General Race Information
Race Laps: 58
High average speed around the lap
Medium-high brake severity
In general the track surface is smooth with low grip, especially
in FP1 Some bumps may cause braking stability issues and cause the
car to bottom out, particularly in T9 Kerbs are generally not an
issue Overtaking is difficult, even with DRS In 2009 the race start
was moved to 1700 creating some vision difficulties due to sunset
and fading light The track is usually dusty with tree leaves
typically getting stuck in radiator inlets. First gear is not used
on the track
2012 Race Weather
Air/Track temp ( C): 21 / 31
Altitude (metres ASL): 5
ATM Press (HPA): 1020
Hum (%): 50
Wind (kph): NE 5
P1: Hamilton, 1.24.922 (Q3)
P2: Button, 1.25.074 (Q3)
P3: Grosjean, 1.25.302 9Q3)
CF1T best: P19 Kovalainen, 1.28.679 (Q1)
P1: Button (1.29.187 L56)
P2: Vettel (1.29.417 L57)
P3: Hamilton (1.29.538 L57)
CF1T best: P18 Kovalainen (1.33.693 L26)
Overtaking chance: low
Kerbs: smooth / medium
Ride height setting particularity: none
Engine severity: high
Gearbox severity: medium
Lat/Long grip: lateral
Aero eff ratio: high
Safety car history: 2012 - 1 (37 - 41), 2011 - none, 2010 - 1 (laps
1 - 4) Track grip evo during w/e: high Aero settings: high Brake
wear severity: high Brake cooling necessity: medium / low
Charles Pic, car #20: "I'm looking forward to
returning to Melbourne, this time for my first race with Caterham
F1 Team and I think it's going to be a good weekend.
"Melbourne itself is a very nice city. It's good to go from the
end of the cold European winter to the hotter weather of Australia
and even though the hours you spend flying mean you arrive feeling
a bit destroyed, it's the same for everyone and I'm feeling good
physically and mentally so it won't be an issue.
"The circuit itself is very cool. It's quick but as it's a
temporary street circuit the cars run with high downforce and it's
a good challenge to get a really clean lap in. FP1 is always quiet
as the track is very green for the early part of the session, but
it evolves a lot over the weekend and you need to time your
qualifying lap right to make the most of the rubber that's being
"After the tests we're definitely ready to start racing. We have
a good idea of where we're going to start out and I think we have a
very interesting season ahead of us. Whatever happens, I'm enjoying
myself in Caterham and it's great to be part of a team that has
such an exciting future ahead."
Giedo van der Garde, car #21: "Honestly I can't
wait to get started. Melbourne will be my first Grand Prix start
and, even though it's taken a while to reach this point, I'm
completely prepared and really looking forward to getting back to
"Having spent a lot of time with the team last year nothing was
new to me when I moved up to the Race Driver position, but it's
still a different world, being a Race Driver rather than a Reserve,
but I'm enjoying every minute. I finished off 2012 with a win in
Singapore, and, while we're all realistic enough to know we're not
going to be fighting at that end of the grid, I also know I want to
be in the right position to take advantage of anything that comes
my way when the lights go out.
"Over the season, I know Spa is going to be a great race as it's
so close to home, but for me the most exciting moment of 2013 will
be when the lights go out in Melbourne and everything I've dreamed
of for so long comes true. I've worked hard all winter and in the
tests to prepare myself and I'm ready, physically and mentally.
"Before it all gets serious in Australia I also want to take
this chance to thank everyone who has helped me reach this stage of
my career. McGregor have played a big role in helping me become and
F1 driver, so thanks to everyone there, and thank you to all the
people at Leafield. Caterham F1 Team is a family, a very cool group
of people who have a long-term plan that will come true, and if I
can help the whole team achieve its goals then that would be a good
way of saying thanks."
Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal: "Australia
will be a proud moment for the whole team. 2013 is our fourth year
in F1, the first with our new livery and the first season start
since we moved into Leafield.
"On the surface it may look like we're starting 2013 in a
similar position to 2012, but inside the team it is very different.
We have a base in Oxfordshire in which we now control all elements
of the design and production in-house. The wind tunnel we use has
been upgraded to meet our exact specifications and is now producing
results that turn into definite improvements. We are continuing to
improve the efficiencies and working practices within the team so
we can compete both on track and as a viable business with a secure
long-term future and we are bringing in talented people at all
levels to keep pushing us forwards.
"We also have two new drivers for 2013, Charles Pic and Giedo
van der Garde. Both are young, determined to succeed and eager to
help the team achieve its goals. At the end of 2012 we were a
central part of the F1 show, and I have told both drivers to be
ready to be part of the show in 2013, maybe not right at the start,
but with what we have coming to the car during the season, we can
be confident that we are going to attract interest in us, for the
"We have the facilities, we have the people and we have the
infrastructure we need to take the next step forwards. We will do
that in a calm, measured way, one that is grounded in a realistic
view of the highly competitive world in which we operate, but we
will do it with the greatest possible level of energy, passion and
enthusiasm. It feels like the 2012 season finished only yesterday,
but we cannot wait to start racing again!"
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