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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Santander British Grand Prix Race review at Silverstone Sunday 30 June 2013

The result of the British Grand Prix in Silverstone was influenced by a series of tyre problems, which brought out two safety cars. The Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez also suffered from tyre issues. Nico had to pit early due to a slow puncture, while Esteban had to pit twice due to a tyre problem and ended up P14. Nico managed to make the top-ten and secured one championship point.

Weather: sunny, 21-22°C air, 31-34°C track
Nico Hülkenberg: 10th

Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Start on hard tyres, after 12 laps change to hard tyres, after 25 and 37 laps change to medium tyresc.

“The race today was a lot of fun. I hade some good duels and was able to push to the limit. It was fun to drive the car on such a high-speed track like Silverstone. At a point in the race, I lost the overview of what was going on, with the two safety cars and lots of tyre debris on the track. I had a slow puncture during my second stint, which is why we had to pit earlier. I think our speed was what we expected it to be, and overall was better than in qualifying yesterday.”

Esteban Gutiérrez: 14th

 Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Start on hard tyres, after 10 and 27 laps change to medium tyres, after 29 laps change to hard tyres, after 40 laps change to medium tyres.

“It was a crazy race, because a lot of things happened and I just tried to focus and make the best out of the situation. I had to pit because of a problem with my front left tyre. This also damaged my front wing, which forced me to pit again two laps later. This is something that needs to be looked into for safety reasons and also to avoid having a race that is defined by the tyres. The car was still a bit tricky to drive in the slow corners, but overall it was ok.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“A hard earned point. Nico did a good job and was unfortunately slowed down by a tyre issue. Esteban dropped back due to two unplanned pit stops, also to tyre problems. At the moment we cannot expect any miracles from the car, but this result will lift the team spirit.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“This must have been one oft the busiest days at the pit wall for quite some time. We had a slow puncture on Nico’s car and a left front tyre problem on Esteban’s car, and both those resulted in the strategy being compromised. Esteban had to pit again two laps later, because his front wing had been damaged previously. However, from a very difficult situation Nico was able to get into P10, which gave us a very useful point.”

Caterham F1 Team - Santander British Grand Prix Race review at Silverstone Sunday 30 June 2013


Silverstone, UK - 28th June 2013

Race: Sunny, windy, air temp 21° / track temp 32° (start), 21° / 31° (lap 26), 22° / 34° (lap x)

Charles Pic
Start on hard tyres
Lap 15: pitstop 1, hard tyres
Lap 34: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Finished: 15th
Fastest lap: 1.37.091 (lap 52)

Giedo van der Garde
Start on hard tyres
Lap 10: pitstop 1, hard tyres
Lap 28: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Lap 40: pitstop 3, medium tyres
Finished 18th
Fastest lap: 1.38.722 (lap 50)

Team Quotes

Charles Pic, car 20, chassis CT03-#6: “I think that was a pretty good race, I’m pleased with how it went. We were managing the tyre deg for most of the afternoon but just before the last safety car came out I was ahead of Bottas and looking at an exciting last few laps. We finally ended up 15th which is not too bad, and we were comfortably ahead of our nearest competitors so it’s a reasonably positive result, despite losing a lot of the gains we’d made when the second safety car came out.

“For me this has been a good weekend, one where we’ve started to get a bit back to the performance levels we saw in Bahrain and Spain. The pitstops were good, we ran to a strategy that gave me a chance to fight the Williams cars until the flag and we have a lot more information about the updates we brought here, both from today and the aero work we did yesterday. Overall this puts us in a much better position than we were in when we left Canada so now we’ll go straight to Germany and aim to continue this upward curve there.”

Giedo van der Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#4: “That was a bit of a frustrating afternoon to be honest, but there wasn’t much more I could do. We started the race running with a strategy we’d begun yesterday in FP3 and in quali which was all about managing the tyre deg as long as possible so we could take advantage of anything that happened ahead. The plan was running ok and we were on target for managing the deg levels but then the first safety car came out and as we’d already boxed we effectively lost track time to everyone who hadn’t stopped. With the position we were in then in the race there wasn’t a lot more we could do so we continued with the plan and it was working ok for the last stint, but then we had the second safety car straight after I’d stopped again so it was back to where we’d been at the start.

“As we only had a few laps left and I was on new mediums I was able to push to the flag and had a good battle with Chilton right until we crossed the line, practically together. I did pass him with a couple of laps left, but it was very tight on track and I had to give the place back which is obviously a shame, but we had a clean fight and without the safety cars I think I’d have been clear of him.

“Even though we went into this weekend knowing we had a fight on our hands I think we’ve made a bit of progress, getting us nearer to where we want to be relative to our nearest rivals. Next it’s Germany on a track I like racing on and, coming straight after Silverstone, we can keep pushing on. That’s what this season’s all about, keep learning, keep fighting and never give up.”

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: “I’m certainly happier leaving our second home race of the season than I was when we left Montreal, but we must work continue to work, harder than ever. Seeing Charles towards the end of the race with clear air between him and the Marussia behind, and targeting a fight with Bottas and Gutierrez is a sign that we’re getting back to the performance level we are targeting for this season. However, it is quite frustrating that with such an eventful race we weren’t able to use this as an opportunity to record a more positive result.

“After a couple of particularly frustrating races with the repeated DNFs and the low point of Montreal, I see this weekend as a restart of the season. The team is now fully operational, between the track and the factory, between the drivers and the engineers, with our technical partners, to make the most out of the package available. We all feel that there is more performance to get out of it, and we must now switch to attack mode to see what we can deliver at tracks that are more suited to the characteristics of our car.”


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Toro Rosso F1 Team - Santander British Grand Prix Race review at Silverstone Sunday 30 June 2013

Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 04)

Race Position: 8 th

“T hat was a chaotic race, but for most of it I was in a reasonably strong position. I didn’t get the best of starts, but managed to make up for that, however I then lost a bit of time at both pit stops. Towards the end of the race, I had a very good pace but I think we might have done better with a different strategy when the last Safety Car came out as prior to that I could match the Force India and the Ferraris. At the end we were on used tyres and those who changed for a third time were able to pass me. Ei ghth is a good result, but I see it as a missed opportunity to score more points, because today we were quicker than the Ferraris so to finish behind them, particularly Massa who had a tyre problem, is a bit disappointing. I don’t know what was happening w ith the tyres, as I kept seeing people going off the track and there was debris everywhere. It was a little bit dangerous and we need to look into it. For my part, I just had normal degradation.”

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 03)

Race Position: DNF

“I got a bad start and that’s something we must look at care fully, as it compromised our performance. But it would not have made a big difference today, because of the problem I had when my tyre failed. I don’t know what happened, I did not feel any warning signs and it just let go under braking. I did manage to co me back to the pits, fit new tyres and go out again, but the team immediately told me I had quite significant damage to the car, which in any case I could feel. The car was very difficult to drive from then on and in the end, the team took the decision to retire me, as there was no sense in carrying on. I did not feel in danger, but it’s just a shame that this sort of problem can waste a whole weekend’s work for the team. I am very upset about it and something needs to be done about it soon. So, from a results point of view, this is a race to forget, but I believe we showed the car was very quick and we can be in the fight in the coming races.”
Franz Tost: “We had been hoping for better this afternoon. Both cars had poor starts which we need to investigate. After that, Jean - Eric had the tyre problem fortunately, not too far from the pit lane entry, but as a result of that, his car was badly damaged and eventually we decided to retire him because of that . As for Daniel, we had three issues: he lost time at the first pit stop when we struggled to get one wheel off the car and that lost him track position, then at the second stop, we had to delay his release as another car was coming in, again losing about three seconds. Finally, with the last Safety Car we had a difficult choice to make, as his tyres were old and we did not have others that were particularly new to put on, but the guys behind did pit for newer tyres and inevitably they managed to get past. On the positive side, we can be pleased that in performance terms, the car has clearly continued to improve and now we only have a few days to wait before we can try and turn that improvement into a more significant number of points at the Nurburgring.”


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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Santander British Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 review at Silverstone Saturday 29 June 2013

Qualifying for the British Grand Prix was disappointing for Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez: While Hülkenberg qualified 15th, Gutiérrez ended up in 18th. The team will need a good strategy in order to be able to finish higher up the field.

Weather: partly cloudy 16-18°C air, 19-30°C track


Nico Hülkenberg:Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)

Qualifying: 15th in Q2 (1:32.211 / medium tyres)3rd practice: 14th (1:33.225 min / medium tyres / 16 laps)

“Unfortunately P15 is reality. It was more or less the best we could do today. The car was difficult to drive, especially at high speed with a little bit of wind the car is very sensitive. We are simply not quick enough. Of course, a lot can happen during the race tomorrow, and maybe a bit of English rain would help us. But I think points will be difficult, then again you should never say never.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)

Qualifying: 18th in Q1 (1:32.666 min / medium tyres
)3rd practice: 17th (1:33.370 min / medium tyres / 19 laps)

“Compared to the practice sessions yesterday, I think we made a step forward, but it’s tricky because we find ourselves in a position where everything is on the limit. What ever we do there is always a compromise to it, which is challenging. It seems I am loosing a lot of time at the exit of the corners, and this is tricky, because that is usually when I try to push and get things right. I believe I did my best with overall good and consistent laps. But it is just not quick enough. This is something we have to evaluate and see what we can do to be better in order to progress.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We can’t be happy with a result like that. Nico did a good job, while Esteban was struggling. Of course, this is not the position you want to be in looking ahead to the race tomorrow. It won’t be an easy race for us."

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“We struggled with the car’s balance in FP3, but were able to improve it for qualifying. P15 and P18 on the grid is clearly not where we want to be and will make the race difficult tomorrow. The current forecast is dry, so we will work hard tonight on the strategy in order to maximise our chances.”

Toro Rosso F1 Team - Santander British Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 review at Silverstone Saturday 29 June 2013

Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 04)

Third Practice Session Best lap: 1: 32.440 , pos. 6 th , 19 laps

Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1: 32.097 , (Q2) 1: 31.182 , (Q3) 1: 30.757 , pos. 6 th

“Coming off the back of a bad couple of races, I expected to be strong here and I was more motivated than ever. However, if I’d been told I could be sixth this afternoon, I would have been surprised. We were very close to Di Resta in fifth, but we can be happy with this position. We showed good pace all weekend, including this morning when I was sixth, so it was nice to confirm that this after noon. Now I am looking forward to the race when I hope I can come away with a good handful of points. I’d like to think I could finish at least in the same place I am starting from. It would be nice to do even better and I will be pushing hard to achieve t hat. I believe it will be a few degrees warmer tomorrow, which could make the track conditions change quite a lot. This is a very demanding circuit with lots of high speed corners, so the tyres don’t get much of a rest, therefore tyre wear will be an impor tant factor tomorrow.”
Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 03)

Third Practice Session Best lap: 1:32.580, pos. 11 th , 15 laps

Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1: 32.105 , (Q2) 1: 31.785 , pos. 13 th
“I made a mistake on my quick lap in Q2 and that’s the plain fact and I’m very upset about it, as it lost me the chance to get into Q3 which was definitely possible. As to what happened when I got it wrong, I am not exactly sure what was the reason: maybe I was too close to Vettel in front of me, but I felt I lost downforce and then just went straight on. Anyway, I am not looking for excuses. The car was working well, as it has done all weekend, so now I must make up for it in the rac e tomorrow. Looking at Daniel’s performance this afternoon, it’s a good sign as it shows the car is quick and we will have something to work with tomorrow afternoon. I think it’s still feasible to have a good race tomorrow and to bring home points.
James Key : “It’s good to have got through to Q3 with one car here. We’ve been reasonably on the pace right from the start of the weekend, even if neither driver has been completely happy with the balance of the car. However that did not stop them from setting what we consi der a competitive lap time. We were not sure what to expect at Silverstone, as it’s such a different track to the last three venues, especially to Monaco and Montreal. We did a lot of work to ensure we had the car in its sweet - spot for here and that paid o ff. Daniel did a fantastic job to get to Q3 and then to P6 completely on merit, while it was a great shame for Jev, who had matched Daniel’s pace all weekend but just did not get the maximum out of his Q2 lap. Overall, it shows that the steps forward we ar e making on the performance front are working consistently and a two car points finish is a realistic target tomorrow.”


Caterham F1 Team - Santander British Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 review at Silverstone Saturday 29 June 2013


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FP3: Overcast, dry, windy; min / max track temp 19° - 24°, air temp 16° - 17°
Q1: Sunny: min / max track temp 30°, air temp 19°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PIC 1.34.971, 19th / VDG 1.37.443, 22nd
Q1: PIC 1.33.866, 19th / VDG 1.35.481, 21st

Total laps:
FP3: PIC 18 / VDG 19
Q1: PIC 6 / VDG 3


Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

1005 - 1015: Run 1, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: n/a
1028 - 1041: Run 2, 6 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: n/a
1053 - 1133: Run 3, 5 laps (medium tyres)

1304 - 1314: Run 1, 3 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1317 - 1323: Run 2, 3 laps (medium tyres)

Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-04

1006 - 1017: Run 1, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake blanking
1029 - 1044: Run 2, 8 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: n/a
1052 - 1101: Run 3, 4 laps (medium tyres)

1317 - 1322: Run 1, 3 laps (medium tyres)

Driver quotes

Charles Pic: "The final lap in quali is one of my best laps of the year so far so I'm very pleased with how today's gone. We made some good progress in FP3 with the balance and that carried over to qualifying, and breaking into the 1.33s and finishing ahead of the Marussias was about as much as we aimed for today, so it's gone to plan.

"It changes from race to race but it does look like we have a small advantage over our nearest rivals this weekend, but having seen good race pace all year I'd like to think we'll be fighting with a couple of cars ahead as well in the race tomorrow. We've been close to the Williams cars this year in a few races so with a good start, decent deg levels and no reliability issues tomorrow could be a good day."

Giedo van der Garde: "It's been an interesting day as we ran a different plan to the normal FP3 and then did just the one run in quali. It's finally dry so we used some of FP3 for aero evaluation and then switched to race prep, bearing in mind the penalty from the last race which meant we knew pretty much where we'd end up in quali. We worked a lot on managing the tyre degradation, not really looking at quali at all but we still ended up beating one of the Marussia cars in quali which was a bonus, but really today's all been about getting ready for Sunday. I think we're in pretty good shape now and after the work we did today the degradation levels look manageable, even with the warmer track conditions we had today and which it looks like we'll have tomorrow, and we have a good setup for the race so let's see what happens."

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Santander British Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 review at Silverstone Friday 28 June 2013

As expected Silverstone lived up to expectations with bad weather and welcomed the drivers with a wet FP1 this morning, which left spectators waiting for track action. During the second practice session conditions were still not ideal, but improved enough so the Sauber F1 Team drivers could run through the main items of the programme. Nico Hülkenberg also managed to get a few laps on the new prototype tyre compound that Pirelli had provided to all teams today. Especially in the long runs, there is still some room for improvement. To celebrate the partnership between Grupo CP (Interprotección) and Arthur J. Gallagher International (NYSE: AJG), which began at the end of last year, the end plate of the Sauber C32 is going to display Gallagher’s logo for the British GP. AJG purchased 20 per cent of Grupo CP, in order to expand its presence in the Latin American market. As the third largest insurance broker in the U.S. and the fourth largest globally, AJG specialises in risk management, advisory and insurance brokerage.

Weather: rain, then dry 17-21°C air, 16-20°C track
Nico Hülkenberg:

Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 2nd / 1:55.033 min (7 laps) / 2nd Practice 12th / 1:33.896 min (36 laps)

“We couldn’t really learn much this morning, especially because it is supposed to be dry tomorrow, but here you never know. However that was the same situation for all the teams. The second practice this afternoon was good. We were able to change to dry tyres fairly quickly. Of course, the programme is a bit different without having a proper FP1 and it can get hectic sometimes, but I think we managed to work through the programme quite well. We learned a lot about the tyres and had a good, consistent long run. The set up of the car can still be improved, but that is normal after loosing so much time this morning.”
Esteban Gutiérrez:

Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 5th / 1:55.825 min (9 laps) / 2nd Practice 15th / 1:34.998 min (32 laps)

“This morning was a little bit frustraiting. It was too wet and we had to wait quite a long time to go out. Tommorrow is supposed to be dry, so it didn’t make sense to run in the wet. Fortunately it was dry in the afternoon and we managed to get a good number of laps on all three tyre compounds and high fuel, so that was positive. We were getting consistent laps and now we need to evaluate the two different set ups we had on the cars. It seems Nico’s configuration was a little bit better on the downforce, especially in the fast corners. So now we need to evaluate the data and make a decision for qualifying tomorrow.”
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“The rain was a bit too heavy this morning to warrant doing much running, and we also have had a lot of experience of where we are running in the wet so far this year. This afternoon with an  improving track it’s never ideal for comparing set-ups, but we managed to get through our main test items. Nico was reasonably happy with his new option tyre run, but we still have some work to do with regards to long-run pace if we want to have a strong race on Sunday.”


Toro Rosso F1 Team - Santander British Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 review at Silverstone Friday 28 June 2013

Daniel Ricciardo ( STR8 - 04 )
First Practice Session 
Best lap: 1: 54.249 , pos. 1 st , 10 laps 
Second Practice Session 
Best lap: 1: 33.171 , pos. 6 th , 34 laps 
“I decided to do quite a few laps in the rain this morning, as I felt the track was safe enough and you can always learn som ething in those tricky conditions and I think it pleased the fans as well! This afternoon, we were pretty good in the dry, getting a good run on the Hard compound and improved further on the Medium. However, I had hoped our long run would be better, so we definitely have more work to do overnight, but generally a positive day.” 
Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 03) 
First Practice Session 
Best lap: 1: 57.891 , pos. 7 th , 4 laps 
Second Practice Session 
Best lap: 1: 33.290 , pos. 7 th , 38 laps 
“This afternoon, as soon as I left the garage, I could tell the car felt very good. It was easy to push and my lap times were good. That doesn’t mean we’re going to relax, far from it and we will be working hard tonight to look at all the data to see how we can improve. I feel we have a chance here to do well over the rest of the weekend. Coming to this track which is so different to the last two ones we have raced on, I would say today’s performance has been a pleasant surprise.” 

Laurent Mekies ( Head of Vehicle Performance ): “This has been another good Friday for us. The morning session was held in very wet conditions, but we still felt the need to go out on track to check the car in this situation: lately we have had quite a lot of running on Inte rmediates, but less so on Extremes, so it was a useful exercise. In the afternoon, we had to squeeze our programme to make up for the lost time in the morning. We had a few new aero parts to evaluate, as well as trying some changes on the mechanical side. We shared the workload between the two cars. The results from today would indicate we are progressing steadily in relative terms from race to race. Now we must study all the data, knowing we can expect rather different and drier conditions for the next two days, so tonight we will try and put everything together to continue to move forward tomorrow.”

Caterham F1 Team - Santander British Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 review at Silverstone Friday 28 June 2013

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Silverstone, UK - 28th June 2013

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FP1: Overcast, light rain; min / max track temp 16° - 18°, air temp 17° - 18°
FP2: Overcast, dry; min / max track temp 19°, air temp 21°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: VDG 1.58.859, 8th / PIC n/a, 20th
FP2: VDG 1.35.984, 19th / PIC 1.36.079, 20th

Total laps:
FP1: VDG 6 / PIC 3
FP2: VDG 35 / PIC 32


Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

1009 – 1012: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (wet tyres)
Changes: n/a
1121 – 1126: Run 2, 2 laps (wet tyres)
Incident at T18 ends session

1402 – 1404: Run 1, 2 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, brake balance, front brake duct blanking
1412 – 1430: Run 2, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear brake duct blanking
1438 – 1447: Run 3, 5 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking
1456 – 1533: Run 4, 21 laps (hard tyres)

Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-04

1009 – 1012: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (wet tyres)
Changes: n/a
1120 – 1131: Run 2, 5 laps (wet tyres)

1404 – 1407: Run 1, 3 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, brake balance, front brake duct blanking
1414 – 1429: Run 2, 6 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front brake duct blanking
1443 – 1452: Run 3, 5 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front anti-roll bar
1459 – 1532: Run 4, 18 laps (medium tyres)

Driver quotes

Charles Pic: “We knew from the forecasts that FP1 would be affected by the weather but it made the whole session pretty worthless. The installation lap was fine but then we waited until about ten minutes to go when there were quite a few other cars on track and unfortunately I went off in the last corner. We obviously didn’t lose much time relative to the other cars as everybody had stayed in the garage, and when we got the car back we found everything was ok so it didn’t affect our preparations for FP2.

“FP2 was dry, still colder than it looks like it’ll be on Saturday or Sunday, but we completed a good number of laps and have a lot to work on tonight. We’ve found a balance I’m happy with and the grip levels are good from the outlap – we need to work on the low speed traction as we’re lacking a bit in that area, but deg levels look manageable, especially with the prime, so overall I think we’re going ok here.”

Giedo van der Garde: “The morning session was obviously affected by the rain which is a shame, both for the fans who packed out the stands, and for us with the plan we’d set for FP1. We wanted to run through a few aero evaluations, particularly as we have a couple of new updates to the floor here, but with the track as wet as it was, and no sign of the rain stopping, we played it safe in the morning.

“In the afternoon it was much better weather and we had a pretty good session. We had to try and make up some of the time we lost in FP1 and, while we couldn’t run the full aero tests, we were still able to make some decent progress throughout the session. The GP2 cars had helped dry the track a bit so we were able to push from the first run and we ended up with a fairly good balance on both compounds. We’re seeing a bit too much oversteer on the mediums, especially in the low speed corners, but not in the high speeds – there the car feels balanced and that’s positive, something for us to work on tonight.”

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Will Stevens Joins Caterham Racing Academy Leafield Technical Centre, UK - 26th June 2013

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Leafield Technical Centre, UK - 26th June 2013  

British driver Will Stevens is the latest name to be added to the Caterham Racing Academy roster, the driver development program designed to create a clear route to F1 and provide all the training required for future motor racing champions.
Will, currently in fourth place overall in the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, began his motorsport career in karts aged 11. By 2008 he was widely recognised as one of the top karters in the world, having secured European and Asia-Pacific titles with the factory Tony Kart team.
In 2009 he made the move to cars in Formula Renault 2.0 and spent three seasons in that category, notching up race wins in the UK series and the Eurocup series, finishing fourth overall in Eurocup 2011. 
In 2012 Will moved up to the top step of World Series by Renault, competing in Formula Renault 3.5 that year and then again in 2013. In 2012 he scored 10 race results in the top 10, including a podium in Hungary and he is building on that in 2013, including a podium at the last round in Moscow.
Will Stevens: “I’m very pleased to be joining Caterham Racing Academy. It’s a great program and one I’m sure will help me continue to develop, particularly with the access I’ll now have to the F1 team and all the facilities at Leafield. It’ll be an honour to race as part of the Academy and I’m excited about starting the program as soon as possible!”
Mia Sharizman, Head of Caterham Racing Academy and Caterham Racing Team Principal: “We’ve been monitoring Will’s progress since the start of the 2012 season and we’re very pleased that he’s now taken up the opportunity to join Caterham Racing Academy. Every season he’s demonstrated that he has the ability to keep raising his game as he progresses onto ever more demanding championships, and the fact he’s now in a strong fourth place in Formula Renault 3.5, in a very talented field, is a clear sign that he has the natural talent to compete at the very top level. We’ll now be giving him exposure to the F1 environment, helping him prepare for the step every driver wants to take, to compete in the Formula One World Championship.”

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Caterham F1 Team - Preview 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone 28/29/30 June 2013

Caterham F1 Team 6:18 PM (7 minutes ago)
Leafield Technical Centre, UK - 25th June 2013

Race Laps: 52
Pitlane altitude (m): 102
2012 air / track temp (°c): 25 / 31
2012 ATM pressure (HPA): 990
2012 humidity (%): 45
2012 wind (kph): NNE 20

2012 Qualifying (wet)
P1: ALO (1:51.746 Q3)
P2: WEB (1:51.793 Q3)
P3: MSC (1:52.020 Q3)
CF1T best: P19 PET (1:49.027 Q1)

2012 Race
P1: WEB (1:34.340) L49
P2: ALO (1:35.385) L49
P3: VET (1:34.897) L52
CF1T best: P17 KOV (1:38.050) L37

Quick description
High fuel effect and one the most “lateral grip” tracks on the calendar
Generally low grip
Very easy on brakes
Overtaking is difficult
Wind has a big effect on top speed which can be reached either in T9, T11 or T15
Starting grid on old low grip tarmac up to P18
S3 and pitlane entry remain wet longer than the rest of the track
Track partly re-surfaced in 2011

Circuit Particularity
Bumpiness: medium / high
Overtaking chance: low
Kerbs: smooth
Ride height setting particularity: limited by bumps
Engine severity: low
Gearbox severity: low
Lat/Long grip: lateral
Aero eff ratio: medium / high
Safety car history: 2012- none, 2011 – none, 2010- 1(28-30)
Track grip evo during w/e: medium / high
Aero settings: high
Brake wear severity: very low
Brake cooling necessity: low

Driver Quotes

Giedo van der Garde, car #21, CT03-#04: “Silverstone’s next up and it’ll be another very busy weekend for us. For us, like quite a few of the teams, the British Grand Prix is a home race so it’s one everyone looks forward to. In fact I’m pretty lucky – we have Malaysia and Silverstone as home races for the team and, for me, Spa will also count as a home race as that’ll be where most Dutch fans go, so I get three chances a year to race in front of our biggest supporters!

“The track itself is obviously one we know really well. I’ve been racing there for many years, I won in 2008 in Formula Renault 3.5 but didn’t have so much luck in the last couple of years in GP2 so the aim is to turn that around, and get back to the progress we saw on track in Spain. We’ve spent a lot of time in the simulator at Leafield around Silverstone and, even with the changes they made to the F1 layout a couple of years ago, I’ve driven a lot of kilometres around there so there’s no surprises. Like everywhere else it’ll be interesting to see how the tyres behave – the track evolves quite a bit over the weekend so we’ll be looking to manage that as well as possible so we have room to play with strategy on Sunday.

“It’s also going to be a pretty busy weekend outside the cockpit. We have various team partner events throughout the week and then Charles, Cyril and I are heading back to Leafield after quali on Saturday to go and catch up with the factory team and their families. As we’re racing so close to the factory it’s one of the few chances we have in the season when both Charles and I are in the UK together so it’ll be cool to go and see the guys who work so hard back at base and thank them for what they do. Whatever happens on track it’s going to be a good week!”

Charles Pic, car #20, CT03-#06: “Next we have our second home race of the season and my second F1 race at Silverstone. I won at Silverstone in Renault World Series a couple of times back in 2008 / 2009 and even though the track was reshaped since then it’s still a circuit I know very well, and one I really enjoy racing on.

“The British Grand Prix is one of the races, like Canada and Germany, which is a real favourite for the fans. It’s a pretty special feeling seeing how many people are on track on Thursday when the cars aren’t even running! The British fans just love F1 and as the race takes place so close to home for a lot of the guys in the team I know how much it means to them to do well there.

“For us it’s important to get back to the sort of progress we saw in Bahrain and Spain. We were running well in the race in Monaco until we had to retire the car, but Canada wasn’t a good weekend for us so everyone’s been working extremely hard to help us reverse what we saw in Montreal. Silverstone’s another quick track and it’s usually not too warm, but we’re doing a lot of work on setups and the session plans at Leafield before we get to the track, in the simulator and with the engineers, so we’re well prepared and I’m confident we can find the increased performance we saw in Barcelona.”


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Preview 2013 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone 28/29/30 June 2013

Hinwil, 21st June 2013 – The Sauber F1 Team heads to Great Britain for the Santander British Grand Prix, which will take place from 28th to 30th of June. The home Grand Prix for many Formula One Teams, Silverstone is a circuit with a lot of history and tradition. Sauber F1 Team drivers, Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez, both like the track and are looking forward to the weekend.

8th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 28th to 30th June 2013

Nico Hülkenberg (car number 11):
“The British Grand Prix has a lot of history and is the home Grand Prix for the English Formula One teams. For the fans it also holds a lot of tradition. I’m comfortable with the track. I particularly like corners like Maggots, Becketts and Chapel, which require a lot of driving skill. They are a lot of fun in a Formula One car, because you can really feel the downforce. High downforce will be important, but also aerodynamic efficiency, because there are still a few straights. The track is challenging for every driver and, in addition, the weather can be tricky as well. So it should be an interesting weekend.”

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 12):
“Silverstone is a traditional track. I’ve raced there in every year of my career and it’s one of the circuits I like the most. The track has a lot of fast corners that you pass in split seconds. To feel the limit of the car at such high speed, for example in corners like Becketts, is something special. In GP3 Silverstone was the track where I scored the most points in one weekend, and I also have good memories of winning there in Formula BMW and GP2. Usually the weather presents a challenge there,  so we can expect a bit of variety again.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“Silverstone is one of the most challenging circuits, with a bias towards high speed corners and relatively short straights compared to the more modern circuits. The layout favours high-speed stability and a good change of direction, whereas the demand on the braking system is low. The track is also quite bumpy in some areas so the ride performance is important too. The abrasive tarmac and high-speed nature of the circuit result in it being hard on the tyres. Therefore, Pirelli has selected the two hardest tyre compounds in its range - medium and hard. Historically, overtaking has not been easy, but this year there is an additional DRS zone on the Hangar straight, which should help create a few more opportunities. The weather often plays a significant role during the weekend, so this needs to be monitored at all times.”

Circuit: Silverstone / 5.891 km
Race distance: 52 laps / 306.198 km
Schedule: Qualifying 13:00 hrs, Race 13:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST)

Nico Hülkenberg
Born: 19.08.1987 Emmerich (DE)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.84 m / 74 kg
First GP: Bahrain 2010
GP started: 45
Best race result: 4th Spa (2012)
Best qualifying: 1st Sao Paulo (2010)
Points 2013: 5 (currently 15th)
Points in total: 90

Esteban Gutiérrez
Born: 05.08.1991 Monterrey (MX)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.80 m / 63 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2013
GP started: 7
Best race result: 11th Barcelona (2013)
Best qualifying: 14th Sepang (2013)
Points 2013: 0 (currently 16th)
Points in total: -

The Sauber F1 Team has 5 points to its tally and currently holds 8th place in the World Constructors’ Championship.

Schedule for the group interview sessions during the weekend:

13:30-13:40 – Nico Hülkenberg – TV (German, then English)
13:40-13:50 – Nico Hülkenberg – written media (German)
13:50-14:00 – Nico Hülkenberg – written media (English)

13:30-13:40 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (Spanish)
13:40-13:50 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (English)
13:50-14:00 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV (Spanish, then English)

17:00-17:20 – Monisha Kaltenborn – written media (English, then German)
17:20-17:30 – Monisha Kaltenborn – TV

16:45-16:55 – Nico Hülkenberg – TV
16:45-16:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV

15:45-15:55 – Nico Hülkenberg – TV (German, then English)
15:55-16:05 – Nico Hülkenberg – written media (German)
16:05-16:15 – Nico Hülkenberg – written media (English)

15:45-15:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (Spanish)
15:55-16:05 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (English)
16:05-16:15 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV (Spanish, then English)

After the race the drivers will be available in the mixed zone set up by the FIA. Monisha Kaltenborn will be available in the team’s area.

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

Sunday, June 16, 2013

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