Caterham F1 logo2013 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX FP1 & FP2

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi – 1st November 2013

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX FP1 & FP2 – 1st NOVEMBER 2013

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Weather
FP1: dry, sunny; min / max track temp 46° – 45°, air temp 34° – 33°
FP2: dry, twilight; min / max track temp 37° – 33°, air temp 33° – 34°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: PIC 1.47.600, 19th / KOV 1.47.670, 20th
FP2: VDG 1.44.138, 19th / PIC 1.44.525, 21st

Total laps:
FP1: PIC 22 / KOV 22
FP2: VDG 35 / PIC 38

Runplan

Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-06

FP1 – all runs on medium tyres
1302 – 1306: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (medium tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking
1333 – 1349: Run 2, 7 laps
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking, brake balance
1401 – 1416: Run 3, 7 laps
Changes: rear ride height
1421 – 1424: Run 4, 7 laps

FP2
1702 – 1720: Run 1, 9 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking
1731 – 1745: Run 2, 7 laps (soft tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake duct blanking
1752 – 1809: Run 3, 9 laps (medium tyres)
1809: pitstop (soft tyres)
1809 – 1833: Run 4, 13 laps (soft tyres)

Heikki Kovalainen, car #21, chassis CT03-05

FP1 – all runs on medium tyres
1303 – 1306: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking, brake balance
1335 – 1349: Run 2, 7 laps
Changes: n/a
1401 – 1417: Run 3, 7 laps
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear ride height
1421 – 1425: Run 4, 7 laps

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

FP2
1702 – 1718: Run 1, 8 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: brake balance
1728 – 1742: Run 2, 7 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1749 – 1758: Run 3, 5 laps (soft tyres)
Changes: front brake duct blanking
1806 – 1833: Run 4, 15 laps (soft tyres)

Driver quotes

Heikki Kovalainen: “Generally the car was a bit on the nose to start with. Under braking and turning in it was on a bit of a knife edge and the tyres started going off quite early so that contributed to the handling issue, but we made a few changes and by the third run of the day we’d made some good progress with the balance. It was pretty neutral by the end of the session but the tyres had completely gone by then so we weren’t learning too much more, but overall a decent session and good to contribute again this weekend to help the team in Abu Dhabi.”

Charles Pic: “FP1 was all about trying to turn down how strong the front of the car was, particularly on turn-in to the corners. The aero balance was pretty good but the car was too pointy for me on each run and even though we improved the rear I didn’t have a balance I was really happy with for the whole session

“In FP2 the temperatures were obviously lower than FP1 and the balance wasn’t as good as it had been in FP1. I was also struggling to get temperature into the front tyres so we had a look at that on the performance run as the conditions are obviously much more like they will be in quali in FP2. On the run on options they came up to temperature much faster, the fronts were actually easy to warm up but the balance overall was still a bit on the understeer side, especially on entry and mid-corner. We added more front wing for the long run but I still had issues with the front warm up. Overall the car was understeering and I had some issues with braking stability so we’ll look at that in detail tonight and aim to fix it for tomorrow.”

Giedo van der Garde: “I was back in the car for FP2 and it felt pretty good right from the first run. The rears were locking a bit too much and the car wasn’t planted in the high speeds but overall it was ok. I did a couple of runs on the mediums to begin with, then onto the softs for the performance run and I have to say the car felt pretty generally stable. We did have a bit of rear locking under braking and I would have like a bit more front end, but we made a few changes for the run on the softs and it was feeling good – my quickest lap was ok but I know there’s more to come for quali, especially if we can improve the front end.

“On the long run I stayed on the options. The front tyres were cooling a lot which created understeer, but by the end of the run they were starting to come back. The rears were very consistent throughout the run so that gives us some interesting strategy options for the race. I haven’t tried the primes on a long run yet but Charles has so we’ll see what his data says tonight and then we can progress tomorrow.”