F1 News: Silanna becomes Principal Partner of the Sauber F1 Team

Sauber LogoHinwil, 3rd March 2015 – The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce Silanna as Principal Partner. Silanna is an international semiconductor company that invests in disruptive technologies in order to bring advanced semiconductor products to market. The Silanna logos are visible on the front and rear wing endplates of the Sauber C34, as well as on the side of the cockpit and the top of the monocoque. Read more of this post

F1 News: Sauber F1 Team announces Raffaele Marciello as its test and reserve driver for 2015

Sauber LogoHinwil, 31st December 2014 – The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce Raffaele Marciello as its test and reserve driver for 2015. The 20-year-old Italian started his racing career in karting in 2005. After winning several championships he moved up to single seater racing. In 2013 he won the European F3 Championship with 13 wins. One year later he competed in the GP2 series, where he won the main race in Spa-Francorchamps and clinched another two podiums to finish eighth overall. Read more of this post

F1 – 2012 Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Day 3 – Sauber F1 Team

Young Driver Days in Abu Dhabi – Day 3 Read more of this post

Sauber – Abu Dhabi Qualifying

After a difficult second session on Friday, the team managed to improve the cars for Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Things were already a lot better in third free practice. In the qualifying for the last Grand Prix of the 2010 season Kamui Kobayashi came 12th, while Nick Heidfeld was 14th. Neither driver was a hundred percent happy, with Kobayashi having some trouble with the brake balance and Heidfeld knowing, in hindsight, another lap would have helped to get the maximum grip level out of the tyres.

Weather: dry, 17-30°C Air, 32-43°C Track

Kamui Kobayashi:
C29.04 / Ferrari 056
Qualifying: 12th / 1:40.783 min (in Q2) ) / 3rd Practice: 14th / 1:42.566 min (16 laps)
“I missed Q3 by just a fraction of a second, and it was definitely a possibility for our car on this track. In general the car is much better than it was on Friday, and my lap was quite okay. But since we changed the brake material for free practice three, which is routine, I have had problems. The brake balance between front and rear isn’t right. This obviously results in a lack of confidence and makes it difficult to put three perfect sector times together. Nevertheless I’m very much looking forward to the race tomorrow, and I believe I can score points from where I am starting.”

Nick Heidfeld:
C29.03 / Ferrari 056
Qualifying: 14th / 1:41.113 min (in Q2) / 3rd Practice: 10th / 1:41.893 min (20 laps)
“We have improved the car a lot since Friday. Qualifying wasn’t bad, but I am not completely happy. It takes a few laps to heat up the tyres. In Q1 I used a set of Prime tyres and then a set of Option tyres. Like last year, the difference isn’t really huge here. Although it is hot, the tarmac seems to be very smooth and doesn’t offer too much grip. It is not easy to get the car’s balance right here. In Q2 I used a single set of the softer Option rubber. The last lap was okay, I had no traffic or mistakes, but I still could feel there was more grip to come from the tyres.”

James Key, Technical Director:
“We seemed to head in the right direction for the set-up in free practice 3 after some good work by the drivers and engineers over night. We were fairly happy how the cars felt going into qualifying. There it was really all about the tyres, which spec to use and how long to stay out, because the warm-up was an issue, particularly with the changing conditions. The track temperatures and the length of the life of the tyres were the two factors we needed to trade off. So we tried longer runs in each session, and for us this was okay. Traffic was also a problem today, so to do more laps was sensible. It was a good lap by Kamui, he missed out on Q3 by just 1.3 tenths, but we have some fresh tyres for tomorrow. It’s gonna be a fascinating race with the way the grid turned out today. We just hope for a good race on our side and some more points.”


Sauber – Friday practice

After Abu Dhabi surprised the Formula One paddock with a refreshing rain shower in the morning, both free practice sessions were held in dry conditions. The preparation work for the season’s final Grand Prix went according to plan, but the result isn’t satisfying yet. Neither Kamui Kobayashi nor Nick Heidfeld are yet happy with the balance of their respective cars.

Weather: sunny and dry, 27-30°C air, 28-41°C track

Kamui Kobayashi:
C29.04 / Ferrari 056
1st Practice: 8th / 1:44.604 min (18 laps) / 2nd Practice: 14th / 1:42.768 min (26 laps)
“To me it looked okay in the beginning of both free practice sessions, but for some reason there was no improvement and we were struggling. We were doing a lot of testing and have collected plenty of data. I’m positive we will find solutions for tomorrow.”

Nick Heidfeld:
C29.03 / Ferrari 056
1st Practice: 10th / 1:44.737 (19 laps) / 2nd Practice: 16th / 1:42.950 min (34 laps)
“I really like driving here, the track is nice. The first session wasn’t bad but in the second free practice I was very unhappy with the balance of my car. Luckily it is only Friday, and we have time to work that out.”

James Key, Technical Director:
“It was a late start to the first session after some unexpected rain, but otherwise we did a normal programme with just two runs for both drivers. It was just a matter of looking at grip levels, working on the mechanical set-up and checking different wing levels. In the evening we were reasonably well balanced in the first two sectors with regard to the lap time. However, we need to work hard on the third sector, because we are losing a lot there, and we have to understand why. It’s not just down to the downforce level. We have to analyse all the data tonight in order to understand how we can improve there.”


%d bloggers like this: