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Friday, April 25, 2014

Caterham F1 Team press release - ALEXANDER ROSSI WILL DRIVE FP1 IN MONTREAL AND AUSTIN - He talks about his upcoming FP1 outings

Leafield Technical Centre, UK - Friday 25th April 2014

Caterham F1 Team has confirmed that Alexander Rossi, Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver and Caterham Racing GP2 race driver, will drive in two FP1 sessions this season at the Canadian and US Grands Prix in Montreal and Austin respectively.

Rossi has been flying the US flag as one of Caterham F1 Team’s Reserve Drivers since 2012 in addition to his role as one of the team’s primary simulator drivers. He has completed multiple FP1 sessions and test days for the team since 2011 and Montreal and Austin will mark his first tastes of 2014 machinery on track, building on the extensive mileage he has already accumulated in the team’s state-of-the-art simulator at its Leafield, UK base. This is the continuation of Rossi’s development towards a F1 full time race seat and reflects the ongoing commitment that Caterham have to see him reach his ultimate goal.

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: “Alexander will be continuing his development with two more FP1 sessions for us in Canada and the USA. While his focus this year is firmly on GP2 we are pleased to give him more opportunities to play an active role in the F1 team’s race weekends and to have him help us develop our car at two races that are very important for us, both in terms of our season overall and with the strong support we have commercially in the North American continent.”

Alexander Rossi: “Each time I step into F1 machinery there is an important job to do. Montreal and Austin are important races for me and I want to thank Caterham for the opportunity to continue my development to a full time race seat in F1. My GP2 program combined with my F1 team Reserve Driver duties give me invaluable insight and experience for my future. I’ve built up a lot of hours in the F1 simulator already this year, but Montreal will be my first visit behind the wheel of the CT05 on track. I look forward to a positive runplan for both the Canadian and USA sessions.”


Alexander Rossi - Caterham American Alexander Rossi takes his turn in the Caterham during FP1 at the 2013 USGP in Austin, Texas

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Caterham F1 Team - 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix Race @ Shanghai International Circuit Sunday 20 April review

Shanghai, China - 20th April, 2014   

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Race: dry, overcast, air temp 16° / track temp 23° (start), 16° / 23° (lap 28), 16° / 22° (lap 56)

Kamui Kobayashi

Lap 11: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 30: pitstop 2, soft tyres
Lap 40: pitstop 3, soft tyres
Finished: 18th
Fastest lap: 1.43.323 (lap 48)

Marcus Ericsson
Lap 10: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 27: pitstop 2, soft tyres
Lap 42: pitstop 3, soft tyres
Finished 20th
Fastest lap: 1.43.620 (lap 30)

Team Quotes

Kamui Kobayashi, car #10, chassis CT05-#03: “Finishing 18th isn’t the final position we’d want, but after a really good battle with Jules I’m relatively pleased with how today’s race went. However, it’s a real shame that my move on him on the last lap now doesn’t count due to the mistake with the chequered flag, something we had nothing to do with. We’d had a really good battle for the last few laps of the race and I got him on what was the last lap, until it turned out the chequered flag had been waved a lap too early by mistake – until we found that out after the race it had been good to see what a small victory like that does for the team as it lifted everyone at the end of a very tough first four races of 2014.

“I didn’t have a great start but still made up a couple of places on lap one and was having a good fight with Maldonado until lap 18 when he got past. The guys did a very good pitstop when we came in for the first time for new mediums on lap 11, helping me stay ahead of him until halfway through the second stint, but our car is simply not competitive enough on options tyres to hold him and once he was ahead I didn’t have the pace to fight back, so from that point we were focused on beating the Marussias.

“We stuck to the original three stop strategy and that gave us a few interesting moments, particularly with Vettel who I was told I could pass as he was fuel saving and on old tyres and I was on new softs on the third stint. I hear he wasn’t too pleased about that but relative to him I had the pace then to immediately pull away and did so to avoid compromising our plan.

“Obviously though the real battle for us was with the Marussias and when I came out on new softs after my final pitstop I was able to catch Chilton quickly and then closed the gap to Bianchi in a few laps, despite the traffic at that point in the race which always makes our own race very difficult. It was a really good battle with Jules, clean racing and I finally passed him going into the hairpin at the end of the back straight, having feinted left in turn 11 so I had a better run on him onto the straight which set him up for the pass into turn 14. As I say, through no fault of our own that result now doesn’t count but we’ll just have to dig deeper in Spain and fight back there.

“Even though we had good race with Maldonado for the first third of the race it’s clear we don’t have the outright pace to fight Lotus or Sauber yet, but we have a good package coming for Spain and we are determined to try and close the gap. The first four races have been hard, but having both cars finish today shows the progress we and Renault have made with reliability. Now we have to build on that and use the next couple of weeks to recharge ourselves so we can come back stronger in Barcelona.”

Marcus Ericsson, car #9, chassis CT05-#01: “For me the whole race was dominated by understeer. On every set of tyres the balance just wasn’t there and that meant I couldn’t really push at all. It’s good that we got to the end of the race, but if I hadn’t had that understeer I’m sure I’d have been quicker.

“My start wasn’t perfect and I was behind both Marussias at the end of lap one. We did the first stint on softs and they started graining pretty quickly so we boxed for mediums for the second stint on lap 10. We added a bit more front wing to try and help with the understeer but it didn’t really help so I just couldn’t push any more than I was. It was the same for the third and fourth stints which we did on softs but by that point I was pretty much on my own so just focused on getting to the end of the race.

“This is obviously the last of the early season flyaways and when we start the European season in Spain it’ll be back at a track I know really well. As a rookie that’s obviously good for me and with the amount of time I’ll be in the factory and in the simulator between now and then, and with the new parts we have coming in Barcelona, I’m sure we’ll come back stronger there and ready to make progress there and in the next few races.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Renault Sport F1 track support leader: “Today we had no issues on the Power Unit side and worked with the team to get the maximum performance possible. The final result is not exactly what we wanted to achieve but we’ll take advantage of the three weeks between Shanghai and Barcelona to work on performance and help the team deliver in the European season.”


2014 Chinese GP Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China. Sunday 20 April 2014. A Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham F1, fan World Copyright: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic.

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix Race @ Shanghai International Circuit Sunday 20 April review

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shangahi ended for the Sauber F1 Team with a big disappointment : Adrian Sutil was forced to retire on lap six due to an engine problem. Esteban Gutiérrez had a decent pace in the early stages of the race, but then the rear tyres lost most of their grip which forced him to change from the planned two stop strategy to three stops. He finished the fourth round of the 2014 World Championship in 16th.

Weather: dry and overcast, 16-17°C air, 22-25°C track

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Start on soft tyres tyres, after 14 laps change to medium tyres, after 27 laps change to medium tyres and after 40 laps change to soft tyres

“It was a very complicated race in terms of tyre management. With these kind of temperatures the prime tyres were not really working for us. We had to do a three stop strategy, which ended up as a disadvantage for us. With our current pace we could not have higher expectations in terms of our results. I have total faith in my team, everybody is putting their best efforts into everything. I believe that Barcelona is the place where we can recover, make a step forward and fight for better positions and points.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Start on soft tyres – DNF on lap 6

“Unfortunately it was a very short race for me. During the formation lap I already had problems. As it was a quite slow formation lap, I was not able to identify what the problem was. I just realised the engine was not working properly. At the start I had almost no power. Going into the first corner I noticed there was a problem with the engine. I lost a lot of positions during the first lap and fell back to last. I did a few more laps, but then went  back to the pits. The team tried to solve the issue, but we could not do it quickly. I had to retire. However, I am still positive and looking forward.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“Of course it’s a shame that Adrian suffered an engine problem after only a few laps and was never really able to get into the race. In Esteban’s case, we have to analyse everything in order to understand why the rear tyres suddenly lost so much grip. We are obviously not happy with this kind of performance. We are going through a tough time, but this is no reason for us to bury our heads in the sand. We need to continue working in a very focused way and make sure we get the maximum from our development package for the next race in Barcelona.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“This was obiously not the the result we wanted. For Adrian, the race was over before it had really started. His car suffered a major engine problem, which Ferrari will have to investigate. For Esteban, the beginning of the race was quite okay. He started on the soft tyres, and, as expected, they grained. Then on the medium tyre things went quite well in the beginning, but from lap 25 on the rear tyres lost grip massively, which forced us to change from the planned two stop strategy to three stops. We have to analyse what exactly was the problem. The only chance we had was to get the maximum from the new tyres, but the performance was simply not good enough today.“

UBS Grosser Preis von China - Rennen - Sonntag

Der grosse Preis von China in Shanghai endete für das Sauber F1 Team mit einer herben Enttäuschung: Adrian Sutil schied bereits in der sechsten Runde mit einem Motorproblem aus. Esteban Gutiérrez konnte zu Beginn des Rennens recht gut mithalten, beklagte dann aber stark nachlassenden Grip der Hinterreifen, was ihn zwang, von einer Zweistopp- auf eine Dreistopp-Strategie umzustellen. Er beendete den vierten Lauf der Formel 1 Weltmeisterschaft 2014 auf Rang 16.

Wetter: trocken und bedeckt, 16-17°C Luft, 22-25°C Asphalt

Esteban Gutiérrez (Startnummer 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf weichen Reifen, nach 14 Runden auf mittlere Reifen, nach 27 Runden auf mittlere Reifen und nach 40 Runden auf weiche Reifen gewechselt„Es war ein sehr kompliziertes Rennen in Bezug auf das Reifen-Management. Aufgrund der Reifentemperaturen konnten wir die mittlere Reifenmischung nicht zum Arbeiten bekommen. Wir mussten auf eine Dreistopp-Strategie wechseln, die sich als Nachteil für uns herausgestellt hat. Mit unserer derzeitigen Pace konnten wir keine höheren Erwartungen haben. Ich habe weiterhin grosses Vertrauen in mein Team, da jeder sein Bestes gibt. Ich glaube weiterhin, dass wir in Barcelona gestärkt zurückkommen. Wir werden einen Schritt nach vorne machen und um vordere Platzierungen und Punkte kämpfen.“

Adrian Sutil (Startnummer 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf weichen Reifen – In der 6. Runde Ausfall„Es war leider ein sehr kurzes Rennen für mich. Schon während der Einführungsrunde bemerkte ich, dass etwas nicht stimmt. Bereits zu diesem Zeitpunkt hat der Motor nicht mehr richtig reagiert. Als der Start dann freigegeben wurde, hatte ich plötzlich kaum mehr Leistung. Ich habe in der ersten Runde einige Plätze verloren und fiel auf den letzten Platz zurück. Ich bin noch ein paar Runden gefahren und kam dann im Anschluss an die Box. Dort haben wir versucht, das Problem zu lösen, es liess sich aber nicht auf die Schnelle beheben, und so musste ich das Rennen aufgeben. Dennoch bin ich weiterhin positiv und schaue nach vorne.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Natürlich ist es sehr schade, dass Adrian bereits nach wenigen Runden gravierende Motorprobleme hatte und so gar nie richtig ins Rennen kam. Bei Esteban müssen wir die Daten analysieren, um zu verstehen, warum er plötzlich so viel Haftung an der Hinterachse verlor. Natürlich sind wir mit einer solchen Performance nicht zufrieden. Es ist klar, dass wir durch eine schwierige Phase gehen, aber wir werden jetzt bestimmt nicht den Kopf in den Sand stecken, sondern konzentriert weiter arbeiten und uns darauf fokussieren, das Maximum aus unserem Entwicklungspaket für das Rennen in Barcelona herauszuholen.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Das ist sicherlich kein Resultat, mit dem wir zufrieden sein können. Für Adrian war das Rennen bereits zu Ende, bevor es überhaupt richtig angefangen hatte. Sein Auto hatte ein Motorproblem, das Ferrari nun genauer untersuchen muss. Für Esteban war der Anfang des Rennens in Ordnung. Er startete auf den weichen Reifen, die wie erwartet gekörnt haben. Die mittleren Reifen haben einigermassen funktioniert, aber ab Runde 25 haben die Hinterreifen massiv an Grip verloren. Daraufhin mussten wir von einer geplanten Zweistopp- zu einer Dreistopp-Strategie wechseln. Wir müssen nun analysieren, was das tatsächliche Problem war. Unsere einzige Chance war es, das Maximum aus den neuen Reifen herauszuholen, aber unsere Performance war heute ganz einfach nicht gut genug.

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix Race @ Shanghai International Circuit Sunday 20 April review

Daniil Kvyat (STR9 - 03)
Race Position: 10th

“It felt great today and I ’m very happy with my performance. I had a g ood start and I ma naged to make up some positions during the first lap . Our pace was very strong today and I enjoyed the fight with Jenson pretty much throughout the race. We did a good job with the tyre management , so we w ere able to stay out longer. Even though it all went very well today, I think there ’s still a lot more to come from th e car, so I ’m really looking forward to starting the European part of the season, where I hope to get some more points.”

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR9 - 04)
Race Position: 12th

“First of all, congratulations to Daniil for his good race and another point for him and the team. As for my race, I had a bad start and a bad first lap. We need to understand what happened exactly to improve this aspect. After that, I could not make the best out of the o ption tyres because I was stuck behind Button, so it was not possible to build a gap and pull away. It was definitely a tough race but we should n ot have to forget some positive aspects: we had a really good qualifying yesterday, the general pace was not bad a nd we know exactly the direction to take in order to improve. This is the reason why I'm convinced that we can be stronger in a few weeks ’ time in Barcelona.”

Franz Tost ( Team Principal ) “ Daniil did another fantastic race, with his lap times always quite competitive. To start from the 13 th position on the grid and bring home one point certai nly shows the good performance . Jean - Eric had a poor start, which compromised his race and didn't allow him to finish with a better result. We have to find out the reasons for this, in order to be better prepared for the next race in Barcelona, where we will have some new parts that will hopefully help us improve our general performance.”

Ricard o Penteado (Renault Sport F1 track support leader ) “ Another strong points finish for Daniil, who did a very good job from 13 th on the grid. JEV lost some places at the start. We did our best with the power unit, but his strategy became very difficult in the traffic and it was hard to make progress. It’s a shame as we had the pace for points with both cars but we’ll try again in Spain.”

Race - 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit. Shanghai Sunday 20 April 1 Hamilton 2 Rosberg 3 Alonso

Race  April 20
15:00 local | 07:00 GMT | 09:00 CEST
Weather Sunny
Track Conditions Dry / 15C
Total laps 56
Lap distance 5.451 km

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

Grosjean FRA Lotus 28 2
Sutil GER Sauber 6 1

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix FP3 & Qualifying @ Shanghai International Circuit Saturday 19 April review

The rainy qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai left the two Sauber F1 Team drivers, Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez, with mixed feelings. While Sutil put in a good performance and made it into Q2, Gutiérrez suffered a technical problem with the brake-by-wire system and got stuck in Q1. He ended up 17th.

Weather: Rain and wet, 14-15°C air, 16-17°C track

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 17th in Q1 (1:58.988 min /Full wet tyres)3rd practice: 15th (1:57.468 min / Full wet und Intermediate tyres / 9 laps)

“Today we had tricky and difficult conditions. At the same time, I am frustrated as I could have made it into Q2.On my last lap I had an unexpected technical issue from Turn 6 on. The brake-by-wire went to the safety mode, so the feeling in the brake pedal and the brake balance changed. I had to deal with this issue through most of my last lap, but, nevertheless, I almost made into Q2. Unfortunately, I then made a mistake in the last corner. For the race tomorrow we have to be consistent and take advantage of every opportunity that comes up. This is the only way to push forward. We are still waiting for the car updates which will be in Barcelona. There we expect to make a step forward.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 14th in Q2 (1:57.393 min /Full wet tyres)3rd practice: 13th (1:56.760 min / Full wet and Intermediate tyres / 8 laps)

“I am satisfied with today’s qualifying. Although the conditions were not easy, I am happy that we got through to Q2. This is a better performance in comparison to the last qualifying sessions. We were able to benefit from the wet conditions and it was better than under the dry ones. This is a small step and I hope we continue with this trend. There is still a lot to do, but it is great that we are not starting from the back rows. We can build on this. We did a lot of set-up changes for the wet conditions and we are satisfied with the performance of the car. Now we hope that we also have a good race tomorrow. If the conditions are dry for the race, I believe it will be difficult for us. However, we have to look forward and try to make up positions.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“This qualifying showed the technical measures we took for this race had a positive effect and point to the right direction. This was mainly reflected in Adrian’s result. Esteban suffered a technial problem, which led to him not making it through from Q1. Nevertheless, we were able to reduce the gap to our direct competitors. This gives us confidence for the coming races, where we will introduce further development steps.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“This qualifying reflects more or less where we currently are. Adrian did a solid job and qualified 14th while Esteban was hindered by a technical issue with the brake-by-wire system, which we have to look into. Finally he just missed Q2. According to the weather forecast for tomorrow the conditions should be dry, so the picture could be different in the race.

UBS Grosser Preis von China - Qualifikation - Samstag

Das verregnete Qualifying zum Grossen Preis von China in Shanghai hinterliess bei den Sauber F1 Team Fahrern Adrian Sutil und Esteban Gutiérrez gemischte Gefühle. Während Sutil mit einer guten Leistung den Vorstoss ins Q2 schaffte, blieb Gutiérrez wegen eines technischen Problems mit dem Brake-by-Wire-System im Q1 hängen. Er landete auf Rang 17.

Wetter: Regen und nass, 14-15°C Luft, 16-17°C Asphalt

Esteban Gutiérrez (Startnummer 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Qualifikation: 17. in Q1 (1:58,988 min / Regenreifen)3. Training: 15. (1:57,468 min / Regen- und Intermediate Reifen / 9 Runden)

„Heute herrschten schwierige Bedingungen. Zudem bin ich enttäuscht, dass ich es nicht ins Q2 schaffte, obwohl dies möglich gewesen wäre. In meiner letzten Runde hatte ich ab Kurve 6 ein technisches Problem. Das Brake-by-Wire-System schaltete in den Sicherheitsmodus, was sowohl das Gefühl beim Bremsen wie auch die Bremsbalance stark verändert. Unglücklicherweise ist mir dann noch ein Fehler in der letzten Kurve unterlaufen. Morgen im Rennen müssen wir möglichst konstant sein und jede Möglichkeit nutzen, die sich bietet. Das ist der einzige Weg, der uns entscheidend nach vorne bringt. Wir warten auf die Verbesserungen, die für Barcelona geplant sind, denn damit haben wir die Möglichkeit, uns zu verbessern.“

Adrian Sutil (Startnummer 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifikation: 14. in Q2 (1:57,393 min / Regenreifen)3. Training: 13. (1:56,760 min / Regen- und Intermediate Reifen / 8 Runden)

„Ich bin zufrieden mit dem heutigen Qualifying. Obwohl die Bedingungen nicht einfach waren, freue ich mich, dass wir ins Q2 gekommen sind. Das ist eine bessere Leistung im Vergleich zu den letzten Qualifikationen. Wir haben von den nassen Bedingungen profitieren können, und es war heute besser als im Trockenen. Das ist ein kleines Zeichen und ich hoffe, dass es so weitergeht. Es gibt weiterhin viel zu tun, aber es ist schön, dass wir nicht mehr ganz hinten stehen. Darauf können wir aufbauen. Wir haben einige Veränderungen am Auto für Regenbedingungen vorgenommen und sind mit der Performance ganz zufrieden. Nun hoffen auf ein ebenso gutes Rennen morgen. Falls es morgen trocken sein sollte, wird es schwierig. Wir können allerdings nur nach vorne schauen, und versuchen Positionen zu gewinnen.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Dieses Qualifying-Ergebnis zeigt, dass die Massnahmen, die wir im Hinblick auf dieses Rennen getroffen haben, ihre Wirkung nicht verfehlten. Das schlug sich insbesondere in Adrians Resultat nieder. Bei Esteban trat ein technisches Problem auf, das zu seinem Ausfall in Q1 führte. Wir haben den Abstand zu unseren direkten Konkurrenten etwas verkleinern können. Das gibt uns Zuversicht für die kommenden Rennen, bei denen weitere Entwicklungsschritte folgen werden.““

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Das Ergebnis des Qualifyings zeigt in etwa, wo wir derzeit stehen. Adrian hat mit dem 14. Startplatz für morgen einen guten Job gemacht. Aufgrund eines technischen Problems mit dem Brake-By-Wire-System hat es Esteban leider nicht ins Q2 geschafft. Wir müssen das nun genauer analysieren. Das Rennen wird laut Wettervorhersage unter trockenen Bedingungen stattfinden, weshalb sich die Kräfteverhältnisse morgen ändern könnten."

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix FP3 & Qualifying @ Shanghai International Circuit Saturday 19 April review

Jean - Eric Vergne (STR9 - 04 )
Third Practice Session Best lap 1: 56.380 , pos. 12th , 9 laps 
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1: 57.477 , (Q2) 1: 56.584, (Q3) 1:56.773 , pos. 9th 

“I'm really pleased with my qualifying, it's been a great lap. I'm happy with myself as all my qualifying laps this year so far have been good laps, without mistakes. This car is pretty difficult to drive in the wet condition, so to make it into Q3 even today is a big satisfaction for me and the team. You really have to make your perfect lap and I think I did. As for tomorrow, the weather forecast says it's going to be dry, which is a much more suitable condition for our car, so we can expect a good race. In the long runs our pace looks competitive, so I will do my best to make a good start and from the ninth position on the grid, if everything comes together, we can definitely aim for some more points .”

Daniil Kvyat (STR9 - 03)
Third Practice Session Best lap: 1: 55.235 , pos. 7th , 7 laps
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1: 57.261 , (Q2) 1: 57.289 , pos. 13th

“This was a very tricky qualifying session today and even though I gave it my all, I was not able to go any faster than this. It seems that I have lost a lot of grip between this morning ’s FP3 and Qualifying, so I ’m eager to have a look at the data later on. O verall I ’m d isappointe d with how things went today, but I’m confident we can s till have a good race tomorrow, especially if it is going to be dry.”

James Key (Technical Director) “The conditions for today ’ s qualifying were clear but totally unpredictable. There seemed to be a micro climate around the circuit so it was difficult to tell what was going on where. We had a plan but remained flexible and in the end this helped us cope well with the tricky conditions and the guys on the pit wall did a very good job. Q1 turned out as we had hoped for , even though we took a bit of a gamble , as we started on used Intermediates. Jev did a great job getting through to Q3 , as it was a tight battle in difficult conditions .

Sadly, Daniil didn’t make it through to Q3, which is disappointing as he showed good pace so far today . We will have a look at the reasons for this, but still, P13 is more than adequate to start the race from. Assuming the weather will stay dry tomorrow, we should be able to have a strong race as we are more competit ive in the dry than in the wet.”

Ricardo Penteado (Renault Sport F1 track support leader) “ The team did a great job with the timing and everything went very smoothly in conditions where it could all go very wrong. JEV was impressive and I’m pleased we could give him all the energy performance to capitalize on the opportunities. Daniil also did well and we are in a strong position for tomorrow’s race with both cars.”

Caterham F1 Team - 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix FP3 & Qualifying @ Shanghai International Circuit Saturday 19 April review

Shanghai, China - 19th April, 2014 

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FP3: wet; min / max track temp 16°, air temp 14°
Q1: wet; min / max track temp 17°, air temp 14°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: KOB 1.57.812, 16th / ERI 1.59.507, 18th
Q1: KOB 1.59.260, 18th / ERI 2.00.646, 20th

Total laps:
FP3: KOB 12 / ERI 6
Q1: KOB 10 / ERI 10

Kamui Kobayashi, car #10, chassis CT05-#03: “As FP3 was wet and the grip levels were low everyone was being cautious but we managed to complete 12 laps, all on the inters apart from the installation. The car was ok, a bit too much oversteer but we did make some gains in braking over the two runs and finished the session without any issues.

“It was raining before the start of qualifying but the track conditions were right on the edge of choosing between inters and full wets so we went for the inters as that could have given us the best chance of springing a surprise in Q1. It was certainly pretty tricky on inters but the times were just about there with the wets on the first run so we stuck with them for the second run and went out to run to the flag. For the second stint the conditions were improving slightly, but still not enough for us to have a clear advantage on the intermediates, so ending up ahead of Bianchi in 18th and only three tenths from Gutierrez is probably about as good as we could have done today.”

Marcus Ericsson, car #9, chassis CT05-#01: “FP3 was my second wet session of the season and we started with the installation lap on full wets before switching to inters for the first run. That went ok but when I boxed we found a couple of issues with the power unit and an overheating front right brake that meant we could only complete six laps in the session.

“Quali was tough, especially considering I only had six laps this morning, but I’m relatively happy with how it ended up, especially as that was only my third ever session in the wet in F1! We went for the same strategy as Kamui and the car was a real handful on the first stint – I had front and rear locking in the braking zones and that was costing me a lot of time, plus I had some traffic issues on the first stint that also cost me time, but overall I’m happy I kept it on the track and finished ahead of Chilton.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Renault Sport F1 track support leader: “Over the day we’ve had some on-off issues with the ERS-K on Marcus’ car due to some gearbox control problems, but we feel we extracted the most from the Power Unit this session. Both drivers were able to use maximum power and energy recovery, but conditions were very difficult. Nevertheless we are ahead of both Marussias and feel we are well prepared to take the fight to them, and other cars ahead, in the race tomorrow.”


2014 Chinese GP - FP3 7 Qualifying Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China. Saturday 19 April 2014. Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham CT05 Renault. World Copyright: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic.

Qualifying - 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit. Shanghai Saturday 19 April 1 Hamilton 2 Ricciardo 3 Vettel

Qualifying  April 19 -
14:00 local | 06:00 GMT | 08:00 CEST
Weather Rain

# Driver              Team       Laps 
1 Hamilton GBR Mercedes 21 Q3
2 Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 23 Q3
3 Vettel GER Red Bull 23 Q3
4 Rosberg GER Mercedes 22 Q3
5 Alonso ESP Ferrari 21 Q3
6 Massa BRA Williams 24 Q3
7 Bottas FIN Williams 24 Q3
8 Hülkenberg GER Force India 23 Q3
9 Vergne FRA Toro Rosso 23 Q3
10 Grosjean FRA Lotus 22 Q3

11 Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 17 Q2
12 Button GBR McLaren 17 Q2
13 Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso 18 Q2
14 Sutil GER Sauber 17 Q2
15 Magnussen DEN McLaren 17 Q2
16 Perez MEX Force India 17 Q2

17 Gutiérrez MEX Sauber 10 Q1
18 Kobayashi JPN Caterham 10 Q1
19 Bianchi FRA Marussia 10 Q1
20 Ericsson SWE Caterham 10 Q1
21 Chilton GBR Marussia 10 Q1
22 Maldonado VEN Lotus 0 Q1

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FP3 - 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit. Shanghai Saturday 19 April 1 Ricciardo 2 Massa 3 Grosjean

Free practice 3
Saturday April 19
11:00 local | 03:00 GMT | 05:00 CEST

# Driver                     Teams     Time 
1 D Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull 1'53.958
2 F Massa (BRA) Williams 1'54.492
3 R Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1'54.514
4 N Hülkenberg (GER) Force India 1'55.032
5 KM Räikkönen (FIN) Ferrari 1'55.062
6 P Maldonado (VEN) Lotus 1'55.228
7 D Kvyat (RUS) Toro Rosso 1'55.235
8 V Bottas (FIN) Williams 1'55.381
9 J Button (GBR) McLaren 1'55.673
10 S Perez (MEX) Force India 1'56.019
11 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1'56.233
12 JE Vergne (FRA) Toro Rosso 1'56.380
13 A Sutil (GER) Sauber 1'56.760
14 M Chilton (GBR) Marussia 1'56.841
15 E Gutiérrez (MEX) Sauber 1'57.468
16 K Kobayashi (JPN) Caterham 1'57.812
17 J Bianchi (FRA) Marussia 1'57.976
18 M Ericsson (SWE) Caterham 1'59.507
19 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes -
20 K Magnussen (DEN) McLaren -
21 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari -
22 LC Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes -

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 FORMULA 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix FP1 & FP2 @ Shanghai International Circuit Friday 18 April review

In the first free practice for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, round four of the 2014 Formula One World Championship, Esteban Gutiérrez lost half of the session due to a clutch problem. Later he was hindered by an ERS issue, which did not cause him to stop but affected his lap times. However, the afternoon went according to plan for both drivers. Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil were able to make some progress with the Sauber C33, which enabled them to reduce the gap to their direct competitors. Nevertheless, there is still a lot of work left for the engineers. In FP1, for the second time, Sauber F1 Team test and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde was behind the wheel of the Sauber C33.

Weather: dry and cloudy, 13-17°C air, 18-26°C track

Giedo van der Garde (car number 36):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1st practice: 14th / 1:42.615 min (16 laps)

“It was a good session. It made quite a big difference that I had been in the car for a whole day at the test in Bahrain. I think we did some good work today. The track was quite cold, so it was not easy to get the tyres to work. Other than that, it was positive that we could work on some set-up changes during the session. We also worked on the pedal and brake mapping, so all in all I am happy with the outcome of FP1. It is good to be back in the car again.”

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
1st practice: 18th / 1:44.162 min (17 laps)
2nd practice: 16th / 1:40.359 min (32 laps)

“The clutch problem was not an ideal start to FP1, but the team did a great job fixing the issue quickly. I was able to get out on the track in the middle of the session, which was quite important. Unfortunately, we had another unexpected problem with the ERS. We did not have the full power and this issue effected the lap times enormously. However, we kept running to get a better feeling for the balance of the car. In the afternoon we were able to do the long runs. Obviously, we are not where we want to be at the moment. We will keep pushing to get things sorted out and try to make another step tomorrow.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
2nd practice: 17th / 1:40.395 min (30 laps)

“I only ran in the second practice session. At the beginning it took a while to get going. The driveability of the car is still not easy. I am struggeling with the tyres to get them to work. There is still a lot of work ahead of us. In comparison to Bahrain, I think we had more straight line top speed, which brings us closer to the teams in front of us. The mid-field is quite tight together. In terms of lap times, we are closer to our direct competitors, but we are obviously not there where we want to be.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Esteban lost a lot of time in FP1 due to a clutch problem. Once this was fixed he was able to go out, but he was then hindered by an issue with the Energy Recovery System, which cost him good lap times. The afternoon was trouble free for both drivers and enabled us to work on our planned programme. We were able to find some improvements on the C33 which brought us closer to our direct competitors in low fuel conditions. This is positive, but in race conditions we are not yet where we should be. With these settings we are losing speed on the straights. This is something we have to look into."

UBS Grosser Preis von China - Training - Freitag

  Im ersten freien Training zum Grossen Preis von China in Shanghai, dem vierten Lauf zur FIA Formel 1 Weltmeisterschaft 2014, verlor Esteban Gutiérrez wegen eines Kupplungsproblems die Hälfte der Trainingszeit, anschliessend behinderte ihn ein nicht einwandfrei funktionierendes Energie-Rückgewinnungssystem. Der Nachmittag verlief dann für beide Piloten nach Plan. Esteban Gutiérrez und Adrian Sutil erzielten mit dem Sauber C33 einige Fortschritte, die sie zeitenmässig näher an ihre direkten Konkurrenten brachte, dennoch gibt es für die Ingenieure noch einiges zu tun. Im ersten freien Training kam zum zweiten Mal Test- und Ersatzfahrer Giedo van der Garde zum Einsatz.

Wetter: trocken und bewölkt, 13-17°C Luft, 18-26°C Asphalt

Giedo van der Garde (Startnummer 36):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1. Training: 14. / 1:42,615 min (16 Runden)

„Es war ein gutes Training. Nach dem Testtag in Bahrain macht es einen grossen Unterschied, wieder im Auto zu sitzen. Ich denke, wir haben heute Morgen produktiv gearbeitet. Es war recht kühl, weshalb es schwierig war, die Reifen auf Temperatur zu bekommen. Es ist positiv, dass wir während des Trainings an der Balance des Autos, sowie an der Abstimmung des Gaspedals und der Bremsen arbeiten konnten. Alles in allem bin ich mit dem ersten freien Training zufrieden. Ich freue mich, zurück im Cockpit zu sein.“

Esteban Gutiérrez (Startnummer 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
1. Training: 18. / 1:44,162 min (17 Runden)
2. Training: 16. / 1:40,359 min (32 Runden)

„Das Getriebeproblem zu Beginn des ersten freien Trainings war nicht ideal. Das Team hat jedoch einen super Job gemacht und das Problem schnell behoben. Somit konnte ich zur Hälfte des ersten freien Trainings auf die Strecke. Allerdings hatten wir dann ein weiteres unerwartetes Problem mit dem ERS. Wir hatten nicht die komplette Leistung, wodurch die Rundenzeiten enorm beeinträchtigt wurden. Ich bin allerdings weiter gefahren, um ein Gefühl für die Balance des Autos zu bekommen. Am Nachmittag konnten wir die Long-Runs machen. Natürlich sind wir im Moment noch nicht dort, wo wir sein wollen. Wir werden weiter arbeiten, und versuchen, morgen einen Schritt nach vorne zu machen.“

Adrian Sutil (Startnummer 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
2. Training: 17. / 1:40,395 min (30 Runden)
„Ich kam heute nur im zweiten freien Training zum Einsatz. Es hat zu Beginn ein wenig gedauert in Fahrt zu kommen. Die Fahrbarkeit des Autos ist weiterhin nicht einfach. Ich habe mit den Reifen zu kämpfen, diese überhaupt zum Arbeiten zu bringen. Es gibt immer noch viel zu tun. Im Vergleich zu Bahrain denke ich, dass wir hier mehr Höchstgeschwindigkeit auf der Geraden hatten und daher näher an die vorderen Teams herangekommen sind. Das Mittelfeld ist recht eng beisammen. Wir sind zeitenmässig näher an unseren direkten Konkurrenten dran, aber natürlich noch nicht dort, wo wir sein wollen.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Aufgrund des Getriebeproblems hat Esteban in FP1 viel Zeit verloren. Anschliessend konnte er zwar fahren, wurde jedoch durch ein Problem mit dem Energie-Rückgewinnungssystem behindert, das sich negative auf die Rundenzeit auswirkte. Der Nachmittag verlief für beide Fahrer problemlos und ermöglichte uns, das geplante Programm abzuarbeiten. Wir konnten ein paar Fortschritte mit den C33 machen, was uns bei Fahrten mit wenig Benzin an Bord zeitenmässig näher an unsere direkten Konkurrenten heran brachte. Das ist zwar positiv, aber unter Rennbedingungen sind wir nicht dort, wo wir sein sollten. Mit diesen Einstellungen der Antriebseinheit verlieren wir Geschwindigkeit auf den Geraden. Das müssen wir analysieren