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Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia – Friday 22nd March 2013

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Weather
FP1: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 35° – 42°, air temp 30° – 33°
FP2: Dry, overcast (start / end), light rain (mid); min / max track temp 29° – 42°, air temp 30° – 33°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: VDG 1.40.728, 19th / PIC 1.41.163, 21st
FP2: PIC 1.40.757, 20th / VDG 1.40.768, 21st

Total laps:
FP1: VDG 17 / PIC 18
FP2: PIC 29 / VDG 32

Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

FP1
1001 – 1004: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (hard tyres)
Changes: rear ride height, front / rear brake duct blanking
1039 – 1053: Run 2, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: rear ride height, front wing flap angle
1115 – 1135: Run 3, 10 laps (hard tyres)

FP2
1400 – 1411: Run 1, installation lap, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1415 – 1434: Run 2, 8 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking
1438 – 1450: Run 3, 6 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1513 – 1522: Run 4, 4 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking, brake balance, front wing flap angle
1525 – 1533: Run 5, 4 laps (hard tyres)

Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-05

FP1
1001 – 1004: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (hard tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking
1041 – 1053: Run 2, 6 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking, front toe-in
1115 – 1134: Run 3, 10 laps (hard tyres)

FP2
1400 – 1411: Run 1, installation lap, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1415 – 1434: Run 2, 9 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, brake balance, front / rear brake duct blanking
1438 – 1449 Run 3, 4 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: brake balance
1508 – 1520: Run 4, 7 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1523 – 1533: Run 5, 5 laps (hard tyres)

Driver quotes

Charles Pic: “Friday has been ok for us and it’s mostly been looking at tyre degradation and balance. There was a little too much understeer in the first session this morning so we tried a couple of setup changes and they seemed to work. In the afternoon we had to change the plan a bit when the rain started but that gave us a chance to run seven laps on the intermediate tyres which could be important for Saturday and Sunday. We also had our first runs on the medium tyres here and wear rates were ok on those. I had a small mistake on my quickest lap on the performance run and that cost me quite a bit of time so I think there’s more to come tomorrow, especially in qualifying.

“We’ve also been working on improvements in the garage between runs, cutting down the turnaround times, and that’s working well. Overall it’s been a good week in Malaysia so far for me. It’s been busy but I’m enjoying it – we’ve had a great welcome wherever we go and I’m sure that’ll continue all weekend.”

Giedo van der Garde: “I think we’ve had a pretty good day. We’ve completed a lot of laps on all the tyres except the full wets and run through the whole program. In FP1 it was the normal runplan, focusing on the hard prime tyres and starting to understand deg levels on those – our pace on that compound and the wear rates were both encouraging, but we’ll have to work a bit more on getting them up to temperature efficiently and then keeping them in that first phase of degradation as long as possible.

“In FP2 we did a couple of short and long runs on the primes and one on the medium tyre, as well as a stint on the inters when the rain started. It wasn’t the intense rain we had on track yesterday but it was still enough to mean we needed to run the inters and with rain possible in quali and in the race that’s more good data for us. It’s also good for me to get as many laps as possible done on the intermediates – it’s all part of the learning process and with full running in both FP1 and FP2 today, compared to Melbourne, we’re in a better position for tomorrow and Sunday than we were last weekend.”