Caterham F1 logoITALIAN GRAND PRIX FP1 & FP2

Autodromo di Monza, Italy – 6th September 2013

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Weather
FP1: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 31° – 36°, air temp 26° – 28°
FP2: Dry, sunny; min / max track temp 43° – 45°, air temp 29° – 31°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: PIC 1.27.818, 19th / KOV 1.28.192, 21st
FP2: PIC 1.27.696, 20th / VDG 1.27.771, 21st

Total laps:
FP1: PIC 24 / KOV 21
FP2: PIC 37 / VDG 38

Runplan

Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

FP1
1003 – 1006: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear brake duct blanking
1033 – 1044: Run 2, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear ride height
1058 – 1111: Run 3, 8 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: n/a
1120 – 1134: Run 4, 8 laps (hard tyres)

FP2
1402 – 1415: Run 1, 8 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: rear ride height, brake balance
1427 – 1437: Run 2, 6 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: rear ride height
1446 – 1503: Run 3, 10 laps (hard tyres)
Changes:
1512 – 1534: Run 4, 13 laps (medium tyres)

Heikki Kovalainen, car #21, chassis CT03-04

FP1
1002 – 1005: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear brake duct blanking
1034 – 1046: Run 2, 8 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake duct blanking
1110 – 1128: Run 3, 12 laps (hard tyres)

Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-04

FP2
1405 – 1418: Run 1, 8 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear anti-roll bar, rear brake duct blanking
1428 – 1440: Run 2, 7 laps (hard tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear anti-roll bar
1448 – 1500: Run 3, 7 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear brake duct blanking
1505 – 1532: Run 4, 16 laps (hard tyres)

Driver quotes

Heikki Kovalainen: “Overall I’m pretty happy with how the session went. The main thing is obviously for me to help the team as much as I can and in such a short session that’s always tricky, particularly as it takes a lap or so to get back up to speed with the low downforce package we’re running here. There was a little understeer in the high speed sections but the main issue for me was braking stability. That’s obviously important around Monza as there’s a couple of heavy braking zones, but we made some progress on that by the end of the session.”

Charles Pic: “FP1 went ok. The car balance was good right from the installation lap and the rest of the session went to plan. We were mainly working on mechanical setup options and running downforce scans so the times weren’t really important, but it was still good to see that the gap to the teams ahead is around where we’d predicted.

“In FP2 we started with an eight lap run on the hards but it felt like the changes we made over lunch had a negative impact on the car balance, increasing mid-sector understeer and entry stability in particular. We made a couple of mechanical changes and then went out on the mediums for the first time but the car felt very different from the morning session, the balance wasn’t as good and there was more understeer so we definitely didn’t get the time we could have from that set. On the long runs the car balance was again not consistent – we had both understeer and oversteer in the corners and that’s obviously not what we’re looking for here. However, we have accumulated a decent amount of laps and have a lot of data to work on tonight so we’ll keep working and come back stronger tomorrow.”

Giedo van der Garde: “I was back in the car for FP2 and straight out to start work on the hard compound tyres. On the first run my times were ok but the traction wasn’t great and I needed a bit more time to find the best line in sector one. On run two we made a bit of progress and then we went for the first run on the medium tyres which, honestly, was strange. The grip you’d expect from a new set of options just wasn’t there – the car balance was fine, but we didn’t find the time we should have found from the options so we’ll have to look at that in detail tonight. On the long runs the pace was ok , as was the deg levels, but we definitely need to look at how we manage tyre warm-up and make sure we have options to fix the grip issue with the options, especially for qualifying.”