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Formula 1

Red Bull RB9

INFINITI RED BULL RACING CONFIRMS 2014 TEST DRIVER LINE-UP—

Infiniti Red Bull Racing is pleased to announce that Sébastien Buemi and António Félix da Costa will make up the team’s test and reserve driver line-up in 2014.
 
For Sébastien, 2014 will represent a third consecutive year in the role of Test and Reserve Driver at the team. The Swiss racer first filled the role in 2008 before graduating to an F1 race seat with Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2009. In his 55 grands prix with our sister team he scored 29 championship points and completed over 13,000km across more than 2,600 laps of racing.
 
Since returning to Infiniti Red Bull Racing as test and reserve driver in 2012, he has mixed team duties with sportscar racing, making his Le Mans 24-Hours debut in the same year. In 2013, an expanded World Endurance Championship programme saw him and his team-mates take victory at the final round in Bahrain and score three other podium finishes, including second place at Le Mans.
 
António Félix da Costa, meanwhile, already has experience of the Test and Reserve Driver role at the team, having substituted for Sébastien at a few races during the 2013 season. The Portuguese racer also has extensive experience of Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 machinery having tested for the team at the 2013 Young Drivers’ Test in Silverstone, the 2012 Young Drivers’ Test in Abu Dhabi and having conducted a number of show car runs for the team during the past year.
 
In 2013 António raced in the Renault Renault 3.5 series, taking three wins on his way to third place in the championship. He also backed up his 2012 Macau Grand Prix victory with second place in this year’s edition of the prestigious F3 race.
 
Confirming the team’s test driver line-up, Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner said: “It’s great to be able to announce the signing of Sébastien and António for 2014. Next year sees the biggest change to the Formula One regulations for some time and the return of multiple in-season tests. To therefore be able to call on two such capable drivers is of huge benefit to the team.
 
“In Sébastien we have a great resource, a driver with extensive grand prix experience and that will be invaluable. António, on the other hand, is an up-and-coming talent with whom we already have a good working relationship. I’m sure that his contribution will be just as important during what is sure to be an intensely busy season.”

F3 Macau GP

  FÉLIX DA COSTA WINS AT MACAU, ROSENQVIST COMES SECOND

Portuguese António Félix da Costa, who raced in the 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series, celebrated the biggest success of his career to date in Sunday’s Macau Grand Prix. At the end of the race at the 6.12 kilometres long Guia circuit, he had an advantage of 1.573 seconds from Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport), the best-placed Formula 3 Euro Series driver. By finishing fourth behind Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport), rookie Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) rounded out the success of Formula 3 Euro Series team Mücke Motorsport.

Felix Rosenqvist took the lead at the start, but wasn’t able to hold on to it for a long time. On the way towards the Lisboa corner, António Félix da Costa and Alex Lynn overtook the Swede, who still managed to finish second. With Carlos Sainz (Carlin) in seventh place, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) in eighth and William Buller (Carlin) in tenth position, three further Formula 3 Euro Series drivers scored top ten results in the world’s most important Formula 3 race. The race was unusually calm: there was only one safety car intervention following a collision from Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport).

António Félix da Costa (Carlin): “Winning here is incredible. I was at the limit all the time, I drove 15 laps almost without any mistakes and now, I am incredibly happy. The final two laps were particularly emotional. This victory is the biggest in my career to date.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “It was a close race. At the start, I was briefly in the lead, but I wasn’t able to keep this position. Actually, I wanted to win here and I came close, too. Perhaps, I can also be happy with second place in a couple of hours.”

Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport): “Fourth place is not too bad for a rookie. Throughout the weekend, I have been able to improve my performance. Halfway through the race, I had problems with the handling of my car and I decided to back off a little, because I had probably worn out the tyres too much in the early stages. Towards the end, it got better again.”

F3 Macau GP

 

FELIX DA COSTA TO START FROM POLE IN 59TH MACAU GRAND PRIX

With victory in the qualification race, António Félix da Costa (Carlin) secured pole position for Sunday’s 59th Macau Grand Prix. Felix Rosenqvist, who ended up fourth in this year’s Formula 3 Euro Series, continued his strong performance of the weekend: after ten laps at the 6.12 kilometres long Guia Circuit, the Swede crossed the finish line in second place. Behind Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport), the two Euro Series drivers Carlos Sainz (Carlin) and Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) finished fourth and fifth in the race that decides on the starting grid positions for the Grand Prix.

From fourth place on the grid, Felix Rosenqvist moved up to take the lead right after the start, but former Euro Series driver António Félix da Costa soon demoted him to second. There was a hot battle for fourth place, which Carlos Sainz had to defend from no less than three opponents: last year’s Macau winner Daniel Juncadella, Harry Tincknell (Fortec Motorsport) and the 2012 Euro Series rookie Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport). The son of world rally champion Carlos Sainz mastered this task in a convincing manner and will be starting from fourth place on the grid into Sunday’s Grand Prix.

António Félix da Costa (Carlin): “Today, it was just about obtaining a ghood grid position, which I did with first place. Of course, I am happy with that. However, the action only really starts in earnest tomorrow, because today’s race was just a qualification race.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “My start was really good and I was able to take the lead for a brief while. On the way to Lisboa, António overtook me from the slipstream. After that, I didn’t want to take any risk, because everything is still possible from second place on the grid tomorrow as well.”

Carlos Sainz (Carlin): “In this race, I particularly lost a few tenths of a second in the second sector. Compared to the previous days, my car was a little bit more difficult to drive as well. However, we know what the problem is and we will solve it for tomorrow. The battle with Daniel Juncadella was entertaining and fair. He was a little bit faster, but I was able to defend my position.”

 

Formula 1

ABU DHABI YOUNG DRIVER TEST – DAY TWO-
Driver:                  António Félix da Costa-
Car:                       RB8-
Laps:                     61 laps-
Best time:            1:42.679-
Circuit length:    5.554km-
Fastest lap:         A. Felix da Costa (1:42.679)-
 
For the second day of Formula One’s Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, Red Bull Junior driver António Félix da Costa returned to the cockpit of the RB8 for his final outing at the Yas Marina Circuit. And with a point to prove, the young Portuguese driver set the day’s fastest lap, clocking a time of 1:42.679.
 
António’s day was again split into sessions of aero and mechanical work, with the morning given over to aero mapping and the afternoon to tyre work as well the testing of some car components.
 
Of his final day at this test António said: “It’s been another good day. Again, we did a lot of mileage, which is good for me and for the team. On a day like this, when the conditions are perfect for testing, and with two grands prix to go, I think the team needs to make the most of it and today I think we did that.
 
“It’s been a great experience and I’d like to thank the whole team for their help and I hope I have been able to help them as well,” he added. “I’ll focus now on the future and I think most sensibly that probably means a full season in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series next year.”
 
With António’s work done, the final day of the Young Drivers’ Test will see Formula Renault 3.5 Series winner Robin Frijns take over at the wheel of the RB8.
CATERHAM F1 TEAM
Giedo van der Garde: “It’s been a great couple of days here in Abu Dhabi and I want to thank the team for giving me the chance to drive in the rookie test yesterday and today. “Today we ran considerably more laps than on day one. We spent the morning running through more aero work and ran with a number of different setups that give the team a huge amount of data to work through that will be really useful for the last two races of the season. In the afternoon we switched to longer runs, looking at tyre management and how the car behaves on different fuel loads and I’m pleased with the progress we made. Towards the end of the session we put soft tyres on and I had a couple of runs that were closer to the performance runs we do in FP3 – the car had more fuel than in quali but I’m pretty happy with where I ended up.

“Next up for me is FP1 in Brazil, another track that’ll be new for me but with the time I’ve had on track here, and in the other FP1s I’ve done this year, I think that’ll be a good session for me. I’m not doing FP1 in Austin as the team needs maximum time on track for the race drivers, but I’ll be going to the race as Reserve Driver and I’m really looking forward to getting out there – it’s going to be a great week for sure.”

LOTUS F1 TEAM
Edoardo Mortara, E20-01  “I had a wonderful time and I’m so grateful to everyone at Lotus F1 Team for giving me this opportunity; I enjoyed every lap. At the same time, it was pretty tough; I’ve come from a car which is a lot slower and the first laps were certainly an eye opener. I improved gradually over the day and I think my progression was pretty good. Every time I was on track I got a little bit better. I completed the test programme scheduled by the team so it’s satisfying to be able to contribute to their season. It’s been one of the best days of my life.”

Formula 1

ABU DHABI YOUNG DRIVER TEST – DAY ONE –
António Félix da Costa: With just a short respite after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing was back at the Yas Marina Circuit today for the 2012 Young Driver Test. Red Bull Junior driver António Félix da Costa was at the wheel of the RB8 for the first day of this three-day test.
 
Running during daylight, rather than the day/night schedule of the Grand Prix, the team split the allotted time between mechanical work in the morning and aero-mapping during the afternoon. The full programme was completed, with Antonio driving 79 laps of the Yas Marina Circuit.
 
António said: “This was my first time driving an RB8 at a proper test, with proper tyres on a real circuit, and… wow! I was perhaps a little anxious beforehand, but ultimately the pedals and the steering wheel are in the usual places.
 
“There’s a lot to learn, particularly with the buttons on the steering wheel, and it took one or two runs to get completely comfortable with all of that – but I think we had a good day.”
 
Antonio will be back in the car tomorrow before handing over on Thursday to Formula Renault 3.5 series winner Robin Frijns.

Nicolas Prost:  Today was my first real experience of a Formula 1 car. I had driven the R30 before, however it’s now two years old and uses different tyres so it’s quite different to my experience today. I’m obviously very happy and I’m impressed by the car; it’s a massive step up even from the R30.

For me it was like a real test driver’s day and we trialled a lot of parts. We only worked on the hard tyres, so were obviously not looking for pace, but we have been analysing the data and I have been comparing myself with Kimi and Romain’s telemetry. Obviously I’m missing a bit in some corners, but others are quite good. For my first day I think it’s very positive and I did the job the team asked of me, so it’s been a very good day.

Giedo van der Garde: “I’m pleased with how today went. We were mainly working on aero performance, running sensors and different mechanical configurations on the car in the morning and afternoon sessions and to get the most out of them I had to drive consistently, carefully and not go for outright speed.

“I think the team’s happy with what I’ve done today and physically I feel great after running a good number of laps. After my FP1 session here in Abu Dhabi was cut short it was good to get some really decent time on track and the key thing for me is to keep developing my relationship with the team. There’s still a few tweaks we could make to the setup to suit my driving style a bit more but we have tomorrow to work on a few more setup options, as well as continuing to test parts and aero programs.”

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Kevin Magnussen         McLaren-Mercedes    1m42.651s            40
 2.  Antonio Felix da Costa  Red Bull-Renault    1m42.717s  + 0.066s  79
 3.  Gary Paffett            McLaren-Mercedes    1m43.407s  + 0.756s  44
 4.  Robin Frijns            Sauber-Ferrari      1m43.775s  + 1.124s  78
 5.  Nicolas Prost           Lotus-Renault       1m44.194s  + 1.543s  55
 6.  Luiz Razia              Toro Rosso-Ferrari  1m44.691s  + 2.040s  67
 7.  Giedo van der Garde     Caterham-Renault    1m45.936s  + 3.285s  57

Formula 1

RED BULL RACING ANNOUNCES YOUNG DRIVER TEST LINE-UP
 
Red Bull Racing has confirmed today that its line-up for the Young Driver Test at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit from 6-8 November will be Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns.
 
Portuguese driver Felix da Costa is a member of the Red Bull Junior team and recently finished third in the GP3 Championship. He also competed in six of the nine rounds of the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 series, taking four wins and finishing fourth-place overall. The 21-year-old recently drove a Red Bull Racing RB7 at a Show Car event in Seoul, Korea.
 
Antonio will be at the wheel for the first two days of the Abu Dhabi test before handing over to Dutch driver Frijns.
 
Robin has just been crowned the Formula Renault 3.5 series Champion. Thanks to our partnership with the World Series by Renault, Robin’s success has earned him a day’s testing in the RB8 at the Yas Marina Circuit. At the start of the series, Red Bull Racing announced it would award a testing day to the winner.