Sakhir International Circuit, Bahrain – Saturday 20th April 2013

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FP3: Overcast, dry; min / max track temp 42° – 44°, air temp 33°

Q1: Overcast, dry; track temp 45°, air temp 33°

Fastest laps /

FP3: PIC 1.35.816, 18th / VDG 1.36.939, 20th

Q1: PIC 1.35.283, 19th / VDG 1.36.304, 21st

Total laps:

FP3: PIC 16 / VDG 16

Q1: PIC 6 / VDG 7


Charles Pic, car #20,
chassis CT03-06


1105 – 1117: Run 1, 6 laps (hard tyres)

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

1130 – 1141: Run 2, 6 laps (hard tyres)

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

1154 – 1203: Run 3, 4 laps (medium tyres)


1407 – 1413: Run 1, 3 laps (medium tyres)

Changes: n/a

1416 – 1422: Run 2, 3 laps (medium tyres)

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


1105 – 1117: Run 1, 6 laps (hard tyres)

Changes: front brake blanking

1124 – 1134: Run 2, 5 laps (hard tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle

1153 – 1203: Run 3, 5 laps (medium tyres)


1404 – 1414: Run 1, 4 laps (hard tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle

1417 – 1422: Run 2, 3 laps (medium tyres)

Driver quotes

Charles Pic:
“I’m pretty happy with where we finished today. We’d obviously have liked to be
a little higher up the grid but with the package we have here in Bahrain I
think we got as much as we could today in quali, so we can be reasonably
pleased. We have a couple of new parts here which have definitely helped us
make some progress, and after a good FP3 we were well set for quali. Yesterday
the car had quite a bit of understeer which is pretty much a direct result of
putting on updates at the back of the car, but the changes we made overnight
gave me a much more balanced car and the final lap time today in Q1 showed the
progress we’ve made since last week. Now we need to carry that pace into
tomorrow’s race and having seen relatively good deg levels on the long runs we
could have an interesting fight with a few cars ahead.”

Giedo van der Garde:
“For me that was a decent qualifying session and I’m happy with where we
finished up, considering the fact I’m in the same car we’ve raced since
Australia without the new parts Charles has been running here in Bahrain.
Overall I’m pleased for the whole team as his laptime today is a sign of what
we have to come and the amount of hard work everyone’s putting in to show how
we can perform. In Spain I’ll have the same updates as my teammate and that’ll
obviously mean I’ll be able to compete at the level he is, but for today I got
nearly everything out of the car on that final lap and I think I can play an
important role in the race tomorrow on a track that we’re clearly looking OK