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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mark Webber cuts off Sebastian Vettel after Malaysian GP 2013 - Aussie gives "Middle finger"

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Caterham F1 Team Information - Malaysian Grand Prix Race report Sunday 24 March 2013 @ Sepang International

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MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX 2013
Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia - 24th March  
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Weather
Race: Wet (start), dry (remainder of the race)
Air / track temps: 24° / 30° (start), 25° / 31° (lap 28), 26° / 30° (lap 56)

Runplan

Charles Pic
Start on intermediate tyres
Lap 7: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 20: pitstop 2, hard tyres
Lap 32: pitstop 3, hard tyres
Lap 43: pitstop 4, medium tyres
Finished: 14th
Fastest lap: 1.42.942 (lap 51)

Giedo van der Garde
Start on intermediate tyres
Lap 6: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 18: pitstop 2, hard tyres
Lap 28: pitstop 3, hard tyres
Lap 42: pitstop 4, medium tyres
Finished: 15th
Fastest lap: 1.43.157 (lap 44)

Team Quotes
Charles Pic, car 20, chassis CT03-#6: “Off the line I had a great start and was up with Giedo for the first few laps while the track was wet enough for the inters. The team called me in to change onto the medium tyres for the first stint in the dry but as I was coming in to the box I saw Vergne being released right in front of me and I couldn’t avoid him as I was turning in and there was nothing I could do to avoid their mistake. The guys did a brilliant job to change the nose and the tyres and I was out again after losing about 25 seconds – that’s the sort of thing the pitcrew train for and it paid off in that first stop.

“It’s such a shame that incident happened as we could definitely have finished better if it hadn’t happened. It may have cost us a place and while that’s frustrating it’s also positive to see how well everyone reacted and to see that we didn’t stop pushing, on the pitwall or in the garage. We stopped another three times after that, going onto the hard compounds for two stints and the mediums for the last thirteen laps and the car felt pretty good throughout the whole race. I was able to push right to the flag and without the pitlane issue I’m sure the final result would look different.”

Giedo van der Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#5: “I had a really good start, really strong and the car felt great on the inters for the first stint. Just when the conditions were going from wet to dry I heard over the radio that I had a front left puncture but it was exactly at the time we were coming in to switch to the dry tyres so it only cost me a little bit of time. I came back out on the mediums and was running well in 17th with really good balance.

“From there the race was ok. The rain that had been forecast didn’t come so we didn’t have another chance to show what we can do on the inters and that’s a shame as I’m definitely quick on those tyres, but the car felt much better on both the medium and the hard compounds we put on in the second and third stops than it had yesterday. I didn’t have the same oversteer problems I had in FP3 or qualifying but we still have work to do to reduce oversteer on entry into the corners and we’ll look at that again in China. We’re also going to work on improving our setup options for qualifying, maximising every run in the practice sessions to help us get the most out of the car on Saturday afternoons and that will definitely help us put in a stronger showing in quali.

“I also want to say what a good job the boys did in the stops. It was pretty tight with Chilton each time but I stayed ahead of him after good work on the pitwall and really strong work from the pitcrew. When we finished I thanked them on the radio, and after the race Tony Fernandes told the whole team how proud he was of the work he’d seen today in the stops. He’s right – the boys are pushing hard and it’s good to see the efforts we’re making in the car are the same across the whole team.”

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal: “Having both cars finish the first two races, including our home race in Malaysia, is a fair reward for the efforts the whole team has put in, considering where we are performance-wise at this stage of the season. Both drivers again had very good starts and they were running well for the first part of the race. The incident Charles was an innocent victim of in his first stop was a real shame as that seriously hit his chances of fighting against Bianchi, but the team reacted very well and I’m proud of the efforts everyone has put in here and in Melbourne, in races that we knew would be tough.

“Although the general reliability of the cars has been better than a number of bigger teams ahead, we’re still having to deal with a number of pretty intense situations that are affecting our ability to control the finer details of our races. This time we had issues with our intercom failing, which prevents communication between engineers, our telemetry froze at certain points and the timing software went down which meant we weren’t able to accurately map how the race was unfolding. These things go on behind the scenes and while they don’t directly affect the performance of the cars they don’t help, so we’ll make sure we have fixes for each of those in China.

“Overall, with the strategy we’ve employed for 2013 and in preparation for 2014 and beyond we knew the first few races of this season would be tough, but we’re not going to deviate from the plan. Even though we’re running a hybrid car for the first three races we’re still close to where we want to be and the updates we have coming will pay dividends. We have a long-term goal, one that is built around the whole group we are part of and one that is realistic, sustainable and which will see us right in the mix in the long run.”

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2013 Malaysian Grand Prix - Sunday
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sunday 24th March 2013
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Toro Rosso F1 Team Information - Malaysian Grand Prix Race report Sunday 24 March 2013 @ Sepang International

2013 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 24/03/2013
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Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8-03)
Race Position: 10th

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“It’s good to finish in the points, but it’s a shame that a mistake in the pits cost us so much, as I could have done something better. So, overall I feel rather frustrated. But I’ll take the point gladly. After these first two races, we now have a short break before we go racing again and we must use that time to take a close look at how we performed and where we can do better, because there is certainly a lot of room for improvement, as both these two races have been missed opportunities. On the positive side, again today, once we got over our problems I had a good race pace and managed to make up a lot of places.”


Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-01)
Race Position: 18th

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“I compromised my race even before the start when the conditions were very slippery, aquaplaning off at Turn 3. I managed to keep going, but I went across the gravel quite fast and damaged the floor. That probably played a part in my problem at the end. I got a reasonable start and made up a few places and was pretty pleased with the first couple of laps. But I did not have the pace to keep the Lotuses behind me and stay in the top ten, even though the switch to dry tyres was well timed. Like I said, I think the damage on that opening lap affected my overall performance all race long.”

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Franz Tost: “An eventful race with the field starting on Intermediates. We timed our switch to slicks well on both cars and Daniel made up a few positions straight away. The midfield battle was very fierce and we had one car at the front, Daniel, and one at the back of this group, Jev. Unfortunately, we had a poor release from Jev’s pit stop and he collided with a Caterham which cost us a lot of time, as we had to pull him back for a new nose. The Stewards have fined us for a dangerous release from a pit stop and we agree with their decision. After that, Jev did a good job to fight back and get into the points ahead of that midfield group, which is quite an achievement on a dry track. The fact our race pace was satisfactory was the most positive point of the race. In Daniel’s case, he went off on the lap to the grid and raced with a damaged floor, so taking that into account and how it affected his car, his performance in those circumstances was also positive. Unfortunately, we had an exhaust issue on his car in the closing laps and decided it was best to retire him in the pits. In general, our race performance was good, but we are too slow in Qualifying. We have to find a way of improving on Saturday afternoons, so that we give ourselves a better start on Sundays.”

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Sauber F1 Team Information - Malaysian Grand Prix Race report Sunday 24 March 2013 @ Sepang International

The Malaysian Grand Prix brought the first four points for the Sauber F1 Team in the second race of the new season. At the beginning the track in Sepang was wet, and all the drivers started the race on intermediate tyres. However, after only a few laps they changed to dry tyres. The race was extremely demanding for tyres and, as a result, the specators saw a lot of pit stops. Both Sauber F1 Team drivers changed tyres four times. Nico Hülkenberg finished eighth, Esteban Gutiérrez came in 12th.


Weather: wet, then dry, 24-25°C air, 27-33°C track

Nico Hülkenberg: 8th

Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
Start on intermediate tyres, after 7 and 21 laps change to medium tyres, after 34 and 44 laps change to hard tyres 

“I feel quite well rewarded going home with four points after my first race of the season in a new team and with a new car. I am quite happy with how it went, especially at the start of the race when we were quite quick on the intermediates. But then I was stuck in traffic and couldn’t find my way past other drivers. I think eighth was well deserved, considering I had to fight and push a lot today. I think the potential is there, and now we have to work on a few details.”

Esteban Gutiérrez: 12th
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Start on intermediate tyres, after 7 laps change to hard tyres, after 22 and 36 laps change to medium tyres, after 51 laps change to hard tyres 

“P12 is an ok result, but Ideally we would have liked to finish in the points. At the end of the race we lost time because we stayed on the same set of tyres for too long. We tried to change the strategy and I did my best. That was all we could do at that stage. Overall the weekend is a step forward and we need to keep working and put everything together to achieve points.”
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Sebastian Vettel vs Mark Webber 2013 duel - Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix






Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Sunday 24 March 2013 Race results - 1 Vettel 2 Webber 3 Hamilton 4 Rosberg @ Sepang International

Race
March 24 - 16:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 09:00 CET
Total laps 56
Lap distance 5.543 km
Track Conditions Dry / 28C
Weather Mostly cloudy
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    #     Driver                     Team       Laps  Pits stops    
    1     Vettel        GER     Red Bull     56     4   
    2     Webber        AUS     Red Bull     56     4   
    3     Hamilton        GBR     Mercedes     56     4   
    4     Rosberg        GER     Mercedes     56     4   
    5     Massa        BRA     Ferrari     56     4   
    6     Grosjean        FRA     Lotus     56     3   
    7     Räikkönen        FIN     Lotus     56     3   
    8     Hülkenberg        GER     Sauber     56     4   
    9     Perez        MEX     McLaren     56     4   
    10     Vergne        FRA     Toro Rosso     56     3   
    11     Bottas        FIN     Williams     56     3   
    12     Gutiérrez        MEX     Sauber     55     4   
    13     Bianchi        FRA     Marussia     55     4   
    14     Pic        FRA     Caterham     55     4   
    15     van der Garde        NED     Caterham     55     4   
    16     Chilton        GBR     Marussia     54     4   

 Retirement
    Button     GBR     McLaren     53     3   
    Ricciardo     AUS     Toro Rosso     51     4   
    Maldonado     VEN     Williams     45     3   
    Sutil     GER     Force India     27     3   
    di Resta     GBR     Force India     22     3   
    Alonso     ESP     Ferrari     1     0
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Toro Rosso F1 Team Information - Malaysian Grand Prix Free Practice 3 & Qualifying report Saturday 23 March 2013 @ Sepang International


2013 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY 23/03/2013
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Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-01)
Third Practice Session
Best lap 1:38.425, pos. 18th, 15 laps

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Qualifying
Best lap: (Q1) 1:37.722, (Q2) 1:38.822, pos. 13th

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“Coming into qualifying today, if I’d been told I could sign on the dotted line for thirteenth, I’d have taken it. It’s a decent result and we haven’t been that far up the time sheets all weekend in practice. Looking at it that way, thirteenth is quite good, but in Q1, we were quite competitive and only one hundredth of a second from the top ten. With the rain coming, maybe we missed an opportunity to do better. We have improved but I still want more. Tomorrow, I plan to move up the order in what could be an unpredictable race. I really want to be in the top ten and get some points on the board early in the season.”

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Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8-03)
Third Practice Session
Best lap: 1:38.376, pos. 17th, 16 laps

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Qualifying
Best lap: (Q1) 1:38.157, pos. 17th

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“I don’t know how much better I could have done, but it’s never nice to be out at the end of Q1. I was held up in the final sector by another car and lost between four and five tenths and that cost me the chance of getting to Q2. If we want to find positives, then at least I have saved a set of new tyres for the race, which could be important as this track is very hard on tyres. Being behind my team-mate? It means nothing today and the important thing is to be in front tomorrow! As usual, I am still being optimistic about tomorrow and hope to go after some points. Anything can happen in this race and in free practice we saw we had a good pace on a long run, which is encouraging.”

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James Key (Technical Director): “We knew the balance of the car would be very different to Melbourne and we adjusted the car accordingly for Friday, but the difference in car balance and tyre behaviour was greater than we had expected. Overnight, we wanted to take another step for this morning, but on both cars it was actually a step too far and the softer tyres did not work well and the balance was not optimum. So we went back a bit for qualifying, making some additional changes. This did the trick, so we expected Q1 to be fine for us. Unfortunately, Jean-Eric encountered traffic and did not get a clean lap, which was a shame as both drivers have been evenly matched, so he looked likely to get through to Q2. Daniel did exactly what was required to secure a good Q2 position, especially considering how tight it is in the midfield. The changes we made for qualifying worked well and, from a race point of view, those changes will also be suitable for the race.”

Sauber F1 Team Information - Malaysian Grand Prix Free Practice 3 & Qualifying report Saturday 23 March 2013 @ Sepang International

Once again, qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix held some surprises. A few minutes into Q2, the weather changed quickly with rain affecting two of the corners. As a result, both Sauber F1 Team drivers, Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez, were not able to use fresh medium tyres in good conditions. Nico ended up 12th and Esteban 14th.


Weather: dry, then rain 32°C air, 41°C track

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 12th in Q2 (1:38.125 / medium tyres)3rd practice: 13th (1:37.685 min / hard, then medium tyres / 29 laps)
“The balance of the car is still not quite right. We went out on a set of used medium tyres in Q2. We didn’t have any information on the weather because the radar was broken. If we would have known the rain was coming we would have gone out on a new set. In general our pace wasn’t as good as I expected it to be, but nothing is lost starting from P12. We have to wait and see what the weather will be like during the race tomorrow and prepare for all conditions.”
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Esteban Gutiérrez:Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 14th in Q2 (1:39.221 min / medium tyres)3rd practice: 16th (1:38.645 min / hard, then medium tyres / 23 laps)
“Unfortunately, we were not able to extract the most out of the car in Q2. We went out too late on new tyres and were caught out in the rain. The team brought the set-up of the car to a really good base from FP3 to qualifying, which was something very positive. Now we are looking forward to the race. We have to analyse everything and get a good strategy together for tomorrow in order to be in the points.”
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Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:“We knew that qualifying would be a big challenge. During free practice 3 we learned a lot, which will be of particular importance during the race. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to exploit the full potential in Q2 due to the weather changing quickly, however, we are confident for a strong race.”
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Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:“It was an eventful qualifying session. Ultimately in Q2 we were unlucky because we weren’t able to get out on new medium tyres. But starting from P12 and P14 with plenty of fresh dry and wet tyres the goal will be to score points with both cars.”
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Caterham F1 Team Information - Malaysian Grand Prix Free Practice 3 & Qualifying report Saturday 23 March 2013 @ Sepang International

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MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX 2013 - FP3 & QUALIFYING

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia - 23rd March 2013

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Weather
FP3: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 43° - 48°, air temp 34°
Q1: Dry, sunny; track temp 41°, air temp 32

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PIC 1.38.995, 19th / VDG 1.40.209, 21st
Q1: PIC 1.39.314, 20th / VDG 1.39.932, 22nd

Total laps:
FP3: PIC 18 / VDG 18
Q1: PIC 6 / VDG 6


Runplan

Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

FP3
1300 – 1315: Run 1, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front camber
1327 – 1338: Run 2, 4 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: brake balance, rear brake duct blanking
1346 – 1402: Run 3, 7 laps (medium tyres)

Q1
1602 – 1609: Run 1, 3 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: n/a
1616 – 1622: Run 2, 3 laps (medium tyres)


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

FP3
1300 – 1313: Run 1, 6 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: brake balance, front torsion bar
1322 – 1335: Run 2, 6 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: brake balance, front wing flap angle, front torsion bar
1345 – 1402: Run 3, 6 laps (medium tyres)

Q1
1603 – 1609: Run 1, 3 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, brake balance
1616 – 1622: Run 2, 3 laps (medium tyres)
 

Driver quotes

Charles Pic: “We had a very good FP3, really making progress, especially on the long runs, but I don’t think there was a lot more we could have done today in qualifying. I had a lot of understeer on my first run so we adjusted the pressures for the second run but I still couldn’t dial out the understeer so with the performance gap to the cars ahead we probably finished up about as well as we could have hoped.

“So now we focus on tomorrow. In FP3 we found a good direction to go in the race so I think it’s going to be interesting. It’ll almost certainly rain and I like it when the conditions are changing on track so let’s see what happens.”

Giedo van der Garde: “Qualifying didn’t go well for me today to be honest. I’ve had an issue with a lot of oversteer on the option tyres all day and really couldn’t get them to work as well as they did at the last race and that obviously hurt my pace. It’s odd as the car felt good on the hard compounds in FP3 today but I just couldn’t get the mediums to work so we’ll have to look at that again tonight.

“However, with the car performing well on the primes and the pace we have on the inters I think tomorrow could be interesting. It’s rained every day at about the same time as it’ll be halfway through the race tomorrow so strategy’s going to be really important. Physically I feel really good, totally prepared for the race, so we’ll look at the plans for the race and hopefully pick up where we left off in FP3.”

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2013 Malaysian Grand Prix - Saturday

Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Saturday 23 March 2013 Qualifying results - 1 Vettel 2 Massa 3 Alonso 4 Hamilton @ Sepang International

Qualifying
March 23 - 16:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 09:00 CET
Lap distance 5.543 km
Track Conditions Dry / 41C
Weather Scattered cloud
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#     Driver                  Team         Time   
1     Vettel     GER     Red Bull     1'49.674   
2     Massa     BRA     Ferrari     1'50.587   
3     Alonso     ESP     Ferrari     1'50.727   
4     Hamilton     GBR     Mercedes     1'51.699   
5     Webber     AUS     Red Bull     1'52.244   
6     Rosberg     GER     Mercedes     1'52.519   
7     Räikkönen     FIN     Lotus     1'52.970   
8     Button     GBR     McLaren     1'53.175   
9     Sutil     GER     Force India     1'53.439   
10     Perez     MEX     McLaren     1'54.136   
11     Grosjean     FRA     Lotus     1'37.636   
12     Hülkenberg     GER     Sauber     1'38.125   
13     Ricciardo     AUS     Toro Rosso     1'38.822   
14     Gutiérrez     MEX     Sauber     1'39.221   
15     di Resta     GBR     Force India     1'44.509   
16     Maldonado     VEN     Williams     -   
17     Vergne     FRA     Toro Rosso     1'38.157   
18     Bottas     FIN     Williams     1'38.207   
19     Bianchi     FRA     Marussia     1'38.434   
20     Pic     FRA     Caterham     1'39.314   
21     Chilton     GBR     Marussia     1'39.672   
22     van der Garde     NED     Caterham     1'39.932
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Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Saturday 23 March 2013 Free Practice 3 results - 1 Vettel 2 Hamilton 3 Sutil 4 Webber @ Sepang International

Free practice 3  
March 23 - 13:00 local | 05:00 GMT | 06:00 CET
Lap distance 5.543 km
Track Conditions Dry / 40C
Weather Scattered cloud
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#     Driver                 Team          Time  
1     Vettel     GER     Red Bull     1'36.435    
2     Hamilton     GBR     Mercedes     1'36.568    
3     Sutil     GER     Force India     1'36.588    
4     Webber     AUS     Red Bull     1'36.613    
5     Räikkönen     FIN     Lotus     1'36.806    
6     di Resta     GBR     Force India     1'36.807    
7     Button     GBR     McLaren     1'36.822    
8     Massa     BRA     Ferrari     1'36.946    
9     Rosberg     GER     Mercedes     1'36.949    
10     Alonso     ESP     Ferrari     1'37.302    
11     Maldonado     VEN     Williams     1'37.359    
12     Perez     MEX     McLaren     1'37.538    
13     Hülkenberg     GER     Sauber     1'37.685    
14     Grosjean     FRA     Lotus     1'37.690    
15     Bottas     FIN     Williams     1'37.936    
16     Gutiérrez     MEX     Sauber     1'38.294    
17     Vergne     FRA     Toro Rosso     1'38.376    
18     Ricciardo     AUS     Toro Rosso     1'38.425    
19     Pic     FRA     Caterham     1'38.995    
20     Bianchi     FRA     Marussia     1'39.717    
21     van der Garde     NED     Caterham     1'40.209    
22     Chilton     GBR     Marussia     1'40.495    

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Sauber F1 Team Information - Malaysian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 report Friday 22 March 2013 @ Sepang International

In free practice two of the Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix the Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez finished 13th and 14th respectively. Both drivers were able to improve in the second session of the day, although Esteban lost time because of technical issues.
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Weather: dry then rain, 30-32 °C air, 30-41 °C track.
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Nico Hülkenberg:Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 14th / 1:39.054 min (17 laps) / 2nd Practice 13th / 1:38.068 min (31 laps).
"All in all it was a difficult Friday. I don’t know what to make of it yet. I think we still have a lot to do until the next session tomorrow. It’s a tough call, because I was not able to get a proper long run due to the weather. I think we still have potential in terms of the balance of the car and we have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.”
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Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 15th / 1:39.204 min (16 laps) / 2nd Practice 14th / 1:38.645 min (23 laps)
"From a set-up point of view it was a very productive today. We were able to improve the car from free practice one to free practice two in terms of its balance. Then unfortunately we had several issues, but we managed to get back on track to use the time we had. I didn’t have time for a proper run with the medium tyres, but getting some laps in the wet and then changing back to dry conditions was very positive. Tomorrow we have to catch up on the time we missed out on today.”
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Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
"It was a pretty typical practice day here in Malaysia. Rain in P2 was not ideal, but it was the same for everybody. We also had a few technical problems. On Esteban’s car the fire extinguisher seems to have gone off. We also had a cracked exhaust, and we are investigating both those now. With the improvement of the track between P1 and P2 and the set-up changes we made the drivers were happier, but we still have a lot of work to do before tomorrow’s qualifying and the race.”

Caterham F1 Team Information - Malaysian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 report Friday 22 March 2013 @ Sepang International

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Malaysian Grand Prix P1 / FP2 Report

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia - Friday 22nd March 2013


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Weather
FP1: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 35° - 42°, air temp 30° - 33°
FP2: Dry, overcast (start / end), light rain (mid); min / max track temp 29° - 42°, air temp 30° - 33°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: VDG 1.40.728, 19th / PIC 1.41.163, 21st
FP2: PIC 1.40.757, 20th / VDG 1.40.768, 21st

Total laps:
FP1: VDG 17 / PIC 18
FP2: PIC 29 / VDG 32

Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

FP1
1001 – 1004: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (hard tyres)
Changes: rear ride height, front / rear brake duct blanking
1039 – 1053: Run 2, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: rear ride height, front wing flap angle
1115 – 1135: Run 3, 10 laps (hard tyres)

FP2
1400 – 1411: Run 1, installation lap, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1415 – 1434: Run 2, 8 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking
1438 – 1450: Run 3, 6 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1513 – 1522: Run 4, 4 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking, brake balance, front wing flap angle
1525 – 1533: Run 5, 4 laps (hard tyres)


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

FP1
1001 – 1004: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (hard tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking
1041 – 1053: Run 2, 6 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking, front toe-in
1115 – 1134: Run 3, 10 laps (hard tyres)

FP2
1400 – 1411: Run 1, installation lap, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1415 – 1434: Run 2, 9 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, brake balance, front / rear brake duct blanking
1438 – 1449 Run 3, 4 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: brake balance
1508 – 1520: Run 4, 7 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1523 – 1533: Run 5, 5 laps (hard tyres)


Driver quotes

Charles Pic: “Friday has been ok for us and it’s mostly been looking at tyre degradation and balance. There was a little too much understeer in the first session this morning so we tried a couple of setup changes and they seemed to work. In the afternoon we had to change the plan a bit when the rain started but that gave us a chance to run seven laps on the intermediate tyres which could be important for Saturday and Sunday. We also had our first runs on the medium tyres here and wear rates were ok on those. I had a small mistake on my quickest lap on the performance run and that cost me quite a bit of time so I think there’s more to come tomorrow, especially in qualifying.

“We’ve also been working on improvements in the garage between runs, cutting down the turnaround times, and that’s working well. Overall it’s been a good week in Malaysia so far for me. It’s been busy but I’m enjoying it – we’ve had a great welcome wherever we go and I’m sure that’ll continue all weekend.”

Giedo van der Garde: “I think we’ve had a pretty good day. We’ve completed a lot of laps on all the tyres except the full wets and run through the whole program. In FP1 it was the normal runplan, focusing on the hard prime tyres and starting to understand deg levels on those – our pace on that compound and the wear rates were both encouraging, but we’ll have to work a bit more on getting them up to temperature efficiently and then keeping them in that first phase of degradation as long as possible.

“In FP2 we did a couple of short and long runs on the primes and one on the medium tyre, as well as a stint on the inters when the rain started. It wasn’t the intense rain we had on track yesterday but it was still enough to mean we needed to run the inters and with rain possible in quali and in the race that’s more good data for us. It’s also good for me to get as many laps as possible done on the intermediates – it’s all part of the learning process and with full running in both FP1 and FP2 today, compared to Melbourne, we’re in a better position for tomorrow and Sunday than we were last weekend.”

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2013 Malaysian Grand Prix - Friday
Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Friday 22nd March 2013
World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic
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Giedo van der Garde, 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix - Friday
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Toro Rosso F1 Team Information - Malaysian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 report Friday 22 March 2013 @ Sepang International

2013 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 22/03/2013
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Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8-03)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:39.284, pos. 17th, 17 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:38.738, pos. 15th, 31 laps
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“I think this was a positive day, including the reliability front which is important. We concentrated on our long run work and we got some good answers from that, which is the most important thing, rather than looking for quick lap times. Consistent times over a distance are more important. For tomorrow, we can now look at finding more pace. Tyre degradation is quite high, but we expected that and it’s the same for everybody. If it’s dry for the whole race, tyre management will be quite tricky. I didn’t learn much on the Inters, except that driving the car in the wet on a heavy fuel load is difficult! The heat? I’m fine with it.”
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Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-01)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:39.567, pos. 18th, 16 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:38.904, pos. 17th, 31 laps
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“We learned a lot about the tyres today. In the morning, they seemed to struggle in the heat and we made some changes to help deal with that in between the two sessions. We managed to improve the balance of the car to prolong tyre life and I think we succeeded to a certain extent in doing that. We still have more work to do on that. The heat doesn’t affect the brakes much as there’s time to cool them down, but you have to watch the engine temps and also the body temperatures, because looking in the garage the guys seemed to have just come out of the shower! This is a more physical race than others and it is definitely warm, but having come here a few times, I’m prepared for it and enjoying it.”

Laurent Mekies (Head of Vehicle Performance): “It was a constructive day, as we got through a lot of laps with both cars in all sorts of track conditions, so that Daniel and Jean-Eric ran three types of tyre – the Hard, Medium and Intermediates. That was useful, because past experience tells us we have to be prepared for anything in qualifying and the race. Once again, this weekend is going to be all about tyre management, so we are working hard on getting the most out of the compounds we have here. We have explored different directions in terms of set-up across both cars, so overall, we got the data we wanted. Now we must work on that tonight with the aim of getting as much performance as possible out of our package.”