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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix 29 March 2015 Race review @Sepang International Circuit Malaysia


Max Verstappen (STR10 - 03, Car 33)
Race: Pos. 7th 

“I really enjoyed that! I’m very happy to have sc ored my first ever points in F1 and to end seventh! I think we did a great job as a team. The first few laps were a bit tricky for me as I was struggling a lot on the Medium tyres, so we boxed early for the Hard ones and th at worked perfectly, the car felt great. We had a few good fights with other competitors and it was good fun. This was the right strategy and we did a great job managing the tyres. I felt well physically, it was quite hot at the end but I was still able to cope with it and be consistent, so I’m happy with that. This is a big boost for the team, we couldn’t have done a better job today.”

Carlos Sainz (STR10 - 04, Car 55)
Race: Pos. 8th

“It was a mega day for me today! A two - stop strategy at a track like Sepang was never going to be easy, but it worked o ut well in the end and it’s definitely made me forget yesterday’s result in qualifying. Starting from P15 and making it to P8 is amazing! There was a lot happening around me throughout the whole race, so it was very easy to lock - up, make mistakes or lose p ositions, but I kept calm and in the end it paid off. The conditions have been very tough here in Malaysia, much more than in Australia obviously, but we prepared well for it and I had no problems. Such a result gives us great confidence and motivati on to keep up the good work. The team is doing an excellent job and to finish with both cars in the points is a great way to end the weekend.”
Franz Tost (Team Principal)
“To finish in seventh and eight h pos itions today here in Malaysia was a big success for the team as well as for the dri vers because if both Ferrari’s, Mercedes’ and Williams’ don’t have any problems, this is the best position which we can achieve. Therefore, the team showed a very good race performance , of which I ’ m very proud . We were fast in yesterday’s qualifying session but this was no surpri se. Max ended up in an excellent sixth position and I think that also Carlos could have been in the top ten as he certainly had the speed, which he also showed in today’s race . Both drivers did a reasonable start. Max had some pr oblems during the first laps, where he was blocked by some traffic, but later on, after the safety car, he was able to overtake his rivals and put on a good show. Carlos had a great start as he gained lots of positions after starting from 15 th position. He was also the only driver a part from Sebastian Vettel to go for a two - stop strategy and he really looked after the tyres well and drove a fantastic race. I’d like to congratulate the whole team as well as to Scuderia Ferrari and Sebastian , who won the race here today. This great result now gives us a big boost and we look forward to the next race in China in two weeks’ time.”

Cedrik Staudohar ( Renault Sport F1 track support leader)
“We are clearly delighted with the results today. After the disappointment of Melbourne, everyone at the factory worked very hard. We made a step forward in driveability and performance and right from the start of the weekend the drivers reported a big improvement in both areas. We’re pleased both contributed to the double points’ finish today. The package has a lot of potential as Max’ qualifying and the drivers’ pace during the race showed so it’s renewed our confidence. A great result for the team.”

Sauber F1 Team - 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix 29 March 2015 Race review @Sepang International Circuit Malaysia

After a quite a promising qualifying to the Malaysian Grand Prix on the Sepang International Circuit, the race ended in disappointment for the Sauber F1 Team: Felipe Nasr had to pit on lap two after he made contact with Kimi Räikkönen’s Ferrari. The mechanics had to fit a new nose to his car, and, as a result, his chances were significantly reduced. He finished in P12. Marcus Ericsson’s race ended on lap four, when he tried to overtake Nico Hülkenberg and got stuck in the gravel trap.

Weather: sunny and dry, 33-35°C air, 53-61°C track

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)Start on medium tyres
 “It is a very frustrating end to a good weekend. I felt comfortable in the car straight away and had a good start during which I could make up one position. Nico (Hülkenberg) must have had a good start as he was ahead of me, but I felt I had more pace than he did. When I tried to pass him down to Turn 1, I went for the move to the outside. I know it is possible to overtake there, but unfortunately I lost the rear, went off and got stuck in the gravel trap. Anyway, we need to take the positives out of this weekend, and I have learned from what happened in the race. In China we will be even stronger.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Start on medium tyres, after 2, 20 and 30 laps change to hard tyres, after 43 laps change to medium tyres

“It was overall a difficult weekend for me. I was struggling to find a good set-up for the car. We need to reflect and understand why we didn’t have enough pace. The race itself was not easy, as I had contact early on with Kimi (Räikkönen). I should have avoided this incident, but it can happen sometimes when we are racing. Now we have to look forward to the next race weekend in China.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“It’s a shame that today we were not able to score points, because, for sure, the opportunity was there. Unfortunately, both drivers were involved in incidents in the first few laps. For Marcus the race was over, and Felipe’s chances were significantly reduced. But he fought strongly afterwards, although unfortunately he was not rewarded with points. This result is obviously disappointing, but there are also positives we can take from this race weekend. Our package is competitive, which puts us in a position to fight for points. We have to make sure that we grab these chances.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“On the technical side it was another flawless afternoon without any noteworthy issues, which is the positive we can take out of this race. Unfortunately we had both drivers involved in incidents within a few laps, and our planned strategy was destroyed. So we had to reinvent the race with only one car, because Marcus was out. We switched from three to four stops, which was not planned. Nothing was wrong with that, but after the early incident the race was lost. It’s obviously a big disappointment.“

Nach einem durchaus vielversprechenden Qualifying endete der Grosse Preis von Malaysia auf dem Sepang International Circuit für das Sauber F1 Team mit einer Enttäuschung: Felipe Nasr musste nach einem Kontakt mit Kimi Räikkönens Ferrari bereits in Runde zwei an die Boxen, um neue Reifen und eine neue Frontnase montieren zu lassen. Damit waren seine Chancen stark beeinträchtig. Er wurde letztlich 12. Marcus Ericssons Rennen endete in Runde vier, als er beim Versuch, Nico Hülkenberg zu überholen, ins Kiesbett rutschte und nicht mehr weiterfahren konnte.

Wetter: sonnig und trocken, 33-35°C Luft, 53-61°C Asphalt

Marcus Ericsson (Startnummer 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)Gestartet auf Medium-Reifen
„Es ist sehr frustrierend, ein positives Wochenende auf diese Weise beenden zu müssen. Ich fühlte mich von Beginn an wohl im Auto und konnte in Runde 1 einen Platz gutmachen. Nico (Hülkenberg) hatte auch einen guten Start und lag vor mir. Ich war schneller als er und habe versucht, ihn in Kurve 1 aussen anzugreifen. Ich weiss, dass man an dieser Stelle gut überholen kann, allerdings habe ich das Heck verloren, bin ins Kiesbett gerutscht und konnte nicht mehr weiterfahren. Nichtsdestotrotz sollten wir die positiven Aspekte dieses Wochenendes mitnehmen. Ich habe aus meinem Fehler gelernt. In China werden wir umso stärker zurückschlagen.“

Felipe Nasr (Startnummer 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)Gestartet auf Medium-Reifen, nach 2, 20 und 30 Runden auf harte Reifen gewechselt, nach 43 Runden auf Medium-Reifen gewechselt
 „Es war kein einfaches Wochenende. Schon von Beginn an hatte ich Schwierigkeiten eine für mich gute Fahrzeugabstimmung zu finden. Wir müssen verstehen, warum die Rundenzeiten nicht schnell genug waren. Das Rennen war schwierig, zumal ich schon in der ersten Runde Kimi (Räikkönen) touchierte. Ich hätte es verhindern können, aber solche Zwischenfälle können beim Rennen fahren passieren. Nun müssen uns auf das nächste Wochenende in China konzentrieren.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Es ist sehr schade, dass wir hier keine Punkte einfahren konnten, denn die Möglichkeit war allemal da. Leider waren beide Piloten frühzeitig in Zwischenfälle verwickelt. Für Marcus war das Rennen damit zu Ende. Felipes Chancen wurden natürlich stark beeinträchtigt, doch er kämpfte nachher weiter. Leider wurde er dafür nicht mit Punkten belohnt. Natürlich ist das Ergebnis enttäuschend, aber wir nehmen auch Positives von diesem Rennwochenende mit. Unser Paket ist konkurrenzfähig, was es uns erlaubt, um Punkte zu kämpfen. Diese Chancen müssen wir nun nutzen.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:„Technisch betrachtet war es ein weiterer problemloser Tag, doch damit ist das Positive auch bereits erwähnt. Unglücklicherweise wurden beide Piloten bereits in den ersten Runden in Zwischenfälle verwickelt, so dass unsere geplante Strategie hinfällig wurde. Also mussten wir das Rennen neu bewerten, und zwar nur noch für ein Auto, nachdem Marcus ausgeschieden war. Wir wechselten von den geplanten drei Stopps auf vier, was nicht falsch war. Aber das Rennen war dennoch verloren. Das ist natürlich sehr enttäuschend.“


2015 FORMULA 1 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - Sunday 29 March 2015 @Sepang International Circuit 1 Vettel 2 Hamilton 3 Rosberg 4 Räikkönen

Sunday 29 March: 
Race 15:00 local | 07:00 GMT | 09:00 CEST
Weather 36C Scattered cloud
Track 56C
Circuit Length 5.543 km
Total laps 56
# Driver       Team  Laps/Pit stops
1 Vettel GER Ferrari 56 2
2 Hamilton GBR Mercedes 56 3
3 Rosberg GER Mercedes 56 3
4 Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 56 3
5 Bottas FIN Williams 56 3
6 Massa BRA Williams 56 3
7 Verstappen NED Toro Rosso 56 3
8 Sainz ESP Toro Rosso 55 2
9 Kvyat RUS Red Bull 55 3
10 Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 55 3
11 Grosjean FRA Lotus 55 3
12 Nasr BRA Sauber 55 4
13 Perez MEX Force India 55 2
14 Hülkenberg GER Force India 55 3
15 Merhi ESP Manor Marussia 53 3

Maldonado VEN Lotus 47 4
Button GBR McLaren 41 4
Alonso ESP McLaren 21 2
Ericsson SWE Sauber 3 0

None start 
Stevens GBR Manor Marussia 0

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team - 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix 28 March 2015 #FP3 #Qualifying review @Sepang International Circuit Malaysia


Max Verstappen (STR10 - 03, Car 33)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:40.989, pos. 9th , 18 laps 
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:40.793, (Q2) 1:41.430, (Q3) 1:51.981, pos. 6th 

“I’m very happy, it was a good session this afternoon , especially Q3. In Q1 and Q2 I wasn’t totally comfortable with the car, but we had a good end of Q2. I was smiling when it started to rain, because that’s what I like. I’m Dutch so I’m used to driving in the wet, even though here it’s a complete ly different story . P6 is a really a good position to start tomorrow’s race . I’m really look ing forward to it and even if we seem to struggle a bit in the longer runs, I’m not worried and hopefully we can score some points.”

Carlos Sainz (STR10 - 04, Car 5 5)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:40.601, pos. 8th , 19 laps 
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:39.814, (Q2) 1:43.701, pos. 15th 

“I’m disappointed with today’s result, as getting into Q3 was more than possible and we could’ve ended up with a great result. We were looking very good, very sharp, but unfortunately I made a rookie mistake at Turn 14 and I locked - up when it was starting to rain, losing all chances to get through to Q3. If this rain hadn’t arrived, we would’ve surely been up there. But these things can happen, we need to stay positive and learn from mistakes . I look forward to making up some positions in the race tomorrow as we know that we can fight for a good result .”

James Key (Technical Director) “Today’s qualifying was a tricky session because of the weather conditions. We knew the rain was coming but w e didn’t know exactly when! I think Q1 was fine and I have to say that Carlos was flying in the dry conditions, he was really good and looked promising for Q3. Unfortunately that first lap on the Option tyres in Q2 was extremely unpredictable. We have to r emember that our guys had never driven here in the wet before while all the people around them had, so they had to judge it as best as they could. Both drivers did a great job, but Carlos just missed it in Turn 14 and if not, he would’ve got through just fine together with Max. It’s a real shame, because he had looked strong all day. Max did an outstanding job considering that we’ve never faced these conditions with him in the past and he nailed it. To be starting f rom the third row here is excellent! For tomorrow we have to watch the weather forecast again, so we will be keenly watching the radars and getting ready for all eventualities that can catch you out. Fingers crossed we can put together a good result for both drivers. We know the potential is there for that to happen

Sauber F1 Team - 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix 28 March 2015 #FP3 #Qualifying review @Sepang International Circuit Malaysia

In qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix the weather once again played an important role. Q1 was held in dry conditions, but in Q2 a tropical rain storm came, which meant the first laps were crucial. Marcus Ericsson put in a great performance and made it into Q3 with P10, while Felipe Nasr only missed out on Q2 by a narrow margin. He was 16th.

Weather: 3rd practice: sunny and dry, 33-35°C air, 58-62°C track
Qualifying: dry in the beginning; then heavy rain, 34-24°C air, 55-27°C track

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 10th in Q3 (1:53.261 min / intermediate tyres)3rd practice: 10th (1:41.200 min / medium tyres / 19 laps)

“It has been a great weekend so far. I was able to finish every session in a top ten position, and we can be satisfied to have repeated that in Qualifying. In dry as well as wet conditions I felt comfortable in the car. At the end of Q3 we were quite close to our competitors, which is positive. It was another good day for us, so we can be happy with today’s result. Tomorrow we have a promising chance to again score points.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 16th in Q1 (1:41.308 min / medium tyres)3rd practice: 17th (1:42.117 min / medium tyres / 18 laps)

“After the third free practice session we saw that we were still struggling with the rear tyres. In qualifying we seemed to have found something. However, on my second run on the medium tyres the rear wheels locked in Turn 4, and I lost time there. It has not been an easy weekend for me. We need to review what happened and learn for tomorrow. I’m already looking forward to the race. We know our car is competitive in race conditions, so I am confident about making up some positions.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“This is a qualifying result which has showed again our potential, but mainly with one car. For Marcus it was an excellent personal performance. With this starting position we surely have good chances of scoring points, and we will do our best to achieve that. During the whole weekend Felipe had issues with the balance of the car, but was able to make a good step forward in qualifying. Therefore it is a pity he could not make it into Q2. Now it is important that we all focus together with Felipe on the race tomorrow, as the chances are there.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Once again an interesting qualifying, as so often happens here. It started quite smoothly, but unfortunately we lost Felipe in Q1. Marcus did a good job finishing quite high up in Q1, and then it was a matter of tactics with this big thunderstorm coming. In Q2 we decided to line up at the front, which helped us later to get clear of traffic. In Q3 we opted for a conservative approach and sent Marcus out on full wet tyres, before he came in to get intermediates. Congratulation to Marcus on a good performance.”

Einmal mehr spielte das Wetter im Qualifying zum Grossen Preis von Malaysia eine entscheidende Rolle. Während Q1 noch bei trockenen Verhältnissen ausgetragen wurde, setzte im zweiten Qualifying tropischer Regen ein, so dass die ersten Runden entscheidend waren. Marcus Ericsson zeigte eine starke Leistung und schaffte erstmals den Vorstoss ins Q3, in dem er sich Rang zehn sicherte. Teamkollege Felipe Nasr verpasste den Sprung ins Q2 knapp. Er wurde 16.

Wetter: 3. Training: sonnig und trocken, 33-35°C Luft, 58-62°C Asphalt
Qualifikation: trocken am Anfang; später heftiger Regen, 34-24°C Luft, 55-27°C Asphalt

Marcus Ericsson (Startnummer 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Qualifikation: 10. in Q3 (1:53,261 min / Intermediate-Reifen)3. Training: 10. (1:41,200 min / Medium-Reifen / 19 Runden)

„Es war bisher ein gutes Wochenende. Ich konnte alle Trainings in den Top 10 beenden. Es ist grossartig, diese Performance nun auch im Qualifying bestätigen zu können. Mit diesem Ergebnis können wir zufrieden sein. Im Auto fühlte ich mich bei trockenen sowie feuchten Streckenverhältnissen wohl. Positiv ist auch, dass uns am Ende von Q3 nicht viel Zeit auf die vor uns liegende Konkurrenz gefehlt hat. Es war erneut ein guter Tag, und morgen haben wir durchaus Chancen, in die Punkte zu fahren.“

Felipe Nasr (Startnummer 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Qualifikation: 16. in Q1 (1:41,308 min / Medium-Reifen)
3. Training: 17. (1:42,117 min / Medium-Reifen / 18 Runden)
„Nach dem dritten freien Training stellten wir fest, dass wir noch immer Schwierigkeiten mit den Hinterreifen haben. Im Qualifying dachten wir zunächst, Fortschritte gemacht zu haben. Auf meinem zweiten Run mit Medium-Reifen blockierten allerdings die Hinterräder in Kurve 4, wodurch ich viel Zeit auf der entscheidenden Runde verloren habe. Das gesamte Wochenende war bisher nicht einfach für mich. Dennoch freue ich mich schon jetzt auf morgen, zumal wir wissen, dass unser Auto im Rennen konkurrenzfähig ist. Ich bin zuversichtlich, ein paar Positionen gutmachen zu können.“

Monisha Kaltenborn, Teamchefin:
„Das ist ein Qualifying-Ergebnis, das unser Potenzial erneut aufgezeigt hat. Mit einem Auto konnten wir es umsetzen. Für Marcus war es persönlich ein ausgezeichnetes Ergebnis. Damit haben wir im Rennen sicher gute Chancen auf Punkte, und wir werden alles versuchen, diese einzufahren. Felipe hatte während des gesamten Wochenendes Schwierigkeiten mit der Balance seines Autos, konnte aber im Qualifying dennoch einen beachtlichen Schritt nach vorne machen, insofern ist es schade, dass er den Sprung ins Q2 nicht schaffte. Wichtig ist jetzt, dass wir uns gemeinsam mit ihm aufs Rennen konzentrieren, denn die Chancen sind allemal da.“

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Leitender Ingenieur an der Rennstrecke:
„Einmal mehr ein interessantes Qualifying, wie es hier in Malaysia durchaus üblich ist. Am Anfang lief es gut, doch dann verloren wir Felipe in Q1. Marcus zeigte eine starke Leistung und erreichte eine sehr gute Zeit. Anschliessend war es angesichts des sich nähernden tropischen Gewitters eine Frage der Taktik. Marcus reihte sich in Q2 weit vorne ein, was uns später half, nicht in  den Verkehr zu kommen. In Q3 wählten wir eine eher konservative Herangehensweise und schickten Marcus zuerst auf den Regenreifen auf die Strecke, ehe wir dann die Intermediates aufzogen. Glückwunsch an  Marcus zu einer starken Leistung.“


Qualifying 2015 FORMULA 1 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - Saturday 28 March 2015 @Sepang International Circuit 1 Hamilton 2 Vettel 3 Rosberg 4 Ricciardo

Saturday March 28: 
Qualifying 17:00 local | 09:00 GMT | 10:00 CET
Weather 32C Overcast Scattered cloud (start of Q1)
Track 54C Dry (start of Q1)
Circuit Length 5.543 KM
# Driver            Team        Time
1 Hamilton GBR Mercedes 13 Q3
2 Vettel GER Ferrari 13 Q3
3 Rosberg GER Mercedes 13 Q3
4 Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 16 Q3
5 Kvyat RUS Red Bull 16 Q3
6 Verstappen NED Toro Rosso 16 Q3
7 Massa BRA Williams 17 Q3
8 Grosjean FRA Lotus 18 Q3
9 Bottas FIN Williams 14 Q3
10 Ericsson SWE Sauber 18 Q3
11 Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 7 Q2
12 Maldonado VEN Lotus 11 Q2
13 Hülkenberg GER Force India 9 Q2
14 Perez MEX Force India 11 Q2
15 Sainz ESP Toro Rosso 9 Q2
16 Nasr BRA Sauber 7 Q2
17 Button GBR McLaren 8 Q1
18 Alonso ESP McLaren 8 Q1
19 Merhi ESP Manor Marussia 7 Q1
20 Stevens GBR Manor Marussia 1 Q1

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Q2 15 minutes

Q1 18 minutes

#FP3 2015 FORMULA 1 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - Saturday 28 March 2015 @Sepang International Circuit 1 Rosberg 2 Hamilton 3 Räikkönen 4 Vettel

Saturday March 28: 
Free practice 3  14:00 local | 06:00 GMT | 07:00 CET
Weather 33C Scattered cloud (start of FP3)
Track 61C Dry (start of FP3)
Circuit Length 5.543 KM
# Driver            Team        Time
1 Rosberg GER Mercedes 1'39.690
2 Hamilton GBR Mercedes 1'39.874
3 Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 1'40.245
4 Vettel GER Ferrari 1'40.266
5 Massa BRA Williams 1'40.391
6 Bottas FIN Williams 1'40.406
7 Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 1'40.590
 8 Sainz ESP Toro Rosso 1'40.601
9 Verstappen NED Toro Rosso 1'40.989
10 Ericsson SWE Sauber 1'41.200
11 Grosjean FRA Lotus 1'41.206
12 Maldonado VEN Lotus 1'41.592
13 Kvyat RUS Red Bull 1'41.776
14 Hülkenberg GER Force India 1'41.804
15 Alonso ESP McLaren 1'41.991
16 Perez MEX Force India 1'42.100
17 Nasr BRA Sauber 1'42.117
18 Button GBR McLaren 1'42.319
19 Merhi ESP Manor Marussia 1'46.647
20 Stevens GBR Manor Marussia 1'47.059
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