Caterham F1 logoMALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX 2013 – FP3 & QUALIFYING

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia – 23rd March 2013

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Weather
FP3: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 43° – 48°, air temp 34°
Q1: Dry, sunny; track temp 41°, air temp 32

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PIC 1.38.995, 19th / VDG 1.40.209, 21st
Q1: PIC 1.39.314, 20th / VDG 1.39.932, 22nd

Total laps:
FP3: PIC 18 / VDG 18
Q1: PIC 6 / VDG 6

Runplan

Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

FP3
1300 – 1315: Run 1, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front camber
1327 – 1338: Run 2, 4 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: brake balance, rear brake duct blanking
1346 – 1402: Run 3, 7 laps (medium tyres)

Q1
1602 – 1609: Run 1, 3 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: n/a
1616 – 1622: Run 2, 3 laps (medium tyres)

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

FP3
1300 – 1313: Run 1, 6 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: brake balance, front torsion bar
1322 – 1335: Run 2, 6 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: brake balance, front wing flap angle, front torsion bar
1345 – 1402: Run 3, 6 laps (medium tyres)

Q1
1603 – 1609: Run 1, 3 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, brake balance
1616 – 1622: Run 2, 3 laps (medium tyres)

Driver quotes

Charles Pic: “We had a very good FP3, really making progress, especially on the long runs, but I don’t think there was a lot more we could have done today in qualifying. I had a lot of understeer on my first run so we adjusted the pressures for the second run but I still couldn’t dial out the understeer so with the performance gap to the cars ahead we probably finished up about as well as we could have hoped.

“So now we focus on tomorrow. In FP3 we found a good direction to go in the race so I think it’s going to be interesting. It’ll almost certainly rain and I like it when the conditions are changing on track so let’s see what happens.”

Giedo van der Garde: “Qualifying didn’t go well for me today to be honest. I’ve had an issue with a lot of oversteer on the option tyres all day and really couldn’t get them to work as well as they did at the last race and that obviously hurt my pace. It’s odd as the car felt good on the hard compounds in FP3 today but I just couldn’t get the mediums to work so we’ll have to look at that again tonight.

“However, with the car performing well on the primes and the pace we have on the inters I think tomorrow could be interesting. It’s rained every day at about the same time as it’ll be halfway through the race tomorrow so strategy’s going to be really important. Physically I feel really good, totally prepared for the race, so we’ll look at the plans for the race and hopefully pick up where we left off in FP3.”