wtcc Paul Ricard 2014

WTCC


wtcc Paul Ricard 2014

POLE POSITION FOR YVAN MULLER

AUTO - WTCC LE CASTELLET 2014The French round of the FIA WTCC, a real festival of motorsport, had got off to the best possible start for Citroën Racing, with its three C-Elysée WTCCs claiming the top three spots in qualifying.

However, Sébastien Loeb and José-María López saw their times cancelled after scrutineering, due to faulty fuel shut-off valves.

Third-fastest qualifier Yvan Muller will therefore start the first race in pole position.

As in Marrakech, the Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs put in a superb team performance from the start. On Friday, during the first session of free practice, José-María López clocked the fastest time, ahead of Sébastien Loeb.

On Saturday, however, the tables were turned, with Loeb picking up the fastest time in the late-morning practice session. Despite recording the fourth-fastest time of the first practice session, Yvan Muller was frustrated to have damaged the front end of his car by hitting a tyre stack. Everything was back in order for the second half-hour practice session, however, which the Citroën drivers spent working on their worn-tyre setup.

When the time came for qualifying, the sun was shining brightly and the stands were packed full of spectators eager to witness the return of FIA World Championship action to the Paul Ricard Circuit. Yvan, Seb and Pechito had little trouble securing their place in Q2. Picking up the pace in the second qualifying session to fend off attacks from their increasingly speedy competitors, Yvan Muller, Sébastien Loeb and José-María López were the only three drivers to dip under the 1 minute 30 barrier.

In Q3, with a single flying lap to clock the fastest time he could, José-María López shaved a few hundredths of a second off his Q2 time. Sébastien Loeb then produced a perfect performance to record a lap time 92 thousandths of a second quicker than his Argentine teammate! Yvan Muller, the last to go, also drove impressively, but ultimately fell 0.33 seconds short of the nine-time World Rally Champion.

During the technical inspections, the scrutineers noticed that the fuel shut-off values on Sébastien Loeb and Pechito Lopez’s cars were not working. This component was, however, functioning properly on the C-Elysée WTCC driven by Yvan Muller. The race stewards decided to cancel the times clocked by Seb and Pechito, who will now start from the back of the grid in both races. Yvan Muller, meanwhile, will start from pole position in race 1.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY

Yves Matton, Team Principal, Citroën Racing: “We couldn’t wait to get out and race on a ‘real’ circuit to assess our cars’ true potential in relation to the competition. It was fantastic to claim the top three spots in qualifying, but we were disappointed when we heard about the punishment handed out to Seb and Pechito. It was a failure in a standard component sold by one of our suppliers. The valve doesn’t do anything to improve performance: it’s there to ensure safety, an area in which Citroën Racing has always tried to be ahead of its time. Our drivers will have their work cut out to recover tomorrow, but they have the talent to go out and get a positive result.”

Yvan Muller: “The day didn’t get off to the best start, with a minor collision in the first free practice session. But the mechanics did a great job again and I was the fastest driver in Q1 and Q2. I thought I put in a good lap in Q3, but it wasn’t enough to beat Seb and Pechito. Like all the drivers who were used to the old cars, I think we’re not getting the most out of our tyres yet. I’ve been handed pole position by default, but I don’t take any pleasure in it. Now I’m going to go out and try to win to make up some of the ground I lost in Marrakech.”

Sébastien Loeb: “It was really close between the three of us! We did some good work in free practice and my car was perfect, which meant I was able to push it close to its limits. I didn’t make a mistake. It was a faultless lap.”

José-María López: “We went out for qualifying without really knowing who would come out on top. I wasn’t that confident with my braking today, particularly at the Bendor corner. I’m not complaining, because the car was perfect, but I think that’s where Seb had the edge.”

LCH China 2014

Formula 1


LCH PoleChina2014

2014 CHINESE GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING

Lewis Hamilton took pole position in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix this afternoon, with Nico Rosberg fourth after a challenging, wet qualifying session.

• Lewis took his third wet weather pole this season after qualifying 0.595 seconds ahead of his closest challenger, Daniel Ricciardo
• Nico Rosberg qualified fourth fastest but was unable to improve his lap time during his final run in Q3
• Both drivers ran wet tyres in Q1, then four sets of intermediate tyres for the rest of the qualifying session
• It is Lewis’ 8th pole for the team and his 34th in Formula One, which is a new record for a British driver and fourth on the all-time list.

Lewis Hamilton

It was a tough session today, but I really enjoyed it. It’s definitely the most satisfying feeling to come away with pole position in these wet conditions because the track is so slippery and you need to find the grip to put the lap together. The car felt great and the team have done a fantastic job this weekend. Our rivals look closer in the wet conditions, so we’ll be hoping it’s a dry race to take advantage of the position we’re in. We go into the race with a little bit of an unknown because after I struggled in practice on Friday. We made a lot of changes to the car and I haven’t yet had a chance to try them in the dry. It felt pretty good in the wet, though, so I’m hopeful that we can convert our pole position into a strong race performance tomorrow.

Nico Rosberg

I had two main problems today. I wasn’t totally happy with the feeling on the brakes, which resulted in me locking up and going off on my fast lap on the second to last lap. Then on my final timed lap, I was half a second quicker going into the last corner – but my time delta on my steering wheel display said that I was two tenths slower. So I just took a big risk and spun because I mistakenly thought I had nothing to lose anyway. However, fourth place is not a disaster. I was quick on Friday doing the race preparation so I am still confident that there is everything to play for tomorrow. 

Toto Wolff

Another wet qualifying session which doesn’t make life easy for anyone. We looked very strong on the full wet tyres at the beginning and the field seemed to close up as we moved onto the intermediate tyres. It was an exceptional performance from Lewis; he was in a league of his own today. Nico was very competitive and right there but unfortunately he wasn’t able to get a clean lap on the final run and that’s what cost him in these difficult conditions. It shows how competitive it is at this time, as we had the pace to put both cars on the front row.

Paddy Lowe

Qualifying is always tricky when we’re running in wet conditions, which meant that it was even more fantastic to see Lewis deliver a great lap to qualify in pole. There’s a slight disappointment on Nico’s side because it looked like he had the pace. However, both of his laps in the final run of Q3 were compromised and he was unable to improve his lap time. However, overall it was a positive afternoon and a good job from the drivers and the team to get through qualifying safely and in good positions. Congratulations to Lewis on becoming the most successful British driver in terms of pole positions; it’s a great achievement.

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 1, Silverstone (GBR)

F3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIOSHIP


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 1, Silverstone (GBR)

Rookie Ocon claims a pair of pole positions at Silverstone

Season rounds: 1 to 3 from 33
Track: Silverstone
Pole position race 1: Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin)
Pole position race 2: Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam)
Pole position race 3: Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam)
Temperature air / track: 9.1 – 8.3 °C / 7.3 – 6.9 °C
Weather: mix of overcast and sunny

Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) secured themselves the pole positions for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season opener at the 5.891 kilometres long Formula 1 circuit at Silverstone in the UK. In first qualifying, Blomqvist beat rookie driver Esteban Ocon by the minimal margin of 0.002 seconds. In the second session, the Frenchman claimed the best starting grid position from Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam). Rookie drivers Ocon and Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam) locked out the front row of the grid for the third race.

Starting grid race 1:
After rookie drivers Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:51.402 minutes), Esteban Ocon (1:51.329 minutes) and Antonio Fuoco (1:51.378 minutes) had dominated proceedings in free practice, stalwart Tom Blomqvist (1:51.327 minutes) succeeded in setting the fastest lap time in the first qualifying session of the season. With seven minutes remaining, the 20-year-old Brit moved up to the top of the time sheets and demoted the trio of fast rookies Ocon, Fuoco and Verstappen to second, third and fourth place. Lotus F1 junior Ocon was beaten by only 0.002 seconds. Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3, 1:51.795 minutes) provided a good FIA Formula 3 European Championship debut for his team West-Tec F3 by claiming fifth place. He ended up ahead of the second-fastest British driver, Jordan King (Carlin, 1:51.808 minutes), who was sixth.

Starting grid race 2:
In second qualifying, Esteban Ocon (1:51.322 minutes) reversed the order and secured first place. His team-mate Nicholas Latifi (1:51.460 minutes) ended up second from Tom Blomqvist (1:51.517 minutes), who only moved up into third position in the final stages of the session. He demoted Antonio Fuoco (1:51.536 minutes), the best-placed rookie, to fourth place. Also in the final minutes, Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, 1:51.755 minutes) moved up into fifth place from Max Verstappen (1:51.808 minutes). The Dutch driver shone as the third-fastest Formula 3 novice.

Starting grid race 3:
The second-fastest laps of every driver in second qualifying are used to determine the starting grid positions for the third race of the weekend. Esteban Ocon (1:51.327 minutes) also proved to be unbeatable in this ranking and secured two of the three possible pole positions for his FIA Formula 3 European Championship debut. With second place, Antonio Fuoco (1:51.557 minutes) made sure that rookie drivers locked out the front row of the grid. On Sunday morning, Tom Blomqvist (1:51.577 minutes) and Nicholas Latifi (1:51.777 minutes) will be lining up behind the two young talents. Max Verstappen (1:51.810 minutes) and Antonio Giovinazzi (1:51.894 minutes) will be on the third row.

Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “In first qualifying, the car was running really well and it wasn’t too bad in the second session either. Especially this morning, things were really close, but I managed to pull off a perfect lap and I am very happy with the first pole position of the year. After the good results in testing, being up front in first qualifying as well is nice. I hope for good starts and especially for good races. However, the season is still very long.”

Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam): “I didn’t expect these two pole positions, but we worked really hard during the winter and in the official test sessions. The two fastest lap times are the result of the huge effort by the entire team. The fastest time was within reach in first qualifying, too, but I didn’t manage to get it, which was somewhat disappointing. Now, I am looking forward to the three races that I definitely want to win, because that is what we are all are here for.”

LCH China FP2

UBS Chinese GP Friday practice


LCH China FP2

LEWIS HAMILTON ON TOP IN FP2

Lewis Hamilton
It was quite a difficult day today as we missed some of this morning’s session which put us on the back foot slightly, but we were glad to get some laps in the second session at least. We’re not too happy with the balance of the car at the moment, so we need to go and work on that. This circuit is particularly hard on tyres, as it has been every year, so we need to be prepared for that. A few of the other teams look to have improved in terms of pace, which is great as it means we will have a fight. There’s a lot of work to do and the guys are already here early and working late, but I’m confident that we can make some improvements going into tomorrow.

Nico Rosberg
It’s a unique weekend here in China; normally we struggle with rear tyre wear but here it seems to be the front tyres that I struggle with. You have so many long corners; you are just waiting and waiting and waiting to finish the corners. There is a lot of energy spent adapting to this situation. There is a need to be creative and look at the set-up, because graining can be very bad. We are still looking good performance wise, in terms of one-lap pace and on the long runs. But other teams were watching us and pushing a lot as we saw with Fernando today. I guess that my main rival for a win will again be my teammate, so I’m looking forward to the next in-house battle.

Daniel Ricciardo
“That wasn’t too bad today. I think tyres are always a bit of a challenge around this track, particularly with the softs, they seem to wear on the front left. Turn one is quite bad and turn 13, coming onto the back straight; you do see marbles around the lap, but I think that’s just the nature of the circuit. Our long run looked pretty good and we did more laps than we thought we would, so let’s see how we go tomorrow and Sunday.”
Sebastian Vettel
“We didn’t have any major issues today, so it was good in terms of testing. The track was very green; I think Formula One were the only cars running on the circuit today. There’s a lot for us to do, for me especially as I’m not yet where I want to be, but we made some progress. Tyre graining was average today, but I think it was the same for the others also; I’m sure it will get better as the weekend goes on. If it’s dry then the circuit ramps up and if it’s wet then it resets every time.”
Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix)

GP3 TESTING DAY 1


Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix)

NICK YELLOLY FASTEST ON DAY 1
Status GP’s Yelloly quickest in morning session
British driver Nick Yelloly posted the best time of the day with a 1:35.104 in the morning session, whilst fellow compatriot Alex Lynn (Carlin) recorded the fastest time in the afternoon.
The third and final pre-season test session takes place at the Circuit De Catalunya in Spain. The opening round of the GP3 Series is just three weeks away with the GP3 paddock returning to Barcelona again for the first race of the season; meaning this two day test is vital for the teams and drivers to prepare the correct set-up for qualifying and race trim.
Matheo Tuscher from Switzerland was one new face to the 2014 pre-season testing line-up. The young rookie has previously tested for GP3 back in 2012. The morning session got underway under clear blue skies albeit in fresh conditions. The Carlin trio of Lynn, Luis Sa Silva and Emil Bernstorff were first to take to the track.
It was a quiet start to proceedings in the first hour, with the Status GP duo of Yelloly and Richie Stanaway heading the timings early on. The Kiwi then ran wide avoiding a slower car and stopped off track which brought out the red flag for a short period.
Marussia Manor Racing’s Patrick Kujala was first to lap in the 1m35’s before Lynn snuck into P1 a few hundredths faster. In the final stages of the session, Yelloly regained his place at the top of the standings, with his best efforts almost half a second quicker than Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen GP) who had moved up to second. Marvin Kirchhofer ended the session in third ahead of Lynn, Stanaway, Kujala, Alex Fontana, Robert Visoiu, Santiago Urrutia and Dino Zamparelli.
Following a two hour break for lunch as the temperature increased, it was Arden International’s Jann Mardenborough who was the early pace-setter. Nelson Mason (Hilmer Motorsport) out-braked himself and stopped in the gravel which saw the session halted. Once the action resumed, Bernstoff clocked the quickest time before his teammate Lynn displaced him by setting the first lap in the 1m35’s of the afternoon session.
Eriksson jumped up to P2, before Tuscher demoted the Swede, lapping half a second shy of Lynn. Kujala found some extra pace to rise back up to second in the timings, one tenth off the Carlin debutant. Trident’s Denis Nagulin had an excursion at Turn 4 which saw the third red flag of the day as the clock ticked down.
Zamparelli progressed up the order to third in the final moments but the red flag brought an early end to the day when Mason went off at Turn 9, therefore the session didn’t resume. At the chequered flag it was Lynn who held top spot, ahead of Kujala, Zamparelli, Tuscher, Bernstorff, Patric Niederhauser, Stanaway, Eriksson, Mardenborough and Pal Varhaug.
The schedule for Day 2 of the test sees the test commence at 09.00 – 12.00 with a one hour break. The afternoon session will begin at 13.00 and end at 16.00.
Morning Results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
1:35.104
22
2.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:35.582
24
3.
Marvin Kirchhofer
ART Grand Prix
1:35.590
16
4.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
1:35.716
29
5.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:35.718
17
6.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
1:35.788
21
7.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:35.788
15
8.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
1:36.024
21
9.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:36.031
19
10.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
1:36.164
13
11.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
1:36.279
23
12.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
1:36.375
32
13.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
1:36.387
16
14.
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.409
30
15.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.448
19
16.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:36.489
28
17.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
1:36.515
23
18.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.538
23
19.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:36.591
22
20.
Roman De Beer
Trident
1:37.015
23
21.
Alfonso Celis Jr
Status Grand Prix
1:37.035
27
22.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:37.087
25
23.
Ivan Taranov
Hilmer Motorsport
1:37.262
34
24.
Victor Carbone
Trident
1:37.294
25
25.
Denis Nagulin
Trident
1:38.268
21
26.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
1:41.406
25
 
Afternoon Results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
1:35.663
33
2.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
1:35.851
32
3.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
1:36.082
29
4.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.280
32
5.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:36.358
36
6.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
1:36.401
30
7.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:36.469
35
8.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:36.510
23
9.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
1:36.513
30
10.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.513
21
11.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:36.557
29
12.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
1:36.626
32
13.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:36.891
13
14.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
1:37.102
31
15.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:37.147
14
16.
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
1:37.423
29
17.
Roman De Beer
Trident
1:37.591
30
18.
Victor Carbone
Trident
1:37.591
35
19.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
1:37.864
27
20.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
1:38.044
43
21.
Marvin Kirchhofer
ART Grand Prix
1:38.070
24
22.
Denis Nagulin
Trident
1:38.167
28
23.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:38.450
31
24.
Ivan Taranov
Hilmer Motorsport
1:38.983
33
25.
Alfonso Celis Jr
Status Grand Prix
1:38.989
38
26.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
1:41.076
14
FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 2, race 3, Silverstone (GB)

F3 European Championship


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 2, race 3, Silverstone (GB)

THE HUNT FOR THE 2014 FIA FORMULA 3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE IS ON

Venue: Silverstone
Track length: 5.891 kilometres
Lap record FIA F3: Alex Lynn 2013 (1:53,831 minutes)
Distance: 18 laps

This weekend, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship kicks off its 2014 season at Silverstone’s 5.891-kilometre GP circuit. With four days of pre-season testing at the Hungaroring and the Red Bull Ring contested, the young-guns are ready to meet the challenges represented by the planet’s most competitive young-talent series. The race weekend at Silverstone will be contested by a total of 27 drivers, with four of them being Britons: Jordan King (Carlin), Hector Hurst (Team West-Tec F3), Jake Dennis (Carlin) and Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin).

It goes without saying that the four Britons are particularly keen on shining in front of their home crowds. Carlin drivers King und Dennis as well as Blomqvist who races for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin may hope for securing good results as they all regularly made it to the top 10, on the four days of pre-season testing. Meanwhile, rookie Hector Hurst and his newcomer team West-Tec F3 want to also cause a first stir, in their home event.

In the tests, both the experienced drivers and the newcomers delivered in convincing style, with Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) in particular demonstrating that he is ready for battling it out in the planet’s most competitive young-talent series by setting two fastest lap times. In 2013, the Dutchman, son of former Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen, still was karting – to advance to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship straight away. The other two fastest lap times of the official tests were set by the experienced drivers Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3).

All the 27 young-guns want to follow the footsteps of Raffaele Marciello or Daniil Kvyat who succeeded in shining in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. Marciello, member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, won the 2013 title and is racing in the GP2 Series, this year. And Russia’s Daniil Kvyat, a Red Bull protégé, even made it right to a Formula 1 GP seat.

Jordan King (Carlin): “I was a rookie in 2013 and Silverstone was my only second FIA Formula 3 European Championship race weekend. Now I’m clearly more experienced and will give my very best to secure good results, in my home event. It’s my home race and so, all my sponsors and several friends will be on site to support me. Apart from this, it’s just a race like any other… Nearly, that is, as it’s just a 30-minute ride to the circuit, for me.”

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