German Grand Prix: Caterham preview Hockenheim

Marcus Ericsson leads Kamui Kobayashi

Marcus Ericsson leads Kamui Kobayashi

Caterham preview the German Grand Prix, Round 10 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Hockenheim;

Kamui Kobayashi, car #10: “The last two races before the summer break are Germany and Hungary, both tracks I like, but in particular Hockenheim – I have been testing and racing at this track so many times throughout my carrier since I came to Europe.  So, in a way, this is one of my home tracks! The German Grand Prix, whether it’s at Hockenheim or Nurburgring, always has fantastic support from the fans – it’s like Silverstone and the atmosphere, especially on Sunday at Hockenheim, is amazing!  For us this will be another race where we aim to fight back against our nearest rivals. We did not see the full performance of the cars in Silverstone for various reasons, particularly for me as I had issues with the car on both Friday and Saturday.  Then on Sunday I lost a chunk of downforce when I had to go off-track to avoid the shunt on lap one – that cost me so much laptime.  So, I did not have a proper drive throughout the whole weekend! But I’m determined to make sure that all the problems are now gone and I’m ready to fight back  in Germany and Hungary.”

Marcus Ericsson, car #9: “Germany is one of the races I’ve been really looking forward to. I know the track well as I’ve raced there in GP2 and I think it’ll be a great challenge in a 2014 F1 car – there’s a good mix of really quick bits and some slower corners where you can overtake, and the noise the German fans make all weekend is amazing! Actually, it’s one of the races that a lot of Swedish fans make it to, so seeing my country’s flags in the crowd – that’ll make it even more special. Inside the car I think we know it’s going to be another challenging weekend for us in terms of the pure pace, but the team learn’t a lot from the two day test we did in Silverstone after the British GP and we’ll be looking to put that into practice on track. The key thing for me is to make sure that we have maximum mileage all weekend, especially on Sunday when we need to be there at the end of the race. We’ve seen this year that the races are very unpredictable and for us that can create opportunities, but if we’re not on track when the chequered flag falls we can’t take advantage of whatever’s happening around us, so that’s the main goal.”

German GP lowdown with Renault Sport F1 track support leader, Cedrik Staudohar:

Main challenges of Hockenheim for the Power Units: “Like Silverstone, it will be the long periods of wide open throttle. Almost two thirds of the circuit is taken at full throttle and drivers will reach over 300 km/h four times in the first half of the lap. The ICE, turbo and MGU-H will be under huge pressure for these stretches.”

Main energy recovery points: “The stadium section with its three tight corners and the hairpin at the end of the curved Parabolika straight are the best opportunities for the MGU-K to recover energy under braking. In fact most of the corners are low or medium speed so give an opportunity to recharge the battery.”

Difficulty rating: “One the harder races of the year, since every part of the Power Unit will get a work out. The high ambient temperatures and increased running temperatures of the PU due to the excessive loads also give us plenty to look out for!”

What to watch out for: “The Parabolika is over 1 km long and drivers will peak at over 300 km/h before braking down to under 60 km/h for the Hairpin at the end of the straight. The bias will go from the ICE and turbo to the MGU-K in just over a couple of seconds.”