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Bahrain Grand Prix: Teams FIA press conference

Bahrain Grand Prix: Teams FIA press conference

Apr.20 (FIA) Full transcript from the FIA Friday press conference at Bahrain International Circuit featuring team representatives: Bob Fernley (Force India), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Eric Boullier (Lotus), Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren), Norbert Haug (Mercedes), and Christian Horner (Red Bull). Q: Gentlemen a subject we can’t escape, unfortunately: This Grand Prix is definitely one of the best […]

Ferrari: Getting both cars into Q3 will be very difficult

Apr.20 (Ferrari Press Release) Coming from the Far to the Middle East has not changed much for Scuderia Ferrari, apart from the much higher temperatures on this island in the Persian Gulf, than in China. Therefore it looks like another weekend on the defensive for Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, whose F2012s are practically identical […]

Williams: We worked to optimise the set-ups to balance the car

Apr.20 (Williams Press Release) Team report after the first day of the Bahrain GP weekend Objectives • Aero evaluations and set-up work in P1 • Tyre runs and set-up work in P2 Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: As will be the case at the majority of races this season, Valtteri drove in the morning session […]

Marussia: An interesting start to the weekend

Apr.20 (Marussia Press Release) The heat was rising at the Bahrain International Circuit today, where the Marussia F1 Team was greeted by air temperatures peaking at 32?C and a track high of 40?C for the opening two free practice sessions of the weekend. The team began its day in the now usual fashion with a […]

Pirelli: Pace of both compounds is around 0.6 seconds apart

Apr.20 (Pirelli Press Release) Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg carried on where he had left off, following his pole position and debut victory in China last week, by setting the fastest time of the day during free practice in Bahrain. Rosberg set his fastest time of 1m32.816s on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre during the […]

Lotus: Key for this race will be making the tyres work

Apr.20 (Lotus Press Release) Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean took to the track for the first practice sessions of the fourth round of the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship at the Bahrain International Circuit in hot and dry conditions. Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director – Technical programme notes In FP1 we evaluated our modified new […]

Red Bull: We did a lot of running today, so that’s good

Apr.20 (Red Bull Press Release) Team report from the first day of the Bahrain GP weekend Car 1, Sebastian Vettel “We did a lot of running today, so that’s good. Regarding set-up, I think we got the answers in China that we were looking for and that’s helped us here. We now need to see […]

McLaren: It’s going to be difficult for all of us out there

Apr.20 (McLaren Press Release) Team report from the first day of the Bahrain GP weekend LEWIS HAMILTON: MP4-27A-03 “Looking after the tyres here is going to be a real challenge. The track surface is extremely hot, and the amount of energy that goes through the tyres under braking is incredible: the temperatures keep on rising […]

HRT: We met our target for the day

The Bahrain International Circuit (5.412 km) hosted the first day of practice sessions today at the fourth event of the season and HRT Formula 1 Team proved its progression once again by completing the planned programme to perfection throughout the 180 minutes of practice. Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan completed a total of […]

Sauber: We found a reasonable balance

Apr.20 (Sauber Press Release) For the Sauber F1 Team both free practice sessions on the Friday before the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir went according to plan. Both drivers were able to complete their scheduled programmes. Kamui Kobayashi came 16th and seventh in the two 90-minute sessions, while Sergio Pérez was 11th and tenth. Kamui […]

Toro Rosso: An intensive day’s work for us

Apr.20 (Toro Rosso Press Release) Team report from day one of the Bahrain GP weekend Daniel Ricciardo (STR7-01) First Practice Session Best lap 1:36.591, pos. 20th, 20 laps Second Practice Session Best lap: 1:34.895, pos. 11th, 29 laps “Importantly, we made progress through the day, after the first session did not go too well. We […]

Caterham: Conditions here give us some interesting challenges

Apr.20 (Caterham Press Release) Team report from day one of the Bahrain GP weekend Weather FP1: Dry, air temp 27° - 30°, track temp 35° – 40° FP2: Dry, air temp 32° - 31°, track temp 40° – 33° Fastest laps / positions: FP1: KOV 1.36.330 18th / PET 1.36.484, 19th FP2: PET 1.35.913 16th / KOV 1.35.968 17th Total laps: FP1: KOV 11 / […]

Force India: Still some fine-tuning to do in FP3

Apr. 20 (Force India Press Release) Sahara Force India completed a busy morning practice session in Bahrain with Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg each completing 26 laps respectively. Both drivers used the soft and medium tyres during the session. For logistical reasons the team will run a rescheduled programme for the rest of the […]

Sauber reveals brush with Bahrain petrol bombers

Sauber reveals brush with Bahrain petrol bombers

Apr.20 (Reuters) Sauber revealed their Bahrain Grand Prix mechanics have witnessed masked protestors throwing petrol bombs, and Force India pulled out of second practice for safety reasons on Friday after an earlier scare. Swiss-based Sauber said in a statement that the mechanics had seen flames in the road after they left the Sakhir circuit in […]

Bahrain Practice 2: Rosberg keeps the momentum going

Bahrain Practice 2: Rosberg keeps the momentum going

Apr.20 (Reuters) Nico Rosberg kept the momentum going and followed up his first Formula One win with Mercedes by setting the fastest lap of the day in Friday free practice two for a Bahrain Grand Prix overshadowed by petrol bombs and protests elsewhere in the Gulf kingdom. The German, who took the first victory by […]

Mercedes double DRS not massive gain claims Button

Mercedes double DRS not massive gain claims Button

Apr.20 (GMM) McLaren driver Jenson Button doubts other teams will be pushing too hard to rush a Mercedes-style ‘double-DRS’ to their 2012 package. The F-duct-style concept is, so far, the highest profile innovation of the season. So with the FIA declaring it fully legal, and Nico Rosberg breaking through with his maiden pole and win […]

Bahrain Practice 1: Hamilton tops opening session

Bahrain Practice 1: Hamilton tops opening session

Apr.20 (PVM) F1 engines were fired up for the first time in two years at the Bahrain International Circuit as the first free practice got underway, on schedule, on the opening day of the highly controversial Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton topping the timing screens at the end of the ninety minute […]

Tight security as Bahrain GP weekend gets underway with free practice

Tight security as Bahrain GP weekend gets underway with free practice

Apr.20 (Reuters) Formula One cars roared around the Bahrain circuit on Friday in the first free practice, with drivers pressing on with preparations despite tight security after clashes between police and anti-government protesters. Scores of police cars – a Reuters reporter counted 79 including an armoured patrol vehicle in the 32 km stretch between central […]

Ferrari is ‘sixth or seventh’ best team in 2012 says Alonso

Ferrari is ‘sixth or seventh’ best team in 2012 says Alonso

Apr.20 (GMM) Fernando Alonso has admitted that Ferrari currently has the “sixth or seventh” best F1 car in the field. The Spaniard took issue with a pre season analysis in the specialist press which predicted that the famous Maranello based team’s F2012 car was better only than the three struggling backmarkers and perhaps one or […]

Barrichello claims credit for Williams surge

Barrichello claims credit for Williams surge

Apr.20 (GMM) Rubens Barrichello has revealed that he feels partly responsible the surge in form of the Williams team so far in the 2012 F1 world championship. For the veteran Brazilian’s final season in F1 last year, the famous British team had its worst performance, scoring just five points, and slumping to ninth in the […]

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