marzo 2011


After having shown a great performance at the season’s opening race in Melbourne with Sergio Pérez finishing seventh and Kamui Kobayashi coming eighth, the Sauber F1 Team got excluded from the race results with both cars (Sergio Pérez and Kamui Kobayashi). The FIA stewards of the meeting have found the team in breach of article 3.10.1 and 3.10.2 of the technical regulations.

James Key, the Sauber F1 Team’s Technical Director said: “This is a very surprising and disappointing result. It appears that there is a question over the top surface of the uppermost rear wing element, this area is not the working surface of the component and therefore relatively unimportant to its function. Certainly this has not lead to any performance advantage. We are checking the design of the parts now to better understand the situation and we intend to appeal the decision made by the stewards.”

Fourth and seventh places respectively for Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa: that was the outcome of the first race of the 2011 season, the Australian Grand Prix, for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.

 

Stefano Domenicali: “There is no point in denying that we leave Australia with a sense of disappointment. Again today, our performance level was not a match for that of the best, especially one of the Red Bulls. Nevertheless, we managed to pick up some valuable points, especially with Fernando, who drove a great race, recovering from what happened to him on the first lap. Having made a strong start, Felipe first defended himself with real determination against attacks from Button,but then in the second part of the race he suffered more than expected with overheating rear tyres. Now we will have to study everything carefully to work out what prevented us from being as competitive as we had expected this weekend. Then we will have to react immediately, starting with the next race in Malaysia. One of the main themes is the level of downforce at the front: we must find out why we did not get on track what was predicted by the data. One of the few bright points was reliability, especially on the engine side and with the KERS.”

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RGP opened its 2011 account in fine style as Vitaly scored his first podium in just his 20th Formula 1 race.

• Both Nick and Vitaly adopted two-stop strategies: soft / soft / hard
• Nick stopped on laps 15 and 30, while Vitaly made his stops on laps 16 and 36.
• Vitaly set his best time on lap 55, while defending his third place from Fernando Alonso
• Vitaly makes history as the first Russian to stand on a Formula 1 podium

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MARTIN WHITMARSH

Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Early on, Lewis was more or less able to stay in touch with Sebastian, but once his car’s undertray had been damaged he was no longer able to keep the leading Red Bull in sight. Even so, he drove a great race, in difficult circumstances, to finish second today.

“Jenson drove hard and well all afternoon too, but was thwarted by two separate pieces of bad luck: first of all he got bogged down at the first corner, losing a few places, and after that he received a drive-through penalty for his passing manoeuvre on Felipe, even though he felt he’d been forced off the road by Felipe as he made good his pass. Had he not been given that penalty, he’d have been spraying champagne on the podium with Sebastian and Lewis this afternoon, but I guess that’s motor racing.

“Overall, though, when you consider where we were a few weeks ago, you’d have to say that for us to come away from Australia with 26 world championship points is a pretty decent outcome. More important, though, it means that we’ve got a very promising platform from which to develop our car and compete for world championship honours this season.

“Roll on, Malaysia!”

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he Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the 2011 Formula One season, ended in disappointment for the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team this afternoon with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher both forced to retire from the race.

· Michael was hit on the first lap and had to pit with a puncture to the right rear tyre which dropped him to last place

· The collision caused damage to the floor of the car which eventually forced his retirement on lap 19

· Nico had made his first pit stop and was in P8 when he was hit from behind by Rubens Barrichello at turn three

· With a loss of water pressure from the impact, Nico pulled over to retire the car at turn thirteen on lap 22

Drivers            Car No.       Chassis No.     Race Result / Fastest Lap
Nico Rosberg       4             MGP W01 / 01    DNF
Michael Schumacher   3           MGP W01 / 03    DNF

Weather                  Sunny
Temperatures       Air: 17-18°C      Track: 17-23°C

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The Sauber F1 Team had an Australian Grand Prix which Team Principal Peter Sauber has called a dream start. Sergio Pérez managed to drive 35 laps on a single set of the soft Pirelli tyres, and this way made it from 13th on the grid to seventh at the finish line in Melbourne. The rookie driver was followed past the flag by his team mate Kamui Kobayashi, who had to change tyres twice and came eighth.
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Mechanical failures on both AT&T Williams race cars retired Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado from today’s opening Grand Prix in Australia. Prior to retiring on lap 48, Rubens showed a competitive race pace, demonstrating the potential of the FW33 in the opening Grand Prix of the season. A promising first weekend in Formula One for Pastor was cut short on lap nine of today’s race; his retirement concluding a solid start and some combative overtaking manoeuvres.

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