Caterham F1 logoCHINESE GRAND
PRIX – FP1 and FP2

Shanghai International Circuit, China –
12th April 2013

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Weather

FP1: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 27° – 32°, air temp 20° – 22°

FP2: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 35° – 37°, air temp 22° – 25°

Fastest laps /
positions:

FP1: VDG 1.42.083, 21st / MA 1.43.545, 22nd

FP2: VDG 1.39.271, 20th / PIC 1.39.814, 21st

Total laps:

FP1: VDG 21 / MA 20

FP2: VDG 21 / PIC 27

Runplan

Ma Qing Hua, car #20, chassis CT03-06

FP1

1000 – 1003: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (medium tyres)

Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking

1026 – 1043: Run 2, 8 laps (medium tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle, rear ride height

1051 – 1104: Run 3, 6 laps (medium tyres)

Changes: front torsion bar, front wing flap angle

1115 – 1118: Run 4, 1 lap (medium tyres)

Changes: n/a

1125 – 1133: Run 5, 4 laps (medium tyres)

Charles Pic, car #20,
chassis CT03-06

FP2

1403 – 1408: Run 1, installation lap, 2 laps (medium tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle, front torsion bar

1424 – 1439: Run 2, 8 laps (medium tyres)

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

1450 – 1500: Run 3, 5 laps (soft tyres)

Changes: front / rear anti-roll bar, rear brake blanking

1511 – 1534: Run 4, 12 laps (soft tyres)

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

FP1

1001 – 1004: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (medium tyres)

Changes: n/a

1036 – 1055: Run 2, 9 laps (medium tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle, front anti-roll bar, rear ride height

1108 – 1122: Run 3, 7 laps (medium tyres)

Changes: n/a

1125 – 1134: Run 4, 4 laps (medium tyres)

FP2

1402 – 1417: Run 1, installation lap, 8 laps (medium tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle, brake balance

1443 – 1450: Run 2, 4 laps (soft tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake duct blanking

1459 – 1516: Run 3, 9 laps (soft tyres)

Driver quotes

Ma Qing Hua: “It
was a very proud moment for me to be the first Chinese driver to take part in
an F1 session in my home country, but to be honest I was focusing on doing my
job and I’m pleased with how it went. I want to thane Caterham for this chance
and for helping make me so comfortable in the car and all weekend.

“We did 20 laps and my times kept coming down as I was more and more
comfortable with the car. It felt like we had a slight issue towards the end of
the session that cut the fourth run short but after a few checks it looked like
a sensor problem so I was able to finish the session with a car that felt good
with the final changes we made.

“I’ve learnt a lot this weekend already and that was the main thing in FP1 –
make sure I completed the runplan and don’t push too hard so I could learn as
much as possible. Cyril Abiteboul told me he was happy with my performance at
the end of the session so I’m really pleased with how it went.”

马青骅:“对我来说,第一次在祖国参加周五第一次自由练习是非常值得骄傲的时刻,坦率地说,我完全专注于我的测试工作,对整个测试的进程感到很满意。感谢卡特汉姆车队给予我这次机会,同时也感谢他们整个周末提供的支持,让我在赛车中感到非常舒适。”

“我们一共完成了20圈,一直在尝试提升圈速,我对赛车的感觉越来越好。在练习赛快要结束的时候,我们似乎出现了一个小问题,以至于我们不得不中断了第四次试跑,在完成一系列检查之后,我们发现是一个传感器问题,最终,我们得以驾驶一辆感觉很好的赛车完成了整个练习赛。”

“这个周末,我学到了很多东西,从星期五的第一次自由练习中我认为最重要的是——不能把赛车推至极限,必须确保完成测试计划,这样我才可以积累尽可能多的经验。塞利尔•阿比特波尔告诉我,他对我在练习赛最后阶段的表现非常满意,因此我对一切感到非常高兴。”

Charles Pic:
“I sat out FP1 for Ma and was then back in for FP2. It didn’t start all that
well as it felt like I had a hydraulics problem early on the first run but we
took a look at it in the garage and managed to sort it out pretty quickly.
However, that problem did mean we lost enough time to miss one of the runs and
that was important for giving us enough options on car setup. Despite that we
got on with the normal program, running a couple of setup options on the medium
tyres, then onto the performance run on the softs and finishing with a long run
on the softs to see how they hold up over a longer distance. The quickest
laptimes seem to be on the first lap on the softs but I didn’t have a clean lap
on my fastest run and that hit my time, but we’ve completed a lot of mileage
today and have a couple of setup options to look at for tomorrow so we’ll look
for areas to improve tonight and hopefully we can push on tomorrow.“

Giedo van der Garde:
“Both practice sessions for me were ok but we’ve had issues all day that have
held us back a bit. This morning we had a KERS issue that meant we were running
without KERS for the whole session, and that obviously didn’t help, and then in
the afternoon I overcooked it going into turn one on one of the medium sets and
that meant we had to cut short the FP2 plan so we didn’t use up another set of
tyres. Despite that we have a lot of good data on the medium tyres from both
sessions and the performance run on the softs went ok. Degradation levels are
going to be big here, particularly on the softs which had pretty much gone by
the end of the long run we did on them, so we’ll have to look closely at how we
deal with that on Sunday.

“We know this isn’t going to be a particularly easy weekend for us but I still
think we can fight tomorrow and on Sunday. The atmosphere in the team is good
and if we can repeat the sort of race performance we had on Sunday in Malaysia
we’ll be ok.”