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Formula 1

Sauber C33

SAUBER REVEALS NEW C33–

Sauber has revealed its 2014 Formula 1 car, the Ferrari-engined C33, through a digital launch.

The new C33 features a much gentler slope in the nose than many of its rivals.

Similar to the McLaren that was launched earlier in the week, the 2014 Sauber features a sharp nose where others have opted for flat or even two-pronged.

The new car’s front wing is also noteable smaller due to change in the rules while the team have adopted a twin pylon mounting for the rear.

Explaining the new look, Sauber’s chief designer Eric Gandelin said: “The regulation changes in 2014 are the biggest ever seen in Formula One. They impact on all aspects of the car’s design,” he said.

“The most noticeable change on the chassis and safety side concerns the nose structure where a maximum height for the tip of the nose is now set by the rules. This is to reduce the likelihood of cars launching in the air in case of a front to rear impact. This also reduces the risk of a driver sustaining head injuries, which could happen with the previous higher nose design.

“These changes are combined with a new side impact structure as well, for which the design is now regulated. This means the dimension of the tube and the laminate is now set and the same for all teams. And these tubes are overall much bigger and result in bulkier side pods, especially compared to the very slim side pods, we had on the C32.”

The length of the chassis is also different to last year due to the new rules governing the engine size, a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6, and the new energy recovery system.

“On the engine side the old 2.4 litre naturally aspirated V8 is being replaced by a 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engine. This is coupled to a much more complex energy recovery system with bigger batteries and now two electric motors,” he added. “Energy is being recovered from both, braking and heat.

“The power generated by the energy recovery system will increase from 60 kilowatts in the past few years to 120 kilowatts with the boost available for 33 seconds. The fuel consumption is being reduced significantly.

“We are now limited to 100 kilograms of fuel from green light to chequered flag. This has resulted in much smaller fuel cells, which impacts the chassis length. On the braking side we have an all-new brake-by-wire system at the rear.”

Formula 1

estebangutierrezzu4

THE SAUBER F1 TEAM IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ WILL STAY ON  FOR THE 2014 SEASON—Completing the driver line-up together with Adrian Sutil–

The Mexican first tested with the team at Jerez in late 2009. The following year the talented youngster was signed as ‘affiliated driver’, and 2013 saw him in his debut season as a Formula One driver finishing 16th as the best rookie in the drivers’ championship.

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We are pleased Esteban will drive for us in 2014, because we believe he is a talented young racing driver. Last season he experienced first hand how hard it can be for a rookie to step into Formula One. Nevertheless, throughout the season he improved significantly in qualifying as well as in the races and finished the year as

the best rookie in the drivers’ championship. Often the results didn’t fully reflect his performances. I am confident Esteban will be able to use his experiences to gain results, and this will be helped by the fact he is very well acquainted with every member of the  race team.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
“I am happy to be able to continue as a driver for the Sauber F1 Team. It was a steep learning curve last season, but by working closely with the team I was able to improve continuously. It will be my fourth year with the team, the second as a racing driver, and I feel comfortable in taking the next step. The technical challenges in 2014 will be massive. Therefore it will be even more important to know well the people you are working with. I will do my very best to improve even more and support the team the best way I can.”

Formula 1

Sauber F1 Team signs Esteban Gutiérrez as its race driver, Robin Frijns as test and reserve driver
The Sauber F1 Team has finalised its line-up for the 2013 season: Esteban Gutiérrez is confirmed as the team’s second race driver. The 21-year old Mexican will be driving alongside Nico Hülkenberg (GER). Robin Frijns, from the Netherlands, who is only two days younger than Esteban, has been taken on board as the team’s test and reserve driver.

Gutiérrez began his career in karting. He raced in the Formula BMW USA series in 2007, where he finished the runner-up, and then went on to win the Formula BMW Europe crown a year later. After a spell in the Formula 3 Euro Series, he switched to the GP3 Series in 2010 and stormed to the championship title with five race wins. Two seasons in GP2 followed, the second of which in 2012 saw him collect three victories and finish third in the standings. Gutiérrez was given his first chance to test for the BMW Sauber F1 Team in 2009 and further opportunities have followed since then. His most recent outing in the Sauber C31-Ferrari was at the Young Driver Days test in Abu Dhabi on 7th and 8th November.

“Esteban has already been part of the team for a long time and we have followed his career very closely,” said Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn. “In 2010 we signed him up as an affiliated driver, and in 2011 and 2012 he was our test and reserve driver. We mapped out his path to Formula One step by step. Esteban has great talent and now he’s ready to take the leap. We are in no doubt we have a strong driver pairing in place for the 2013 season with Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez.”

Esteban Gutiérrez commented: “After three years working with Sauber I feel very grateful for all the attention I have received from everyone in the team and for all their input, which has allowed me to develop into a Formula One driver in a very progressive way. Now, after experiencing other categories of racing as an introduction to Formula One, this is the start of the real challenge to succeed at the pinnacle of motor sport. The support from my family, as well as from my sponsors, has been a key factor in getting there and I am very grateful to everyone who has been involved in our project. It will be a great pleasure to be racing in the same team as an experienced driver like Nico Hülkenberg. He will be a good reference point for me and will push me to adapt quickly to F1 competition so we can develop the car together with the team in the best way.”

Robin Frijns is going to be the Sauber F1 Team’s new test and reserve driver. The 21-year old Dutchman also started his career in karting. In 2008 he entered single seater racing, improved constantly and went on to win the Formula BMW Europe title in 2010 by taking six race wins. One year later he took the title in the Formula Renault Eurocup before going on to win the title in the highly competitive Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2012.

“Monitoring Robin’s racing career“, said Kaltenborn, “makes it easy to spot his potential. This was the reason we gave him the chance to drive the Sauber C31-Ferrari at the Young Driver Days in Abu Dhabi. He managed this very well. We will now carefully guide him to Formula One. This is a long way, but Robin has got the skills to do that successfully.”

Robin Frijns said: “I’m very happy the Sauber F1 Team has given me this opportunity. I would like to thank Monisha Kaltenborn and Peter Sauber for their belief and trust in me by signing me to join their team as a test and reserve driver. With this opportunity I will try to help the team as much as possible and get the chance to learn how Formula 1 works in an extremely professional environment. I am already very much looking forward to getting the 2013 season started and working together with the team.”

Monisha Kaltenborn also turned her attention to the team’s current drivers: “I would very much like to say a few words about Kamui Kobayashi as well. Over the last three years Kamui has shown us he is not only a fierce competitor on the track, but also a wonderful person and fantastic team player. Every member of our team has the greatest respect for him, and his podium in Japan was a particularly emotional moment for all of us. This has not been an easy decision for us to take, but we have committed ourselves to a new beginning and our time with Kamui will come to an end after the final two races of the season. We wish Kamui all the best for the future. Our thanks also go to Sergio Pérez, who has claimed three podiums for the team so far and now has the opportunity at McLaren-Mercedes to display his immense talent with one of the most successful teams in Formula One history. We would also like to wish Sergio all the best and every success for the future.”

GP2

SINGAPORE GP2 FEATURE RACE- Chilton wins as Valsecchi is crowned champion-
 
Briton on top step as Italian celebrates with his team
 
Max Chilton has claimed his second win of the season in hot and humid conditions in this afternoon’s feature race in Singapore, leading home Esteban Gutiérrez and Fabio Leimer, while Davide Valsecchi wrapped up the championship by running home just ahead of his title rival Luiz Razia in fourth and fifth positions.
 
The Englishman’s win was set up at the start when poleman Luca Filippi bogged down as the lights went out, handing Chilton an easy run to the first corner ahead of Gutiérrez, Leimer and Jolyon Palmer, with Valsecchi next across the line and relieved to see the cars of Johnny Cecotto, Filippi and Stefano Coletti between him and his championship nemesis.
 
Gutieérrez had a look up the inside at turn 3 but couldn’t make it stick, giving Leimer the chance to squeeze by the Mexican at turn 7: he couldn’t make it stick either, and that gave Palmer all the space he needed to blast by at the corner before the safety car came out to allow the removal of Rene Binder and Victor Guerin’s stricken vehicles, and to give everyone a bit of a breather after a frantic first lap.
 
Chilton easily gapped his rivals at the restart, and it was clear that everyone was holding station pending the pitstops: Filippi and Cecotto were the highest placed drivers to stop when the pitlane opened on lap 6, putting the fear of being jumped into everyone’s hearts. Leimer and Razia came in on the next lap, with the rest of the front runners in over the following 2 laps: with the stops shaken out Filippi had jumped back up to P3, right on the tails of Chilton and Gutiérrez.
 
The top three had amazing pace, running like a train away from their main rivals on track as the last few stragglers finally came in for their stops. Leimer was the only other man able to compete on pace, and quickly dispatched Palmer as he looked ahead for a podium finish: his job was made easier when Filippi slowed with a mechanical gremlin, and it was only a matter of time before all of the Italian’s good work was in vain.
 
The Swiss driver finally claimed his scalp on lap 20, with Valsecchi also looking for a way past his countryman but not wanting to risk too much, as he now had Razia on his tail and hoping for more: Filippi eventually submitted and came into the pits to let his team have a look at the car before returning to the track, unfortunately prompting another safety car period a few minutes from the end after finding the barriers at the last corner.
 
But Chilton was happy to claim the win after absorbing everything Gutiérrez had thrown at him, and the pair hugged in parc fermé in acknowledgment of an epic battle. Leimer crossed the line a few seconds back, happy with his day’s work, ahead of 2012 series champion Valsecchi, who was shadowed by his vice champion Razia. Felipe Nasr took advantage of an early stop to jump up to sixth place, just ahead of Marcus Ericsson and Giedo van der Garde, who had a few torrid battles for P7 and 8, while Rio Haryanto and Nathanael Berthon rounded out the points positions.
 
Valsecchi was greeted by his team in the pits like a returned hero, and they were already wearing his championship shirts as his 241 points can’t be beaten by Razia (214). Gutiérrez will be hoping to hold on for third place tomorrow, on 172 ahead of Chilton on 169 and Calado on 160. DAMS will be hoping to hold on for the teams’ title, leading Lotus by just 2 points (334 to 332), with Arden looking for third place on 218 points from Carlin on 207 and Racing Engineering on 202 points with just tomorrow’s sprint race remaining in the 2012 calendar.
 
Singapore – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Max Chilton
Carlin
2.
Esteban Gutiérrez
Lotus GP
3.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
4.
Davide Valsecchi
DAMS
5.
Luiz Razia
Arden International
6.
Felipe Nasr
DAMS
7.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
8.
Giedo van der Garde
Caterham Racing
9.
Rio Haryanto
Carlin
10.
Nathanaël Berthon
Racing Engineering
11.
Julian Leal
Trident Racing
12.
Nigel Melker
Ocean Racing Technology
13.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
14.
Stéphane Richelmi
Trident Racing
15.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
16.
Sergio Canamasas
Venezuela GP Lazarus
17.
Ricardo Teixeira
Rapax

GP2

LUCA Filippi blazes to Singapore pole-

Luca Filippi lit up the Singapore circuit with his run to pole in this evening’s qualifying session in Singapore, claiming the top spot in the Series’ first ever night run in a red flag shortened session ahead of Max Chilton and Esteban Gutiérrez.
 
The Italian took the top spot with two minutes remaining with a time of 1:59.444, claiming pole by less than a tenth mere seconds before Nigel Melker hit the barriers underneath the main grandstand and brought the session to an early close.
 
With the track now dry thanks to the warm temperatures and the first F1 practice session, conditions were ideal for a scorching battle under the spotlights: the Lotus pair James Calado and Gutiérrez set the early running, along with Felipe Nasr, but when Series leader Davide Valsecchi took the top spot eight minutes in it looked as though he had taken another step towards the title.
 
However, with most of his competitors in for fresh tyres, Jolyon Palmer had other thoughts and stole provisional pole from the Italian, prompting a rethink up and down the pitlane. As the clock ticked down most of the field were improving, with Chilton, Filippi and Gutiérrez all jumping Valsecchi on the timesheets, and many more looking to move up with them.
 
Unfortunately for them, Melker’s crash came with so little time remaining that no one would have been able to run another lap, and the session was brought to an early end. Behind the top three Palmer, Fabio Leimer, Valsecchi, Johnny Cecotto, Stefano Coletti, Luiz Razia and Sergio Canamasas will instead have to channel that frustration into tomorrow’s feature race.
 
Singapore – Qualifying
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Luca Filippi
Scuderia Coloni
1:59.444
10
2.
Max Chilton
Carlin
1:59.496
10
3.
Esteban Gutiérrez
Lotus GP
1:59.908
12
4.
Jolyon Palmer
iSport International
2:00.102
11
5.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
2:00.113
9
6.
Davide Valsecchi
DAMS
2:00.287
10
7.
Johnny Cecotto
Barwa Addax Team
2:00.335
11
8.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
2:00.364
9
9.
Luiz Razia
Arden International
2:00.365
11
10.
Sergio Canamasas
Venezuela GP Lazarus
2:00.634
9
11.
Stéphane Richelmi
Trident Racing
2:00.671
10
12.
Nathanaël Berthon
Racing Engineering
2:00.695
9
13.
Felipe Nasr
DAMS
2:00.720
11
14.
Giedo van der Garde
Caterham Racing
2:00.906
10
15.
James Calado
Lotus GP
2:00.954
10
16.
Rio Haryanto
Carlin
2:01.031
10
17.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
2:01.204
10
18.
Nigel Melker
Ocean Racing Technology
2:01.308
10
19
Julian Leal
Trident Racing
2:01.474
9
20.
Fabio Onidi
Scuderia Coloni
2:01.656
6
21.
Simon Trummer
Arden International
2:01.961
10
22.
Victor Guerin
Ocean Racing Technology
2:02.110
10
23.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Caterham Racing
2:02.260
10
24.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
2:02.376
10
25.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
2:03.218
10
26.
Ricardo Teixeira
Rapax
2:04.174
11

GP2

ESTEBAN ARRIVES VERY MOTIVATED FOR THE GP2 FINAL ROUND IN SINGAPORE

Esteban Gutierrez has arrived in Singapore in fourth place in the GP2 championship for the 12th and final race weekend of the season. The Marina Bay Circuit is completely new to the GP2 teams, as is the experience of nighttime qualifying this season. 

After failing to finish on the podium in Belgium and Italy, Esteban’s chances of winning the drivers’ championship have gone but third place is still up for grabs. James Calado, Esteban’s Lotus team mate, sits on 160 points, just eight ahead of the Mexican. Guido Van der Garde is behind Esteban on 141. There are still 48 points to play for.

The Marina Bay Circuit presents a challenging mix of corners, bumps and a slippery surface which the GP2 drivers will have very little time to master in free practice.

ESTEBAN GUTIÉRREZ :
“Singapore is going to be tough because it’s completely new to GP2, there are a lot of corners to learn and it’s very humid. Free practice is going to be very important because this is a track we don’t know, and we need to have confidence in the car from the start to have a chance in qualifying. We shouldn’t try to compensate too much in Singapore for what has happened during the last two weekends. We have to keep our focus on the technical side of the car right now. But I’m looking forward to this last race of the season and learning a new, very exciting circuit. I’ll do my best to claw back third place in the standings, as it’s important to finish on the overall season podium.”

GAËTAN JEGO, CHIEF ENGINEER: “Singapore is going to be a big challenge for all the teams and drivers, most of whom have never raced here before. As it’s a city track, which goes unused for 51 weeks a year, the surface will be very green and slippery. GP2 will be the second cars to take to the track on Friday after the Ferrari Challenge. Because the walls are so close, like in Monaco, the drivers are going to have to be brave to find where the limit is, and mistakes will be costly because we need as much track time as possible. It’s very bumpy, there are a lot of corners, and fewer laps than usual because of the long track length, so that will have to play into our strategy. Qualifying will be held at night, which will be a new experience. Both cars have new engines here, which should help us. Although we struggled at Monza, the set-up here is very different in terms of aero configuration and therefore I expect us to be quick here and fight for the