Caterham F1 logoSINGAPORE GRAND PRIXVIEW

Leafield Technical Centre, UK – 13th September 2013

General
Race laps: 61
Pitlane altitude (m): 5

2012 Weather
Air / Track temp (°C): 33 / 37
ATM Press (HPa): 1008
Hum (%): 79
Wind (kph): NNW 0.7

2012 Timing

Qualifying
P1: HAM (1:46.362 Q3)
P2: MAL (1:46.804 Q3)
P3: VET (1:46.905 Q3)
CF1T best: P19 PET (1:50.846 Q1)

Race
P1: VET (1:52.134 L50)
P2: BUT (1:52.625 L47)
P3: ALO (1:52.709 L53)
CF1T best: P15 KOV (1:55.106 L47)

Quick description
Only night race on the F1 calendar
High downforce track with very hot and humid climatic conditions.
In 2012 the track was resurfaced between T5 & T7 and a special “cleaning” machine was also used which appeared to mildly grind off the upper layer of the bitumen making the surface quite abrasive
The track is still very bumpy even after resurfacing in 2010, especially T13-14
The cars need high ride height to avoid bottoming and excessive plank wear and they also run maximum suspension travel
Hard on brakes due to high temperatures but brake wear is not usually an issue
Kerbs were an issue in 2011 with many being removed or modified between sessions
Braking stability and traction are the major balance issues
Difficult to overtake
High fuel effect and high start fuel load. Highest pitlane delta of the season.
Track was semi-wet beginning of P1 & P3 in 2010 and took a long time to dry up
First gear is used in T3 and T13

Circuit particularity
Bumpiness: very high
Overtaking chance: low
Kerbs: medium / high
Ride height setting particularity: high ride height for bumps
Engine severity: low
Gearbox severity: very high
Lat / Long grip: longitudinal
Aero eff ratio: very low
Safety car history: 2012 – two (L33 – 38), 2011 – one (L29 – 33), 2010 – two (L3 – 5, L32 – 35)
Track grip evo during w/e: very high
Aero settings: very high (max)
Brake wear severity: high
Brake cooling necessity: high

Driver Quotes

Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-#06: “The European season’s now over for 2013 and we’re back to the flyaway races, starting with Singapore. For me this is one of the best races of the year. It’s an amazing city and the fact we race at night obviously makes the whole event unique. Last year was my first time racing in Singapore and I had a good race, finishing 16th – this time I’d obviously like to finish higher, but I’m sure it’ll be another good week, whatever happens!

“One thing I know for sure is it’s going to be busy! Tony Fernandes is going to be in town and we have lots of sponsor and team partner activities taking place on and off track, so one of the challenges throughout the week is finding the time to step back from everything going on around us and focus on the main priority which is having as strong a weekend as we can on track.

“Everyone will be talking about how hot and humid it’s going to be, but for me that’s not really an issue. I like the heat – it gets very hot in France as well, even though it’s never really as humid as it is in Singapore, but we start preparing for races like Singapore way back in winter with the hours put in training, and then fine tuning the physical and mental preparation in the week leading up to the race. I’ll arrive earlier than I would for a European race so I can start acclimatising to the heat, and my fluid intake over the week will increase each day to the point where I’ll take on up to five or six litres of liquid before the race starts. That’s one of the keys to performing to the maximum – being properly hydrated means you can focus 100% in the car, and that’s vital around a circuit as technical as Singapore.”

Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-#04: “I have really happy memories of Singapore as the last time I crossed the finish line there in 2012 I won the GP2 sprint race and finished Caterham Racing’s season on a real high. That was all part of my preparation for F1 and with that experience of the Singapore circuit under my belt I’m really excited about getting back out there in an F1 car!

“The team have already warned me it’s going to be a very busy week! We’re doing a load of sponsor events and Tony’s going to be unveiling a new Caterham Car over the race weekend, and whenever he’s on track, especially in South East Asia, there’s always a real buzz, so I think the whole week we’re there will be one of the best weeks of the year.

“On track it’s a great challenge, both for me in the car and the whole team. I obviously train and prepare for the heat, but the team makes sure everyone’s drinking enough water and that sleep patterns stick to European time so we avoid any issues with jetlag. Once in the car I think this could be one of the circuits that suits us, a bit like Monaco. You need to have the confidence to be able to push around what are usually normal city streets, and I think we showed in Monaco that that sort of challenge is exactly what we like!”

Singapore Grand Prix Events

The new Caterham ultra-high performance roadcar concept will be unveiled by Tony Fernandes, Chairman of Caterham Cars, and Kamarudin Meranun, Co-Chairman, Caterham Group from 1500 – 1700 on Friday 20th September at the Pan Pacific Hotel, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore. Tony and Kamarudin will be joined by Caterham F1 Team drivers and senior team personnel, all of whom will be available for interviews.

The concept is the first model to be designed and developed with significant input from all of Caterham Group’s specialist business arms – Caterham Technology & Innovation, Caterham Composites and Caterham F1 Team.