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Monday, March 31, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 FORMULA 1 Gulf Air Grand Prix 8th to 9th April 2014 Bahrain International Circuit. Sakhir preview

Manama/Hinwil. Directly after the race in Sepang, the Sauber F1 Team is travelling to the third round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship taking place from the 4th to 6th April at the Bahrain International Circuit.

3rd Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 4th to 6th April 2014

Test and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde will be called into action for the first time this season for FP1 on Friday. Regular driver Esteban Gutiérrez will take over from the second practice session on. Van der Garde will also be at the wheel of the C33 on day two of testing, which will take place from the 8th to 9th April in Bahrain. On day one Sergey Sirotkin will drive the car in order to fullfil the requirements for the super licence.

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
“Bahrain is a track which we all know pretty well from testing. We have good references from there, and it will be very interesting to come back and to see what our improvements are in comparison to the first two races. The Bahrain International Circuit has a special track characteristic. Based on what we learnt from the first two races, I think we can make another step in terms of drivability. We made improvements on the braking and I believe we can push these even further. Everyone in our team and Ferrari are doing their best to get things done properly. My favorite part of the track is the last one with the fast corners. The left-hander which goes uphill is very interesting. Besides that, it will be a nice feeling to race for the first time in Bahrain at night. I do believe the track in Bahrain will also help us to have more stable tyre temperatures as the weather will be good.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
“This year Bahrain will host a night race, so it won’t be as hot, and the data collected during the pre-season tests will only be of limited significance, which makes it interesting. The tyres especially will behave differently, but we can go back to our data from the night race in Singapore. I am looking forward to the race weekend. Night races are always interesting and provide a great backdrop for the spectators. It is special to drive at night. I like the layout. The pit facilities are very modern with a lot of space. My favorite parts are the fast chicane in turns six and seven, as well as the fast section in the last sector. We have spent a lot of days testing at the Bahrain International Circuit, but driving there was always fun. I like being in Bahrain. It’s a small country, but it is interesting and has a lot of history.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“We went testing in Bahrain twice before the start of the season and were not happy with the performance of the car, which had a lot to do with a lack of straightline speed and some issues under braking. However, since then, we have improved the car in different areas, particularly under braking. In addition, the performance in medium and high speed corners is quite good as well. However, we still have room for improvement in low speed corners, and the straightline speed is still an issue. Pirelli will provide the medium and the soft compounds, hence, the same tyres we had in Melbourne. I think this is a good choice for the Bahrain track, because it is more abrasive. We are constantly working on fine tuning all the systems with the goal to provide the drivers with a car which gives them the confidence to push it to the limits. In addition, we will continue our weight saving programme during the upcoming races.“

Esteban Gutiérrez
Born: 05.08.1991 Monterrey (MX)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.80 m / 63 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2013
GP started: 21
Best race result: 7th Japan (2013)
Best qualifying: 9th Korea (2013)
Points 2014: - (currently 16th)
Points in total: 6

Adrian Sutil
Born: 11.01.1983 Starnberg (DE)
Marital status: In a relationship
Height / Weight: 1.83 m / 75 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2007
GP started: 111
Best race result: 4th Monza (2009)
Best qualifying: 2nd Monza (2009)
Points 2014: - (currently 14th)
Points in total: 124

The Sauber F1 Team has 0 points to its tally and currently holds 8th place in the World Constructors’ Championship.

 Bahrain International Circuit / 5.412 km
Race distance: 57 laps / 308.238 km
Schedule: Qualifying 18:00 hrs local time (17:00 hrs CET), Race 18:00 hrs local time (17:00 hrs CET)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Caterham F1 Team - 2014 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Race 30 March @ Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur review

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia - Sunday 30th March 2014

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Race: dry, sunny, air temp 32° / track temp 51° (start), 32° / 49° (lap 28), 31° / 45° (lap 56)

Kamui Kobayashi
Lap 15: pitstop 1, option tyres
Lap 31: pitstop 2, prime tyres
Finished: 13th
Fastest lap: 1.47.753 (lap 53)

Marcus Ericsson
Lap 11: pitstop 1, option tyres
Lap 26: pitstop 2, option tyres
Lap 38: pitstop 3, hard tyres
Finished 14th
Fastest lap: 1.47.500 (lap 40)

Team Quotes

Kamui Kobayashi, car #10, chassis CT05-03: “13th in our second race of the season is a very good result for the team, especially after such a bad weekend until the race! I had a great start, and no brake problems this time going into turn one, and by the end of the first lap I was up to 16th, running at the same pace as Sutil just ahead and with the car performing much better than it had all weekend.

“We were looking at what was going on around us and with the good tyre degradation we had we adapted the strategy and decided to go long on the first stint on options, finally boxing on lap 15, going out again on another set of mediums which were working well right from the first lap of the second stint. I was ahead of Chilton and found really good pace on the new set of tyres and I went after the Saubers ahead and was catching them fast. We stopped for the second time on lap 32 and went onto the primes for the final stint, knowing it would be a long run to the flag but also knowing that if we kept it on the track we could have a good finish, and that’s how it turned out.

“13th place in Malaysia puts us back in tenth in the championship and gives everyone the sort of boost we needed. There’s still a huge amount of work to do and a lot of today was new for me – that was the first time I’ve driven the car on full tanks on these tyres and we obviously have to keep putting more performance on the car so we can really fight one or two of the teams ahead. That looks like it’s a realistic target at this stage, but for now, focusing on today, finally we’ve had a good day and we should be happy about that.”

Marcus Ericsson, car #9, chassis CT05-01: “First I want to thank the boys in the garage for working so hard to fix my car after yesterday’s accident. I was feeling a bit low last night, but to have finished my first full Grand Prix in 14th, helping us move up into tenth place in the constructors’ championship, is a great feeling, for me and everyone in Caterham.

“My start couldn’t have been much better – I passed both Marussias and was right up with Kamui by the end of lap one in 17th having made up five places. I was quickly into a good rhythm and keeping pace with my teammate but about ten laps into the first stint I started having some issues with the rear grip which was costing me a bit of time.  We boxed for the first time on lap 11 but had a problem during the stop and I came out behind Chilton and Vergne. The second stint was really good – to be honest I was a bit surprised that I was fighting Raikkonen but he and Vergne made a couple of moves on me which I was able to defend, and then I went after Chilton. We boxed for another set of new options on lap 26 and I came back out ahead of the Marussia and focused on pulling away from him.

“I stayed ahead of Chilton after the third stop for the primes and from there I just wanted to get the car home. It was all ok until the last couple of laps when I started losing power, and I finished just ahead of the Marussia at the line as he’d been almost able to catch me with the ERS issue, but that 14th place, by 0.1 seconds, is what puts us into tenth so I’m really glad I could hang on. That tiny margin also shows that every single detail counts at this level of competition, and the tiniest advantage can make a big difference.

“It’s been a tough weekend, really tough for everyone, but we’ll head to Bahrain knowing we have something to build on, and something to defend. That’s a big positive and I can’t wait to get back in the car in a few days time and start all over again.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Renault Sport F1 track support leader: “A busy but fun race for us, with a solid double finish which we really needed after two difficult weekends. Kamui did a great job to finish a strong 13th, as did Marcus who finished his first full race in 14th. We kept tweaking Kamui’s settings over the race to give more driveability, energy and fuel management from the Power Unit and let him fight on track and Marcus also had a good race, but it got a bit difficult towards the end when we picked up some issues with the ERS. We started to lose some power to both MGUs on Marcus’ car but we made it to the flag, which was very important. We will look at what happened and correct for Bahrain.”


2014 Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sunday 30 March 2014. Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham CT05 Renault. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 Petronas Malaysia Grand Race 30 March @ Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur review

The Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang finished early for both Sauber F1 Team drivers, Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil. Adrian’s car lost electric power supply and switched off out on the track. A short while afterwards, Esteban’s car suddenly stopped during the pitstop. After the tyre change he was not able to engage first gear and the result was he had to retire from the race. The engineers will analyse both problems in order to solve the issues prior to the Grand Prix of Bahrain taking place next weekend.

Weather: sunny and dry, 31-33°C air, 46-52°C track

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Start medium tyres, after 10 laps change to medium tyres and after 23 laps change to hard tyres“After quite a long stint, I made a pitstop and couldn’t engage first gear. I tried it many times, but it didn’t work, so there was not much I could do. In the end we made a step forward this weekend. Obviously it was not a good race, but we have to keep positive. We must solve our issues so we are consistent and reliable at the track and have no technical problems. We still have a long season ahead and I am confident we can improve.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Start on medium tyres, after 11 and 24 laps change to hard tyres
“In my last lap I lost power and then suddenly the car switched off. I don’t know what happened, so we need to analyse it. It is a shame. Many things don’t work well at the moment, so we need to learn from that. In general, our pace was too slow and the grip level was poor. This was unusual for us and we didn’t expect that. We will keep working on the issues we have and we will be back stronger for the next races. We don’t have much time until Bahrain, so we don’t expect to have many updates there. However, for the upcoming races we have a plan which we are working on in order to improve.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We saw during the practice sessions that our measures to improve the performance of the car worked well. It proves that we are going in the right direction. It is certain such a race result is very disappointing. However, it will not put us off course from our plan to implement the next steps.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“The start of the race was okay, as Adrian was able to gain several positions. We were on a three stop strategy with both cars, because our goal was to keep up with the cars in front of us. Both drivers started on the medium tyre. Adrian then shifted to the hard compound at his first stop, because he was not happy with the medium tyre. Esteban changed to the hard tyre during his second stop, and then wanted to go back to the medium for the last stint. But during his pit stop he wasn’t able to engange first gear. Before that Adrian was forced to stop out on the track. His car lost electric power supply and switched off completely. We will investigate both problems in order to solve them before the next race in Bahrain. Overall, our performance in the race wasn’t where we expected it to be, so we have some homework to do.”

Petronas Grosser Preis von Malaysia – Rennen – Sonntag,

Der Grosse Preis von Malaysia in Sepang hatte für beide Sauber F1 Team Fahrer Esteban Gutiérrez und Adrian Sutil Fahrer ein vorzeitiges Ende. Adrian verlor Leistung, bevor sich das Auto auf der Strecke komplett ausschaltete. Nur kurze Zeit später blieb Esteban in den Boxen stehen. Nach erfolgtem Reifenwechsel konnte er den ersten Gang nicht einlegen und musste das Rennen vorzeitig aufgeben. Die Ingenieure werden nun beide Probleme analysieren, um diese noch vor dem Grossen Preis von Bahrain am kommenden Wochenende zu lösen.

Wetter: sonnig und trocken, 31-33°C Luft, 46-52°C Asphalt

Esteban Gutiérrez (Startnummer 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf Medium-Reifen, nach 10 auf Medium-Reifen und nach 23 Runden auf harte Reifen gewechselt – In der 35. Runde Ausfall„Nach einem langen Stint kam ich zum Boxenstopp und konnte danach den ersten Gang nicht mehr einlegen. Ich habe es mehrmals versucht, aber es hat nicht funktioniert. Da war nicht viel zu machen. Insgesamt haben wir am Wochenende einen Schritt nach vorne gemacht. Natürlich war es kein gutes Rennen, aber wir gehen die Herausforderung zuversichtlich an. Wir müssen unsere Probleme lösen und unsere technischen Schwierigkeiten beheben, um konstant und zuverlässig zu werden. Wir haben noch eine lange Saison vor uns, und ich bin sicher, dass wir uns verbessern können.“

Adrian Sutil (Startnummer 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf Medium-Reifen, nach 11 und 24 Runden auf harte Reifen gewechselt – In der 33. Runde Ausfall„Das Auto ist einfach ausgegangen. In meiner letzten Runde habe ich an Leistung verloren, und dann ging auf einmal das Auto aus. Ich weiss nicht wirklich, was passiert ist, wir müssen es analysieren. Es ist sehr schade, es funktioniert noch nicht alles rund. Wir müssen daraus lernen. Generell war unsere Pace zu langsam und das Grip-Niveau schwach. Das war sehr ungewöhnlich, und das haben wir so nicht erwartet. Wir werden die Probleme weiter angehen und bei den nächsten Rennen stärker zurückkommen. Bis Bahrain haben wir nicht viel Zeit, somit können wir nicht viele Updates erwarten. Allerdings haben wir einen Plan für die nächsten Rennen, damit wir uns in einigen Bereichen verbessern können.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„An den beiden Trainingstagen haben wir gesehen, dass die Massnahmen, die wir zur Verbesserung der Performance eingeleitet hatten, durchaus ihre Wirkung zeigten. Und das bestätigte, dass wir in die richtige Richtung entwickeln. Natürlich ist so ein Ergebnis nach dem Rennen sehr enttäuschend. Das wird uns aber nicht von unserem Plan abbringen, die nächsten Schritte umzusetzen.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Der Start des Rennens war in Ordnung, Adrian konnte gleich mehrere Plätze gutmachen. Wir waren auf einer Dreistopp-Strategie, mit dem Ziel, das Tempo der direkt vor uns liegenden Autos mitzugehen. Beide Piloten starteten auf den Medium-Reifen. Adrian liess dann beim ersten Stopp die härtere Mischung aufziehen. Esteban blieb zuerst auf der mittleren Mischung und wechselte dann bei seinem zweiten Stopp ebenfalls auf die härteren Reifen. Den letzten Stint konnte er dann nicht mehr in Angriff nehmen. Als er beim dritten Stopp losfahren wollte, konnte er den ersten Gang nicht mehr einlegen und das Rennen nicht mehr fortsetzen. Bereits kurz zuvor war Adrian auf der Strecke stehen geblieben. Zuerst hatte seine Antriebseinheit Leistung verloren, dann schaltete sich das Auto wegen eines Ausfalls der Stromversorgung komplett aus. Wir müssen beide Probleme genau analysieren, um diese vor dem nächsten Rennen in Bahrain zu lösen. Insgesamt war unsere Performance im Rennen nicht dort, wo wir sie erwartet hatten, entsprechend haben wir noch einige Arbeit vor uns."

Race - 2014 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur Sunday 30 March 1 Hamilton 2 Rosberg 3 Vettel

March 30 - 16:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 10:00 CEST
Total laps 56
Lap distance 5.543 km
Track Conditions Dry

# Driver              Team     Laps Pits
1 Hamilton GBR Mercedes 56 3
2 Rosberg GER Mercedes 56 3
3 Vettel GER Red Bull 56 3
4 Alonso ESP Ferrari 56 3
5 Hülkenberg GER Force India 56 2
6 Button GBR McLaren 56 3
7 Massa BRA Williams 56 3
8 Bottas FIN Williams 56 3
9 Magnussen DEN McLaren 56 2
10 Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso 55 3
11 Grosjean FRA Lotus 55 4
12 Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 55 3
13 Kobayashi JPN Caterham 55 2
14 Ericsson SWE Caterham 54 3
15 Chilton GBR Marussia 54 3

Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 49 6
Gutiérrez MEX Sauber 36 3
Sutil GER Sauber 32 2
Vergne FRA Toro Rosso 18 4
Bianchi FRA Marussia 8 2
Maldonado VEN Lotus 7 1
Perez MEX Force India 0 1

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Qualifying/FP3 29 March @ Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur review

Mixed feelings for the Sauber F1 Team during a rainy qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang: While Esteban was 12th, Adrian has to be satisfied with 18th on the grid because of a red flag on his last lap. The third free practice in the morning took place in dry conditions, but it began to rain before the start of qualifying.

Weather: rain, 25-27°C air, 30-35°C track

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):

Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 12th in Q2 (2:02.369 min /Wet tyres)3rd practice: 14th (1:42.041 min / Medium tyres / 17 laps)

“It was a good qualifying. In the morning we were really busy and we tried to put everything together. Everyone did a great job, and we managed to overcome some small issues to have a reliable car. I really want to thank my team and also Ferrari, as they have been working very hard to further improve the power unit. The conditions on the track were quite tough. However, we managed to improve the car during qualifying, trying to adapt the aero balance and also the tyre pressures. It was a good day. P12 is a great starting position considering our overall performance. Tomorrow we are going to do our best.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 18th in Q1 (2:02.131 min /Intermediate tyres)
 3rd practice: 13th (1:41.552 min / Medium tyres / 15 laps)

“Our strategy was to get out onto the track a bit later, as the track normally has the best conditions at this stage. However, more rain started to fall again. We would have improved, but due to the red flag we did not have any more time left. The car was very difficult to drive in these conditions, as the tyres never had enough grip. There is a lot of work ahead of us. At the moment it is difficult to drive a good lap. We need to improve step by step and be patient.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“This was a typical Malaysia qualifying in wet conditions, where it was all about delivering the maximum performance at the right moment. With positions 12 and 18 we are only partly satisfied, but overall it has been a good weekend for us so far. Our cars worked reliably, and we were able to make progress with the power unit and the braking. Now it will be important to keep this reliability for the race, which might put us in a position to score a strong result.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Adrian had the potential to make it to Q2, but, when he was trying to improve his lap  time right before the end of the session, he was hindered by the red flag and consequently got stuck in Q1. He was struggling a lot all weekend trying to make  the tyres work, which is something we have to look into. Esteban did a good job, grabbing 12th position. He did everything right and was on the correct tyres at the right time. Tomorrow, a lot will depend on the weather. As things looked today, it might be easier for us to race in the wet while our long run performance in the dry still has potential for improvement.“

Petronas Grosser Preis von Malaysia – Qualifikation – Samstag, 29.03.2014

  Gemischte Gefühle für das Sauber F1 Team im verregneten Qualifikationstraining zum Grossen Preis von Malaysia in Sepang: Esteban Gutiérrez erreichte Rang zwölf, derweil Adrian Sutil seine letzte schnelle Runde wegen einer roten Flagge abbrechen und sich mit Rang 18 zufrieden geben musste. Während das dritte freie Training am Morgen noch bei trockenen Bedingungen stattgefunden hatte, begann es noch vor Beginn des Qualifyings zu regnen.

Wetter: Regen, 25-27°C Luft, 30-35°C Asphalt

Esteban Gutiérrez (Startnummer 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Qualifikation: 12. in Q2 (2:02,369 min / Regenreifen)3. Training: 14. (1:42,041 min /Medium-Reifen / 17 Runden)

„Es war ein gutes Qualifying. Wir hatten einen arbeitsreichen Morgen und dabei versucht, alle Puzzle-Teile zusammenzufügen. Wir haben alle einen tollen Job gemacht, wir haben kleinere Probleme behoben und dadurch die Zuverlässigkeit des Autos weiter verbessert. Ich möchte mich bei meinem Team und auch Ferrari bedanken, die alle hart daran gearbeitet haben, mit dem Antriebsstrang weitere Fortschritte zu erzielen. Die Streckenbedingungen waren sehr schwierig. Während des Qualifyings haben wir es geschafft, das Auto weiter zu verbessern. Dabei haben wir die Aero-Balance und den Reifendruck an die Umstände angepasst. Es war ein guter Tag. Mit dem 12. Startplatz bin ich in der gegenwärtigen Situation durchaus zufrieden. Wir werden morgen unser bestes geben.“

Adrian Sutil (Startnummer 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifikation: 18. in Q1 (2:02,131 min / Intermediate-Reifen)3. Training: 13. (1:41,552 min /Medium-Reifen / 15 Runden)

„Unsere Strategie war es, am Ende ein bisschen später herauszufahren, weil die Strecke dann eigentlich am besten sein sollte. Allerdings hat es wieder mehr angefangen zu regnen. Wir hätten uns sicher noch verbessert, doch mit der roten Flagge ist uns dann aber die Zeit ausgegangen. Sehr schade. Das Auto war unter diesen Umständen sehr schwer zu fahren, die Reifen haben nie richtig Grip entwickelt. Es wartet noch viel Arbeit auf uns. Es ist im Moment sehr schwierig, mit dem Auto eine ordentliche Runde zu fahren. Schritt für Schritt müssen wir uns nach vorne arbeiten. Wir brauchen Geduld.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Das war ein typisches Malaysia-Qualifying in regnerischen Bedingungen, in denen es darum ging, im richtigen Moment die maximale Leistung abzurufen. Mit den Rängen zwölf und 18 sind wir natürlich nur zum Teil zufrieden, aber insgesamt war es bisher dennoch ein gutes Wochenende für uns. Unsere Autos liefen absolut problemlos, zudem konnten wir auch Fortschritte mit dem Antriebsstrang und den Bremsen erzielen. Es wird nun wichtig sein, dass wir diese Zuverlässigkeit auch im Rennen haben werden, dann ist für uns durchaus etwas drin.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Adrian hatte das Potenzial, den Sprung ins Q2 zu schaffen. Er ging spät hinaus, um eine letzte schnelle Runde zu fahren, wurde dann aber durch die rote Flagge gebremst und blieb in Q1 hängen. Er hat sich sehr schwer damit getan, die Reifen zum Arbeiten zu bringen. Wir müssen das genau analysieren, um zu verstehen, woran es lag. Esteban hat eine gute Leistung gezeigt und sich Rang zwölf gesichert. Er hat alles richtig gemacht und war zur richtigen Zeit auf den richtigen Reifen. Morgen wird einiges vom Wetter abhängen. So wie es heute aussah, wäre für uns ein Regenrennen wohl erfolgversprechender, zumal wir bei trockenen Bedingungen noch einiges Verbesserungspotenzial bei den Long-Runs haben.“

Caterham F1 Team - 2014 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Qualifying/FP3 29 March @ Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur review

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia - Saturday 29th March 2014

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FP3: Overcast, dry; min / max track temp 44° - 46°, air temp 30° - 32°
Q1: Wet; min / max track temp 30°, air temp 28°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: ERI 1.44.457, 19th / KOB 1.46.015, 20th
Q1: KOB 2.03.595, 20th / ERI 2.04.407, 22nd

Total laps:
FP3: ERI 12 / KOB 7
Q1: KOB 8 / ERI 7

Kamui Kobayashi, car #10, chassis CT05-#02: “Yet more problems with the car meant I was only able to complete seven laps in FP3. Even with that limited running we were still able to make a bit of progress, and with the data generated from my teammate’s car we were able to set the car up for quali, but obviously this isn’t how we are going to find out what the car is really capable of.

“In quali we went out with the pack on inters and as much as I was pushing I wasn’t able to get any more out of the car, especially as I couldn’t get the inters into their working range so never had them running properly. Bearing in mind the tiny number of laps we did all weekend, and the problems we had on Saturday morning, the fact we were even running in qualifying was down to the hard work the team put in, so to have got out there and put in laps after all the problems we’ve had is a small reward. Now we focus on tomorrow and hope we can have a full race. If it rains like it did today anything could happen – I just want the chance to race properly!”

Marcus Ericsson, car #9, chassis CT05-#01: “After the first FP3 run it was clear we’d made a good step from last night, both with the overall handling and with the driveability of the power unit. On the first run we were out on the primes and even though it was an improvement from Friday there was still pretty low grip. We then did one run on options with a couple of setup changes and the car immediately felt better, still not really close to an optimum setup but a bit closer. Unfortunately after that second run we found an oil leak which meant we had to end the session just after the performance run, but we went into qualifying with a bit of an idea of where we would be in terms of outright pace in the dry.

“The rain started before quali and we went into the delayed session knowing we’d start on a wet track. That was my first ever wet running in F1, in any session, so from the first lap it was all a new experience for me. It didn’t start too well with the car cutting out while I was waiting in the pitlane, but we fired it up again in the garage and I rejoined right in the middle of a pack of cars on their first Q1 quick laps – that was pretty interesting I have to say!

“With every lap I was learning more and more and we made a quick stop with a few minutes left to put on another set of inters, but then on the final quick lap I made a mistake in sector one and crashed. I’m really sorry for the team. They’ve worked so hard all weekend on the problems we’ve had, and now they have another huge job ahead of them to prepare the car for tomorrow, but I know they’ll keep pushing and we’ll all come back fighting tomorrow. This has been another big lesson for me – my first wet running in F1, my first Q1 on inters and my first big off – it’s all part of being a rookie in F1 and I will learn from every single thing that happens.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Renault Sport F1 track support leader: “A disappointing day and it’s fair to say we expected more. The rain sometimes gives opportunities to move up but it didn’t happen today. On the Power Unit side everything went relatively smoothly, with no major problems, but conditions were very difficult. Hopefully we can do something from those positions tomorrow.”


2014 Malaysian GP - FP3 & Qualifying Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Friday 28 March 2014. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham CT05 Renault. World Copyright: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic.

Qualifying - 2014 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur Saturday 29 March 1 Hamilton 2 Vettel 3 Rosberg

Qualifying March 29 
16:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 09:00 CET
Track Conditions Wet, drying
Weather Drizzle

# Driver              Team        Time 
1 Hamilton GBR Mercedes 1'59.431
2 Vettel GER Red Bull 1'59.486
3 Rosberg GER Mercedes 2'00.050
4 Alonso ESP Ferrari 2'00.175
5 Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 2'00.541
6 Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 2'01.218
7 Hülkenberg GER Force India 2'01.712
8 Magnussen DEN McLaren 2'02.213
9 Vergne FRA Toro Rosso 2'03.078
10 Button GBR McLaren 2'04.053
11 Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso 2'02.351
12 Gutiérrez MEX Sauber 2'02.369
13 Massa BRA Williams 2'02.460
14 Perez MEX Force India 2'02.511
15 Bottas FIN Williams 2'02.756
16 Grosjean FRA Lotus 2'02.885
17 Maldonado VEN Lotus 2'02.074
18 Sutil GER Sauber 2'02.131
19 Bianchi FRA Marussia 2'02.702
20 Kobayashi JPN Caterham 2'03.595
21 Chilton GBR Marussia 2'04.388
22 Ericsson SWE Caterham 2'04.407




FP3 - 2014 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur Saturday 29 March 1 Rosberg 2 Hamilton 3 Räikkönen

March 29: Free practice 3
13:00 local | 05:00 GMT | 06:00 CET

# Driver                    Teams      Time
1 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1'39.008
2 LC Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1'39.240
3 KM Räikkönen (FIN) Ferrari 1'40.156
4 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1'40.387
5 N Hülkenberg (GER) Force India 1'40.523
6 D Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull 1'40.686
7 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1'40.736
8 F Massa (BRA) Williams 1'40.781
9 V Bottas (FIN) Williams 1'40.891
10 S Perez (MEX) Force India 1'41.029
11 D Kvyat (RUS) Toro Rosso 1'41.182
12 JE Vergne (FRA) Toro Rosso 1'41.441
13 A Sutil (GER) Sauber 1'41.552
14 E Gutiérrez (MEX) Sauber 1'42.041
15 R Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1'42.749
16 P Maldonado (VEN) Lotus 1'43.539
17 M Chilton (GBR) Marussia 1'43.977
18 J Bianchi (FRA) Marussia 1'44.170
19 M Ericsson (SWE) Caterham 1'44.457
20 K Kobayashi (JPN) Caterham 1'46.015
21 J Button (GBR) McLaren 2'05.555
22 K Magnussen (DEN) McLaren -

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix FP1 & FP2 Friday 28 March @ Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur review

It was a good Friday for the Sauber F1 Team at the Sepang International Circuit. Both free practice sessions went well for Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil, and they were able to complete their programmes without any issues. The measurements implemented to improve the car worked well. However, there is still some work to do for the team.

Weather: sunny/partly cloudy and dry, 30-34°C air, 38-53°C track

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
1st practice: 15th / 1:42.904 min (23 laps) /
2nd practice: 15th / 1:41.407 min (34 laps)

“I think it was a positive day. We managed to have no problems during the entire day. From that point of view, it is positive. Besides that, we managed to do our planned programme with both cars, so we collected interesting information which we can use to make the right decisions for tomorrow. In comparison to Melbourne, we made a step forward as the braking stability is better. We still have further things to develop and to improve. We have to evaluate the high fuel and find the best compromise for the race.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):

Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1st practice: 13th / 1:42.365 min (21 laps) /
2nd practice: 13th / 1:41.257 min (28 laps)

“In comparison to Melbourne, we made a few steps forward. The things we had on our plan partly worked out. However, the car is difficult to control and it is not easy to drive. We have a lot work ahead of us. We made steps in the right direction and it is working better than in Melbourne.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Today went well. We were able to work through the planned programme without any issues. The measures we took to move forward appear to work well and brought the expected  improvements. However, we are not where we want to be and we still have some work to do. A positive thing is that this track seems to suit our car better than Melbourne did, which is useful. For tomorrow I think Q2 is a sensible target, but here in Malaysia you never know as it might rain and things can get exciting.”

Petronas Grosser Preis von Malaysia – Training – Freitag

  Es war ein guter Freitag für das Sauber F1 Team auf dem Sepang International Circuit. Beide freien Trainings verliefen problemlos, und die Piloten Esteban Gutiérrez und Adrian Sutil konnten beide das geplante Programm abarbeiten. Die Massnahmen zur Verbesserung des Autos funktionieren, jedoch liegt noch einiges an Arbeit vor dem Team, um die Performance des Sauber C33-Ferrari weiter zu steigern.

Wetter: sonnig/bewölkt und trocken, 30-34°C Luft, 38-53°C Asphalt

Esteban Gutiérrez (Startnummer 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
1. Training: 15. / 1:42,904 min (23 Runden) 
2. Training: 15. / 1:41,407 min (34 Runden)

„Ich denke es war ein positiver und guter Tag. Wir hatten heute keinerlei Probleme. Wir konnten unser geplantes Programm mit beiden Autos erledigen, wodurch wir interessante Informationen gesammelt haben. Diese wollen wir nutzen, um für morgen die richtigen Entscheidungen zu treffen. Im Vergleich zu Melbourne haben wir einen Schritt nach vorne gemacht, da die Bremsstabilität besser geworden ist. Dennoch müssen wir uns weiterhin steigern. Wir müssen die Long-Runs mit viel Benzin im Tank auswerten und den richtigen Kompromiss für das Rennen finden.“

Adrian Sutil (Startnummer 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1. Training: 13. / 1:42,365 min (21 Runden) /
2. Training: 13. / 1:41,257 min (28 Runden)

„Im Vergleich zu Melbourne haben wir gewisse Fortschritte gemacht. Die Sachen, die wir ausprobieren wollten haben meist funktioniert. Da das Auto schwierig zu kontrollieren ist, ist es noch nicht gut zu fahren. Daher haben wir immer noch viel Arbeit vor uns, aber wir machen Fortschritte, und es läuft schon besser als in Melbourne.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Die beiden freien Trainings heute sind gut verlaufen. Wir konnten unser geplantes Programm problemlos abarbeiten. Die Massnahmen, die wir getroffen haben, scheinen zu funktionieren und haben die erwarteten Verbesserungen gebracht. Allerdings sind wir noch nicht da, wo wir sein wollen, und wir haben noch Arbeit vor uns. Positiv ist, dass die Strecke unserem Auto mehr liegt als Melbourne. Q2 ist ein realistisches Ziel morgen, aber hier in Malaysia weiss man nie, ob es regnet, das kann interessant werden.“

Caterham F1 Team - 2014 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix FP1 & FP2 Friday 28 March @ Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur review

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia - Friday 28th March 2014

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FP1: Dry, sunny, min / max track temp 41° - 47°, air temp 30° - 32°
FP2: Dry, overcast, min / max track temp 48° - 52°, air temp 34° (start of session) - 33° (end of session)

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: ERI 1.45.775, 17th / KOB 1.51.180, 19th
FP2: ERI 1.45.703, 20th / KOB n/a

Total laps:
FP1: ERI 24 / KOB 5
FP2: ERI 31 / KOB n/a

Marcus Ericsson, car #9, chassis CT05-#01: “24 laps in FP1 means we started Friday much better than we did in Australia! It was a good first session for me, working through a normal FP1 program which was particularly important with the issues we had on Kamui’s car. At the start of the session the track was ok and as it went on and the grip levels improved so did the car balance, but for most of the time I was having issues with traction although we did improve the driveability of the power unit throughout the session. Overall, understeer was the main balance issue and a flatspot on one of the tyres meant the car was understeering quite a bit in the final two runs, but in general it was an ok session.

“In FP2 we were again able to get through a lot of laps but I had an issue all afternoon with the engine cutting out at various points throughout each lap. That mean I wasn’t able to put in a representative laptime in the whole session and that’s something we need to look at tonight with Renault. The car was also still understeering, particularly in the mid and high speed turns, and we’ll also have a look at that tonight when we have all the data from today.

“Overall it’s just good to have a full Friday behind me for the first time, especially here at our home race in Malaysia. I know the team are working as hard as possible to fix the problems on Kamui’s car, but at least we are a good step on from where we were this time in Australia with 55 laps completed on my side of the garage today – that will obviously help us tomorrow, both in FP3 and quali.”

Kamui Kobayashi, car #10, chassis CT05-#03: “FP1 started ok. We did the normal installation lap and then another three laps of the baseline run but then the power started cutting in and out and we had to box to take a look at the problem. It was pretty quickly identified as an energy store issue which meant we had to change the battery and that was the end of FP1 for me. Unfortunately we also found an oil leak when we took the floor off the car and that meant I wasn’t able to run at all in FP2 as it would have taken too long to fix both issues. This isn’t good, obviously, and I’m not happy that we’ve lost another Friday, but it is important to say that I know how hard everyone is working, in our team and at Renault, to try and fix these problems so we can have a proper race weekend. The fact Marcus was able to run the most laps of anyone in FP1 shows that we can be reliable – we just need to make sure both cars run like that for the rest of the weekend or we’ll have another difficult race ahead.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Renault Sport F1 track support leader: “Marcus had a solid day today, although the whole team has some way to go to unlock the potential of the car in Sepang. After completing a good lap tally in FP1 we had some intermittent issues with driveability in FP2, which prevented him setting a quicker lap time. We will investigate tonight. Unfortunately in the first session we had issues with the energy store on Kamui’s car and needed to change it for FP2. At this stage it takes some time so he could only do very few laps in the morning. Then the team picked up an oil leak from the clutch and he could not go out in FP2 either, due to the time it takes to work on this generation of cars, which is obviously not ideal.  These issues should be fixed for tomorrow to give him the opportunity to prepare for qualifying.”


2014 Malaysian GP - FP1 & FP2 Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Friday 28 March 2014. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham CT05 Renault. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.