Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, Day 1: Max Chilton gets behind the wheel

Sahara Force India was back in action today to kick off the first of three days of young driver testing at the Yas Marina circuit. On driving duty was 20-year-old Briton, Max Chilton, who completed a total of 81 laps in the VJM04, setting a best time of 1:43.016, the sixth fastest of the day. The focus of the day was acclimatisation work for Max who was driving the car for the first time on a Grand Prix circuit. The 2012 Pirelli development tyres were […]

Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011

Post-qualifying press conference

Q. Sebastian, you equalled Nigel Mansell's record of 14 poles in a season today, congratulations, but you had to dig pretty deep to get this one? Sebastian VETTEL: Oh yes, especially after yesterday where to be honest I wasn't very happy with the car and we weren't happy in general as we thought there is more in the car, the performance is there, but we couldn't really get to it. Today, this afternoon, it was already quite a bit better but this place is tricky […]

Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011

Abu Dhabi Saturday quotes: Toro Rosso

Sebastien Buemi - 13th: "Overall, I am reasonably satisfied with my own performance, even if I am only thirteenth, one tenth of a second off eleventh place, which shows it was quite a difficult session. But I think that, in the cockpit I did a good job and unfortunately, the fact this track is much slower than those at the last three races has not suited us so well. Tomorrow's race will be tough and long and anything could happen and I will be looking […]

Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011

Abu Dhabi Saturday quotes: Lotus

Heikki Kovalainen - 18th: "I am really pleased with that performance today. We definitely got as much performance as we could out of the car and to break into the 1.42s is very satisfying. I pretty much nailed the quick lap and I think we know that where we are on race pace gives us another chance of a strong finish tomorrow. I'm also looking forward to Brazil where we have an update to the rear wing coming - that should give us a better […]

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday's press conference: Abu Dhabi

Q. A first question for all of you. To go back to your Geneva meeting and the talk about third cars. There seemed to be a certain amount of difference between teams about third cars. What was your view about third cars, Ross? Ross BRAWN: I don't think third cars are out of the question, but I think what we mustn't do is create a situation that harms the financial and sporting environment for the smaller constructors because if we do something that makes their […]

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011

Abu Dhabi Friday quotes: Renault

Bruno Senna - 15th: "Even though I only had one session today, I still managed to get a lot of laps in. I feel our fears may be confirmed that we don't have great pace at the moment; we need to work hard to get better for tomorrow and to see where we can improve. It's going to be a very difficult qualifying for us but we need to make the most of it and be there if the opportunity comes to us. I also […]

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011

Abu Dhabi Friday quotes: Virgin

Timo Glock - 21st: "This morning I had a bit of trouble. I had a technical problem so I had to wait a bit longer to go out on track. So it was a bit of a difficult first practice, the car wasn't that great and it needs a different set-up here to what we were running in the past. So it was a little difficult to get anything out of the car. At the end I also had to do some system checks which […]

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011

Abu Dhabi Friday quotes: Williams

Rubens Barrichello - 16th: We had a little setback up in the morning with a problem with the engine so we were playing catch up in the afternoon. The team did a good job to change the engine between sessions. The one we ran in the second session had quite a few kilometres on it already now that we are near the end of the season, but it did a good job. Pastor Maldonado - 17th: We covered all our scheduled running today. For me, […]

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011

Abu Dhabi Friday quotes: Ferrari

Fernando Alonso - 3rd: "Just as was the case in India a fortnight ago, again here in Abu Dhabi, I lost a bit of time: there it was the engine that left me standing at the side of the track and here it was an off-track excursion. It's not that there's a particular problem with grip at Turn 1, but if you touch the kerb when braking then you do lose some grip. As for me and Vettel both going off the track at the […]

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011

Abu Dhabi Friday quotes: HRT

Vitantonio Liuzzi - 23rd: "It was good to be back in the car, I had missed this feeling these two weeks off so I wanted to be back behind the wheel as soon as possible. The morning session went quite well as we completed the entire programme. The track had really low grip so we were drifting a lot but the balance of the car wasn't too bad and we accumulated some decent data. In the afternoon we couldn't finish the programme because of some […]

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011

Abu Dhabi Friday quotes: Sauber

Kamui Kobayashi - 10th: "It is quite difficult to compare the two practice sessions, as the difference in track temperature is over ten degrees Celsius. This also means that in tomorrow's third free practice session we can't learn much for qualifying because again we will have this difference in track temperature. However, in general the track was quite slippery. We are pretty much okay at high speed, but we need to improve in slow corners and in terms of braking stability." Sergio Perez - 11th: […]

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011

Abu Dhabi Friday quotes: Red Bull

Mark Webber - 5th: "It looks easy to get it wrong on Turn 1, when you see guys of the calibre of Alonso and Vettel getting out of shape, e then you give a bit of a margin and come back up to it. All in all, it was a pretty good afternoon and night for us and we got all the laps done that we needed to. I won't predict anything, as we know on Sunday that things can change, but we're going pretty […]