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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sauber F1 Team press release - Telmex continue their partnership with Sauber / Sauber F1 Team und Telmex f√ľhren Partnerschaft fort

Hinwil, 21st December 2013 - The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce it will continue its partnership with Telmex. It will stay Premium Partner with the logo of the Mexican telecommunications company continuing to have a significant presence on the cars.


Carlos Slim Domit, Telmex Chairman:“We at Telmex and Telcel are very proud to continue being part of the Sauber F1 Team to keep consolidating our succesful history in motorsport, particularly in Formula One and our driver development programme for Mexican and Latin drivers such as Esteban Guti√©rrez, a great young talent, friend and human being.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We are proud that three years ago Telmex chose the Sauber F1 Team to enter Formula One with, and that our partnership has been an instant success. We are very pleased to be able to continue the good cooperation, and think this is also a very good fit looking at a possible Grand Prix in Mexico. Telmex has been involved on different levels of motorsport for a number of years in various categories. We are pleased to be able to contribute to its vision on the top level of motorsports, and we are looking forward to further develop and strengthen our partnership with the corporation.”

Telmex is a corporation made up of Tel√©fonos de M√©xico, S.A.B. de C.V. and subsidiaries that provide telecommunications services in Mexico. The company’s service coverage comprises the operation of the nation’s most complete local and long-distance networks. Additionally, Telmex offers services like connectivity, Internet access, co-location, web hosting and interconnection services to other telecommunications operators
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El Sauber F1 Team se complace en anunciar que continuar√° su alianza con Telmex. Permanecer√° afiliados premium con el logotipo de la empresa mexicana de telecomunicaciones seguir teniendo una presencia importante en los coches
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Hinwil, 21. Dezember 2013 – Das Sauber F1 Team freut sich, die Fortf√ľhrung der Partnerschaft mit Telmex bekanntzugeben. Telmex ist weiterhin Premium Partner, und das Logo des mexikanischen Telekommunikationsunternehmens wird auch k√ľnftig signifikante Pr√§senz auf den Rennwagen haben.


Carlos Slim Domit, Telmex Chairman:„Wir bei Telmex und Telcel sind sehr stolz, weiterhin Teil des Sauber F1 Teams zu sein, um unsere erfolgreiche Geschichte im Motorsport, speziell in der Formel 1, zu konsolidieren, genau so wie unser Fahrer-Entwicklungsprogramm f√ľr lateinamerikanische und mexikanische Piloten, wie Esteban Guti√©rrez, ein junges Talent, ein grosser Freund und Mensch.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:


„Wir sind stolz, dass Telmex vor drei Jahren das Sauber F1 Team w√§hlte, um in die Formel 1 einzusteigen. Die Partnerschaft war von Anfang an ein Erfolg. Wir freuen uns, diese erfolgreiche Kooperation weiterzuf√ľhren, vor allem auch im Hinblick auf einen m√∂glichen Grand Prix in Mexiko. Telmex engagiert sich bereits seit einigen Jahren in diversen Rennserien. Wir freuen uns, zur Vision von Telmex auf h√∂chster Ebene des Motorsports beizutragen, und unsere Parterschaft weiter zu entwickeln und zu st√§rken.“

Telmex umfasst die Unternehmen Tel√©fonos de M√©xico, S.A.B. de C.V., sowie mehrere Tochtergesellschaften, die Telekommunikationsdienstleistungen in Mexiko anbieten. Dazu geh√∂rt der Betrieb der umfassendsten lokalen und internationalen Telefonnetzwerke. Zudem bietet Telmex Dienstleistungen wie Netzwerkverbindung, Internetzugang, Co-Location, Web Hosting sowie Interconnection Dienste f√ľr andere Telekommunikations-Anbieter an.

Sauber F1 Team press release - Esteban Guti√©rrez completes the Sauber F1 Team driver line-up for 2014 / Esteban Guti√©rrez vervollst√§ndigt die Fahrerpaarung des Sauber F1 Teams f√ľr 2014

Hinwil, 21st December 2013 - The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce that Esteban Gutiérrez will stay on for the 2014 season, completing the driver line-up together with Adrian Sutil.


The Mexican first tested with the team at Jerez in late 2009. The following year the talented youngster was signed as ‘affiliated driver’, and 2013 saw him in his debut season as a Formula One driver finishing 16th as the best rookie in the drivers’ championship.

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We are pleased Esteban will drive for us in 2014, because we believe he is a talented young racing driver. Last season he experienced first hand how hard it can be for a rookie to step into Formula One. Nevertheless, throughout the season he improved significantly in qualifying as well as in the races and finished the year as the best rookie in the drivers’ championship. Often the results didn’t fully reflect his performances. I am confident Esteban will be able to use his experiences to gain results, and this will be helped by the fact he is very well acquainted with every member of the  race team.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
“I am happy to be able to continue as a driver for the Sauber F1 Team. It was a steep learning curve last season, but by working closely with the team I was able to improve continuously. It will be my fourth year with the team, the second as a racing driver, and I feel comfortable in taking the next step. The technical challenges in 2014 will be massive. Therefore it will be even more important to know well the people you are working with. I will do my very best to improve even more and support the team the best way I can.”
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Hinwil, 21. Dezember 2013 – Das Sauber F1 Team freut sich, Esteban Guti√©rrez als Stammpilot f√ľr die Saison 2014 bekanntzugeben. Er wird damit Teamkollege von Adrian Sutil.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sauber F1 Team Press release: announces Adrian Sutil as its driver for 2014 / gibt Adrian Sutil f√ľr 2014 bekannt

Hinwil, 13th December 2013 - The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce Adrian Sutil as one of its drivers in 2014. The German will embark on his seventh season in Formula One with the Swiss outfit. 
 

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We are pleased, that we were able to sign Adrian, particularly as we have been wanting to work together with him for a while. Adrian had already visited the factory at the end of September to have a look at the infrastructure. Adrian is not only very fast, but also brings a lot of experience, which is very important looking at the new regulations for next year. We welcome Adrian to the Sauber F1 Team and look forward to a successful collaboration.”

Adrian Sutil:

“I am very happy that we found common ground. Although I have known for a while where I wanted to go, in the end the negotiations took a bit longer than planned. However, now I will have all the more reason to celebrate during the Christmas season. I’ve been in contact with Monisha for a while and she always gave me the feeling my qualities are valued. After six good years driving for Force India, with a lot of highlights, it’s now time to embark on a new challenge. I am determined to do my part in order to have a successful future together with the Sauber F1 Team. The long and successful tradition in motorsport, combined with an impressive factory and one of the best wind tunnels in F1, have been fascinating me for a long time. Thank you to Peter Sauber and Monisha Kaltenborn for your trust in me.”

The second driver for the 2014 season will be announced at a later date.
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Hinwil, 13. Dezember 2013 – Das Sauber F1 Team freut sich, Adrian Sutil als Stammpilot f√ľr die Saison 2014 bekannt zu geben. Der Deutsche startet damit in seine siebte Saison als Einsatzfahrer in der Formel 1.


Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:„Wir freuen uns sehr, dass wir Adrian als Fahrer verpflichten konnten, zumal wir uns schon seit L√§ngerem einig sind, dass wir zusammenarbeiten m√∂chten. Bereits Ende September hatte Adrian die Fabrik besucht und sich ein Bild √ľber die Infrastruktur gemacht. Adrian ist nicht nur sehr schnell, sondern bringt auch sehr viel Erfahrung mit, was im Hinblick auf das neue Reglement im kommenden Jahr sehr wichtig sein wird. Wir freuen uns sehr, Adrian im Sauber F1 Team zu begr√ľssen und sehen einer erfolgreichen Zusammenarbeit entgegen.“

Adrian Sutil:

„Ich freue mich riesig, dass wir uns einigen konnten. Auch wenn ich schon l√§nger wusste, wo die Reise hingehen soll, haben die Gespr√§che am Ende l√§nger gedauert als geplant. Aber nun  werde ich ein umso sch√∂neres Weihnachtsfest feiern k√∂nnen. Der Kontakt zu Monisha Kaltenborn besteht schon sehr lange, und sie hat mir immer das Gef√ľhl  gegeben, dass man meine Qualit√§ten sch√§tzt. Nach sechs guten Jahren als Stammfahrer bei Force India mit vielen H√∂hepunkten ist es an der Zeit, eine neue Herausforderung anzunehmen. Ich bin fest entschlossen mit dem Sauber F1 Team eine erfolgreiche Zukunft zu haben und werde meinen Teil dazu beitragen. Die lange und erfolgreiche Motorsport-Tradition von Sauber, verbunden mit der eindrucksvollen Fabrik und einem der besten  Windkan√§le in der F1 haben mich schon lange fasziniert. Vielen Dank an Peter Sauber und Monisha Kaltenborn f√ľr ihr Vertrauen“.

Den zweiten Fahrer f√ľr die Saison 2014 wird das Sauber F1 Team zu einem sp√§teren Zeitpunkt bekannt geben.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Petrobas do Brasil GP. Race at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace S√£o Paulo Sunday 24 November 2013


The Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos saw just a few rain drops, but in general the track stayed dry, unlike in qualifying yesterday. Nico H√ľlkenberg starting tenth, while Esteban Guti√©rrez starting 17th wasn’t ideal for the Sauber F1 Team. However, both drivers were able to make up positions. H√ľlkenberg finished eighth and claimed four championship points, putting him tenth in the drivers’ championship, which is his best result in his Formula One Career to date. Guti√©rrez finished 12th in the Grand Prix and, with a tally of six points, has finished the season in 16th and as the best rookie. The Brazilian Grand Prix marks the end of a season that had a difficult start for the Sauber F1 Team. However, the whole team kept up its morale and was able to make a big step forward in the second half of the season.


Weather: dry, then light drizzle, 18-20°C air, 22-26°C track

Nico H√ľlkenberg: 8th
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Start on medium tyres, after 20 laps change to medium tyres and after 46 laps change to hard tyres

“It was a good race. I had a good start and nice battles in the first few laps. Then I was by myself for most of the race. The problem today was too much understeer. Because of that the front tyres were ruined pretty quickly, which cost us time. But finishing eighth is a solid result and it puts me in tenth place in the drivers’ championschip, which I have never achieved before. That is a good feeling.”

Esteban Gutiérrez: 12th
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
Start on hard tyres, after 22 laps and 47 change to medium

“Overall I feel positive. It’s been a great race and I enjoyed all the fights on track today. I had a good fist lap overtaking quite a few cars. We were struggeling a bit with the hard tyres in the first stint, but then managed to recover some time with the medium tyres during the second and third stints. So the way we approached everything today was good. It was still quite a challenge to manage the front graining we had and I was doing everything I could to try and compensate for that. All in all I have finished the season with a positive race. It was a season where learning and gaining experience have been the main topics for me, and I feel I did a solid job as a driver to take the next step forward for my performance.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“A consolidating end to the season, which has been very difficult for the team. However the team has shown its morale in this difficult situation and together we will come back stronger. The foundation for a successful second half of the season was a strong performance from everyone in Hinwil and the race team, which translated into success at the track. The race today was typical of the season: despite a difficult starting point we were able to score four points and, therefore, have a satisfying end to the season.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“The rain just held off and, as planned, we had a two stop strategy with both cars. With a lot of information that needed to be processed today, our strategy engineer did an excellent job. Finishing P8 and P12 is good, considering where we started from. After a difficult start to the season, we have improved our results in the second half. This was a team effort from everyone at the track  as well as everyone back at the factory in Hinwil. They have all been working very hard to improve our competitiveness. A big thank you to everyone involved in that. We start a new era in Formula One, and that is now our immediate focus."
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Petrobras Grosser Preis von Brasilien – Rennen


Beim Grossen Preis von Brasilien in Interlagos fielen zwar vereinzelt Regentropfen, doch blieb die Strecke im Gegensatz zum Qualifying trocken. Mit den Startpl√§tzen zehn f√ľr Nico H√ľlkenberg und 17 f√ľr Esteban Guti√©rrez war die Ausgangslage f√ľr das Sauber F1 Team nicht ideal, doch gelang es beiden Piloten, R√§nge gutzumachen. H√ľlkenberg wurde Achter und holte damit vier WM-Punkte, dank derer er auf den zehnten Rang in der Fahrerwertung vorstossen konnte. Das ist sein bisher bestes Gesamtresultat seiner Formel-1-Karriere. Guti√©rrez erreichte in Brasilien Rang zw√∂lf. Mit insgesamt sechs WM-Punkten ist er bester Rookie. F√ľr das Sauber F1 Team ging in Brasilien eine Saison zu Ende, die sehr schwierig begonnen hatte, in der die Mannschaft jedoch viel Moral zeigte und es in der zweiten Saisonh√§lfte schaffte, einen deutlichen Sprung nach vorne zu machen.


Wetter: trocken, dann Nieselregen, 18-20°C Luft, 22-26°C Asphalt

Nico H√ľlkenberg: 8.
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Gestartet auf Medium-Reifen, nach 20 Runden auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt und nach 46 Runden auf harte Reifen gewechselt
 „Es war heute ein ordentliches Rennen. Ich hatte einen guten Start und sch√∂ne Zweik√§mpfe in den ersten paar Runden. Danach hat sich das Ganze ein bisschen gelichtet. Ich konnte mich absetzen und war die meiste Zeit alleine im Rennen. Unser Problem heute war, dass wir zu viel Untersteuern hatten. Dadurch haben wir die Vorderreifen ziemlich schnell ruiniert, was Zeit gekostet hat. Aber ein achter Platz ist solide, und ich freue mich, dass ich die WM auf Rang zehn abschliessen kann. Das ist das bisher beste Ergebnis meiner Formel-1-Karriere.“

Esteban Gutiérrez: 12.Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
Gestartet auf harten Reifen, nach 22 und 47 Runden auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt

„Insgesamt f√ľhle ich mich gut. Es war ein tolles Rennen, und ich habe die Zweik√§mpfe auf der Strecke heute sehr genossen. Ich hatte eine gute erste Runde und konnte ein paar Autos √ľberholen. Wir hatten etwas mit den harten Reifen zu k√§mpfen, konnten dann aber wieder Zeit mit den Medium-Reifen gutmachen. Wir hatten heute einen guten Ansatz. Trotzdem war es schwierig, das K√∂rnen der Vorderreifen im Griff zu haben. Ich setzte alles daran, das so gut wie m√∂glich zu tun. Ich habe diese Saison mit einem positiven Rennen beendet. Mein Fokus war zu lernen und Erfahrung zu sammeln, und ich f√ľhle mich als Fahrer bereit, den n√§chsten Schritt zu machen.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Ein vers√∂hnlicher Abschluss einer Saison, die f√ľr das Team sehr schwierig gewesen ist. Doch die Mannschaft hat in dieser Situation sehr viel Moral gezeigt, und wir werden aus dieser Saison gemeinsam gest√§rkt herausgehen. Die Basis f√ľr die erfolgreiche zweite H√§lfte wurde durch eine starke Leistung der Mannschaft in Hinwil erm√∂glicht und durch das Rennteam an der Strecke erfolgreich umgesetzt. Das Rennen hier war charakteristisch f√ľr die Saison: Obwohl unsere Ausgangslage nicht sehr gut war, ist es uns doch gelungen, weitere vier Punkte einzufahren und damit einen zufriedenstellenden Abschluss f√ľr die Saison zu finden.“

Tom McCullough,
Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:„Der Regen blieb heute aus, und so gingen wir mit beiden Autos mit einer Zweistopp-Strategie ins Rennen. Mit der Vielzahl der Informationen, die es heute zu verarbeiten gab, machte der Strategie-Ingenieur einen ausgezeichneten Job. Wenn man ber√ľcksichtigt, von wo aus wir ins Rennen gingen, sind die Pl√§tze acht und zw√∂lf erfreulich. Nach einem schwierigen Start in die Saison ist es uns in der zweiten H√§lfte gelungen, unsere Resultate deutlich zu verbessern. Daf√ľr haben alle hart gearbeitet, sowohl die Mannschaft an der Strecke, als auch das Team in Hinwil. Gemeinsam haben wir unsere Wettbewerbsf√§higkeit deutlich gesteigert, daf√ľr ein grosses Dankesch√∂n an alle. Die Formel 1 geht jetzt in eine neue √Ąra, und dieser geh√∂rt ab sofort unsere volle Konzentration."

Caterham F1 Team - Petrobas do Brasil GP. Race at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace S√£o Paulo Sunday 24 November 2013

Sao Paulo, Brazil - 24th November 2013

 




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Weather
Race: overcast, dry (start), air temp 19° / track temp 25° (start), 19° / 24° (lap 36), 18° / 22° (lap 71)

Runplan

Charles Pic
Start on medium tyres
Lap 25: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 58: retired, suspension failure
Finished: DNF

Giedo van der Garde
Start on medium tyres
Lap 24: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 47: pitstop 2, hard tyres
Lap 52: drive through penalty
Finished: 18th

Team Quotes

Charles Pic, car 20, chassis CT03-#6: “My start wasn’t great but by the end of lap five I was past Bianchi and closing the gap to my teammate. We put in a long first stint on the mediums with one eye on the rain that could have come, and boxed on lap 25 for another set of options, coming out clear of Bianchi which was obviously the first target.  My pace in the second stint was good – the car felt great and Giedo and I switched positions just after the halfway mark as I was on a different strategy and pace to him at that point.

“My laptimes on that second set were good – running in the 1.18s which was close most of the midfield, but at that point it was all about hanging on to see if the rain would come. The tyres held up really well and I was in 17th when the rain was just starting to fall a little more heavily, but then, on lap 58, there was a suspension problem on the car and that was the end of the race for me. It’s obviously a real shame that my race ended like that as the plan was working well and if the rain had fallen harder we’d have been in a really strong position, but sometimes it’s like that.”

Giedo van der Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#5: “My start was really good, I passed my teammate and was fighting with Bianchi through turn one, but had to lift slightly to avoid one of the Force Indias which let Jules through. The car felt good at that point so only a couple of laps later I was past him and immediately put clear air between me and him, pushing on to Kovalainen ahead in the Lotus. We went until lap 24 on the first set, at one point running as high as 14th, but the main aim was to put a gap between us and the Marussias, and when I rejoined on another set of mediums we had the gap up to about seven seconds.

“My second set of tyres weren’t performing as well as the first and about halfway through the planned second stint I was given the command to change positions with my teammate. That set of mediums had started to go off but with the possibility of more rain coming we had to stay out. We were still pulling away from Bianchi which meant we were covering his plan, but it was a struggle to keep up the pace we needed on those tyres as they were pretty much gone by lap 42.

“The second stop was on lap 47 when we went onto the primes. I came out ahead of Bianchi again but had to serve a drive through a few laps later which put me about 15 seconds behind him. I was pushing really hard and closed the gap a lot, down to seven seconds by lap 65 but that was as close as I could get.

“It’s obviously not how I wanted the season to end, but I think, overall, I’ve learnt a lot. There have been quite a few highs and a few lows but this is a great team, a good group of people who work so hard and are determined to succeed, just like me.”

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: “It’s obviously disappointing to finish the season like this and to end in 11th place in the championship. We started with last year’s car which was slower than our rivals for the first three races and it was in the second race in Malaysia that we lost the tenth place that we then ended up chasing all year.  It’s particularly frustrating because our development strategy paid dividends in terms of outright pace from Bahrain onwards, but we had to balance our 2013 campaign against the need to focus on 2014 and that was always going to be a challenge.

“Despite the position we ended up in I want to thank the drivers and the whole team for the work they put in this year. We have experienced people in every department and a lot of young talent throughout the team, on track and at Leafield, and everyone in the team needs to be thanked for their hard work throughout 2013.

“Our shareholders and our partners have continued to support us unequivocally and the investments they continue to make, in infrastructure, resources and, most importantly, people, put us in a good position for the future. Now we’ll regroup, recharge and come back fighting in 2014 in an all new Formula 1.”

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Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - Petrobas do Brasil GP. Race at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace S√£o Paulo Sunday 24 November 2013

2013 BRAZIL GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 24 /11/ 2013

Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 01)
Race Position: 10th

“The conditions were very difficult with the occasional drop of rain. From the cockpit, it’s actually quite difficult to judge how much rain there is. You see a few drops on your visor, look at the guy in front of you and if he doesn’t go off, you assume it’s dry. We were not very quick from the start and I was struggling with cold graining on the front right. We did try and rebalance it during the race, but we struggled in terms of pure pace, so I was quite happy to come away with a point. At midnight tonight I become an Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver, but for now I just want to say thank you to everyone at Scuderia Toro Rosso, here at the track, back in Faenza and at our wind tunnel for two fantastic years. Thanks guys!”

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 04)
Race Position: 15th

“Catastrophic starts for both Toro Rossos today and after that, I had a car that was very difficult to drive. I know it’s the same for everyone as it was the first time we ran here in the dry, but the bala nce of my car just wouldn’t allow me to push. It improved in the final two stints but it was a real struggle. As for the incident with Maldonado, I came up the inside of him at Turn 1 and he didn’t leave me any room, so we touched and he spun. This season has had more bad times than good ones for me, but we are all determined to work very hard over the winter to start next season with a better car.”

Franz Tost: “Our race was compromised immediately off the grid as both cars got poor starts. This cost us most of the benefit of yesterday’s very good qualifying result. We therefore had poor initial pace, dropping down the order and it was worse for Jev than for Daniel. We decided to take Daniel out of traffic quite early, ignoring the risk of rain and he then made up some ground. In the middle of the race, everyone was holding off making the final stop because of the threat of a wet track, at which point Daniel’s tyres had done a lot of laps. He m anaged this situation very well and we made an early stop which got him ahead of a couple more cars, after which he looked after his tyres well enough to take the point for tenth, with both Force Indias and a Sauber behind us. After Jev got stuck in traffi c following the start, he also complained about car balance and we only got him out of traffic for the final two stints, when his times improved to a similar level to his team - mate’s. It’s nice to end the year with a point, even if we had been aiming for r ather more than one at the start of the day.”

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Petrobas do Brasil GP. Qualifying & Free Practice 3 at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace S√£o Paulo Saturday 23 November 2013

Saturday was, yet again, a wet day for the third free practice session and qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos. It wasn’t easy for the drivers to find the right window to put in the best lap time possible as the intensity of the rain changed throughout the sessions. In these tricky conditions Nico H√ľlkenberg, yet again, made it into Q3 and qualified tenth. Esteban Guti√©rrez was out in Q1 and qualified 18th.


Weather: rain, 19-18°C air, 19-21°C track

Nico H√ľlkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 10th in Q3 (1:29.582 / intermediate tyres)3rd practice: 5th (1:28.830 min / intermediate tyres / 15 laps)

“Reaching Q3 today was a success. It’s been wet the whole weekend, and we’ve not been as competitive as I would have liked as we had problems with the balance of the car. It was difficult to nail every corner as the track was extremely slippery. At the beginning of the season we were better on wet tyres and not so competitive on slicks, but now it seems to be the opposite. I think it will be an exciting race tomorrow and let’s wait and see what the weather will be like.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 18th in Q1 (1:27.445 min / intermediate tyres)3rd practice: 7th (1:29.215 min / intermediate tyres / 21 laps)

“The track was dry on the first lap. However, I made a mistake in the last corner and was just not able to recover what I gained in sectors one and two. After that it started to rain quite a lot and it was hard to catch up. It’s disappointing. The car felt ok, it had a bit of oversteer, but that shouldn’t have been too much of a problem. Starting 18th tomorrow will be challenging, but we have to work with what we’ve got.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“It’s a disappointing result today, and it does not reflect our performance during the weekend so far. We struggled to be competitive in this weekend’s conditons. Depending on the weather, this can change tomorrow. A dry race would be favourable for us.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“Throughout the weekend we have not been happy with the balance of the car in the intermediate and wet conditions, so we elected to do a lot of running in FP3 to try to improve the balance of the car. We made some progress, but ultimately we we’re not as competitive as we wanted to be in these conditions, so our qualifying results reflect that. In Q1 Esteban was unfortunate not to put his three fastest sectors together, as his theoretical best time would have easily put him through to Q2. There is a slight risk of rain tomorrow, but it is still a risk, so we will work hard to get the most out of the car."
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  Wie schon am Tag zuvor, regnete es am Samstag sowohl im dritten freien Training wie auch im Qualifying zum Grossen Preis von Brasilien in Interlagos. Aufgrund der laufend wechselnden Intensit√§t der Niederschl√§ge war es f√ľr die Piloten nicht leicht, den optimalen Zeitpunkt f√ľr eine schnelle Runde zu finden. Bei diesen anspruchsvollen Bedingungen schaffte Nico H√ľlkenberg mit Platz zehn erneut den Vorstoss ins Q3, derweil Esteban Guti√©rrez im Q1 h√§ngen blieb. Er kam auf Rang 18.


Wetter: Regen, 19-18°C Luft, 19-21°C Asphalt

Nico H√ľlkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Qualifikation: 10. in Q3 (1:29,582 /  Intermediate-Reifen)3. Training: 5. (1:28,830 min / Intermediate-Reifen / 15 Runden)

„Q3 heute zu erreichen ist ein Erfolg. Es war ja schon das ganze Wochenende √ľber nass, und wir waren nicht so konkurrenzf√§hig, wie ich mir das gew√ľnscht h√§tte, da wir immer Probleme mit der Balance hatten. Es war schwer, in jeder Kurve die perfekte Linie zu halten, da es sehr rutschig war. Am Anfang der Saison waren wir eher auf den Slicks schlechter und auf Regenreifen besser, jetzt ist es umgekehrt. Ich denke, das Rennen morgen wird spannend. Mal abwarten, wie das Wetter wird.“

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
Qualifikation: 18. in Q1 (1:27,445 / Intermediate-Reifen)3. Training: 7. (1:29,215 min / Intermediate-Reifen / 21 Runden)

„Die Strecke war auf der ersten Runde nicht allzu feucht. Leider habe ich jedoch in der letzten Kurve einen Fehler gemacht und konnte meinen Zeitgewinn aus Sektor eins und zwei nicht mehr ins Ziel bringen. Dann wurde der Regen st√§rker, und es war entsprechend schwer, aufzuholen. Das Auto war in Ordnung, ich hatte ein bisschen √úbersteuern, aber das war kein allzu grosses Problem. Morgen von Position 18 aus zu starten wird eine Herausforderung, aber wir m√ľssen nun das beste aus der Situation machen.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Das Qualifying-Ergebnis ist entt√§uschend und widerspiegelt eigentlich den bisherigen Verlauf des Rennwochenendes. Tatsache ist, dass wir uns hier unter diesen √§usseren Bedingungen schwertun, unser Niveau der Konkurrenzf√§higkeit zu halten. Morgen kann das anders aussehen, abh√§ngig davon, ob und wie sich die Bedingungen √§ndern werden. Ein trockenes Rennen w√ľrde uns wohl entgegenkommen.“

Tom McCullough,
Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:„Wir waren w√§hrend des gesamten bisherigen Wochenendes mit der Balance des Autos unter diesen feuchten und nassen Bedingungen nicht zufrieden, was sich in unserem Qualifying-Resultat widerspiegelt. Wir haben im dritten freien Training viele Runden absolviert und versucht, die Balance der Autos zu verbessern, aber wir sind generell nicht so wettbewerbsf√§hig, wie wir das erwartet hatten. Esteban gelang es leider nicht, seine schnellsten Abschnittszeiten auf einer Runde zu vereinen, sonst h√§tte er es locker ins Q2 geschafft. Das Regenrisiko f√ľr morgen ist gering, aber es ist dennoch da, und wir werden nun hart arbeiten, um das Maximum aus dem Wagen herauszuholen

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - Petrobas do Brasil GP. Qualifying & Free Practice 3 at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace S√£o Paulo Saturday 23 November 2013


2013 BRAZIL GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 2 3 /11/2 013

Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 0 1 )
Third Practice Session Best lap: 1: 29.988 , pos. 12th , 9 laps 
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1: 27.209 , (Q2) 1 : 27.078 , (Q3) 1:28.052 , pos. 7th 

“It was tricky out there this afternoon, but even since last year, we have often demonstrated that we can be competitive in the wet. It’s the best qualifying the team has had in a long time and I am very happy that both cars are in the top eight. I don’t t hink there was much between me and Jev today. Tomorrow? The weather will probably decide the story, but anyway, seventh is a great place from which to start. I will be very motivated to convert today’s work into points tomorrow on what will be my last race with Toro Rosso after two very happy seasons with them.”

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 0 4 )
Third Practice Session Best lap: 1: 28.921 , pos. 6th , 5 laps 
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1: 27.124 , (Q2) 1: 27.363 , (Q3) 1:28.081 , pos. 8th 

“I am happy for myself and for the team, because to get both cars into the top eight is a great result. We were not really as quick as I had expected to be, because usually, in other races this year, we have a very good car in the wet, but since Friday I have been struggling a bit more than usual in these changeable conditions. However, even if qualifying was not easy, starting from eighth is very encouraging, especially as it was a bit touch and go to get into Q2 at the start of the session, as we didn’t time our first run very well. After that I managed a very good lap to get through to the next part of the session. Points definitely have to be my target for tomorrow and anything can happen here in the rain.”

Laurent Mekies ( Head of Vehicle Performance ) : “A long and complicated session for everyone, which ended in what is overall a very good result for us. Seventh and eighth is our best qualifying of the year and it’s also the first time since Monza we got both cars into Q3. We started a bit on the back foot, nearly getting caught out by go ing out a bit late for the first run, but both drivers improved on the second run, after which we had a more straightforward Q2. Daniel and Jev both did well to adapt to the changing conditions and make it to Q3. In the final part, we were up against some very quick cars and maybe we had the potential to do a little bit better than this seventh and eighth. Nevertheless, we will start ahead of all our midfield competitors tomorrow, which is important for us in the final qualifying of the season. I hope we ca n convert today’s performance into a lot of points tomorrow.”

Brazilian GP Qualifying times

Caterham F1 Team - Petrobas do Brasil GP. Qualifying & Free Practice 3 at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace S√£o Paulo Saturday 23 November 2013

Sao Paulo, Brazil - 23rd November 2013

 




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Weather
FP3: rain; min / max track temp 21° (start) - 20° (end), air temp 19°
Q1: light rain; min / max track temp 19° - 20°, air temp 19°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PIC 1.30.837, 14th / VDG 1.31.154, 16th
Q1: PIC 1.27.843, 19th / VDG 1.28.320, 20th

Total laps:
FP3: PIC 14 / VDG 14
Q1: PIC 6 / VDG 6


Runplan

Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

FP3
1103 – 1106: Run 1, 1 lap (wet tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear brake duct blanking
1136 – 1148: Run 2, 7 laps (wet tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1153 – 1203: Run 3, 6 laps (intermediate tyres)

Q1
1359 – 1409: Run 1, 6 laps (intermediate tyres)

Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-05

FP3
1102 – 1105: Run 1, 1 lap (wet tyres)
Changes: n/a
1135 – 1147: Run 2, 7 laps (wet tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1153 – 1202: Run 3, 6 laps (intermediate tyres)

Q1
1359 – 1409: Run 1, 6 laps (intermediate tyres)


Driver quotes

Charles Pic: “We made a lot of changes to the car overnight and started FP3 with an installation lap on wets as the track had a lot more water on it than yesterday. About halfway through the session the conditions had improved enough to go out again and we did a seven lap run, again on wets, which gives us more information for tomorrow. With about ten minutes left there was a dry line appearing so we went for the performance run on inters – it was ok but we knew there was more to come for quali.

“The rain was still falling at the start of qualifying, but not enough for wets so we went out early with the whole pack to maximise our running time on the inters. It was very tricky out there but I’m happy with how it finished. We’ve had a balance issue for the last three races that we’ve worked a lot on and this weekend it’s come good, so I’m pleased with my final time in Q1. The main aim was to be in front of our nearest rivals and we’ve done that, keeping in reserve an extra set of intermediates, so we start what could be a fascinating race tomorrow where we’d aimed for and if it keeps raining like this we could have a chance of reclaiming tenth place in the Championship.”

Giedo van der Garde: “FP3 was obviously very wet so we were pretty cautious with the runplan, wanting to make sure we hung on to tyres for Sunday, but overall the car felt pretty good on both full wets and inters. We were trying a few diff settings as well and when we switched to inters for the last run it was definitely getting quicker, but I didn’t get a completely clean lap so, even with the time we ended up with in the session, I was still positive about what we could do in qualifying.

“In Q1 we went out immediately on inters but on my fastest lap I made a mistake in sector two which cost me quite a lot of time. The car balance didn’t feel great but I think there was still more to come, not enough for Q2 today but now it’s all about tomorrow. We’ve saved a set of inters for tomorrow so we’re in good shape with the tyres we have available. Our car’s good in the wet, I really like this sort of weather and we all know what we have to do. We’ve been here before, on this track and in these circumstances, so we know what we have to do on Sunday. Honestly, I’m excited about it – it’s going to be super tense but that’s what this is all about.”

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Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Saturday 23rd November 2013. World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - Petrobas do Brasil GP. Free Practice 1 & 2 at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace S√£o Paulo Friday 22 November 2013


Daniil Kvyat (STR8 - 0 1 )
First Practice Session Best lap: 1: 26.064 , pos. 8 th , 17 laps 

“ It was a very positive experience today, running in the wet. I got a reasonable lap which was good enough for P8. Towards the end, we had to limit my track time a bit, doing fewer laps than would have been ideal, because we had to save tyres for the next session of course. I ran the intermediate tyre and in a way, it was a shame it didn’t rain harder so that I could have also experienced driving on the extreme rain tyres. This is a really ni ce and technical track and it seemed quite grippy today, which is good as this was the first time I ever drove a Formula 1 car in the wet. Overall, with this morning, then last week in Austin and the running before that, I now have a lot of confidence in t he car. I have got used to the power, I am getting used to the downforce and also the brakes.”

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 04)
First Practice Session Best lap: 1:26.593 , pos. 14 th , 22 laps 
Second Practice Session Best lap: 1: 28.405 , pos. 6 th , 11 laps 

“Usually, I am comfortable in the rain, but this morning the car didn’t feel right and so in a w ay I was pleased to learn the team found that something was not quite right and it was fixed in time for this afternoon, when it all felt much better. Given my lap time on quite worn Intermediates, I think we are looking in reasonable shape. I waited a whi le before going out, because with the limited number of extreme wet tyres, you have to think of saving them for the rest of the weekend. So it was a usual Friday in most respects, except that we didn’t do so many laps, which is a shame on what is a lovely track to drive. We still need some work to do to improve the car further, but we have a good baseline to start from.”

Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 01)
Second Practice Session Best lap: 1: 28. 739 , pos. 9th , 20 laps 

“I don’t think only having the one session today affected me very much, even if we ran less than the 90 minutes because of the weather. I got a couple of runs, one on the extreme, the other on the inter. It was still productive even with the limited time. As always, we have some work to do, but I don’t think we look too bad in these conditions. We need to improve grip in the rear to stabilise the car in for the w et. If we get on top of that tonight, we can have a good car for the rain and I am confident that if it stays like this, we can get two cars into Q3 tomorrow.”

Laurent Mekies (Head of Vehicle Performance) : “This morning it was useful for Kvyat to get some wet running, as it’s part of the learning process. He did a good job straight away this morning, so he obviously felt comfortable in the tricky conditions on a difficult track, which is always a good sign for the future. Then, we carried on with our race preparation with both drivers, even though it was wet, because there is always a chance o f rain at this race. We split a couple of test items across both cars and I feel our overall performance level doesn’t look too bad. However we think we can still improve quite a lot, as we have not yet given either driver quite the balance they are lookin g for. This morning, Jev was not happy with his car’s handling and we found and rectified a problem between the sessions which led to an immediate improvement. With him, we restricted his running slightly in the afternoon, as we did not want to wear out th e extreme rain tyres, which it seems we might need again this weekend. However, having not driven in the morning, Daniel did do a run on them.”

Sauber F1 Team - Petrobas do Brasil GP. Free Practice 1 & 2 at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace S√£o Paulo Friday 22 November 2013



Both free practice sessions for the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos took place in wet conditions. Nico H√ľlkenberg and Esteban Guti√©rrez were, therefore, able to run on the intermediate and full wet tyre compounds. The slicks were not used at all today, as both drivers worked on the set-up of the car. While Guti√©rrez was quite happy with his set-up on a track that was new for him, H√ľlkenberg thinks there is still significant room for improvement.


Weather: rain, 19-21°C air, 20-24°C track

Nico H√ľlkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 10th / 1:26.232 min (17 laps) / 2nd Practice 8th / 1:28.560 min (20 laps)

“It was a strange Friday. It’s difficult because we don’t know how the weather is going to be over the rest of the weekend. If it is wet, as it was today, then the running we did was useful. But if it’s dry then we don’t have much experience. In terms of the running, I’m not too happy with the car today. I think we have quite a bit of work to do regarding the balance in the wet, on both intermediate and full wet tyres. There is room for improvement and I hope we can find some gains in that direction.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 12th / 1: 26.326 min (28 laps) / 2nd Practice 12th / 1:29.049 min (17 laps)

“Obviously it was a very wet Friday, which made it difficult to follow the programme we had planned. However, it was useful to gain experience in the wet. In the morning we ran on the intermediate tyres, while in the afternoon we ran on the full wet tyre compound, so we were able to get a comparison there. Tomorrow we just need to be ready for anything, as we are not sure how the weather will be. We simply need to find the right compromise on the set-up, because it doesn’t look like it’s going to rain on Sunday. Today the balance of the car improved from the morning to the afternoon. It’s my first time driving here, but it was strange because I felt like I already knew the track from choosing it so often on my PlayStation when I was younger. It was a bit slippery today, but I feel comfortable.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“As the forecast predicted, the two practice sessions were wet today giving us some experience on both the intermediate and the full wet tyres. It was not ideal for Esteban who was trying to learn the track. However, he did a good job. We evaluated some mechanical development parts for next year and were still able to complete that programme, which was good. The drivers were not very happy with the balance of the car initially, so we worked on that and made some progress. However, there is still some work to do tomorrow, as the forecast is potentially for more rain.”
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Petrobras Grosser Preis von Brasilien - Training

Beide freien Trainings zum Grossen Preis von Brasilien in Interlagos fanden im Regen statt, so dass die Sauber F1 Team Piloten Nico H√ľlkenberg und Esteban Guti√©rrez die Intermediate- und die Regenreifen testen konnten. Die Slick-Reifen kamen nicht zum Einsatz. Beide Piloten arbeiteten an der Abstimmung der Autos. W√§hrend Guti√©rrez, der die f√ľr ihn neue Strecke lernen musste, mit der Abstimmung seines Wagens recht zufrieden war, sieht H√ľlkenberg noch deutliches Verbesserungspotenzial.


Wetter: Regen, 19-21°C Luft, 20-24°C Asphalt

Nico H√ľlkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1. Training: 10. / 1:26,232 min (17 Runden) / 2. Training: 8. / 1:28,560 min (20 Runden)

„Heute war ein seltsamer Freitag. Es ist schwer, weil wir nicht genau wissen, wie das Wetter f√ľr den Rest des Wochenendes wird. Falls es nass bleiben sollte, dann hat das heute durchaus was gebracht, aber wenn es trocken wird, haben wir nicht viel gelernt. Heute war ich mit der Balance des Autos noch nicht zufrieden. Ich denke, dass wir noch einiges an Arbeit vor uns haben, was die Balance im Nassen auf beiden Reifenmischungen angeht. Ich bin zuversichtlich, dass wir uns noch steigern k√∂nnen.“

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
1. Training: 12. / 1:26,326 min (28 Runden) / 2. Training: 12. / 1:29,049 min (17 Runden)

„Es war ein nasser Freitag, und somit war es nicht einfach, das Programm, welches wir geplant hatten, abzuarbeiten. Allerdings war es hilfreich, Erfahrungen im Nassen zu sammeln. Am Morgen sind wir auf den Intermediate-Reifen gefahren und am Nachmittag dann auch auf den Regenreifen. So konnten wir trotz des Wetters zwei Reifenmischungen vergleichen. Morgen m√ľssen wir offen f√ľr alles sein, da wir nicht genau wissen, wie das Wetter wird. Wir m√ľssen den richtigen Kompromiss bez√ľglich der Abstimmung des Autos finden, da es nicht so aussieht, als ob es am Sonntag zum Rennen regnen wird. Im Vergleich zu heute Morgen hat sich die Balance des Autos am Nachmittag verbessert. Ich bin hier heute zum ersten Mal gefahren, und es war seltsam, denn es f√ľhlte sich an, als ob ich die Strecke schon kennen w√ľrde, da ich sie fr√ľher beim Playstationspielen oft ausgew√§hlt habe. Es war heute zwar etwas rutschig, aber ich f√ľhle mich auf der Strecke wohl.“

Tom McCullough, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Wie aufgrund der Wettervorhersage zu erwarten war, fanden beide freien Trainings bei nassen Bedingungen statt. Die Piloten konnten so Erfahrungen auf den Intermediate- und den Regenreifen sammeln. F√ľr Esteban war das nicht ideal, weil er die Strecke lernen musste, doch machte er einen guten Job. Wir haben zudem einige mechanische Entwicklungsteile im Hinblick auf n√§chstes Jahr getestet und konnten diese Versuche auch abschliessen. Die Fahrer waren insbesondere zu Beginn mit der Balance noch nicht zufrieden. Entsprechend haben wir daran gearbeitet und auch gewisse Fortschritte erzielt, aber es gibt noch einige Arbeit zu tun, zumal es morgen wieder regnen k√∂nnte."

Caterham F1 Team - Petrobas do Brasil GP. Free Practice 1 & 2 at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace S√£o Paulo Friday 22 November 2013

Sao Paulo, Brazil - 22nd November 2013

 




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Weather
FP1: light rain; min / max track temp 20° - 23°, air temp 19° - 20°
FP2: light rain; min / max track temp 22°, air temp 20°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: VDG 1.28.107, 19th / PIC 1.28.199, 20th
FP2: VDG 1.31.118, 19th / PIC 1.31.165, 20th

Total laps:
FP1: VDG 18 / PIC 17
FP2: VDG 16 / PIC 15


Runplan

Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

FP1
1003 – 1006: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (wet tyres)
Changes: front brake duct blanking
1018 – 1037: Run 2, 11 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking
1058 – 1103: Run 3, 2 laps including pitstop (intermediate /wet tyres)
Changes: n/a
1123 – 1128: Run 4, 3 laps (intermediate tyres)

FP2
1426 – 1433: Run 1, 4 laps (wet tyres)
Changes: front brake duct blanking
1515 – 1533: Run 2, 11 laps (intermediate tyres)

Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-05

FP1
1004 – 1007: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (wet tyres)
Changes: n/a
1019 – 1038: Run 2, 11 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake duct blanking
1050 – 1057: Run 3, 2 laps including pitstop (intermediate / wet tyres)
Changes: n/a
1123 – 1130: Run 4, 4 laps (intermediate tyres)

FP2
1425 – 1432: Run 1, 4 laps (wet tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1514 – 1534: Run 2, 12 laps (intermediate tyres)


Driver quotes

Charles Pic: “We started FP1 with the usual installation lap, using wets to begin with but the track conditions were ok so we went to inters for the first full run. The initial balance was ok but towards the end of the run we stopped for another set of inters with lower tyre pressures and that gave an improvement in front grip, but at the expense of overall balance. At the end of that first run the rain started again so we changed the runplan so we could run through some procedures and make sure we didn’t use up the tyres. We waited to go out again until the end of the session when the rain had stopped falling and for me it was a pretty useful session, particularly bearing in mind what might happen with the weather this weekend.

“Like most of the other cars we waited for the rain to stop at the start of FP2 and then headed out for our first run on full wets. The track was very wet with the car aquaplaning in quite a few places but we put in a couple of laps before a sensor issue meant we had to come back in. By that point the weather wasn’t good enough for inters and, wanting to hang on to as many sets of wets as we can for Sunday, we opted to wait until the last 15 minutes before heading out again on inters. We’ve accumulated enough data from today’s wet running to give us a lot of really useful information for the rest of the weekend – now we’ll have to see what the weather does tomorrow and Sunday.”

Giedo van der Garde: “I drove here last year in FP1 and had a good session then so I already knew the circuit which meant we could get on with the programme quickly in FP1. The track looked wetter than it felt after the installation lap so we switched from wets to inters for the baseline run and I was pretty happy with the balance to start with. The rear was a bit unpredictable, a bit loose, but the front end grip was good, particularly in the high speeds and for me, in conditions like this which I really like, it felt ok.

“Run two was a couple of single laps with a stop in between to allow us to do some launches and live pitstop practice, but after the stop the car developed an upshift issue which meant I had to get it back to the garage in second gear. We took a look at it and found it was a software issue so it was fixed quickly which meant I could put in a final run at the end of the session, finishing up with 18 laps which, considering the condition of the track, wasn’t too bad.

“FP2 started well. We waited a bit at the start of the session and then headed out on wets and I had a decent outlap, giving me good grip and giving me a car I could push with right from the first flying lap. There was a little bit of tyre dropoff, but I was pretty happy with the performance and the balance on full wets. For most of the rest of the session we waited until the water levels on track had dropped enough for inters and went out for the last run with 15 minutes left, putting another 12 laps on the board in the sort of conditions we had on race day last year, and which we’d obviously like again this year. I have to say that the car feels really good in the wet – the last couple of times it was like this was Spa and Monaco, two of the real highlights for me this year, so if we get that again I think Sunday could be really interesting.”


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Scuderia Ferrari (Felipe Massa) - Petrobas do Brasil GP. Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace (4.309 km). S√£o Paulo 22 / 24 November 2013

Get on board of the F138 for a lap with Felipe Massa in Interlagos
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GP del Brasile - Un giro in pista con Felipe Massa
Sali a bordo della F138 per un giro con Felipe Massa ad Interlagos.
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Get the inside track to the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix as Scuderia Ferrari and Shell prepare for the race. For the next race in the Championship we're heading to Brazil. In this special farewell edition of Inside Track, we'll hear from Felipe Massa on what returning home for his final race as a driver for Scuderia Ferrari means to him. Felipe talks about how he'd like to be remembered after he departs from the Ferrari team. Plus, he has a special message for his fans. Follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ScuderiaFerrari and Twitter http://twitter.com/insideferrari
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Local times
Fri 22 November 2013
Practice 1  - 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2  - 14:00 - 15:30

Sat 23 November 2013
Practice 3  - 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying  - 14:00

Sun 24 November 2013
Race 14:00

Central European times
Fri 22 November 2013
Practice 1  - 13:00 - 14:30
Practice 2  - 17:00 - 18:30

Sat 23 November 2013
Practice 3 -  14:00 - 15:00
Qualifying 17:00

Sun 24 November 2013
Race 17:00

Pirelli - Petrobas do Brasil GP. Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace (4.309 km). S√£o Paulo 22 / 24 November 2013 (videos English/Italian)

The tyre from a circuit point of view. The video will be focused on the introduction of new turbocharged engines for 2014.
Gli pneumatici dal punto di vista del circuito. Mario Isola spiega i cambiamenti della prossima stagione in seguito all'introduzione dei nuovi motori turbo.

Caterham F1 Team - Petrobas do Brasil GP. Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace (4.309 km). S√£o Paulo 22 / 24 November 2013

Sao Paulo, Brazil - 20th November 2013

 




General
Race Laps: 71
Fuel consumption and fuel effect are relatively low, compared to the majority of the season
Kerbs are not a problem
The track is not especially bumpy
The Brazilian GP is a hard race for the drivers with many compressions and a long time spent dealing with lateral loads which are applied on the opposite side to most circuits
Low atmospheric pressure due to the altitude of the circuit which is the highest of the season: 786 m above sea level.
Top speed can be reached in T1 or T4 depending on wind condition
First gear is not used on the track
Maximising traction is usually the main balance issue

2012 Weather
Air/Track temp (C): 32 / 40
ATM Press (HPA): 786
Hum (%): 62
Wind (kph): NNE2.7

2011 Timing
Qualifying
P1: HAM 1.12.458 Q3
P2: BUT 1.12.513 Q3
P3:  WEB 1.12.581 Q3
CF1T best: P19 PET 1.17.073 Q1

Race
P1: BUT (1.18.108 lap 37)
P2: ALO (1.18.623 lap 36)
P3: MAS (1.18.879 lap 37)
CF1T best: P11 PET (1.20.528 lap 39)

Circuit Particularity
Bumpiness: medium
Overtaking chance: low
Kerbs: smooth
Ride height setting particularity: none
Engine severity: medium
Gearbox severity: medium
Lat/Long grip: lateral
Aero eff ratio: medium
Safety car history: 2011 – none, 2010 – 1 (laps 51 – 55)
Track grip evo during w/e: high
Aero settings: medium / high
Brake wear severity: medium
Brake cooling necessity: high

Driver Quotes


Charles Pic: “We’ve reached the end of the season, a year which I’ve enjoyed and believe I’ve learnt a lot from, both on and off track. There have been a number of really good moments, Bahrain for example when we brought the new parts and the car was suddenly a big step forwards, that felt really good and was a fair reward for the work everyone had put in. And, every time I’ve been to the factory, it’s been an honour to see how dedicated everyone is to pushing the team forwards. We did a cool event with all the staff after quali in Silverstone and it was great to see so many people at the factory on a Saturday, and to see what it meant to their families to be part of a team that keeps growing in the right direction. Sure there have been some tough moments too, but what I’ve liked all year has been the spirit right across the whole team. We started in Australia with a car that we knew would be a challenge to compete with teams ahead, but by Bahrain and then Spain, because of the efforts put in by everyone at the factory and on track, we’d overtaken our nearest rivals in pace terms, a position we’ve held at most of the circuits since then.

“So now we’re in Brazil and it’s the last race of the year. In 2012 I had my highest ever finish in F1 in Brazil, 12th and that was partly down to having a crazy race all around us and that’s what we’re hoping for again 2013, even though this year it’s a fight with the team I was with in 2012! We know we have the pace to be in the right place when the chequered flag falls, and I know that whatever the weather does I’ll be ready to fight right to the end. Now it’s a bit out of our hands, so we’ll do what we’ve done all year – work as hard as we can and grab any opportunities that arise. It’ll be an exciting weekend whatever happens, and one in which there will be quite a lot of attention on us, so I’m excited about what’s ahead.”

Giedo van der Garde: “It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of the season, but here we are in Brazil and we have a big weekend ahead of us, for the whole team, our partners and our fans. I have to say it’s been a fantastic year, one in which I’ve learnt so much, more than I could have thought when the first test started back in February, but one in which I’ve enjoyed every minute – the highs and the lows. I think I’m really lucky that I’m with a team that gave me the chance last year to learn, doing things like FP1 in Brazil in 2012 which will definitely be helpful here, but also throughout the season. When we announced that I’d be driving for Caterham back in January I said I knew I had a lot to learn and I needed some time to find my true pace, but the team helped me do just that and mid-season, that’s when it all started to come good. It would obviously be nice to finish on a high now in Brazil and we’re all ready to do that, if the chance comes our way.

“I’m fully ready for what’s ahead this weekend, mentally and physically. I’m feeling good and hopefully it’ll be wet / dry, just like it was in Monaco and Spa when we got into Q2, conditions that I really like and that I think you need to be a bit brave to really take advantage of. Since being in Brazil it’s rained both days at around race time, so who knows, maybe the luck will finally go our way and we’ll have a chance to fight to the flag for the position we’re aiming for.  If not, then so be it. I’m a positive guy and I know the whole team has worked incredibly hard all year to keep making progress, so if things don’t go our way it won’t be through lack of effort. All we can do is drive as hard and as fast as possible, and continue to work like we have all year, then we’ll see where we are on Sunday night.”

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United States GP - Caterham F1 Team

Local times
Fri 22 November 2013
Practice 1  - 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2  - 14:00 - 15:30

Sat 23 November 2013
Practice 3  - 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying  - 14:00

Sun 24 November 2013
Race 14:00

Central European times
Fri 22 November 2013
Practice 1  - 13:00 - 14:30
Practice 2  - 17:00 - 18:30

Sat 23 November 2013
Practice 3 -  14:00 - 15:00
Qualifying 17:00

Sun 24 November 2013
Race 17:00

Circuit plan

 Sao Paulo, Brazil - 21st November 2013

Caterham F1 Team is continuing its support of the people of the Philippines with a unique opportunity to win an actual 2013 Caterham F1 Team steering wheel as part of its fundraising campaign to help those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Continuing the #toPHwithlove campaign, which started in Austin with dedicated branding on the CT03 race cars, a dedicated fundraising page has been set up by the team at JustGiving, supporting GlobalGiving’s ongoing fundraising efforts. Everyone who makes a donation at http://caterh.am/JustGiving will be eligible for a random prize draw to win the Caterham F1 Team steering wheel used by Charles Pic in the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The campaign will run from 1400 GMT on Thursday 21st November, before the Brazilian Grand Prix, and will continue until 1200 GMT on Monday 2nd December when the draw will be made by random selection from all those who donated funds to the campaign.

To be able to win the wheel, anyone who donates needs to make sure they can be contacted after they have made their donation. When the donation is made, the contact preferences must be set to ‘allow your email address to be passed on to the fundraiser’, or Twitter handles can be left in donation messages, again enabling that person to be contacted if they are lucky enough to win.

In addition, help can also be given to the people in the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan through our partners at AirAsia and their #toPHwithlove campaign. Find out more at: http://caterh.am/toPHwithlove

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. All details are safe with JustGiving – they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once the donation is made, JustGiving will send the money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

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