F1Weekly podcast #687

Clark and Nasir still giddy over the results of the Hungarian Grand Prix. We have the latest episode of Tech Talk with Tim! Another outstanding Motorsports Mondial with the man himself and of course 50 words from the F1W forum and…Here are the latest results from the F3 European Championship.

Jake Dennis stays in front after thrilling finale

Season race: 22 of 33
Track: Red Bull Ring
Winner: Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam)
Pole position: Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam)
Weather: sunny and warm

In summerly temperatures at the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring, 20-year-old Brit Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam) scored his fifth season win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam), by three years his senior, took the chequered flag in second place ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin). With his 15th podium finish of the season, the 21-year-old Italian extended his margin in the lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings to 14.5 points. Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing), who finished sixth in Styria, defended his second place in the championship standings.

On the first few metres, Jake Dennis, who started from second place on the grid, overtook Felix Rosenqvist, who was unable to benefit from the advantage of pole position. In the laps that followed until the finish, the Swede was partly closely behind the leading Brit, but initially found no way to attack his team-mate. Rosenqvist only mounted a challenge to Dennis on the final two laps, but his last-gasp attack didn’t bring the result he had hoped for. Instead, he had to be careful not to be overtaken by Antonio Giovinazzi in turn, but Rosenqvist managed to stay in front. Thus, the order remained unchanged until the finish with Dennis from Rosenqvist and Giovinazzi.

A quartet of rookie drivers followed from fourth to seventh place. Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) finished fourth as the best-placed rookie from George Russell (Carlin) and Charles Leclerc. On lap 13, the 17-year-old Monegasque overtook Alexander Albon (Signature) to claim sixth place and another eight points for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings. Gustavo Menezes (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Sérgio Sette Câmara (Motopark) and Mikkel Jensen (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) completed the top ten in the 22nd race of the season.

Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam): “My start was really great, probably my best of the entire season. After that, I tried to pull a gap on Felix, but he was really quick. Just before the end, I made a mistake when my car had a lot of oversteer. After that, the handling was much more difficult, because I had hardly any grip left. That was the time when Felix was able to attack me and I had to use all the tricks in the book to keep him at bay. I was relieved to see the chequered flag soon after that and I am really happy with this success. After the rather poor second qualifying yesterday afternoon, I knew that this race would be my only chance of a victory.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam): “My start was good, but Jake’s was even better. Then, I waited for a chance to overtake him. Towards the halfway point, I dropped back a little bit to save my tyres. The last two laps were interesting. I almost had overtaken Jake, but we slightly tangled in this move. Then, Antonio bode his chance right behind me and I was happy that I managed to bring second place home.”

Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “My start was good and I managed to overtake Lance Stroll on the first few metes. Too bad that I then failed to keep up with Jake and Felix and only was able to close up in the final stages. In the last few laps, I had the chance to attack Felix, but I also thought about the championship and didn’t take too many risks. Third place brings me a lot of points as well.”

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FORMULA 1

RED BULL TALKS ABOUT THEIR PODIUM IN HUNGARY

DANIIL KVYAT, Finish Position: 2nd, Start Position: 7th 
“I am very happy with the results; it was a fantastic turn around in what was such an eventful race. During the first stint, I thought my race was over because of the vibrations from the flat spot. But the car was really competitive during the last stint and we were able to finish very strongly. All the team deserves this double-podium, and all the guys back at the factory, everyone has kept pushing, and I want to say a big thank you to them. I am dedicating my race to Jules and his family; we lost a fantastic guy, our hearts and thoughts are with him and his family.”
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 4th
“It was definitely an eventful race but one I am very proud of. I have mixed emotions but I‘m grateful to be on the podium. It’s been a tough year and to have two cars on the podium is pretty surreal. I pushed hard in the last stint when I was on new softs so the opportunity was there to go for the race win. It’s a shame that Nico and I made contact but I wore my heart on my sleeve and left everything I had on the track.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “Today was a great result for the team, with Dany’s P2 finish – his first Formula One podium, and Daniel right there in P3, both drivers taking maximum advantage of this circuit’s characteristics. The strategy with Daniel really came into play after the final safety car, having run both the soft and hard tyre, which meant he had a new set of softs available for that final stint. He put them to really good effect to pass Lewis, which set him up to have a go at Nico. Unfortunately their contact denied Daniel the opportunity of fighting for the race win, but it looked like a racing incident and certainly provided an entertaining drive. Dany had a difficult start, locking the tyres, but he made a very strong recovery to bring it home in second. This is a great way to head into the summer break and also a great day for the Red Bull Junior Programme, from which all of today’s top four drivers have graduated.”
MATTHIEU DUBOIS, Renault: “First of all, I would like to reiterate that all of our thoughts were with Jules Bianchi this weekend. All we can do is to carry on racing, as I’m sure he would’ve wanted. I think the team went through the full spectrum of emotions that Formula One has to offer today; from confidence when we arrived at the track this morning, to disappointment after the race start, and determination to push our engines to the limit following the Safety Car period. The entire team did a fantastic job to ensure that we maximised the opportunity and made it to the chequered flag. This result is a great reward for all the hard work from Renault during the challenging first part of the season, and has come at a good time as the championship takes a short break for the summer.”

FORMULA 1

Sebastian Vettel wins the Hungarian Grand Prix!

That’s his 41st career win, the same number as Ayrton Senna. Kyvat brings the Red Bull home in second place, whilst the brilliant Ricciardo has finished in third. Verstappen and Alonso finish 4th and 5th, respectively. And Hamilton comes home in 6th, and increases his Championship lead over Nico Rosberg.

Ferrari took the advantage at the start as both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen took first and second from the two Mercedes on the front row of the grid. Hamilton then nearly collided with Rosberg at the chicane and ran wide, dropping him down to tenth place by the end of the first lap. Hamilton fought back to fourth ahead of a safety car period, but clashed with Daniel Ricciardo while defending position at the restart and fell down the order again with a drive-through penalty to eventually finish sixth.

Rosberg should have capitalised on his team-mate’s mistakes and was in a position to worry Vettel for the lead following the safety car, but instead came under attack from Ricciardo in third who was on the quicker soft compound tyres. After several laps of closing in, Ricciardo made a lunge for second on lap 64, but ran deep and then made contact with Rosberg on the exit of the corner. The incident punctured Rosberg’s left rear tyre and dropped him to eighth at the end while Ricciardo’s front wing damage saw him cede second place to team-mate Daniil Kvyat soon after. Nonetheless, a double podium for Red Bull is by far the team’s best result of the year.

GP2

Matsushita dominates for sprint win

Nobuharu Matsushita crushed the competition for his first GP2 victory this morning at the Hungaroring, easily claiming the win in a sprint race where everyone else struggled with their tyres in the cooler conditions to lead the first ART 1-2 since Sam Bird and Jules Bianchi in Monza 2010, ahead of teammate Stoffel Vandoorne and Sergey Sirotkin.
The Japanese driver took advantage of pole position to easily lead his rivals away when the lights went out with a good start, while McLaren tester Vandoorne and Sirotkin made sparkling getaways to run inside into turn one: the Belgian eased his way into P2 while the Russian was briefly held by Raffaele Marciello but got past the Italian around the outside with a lovely pass out of turn two.
With the rest of their rivals shaking out their positions behind them, including an impressive run from last on the grid to tenth by Sergio Canamasas in one lap, the leaders were swapping fastest laps as they looked to lay down a marker, but it wasn’t without a price: by lap nine the Belgian was already complaining of graining and was unable to run at his teammate’s pace.
It was clear that tyre management was the order of the day, but that didn’t stop Rio Haryanto pushing Marciello almost all race long: the Indonesian clearly had a better car but the Italian was hanging on around the tight, technical circuit. The Racing Engineering teammates were soon struggling too: Alexander Rossi had to come in for fresh tyres on lap 20 after losing a number of places, while Jordan King lost what looked to be a solid P7 around the same time.
And when the flag dropped it was Matsushita who had eased his way to victory, two seconds to the good over Vandoorne, who had to fight off a last lap challenge by Sirotkin for second. Marciello came out on top of Haryanto for the battle for fourth, while Pierre Gasly dropped from fifth to eighth with two laps remaining, losing out to Norman Nato and Robert Visoiu.
If Vandoorne was disappointed at missing the win to his teammate, he can take solace in an expanded lead in the drivers’ championship: the Belgian now leads Haryanto by 194 points to 109, while Rossi’s non-scoring weekend sees him stranded on 105 points, just ahead of Sirotkin on 103, with Alex Lynn on 85 points to Gasly’s 61, Marciello on 58 and Matsushita on 48. In the teams’ title ART Grand Prix have eased away from DAMS by 242 points to 146, with Racing Engineering on 131, Campos Racing on 130 and Rapax on 121 as the grid escapes for the summer break ahead of the next round at the fabled Spa Francorchamps circuit next month.

GP2

Lynn scorches to Budapest victory

Alex Lynn put on a crushing display of speed and guile to claim his first feature race victory in scorching conditions this afternoon at the Hungaroring, leading for most of the race and picking the right tyre strategy to win ahead of DAMS teammate Pierre Gasly and Sergey Sirotkin.
The Williams test driver made great use of pole position, blasting away when the lights went out and taking an easy early lead as fellow front row starter Stoffel Vandoorne stuttered: Red Bull tester Gasly made a brilliant start from P5 to follow his teammate into turn one, while Arthur Pic and Raffaele Marciello went either side of the the McLaren man to follow the leaders through.
The Italian jumped the Frenchman next time by, just before a brief safety car period to recover Sergio Canamasas’ broken car, and the race was live for just two laps before the pitstops started for the soft compound drivers: Vandoorne was the first man in, followed by Julian Leal, but the series leader was judged to have been released unsafely and was handed a 5 second time penalty for his efforts, while out on track Lynn, Gasly, Marciello and Sirotkin were pulling away from their rivals.
With all eyes on the time gap between Lynn and Vandoorne the question was could they maintain a gap large enough to hold onto the lead? By the time the Briton came in on lap 23 it was clear that they hadn’t: Lynn emerged behind Pic in (effectively) P, but he had the advantage of fresh soft rubber and wasn’t going to hang around. Lynn slid past the battle between Pic and Alexander Rossi almost immediately, and easily claimed Haryanto a few laps later for what was effectively the lead, given Vandoorne’s penalty.
It wasn’t enough for the Briton: he blasted by Vandoorne with 5 laps remaining to lead on track, and with the other soft shod men coming the question was how would the Belgian hold them back? Haryanto wasn’t helping his cause – the Indonesian was looking for a way through all round the circuit – but Gasly sliced by them both on the penultimate lap for P2 behind his teammate, with Vandoorne third on track but dropped to P5 on the timesheets behind Sirotkin, who clattered his way past Haryanto at the second last corner, removing the Indonesian’s front wing in the process.
Jordan King had a solid race for P6, jumping Marciello on fresher rubber, with Nobuharu Matsushita, Robert Visiou and Daniel de Jong also taking advantage of stopping for softs late in the race. The result didn’t affect the top of the drivers’ championship substantially – Vandoorne now leads Rossi by 180 points to 105, with Haryanto on 103, Sirotkin on 93, Lynn on 85 and Gasly on 60 points – but there is plenty of scope for more to come in the sprint race tomorrow morning.

GP3

Trident’s Luca Ghiotto pockets fourth career pole in Hungaroring

Series leader Luca Ghiotto won the battle for pole position today in a sweltering and hotly contested qualifying session in Hungary. The Trident star clocked a best laptime of 1:34.030 which was just 0.036s faster than Arden International’s Emil Bernstorff who had topped the timesheets earlier on. Mercedes junior and ART Grand Prix rookie Esteban Ocon was third.
The thirty minute session saw track temperatures as high as forty-one degrees as the pack ventured onto the Hungaroring in their quest for pole. Italian Ghiotto was first to lap into the 1m35’s before Ocon dipped into the 1m34’s early on.
Ghiotto responded to the Frenchman by lapping two tenths quicker, whilst Campos Racing’s Alex Palou shot into second, just 0.010s shy off the Trident ace. Bernstorff found some more pace to head to the top of the timesheet, with the top three covered by just 0.022s showing how tough the competition is.
Ghiotto was back into P1 for a brief moment until ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhöfer bettered his time by 0.066s. This was to be short lived as Bernstorff improved yet again, lighting the first sector purple. But nothing was going to stop Ghiotto today: he posted the fastest time in the middle sector and reclaimed pole position taking his third pole of the season. Ocon also improved on his final attempt into third, demoting his teammate Kirchhöfer to fourth.
Behind the Italian at the chequered flag was Bernstorff, Ocon, Kirchhöfer, Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen GP), Matthew Parry, Alex Palou, Antonio Fuoco (Carlin), Kevin Ceccon and Pal Varhaug (Jenzer Motorsport) completed the top ten.
Similar conditions are expected later for the forty-minute long race at 17.20pm local time.

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