Caterham F1 logoCHINESE GRAND PRIX
2013

Shanghai International Circuit, China –
14th April 2013

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Weather

Race: Dry, hazy, air temp 22° / track temp 32° (start), 18° / 29°
(lap 28), 17° / 25° (lap 56)

Runplan

Charles Pic

Start on soft tyres

Lap 5: pitstop 1, medium tyres

Lap 17: pitstop 2, medium tyres

Lap 33: pitstop 3, medium tyres

Finished: 16th

Fastest lap: 1.41.997 (lap 48)

Giedo van der Garde

Start on soft tyres

Lap 6: pitstop 1, medium tyres

Lap 20: pitstop 2, medium tyres

Lap 37: pitstop 3, medium tyres

Finished 18th

Fastest lap: 1.42.357 (lap 42)

Team Quotes

Charles Pic, car
20, chassis CT03-#6:
“For me that was a good race, almost as
good as we could have hoped for with our current performance levels and run to
a good race strategy. The car felt good right from the start – the setup we
went for worked well and I had a decent start on the soft tyres and came in
just as they were starting to degrade heavily, came out ahead of Bianchi and
for two thirds of the race I was pretty comfortably holding 15th
place. Unfortunately on my third stop I came out in 16th and didn’t
quite have enough pace to fight so I finished in 16th, but the fact
we were able to keep pace with the Marussia for the whole race and at some
points be just out of reach of a Williams is very encouraging for the future.
Now we go straight to Bahrain where we hope things will become interesting.”

Giedo van der
Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#5
: “That really wasn’t a good
race for me. I had another very strong start, passing three cars, but almost
from the moment the first set of softs started going off I couldn’t find any
real pace and was struggling for the whole race. After a good Friday it’s been
a pretty tough weekend for me, but I’m a very positive person and this is all
part of the learning curve I knew I’d have for the early season races and I
know I have the team on my side to help me progress. We have the chance
straight away to get back to the sort of performance we want in Bahrain so
we’ll look at what we can learn from here and move on to the next race where
I’m sure things will improve.”