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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 3 to 5 October @ Suzuka Circuit Japan preview

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The Suzuka circuit has some unique features, such as the fact it is one of the few anticlockwise venues on the calendar and can boast a figure‑of‑eight layout, featuring a ‘flyover’ section that crosses over turn nine. It’s rather a narrow track and overtaking is therefore difficult under normal circumstances. However, the technical difficulty of various sections means that an opportunist driver can pounce when the man in front makes a mistake. Getting a lap of Suzuka just right is hugely satisfying for the drivers, as they will have dealt with the complexities of finding the right line through the Esses that start the lap, as well as the hairpin, Spoon Curve, the high speed 130R and that fiddly chicane right at the end, before the downhill start-finish straight. The many changes of direction, all of them at relatively high speed, mean the car’s set up has to be quite stiff to make for stable and rapid turn-in, while downforce levels are quite high too. It’s tough on the tyres as well, a difficulty increased by the abrasive nature of the track surface, so that dealing with degradation is a challenge for the engineers. Having now been granted the necessary Superlicense by the FIA, Max Verstappen will be joining us to drive in Free Practice One. In Suzuka, he will be at the wheel of Jean-Eric Vergne’s STR9.
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Jean - Eric Vergne: Suzuka is one of the best tracks on the calendar. The fans really make it something special, with an unbelievable atmosphere. A combination of that and the track itself, makes this one of the best Grands Prix of the year. I’m looking forward to it. I don’t expect this year’s new technical regulations to require much of a change in terms of how we approach it. I am not sure how it will suit our car. If I have to pick one part of the circuit I like best, it would be the high speed esses that start the lap and, with having less downforce this year, the 130R might be more of a challenge than in the past. 2
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Daniil Kvyat: I’ve never even been to Japan before, so this week will be a very interesting experience for me. From what I hear the other drivers say, Suzuka is a very exciting track, so I’m looking forward to discovering it for myself. Certainly, from the simulator, I’d say it’s going to be very enjoyable to drive and extremely challenging. It has a lot of fast corners, which is what I like best, so hopefully it will be a good race weekend for me. I like Japanese food and I am looking forward to experiencing it in its home environment. I’ve also read a bit about Japanese culture, which has made me curious to see the country for myself.
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Max Verstappen: I am very much looking forward to taking part in a Free Practice session at a Grand Prix for the first time. It is good preparation for next year, even if it’s not something I could have imagined a few months ago. To already be participating in a practice session is of course a dream come true. I have actually been to Suzuka before, to take part in a go-kart race on the track that is located next to the main circuit’s back straight. My dad has raced at Suzuka many times and he told me it’s not an easy track to start on. For me it will be a very valuable experience, spending some time in the car and also getting used to working with everyone in the team, to prepare myself for next year. I am not going there to break any records, I just want to gain experience. I have spent one day driving this track on the simulator, which helps a bit, but it’s no substitute for driving it for real. My first impression is that it’s not an easy track and for example it looks hard to get the combination right in the first esses. I have one and a half hours to drive there and I’m looking forward to doing a good job, for myself and for the team.
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Media Schedule
THURSDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2014 
16:30 - 16:40 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - ALL TV - HOSPITALITY AREA, MEDIA WALL 16:30 - 16:40 - DANIIL KVYAT - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - HOSPITALITY AREA 
16:40 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - HOSPITALITY AREA 
16:40 - DANIIL KVYAT - ALL TV - HOSPITALITY AREA, MEDIA WALL 

FRIDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2014 
13:15 - 13:25 - MAX VERSTAPPEN - ALL TV - HOSPITALITY AREA, MEDIA WALL 
13:25 - 13:40 - MAX VERSTAPPEN - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - HOSPITALITY AREA, MEDIA WALL 
18:00 (APPROX) - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE & DANIIL KVYAT - ALL MEDIA - HOSPITALITY AREA 

SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2014 
IMMEDIATELY AFTER QUALIFYING - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE & DANIIL KVYAT - ALL TV - FIA TV SCRUM AREA 
16:30 - 16:40 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - FRENCH MEDIA - HOSPITALITY AREA 16:30 - 16:40 - DANIIL KVYAT - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - HOSPITALITY AREA 
16:40 - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE - INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - HOSPITALITY AREA 

SUNDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2014 
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE RACE - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE & DANIIL KVYAT - ALL TV - FIA TV SCRUM AREA IMMEDIATELY AFTER TV SCRUM - JEAN-ERIC VERGNE & DANIIL KVYAT - ALL PRINT MEDIA - HOSPITALITY AREA DRIVER’S OPEN MEDIA SESSION WILL BE CANCELLED IF HE IS INVITED TO THE FIA PRESS CONFERENCE. FOR INTERVIEW REQUESTS PLEASE CONTACT THE SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO COMMUNICATIONS TEAM. PLEASE CHECK THE SCHEDULE POSTED IN THE MEDIA CENTRE FOR FINAL TIMINGS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT MEDIA@TOROROSSO.COM.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Sauber F1 Team - 2014 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 3 to 5 October @ Suzuka Circuit Japan preview

Hinwil. The Japanese Grand Prix will be the next race in Asia for the Sauber F1 Team. In the land of the rising sun, the 15th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship will take place from the 3rd to 5th October on the Suzuka Circuit. The track is for both Sauber F1 Team drivers, Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil, one of their favourite circuits on this year’s calendar.


15th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 3rd to 5th October 2014

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):
“The track in Suzuka is one of my favourites. I actually have many tracks that I like a lot, but this one is really unique. The layout of the circuit is very different to other ones, so the set-up of the car is also special. The track has many fast corners which can be challenging from an aerodynamic point of view, but there are also some medium speed ones. The first sector is simply amazing, it is a sequence of left-right corners, and it is fantastic driving through it. Also the very fast left corner, called 130R, is a very nice one. I have good memories from Suzuka, as last year, I scored my first points in Formula One there. The fan base in Japan is great, and I am impressed with how enthusiastic and passionate the people are about racing. Once we drivers arrive there, the fans make us feel special, and they appreciate what we are doing. This is a good motivation for us.”


Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
“The Japanese Grand Prix is a nice event with many great fans at the track. For me it is a very special Grand Prix, as in the past I lived in Japan for a year. Due to the fact that I won the Japanese Formula 3 Championship in 2006, I have great memories, and it is always a special feeling to come back. The track in Suzuka is with its many fast corners one of my favourites. The first sector especially is tricky, as it has a sequence of left-right-corners which can be driven very fast. From a technical point of view, this part of the track is quite challenging, so we need to have a stable car with a lot of downforce, and a front that responds quickly while turing in. The last sector is good for overtaking due to the DRS zone. In general the track is narrower compared to the more modern ones, and the run-off areas have gravel and grass, which does not allow room for mistakes. Moreover, I believe it will be difficult  to go flat out through the very fast 130R left corner due to the reduced downforce of this year’s cars. All in all, I would say this track is challenging and fascinating.”


Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“The Suzuka circuit is another one of those drivers‘ and engineers‘ favourites, due to the diversification of the challenges faced throughout a lap. After a flowing and high-speed biased sector one in which the aerodynamic performance dominates, sector two demands stability and traction. Sector three at the end of the lap is dominated by the straight, in which the drivers negotiate the ultra-high speed 130R corner, and the very-low speed chicane.  Due to the abrasiveness of the tarmac and the high lateral energy through the high speed corners, Pirelli has allocated the hard and the medium compounds. In the last few years, the Sauber F1 Team has produced some of its best races at Suzuka. This is a source of pride, and keeps us motivated in working hard for results that so far this season we haven’t been able to achieve.”


Circuit:
Suzuka Circuit / 5.807 km
Race distance: 53 laps / 307.471 km
Schedule: Qualifying 14:00 hrs local time (07:00 CEST), Race 15:00 hrs local time (08:00 hrs CEST)
Esteban Gutiérrez
Born: 05.08.1991 Monterrey (MX)
Marital status: In a relationship
Height / Weight: 1.80 m / 63 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2013
GP started: 33
Best race result: 7th Japan (2013)
Best qualifying: 9th Korea (2013)
Points 2014: 0 (currently 20th)
Points in total: 6

Adrian SutilBorn: 11.01.1983 Starnberg (DE)
Marital status: In a relationship
Height / Weight: 1.83 m / 75 kg
First GP: Melbourne 2007
GP started: 123
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 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (Spanish)
13:40-13:50 – Esteban Gutiérrez – written media (English)
13:50-14:00 – Esteban Gutiérrez – TV (Spanish, then English)

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)

17:00-17:20 – Monisha Kaltenborn – written media (English, then German)
17:20-17:30 – Monisha Kaltenborn - TV

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

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

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)

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.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014


Sunday, September 21, 2014

@nico_rosberg @MercedesAMGF1 Video Message "toughest day for me this year so far"


der bitterste Tag für mich dieses Jahr. hier ist mein video blog mit mehr infos für euch:
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1 Lewis Hamilton British Mercedes 241
2 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 238
3 Daniel Ricciardo Australian Red Bull Racing-Renault 181
4 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 133
5 Sebastian Vettel German Red Bull Racing-Renault 124
6 Valtteri Bottas Finnish Williams-Mercedes 122
7 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 72
8 Nico Hulkenberg German Force India-Mercedes 72
9 Felipe Massa Brazilian Williams-Mercedes 65
10 Sergio Perez Mexican Force India-Mercedes 45
11 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Ferrari 45
12 Kevin Magnussen Danish McLaren-Mercedes 39
13 Jean-Eric Vergne French STR-Renault 19
14 Romain Grosjean French Lotus-Renault 8
15 Daniil Kvyat Russian STR-Renault 8
16 Jules Bianchi French Marussia-Ferrari 2

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 SINGAPORE AIRLINES Singapore Grand Prix Race 21 September @ Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore review


Jean - Eric Vergne (STR9 - 0 1) 
Race Position: 6th 

"It feels great. It was a fantastic race and I'm extremely happy, especially considering the two 5 second penalties. I had to push as much as possible in the last laps and pull away and this is what I've don e. I had a lot of fun overtaking the ones in front of me, an incredible race. I did a mistake yesterday in Qualifying and I said to the team that I would have done everything for them to forgive me today and I think I could manage it in the end. So I'm really happy also for the guys, the y gave me a good car and the 6 th place repays their big effort, we deserved it. I'm really confident we can have a good end of the season together and I'm looking forward to Japan, where we also have some updates. Hopefully we can improve even further." 

Daniil Kvyat (STR9 - 0 3) 
Race Position: 14th 

“It was a very tough race today in which I had to fight more with myself than with the cars around me. The car was quite difficult to drive and it was sliding a lot. It was also hard work to take care of the tyres. Unfortunately I also had a problem with my drink system, so I was without water for the whole race, which definitely made it a much tougher race. I think points could have been possible, so well do ne to JEV, who did a great job today!" 

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer) “We are very , very pleased! JEV drove an absolutely fantastic race. He had to deal with two 5 second penalties, but having taken his first, with the second we knew the time would be added on at the end, so we kept him informed of the gap to those behind him, after he pulled off some brilliant passing moves and he managed to finish more than the 5 seconds ahead of the seventh placed driver, so he keeps his sixth place. He did absolutely everyth ing right. The team worked very well today and everything generally went to plan, with the strategy working out well, so we are all very happy for JEV. He has been due a decent result, because he’s been doing a good job this year, but has had more than h is share of bad luck. Daniil was particularly unlucky as he had a drinks bottle problem right from the start, so it was a physically very difficult race fo r him, as he was unable to drink and was getting dehydrated from quite early on. We’re sorry for him that we had that kind of problem, as it compromised his race.” 

Ricardo Penteado (Renault Sport F1 track support leader) “ An amazing result for JEV, who fought back hard from qualifying and two penalties during the race. Daniil struggled without hydration in this very physical race and did well to get to the end. The Power Unit worked wel l over the race and energy management on JEV’s car in particular was very good, allowing him to use his newer tyres at the end to gain so many positions. It was a perfect finish for a difficult weekend. ”
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Sauber F1 Team - 2014 SINGAPORE AIRLINES Singapore Grand Prix Race 21 September @ Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore review

The Singapore Grand Prix ended in a huge disappointment for the Sauber F1 Team. Neither of the drivers finished the race. Esteban Gutiérrez had to retire on lap 18 due to an electrical problem with the power unit, while Adrian Sutil’s car had a water leak which forced the team to retire him on lap 41 so not to risk an engine failure.


Weather: dry, 29-30°C air, 33-37°C track
Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21):Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Start on supersoft tyres, after 15 laps change to soft tyres

“There is not much to say about the race. At the moment it is almost impossible to achieve good results. We have to extract 120 percent from what we have, but with these issues we are having it makes things complicated. There is nothing that I can do to guard against these problems at the moment. We have to look forward to the next races and need to take every chance that we get. Keep fighting will be the most important objective for us as a team at the moment.”


Adrian Sutil (car number 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Start on supersoft tyres, after 8 laps change to supersoft tyres, after 24 laps change to soft tyres and after 31 laps change to supersoft tyres

“It is very frustrating to retire again due to a technical failure. Today we were in a good position to score points. It was a difficult race, as we had problems with the engine at the beginning. However, we were able to fix it and continue with our planned strategy. Regarding the contact with Sergio (Perez), there is not much to say besides that suddenly he drove into the back of the car. Luckily the car was not damaged.”


Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“That was a very disappointing race. Esteban particulary was in a good position, but he was forced to retire from the race once again due to a problem with the power unit. As Adrian’s car had a water leak, the team decided to retire him from the race so not to risk an engine failure. We now have to analyse the reason for this.”


Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Sadly once more our race finished before the chequered flag due to reliabiliy issues. On Esteban’s car there was, once again, an electrical problem with the power unit. Adrian experienced a water leak which forced us to stop him as a precautionary measure so not to damage the engine. Before that the race itself was going more or less the way we were expecting. Esteban was on a two stop strategy, but his race ended too early to know whether it would have worked. Adrian was on a three stop strategy, and I think we played it well during the safety car period in order to bring him back into the race, but then he had to stop. This was one of the races where we tried to cover all different possibilities, and in this sense everything was going according to plan. In the past we have seen that just getting the car to the finish line can be rewarded, but in this we failed, due to the reliability issues.”
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Singapore Airlines Grand Prix – Rennen – Sonntag

Der Grosse Preis von Singapur endete für das Sauber F1 Team mit einer herben Enttäuschung. Keiner der beiden Piloten sah die Zielflagge. Esteban Gutiérrez schied in Runde 18 wegen eines elektrischen Problems mit dem Antriebsstrang aus. An Adrian Sutils Auto trat ein Wasserleck auf, was das Team dazu bewog, ihn in Runde 41 aus dem Rennen zu nehmen, um nicht einen Motorschaden zu riskieren.


Wetter: trocken, 29-30°C Luft, 33-37°C Asphalt

Esteban Gutiérrez (Startnummer 21):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf superweichen Reifen, nach 15 Runden auf weiche Reifen gewechselt

„Zu dem heutigen Rennen gibt es nicht viel zu sagen. Zurzeit ist es fast unmöglich gute Ergebnisse einzufahren. Wir versuchen 120 Prozent aus unseren derzeitigen Möglichkeiten herauszuholen, allerdings machen uns diese schwierigen Umstände sehr zu schaffen. Es gibt nichts, was ich im Moment dagegen tun kann. Wir müssen trotzdem nach vorne schauen und jede Chance nutzen. Im Moment ist das Wichtigste gemeinsam als Team weiterzukämpfen.“


Adrian Sutil (Startnummer 99):
Sauber C33-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Gestartet auf superweichen Reifen, nach 8 Runden auf superweiche Reifen gewechselt, nach 24 Runden auf weiche Reifen gewechselt und nach 31 Runden auf superweiche Reifen gewechselt

„Es ist sehr enttäuschend, erneut aufgrund eines technischen Defekts auszufallen. Wir waren heute in einer guten Position, um in die Punkte zu fahren. Es war kein einfaches Rennen, zumal wir schon von Beginn an Probleme mit dem Motor hatten. Dieses konnten wir aber in den Griff bekommen, und somit unsere Strategie beibehalten. Zu der Berührung mit Sergio (Perez) kann ich nicht viel sagen, nur dass er mir plötzlich hinten reingefahren ist. Zum Glück wurde das Auto nicht beschädigt.“


Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Das war ein sehr enttäuschendes Rennen. Vor allem Esteban war in einer guten Ausgangslage, er wurde jedoch einmal mehr durch ein Problem mit dem Antriebsstrang aus dem Rennen gerissen. Am Auto von Adrian gab es ein Wasserleck. Das Team hat dann entschieden, ihn aus dem Rennen zu nehmen, um den Motor nicht zu gefährden. Wir prüfen jetzt, was die Ursache dafür war.”


Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Unglücklicherweise haben unsere beiden Fahrer die Zielflagge wegen Problemen mit der Zuverlässigkeit nicht gesehen. An Estebans Auto trat erneut ein Elektrik-Problem mit dem Antriebsstrang auf. An Adrians Auto gab es ein Wasserleck, was uns zwang, ihn an die Boxen zu holen, um keine Schädigung des Motors zu riskieren. Zuvor war das Rennen in etwa so gelaufen, wie wir es erwartet hatten. Esteban war auf einer Zweistopp-Strategie, doch endete sein Rennen zu früh, um zu wissen, ob das aufgegangen wäre. Bei Adrian hatten wir uns für eine Dreistopp-Strategie entschieden. Ich denke, dass wir die Situation in der Safety-Car-Phase gut nutzten, um seine Position im Rennen zu verbessern, aber dann kam das vorzeitige Ende. Das war eines jener Rennen, in denen wir versuchten, möglichst alle Eventualitäten abzudecken, was auch gut funktioniert hat. Das nützt leider jedoch gar nichts, wenn man an der mangelnden Zuverlässigkeit scheitert.“
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Caterham F1 Team - 2014 SINGAPORE AIRLINES Singapore Grand Prix Race 21 September @ Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore review


Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore – 21 September 2014

Marcus Ericsson, P15
Kamui Kobayashi, DNS

Weather:
Dry, track temp 33°, air temp 29°, humidity 71%



CaterhamF1 _W2Q5735 Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore. Sunday 21 September 2014. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham CT05 Renault. World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic.

Marcus Ericsson, car #9, chassis CT05-#04: “What a race! One of the best of my season so far, I have no doubt about it. I’m very pleased and happy for the whole team – this result is a great way of saying thank you for all the hard work and effort they put in yesterday. We can be very happy as we beat our closest rivals fair and square after having struggled quite a lot to keep up with them this weekend. We maximised our performance today. We followed a great strategy and I didn’t make any mistakes. I’m very pleased but we have to carry on working as hard as ever in order to build on this and make progress every race.

“We decided to stay out on the Prime tyres and I knew that Bianchi was going to catch me as he pitted in front of me, so I prepared myself as best as possible for the final four laps. I managed the tyres well and kept him behind. A great effort!”

Kamui Kobayashi, car #10, chassis CT05-#02: “What a frustrating way to end the race weekend here in Singapore. During the formation lap, all of a sudden I felt no power and then it smelt as if something was burning. Then I suddenly lost the brakes so I decided to stop the car because it was dangerous and I had nothing to do. I was really looking forward to this race and it’s a shame not to have been able to get out there and fight, but this happens sometimes in motorsport unfortunately."

Manfredi Ravetto, Team Principal: “It’s ended up being a very positive weekend here in Singapore. We’ve managed to beat Sauber from a reliability point of view as well as beating Marussia out on track for the second race weekend in a row. We are definitely on our way up. I would like to thank every single member of the team, both here on track and back at the factory in Leafield - we’ve all worked very hard and I am proud of the whole team.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Renault Sport F1 track support leader: “A great result for the team, with Marcus finishing ahead of both Marussias. From our side, however, it was not the most straightforward race. Unfortunately Kamui lost the CU-H at the start of the formation lap and had to stop. We need to look at why this happened in more detail back at Viry. Marcus also had some issues with the energy management system, so it was not optimal from a performance perspective. Nevertheless, we finished ahead of both of our closest rivals, which is a fantastic team effort.”

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2014 SINGAPORE AIRLINES #SingaporeGP 21 September @ #MarinaBay Street Circuit #Singapore 1 Hamilton 2 Vettel 3 Ricciardo 4 Alonso 5 Massa 6 Vergne

Sunday September 21: Race
20:00 local | 12:00 GMT | 14:00 CEST
Weather: Clear  29-30°C
Track: Dry 33-37°C
Lap: 5.067 km
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# Driver             Team      Laps/Pit stops
1 Hamilton GBR Mercedes 60 3
2 Vettel GER Red Bull 60 2
3 Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 60 2
4 Alonso ESP Ferrari 60 3
5 Massa BRA Williams 60 2
6 Vergne FRA Toro Rosso 60 3
7 Perez MEX Force India 60 4
8 Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 60 3
9 Hülkenberg GER Force India 60 3
10 Magnussen DEN McLaren 60 3
11 Bottas FIN Williams 60 2
12 Maldonado VEN Lotus 60 4
13 Grosjean FRA Lotus 60 3
14 Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso 60 3
15 Ericsson SWE Caterham 60 2
16 Bianchi FRA Marussia 60 3
17 Chilton GBR Marussia 59 3
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Retirements
Button GBR McLaren 52 2
Sutil GER Sauber 40 4
Gutiérrez MEX Sauber 17 2
Rosberg GER Mercedes 13 2
Kobayashi JPN Caterham 0 1
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2014 SINGAPORE AIRLINES Singapore Grand Prix FP3/Qualifying 20 September @ Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore review


Daniil Kvyat (STR9-03)
Third Practice Session Best lap: 1:48.637, pos. 14th 18 laps 
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1:47.656, (Q2) 1:46.926, (Q3) 1:47.3 62, pos. 10th 

“I think we definitely got the maximum out of the c ar today, so well done to the team. Q3 was a bit scrappy and throughout the session the car was difficult to drive. But fortunately we managed to pull it all together and complete a good lap in Q2 and move on to Q3. P10 was the best possible result today. We still have some home work to do tonight to make sure the car feels more consistent tomorrow, but for today we di d what we could.”

Jean-Eric Vergne (STR9-01)
Third Practice Session Best lap 1:47.693, pos. 4th 17 laps 
Qualifying Best lap: (Q1) 1:47.407, (Q2) 1:46.989, pos. 12th

"I had some problems with the front end of the car today. I just could not make it work and bring it up to the right temperature, which caused me som e front locking. Then I made a mistake and I lost more than three tenths. Q3 was not far so it's a real shame. But it’s tomorrow that counts and we have got a competitive car here to gain some positions back and score some points.”

James Key (Technical Director) "We had a bit of work to do last night. I think we made some good progress during FP3 with Jev's car. Daniil wasn't completely happy with his car so we made some changes for Qualifying. Our target was to get both cars into Q3. It's never easy here, it's a complicated track, where you have to be one hundred per cent positioned the whol e time. Unfortunately Jev just missed his second sector of his Q2 and got very close to Q3. I think it's a shame as he deserved it. Daniil got through in his first lap and then in Q3, again in the middle sector, it was a bit tricky for him. Overall it's a bit disappointing that we didn't man age to bring both cars into Q3 but the race is tomorrow and I'm convinced that we can still fight for some points.”

Ricardo Penteado (Renault Sport F1 track support le ader) "Power Unit wise everything worked fine, with fuel and energy management pretty good. It is a shame that JEV could not make Q3 as we had the pace for it, but bravo to Daniil to get into the top ten. We have a good race pace so we’re looking forward to the race tomorrow now.”