Stanaway Yelloly Bernstorff R2

GP3



Stanaway leads home Status GP 1-2 in Silverstone

It was all smiles from the team in the eye-catching green and black: Status Grand Prix on home soil produced a fantastic one-two result in the hands of Kiwi Richie Stanaway and Brit Nick Yelloly. Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff pocketed the final spot on the rostrum. After making a good start, Stanaway was never headed and achieved his second GP3 win of his career.
The threatening rain did not appear in front of the very enthusiastic and passionate fans at the Silverstone circuit. Cool temperatures set the scene for Race 2 and reverse pole-sitter Dino Zamparelli bogged down at the start to end lap one in P5. Stanaway made a clean start to go into the lead but Bernstorff made a lightning getaway from fifth to move into second on the first few turns. Yelloly and Kirchhöfer held third and fourth whilst Series leaders Alex Lynn and Jimmy Eriksson dropped down several places out of the top ten.
Contact was made between Alex Fontana (ART Grand Prix) and Patrick Kujala (Marussia Manor Racing) which meant a premature end for both. Action was frenetic throughout the field as Stanaway started to build an advantage back to his Status Grand Prix teammate Yelloly.
Eriksson had Lynn filling his mirrors as the duo caught the Jenzer Motorsport car of Pal Varhaug and Arden International’s Patric Niederhauser. The Swiss driver attempted several moves to pass the Norwegian as Varhaug felt the pressure and ran wide, cutting a corner in the process. When Varhaug came back on track, Niederhauser once again pounced, this time trying a move down the inside of him and Eriksson sensed his opportunity – diving down the middle of the pair of them. Unfortunately, contact was made, with Eriksson and Niederhauser tumbling into the gravel and Varhaug suffering damage also and retiring.
This allowed some clear air for Series leader Lynn and he set his sights on Jann Mardenborough. The Carlin driver made the move stick and was then was embroiled in a four way battle for fifth: Dean Stoneman (Marussia Manor Racing), Riccardo Agostini (Hilmer Motorsport), Zamparelli and Lynn was a fierce fight and it was the Italian rookie who made the first successful manoeuvre on Stoneman for P5. Zamparelli and Lynn were quick to follow suit and unluckily for Stoneman in his home race – his car began to slow and he retired after a strong race.
Stanaway held a 2.6s margin over Yelloly, with a further two seconds advantage back to Bernstorff. The action wasn’t done yet with Lynn still on a charge to move up the order and on the last lap he got the better of Zamparelli for P6 to claim his first race two points of the 2014 GP3 season.
After 15 laps, Stanaway and Yelloly crossed the line and celebrated a wonderful one-two for Status Grand Prix. It was Yelloly’s first podium this year and a third rostrum appearance for Bernstorff who once again picked up vital points in the championship. Kirchhöfer came home fourth, ahead of Agostini – the Hilmer Motorsport driver posting his best result to date. Lynn, Zamparelli and Mathéo Tuscher completed the final point’s positions.
Lynn remains on top in the Drivers’ Standings with an eight point lead over Eriksson. Stanaway lies in third, 18 points off the Carlin driver, with Bernstorff and Kirchhöfer rounding out the top five. Carlin head the Teams’ Standings on 148 points, but Status Grand Prix move back into second place and close the point’s deficit. Koiranen GP are third ahead of ART Grand Prix and Marussia Manor Racing.
Six races this season and five different winners – we can expect another superb encounter for Round 4 in Hockenheim, Germany on 18-20 July in two weeks’ time.
Silverstone – Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
2.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
3.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
4.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
5.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
6.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
7.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
8.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
9.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
10.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
11.
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
12.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
13.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
14.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
15.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
16.
Roman De Beer
Trident
17.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
18.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
Not Classified
 
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
Sebastian Balthasar
Hilmer Motorsport
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
Victor Carbone
Trident
 
 
Fastest Lap : Roman De Beer – Trident : 1 :49. 360 on lap 14
Felipe Nasr (Carlin)

GP2



Nasr shines in Silverstone Sprint Race

Felipe Nasr put in a peerless performance to claim victory in this morning’s sprint race at Silverstone: the Brazilian was never headed as he left his rivals in his wake for a dominant win in cold but dry conditions ahead of Stefano Coletti and Johnny Cecotto.
The Williams test driver’s victory was set up at the start with a sharp getaway from P2, easily dispatching poleman Stéphane Richelmi whose poor start saw him surrounded by countryman Coletti, who made a very good start indeed, and an equally rapid Cecotto, with Julian Leal also sneaking through at the first corner.
Series leader Jolyon Palmer snuck past Mitch Evans before the lap finished to put himself into his teammate’s mirrors, while Stoffel Vandoorne tried but failed to make the same move, dropping him back into the clutches of newcomer Marco Sorensen: the Dane kept a watching brief for a few laps before eventually striking, picking up the position on lap five.
Back at the front Nasr and Coletti were pulling away from their rivals, with the Monegasque driver closing a little each lap as he set himself up for an attack later in the race as his team cautioned him to watch his front left tyre. But Coletti was soon struggling, just as Palmer found a way past Richelmi and started to close on Cecotto.
Nasr was left to sail off into the distance, doing just enough to build a gap lap after lap but not so much that he took performance out of the car, easily winning by over 4 seconds from Coletti, who drove a mature race to nurse home his car for a well-earned second. Cecotto held off a late race challenge from Palmer to round out the podium, with Leal finishing a quiet race in fifth ahead of Richelmi, who denied a hard charging Evans, and Sorensen, who claimed a second points finish in his debut weekend.
Palmer leaves his home circuit disappointed to have not claimed the victory he so clearly wanted, but satisfied that his championship lead remains intact: he leads Nasr by 143 points to 105, with Cecotto behind them on 94 points, Evans and Coletti on 67 and just one point ahead of Leal, and Vandoorne on 58. In the teams’ title DAMS continue to hold off Carlin by 183 points to 171, ahead of Trident on 116 and Racing Engineering on 96 points, as they look forward to the next round at Hockenheim in just two weeks time.
Silverstone – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
2.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
3.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
4.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
5.
Julian Leal
Carlin
6.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
7.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
8.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
9.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
10.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
11.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
12.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
13.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
14.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
15.
Daniiel De Jong
MP Motorsport
16.
André Negrao
Arden International
17.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
18.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
19.
Rene Binder
Arden International
20.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
21.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
22.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
23.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
Not Classified
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering

Fastest Lap: Stefano Coletti (Racing Engineering) – 1:42.460 on lap 6

Silverstone quali 2014

FORMULA 1


2014 BRITISH GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING

Nico Rosberg took pole position for the British Grand Prix this afternoon with Lewis Hamilton qualifying in sixth place.

- Nico scored his fourth pole position of the year and his third pole in the last four races
– This marked the eighth time in nine races of the 2014 season that the F1 W05 Hybrid has claimed pole position
– Lewis failed to set a time on his final lap after choosing to abort his run at the end of sector one, he will start P6
– Both drivers ran the following tyre strategy: Q1, Inter/Option; Q2, Inter/Option; Q3, Option/Option

Weather – Showers
Temperatures – Air: 15-16 °C, Track: 20 -23 °C

Nico Rosberg

Wow, what a qualifying. It was so tricky out there this afternoon with the rain and the conditions changing so quickly. It´s very satisfying to get everything right in these conditions and be able to come out on top. Thanks to the team today for guiding me through the hour so well. My last flying lap was difficult because we were very tight for time and I was stuck right up behind Lewis. Luckily he didn´t finish his lap but I remembered that we were losing three or four seconds in the last corners when it was very wet so there was an opportunity to make a real improvement and that I should keep going. It´s a great opportunity to start the race from pole and I´ll give it everything to take the win tomorrow.

Lewis Hamilton

I made a mistake today and pulled out of the lap when I should have kept going. It was a tough qualifying with the changing conditions and we got through most of it really well, until the most important part. It was my decision, a bad call, and that decided my qualifying. I´m so sorry to have disappointed the fans here today as their support has been fantastic and I´ll do what I can to have a great race for them tomorrow. I need to have a start like I had in Austria two weeks ago and then do my best to get back to the front; you never know what might happen. It´s difficult when you´re just out of the car to express your emotions and see the positive but I´ll go back to the team and my family now and we´ll build up for tomorrow from there.

Toto Wolff

It´s a case of mixed feelings this afternoon after qualifying. I´m delighted for Nico that he got pole right at the end: he had nothing to lose, because he was P2 after his first run, and got the job done in the final sector of the lap where he was able to make up over four seconds compared to his previous lap. On the other hand, I´m really disappointed for Lewis – he had done a great job to lead the times, then just thought it was too wet to improve and decided to abort. It´s easy to be smart in hindsight but these are split-second judgement calls and today was a bad day at the office for him. The way I know Lewis, though, he will take that disappointment and make it into extra motivation for the race. We seem to have strong pace in wet and dry conditions, so I am sure we will see our two cars fighting for the lead sooner rather than later tomorrow afternoon.

Jimmy Eriksson

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Jimmy Eriksson takes first pole in wet Silverstone

 Swedish driver Jimmy Eriksson achieved his maiden pole in GP3 with a best laptime of 2:05.322 in a difficult qualifying session in the wet. Series leader Alex Lynn will join the Koiranen GP ace on the front row with Marvin Kirchhöfer heading the second row in third position.
The thirty minute qualifying session got underway with fine drizzle after heavy rain had fallen overnight. The 27 cars fed onto the Silverstone circuit but the session was red flagged due to an incident between the two newcomers Mitchell Gilbert (Trident) and Sebastian Balthasar (Hilmer Motorsport). The clock was stopped with 26 minutes remaining.
Once Gilbert’s Trident machine was returned to the pitlane, the session resumed. As the drivers got to grips with the conditions and found the limits, there were several spinners with Riccardo Agostini having a small moment at Turn 7 and Eriksson at Turn 2. The Swede was first to set a competitive time before Alex Lynn bettered his time. Mathéo Tuscher and Santiago Urrutia also spun but were able to continue as the times began to improve.
Fastest in Free Practice yesterday was Nick Yelloly and the Status Grand Prix driver grabbed P1, with Lynn improving but only to P2. Yelloly’s teammate Richie Stanaway produced a good lap to demote Lynn to third as the session hit the midway point.
The conditions continued to prove challenging with the changing conditions making it very tricky for the drivers. Stanaway went one better to sneak into P1 above his teammate by a tenth of a second posting the fastest middle sector. But Lynn who had patiently sat in the pits was about to clock a blinding lap, setting sector one and two in purple on the timing screens and lapping a second quicker than Stanaway. His teammate Emil Bernstorff soon followed suit into second before ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhöfer shot into P2.
Arden International’s Jann Mardenborough was on his best lap and managed to save his car from heading into a spin as he crossed the start/finish line to move up to fourth. With one minute remaining Eriksson lit the timing screens purple in sector two and three to snatch provisional pole.
At the chequered flag Eriksson held on for his debut pole in the category ahead of Lynn, Kirchhöfer and Dino Zamparelli. Mardenborough recorded his personal best qualifying of fifth in front of Bernstorff, Stanaway, Yelloly, Riccardo Agostini and Alfonso Celis. Jr. Five British drivers will start from the top ten in their home race.
Eriksson has now closed the margin in the Drivers’ Standings to just ten points to the current leader Lynn, make sure you watch Race 1 at 16.20 later today for the next exciting instalment of the GP3 Series.
Qualifying – Silverstone
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
2:05.322
12
2.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
2:05.638
10
3.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
2:06.385
11
4.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
2:06.392
12
5.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
2:06.430
12
6.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
2:06.669
12
7.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
2:06.704
11
8.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
2:06.805
10
9.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
2:07.202
11
10.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
2:07.291
11
11.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
2:07.293
12
12.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
2:07.417
11
13.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
2:07.490
12
14.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
2:07.585
12
15.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
2:07.601
11
16.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
2:07.613
12
17.
Roman De Beer
Trident
2:07.753
11
18.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
2:07.803
11
19
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
2:08.233
12
20.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
2:08.302
11
21.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
2:09.570
12
22.
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
2:09.647
11
23.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
2:09.968
12
24.
Victor Carbone
Trident
2:11.380
11
25.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
2:13.958
11
26
Sebastian Balthasar
Hilmer Motorsport
1
27.
Mitchell Gilbert
Trident
0
Hamilton Silverstone2014

Formula 1


2014 BRITISH GRAND PRIX – PRACTICE

The British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone kicked off today with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg leading the timesheets in the first two practice sessions.

- In total, the team has topped 10 of the 18 Friday sessions so far in the 2014 season
– Lewis stopped on track during P2 following an engine problem and was unable to complete the session
– The drivers completed a total of 96 laps during today´s two practice sessions, just under two race distances
– To mark the 60th anniversary of the first F1 win for Mercedes-Benz, with Juan Manuel Fangio at the 1954 French Grand Prix, the W196 Streamliner will be present in the team´s garage throughout the race weekend

Weather – Sunny
Temperatures – Air: 17-23 °C, Track: 27-39 °C

Lewis Hamilton

The car felt pretty good here today but unfortunately I lost my most important run of the day this afternoon when I stopped out on track with an engine problem. We haven´t identified what the issue was yet but it shouldn´t impact the rest of my weekend. We will change my programme around tomorrow morning to try and recover the time that I lost and make sure that I can complete my race preparation with a long run. It´s not ideal but we´ll recover! Apart from that, Silverstone has been great so far. The atmosphere is incredible and the support is just amazing; I love seeing so many fans here enjoying themselves.

Nico Rosberg

That was a very productive day and the car felt really great so I´m feeling quite confident for the weekend. We seem to be very quick here and my long run at the end of the afternoon was very good. The conditions were quite tricky out with a lot of tail wind which made it really difficult to find the right braking point at some of the corners. It´s not good news for us that Lewis had some reliability issues and I hope we can sort this out for the weekend. Finally, it´s great to be back at Silverstone. There are so many fans already and also many of the team Brackley and Brixworth are here. I hope we can give them a great show.

Toto Wolff

A mixed day for us here in Silverstone: the drivers looked competitive in both sessions but it was annoying that Lewis couldn´t complete his programme this afternoon because of an engine problem. Nico was able to finish his programme in a normal way with some good long runs and, because the data is open between both drivers, Lewis and his engineers will be able to learn something from that. I want to say a word for the incredible fans here, too. It was only Friday but we could see full grandstands and huge support for Lewis and the team today. This is what makes Silverstone such a special race on the calendar and we will be working hard tonight to make sure we can deliver a competitive and reliable performance tomorrow and Sunday.

Marciello leads the way in Silverstone

GP2



Marciello leads the way in Silverstone

Raffaele Marciello has got his Silverstone weekend under way in fine style by claiming the top spot in this morning’s free practice session and heading a 1-2 for Racing Engineering, with teammate Stefano Coletti and Alexander Rossi rounding out the top three positions.
The Ferrari Academy driver set a best time of 1:41.127 two-thirds of the way into the session, edging past his previous best time to hold onto the top of the timesheets by just over a tenth from the Monegasque driver in a tight session that saw 14 drivers within a second of the top spot.
The session got underway in sunny, and very windy, conditions, with Johnny Cecotto setting the first competitive time as the tyres got up to temperature, but it wasn’t to last: championship leader Jolyon Palmer soon stole the position before the Racing Engineering pair opened a private battle between them.
Marciello held the honours before the field returned to the pits, but it was a close run thing: the top three were split by under a tenth, and it was clear that more was required. When the field returned to the track they were pushing harder, as evidenced by off-track excursions by Palmer and Coletti among others, but it was the Italian who improved his time and claimed the honours.
Behind the top three Palmer, Cecotto, Felipe Nasr (who slowed with a mechanical gremlin as the chequered flag emerged), Stephane Richelmi, McLaren protégé Stoffel Vandoorne, Daniiel de Jong and Mitch Evans rounded out the top ten, but with a session so close this afternoon’s qualifying session promises sparks.
Silverstone – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:41.127
16
2.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:41.261
14
3.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:41.274
8
4.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:41.404
17
5.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:41.448
19
6.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:41.453
16
7.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:41.480
17
8.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:41.668
18
9.
Daniiel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:41.729
18
10.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:41.737
19
11.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:41.747
18
12.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
1:41.892
18
13.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:41.896
16
14.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:42.041
18
15.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:42.145
16
16.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:42.151
20
17.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:42.153
15
18.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:42.161
17
19
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
1:42.209
17
20.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:42.299
18
21.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:42.474
17
22.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:42.675
18
23.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
1:42.826
18
24.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
1:42.941
19
25.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:43.180
19
26.
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:43.316
16

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