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Friday, February 28, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - T03 Day Two Report (28 February 2014) driver Esteban Gutiérrez Bahrain International Circuit Sunny to partly cloudy, air 23-28 °C, track 27-37 °C

Bahrain International Circuit, 28th February 2014 – It was a good day of testing for the Sauber F1 Team. The priorities today were aero tests and practice of race weekend procedures. Esteban Gutiérrez completed several short runs in the morning and race simulations in the afternoon. Overall he completed a total of 106 laps.


Circuit: Bahrain International Circuit / 5.412 km
Driver: Esteban Gutiérrez
Weather: Sunny to partly cloudy, air 23-28 °C, track 27-37 °C
Chassis / engine: C33-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 106 laps, 573.672 km
Fastest lap: 1:39.976

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Today was a good day. We got through the programme smoothly. In the morning we were testing various aero maps and managed some race simulations in the afternoon. This means, in addition to the long runs yesterday, we are gaining more experience with the fuel management system. We covered a lot of race mileage and didn’t allocate many new tyre sets to the runs. We were able to really get into race weekend procedures. With a new car it’s always important to get the drivers and pit crew up to speed for the first race. This year it will be even more important to effectively manage all those routines, and we made progress in that regard today.” important to get the drivers and pit crew up to speed for the first race. This year it will be even more important to effectively manage all those routines, and we made progress in that regard today.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
“The mileage we covered today was great, and these were the most laps in one day for the team so far. From a reliability point of view, I think we are doing well so far. After some aero work this morning I was able to get into the long runs and race simulation. I also managed to get a feeling for different settings, including fuel saving, and that worked quite well. The pit crew and the engineers are working incredibly hard, and together we were able to get used to race weekend procedures.”

What comes next
Each driver has one test day remaining before the team heads to the first Grand Prix of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship in Melbourne, Australia. Tomorrow Adrian Sutil will be driving the Sauber C33-Ferrari, with Gutiérrez taking over again for the final day of pre-season testing on Sunday
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Caterham F1 Team - T03 Day Two Report (28 February 2014) driver Marcus Ericsson Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain - 28th February 2014

Driver: Marcus Ericsson, car #9

Chassis: CT05-#02

Total laps: 55

Marcus Ericsson: “My first day of the final test in the car and it obviously didn’t end as we wanted it to but we did achieve quite a lot of the plan we’d set for the day. We’d had a stop/start morning but the afternoon session was going well until a technical problem just after I exited the pits after the first stint of a race simulation started a fire which forced me to stop the car on track. We’d started after lunch with a few runs evaluating setup options and then went onto the full race simulation which was going to plan until just after the first pitstop when the problem started and I had to pull over. However, we had been able to run through a lot of the procedures we’d planned for today, including race starts and launches so I’m pleased we’ve ticked them off.

“The fire itself was out pretty quickly and the boys now have a lot of work ahead of them to find out what happened and get it all fixed for tomorrow. I’d like to have had some more laps today, but we still have another day left and with every lap I’m learning, so I’m still as positive as I was when we arrived here and just want to get back in the car and back to work.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Track Support Leader, Renault Sport F1: “We made some more progress today but the day obviously did not end as anyone in the team would have wanted. From our side, we continue to understand more about the issues we have to deal with to unlock the full performance of the Power Unit, but reliability is also key and we will continue to focus on that for the last two days of the final test, and back at Viry where everybody is focused on finding solutions to give the team the best chance of success when the season starts in Australia.”

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Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - T03 Day Two Report (28 February 2014) driver Jean - Eric Vergne Car Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain International Circuit - Sakhir, 5.412 kms 

Driver: Jean - Eric Vergne Car:

STR9 chassis number 04
Laps: 61 Best time: 1: 39. 636

Jean - Eric Vergne took over driving duties in the STR9 today. Toro Rosso continues to make progress in several areas, even if today’s times reflect the fact the team was not chasing lap times. Work centred on evaluating various suspension settings and on getting the balance right with the new aero components first tried yesterday. Also on the agenda was engine mapping work, which also gave positive results, as did tests aimed at evaluating brakes and cooling with the diff erent aero package. Daniil Kvyat takes over behind the wheel, for what will be his last day of testing, before he makes his official Formula 1 race debut in Melbourne.

Jean - Eric Vergne: “We completed a good number of laps today without any major problems, so it shows we are getting there. There is still a lot to do, but we can say we have made some steps forward and we must continue to do as much mileage as possible in the two days that are left. I will be back in the car o n Sunday here, when I hope we will be in a position to do a qualifying and race simulation.”

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Caterham F1 Team - T03 Day One Report (27 February 2014) driver Kamui Kobayashi Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain - 27th February 2014

Driver: Kamui Kobayashi, car #10

Chassis: CT05-#02

Total laps: 19



Kamui Kobayashi: ““19 laps on the first day of the final test isn’t how we wanted to start these final four days of testing, but when each problem surfaces the whole team is working very hard to fix them. This morning we had an electrical problem, not related to the engine, that meant I had to stop on track. It was a lot less dramatic than it looked, but when there’s smoke coming from the car it’s obviously not good so we got the car back and had it fixed and cleaned up again by lunchtime.

“In the afternoon we were back out first, but found a series of power unit related software problems kept meaning we had to come back to the garage earlier than planned. I know how determined Renault are to fix these and I have another day in the car on Saturday to add to the good number of laps we ran in the first Bahrain test. Hopefully tomorrow Marcus will be able to do a similar number of laps to the 98 he ran last week and everyone’s working harder than ever to make sure we leave Bahrain in a good position.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Track Support Leader, Renault Sport F1: “Day one of the final test brought some challenges but we know what the issues are and we are working hard to resolve them for the remaining three days in Bahrain. In the morning Kamui stopped on track after seven laps with an electrical issue unrelated to the Power Unit, then we encountered a sequence of software and ignition issues this afternoon. We understand why they originate, but unfortunately some of the fixes take a reasonable amount of time to implement in the garage. Nevertheless we are working hard to correct everything for tomorrow to have a much cleaner day when Marcus is back in the car.”
 
 
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Kamui Kobayashi 2014 F1 Pre Season Test 3 - Day 1 Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. Thursday 27 February 2014. Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham CT05 Renault. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.





Sauber F1 Team - T03 Day One Report (27 February 2014) driver Adrian Sutil Bahrain International Circuit Sunny, air 24-30 °C, track 20-39 °C

Bahrain International Circuit, 27th February 2014 – The final pre-season test started today. The Sauber F1 Team focused on qualifying and race preparation, as well as further development work for the Sauber C33-Ferrari. Adrian Sutil also had a chance to gain experience on the soft and super soft tyre compounds. He drove a total of 89 laps.


Circuit: Bahrain International Circuit / 5.412 km
Driver: Adrian Sutil
Weather: Sunny, air 24-30 °C, track 20-39 °C
Chassis / engine: C33-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 89 laps, 481.668 km
Fastest lap: 1:37.700

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:“The number of laps we did today was decent and we were able to work through the programme. In the morning we did front wing and suspension work. Then we went on to do low fuel qualifying runs until early afternoon, before switching to high fuel race simulations. In addition, Adrian was able to evaluate the soft and super soft tyre compounds properly. The purpose of this last test is to get the race team up to speed for the first race with the new procedures and a complex new car. At the same time, the development of the car goes on, so this is a delicate balance you have to find.”

Adrian Sutil:
“We did a lot of mileage today. However, we have to work on our performance. We still had a few issues. Nevertheless, we were able to do qualifying runs and almost a complete race simulation. We have collected a lot of valuable information, and we know we still have to make further progress. Also I was able to gain experience on all dry tyre compounds. Generally they are all a bit harder than last year, but I have no concern about them as they should last well over the race distance.”

What comes next
Tomorrow Esteban Gutiérrez will take over. Adrian Sutil will be driving the Sauber C33-Ferrari on Saturday, with Gutiérrez taking over again for the final day of pre-season testing on Sunday



Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - T03 Day Four Report (27 February 2014) driver Daniil Kvyat Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain International Circuit - Sakhir, 5.412 kms 

Driver: Daniil Kvyat 

Car: STR9 chassis number 
04 Laps: 56 Best time: 1: 39.242 

After a break of just four days, testing has resumed at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit. This four day test offers the final chance for all the Formula 1 teams to test their radically different 2014 cars, before the first race of t he season, in Melbourne on 16 March. 

In the Scuderia Toro Rosso garage, Daniil Kvyat was on driving duty and the Russian had a solid morning, getting through part of the programme linked to some updated parts the team plans to run in Melbourne. These tests went well, producing encouraging results. However, shortly after the 30 minute lunch break, introduced for the first tim e at the Bahrain tests, the STR 9 had a technical failure, which could not be fixed in time for the car to go out again today. Tomorrow , Jean - Eric Vergne takes over at the wheel, when the team will be pushing to make up for lost track time. 

Daniil Kvyat: “It was nice to be in the car, even if we didn’t get through the entire programme we had planned for today. However, I feel we have mad e some progress. We ran the Hard Pirelli most of the time, as we were definitely not chasing performance today. I hope Jev manages to get a full day’s running tomorrow, before I drive again on Saturday.” 

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - T02 Day Four Report (22 February 2014) driver Adrian Sutil Bahrain International Circuit - Weather: Sunny, air 23-25 °C, track 30-36 °C

Bahrain International Circuit, 22nd February 2014 – The second pre-season test came to an end today. The Sauber F1 Team was able to make progress in the first three days, completing systems and set-up checks as well as qualifying and race simulations, to name a few of the tasks achieved.


The last day of the second pre-season test was frustrating, as the Sauber C33-Ferrari was not able to complete any running in the morning. There was a problem with an interior part of the monocoque, which is why the team had to change the chassis. The crew worked hard and managed to get the car back on track in the afternoon. Adrian Sutil was in the cockpit today and he drove a total of seven laps.

Circuit:
Bahrain International Circuit / 5.412 km
Driver: Adrian Sutil
Weather: Sunny, air 23-25 °C, track 30-36 °C
Chassis / engine: C33-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 7 laps, 37.884 km
Fastest lap: no time

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:


“We have learned a lot in the past four days. We were able to explore the different tyre compounds, complete aero tests, do qualifying and race simulation, just to name a few things. Of course it was frustrating to lose out on so much time today. We discovered a problem with an internal part of the monocoque, which is why we had to change the chassis. We have identified the problem and reinforced the new chassis for today. We put the necessary improvements in place and are confident that this will not happen again. The team worked incredibly hard to put the car back on track. But that’s what testing is for, and we are glad the issue came up now and not in Melbourne. Over the next few days we will be analysing a lot of data and start preparations for the final pre-season test next week.”

Adrian Sutil:
“It was a disappointing day. We lost valuable time on track, even though the pit crew did an incredible job to have the car back together in the afternoon. These things happen when you are testing, and we learn from this. Now we will focus on getting the most out the four days we have left.”

What comes next
The final pre-season test will take place in Bahrain from 27th February to 2nd March
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Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - T02 Day Four Report (22 February 2014) driver Jean-Eric Vergne Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain International Circuit - Sakhir, 5.412 kms 

Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne 
 Car: STR9 chassis number 03 

Laps: 19 Best time: 1:40.472 

 far from satisfactory day, with only a few laps completed as the STR9 suffered several teething problems. With very little track time, the team also focussed on pit stop practice and other procedures. The team now has four days to work hard with its technical partners to try and solve its problems before testin g resumes here at the Sakhir circuit on Thursday. 

Jean-Eric Vergne: “There’s no point in making negative comments, because everyone knows we are facing major problems and we are not alone in that. We knew when we came to Bahrain that there had not been enough time since the previous test to have solved all our issues. On the positive side, we have managed to fix some of them now. Also, even if I have not done so many laps, it’s clear from those I have managed to complete, that Toro Rosso has done a good job to give me a car that feels nice to drive, if we talk about the elements that used to be the main topics before this year, such as the aero and mechanical side of the package. It’s frustrating, but we need to keep calm and not get stressed as there are still a few weeks before Melbourne. We will try again here in Bahrain starting on Thursday. Clearly, in Melbourne, just finishing the race will mean you have a good chance of scoring points.” 

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Caterham F1 Team - T02 Day Four Report (22 February 2014) driver Marcus Ericsson & Kamui Kobayashi Bahrain International Circuit


Bahrain - 22nd February 2014

Driver: Marcus Ericsson, car #9 (am), Kamui Kobayashi, car #10 (pm)

Chassis: CT05-#02

Total laps: Ericsson - 4 / Kobayashi – 17

Total T02 laps: 253 (day one 68, day two 66, day three 98, day four 21 (4/17) - 1,369.236 kms


Marcus Ericsson: “It’s clearly not ideal that I couldn’t run more today, but overall I’m pretty happy with how the first Bahrain test has ended. I did nearly 100 laps yesterday and that was really important, giving me time in the car to get used to the systems and start working properly on the tyres. We have a few days now to prepare for the third test and I can’t wait to get back in the car.”

Kamui Kobayashi: “The team worked very hard to fix the electrical issue that cut my teammate’s run short this morning and it was good to get out for the last hour. Obviously we couldn’t get too much done in the time left, but we tried a couple of things that we’ll look at tonight and be back for the final test next week when we want to step up the performance levels before we head to Australia.”

Jody Egginton, Caterham F1 Team Deputy Technical Director: “Overall this has been a positive test for us and Renault who have made good progress from where we were in Jerez. The multiple red flags throughout the four days hurt us and all the teams but we’ve run more laps than any of the other Renault powered cars and have made substantial progress on understanding how to operate the 2014 package, as well as completing significant long run mileage that has given us a lot of useful data on the car, power unit and the 2014 tyres. It’s obviously disappointing that we had limited running today due to an electrical issue with the Power Unit but we worked hard throughout the day to rectify that problem with Renault and add more mileage for the last hour, so it wasn’t a wasted day by any means.

“Pace-wise, Kamui’s time on day two was the first time we started really pushing overall performance and we know there is a lot more to come, from the Power Unit and the car in general, so we have plenty of reasons to be positive ahead of the final test here in Bahrain. Now we have a short break before T03 but the work continues, here in Bahrain and back at Leafield and we’re looking forward to another successful final test here starting on Thursday.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Track Support Leader, Renault Sport F1: “We can be reasonably pleased with how the first Bahrain test has gone for us and Caterham F1 Team. An enormous effort has been made by everyone at Viry and here on track to rectify the problems we encountered in Jerez and the mileage Caterham has been able to accumulate here shows we have made significant progress. Although the electrical issue today cost us some track time overall we have a lot more information about the electrical system, which we will build on in the next test. For the third test we will be increasing the Power Unit performance levels and are confident that with the improved reliability we have seen over the last four days we will be able to achieve the targets we have set for us and the team before we go to Melbourne.”

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2014 F1 Pre Season Test 2 - Day 3
Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain.
Friday 21 February 2014.
Marcus Ericsson, Caterham CT03 Renault.
World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic.

#F1 Bahrain Day 4 pre-season test tweets - 1. Nico Rosberg 2. Jenson Button 3. Kimi Raikkonen 4. Felipe Nasr 5. Pastor Maldonado

1. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1m33.283s 89
2. Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes) 1m34.957s +1.674s 66
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1m36.718s +3.435s 82
4. Felipe Nasr (Williams-Mercedes) 1m37.569s +4.286s 87
5. Pastor Maldonado (Lotus-Renault) 1m38.707s +5.424s 59
6. Sergio Perez Force (India-Mercedes) 1m39.258s +5.975s 19 7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m39.837s +6.554s 15
8. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso-Renault) 1m40.472s +7.189s 19 - Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team report
9. Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham-Renault) 1m43.027s +9.744s 17 - Caterham F1 Team report
10. Marcus Ericsson (Caterham-Renault) 1m45.094s +11.811s 4 11. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari no time 5
12. Adrian Sutil (Sauber-Ferrari) no time 5 - Sauber F1 Team report