Massa at Ferrari in numbers

January 2, 2014

Felipe Massa

Massa at Ferrari in numbers

11 wins: three in Turkey, two in Bahrain and Brazil and once in the Grands Prix in France, Spain, Europe and Belgium.

14 fastest race laps: twice in Spain, Europe and Hungary, one each in the Grands Prix in Bahrain, France, Belgium, China, Japan, Brazil, Monaco and Australia.

15 pole positions: three in Turkey and Brazil, two in Malaysia, one each in the races in Japan, Bahrain, Spain, France, Monaco, Europe and Singapore.

36 podium finishes. Apart from his eleven wins, Felipe has twelve second places and thirteen thirds to his name.

102 points finishes.

139 Grands Prix starts.

885 laps in the lead of a Grand Prix.

7,928 Grand Prix laps completed.

4.268,844 kilometres covered in the lead of a Grand Prix.

39,705,012 Grand Prix kilometres.

Indian GP – Ferrari’s Statistics

January 1, 2014

Indian GP – The Statistics

Indian GP – The Statistics

0 the number of podium finishes for the Scuderia from the last three races. A total of 35 points have been scored in Korea, Japan and India with fourth place as a best result – for Alonso in Suzuka and Massa in Greater Noida.

4 the number of points finishes for the Scuderia in the three editions of the Indian Grand Prix. Just once each have our drivers failed to finish in the top ten – Massa in 2011 and Alonso in 2013. Felipe finished sixth last year while Fernando made it to the podium in third place in 2011 and second in 2012, in the first two editions of this race.

7 the number of consecutive top ten finishes for Felipe Massa, who was fourth today. The Brazilian has brought home a total of 45 points from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards.

64 the consecutive Grands Prix in which at least one Ferrari has finished in the points, a record which they hold jointly. Since the 2010 British Grand Prix, the team has never failed to score and from then to now the number has reached 1315, which is an average of 20.54 per race.

Ferrari Preview Indian Grand Prix 2013

December 31, 2013

Fernando Alonso

Indian GP – Brief Encounter

Maranello, 22 october – Even if the most likely scenario is that at some point in the next few weeks, we will be congratulating Sebastian Vettel on a fourth world title, Scuderia Ferrari will be tackling the remaining four rounds of the championship with the same determination as ever. The target the Prancing Horse is aiming for is that of finishing second in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ classifications.

The final quartet of races begins at the first of a back-to-back pairing, the Indian Grand Prix, which takes place on the outskirts of the country’s capital city of New Delhi. The 5.125 kilometre Buddh International Circuit was well received by drivers on its debut in 2011. We asked James Allison, the Scuderia’s new Technical Director on the Chassis side to assess the team’s current situation in the run up to India. “The Korean and Japanese Grands Prix were both disappointing for us as our car was not right at the front or winning, which is not the level we should be at,” began the Englishman. “However, the team performed very well at the track with a group that is strategically very astute and we have drivers who can bring the car home in good positions. But those results are not what we are aiming for, so we need to improve for the remaining races.” The need to improve is why Allison has been brought in to strengthen the technical side of the Gestione Sportiva. It is a familiar environment, as he previously worked for Ferrari for five years, starting in 2000. “After nine years away, I have a mixture of feelings returning to Maranello,” he revealed. “There’s excitement but also a lot of nostalgia as this is a team with whom I share many happy memories of all the victories from 2000 to 2004. So nostalgia, excitement and pleasure at seeing so many faces I remember from before, who were junior members in the team when I was here the last time, but have now grown up with the team and hold senior positions. But most of all I have a feeling of determination to play my part alongside everyone else, in returning to victory with this team.”

On to more immediate matters relating to the coming weekend. “The Buddh International Circuit is an interesting track which offers the full range of challenges, with a reasonable number of straights, some fast corners and slow ones,” says Allison. “A bit like Korea, the track has a slightly schizophrenic nature, because you want the car to be good down the straights, but there are also some very demanding slow speed sections. It therefore requires a lot from the car. To go well in India, a car needs the same qualities it requires at any type of circuit: it needs to be stable under braking, well balanced in both high and low speed corners, with good traction out of the latter, and good speed down the straights. These are the generic qualities required by every car for every track, but with India having such a wide range of corners, it stretches the car to it limit, similarly to tracks like Suzuka.”

A combination of lack of use and dust from heavy industry in the area means the track conditions change very rapidly on the first day of practice as rubber gets put down by the cars. The track surface is very smooth so degradation is not normally an issue, with Pirelli bringing its Medium and Soft tyres, therefore getting tyres up to temperature for qualifying can be a challenge.

This year’s event will be only the third Indian Grand Prix and, it seems, the last one, at least for two years. That’s a shame, as despite this brief encounter, it has proved very popular with the drivers. The Hermann Tilke layout features plenty of changes in elevation and there are some standout corners, such as the double apex of Turns 10 and 11 that run together, tightening on the exit. As for the Scuderia’s record here, Fernando Alonso has always been on the podium, finishing third in 2011 and second last year, while Felipe Massa was in the points in 2012 with a sixth place finish. The podium will again be the target for the Spaniard and the Brazilian and Allison will be following every moment of the weekend from Maranello. “After nine years of separation, I can see there are many changes within the Scuderia,” he says. “The team is bigger and more complex, but its character, its emotion is very similar and recognisable the moment you walk through the door. You can also feel the hunger to win again.”

McLaren Preview Indian Grand prix 2013

December 31, 2013

2013 Indian Grand Prix preview

 Buddh International Circuit facts & stats

The Buddh International Circuit is one of seven racetracks on this year’s Formula 1 calendar to have been designed by Hermann Tilke. It’s located in the province of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, near to the country’s second largest city, New Delhi. The circuit cost US$215 to build and was finished in October 2011.

 The track provides a significant technical challenge to the teams. A high top speed is vital along the undulating back straight, but there’s also the need for good traction out of the circuit’s four second-gear corners and high-speed stability through Turn 10, a banked double-apex right-hander that has a minimum speed of 250km/h.

 The circuit’s varying topography adds to its driving challenge. More than four million cubic tonnes of earth were moved during the construction phase, with the result that the track rises 14 metres between Turns One and Three alone. Several corners have blind entries as a result.

 As with many of Tilke’s new circuits, the asphalt at the Buddh International Circuit is very smooth. Tyre degradation is minimal as a result, which is why most drivers were able to complete last year’s 60-lap race with only one pitstop. It’s also hard for the drivers to generate tyre temperature over one lap in qualifying, which is why Pirelli is taking softer-than-average rubber compounds to India. For the fourth time this year, the combination of Medium and Soft tyres will be made available.

 Jenson Button finished second in the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011 (see below) and he set fastest lap in last year’s race. Both he and his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team-mate Sergio Perez will be aiming for points in next Sunday’s race.

 Race distance       60 laps (191.100 miles/307.249km)

Start time               15:00 (local)/09:30 (GMT)

Circuit length        3.185 miles/5.125km

2012 winner           Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB8) 60 laps in 1hr 31m10.744s (202.184km/h)

2012 pole               Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB8) 1m25.283s (216.339km/h)

Lap record             Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB7) 1m27.249s (211.463km/h)

 McLaren at the Indian Grand Prix

Wins                       0

Poles                      0

Fastest laps           1 (2012)

 Car 5: Jenson Button

Age         33 (January 19 1980)

GPs         243

Wins       15

Poles      8

FLs         8

 “This is such a great racetrack – it’s fast, flowing and challenging. It’s pretty technical too, which is quite unusual for a fast circuit, but the flow from one corner to the next means that positioning the car is quite critical if you don’t want to fall out of the rhythm and lose time. Track positioning is also important because several areas of the circuit are extremely wide, and narrow down from corner-entry to exit.

 “The long back straight will once again make it important to balance the car’s gearing and downforce for maximum speed with DRS. That straight, and the braking zone into Turn Four, are probably the most straightforward places on the circuit upon which to overtake. In fact, the rest of the circuit is quite fast, with only a single racing line, so trying to get past during the rest of the lap is pretty tricky.

 “The last few races have shown that, realistically, we’ll once again be fighting for the minor points. Still, I enjoyed my races in Korea and particularly Japan – where it was both satisfying and unusual to be armed with fresh tyres and able to pick off cars on older rubber, as opposed to the other way round – so I’ll be looking to take the fight to some of the faster cars once again next weekend.”

 Car 6: Sergio Perez

Age         23 (January 26 1990)

GPs         52

Wins       0

Poles      0

FLs         2

 “I love travelling to India – it’s such a rich and vibrant country, and always an eye-opening place for any visitor.

 “The Indian Grand Prix has been an interesting and exciting event for the past two years – I really think it’s starting to make its mark on the country. It’s well attended, and the crowds seem interested, enthusiastic and passionate – that’s always great to see.

 “After two tricky races in Korea and Japan, in which I had good pace but just seemed to suffer a whole range of misfortune, I’ll be hoping for a smoother ride in the next flyaway double-header. It’s been frustrating to see decent results slip away from me, but I’m confident that we’ll be able to turn things around quickly.

 “With the race skipping a year for 2014, I hope we can help make this year’s event particularly memorable. We know we don’t have the machinery to fight the top four teams, but there’s always fierce competition around the fringes of the top 10; scrapping for points might not be what Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is all about, but it’s nonetheless satisfying to nail the set-up and the strategy and drive a perfect race.

 “That’ll be my aim again this weekend.”

 Martin Whitmarsh

Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“There is little rest for our personnel as we quickly turn ourselves around from a fortnight in the Far East and prepare for this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix. While we didn’t possess the machinery to enable us to fight the top four teams at either of the last two events, I think we can be pleased from an operational standpoint – despite issues that affected both drivers in Japan and Korea – most notably a broken front wing and two punctures – we were strategically efficient, and were able to deliver some consistent finishes for both Jenson and Checo.

 “Equally, I must also single-out praise for both drivers: it’s been a difficult season, but they have each remained calm, measured and dedicated – they have been a motivational force for the entire organisation, and I am very proud of the way they’ve responded.

 “The Indian Grand Prix has quickly developed into an important Formula 1 event – it’s popular and well attended, and the next few years will be critical if the sport is to establish a foothold in such a vast territory. It’s been pleasing to see the enthusiasm that Indian fans have for our sport – and our love for their country is equally reciprocated – and I would love to see the race grow in significance over the coming years.”

Force India Preview Indian Grand Prix 2013

December 31, 2013

 

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 Sahara Force India gets ready for its home race at the Buddh International Circuit near Delhi.

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 Vijay’s Vision

Dr Vijay Mallya hopes the support of the Indian fans will inspire the team to score big points.

 Dr Mallya, how is the mood in the team with just four races to go?

The races after the summer break haven’t been very positive in terms of scoring points, but the morale in the team remains strong. Korea and Japan were not the easiest of weekends, but everyone in the team is working really hard to recapture our early form. It’s all a matter of finding the right balance with the car – when we do that, we will be back in the points.

 How do you see the battle with Sauber for sixth place?

Sauber have been doing a very good job lately. They are the in-form team at the moment and they have been taking all the opportunities that were presented to them. It’s going to be a real fight in these last four races: we need to make a step forward to hold them off, because they can qualify well and they have strong race pace as well.

 Tell us about your emotions ahead of the Indian Grand Prix…

Our home race is always a very proud weekend for everyone in the team: the atmosphere at the track is incredible and we always enjoy plenty of support. The track itself is one of the best in the world. It’s also a good one for us – in the last two years we scored points in both races, so a similar result would be a good target for the team.

 Paul on India

Paul Di Resta gets set for the final part of the season and the team’s home race.

 Paul, this will be your third Indian Grand Prix. How important is this race for the team?

This is always a massive event for us and comes at the end of a very busy week because we will be spending a few days in Delhi ahead of the race to meet the local media and fans. We come to India several times during the year and you can see the growing enthusiasm of the fans. It’s great that we get to spend time with them and show them the thrill of Formula One up close.

 What do you think of the track?

I think the layout is one of the best from the new generation of tracks. Sector one stands out for me because it’s where you can really challenge somebody – it’s got long straights and big braking zones and can make for some exciting battles. The rest of the track has elevation changes and off-camber corners so it’s a challenging combination for the engineers as it’s important to have good mechanical grip.

 Have you set any expectations ahead of the weekend?

We didn’t score points in Japan but we made some real progress with setting up the car, so going an extra step and getting in the top ten has got to be the goal this weekend. Friday is going to be crucial because this is one of those tracks where finding the right rhythm with a well-balanced car really pays you back with lap time.

 Adrian on India

Adrian Sutil talks about the challenge of the Buddh International Circuit.

 Adrian, you’re coming back to India behind the wheel of a Sahara Force India. Does it feel extra special?

It is special – it’s our home Grand Prix and to have the colours of the Indian flag on the side of the car makes it even more memorable. I remember the first race there two years ago – so many people came to the race, showing such strong support for our team. We were in the spotlight for the whole weekend and scoring points in the first Indian Grand Prix was very important for us.

 What are your chances of picking up points this year?

I think scoring points will be a big task, but we will go there ready to fight. The last couple of races have not been easy for us and I’ve struggled to get the balance and consistency with the car. We are moving forward, however – we’ve learned a lot from the last two races so hopefully that will help us find a direction that gives me the confidence to push the car harder.

 And what about the track – what do you need from the car?

It’s a very demanding track which requires stability and a good front end. There are some similarities with Korea with some long, flowing corners in the second and third sectors where the downforce is important. We will need to find a good balance to be able to exploit these characteristics.

Caterham Preview Indian Grand Prix 2013

December 31, 2013

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2013 INDIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW 

Leafield Technical Centre, UK – 17th October 2013

General
Race Laps: 60
Lateral and longitudinal forces are equally distributed throughout the lap
In 2012 improved track sweeping equipment was introduced to ensure the track surface is cleaner than 2011
The inner pit lane surface was also sealed to minimize the accumulation of dust
Track evolution is very high on Friday
In 2012 tyre degradation was low with the deg being mainly thermal

2012 Weather
Air/Track temp ( C): 29 / 38
Pitlane altitude (m): 213
ATM Press (HPA): 990.5
Hum (%): 24
Wind (kph): S 6.5

2012 Timing
Qualifying

P1: VET (1:25.283 Q3)
P2: WEB (1:25.327 Q3)
P3: HAM (1:25.544 Q3)
CF1T best: P19 PET (1:28.756 Q1)

Race
P1: VET (1:28.723 L60)
P2: ALO (1:28.630 L60)
P3: WEB (1:29.029 L59)
CF1T best: P17 PET (1:31.163 L58)

Circuit Particularity
Bumpiness: low
Overtaking chance: medium
Kerbs: low
Ride height setting particularity: none
Engine severity: medium / high
Gearbox severity: medium / high
Lat/Long grip: lateral
Aero eff ratio: medium
Safety car history: 2011 – none, 2010 – none
Track grip evo during w/e: very high
Aero settings: high
Brake wear severity: high
Brake cooling necessity: low

Driver Quotes

Giedo van der Garde: “Korea and Japan were two quite tough weeks with races that didn’t go to plan for me so I want to get back to the performance levels that have been building up since Hungary at the next two races in India and Abu Dhabi. Japan obviously ended a whole lot earlier than planned and we’ve looked at all the data from the first lap off I had after the contact with Jules – when I hit the barrier the impact registered around 20g which is by quite a long way one of the biggest accidents I’ve had in my career. It just shows how far F1 safety has come that I was out of the car and back in the team’s hospitality unit within about 20 minutes and when I looked at the shots after the race I realised that it was, honestly, quite a lot of a bigger shunt than it had felt like in the car.

“So, on to India and another track I tried for the first time last year in FP1. It’s a proper drivers track, one that has elevation changes and a few really challenging corners and there’s a couple of overtaking opportunities, especially turn four at the end of the long straight. It’s going to be hot and hotter track conditions have suited us all year so the aim is to maintain the gap to our nearest competitors throughout the weekend and get back to fighting cars ahead on Sunday afternoon, putting ourselves in a position to take advantage of anything that happens up ahead.”

Charles Pic: “Next we’re heading to India and then Abu Dhabi straight after for the next back-to-back flyaways this season. It’s a very tough schedule on everyone but, as we showed on Sunday in Japan, we keep fighting and the whole team is focused on grabbing any opportunity that comes our way.

“I raced for the first time in India last year and, like most of the drivers have said, it’s a great track, one of the best of the modern era. I had a strong race there in 2012, particularly at the start where I made up five places, so the aim is obviously to do the same again in 2013 and keep pushing the teams ahead where we can. The track itself is a good mix of a few quick bits, especially into turn five and through ten and eleven for example, and a bit more stop / start like turns one, two and three, but the main thing is to find a good rhythm around the whole lap to get the most out of the car, like Spa for example. As the track evolves so much over the weekend you don’t really find the quickest pace until quali and then the race itself as the track is so dusty on Friday, and then again on Saturday morning. They did make some improvements last year to help manage that, including washing the track each evening, so hopefully it will be better again this year.

“With such a short amount of time in India I won’t have a chance to explore but that’s something I’d like to do one day. We go to so many cool places but the race weekends are always busy and there’s no time to properly look around, but from what I saw last year, India’s an amazing place and one I’d like to come back to one day to really find out what it’s all about.”

Ferrari Race Report Japanese Grand Prix 2013

December 31, 2013

Fernando Alonso

Japanese GP – Consolidating in the Constructors

Suzuka, 13 October – Earlier this weekend, Fernando Alonso said his main aim was to strengthen the Scuderia’s position in the Constructors’ championship and thanks to the Spaniards fourth place finish this afternoon, aided by an extra point from Felipe’s tenth place, that target was indeed reached: the Scuderia has extended its lead from 1 point to 10 over Mercedes. The Spaniard still has a theoretical chance of taking the Drivers’ crown but it requires levels of optimism not usually found even in the F1 paddock. After Sebastian Vettel won today, he now has a 90 point lead over the Ferrari man, with 100 still to play for in the remaining four rounds. The German’s Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber finished second, with Romain Grosjean completing the podium trio for Lotus. Having started on the Medium tyres from qualifying, the Ferrari duo ran a two stop strategy, taking on the Hard at each of the stops.

As the lights went out, at the back of the field, Van de Garde and Bianchi crashed out at the first turn, with Felipe still fifth, but Fernando moving up to sixth. Grosjean got the best start off the line from fourth place, running up along the barrier to lead in the Lotus. Behind him came Webber, Vettel and Rosberg ahead of Felipe, as Hamilton dropped down the order after the usual wheel to wheel action at Turn 1, which caused the Mercedes man to have to pit on lap 2.

In fifth place, Felipe was 7.8 behind the leader on lap 5, 1.3 behind fourth placed Rosberg in the Mercedes, with his Ferrari team-mate 0.6 behind him. Coming down the pit straight on lap 6, Fernando was already beginning to look for a way past the Brazilian. The early pit stops began around now, with Vergne bringing the Toro Rosso in on lap 7, followed next time by Button in the McLaren, Bottas in the Williams and Sutil in the Force India. Hamilton retired the Mercedes in the garage. On lap 9, Felipe had closed significantly on Rosberg and had Fernando stuck to his tail. Out in front, Grosjean had over two seconds in hand on Webber, who was 1.9 ahead of Red Bull team-mate Vettel. In fourth, Rosberg trailed the leading trio by 7.2. Hulkenberg in the Sauber and Di Resta in the Force India changed onto the Prime tyre on lap 10.

Webber made his pit stop on lap 11, coming in just before Felipe and Raikkonen. The race leader came in on lap 12, as did Rosberg and Perez, who nearly collided in pit lane, with the Mercedes driver getting a drive-through penalty. Fernando pitted for the Prime on lap 13, with Vettel first and Ricciardo, fifth the only front runners not to have changed tyres yet. The German was on Options but the Australian had started on the Prime. Vettel brought his Red Bull in on lap 14.

Next time round, the order was Grosjean, Webber, Vettel, Ricciardo, Rosberg, Hulkenberg, Felipe in seventh, followed by his team-mate, with Gutierrez and Raikkonen completing the top ten. At this point one of the best battles was for fourth, as Ricciardo, yet to change tyres tried to fend off Hulkenberg, which had allowed Felipe to close to within 0.8 of the Sauber, while Fernando had drifted to 1.8 behind his team-mate. By lap 19, with Ricciardo slower on old tyres, this quartet was in very close company and, as they came down the straight next time round, the Spaniard got ahead of the Brazilian and Gutierrez and Raikkonen also joined the train. Hulkenberg and Fernando both got past the Australian who came in for another set of Prime on lap 21. The Saubers had been on great form in recent races and Felipe was wheel to wheel with Gutierrez as the Mexican tried to pass and in the confusion, Raikkonen got his Lotus ahead of the Sauber.

Lap 22 and Fernando was right behind fourth placed Hulkenberg. Three laps later Webber came in for another set of Primes from second place, leaving Vettel second, 2.5 behind Grosjean. On lap 28, Felipe made his second pit stop, rejoining ninth and next time round Grosjean pitted, promoting Vettel to the lead and Hulkenberg also came in at this point, rejoining sixth. Fernando was yet to make his second stop and was up to fourth, but he came in on lap 30, as did Gutierrez and Perez. With Raikkonen changing tyres on lap 31, Vettel out in front was the only lead driver not to have made a second stop. Behind him were Webber, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Fernando in fifth, but in sixth place Felipe was given a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit lane. He came in to take the penalty on lap 35, rejoining eleventh behind Gutierrez. Vettel finally made his second stop on lap 37, taking on another set of Primes, rejoining third behind Webber and Grosjean. Hulkenberg was 32 seconds adrift of the lead trio in fourth spot and in fifth, Fernando had his mirrors full of Raikkonen’s Lotus.

At the start of lap 41, Vettel dived past Grosjean going into Turn 1, so we now had a Red Bull one-two, but the order was reversed on lap 42 when Webber had to make a third stop, which put him in third place behind Vettel and Grosjean. Having steadily closed on Hulkenberg, Fernando swept past the Sauber to go fourth on lap 46. In the closing stages, Webber’s pursuit of Grosjean provided all the excitement as they battled through backmarkers, the Australian finally making the move on the penultimate lap. As for Felipe, he was back in the points on lap 38, and up to eighth, but on lap 46 he had to start fighting off Rosberg, the Mercedes man passing him a couple of laps later. Then with just one lap remaining, Button on fresher rubber managed to muscle his way past Felipe so that the Brazilian had to settle for the final point on offer.

McLaren Race Report Japanese Grand Prix 2013

December 31, 2013

2013 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

 Suzuka Circuit, Sunday October 13

 “Both drivers showed stout character today”

 JENSON BUTTON

MP4-28A-04

Started                   10th

Finished                 9th

Fastest lap             1m35.549s (+0.962s, 6th)

Pitstops                 Three: lap 8 (3.04s), 23 (5.97s) and 40 (2.85s) [Opt-Pri-Pri-Opt]

Points                     60 (9th)

“The first two stints of the race were pretty difficult as I had massive understeer. That was my fault: on the lap-to-grid, it felt like I had too much front-end, so I took some wing out of the car. It was the wrong thing to do – it left me with too much understeer, and I kept locking up the fronts, which destroyed the front tyres.

 “For the third set, we added some front-wing, and the balance came back to me. In the end, the car was really good to drive – especially my final stint on the Option tyre, which was a lot of fun, especially as I was able to chase down and pass a couple of other cars.

 “In the closing laps, I made a great move on Paul [di Resta] around the outside of the chicane. I made the same move on Felipe [Massa] too, but he forced me over the kerb, so I ended up getting him on the straight.

 “So it was an enjoyable end to the race, but a disappointing beginning.”

 SERGIO PEREZ

MP4-28A-01

Started                   11th

Finished                 15th

Fastest lap             1m35.845s (+1.258s, 7th)

Pitstops                 Three: laps 12 (4.47s), 30 (7.42s) and 42 (4.02s – puncture) [Opt-Pri-Pri-Opt]

Points                     23 (13th)

“It was a very unfortunate afternoon for us.

 “I had such bad luck – things just didn’t go our way today. In fact, I think you could say that everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.

 “We had an incident with Nico [Rosberg] in the pitlane, some of slow pitstops, and then another incident with Nico, which caused me to suffer a puncture – luckily, however, right at the entrance of the pitlane.

 “After a difficult race like this, all we can do is look ahead. In two weeks’ time we’ll start all over again – I’ll be hoping for more luck in New Delhi.”

 MARTIN WHITMARSH

Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Today’s race was a tough one for both our drivers, but they both showed stout character in dealing with various adverse occurrences with great determination throughout all 53 laps.

“Jenson made a good start off the line, but through no fault of his own was then embroiled in a first-corner incident, consequently dropping a few places. As a result, he also flat-spotted his tyres, which caused a significant vibration that we elected to curtail by bringing him in for his first tyre stop earlier than we otherwise would have done.

 “We were consequently forced to convert his planned two-stop strategy to a three-stopper, which was a pity, but he drove a truly excellent race thereafter, taking advantage of rubber fresher than that of his rivals in his fourth and final stint to pull off some excellent overtaking manoeuvres and bag a hard-won ninth place by the flag.

 “Checo made an excellent start, moving from P11 on the grid to P8 at the end of lap one, and was able to keep pace with all but the three front-runners throughout his first stint.

 “Unfortunately, his first tyre stop was compromised by the unsafe release of Nico’s Mercedes, causing him [ie, Checo] to emerge behind Esteban’s [Gutierrez] Sauber, behind which he lost a lot of time throughout his second stint, unable to overtake despite making plenty of brave attempts to do so.

 “Then, in his third stint, Checo suffered a left-rear puncture, also ironically in an incident with Nico, which necessitated an extra unscheduled pitstop that put him out of contention for a points-scoring finish. Had that not occurred, he, like Jenson, would have earned some valuable points.

 “From here we go to New Delhi, where we hope to consolidate our fifth place in the Constructors’ World Championship by enjoying what we hope will be a less eventful and more productive afternoon than we did here at Suzuka today.”

Caterham Race Report Japanese Grand Prix 2013

December 31, 2013

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2013 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

Suzuka, Japan – 13th October 2013

Caterham F1 Team Partner Information
Caterham Moto Racing Team was unveiled today at Sepang Circuit, contesting Moto2 on Caterham-Suter chassis with Josh Herrin confirmed as the first rider caterh.am/Moto2

Weather
Race: Dry, sunny, air temp 24° / track temp 35° (start), 24° / 34° (lap 26), 23° / 30° (lap 53)

Runplan
Charles Pic
Start on hard tyres
Lap1: drive-through penalty
Lap 17: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 35: pitstop 2, hard tyres
Finished: 18th

Giedo van der Garde
Start on medium tyres
Contact in turn one ends race
DNF

Team Quotes

Charles Pic, car 20, chassis CT03-#6: “I had a good start but we’d already decided to serve the drive-through penalty at the end of lap one to get it out of the way and I was playing catch up from there. My target from there was to pass Chilton and I finished almost 20 seconds clear of him so that’s about as much as we could have hoped for today.

“I was on a set of hards for the first stint and they held up ok, they felt pretty good and I was given the all-clear to push quite early on so aimed to cut the gap as much as I could. We stopped for the first time on lap 17 and did the second stint on new options and my pace was good on them, right up until the second stop on lap 35.

“The final stint was on another set of hards and I came out around 11 seconds behind the Marussia so pushed as hard as I could and had the gap down to eight seconds with 11 laps left. I was gaining on him at about a second a lap and with five laps left I got him and pulled away, finally finishing 18th. I have to say I’m pretty happy about that, bearing in mind the time I lost on the first lap but I just kept pushing. I think it’s a fair result today for the work the whole team put in, and one that shows we never stop fighting.”

Giedo van der Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#4: “My start was ok but going into turn one I was squeezed between both the Marussia cars and had nowhere to go. I lost my front wing in contact with Bianchi and then the car went straight off and into the wall. It was quite a heavy impact but I’m ok. Obviously that’s disappointing, but it was a racing incident and sometimes these things happen so now we’ll move on to India and push for a better weekend there and for the rest of the season.”

Japanese Grand Prix – A Special Thought

December 31, 2013

Japanese GP - A special thought

Japanese GP – A special thought

Suzuka, 12 October – Stefano Domenicali and Kamui Kobayashi had a very special greeting to give at the meeting organised with the marshals at the Suzuka circuit at the Scuderia Ferrari garage, during a break in the track action. The main recipient of the wishes for a speedy recovery was unfortunately not present at the event for domestic reasons. Hiroshi Honda was the marshal injured in the unfortunate accident that occurred here at Suzuka at the second round of the Asia Pacific Ferrari Challenge series. Kobayashi was a special guest at this two race event held here in April and handed over gifts from Maranello as well as posing for photos with the Scuderia’s Team Principal in a photo to honour Hiroshi.

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