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Friday, January 31, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - T01 Day Four Report (31 January 2014 Jerez) driver Adrian Sutil

Jerez de la Frontera, 31st January 2014 – Today marks the end of the four day test in Jerez. Adrian Sutil completed 69 laps at the wheel of the Sauber C33-Ferrari. During the four days Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil completed a total of 163 laps (721.764 km). The team was able to gain experience with the vastly different systems that are being introduced for the 2014 season. All the data and what has been learnt will be analysed in the factory over the next two weeks in order to be well prepared for the next test in Bahrain.


Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera / 4.428 km
Driver: Adrian Sutil
Weather: sunny, air 12-15°C, track 12-15°C
Chassis / engine: C33-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 69 laps, 305.532 km
Fastest lap: 1:36.571 min

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Today it was raining on and off, with the track not really drying. However, that didn’t affect our programme. Compared to yesterday and the day before, we can see that the car has improved. During the past four days we were able to complete a total of 163 laps. Our main target was to focus on the reliability of the C33. We wanted to get to know all the new systems and get as much mileage as possible. With all the data we gathered we will be busy over the next two weeks. For the next two tests in Bahrain we will bring a major aerodynamic package. This will allow us to also focus on performance, as well as the reliability of the C33.”

Adrian Sutil:
“The track conditions today were tricky, in addition to having low grip and low downforce. I’m quite happy that the brake-by-wire system worked today. We still have to get to know it better, but we have a lot of data that we can analyse and learn from. This test was more like a roll-out for us, so the spec was very different to what we are going to have on the car ultimately. This test was a big task for the driver as well as the team. We completed quite a few laps here, which is particularly important for the power unit. We didn’t have too many problems, but it is still a lot of work to do, as the cars are still quite young. In Bahrain I think we can start to work on the performance of the car. The temperature will be closer to race conditions and we will have a different package on the car. I’m looking forward to that.”

What comes next
This was the final day of testing in Jerez. The next tests will take place from 19th to 22nd February and 27th February to 2nd March, both in Bahrain.


Caterham F1 Team - T01 Day Four Report (31 January 2014 Jerez) driver Kamui Kobayashi








Jerez, Spain - 31st January 2014

Driver: Kamui Kobayashi

Chassis: CT05-#01

Total laps: 54

Driver: Kamui Kobayashi

Chassis: CT05-#01

Total laps: 54

Kamui Kobayashi: “First I want to say thank you to the whole team for making me feel so at home so quickly. My first day in the car may have ended earlier than we’d planned after another problem with the Renault engine, but, from where we’ve been earlier this week, it’s very good to have completed 54 laps. For me, it was also good to be back in an F1 car and to be working with a team that I’m already feeling very happy with.

“In the morning we started on a very damp track so we were on full wets until about 1030 when we went onto inters as the track was starting to dry. We were working through a number of different engine maps and were definitely making progress but just after lunch we had another engine problem which meant we had to stop.

“We were going to try some longer runs in the afternoon, and I’m sure we’d have made more progress, but now we’ll go back to the factory to work through all the information from this test and aim to build on our better last day here when we get to Bahrain.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Track Support Leader, Renault Sport F1: “Despite having to finish our Friday a couple of hours before the end of the session, this was still a much better day for us. We were able to work through a busy program with Kamui, looking at different engine maps and torque settings and, until the issue that stopped us running, it was clear that we made some progress on reliability.”

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: “I’m pleased for the whole team that we managed to finish the test with a more decent number of laps today, but there is still clearly a lot of work to do to prepare for the next test. Obviously a lot of the focus is on Renault, and it is imperative that they make significant progress on all areas of engine performance and reliability, but we are in partnership with them and we will work as closely as we always have to help them find solutions and deliver the package we know they can on track.

“For our team, it’s been a tough but interesting week and I’m proud of how hard everyone on track in Spain and back at base in Leafield has been working. We’ve given Marcus, Kamui and Robin tracktime, albeit limited in Marcus and Robin’s cases, and I’m pleased to see how well all three are fitting into the team.

“Now we have just over two weeks to prepare for the Bahrain tests and everyone is ready for the work that lies ahead. Our 60% scale wind-tunnel program at TMG in Cologne also started on Tuesday, the first day on track in Spain, and that’s a big plus for us as we look to develop CT05 now and throughout the season to come.”

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Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham CT05 2014 F1 Pre Season Test 1 - Day 4 Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain. Friday 31 January 2014. Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham CT05 Renault. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT


#F1 31 January 2014 Day 4 of pre-season testing at Jerez Spain

Times 
1. Massa 1:28.229 (86v)
2. Alonso 1:29.145 (115v)
3. Juncadella 1:29.457 (81v)
4. Magnussen 1:30.806 (110v)
5. Hamilton 1:30.822 (41v)
6. Bianchi 1:32.222 (25v)
7. Sutil 1:36.571 (69v)
8. Rosberg 1:36.951 (91v)
9. Kobayashi 1:43.193 (54v)
10. Kvyat 1:44.016 (9v)
11. Ricciardo 1:45.374 (7v)



#F1 30 January 2014 Day 3 of pre-season testing at Jerez Spain

Times
1.-Magnussen (McLaren) 1:23.276 2.-Massa (Williams) 1:23.700 3.-Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:23.952 4.-Button (McLaren) 1:25.030 5.-Alonso (Ferrari) 1:25.495 6.-Hulkengerg (Foce India) 1:26.096 7.-Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1:29.915 8.-Sutil (Sauber) 1:30.161
1.-Magnussen (McLaren) 1:23.276 2.-Massa (Williams) 1:23.700 3.-Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:23.952 4.-Button (McLaren) 1:25.030 5.-Alonso (Ferrari) 1:25.495 6.-Hulkengerg (Foce India) 1:26.096 7.-Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1:29.915 8.-Sutil (Sauber) 1:30.161
One and a half hour queues to enter the Circuito de Jerez - "the Alonso Effect"



Towards the end of the session we did a few installation laps. On the last one the tyres lost a lot of temperature, it caught me by surprise when I accelerated out of the corner, shifting up from third to fourth on a straight line, and suddenly the car snapped and I went off. It’s all repairable but it  will be a long night.”

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - T01 Day Three Report (30 January 2014 Jerez)


JEREZ TEST - DAY 3
Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera, 4.423 kms

Driver: Jean - Eric Vergne
Car: STR9 chassis number 01
Laps: 30 Best time: 1: 29.915

The STR9 was back on track and completed 30 laps with Jean - Eric Vergne at the wheel, which is a much more positive result than yesterday, showing that work is going in the right direction. The team was able to complete some useful work on checking the systems, even if it is still too early to assess the overall performance of the package. Generally , today’s work was a good step forward .

Daniil Kvyat takes over behind the wheel tomorrow for the fourth and final day, where we hope to learn more about the car and the power unit.

Jean - Eric Vergne: “It was still a difficult day, but I'd say a lot more posi tive than the previous two, in fact it was a massive step forward. Towards the end, we were able to complete a few laps with the power unit running well. I am pleased with the work done by the team, especially on the Renault side. After yesterday, everyone sta yed calm and identified the problem. I believe we now have a good basis on which to work overnight so that tomorrow we can make even more progress.”





Caterham F1 Team - T01 Day Three Report (30 January 2014 Jerez)








Jerez, Spain - 30th January 2014

Driver: Robin Frijns

Chassis: CT05-#01

Total laps: 10



Robin Frijns: “Even though we had limited running today it’s still good to be back in an F1 car, especially with a team where I already feel like part of the family. Since we made the announcement last week everyone’s been really good with me, integrating me into the whole setup at the factory and here in Spain much more than I’ve been with my previous teams, so it’s a good feeling.

“We started this morning on time and ran through a few installation laps so we could keep working through all the systems we need to get right before we can start to push on performance. The car was behaving pretty strangely, mainly down to the way the power’s being delivered, and it was pretty stop / start as we kept having to make adjustments for each run. After lunch we had a power unit problem that meant the guys had to take the floor off and replace a couple of parts, and that’s a big job with how complicated everything is – in the end the clock beat us and we couldn’t get back out before the end of the session, and while that’s obviously not ideal, it’s what testing’s for.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Track Support Leader, Renault Sport F1: “Another tough day but one where we continue to learn important information about the 2014 Power Unit and what we need to do to improve reliability and allow the team to start working on performance. Robing Frijns was sent out in the car early and we started working through a number of programs but just after lunch we found a problem with the Power Unit that required us to change a part which, unfortunately, ended our running early. We have identified the source of the issue and will work overnight to ensure it does not occur again, giving the team the chance to add to the lap count tomorrow.”

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Robin Frijns, Caterham CT05 2014 F1 Pre Season Test 1 - Day 2 Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain. Thursday 30 January 2014. Robin Frijns, Reserve Driver, Caterham F1. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.

Sauber F1 Team - T01 Day Three Report (30 January 2014 Jerez)

Jerez de la Frontera, 30th January 2014 – Adrian Sutil took over the wheel of the Sauber C33-Ferrari for the first time today. He was happy to be in a car again and work with a new team. Unfortunately an accident ended the day an hour early for the team.


Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera / 4.428 km
Driver: Adrian Sutil
Weather: sunny, air 10-16 C, track 11-22 C
Chassis / engine: C33-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 34 laps, 150.552 km
Fastest lap: 1:30.161 min

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“There is always a lot to learn when a driver who is new in the team jumps in the car for the first time. Adrian was no exception, so on one side it was enjoyable to start the work on track with him, and on the other it was another busy day with its highs and lows. The experience we are accruing, mostly on the power-unit and brake-by-wire system side, is very valuable in preparation for the season. However we had some delays, and eventually an accident left us short of the planned mileage. It was a number of factors coming together that led to this incident. We will work hard overnight to repair everything and be ready for more testing tomorrow.”

Adrian Sutil:“It was nice to be back in a car, as well as in a different team for the first time. It was a pleasure, and the team has done a fantastic job to get the C33 ready. It is very different to drive, as it has much more torque and sounds different. It’s very quiet, but the power is definitely there. It’s early on, so the systems are not always working exactly as they should. But we did a few decent runs. Our biggest issue was the brake-by-wire system, so we still need to work on that. Also to get a feeling for the tyres is quite tricky. The hard tyre is very hard, so it is going to be a big challenge to make them work. Towards the end of the session we did a few installation laps. On the last one the tyres lost a lot of temperature, it caught me by surprise when I accelerated out of the corner, shifting up from third to fourth on a straight line, and suddenly the car snapped and I went off. It’s all repairable but it  will be a long night.”




What comes next
Adrian Sutil will be driving the Sauber C33-Ferrari for the final day of testing tomorrow.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Caterham F1 Team - T01 Day Two Report (29 January 2014 Jerez)








Jerez, Spain - 29th January 2014

Driver: Marcus Ericsson

Chassis: CT05-#01

Total laps: 11


Marcus Ericsson: “11 laps today and our first couple of full runs in the new car, so we are starting to work through the program. I’d obviously like to have had more time in the car, but we knew we’d have the sort of issues that have limited our running today so it’s nothing to be down about for me.

“The more time I spend with the team, in and out of the car, the more comfortable I’m feeling. Everyone’s being really helpful and I’m starting to build a good relationship with my engineer, so even with the technical issues that we and every team are having, I’ve learnt a huge amount already in the last couple of days. Now the aim is to put some more laps on the board tomorrow and Friday and then I’ll be back to the factory for more sim work before heading to Bahrain and my next run in the car at the second and third tests.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Track Support Leader, Renault Sport F1: “Obviously the plan for today was to put some mileage on the Power Unit and check the behaviour of all the systems step by step. Unfortunately we were a bit delayed this morning by software issues but once we started we were able to follow our programme with some initial power unit map adjustment and then some work with the ERS system in the following couple of runs. The car stopped on track in the afternoon and it was the end of the day for us as we didn't have time to charge the battery and send the car back out before the flag. In the end it was a productive day as we were able to test a couple of things which will be very useful for us for tomorrow.”


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#F1 29 January 2014 Day 2 of pre-season testing at Jerez Spain

Lap times
1. Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:24.165, 43 laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:24.812, 47 laps
3. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 1:25.344, four laps
4. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:25.588, 97 laps
5. Sergio Perez (Force India) 1:28.376 , 37 laps
6. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) 1:33.270, 53 laps
7. Marcus Ericsson (Caterham) 1:37.975, 11 laps
8. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:38.320, 8 laps

Sauber F1 Team - T01 Day Two Report (29 January 2014 Jerez)

Jerez de la Frontera, 29th January 2014 – The Sauber F1 Team had a productive second day of testing. The team continued assessing the reliability and performance of the Sauber C33-Ferrari. The track was damp in the morning, allowing running on wet and intermediate tyres. Esteban Gutiérrez completed a total of 53 laps overall.


Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera / 4.428 km
Driver: Esteban Gutiérrez
Weather: light rain, cloudy, air 10-17 C, track 10-20 C
Chassis / engine: C33-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 53 laps, 234.684 km
Fastest lap: 1:33.270 min

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Today we continued assessing reliability and performed a number of functions checks. At this stage of the development progress follows a steep curve and, while we keep working hard, we are rather pleased with our achievements.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
“Today we were able to do a lot of laps, which is very positive. Considering the circumstances, it is very important to put in this mileage. We found some issues in the systems, which is something to work on and part of the process. Obviously at this stage I was not able to push. Before we can take it to the limit our priority is reliability. We had some issues with the brakeing system, where it was better to go easy in the braking zones, figure out how the system reacts, get mileage and sort it out.”

What comes next
This was the final day of testing in Jerez for Esteban Gutiérrez. Tomorrow and Friday Adrian Sutil will be driving the Sauber C33-Ferrari

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - T01 Day One Report (28 January 2014 Jerez)

Jerez de la Frontera, 28th January 2014 – The Sauber F1 Team enjoyed a successful roll-out of the Sauber C33-Ferrari in Jerez. At about 20 minutes past 11.00 this morning, Esteban Gutiérrez took to the track for the very first time in the C33 with the V6 turbocharged engine. During the day he completed seven laps.


Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera / 4.428 km
Driver: Esteban Gutiérrez
Weather: Sunny, then overcast, air 13-17 C, track 16-20 C
Chassis / engine: C33-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 7 laps, 30.991 km
Fastest lap: 1:37:828 min

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“The main target today was to get the car on track and the team has done a brilliant job over the winter to accomplish that on time. Obviously with the significant changes there were issues that needed to be solved throughout the day. We have to understand and analyse those properly, which is why we couldn’t run that much today. What we did today was a good achievement for the team and now we have a lot to work on for tomorrow.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
“It was a big achievement to get our car on track on the first day of testing, and I am proud that I was the first one to drive it. Especially because of all the rule changes, it is very complex but the team has done a good job. The feeling in the car is not what I have been used to. The engine and the power it produces and the sound are very different, but we will get used to that. It’s just a different characteristic. It was important to get some running today. These four days of testing are to see if all the systems are working, and that’s the most important. It is way too early to comment on the drivability. We will get there during the second and third per-season tests in Bahrain. We will get the electronics and everything else sorted first and I think we are going in a good way to achieve that.”








What comes next
- Tomorrow Esteban will be driving the Sauber C33-Ferrari again. Adrian Sutil will take over on Thursday and Friday

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - T01 Day One Report (28 January 2014 Jerez)

Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera, 4.423 kms Driver:

Jean - Eric Vergne
Car: STR9 chassis

number 01 Laps: 15
Best time: 1: 36.530

A new Formula 1 got underway today at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit with the first of twelve days of pre - season testing. In the past, the first test was very much a case of business as usual, but with the massive changes to the technical regulations, just getting a car to run on track was a major achievement.

Scuderia Toro Ross did a bit better than that, with Jean - Eric Vergne managing to complete 15 laps, the third longest distance of the day. There were the inevitable teething problems and the car sto pped out on track with a software issue, which brought the day to an early end. However, overall this was a positive start and tomorrow, after a long night analysing data, the STR 9 will take to the track again, this time with Daniil Kvyat having his first official day at the wheel.

Jean - Eric Vergne : “It would be easy to say things did not go well today, because the car stopped, because we didn’t use full power and therefore I did not get a chance to see what the car feels like. However, that is the wrong way to look at things, because we expected plen ty of difficulties, especially learning about how the new type of power unit works. In fact, I would say this was a positive day, because just getting the car on track was an achievement, so the team can be pleased with that as it was down to their hard wo rk. From my point of view, it was also interesting to work with my new race engineers for the first time and to be back enjoying the atmosphere of the Formula 1 paddock. Now, we will spend a lot of time looking at all this data tonight and then Daniil will move the programme forward tomorrow. Overall, a satisfactory start to the season in very difficult conditions.”

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Caterham F1 Team - T01 Day One Report (28 January 2014 Jerez)

Jerez, Spain - 28th January 2014


Driver: Marcus Ericsson

Total laps: 1 (installation)

Fastest lap: n/a

Marcus Ericsson: “I’m very proud to have completed my first lap as an F1 driver today, and want to thank everyone in the team for working so hard to get the car ready for day one in Jerez. We’d planned to unveil it before the track opened this morning but put that back until later in the afternoon after a few problems with the final car assembly, but that was to be expected with so much new technology on the car.

“The reaction to the car has been huge – people either love it or hate it, but for me it’s not really important what it looks like as what counts is how quick it is. If it’s fast then I really don’t care if it’s the worst looking thing out there, if it’s slow but beautiful then what’s the point of that? We obviously won’t know really where we are until quali in Australia, and one installation lap on day one isn’t going to tell us a lot about the car, but to have got that first lap out of the way and on to day two is a good feeling, and, for me, a positive way to start my life as an F1 driver.”

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: “F1’s new era began today and I’m pleased we were part of the day one action, albeit in a small way with one installation lap completed. That lap is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work by everyone in our team, working flat out back in the UK and here in Spain and I want to thank everybody for helping us achieve our first goal today. It was also good to see how calm Marcus was today with a lot going on around him. He’s been positive all day and when he was told it was time to get in the car for his first lap as an F1 driver he was just as calm as ever and that’s a good sign for his season ahead.

“We were looking at running other installation laps towards the end of the day but an engine issue cut that short so now the night shift are coming on track, ready to push on through to tomorrow when we want to complete a more significant mileage.”

Ends

#F1 28 January 2014 Day 1 of pre-season testing at Jerez Spain

Times - 1 Raikkonen, 1m27.104s – 30 laps 2 Hamilton, 1m27.820s – 18 laps 3 Vergne, 1m36.530s – 15 laps 4 Gutierrez, 1m42.257s – 7 laps 5 Perez, no time – 4 laps 6 Bottas, no time – 2 laps 7 Ericsson, no time – 1 lap
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m27.104s, 31 laps Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m27.820s, 18 laps Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1m30.082s, 7 laps Sergio Perez, Force India, 1m33.161s, 11 laps Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1m36.530s, 15 laps Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1m42.257s, 7 laps Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, no time, 3 laps Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, no time, 1 lap
Read more at http://en.espnf1.com/f1/motorsport/story/143273.html#Suopdzgb0wt7AfZ4.99
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m27.104s, 31 laps Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m27.820s, 18 laps Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1m30.082s, 7 laps Sergio Perez, Force India, 1m33.161s, 11 laps Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1m36.530s, 15 laps Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1m42.257s, 7 laps Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, no time, 3 laps Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, no time, 1 lap
Read more at http://en.espnf1.com/f1/motorsport/story/143273.html#Suopdzgb0wt7AfZ4.99





























Caterham F1 Team - 2014 #CT05 launch Tuesday 28 January at Jerez Spain

Jerez, Spain - 28th January 2014

CT05, the Caterham F1 Team car that Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson will be competing with in the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship was unveiled today in Jerez, Spain.

The first car to be fully designed and built at Caterham’s Leafield Technical Centre, CT05 is the team’s answer to the all-new F1 regulations that have come into force in 2014. The car will race in Caterham’s new all-green 2014 livery and, for the fourth year in a row, will be powered by Renault Sport F1, using the new Renault Energy F1 engine mated to a Red Bull Technology gearbox.

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal and CEO, Caterham F1 Team: “Unveiling CT05 is a proud moment for me and the whole team, especially with both F1 and Caterham entering a new era in 2014. Our shareholders and partners have made major investments in the people and facilities at Leafield, giving us  a platform to work on the 2014 car that is now much closer to many of the teams ahead and, this  year, there is no reason for this to not materialize directly to performance on track.

“We believe CT05 is a good starting point for us to deal with the new regulations and their associated challenges, in particular in terms of reliability. We have a lot of very talented people at Leafield who have worked tirelessly to bring this car to life and everyone has played a part in helping us exceed all the targets we set. We obviously won’t know where we really are in relation to the other teams until the first race, but we believe we have answered the challenges presented by the new regulations as effectively as we can.

“We also have very good reason to be positive about how this car will develop throughout the season ahead. Thanks to our relocation in 2012 to at the core of the “F1 valley”, and a highly selective recruitment plan, our staff are now a good mix of experience and young talent and we have moved our wind-tunnel program to the Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) facility in Cologne, Germany. This means we are now working at 60% scale, a significant improvement over our previous facility and another sign of just how serious we are about making real progress this year. In addition to the TMG move is an improved partnership with Dell / Intel which gives us, among many other benefits, a major upgrade to our CFD capability, a critical part of our design toolbox that is even more important this year with the rule changes governing wind-tunnel use in 2014.

“In Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Technology we have technical partners that have powered the World Championship winning team for the last four years, and, while we are realistic enough to know we are very unlikely to be competing right at the front of the grid, there is no reason why we should not be fighting higher than we have done since we came into the sport in 2010. We have extensive experience of working with both Renault and Red Bull and that is going to be crucial this year. Reliability and energy management will play a key role in 2014, especially early in the season, so our experience of working so closely with both organisations since 2011 will definitely help throughout the course of the season.

“Finally, we have team partners with us again in 2014 that are the envy of the pitlane. I have already mentioned our increased partnership with Dell / Intel, but I also want to highlight the work we are doing with GE and Airbus Group. In GE we have a partner that has world-leading R&D, technical resources and people, and they have played an active role in the design and development of CT05. In addition to GE we also have Airbus Group and the benefits of a partnership with a company that leads the world in aeronautical design, testing, manufacturing and usage are obvious. Our technical integration with Airbus will grow throughout the season and it is this sort of true partnership that will help us achieve the goals we have set for 2014 and beyond.

“Behind the wheel in 2014 we have a good mix of experience, pace and passion in Kamui and with Marcus we have given another GP2 star the chance to make the step up to F1. His career has led him to 2014, the season he makes his F1 debut, and we are confident he will make the step up to the top level in the same calm yet quick manner he has shown throughout his career. Helping Kamui and Marcus develop the car throughout the year will be Robin Frijns and Alexander Rossi who will be our 2014 Reserves. Robin is an undoubted talent and we are pleased he sees that, with us, he can prepare fully for a future F1 seat. Alexander has been with us since 2011 and we have seen him develop enormously since then. Now he has a real chance to fight for the GP2 Championship throughout 2014, and continue his F1 development at non-GP2 race weekends, and in our simulator.”

Mark Smith, Technical Director, Caterham F1 Team: “Despite the major rule changes introduced this season, our design philosophy was actually only slightly different to usual for a totally new car.  We have still sought to maximise aero and mechanical performance within the regulations but there has been more emphasis than usual placed upon weight reduction and, bearing in mind how critical reliability will be this year, we have been slightly more conservative in the areas around the new power unit - cooling systems, exhausts, heat management etc.

“At the front of the car, the area that will obviously inspire most debate, we have focused a lot of effort on optimising flow structures around the nose, the front of the chassis and the reduced width front wing area, all in response to the 2014 regulation changes.  However, the package we start testing with is by no means our definitive answer and we fully expect to evaluate alternative solutions throughout the course of 2014, particularly now our 60% scale work has started in the TMG wind-tunnel in Cologne and our improved Dell / Intel HPC (High Performance Cluster) is coming on stream, significantly stepping up our CFD resource.

“Overall there were a number of other major areas the design team focused on - the front chassis height led us to opt for pullrod suspension which gives us the best solution from both a mechanical and aerodynamic perspective. Another focus area was cooling - charge air cooler packaging has driven the cooling architecture and consequently the sidepod and rear-deck bodywork and, at the rear end  of the car, our development has been driven by the removal of the beam wing, again as per 2014 regulations, and the exhaust ‘blowing’ effect we’ve seen in recent years – this has created a challenge all teams will face, how to recover the rear load generated by those areas in previous seasons, and, again, something that will continue to develop throughout the season ahead.”


Ends

2014 F1 Pre Season Test 1 - Preview
Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain.
Tuesday 28 January 2014.


Mercedes AMG F1 Team - 2014 #W05 launch Tuesday 28 January