FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 3, race 2, Pau (FRA)

F3 Euro Championship



Tom Blomqvist takes victory from rookie driver Esteban Ocon

Season round: 8 of 33
Track: Pau
Winner: Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin)
Pole position: Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam)
Weather: wet track, rain in the first part of the race

Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) claimed victory in the eighth season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 2.76 kilometres long street circuit of Pau in the south of France. On a wet track at the foot of the Pyrenees, he ended up ahead of rookie driver Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam), who was slowed down by a bent suspension. After a thrilling finale, Jake Dennis (Carlin) finished third as the second-best rookie driver in the field. With his seventh podium finish of the season, Lotus F1 junior driver Ocon extended his FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ lead (146 points), followed by Tom Blomqvist with 92 points.

Due to the weather conditions and a wet track, the field got underway behind the safety car with Esteban Ocon as the pole-sitter. After five laps, the green flags were out and Ocon maintained his lead from Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing). On lap twelve, Max Verstappen, who had lost ground on Ocon and Rosenqvist, spun out of third place and into the Armco barriers, putting an end to his race. Soon after that, Felix Rosenqvist closed the gap to Ocon. As he attacked the Frenchman for the lead, the two cars slightly tangled, the Swede spun and retired as well. After Tatiana Calderón (Jo Zeller Racing) and Felipe Guimarães (Double R Racing) had collided and Edward Jones (Carlin) had parked his car alongside the barrier following a spin, the safety car was deployed once again.

After the restart, Esteban Ocon immediately came under pressure from Tom Blomqvist, who managed to overtake the rookie soon after that. On the two remaining laps, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ leader managed to keep Jake Dennis, Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam) at bay. The Frenchman defended his second place until the end in spite of a bent suspension following contact with Felix Rosenqvist’s car. Mitch Gilbert (Fortec Motorsports), Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3), Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Hector Hurst (Team West-Tec F3) finished in sixth to tenth place. British driver Hurst scored his first-ever FIA Formula 3 European Championship point.

Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “I am really happy to have won this race. It was the first time for us on a wet track this weekend and just staying on the track was particularly important. During the safety car phase, I initially thought that I was third. Although Esteban had an obvious damage on his car in front of me, overtaking him after the restart wasn’t particularly easy.”

Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam): “I am a little bit disappointed, because a better result would have been possible. I slightly damaged my suspension by running too hard over the kerbstones and later on, Felix Rosenqvist hit that wheel to make the problem worse. Therefore, I had no way to keep Tom behind me after the restart.”

Jake Dennis (Carlin): “This was my first time driving a Formula 3 car on a wet track and I reckon I didn’t do too bad. At times, keeping the car on the track wasn’t easy. Scoring my maiden Formula 3 podium finish on a street circuit like here in Pau is simply great.”

Nasr sprints to first victory

GP2


Nasr sprints to first victory Brazilian claims maiden win

Felipe Nasr has finally taken a monkey off his back by claiming his maiden GP2 victory with a fine run to the flag in this morning’s sprint race in Barcelona, setting up the win with a strong start before eking out a gap from Jolyon Palmer and Tom Dillmann.
Poleman Dillmann made a decent start, but fellow front row starter Tio Ellinas struggled to get off the line, opening a gap for fast charging Rio Haryanto and Nasr, who slotted in behind the Frenchman into turn one, with the Brazilian picking up another position at the next corner. Unfortunately for the Indonesian he ran off a few corners later, promoting Palmer and Arthur Pic in the process, as the race started to take shape.
Dillmann couldn’t deny his rivals next time round, with Nasr and Palmer quickly sliding through before commencing a personal battle for the lead which was to last for most of the race, while behind the top four Julian Leal and Mitch Evans squabbled between themselves while keep an eye on yesterday’s winner Johnny Cecotto and Stéphane Richelmi.
With tyrewear high at this circuit the field drove as conservatively as possible without giving their rivals a sniff of their position, but it was only a matter of time before they started to fade: Palmer had a big lock and couldn’t quite stay with Nasr, who cruised for the last few laps for his maiden win. Dillmann held on to round out the podium, while Pic had a quiet time for fourth place, with Leal picking up more points behind him. Unfortunately for Evans, the race was just too long: the New Zealander’s tyres gave out and he was forced to retire with 2 to go, promoting Cecotto to P6 ahead of Monegasque pair Richelmi and Stefano Coletti.
The result saw Palmer extend his lead in the championship to 70 points, from Leal on 48 Nasr on 42, Cecotto on 29, Pic on 26 and Stoffel Vandoorne on 25 points, while Carlin lead the teams’ championship by 90 points to 83 over DAMS, with ART on 33 points, Trident on 29 and Campos on 26 points ahead of the next round in Monaco.
Barcelona – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
2.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
3.
Tom Dillmann
Arden International
4.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
5.
Julian Leal
Carlin
6.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
7.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
8.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
9.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
10.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
11.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
12.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
13.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
14.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
15.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
16.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
17.
Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
18.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
19.
Daniiel De Jong
MP Motorsport
20.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
Not Classified
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Rene Binder
Arden International
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
Simon Trummer
Rapax
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Fastest Lap: Daniiel De Jong (MP Motorsport) – 1:34.261 on lap 6
Stoneman holds off Tuscher to win Barcelona Race 2

GP3


Stoneman holds off Tuscher to win Barcelona Race 2
Marussia Manor Racing’s Dean Stoneman claims maiden GP3 victory
British driver Dean Stoneman delivered the goods in tricky conditions in Sunday’s GP3 Race 2 in Spain. Rain fell before the start of the race and it was the Marussia Manor Racing driver who made a stunning overtake on Jenzer Motorsport’s Matheo Tuscher on lap two and held off the charge from the Swiss rookie until the line. Dino Zamparelli for ART Grand Prix enjoyed his maiden rostrum finish in the category.
After rain fell overnight and around an hour prior to the race starting, the Circuit de Catalunya track was damp with threatening clouds looming overhead. Tuscher started from reverse pole and all 27 drivers started on the slick Pirelli tyre.
At the start, Tuscher held his lead with Stoneman, Zamparelli and Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen GP) in tow. However the Brit in second had all eyes on the lead and made a brave and successful manoeuvre on the Swiss driver to sneak into P1. In the early laps, Stoneman tried to pull an advantage but Tuscher remained close on his tail.
Patrick Kujala made contact with Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix) and the Finn retired at turn one where as Yelloly was able to continue. There was action throughout the field with Marvin Kirchhöfer making a move on Eriksson – the two apparently glued to each other for a large part of the race producing some exciting racing.
The safety car was deployed following Trident’s Denis Nagulin spinning and stopping on track. After a few laps, the pack bunched together ready for the re-start and Stoneman held his nerve to remain in front. In the meantime, Race 1 winner – Alex Lynn and ART Grand Prix’s Alex Fontana decided to take a chance and pitted for the wet tyre under the safety car. It was a gamble that didn’t pay off with the pair finishing outside of the top ten.
At the midway point of the race, Alfonso Celis Jr (Status Grand Prix) touched Pal Varhuag (Jenzer Motorsport) – the duo both ended their race in the gravel – whilst Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff was busy storming through the field. The Brit started the race from down in P24 and finished an impressive P8.
Zamparelli was under huge pressure from Richie Stanaway (Status Grand Prix) in the closing stages but the Brit resisted the Kiwi’s efforts to hold onto a debut podium. In the final few laps (a race which finished under time – not full race distance) – Tuscher began to harass Stoneman for the win and the two were locked together but it was Stoneman who stormed to victory in Spain.

Behind Stoneman at the chequered flag, completing the top eight point’s scorers were: Tuscher, Zamparelli, Kirchhöfer, Eriksson, Yelloly, and Bernstorff. Patric Niederhauser just missed out on a top eight finish but pocketed two points for fastest lap since he finished within the top ten.

Lynn continues to lead the Drivers’ Standings on 31 points with Stanaway in second on 23 and Eriksson in third on 22. It’s all very tight in the Teams’ Standings with ART Grand Prix on 34, one point ahead of Marussia Manor Racing who have a one point advantage over Carlin.
The second round of the GP3 Series will be at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria – a brand new venue – catch us in action on 20-22 June 2014.
Race 2
Driver
Team
 
 
1.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
2.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
3.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
4.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
5.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
6.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
7.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
8.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
9.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
10.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
11.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
12.
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
13.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
14.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
15.
Beitske Visser
Hilmer Motorsport
16.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
17.
Victor Carbone
Trident
18.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
19.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
20.
Ivan Taranov
Hilmer Motorsport
21.
Roman De Beer
Trident
Cecotto powers to feature victory

GP2



Cecotto powers to feature victory

 Venezuelan on top in Barcelona
 Johnny Cecotto put in an immaculate drive for victory in this afternoon’s feature race in Barcelona, making a strong start and keeping out of trouble after making the right call on tyre strategies before putting in one of his best drives to steal victory from Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr.
The Venezuelan lined up in P16 on the grid, but picked up a couple of positions because of the restart following poleman Stephane Richelmi and Stoffel Vandoorne’s stalls, but all eyes were on the front of the grid: Palmer made a decent start from P2 but Mitch Evans’ and Stefano Coletti’s were even better, with the pair blasting past the slower Raffaele Marciello off the grid and on either side of the Briton into turn one, but the pair touched and damaged each other’s cars in the process.
Palmer led Nasr, Evans (who soon stopped for a new nose), Julian Leal, Rio Haryanto, Alexander Rossi and a fast starting Cecotto, with the race soon slowing down for a safety car period to deal with a collision between Marciello, Daniel Abt and Facu Regalia, but when the race got underway there were two bets being made, one by most of the front of the field on soft tyres, and the other by Cecotto on the harder compound.
Palmer and Nasr stopped on lap 6, with the rest of the soft runners following shortly after, leaving Cecotto at the front ahead of the field with a 24 second gap (and a lot of cars) back to Palmer: with a normal end to end stop taking about 32 seconds here, it was a straight fight between the pair on the stopwatch, if not on the circuit, for victory.
Cecotto drive like his life depended on it, putting in faster laps on older tyres than Palmer to stretch the gap to 33 seconds when he came in on lap 27 for fresh rubber: the Venezuelan came out just behind the Briton with 9 laps to go, and had to quickly dispatch a serious challenge from Nasr behind him, but the newer tyres made the difference, with Cecotto taking over 4 seconds out of Palmer and easily sliding through at the chicane and walking away.
The Venezuelan had an easy run to the flag to win by 3 seconds, but Palmer had to fight off a late race challenge from Nasr for second, with the pair crossing the line nose to tail. Leal followed shortly behind for P4, while Haryanto just held from Arthur Pic, Rene Binder and an excited Tio Ellinas (who picks up tomorrow’s reverse pole in his first GP2 race), with Tom Dillmann and Adrian Quaife Hobbs picking up the final points.
Barcelona – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
2.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
3.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
4.
Julian Leal
Carlin
5.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
6.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
7.
Rene Binder
Arden International
8.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
9.
Tom Dillmann
Arden International
10.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
11.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
12.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
13.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
14.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
15.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
16.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
17.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
18.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
19.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
20.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
Not Classified
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Mitch Evans (RT RUSSIAN TIME) – 1:34.141 on lap 31
LCH Barca pole 2014

Formula 1


2014 SPANISH GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg achieved a front-row lockout during qualifying at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today.

- Lewis clinched his fourth pole position of this season, with Nico taking his second front row start
- A closely fought battle saw less than two-tenths of a second (0.168s) separate the drivers in the final Q3 session
- The F1 W05 Hybrid has now taken pole at five out of five races in 2014, including two front row lock-outs
- The result marks Lewis´ 9th pole for the team and the 35th of his Formula One career

Lewis Hamilton

I’m overwhelmed to get pole position because I’ve had a pretty tough day in the car, particularly after yesterday went so well. I was really happy on Friday and we changed a couple of small things overnight, just the tiniest of tweaks. But it was a real handful today because track conditions had changed. Nico had a strong P3 and first two sessions of qualifying, so we were making small adjustments to the differential to try and make improvements to how the car was handling for Q3. On that final run, I really had to eke out everything and more from the car and myself to get pole and I’m so happy that I managed it. The hard work from the team and the development step we have made this weekend are totally inspiring for me – I haven’t experienced this level of performance before. I’ve never won at this circuit and I would love to, because my support in Barcelona has been growing every year and I have some amazing fans here in Spain. We are going to give it everything we can tomorrow to get the win.

Nico Rosberg

I had a good feeling throughout today and I quite enjoyed Qualifying. I had a good lap at the end but Lewis just did a better job in Q3. Starting second is a bit of a disadvantage but it’s such a long straight down to the first corner, so I will hope to have a better start than Lewis tomorrow and overtake him. It’s also a long race where tyre degradation will be a key issue so there may be some opportunities to take advantage. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and I’ll be giving everything to take advantage of this amazing Silver Arrow that we have at the moment and hopefully extend my lead in the Championship.

Toto Wolff

Barcelona is a track where a strong lap time is all about the quality of your total package – and particularly about having efficient downforce. That makes today’s result really satisfying and full credit goes to everybody in our team who has worked so hard to deliver it. It has been a close battle between our two drivers this weekend so far, with swings in performance each way, and Lewis came out on top this afternoon. That’s one of our keys right now: we have two drivers who are pushing each other really hard which is crucial for delivering this kind of team performance.

Paddy Lowe

It was great to get a dry qualifying session this afternoon, for only the second time this season so far, and to get a proper read on the performance of the cars and drivers without the uncertainty of wet conditions. Yesterday, Lewis was particularly happy with the car and Nico less so, but that situation had switched around this morning during practice. In the first two parts of qualifying, Lewis was still struggling quite a bit with the car, and we saw a few examples of this when he was trying to put together a fast lap in Q1. On the other hand, Nico was able to set strong lap times straight away. However, the balance swung again in Q3, when Lewis found a small edge over Nico with an impressive lap on his final run on new tyres. It’s positive to see such healthy competition in the garage and great to get the front row at such an important track for our season. Thank you to all the staff back at Brackley and Brixworth for their huge effort developing the car for this race. Looking ahead to tomorrow, key factors will be the start, tyre strategy and reliability. It will be a tough race, as it always is here in Barcelona.

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 3, race 1, Pau (FRA)

F3 Euro Championship


Home victory for points’ leader Esteban Ocon

Season race: 7 of 33
Track: Pau
Winner: Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam)
Pole position: Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam)
Weather: sunny

Rookie driver Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) extended his points’ lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with an undisputed victory in the streets of Pau. At the 2.76 kilometres long street circuit, the Lotus F1 junior driver took the lead at the start and safely brought first place home in spite of two safety car interventions. Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) took the chequered flag in second place from Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing), the second-best rookie in the classification. For Ocon, it was already his third victory from seven races held so far this season. FIA president Jean Todt presented the trophy to Ocon on the podium after the race.

Ocon already having claimed pole position on the day before, he used it in his first race at Pau to take the lead as the race got underway. In the following laps, the Formula 3 novice was able to pull clear from the rest of the field while his two main rivals, Lucas Auer and Max Verstappen, were involved in close battles for second. Eventually, the more experienced Auer had the upper hand against 16-year-old rookie driver Verstappen.

Behind the first three drivers, Jake Dennis (Carlin) quickly dropped back; the third-best rookie in the field had to defend his position from his team-mate Jordan King (Carlin). As a reward, Dennis secured fourth place in his first-ever Formula 3 race at Pau. In sixth place, Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3) scored the best result to date for his newcomer team West-Tec F3. He finished ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Edward Jones (Carlin), Richard Goddard (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin). For 17-year-old Indonesian Gelael, it was his first FIA Formula 3 European Championship point.

The race was neutralised behind the safety car twice. On the opening lap already, a crash by Alexander Toril (ThreeBond with T-Sport), in which birthday boy Mitch Gilbert (Fortec Motorsport) was involved as well, brought the yellow flags out. Italian Michele Beretta (Eurointernational) caused the second safety car phase as his car got stuck on the track.

Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam): “I am really happy to have won a race in my home event in France. My start wasn’t too good, but I still managed to take the lead. After the two restarts, I succeeded in holding on to first place and I tried to pull a gap right after that. After that, I could control the race. Of course, the experience I gained at Macau last year helped me, although the two tracks really aren’t identical.”

Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport): “My start was good, but not good enough to take the lead. At the start of the race, I wasn’t really fast, so that Max was able to follow me. The battle with him was nice and fortunately, we decided to leave each other enough room.”

Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing): “For me, the battle with Lucas was great fun, too. I wanted to overtake him, so I just had to try something, but because I was on the outside in the next corner, I let him go. I wanted to avoid an accident, because third place also is a good result and gives me valuable points.

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