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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 20 to 22 June @ Spielberg (lap 4.326 km) Austria preview





























Hinwil. After a long break, Formula One and the Sauber F1 Team return to Spielberg. The last Formula One Grand Prix in Styria took place in 2003, so the Austrian Grand Prix will celebrate its return from the 20th to 22th of June after an absence of over a decade.


8th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 20th to 22th June 2014

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):“The track in Spielberg is new for me and for many other drivers as well. It is always interesting to have new tracks on the Formula One race calendar. Last year there were quite a few tracks on which I drove for the first time, and now with Spielberg there is another new one. It is a fast circuit, so I am going to enjoy it. It will be an interesting event as the Austrians like Formula One and are nice and cheerful people. I hope we can feel the passion and the support for the sport, so that it can be a successful event. I am looking forward to the race weekend.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
“I am looking forward to the Austrian Grand Prix. I have never been to Spielberg with Formula 1. I know the track from previous racing series in my career, and I really like it. At that time I was participating in Formula Ford and Formula 3. Obviously, I hope for a positive result there. In Canada it was good to finish the race and to get the maximum out of the car. The team also did a great job with the strategy and the pit stops. I hope we can build on this and make steps forward in every area. I am keeping up my motivation, and I am looking forward to the weekend in Spielberg.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“The track in Spielberg is a relatively short one, consisting of significant straights with medium speed corners and a hairpin. The race is back on the calendar after 11 years, so it will be interesting to set-up the modern Formula One cars for this track. The starting point of our preparatory simulation work was driving lines from back then. Of course quite some progress was also made on that side, and, with the level of detail we can get today, we will most probably just have to do some fine tuning during free practice. We’ve been informed that the tarmac is moderately abrasive, and we don’t expect very hot ambient temperatures. Based on this information, we rate Pirelli’s choice of soft and supersoft as appropriate.”

Circuit:
Red Bull Ring / 4.326 km
Race distance: 71 laps / 307.146 km
Schedule: Qualifying 14:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST), Race 14:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST)

Esteban Gutiérrez
Born: 05.08.1991 Monterrey (MX)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.80 m / 63 kg
 First GP: Melbourne 2013
GP started: 26
Best race result: 7th Japan (2013)
Best qualifying: 9th Korea (2013)
Points 2014: 0 (currently 19th)
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: 116
Best race result: 4th Monza (2009)
Best qualifying: 2nd Monza (2009)
Points 2014: 0 (currently 17th)
Points in total: 124

The Sauber F1 Team currently holds 10th place in the World Constructors’ Championship.


Schedule for the group interview sessions during the weekend:

Thursday:
13:30-13:40 – Adrian Sutil – TV (German, then English)
13:40-13:50 – Adrian Sutil – written media (German)
13:50-14:00 – Adrian Sutil – written media (English)

13:30-13:40 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (Spanish)
13:40-13:50 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (English)
13:50-14:00 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV (Spanish, then English)

Friday:
16:45-16:55 – Adrian Sutil – TV
16:45-16:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV

Saturday:
16:45-16:55 – Adrian Sutil – TV (German, then English)
16:55-17:05 – Adrian Sutil – written media (German)
17:05-17:15 – Adrian Sutil – written media (English)

16:45-16:55 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (Spanish)
16:55-17:05 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media  (English)
17:05-17:15 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV (Spanish, then English)

Sunday:
After the race the drivers will be available in the mixed zone set up by the FIA.
Monisha Kaltenborn will be available in the team’s area.

Involvement in the FIA press conference means that the group interviews will be cancelled on the relevant day.