DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 4th, 1:13.166 (Practice 3 – P6, 1:14.487)
“I’m pretty happy. This weekend was steady – I think we built up to it and found a better rhythm in qualifying, and as always it’s the most important session, so I made sure I got it all together and in the end I’m pretty happy with fourth. My pace is only a few tenths from pole which is pretty good around here. I was quite lucky on my last lap in the last chicane, I hit the wall pretty hard and luckily it got me to the line and I didn’t lose too much time. The start is important here, but you can pass. I think we’ve got pretty good straight line speed now so we’re in a position to overtake. Tomorrow’s going to be cool, if not wet, so with those conditions it could be anyone’s race. Hopefully it’s a five or six way fight – that could be a lot of fun. I think being on the right tyre at the right time is crucial. It’s about being smart, but being quick at the same time, so it’s worth taking some risks.”
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 5th, 1:13.414 (Practice 3 – P2, 1:14.158)
“Definitely a much better qualifying for me today, top five which is around where we wanted to be. I had hoped we would have been a bit closer to Mercedes but it is what it is. They turn up the power in qualifying and seem to be very strong so hopefully tomorrow we can be a bit closer. My last run in Q3 wasn’t great, you should usually improve and I didn’t but it’s not so bad. Our race pace is looking good and that is where you score the points, also you never know with the weather. No hot moments for me in qualifying today, here in Canada you run close to the barriers but you still have time to correct it, unlike Monaco. Conditions are a bit different from yesterday so you have to change your driving style as it’s very easy to lock up or run wide. It will be difficult to beat the Mercedes, and the Ferrari’s also look quick but hopefully a bit of rain will help us tomorrow in the race. I think it will be very challenging.”
“An exciting qualifying session, and for our drivers to line up fourth and fifth at this circuit is certainly more than we expected. A great final lap from Daniel Ricciardo put him within 0.35 of Lewis’s pole time which is a huge achievement. Starting from fourth and fifth on the grid with a bit of weather around as well has got all of the ingredients for a really exciting race. It also demonstrates the progress that the engine has made within the last 12 months, we were well over a second away and now we are within 0.35 of the pole position.”



“Obviously nice to be driving again for sure, and it’s a nice circuit – I enjoy it here. I think the day was ok; we can still find some more speed so we’ll work hard tonight to hopefully find some good solutions which can put us towards the top four tomorrow and close to Ferrari. Mercedes looked strong today, their long run pace was probably more impressive than their short run pace so that’s where I think we need to improve. Our long runs can be better for both me and Max, so that’s what we’ll look at tonight. On Sunday the weather looks like it could change, so we will wait and see as it will affect things. I expect the gap to Lewis to be less than a second tomorrow, how much less I’m not sure but I think we can close the gap quite a lot from today.
“Not a bad first day at the track, good day, good weather. I’m more or less happy with the balance we have, now it’s down to fine tuning little bits and getting some lap time out of that. It’s always very challenging here, you ride the curbs and get a bit of a go kart feel so I always enjoy it. The first feeling with the new engine was very positive, you’re always happy when you get more power. We understood the car setup and the engine felt good which is important. We did some good lap times and a long run which was promising. Ferrari look to have a bit better pace here so we still need to do some work and improve but overall it’s been a positive day. Looking at tomorrow, in qualifying you always want the softest tyres so we’ll put them on but on Sunday there is a chance of rain so we will have to wait and see what to do.”

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Situated on the man-made Ile Notre Dame in the St Lawrence river, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a true high speed challenge with the cars averaging 130mph over the course of a lap. The circuit combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their car to maximise straight line speed. This race is a firm favourite on the calendar due to its unrivalled atmosphere. Montreal becomes a party town during the race weekend and the locals create a fantastic atmosphere from the grandstands. The team has secured four wins in Canada to date, with the last coming in 1996 with Damon Hill at the wheel of the FW18.
For Montreal, Pirelli have made available the ultrasoft (for use in Q3), supersoft and soft compound tyres for dry-weather running. The intermediate and wet tyres are also available. Pirelli have allocated three sets of tyres to each driver, but each driver can now choose their remaining ten sets from the available compounds. In Canada, the team has chosen to allocate each driver with different sets of tyres. Felipe has seven sets of ultrasoft tyres, three sets of supersoft tyres and three sets of soft tyres. Valtteri has seven sets of ultrasoft tyres, four sets of supersoft tyres and two sets of soft tyres.
Pat Symonds 
Being a fast track with long straights, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve certainly favours the characteristics of the Williams car, as shown by our strong performances last year, so this should mark a return to form for the team. The circuit itself has very low-average speed corners, with one quick corner at turn five being easily flat and therefore not counting for much these days. Good top speed, stable braking with the track being hard on brakes, good change of direction for the multiple chicanes and adequate traction are key things required here. It’s also the second race in a row that we see the new ultrasoft tyre, but even with this we expect most cars to be on a one-stop strategy. We have a number of new aerodynamic and chassis parts to continue pushing our development of the FW38.
Felipe Massa
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a track where you need to have good speed because you have that long straight. I would say in the last two years we’ve done really well in Canada. I think we’ve had a competitive car so I really hope we can repeat that performance again this year.  It’s a place I really enjoy going. It’s a really nice town where everyone goes completely crazy for Formula One. I think this is due to the history of Canadian drivers, like Gilles Villeneuve and Jacques Villeneuve. I hope we can have a competitive race there and maybe even fight for the podium.
Valtteri Bottas
Canada is one of my favourite races. The track is pretty fast and it’s really enjoyable to drive. We finished on the podium there last year so I have some very good memories. Montreal is such a nice city and such a nice place. As a big ice hockey fan, it’s a big ice hockey city as well. I’m really looking forward to going back there and seeing all the Canadian fans. Hopefully we can have a strong result.

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The stars shone at Lausitz: for the first time in his career, Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Lucas Auer won a DTM race. In the race on Sunday during the Motorsport Festival at Lausitzring, the Austrian scored his first major success in the most popular international touring car series – the first victory for an Austrian driver in DTM history – after having started from pole position into the 23rd DTM race of his career. In front of 67,500 spectators, the 21-year-old crossed the finish line after 46 laps with a margin of 3.763 seconds from Audi driver Mattias Ekström. The Swede had started from ninth place.

“I have only dreamt about winning a race in my second DTM season, but I never thought that it would actually work out. I am overjoyed,” the Tyrolean said during the prize-giving ceremony. “A good start and the first lap were crucial and I managed to get them right,” he summed up the key to his victory. Third place in the sixth DTM race of the season went to Auer’s fellow Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Robert Wickens, who also took the lead in the DTM drivers’ standings with this result.

Jamie Green finished fourth at Lausitz from Gary Paffett. Marco Wittmann was the best-placed BMW driver on Sunday in sixth place. In seventh to tenth, Christian Vietoris, Nico Müller, Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock rounded out the top ten in the second race of the weekend.

After six of this season’s 18 races, Robert Wickens is leading the DTM drivers’ standings with 58 points from Marco Wittmann (55 points). Mattias Ekström (46 points) has moved up to third with his second-place finish. Jamie Green (45 points), Edoardo Mortara (44 points) and Paul Di Resta (43 points) follow in fourth to sixth place.

In almost three weeks, from June 24 till 26, 2016, the DTM will be racing at the Norisring in Nuremberg, the only street circuit on the calendar, with the seventh and eighth race of the season.


A 1-2 for Audi in the race on Saturday, Wittmann takes points’ lead

The Lausitzring seems to suit Audi: in the DTM race on Saturday, Miguel Molina and Jamie Green secured a 1-2 for the manufacturer from Ingolstadt. Last year already, the brand with the four rings was very successful, winning both races at Lausitz. Molina, who started from pole position, only had to allow his fellow Audi driver Green in front for a few laps after the start, but then managed to take back the lead and held on to it until the end. “Today, our car was very fast, both in qualifying and in the race, after things didn’t go particularly well for us in the first four races of the season,” winner Molina said after the race. For the Spaniard, it was his second DTM race win. After 32 laps, he was 2.034 seconds ahead of British driver Green. During the Motorsport Festival at Lausitzring, Mercedes-Benz driver Robert Wickens claimed the final podium slot by finishing third.

Even though Marco Wittmann just missed out on a podium finish with his BMW M4 DTM, the 2014 DTM champion can still be happy: twelve points for his fourth place are enough to take the lead in the drivers’ standings. After five of this season’s 18 DTM races, Wittmann is now on top with 47 points. Edoardo Mortara, who finished eighth in the race, is second with 44 points. Paul Di Resta’s progress, that saw him move up from 21st on the grid to 13th at the finish, remained unrewarded. The Scot lost the lead in the drivers’ standings and is now third with 43 points, tied with Robert Wickens.

On Sunday, the sixth race of the season takes place from 15.15 hrs. Live broadcast from Lausitz on ARD starts at 15.00 hrs. Qualifying on Sunday is scheduled at 11.30 hrs (live on Einsfestival from 11.25 hrs.).



West Sussex, UK — With a theme of Full Throttle — The Endless Pursuit of Power, this year’s FoS is celebrating the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the inaugural Can-Am Series of 1966 and the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s World Championship victory over Niki Lauda.

Goodwood’s Festival of Speed marks the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s World Championship.
(photo: Goodwood)
As part of a tribute to Hunt, the Surtees, Hesketh, McLaren and Wolf cars he raced in Formula 1, plus touring, sports and junior formula cars, and even his beloved A35 road car, will be on display on the grounds of Goodwood House.
And for the first time in eight years, Carl “Foggy” Fogarty, regarded as the most successful Superbike racer of all time, will return to FoS. He will ride two current Triumph bikes, the Speed Triple and the Thruxton R, as well as two bikes supplied by the National Motorcycle Museum — the Triumph Bonneville that Malcolm Uphill took to victory in the Production TT and the 750cc Production TT-winning Triumph Trident, known as ‘Slippery Sam’.
BMW will be the honored marque at the June 23-26 event, and will celebrate by bringing its M4 GTS for the hillclimb. This new six-cylinder, capable of 500 bhp, and other new models will be joined by other M cars from the past 40 years.

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