Felipe Nasr (Carlin)

GP2



Nasr storms to sprint victory

Williams F1 test driver Felipe Nasr was untouchable on his way to an easy win in this morning’s sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps, easily taking the lead at the start of the race and pulling away at will, claiming his fourth victory of the season from Johnny Cecotto and title rival Jolyon Palmer.
The win was set up at the start when the Brazilian made a sharp getaway from fifth as the lights went out: ahead of him poleman Daniel Abt made a decent start but fellow front row starter Artem Markelov struggled on the damp side of the circuit, holding up the second row enough to give Nasr a clean run up the inside at La Source for the lead ahead of Abt, Palmer and a fast starting Cecotto.
Abt and Palmer were fighting hard along the Kemmel straight and entered Les Combes together: the Briton went straight while the German wobbled, losing positions to his rivals behind him and allowing Cecotto to get onto Palmer’s rear wing, with the inevitable overtake coming after taking advantage of the tow on Kemmel next time by to claim P2 and a clear view of Nasr up front.
Behind them André Negrao, who had made a strong start from P9 on the grid to put himself up to fifth in the race, soon had the Mitch Evans / Stoffel Vandoorne train on his tail looking for a way through: the Kiwi driver made a brave pass at Blanchimont on lap 7 to take the Brazilian’s position, with the McLaren test driver taking the inside line at Les Combes next time through to resume battle with Evans.
Back at the front Cecotto was pushing hard to challenge Nasr, but it was clear that the Brazilian was protecting his tyres for use at the end of the race: Nasr was able to push wherever he needed and was untroubled by the Venezuelan’s best efforts, easily claiming the win by 5 seconds over Cecotto, with Palmer another 2 seconds back but just holding off a hard charging Evans, who eased past a struggling Abt out of Eau Rouge on the final lap. The German had just enough left to hold off Vandoorne for fifth, with a spectacular drive by Stefano Coletti being rewarded with P7 from P24 on the grid, ahead of Negrao in the final points position.
Palmer’s weekend was tough by the standards of his year to date but he still maintains the lead in the drivers’ championship ahead of Nasr, with the gap reduced now to 210 points from the Brazilian’s 178, with Vandoorne’s third place under pressure from Cecotto, 135 points to 127, with Evans on 110 points and Coletti on 98. In the teams’ title DAMS are holding on in the lead ahead of Carlin, 251 points to 244, with ART Grand Prix in 3rd on 161 points from Racing Engineering on 155 and Trident on 149 ahead of the next round in Monza in two week’s time.
Spa-Francorchamps – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
2.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
3.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
4.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
5.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
6.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
7.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
8.
André Negrao
Arden International
9.
Tom Dillmann
EQ8 Caterham Racing
10.
Julian Leal
Carlin
11.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
12.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
13.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
14.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
15.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
16.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
17.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
18.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
19.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
20.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
21.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
22.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
23.
Rene Binder
Arden International
Not Classified
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport

Fastest Lap: Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Rapax) – 1:58.432on lap 13

Lynn, Stanaway, Fontana

GP3



Lynn holds off Stanaway in Spa Race 2

Series leader and Red Bull Junior Team driver Alex Lynn faced one of his biggest challenges of the season today, resisting the determined efforts of Status Grand Prix’s Richie Stanaway until the chequered flag in an epic battle. The Brit was victorious, extending his advantage in the Series, with his nearest title rival Stanaway second. ART Grand Prix’s Alex Fontana was third.
Race 2 was run under sunshine but in damp, foggy and chilly conditions. Lynn made a good start from his reverse pole, with Stanaway and Fontana retaining their positions behind. Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix) was doing his best to find a way past Jann Mardenborough (Arden International) for P4, whilst Jenzer Motorsport’s Pal Varhaug lost two places at the start to P6.
After lap one, Lynn had built a 1.8s margin back to Stanaway in second, as the two traded fastest laps early on with the deficit changing each lap. Pressure mounted on Fontana in third after he ran wide at Les Combes, giving Mardenborough the change to hunt the Swiss driver down. Spa Race 1 winner Dean Stoneman lost a place at the start after Emil Bernstorff had passed him in a brave move through Eau Rouge and several laps later, the Marussia Manor Racing driver returned the favour to take eighth.
On lap five, Patric Niederhauser crashed out of the race at turn five after starting from the pitlane.
The two at the front began pulling a large lead of over 11 seconds to Fontana in third, however drama was to come when race leader Lynn made a small error, losing control of his Carlin machine in a slide, which allowed Stanaway to sniff a chance of the lead and the Kiwi grabbed it. Lynn soon retaliated and passed the Status Grand Prix driver a few corners later, with Stanaway forced deep losing some time to his Series rival.
Varhaug out-braked himself under huge pressure from Dino Zamparelli, which allowed the ART Grand Prix driver through, as well as Bernstorff with Stoneman ready to attack. Stanaway reeled Lynn in for another attempt of snatching the lead, but it wasn’t to be and the Brit increased the margin to the Status Grand Prix driver to three seconds in the closing laps.
Luis Sa Silva crashed at the top of Eau Rouge on the final corner which was covered by yellow flags as Lynn came home to take the chequered flag and pocket his first race two victory in the Series. Stanaway and Fontana completed the rostrum, the Swiss driver bagging two extra points for fastest lap which was achieved on his final tour.
Mardenborough, Yelloly, Bernstorff, Zamparelli and Varhaug took the final points, with Stoneman being denied the final point in a fantastic tussle with the Norwegian up until the finishing line. Lynn (153 points) holds a commanding advantage to Stanaway in the Series (121) with Yelloly, Bernstorff and Eriksson on 95, 91 and 85 points respectively.
Carlin top the Teams’ Standings on 248, with Status Grand Prix next up on 216 and ART Grand Prix in third on 181. It’s not too long to wait for GP3 to return to action, Round 7 of the GP3 Series season takes place at the historic Monza in Italy on 05-07 September.
Spa-Francorchamps – Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
2.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
3.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
4.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
5.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
6.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
7.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
8.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
9.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
10.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
11.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident
12.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
13.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
14.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
15.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
16.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
17.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
18.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
19.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
20.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
21.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
22.
John Bryant-Meisner
Trident
23.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
Not Classified
 
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
Sebastian Balthasar
Hilmer Motorsport
 
 
Fastest Lap : Alex Fontana– ART Grand Prix : 2 :07.448 on lap 13
Raffaele Marciello (Racing Engineering)

GP2



Marciello takes first win in chaotic feature race

  Raffaele Marciello has claimed a long overdue debut win in sodden conditions in today’s feature race at Spa-Francorchamps, with the Ferrari Academy driver surviving the oppressive conditions and overtaking local man Stoffel Vandoorne late in the race for the win, with a distant Johnny Cecotto rounding out the podium.
The McLaren test driver started his home race from pole position, with Series leader Jolyon Palmer alongside him, and with the rain starting as the lights came on Vandoorne used his local experience to easily lead the grid towards La Source: Palmer spun his wheels and dropped backwards, with Marciello running wide at the corner and allowing Mitch Evans and Johnny Cecotto through.
The downpour (and Conor Daly’s stopped car) saw the safety car come out next time round, which still didn’t stop Evans spinning back a few spots. Sanity prevailed and the race was red flagged soon after, with the race getting restarted behind the safety car 15 minutes later, with Vandoorne leading from Cecotto, Marciello, Nathanaël Berthon, Felipe Nasr, Evans, Simon Trummer and Palmer.
The race went live on lap five, with Cecotto sneaking through into the lead at La Source but running wide at Les Combes, handing the position back to Vandoorne at his team’s instruction a few corners later. Behind them Nasr moved up a spot at the Bus Stop next time through, and the Venezuelan soon had his mirrors full of red: Marciello blew past at Les Combes a few laps later and was chasing Vandoorne soon after.
The top two were in a race of their own as they exchanged fastest laps, while behind them Berthon and Trummer came together out of Les Combes and fell back down the order. It was clear that the leaders were hoping the track would dry enough for slicks, but when Palmer came in on lap 14 he re-emerged with wets, with most of his rivals repeating his actions shortly after.
Back at the front Vandoorne pitted on lap 17, followed by Cecotto, while Marciello stayed out for two quick laps before coming in, re-emerging right on his rivals rear wing just as Evans squeezed by Palmer behind them: the Italian clearly had better grip than the Belgian, pushing him hard all around the circuit before finally slicing inside Vandoorne at Rivage for the lead with 3 laps to go.
Marciello eased away from his rival to cross the line 2 seconds ahead of Vandoorne as the chequered flag dropped to claim his maiden GP2 win, with Cecotto a lonely third behind them, 4 seconds ahead of Nasr. Evans was easily fifth ahead of Palmer, who just held off an impressive Artem Markelov who picked up his first points with a strong drive all race for P7 ahead of Daniel Abt, who claimed tomorrow’s reverse pole from André Negrao on the penultimate lap, and Daniel de Jong, who picked up the last point on the last lap from Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.
Palmer’s Series lead has shortened a little, heading Nasr by 200 points to 161, with Vandoorne on 131 points ahead of Cecotto on 115, Evans on 102 and Stefano Coletti on 96 ahead of tomorrow’s sprint race.
Spa-Francorchamps – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
2.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
3.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
4.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
5.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
6.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
7.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
8.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
9.
André Negrao
Arden International
10.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
11.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
12.
Tom Dillmann
EQ8 Caterham Racing
13.
Julian Leal
Carlin
14.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
15.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
16.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
17.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
18.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
19.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
20.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
21.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
22.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Not Classified
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
Rene Binder
Arden International
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Fastest Lap: Raffaele Marciello (Racing Engineering) – 2:16.422 on lap 21
Spa pole 2014

FORMULA 1



Nico Rosberg took pole position for the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix this afternoon, with Lewis Hamilton completing a Silver Arrows front row lockout in wet conditions at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.


- Today’s result represents the team’s fifth front-row lockout of the 2014 season in 12 races
- Nico’s 11th career pole position (and fourth in a row) is also the team’s 11th pole in 12 races this year
- Lewis secured his eighth front row starting slot of the 2014 season with second place
- Both drivers ran intermediate tyres throughout qualifying in consistent wet conditions

Weather – Wet, sunny spells and showers
Temperatures – Air: 10 – 13°C, Track: 17 – 22°C

Nico Rosberg

It’s fantastic to start from pole here at Spa. It’s never easy here in these conditions, which make the track even more challenging. But today was very stable with intermediate conditions throughout, so not as tough as in previous years. It was a great qualifying performance today and I have to thank the team for their great work. My engineers helped me to find the right setup with all the opportunities to change something during a session. The car went better and better at the end, so I’m very happy and also a bit surprised that the gap was so big to the other teams. Having said that, I hope to have a good start and a clear race tomorrow because, like we have seen in Budapest, Sunday is the day that counts. But I’m quite confident as we have a fantastic car. I’m looking forward to the race.

Lewis Hamilton

I was a bit nervous going into qualifying – wondering if everything would come together after the troubles I’ve had during recent weekends. But it’s great to see that all the hard work the team has put in is paying off. This circuit is a big challenge in the wet. It’s probably more fun in the dry, when you’re right on the edge of performance, but the conditions were pretty stable so it wasn’t too bad. This is a circuit where you need confidence on the brakes but unfortunately, on my Q3 run, I had a glazed front left brake which made the car pull to the side. When it does that, it’s really hard to recover and get the temperature into the brake, so it meant I kept losing a bit of braking power on my final laps. I’m not too disappointed, though. Last year I was on pole, then Seb came flying past me down the Kemmel Straight, so I think P2 could be the best place to be. It may just be a blessing in disguise with the grid slot.

Trident’s Luca Ghiotto storms to first pole position in debut GP3 weekend

GP3



Ghiotto reigns supreme in Spa qualifying

That’s how to make a first impression! Debutant Luca Ghiotto from Trident impressed the field in a wet session to claim a maiden pole position in his first race weekend by three tenths of a second. Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff will join the Italian on the front row, with Koiranen GP’s Jimmy Eriksson in third.

Rain had fallen overnight and again prior to the thirty minute qualifying session. The 26 drivers fed onto the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on wet Pirelli tyres for Round 6 of the 2014 GP3 Series. Carmen Jorda was an early victim to the conditions; the Spaniard ran wide at Turn 14 and was beached in the gravel, a premature end to her session.

Series leader Alex Lynn headed the timesheet early on lapping in the 2m23’s before Eriksson improved on the Carlin driver’s time to snatch P1. ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhöfer and Dino Zamparelli were third and fourth. At the midway point, Eriksson held a 0.463s margin over Lynn as the sun decided to make an appearance.
After twenty minutes, the drivers returned to the pitlane, ready for new rubber. Zamparelli gambled with slick tyres which didn’t pay off but the track became alive when Ghiotto began to light the timing screen and produced the best lap of the session with a 2:22.251. Despite the sunshine, there was no drying line appearing, with drivers struggling to make a big impact on their laptimes.
Bernstorff moved into second, whilst Lynn was on his best lap on his final attempt but was slightly hindered by traffic and remained in P5. At the chequered flag, it was jubilation for Trident, their first pole in the category. The top ten will line-up as Ghiotto, Bernstorff, Eriksson, Richie Stanaway, Lynn, Patrick Kujala, Kirchhöfer, Patric Niederhauser, Mathéo Tuscher and Zamparelli.
Race 1 takes place later today at 16:20 local time as the quest for supremacy continues.
Qualifying – Spa-Francorchamps
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
2:22.251
11
2.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
2:22.584
10
3.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
2:22.678
9
4.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
2:22.862
11
5.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
2:23.081
11
6.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
2:23.303
11
7.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
2:23.413
9
8.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
2:23.438
10
9.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
2:23.481
11
10.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
2:23.565
11
11.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
2:23.586
11
12.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
2:23.794
11
13.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
2:23.920
11
14.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
2:23.996
10
15.
Kevin Ceccon
Jenzer Motorsport
2:24.057
12
16.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
2:24.248
9
17.
Sebastian Balthasar
Hilmer Motorsport
2:24.464
12
18.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
2:24.687
11
19
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
2:24.846
12
20.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
2:24.862
10
21.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
2:25.301
11
22.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
2:25.553
11
23.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
2:25.965
11
24.
John Bryant-Meisner
Trident
2:25.969
12
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
2:26.537
11
26
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
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Stoffel Vandoorne (ART Grand Prix)

GP2



Stoffel Vandoorne claims maiden pole at home

McLaren test driver Stoffel Vandoorne has snatched his first GP2 pole position on home soil in today’s qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps. The Belgian ace denied Series leader Jolyon Palmer from the top spot at the chequered flag. Mitch Evans took third spot.
The weather conditions were still fresh when the pitlane opened and the drivers fed onto the track on Pirelli Medium tyres. Already fast in this morning’s practice session, Johnny Cecotto quickly topped the standings, dipping under 1m58s, but Palmer was able to find a clear lap to break the 1m57s barrier. The Briton clocked in a laptime of 1:56.857 – five tenths quicker than Vandoorne then in P2.
Another rookie looked hungry for glory in the name of Raffaele Marciello: the mighty Italian improved on his first set of tyres to move up to second with a laptime of 1:57.237. Halfway through the session, the drivers returned to the pits for a fresh pair of tyres. They rejoined the track with ten minutes left on the clock. This morning’s fastest man Julian Leal was on a mission and improved on the first two sectors, but he hit traffic in the final sector thus reducing his efforts to naught.
In the dying minutes, Palmer seemed to have done enough to claim another pole position this season, but Vandoorne put his head down and found some extra pace to edge the Briton out of the top spot by 0.018s. At the chequered flag, Evans took third spot ahead of Marciello, Cecotto, Leal, Nathanaël Berthon, Simon Trummer, Marco Sorensen and Stéphane Richelmi.
With the weather forecast being uncertain and the demands of the Belgian track leaving no room for driver error, tomorrow’s feature race promises to be a cracker.
Spa-Francorchamps – Qualifying Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:56.839
10
2.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:56.857
8
3.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:57.057
11
4.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:57.237
13
5.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:57.244
12
6.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:57.271
13
7.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:57.272
12
8.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:57.284
10
9.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
1:57.389
11
10.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:57.448
10
11.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:57.475
11
12.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:57.516
10
13.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:57.706
11
14.
Tom Dillmann
EQQ8 Caterham Racing
1:57.770
11
15.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:57.788
12
16.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:57.844
11
17.
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:57.851
12
18.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:57.875
13
19
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:57.974
12
20.
André Negrao*
Arden International
1:58.002
12
21.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:58.005
12
22.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
1:58.185
10
23.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:58.218
13
24.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
1:58.295
12
25.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:58.470
10
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
2:40.364
2
*André Negrao will lose five grid places following a penalty picked up after Budapest Sprint Race.

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