16:05-16:15 – Sergio Pérez – TV (Spanish, then English)

After the race the drivers will be available in the mixed zone set up by the FIA.
Peter Sauber, Monisha Kaltenborn and Giampaolo Dall’Ara 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.
GP Grossbritannien - Vorschau

Hinwil, 29. Juni 2012 – Nach einem durchwachsenen Grossen Preis von Europa hat das Sauber F1 Team höhere Erwartungen für das Wochenende des Britischen Grand Prix in Silverstone, 6. bis 8. Juli. Der Sauber C31-Ferrari wird zum neunten Lauf der FIA Formel-1-Weltmeisterschaft 2012 mit Weiterentwicklungen antreten. Kamui Kobayashi, der in Valencia ein sehr gutes Qualifying fuhr und anfangs an vierter Position im Rennen lag, ist trotz einer anhängigen Startplatzstrafe zuversichtlich. Sergio Pérez fokussiert sich erst einmal auf den Samstag, er will sich unbedingt wieder weiter vorne qualifizieren.

9. von 20 Läufen zur FIA Formel-1-Weltmeisterschaft, 6.-8. Juli 2012

Kamui Kobayashi (Startnummer 14):

„Auf dieses Rennen freue ich mich ganz besonders, und ich habe ziemlich hohe Erwartungen. Silverstone gehört zu meinen Lieblingsstrecken. Unsere Autos waren stets gut in mittelschnellen und schnellen Kurven, aber beim Sauber C31 ist es unseren Ingenieuren gelungen, auch die Performance in langsamen Kurven zu verbessern. Entsprechend sollten wir nun auch mit dem jüngsten Streckenabschnitt keine Probleme haben. Trotz der Strafe, die mich in der Startaufstellung fünf Plätze kostet, bleibe ich zuversichtlich für dieses Rennen. Ich denke, dass wir die Möglichkeit haben, in England etwas Besonderes zu erreichen, und ich hoffe auf ein bisschen mehr Glück.“

Sergio Pérez (Startnummer 15):

„Ich mag die Rennstrecke in Silverstone sehr. Ich habe dort in der Formel 3 und in der GP2 gewonnen, und auch mein erstes Formel-1-Rennen im vergangenen Jahr war gut. Ich wurde Siebter, das war mein bestes Rennergebnis 2011. Es war ein verrücktes Rennen unter schwierigen Bedingungen auf abtrocknender Strecke. Ich denke, unser Auto wird in Silverstone gut sein, und ich will um einen weiteren Podestplatz kämpfen. Aus meiner Sicht ist es in Silverstone noch schwieriger zu überholen als in Valencia. Entsprechend hat das Qualifying ganz hohe Priorität, ich brauche einen besseren Startplatz als bei den zurückliegenden Rennen. Ich mag die schnellen und flüssigen Kurven, sie sind ein Genuss. Das Rennen in Silverstone ist ein besonderer Grand Prix – wegen der Fans und der Atmosphäre und auch für mich persönlich. Ich habe drei Jahre in Oxford gewohnt und habe viele Freunde in England.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:

„Die Strecke in Silverstone unterscheidet sich deutlich von den beiden, auf denen wir zuletzt fuhren. Sie verfügt über anspruchsvolle Hochgeschwindigkeitskurven und erfordert eine Abstimmung, die optimalen Abtrieb sowie schnelle Richtungswechsel erlaubt. Silverstone hat den Charme älterer Strecken. Der Belag ist nicht perfekt, es gibt einige Bodenwellen. Der Kurs verlangt den Piloten einiges ab. Die Geraden sind nicht allzu lang, entsprechend kann man hohen Abtrieb fahren. Die DRS-Zone ist wieder in jenem Streckenteil, der vor zwei Jahren neu gebaut wurde. Er ist nicht lang, zu überholen ist nicht einfach. Wir werden die weichen und die harten Reifen zur Verfügung haben, die eigentlich gut zu dieser Strecke passen müssten. Auch das Aufwärmen sollte kein Problem sein. Ein wichtiger Faktor in Silverstone ist natürlich immer das Wetter. Diesen Aspekt berücksichtigen wir bereits bei der Vorbereitung des Rennwochenendes, und natürlich passen wir die Strategie an, wenn das im Rennen nötig sein sollte. Der Sauber C31 wird in Silverstone mit einem neuen Entwicklungspaket an den Start gehen. Es umfasst Modifikationen der Motorabdeckung sowie des Heckbereichs. Wenn ich mir das Layout der Strecke und die Charakteristik unseres Autos anschaue, dann denke ich, dass wir dieses Rennwochenende mit viel Zuversicht angehen können.”

Strecke: Silverstone / 5,891 km

Renndistanz: 52 Runden / 306,198 km
Zeitplan: Qualifying und Rennen 13:00 Uhr Ortszeit (12:00 Uhr UTC)

Kamui Kobayashi

Geboren: 13.09.1986 Amagasaki (JP)
Familienstand: Ledig
Grösse/Gewicht: 1,68 m / 62 kg
Erster GP: Sao Paulo 2009 (9.)
GP gestartet: 48
Bestes Rennen: 5. (Monaco 2011, Barcelona 2012)
Bestes Qualifying: 4. (Shanghai 2012)
Schnellste Rennrunde: 1 (Shanghai 2012)
Punkte 2012: 21 (derzeit Platz 12)
Punkte insgesamt: 86

Sergio Pérez

Geboren: 26.01.1990 Guadalajara (MX)
Familienstand: Ledig
Grösse/Gewicht: 1,73 m / 64 kg
Erster GP: Melbourne 2011, (7./disqualifiziert)
GP gestartet: 25
Bestes Rennen: 2. (Sepang 2012)
Bestes Qualifying: 6. (Barcelona 2012)
Schnellste Rennrunde: 1 (Monaco 2012)
Punkte 2012: 39 (derzeit Platz 9)
Punkte insgesamt: 53

Das Sauber F1 Team belegt derzeit mit 60 Punkten Platz 6 in der WM der Konstrukteure.

Zeitplan für die Gruppeninterviews am Wochenende:


13:30-13:40 – Sergio Pérez – TV (Spanisch, dann Englisch)
13:40-13:50 – Sergio Pérez – schreibende Medien (Spanisch)
13:50-14:00 – Sergio Pérez – schreibende Medien (Englisch)
14:00-14:10 – Kamui Kobayashi – TV (Japanisch, dann Englisch)
14:10-14:20 – Kamui Kobayashi – schreibende Medien (Japanisch)
14:20-14:30 – Kamui Kobayashi – schreibende Medien (Englisch)
17:00-17:20 – Peter Sauber & Monisha Kaltenborn (alle Medien – Deutsch & Englisch)


16:45-16:55 – Kamui Kobayashi – TV
16:45-16:55 – Sergio Pérez – TV
18:00-19:00 – Cuervo Tequila Moment – Motorhome – Einladung für alle Medien


15:45-15:55 – Kamui Kobayashi – TV (Japanisch, dann Englisch)
15:55-16:05 – Kamui Kobayashi – schreibende Medien (Japanisch)
16:05-16:15 – Kamui Kobayashi – schreibende Medien (Englisch)
15:45-15:55 – Sergio Pérez – schreibende Medien (Spanisch)
15:55-16:05 – Sergio Pérez – schreibende Medien (Englisch)
16:05-16:15 – Sergio Pérez – TV (Spanisch, dann Englisch)


Nach dem Rennen stehen die Fahrer im von der FIA vorbereiteten Bereich für Interviews zur Verfügung; Peter Sauber, Monisha Kaltenborn und Giampaolo Dall’Ara im Teambereich.

Bei Teilnahme an der FIA-Pressekonferenz entfallen die jeweiligen Gruppeninterviews am betreffenden Tag.

British Grand Prix - HRT F1 Team Media schedule 5 to 8 July 2012 11:20 AM (34 minutes ago) to


HRT Media schedule. British Grand Prix

the media schedule for the British Grand Prix listed below

Thursday, 5th July 2012
16.00h 16.05h - Open TV (Spanish) - Front garage - PDLR
16.05h 16.10h - Open TV (English) - Front garage - PDLR
16.10h 16.20h - Spanish Media - Hospitality - PDLR
16.20h 16.30h - International Media - Hospitality - PDLR
16.00h 16.05h - Open TV (English) - Hospitality - NK
16.05h 16.15h - International Media - Front garage - NK
16.00h 16.10h - Spanish Media - -Hospitality - DC
16.10h 16.20h - International Media - Hospitality - DC
16.20h 16.30h - Open TV (Spanish / English) - Front garage - DC
Friday, 6th July 2012
12.30h 12.40h - Spanish Media - Hospitality - DC
12.40h 12.50h - International Media - Hospitality - DC
12.50h 13.00h - Open TV (Spanish / English) -Front garage - DC
18.00h 18.10h - International Media - Hospitality - NK
18.10h 18.15h - Open TV (English) - Front garage - NK
18.00h 18.05h - Open TV (English) - Front garage - PDLR
18.05h 18.10h - Open TV (Spanish) - Front garage - PDLR
18.10h 18.20h - Spanish Media - Hospitality - PDLR
18.20h 18.30h - International Media - Hospitality - PDLR

Saturday, 7th July 2012
15.00h 15.10h - International Media - Hospitality - NK
15.00h 15.10h - Spanish Media - Hospitality - PDLR
15.10h 15.20h - International Media - Hospitality - PDLR

Sunday, 8th July 2012
Just after the raceOpen TV at FIA media penBoth drivers
14.45h 14.50h - International Media - Hospitality - NK
14.45h 14.50h - Spanish Media - Hospitality - PDLR
14.50h 15.00h - International Media - Hospitality - PDLR

*Limited individual interviews available upon request.

British Grand Prix - Caterham F1 Team Preview 11:03 AM (45 minutes ago) to
Caterham F1
Caterham F1 Team - British Grand PrixView


Race Laps: 52
Pitlane altitude (m): 102
2011 air / track temp (C): 25 / 34
2011 ATM pressure (HPA): 998
2011 humidity (%): 45
2011 wind (kph): NNE 20


2011 Qualifying
P1: WEB (1:30.399 Q3)
P2: VET (1:30.431 Q3)
P3: ALO (1:30.516 Q3)
CF1T best: P17 KOV (1:34.821 Q2)
CFT1 delta to best Q1: +3.181 (103.3%)

2011 Race

P1: ALO (1:34.980) L41
P2: VET (1:35.565) L38
P3: WEB (1:35.666) L49
CF1T best: DNF TRU (1:55.491) L9
CF1T delta to best race lap: +20.511 (121.6%)

Quick Description

High fuel effect and one the most “lateral grip” tracks
Generally low grip
Very easy on brakes
Overtaking is difficult
Starting grid on old low grip tarmac up to P18
S3 and pitlane entry remain wet longer than the rest of the track
Track re-paved partly in 2011

Circuit Particularity

Bumpiness: medium / high
Overtaking chance: low
Kerbs: smooth
Ride height setting particularity: limited by bumpiness
Engine severity: low
Gearbox severity: low
Lat/Long grip: Lateral
Aero eff ratio: medium / high
Safety car history: 2011- none, 2010- 1(28-30), 2009 none
Track grip evo during w/e: medium / high
Aero settings: high
Brake wear severity: very low
Brake cooling necessity: low

Team Quotes 

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#03
: “Silverstone is a great track to race at, both because it’s one of our two home races and because it’s a proper driver’s track. Even with the changes that have been made over the years it is still what F1 is all about – high speed corners that really push the performance of the car. The new section is probably the least exciting bit of the track from inside the cockpit but the classic corners from Copse and Maggots to Beckets is right up there with some of the best corners on the calendar.

“Honestly, I can’t wait to get back in the car and see what we can do at this year’s British Grand Prix. At the last race in Valencia we clearly made improvements, enough to help me put the car into Q2 on merit and we have more upgrades coming for Silverstone. For this race it’s important that we carry our qualifying speed and good reliability through into Sunday as issues like the KERS problem I had in Valencia impact all the hard work the team is doing at the factory and in the wind tunnel to get us where we want to be. If we can do that I think we can have another very good weekend and I’m really looking forward to giving our home fans something to cheer for.”

Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#02
: “The British Grand Prix is one of the best races of the calendar for several reasons. It’s a fantastic place to race at because of the exciting atmosphere and the special love the British fans have for motorsport. As the UK is home to a lot of the teams, including Caterham F1 Team, the whole place is always full of fans, whether it’s raining or the sun is burning everybody! They are some of the most knowledgeable, passionate fans in the world and they give the whole place a special atmosphere all weekend.

“As we’ll be bringing more new parts to the British Grand Prix I think it’s another race where we’ll be able to take a step forwards. I’m sure everyone else will be bringing upgrades so we need to make sure that we don’t just make gains, but we improve more than our nearest rivals. That’s a big challenge but after seeing the gap to Toro Rosso shrink in Valencia we have a clear target just ahead and that gave the whole team a real boost. Hopefully we’ll be able to make similar levels of progress at Silverstone – if we do I think the British Grand Prix could be very interesting. The team made great progress in Valencia and I really hope that we will continue in the same manner at the next race.”

Mark Smith, Technical Director
: “We left Valencia after a very positive weekend for the whole team. One of the most pleasing aspects for me was seeing that the numbers we had predicted for the upgrades we brought there matched what we did on track, and that gives us a lot of confidence that future upgrade packages should continue the trend we are seeing of the gap to the teams ahead shrinking.

“For Silverstone we will be bringing a number of new parts, including new rear bodywork, a revised exhaust layout and a number of smaller updates in other bodywork areas around the car. I do not want to make any predictions at this point on what they could be worth, but if we repeat the step forward we made in Valencia we should have another positive weekend.”

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team
: “The European Grand Prix was a very significant race for our team as it was the first time we took on and beat an established midfield team in a straight fight on merit in qualifying. Yes, Heikki’s benefited from the issues Mark Webber had on Saturday, but we are now quick enough to take advantage of that sort of opportunity and knock one of the established teams back into the positions we have been filling since we started in the sport just over two and a half years ago.

“Our performance on Sunday was also extremely positive, with all areas of the team performing at 100% to help us record our best positions of the season, despite both cars being forced to change nosecones after contact with the Toro Rossos. We said at the start of the season that our goals for this year are to score our first point and to join the midfield and I think it is fair to say that we are achingly close to being able to achieve those targets.

“Silverstone will give us another chance to show that we can make good on those objectives and the upgrades we are bringing will give both Heikki and Vitaly the chance to repeat our qualifying performance in Valencia, and, more importantly, to be able to fight for their track positions from the moment the lights go out on Sunday, right to the end of the race. To see our cars racing a team who were 1.6 seconds ahead of us in qualifying for the first race this year is obviously a very good feeling, for me and my fellow shareholders, our partners and sponsors, our fans and the whole team.”


British Grand Prix - HRT F1 Team Preview: July 6th to 8th 2012 10:35 AM (8 minutes ago) to


British Grand Prix Preview


6th-8th July
Silverstone – 52 laps – 5.891 km

Madrid, 29th of June 2012

Formula 1 is coming back home as Silverstone is where it all began in 1950 when the first race in the history of the World Championship took place. This circuit has hosted every British Grand Prix since 1950, barring periods between 1964 and 1986 when it took place at Brands Hatch and 1955 to 1962 when it was raced at Aintree. Silverstone is a fast, flowing track which combines very quick turns at the start with a number of slow ones towards the end of the lap. Maggots, Becketts and Chapel stand out as one of the most demanding combination of corners in the championship.

HRT Formula 1 Team arrives in Silverstone showing clear signs of improvement and aims to continue in this line at the legendary British track. Spanish driver Dani Clos will step into the F112 for the second time this season to take part in the first practice session. Clos will replace Narain Karthikeyan and accompany Pedro de la Rosa for the first 90 minutes of practice at the British Grand Prix. Pirelli have elected their soft and hard tyres for this Grand Prix.

Pedro de la Rosa: "Silverstone is a beautiful and classic circuit; it’s a place I really like. I’ve raced in many categories there: Formula Ford, Formula Renault, Formula 3 and Formula 1. It’s a quick, high downforce track with a lot of quick corners linked together. It’s very demanding on the tyres, so the logical thing is to go for three stops. Strategies will play a big part. It’s not the most favourable circuit for us so we’re going to have to grind our teeth because, apart from that, it’s also one of the toughest tracks for a driver. We’re going to try and continue the good work from the last grands prix, finish this race and improve on our result in Valencia. That is our objective”.

Narain Karthikeyan: "I’ve got very good memories of Silverstone as I’ve raced a lot there in the past in junior categories, it’s one of my favourite tracks on the calendar and a place I expect to do well. Copse and the Becketts complex are special corners and are up there with the most exciting ones in the championship but I don’t know the new part of the circuit as I didn’t race at Silverstone last year so it will take me a few laps to adapt. After a positive weekend in Valencia, with a good performance in qualifying, I’m hoping to continue from there and build on it in Great Britain”.

Dani Clos: "I’m very happy to step into the F112 once again in Silverstone, a place where I’ve got good memories since I’ve made the podium every time I’ve been in GP2. After Barcelona I’ve really been looking forward to this new opportunity. The work we’re carrying out with the team is positive and I think that I can make a good contribution. I will be able to run in better conditions than in Barcelona because the car was new back then and I had to carry out various aero tests. Now I’ve got a new opportunity, not to prove anything but to work with the team and evolve as much as we can”.

Luis Pérez-Sala, Team Principal: "In Valencia we had a positive weekend and were able to confirm the good sensations we’d felt in the last few races. Silverstone is one of the most emblematic and historic circuits in the Championship and racing there is always something special. We want to see how our car performs at the British track with the latest upgrades because it’s a track that contains various quick turns and that’s where we suffer most. On another note, I’m happy that Dani will have a new opportunity to sit behind the wheel of the car for the first free practice session. This time he’ll be able to get more out of the session because in Barcelona there were many things to test and he had to focus on them, but now he’ll be able to get the most out of the experience. Besides, it will be the second time he drives the F112 this season so he won’t be stepping into the unknown and won’t need a period to adapt”.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nico Rosberg 111 Jahre Mercedes-Benz Motorsport in Hockenheim Formel 1 2012

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Nico Rosberg feiert mit den Mercedes-Fans 111 Jahre Mercedes-Benz Motorsport in Hockenheim beim Formel 1 Grand Prix 2012
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Nico Rosberg celebrating 111 years Mercedes-Benz Motorsport at the German GP in Hockenheim 2012

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Monday, June 25, 2012

European Grand Prix - F1 Forum Parts 1:2:3:4 & 5: (BBC F1 2012 video with Jake Humphrey)

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Jake Humphrey presents the post-race forum alongside a panel of experts and pundits, discussing the European Grand Prix.

Gran Premio d'Europa - Stefano Domenicali, sulla gara /European Grand Prix - Stefano Domenicali, about race

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"Yesterday, we had said that the result of qualifying did not reflect our potential and I think today's performance proves we were right"
"Ieri avevamo detto che il risultato delle qualifiche non rispecchiava il nostro potenziale e credo che la prestazione di oggi dimostri che avevamo ragione"

Nico Rosberg: Analyse nach Platz 6 in Valencia 2012

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Nico Rosberg: Analyse nach Platz 6 in Valencia 2012

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Nico Rosberg: Post-race message after P6 in Valencia 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

European Grand Prix - Fernando Alonso Reigns In Spain: (Sky Sports F1 2012 video)

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Fernando Alonso was full of joy following his victory at the European Grand Prix.

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European Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher "A Very Special Very Exciting": (Sky Sports F1 2012 video)

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Michael Schumacher is feeling emotional after his third place finish in the European GP, his first podium since returning from retirement.

European Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton "Sucks It Up": (Sky Sports F1 2012 video)

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Lewis Hamilton couldn't hide his frustration after he ended the European GP prematurely.

European GP - Sebastian Vettel Disappointed With Race: (Sky Sports F1 2012 video)

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European Grand Prix - Step In The Right Direction For Mercedes: (Sky Sports F1 2012 video)

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European GP - Lewis Hamilton & Pastor Maldonado Crash: (BBC F1 2012 video)

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McLaren's Lewis Hamilton crashes out of the European Grand Prix in Valencia on the penultimate lap after coming together with Williams driver Pastor Maldonado.

Hamilton was running third but was struggling with his tyres, and as Maldonado tried to pass him the Venezuelan crashed into the side of the McLaren.

The race was eventually won by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, with Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus second and Mercedes' Michael Schumacher claiming his first podium finish since returning to the sport in 2010.

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European Grand Prix - Sauber Ferrari F1 Team Information Race - Sunday 24 June 2012

European GP – Race

The 2012 European Grand Prix at the Valencia street circuit was a thriller with action from the first to last lap. Sauber F1 Team driver Kamui Kobayashi made a fantastic start, was racing in fourth for the first quarter of the race before it all went wrong for him and he finally retired after 34 laps. Meanwhile his team mate, Sergio Pérez, fought his way through from 15th on the grid to finish ninth. He was on a two stop strategy with a 32 lap long final stint on a set of soft tyres.

Weather: sunny and dry, 26-27°C air, 44-46°C track

Sergio Pérez: 9th
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari 056)
Start on new medium tyres, after 10 laps change to used soft tyres, after 25 laps change to new soft tyres.

“It was a difficult race today. We risked quite a lot with our strategy and in the end the tyre degradation was huge. You can say two points are not a bad result if you’ve came from 15th on the grid, but the most important thing now is to improve our qualifying performance. I was 15th on the grid for the second consecutive race and there is a lot more to achieve if I could only start further up the grid.“

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Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber C31-Ferrari 

Kamui Kobayashi: DNF, accident on lap 34
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
Start on used soft tyres, after 14 laps change to used soft tyres, after 20 laps change to new medium tyres.
“What a race today, however, I am very disappointed. I definitely had a good start from seventh. I made up two positions straight away and then overtook Pastor Maldonado on lap one. I was fourth and it looked promising. Then at my first pit stop after 14 laps we had a problem with the front left wheel. After that I was 11th and still had a good chance. On lap 20 I was following Kimi Räikkönen, who was overtaking Bruno Senna, and then was on the inside next to Senna. I had the wall and nowhere to go when we touched. I had to pit for a nose change. Later, when the race was restarted after the safety car period, I was fighting with Felipe Massa for position. Our cars touched and this time the damage was too bad to continue.“

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Sergio Pérez, Sauber C31-Ferrari 

Peter Sauber, Team Principal:
“From my perspective it was a race of missed opportunities. Things went against us today, and in the end we had to be satisfied with getting just the two points Sergio scored. Kamui was unlucky when he was hit by Bruno Senna. He couldn’t benefit from his great qualifying performance.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Kamui made a brilliant start, had a great first lap and moved up to fourth, so things were really looking good for him. But then at the first pit stop we lost time with the front left wheel. As a result, Kimi Räikkönen was able to overtake him in the pits, and Fernando Alonso was also able to pass him. Then he was hit by Bruno Senna and had to pit again. It was at an unlucky moment because the safety car came out just a few laps later, and then he had a racing incident with Felipe Massa so had to stop due to the damage on the car. Sergio started on the medium tyres, and in the beginning he was stuck behind Senna. Therefore we opted for an early pit stop after lap ten to get him out of traffic. However, the second set of tyres, softs now, started to degrade earlier than expected, so we had to pit him again on lap 25. But he was unlucky with the safety car which came out just three laps later. The plan was then to go to the end on the soft tyres, knowing this was ambitious, but in the end with the old tyres he couldn’t defend against Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber. All in all it was a very difficult race.”

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Sergio Pérez, Sauber C31-Ferrari 

GP Europa – Rennen
Der Grosse Preis von Europa 2012 auf dem Stadtkurs von Valencia war ein Thriller, ereignisreich von der ersten bis zur letzten Runde. Sauber F1 Team Fahrer Kamui Kobayashi gelang ein fantastischer Start, er lag im ersten Viertel des Rennens an vierter Position mit besten Aussichten auf einen Podestplatz. Dann jagte ein Zwischenfall den nächsten, und schliesslich fiel er nach 34 Runden aus. Sein Teamkollege, Sergio Pérez, kämpfte sich unterdessen vom 15. Startplatz aus nach vorn. Er war mit einer Zweistopp-Strategie unterwegs und hatte mit seinem letzten frischen Satz weicher Reifen am Schluss 32 Runden zu fahren.

Wetter: sonnig und trocken, 26-27°C Luft, 44-46°C Strecke
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Sergio Pérez, Sauber C31-Ferrari

Sergio Pérez : 9.
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari 056)

Start auf neuen Medium-Reifen, nach 10 Runden Wechsel auf gebrauchte weiche Reifen, nach 25 Runden Wechsel auf neue weiche Reifen.
„Das war heute ein sehr schwieriges Rennen. Wir haben mit unserer Strategie einiges riskiert, und am Ende haben die Reifen extrem abgebaut. Man kann sagen, dass es ja gar nicht so schlecht ist, vom 15. Startplatz aus zwei Punkte zu holen. Aber das Wichtigste ist jetzt, dass wir unsere Leistung im Qualifying weiter verbessern. Ich bin zum zweiten Mal hintereinander als 15. losgefahren. Wenn ich nur weiter vorne starten würde, wäre da viel mehr zu holen.”

Kamui Kobayashi
: Ausfall (Kollision Runde 34)
Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)

Start auf gebrauchten weichen Reifen, nach 14 Runden Wechsel auf gebrauchte weiche Reifen, nach 20 Runden Wechsel auf neue Medium-Reifen.

„Was für ein Rennen, ich bin sehr enttäuscht. Ich hatte einen wirklich guten Start von meinem siebten Platz aus. Ich konnte gleich zwei Plätze gutmachen und dann in der ersten Runde noch Pastor Maldonado überholen. Ich war Vierter, und alles sah gut aus. Dann hatten wir bei meinem ersten Stopp nach 14 Runden ein Problem mit dem Wechsel des linken Vorderrades. Danach war ich erst einmal Elfter, aber da hatte ich noch gute Chancen. In der 20. Runde fuhr ich hinter Kimi Räikkönen, der seinerseits Bruno Senna überholte. Dann war ich innen neben Senna. Da ist eine Mauer, er liess mir keinen Platz. Unsere Autos berührten sich, und ich musste an die Box, um eine neue Fahrzeugnase zu holen. Später, nach der Safety-Car-Phase und der Rennfreigabe, kämpfte ich mit Felipe Massa. Unsere Autos berührten sich, und diesmal war der Schaden zu gross, um weiterzufahren.“

Peter Sauber,
„Aus meiner Sicht was das heute ein Rennen der verpassten Chancen. Es lief einiges gegen uns, und am Ende blieben uns die zwei Punkte, die Sergio einfahren konnte. Kamui hatte Pech, dass ihn Senna berührte und er seine ausgezeichnete Leistung aus dem Qualifying nicht nutzen konnte.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara
, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Kamui legte eine sehr gute erste Runde hin und kam als Vierter zurück, entsprechend gut sah es für ihn aus. Doch bei seinem ersten Boxenstopp verloren wir Zeit mit dem vorderen linken Rad. Als Folge davon konnte ihn Kimi Räikkönen in den Boxen überholen und dann anschliessend auch Fernando Alonso. Dann berührte ihn Bruno Senna, und er musste erneut zur Box. Ein unglücklicher Moment, denn kurze Zeit später kam das Safety Car auf die Strecke. Anschliessend hatte er einen Zwischenfall mit Felipe Massa und musste wegen den Beschädigungen am Auto aufgeben. Sergio seinerseits startete auf den Medium-Reifen. Zu Beginn hing er hinter Senna fest. Um ihn aus dem Verkehr zu befreien, riefen wir ihn schon nach zehn Runden, früher als geplant, zum ersten Stopp. Der zweite Satz Reifen, jetzt die weichen, baute schneller ab als erwartet, deshalb mussten wir Sergio nach 25 Runden bereits wieder zur Box holen. Drei Runden später ging das Safety Car auf die Strecke, das wäre natürlich die bessere Möglichkeit gewesen. Danach war der Plan, mit diesen weichen Reifen bis ins Ziel zu fahren. Wir wussten, dass das ambitioniert war, und am Ende konnte er sich mit den abgenutzten Pneus auch nicht mehr gegen Michael Schumacher und Mark Webber verteidigen. Unterm Strich war das heute ein sehr schwieriges Rennen.“

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Daniel Ricciardo (STR7-04)
Race finish: 12th

“The final result of the race is disappointing. I think I drove well and the team deserved better. Apart from my finish position, it was a really good race. I had a good getaway off the line, passing a couple of cars. But the opening lap was a bit of a mess and as I tried to overtake some cars down the inside, Perez got me round the outside. My first stint was strong and I was in touch with our competitors, then the second stint was also good. The Safety Car did not really work in our favour. After my second stop I was pushing to the end and I had Petrov going quite slowly in front of me, I went to get around him and he defended by going a bit wide. So I tried to switch back and I feel I gave him some racing room, but we still made contact because perhaps his move was a bit too aggressive. Anyway, that cost me a chance to get into the points, but there were some positives to take away from this race, even if they are not so visible from the outside.”
Jean-Eric Vergne (STR7-03)
Race finish: DNF
“It’s a big shame not to finish the race as I was picking up my pace on the Option tyre, having started on Prime and it also means it’s my first retirement this season. As for the incident with Heikki, I felt I was ahead and as I started to turn into the corner, we collided and his front wing clipped my rear wheel and there was too much damage to the floor and it was impossible to change the damaged rear wheel so there was no way for me to continue. I think it was just a racing incident.”

 Silverstone penalties for Kobayashi and Vergne

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European Grand Prix

Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia
Sunday, 24th of June 2012

Weather: Sunny – Air 27ºC, Track 46ºC
Race: 57 laps – Track distance: 5.419 km

Pedro de la RosaF112-02 #2217th
Narain KarthikeyanF112-03 #2318th

The European Grand Prix which took place today at the Valencia Street Circuit left us one of the most exciting and action-packed races of the season so far. It was also positive for HRT Formula 1 Team who achieved its main objective of crossing the finish line with both F112’s in front of the home crowd. The day was satisfying overall because of the reliability of the cars and the performance of the drivers.

Pedro de la Rosa, who started in 21st position, gained up to 6 places to finish in 17th. The Spanish driver gave the fans a thrilling spectacle and held a beautiful battle with his rivals until his tyres said enough is enough. Narain Karthikeyan, also on a two-stop strategy, completed a consistent race, with a good rhythm, and put up a fight against his rivals but he was penalized with a drive-through for speeding in the pit lane.

The next event in the Championship will take place at the legendary British circuit of Silverstone from the 6th to the 8th of July.

Pedro de la Rosa: "The truth is that I gave it my all in this race, I emptied myself, and I’m satisfied. It was a very long race and towards the end, right in the middle of a battle, my rear tyres went and all I could do was hold on until the end. To be honest I could have done without the last seven laps. It was the typical survival race where the cars with most degradation get the wrong end of the stick, but we knew beforehand that it would be tough. But the best thing is that we maintained a good rhythm and managed our brakes for them to last. Perhaps I should have been a bit more conservative when I had Pic behind but I preferred to risk. If the tyres held out, great, and if not, great too. I’m satisfied because we did well the entire weekend in front of our fans. They deserve the best and I think that they see us fight in every race and we’re improving, so I can only thank them for their support”.< /div>

Narain Karthikeyan: "I got off to a good start and managed to hold my position. We had a tough battle for the first 15 laps and our car was going very well on the straights but the degradation of the rear tyres started affecting our performance. After the pitstop I was behind Pic and it wasn’t easy to drive so I was unable to catch him up. But we had a good last stint on the prime tyres which, unfortunately, got hampered by a drive-through penalty as a result of speeding in the pit lane. Had it not been for this then perhaps I could have finished in a better position but the important thing is that we made it to the finish line in very challenging conditions”.

Luis Pérez-Sala, Team Principal: "I’m happy because, after what happened in Montreal, we finished the race with both cars and didn’t encounter any problems. We fought the entire race and, although in the end we didn’t finish out on top, I’m very proud of the team because it’s the first time we’ve battled one-on-one in a race. Both drivers raced very well and we had no trouble with the pitstops either. We’re closer every race but we have to keep on working to continue like this. To finish off I would like to congratulate Alonso because he completed an excellent race, winning after starting in 11th position. This proves that nothing is impossible”.

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Race: Dry, sunny, air temp 27° / track temp 45° (start), 27° / 45° (lap 28), 27° / 44° (lap 57)


Heikki Kovalainen
1331 leave for grid, 2 laps
Start on soft tyres
Lap 13: pitstop 1, soft tyres
Lap 27: pitstop 2, new nose, medium tyres
Finished: 14th

Vitaly Petrov

1331 leave for grid, 2 laps
Start on soft tyres
Lap 14: pitstop 1, soft tyres
Lap 25: pitstop 2, soft tyres
Lap 28: pitstop 3, medium tyres
Lap 47: pitstop 4, new nose, medium tyres
Finished: 13th

Team Quotes


Heikki and Vitaly in the early stages of the eace
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Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia, Spain
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Caterham F1 Team at the European Grand Prix 2012
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Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia, Spain
24th June 2012.
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Heikki in the 2012 European Grand Prix
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24th June 2012.
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Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “My start wasn't the best I've had this year but I was keeping pace with Webber and Ricciardo for the first few laps. Unfortunately we had a KERS issue early on and that obviously hit my pace for the whole race. We had opted for a two stop strategy so for the first stint I was looking after the tyres until we boxed. The stop went well and my pace was good but then Vergne made what looks like a rookie mistake, hit me and I had to come in for a new nose. From that point I was just trying to get to the end of the race and with about five or six laps left the tyres were gone. Despite that 13th and 14th is another decent result for the team. We've had a very good weekend here and now we can look forward to making more gains at the next race so we leave on a positive note.”

Vitaly in the 2012 European Grand Prix
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24th June 2012.
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Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2 : “I'm really pleased with how today's race went. I made a pretty good start and was just behind Heikki after the first corner - I was pretty careful into T1 as I didn't want to make any mistakes and from that point it was really about managing the tyres and following the instructions from my engineer. I want to thank the boys for the fantastic job they did in the pitstops, particularly when I had to box for a new nose late on in the race.

"Even though we were running tenth at one point I'm not sure a point was quite within reach today, but it's really encouraging to see how we've progressed here and we know we have more to come in Silverstone so we have something good to fight for and that's great for the whole team.”



Mark Smith, Technical Director : “Our final positions today are just reward for a very good performance right across the whole team today. Without the contact with Vergne and Ricciardo we may have been able to finish a couple of places higher, but we have to be pleased with how we reacted to the incidents on track, and the fact that we have clearly made some gains here. We have more upgrades to come for Silverstone and if we keep up this level of momentum we have a very exciting second half of the season ahead of us."

Riad Asmat, Caterham Group Chief Executive
: “What a race! That's what makes this the greatest sport on the planet, right throughout the grid. I am very proud of the job the whole team did today. The pitstops were excellent, the strategy calls were spot on and both drivers pushed as hard as they could. The two incidents obviously cost us time on both cars, but it is very good to see that we are so close to the pack ahead - enough to give Heikki and Vitaly a chance to fight and another 13th and 14th place helps us consolidate our place in the Championship, so this has been a good weekend.”


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Valencia GP2 Race Two

Sunday 24th June

Valencia, Spain

The GP2 23 lap sprint race was no less eventful than Saturday’s feature race with just 18 cars completing the course around the Valencia street circuit.

An impressive start from both Caterham Racing cars saw Giedo van der Garde jump to P6 from eleventh on the grid and team mate Rodolfo Gonzalez gain an impressive eleven places after the opening laps. But unfortunately whilst running ninth the stewards gave Rodolfo a drive-through penalty for overtaking under the safety car, sending him to the back, finally finishing a frustrating weekend sixteenth.

Meanwhile after two early safety cars Giedo was able to make a move on Arden's Razia and successfully passed him, moving up to fifth position, but with just a few laps left Giedo lost power as he struggled with a mechanical issue and the Brazilian passed again and went on to win the race. As the race came to a close a fierce battle at the front was taking place while Giedo managed his tyres to finish sixth overall, collecting four points for the team.

Caterham Racing Team Manager Phillip Spencer “Both our guys had a cracking start and everything looked good. They were both running well with Rodolfo up to ninth and Giedo in fourth but towards the end Giedo struggled with his tyres whilst Rodolfo was given a drive-through for overtaking under the safety car. That penalty through ruined his race after a really good start which is a real shame but this is racing! Of course it is good to have two cars finish and to collect a few more points today but I think we will draw a line under this weekend and move on to the next event in Silverstone in a couple of weeks time.”

Giedo van der Garde (P6 / Best lap 1:51.202) “I had a very good first lap and went straight up to sixth. The car felt good in the first few laps and after the safety car I managed to get up to P5 but as the race continued everybody started to struggle with rear tyre degradation . Six or seven laps from the end I had a problem with the car there was a lot of vibration which slowed me right down. I saw Razia coming up behind me and I knew I wasn’t able to defend and both he and Berthon passed me. It was a pity as we were running fourth for a while but the positive is that we were able to get some points today and I believe we can come back well and challenge for a win in Silverstone.”

Rodolfo Gonzalez (P15 / Best lap 1:51.946) “I was having a good run today after a great start from the back of the grid, but on the exit of turn eight I overtook the car in front of me around the bridge and then I saw the safety car signs. I thought I had achieved the move before the safety car rules applied but unfortunately the stewards thought otherwise and after the drive-through there was not enough time to get close to a points finish. It is a shame as it would have been great to finish in the top ten from P24 but the car felt good which is otherwise encouraging. ”

Caterham Racing Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett “What an exciting race! Giedo had a little understeer to begin with and some understeer towards the end but overall he did a very good job today. He had a mechanical issue with just five laps to go which unfortunately allowed people to pass him after climbing up to fourth but I am happy with the overall balance of the cars. We still have a bit of work to do on rear tyre degradation so they last better for the whole race, so we will look at that.

“The car that won the race today did a good job. He managed to conserve the tyres during the race and passed everybody in the last few laps. I think luck was on his side but good for him. As for Rodolfo he made a very good start running ninth but it was deemed he had passed another car under the safety car so he had to serve a drive-through penalty which was unfortunate. It has been a tough weekend for us, but the championship has closed up at the top so it is still all to play for in the last half of this season.”


Results to follow 

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The Race in 60 seconds

14.00 hours CET start
Total laps 57 Lap distance 5.419 km
Track Conditions Dry / 45C
#     Driver                 Team         Laps Pits   
1     Alonso        ESP     Ferrari     57     2   
2     Räikkönen        FIN     Lotus     57     2   
3     Schumacher        GER     Mercedes     57     2   
4     Webber        AUS     Red Bull     57     2   
5     Hülkenberg        GER     Force India     57     2   
6     Rosberg        GER     Mercedes     57     2   
7     di Resta        GBR     Force India     57     1   
8     Button        GBR     McLaren     57     2   
9     Perez        MEX     Sauber     57     2   
10     Maldonado        VEN     Williams     57     2   
11     Senna        BRA     Williams     57     2   
12     Ricciardo        AUS     Toro Rosso     57     2   
13     Petrov        RUS     Caterham     57     4   
14     Kovalainen        FIN     Caterham     57     2   
15     Pic        FRA     Marussia     57     2   
16     Massa        BRA     Ferrari     56     4   
17     de la Rosa        ESP     HRT     56     2   
18     Karthikeyan        IND     HRT     56     3   
19     Hamilton        GBR     McLaren     55     2
    Grosjean     FRA     Lotus     40     2   
    Vettel     GER     Red Bull     33     2   
    Kobayashi     JPN     Sauber     33     3   
    Vergne     FRA     Toro Rosso     26     2   

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    Glock     GER     Marussia     0

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Valencia GP2 Race One

Saturday 23rd June

Valencia, Spain

The GP2 feature race in Valencia was an action packed spectacle from start to finish with no less than three safety cars deployed during the 28 laps.

Giedo van der Garde made a strong start to take second position by turn one, looking good for another podium finish. Sadly he lost several positions when his car was hit from behind sending him wide into the gravel and he rejoined in P6. But after his pitstop on lap ten misfortune struck again and the team were forced to bring him back in to replace two worn front tyres before sending him back out, finally finishing the chaotic race 12th.

Rodolfo Gonzalez also got off to a flying start but suffered damage when he had a coming together with another car which forced him in for a pit stop and a new nose. In between safety car stints the Venezuelan battled for position but finished in a frustrating P17 out of the 20 cars that completed the tough race.

Caterham Racing Team Manager Phillip Spencer “It all started so well this afternoon but things then took a turn for the worse when Giedo was pushed off track by Gutierrez, knocking him from a strong P2 to P6. Our first pit stop did not go to plan and we lost some time but he did well to continue and was not looking too bad until he had to come in a second time for new front tyres. That stop put us right at the back and even though he was quick and passed a few cars, there was just not enough time to climb back up to finish in the points today.

"For Rodolfo it was a tough race for him starting from P22. He was going well, making up several places but he had a coming together with another car and we had to change the nose as well as the tyres when he pitted. Honestly, I am bitterly disappointed with the results today. We could have solidified our place in the championship but instead our big opposition have seized that opportunity, but it just wasn’t our day today. Despite that, who knows what might happen tomorrow. The way Giedo goes around this track perhaps he will have a good second race and salvage something from this weekend. Let’s hope so!”

Giedo van der Garde (P12 / Best lap 1:51.342) “It was one crazy race today! I did quite well at the start and although we had a few early grip issues with the rear tyres, we had expected that as we chose to start on a used pair and as soon as we could stop we did. In hindsight I think this was the right choice for us today but before that could happen Gutierrez pushed me off and I had a tough job to continue. We then had a difficult pit stop which sent me back out in traffic and after the second safety car I tried to pass Razia but I braked too late and locked up, ruining my front tyres, so I had to come back in to get a fresh pair. It is a pity and of course I am very disappointed with the results today but you have to stay positive. We will start 12th tomorrow, we have a good car and one new set of tyres so we must to make the most of the situation and hopefully we can finish in the points.”

Rodolfo Gonzalez (P17 / Best lap 1:53.078) “There were so many incidents on track today and unfortunately I got caught up in a couple of them. I got a good start and did some overtaking early on but on one particular incident I was forced over the curb and touched with another car. We just didn’t have much luck today. I am disappointed with the results but on a positive note the car felt really good on the super soft tyres - they lasted the distance and I was able to challenge as soon as we put them on. Tomorrow is a new day so let’s see if we have a better race in the morning.”

Caterham Racing Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett: “It is all too tempting to think what could have been today but unfortunately mistakes were made by the team and the drivers so we have to consolidate and make sure things like this do not happen again. We were unfortunate with safety cars, out-braking each other, touching other cars and we had some troublesome pit stops. Three safety cars is very unusual and it seems luck just wasn’t on our side today! It is a big shame to miss out on points, especially when our close competitors have moved up in the championship, but these things happen so we will close the page on today and look ahead to tomorrow when I am sure both the team and the drivers will give it their best shot.”


Race results - updated

1. #10 Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:00:31.895s 28 laps
2. #7 Marcus Ericsson iSport + 1.615s
3. #23 Luiz Razia Arden + 6.064s
4. #5 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 6.403s
5. #27 Rio Haryanto Carlin + 6.928s
6. #6 Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering + 7.605s
7. #26 Max Chilton Carlin + 8.384s
8. #9 James Calado Lotus GP + 11.099s
9. #14 Stefano Coletti Coloni + 15.404s
10. #22 Simon Trummer Arden + 15.782s
11. #12 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing + 15.962s
12. #17 Julian Leal Trident Racing + 16.869s
13. #15 Fabio Onidi Coloni + 17.715s
14. #16 Stephane Richelmi Trident Racing + 18.338s
15. #11 Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing + 22.983s +
16. #18 Daniël de Jong Rapax + 23.456s
17. #24 Victor Guerin Ocean Racing + 1 lap
18. #3 Davide Valsecchi DAMS + 10.573s *


#19 Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus (21 laps)
#4 Felipe Nasr DAMS (18 laps)
#8 Jolyon Palmer iSport (17 laps) +
#18 Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus (17 laps)
#20 Tom Dillmann Rapax (11 laps)
#25 Nigel Melker Ocean Racing (1 lap)

Excluded for technical infringment

#2 Josef Král Addax + 19.580s
#1 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Addax + 39.627s

* 20s penalty for overtaking under safety car
+ 10  place grid penalty for sprint race