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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Ferrari F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix Stefano Domenicali race review video

Publicado el 29/07/2013 "Going into this race weekend, we knew we would be struggling a bit. Today's result cannot put a smile on our faces because at no point in the race were we competitive."

"Alla vigilia di questa gara sapevamo che sarebbe stato un fine settimana in salita. Il risultato di oggi non ci fa certamente sorridere, perché non siamo riusciti ad essere competitivi in nessuna fase della gara."

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Caterham F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix Race review at Hungaroring Mogyoród Sunday 28 July 2013

Hungaroring, Hungary – Sunday 28th July 2013
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Dry, sunny
Air temp 34° / track temp 50° (start), 35° / 50° (lap 35), 35° / 48° (lap 70)

Charles Pic
Start on option tyres
Lap 13: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 38: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Finished: 15th
Fastest lap: 1.27.725 (lap 54)

Giedo van der Garde
Start on option tyres
Lap 8: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 27: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Lap 44: pitstop 3, mediunm tyres
Finished: 14th
Fastest lap: 1.27.473 (lap 47)

Team Quotes

Charles Pic, car 20, chassis CT03-#6: “I started on the options on a two-stop strategy and by the end of lap one I was just behind Bottas with my teammate ahead of him. We’d originally planned to stop around lap 10 but the soft tyres were holding up well so we extended the first stint to lap 13 so I could stay out, even though we knew it would be challenging with the track conditions today!

“After my first stop I came back out behind Bianchi and Chilton but passed them and started to make up time to Giedo who was then in 18th. Even though the track conditions were obviously very hot the first set of mediums was performing well and they held up for the distance we’d targeted for stop two on lap 38, by which point I was 18th.

“With that second stop successfully completed I had to make the tyres last for the rest of the race, 32 laps in total, so I managed them as best I could and there wasn’t really anything more I could do today.”

Giedo van der Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#4: “I’m really pleased with today’s race, for me that was the best race of the year and it’s great to put in a performance like that before we head off for the August break. I think it shows that the plan we’d set for this season, about learning and improving race by race, is working as I was right on the pace we’d targeted until about six laps to go when the tyres were pretty much gone.

“For most of the season my starts have been good and it was the same here. I was ahead of Bottas by the end of lap one and keeping pace with the pack until my first stop, going onto primes, on lap eight.

“The car felt good at that point and the tyre management plan was going pretty well. I was making up time to the Williams ahead when we stopped for the second time on lap 28 and I was 19th when I came back out, well clear of both our nearest rivals.

“The goal today was to beat the cars we’ve been racing all year, so the second half of the race was really about consolidating the position we were in past the half-way point. Obviously the blue flags don’t help us as we’re having to race with one eye ahead and one behind, but we have to deal with them both on track and with the strategy, and I think the plan we had today was just about right.

“After the third stop I was about five seconds ahead of my teammate and knew I had to make the last set of mediums last until the flag, about 26 laps. I think the fact I was able to do that shows how my tyre management is improving, and I think the mix of a good strategy and a decent performance in the car combined to make this best day in F1 for me so far.”


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Sauber F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix Race review at Hungaroring Mogyoród Sunday 28 July 2013

The Sauber F1 Team was not able to score points at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest. Esteban Gutiérrez had to retire on lap 28 because of a gearbox problem. Nico Hülkenberg lost his chance of points because of speeding in the pit lane, which earned him a drive through penalty. He eventually finished 11th. However, there were also some positives: tyre management and the performance of the car improved.

Weather: sunny and dry, 34-35°C air, 51-48°C track

Nico Hülkenberg: 11th
Start on soft tyres, after 11 and 35 laps change to medium tyresSauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
“The race was all right up until the second pit stop. I had trouble shifting from first to second gear. There is only a certain window where you are able to do that, otherwise it won’t shift. That didn’t work, it got hectic and somehow I must have released the button too early.  Without the drive through penalty we could have clinched one point. Overall, our pace was ok, but not good enough to get into the points easily. Now I’m looking forward to the three weeks off, to get some sun and relax at the beach.”

Esteban Gutiérrez: DNF
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Start on medium tyres, after 23 laps change to medium tyres, retired lap 28
“It was a pity what happened. We were on a good strategy and everything was running as planned. Unfortunately, we had to retire due to a gearbox problem. This is not really the best way to finish a race, but we did everything we could during the weekend. We had an engine problem yesterday and now the gearbox during the race, so this is something we have to look at to avoid it happening again. It is frustrating, but we need to stay positive and look forward to the next events, because we can see our performance has improved. The car felt very good up until that point, and I want to thank the team for all the effort it put in. Now we have to solve the issues we had in order to have trouble-free weekends.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We expected to get one or two points today. Unfortunately, we knew early on this wasn’t going to happen. Esteban had to retire because of a gearbox problem. Nico had a good race, however, an unfortunate issue with the pit lane speed limiter earned him a drive through penalty. This ruined any chance we had of getting into the points. On the positive side, we now know we are more competitive. We are optimistic going into the second half of the season.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“Starting from P12 and P17 on this kind of circuit always makes it a hard race. Unfortunately, Nico also lost positions on the first lap, having had a good start initially. He ended up P15 at the end of the first lap. With Esteban’s car we had a gearbox problem, which we need to investigate. Unfortunately when exiting the pit lane, Nico had a problem with the activation of the pit limiter, resulting in a drive through penalty, therefore ruining any chance of points today. Going forward, we can take positives from the better tyre management and pace we showed today. We’ll return after the summer break more competitive than we started the season.”

Der Grosse Preis von Ungarn in Budapest brachte dem Sauber F1 Team keine Punkte ein. Esteban Gutiérrez schied wegen eines Getriebeschadens in Runde 28 aus. Nico Hülkenberg büsste seine Chancen wegen einer Geschwindigkeitsüberschreitung in der Boxengasse mit anschliessender Durchfahrtsstrafe ein. Er belegte letztlich Rang elf. Dennoch gab es auch positive Aspekte: Das Handling der Reifen funktionierte besser als bisher, und auch bei der Performance hat das Team Fortschritte gemacht.

Wetter: sonnig und trocken, 34-35°C Luft, 51-48°C Asphalt

Nico Hülkenberg: 11.
Gestartet auf weichen Reifen, nach 11 und 35 Runden auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
„Das Rennen war bis auf den Vorfall in der Boxengasse in Ordnung. Ich hatte nach meinem zweiten Boxenstopp ein Problem beim Wegfahren. Zum Schalten vom ersten in den zweiten Gang gibt es ein bestimmtes Fenster, wenn man nicht in diesem ist, wird der Schaltvorgang nicht zugelassen. Das hat irgendwie nicht funktioniert und dann war etwas Hektik, und irgendwie habe ich dabei den Knopf für die Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung zu früh losgelassen. Ohne die Durchfahrtsstrafe wäre wahrscheinlich ein Punkt drin gewesen. Insgesamt war unser Tempo nicht schlecht, aber auch nicht gut genug, um einfach in die Punkte zu fahren. Jetzt freue ich mich erst mal auf drei Wochen Sommerpause, ein bisschen Sonne und Entspannung am Strand.“

Esteban Gutiérrez: Ausfall
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Gestartet auf Medium-Reifen, nach 23 Runden auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt, Ausfall in Runde 28„Es ist sehr schade. Wir hatten eine gute Strategie, und alles lief wie geplant. Leider schied ich auf Grund eines Öllecks im Getriebe aus. So möchte man ein Rennen nicht beenden, aber wir haben alles gegeben dieses Wochenende. Gestern hatten wir ein Problem mit dem Motor, heute mit dem Getriebe, und nun müssen wir uns das ansehen, damit es in Zukunft nicht mehr passiert. Es ist frustrierend, aber wir müssen positiv bleiben und auf die nächsten Rennen schauen, da sich unsere Performance verbessert hat. Das Auto hat sich sehr gut angefühlt bis zu dem Ausfall. Ich möchte mich beim gesamten Team für die harte Arbeit bedanken. Nun müssen wir diese Probleme lösen, um in Zukunft reibungslose Wochenenden zu haben.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Wir sind ins Rennen gegangen mit der Erwartung, den einen oder andern Punkt zu holen. Leider hat sich früh abgezeichnet, dass das nicht möglich sein wird. Esteban musste das Rennen mit einem Getriebeproblem aufgeben. Nico war gut unterwegs, doch führte der unglückliche Zwischenfall mit dem Drehzahlbegrenzer zu einer Durchfahrtsstrafe. Das raubte uns die letzte Chance auf Punkte. Positiv ist, dass wir konkurrenzfähiger geworden sind. Das gibt uns Optimismus für die zweite Hälfte.“

Tom McCullough,
Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:„Es war klar, dass es von den Startplätzen zwölf und 17 aus kein einfaches Rennen werden würde. Leider hat Nico auf der ersten Runde drei Plätze verloren, nachdem er sehr gut am Start weggekommen war. Er war nach der ersten Runde auf Rang 15. An Estebans Auto hatten wir ein Getriebeproblem, das wir näher untersuchen müssen. Unglücklicherweise hatte Nico beim Herausfahren aus den Boxen ein Problem mit der Aktivierung des Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzers, was in einer Durchfahrtsstrafe endete. Das hat uns die letzte Chance auf Punkte beraubt. Dennoch können wir Positives mitnehmen. Wir haben die Reifen besser zum Arbeiten gebracht und insgesamt eine verbesserte Performance gezeigt. Wir werden nach der Sommerpause wettbewerbsfähiger sein als zu Beginn der Saison.“

Toro Rosso F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix Race review at Hungaroring Mogyoród Sunday 28 July 2013


Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 03) Race Position: 12 th

“A difficult race after we saw yesterday, particularly with Daniel, that the car has a good pace, but in the race we struggled and we could not match our usual rivals. I did what I could after a bad start, which meant I had to fight to get back to where I was. Beating my team - mate? It means nothing, especially when we are outside the points. I’d rather finish behind him inside the points. The holiday starts soon, but my focus is still on racing and I will be doing a lot of training to be in good shape to have a s trong second half of the season. We still have a week to go when, alon g with the engineers, there will be a lot of work for us to do.”

Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 0 4 ) Race Position: 13 th

“Right from the start, it was clear we weren’t really quick. I tried to hold position as long as I could but we were way too slow. I tried my best in terms of trying to maintain a good pace and look after the tyres, but today it was not enough to go lookin g for points. We got a bit more out of the car in qualifying yesterday, but it’s hard to repeat that for seventy laps. We struggled at Nurburgring as well, so the heat has got something to do with it. We could not match our competitors today, just lacking speed when we have a heavy fuel load, which is the opposite of what we tended to see with last year’s car.”

Franz Tost: “A difficult race for us, as it highlighted what appears to be our weak point at the moment, namely racing in hot conditions and with track temperatures exceeding 50 degrees, this was the hot test Grand Prix of the year. The opening stints were tricky on both cars, but towards the end, we picked up a bit more pace which saw us close on the Saubers and Force Indias. Hopefully, when we return to race in cooler conditions, we can once again get ba ck in the points. However, there will be more hot races, so we must investigate ways of improving our car for these conditions. We have demonstrated again this weekend that the car is fast, as we secured a fifth consecutive top ten grid start, but of c ourse there are no points for that. We still have one week to work before the enforced factory summer shutdown and we will be working flat out to ensure we come back in better shape for Spa.”

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix Free Practice 3 & Qualifying review at Hungaroring Mogyoród Saturday 27 July 2013

The Sauber F1 Team comes out of Qualifying for the Hungarian GP with mixed feelings. The new parts the team brought to Hungary are a step forward, but they did not translate fully into results. Right at the beginning of free practice three Esteban noted a problem with the engine. Eventually the engine had to be changed and left him watching the rest of FP3 from the pit wall. He came 17th, while Nico Hülkenberg put in a great lap and missed Q3 by just three hundredths.

Weather: sunny and dry, 31-33°C air, 44-51°C track

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

Qualifying: 12th in Q2 (1:20.580 / soft tyres) 3rd 
practice: 14th (1:21.964 min / soft tyres / 21 laps)

“It was just eight hundredths of a second to P8, so even less to P10. The midfield is very tight at the moment. But I’m not disappointed, because I did a very good lap and this was pretty much the maximum I was able to get out of the car. I think we can be fairly happy with P12, as realistically that’s where we are, and we can certainly race from there. Tomorrow I’ll have to get a good start and can hopefully battle for one or two points.”

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

Qualifying: 17th in Q1 (1:21.724 min / soft tyres) 3rd 
practice: 22nd ( no time / medium tyres / 2 laps)

“Today didn’t go the way we wanted it to. It has been quite challenging with the loss of track time we had this morning. This is obviously not ideal, but I thought it wasn’t going to be that much of a problem, so it is quite disappointing to come into qualifying and have this kind of result. I expected to be closer to the front and to get into Q2. We had the pace, for sure. However, the track conditions changed massively from yesterday to today and it was very hard to adapt to that in just one lap. Tomorrow is going to be a long race. I have to get a good start and from then on try to move up the field.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We came to Hungary with a couple of modifications and the results on track confirmed our expectations. The whole field is very close together. For Nico it was extremely tight with just eight hundredths of a second missing to P8. He will now start 12th and aim at a points finish. Of course, Esteban suffered in qualifying from the track time he lost this morning in FP3. It will be a difficult race for him tomorrow, and he simply has to approach the situation as best as he can.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“Esteban unfortunately lost FP3 due to an engine problem, and that is particularly costly when the margins are so small. Nico was happy with the car in qualifying, and to miss out on Q3 by just three hundredths of a second is always frustrating. Both drivers have plenty of new tyres left for the race tomorrow, and our aim will be to make the most of that.”


Toro Rosso F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix Free Practice 3 & Qualifying review at Hungaroring Mogyoród Saturday 27 July 2013

Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 0 4 )

Third Practice Session Best lap: 1:22.180 , pos. 1 5 th , 18 laps
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1: 21.181 , (Q2) 1: 20.527, (Q3) 1:20.641 , pos. 8 th

“It was good to get into Q3 again. We seem to make a habit of finding a little bit extra for qualifying, although ideally, I’d like to be on the pace right from Friday and chip away at the lap times within the top ten. We made some set - up changes overnight and they seem to have worked, although we had a bit of work to do to get to Q3 today. I think we got the most out of the car this afternoon. I was happy with the way I drove and I am pleased with my form at the moment. B ut now comes the bit of the weekend that counts and we will try to get it right, beginning with making a good start. I am not too concerned about starting on the “dirty” side of the grid and with all the various support races before the Grand Prix, I am su re it will be fine.”

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 03)

Third Practice Session Best lap: 1: 22.423 , pos. 1 6 th , 19 laps
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1: 21.345 , (Q2) 1: 21.029 , pos. 1 4 th

“I’m not really sure how I ended up several tenths slower than my team - mate in Q2, so I am keen to see what we can learn from the data. We did not have too many actual problems, apart from the fact that since Friday I appear to lack do wnforce on my car. Tomorrow will be very difficult in these conditions, especially for the Soft tyres and so, getting the strategy right will make all the difference. The car has improved since Friday, so given all the uncertainties we can face tomorrow, I am still in a reasonably optimistic frame of mind and hope to get myself into a position where I can fight for some points. My state of mind with all the paddock gossip? It has absolutely no effect on what I have to do this weekend.”

James Key : “ It’s great to get a fifth consecutive Q3 result, dating back to Jean - Eric’s tenth place in Monaco. We have a lot of new aero parts here which needed validating and we worked on that very hard overnight. Despite a difficult Friday, we realised looking at the data, that they were working pretty much as planned, so everything we brought has stayed on the c ar. We looked carefully at where we most needed to improve. Part of the reason we struggled on the first day is that we need to tune the car to suit the new tyres.

Everyone did a great job to find a new direction for the drivers for this morning and both o f them were much happier with the balance of the car today. The car was not 100% in FP3 but we made some minor tweaks before qualifying and they helped to get nearer the sweet spot on the car. As for Jev, he also improved and Q2 was very close so he ended up in P14, but certainly we can do well from there and knowing that he is a good racer, we will obviously be targeting a points finish for him too. We know it will be a very tough race in this heat tomorrow and we must wait and see how long the tyres last and it’s going to be quite exhausting for the drivers.”

Caterham F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix Free Practice 3 & Qualifying review at Hungaroring Mogyoród Saturday 27 July 2013


Hungaroring, Hungary – Saturday 27th July 2013

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FP3: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 44° - 47°, air temp 31° - 32°
Q1: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 48° - 49°, air temp 33°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: VDG 1.23.975, 18th / PIC 1.23.987, 19th
Q1: PIC 1.23.007, 19th / VDG 1.23.333, 20th

Total laps:
FP3: VDG 19 / PIC 21
Q1: PIC 8 / VDG 7


Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

1104 – 1115: Run 1, 7 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front bake duct blanking, front camber
1133 – 1143: Run 2, 7 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: n/a
1152 – 1202: Run 3, x laps (soft tyres)

1405 – 1413: Run 1, 5 laps (soft tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1417 – 1422: Run 2, 3 laps (soft tyres)

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

1104 – 1117: Run 1, 8 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking, front toe
1127– 1140: Run 2, 8 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front toe, front brake duct blanking
1154 – 1200: Run 3, 5 laps (soft tyres)

1406 – 1413: Run 1, 4 laps (soft tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1417 – 1422: Run 2, 3 laps (soft tyres)

Driver quotes

Charles Pic: “FP3 was another good session for me. We made a few changes to the car overnight and those, and the track temperatures on Saturday, worked in our favour. The session went well but on my quickest lap on the softs at in the performance run there were double yellows in turn 11 which meant I had to back off, but I was still relatively happy with how we went into quali.

“In Q1 our goal was to finish ahead of Marussia and we’ve achieved that with both cars, actually with a bigger gap than we’ve seen for a while, so I’m pleased with how the session went. Our deg levels have been pretty good on the mediums and we’ve already seen that we can push a couple of cars ahead in race conditions, so, even though the gap to the midfield is there, I’m already looking forward to a strong race tomorrow.”

Giedo van der Garde: “After having understeer dominate both FP1 and FP2 for me we made a lot of changes to the car overnight and it was immediately better in FP3. We tried another mechanical change on the second run, looking at what we’d be doing on Sunday, but that didn’t give us any improvement, so we went back to how we started the session and when we did the performance run the car was performing ok.

“In quali I wasn’t really able to get a clean quick lap on either run so I don’t think my final time was really the best I could have had today. Unfortunately I had traffic in sector one on the quick lap on my second run and that definitely cost me a few tenths, but despite that we finished well clear of our nearest rivals and that was the main target today. We’ve definitely put a bit more time between us and them and I’ve always gone well here in Hungary and we have the race pace to fight a few cars ahead tomorrow. With a clean start and good strategy I think we can have a decent Sunday.”


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Friday, July 26, 2013

Toro Rosso F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 review at Hungaroring Mogyoród Friday 26 July 2013

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 03)

First Practice Session Best lap: 1: 24.204 , pos. 14 th , 15 laps
Second Practice Session Best lap: 1: 23.369 , pos. 16 th , 34 laps

“In the morning, I tried the car with the new updates the team has introduced this weekend. We had some doubts as to how it was working, so in the afternoon, we returned in some areas to our previous specification to do a check . Perfor mance wise, we were definitely too slow today, so I expect we will need to make big changes on the car for tomorrow. I was overheating the rear tyres too much, which gave me a lot of understeer on the long runs and we were far from feeling comfortable toda y. A lot of work will be needed to make us more compet itive for the rest of the weekend . The tyres are obviously very important in these conditions and we need to find out how to get the best out of them, as I was not very h appy with their performance on b oth the long and the short runs.”

Daniel Ricciardo ( STR8 - 0 4 )
First Practice Session Best lap: 1: 24.383 , pos. 17 th , 24 laps
Second Practice Session Best lap: 1: 23.411 pos. 17 th , 40 laps
“We were optimistic at the start of the morning, because we had quite a few new developments on the car. However, we were unable to get the best out of them on track. We hope they will make the car quicker but it seems it is going to take a bit more study t o get them producing their best results on track. We need to do more work on the set - up, but we have been in this situation before, so I expect that after a long debrief and more work this evening, we will be able to make progress in time for tomorrow. On the tyre front, we are seeing the usual difference between Option and Prime and in terms of the developments introduced by Pirelli, they appear to be working fine, which is positive.”

Laurent Mekies ( Head of Vehicle Performance ):

“It was a difficult day for us. We had quite a few new elements to try, both on the aerodynamic and suspension side, so we spent our day trying to learn about our new packages, splitting some of the tasks between the two cars and others just using one car. These updates are part of our car development programme and not just intended for the Hungaroring. It is clear we still have some way to go to understand how everything is working and we were not as competitive as we expected. By studying the data ton ight, we must try and see where we have lost absolute pace. We will be looking to see which of our updates worked and which didn’t so we can decide on which ones to continue with for the rest of the weekend, when it comes to establishing our set - up for tomorrow . Apart from this busy car development programme, we also had a lot of work to do on the tyre front, as that will be a key factor in the hot conditions this weekend. Therefore we spent more time looking at their behaviour over a long run. ”

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Caterham F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 review at Hungaroring Mogyoród Friday 26 July 2013

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FP1: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 40° - 44°, air temp 29° - 30°
FP2: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 38° - 45°, air temp 30° - 31°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: PIC 1.25.827, 19th / VDG 1.26.808, 20th
FP2: PIC 1.24.325, 19th / VDG 1.25.065, 20th 

Total laps:
FP1: PIC 24 / VDG 25
FP2: PIC 39  / VDG 36


Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06
1002 - 1005: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap
Changes: n/a
1031 - 1046: Run 2, 8 laps
Changes: front / rear ride height, rear anti-roll bar
1054 - 1108: Run 3, 8 laps
Changes: n/a
1121 - 1133: Run 4, 7 laps

1401 - 1415: Run 1, 8 laps
1423 - 1434: Run 2, 6 laps
1444 - 1504: Run 3, 12 laps
1511 - 1529: Run 4, 13 laps

Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-04
1003 - 1006: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap
Changes: front wing flap angle
1032 - 1046: Run 2, 8 laps
Changes: front / rear ride height, front anti-roll bar
1057 - 1109: Run 3, 7 laps
Changes: n/a
1119 - 1132: Run 4, 9 laps

1402 - 1416: Run 1, 8 laps
Changes: rear brake duct blanking
1431 - 1439: Run 2, 5 laps
Changes: n/a
1445 - 1502: Run 3, 10 laps
Changes: front brake duct blanking
1512 - 1531: Run 4, 13 laps


Charles Pic: "For me FP1 was ok. I didn't have as much understeer as Giedo and from the start of the session had reasonable grip. In fact, we had too much grip at the rear for the first couple of runs but we improved that throughout the session.

"For FP2 we made a couple more setup changes and started with a better balance than we'd had in FP1. On the long runs the degradation was ok - it's there, more at the rear than the front, but it's not huge and for me it's manageable. We can take quite a few positives from today, particularly the gap to our nearest rivals and the long run pace which is again comparable to Williams, I think we could have a good weekend ahead."

Giedo van der Garde: "Both sessions today were all about understeer. In FP1 we ran a different setup to Charles' car to give us a baseline comparison and we tried some new brake material. To be honest neither the setup nor the new brake material really worked and we had to spend most of the FP1 trying to dial out the understeer. We also had a lot of front locking, something we didn't have last week in Silverstone, so we made a few changes to deal with that.

"In the afternoon the balance was a bit better but we still had the same understeer issues, and on the long runs we were seeing high degradation and graining on the front left. However, by the last long run the tyres were working better and I felt like we'd made some good progress. We'll work on all everything tonight and even though we have a lot of work ahead of us I'm pretty positive we can have a decent qualifying and race here in Hungary."


Giedo van der Garde, 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix - FridayGiedo van der GardeCharles Pic,Charles Pic, 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix - Friday2013 Hungarian Grand Prix - Friday

Sauber F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 review at Hungaroring Mogyoród Friday 26 July 2013

The Sauber F1 Team went to the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest with an update that includes, among other parts, a new rear bodywork and exhaust package. This package produced the expected result. As all the other teams have, the Sauber F1 Team used the new Pirelli tyre with the 2012 construction. Overall it was a productive Friday, and the team has a basis from which to make further progress for the rest of the weekend.

Weather: sunny and dry, 28-31°C air, 39-47°C track

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 16th / 1:24.314 min (23 laps) / 2nd Practice 15th / 1:22.841 min (39 laps)
“It has been a good Friday. I think the level of performance is a bit difficult to judge. We still need to work on low fuel pace, especially for qualifying. My run on the medium tyres also wasn’t the best, so there is room for improvement there. The long run was quite consistent and in terms of pace it also looked reasonable. We have a good baseline and did all the tests we needed to do. The tyres were pretty straightforward. Now we have to keep working, improve small bits and see where we finish tomorrow.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 11th / 1:24.119 min (21 laps) / 2nd Practice 14th / 1:22.837 min (42 laps)“Overall it was a productive Friday. We were able to draw some conclusions about the new parts we brought here, and it seems like everything is working as expected. But we still have to wait and see what happens in qualifying. We will certainly be pushing in order to improve. The weather is quite a challenge for the tyres, as we saw this afternoon, but that is something everyone has to cope with. It’s a matter of finding the right balance between how much you can push and how long you want the tyres to last in one stint. The behaviour of the tyres is different. They are a bit more difficult to warm up, but therefore they last longer. Now we have to adapt as quickly as possible. Overall, I’m quite confident we can get a better result than in previous races.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“In FP1 we split the programme between the two cars, allowing us to understand different areas of the update package. FP2 was a standard tyre comparison with the 2012 construction Pirelli tyres. Overall the package delivered what we expected, and we are happy with the data we gathered today, concentrating mainly on race information. Tomorrow morning we’ll be preparing to make sure we get the most out of the package in qualifying trim.”


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Preview 2013 MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring 26/27/28 July 2013

Hinwil, 22nd July 2013 – The Hungarian Grand Prix will take place from 26th to 28th July and will mark mid-season for this year's Formula One World Championship. The Sauber F1 Team is looking forward to the last race before the summer break. After three days at the Young Driver Training Test at Silverstone, the team feels well prepared for one of the most technical circuits on the calendar. Both Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez have fond memories of the Hungaroring and look forward to the race.
10th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 26th to 28th July 2013

Nico Hülkenberg (car number 11):
“Budapest is a city with a great atmosphere and a lot of beautiful old buildings. The Danube runs right through the city and I like being there. The first time I went to the Hungaroring was in 2009. I won the GP2 race on the Saturday and I have always had good races there in the past. In 2010, during my first Formula One season, I had my best result up to then with sixth place just before the summer break. The circuit is technically challenging and leaves little room for mistakes. The second sector has several combinations that all flow on from each other. If you get off the racing line there, the whole sector is ruined. You have to be spot on. Overtaking is difficult too, even with the DRS. There is one straight, but it’s not that long, which is why qualifying is particularly important.”

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 12):
“Moving forward from the Nürburgring, I think Hungary can be a good weekend. The Hungaroring is one of those unique circuits in terms of the track layout, and I have good memories of it. It was the first European track I ever drove on during a test in Formula BMW. The track has several medium speed corners and stability is particularly important there. It’s also very demanding on the tyres, especially in the long corners, and also because temperatures can be quite high, which you have to take into account, especially for the tyre management. The track is very technical and it will be difficult to overtake. My favourite parts are turns one to five, and especially turn four, a fast lefthander, which is blind when you turn into it, so taking the kerb there is very exciting.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“The Hungaroring is a real challenge for both drivers and engineers, as it is one of the most technical circuits on the calendar. The layout of the track results in a high percentage of time spent cornering. This means the required level of downforce is similar to Monaco. There are a lot of longer corners that all flow from each other, with most of them being low to medium speed. The qualifying position is particularly important, as overtaking is still difficult even with the use of KERS and DRS. After a productive Silverstone test evaluating our updated package and the latest specification tyres, we feel well prepared for this race. Our aim is to again qualify stronger and convert this into points scoring finishes.”

Circuit: Hungaroring / 4.381 km
Race distance: 72 laps / 306.630 km
Schedule: Qualifying 14:00 hrs, Race 14:00 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: 47
Best race result: 4th Spa (2012)
Best qualifying: 1st Sao Paulo (2010)
Points 2013: 7 (currently 15th)
Points in total: 92

Esteban Gutiérrez
Born: 05.08.1991 Monterrey (MX)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.80 m / 63 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2013
GP started: 9
Best race result: 11th Barcelona (2013)
Best qualifying: 14th Sepang (2013)
Points 2013: 0 (currently 18th)
Points in total: -

The Sauber F1 Team has 7 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)

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

16:45-16:55 – Nico Hülkenberg – TV (German, then English)
16:55-17:05 – Nico Hülkenberg – written media (German)
17:05-17:15 – Nico Hülkenberg – written media (English)

16:45-16:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (Spanish)
16:55-17:05 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (English)
17:05-17:15 – 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

    Kimiya Sato young drivers test Silverstone

Caterham F1 Team - Preview 2013 MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring 26/27/28 July 2013

Leafield Technical Centre, UK – Monday 22nd July 2013
Race Laps: 70
2012 air / track temp (C): 32 / 47
Pitlane altitude (m): 238
2012 ATM Press (HPA): 983
2012 humidity (%): 42
2012 wind (kph): NW11

2012 Timing
P1: HAM (1:20.953 Q3)
P2: HAM (1:21.366 Q3)
P3: BUT (1:21.416 Q3)
CF1T best: P19 KOV (1:23.576 Q1)
CFT1 delta to best Q1: +1.782 (102.2%)

P1: HAM (1:25.677, L65)
P2: RAI (1.25.728, L41)
P3: GRO (1:26.050, L59)
CF1T best: P17 KOV (1:26.595, L62)
CF1T delta to best race lap: +0.918 (101.1%)

Quick description
The Hungaroring is laterally demanding but as there are a lot of medium-slow speed corners, traction is also very important
Minimum corner speed is around 80kph
Overtaking is very difficult
Maximising pace through Sector 2 is important for lap time
The track is generally bumpy (T5 especially) but there are no major issues
Kerbs are significant in T6 and T7
The track can be very dusty if it is windy, which can present issues in determining setup options

Circuit Particularity
Bumpiness: medium / high
Overtaking chance: low
Kerbs: high in T6 and T7
Ride height setting particularity: none
Engine severity: low
Gearbox severity: high
Lat/Long grip: medium
Aero eff ratio: low
Safety car history: 2012 - none, 2011 – none, 2010 – 1 (laps 15-17)
Track grip evo during w/e: high
Aero settings: very high (maximum)
Brake wear severity: medium / high
Brake cooling necessity: high

Driver Quotes

Giedo van der Garde: “Hungary’s the last race before the summer break, and another chance for us to keep up the momentum we picked back up in Germany. The Hungaroring is a track I’ve always gone well at – I’ve won races and had podiums there in GP2 and World Series and now, in F1, it’s tight, twisty and a relatively short lap so it’s a bit like Monaco without the barriers!

“We obviously had our best quali result of the year so far in Monaco and while I doubt the weather will play its part in Hungary as it did on Saturday in Monaco, the track layout and characteristics are still kind of similar and the length of the lap and the reduced reliance on pure aero performance may help us edge closer to the cars ahead.

“We will continue the aggressive development plan started in Bahrain and have updates again for Hungary and that’ll help us, particularly on Sunday. That’s the goal for this weekend – have a clean Friday to set us up for both quali and the race, and then see if we can use what we’ve learned at the Silverstone test to fight on Sunday afternoon.”

Charles Pic: “Straight after the Silverstone test we all go to Hungary for race ten. Like my teammate I’ve always gone well at the Hungaroring and I like the whole place. The city’s beautiful, the track is a good challenge, particularly sector two which you need to get right and find the right rhythm and then you can gain a lot of time, and it’s nearly always hot there so physical fitness also plays its part.

“It’ll be another busy week for the team, coming straight from Silverstone to Hungary, but after that they have a very well deserved rest and a chance to recharge the batteries. For me, I’m at an event with our partner GE on Wednesday, something we’ve done at a few races this year, and then it’s 100% on the race weekend. After the test last week we’re as prepared as we can be and if we can pick up where we left off in Germany before we had the puncture, I think we can have a good weekend. I think, from what we learned from Silverstone, the revised tyres should suit us as they behaved consistently over both long and short runs, and the deg levels were more manageable than the compounds we’ve been using so far this season. ”


Charles Pic

Circuit plan

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Scuderia Toro Rosso - Young Driver Training Test at Silverstone Northamptonshire England 17 18 & 19 July 2013

Faenza, 16 July 2013 – Scuderia Toro Rosso will field a total of five drivers for the upcoming test at Silverstone circuit, which runs from the 17 th to 19 th July.

On Wednesday, Johnny Cecotto will spend all day at the wheel of the STR8. The Venezuelan is currently competing in GP2 with the ArdenInternational team and has already driven for Scuderia Toro Rosso at last year’s Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test.

On Thursday morning, it’s the turn of Carlos Sainz Jr. The 19 year old Spaniard, son of multiple World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz, is an obviou s choice for the Toro Rosso team for a couple of reasons: firstly he is part of the Red Bull Young Driver Programme, as was our current driver line - up and he is also backed by CEPSA, the Spanish fuel and lubricants company that is a sponsor of Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Currently competing in GP3, the Spanish youngster is also getting a run with Infiniti Red Bull Racing this week. In the afternoon, Daniel Ricciardo will be in the cockpit and the Australian is also due to test for Infiniti

Red Bull Racing on Wednesday. The last morning sees our other race driver, Jean-Eric Vergne get his turn, before handing over to Daniil Kvyat (Даниил Квят) for the afternoon session. The 19 year old Russian is another member of the Red Bull Young Driver Programme, currently competing in GP3.

Caterham F1 Team - Silverstone Young Driver Test
Sauber F1 Team - Young Driver Training Test


Faenza, 16 de julio de 2013  

Scuderia Toro Rosso participará con un total de cinco pilotos para la próxima prueba en el circuito de Silverstone, que va desde el 17 al 19 de julio.

El miércoles, Johnny Cecotto pasará todo el día en la rueda de la STR8. El venezolano actualmente está compitiendo en la GP2 con el equipo Arden Internacional y ya ha impulsado para la Scuderia Toro Rosso en Abu Dhabi de jóvenes pilotos del año pasado.

El jueves por la mañana, es el turno de Carlos Sainz Jr., de 19 años de edad, español, hijo del múltiple campeón mundial de ralléis Carlos Sainz, es una obvios s opción para el equipo Toro Rosso por un par de razones: en primer lugar, que forma parte de la Red Bull Programa de Jóvenes Pilotos, así como nuestra línea de conducir vigente - y también con el respaldo de CEPSA, el combustible y la empresa española lubricantes que es uno de los patrocinadores de la Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Actualmente compite en GP3, el joven español también está recibiendo una carrera con Infiniti Red Bull Racing esta semana. Por la tarde, Daniel Ricciardo estará en la cabina y el australiano se debe también a la prueba de Infiniti

Red Bull Racing el miércoles. La última mañana ve nuestro otro piloto de carreras, Jean - Eric Vergne llegar su turno, antes de entregar a Daniel Kvyat para la sesión de la tarde. El año de Rusia 19 es otro miembro del Programa de Jóvenes Pilotos Bull Red, que actualmente compite en la GP3.

Day One Review

Circuit: Silverstone, 5.891 kms
Driver: Johnny Cecotto Car:
STR8 chassis number 01 Laps: 75 Best time: 1:34.193

A few weeks on from the British Grand Prix, Formula 1 returns to Silverstone circuit, with the slight difference that the teams are operating out of the old paddock on the short straight down to Copse corner. Also very different to our previous visit i s the weather: with air and track temperatures approaching 30 and 45 degrees respectively, this is ideal weather for testing. Scuderia Toro Rosso ha s a busy schedule for the three days and for the firs t of those, Johnny Cecotto was at the wheel for the eight hours of track time available. The Venezuelan , who last drove for us at the 2012 Young Driver te st at Abu Dhabi, once again produced a solid performan ce, working through a programme looking at the upcoming developments on the car. Overall, the resu lts were positive and with a high number of laps completed, there is plenty of data in the bank. In addition, while it is our race drivers who are mean t to evaluate the new Pirelli tyres later in the week, t hat work also began today, as the new compounds are being used throughout the three days. Johnny Cecotto:

Johnny Cecotto: “It has been another amazing experience, having ano ther day working with Toro Rosso, who made me feel very comfortable in the tea m and in the car. It really confirmed my desire to try and get into Formula 1, especially as I felt the ca r was much more suited to my driving style than the GP2 machines. We managed to get through what was qu ite an ambitious programme of tests and being able to work on the car development programme was v ery interesting. I really enjoyed working with all the guys again during what was a very enjoyable day for me.” In a change to our original plan for this test, Dan iel Ricciardo will now get behind the wheel of the STR8 for the first half of tomorrow, before handing over to Carlos Sainz, who runs in the afternoon.

Day Two Review 

Circuit: Silverstone, 5.891 kms 
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo Carlos Sainz 
Car: STR8 chassis number 01 STR8 chassis number 01 
Laps: 48 39 Best time: 1:32.972 1.33.016 

The English heatwave continued for the second day o f testing as Scuderia Toro Rosso accommodated two drivers in the cockpit of the STR8. In the morn ing, Daniel Ricciardo was at the wheel, which meant that the Pirelli tyres, the Hard and Medium compoun ds were the focus of the team’s attention, running to a programme prescribed by the tyre supplier. The te am worked methodically through all the planned tests. At lunchtime, having set what would be the fastest time of the day, Daniel had a quick change into Infiniti Red Bull Racing overalls for a run in the RBR 9. For Carlos Sainz, this will be a day to reme mber, as the 18 year old Spaniard got his first taste of driving a Formula 1 car, when he took to the track in our car for the afternoon session. Because of his statu s as a “young driver” there were no restrictions relating to testing and the engineers were able to continue with the development programme initiated yesterday when Johnny Cecotto was driving. Sainz de livered a solid performance, completing a good number of laps, without making any mistakes, delive ring plenty of useful data and producing respectabl e lap times. 

Carlos Sainz:“First of all, I want to thank Red Bull and especia lly Toro Rosso for this opportunity. When I got out of the car at the end, I went round to ev ery mechanic and said ‘thank you for being part of the happiest day of my life!’ Driving the car was an in credible feeling and this track helped, because if there is one circuit where you are really going to feel y ou are in a Formula 1 car, it’s Silverstone. As for my impressions of the car, everything about it was ama zing, but if I had to pick on one aspect it would b e the car’s agility and the way it can change direction a t 300 km/h. That’s something I had never experience d before and it was the most impressive thing for me. Tomorrow, I will get the chance to drive the Infin iti Red Bull Racing car, but to start like this with To ro Rosso, which was not part of my plan for the yea r, makes this the best day and tomorrow, to sit in a w orld champion’s car thanks to Red Bull, who have supported me since I was fifteen, will I hope be ju st as good.” Tomorrow, the final day of this session, Jean-Eric Vergne will drive in the morning, continuing the ty re evaluation work, before handing over to Daniil Kvya t for the afternoon.