2014 F1

Friday Practice Quotes: Sauber, Caterham, Marussia

Formula One’s traditional powerhouses came to the fore in Australia with Mercedes took the 1-2 in FP2 ahead of Ferrari and Red Bull…

Australian+F1+Grand+Prix+Practice+hweSX_xHPGjxSauber:- Adrian Sutil, P1 – 1:36.445, 15th; P2 – 1:32.355, 14th
“It was a difficult day. However, the afternoon was better than the morning. Unfortunately we couldn’t do much in FP1, because a lot of things are not quite the way we want them to be at the moment. I think the tyres are too hard, as it’s a very conservative approach, but I have to deal with that. We have to gain speed and improve our processes. We need to make sure all the simple things that were standard last season are in place and perfect.”

Esteban Gutierrez, P1 – 1:35.578, 14th; P2 – 1:32.468, 15th
“Today was not ideal. We had a problem with the gearbox in the morning, but we were able to fix it for the afternoon. The team did a good job putting the gearbox together. In the afternoon we went out pretty late and lost time. However, we managed to do the basic programme which we had planned. But we need to use today’s information in order to keep improving. We are definitely missing a lot of speed and our pace is not where we want it to be. Regarding braking, the track is very bumpy and so it is quite hard and unpredictable in that area. Generally, we haven’t had time to work on the set up of the car yet, but, considering what we had today, we need to keep working for FP3 and get ready for qualifying tomorrow.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara , Sauber head of track engineering
“Overall it was a difficult day. In the morning we had technical issues with the ERS system on both cars. We had a gearbox failure on Esteban’s car, which cost us a lot of time. Adrian was able to drive, but had some limitations coming from the hybrid system, and the gearbox didn’t work perfectly, which is something we still have to look into. In the afternoon we were more or less able to run through the programme, but it is clear that the performance is not where it should be. So we have a lot of work left for tonight.“

Caterham
Marcus Ericsson, P1 – no time, 18th; P2 – no time, 20th

“That was a more difficult start to my first full Grand Prix weekend than I’d have liked, but hopefully that means we’ve got all the problems out of the way on day one! This morning it was an electrical issue with the engine that meant I only did one lap – out on the main straight the power suddenly dropped but I was still able to get the car back to the pits and when we had a look at it we found it was an electrical problem so that was fixed over lunch. In the afternoon we were back out at the start of FP2 but this time, when I boxed, there was a hydraulics leak. A bit like with Kamui’s car, fixing anything like this under the engine cover takes a lot longer than it used to with the old engines, so that was the end of the session for me and more work for the boys. Despite that I’m still very positive. Even with the good reliability we built up in Bahrain, we still came here knowing it could be a difficult weekend and I know I have to just stay focused on doing the best job I can when the car’s running as it should. There’s a lot of work ahead of us but we’ll do whatever we can to be back on track tomorrow and when it’s all fixed I’m ready.”

Kamui Kobayashi, P1 – no time, 20th; P2 – no time, 21st
“One lap in both practice sessions is obviously not a good way to start the season, particularly after our reliability had been good in the Bahrain tests, but we know what the problems are on side and we’re all working very hard to fix them for tomorrow. The problem on my car was to do with the fuel system – it was fine on the installation lap but when I boxed we had a small fire under the engine cover which came from a fuel system leak. The fire was out immediately but when we’d found the problem we knew it couldn’t be fixed in time to run in FP2 so made the decision to remove the power unit so we could fix the issue and aim to run properly tomorrow. Despite how the weekend has started I’m still pretty positive about what could happen tomorrow and on Sunday. We might be a small team but everyone works as hard as anyone else in the pit lane and if we can get back to the Bahrain test reliability levels I think we can still have a good weekend.”

Australian+F1+Grand+Prix+Practice+a0YNUdky5OMxMarussia
Jules Bianchi, P1 – 1:40.859, 16th; P2 – 1:33.486, 17th

“First of all, it’s great to be back racing and at the place where it all began 12 months ago. Things are quite different this time around though and we expected quite a difficult day today. FP1 was indeed quite challenging as we worked to resolve some software problems, but this afternoon was a much better story and we were able to start digging a bit deeper in terms of race preparation and testing the reliability of the car, the outcome of which was quite promising. We also saw some encouraging signs from the low fuel simulation that we completed. There is a lot of work to do to try to understand the progress and also to evaluate the new developments we have for this weekend. Not a bad start and I’m quite happy.”

Max Chilton, P1 – 1:46.922, 17th; P2 – 1:34.757, 19th
“The first two sessions have been a little like night and day in that we’ve had a really positive FP2 compared to the issues we experienced earlier. The second session was not entirely trouble free and we had to make some adjustments to get the car to my liking, but at least we got a good rhythm going and were able to put some proper laps on the car, which we really needed for evaluation. We are still just scratching the surface and there is a lot we can do to improve the car for here and the forthcoming races, but it’s a car I feel confident with and that we can develop, so I’m feeling positive.”

John Booth, Marussia team principal
“While FP 1 was a little challenging – for everyone in the pit lane it seems – we are pleased with the progress we have made through the course of what we knew would be a fairly tough first day of race weekend running under the new regulations. I don’t think we can draw too many conclusions from today, particularly in terms of who is where, and right now we are focusing on our own weekend and what we ourselves need to do to have a good race on Sunday. Having said that, there are some positive signs with the car in low and high fuel specification. We very much regard the data from FP2 as a solid baseline and, although there is much work to do to enhance the performance of the package, the good thing is that the car seems well balanced and we have a good platform to work with overnight.”

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