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Monday, September 30, 2013

Vitaly Petrov & Sergey Sirotkin test Sochi Circuit ahead of 2014 Russian Grand Prix / Sergey Sirotkin debütiert in Sauber F1 Team Formel-1-Wagen

27.09.2013 - Sochi, 27th September 2013 

Between the Singapore and Korean Grands Prix the Sauber F1 Team headed to Russia for a first taste of the Sochi International Street Circuit, which will be hosting the 2014 Russian Grand Prix. Sergey Sirotkin drove a Formula One car for the very first time during the show run, which was part of the 12th International Investment Forum. Blasting the C31 along the 700 meters of tarmac that are already finished, Sirotkin was able to get a taste of what lies ahead of him next year.

Sergey Sirotkin: “These were my first metres in a Formula One car, which obviously is something very special, even though it was only a short part of the Sochi track. Nevertheless I was able to gain a first impression, and this was awesome. It was fun to drive in front of such a big crowd, particularly because most of them were compatriots. Russia can be proud of this great track.” Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal: “We are proud to be part of this historic event - a Russian driver drives a Formula One car for the first time at the track in Sochi. The show run marks an important milestone in the lead up to the inaugural Russian Formula One Grand Prix, which our team is looking forward to."
Sergey Sirotkin debütiert in Sauber F1 Team Formel-1-

Wagen 27.09.2013 - Sotschi, 27. September 2013 – Zwischen den Grossen Preisen von Singapur und Korea machte das Sauber F1 Team einen Zwischenstopp auf dem „Sochi International Street Circuit“, der 2014 Veranstaltungsort des Grossen Preises von Russland sein wird. Sergey Sirotkin fuhr während einer Demofahrt im Rahmen des 12. Internationalen Investment Forums zum ersten Mal ein Formel-1-Auto. Sirotkin jagte den C31 über die ersten fertigen 700 Meter der Strecke und bekam so einen Vorgeschmack auf das, was ihn nächstes Jahr erwartet. 

Sergey Sirotkin: „Das waren meine ersten Meter in einem Formel-1-Auto, was natürlich etwas Spezielles ist, selbst wenn es nur einer kurzer Abschnitt der Strecke in Sotschi war. Aber ich habe dennoch einen ersten Eindruck gewonnen, und der war imponierend. Es hat auch Spass gemacht, vor so vielen Zuschauern zu fahren, zumal ja die meisten Landsleute von mir sind. Russland kann stolz sein auf diese tolle Strecke.“ Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin: „Wir sind stolz, Teil dieser historischen Veranstaltung gewesen zu sein, bei der ein russischer Pilot erstmals ein Formel-1-Auto auf der Strecke in Sotschi fuhr. Die Demofahrt ist ein Meilenstein im Hinblick auf den ersten Formel 1 Grand Prix in Russland, auf den sich unser Team besonders freut.“ 
Виталий Петров и Сергей Сироткин тест Сочи Circuit впереди 2014 Гран-при России 

Между Сингапуром и корейского Гран-при команды Sauber F1 направились в Россию за первый вкус Сочи Международный Городская трасса, которая пройдет в 2014 году Гран-при России. Сергей Сироткин поехали Формула Один автомобиль в первый раз во время шоу серию, которая входила в состав 12-й Международный инвестиционный форум. Взрывные C31 по 700 метров асфальта, которые уже закончены, Сироткин смог получить вкус того, что лежит перед ним в следующем году. 

Сергей Сироткин: «Это были мои первые метры в машине Formula One, который, очевидно, это нечто особенное, хотя это была только короткая часть трассы Сочи. Тем не менее я смог получить первое впечатление, и это было потрясающим. Это было удовольствие от вождения перед такой большой толпой, в частности, потому, что большинство из них были соотечественниками. Россия может гордиться этим великим трек "Мониша Кальтенборн, руководитель команды:« Мы гордимся тем, что участие в этом историческом событии - русский дисков водитель Формула Один автомобиль в первый раз на трассе в Сочи..Показать перспективе является важной вехой в подготовке к вступительной России Гран-при Формулы, которые наша команда с нетерпением ждет.


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Sauber F1 Team - Korean Grand Prix review at International Circuit Yeongam 4/6 October 2013

Hinwil, 30th September 2013 – After another encouraging result for the Sauber F1 Team in Singapore, the 14th round of the FIA Formula One Championship, the Korean Grand Prix, is near. While Nico Hülkenberg has fond memories of the Korea International Circuit, Sauber F1 Team driver Esteban Gutiérrez has never raced at the track in Yeongam. As the updates to the C32 are working well, the team is confident of being able to keep up its strong performance in the midfield.
Nico Hülkenberg (car number 11):“Compared to many other drivers, Korea is a place I quite like. It’s a nice track and each sector is very different. The first sector has two straights and two hairpins. Sectors two and three are a bit like a street circuit and technically quite challenging. I enjoy driving there and also, historically, it has been quite a good circuit for me. In 2010 I would have finished fifth, but had a puncture just before the end of the race. Last year I had a great race there finishing sixth. So I have good memories of Korea and look forward to the race weekend.”

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 12):
“Korea is going to be an exciting weekend for me, because I’ve been to the track but never raced there before. I’ve heard it’s quite nice to drive and it is going to be a good experience. In terms of preparation, I have mostly learnt from and analysed data and notes from previous years. I also watch a lot of on board videos and, of course, walk the track once we get there. With the two weeks between Singapore and Korea, I had plenty of time to study the track and make sure I am as best prepared as possible. Other than that, the aim for me will, again, be to keep up and improve my consistency.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“The Korea International Circuit does not get a lot of use prior to or during the race weekend. This year there is actually only one support race, which is something we have little experience of. Therfore, observing and understanding the track evolution will be important. The three sectors at the Yeongam circuit are all very different and that makes it a real challenge to optimise the car. The first sector only has two significant low speed corners; the rest of the sector is spent flat out in a straight line, therefore rewarding a lower drag set-up. However, in contrast the final two sectors are a good mix of low, medium and high-speed corners with shorter straights. As in previous years, the option compound will be the supersoft tyre compound. However, like in Singapore, the prime will be the medium compound, which is one step harder than we used last year. It will be particularly important to understand how this tyre performs on a faster track, particularly in high-speed corners. The recent update packages have all worked as intended and are helping us to fight stronger within the tight midfield pack. Our aim is to continue qualifying strongly and give ourselves the best opportunity to score more points.”

Korea International Circuit / 5.615 km
Race distance: 55 laps / 308.630 km
Schedule: Qualifying 14:00 hrs local time (07:00 hrs CEST), Race 15:00 hrs local time (08:00 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: 51
Best race result: 4th Spa (2012)
Best qualifying: 1st Sao Paulo (2010)
Points 2013: 19 (currently 13th)
Points in total: 104

Esteban Gutiérrez
Born: 05.08.1991 Monterrey (MX)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.80 m / 63 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2013
GP started: 13
Best race result: 11th Barcelona (2013)
Best qualifying: 10th Singapore (2013)
Points 2013: 0 (currently 17th)
Points in total: -

The Sauber F1 Team has 19 points to its tally and currently holds 8th place in the World Constructors’ Championship.

Schedule for 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)

15:00              Esteban Gutiérrez – FIA Press Conference

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

16:00              Beat Zehnder  – FIA Press Conference
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.

Caterham F1 Team - Korean Grand Prix review at International Circuit Yeongam 4/6 October 2013

Leafield Technical Centre, UK - Monday 30th September 2013


Race Laps: 55
Straight line speed is important
Track is very dusty with low grip in FP1 which increases front tyre graining
The pit lane is also very slippery – in 2012 drainage was improved in the pitlane
Track grip evolution starts from the first minutes of FP1
The front right tyre is often suffers most wear overall
The circuit is also hard on the rear tyres, particularly through T10-T17
Bumpy through the high speed section T7-T8
Riding the kerbs riding is not a priority
There are three high power braking events but in general the circuit has low brake cooling demands
Wind direction has a significant effect on top speed

2012 Weather
Air/Track temp ( C): 21 / 28
Pitlane altitude (m): 0
ATM Press (HPA): 1016
Hum (%): 34
Wind (kph): NNW6.4

2012 Timing
P1: WEB 1:37.242 Q3
P2: VET 1:37.316 Q3
P3: HAM 1:37.469 Q3
CF1T best: P19 PET 1:40.207 Q1

P1: VET (1:42.499 L55)
P2: WEB (1:42.037 L54)
P3: ALO (1:42.442 L52)
CF1T best: P16 KOV (1:45.013 L50)

Circuit Particularity
Bumpiness: T7 and T8
Overtaking chance: T3
Kerbs: medium
Ride height setting particularity: none, car can run low at the front
Engine severity:
Gearbox severity: low
Lat/Long grip: lateral
Aero eff ratio: medium / low
Safety car history: 2012 – none, 2011 – one (16 – 19), 2010 - 4 (1-3, 4 – 17, 20 – 23, 31 - 34)
Track grip evo during w/e: medium
Aero settings: high
Brake wear severity: low
Brake cooling necessity: medium / low

Korean GP RSM branding side view

Driver Quotes

Giedo van der Garde: “Korea next and another track I have experience of from last year. Our week starts with a Renault Sport F1 event in Seoul and then it’ll be straight down to Mokpo for the race weekend. I haven’t had the chance to visit Seoul before but everyone tells me it’s a seriously cool city so I’ll make sure I get the chance to take a look around before work starts!

“Korea’s another track where I ran in FP1 in 2012, completing 19 laps which was enough to find my way around and be able to start pushing. Even though the tyres are different this year, that experience, as I had quite a few tracks last year, is particularly valuable now as it means I’m on it right from the start of FP1 and every lap counts in getting the setup right for the weekend.

“From inside the cockpit the Korea track is a pretty typical modern F1 circuit. There’s the long straight out of T2 where you need good straight-line speed and then it’s a bit stop / start through turns three, four, five and six, and then you’re into the high speed section up to the heavy braking zone at turn 10. It’s pretty bumpy through that whole section and in the early stages of FP1 there’s little grip around the whole track, but it quickly builds up over the weekend so you can start really pushing through there from quite early on.

“If it rains this year then it’ll definitely be very interesting – our car likes the wet and two of my highlights this year have been on tracks where it’s been going from wet to dry, so it would be good if we could have some more unpredictable weather (even though the boys doing the pack up on Sunday probably wouldn’t agree with me on that!)”

Charles Pic: “Before we go to Mokpo Giedo and I are helping out Renault Sport F1 at the finals of the Renault Samsung Motors remote control racing car championships in Seoul. I’ve seen some of them racing on YouTube and it’s so quick! I think the scaled-up equivalent is around 600mph and, honestly, I’m not too sure how they keep up! That’ll be a good start to the week and then we’re going to Mokpo on Wednesday to begin the normal race week preparations.

“Last year was my first race in Korea and I quite enjoyed it. This year it’s obviously a different package and as it’s quite a technical circuit it’ll be important to make the most of all three practice sessions to give us the best shot at quali and the race. In Singapore I didn’t really have a car balance I was happy with all weekend and I want to make that’s not the same in Korea, especially as if it rains on Sunday it’s likely there will be safety cars and we need to make sure we can seize any opportunities that come our way.

“After Korea it’s straight on to Japan for one of the classic races. I’m already excited about getting back to Suzuka, but for now my focus is 100% on Korea and doing the best job possible over the whole weekend.”

Ends - Circuit plan

Sunday, September 29, 2013

FIA GT Series - Main Race - Motorland Circuito de Aragón Navarra - Spain 2013

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Caterham F1 Team announce - Renault name/Losange diamond will be replaced by the logos of Renault Samsung Motors (RSM) for Korean GP

Korean GP RSM branding side view

 Leafield Technical Centre, UK - 27th September 2013

There will be a subtle change in branding at the Korean Grand Prix on both Caterham F1 Team racecars, in the team’s garage and on the overalls of race drivers Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde as the Renault name and Losange diamond will be replaced by the logos of Renault Samsung Motors (RSM).

Korean GP RSM branding rear view close up

RSM – a partly owned Renault subsidiary developing and retailing vehicles in the fast-growing South Korean automobile market – will use the Korean GP, one of the country’s most high-profile events, to promote its brand within the notoriously competitive domestic market. As part of an extensive 360° marketing plan within Korea, an opportunity facilitated and fully supported by Renault and Renault Sport F1, the RSM logo will substitute all Renault branding on the Caterham F1 Team cars, garage panels and race driver overalls for the entire race weekend. The traditional Renault branding will return for the Japanese GP a week later.

. Korean GP RSM branding nose view close up

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Caterham F1 Team - Updates Technical Team

Leafield Technical Centre, UK - 26th September 2013  

Caterham F1 Team has announced that its Technical Department, under the leadership of Technical Director Mark Smith, has been restructured to strengthen further the organisational structure as the team prepares to face the challenges presented by the 2014 regulation changes.

The primary changes to the team’s organisational structure see Jody Egginton, currently Operations Director of the team, promoted to Deputy Technical Director with immediate effect and Performance Director John Iley broaden his role to include management of an Advanced Projects Group, looking at future innovation that can be applied to the F1 team and all of Caterham’s automotive and technological interests.

Jody was among the first people to join Caterham F1 Team in 2009 as Chief Engineer. He moved from that role in late 2012 to Operations Director, taking control of all the team’s operational activity at its Leafield, UK base, a role in which he has overseen significant investment and dramatic improvements in the team’s production and manufacturing capabilities. His new Deputy Technical Director role will give Mark Smith and the team’s Design Office and on-track engineering functions the benefit of Jody experience and knowledge, skills which will be particularly important in 2014 with the introduction of new aerodynamic and powertrain regulations.

John Iley, whose role as Performance Director was recently adapted to give him a broader overview of all performance aspects of car design and operation, will add the newly formed Advanced Projects Group to his list of responsibilities, allowing him to lead a group that will look to the future for their inspiration as they create innovative new technical concepts that will be applied to the F1 team and the wider Caterham Group. John will also take a more active role with Mark Smith and Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul in managing the technical partnerships Caterham F1 Team has with Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Technology – again, aiming to further strengthen partnerships that will be critical in 2014 in maximising performance.

Mark Smith, Technical Director, Caterham F1 Team: “I am pleased that both Jody and John have agreed to take on the enhanced responsibilities we are asking them to embrace as part of this reorganisation. Jody has many years of experience on the pitwall and in the factory that will be invaluable for our team in the latter stages of the 2013 season, and particularly as we head into 2014. John’s role will also enable him to take a broader view of all our performance characteristics, and will allow him to innovate – something that is crucial in F1 but which is often difficult to dedicate resource to, particularly for a young team like ours.”


Monday, September 23, 2013

Ferrari F1 Team - Singapore Grand Prix - Stefano Domenicali views race video (Italian with English subtitles)

Publicado el 23/09/2013
 "I am happy with the performance of the team on a weekend that was not easy for us and on a day when unfortunately, it was the wrong Bull that stopped".

"Sono contento della prestazione della squadra in un weekend non facile per noi e in una giornata dove purtroppo si è fermato il toro sbagliato".

Publicado el 20/09/2013
"Rush" is the hot ticket at the cinema the world over at the moment and Ferrari put on a screening for all its employees as part of its "Special Premiere" programme that shows brand new films free of charge at the Maranello Auditorium.

"Rush" è il film del momento in tutto il mondo e la Ferrari lo ha offerto in esclusiva a tutti i suoi dipendenti nell'ambito di "Primissima", l'iniziativa che permette di assistere gratuitamente a tantissimi film di prima visione presso l'Auditorium di Maranello.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Caterham F1 Team - Singapore Grand Prix race Sunday 22 September 2013 at Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore

Marina Bay Street Circuit,
Singapore Grand Prix - Sunday 22nd September 2013


Caterham F1 Team Partner Information
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Race: Dry; air temp 29° / track temp 31° (start), 29° / 30° (lap 30), 29° / 29° (lap 61)


Charles Pic
Start on supersoft tyres
Lap 11: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 25: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Lap 54: pitstop 3, option tyres

Finished: 19th
Fastest lap: 1.52.472 (lap 44)

Giedo van der Garde
Start on supersoft tyres
Lap 13: pitstop 1, medium tyres

Lap 26: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Lap 42: pitstop 3, medium tyres
Finished 16th
Fastest lap: 1.50.990 (lap 58)

Driver Quotes
Charles Pic, car 20, chassis CT03-#6: 
"Even though I finished 19th I'm not too disappointed. We tried a two-stop strategy but this time it didn't work out - sometimes plans like that work, sometimes they don't and this was one of those days.

"Away from the line I had a pretty good start but had to move aside to avoid Bianchi and was then stuck behind him for most of the first stint. Just before we were due to box I passed him and opened up a gap within a couple of laps so the first stop wasn't so much of a fight. I was back out on track on a new set of mediums, clear of him and immediately started pushing on to my teammate.

"When the safety car came out I boxed early, rejoining in 19th on another set of mediums and right up with Giedo after his stop. The car felt ok at that point - the tyres were performing really well and when Giedo came in again we made the call to switch to a two stop strategy. I had a lot of laps left so I had to manage the pace so I could look after the tyres to the end but with six laps left the rears were gone so we had to come in again. My race was effectively over at that point because, even with the big pace advantage I had on the supersofts we used in the final stint I didn't have enough laps to catch the cars ahead."

Giedo van der Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#4: 
"That was a tough race but for me a really good one - I have to say I really enjoyed myself out there tonight! Fighting with the Williams for most of the race was great, really good and I'm pleased for Tony and Kamarudin that we could put in a performance like that back in South East Asia.

"After a bit of a poor start I was past Charles, Bianchi and Bottas by the end of lap one and was up behind Sutil until the first stop. The car was absolutely great on the supersofts - my pace in the first stint was really strong, the same as the cars up to 12th and it just felt great for the whole first stint. We boxed for a set of mediums on lap 12 and rejoined in 18th, still ahead of Bottas who was on supersofts for the second stint. With the pace advantage that compound has here there wasn't a lot I could do to hold him off and he passed me about three laps later.

"When the safety car came out we boxed for another set of mediums and after the race restarted my pace was good again. I was right up with Bottas and then passed him again when he went off a couple of laps into the stint. As the fuel levels dropped he got past me again so we focused on catching Charles who had stayed out on a two-stop plan. With a long final stint he was managing his tyres and I was catching him at about two seconds a lap, and just before he had to make the final stop I passed him and then held 16th to the flag.

"As I say, it's good to have had a strong race here and I'm pleased for the whole team that we could fight with Williams for a lot of the race. I'm now staying out in the Far East for a break before Korea and even though tonight's race was tough physically I'm already looking forward to getting back in the car."

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Sauber F1 Team - Singapore Grand Prix race Sunday 22 September 2013 at Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore

The Sauber F1 Team was able to score further points at the Singapore Grand Prix, increasing the tally to 19 in total this year. Sauber F1 Team driver Nico Hülkenberg showed what a fighter he is by claiming P9, despite having to give back a position after leaving the track due to avoiding a collision with Sergio Perez. Esteban Gutiérrez complained about tyre degradation and finished 12th.

Weather: dry, 29°C air, 29-32°C track

Nico Hülkenberg: 9th
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Start on supersoft tyres, after 13 laps change to sopersoft tyres and after 25 laps change to medium tyres

“All in all we can be happy. We brought home two points. To be honest, I didn’t expect much more than that. You can’t expect that every weekend will be like Monza now, but we improved significantly. It was a very tough race. I had a very good start and then a racing situation with Sergio Perez. In the end, I did have to give back the position to him and I don’t quite agree with that. There was a Williams in the fight as well, Sergio was on the inside, but I had to leave space and caught the outer kerb. Then my car bottomed and I was off, however, I was in front of Sergio before and after the corner. At the end, it was a pure fight for survival, because the tyres were pretty much gone. Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber were all on fresh tyres and I simply had to focus on staying on track and finishing the race.”

Esteban Gutiérrez: 12th
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Start on supersoft tyres, after 11 laps change to medium tyres

“We expected a better result today. Our pace during the race was not good enough, especially at the beginning as I was fighting a lot with the car. At times I pushed a bit too much, had a lot of oversteer and the tyres were degrading. It was one of the toughest races I have ever had. I did the best I could and this is where we finished. The strategy was not ideal either. Nevertheless, the weekend was a step forward and now I will keep working to improve.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“After a strong performance in Monza we were able to claim points again, which is very pleasing. Nico drove a fantastic race and was rewarded with two points. We find the decision by race director to give the position back to Sergio Perez very harsh. He did not gain an advantage, but merely avoided a collision by leaving the track. However, we have to accept this decision. Esteban had a mixed weekend. Now we have to find out why he wasn’t able to clock the expected lap times. We are happy that we were able to perform on a track that usually doesn’t suit our car. That shows we are heading in the right direction with the development of the car.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“Scoring points again was obviously very good for the team. The timing of the safety car meant it was very difficult to get to the end from there, but we elected to do that with both cars. Nico managed the tyres and the pressure from behind very well. It’s a shame he had to give his position up to Sergio Perez because he went off the track. However, this was not to gain a position but to avoid a crash. Esteban lost track positions when the Safety Car came out, and, after that, he suffered some slight tyre degradation. But overall, we take a lot of positives from this weekend to the upcoming races."

Beim Grossen Preis von Singapur gelang es dem Sauber F1 Team erneut, WM-Punkte einzufahren und den Kontostand nun auf 19 Zähler zu erhöhen. Sauber F1 Team Fahrer Nico Hülkenberg erreichte mit einer höchst kämpferischen Leistung Rang neun. Dies, obwohl er nach einem Zweikampf mit Sergio Perez, bei dem er zur Verhinderung eines Zusammenstosses die Strecke verliess, seine Position an den Mexikaner abtreten musste. Esteban Gutiérrez beklagte einen stärkeren Reifenabbau und beendete das Rennen auf Platz zwölf.

Wetter: trocken, 29°C Luft, 29-32°C Asphalt

Nico Hülkenberg: 9.
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Gestartet auf superweichen Reifen, nach 13 Runden auf superweiche und nach 25 Runden auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt

 „Alles in allem können wir zufrieden sein. Wir haben zwei Punkte mitgenommen. Viel mehr hatte ich mir ehrlich gesagt nicht ausgerechnet. Man kann jetzt nicht erwarten, dass jedes Wochenende wie Monza ausgeht, aber es ist eine ordentliche Steigerung. Es war ein sehr anstrengendes und hartes Rennen. Ich hatte einen ausgezeichneten Start, dann eine Rennszene mit Sergio Perez, dem ich die Position dann wieder zurück geben musste. Meiner Meinung nach war der Positionswechsel völlig unnötig. Es war noch ein Williams mit dabei, Sergio war innen, ich musste Platz lassen und bin auf den äusseren Randstein gekommen. Dann hat mein Unterboden aufgesetzt, und ich bin rausgekommen. Allerdings war ich sowohl vor als auch nach der Kurve vor Sergio. Zum Schluss war es natürlich nur noch ein Überlebenskampf aufgrund der Reifen. Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton und Mark Webber kamen auf viel frischeren Reifen an.“

Esteban Gutiérrez: 12.
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Gestartet auf supersoft, nach 11 Runden auf superweiche und nach 25 auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt

"Wir hatten heute ein besseres Ergebnis erwartet. Unser Speed im Rennen war heute nicht gut genug, vor allem am Anfang habe ich mit dem Auto gekämpft. Manchmal habe ich ein bisschen zu sehr attackiert und hatte dann aufgrund des Übersteuerns die Reifen zu stark beansprucht. Es war eines der härtesten Rennen, das ich je gefahren bin, und ich habe mein Bestes gegeben. Das Resultat und die Strategie waren nicht ideal. Nichtsdestotrotz war dieses Wochenende ein Schritt nach vorne. Jetzt werde ich weiter an mir arbeiten.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
"Nach dem starken Auftritt in Monza ist es uns erneut gelungen, Punkte einzufahren, was sehr erfreulich ist. Nico ist ein äusserst kämpferisches Rennen gefahren und wurde mit zwei Punkten belohnt. Die Entscheidung des Rennleiters, dass Nico seinen Platz an Sergio Perez abtreten musste, finden wir sehr hart. Nico hat sich keinen Vorteil verschafft, sondern schlicht einen Zusammenstoss verhindert, indem er die Strecke verliess. Aber wir müssen diese Entscheidung so akzeptieren. Esteban hat ein gemischtes Wochenende hinter sich. Es gilt nun herauszufinden, warum er nicht die erwarteten Rundenzeiten fahren konnten. Erfreulich ist, dass wir auf einer Strecke, die uns bisher nicht gelegen ist, wettbewerbsfähig waren. Das zeigt, dass wir mit der Entwicklung des Autos in die richtige Richtung gehen.“

Tom McCullough,
Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:"Es ist gut fürs gesamte Team, dass es uns erneut gelungen ist, Punkte einzufahren. Der Zeitpunkt, zu dem das Safety-Car auf die Strecke kam, bedeutete, dass es sehr schwierig werden würde, ohne weiteren Boxenstopp bis ins Ziel zu fahren. Aber wir haben entschieden, dies mit beiden Autos zu tun. Nico schonte die Reifen und ging mit dem Druck von hinten sehr souverän um. Schade, dass er seine Position an Sergio Perez abgeben musste. Er hatte dadurch keine Position gewonnen, sondern einen Zusammenstoss verhindert. Esteban verlor Positionen, als das Safety-Car auf die Strecke kam, und danach beklagte er einen stärkeren Reifenabbau. Aber insgesamt war das ein positives Rennen, das uns im Hinblick auf die kommenden Grands Prix zuversichtlich stimmt.

Toro Rosso F1 Team - Singapore Grand Prix race Sunday 22 September 2013 at Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 03)

Race Position: 14th 

“My start was not the best and, in an effort to compensate for that, we switched from a two stop to a three stop strategy and I believe it could have paid off in terms of getting me back into the points. However, I then found I was having a lot of trouble just keeping the car on track and my tyres were completely worn out at the end, by which time, I had already been told to back off as the car was overheating. This is always a long, tough race and it felt particularly long for me, as I had no one to fight against in the closing stages, apart from working to keep the car away from the barriers. I always try to look on the positive side and in that respect, the updates we brought here seemed to work and we have learned a lot about the car. The refore I still believe we can have a strong end to the season, starting in Korea, where I expect the car to work very well.”

Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 0 1 )
Race Position: D NF 

“The crash was my error, trying to make up for lost ground. At the start, my car just seemed to sit there without moving off the li ne. It was very frustrating to lose so many places right away. I think I went down five places from ninth on the grid to fourteenth. So I was on the back foot from then on, just trying to do the best I could. In the second stint, my engineer came on the ra dio and said ‘the pace is good, keep pushing.’ I was aware that for the pace we had, we were not doing too badly and maybe at the end I was just trying to get too much out of it and made that mistake. It’s a delicate corner with not much run - off and I went too deep into the apex. I then braked a bit harder, locked a wheel and went into the wall. It’s not a mistake I’m used to making. I will learn from this.”

Franz Tost: “A very disappointing evening for us, especially after we had produced a good qualifying performanc e yesterday. Unfortunately, the benefit of our grid positions was cancelled out immediately, as both drivers got poor starts, with Daniel dropping five places and Jean - Eric three. Daniel’s race then ended prematurely with an uncharacteristic mistake which put him in the barriers. With overtaking being so difficult here, we decided to switch Vergne from a two stop to a three stop strategy, as he was so far back. After that, he looked in reasonable shape and we had saved a new set of Options for the final sti nt, believing this would help him catch the cars ahead, that had tried to go for a long stint. However, his car suffered from overheating and we had to turn down his power, which meant he could not pass those ahead of him. This weekend, we didn’t make the most of our opportunities and we will be working hard to put that right in a fortnight in Korea, where the Yeongam circuit should suit us better.”

Caterham F1 Team press release - will be equipped with the Renault Energy F1, a cutting edge power plant designed for the radical new 2014 technical regulations.

Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore - 22nd September

Renault will continue to power Caterham F1 Team in 2014 and beyond

Caterham will use the Renault Energy F1 Power Unit, the V6 turbocharged engine equipped with potent energy recovery systems

The extended partnership will see Renault and Caterham F1 Team work together for a further three years in F1

Caterham F1 Team has used Renault power since 2011

Caterham Cars and Alpine, a brand under the auspices of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, formed a Joint Venture in November 2012 to develop a new range of lightweight roadcars
Renault Sport F1 and Caterham F1 Team are delighted to confirm the extension of their partnership in the FIA Formula One World Championship for a further three years.

From next year, Caterham F1 Team will be equipped with the Renault Energy F1, a cutting edge power plant designed for the radical new 2014 technical regulations. The Energy F1 unites a V6 turbocharged direct injection internal combustion engine with two motor generator units that harvest energy dissipated in the exhaust gasses and brakes and deploy as both electrical and mechanical power. When combined the energy systems and engine will produce more power than the current V8 engines, however will be more than 35% more energy efficient thanks to technical and sporting regulations that prescribe a fuel flow limit of 100kg/h and maximum quantity of 100kg permitted per race.

The Anglo-Malaysian team and the French manufacturer first teamed up for the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship, with the Renault RS27 V8 engine powering the team in subsequent seasons.

Jean-Michel Jalinier, President and Managing Director of Renault Sport F1 commented, ‘Over the past three years we have seen Caterham mature, with impressive new facilities and a solid technical structure. The new technical regulations provide a big challenge, but with change comes opportunity and next year is a prime chance for the team to secure the next targets in its ongoing plans. From the very start our partnership has been comprehensive and it is therefore natural that we would want to see it pay dividends. We are very happy with the quality and depth of the teams we will supply and look forward to seeing the first generation of Energy F1-powered cars hit the track next year.’

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team added: ‘This announcement is obviously very good news for our F1 team and is a reflection of the deep bonds that have been created between our two businesses since 2011, particularly with the roadcar project we launched in 2012 between Caterham and Alpine, which is now at an advanced stage in development.

‘The 2014 season heralds a new era for F1 with our sport taking a positive stance in aligning itself with the technical changes in the global automotive industry, and Renault is right at the cutting edge of that development. When our F1 partnership began in 2011 we, as a young team, were immediately impressed by the various benefits of the collaboration on our operations, and since then we are relentlessly pushing them even further. Given the age and status of our team we have also been pleased to see Renault Sport F1 adapting their operational practices to suit our size and optimizing our integration with an enhanced technical collaboration. We work together in an open and honest manner to help Caterham F1 Team achieve its short-term goal of establishing itself as an integral part of F1 and to help Renault achieve the deserved recognition of its technical edge.

‘The depth of our partnership will certainly pay dividends in 2014, helping us tackle the new regulations quickly and efficiently, helping to give us the best opportunity to continue our progress up the grid in 2014 and beyond.’

. Ends
 Caterham AeroSeven launch

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Singapore Grand Prix free practice 3 & Qualifiying Saturday 21 September 2013 at Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore

It was a strong performance by the Sauber F1 Team qualifying tenth and 11th for the Singapore Grand Prix. Esteban Gutiérrez qualified for the top ten for the first time and achieved his best qualifying result in Formula One to date. Nico Hülkenberg was unlucky with the DRS not working properly during a final lap and so just knocking him out of the top ten. However, this is a great position to be in for the race tomorrow, as the long runs looked promising.

Weather: dry, 29-30°C air, 32-34°C track

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 11th in Q2 (1:44.555 / supersoft tyres)3rd practice: 8th (1:45.876 min / supersoft tyres / 19 laps)

“Qualifying went really well up until the last lap of Q2. I had a problem in sector one on the DRS straight, as my DRS didn’t open in time. I lost a good two tenths there, which would have put us into Q3. We need to look into that now and find out why that happened. As overtaking is quite difficult on this track, it is going to be a difficult day tomorrow. Overall it seems we have made a step forward over the past couple of races, and I hope we can continue that positive trend tomorrow.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 10th in Q3 (no time)3rd practice: 17th (1:46.893 min / supersoft tyres / 13 laps)

“To qualify tenth is a really special feeling and one that I have missed. I enjoyed every part of the qualifying. The result today was very important, because it’s not fun going into qualifying knowing that you can be around the top ten, but not getting there. At the beginning, it looked a bit difficult today, but I was pushing myself in practice and communicated well with the team. We decided that, in order to make the next step, we need to be more aggressive and be more on the edge. During the practice sessions I was able to try to do that, and it’s great to see it paid off, so a big thank you to the team. I think tomorrow will be a tough race. Tyre degradation will be critical and we need to consider that. We usually have a good race pace and also had that in FP2 yesterday. I’m confident we can push for points tomorrow.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We are very pleased about this excellent result today. Especially for Esteban, who showed a fantastic performance. Finally his result in qualifying shows a step forward, which we were expecting during the last few races. Nico was unlucky, because there was a problem with his DRS, otherwise he would have made it into Q3 as well. Nevertheless, this puts us in a good position for the race tomorrow. Our strong performance also showed that all the hard work over the past few moths has paid off, and that we managed to significantly improve the car.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“Overall it was a very positive qualifying for us today. The circuit’s characteristics here in Singapore have proved a particular weakness for us in the past, including last year. We have been working hard to understand and improve in that area, and we see the result of that today with P10 and P11. Esteban drove fantastically. He delivered what we knew was always possible from him. With Nico there was a problem with the DRS activation in Q2, and, unfortunately, because of that he didn’t make it through to Q3. Part one is done now that we have qualified in a competitive part of the grid. Our goal now is to convert that into a double points result tomorrow."

Starke Vorstellung des Sauber F1 Teams im Qualifying zum Grossen Preis von Singapur mit den Startplätzen zehn und elf. Esteban Gutiérrez schaffte erstmals den Sprung ins Q3 und erzielte mit Rang zehn sein bisher bestes Qualifying-Resultat. Nico Hülkenberg hatte Pech, weil das DRS an seinem Auto im entscheidenden Moment nicht richtig funktionierte. Er blieb deshalb auf Rang elf hängen. Dennoch ist das eine hervorragende Ausgangslage fürs Rennen, zumal die Longruns gestern vielversprechend waren.

Wetter: trocken, 29-30°C Luft, 32-34°C Asphalt

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Qualifikation: 11.. in Q2 (1:44,555 /  superweiche Reifen)3. Training: 8. (1:45,876 min / superweiche Reifen / 19 Runden)

„Mein Qualifying lief sehr gut, bis zur letzten Runde in Q2, als es im ersten Sektor ein Problem mit dem DRS gab, das sich nicht schnell genug öffnete. Ich verlor dadurch zwei Zehntelsekunden, die mir für den Einzug ins Q3 gefehlt haben. Wir müssen nun schauen, was da schiefgelaufen ist. Weil Überrunden hier schwierig ist, wird das bestimmt kein einfacher Tag morgen. Insgesamt habe ich jedoch den Eindruck, dass wir in den letzten Rennen einen Schritt nach vorne gemacht haben. Ich hoffe, dass wir diesen Trend morgen fortsetzen können.“

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Qualifikation: 10. in Q3 (keine Zeit)3. Training: 17. (1:46,893 min / superweiche Reifen / 13 Runden)

"Mich als Zehnter zu qualifizieren, ist für mich ein besonderes Gefühl – eines, das mir gefehlt hat. Ich habe jeden Moment dieses Qualifyings genossen. Das Resultat war wichtig, weil ich heute beweisen konnte, dass ich liefern kann. Am Anfang lief es heute nicht so gut, aber ich habe mich an die Grenze getrieben und habe auch gut mit dem Team kommuniziert. Wir haben entschieden, aggressiver an die Sache heranzugehen, um den nächsten Schritt zu machen. Ich habe das in den freien Trainings geübt, und es ist schön zu sehen, dass das funktioniert hat. Danke an das Team für die gute Zusammenarbeit. Ich denke, dass es ein hartes Rennen wird, denn der Reifenabbau wird kritisch sein. Wir haben meistens einen guten Speed im Rennen, das hat sich auch gestern im freien Training angedeutet. Ich bin zuversichtlich, dass wir morgen um Punkte kämpfen können.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
"Wir freuen uns sehr über dieses hervorragende Qualifying-Ergebnis, insbesondere für Esteban, der eine ausgezeichnete Leistung geboten hat. Endlich zeigt ein Qualifying-Resultat den Aufwärtstrend, den er bereits in den vergangenen Rennen angedeutet hat. Nico hatte Pech, weil es an seinem Auto ein Problem mit dem DRS gab, sonst hätten wir es möglicherweise mit beiden Autos ins Q3 geschafft. Nichtsdestotrotz ist das eine ausgezeichnete Ausgangslage für morgen. Unsere starke Leistung zeigt auch, dass sich die harte Arbeit der letzten Monate ausbezahlt hat, und es uns gelungen ist, das Auto deutlich zu verbessern.“

Tom McCullough,
Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:"Insgesamt war das heute ein sehr positives Qualifying-Resultat für unser Team. In der Vergangenheit haben wir uns auf dieser Strecke mit ihren vielen langsamen Kurven immer sehr schwer getan – auch im vergangenen Jahr - , doch wir haben an den Schwächen gearbeitet und diese ausgemerzt. Das schlägt sich nun in den Startplätzen zehn und elf nieder. Esteban fuhr fantastisch. Wir wussten schon  lange, dass er das Potenzial zu mehr hat, und das konnte er heute zeigen. Nico hatte leider im entscheidenden Moment ein Problem mit dem DRS, was ihm den Einzug ins Q3 gekostet hat. Den ersten Teil haben wir nun mit den Plätzen zehn und elf im Qualifying hinter uns gebracht, nun ist es unser Ziel, mit beiden Autos in die Punkte zu fahren.“

Toro Rosso F1 Team - Singapore Grand Prix free practice 3 & Qualifiying Saturday 21 September 2013 at Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore

Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 0 1 ) 
Third Practice Session Best lap: 1: 46.358 , pos. 14 th , 16 laps 
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1: 45.379, (Q2) 1:44.407, (Q3) 1:44.439 , pos. 9 th 

“That was not an easy session and we had to work harder here to get to Q3 than we did in a few other races where we have managed it. I was a bit disappointed not to get a little bit more time out of my lap in Q3, with Jens on a couple of tenths ahead and it would have been nice to get that. So I think ninth is pretty good all things considered. As for the race, the guys who went out in Q2 might have a little bit of a tyre advantage, so let’s hope that doesn’t have too much i nfluence tomorrow. We will race as hard as we can and hope to stay in the points.” 

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 03) 
Third Practice Session Best lap: 1: 46.084 , pos. 11 th , 15 laps 
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1: 45.657, (Q2) 1:44.588 , pos. 12 th 

“It was extremely close and it’s a shame I didn’t make it to Q3. On the positive side, we worked very well with the team to get a good car for qualifying and we missed out by the smallest margin, even though the car was responding well. But I think we can have a good car fo r the race. This is a tough track, with over 20 corners and getting each one of them right on a single lap is not so easy, from a driving point of view and also when it comes to setting up the car. I am still optimistic for tomorrow and I believe that star ting twelfth, scoring points is a realistic target. It was very tight this evening and one tenth of a second could have made all the difference and I think there were a couple of places where I could have found that tenth, so it’s a bit frustrating, but th at’s it and tomorrow will be better.” 

James Key : “This track and possibly some of the conditions are not really playing to our strengths. We brought many new aero bits here, which we spent a lot of time evaluating on Friday, so that we had less time to look at other aspects of our performance. The good news is that the aero parts are working very well, but we then had a lot of work to do overnight to prepa re for FP3 to get the most out of the package. I think that, in the end, we succeeded : it’s extraordinarily close in the mid - field, while the top teams are some way ahead of the rest of us. We were fighting to be at the front of the middle group and we ach ieved that with Daniel. Once again, he did a great job to get into Q3, which we have come to expect from him now, when we have tricky weekends. Jev was less than two tenths behind him in Q2 and also did a good job. On Friday, our long run pace was better t han on the shorter runs, so naturally we are looking forward to having a strong race tomorrow.”

Caterham F1 Team - Singapore Grand Prix free practice 3 & Qualifiying Saturday 21 September 2013 at Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore

Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore - 21st September 2013  
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FP3: Dry; min / max track temp 34° - 32°, air temp 30° - 29°
Q1: Dry; min / max track temp 31°, air temp 29°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: VDG 1.48.931, 19th / PIC 1.49.037, 20th
Q1: PIC 1.48.111, 19th / VDG 1.48.320, 20th

Total laps:
FP3: VDG 17 / PIC 18
Q1: PIC 6 / VDG 6


Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

1802 – 1816: Run 1, 7 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: rear ride height, front wing flap angle
1826 – 1839: Run 2, 6 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front / rear ride height, front wing flap angle
1852 – 1902: Run 3, 5 laps (supersoft tyres)

2106 – 2113: Run 1, 3 laps (supersoft tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
2116 – 2122: Run 2, 3 laps (supersoft tyres)

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

1803 – 1818: Run 1, 7 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front / rear ride height
1826 – 1838: Run 2, 6 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front / rear ride height, front wing flap angle
1851 – 1900: Run 3, 4 laps (supersoft tyres)

2106 – 2112: Run 1, 3 laps (supersoft tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
2116 – 2122: Run 2, 3 laps (supersoft tyres)

Driver quotes

Charles Pic: “We made a number of changes overnight for FP3 but on the first run it felt like we’d gone too much to the rear with the balance so the car felt unstable. We’d gone from predominantly understeer on Friday to too much oversteer on Saturday and even though the aero balance improved throughout the session the mechanical balance was still too much rearwards.

“In quali we waited for the first batch of cars to head out and then went for the first run on a new set of supersofts. The balance still wasn’t right, now the car had gone back to understeer but in the end the first run was ok and with the way the car was behaving I probably couldn’t have found too much more in qualifying. The good thing is that we have around seven tenths advantage over the Marussias and that’s good for us in the race as it means we can look at the fight ahead, not back. I’m looking forward to tomorrow as it’ll definitely be exciting and with the number of safety cars there’s been here over the years anything could happen.”

Giedo van der Garde: “FP3 wasn’t too bad – we definitely made some progress from Friday and even though there was still some of the understeer and front locking we’d had in FP1 and FP2 the car felt better. By the performance run at the end of the session I was pretty happy with where we’d got to so I was reasonably confident for qualifying.

“In Q1 we went for two runs on supersofts of one flying lap each. My first run was ok but I had a bit of traffic so I knew there was more time to come. On my second run I was pushing hard and just touched the wall which cost me a little bit of time, but overall I guess where we finished is ok. The main thing for the team is the gap we have to the cars behind so now it’s all about the race, making sure we avoid any problems and be there to take advantage of anything that comes our way.”


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Toro Rosso F1 Team - Singapore Grand Prix free practice 1 & 2 Friday 20 September 2013 at Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 03)
First Practice Session Best lap: 1: 49.348 , pos. 9 th , 23 laps
Second Practice Session Best lap: 1: 46.429 , pos. 12 th , 33 laps 

“We have some new things on the car here and we have spent today getting to understan d how they work. I would say they show good potential for improvement. It all went smoothly, so now it ’ s the usual story of looking at all the data to find the best possible set - up for tomorrow. It ’ s going to be a long night for everyone, but I am confiden t that we can come up with something useful. As part of the usual tyre evaluation, I did a long run on the Supersoft and it felt pretty good and I was quite pleased with that. The main area we need to work on for tomorrow is the balance. ”

Daniel Ricciardo ( STR8 - 0 1 )
First Practice Session Best lap: 1: 50.757 , pos. 18 th , 16 laps 
Second Practice Session Best lap: 1: 46.406 , pos. 11 th , 34 laps 

“In FP1 we found ourselves a little bit on the back foot, as I wasn’ t really comfortable with what I had underneath me. We made some adjustments for FP2 and they produced what we expected, which is positive. Now we have to fine tune those adjustments and then we can have a good package. In high downforce configuration and high temperatures we have struggled a bit this year, but I feel the changes to the car should see us make a step forward, although in Formula 1 you always have to remember that the other teams are also developing their cars. Today, myself and Jean - Eric wer e just outside the top ten, but I’m confident we can move forward from there tomorrow and if we get into Q3, then we can look forward to a strong race on Sunday.”

Laurent Mekies ( Head of Vehicle Performance ): “We spen t most of the morning taking a first look at updates on the aero and mechanical side we have introduced here. We were trying to understand exactly what results they produce, in our efforts to improve our slow speed package, which so far this year has not b een as good as the one we run at medium to high speed tracks. We have acquired all the data we want, as both cars ran reliably throughout the three hours. I think it is going to be very tight between the midfield teams, on a track where it is always diffic ult to get the most out of the cars, because of its unusual characteristics. We will see a big progression from everyone tomorrow and we will also discover who got the most out of their package. That’s our challenge for tonight.”

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Singapore Grand Prix free practice 1 & 2 Friday 20 September 2013 at Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore

  During the first two practice sessions for the Singapore Grand Prix both Sauber F1 Team drivers evaluated modified aerodynamic parts. The first analysis is positive. Apart from that, it was a usual Friday evaluating the set-up and balance of the car and comparing the supersoft and the medium tyre compounds, which showed quite a difference. Qualifying will be particularly important in Singapore, as overtaking during the race is tricky on a tight street circuit like this. The drivers and engineers will now focus on finding the right set-up on low fuel in order to qualify well. The team is convinced the Sauber C32 has not yet reached its full potential.

Weather: dry, 29-31°C air, 31-33°C track

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 17th / 1:50.222 min (17 laps) 
2nd Practice 14th / 1:46.808 min (36 laps)

“During FP1 we struggled a bit with the set-up of the car and couldn’t really find a good rhythm. This afternoon was much better. I felt a lot more confident in the car. However, there is still room for improvement, especially on the option tyre. I think we can find quite a bit more in the lap time. Overall it was quite interesting that the harder tyre was quite weak for me during the long run, and the option performed a lot better. In that regard we still have a lot of work ahead of us.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 10th / 1:49.355 min (21 laps) 
2nd Practice 16th / 1:47.287 min (29 laps)

“It was an okay Friday. We managed to get in some good laps and we were able to get through some things that we were planning to do in order to improve qualifying. My experience is improving, but I need to work on certain things. We worked on the set-up of the car. The long runs look okay. There is a lot of thermal degradation on the tyres, which will be quite a challenge during the race. This is something we need to look into to try to find the right compromise for qualifying and a good race pace. Overall the car feels good, but we need to keep working on looking to qualifying tomorrow.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:“Today we evaluated our updated package and the super soft and the medium tyres. The initial analysis of the aero parts is good, and we will look further into those later on. There is a big difference in the tyre performance, on both low and high fuel. We still have some work to do, particularly with low fuel, but we think there is more potential in the car. With qualifying being so important, that’s where our main focus will be going into this evening to improve the car from FP3 onwards.
In den ersten beiden freien Trainings zum Grossen Preis von Singapur evaluierten die Sauber F1 Team Fahrer Nico Hülkenberg und Esteban Gutiérrez modifizierte Aerodynamikteile, die gut funktionierten. Ansonsten spulten sie ihr gewohntes Programm ab. Neben den Abstimmungsarbeiten verglichen sie die superweiche und die mittlere Reifenmischung. Dabei stellte sich heraus, dass zwischen den beiden Reifentypen ein sehr grosser Zeitunterschied liegt. Weil aufgrund der Streckencharakteristik das Qualifying hier sehr wichtig ist, werden sich Fahrer und Ingenieure vor allem darauf konzentrieren, die Abstimmung mit wenig Benzin an Bord zu optimieren. Sie sind überzeugt, dass das Potenzial des Sauber C32 noch nicht ausgeschöpft ist.

Wetter: trocken, 29-31°C Luft, 31-33°C Asphalt

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1. Training: 17. / 1:50,222 min (17 Runden
2. Training: 14. / 1:46,808 min (36 Runden)

„Während des ersten freien Trainings war die Abstimmung nicht optimal, und wir haben keine richtig gute Balance finden können. Das Auto fühlte sich im zweiten freien Training viel besser an. Allerdings haben wir noch Luft nach oben, vor allem auf den superweichen Reifen. Ich denke, dass wir da noch Zeit finden können. Insgesamt war es interessant zu sehen, dass der härtere Reifen während meines Longruns eher schwach war und der superweiche Reifen besser funktioniert hat. Das müssen wir uns noch mal genau ansehen.“

Esteban Gutiérrez:Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
1. Training: 10. / 1:49,355 min (21 Runden)
2. Training: 16. / 1:47,287 min (29 Runden)

"Der Freitag heute war in Ordnung. Wir konnten einige gute Runden hinlegen und einige Dinge abarbeiten, die wir geplant hatten, um uns im Qualifying zu verbessern. Ich sammle immer mehr Erfahrung. Wir haben an der Abstimmung des Autos gearbeitet, und die Longruns waren gut. Die Reifen bauten ziemlich schnell ab, was eine Herausforderung während des Rennens sein wird. Das müssen wir uns genau ansehen und versuchen, die richtige Abstimmung für das Qualifying und das Rennen zu finden. Insgesamt fühlte sich das Auto gut an, aber bis morgen haben wir noch einiges zu tun.“

Tom McCullough, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:"Wir haben heute unser Entwicklungspaket sowie die superweichen und Medium-Reifen evaluiert. Die erste Analyse der modifizierten Aerodynamikteile ist positiv. Wir werden nun die Daten weiter auswerten. Bei den Reifen gibt es einen Riesenunterschied zwischen den beiden Mischungen, sowohl mit wenig als auch mit viel Benzin an Bord. Vor allem mit wenig Benzin haben wir noch einiges zu tun, aber wir sind überzeugt, dass noch mehr Potenzial im Auto ist. Weil hier auf dieser Strecke das Qualifying besonders wichtig ist, werden wir uns hauptsächlich darauf konzentrieren, das Auto in dieser Konfiguration weiter zu verbessern."