Event: 09 Spielberg
Session: Race 1
Track: Red Bull Ring / AUT
Pole position: Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam)
Race winner: Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam)
Weather: sunny, 15.2 °C

Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam) started the ninth weekend of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.318 kilometres long Red Bull Ring with a victory. Behind the Brit, Joel Eriksson (Motopark) and Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam) took the chequered flag in second and third place. Points’ leader Lando Norris (Carlin) finished fourth in the 25th race of the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. Thus, his margin over Maximilian Günther, second in the drivers’ standings, was reduced by three points to 70 points.

Callum Ilott benefited from his pole position and took the lead on the first metres. Behind him, Joel Eriksson overtook Maximilian Günther for second place while Lando Norris returned from the opening lap in fifth behind Tadasuke Makino (Hitech Grand Prix). Behind David Beckmann (Motopark), Nikita Mazepin (Hitech Grand Prix) was in seventh place at the circuit in Styria until he retired due to a collision with Harrison Newey (Van Amersfoort Racing) on lap four. The Brit had to visit the pits for a brief stop, allowing Mick Schumacher (Prema Powerteam) to move up into seventh place in the opening stages of the race.

Four laps later, Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin), the only Austrian in the field, overtook the two Germans Beckmann and Schumacher and progressed from eighth to sixth place. The great-grandson of the last Austrian emperor also brought this position home.

Further ahead, Lando Norris fiercely attacked Tadasuke Makino during the final two laps, after which the McLaren protégé overtook the Honda-backed Japanese. However, the Brit was unable to mount a challenge on the trio in front, so that Callum Ilott eventually crossed the finish line as the winner ahead of Joel Eriksson and Maximilian Günther. Norris secured fourth place from Makino, Habsburg, Schumacher, Beckmann, Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam) and Pedro Piquet (Van Amersfoort Racing).

Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam): “For me, it has been a good weekend at one of my favourite tracks so far. Qualifying was a close affair, but I managed to come out on top. My start into the race wasn’t particularly good, Joel’s getaway was considerably better. However, I was able to decide the battle with him on the opening lap in my favour. After that, I controlled the race and I am now happy with this win.”

Joel Eriksson (Motopark): “I am delighted with this podium finish. At the start, I managed to overtake Maximilian and put Callum under pressure on the opening lap. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a way past him. In the remainder of the race, I tried to keep the gap to him as small as possible to be able to benefit from a possible mistake, but as he didn’t make any, my position didn’t change either.”

Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam): “My start wasn’t good, so I lost a position to Joel as a result. That was it in a race that had relatively little action. To be honest, third place wasn’t my goal, I wanted to win the race. But still, I finished ahead of Lando Norris and therefore was able to slightly reduce his margin in the drivers’ standings.”



Each Concours Sunday, during our celebration of many of the world’s greatest cars, we also honor one person. This year we honored Bob Devlin—and we hope you join us in recognizing his contributions to the Pebble Beach Concours and the collector car world.
Bob Devlin first restored a car—a 1931 Ford Model A Victoria Coupé—at the age of 11, so he was a car guy from childhood. But it was his first trip to the Pebble Beach Road Races and Concours d’Elegance, as a teenager in 1952, that would capture his imagination—for which we are grateful.
A few years ago Bob talked about his first memories of Pebble Beach:
“I recall the rush I felt watching racecars barrel around the tight twists and turns of Del Monte Forest. But it was the sound even more than the sight that stays with me. The tall pine trees seemed to be megaphones, increasing the volume with their echoes. I also remember wandering, bedazzled, among the many fantastic cars displayed on the lawn of Del Monte Lodge [now The Lodge at Pebble Beach] … and wishing more than a few were mine.”
Bob went on to race sports cars himself, and he has participated in and organized many concours, tours and rallies. Bob was named an Honorary Judge this year, after serving for over 30 years among our Class and Chief Class Judges. He has been particularly active in the Ferrari Club of America, serving as a judge at all levels, as a national secretary, and as the Chairman of its 1994 International Meeting.
During the awards ceremony this year, Bob Devlin received the Lorin Tryon Trophy. This trophy recognizes an automotive enthusiast who has contributed significantly to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the collector car world. The trophy is named for the man who served as this event’s Co-Chairman for nearly three decadesa man whose passion and expertise drew the most elegant cars to Pebble Beach year after year. In awarding Bob the Lorin Tryon Trophy, Concours Chairman Sandra Button emphasized what Bob has done at Pebble Beach:
“Bob, you were the first person to make an effort to collect and preserve our history. In the late 1970s, you collected photographs, posters and programs,as well as records of race and Concours participants and winners. You also taped early interviews with race and Concours organizers and participants. And you gathered all of these things into a magnificent book Pebble Beach: A Matter of Style. You went on to write another book about our posters. And you’ve helped us with the 50th and 60th anniversary books and numerous articles for our publications. In doing so, you have saved not only our history, you have saved and preserved the history of over 5,000 cars.
“Bob has said he returns to the Pebble Beach Concours time and again ‘because it has become a part of me—just as it is a part of many people.’
“Bob, we want to tell you that the reverse is also true: You have become a part of this Concours. You have given a large part of yourself to this event—and you have bettered it.
Betsy Devlin embraces husband Bob Devlin after he is awarded the Lorin Tryon Trophy.
This year Bob joined the ranks of our Honorary Judges for the first time, after serving for over 30 years
as a Class and Chief Class Judge.
Thank you Bob!



LCH handed the victory at the Singapore Grand Prix, after a dramatic start in which three of his rivals took one another out. It was a victory which was unexpected but that the Mercedes driver grasped energetically and in doing so has established a commanding lead of 28 points over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

On a wet track, Vettel clashed with his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen off the start line and all three were eliminated from the race. Hamilton, who had started from fifth, avoided the crash and, having taken the lead, held it until the finish. He was followed home by the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo in second and the sister Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas in third.

“What a turnaround today,” Hamilton said. “Fantastic job on the strategy, what a great day.”



Sebastian Vettel, who trails LCH by three points in the title race, fended off the challenge from the rampant Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo to take the front spot by one-third of a second.

Vettel set a time quick enough for pole position on his first run in Q3, during which all drivers used ultra-soft rubber, with a 1m39.669s.

He then survived a light brush of the wall at the right-hander coming out from under the grandstand on his second run to improve to a 1m39.491s to take pole from Red Bull driver Max Verstappen by 0.323 seconds.

Verstappen had set the pace in Q2, but after going second fastest on his first run in Q3 he was unable to improve on his second.

VETTEL:  The car was amazing,” said an elated and clearly emotional Vettel, a four-time Singapore GP winner. “It’s an amazing track when you feel the car was coming together. I knew we had it in us but we had to get there.”

“That was one of those mega pole positions you see from a great champion,” added Sky F1’s Damon Hill.

But it was a nightmare session for Mercedes with Hamilton more than half a second off the pace, with Valtteri Bottas even further back in sixth.




First Practice Session: 1:42.489 Position: 1, Laps: 21
Second Practice Session: 1:40.852, Position: 1, Laps: 33
“It was a good day out there today, but I expected this, to be honest, and am not really surprised with our performance. I knew we would come here with a good car. We made some progress from the morning and even though we were the quickest in FP1, I still wanted to get more out of the car and the set up in the afternoon. We took another step forward throughout the day, which was good and we now hope there is still more room to improve for tomorrow. I’m after a dominant weekend and so far this has been a good start. It’s important that we obviously keep that for tomorrow but I have faith that we can perform on this level all weekend. I know the challenge in Qualifying will be a potentially stronger Ferrari and Mercedes but I’m confident we can stay up there and fight with them at the top.”
First Practice session: 1:42.610, Position: 3, Laps: 23
Second Practice Session: 1:41.408, Position: 2, Laps: 28
“Finishing first and second in the last session means it has been a positive Friday. The car in general performed well so we are happy with that side, the balance can always be improved and we are a bit down on top speed but nothing major to work on. After such a good day we have to believe that a very good result in Qualifying is possible, so we will go for it. Compared to our competitors we look very strong, we didn’t expect to be this competitive so of course this is very pleasing for us. We still have to be cautious and work on all aspects because we know that in Q3 tomorrow they will have improved and be closer; for now we look in a good position. Qualifying will be tight but I’m confident that our race pace offers us the chance of a good result. We know this should be one of our best tracks so we will do our best to capitalise on that.”

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Carlos Sainz Jr. has signed a deal to join Renault as Toro Rosso prepares to part ways with Renault in favor of using Honda power in Formula 1 for 2018.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that Renault will announce Sainz as the replacement driver for the struggling Jolyon Palmer for 2018 at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. Sainz has been angling for a move for the majority of the season since Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are locked in at the senior Red Bull team, limiting his opportunities to get into a potentially race-winning outfit.

The deal is basically the first of a domino effect. Toro Rosso will run with Honda power in 2018 in a move that would allow McLaren to pick up Renault engines. Honda would then power Toro Rosso in exchange for McLaren gearboxes to accelerate the learning curve.

Sainz could make his Renault debut sooner than the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Dissatisfied by the lack of improvement from Palmer, Renault is rumored to be considering introducing Sainz for the Malaysian Grand Prix toward the end of September.

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