10 + 1 Carros, Equipes e Pilotos da F1 2013

10 + 1 Car, Pilots and F1 Teams 2013

1. Red Bull
AlemanhaSebastian Vettel
AustráliaMark Webber
Engine: Renault
hoto disclosure of Red Bull F1 Team
The Red Bull RB9 has been seen for the first time at the team’s base in Milton Keynes.
This is the car the team hope will bring them a fourth consecutive constructors’ championship. Sebastian Vettel is aiming for the same in the drivers’ championship – but team mate Mark Webber will be out to claim the title for himself.
Team principal Christian Horner said continuity and stability within the team gave him confidence they could capture both championships for the fourth year in a row.
“We’ve got continuity in the driver line-up for a fifth year. We’ve got continuity throughout all of the key technical areas,” he said.
“There’s a fierce determination to keep both those trophies in the cabinet at Milton Keynes for another year.”
Chief technical officer Adrian Newey described the car as an evolution of the previous year’s RB8. He said the car does incorporate a vanity panel, though it does not extend to the full length of the nose as the increased weight could not be justified.
The RB9 has a slightly revised colour scheme incorporating more purple, to reflect the team’s title branding from Infiniti.

2. Ferrari
EspanhaFernando Alonso
BrasilFelipe Massa
Engine: Ferrari
photo divulgación Ferrari F1 Team
The Ferrari F138 has been launched by the team in Maranello.
Ferrari retain their driver line-up of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa for the fourth year in a row as it bids to taste championship success for the first time since 2008.
Team principal Stefano Domenicali described the car as an “evolution” of the car which the team raced in 2012 and said it represented the “first step” in the team’s development for this year.
The F138 was developed under the internal code name 664 and is the first product of the team’s technical reorganisation.
The car retains the pull-rod front and rear suspension used on last year’s car. According to the team the car’s bodywork has been redesigned to improve its aerodynamic performance – a key weakness of recent Ferraris.
The F138′s Kinetic Energy Recovery System has been revised and lightened. However Ferrari stressed they are keen to repeat the high levels of reliability they enjoyed with the F2012.

3. McLaren

Reino Unido Jenson Button
MéxicoSergio Pérez
Engine: Mercedes
photo divulgación McLaren F1 Team
The McLaren MP4-28 was launched by the team at the McLaren Technology Centre.
The MP4-28 will be raced by Jenson Button and new team mate Sergio Perez, who joins the team from Sauber.
“With Jenson and Checo, and this fantastic-looking new car, I believe we’re extremely well prepared for another competitive season,” said team principal Martin Whitmarsh.
“Jenson is driving better than ever – he’s the most experienced driver in Formula 1, but he makes every ounce of that experience count: he’s peerless in his ability to read a race and one of the very fastest drivers out there. He’s a consummate professional, too, and will revel in working hard to drive this team through the year.
“Checo joins us after a sensational 2012 season and he’s immediately proved that he’s intelligent, modest, hard-working and, make no mistake; very, very quick. Of course, there’ll be a learning curve to overcome as he gets used to our organisation, particularly during the hustle and bustle of the early-season race weekends, but he understands that we are placing no pressure on him.
“This is an exciting time for the whole team. In our 50th anniversary season, I want Vodafone McLaren Mercedes to underline why we are the finest grand prix team in the world.”
As McLaren reach their 50th anniversary this year the team displayed their racing heritage before unveiling their latest Formula One car. An M8D Can-Am sportscar began the parade of cars, followed by a 1974 M23 of the type Emerson Fittipaldi won the world championship with.
An MP4-4 from 1988, as driven by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, was followed by the 1995 Le Mans-winning F1 GTR.
The pre-launch show concluded with two Mercedes-powered cars: an MP4-13 from 1998 and the MP4-23 Lewis Hamilton used to win the 2008 world championship.

4. Lotus
FinlândiaKimi Raikkonen
FrançaRomain Grosjean
Engine: Renault
photo divulgación Lotus F1 Team
The Lotus E21 has become the first new F1 car of the 2013 to break cover after it was revealed by the team at its factory.
Team principal Eric Boullier said the squad are aiming for the top three in the constructors’ championship with their new car.
The E21 features a step in its nose despite teams being allowed to use a ‘vanity panel’ to cover them if they choose. Technical director James Allison said: “we have not done it yet because the cosmetic panel would weigh a few grams and with a Formula One car putting a few grams on that you don’t need to is anathema to us.
“However if we find a cosmetic panel that looks nice but, much more importantly and crucially, develops a bit of downforce, then we’ll pop it on quick as you like.”
The team have retained Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean for their 2013 campaign and the pair will start their second year together as team mates.
Also unchanged is the team’s engine supplier, Renault. This is the second car the team has produced since changing its name to Lotus.
It carries on the model designation introduced last year: the E21 is the 21st car produced by this team in its four different identities: Toleman, Benetton, Renault and Lotus.

5. Mercedes
AlemanhaNico Rosberg
Reino UnidoLewis Hamilton
Engine: Mercedes
photo divulgación Mercedes F1 Team
The Mercedes W04, one of the most eagerly-anticipated new cars of 2013, has broken cover for the first time.
The team has lured Lewis Hamilton away from his McLaren home to drive for them this year. He will drive car number ten while team mate Nico Rosberg races number nine.
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn said the new season “marks the start of a second era for our Silver Arrows works team”.
“The restructuring we undertook at the team over the past 18 months are now growing in maturity and this is reflected in the F1 W04, which is a clear step forward in design and detail sophistication over its predecessor.
“Many thousands of hours of work have been invested by our technical teams in Brackley and Brixworth to ensure that the new car delivers a step change in performance compared to last season.
“We are also hugely proud to welcome Lewis to the team as a works Mercedes-Benz driver. With Lewis and Nico, we have what I believe to be the strongest driver line-up in Formula One and I know that a healthy level of competition between them both will help drive the team forward.”

6. Sauber
AlemanhaNico Hülkenberg
MéxicoEsteban Gutierrez
Engine: Ferrari
photo divulgación Sauber F1 Team
The Sauber C32 has been revealed by the team at its base in Hinwil, Switzerland.
The team aim to build on a successful 2012 season which included four podium finishes. But they have an all-new driver line-up to get used to with Nico Hulkenberg arriving from Force India to partner their former reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez.
“We have very high expectations of them and they know that,” said team principal Monisha Kaltenborn prior to the car’s launch.
“We put some good foundations in place last year. And now we want to build on that base and continue to improve as a team,” Kaltenborn added.
She played down suggestions that the team were aiming to break into the top five in 2013: “We’re not saying we want to finish in this or that position in the standings, as ultimately other factors will also come into play that are outside our control. What we can be clear about, however, is that we want to continue on our upward curve.”
Kaltenborn is starting her first full season as team principal, a position she inherited from Peter Sauber last year.
“On the one hand, not that much has changed for me since I took on the role, because I was already involved in a lot of things beforehand – like the team principal meetings, which I’ve been attending for some time already.
“On the other hand, it is still something special because now all the responsibility rests on my shoulders. And that creates a certain extra pressure, of course.”
Chief designer Matt Morris said the C32′s predecessor was an “extremely competitive car” and the new car aimed to “eliminate its few weaknesses”.
“Over the course of last season we invested a lot of time and energy in developing a better understanding of our car. To this end, we focused primarily on the aerodynamic effects around the rear of the car.
“Our aero experts have done some great work in this respect, the basis of which has been used to develop the C32.”

7. Force India
Reino UnidoPaul di Resta
AlemanhaAdrian Sutil
Engine: Mercedes
photo divulgación Force India F1 Team
The Force India VJM06 has been revealed for the first time. The fourth F1 car to be revealed this year broke cover at Silverstone.
Force India fell from sixth to seventh in the championship despite increasing their points haul.
Paul di Resta has been announced as one of the team’s drivers for this season.
Force India’s chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer said the team began work on its 2013 car earlier than usual: “We stopped development of the last car in the latter half of last year, and that’s given us a great platform to work from.”
“I expect it to be very competitive this year. The regulations are stable and I expect the field to be as competitive, perhaps even more so than it was in 2012.”
Technical director Andrew Green said the limited scope for innovation under the technical rules forced them to be more aggressive in their pursuit of performance:
“Gains are harder and harder to find due to the regulation stability, so we couldn’t hold back. We had to redesign everything to maximise the potential of the car.”
He added that the team’s focus in testing will be getting to the bottom of Pirelli’s new tyres for 2013: “The new tyres haven’t had too much of an impact on this year’s design. It’s been quite small, really.
“We’ve left ourselves a few options to look after the tyres and keep them in their optimum windows.
“What it will do is drive our winter test programme massively. Our focus in testing will be all around the tyres. It’s one thing we don’t really understand at the moment and we probably won’t until we start running them.
“Ever in winter testing it will be difficult to get the complete picture, running around Barcelona is not going to be the same as running in Melbourne.”

8. Williams
VenezuelaPastor Maldonado
FinlândiaValtteri Bottas
Engine: Renault
photo divulgación Willians F1 Team
The Williams FW35 is the last of the new cars for 2013 to make its first appearance.
Technical director Mike Coughlan said the car is based on last year’s race-winning FW34, but around 80% of its parts are new:
“Given the rule stability over the winter. I’m pleased with the gains that we’ve been able to make with this car,” he said.
“It’s a better, more refined Formula One car than the FW34 and I think everyone involved in the project can feel proud of the work they’ve done.”
Coughlan added the car’s exhausts will be a priority for development this year:
“The Coanda effect is going to be a big thing for us. There’s been no rule clarification concerning this area of the car, so we’ll work closely with Renault to maximise the available gains.
“Use of the DRS is more restricted this year, so we’ll take some resource away from that and focus on other areas.”
Pastor Maldonado scored his first Grand Prix win for the team last year and will be aiming to build on that success. But he faces a new team mate in the shape of highly-rated rookie Valtteri Bottas.
Team principal Frank Williams said: ” We will have to wait until Australia to truly see what we have, but we believe it is step forward from last year’s car which was also a very competitive vehicle.
“Pastor is a delightful character who is a massively determined racer, whilst Valtteri is quieter but still waters run deep and he is a highly gifted driver.
“Williams has been at the top many times over the last 30 years. It’s the nature of the sport to have ups and downs, but when we are down we always fight our way back.
“I’m hoping that with the current team we have in place, our new FW35, the combined talent of Pastor, Valtteri and Susie, and the continued support from our partners, we will be in a position to challenge the very best.”

9. Torro Rosso
FrançaJean-Eric Vergne
AustráliaDaniel Ricciardo
Engine: Ferrari
photo divulgación Torro Rosso F1 Team
The Toro Rosso STR8 is ready for the start of testing ahead of the 2013 season.
The STR8 is the first car designed by the team’s new technical department heads James Key and Luca Furbatto.
Team principal Franz Tost says he expects the team to finish sixth in the constructors’ championship this year.
Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne remain to drive the latest car from Red Bull’s junior team, who ended last year in ninth place.

10. Caterham
FrançaCharles Pic
Holanda Giedo van der Garde
Engine: Renault
photo divulgación Catherham F1 Team
The Caterham CT02 has made its first appearance in time for the start of testing.

Technical director Mark Smith said the car is “an evolution of CT01 rather than a complete re-design, allowing us to focus our resources on developing areas of last year’s package where opportunities would give us the greatest return, whilst also beginning work on the 2014 package”.
Smith added the car will remain in the same configuration for the first race in Australia. New front and rear wings and a new diffuser will be added “soon after the start of the season”.
Among the changes to this year’s car are more deeply undercut sidepods. “The diffuser, engine cover and cooling exits have also seen major changes,” adds Smith, “and there are more subtle improvements to other areas of the car, such as the sidepod turning vanes and the lower tea-tray area”.
This is the first car the team have produced since the arrival of new team principal Cyril Abiteboul. “I am very pleased that we have been able to allocate our resources and budgets as efficiently as possible to produce a car that will allow us to consolidate our position in Formula One whilst also starting work on the 2014 car as early as possible,” he said.
“From the outside, the most obvious change to CT03 car is the livery. Whilst retaining the green and yellow paint scheme that has become synonymous with our team since 2010, we have refreshed both colours to enhance their visibility on track and give them what will be, we believe, one of the best looking liveries in the pit lne.”
Caterham have a new driver pairing of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde. They finished 11th in the last race in Brazil and need to go one better to get their first F1 points on the board.
The CT03 follows the CT01, last year’s F1 car, and the CT02, which is the company’s road car project with Renault.

11. Marussia

FrançaJules Bianchi
Reino UnidoMax Chilton
Engine: Cosworth
photo divulgación of Marussia F1 Team
The Marussia MR02 has been revealed by the team at the dawn of the first day of testing for the 2013 season.
It marks a step forward from last year when they failed to complete their car in time for it to run during pre-season testing.
This is the fourth car produced by the team which entered F1 as Virgin in 2010 and are still seeking their first points finish.
Marussia say their new car is the first they have designed using a wind tunnel as well as CFD. It is also their first car to feature a Kinetic Energy Recovery System.
The team have adopted a Coanda exhaust design as favoured by several teams last year.
“Whilst we have experienced some changes over the winter, the one area of stability we have enjoyed is the one that is most important to our progression from here, the design of our 2013 race car, led by our technical tirector Pat Symonds,” said team principal John Booth.
“We are confident that the MR02 is the product of evolving elements of last year’s package whilst integrating the new KERS system.
“It was said many times during 2012 that, notwithstanding the impressive steps we were taking in other areas of our development, KERS – or the lack of it – was the defining factor in determining our position relative to our immediate competitors.
“KERS was however a ‘strategic omission’ from our package until now; we opted to place the emphasis on aerodynamics, so that when we were in a position to bring the system to the car, we already had the strongest possible basis and its integration would be relatively straightforward.
“Thus far, this has certainly been the case, as our trackside engineering team have spent the winter refining their tools and preparing for the addition of KERS to ensure we can hit the ground running and use the short period of testing we have to get the car optimised for Melbourne.”

Source: f1fanatic.co.uk

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