Hungarian Grand Prix: Caterham preview Budapest

 

Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson

Caterham preview the Hungarian Grand Prix, Round 11 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship at Hungaroring, near Budapest.

Kamui Kobayashi, car #10: “The last race before the August break is Hungary, another really popular race with both fans and everyone in F1. For me one of my best memories of the Hungarian GP is 2010, the first time I raced on this track in F1. I had a grid penalty for something so had to start on the last row, in 23rd, but I overtook about six or seven cars on the first lap and then finished in the points! I think we’re realistic enough to know that probably won’t be possible this year, but we’ll still go there ready to fight as hard as we can, and hopefully come away with something positive.

“On track the Hungaroring isn’t one of the most challenging circuits we race on, but one of the keys to a good time is to find a rhythm, especially in sector two. You need to let the corners flow, one after the other, and with the high temperatures we usually have there and the tyre choice being Softs or Mediums, tyre management will be even more important than normal.”

Marcus Ericsson, car #9: “Straight on to Hungary after the German GP and another chance to take the fight to the cars ahead. For the last couple of races I’ve had a few issues that compromised [me] before they started, so I’m targeting a clean weekend with maximum track time, especially in Quali after what happened in Hockenheim.

“I’ve always had great support in Hungary. It’s one of the races a lot of Swedish fans come to and after seeing so many Swedish flags in Germany I’m looking forward to the same at the Hungaroring. This time I want to give them something to cheer for all weekend, especially on Sunday, so it’s important we have good reliability across the whole package, giving us the chance to fight in Quali and race properly on Sunday.”

Christijan Albers, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: “We now have completed two races since taking over the team and I have to say I am pleased with the progress we are making. In Germany the gap to our competitors was closer than it has been for several races and we are definitely aiming to continue that progress in Hungary. We can keep making small but significant improvements across the whole team, both on track and at the factory, and they will contribute to our ongoing development.“

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

Main challenges of Budapest for the Power Units: “The Hungaroring puts a focus on low speed driveability and engine response under braking. It’s not a power sensitive track so having a driveable and energy efficient Power Unit will pay dividends here.”

Main energy recovery points: “Energy recovery isn’t a problem as just about every corner is low to medium speed. The MGU-K will recover under braking while the MGU-H can recharge on the short bursts of power. Making efficient use of the power is however very important as the long race distance and long lap means we’ll be on the limit for fuel consumption.”

Difficulty rating: “Medium. The energy recovery system will be highly solicited but the ICE will have a relatively easy ride as the track is not power sensitive. The ambient heat does give us some worry, but we got on top of the effect of the high temperatures in Germany last week.”

What to watch out for: “Power sensitivity and outright engine power are not a major concern so we will use an ICE on final race of its lifecycle.”

Caterham F1 Team News:

Kevin Giovesi has been confirmed as the second driver added to Caterham F1 Team’s burgeoning Development Driver Program. The young Italian is currently in his second season of Auto GP and is now fourth the in 2014 championship which he is contesting with Eurotech Engineering with 131 points after the last round at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Kevin joins the previously announced Nathanaël Berthon in the program which gives up and coming drivers the opportunity to embed themselves in the F1 team’s operations at Leafield Technical Centre and on track, and to gain valuable experience of working with F1 engineers and current season F1 technology in a virtual environment in the team’s driver-in-the-loop simulator.

(Caterham F1)