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JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - RACE PREVIEW
FRIDAY 3 – SUNDAY 5 OCTOBER
RACE 15 OF 19
As is the case at Spa-Francorchamps, the drivers love the high=speed challenge of Suzuka Circuit. It’s fast and narrow, and it punishes mistakes because there is very little run-off. There are few better places to watch a grand prix car on the limit than through the Esses at the beginning of the lap. The high-speed changes of direction are stunning to watch, but that’s not all. The undulating rollercoaster of a lap includes Degner 1&2, Spoon and 130R – all memorable and
challenging corners. The Japanese fans leave an indelible impression too. Rain or shine, they fill the grandstands and cheer politely, often giving the drivers and teams gifts. All this adds together to make the Japanese Grand Prix one of the most memorable of the season.
Renault Sport F1 Japanese Grand Prix Preview
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations
Suzuka is one of the classic circuits on the calendar; a real rollercoaster of a circuit that challenges the drivers, engineers and strategists. Every part of the car needs to be optimized to deal with the high-speed turns, long periods of open throttle and tight hairpins, and a strong harmony between chassis and engine will really pay dividends.
2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix: Preview
Vijay Mallya savours the result in Singapore and looks ahead to Japan.
Vijay, the result in Singapore must have been a big boost for the team…
“I was very pleased. The call to make the last pit stop with Checo was an aggressive gamble. We had nothing to lose and everything to gain. We didn't do the same with Nico because he was already running in the points and there was a reluctance to take a huge gamble with him. As Checo was out of the points, a gamble could either pay off, or we would lose nothing. Fortunately it paid off. As a team we were very happy and both drivers performed brilliantly.”
2014 Japanese Grand Prix – preview
Suzuka is one of the most revered circuits in the world. Its fast corners and undulations are a genuine test of man and machine, which might explain why 18 of the last 19 grands prix at the track have been won by world champions. In short: this is a racetrack at which only the best drivers succeed.
Preview – 2014 Japanese Grand Prix
15th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 3rd to 5th October 2014
Hinwil, 29th September 2014 – The Japanese Grand Prix will be the next race in Asia for the Sauber F1 Team. In the land of the rising sun, the 15th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship will take place from the 3rd to 5th October on the Suzuka Circuit. The track is for both Sauber F1 Team drivers, Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil, one of their favourite circuits on this year’s calendar.
AHEAD OF THE JAPANESE AND RUSSIAN GRANDS PRIX
SUZUKA: Suzuka has been a very positive place for me in the past, I’ve won the race three times and I also won the World Championship there in 2011 which was a fantastic experience. Suzuka as a whole is a fantastic circuit, probably the only circuit you can compare it to on the calendar is Spa. It is a very challenging circuit, especially the first sector where there is a lot of high speed corners. I really enjoy those, but later on you also have the spoon corner, which is very technical and a big challenge, as well as 130R. The fans are very special and the atmosphere is incredible, the crowds really appreciate what people in F1 do, so it is great to see that.
Nico Rosberg's Review of the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix
A strong showing on Saturday yielded little reward for Nico at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, as an early mechanical retirement brought his race to a premature end.
In his latest video blog, Nico reflects on a tough day in Singapore:
"That was the toughest day of the year for me."
SINGAPORE GP – A MISSED OPPORTUNITY
Marco Mattiacci: “Today’s race could have delivered us a better result, because thanks to a quick response from the team after the disappointing outcome of the Grand Prix in Monza, we were competitive all weekend long. Our pace was good and thanks to the strategy, with Fernando we managed to run second, but it later slipped from our grasp during the course of the race. Kimi was held up by traffic and slowed with tyre degradation and, although he got a good start, he was unable to retake the places he had made up. The variable of the Safety Car altered our strategy projections, affecting the outcome of the race. Nevertheless, I firmly believe that the only strategy for winning is to be able to count on a competitive car. Now we leave Singapore having shown signs of progress: on this front, Suzuka will provide a very interesting test bench, because it will allow us to go deeper into our development work in areas in which we want to improve.”
2014 Singapore Grand Prix - Race
Singapore - 21/09/2014
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver Lewis Hamilton took an impressive victory in the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix this evening, while Nico Rosberg was forced to retire in a tense race at the spectacular Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Lewis completed a clean sweep of pole position, fastest lap and victory for the fifth time in his Formula One career
This marks Lewis' 29th career Formula One win - his eighth for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS
Nico was forced to retire on lap 13 after a steering column wiring loom failure
The malfunction was first detected on the laps to the grid and eventually left him stuck in neutral at his first pit stop
Lewis now leads the Formula One World Drivers' Championship by three points from his team-mate
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS continue to lead the Constructors' Championship - now by a margin of 174 points
Singapore Grand Prix
Felipe Massa finished fifth and Valtteri Bottas eleventh in an eventful Singapore Grand Prix.
A long safety car period after the second pit stops led to a change in strategy from a three-stop to a two-stop race.
Felipe was able to use his strategy to jump the Ferrari of Raikonnen and keep him behind him. Valtteri unfortunately ran out of tyre grip on the last lap dropping him from sixth to eleventh in the final corners.
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING has maintained its third place in the Constructors’ Championship.
2014 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
“That was the hardest point I’ve ever earned”
Marina Bay Circuit, Sunday September 21
The 2014 Singapore Grand Prix was a disappointing race for the entire team.
Kevin Magnussen’s race was badly affected by extreme heat build-up in his car’s cockpit, which was exacerbated by the slows laps spent behind the Safety Car during the middle of the race. One of the few runners inside the top 10 who needed to change tyres during the post-Safety Car stint, he fought back bravely on fresh rubber, finally clinching a single point for 10th on the final lap.
Singapore Airlines Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 21.09.2014
Weather: dry, 29-30°C air, 33-37°C track
The Singapore Grand Prix ended in a huge disappointment for the Sauber F1 Team. Neither of the drivers finished the race. Esteban Gutiérrez had to retire on lap 18 due to an electrical problem with the power unit, while Adrian Sutil’s car had a water leak which forced the team to retire him on lap 41 so not to risk an engine failure.
2014 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore – 21 September 2014
Marcus Ericsson, P15
Kamui Kobayashi, DNS
Weather: Dry, track temp 33°, air temp 29°, humidity 71%
SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX RACE REPORT
Infiniti Red Bull Racing-Renault secured a double podium in today’s Singapore Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel crossed the line in second position, just one second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo at the most physically and mechanically demanding race of the year.
SINGAPORE GP – RACE
Sunday 21 September 2014
DOUBLE PODIUM IN SINGAPORE
SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: 2nd, Start Position: 4th
“It’s a circuit I like here, the atmosphere‘s great and it’s a tough event. I had a good start and got past Daniel and had a decent race. We played a bit with strategy after we got undercut by Alonso, the safety car came at the worst time for us but we made the tyres work at the end which was tough. There was no point fighting Lewis at the end, he was on fresh tyres and I had to manage mine to the end as they were pretty old by then; that was the focus. It was nice to get the cold champagne on the podium.”
2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Race Report
Sahara Force India scored 8 points in Singapore with Sergio Perez racing to seventh and Nico Hulkenberg finishing in ninth place. The team now sits fifth in the championship with 117 points.
2014 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - FP3 & QF
Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore – 20 September 2014
Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: KOB 1:50.939, P20 / ERI 1:51.598, P22
QF: KOB 1:50.405, P20 / ERI 1:52.287, P22
Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying
Felipe Massa qualified sixth and Valtteri Bottas eighth for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix.
The team have been working overnight to improve the performance of the Williams Mercedes FW36 and the gap in pace has been closed relative to our closest Championship rivals.
2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
Qualifying at the Marina Bay circuit saw Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez qualify in P13 and P15 respectively for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix.
2014 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING
“I’ll be doing everything I can in the race – nothing less”
Marina Bay Circuit, Saturday September 20
McLaren will start in P9 (Kevin Magnussen) and P11 (Jenson Button) for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Kevin drove very strongly in Q2, posting a good lap to make it into the top 10 and thereby move through to Q3. Then, in the dying seconds of Q3, he posted an extremely impressive time to line up in P9 – just a tenth shy of P7, so close were the lap-times in Q3.
Jenson failed to make the cut into Q3 – by just two-hundredths – and will start 11th. He made a good impression in Q1, finishing in P4 at that early stage, but, with his front wing dialled to the maximum, he was unable to capitalise on the increased grip as the circuit rubbered in during the hour-long session. Nevertheless, he will have the freedom to choose his starting tyre for tomorrow.
SINGAPORE GP – QUALIFYING
Saturday 20 September 2014
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 3rd, (3rd Practice – P2, 1:47.350)
”Coming into the weekend we thought that if we could be within two or three tenths of Mercedes then there was a realistic chance to stay with them in the race. We actually ended up closer to them than we thought in qualifying, so that’s good. If the start goes okay then it’s about trying to be smart and doing something with the strategy. If I can get close, then I’ll have a go, I haven’t been shy doing that this year, but it’s difficult on a street circuit. It’s close to home here and it’s nice to see a few Aussie flags in the crowd. Hopefully we can get a podium result for them tomorrow.”
Singapore Airlines Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 20.09.2014
Weather: dry, 27-28°C air, 31-37°C track
In qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix the Sauber F1 Team’s drivers were 14th (Esteban Gutiérrez) and 17th (Adrian Sutil). The Mexican was able to run in qualifying without any issues, but the German was missing quite a lot of top speed on the straights as shown by the data. In general, the team was able to reduce the time gap to its direct competitors.
2014 Singapore Grand Prix - Qualifying
Singapore - 20/09/2014
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS secured a dramatic front row lockout for tomorrow's Singapore Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton took pole by just seven thousandths of a second from team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Lewis took his 6th pole position of 2014 this evening in Singapore and the team's 13th from 14 races this year
This means that Mercedes-Benz power has so far taken pole at all 14 rounds of the world championship
Nico finished second to make it the team's 7th all-Mercedes front row in 2014 and the third in a row
The gap between the two of 0.007s equates to just 33.5 cm around the 5.065 km lap!
Both drivers used one set of prime tyres and three sets of option tyre during the qualifying session
Singapore Grand Prix Preview
Marina Bay in numbers : (with 1 being the easiest, 5 being the most severe)
Internal combustion engine 2
Fuel consumption 5
Energy recovery 4
SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - RACE PREVIEW
FRIDAY 19 – SUNDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
RACE 14 OF 19
Described by former Williams driver David Coulthard as a ‘modern day classic’, the Singapore Grand Prix has its place firmly etched on the F1 calendar – despite this being only the seventh edition of the race. The spectacular city state gives the race a colourful backdrop, made all the more glamorous by the darkness that comes with this being F1’s original night race. The drivers and teams have got used to the nocturnal routine of the race weekend, and the heat and humidity remain as arduous as ever. The drivers lose up to three kilos in sweat during the race, as they do in the Malaysian Grand Prix just across the border, and the race’s propensity for Safety Car periods makes it one of the longest of the season. The bumpy track surface and the stop-start nature of the 3.147-mile layout make traction and braking stability crucial to lap time. Unlike other street tracks, overtaking is possible, but it requires bravery and pin-point accuracy from the driver making the move.
2014 Singapore Grand Prix – preview
Following six consecutive races in Europe, Formula 1 returns to Asia this weekend for the sport’s only night race: the Singapore Grand Prix. Held on a tortuous street circuit in the heart of the city-state, the race is undoubtedly a highlight of the season.
Nico's 2014 Singapore Grand Prix Preview
In the next episode of his 2014 Grand Prix preview series, Nico Rosberg shares his thoughts on the unique challenges of the Marina Bay Street Circuit...
Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix: Preview
Vijay Mallya looks forward to the Singapore Grand Prix.
Sergio had a starring role in Monza – you must have enjoyed seeing him fight so hard….
We saw some outstanding racing in Monza and I really enjoyed myself. I was more a fan than a Team Principal on the pit wall because I’m basically a racer. I loved that battle between Checo and Jenson; it was great action and I think they both played it fair. As for Nico, it was always going to be difficult starting further back, especially considering that everybody was on a one-stop strategy. There was also some damage to the floor of his car, which impacted on the aero performance, so I guess it was not his day.
AHEAD OF THE SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
When you walk around on Thursday, the surface always looks pretty dirty. Modern street races like this tend to wash and scrub the track but even that doesn’t really change the fact that what you’re driving on is a public road with all the grit and grime and dirt that those have. It means you’re in for a slithery, bumpy weekend – which I love! The important thing in Singapore is to not get caught chasing the set-up on a Friday. The track is going to evolve, you’ve just got to be patient and let it happen without constantly tweaking your car, trying to hit a moving target. It’s one of those races where you’re never completely satisfied with the amount of preparation that you do.
Preview – 2014 Singapore Airlines Grand Prix
14th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 19th to 21st September 2014
Hinwil, 12th September 2014 – After the last European race in Monza the Sauber F1 Team will travel to one of the season highlights in the Far East, the Singapore Grand Prix. The island of Singapore is again hosting the traditional night race, and the event will take place from the 19th to 21st September on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. This year, the 14th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship will be the second race held at night after the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Sauber F1 Team will introduce an aerodynamic update package, which includes a new engine cover and a modified front wing on the C33.
2014 Singapore Grand Prix - Preview
Brackley - 12/09/2014
Round 14 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to Marina Bay for the Singapore Grand Prix, held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
September 7, 2014
Monza produced its usual incident-packed afternoon, but despite fighting hard, Scuderia Toro Rosso came away from our home race, the Italian Grand Prix, without any points to add to our tally, although a single one at least had looked on the cards, until the very last moments of the race.
Daniil Kvyat started right at the back of the grid in 21st place, because of his engine penalty, with only Marcus Ericsson in the Caterham, starting from pit lane, behind him. The Russian rookie made up an amazing ten places to finish so near and yet so far to the points zone, in eleventh spot.
Both Lotus F1 Team drivers take the chequered flag at the last European race of the season
To The End
Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean both brought their cars home in today’s Italian Grand Prix. The Lotus F1 Team drivers fought hard throughout the 53 laps race and took the chequered flag in fourteenth place for Pastor and sixteenth for Romain.
Italian GP - Race
Autodromo di Monza, Italy - 7 September 2014
Kamui Kobayashi, P17
Marcus Ericsson, P19
Weather: Dry, sunny, min/max track temp 37°-44°, air temp 25°, humidity 65%
2014 Italian Grand Prix – Race
Monza, September 7, 2014 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won in Monza, Pirelli’s home race held half an hour’s drive from the company’s HQ in Milan. Hamilton won the race with a one-stop strategy, starting on the P Zero White medium tyre and then switching to the P Zero Orange hard tyre for the rest of the race.
Autodromo di Monza, Italy
Sunday 7 September 2014
BIANCHI MR03-01 P18 1:30.521
CHILTON MR03-02 DNF 1:32.569
We endured a tough day at the Autodromo di Monza today, with only one of our cars finishing the 53 lap Italian Grand Prix. Jules Bianchi took the chequered flag in P18, whilst Max Chilton’s race came to a premature conclusion after only 5 laps.
ITALIAN GP – IN DEBT TO MONZA
Marco Mattiacci: “In Formula 1, as in sport in general, there are days to forget and this was certainly one of them. Unfortunately, we had no way of predicting the problem that affected Fernando’s car, but I am sorry that it happened right here in Monza at our home race. Even though we are making progress, we knew that these last two races would be very difficult. Therefore, while it’s impossible to accept a result like this, now our only thought is to get back to being competitive as soon as possible. First and foremost, we must continue to work and to improve, because I’m sure the working practices put in place these last few months will help us get back to the top.”
ITALIAN GP 2014 - TEAM REACTION
September 7, 2014
Our Team looks back at today's action here in our home race at the "Temple of Speed" in Monza...
2014 Formula 1 Gran Premio D'Italia: Race Report
Sahara Force India scored six points in Monza as Sergio Perez battled hard to finish in seventh place at the Italian Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg finished the race in P12.
Italian Grand Prix - Race Notes
· Felipe Massa achieved his first podium for WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING as Valtteri Bottas finished in fourth position in today’s Italian Grand Prix.
· Felipe was up to third after the first lap, with a Mercedes and McLaren in front, whilst Valtteri suffered from wheel spin and slipped to 11th.
· Valtteri fought hard through the field both before and after his pitstop, whilst Felipe established himself in third.
· The result takes WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING into third in the Constructors’ Championship moving ahead of Ferrari.
ITALIAN GRAND PRIX RACE REPORT
Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo showed good performance to race to a strong fifth in today’s Italian Grand Prix. Daniel overtook four cars in less than 10 laps to secure fifth and consolidate his third position in the drivers’ championship. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished just behind in sixth having run in fourth for a long period of the race.
2014 Italian Grand Prix - Race
Monza - 07/09/2014
Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 Italian Grand Prix with Nico Rosberg second, achieving the team's seventh 1-2 finish.
Lewis took his sixth win of the season, driving a great race to recover from a slow start that saw him drop to P4
Nico took the lead on lap one and held it before a mistake into turn one allowed Lewis to regain the lead on lap 29
Italian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 07.09.2014
Weather: sunny and dry, 25-26°C air, 37-45°C track
The Italian Grand Prix on the highspeed track in Monza became, as expected, a difficult race for the Sauber F1 Team. Adrian Sutil finished the 13th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship in 15th. After having made contact with another competitor, Esteban Gutiérrez had to come in for an unexpected pit stop due to a flat tyre. Due to a penalty that was imposed by the stewards after the race, he was relegated from 19th to 20th.
ITALIAN GP – RACE
Sunday 7 September 2014
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 5th, Start Position: 9th
“The strategy helped today, it kept the tyres fresh enough to go those extra few laps at the end. I saw the cars in front of me pit and the pace was still good enough, so seeing that we didn’t have great pace when we were out of position then we thought we would try something different and that’s why we went long, which helped towards the end of the race. I was more comfortable with the prime tyre and was able to do some good moves, which kept me smiling. The start wasn’t ideal, it’s one of the longest runs up to Turn One here from the start line and it’s not a place where you want to have a bad one, but I dropped the clutch and didn’t get the traction, so we will have to look at that, but we kept a cool head and picked our way back through the field. I think fifth, even with a good start, was the best we could do.”
2014 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
“Superb wheel-to-wheel action – fantastic entertainment for the fans”
Autodromo di Monza, Sunday September 7
Eventual finishing positions of eighth (Jenson Button) and 10th (Kevin Magnussen) weren’t quite what the team was expecting following yesterday’s promising qualifying session, which saw us lock out the third row of the grid.
ITALIAN GP 2014 - QUALI: TEAM REACTION
September 6, 2014
Our home race Qualifying session, through our team's words...
Tricky qualifying session under bright blue skies in Monza
The qualifying session for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo di Monza was tricky for both Lotus F1 Team drivers. Romain Grosjean qualified eighteenth and Pastor Maldonado set the seventeenth time.
ITALIAN GP – STILL ALL TO PLAY FOR
Fernando Alonso: “We knew that, as usual in qualifying, it would be tough and that the encouraging signs we saw in free practice should not create false expectations. Unfortunately today, we could not have done better, because even though I was trying my hardest, we set very similar times with all four sets of tyres. Now, we must look ahead to the race, which will be a tough one and, given how small the gaps are, it could also be very interesting. Usually here, at the first chicane, there’s a lot of action and you need to be very careful if you want to be in the game. On top of that, it will be very important to manage the tyre degradation, given that the best strategy would seem to be a one-stop. Because of that it means doing a lot of laps on both compounds.”
2014 Formula 1 Gran Premio D'Italia: Qualifying Report
Qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza saw Sergio Perez secure tenth place on the grid with Nico Hulkenberg ending the session in P14.
ITALIAN GP – QUALIFYING
Saturday 6 September 2014
SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 8th, (3rd Practice – P6, 1:26.290)
“I think realistically anything from P5 to P10 was maybe possible, but it was very close. It’s a shame when you miss a couple of positions by just a few tenths or so, but we knew it would be like that going into today. When the gaps are close you always think you could have gone quicker, but that was probably it in terms of what we could do today. We should be quicker than McLaren tomorrow, I’d say we’ll be about the same as Ferrari, while Williams and Mercedes will likely be a bit too quick for us, but we’ll look after ourselves and see what happens in the race.”
Italian Grand Prix Qualifying
· WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING locked out the second row of the grid for the Italian GP today, with Valtteri Bottas qualifying third and Felipe Massa fourth.
· Valtteri and Felipe were in third and fourth for all three qualifying sessions, and finished only a few tenths adrift of the top two Mercedes.
2014 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING
“The team has done a great job to deliver this Monza-specific package”
Autodromo di Monza, Saturday September 6
After showing promise in all three free practice sessions, both drivers delivered superbly in qualifying this afternoon, McLaren locking out the third row of the grid for tomorrow’s race.
Italian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday, 06.09.2014
Weather: sunny and dry, 22-26°C air, 32-46°C track
In qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez came in 15th and 16th, achieving more or less the positions which were realistic for the Sauber F1 Team on a high speed track like this one. Esteban made a mistake on his final lap, and Adrian lost time in the third free practice due to a hydraulic issue on his car, however, this didn’t really change the overall picture.
2014 Italian Grand Prix - Qualifying
Monza - 06/09/2014
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the 2014 Italian Grand Prix with Nico Rosberg completing a front low lockout for the team.
Today's result is the twelfth pole position for the team in 13 races
Lewis' pole represents his fifth of the season and his 10th for the team since the start of 2013
Nico claimed second position to ensure a sixth front-row lockout of the 2014 season for the team
2014 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX: FP3 & QUALIFYING
Autodromo di Monza, Italy – 6 September 2014
Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: KOB 1:28.265, P18 / ERI 1:29.251, P21
QF: KOB 1:27.671, P19 / ERI 1:28.562, P22
2014 Formula 1 Gran Premio D'Italia: Qualifying Report
Qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza saw Sergio Perez secure tenth place on the grid with Nico Hulkenberg ending the session in P14.
Pic's Parabolica Potential
Charles Pic took to the track this morning in Monza
Charles Pic was on duty this morning in Monza behind the wheel of the E22. It was the first time that he was back in the car since he debuted Pirelli’s concept 18 inch tyres at Silverstone back in July. He also took part in a test session earlier this year in Barcelona where he sampled the 2014 car for the first time.
2014 Italian Grand Prix - Practice Sessions
Monza, September 5, 2014 – Monza features the highest top speeds and lowest downforce settings of the year, but despite this challenging environment, just one pit stop is expected on Sunday for Pirelli’s home race.
Wear and degradation levels have been low on both compounds during the first two free practice sessions and are expected to get even lower as the weekend goes on and more rubber gets laid onto the track. Ambient temperatures in FP2 reached 28 degrees centigrade and 40 degrees on track, a bit higher than anticipated, and this is expected to remain the case for qualifying and the grand prix.
Autodromo di Monza, Italy
Friday 5 September 2014
BIANCHI MR03-01 FP1 P20 1:30.081 27 laps FP2 P17 1:28.659 34 laps
CHILTON MR03-02 FP1 P19 1:30.017 25 laps FP2 P19 1:28.786 29 laps
At the Autodromo di Monza today, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton ended the day in 17th and 19th positions respectively, after the first two free practice sessions for Sunday’s 53 lap Italian Grand Prix.
ITALIAN GP – A FRIDAY UNLIKE ANY OTHER
Fernando Alonso: “For various reasons, Friday in Monza is always a bit different to the others, with a special significance for our team in the weekend of its home race. The track characteristics also make it one of a kind: here you run with low aerodynamic downforce, you feel the car is quicker down the straights and lighter in the corners and, as was the case today, you need to try different downforce levels. In general, I’m happy with the work we did on set-up and tyres and especially with the time I did with a heavy fuel load. Towards the end, we were worried we had a problem, but to banish any doubt, we went out for another lap and everything seemed back to normal. Now, we are preparing for tomorrow and we hope to do well for all the fans who were already here today cheering us on from the stands.”
2014 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE
“Set for a close and exciting grand prix weekend”
Autodromo di Monza, Friday September 5
For the second of the season’s two successive high-speed low-downforce circuits, we brought further circuit-specific upgrades, which were successfully tested during this morning’s practice session. Over a single lap, both cars look competitive, although Jenson concedes that there’s further work needed to improve long-run performance.
ITALIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
5 September 2014
First Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:27.271, Laps: 27
Second Practice Session: Position: 7, Best Time: 1:26.762, Laps: 27
“It was quite slippery out on track; this year’s cars are down on grip and we have minimum down force in Monza. It was a good day for us, we didn’t have any problems and were able to do a lot of laps and test some things. It’s important to get Friday right in order to be able to build on that for the rest of the weekend. The tyres mean it should be a one stop race on Sunday, but we will see. I think some struggled to get them to work; there’s not so much different between the medium and hard tyres here. I think tomorrow should be better, as it should be warmer and the track will start rubbering in a bit. I felt a bit more in charge of the car today.”
2014 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX: FP1 & FP2
Autodromo di Monza, Italy – 5 September 2014
Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: ERI 1:30.948, P23 / MER 1:30.704, P22
FP2: KOB 1:29.178, P21 / ERI 1:29.275, P22
Italian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 05.09.2014
Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 21-26°C air, 25-43°C track
At the Italian Grand Prix on the high speed track in Monza Esteban Gutiérrez, along with test and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde, concentrated mainly on aerodynamic comparisons. In the afternoon, Adrian Sutil was back behind the wheel of the C33. For both drivers the main focus was on race preparation by running low and high fuel loads with both tyre compunds. As expected, it was quite a challenge to get the tyres to work optimally. Both practice sessions went flawelessly which enabled the team to complete the whole programme.
Renault Sport F1 Italian Grand Prix Practice Report
F1 back at the ‘Cathedral of Speed’, the Autodromo di Monza, where over 75% of the lap is taken at full throttle
Monza places an emphasis on outright speed and top end performance, with the ICE put through its toughest test so far this year
Italian Grand Prix Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work
Valtteri Bottas: FP1: 1:28.148 (12th) FP2: 1:26.758 (5th)
Felipe Massa: FP1: 1:28.150 (13th) FP2: 1:26.935 (9th)
2014 Formula 1 Gran Premio D'Italia: Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India enjoyed a positive day of practice for the Italian Grand Prix in Monza with Daniel Juncadella, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez behind the wheel of the VJM07.
2014 Italian Grand Prix - Practice
Monza - 05/09/2014
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS started the weekend at the historic Monza circuit at the top of the timesheets as Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the first session with Nico Rosberg leading the way in the afternoon.
Lewis's time set in first practice (1:26.187) was enough to remain the best after both sessions today
Nico's best lap of 1:26.225 in P2 meant that he ended the session quickest with just +0.061 between him and Lewis
Both the medium and the hard tyres were used today in each session and the team completed a total of 108 laps
A component change after an electronic problem for Lewis' car limited his running in the second session
Italian Grand Prix Preview
Monza in numbers :
(with 1 being the easiest, 5 being the most severe)
Internal combustion engine 5
Fuel consumption 3
Energy recovery 3
ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE PREVIEW
FRIDAY 5 – SUNDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
RACE 13 OF 19
Known in Italy as ‘La Pista Magica’, Monza is rightly loved by everyone who visits it. The track was on the inaugural F1 calendar in 1950 and the original banking, used by F1 cars until 1961, can still be seen today, giving the circuit a direct link to its glorious past. The track has evolved over the years and become safer, but its high-speed nature continues to get the pulse racing like nowhere else.
2014 Italian Grand Prix - Preview
Brackley - 01/09/2014
Round 13 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, held at the Autodromo di Monza.
The Italian Grand Prix is always a special one for me in terms of the memories I have there - going right back to my early career. The karting championships used to race in Italy quite often and it's also where I met Nico - so that's where our rivalry really began. Monza is such a historic circuit and to win there is a really special feeling. I had that experience in 2012 and I'd love to do it again in 2014. Last season we really struggled at this race - but we have a fantastic car this year and I'm confident we can make up for it this time around.
Preview - 2014 Italian Grand Prix
13th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 5th to 7th September 2014
Hinwil, 1st September 2014 – After Hockenheim, the Italian Grand Prix is another home race for the Sauber F1 Team as the Monza track is not far from the Swiss border. The final European round of the FIA Formula One World Championship will take place from the 5th to 7th September. On Friday test and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde will be driving the C33 during the first free practice. From the second free practice on regular driver Adrian Sutil will take over.
2014 Formula 1 Gran Premio D'Italia: Preview
Vijay Mallya looks forward to another double points finish in legendary Monza.
Vijay, the team was back in the points in Belgium…
“It was promising to return after the summer break with some points, although fewer than we would have probably deserved based on our pace. Both Checo and Nico showed a lot of fighting spirit to make up several positions from their grid slots and we were able to get five points as a reward. We could have possibly been a few more places ahead had we not started so far back.”
AHEAD OF THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
Italy offers a lot: good food, nice places and I think this is the reason you will find a lot of Germans on the beaches there for their holidays! I spent a lot of time when I was young karting in Italy so I got to know a few places like Lake Garda, Napoli in Northern Italy, and Parma, which has a great karting circuit. The level of karting is quite high in Italy because there are a lot of manufacturers there.