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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Scuderia Ferrari F1 - Team Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit (5.554 km) 1/3 November 2013 (English video)

Get the inside track to the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Scuderia Ferrari and Shell prepare for the race.

For the next race in the Championship we head to Abu Dhabi. We'll hear from the Shell Motorsport team and Scuderia Ferrari on how the fluctuating temperatures during the race can affect the car's performance.

Plus, we hear from Mike Wakem (Engine Oil Development at Shell) on how Shell tests fuels under a range of temperatures to ensure the Ferrari team get the best possible performance from their car.

Featuring interviews with: Scuderia Ferrari Driver Fernando Alonso, Scuderia Ferrari Test Driver Marc Gené, Mike Evans from Formula One Fuel Development at Shell, Mark Wakem from Engine Oil Development at Shell and Scuderia Ferrari Head of Engine Development David Salters.
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Local Time
Fri 01 November 2013
Practice 1 13:00 - 14:30
Practice 2 17:00 - 18:30
Sat 02 November 2013
Practice 3 14:00 - 15:00
Qualifying 17:00
Sun 03 November 2013
Race 17:00

Central European Time
Fri 01 November 2013
Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30
Sat 02 November 2013
Practice 3 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying 14:00
Sun 03 November 2013
Race 14:00
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Pirelli - Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit (5.554 km) 1/3 November 2013 (English and Italian videos)

The tyre from a circuit point of view. The video will be focused on the effect temperatures have on the tyres.
Gli pneumatici dal punto di vista del circuito. Mario Isola spiega gli effetti che le temperature avranno sui pneumatici.


Local Time
Fri 01 November 2013
Practice 1 13:00 - 14:30
Practice 2 17:00 - 18:30
Sat 02 November 2013
Practice 3 14:00 - 15:00
Qualifying 17:00
Sun 03 November 2013
Race 17:00

Central European Time
Fri 01 November 2013
Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30
Sat 02 November 2013
Practice 3 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying 14:00
Sun 03 November 2013
Race 14:00
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Caterham F1 Team - Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit (5.554 km) 1/3 November 2013

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi - 30th October 2013
 
 




General
Race Laps: 55
High percentage of low and medium speed corners, like Hungary but with two long straights
Limited number of high speed corners: T2-T3 & T20
High fuel effect circuit
Medium-high brake energy but two high power braking zones
Braking stability & good brake cooling are very important
No major bumps on track
No kerbs are high but landing from kerb is very important for traction
In FP1 the track is usually dusty and green but the circuit evolves very quickly
Main observation is track temperature change: In FP1 and FP3 the ground temperature can be around 40°C, while for FP2, quali and the race it is often around 30°C - this is an important consideration for tyre evaluation and setup work

2012 Weather
Air/Track temp ( C): 31 / 42
Pitlane altitude (m): 0
ATM Press (HPA): 1011
Hum (%): 53
Wind (kph): S 1

2012 Timing
Qualifying
P1: HAM (1:40.630 Q3)
P2: WEB (1:40.978 Q3)
P3:  VET (1:41.073 Q3)
CF1T best: P19 KOV (1:44.956 Q1)

Race
P1: RAI (1:44.450 L50)
P2: ALO (1:44.090 L53)
P3: VET (1:43.964 L54)
CF1T best: P13 KOV (1:47.115 L51)

Circuit Particularity
Bumpiness: low
Overtaking chance: T8, T11
Kerbs: smooth
Ride height setting particularity: low
Engine severity: medium
Gearbox severity: medium / high
Lat/Long grip: medium
Aero eff ratio: low
Safety car history: 2012 – 2 (laps 9 – 14, 39 – 42), 2011 – none, 2010 – 1 (laps 1 – 5)   Track grip evo during w/e: high
Aero settings: high
Brake wear severity: medium / high
Brake cooling necessity: high

Driver quotes

Charles Pic: “India didn’t go to plan at all, but with Abu Dhabi back-to-back with the Indian GP we have the chance to come back right away at a track we all know very well. Our car does seem to perform better when the track conditions are hot and even though we race from the late afternoon into the evening, it’s still hot so we are definitely aiming to get back to the performance levels we’ve targeted for this stage of the season.

“Before going to Abu Dhabi I’m doing a couple of days filming in Dubai with Renault and what they have planned looks really cool. I’m excited about seeing how it all comes out and even though it’s obviously still work it will be a good way to relax away from the circuit for a few days.

 “After the filming I’ll be going to Abdu Dhabi and straight to work on Thursday. The track itself is a good technical challenge for both drivers and engineers and grip levels evolve a lot as the weekend continues but one thing we have to watch closely is how the tyre behaviour changes as the track temperatures go up and down - they can differ by up to 10°c between FP3 and qualifying so understanding how to get the best out of the tyres in the different conditions is very important. It’s also a track where you can overtake, at the end of the two long straights, so with DRS and KERS it’s a track where you do see fights up and down the grid – and that’s what both the fans and the drivers want!”

Giedo van der Garde: “Straight on to Abu Dhabi and race 17. I have a couple of days off to recharge after India which was obviously a disappointing end to what had been a pretty good weekend until my race ended so early. It’s good that the next race is in Abu Dhabi as it’s a track I know well having raced there in GP2 and run for two days in the F1 rookie test last year with Caterham.

“For me Abu Dhabi’s a great place to race, for the teams and fans. People used to have a go at the circuit layout but I think it’s pretty cool. The garages are air conditioned, the only ones like that anywhere we race,  and that makes life a bit easier for the boys in the garage. That’s important, particularly as we go to Abu Dhabi straight after India, but it’s not just that, it’s everything about the circuit that makes it a great race. The organisers have worked really hard to put on a lot of entertainment for the fans, not just the racing, the facilities are top class and there’s a really good atmosphere around the whole place for the race week.

“After a tough couple of races the main goal is obviously to get back to the performance levels we were putting in at races like Spa. We have the pace on Sundays to fight, we have the determination to keep pushing the teams ahead and maybe we just need a bit of the luck that seems to have deserted us recently. Our time will come, I’m sure of that.”
 
 
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Local Time
Fri 01 November 2013
Practice 1 13:00 - 14:30
Practice 2 17:00 - 18:30

Sat 02 November 2013
Practice 3 14:00 - 15:00
Qualifying 17:00

Sun 03 November 2013
Race 17:00

Central European Time
Fri 01 November 2013
Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30

Sat 02 November 2013
Practice 3 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying 14:00

Sun 03 November 2013
Race 14:00
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Circuit plan
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit (5.554 km) 1/3 November 2013

Hinwil, 29th October 2013 – After a disappointing race in India the Sauber F1 Team moves on to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is taking place from 1st to 3rd November. The team hopes to make up for lost ground in Abu Dhabi. Despite a minor setback, the team is optimistic for the race, because the performance of the car in India was again good. The goal will be to deliver a flawless weekend and score maximum points.


17th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 1st to 3rd November 2013

Nico Hülkenberg (car number 11):
“The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a stunning event, especially during twilight when you get some really nice footage and pictures. The paddock is really nice and probably has the best atmosphere of the year with very modern facilities. The track is pretty tricky and technical, especially the last sector which has a lot of twisty, 90-degree corners. It’s easy to get it wrong and overdo it in qualifying. It’s not one of my most favourite circuits. I think it’s too much stop-and-go and it’s missing a flow. We will have plenty of work to do so we can understand the tyres.”

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 12):
“The Yas Marina Circuit is a great place to have a Formula One race. I really enjoyed racing there in GP2 and also testing for Formula One in previous years. The track is pretty straightforward and I have quite a bit of mileage there. Sector one has two high-speed corners that are fun. Sectors two and three have a few tight corners, which require a lot of traction. After the Indian GP we will approach the weekend in a positive way and look forward to getting the maximum out of it. In terms of racing, to me it doesn’t make a difference if we race during the day or at night, but the atmosphere in Abu Dhabi is always good, and I look forward to the weekend.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“The Yas Marina Circuit has three very different sectors. The first one is short with a medium and two higher speed corners, the middle sector is dominated by long straights and tight low speed corners, while the final sector is a relentless sequence of mainly low to medium speed corners. The nature of the track is typically hard on the brakes and rear tyres. As in Delhi, Pirelli will provide the medium and soft tyre compounds. The main aim during free practice on Friday will be to understand how these tyres work at a very different circuit. We aim to continue our strong run of getting into Q3 to give ourselves the best chance of scoring points on Sunday.”
Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit / 5.554 km
Race distance: 55 laps / 305.355 km
Schedule: Qualifying 17:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CET), Race 17:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CET)

Nico Hülkenberg
Born: 19.08.1987 Emmerich (DE)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.84 m / 74 kg
First GP: Bahrain 2010

GP started: 54
Best race result: 4th Belgium (2012) Korea (2013)
Best qualifying: 1st Sao Paulo (2010)
Points 2013: 39 (currently 11th)
Points in total: 116

Esteban Gutiérrez
Born: 05.08.1991 Monterrey (MX)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.80 m / 63 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2013
GP started: 16
Best race result: 7th Japan (2013)
Best qualifying: 9th Korea (2013)
Points 2013: 6 (currently 16th)
Points in total: 6
The Sauber F1 Team has 45 points to its tally and currently holds 7th 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:
19:45-19:55 – Nico Hülkenberg – TV
19:45-19:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV

Saturday:
19:45-19:55 – Nico Hülkenberg – TV (German, then English)
19:55-20:05 – Nico Hülkenberg – written media (German)
20:05-20:15 – Nico Hülkenberg – written media (English)

19:45-19:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (Spanish)
19:55-20:05 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media  (English)
20:05-20:15 – 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.

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Local Time
Fri 01 November 2013
Practice 1 13:00 - 14:30
Practice 2 17:00 - 18:30
Sat 02 November 2013
Practice 3 14:00 - 15:00
Qualifying 17:00

Sun 03 November 2013
Race 17:00

Central European Time
Fri 01 November 2013
Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30
Sat 02 November 2013
Practice 3 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying 14:00

Sun 03 November 2013
Race 14:00
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Circuit plan
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Vorschau – 2013 Etihad Airways Grosser Preis von Abu Dhabi

Hinwil, 29. Oktober 2013 – Nach einem enttäuschenden Rennen in Indien zieht das Sauber F1 Team direkt weiter zum Grossen Preis von Abu Dhabi, der vom 1. bis 3. November stattfindet. Dort hat es die Chance, verlorenen Boden wieder gutzumachen. Trotz des kleinen Rückschlags reist das Team voller Optimismus nach Abu Dhabi, zumal die Performance des Autos in Indien erneut gut war. Für das Team geht es nun darum, ein möglichst fehlerfreies Wochenende abzuliefern und so maximale Punkte zu holen.


17. Lauf zur FIA Formel-1-Weltmeisterschaft, 1. bis 3. November 2013

Nico Hülkenberg (Startnummer 11):
„Der Grand Prix von Abu Dhabi ist ein tolles Event, bei dem es vor allem während der Dämmerung interessante Film- und Fotomotive gibt. Das moderne Fahrerlager finde ich sehr schön, es hat wahrscheinlich die beste Atmosphäre des ganzen Jahres. Die Strecke ist knifflig und technisch anspruchsvoll, vor allem der letzte Sektor hat viele gewundene und einige 90-Grad-Kurven. Da ist es leicht, im Qualifying einen Fehler zu machen. Der Kurs gehört nicht zu meinen Favoriten. Meiner Meinung nach ist es zu viel Stop-and-go, und es fliesst nicht so richtig. Wir werden einiges an Arbeit haben, um die Reifen auf dieser Strecke zu verstehen.“

Esteban Gutiérrez (Startnummer 12):
„Der Yas Marina Circuit ist ein toller Ort für ein Formel-1-Rennen. Ich habe es in den letzten Jahren in der GP2 und auch bei Formel-1-Tests immer genossen, dort zu fahren. Ich konnte eine Menge Erfahrungen sammeln. In Sektor eins gibt es zwei schnelle Kurven, die richtig Spass machen. Die Sektoren zwei und drei haben ein paar enge Kurven, in denen Traktion massgebend ist. Nach dem GP von Indien werden wir das Wochenende positiv angehen, nach vorne schauen und versuchen, das Optimum herauszuholen. Was das Rennfahren angeht, macht es für mich keinen grossen Unterschied, ob ich bei Tag oder bei Nacht fahre, aber die Atmosphäre in Abu Dhabi ist immer speziell, und ich freue mich auf das Wochenende.“

Tom McCullough, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Der Yas Marina Circuit hat drei sehr verschiedene Sektoren. Der Erste ist eher kurz mit einer mittelschnellen und zwei schnellen Kurven. Der zweite Sektor wird von langen Geraden und engen, langsamen Kurven dominiert. Im letzten Abschnitt folgen langsame bis mittelschnelle Kurven direkt aufeinander. Der Kurs stellt hohe Anforderungen an die Bremsen und die hinteren Reifen. Wie schon in Delhi wird Pirelli die Medium- und die weichen Reifen zur Verfügung stellen. Im freien Training am Freitag gilt es dann, diese Reifenkombination auf einer Strecke, die sehr anders ist als der Buddh International Circuit, zu verstehen. Unser Ziel ist es weiterhin, in das Q3 zu vorzudringen, um die bestmögliche Ausgangslage für Punkte am Sonntag zu haben.“


Rennstrecke:
Yas Marina Cirtuit / 5,554 km
Renndistanz: 55 Runden / 305,355 km
Zeitplan: Qualifying 17:00 Uhr Ortszeit (14:00 Uhr CET), Rennen 17:00 Uhr Ortszeit (14:00 Uhr CET)

Nico Hülkenberg
Geboren: 19.08.1987 Emmerich (DE)
Familienstand: Ledig
Grösse/Gewicht: 1.84 m / 74 kg
Erster GP: Bahrain 2010
GP gestartet: 54
Bestes Rennen: 4. Belgien (2012) Korea (2013)
Bestes Qualifying: 1. Sao Paulo (2010)
Punkte 2013: 39 (derzeit Platz 11)
Punkte insgesamt: 124

Esteban Gutiérrez
Geboren: 05.08.1991 Monterrey (MX)
Familienstand: Ledig
Grösse/Gewicht: 1.80 m / 63 kg
Erster GP: Melbourne 2013
GP gestartet: 16
Bestes Rennen: 7. Japan (2013)
Bestes Qualifying: 9. Korea (2013
Punkte 2013: 6 (derzeit Platz 16)
Punkte insgesamt: 6

Das Sauber F1 Team belegt derzeit mit 45 Punkten Platz 7 in der Konstrukteurs-WM

Zeitplan für die Gruppeninterviews am Wochenende
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Donnerstag:
13:30-13:40 – Nico Hülkenberg – TV (Deutsch, dann Englisch)
13:40-13:50 – Nico Hülkenberg – schreibende Medien (Deutsch)
13:50-14:00 – Nico Hülkenberg – schreibende Medien (Englisch)

13:30-13:40 – Esteban Gutiérrez – schreibende Medien (Spanisch)
13:40-13:50 – Esteban Gutiérrez – schreibende Medien (Englisch)
13:50-14:00 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV (Spanisch, dann Englisch)

17:00-17:20 – Monisha Kaltenborn – schreibende Medien (Englisch, dann Deutsch)
17:20-17.30 – Monisha Kaltenborn - TV

Freitag:
19:45-19:55 – Nico Hülkenberg – TV
19:45-19:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV

Samstag:
19:45-19:55 – Nico Hülkenberg – TV (Deutsch, dann Englisch)
19:55-20:05 – Nico Hülkenberg – schreibende Medien (Deutsch)
20:05-20:15 – Nico Hülkenberg – schreibende Medien (Englisch)

19:45-19:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – schreibende Medien (Spanisch)
19:55-20:05 – Esteban Gutiérrez – schreibende Medien (Englisch)
20:05-20:15 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV (Spanisch, dann Englisch)

Sonntag:
Nach dem Rennen stehen die Fahrer im von der FIA vorbereiteten Bereich für Interviews zur Verfügung; Monisha Kaltenborn im Teambereich.

Bei Teilnahme an der FIA-Pressekonferenz entfallen die jeweiligen Gruppeninterviews am betreffenden Tag

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Infiniti Red Bull F1 Team - Indian Grand Prix - the Team won the 2013 Constructors & Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Formula One Drivers’ Championship



4 In a Row! - Official Race Quotes


Sebastian Vettel wrapped up his fourth consecutive drivers' championship in style with a convincing win in Sunday's 2013 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix. The German, whose victory also secured a fourth straight constructors' crown for Red Bull, finished half a minute clear of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, with Lotus's Romain Grosjean an impressive third having started 17th.
(source: formula1.com)

The fourth championship elevates the Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver, who has won all of his titles consecutively, into an elite group of just three other drivers to win four F1 world drivers’ championships.
Juan-Manuel Fangio did it in the 50s, winning five titles altogether, Alain Prost took his fourth in the early 90s and Vettel’s fellow German Michael Schumacher claimed title number four with Ferrari in 2001, going on to win seven in total.

At just 26, Sebastian is not only the youngest F1 champion of all time, but also the youngest four-time world champion.

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER, Start Position: 1st
“First of all I would love to say thank you to the crowds, it was an unbelievable reception today and it’s a shame we are not racing here next year. I'm speechless. I crossed the line and I was empty. I took ages to think about something to say. It's one of these moments where you want to say so many things but you can't. It’s been such a phenomenal season. I think the team and the spirit inside the team is so strong; I said it on the radio already – it gives me so much power. It's a pleasure to jump in the car and go out for the guys and girls and try to give it all I have. The car was fantastic today. I didn’t think about the do-nuts before the race today – it just happened. My engineer directed for the usual procedure, but I said ‘not this time!’. There are so many people on the main grandstand here, I just had to do it. I want to say a big thank you to the team to all the people behind us. It was for sure not an easy season and even though people on the outside thought we had it in our hands, I think it was difficult. It a was tough season for me personally, to receive boos even though we haven’t done anything wrong; to overcome that and give the right answer on the track and get acceptance makes me very proud. To join people like Prost, Fangio and Michael is unbelievable. I think this is one of the best days in my life so far. There are so many people that I have to thank; I've always tried to listen and learn and it's incredible to race some of the best drivers in the world.”

Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: DNF, Start Position: 4th
“Obviously I’m pretty disappointed with today’s race, but there is not much I can do, the alternator went wrong with very short notice so we had to stop straight away. It's tough because we did a lot of things right this weekend, but I've got a smile on my face as I could not have done any more. Well done to Seb on his Championship and also to all the Team; to get a fourth title is amazing. It’s been a great job by the whole team to achieve the title four years on the trot and it has once again set itself as the benchmark for the others.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “To achieve four double World Championships is the culmination of an enormous amount of dedication and commitment from the whole team. For Sebastian to have joined the illustrious names of Fangio, Prost and Schumacher is an incredible achievement, especially at such a young age and it’s a privilege to work with him. It’s an enormous day for the Team to have won its fourth consecutive Constructors’ World Championship. Without the dedication and determination of all the staff from all of the departments throughout the company and from all of our Partners and the backing of Dietrich Mateschitz and support of Red Bull, none of this would be possible.  There’s going to be an awfully lot of happy people in Milton Keynes and Salzburg this evening. We’ve got three races to go and we’re just going to go for it. The most disappointing thing today was obviously the failure on Mark’s car when we were set for a 1-2 finish; we had a sudden alternator failure, but sometimes that’s racing. It was just desperately disappointing to happen while we were on course to achieve a 1-2 finish. I think it’s going to take quite a few days for this success to sink in and it’s important for the Team to enjoy the moment – we will be pushing all the way to the chequered flag in Brazil.”


ADRIAN NEWEY, Chief Technical Officer: “It’s difficult to verbalise what these Championships mean to be honest. Coming into the weekend we knew we had a good chance for both titles, but it’s one thing thinking you have a good chance and quite another to achieve it. It’s almost a relief that we’ve done it, it’s going to take a while to sink in. It’s a tribute to all the hard work, talent and focus of the guys and girls back in Milton Keynes. We started off with a very good season in 2009, against all expectations, and to have built on that with four consecutive doubles is absolutely stunning. More than anything I’d like to thank every single member of the team for that. Sebastian must now be considered one of the all-time greats. He makes mistakes sometimes, but he always learns from them; he’s very humble and the success and fame he has achieved over the last few years has never gone to his head; he remains with both feet firmly on the ground. The atmosphere we have in the team is very good; we’re just a straight forward team and we don’t pretend to be anything we’re not. These four Championships are a result of all the hard work, creativity and enthusiasm of everyone in Milton Keynes. ”

THIERRY SALVI, Renault: “Seb showed his capacity to be very, very quick yet again and to come back to the front despite a very early pitstop. That was a demonstration. Mark pushed very hard from the beginning and was a serious rival to Seb until his failure. A huge result for the team today, with the quadruple double finally done and dusted! It's a very proud moment for us to have contributed to these titles and to see the partnership go from strength to strength. It was not a perfect day with the alternator issue for Mark, but it doesn't have to sour the celebrations for too long.”

the statistics for Sebastian Vettel
• Only driver to win first three titles in succession.
• Only driver to win first four titles in succession.
• Youngest pole sitter - 21 years, 72 days - 2008 Italian GP.
• Youngest race winner - 21 years, 73 days - 2008 Italian GP.
• Youngest driver to be on the podium - 21 years, 73 days - 2008 Italian GP.
• Youngest driver to top a grand prix session - 19 years, 53 days - 2006 Turkish Grand Prix Practice Two.
• Most front row starts in a season - 18 from 19 races in 2011.
• Youngest driver to score a point - 19 years, 349 days - 2007 United States GP.
• Youngest driver to lead a race - 20 years, 89 days - 2007 Japanese GP.
• Most wins from pole in a season - Nine in 2011. Joint top with Nigel Mansell.
• Youngest pole and win - 21 years, 73 days - 2008 Italian GP.
• Youngest pole, win and fastest lap - 21 years, 353 days - 2009 British GP.
• Youngest pole, win, fastest lap and led every lap - 24 years, 119 days - 2011 Indian GP.
• Youngest World Champion - 23 years, 134 days - 2010.
• Youngest double World Champion - 24 years, 98 days - 2011.
• Youngest triple World Champion - 25 years, 145 days - 2012.
Championship leader for most races in a season - 19 races - 2011.
• Youngest race winner for two different teams - 21 years, 287 days - 2008 Italian GP for Toro Rosso and 2009 Chinese GP for Red Bull.
• Youngest winner of same grand prix on two occasions - 23 years, 98 days - 2009 and 2010 Japanese GPs.
• Most consecutive top two results in qualifying and the race - 11 - 2010 Brazilian GP-2011 British GP.
• Most pole positions at different GPs - 20 - joint top with Alain Prost.
• Most laps led in a season - 739 laps - 2011.
• Youngest driver to drive on a GP weekend - 19 years, 53 days - 2006 Turkish Grand Prix.
• Shortest time as an F1 driver before earning a penalty - Six seconds - speeding in pit-lane during practice for 2006 Turkish GP.
• Only driver to have won a title without winning a race in Europe (in 2012)
• Scored the most number of points in a season (392 in 2011)
• Stepped on the podium a record 17 times in a season (in 2011)
• He has the most number wins from pole position in a season (9)

Sauber F1 Team - Indian Grand Prix Race at Buddh International Circuit. Delhi Sunday 27 October 2013

After scoring points in the last four races, the Sauber F1 Team leaves empty handed from the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi. Up until a few laps before the end of the race Nico Hülkenberg was eighth, then a technical problem forced him to retire. Esteban Gutiérrez paid for his mistake early on in the race with a drive through penalty, because of a jump-start. This took away any chances of him scoring points.
Weather: hazy and dry, 29-30°C air, 32-34°C track

Nico Hülkenberg: 19th (DNF)
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Start on soft tyres, after 5 and 33 laps change to medium tyres, after 53 laps change to soft tyres after 54 laps retired

“Today I would have passed the finish line in eighth place. We don’t know yet what happened. When I was braking into the last turn something clicked and all of a sudden my brakes were gone. Something must have been broken on the car. Following that I pitted and went out again, but something wasn’t right. It is very disappointing.”

Esteban Gutiérrez: 15th
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Start on medium tyres, after 26 laps change to medium tyres and after 47 laps change to soft tyres

“This wasn’t a great weekend, yet I gained valuable experience during the race today. Unfortunately, I made a mistake at the start and I paid for that with a drive through. We had a good pace today and I had good fights with Fernando (Alonso) and Roman (Grosjean). I enjoyed that. The car had a very good balance. At the end I struggled a bit on the options, but still I think if I avoid mistakes and we are able to qualify better we can for sure finish in the top ten again.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We are very disappointed, because Nico was clearly in the points before a technical problem forced him to retire. Even if this was a set back today, it is important for us to know that our competitiveness is still there. We are able to score points and still have a chance to improve. Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull for winning the World Championships.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“Overall it is disappointing to end our points scoring run, when we had the pace with both cars. Unfortunately, there was a problem with Nico’s car, which we still don’t know what it is. We sent Nico out with a fresh set of tyres, but the car was not driveable and it was not possible to continue. We have to wait until we get the car back from parc fermé to determine the cause of the problem. With Esteban, the jump-start resulted in a drive through penalty, and, as a result, it was not possible to score points. On a positive note, the performance of the car gives us every confidence for the remaining races.

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Airtel Grosser Preis von Indien – Rennen
Nach vier Rennen in Serie in den Punkten ging das Sauber F1 Team beim Grossen Preis von Indien in Neu Delhi leer aus. Nico Hülkenberg lag bis wenige Runden vor Schluss auf einem sicheren achten Rang, als er von einem technischen Problem gestoppt wurde. Esteban Gutiérrez büsste seine Chancen schon früh im Rennen ein, weil er wegen eines Frühstarts eine Durchfahrtsstrafe erhielt, die ihn jeglicher Chancen, Punkte zu holen, beraubte.


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

Nico Hülkenberg: 19. (Ausfall)
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Gestartet auf weichen Reifen, nach 5 und 33 Runden gewechselt auf Medium-Reifen, nach 53 Runden auf weiche Reifen gewechselt, nach 54 Runden Ausfall

 „Ich wäre heute als Achter ins Ziel gekommen. Was passiert ist, wissen wir noch nicht genau. Beim Anbremsen auf die letzte Kurve hat es klick gemacht, und meine Bremsen waren wie weg. Daraufhin bin ich in die Box gefahren und anschliessend noch mal auf frischen Reifen raus, aber irgendwas hat nicht mehr funktioniert. Das ist sehr enttäuschend.“

Esteban Gutiérrez: 15.
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Gestartet auf Medium-Reifen, nach 26 Runden auf Medium- und nach 47 Runden auf weiche Reifen gewechselt

„Das war kein gutes Wochenende, trotzdem habe ich während des Rennens viele Erfahrungen sammeln können. Leider habe ich beim Start einen Fehler gemacht und mit einer Durchfahrtsstrafe dafür bezahlt. Wir hatten eine gute Pace, und ich hatte spannende Zweikämpfe mit Fernando (Alonso) und Roman (Grosjean), das hat Spass gemacht. Das Auto liess sich gut fahren. Am Ende machten mir die weichen Reifen etwas zu schaffen. Trotzdem bin ich überzeugt, dass wir auch in Zukunft um die Top-Zehn kämpfen können, wenn ich Fehler vermeiden und wir uns besser qualifizieren können.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Wir sind sehr enttäuscht, denn Nico war ganz klar auf Punktekurs, bevor er durch ein technisches Problem gestoppt wurde. Auch wenn das heute ein kleiner Rückschlag war, ist es für uns wichtig zu wissen, dass unsere Wettbewerbsfähigkeit absolut vorhanden ist. Damit sind wir in der Lage zu punkten, und wir haben weiterhin die Chance, noch einen Schritt nach vorne zu machen. Herzlichen Glückwunsch an Sebastian Vettel und Red Bull zum überlegenen Gewinn der Weltmeisterschaft.“

Tom McCullough,
Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:„Insgesamt ist es enttäuschend, dass wir unsere Serie, Punkte einzufahren, hier nicht fortsetzen konnten, zumal wir die Performance hatten, um mit beiden Autos unter die ersten Zehn zu kommen. Nico schied kurz vor Schluss durch ein technisches Problem aus. Wir haben ihn dann nochmals auf frischen Reifen auf die Strecke geschickt, aber das Auto war nicht mehr fahrbar, und so war er gezwungen, aufzugeben. Wir müssen nun abwarten, bis wir das Auto aus dem Parc Fermé bekommen haben, um festzustellen, was die Ursache des Problems war. Esteban erhielt nach seinem Frühstart eine Durchfahrtsstrafe und hatte damit kaum mehr Chancen auf Punkte. Positiv ist, dass unsere Performance gut war, was uns optimistisch in die verbleibenden drei Rennen gehen lässt."

Caterham F1 Team - Indian Grand Prix Race at Buddh International Circuit. Delhi Sunday 27 October 2013

Buddh International Circuit, India - 27th October 2013  
 




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Weather
Race: Hazy, dry, air temp 30° / track temp 34° (start), 30° / 33° (lap 30), 29° / 32° (lap 60)

Runplan
Charles Pic
Start on soft tyres
Lap 1: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 16: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Lap 39: hydraulics issue forces early retirement
DNF

Giedo van der Garde
Start on soft tyres
Lap 1: incident in turn one leads to broken suspension / front wing
DNF

Team Quotes

Charles Pic, car 20, chassis CT03-#6: “After the start and coming out of turn one I was ahead of Chilton and my teammate. Giedo didn’t have anywhere to go and made contact with my right rear tyre and it punctured which meant I had to come in immediately for a stop. We’d started on the soft tyres so we were always going to have to stop early, but obviously not on lap one, and with the time I’d lost with the first lap puncture I was back to where we were in Japan, having to play catch-up for the rest of the race.

“On the first set of mediums the car started behaving strangely and I was told to box again on lap 16. It turned out we had another puncture on the right rear and the tyre had lost a lot of pressure so we put on another new set of mediums and I pushed to close the gap to the cars ahead, but with such a big deficit it was always going to be unlikely I’d be able to catch and pass them. We gave it a go but we started losing hydraulic pressure, affecting the gearbox first, making changes harder, and then the steering started getting heavier and on lap 39 I was given the call to retire the car. My engineer explained afterwards  that we’d had to stop because of a hydraulics leak which is why we’d had problems with the gearbox and the power steering and we had to retire to stop any more problems with the rest of the car.

“Overall this has been a bit of a tough weekend, but we will keep fighting, next weekend and for the rest of the season.”

Giedo van der Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#4: “I’m really disappointed my race ended so early. I made a fair start but coming out of turn one Chilton left me no room and we made contact, breaking my front wing and suspension. It’s been made really clear to us that we have to give each other room but today I wasn’t given any at all and that’s what’s finished my race before it really got going.

“It’s such a shame as this weekend the car’s felt really good, the balance has been there right from the first practice session and we know we have the pace on Sundays to pull away from the cars we’re fighting with. Having it all end so quickly is obviously bad, for me and everyone in the team who keep working so hard, but we can come back from this straight away next weekend in Abu Dhabi and that’s exactly what I aim to do.”

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Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - Indian Grand Prix Race at Buddh International Circuit. Delhi Sunday 27 October 2013






Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 01)
Race Position: 10th 

“I am pretty pleased with today’s performance, even if during the race I thought we were looking better than a te nth place finish, especially after the first stint went well and the pace was looking good. It seemed as though we could have matched Sutil and Di Resta, so there’s a little bit of disappointment about the fact I couldn’t get past them and get a couple mor e points. Generally, I am pleased with what I did in the car and now we move on to Abu Dhabi, where we have a lot of support, so I hope we can give them a good result next Sunday. Vettel? Phenomenal! Particularly since the summer break, when he grabbed the title and never let anyone else look at it.”

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 0 4 )
Race Position: 13th 

“I think the strategy we had was a good one, coming in very early to get rid of the Soft tyre. It could have paid off to the extent of getting into the points, but we were just too slow, even though we did ever ything we could. I just couldn’t do better today, so of course I am disappointed, because making up one place from my grid position is not really enough. At least we only have a few days to wait before trying again in Abu Dhabi. Vettel? What he’s done is s omething truly special, so congratulations.”

Franz Tost:
“Firstly, our congratulations to Sebastian Vettel and Infiniti Red Bull Racing for their wonderful achievement today, with Seb taking a truly remarkable fourth consecutive Drivers’ title and the team doing the s ame in the Constructors’. As for ourselves, we knew it would be a very close fight in the mid - field, with so many cars having similar pace and that’s what we got. In Daniel’s case, we started him on the Medium tyre and he was able to run a long first stint , running as high as P3 for much of that time at a good pace. We knew it would be more difficult after that and he had a good fight with the guys around him. Towards the end, he found himself in a slow train and could not pass Sutil. With Jev, we tried the more extreme strategy of starting him on the Soft. In itself that was fine, because Di Resta was able to get a good result having made the same choice. But we lacked pace with Jev during the race and we struggled to move up the order, so he finished one p lace higher than he started, just as Daniel did.”
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Indian Grand Prix Qualifying & Free Practice 3 at Buddh International Circuit. Delhi Saturday 26 October 2013

The Sauber F1 Team’s feelings are mixed after qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi. While Nico Hülkenberg qualified seventh and managed to get into Q3 yet again, his teammate Esteban Gutiérrez had to accept P16. After a strong Q1, he was not able to match his lap in Q2 and now he has to make the best out of the situation. Nico’s goal is straightforward: he wants to get as many points as possible and strengthen the team’s position.


Weather: hazy and dry, 28-31°C air, 35-39°C track

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 7th in Q3 (1:25.883 / soft tyres)3rd practice: 4th (1:26.306 min / soft tyres / 17 laps)

“Overall it was quite a good qualifying. P7 is a good position for tomorrow, and I expect a close battle with the McLarens. They chose a different approach by qualifying on the hard tyre, we qualified on the soft, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. In the race we have to see how we get on with the soft tyres, as they didn’t look too good in free practice yesterday. Since then we have improved the car, so they should last a bit longer. The long runs on the medium tyre looked good.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 16th in Q2 (1:26.057 min / soft tyres)3rd practice: 19th (1:28.019 min / medium tyres / 15 laps) 

“Today, I think, we had good pace and managed to fix the issues we had yesterday. However, I struggled to feel comfortable with the track. It’s very slippery. Overall, it has been a complicated weekend, but we managed a good Q1. The car was handling really well and we were in a good shape for Q2. Then went over the kerb and the hit was quite hard, that distracted me quite a bit. My neck started to hurt a lot and now I have to take care of that to be ready for the race tomorrow.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We knew that qualifying wouldn’t be easy. Once more, Nico put in a flawless performance and will start from P7 in the race tomorrow. Esteban has been struggling to feel comfortable with the track the whole weekend, but managed to get a good time in Q1. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to match that in Q2 and will now try to drive a flawless race tomorrow. The aim for Nico is to get as many points as possible.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“The overnight changes we had made to the car gave a much better balance in FP3 on both the medium and, more importantly, the option tyre for Nico. Esteban had a difficult FP3 in the morning, not being able to get a clear lap on the option tyre. After a strong qualifying one he was not able to replicate the time in qualifying two. With Nico getting into qualifying three again, starting seventh, the strategy we have chosen and our race pace, our aim is to score points again."
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Caterham F1 Team - Indian Grand Prix Qualifying & Free Practice 3 at Buddh International Circuit. Delhi Saturday 26 October 2013

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Weather
FP3: Hazy, dry; min / max track temp 36° - 38°, air temp 28° - 29°

Q1: Slightly hazy, dry; min / max track temp 39° (Q1 start) - 38° (Q1 end), air temp 30°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PIC 1.27.941, 18th / VDG 1.28.498, 20th
Q1: VDG 1.27.105, 20th / PIC 1.27.487, 21st

Total laps:
FP3: PIC 18 / VDG 16

Q1: VDG 6 / PIC 7

Runplan
Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06
FP3
1123 - 1139: Run 1, 10 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front / rear ride height, brake balance, front / rear brake duct blanking
1149 - 1202: Run 2, 8 laps (soft tyres)

Q1
1405 - 1412: Run 1, 4 laps (soft tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1417 - 1423: Run 2, 3 laps (soft tyres)
Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-05
FP3
1122 - 1138: Run 1, 10 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1151 - 1201: Run 2, 6 laps (soft tyres)
Q1
1404 - 1409: Run 1, 3 laps (soft tyres)
Changes: n/a
1417 - 1422: Run 2, 3 laps (soft tyres)


Driver quotes


Charles Pic: "We started FP3 with the usual first run on the prime tyre and after the changes we made overnight I was much happier with the car. The front grip was a lot better and the car was now constant through the high speed sections - basically behaving more normally. We did still have some work to do improve entry stability on turn-in and on mid-exit, but overall it was a good step from Friday. The final time on the softs, on the second run, showed the progress we'd made overnight and even though the session was delayed at the start, it was still a good session.

"In quali the track had a bit more grip but on the first run I couldn't fully exploit that so we took a bit of front wing out and went for one quick lap on the second run. Unfortunately I was stuck between a couple of cars on that lap and couldn't find the space to put in the time we know is in the car, so ended up 21st."

Giedo van der Garde: "I was really happy with how the car had performed yesterday and it wasn't too much different at the start of FP3. I did have a bit of understeer in turns 10 and 11 so we added a bit more front wing to help with that, but overall it was still OK. On the performance run I was having issues with the front tyre warm up and a bit of understeer in the middle sector, so we made a couple more changes for quali to deal with that.

"We went for two runs on the options in quali and my first run was ok but there was definitely time to find, particularly in the middle sector. We had planned to go for two quick laps but it was clear we could find the time with just one so we went for it and my lap was pretty close to getting as much as I could from the car. The tyres weren't quite working at full performance in sector one, so maybe there was a tenth or two there, but sectors two and three were close to the maximum. Tomorrow we know we have the race pace to pull away from our nearest rivals, so we'll see how it works out."

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Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - Indian Grand Prix Qualifying & Free Practice 3 at Buddh International Circuit. Delhi Saturday 26 October 2013


Daniel Ricciardo (STR8 - 0 1 )
Third Practice Session Best lap: 1: 27.259 , pos. 17th , 18 laps
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1: 25.673 , (Q2) 1 : 25.519 , pos. 11th

“Honestly, when I crossed the line, my engineer came on the radio and told me I was currently P9 and I thought this could be good, but a few corners later I had dropped to P11. So I was a bit disappointed, even if I think I probably got the most out of it. We had a pretty intense morning, after I went off and damaged the car on Friday, which meant I didn’t do a long run. So we tried to do that today and as a result, we had to neglect our short run work a little bit. All the same, we did a good job in qualifying and being eleventh, I get a free tyre choice for the start, although I know some of the top ten opted to do their final runs on the Prime.”

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR8 - 0 4 )
Third Practice Session Best lap: 1: 26.876 , pos. 15th , 17 laps
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1: 26.155 , (Q2) 1:25.798, pos. 14 th

“I can be reasonably pleased with my fastest lap, as it was pretty clean, even if I lost a little bit of time on a kerb, but nothing too serious. It’s very close in our part of the field and we did a good job overnight and this morning to improve the car and there’s only a few tenths between a whole group of us. I think tomorrow in the race, with the Option tyre not lasting very long, there are plenty of choices we can make relating to strategy and I feel confident we can fight for a points position finish.”

Laurent Mekies (Head of Vehicle Performance) : “A super - tight qualifying, after it was already clear from yesterday that you had ten cars virtually tied together on lap time. We have ended up P11 with Daniel, half a tenth from making it into Q3. It is very close and both our drivers did a good job this afternoon, as Jev is only a couple of tenths down on his team - mate, but three places behind him. I think we have recovered some pace today and are genuine contenders in that very big mid - field. We will have a very tough fight tomorrow, as you can expect if you have ten cars within three tenths. We worked on our race pace this morning with Daniel, as we were unable to do so on Friday and here too, we feel we have made progress. We can look forward to an exciting race tomorrow.”

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sauber F1 Team - Indian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 & 2 at Buddh International Circuit. Delhi Friday 25 October 2013

It was a usual Friday for the Sauber F1 Team during the first two practice sessions at the Buddh International Circuit. While Nico Hülkenberg showed better pace, Esteban Gutiérrez was not as satisfied with his C32 today. The team was able to gather a lot of valuable tyre data and still has some work to do, especially to improve the performance on the soft tyre compound.



Weather: hazy and dry, 26-30°C air, 32-40°C track

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 9th / 1:27.770 min (19 laps) / 
2nd Practice 14th / 1:27.491 min (40 laps)

“Today was quite a good Friday. No big dramas, stable weather, and good running. We were able to work through the whole programme, so that was good. We collected some good tyre data, which is always most important on a Friday. Regarding the performance on the medium tyres, I’m quite happy with the car. On the soft tyre compound I think, we still need to work a bit and find better solutions for the set up. On both the low and high fuel runs it wasn’t ideal. Tomorrow I think we will be able to push for the top ten.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 16th / 1:28.538 min (18 laps) / 
2nd Practice 17th / 1:27.949 min (34 laps)

“It was a very complicated day. We were trying to find out exactly where we stood on the track and it’s been quite challenging, because the pace is just not there, neither on the high or the low fuel. I am not happy with the way the car is handling and the way it feels. I’m not very confident at the moment. Obviously, I was trying to do my best to put everything together, but we are missing quite a lot. The most surprising thing was the lack of pace in the long runs. The degradation on the soft tyre was quite high. Also on the medium tyre I wasn’t able to find the pace. We have to look into that now and see how we can improve the car as well as myself.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“Today was about understanding how the tyres performed on track, and optimising the car set-up around those. It’s clear from today’s running we still have a lot of work to do on the soft tyre for low fuel performance, and also the management on a long stint. We were much happier with how the car performed on the medium tyre, especially on the longer runs, which gives us confidence for the race. Our homework for tonight is to get more out of the car with the soft tyre. Esteban struggled with the lack of overall grip today. So we need to check the car and analyse the data so that we understand where this is coming from."
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Airtel Grosser Preis von Indien - Training

Es war ein typischer Freitag für das Sauber F1 Team auf dem Buddh International Circuit. Während Nico Hülkenberg heute insgesamt zufrieden war, hatte Esteban Gutiérrez mit seinem C32 noch einige Probleme. Das Team konnte wertvolle Daten über die Reifen sammeln und hat nun noch Arbeit vor sich. Es gilt vor allem, die Performance auf der weichen Reifenmischung zu verbessern.


Wetter: dunstig und trocken, 26-30°C Luft, 32-40°C Asphalt

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1. Training: 9. / 1:27,770 min (19 Runden) / 
2. Training: 14. / 1:27,491 min (40 Runden)

„Heute war ein guter Freitag. Wir hatten keine Probleme, stabiles Wetter und konnten viele Runden absolvieren. Wir konnten unser Programm so wie geplant abarbeiten, das war gut. Wir haben ausserdem eine menge Reifendaten gesammelt, was an einem Freitag das Wichtigste ist. Ich bin mit der Performance auf der mittleren Reifenmischung zufrieden. Aber auf der weichen Reifenmischung müssen wir uns noch steigern und eine bessere Abstimmung finden. Das war weder mit wenig noch mit viel Benzin im Tank ideal. Dennoch denke ich, dass wir morgen um die Top-Zehn mitfahren können.“

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
1. Training: 14. / 1:28,538 min (18 Runden) / 
2. Training: 17. / 1:27,949 min (34 Runden)

„Es war ein komplizierter Tag. Wir haben versucht, uns auf die Strecke einzustellen, aber das war nicht leicht, da uns die Performance fehlte, und zwar sowohl mit wenig, als auch mit viel Benzin im Tank. Ich bin mit der Balance des Autos nicht zufrieden, es fühlt sich nicht gut an. Das hemmt meine Zuversicht. Natürlich habe ich versucht, alles rauszuholen, aber wir sind ein ganzes Stück weg. Es ist vor allem überraschend, dass wir bei den Long-Runs nicht schnell genug waren. Die weichen Reifen bauten zudem rasch ab. Auch mit den Medium-Reifen waren die Rundenzeiten nicht zufriedenstellend. Wir müssen uns das nun ansehen, um festzustellen, wo wir das Auto und wo ich mich verbessern kann.“

Tom McCullough, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Heute ging es darum zu evaluieren, wie die Reifen auf dieser Strecke funktionieren und dann die Abstimmung des Autos entsprechend anzupassen. Die Ergebnisse heute zeigen, dass wir noch Arbeit vor uns haben was die weiche Reifenmischung anbelangt, und zwar sowohl mit niedriger als auch mit hoher Benzinmenge. Mit der Performance auf den Medium-Reifen sind wir schon mehr zufrieden, vor allem auf den Long-Runs. Das stimmt uns zuversichtlich für das Rennen. Heute Abend müssen wir nun feststellen, wie man das Beste aus dem Auto in Verbindung mit der weichen Reifenmischung herausholen kann. Esteban beklagte sich über mangelnde Reifenhaftung. Wir müssen nun sein Auto und dann seine Daten analysieren, um herauszufinden, wo die Probleme liegen."