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Friday, August 30, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Italian Grand Prix review. Monza 6 7 & 8 September 2013

Hinwil, 30th August 2013 – Time is flying as the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, which takes place from 6th to 8th of September, means it is already the end of the 2013 European season. The motorhomes are heading to the paddock for the last time this year. Nevertheless, the season is anything but over with seven flyaway races left. Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez both look forward to this true high-speed track. 
 





12th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 6th to 8th September 2013

Nico Hülkenberg (car number 11):
“Monza is a track with a lot of history and the only true high-speed circuit of the season. I still remember sealing my GP2 title there in 2009. After the race on Sunday morning I was the champion. Monza requires a low downforce configuration, which can make the car quite tricky to drive when braking from 340 kp/h down to speeds of about 60 kp/h in the chicanes. It’s a very nice race with a good atmosphere in the Parco di Monza where a lot of passionate Italian fans cheer on the Sucderia Ferrari. I enjoy driving there, as it’s a simple layout but it’s not as easy as it looks. There are some technical bits and chicanes and you really have to master the kerbs.”

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 12):
“Monza is a great track, and very different to Spa. It’s important to consider that. Coming from a track like Spa, we need to adapt to Monza in terms of driving style, strategy and set-up. It will be a crucial weekend, because stability in slow corners is important and, unfortunately, this is where we’ve been struggling. We have to focus on that and try to improve. My favourite part of the track is the Variante Ascari, a left-right-left combination. It’s very quick, you have to get the right line, react quickly to the kerbs and the bumps, and it’s fun. Our pace is good, but now we need to complement that with the right decisions. I have great memories of Monza, as I won the Formula BMW and GP3 titles there. I remember very well my pole position lap there in GP3, this point made the difference and I went on to win the championship, so it was very special.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“Monza is a unique challenge for the drivers and engineers as the circuit efficiency requires our lowest drag configuration of the season. The track is well known for its long straights. The majority of the grip-limited time comes from medium speed cornering and two lower speed chicanes. The track is pretty bumpy in some areas and you need to be able to use the kerbs, so the ride quality is also an important factor. The track tends to favour strategies with less stops because of the low fuel effect and the time you lose in the pit-lane. We have some further developments to be tested. Again, Pirelli has selected the medium and hard tyre compounds. Coming from Spa we are confident we can fight for points in this final European race.”

Circuit:
Autodromo di Monza / 5.793 km
Race distance: 53 laps / 306.720 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: 49
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: 11
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:

Thursday:
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

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

Saturday:
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)

Sunday:
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

Caterham F1 Team - Italian Grand Prix review. Monza 6 7 & 8 September 2013








Leafield Technical Centre, UK - 30th August 2013

General
Race laps: 53
Pitlane altitude (m): 183

2012 Weather
Air / Track temp (°C): 28 / 41
ATM Press (HPa): 998
Hum (%): 38
Wind (kph): SSE 0.3

2012 Timing

Qualifying
P1: 1:24.010 (HAM Q3)
P2: 1:24.133 (BUT Q3)
P3: 1:24.247 (MAS Q3)
CF1T best: P18 1:26.382 (KOV Q1)
CF1T delta to best Q1: +2.207 (102.6%)

Race
P1: HAM (1:28.427 L52)
P2: PER (1:27.562 L53)
P3: ALO (1:28.835 L44)
CF1T best: P14 KOV (1:29.399 L46)
CF1T delta to best race lap: +1.827 (102.1%)


Quick description
Long low downforce circuit with the highest top speed of the season
Additional kerbs introduced in both chicanes in 2009 behind old kerbs (with different ride requirements)
Overtaking is possible with good top speed
Fuel effect is below average compared to other tracks
High brake energy but cooling rate is also high so brake wear is not a big issue
Braking stability is important


Circuit particularity
Bumpiness: medium
Overtaking chance: T1, T8
Kerbs: medium
Ride height setting particularity: none
Engine severity: high
Gearbox severity: very low
Lat / Long grip: medium
Aero eff ratio: very high
Safety car history: 2012 – none, 2011 – one (laps one to three), 2010 - none
Track grip evo during w/e: high
Aero settings: very low
Brake wear severity: medium
Brake cooling necessity: medium / low

FP1
Heikki Kovalainen will drive FP1 in Giedo van der Garde's car, chassis CT03-#04


Driver Quotes

Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-#06: “Monza’s a great place to race F1 cars. It’s so quick, the atmosphere is amazing (even though it’s almost only Ferrari supporters out there!) and it’s a track that has a lot of history, some of which you can see in the old banking on the way out of the track to remind you what it used to be like.

“It’s our last race in Europe this year and it would be good to finish the European season on a positive. We’d put in strong performances in the three practice sessions in Spa but we were unlucky, both with the call to the weighbridge in Q1 and the oil leak in the race so Monza gives us a chance to move straight on and put that bad luck behind us.

“I’m in the simulator at Leafield before we arrive in Monza, so we’ll have a chance to try a few setup options before we get to the track. We’ll be running the low downforce package for this race and the main focus will be on finding a setup that gives us maximum straightline speed and a car that we can really attack the kerbs with. That’s important for laptime, particularly in T3 and T7, as you need to be able to minimise the time in the corners by pushing the car over the kerbs, so having the right mechanical setup is crucial. We’ll also be working a lot on braking stability – break wear and cooling are both pretty manageable at Monza, but it’s important to have a car that’s behaving consistently in the braking zones as that’s where you can make up, and lose, time.”

Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-#04: “Our last European race of the season is Monza, another classic Grand Prix venue and a track where I’ve won in both Formula Renault 3.5 and in GP2.

“After the last couple of races I’ll go to Monza feeling positive about the next race and the rest of the season. The whole team had a lot of praise for what we did in Spa, particularly taking advantage of the conditions on Saturday, and it’s good to see people understanding that what we’re doing now is exactly what we said we would do this year – learn, improve and deliver the results we want. 14th in Hungary and both qualifying and the race in Spa show how the package is coming on and it’s a good feeling for me and the whole team.

“Moving on to Monza – it’s a track that could suit us in the fight with our nearest competitors. It’s often hot and it’s the quickest track of the year, one where we run very low downforce settings and that should suit our car. Last year the team was pretty competitive and we’ll aim to make sure we are again. If it’s not hot and we have anything like the conditions we did in Spa then we’ve shown we can take advantage of unpredictable weather, and even though another P3 in Q1 might be unlikely, we still know we can be bold and aggressive when there’s a chance to surprise a few people. Maybe our next chance will be Monza – if not I’m sure there will be other races this year when we can show what we can do.”

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Giedo van der Garde

Monday, August 26, 2013

Ferrari F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix review from Stefano Domenicali (Italian video with English subtitles)

Published 26/08/2013
"After qualifying hadn't really given a true picture of the hierarchy down pit lane, today's result showed just how competitive is our car."

"Dopo una qualifica che non aveva rispecchiato quali fossero realmente tutti i valori in campo, il risultato di oggi ha dimostrato quella che qui era la reale competitività della nostra vettura."

Pirelli - The Belgian Grand Prix review by the tyre company´s motorsport director Paul Hembery

Published 26/08/2013
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery took some time to analyse the Belgian Grand Prix and the performance of the tyres after the race.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix Race review at Spa-Francorchamps Sunday 25 August 2013

The Sauber F1 Team was not able to claim points at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps. Nico Hülkenberg complained about the balance of the car, which affected its performance and left him in 13th. Esteban Gutiérrez started 21st and had a difficult task ahead of him. Due to good lap times and managing his tyres well, he was able to get close to the points. A drive through penalty left him without a chance reaching the top ten, however. He finished 14th.


Weather: cloudy and dry, 19-21°C air, 24-27°C track

Nico Hülkenberg: 13thStart on medium tyres, after 9 and 24 laps change to hard tyresSauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)

“I was able to improve a couple of positions at the start. It was tight but I managed quite well. I had a good first lap, but the pace was missing pretty much from the beginning. The car was difficult to drive. We were lacking a good balance throughout the whole weekend and during the race, and the tyres started to go off pretty quickly. We had to pit earlier than planned. Overall, we were simply missing speed today.”

Esteban Gutiérrez: 14th
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)

Start on hard tyres, after 19 and 28 change to medium tyres“From where I started I had to make progress and be clever about how much I could push. It was a matter of finding the right balance between pushing and taking care of the tyres, and I found that balance pretty well.  I just focused on being as quick as possible, trying tomanage the tyres well and getting the most out of the car. We lost a lot of time in the first stint with the traffic I encountered as I was coming from the back of the field. The strategy we planed was not ideal, so we had to change it and that still wasn’t perfect. I totally respect the FIA ‘s decision to penalise me for overtaking Pastor, but I don’t agree with the penalty. To be able to fight and to extract the maximum today is good to know. Now we have to improve in qualifying, because I think with the pace we have we can still fight for the top ten.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We expected more this weekend. On a performance level, we were able to close the gap to our direct competitors. However, we weren’t able to translate that into points. We have to have a look at the data as to why Nico’s performance decreased during the race. Esteban did a good job, but the drive through penalty made it impossible for him to score points.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“In the end the race was dry, and we opted for a two stop strategy for both cars. For Nico it was clear from the early part of the race he was struggling with the balance of the car, and the second and third stints were simply not fast enough to score points today. We need to understand why that is when we get the car back and analyse the data. It was clear that for Esteban starting so far back would be difficult, but his pace and tyre management was strong, and it was unfortunate he ended up with a drive through penalty. Otherwise he would have been close to the points towards the end of the race. Now we will regroup and are looking forward to Monza in two weeks time
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Der Grosse Preis von Belgien in Spa-Francorchamps brachte dem Sauber F1 Team keine Punkte ein. Nico Hülkenberg beklagte sich über die schlechte Balance seines Autos, war deshalb nicht schnell genug und kam als 13. ins Ziel. Esteban Gutiérrez ging von Startplatz 21 aus ins Rennen und hatte damit eine schwierige Aufgabe vor sich. Mit guten Rundenzeiten und cleverem Reifenmanagement arbeitete er sich bis in die Nähe der Punkteplätze vor, doch beraubte ihn eine Durchfahrtsstrafe jeder Chance. Er wurde letztlich 14.


Wetter: bewölkt und trocken, 19-21°C Luft, 24-27°C Asphalt

Nico Hülkenberg: 13.
Gestartet auf Medium-Reifen, nach 9 und 24 Runden auf harte Reifen gewechseltSauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)

„Beim Start kam ich relativ weit nach vorne. Es war eng, aber ich bin durchgekommen. Ich hatte eine gute erste Runde, aber danach hat die Pace von Anfang an gefehlt. Das Auto war ziemlich schwer zu fahren. Schon das ganze Wochenende über haben wir keinen richtige Balance des Autos hinbekommen. Im Rennen haben die Reifen schnell abgebaut, und wir mussten früher reinkommen, als wir eigentlich wollten. Insgesamt muss man einfach sagen: Es fehlte heute die Performance.“

Esteban Gutiérrez: 14.
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)

Gestartet auf harten Reifen, nach 19 und 28 Runden auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt„Von Startplatz 21 aus musste ich einerseits angriffig fahren, gleichzeitig jedoch stets abwägen, wie stark ich attackieren konnte. Es war ein Balanceakt, die Reifen nicht zu überfordern. Das gelang mir recht gut. Im ersten Stint habe ich viel Zeit im Verkehr hinter langsameren Autos verloren. Die Strategie, die wir geplant hatten, funktionierte nicht wie gewünscht, also disponierten wir um, jedoch war auch das nicht perfekt. Die Entscheidung der Kommissare, mich wegen meines Überholmanövers an Pastor Maldonado zu bestrafen, respektiere ich, aber ich habe dazu eine andere Meinung. Für mich persönlich ist es positiv, dass ich heute kämpfen und das Maximum aus dem Auto holen konnte. Jetzt müssen wir uns im Qualifying verbessern, denn ich glaube, dass wir durchaus das Potenzial besitzen, um WM-Punkte zu kämpfen.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Wir haben uns von diesem Wochenende mehr erhofft. Von der Performance her haben wir auf unsere direkten Konkurrenten aufgeholt, jedoch können wir das noch nicht in Punkte umsetzen. Wir müssen nun aufgrund der Daten verstehen, warum Nicos Performance während des Rennens nachgelassen hat. Esteban fuhr ein gutes Rennen, aber die Durchfahrtsstrafe beraubte ihn der kleinen Chance auf einen Punkt.“

Tom McCullough,
Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:„Die Strecke war trocken, und so entschieden wir uns mit beiden Autos für eine Zweistopp-Strategie. Bei Nico war schnell klar, dass er Probleme mit der Balance des Autos hatte, und der zweite und dritte Stint waren ganz einfach nicht schnell genug, um Punkte einzufahren. Wenn wir das Auto in die Boxen zurückerhalten, müssen wir es genau untersuchen und die Daten analysieren, um das zu verstehen. Mit Starplatz 21 hatte Esteban eine schwierige Aufgabe vor sich, doch mit guten Rundenzeiten und cleverem Reifenmanagement arbeitete er sich bis in die Nähe der Punkteränge nach vorne, ehe er eine Durchfahrtsstrafe kassierte und somit alle Chancen einbüsste. Wir werden nun alles aufarbeiten und freuen uns auf das Rennen in Monza."

Toro Rosso F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix Race review at Spa-Francorchamps Sunday 25 August 2013


Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 0 1 )
Race Position: 10th

“It was nice to get that point! We ran a long first stint on the Har ds and I think that helped us build a good base to have a strong pace in the final stints on the Medium. I felt much more comfortable on the Option tyre and that’s when my race really started. With the last set of tyres I was knocking out maybe ten or so qua lifying laps and managed to pick off some cars in front to bring home that crucial point. We knew we had to move on from yesterday. I had said that starting where we were, getting in the points would be good, so I’m happy with that and with the pace we sho wed while fighting to get there.”
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Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 03)
Race Position: 12 th

“I think we could have done a bit better than this twelfth place, because my pace was good until the final stint when I had a slow puncture almost right from the start of it, which meant my performance dropped off. I mana ged to get past Hulkenberg with an exciting move, but I could not close to Perez ahead of me and then my team - mate Daniel came up behind me on new tyres. It was hard for me to be competitive therefore in the final stint. A bit of a weekend to forget as it could have ended so much better, if we had not made a mista ke in qualifying, but at least when things were going well it seems that our car has picked up some speed that was lacking just before the break.”
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Franz Tost: “Normally, we would not be happy with a single p oint for tenth place, but given how things went in qualifying, today we can be relieved that both drivers and the team did a good job to recover, with Daniel going from nineteenth to tenth and Jean - Eric from eighteenth to twelfth. It was always going to be a difficult Sunday, especially as the rain which could have helped us never arrived. But both cars were fast enough to work their way through a large part of the mid field and Daniel and Jean - Eric produced some exciting passing moves to get back in the po ints zone. We ran different strategies, to try and make the most of any opportunity, with Daniel starting on the Hard tyre and running a longer first stint and, by the final stages this proved to be slightly quicker than Jev’s, although they both made two stops. The most positive aspect of today’s performance is that our pace seems to be back at the relative level we had earlier this season. We are now looking forward to a competitive performance in our home race in Monza. ”

Caterham F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix Race review at Spa-Francorchamps Sunday 25 August 2013








Spa Francorchamps, Belgium - 25th August 2013

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Weather
Race: Overcast, dry (start): air temp 19° / track temp 25° (start), 20° / 26° (lap 22), 20° / 25° (lap 44)

Runplan
Charles Pic, car 20, chassis CT03-#6
Start on medium tyres
Lap 8: retired due to oil leak

Giedo van der Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#4
Start on medium tyres
Lap 15: pitstop 1, hard tyres
Lap 29: pitstop 2, hard tyres
Finished: 16th
Fastest lap: 1.53.995 (lap 43)

Team Quotes


Charles Pic: “We started on a set of options and I was off the line cleanly with no problems on lap one. I passed both Chilton and Bianchi and by lap eight was catching my teammate but then I was told to box as we had an oil leak so we stopped the car to avoid any damage to the new engine we used today. Racing’s sometimes like this – we had good pace on Friday and Saturday, the car felt well balanced and we’d made some progress. While today’s race obviously didn’t go to plan I’m not down about it – we have another chance in Monza in two weeks to continue to build on the gap to our nearest rivals and I’m sure we’ll bounce back there.”

Giedo van der Garde : “My start was good. I had clear space going into turn one and held 14th place until mid-way through lap two, but then it wasn’t really possible to hold off some of the cars who’d started behind us. Realistically, we’d expected that to happen so I was focused on pulling away from Bianchi and Chilton and giving myself a big enough gap to manage the race we’d planned.

“I’d started on a set of mediums which we managed well. My first stop was on lap 15 when we went onto a set of new hards and I rejoined in 19th. That set was also working well until about lap 26 when the rears started to go off so we pushed for another couple of laps and then came in for the second stop on lap 29. The final stint was on another set of hard tyres and from there I was well clear of both Marussias and had a really good fight with Maldonado for 16th right to flag, pushing as hard as I could to keep that place.

“Overall this has been a really good weekend. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if it had rained today, but for what was effectively my first home F1 race I think we got the maxi um for the car. Saturday was an incredible feeling and I’m really pleased we could give the team, our partners and the fans such a lift in quali – now we have to make sure we can do the same for the rest of the season whenever the chances come our way.”

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Toro Rosso F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice 3 & Qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps Saturday 24 August 2013


Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 03)
Third Practice Session Best lap: 1: 48.776 , pos. 4 th , 15 laps 
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 2:03.300 , pos. 1 8 th 

“What happened today is easy to explain, it was just a team mistake. These things shouldn’t happen, but everyone gets it wrong now and again. It is very frustrating, as the car has been good enough this weekend to qualify really well in either the wet or the dry. As soon as I left the pits for the second time, I knew I was in trouble and I also had a bit of trouble with traffic, with some cars on slicks around me. Therefore, this was a clear missed oppor tunity, as I believe I could have been in the top five in the dry and the car was clearly working well in the wet too. It’s going to take me a bit of time to get over the disappointment, but now there is no use getting angry and, in any case, I really beli eve I can still have a good race tomorrow and score some points. We can learn from this afternoon and ensure we don’t make this mistake again.”
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Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 0 1 )
Third Practice Session Best lap: 1: 49.035 , pos. 1 1 th , 15 laps 
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 2:03.317 , pos. 19 th 

“That was down to bad timing more than anything else. We went out at the very start of the session and that went fine, with a wet track and the chance of it getting a bit wetter before drying out later. I believe we should have waited a bit longer before fitting the second set of Intermediates. We went out too early for that second run and by the second lap, the tyres were already worn and that was when the track conditions were at their best. Obviously, it’s very frustrating, but now all we can do is put it behind us and concentrate on tomorrow. We have to lear n from this and make sure we get it right next time.”
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James Key : “Up until Q1 we had been having a strong weekend, looking competitive in the dry and not too bad in the wet either in FP1. Jean - Eric in particular was showing good form and looking forward to qualifying, so we went into Q1 knowing there was a good chance the track would dry out towards the end. We timed our final tyre change at a similar moment to others, but somehow we w ere in the wrong place at the wrong time today: we should have had two cars in Q3, instead they both went out in Q1. Should we have switched to slicks? Some of the cars that are usually at the back of the grid took that risk, but in our case, it’s hard to know. As a team, we should apologise to the drivers, work out what went wrong to ensure we don’t do it again and, most importantly, see what we can do to still get the best out of the cars tomorrow.”

Toro Rosso F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 review at Spa-Francorchamps Friday 23 August 2013


Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 03)
First Practice Session Best lap: 1: 57.084 , pos. 13 th , 17 laps 
Second Practice Session Best lap: 1: 50.253 , pos. 5 th , 28 laps

“It’s really nice to be racing again after the break, especially at this fantastic track. Friday went very smoothly for us. The morning conditions were not ideal, as it was too wet for dry tyres and too dry for the rain tyres, but we still learnt something which could be useful later in the weekend, even if the tyres never got up to temperature. Then, we had a good FP2, with the ca r showing excellent pace over a single lap. The long run was a bit more difficult, but all the same, I feel we have a good car this weekend, whether we run in the dry or the wet. Probably one of the best first days I’ve had: there were no problems and the car seems to be working well.”
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Daniel Ricciardo ( STR8 - 0 1 )
First Practice Session Best lap: 1: 56.770 , pos. 9 th , 14 laps 
Second Practice Session Best lap: 1: 51.447 , pos. 16 th , 26 laps 

“Conditions this morning were the ones no one really likes, with part of the track dry and part wet. We ran on Intermediates, but the dry bits of the circuit meant the tyres got a bit chewed up. In the afternoon, we split the workload between the two cars. We tried a direction on my car that we believed would work, but unfortunately it didn’t. However, the good news is that Jev seemed to be on the pace, so we can look at his data and get a useful compromise for both cars. I’m not happy to be down the bottom of the timesheet, but it’s not a reason to be discouraged, because I feel we can deliver tomorrow and aim to get both cars well up the grid.”
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Laurent Mekies ( Head of Vehicle Performance ): “ More rain is forecast for this weekend, so this morning was a useful session in t he damp, changeable conditions. More generally, it was an important day on track for the team, after two difficult race weekends in Germany and Hungary. We have been working hard to get back to where we want to be in terms of the hierarchy of the teams and today we experimented across both cars, as it is important to keep moving forward on the development of the car. This explains the difference in performance between our two drivers and so tonight we will analyse the data as usual and try and take the best of both of them. Overall, it was a good day in which we tested a lot of things and hopefully we can confirm some progress tomorrow.”

Sauber F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice 3 & Qualifiying review at Spa-Francorchamps Saturday 24 August 2013

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps once again lived up to its reputation: just before the start of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix it started to rain. All the drivers changed to intermediate tyres. During Q1 the circuit dried, so some drivers changed to slicks at the end of the first session. The qualifying didn’t go at all to plan for the Sauber F1 Team. Esteban Gutiérrez, who showed strong skills before this weekend, was knocked out in Q1 by qualifying 21st, because timing for the second set of intermediates wasn’t right. Nico Hülkenberg had tough luck as well and missed Q3 by just three hundredths of a second.




Weather: rainy, 20-21°C air, 21-25°C track

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 11th in Q2 (1:49.088 / medium tyres)3rd practice: 17th (1:49.478 min / medium tyres / 19 laps)

“It was a tricky day again qualifying in weather conditions like these. This morning I was struggling a bit on the medium tyre. Again this afternoon it wasn’t’ the easiest, but I guess that’s the same for everyone with the weather, as it’s always challenging. It was a wet Q1, which is always exciting, but I think we did a solid job there. We were only missing about three hundredths to get into Q3. P11 seems to stick to me. But it’s a good starting point for tomorrow. I hope we have a good race pace, so that we can score some points.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying:  21st in Q1 (2:04.324 min / intermedium tyres)
 3rd practice: 7th (1:48.930 min / medium tyres / 18 laps)

“I’m much happier with the car today. We were able to solve the issues we had in FP2 yesterday. Everything was looking good until the last part of Q1. We changed to a new set of intermediates too early, and that was the wrong choice. The track was drying and the tyres were gone after one lap, which was the main issue. There is not much we could have done at that moment, when the decision was already made, but I tried to do the best with what I had. In these weather conditions, it all comes down to the right tyre selection. Tomorrow will be a gamble too as the forecast is changeable. It will come down to the strategy, so we have to be very flexible, open to everything and very efficient. Whether it’s a dry or a wet race, we need to get it right.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“The result today does not reflect our true potential. We came ever so close to our direct competitors this weekend and made a step forward. That’s why I’m not satisfied with the result, particularly because we missed Q3 yet again by just three hundredths of a second. The chance to still score points in the race tomorrow is quite high, so we will concentrate on that now.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“We were happy with the overnight changes we made, and the cars performed well in the dry FP3.  It was a typical eventful, wet-dry Spa-Francorchamps qualifying. Ultimately, for Esteban we didn’t make the most of it going out in Q1. For Nico it was frustrating in Q2 being so close to make it to Q3. Maybe we were a bit conservative running the new tyre a bit earlier than some of the competition. But this is a circuit where anything can happen in the race, and we’ll make the most with our strategy tomorrow
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Die Strecke in Spa-Francorchamps wurde ihrem Ruf wieder einmal gerecht: Kurz vor Beginn des Qualifyings zum Grossen Preis von Belgien setzte Regen ein, als Folge davon fuhren alle Konkurrenten auf Intermediate-Reifen. Im Laufe des Q1 begann die Strecke dann abzutrocknen, sodass einzelne Piloten zum Schluss Slicks aufziehen liessen. Für das Sauber F1 Team lief das Qualifying nicht optimal. Esteban Gutiérrez, der zuvor eine starke Leistung gezeigt hatte, blieb als 21. bereits in Q1 hängen. Es stellte sich heraus, dass das Timing für den zweiten Reifensatz nicht optimal war. Nico Hülkenberg hatte Pech und verpasste Q3 um gerade mal drei Hundertstelsekunden.


Wetter: regnerisch, 20-21°C Luft, 21-25°C Asphalt

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Qualifikation: 11.. in Q2 (1:49,088 /  Medium-Reifen)3. Training: 17. (1:49,478 min / Medium-Reifen / 19 Runden)

„Es war ein anspruchsvolles Qualifying mit wechselnden Wetterbedingungen. Heute Morgen war ich mit den Medium-Reifen etwas am Kämpfen. Auch heute Nachmittag war es nicht einfach, aber die Herausforderung war die gleiche für alle Teams. Q1 war nass, was immer Spass bereitet, und ich denke, wir haben einen guten Job gemacht. Wir sind mit rund drei Hundertsteln wieder knapp an Q3 vorbei geschrammt, anscheinend habe ich ein Abonnement auf den elften Platz. Das ist eine gute Ausgangsposition für das Rennen morgen. Ich hoffe, dass wir eine gute Renngeschwindigkeit haben und Punkte holen können.“

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Qualifikation: 21. in Q1 (2:04,324 / Intermediate-Reifen)
3. Training: 7. (1:48,930 min / Medium-Reifen / 18 Runden)

„Heute war ich zufriedener mit dem Auto. Wir konnten die Probleme, die wir gestern im FP2 hatten, lösen. Alles sah gut aus, bis auf das Ende von Q1. Wir haben zu früh auf den zweiten Satz Intermediate-Reifen gewechselt, das war die falsche Entscheidung. Die Strecke trocknete ab, und die Reifen waren nach einer Runde hinüber. Es gibt nicht viel, was wir hätten tun können. Die Entscheidung war gefallen, und ich habe versucht, das Beste aus dem herauszuholen, was ich hatte. Unter diesen Wetterbedingungen kommt es auf die richtige Strategie an. Morgen wird wohl genauso ein Mischmasch. Wir müssen flexibel, offen und effizient sein. Egal, ob es ein trockenes Rennen gibt oder Regen, wir müssen die richtigen Entscheidungen treffen.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Unser Resultat widerspiegelt nicht wirklich unser Potenzial. Wir sind hier unseren direkten Konkurrenten nähergekommen und haben aufgeschlossen. Deshalb bin ich mit dem Resultat nicht zufrieden, zumal wir erneut das Q3 nur um wenige Hundertstelsekunden verpasst haben. Im Rennen gibt es immer noch gute Chancen Punkte zu holen, und darauf müssen wir uns konzentrieren.”

Tom McCullough,
Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:„Die Änderungen, die wir über Nacht an den Autos gemacht hatten, erwiesen sich im trockenen dritten freien Training als deutlicher Schritt nach vorne. Es war ein typisches Spa-Qualifying mit wechselhaften Streckenbedingungen. Bei Esteban haben wir nicht das Maximum herausgeholt, sodass er im Q1 hängen blieb. Für Nico war es frustrierend, dass er den Einzug ins Q3 um wenige Hundertstelsekunden verpasste. Vielleicht waren wir etwas zu konservativ, indem wir Nico, im Vergleich zu einigen Konkurrenten, früher auf dem zweiten Reifensatz fahren liessen. Aber auf diesem Kurs ist im Rennen vieles möglich, und wir werden versuchen, mit der richtigen Strategie das Maximum rauszuholen."








Caterham F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice 3 & Qualifiying review at Spa-Francorchamps Saturday 24 August 2013








Spa Francorchamps, Belgium - 24th August 2013  
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Weather
FP3: Overcast, dry; min / max track temp 22° - 25°, air temp 20° - 21°
Q1: Overcast, light rain; min / max track temp 21° - 23°, air temp 20°
Q2: Overcast, dry: min / max track temp 23°, air temp 20°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PIC 1.51.416, 19th / VDG 1.51.800, 20th
Q1: VDG 2.00.564, 3rd /  PIC 2.07.384, 22nd
Q2: VDG 1.52.036 14th

Total laps:
FP3: PIC 15 / VDG 18
Q1: VDG 10 / PIC 8
Q2: VDG 5


Runplan

Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

FP3
1104 – 1114: Run 1, 5 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front / rear ride height, front brake duct blanking, front toe
1127 – 1138: Run 2, 5 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front brake duct blanking
1150 – 1201: Run 3, 5 laps (medium tyres)

Q1
1400 – 1414: Run 1, 5 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1414 – 1421: Run 2, 3 laps (intermediate tyres)

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

FP3
1103 – 1119: Run 1, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear brake duct blanking
1126 – 1139: Run 2, 6 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: n/a
1150 – 1201: Run 3, 5 laps (medium tyres)

Q1
1400 – 1412: Run 1, 5 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1412 – 1422: Run 2, 5 laps (medium tyres)

Q2
1429 – 1442: Run 1, 5 laps (medium tyres)

Driver quotes

Charles Pic: “Saturday started well for me. On the first FP3 run the car balance immediately felt better than either session on Friday, especially mid-corner so it was easier to put the car where I wanted it in the corners. Overnight we’d also improved the downforce levels so the whole package felt better. For run two we made a small change to improve grip and that also worked so we went onto the option tyres with a car that was working well and that carried through to the performance run.

“For quali the rain had started just before the session but it wasn’t too heavy so we went straight out on a set of intermediate tyres which we had good pace on in the wet conditions. My first run was good and a dry line was just starting to appear when I came in to pit. Unfortunately I was then called to the weighbridge which cost us the time needed to do three laps with the set of slicks so the team made the call to stay on the inters for the second run and unfortunately it didn’t work out. I’m obviously pleased for the team that Giedo made it through to Q2 but now my focus is on fighting for a decent finish tomorrow and with the weather looking like it could be as changeable as it was today we could have some good opportunities to fight in the race. ”

Giedo van der Garde: “What a fantastic day! I’m so pleased for the whole team that we made our second appearance of the year in Q2, that we finished clear of the Marussias and start the race from 14th. It was a pretty brave call to be the first to go out on slicks and for the first lap it looked like it might not pay off, but then on the final lap of Q1 I had it all hooked up just right and finished the session the highest we’ve ever been in Q1. I have to say I didn’t really believe it when my engineer Juan told me where we were – I was just at the top of Eau Rouge on the cool down lap and he said I was in P3! That was such a good feeling, for me, the team and everyone who’s supported me.

“In Q2 we knew that if it stayed dry we’d be aiming for 14th and we went out on a set of mediums knowing we had to keep pushing as the track got better and better. I think there was maybe a little more laptime if we’d maybe started the run a bit later, but, realistically, not enough to go into Q3 so finishing 14th, over 0.5 seconds clear of our nearest rival was the target and we achieved it by good work from everyone.

Saturday had started well after the guys did a good job on Friday night, making a number of changes to the car that meant I started Saturday with much better balance and with the oversteer we’d had on Friday gone. FP3 was a good session for me and we made further improvements on both runs on the hard tyres and on the mediums which were working pretty well on the performance run, but we knew there was still more to come in quali. We couldn’t have dreamt it would come together well enough for Q1 to end with me in P3, but we took full advantage of the conditions today and 14th is a just reward for being brave and taking our chance.” 

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 review at Spa-Francorchamps Friday 23 August 2013

It was a typical mixed bag of weather conditions during the free practice sessions at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps today. Free practice one saw the Sauber F1 Team facing a wet and then damp track as conditions improved, while the afternoon was sunny. Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez were quite happy with the car in the morning session. Following the afternoon session, both drivers felt the car could be improved. The team tested some new aero parts and continued the testing programme on the passive DRS system, which is making progress.


Weather: light rain, then dry, 17-24°C air, 16-34°C track

It was a typical mixed bag of weather conditions during the free practice sessions at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps today. Free practice one saw the Sauber F1 Team facing a wet and then damp track as conditions improved, while the afternoon was sunny. Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez were quite happy with the car in the morning session. Following the afternoon session, both drivers felt the car could be improved. The team tested some new aero parts and continued the testing programme on the passive DRS system, which is making progress.

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 8th / 1:56.110 min (11 laps) / 2nd Practice 13th / 1:50.972 min (33 laps)“It was quite a tricky day with the mixed weather conditions this morning. We couldn’t really get a full run on slicks. Sectors two and three were dry, but sector one was wet. I think there is still room for improvement. We still have some work to do on the set-up, as things can and have to be improved. I wasn’t happy with the balance of the car. The tyres are behaving as usual: the medium compound is definitely quicker over one lap, as it provides more grip, but then we have to find out how long it will last during the race.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 7th / 1: 55.954 min (18 laps) / 2nd Practice 18th / 1:51.644 min (26 laps)“In the morning we had some running on a track that was wet and damp. We were able to run some aero tests, but, unfortunately, we didn’t get through the whole programme. The qualifying simulation in the afternoon was not good. I lost part of the diffusor at the beginning of FP2, which impacted on performance. I’m not feeling very comfortable with the car. It’s tricky driving the car on relatively low downforce, and the balance is not quite right. Now we have to analyse the data and see how we can improve that.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“The rain that was forecast prior to FP1 gave us some practice in those conditions, which could well be useful later in the weekend. Both drivers were quite happy with the car this morning. In FP2, neither driver was quite as happy with the balance, so we definitely have some work to do tonight in order to improve that. We tested some new aero parts and continued our test programme with our passive DRS system. Overall this project is making progress and we will decide tonight wheather we will use it for the race on Sunday."

Caterham F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 review at Spa-Francorchamps Friday 23 August 2013








Spa Francorchamps, Belgium - 23rd August 2013

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Weather
FP1: Overcast, damp (start of session); min / max track temp 17°, air temp 17° - 18°
FP2: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 30° - 33°, air temp 22° - 24°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: KOV 1.57.821, 16th / VDG 1.57.887, 17th
FP2: VDG 1.53.157, 19th / PIC 1.53.251, 20th

Total laps:
FP1: KOV 16 / VDG 16
FP2: VDG 21 / PIC 29


Runplan

Heikki Kovalainen, car #20, chassis CT03-06

FP1
1001 – 1004: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (wet tyres)
Changes: n/a
1029 – 1039 Run 2, 4 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, brake balance
1054 – 1113: Run 3, 9 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear ride height, front / rear brake duct blanking
1123 – 1128: Run 4, 2 laps (hard tyres)

Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

FP2
1401 – 1416: Run 1, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear anti-roll bar
1425 – 1440: Run 2, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: brake balance, front toe
1450 – 1500: Run 3, 5 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1511 – 1531: Run 4, 10 laps (medium tyres)

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

FP1
1001 – 1003: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (wet tyres)
Changes: n/a
1028 – 1037: Run 2, 4 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear brake duct blanking
1053 – 1113: Run 3, 9 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake duct blanking
1123 – 1128: Run 4, 2 laps (hard tyres)

FP2
1401 – 1417: Run 1, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes:
1435 – 1445: Run 2, 5 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear brake duct blanking
1451 – 1514: Run 3, 9 laps (medium tyres)
Accident in turn 15 ends session


Driver quotes

 

Heikki Kovalainen: “It felt good to be back in the car and I’m pleased to see how it’s developed since I last drove it in Barcelona. The whole package feels better balanced and generally it’s a good overall improvement behind the wheel. There’s a few things I could tell right away that are better – in general the ride has improved, there’s much less pitching and the front in particular feels stronger. Against that, the braking stability doesn’t feel great today, but that’s something that can be worked on pretty simply in FP2. Overall I’m pleased I had more time in the car and can continue to help the team progress.”  

 

Charles Pic: “We went straight out in FP2 on the hard tyres and the car was ok but the main issue on run one was mid-to exit oversteer. We made a couple of mechanical changes for the second run but still had the oversteer issue but with more changes it had improved slightly for run three when we put the medium tyres on for the first time. The car was more calm on mid-to-exit but we found we had some issues on entry into the corners so for the long run we put on a bit more front wing and it did feel like we made some progress. We still need to make more improvements to the stability of the car on entry into the corners, but we can look at that more tonight, as well as keeping an eye on the weather forecast for tomorrow and even more for Sunday.”

 

Giedo van der Garde: “FP1 was a good start to the weekend. We did the installation lap on wets but for run one we went onto inters but the track was drying out pretty quickly so they didn’t last too long at all. It looks like quali and the race could both have similar weather conditions to FP1 so it’s good to have that information logged, but then we went onto the hard dry tyres for run two, giving us more information that the engineers can work on tonight.

 

“In FP2 the weather had improved from the morning session but the car didn’t feel great on the first run. We had a lot of oversteer on run one and not great traction so we made a change and went out for run two on the medium tyres. The first run on those was ok but we weren’t really able to get everything out of the softer rubber so there’s definitely more to come from the softer rubber. On the long run on the mediums the car felt pretty good, deg levels were ok but then in turn 15 the back end got loose and I unfortunately made contact with the barrier ending the session. We’re not sure why that happened yet but we’ll have a look at the data and investigate more tonight. Hopefully there’s a lot more to come, so a usual busy Friday night and I think we can make progress tomorrow.”

 
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Sergey Sirotkin visits headquarters - the Russian driver to drive a Sauber at Sochi next month

Hinwil, 21st August 2013 – Young Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin was able to get a first glimpse of the world of Formula One during his visit to the Sauber F1 Team headquarters in Hinwil this week.


The 17-year-old had a busy schedule during his two days at the factory. He met the Sauber F1 Team engineers and was able to have a closer look at and gain more understanding of the technology specific to Formula one, which included a lesson on how a Formula One steering wheel works. He also had a seat fitting.

After getting to know the factory, Sergey joined Team Principal, Monisha Kaltenborn, for the announcement of the Sauber F1 Team's demonstration run on 27th September in Sochi as part of the 12th International Investment Forum.
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Sergey Sirotkin:
“My visit to the Sauber F1 Team headquarters was busy. I learned a lot about the team and many other things. I had a seat fitting, met the engineers and learned about the car and what happens over a race weekend. I also had a lesson with the steering wheel. I am happy because, if you had told me six months ago that one day I would visit this workshop and meet this team, I would have never believed you. It’s great. The dream is so close to becoming reality now."

 Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
"We are proud to be doing the demo run next month. It will be a historical moment when a Russian driver drives a Formula One car for the first time at the track in Sochi.”
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 21.08.2013 - Hinwil, 21 августа 2013 - Молодые русские водитель Сергей Сироткин смог получить первое представление о мире Формулы Один в ходе визита в команде Sauber F1 штаб-квартирой в Hinwil на этой неделе.

17-летний был плотный график во время его два дня на заводе. Он встретился с инженерами Sauber F1 Team и был в состоянии иметь более близкий взгляд на и получить больше понимания технологии, специфичные для Formula One, который включал урок о том, как Formula One руль работает. Он также имел место фитинга.

После знакомства с завода, Сергей присоединился руководитель команды, Мониша Кальтенборн, для объявления демонстрации команды Sauber F1, которым управляют 27 сентября в Сочи в рамках 12-го Международного инвестиционного форума.

Сергей Сироткин:
"Мой визит в штаб-квартиру команды Sauber F1 был занят. Я узнал много нового о команде и многое другое. Я занял место Место, встретили инженеров и узнали о машине и что происходит на гоночный уик-энд. У меня также было заниматься с рулевым колесом. Я счастлив, потому что, если бы вы сказали мне, шесть месяцев назад, что в один прекрасный день я хотел бы посетить этот семинар и удовлетворения этой команде, я бы никогда не поверил. Это здорово.Мечта так близко, чтобы стать реальностью сейчас ".
 

Мониша Кальтенборн, руководитель команды:
"Мы гордимся тем, что делаем демо перспективе следующего месяца. Это будет исторический момент, когда водитель управляет Русской Формула Один автомобиль в первый раз на трассе в Сочи."


Google translation (Russian speaker please feel free to correct if necessary/
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Caterham F1 Team - Preview 2013 Shell Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps 23/24/25 August 2013








Leafield Technical Centre, UK - 20th August 2013  

General
Race Laps: 44
Pitlane altitude (m): 416

2012 Information
Air / track temp ( C): 17 / 19
ATM Press (HPA): 977
Hum (%): 45
Wind (direction / kph):  SSE 2

2012 Timing

2012 Qualifying
P1: BUT (1:47.573 Q3)
P2: KOB (1:47.871 Q3)
P3: MAL (1:47.893 Q3)
CF1T best: P19 KOV (1:51.739 Q1)

2012 Race
P1: BUT (1:54.293, L40)
P2: VET (1:54.198, L39)
P3: RAI (1:53.640,  L34)
CF1T best: P14 PET (1:56.741, L28)

Quick description
Medium-low downforce track
Easy on brakes and cooling
Minimum ride height is determined by T3 (Eau Rouge)
Longest circuit length of the season
7th gear ratio needs to take into account affect strong winds can have on speed on the main straight
Tend to run on the limiter in 7th gear to allow higher revs in Eau Rouge
Top speed can be reached by T5 or T18 depending on wind direction
Top speed is important for good lap time in S1/S3 and for overtaking
S2 is a downforce dominant sector
No IN lap after the chequered flag

Circuit Particularity
Bumpiness: medium / low
Overtaking chance: medium-high
Kerbs: low
Ride height setting particularity: high front ride height for T3
Engine severity: very high
Gearbox severity: very low
Lat / long grip: longitudinal
Aero eff ratio: high
Safety car history: 2012 – 1 (laps 1 to 4), 2011 - 1 (laps 13 - 16), 2010 - 2 (laps 2-3 and 38-40)
Track grip evo during w/e: high
Aero settings: medium / low
Brake wear severity: low
Brake cooling necessity: low

Team Quotes

Charles Pic: “I’ve had a great holiday with my family in France and it’s always good to recharge, particularly with seven of the races in the second half of the season being flyaways, but now I’m ready to get back to racing.

“The second to last European race of the season at Spa is one of the classic Grands Prix and there’s a lot of history about the track, particularly when you look back at what it used to be like! These days it’s obviously much shorter, and safer, but it’s still a very good challenge in an F1 car, whatever the weather is like! The main technical focus on Friday and Saturday morning is getting the balance right between the outright speed you need for the high speed sections, like the run to Les Combes, and the downforce you need to push in sector two, particularly through corners like Pouhon which is very quick when you have the car set up well. Get the balance right and a quick lap of Spa is a very satisfying feeling – for the drivers inside the cockpit and the fans watching the cars through corners like Eau Rouge, it’s what F1 is all about!”

Giedo van der Garde: “I’ve had a pretty busy August break, spending some time down in Valencia with my physio to keep up the training programme, and then off to Italy for a few days of holiday completely away from motor racing, but now it’s back to work at Spa.

"Honestly, I’ve been excited about racing in F1 at Spa ever since the start of the season, actually probably for all my life! As there isn’t a Dutch Grand Prix these days the Belgian GP is the closest I have to a home race and I know there’s going to be a lot of orange flags around the track, and a lot of support for me and the team all weekend. I know we’re not going to be in a position to fight at the front of the grid, but we’ll still be pushing as hard as possible to beat our nearest rivals, and after the last race in Hungary I’m confident we can start the second half of the season in a positive way and put on a good show for all the fans who’ll make the trip to Spa. I can’t wait!”

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2013 Hungarian Grand Prix - Sunday

How to destroy F1 tyres - Giedo van der Garde during the Rotterdam City Racing street demo on August 18

Published 19/08/2013 Giedo van der Garde gives a set of tyres a good thrashing during the Rotterdam City Racing street demo on August 18. A few spins and a thump on the wall and they were done!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Preview 2013 Shell Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps 23/24/25 August 2013

Hinwil, 19th August 2013 – After a two week summer break the Sauber F1 Team is looking forward to the Belgian Grand Prix at the circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which is taking place from 23rd to 25th of August. Sauber F1 Team drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez both spent some time unwinding from the first half of the season with their families and friends, and recharged their batteries with some fitness training in order to tackle the second part of the 2013 Formula One World Championship.


11th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 23rd to 25th August 2013

Nico Hülkenberg (car number 11):
“I am probably not the only driver to say Spa-Francorchamps is one of my favourite circuits. It’s a track with a lot of history. It’s an old school circuit with great corners like Eau Rouge and Pouhon. I have great memories from last year, it was my strongest career finish so far finishing fourth, which was really good. In terms of the car, it’s important to have a really efficient one. There are a lot of medium and high-speed corners, where you need the down force, especially in sector two. But you also need to loose the drag on the straight, because there are long straights, especially out of turn one through Eau Rouge, which is flat, and then again coming back to the start and finish line. There are a lot of straights, so top speed is also important. The Ardennes area of Belgium has a really nice atmosphere and I enjoy going to there.“

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 12):
“Belgium will be an interesting race with everything we have done to the car during the past GPs. Obviously qualifying in Hungary was not good, because of the time we lost in FP3. But I think we can manage to get into the position we were expecting, which is around P10 in Spa-Francorchamps. It is one of the tracks that I enjoy driving the most, because it has a lot of quick corners and it just flows. You can feel the limits of the car at really high speeds. One lap is quite long and sometimes you even face varying weather conditions in different parts of the track - on one side it might be raining, while the other side might be dry. This makes it very challenging and interesting. In terms of the setup, we will have to be clever about which downforce levels we want to race, because you have very long straights, and at the same time you have high-speed corners, where you need the downforce. As a racing driver it is impossible not to enjoy the track, because it has fast corners, you are going uphill, downhill and I am really looking forward to it.“

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:


“After the August break the whole team feels refreshed and we are looking forward to the remaining nine races. Spa-Francorchamps is a favourite track for many engineers and drivers as the track requirements are different to the majority of the tracks we visit. The circuit efficiency penalises higher levels of drag so the rear wings will return to the medium levels of downforce. As always, we will have to keep an eye on the forecast as this often influences the race weekend in Spa-Francorchamps. The track is made up of primarily medium and high-speed corners with significant flat out sections. Pirelli has selected the medium and hard compounds for our return to Spa. We have improved the competitiveness of the C32 throughout the first half of the season and we aim to capitalise on that between now and the end of the year.”

Circuit:
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps / 7.004 km
Race distance: 44 laps / 308.052 km
Schedule: Qualifying 14:00 hrs, Race 14:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST)

 Nico HülkenbergBorn: 19.08.1987 Emmerich (DE)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.84 m / 74 kg
First GP: Bahrain 2010
GP started: 48
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: 10
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:

Thursday:
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

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


Saturday:
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)

Sunday:
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.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sauber F1 Team Press Release - Contract in place, initial payments made

Hinwil – Due to erroneous reports and rumours circulating in certain media, we feel compelled to make the following statement: 
 




The collaboration with Russian partners, as announced by us, is progressing well. The contract with driver Sergey Sirotkin is in place. Preparations for his involvement in the team, as likewise announced, will start next week following the end of the customary holiday period in the sector.

Beyond this, initial payments to the team have already been made, as per contract.
A financial involvement on the part of NIAT (National Institute of Aviation Technologies) was never mooted. The plan envisaged a purely technical partnership.

We are astounded at the heedlessness with which some media are prepared to spread false reports and rumours.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Caterham F1 Team - Cyril Abiteboul´s ´s review of the first part of the 2013 season







Leafield Technical Centre - 1st August 2013

The 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship reached its halfway point on lap 36 of the Hungarian Grand Prix, a race Caterham F1 Team’s drivers Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic finished in 14th and 15th places respectively.

With the 2013 season now heading towards its mid-season August break, Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal of Caterham F1 Team, reflected on the year so far and what is to come for the second half of the season for the Leafield based team.

Cyril Abiteboul: “It’s been an interesting first half of season for the team and for me personally. This is another great F1 season, with battles pretty much everywhere. As far as we're concerned, we've been fighting with Marussia who have done a great job over the last year. We started the season clearly behind them, but over the last three races a comfortable gap has appeared between us and them, which shows our rate of development. That’s also helped us on a couple of occasions to race a Williams or a Sauber and that shows where we’re setting our targets.

“This progress is positive for the whole team because it shows the aggressive development plan we have for 2013 is delivering. We made the decision to carry over the 2012 car to the start of this season for a number of reasons, in particular because this time last year – which is typically the time of the year when you need to produce tooling for the next season’s car - the team was busy moving from one side of the UK to the other, and now we are back ahead of Marussia with the chance to reclaim tenth in the second half of the year.

“So far this performance gain has not turned into a point or an improved championship position as this is not completely in our hands, but each time we bring new parts to the track, not only do we potentially make progress, but we also give ourselves the chance to learn more about us, our strengths and our weaknesses and to give motivation to our staff whether at the factory or at the track. We must not forget that we are a young group, with a limited history together, but we are growing every day.

“Since moving to Leafield last August, and especially since the start of 2013, the focus was on making sure the factory was up and running and putting ourselves in control of our manufacturing process, reducing lead times and increasing economic efficiency, with the right level of integration. Although some refinements are always possible, this will be fully completed right after the summer shutdown. During the second part of the year, we will push to be able to develop more and more accurately in the virtualised environment, the route that our industry is heading towards.

“In parallel with the improvements we’re making to the facilities, we must continue to invest in people, raising the experience level and making sure we are future proofed, particularly with new aero and engine regulations just around the corner. We are doing this so we can take advantage of the opportunities 2014 will bring and we're already above our initial targets for next year, so much so we're looking at reviewing them for more aggressive ones! The car has been in the tunnel for a while now, and we're seeing good numbers, all of which is being achieved while we keep progressing this year, hopefully showing without a doubt that we are on the right path to reduce the gap to the midfield.

“Away from the track, the JV with Renault is progressing well, giving us a solid, stable platform for our team and Caterham Group in the future. This also gives us a duty to be where we should be in terms of performance so we can promote the Caterham brand, which has some very busy years ahead, not least to create the global awareness level required to turn our ambitious product plans into commercial success.

“Back to racing, and looking at our drivers - as a rookie, Giedo has had his challenges, but his last race in Hungary was a good reward for his determination and his positive attitude that the team loves. He’s also going to be helped by the new tyres which will definitely suit his style better than those used for the first nine races.

“For Charles, after only one year of experience with Marussia, he immediately made a positive contribution to our development strategy this year and that’s a clear sign of his maturity and of his determination. It’s possible the new tyres take away one of his strengths over the other drivers as he was very good at tyre management, but therefore he must adapt and develop other skills in terms of pure race pace to cope with what’s to come. He demands a lot from himself and from us, and I like that. I think that sort of spirit will help push the team forwards.

“Away from F1 we are also having a challenging season in GP2. However, as this side of our motorsport activities, like the Caterham Racing Academy, is a very important pillar of our values and our future, with Mia Sharizman we have been making changes to address this and we are already preparing for next season so we do not start in the same position we found ourselves earlier this year.

“Overall, the season so far has been one of highs and lows. A personal low was Melbourne FP2 when we were nowhere. Marussia was fast, their drivers had settled very quickly and we knew that our car would not evolve for a couple of races.

“However, I have a personal high every time I walk into the factory and realise that I am part of this adventure. Starting an F1 team from scratch was a pretty crazy idea of Tony’s back in 2009, but I am happy to be part of it and am looking forward to the next chapter in our story.”

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2013 Hungarian Grand Prix - Sunday