Caterham F1 logoBAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – FP1 &FP2

Sakhir International Circuit, Bahrain – Friday 19th April 2013

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Weather

FP1: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 44° – 46°, air temp 34° – 35°

FP2: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 41° – 45°, air temp 33° – 36°

Fastest laps /
positions:

FP1: PIC 1.37.850, 19th / KOV 1.38.401, 20th

FP2: PIC 1.37.061, 19th / VDG 1.37.970, 22nd

Total laps:

FP1: PIC 20 / KOV 20

FP2: PIC 33  / VDG 34

Runplan

Charles Pic, car #20,
chassis CT03-06

FP1

1000 – 1002: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (hard tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle

1034 – 1050: Run 2, 8 laps (hard tyres)

Changes: Front anti-roll bar

1059 – 1109: Run 3, 5 laps (hard tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear ride height, rear brake blanking

1118 – 1132: Run 4, 6 laps (hard tyres)

FP2

1400 – 1418: Run 1, 8 laps (hard tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle, front anti-roll bar, rear brake duct blanking

1425 – 1441: Run 2, 7 laps (hard tyres)

Changes: right brake duct blanking

1452 – 1502: Run 3, 5 laps (medium tyres)

Changes: rear brake duct blanking

1510 – 1535: Run 4, 13 laps (medium tyres)

Heikki Kovalainen, car
#21, chassis CT03-05

FP1

1003 – 1006: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (hard tyres)

Changes: brake balance

1035 – 1047: Run 2, 6 laps (hard tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle

1101 – 1115: Run 3, 7 laps (hard tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle, front anti-roll bar

1121 – 1133: Run 4, 6 laps (hard tyres)

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

FP2

1400 – 1415: Run 1, 7 laps (hard tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear ride height

1426 – 1439: Run 2, 4 laps (hard tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle

1442 – 1451: Run 3, 5 laps (medium tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle

1458 – 1511: Run 4, 7 laps (hard tyres)

Pitstop

1511 – 1534: Run 5, 7 laps (medium tyres)

Driver quotes

Heikki Kovalainen: “It
was good to be back in the car and great to be back at work with the team. The
main priority today was to help give my impressions of the 2013 car in the spec
it ran in for the first three races this year against the car I raced last
year, and to give my feedback on the 2013 tyres. The first impression I had was
that this car, which is obviously closer to the 2012 car than what will be
raced for most of the rest of the season, is certainly trickier to find a
balance on than the 2012 car, and the 2013 tyres go off a lot faster than last
years. After one session I clearly haven’t had enough time in the car to find
out how much we could change the handling with setup alterations, but I’ve been
able to give the team a lot of feedback that I think will be useful this
weekend on setup and tyres, and looking ahead to Spain where we’ll have more
new parts.”

Charles Pic:
“We’ve made some progress today and I think we can be quite pleased with the
job we’ve done in both FP1 and FP2. In the morning session we ran the car in
the same configuration we raced in China and ran through a pretty normal FP1
program, using just the hard tyres and working on the baseline setup. In FP2 we
ran a couple of new parts at the back of the car and saw more rear grip which
is positive. We did find that meant there was quite a bit of understeer that
we’ll need to work on for quali, but the performance run time was a good sign
of where we are heading, so overall today has been ok.”

Giedo van der Garde:
“After sitting out the morning session I went straight back to work in FP2 and
ran through a normal Friday afternoon program that included work on both tyre
compounds on short and long runs. The tyre deg here was pretty big, especially
on the mediums, but they’re coming up to temperature well and that suggests
that if we can manage the deg levels this track might suit us better than the
last race in China.”