Caterham F1 logoCHINESE GRAND
PRIX – FP3 & QUALIFYING

Shanghai International Circuit, China –
13th April 2013

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Weather

FP3: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 34° – 36°, air temp 25° – 27°

Q1: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 40° – 41°, air temp 27°

Fastest laps /
positions:

FP3: PIC 1.38.821, 20th / VDG 1.39.652, 22nd

Q1: PIC 1.39.614, 21st / VDG 1.39.660, 22nd

Total laps:

FP3: PIC 18 / VDG 18

Q1: PIC 6 / VDG 6

Runplan

Charles Pic, car #20,
chassis CT03-06

FP3

1100 – 1115: Run 1, 7 laps (medium tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle, rear camber

1128 – 1140: Run 2, 6 laps (medium tyres)

Changes: front / rear anti-roll bar

1151 – 1201: Run 3, 5 laps (soft tyres)

Q1

1409 – 1415: Run 1, 3 laps (soft tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle

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

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

FP3

1103 – 1117: Run 1, 7 lap (medium tyres)

Changes: rear camber

1128 – 1139: Run 2, 6 laps (medium tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle

1152 – 1201: Run 3, 5 laps (soft tyres)

Q1

1409 – 1415: Run 1, 3 laps (soft tyres)

Changes: front wing flap angle

1417 – 1423: Run 2, 3 laps (soft tyres)

Driver quotes

Charles Pic:
“We’ve had quite a few issues all weekend and they’ve hurt our ability to get
the most out of the car here, particularly with the tyres. We tried a couple of
different setup options in FP3 and the car balance felt better this morning
than it had yesterday but between FP3 and qualifying the tyre behaviour changed
again and we really couldn’t get them to work. In qualifying we did both runs
on the soft tyres but I had traffic on my first run which meant I didn’t have a
clean lap. On the second run I improved my time but I still had oversteer on
the exits of most of the corners and more traffic in both sectors one and two
which basically ruined that lap. Even with the package we have now we know
there’s more performance in the car so days like today are frustrating, but
we’ll just have to work harder, improve where we can and focus on putting in a
good performance tomorrow.”

Giedo van der Garde:
“After two productive sessions yesterday I just couldn’t get the same feeling
from the car in FP3 and that carried over into qualifying. Like Charles, I’ve
had quite a few small problems in each session and together they’ve held us
back quite a bit. We’re struggling to understand the tyre behaviour here and
when the track temps went up today it was like having to start again with our
understanding of how to get them working. My final position in quali is
obviously disappointing, particularly as I made a mistake in turn two on my
second run, pushing too hard into the corner and that cost me about four
tenths. Without that I’d have finished a bit higher up the grid but now we have
to focus on tomorrow’s race and aim for the same sort of performance we put in
at the last race in Malaysia.”