From 14th to 16th March the new V6 turbo era will get under way at Melbourne’s Albert Park with the Australian Grand Prix.
Hinwil – After 12 intense days of testing in Jerez, Spain, and Sakhir, Bahrain, the start of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship is near. From 14th to 16th March the new V6 turbo era will get under way at Melbourne’s Albert Park with the Australian Grand Prix.
Following a short winter the Sauber F1 Team and its drivers, Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil, have worked hard to get the Sauber C33-Ferrari prepared for the first race, facing three challenging tests with a tough programme.
Adrian Sutil (car number 99): “Melbourne is always a great place for the first race of the season. I am looking forward to it. The city is beautiful and the track always good for a surprise. The weather plays a role there as well, as a bit of rain is likely. In addition, we have the new cars, which are still at a very early development stage. Everything is new. Driving in qualifying will be very different to the race, because the cars will have more power than in the race. Less downforce and more power will be a challenge for us drivers. Higher top-speed and less grip on a street circuit like Melbourne will be exciting. Also the 100 kg of fuel will see nervous faces on the pit walls. We were able to gain experience regarding the fuel management during testing, but over a race distance everything has to come together flawlessly. It will be a lottery as to who will finish the race in front, and the excitement will be extremely high.”
Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering: “Barely two months ago we started into a new era of Formula One. After 12 days of intense and challenging testing we come to the first race in Melbourne. On one side the team has done a very good job in terms of reliability and operations, on the other we are not yet happy about our performance level, and particularly with what we have achieved with our straight line speed. Our best efforts are in place to give our drivers the possibility to race where they deserve to be. On the strategy side, the power unit management is going to influence the tyre strategies, making it all more interesting. However, pre-season testing suggested that the tyre compounds will still play a major role when defining the strategy. For the first race Pirelli has allocated the medium and the soft compounds, and this appears to be a rather conservative approach.”
Circuit: Albert Park / 5.303 km
Race distance: 58 laps / 307.574 km
Schedule: Qualifying 17:00 hrs local time (7:00 CET), Race 17:00 hrs local time (7:00 hrs CET)
|Driver||Esteban Gutiérrez||Adrian Sutil|
|Born||05.08.1991 Monterrey (MX)||11.01.1983 Starnberg (DE)|
|Marital status||Single||In a relationship|
|Height / Weight||1.80 m / 63 kg||1.83 m / 75 kg|
|First GP||Melbourne 2013||Melbourne 2007|
|Best race result||7th Japan (2013)||4th Monza (2009)|
|Best qualifying||9th Korea (2013)||2nd Monza (2009)|
|Points in total||6||124|
Sauber F1 Team