FORMULA 1

VETTEL WINS IN HUNGARY FERNANDO FINISHES SIXTH

Vettel drove to victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix, staving off handling problems and charges from both his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton to convert his pole into a win.

Vettel had been visibly slower than both the two chasing cars but Ferrari chose not to pull him over in favour of Raikkonen and it was the right call as passing proved almost impossible at the Hungaroring. Raikkonen finished in second and Hamilton ultimately in fourth having given the third place spot he had inherited from his Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, back to the Finn at the end.

“I am over the moon,” Vettel said. “It may not have looked like it but it was a difficult race. I had my hands full from the start. Something went wrong. The steering started to go sideways. Towards the end it came back when I had a cushion but I had to stay focused the whole race.”

The Spaniard, whose contract expires at the end of the season, said following Hungarian GP qualifying that he would make a final call on his own future by September – a decision that will almost certainly be influenced by the plans McLaren puts in place for 2018.

“I’m happy we have showed a little bit of performance and I think it will make our relationship better.”

GP3

ALESI DOMINATES RACE 2 IN BUDAPEST

Frenchman leads Trident 1-2-3-4

Giuliano Alesi has backed up his Silverstone Race 2 victory with a lights to flag win in this morning’s GP3 Series Race 2 at the Hungaroring, taking the lead at turn 1 and controlling the pace all the way to the flag to lead Trident’s first 1-2-3-4 ahead of Ryan Tveter, Kevin Jörg and Dorian Bocolacci.

The race got underway with gloriously sunny conditions, and when the lights went out polesitter Tveter made a good getaway and pushed across the track to cover teammate Jörg: unfortunately the American ran too deep at turn 1 to cover the Swiss driver, handing the inside line to Alesi who shot through and into the lead ahead of the pair and Boccolacci as they headed down to turn 2.

Further back Nirei Fukuzumi spun at turn 3 and Leonardo Pulcini ran deep at turn 4, forcing both men to return to the pits, but up ahead Alessio Lorandi was determined to ruin the Trident party and overtook Boccolacci at the final turn before tearing off after the leading trio. But the pace at the front was to prove too much for him: the Italian ran wide over the huge kerbs at turn 11 on lap 7 before stopping with a puncture a few corners later.

FORMULA 1

VETTEL ON POLE FOR HUNGARY LCH FOURTH FERNANDO STARTS SEVENTH

Vettel headed a Ferrari one-two for the Hungarian Grand Prix, putting in a fantastic lap to take pole in front of his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying. Bottas was in third but LCH could manage only fourth on the grid, his attempt to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 68 pole positions denied .

This is Vettel’s second pole position of the season, having taken the top spot in Russia and it is the third time he has claimed pole in Hungary, having done so twice before for Red Bull in 2010 and 2011. The German’s 48th career pole is Ferrari’s third this year after Raikkonen also took pole in Monaco and while the Scuderia are still generally behind Mercedes over the single lap discipline, they have proved that they can take advantage on tracks where power is not such a prominent factor.

“The car has been incredible all day. We made a good step forward. I like this track a lot and it’s been really enjoyable,” said Vettel. “It’s a front row for us so we’re looking forward to tomorrow. Nothing changed overnight. The last race wasn’t great for us but that doesn’t matter now. I’m very happy where we are as a team. The main task comes tomorrow. Nothing has been won today.”

F1Weekly podcast # 732

THE HOST IS STILL NAUSEATED OVER THE LCH LOVE FEST AT SILVERSTONE, NASIR IS EMBRACING THE WHOLE ENCHILADA…WE HAVE A NEW EPISODE OF LOOSH ON THE LOOSE AND THIS WEEKS INTERVIEW IS WITH FORMULA RENAULT DRIVER YEFEI YE FROM CHINA.

Yifei began karting in 2012 at the age of twelve, competing in numerous karting championships.

In 2015, Yifei graduated to single-seaters in the French F4 Championship, where he claimed two wins and finished 12th, and the Italian F4 Championship with RB Racing, where he finished 21st. The following year he repeated these series, finishing 10th in Italian F4 with kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport and claiming the French F4 title in dominant fashion.

In December 2016, it was announced Yifei would graduate to Formula Renault 2.0 with team champions Josef Kaufmann Racing

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F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

ROOKIE LANDO NORRIS ON POLE AT SPA

Event: 06 Spa-Francorchamps
Session: Qualifying 1
Track: Spa-Francorchamps / BEL
Pole position: Lando Norris (Carlin)
Weather: overcast, 17.3 °C

At the Spa-Francorchamps Formula 1 circuit, Lando Norris (Carlin, 2m12.144s) claimed pole position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The rookie, who is supported by the McLaren Formula 1 team, completed his fastest lap of the 7.004 kilometres long Ardennes roller coaster 0.225 seconds faster than his compatriot Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam, 2m12.369s). Third place went to Jake Hughes (Hitech Grand Prix, 2m12.420s). Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam, 2m12.588s), the FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ leader, secured fourth place from Nikita Mazepin (Hitech Grand Prix,2m12.668s) and Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam, 2m12.918s).

With most of free practice and the official test day on Tuesday still having taken place at a damp track, the competitors from the FIA Formula 3 European Championship found nearly dry track conditions for the first time this weekend. Halfway through the session, Callum Ilott was on top from Lando Norris, but the Prema driver turned out to be unable to hold on to this position till the end. Two minutes later, Norris already managed to post a faster lap time and the 17-year old went up into the lead from Ilott and Günther. Soon after that, Jake Hughes moved ahead of Günther into third place.

Nikita Mazepin ended up fifth in qualifying, which will award the Russian protégé of the Force India Formula 1 team the best starting position in an FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the current season. Guanyu Zhou, Jehan Daruvala (Carlin, 2m12.969s), Ralf Aron (Hitech Grand Prix, 2m13.077s), Harrison Newey (Van Amersfoort Racing, 2m13.095s) and Pedro Piquet (Van Amersfoort Racing, 2m13.105s) rounded out the top ten.

Lando Norris (Carlin): “First place came a bit unexpected for me. This was the first session on a dry track all week, so that we didn’t know exactly what set-up we had to take for the car. Some parts of the track were still a bit damp which made things more difficult. I made a few mistakes and the tyres degraded as well. Still, I think that both myself and my team have done quite a good job, also bearing in mind that I didn’t have any slipstream at all.”

FORMULA 1

FERNANDO ALONSO’S HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

“On paper, the Hungaroring presents one of the best opportunities for us this year. The short, twisty circuit means we are less reliant on outright power, and the drivers have to really depend on the capabilities of the chassis to get the best out of the lap.

“I always like returning to Budapest – we get to stay in the centre with great views of the river, and you feel like you’re really part of the city all weekend. The temperatures are high and it’s a testing weekend for the teams and drivers – especially since the summer break is so close, but a good result can be a great boost for everyone going into the shutdown period.

“The important thing for us, as always, is reliability. Even if our car could perform better in Hungary, we need to have a trouble-free weekend to take advantage of every opportunity for points. We made some big decisions in Silverstone in terms of taking grid penalties in preparation for this race, and hope that’s paid off so we can put ourselves in the best possible position for points this weekend.”