Alex Lynn

Macau Grand Prix


Alex Lynn

ALEX LYNN TAKES VICTORY IN MACAU—

British driver Alex Lynn (Theodore Racing by Prema) won in the prestigious Macau GP and celebrated the most important success of his career to date in the former Portuguese colony. At the 6.12 kilometres long Circuito da Guia, the third-placed of this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship finished ahead of António Félix da Costa (Carlin), last year’s winner at Macau, who came second. Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), who also raced in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year, finished third. 

At the start, Alex Lynn took the lead from pole position. Still on the opening lap, Felix Rosenqvist (GR Asia with Mücke) retired following a collision. Lucas Auer (Theodore Racing with Prema), Sean Gelael (Double R Racing) and John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsports) suffered from a similar fate. The incidents led to a safety car phase.

At the restart, Lynn was able to maintain his leading position, while António Félix da Costa managed to overtake Luis Felipe Derani in the battle for second. On lap seven, Raffaele Marciello (D88.com Prema Powerteam) also worked his way past Derani, but slid into the barriers following a driving error three laps later. For the reigning FIA Formula 3 European Champion, this was the end to his race. Derani found himself back in third place behind Lynn and Félix da Costa again and went on to bring this result home.

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) finished fourth, scoring his best result at Macau to date. Jordan King (Carlin) took the chequered flag in fifth place as the best rookie at Macau. Tom Blomqvist (Fortec Motorsports, 8th place) and Nicholas Latifi (Carlin, 9th place) also finished in the top ten in the Chinese gambling paradise. All four junior drivers raced in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. 

Alex Lynn (Theodore Racing by Prema) 
“I still can’t find the worlds to describe how nice it is to win here. This is a long-time dream of mine coming true. In 2012, I came third here and I definitely wanted to do better this time. I managed to do so and I am totally happy. Especially the fact that I was able to race in the colours of Theodore Racing, a team with such a long-standing history, in the 60th running of the race, is making me proud. In the first half of the race, I was able to pull a decent gap from the rest of the field, but as António came closer and closer in the final stages, I just said: stand on it…”

Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports)
“For me, the race was great fun, but it was also very tough. I was racing with used tyres and keeping up with the others was difficult. I am really happy with my podium finish. I definitely wanted to do better than my sixth-place finish from last year.”

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport)
“All in all, my race was good. In the first half, we still were having a few technical issues and I thought that we wouldn’t be able to finish the race by any means. Towards the end, I was able to attack once more and my lap times were really good. On one hand, it is really a shame that we didn’t make it onto the podium. On the other hand, I am really happy with my best Macau result to date.”

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VETTEL TAKES POLE FOR THE USGP—

 SEBASTIAN VETTEL: “It’s obviously great for the team to have both cars on the front row for tomorrow. It was a tricky session as the wind had picked up quite a bit since this morning; it does influence the behaviour of the car and it’s not that easy, especially in the corners, I wasn’t that happy with my first run in Q3, but I think I had a solid run at the end which was enough. It was very close with Mark, he seemed to get closer and closer as the weekend went on, so fortunately I was just able to stay ahead. I think he might have had a mistake on his final run. I’m very happy with pole position today, I like this place and the circuit and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. It’s important to start on the clean side, so we’ll see what we can do.”
 
Car 2 MARK WEBBER:“I didn’t think I had done enough on the second run in Q3, we (Seb and I) both had two shots with two sets of options. The first part of my final lap was very good, I was happy with that, but I didn’t quite get Turns 19 and 20; if I’d done what I did there initially in Q3, it would probably have been enough, but I tried to squeeze a bit more out and it’s easy to load the car a bit too much in these conditions. Sometimes you’re happy and think you’ve given your best, but today it slipped through the fingers. Well done to Seb, he put the three sectors together and I put two and a half together. I just dropped it in the last sector and it’s not satisfying when you do that, but I’m still pretty happy with second.”
 
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “A fantastic performance from both drivers today in what was a really exciting Q3. It yo-yoed between Mark and Sebastian trading fastest sectors and in the end Sebastian, by the smallest of margins, managed to achieve the pole and a team front row lock out, with Mark joining him alongside. It was a great team performance and a great 40th birthday present!”
 
(Renault) THIERRY SALVI: “A great result in qualifying today, with another full front row. The gap between Red Bull and the third car emphasises the competitiveness of our package yet again: no one was able to go quicker in the US today. Both drivers challenged each other, with Mark being quicker on the first run in Q3 and then the other way on the final run. Now the baseline is done, we have to confirm that result tomorrow and push to the maximum from the start of the race. Let’s see how it goes.”
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Macau Grand Prix


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ALEX LYNN ON POLE THE MACAU GRAND PRIX—

Alex Lynn will start the 2013 running of the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix from pole position after comfortably winning Saturday’s 10-lap Qualification Race.

The Briton started the race from third on the grid, but wasted no time hitting the front, barging into the lead on the way to Lisboa on the first lap. But his time at the front was initially short-lived, the Theodore Racing by Prema driver running wide at Lisboa, surrendering the lead to Felix Rosenqvist. 

The lead changed hands again following an early safety car period – which was caused when Harry Tincknell collected a stalled Tom Blomqvist at the start – with Lynn slip-streaming past Rosenqvist’s GR Asia with Mücke entry on the way down to Lisboa, this time making the move stick.

Once in front, Lynn put the hammer down, a series of quick laps leaving him a comfortable winner, 2.411s clear of Rosenqvist at the finish. 

“I think the main positive is that the car felt really nice,” Lynn said. “I made a pretty good start, my restart was good, and in terms of the qualification race it’s good. The Grand Prix is another thing.” 

Raffaele Marciello, who started the Qualification Race from pole position, was left to rue a poor start, which left him buried in the field. But the Prema Powerteam driver systematically worked his way through the field, finishing the race in touch with Rosenqvist. He will be joined on the second row by Carlin’s Antonio Felix da Costa, who finished fourth ahead of Pipo Derani (Fortec Motorsport) and Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport). 

Lynn’s team-mate Lucas Auer was the unluckiest of the front-runners, hitting the barrier hard at San Francisco Bend right after the re-start, retiring from the race immediately.

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Formula 1


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UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX– FRIDAY PRACTICE—
 
SEBASTIAN VETTEL : Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:37.305, Laps: 35—
“The circuit was quite slippery today; I was happy with the car, but you always know you can improve here and there. I think we got through the programme we were able to test some things, some were good and some not so good, but we will see. Ferrari looked quick this morning and McLaren could be a surprise here, and Lotus and Mercedes will be strong as normal. The track will improve now unless it rains, the car worked well on the tyres, so we’ll see what we can do on Sunday.”
 
MARK WEBBER : Second Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:37.420, Laps: 37—
“Today was all about tyres again; getting info on them and working out how they work best. It’s nice to drive the car on fresh tyres and it was good to be out there on the circuit on what was a clear day in the end. We were working on both long and short runs today. The car doesn’t feel mega yet, there’s still some work to do, but we’ll work on that overnight.”
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Macau Grand Prix


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RAFFAELE MARCIELLO TAKES POLE POSITION IN MACAU—

Raffaele: “I still gave myself a safety margin as the one thing I didn’t want to do was to hit the guardrail. My team and I did a great job and being familiar with this circuit I know overall where the limits are. I put in a good lap. I took advantage of slipstreaming at the right time. Even so it’s not going to be an easy race as in addition to the usual Macau traps, the long straight isn’t favourable to the pole sitter especially at the start. You have to have a good race on Saturday, but it’s on Sunday that it’s really important to finish first. Before, it doesn’t really mean much.” 

Heikki Kovalainen, Race Driver, Lotus F1 Team

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Heikki Kovalainen, Race Driver, Lotus F1 Team

 

HEIKKI KOVALAINEN TO DRIVE FOR LOTUS F1 TEAM—

Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen [32] will join Lotus F1 Team for the final two races of the 2013 season as a stand-in for regular race driver Kimi Räikkönen, who is currently undergoing back surgery. 

Heikki – a veteran of 109 Grand Prix starts – has previously driven for Renault F1 Team, McLaren, and Caterham F1 Team. Over the course of his six seasons in Formula 1 to date, Heikki has scored 105 World Championship points. He has qualified on the front row five times, taken one pole position at the 2008 British Grand Prix, achieved two fastest laps and finished on the podium four times; including victory at the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix. 

Prior to racing for Lotus F1 Team in its former guise of Renault F1 Team in 2007, Heikki performed various test duties for the squad between 2004 – 2006. He completed his seat fitting at Enstone on Wednesday 13th November, before proceeding directly to Austin to join up with the race team.

Eric Boullier, Team Principal, Lotus F1 Team

“Obviously we had to move quickly following the news of Kimi’s non-participation in the final two races of this season, and we found ourselves facing a difficult decision in terms of who should take the wheel in Austin and São Paulo. On the one hand we had our reserve driver Davide Valsecchi – who is a talented young driver that has shown a great deal of promise – and on the other we had the opportunity to bring in a seasoned Formula 1 competitor in Heikki. Whilst we have every faith in Davide’s abilities, we are obviously involved in a tight Constructors’ Championship battle, so it was decided that the experience Heikki could bring to the team would be invaluable as we aim to finish the year in the best position possible. We must thank Tony Fernandes and Caterham F1 Team for their professional conduct in allowing Heikki to join us for the final races of this season.” 

Heikki Kovalainen, Race Driver, Lotus F1 Team

“It is a fantastic opportunity for me to join Lotus F1 Team for the final two races of 2013. We’ve seen this year that the E21 is a car which can win races and finish on the podium, so I will be pushing hard for the best results possible. Jumping into a car so late in the year when you have not been competing in the races all season will be a challenge, but I know the team at Enstone well so I have no concerns about getting up to speed. This is a great opportunity for me, so I would like to thank Tony Fernandes and Caterham F1 Team for allowing me to take advantage of it.”

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