LCH China FP2

UBS Chinese GP Friday practice


LCH China FP2

LEWIS HAMILTON ON TOP IN FP2

Lewis Hamilton
It was quite a difficult day today as we missed some of this morning’s session which put us on the back foot slightly, but we were glad to get some laps in the second session at least. We’re not too happy with the balance of the car at the moment, so we need to go and work on that. This circuit is particularly hard on tyres, as it has been every year, so we need to be prepared for that. A few of the other teams look to have improved in terms of pace, which is great as it means we will have a fight. There’s a lot of work to do and the guys are already here early and working late, but I’m confident that we can make some improvements going into tomorrow.

Nico Rosberg
It’s a unique weekend here in China; normally we struggle with rear tyre wear but here it seems to be the front tyres that I struggle with. You have so many long corners; you are just waiting and waiting and waiting to finish the corners. There is a lot of energy spent adapting to this situation. There is a need to be creative and look at the set-up, because graining can be very bad. We are still looking good performance wise, in terms of one-lap pace and on the long runs. But other teams were watching us and pushing a lot as we saw with Fernando today. I guess that my main rival for a win will again be my teammate, so I’m looking forward to the next in-house battle.

Daniel Ricciardo
“That wasn’t too bad today. I think tyres are always a bit of a challenge around this track, particularly with the softs, they seem to wear on the front left. Turn one is quite bad and turn 13, coming onto the back straight; you do see marbles around the lap, but I think that’s just the nature of the circuit. Our long run looked pretty good and we did more laps than we thought we would, so let’s see how we go tomorrow and Sunday.”
Sebastian Vettel
“We didn’t have any major issues today, so it was good in terms of testing. The track was very green; I think Formula One were the only cars running on the circuit today. There’s a lot for us to do, for me especially as I’m not yet where I want to be, but we made some progress. Tyre graining was average today, but I think it was the same for the others also; I’m sure it will get better as the weekend goes on. If it’s dry then the circuit ramps up and if it’s wet then it resets every time.”
Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix)

GP3 TESTING DAY 1


Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix)

NICK YELLOLY FASTEST ON DAY 1
Status GP’s Yelloly quickest in morning session
British driver Nick Yelloly posted the best time of the day with a 1:35.104 in the morning session, whilst fellow compatriot Alex Lynn (Carlin) recorded the fastest time in the afternoon.
The third and final pre-season test session takes place at the Circuit De Catalunya in Spain. The opening round of the GP3 Series is just three weeks away with the GP3 paddock returning to Barcelona again for the first race of the season; meaning this two day test is vital for the teams and drivers to prepare the correct set-up for qualifying and race trim.
Matheo Tuscher from Switzerland was one new face to the 2014 pre-season testing line-up. The young rookie has previously tested for GP3 back in 2012. The morning session got underway under clear blue skies albeit in fresh conditions. The Carlin trio of Lynn, Luis Sa Silva and Emil Bernstorff were first to take to the track.
It was a quiet start to proceedings in the first hour, with the Status GP duo of Yelloly and Richie Stanaway heading the timings early on. The Kiwi then ran wide avoiding a slower car and stopped off track which brought out the red flag for a short period.
Marussia Manor Racing’s Patrick Kujala was first to lap in the 1m35’s before Lynn snuck into P1 a few hundredths faster. In the final stages of the session, Yelloly regained his place at the top of the standings, with his best efforts almost half a second quicker than Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen GP) who had moved up to second. Marvin Kirchhofer ended the session in third ahead of Lynn, Stanaway, Kujala, Alex Fontana, Robert Visoiu, Santiago Urrutia and Dino Zamparelli.
Following a two hour break for lunch as the temperature increased, it was Arden International’s Jann Mardenborough who was the early pace-setter. Nelson Mason (Hilmer Motorsport) out-braked himself and stopped in the gravel which saw the session halted. Once the action resumed, Bernstoff clocked the quickest time before his teammate Lynn displaced him by setting the first lap in the 1m35’s of the afternoon session.
Eriksson jumped up to P2, before Tuscher demoted the Swede, lapping half a second shy of Lynn. Kujala found some extra pace to rise back up to second in the timings, one tenth off the Carlin debutant. Trident’s Denis Nagulin had an excursion at Turn 4 which saw the third red flag of the day as the clock ticked down.
Zamparelli progressed up the order to third in the final moments but the red flag brought an early end to the day when Mason went off at Turn 9, therefore the session didn’t resume. At the chequered flag it was Lynn who held top spot, ahead of Kujala, Zamparelli, Tuscher, Bernstorff, Patric Niederhauser, Stanaway, Eriksson, Mardenborough and Pal Varhaug.
The schedule for Day 2 of the test sees the test commence at 09.00 – 12.00 with a one hour break. The afternoon session will begin at 13.00 and end at 16.00.
Morning Results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
1:35.104
22
2.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:35.582
24
3.
Marvin Kirchhofer
ART Grand Prix
1:35.590
16
4.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
1:35.716
29
5.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:35.718
17
6.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
1:35.788
21
7.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:35.788
15
8.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
1:36.024
21
9.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:36.031
19
10.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
1:36.164
13
11.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
1:36.279
23
12.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
1:36.375
32
13.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
1:36.387
16
14.
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.409
30
15.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.448
19
16.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:36.489
28
17.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
1:36.515
23
18.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.538
23
19.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:36.591
22
20.
Roman De Beer
Trident
1:37.015
23
21.
Alfonso Celis Jr
Status Grand Prix
1:37.035
27
22.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:37.087
25
23.
Ivan Taranov
Hilmer Motorsport
1:37.262
34
24.
Victor Carbone
Trident
1:37.294
25
25.
Denis Nagulin
Trident
1:38.268
21
26.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
1:41.406
25
 
Afternoon Results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
1:35.663
33
2.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
1:35.851
32
3.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
1:36.082
29
4.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.280
32
5.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:36.358
36
6.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
1:36.401
30
7.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:36.469
35
8.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:36.510
23
9.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
1:36.513
30
10.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.513
21
11.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:36.557
29
12.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
1:36.626
32
13.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:36.891
13
14.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
1:37.102
31
15.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:37.147
14
16.
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
1:37.423
29
17.
Roman De Beer
Trident
1:37.591
30
18.
Victor Carbone
Trident
1:37.591
35
19.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
1:37.864
27
20.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
1:38.044
43
21.
Marvin Kirchhofer
ART Grand Prix
1:38.070
24
22.
Denis Nagulin
Trident
1:38.167
28
23.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:38.450
31
24.
Ivan Taranov
Hilmer Motorsport
1:38.983
33
25.
Alfonso Celis Jr
Status Grand Prix
1:38.989
38
26.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
1:41.076
14
FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 2, race 3, Silverstone (GB)

F3 European Championship


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 2, race 3, Silverstone (GB)

THE HUNT FOR THE 2014 FIA FORMULA 3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE IS ON

Venue: Silverstone
Track length: 5.891 kilometres
Lap record FIA F3: Alex Lynn 2013 (1:53,831 minutes)
Distance: 18 laps

This weekend, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship kicks off its 2014 season at Silverstone’s 5.891-kilometre GP circuit. With four days of pre-season testing at the Hungaroring and the Red Bull Ring contested, the young-guns are ready to meet the challenges represented by the planet’s most competitive young-talent series. The race weekend at Silverstone will be contested by a total of 27 drivers, with four of them being Britons: Jordan King (Carlin), Hector Hurst (Team West-Tec F3), Jake Dennis (Carlin) and Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin).

It goes without saying that the four Britons are particularly keen on shining in front of their home crowds. Carlin drivers King und Dennis as well as Blomqvist who races for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin may hope for securing good results as they all regularly made it to the top 10, on the four days of pre-season testing. Meanwhile, rookie Hector Hurst and his newcomer team West-Tec F3 want to also cause a first stir, in their home event.

In the tests, both the experienced drivers and the newcomers delivered in convincing style, with Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) in particular demonstrating that he is ready for battling it out in the planet’s most competitive young-talent series by setting two fastest lap times. In 2013, the Dutchman, son of former Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen, still was karting – to advance to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship straight away. The other two fastest lap times of the official tests were set by the experienced drivers Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3).

All the 27 young-guns want to follow the footsteps of Raffaele Marciello or Daniil Kvyat who succeeded in shining in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. Marciello, member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, won the 2013 title and is racing in the GP2 Series, this year. And Russia’s Daniil Kvyat, a Red Bull protégé, even made it right to a Formula 1 GP seat.

Jordan King (Carlin): “I was a rookie in 2013 and Silverstone was my only second FIA Formula 3 European Championship race weekend. Now I’m clearly more experienced and will give my very best to secure good results, in my home event. It’s my home race and so, all my sponsors and several friends will be on site to support me. Apart from this, it’s just a race like any other… Nearly, that is, as it’s just a 30-minute ride to the circuit, for me.”

Sergio Perez

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Sergio Perez

Clark and Nasir try to remain calm whilst discussing the Bahrain Grand Prix! We have another fantastic Motorsports Mondial and here are some thoughts from Sergio Perez heading into the Chinese Grand Prix…Sergio Perez hopes for another competitive weekend in China.

Sergio, it has been a week since your podium in Bahrain, sum up your feelings…
“To get the podium in Bahrain was great. My last podium was a long time ago so to fight at the front again feels good. We knew we were quick and I made sure I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. It’s a great result for this team and a big boost of confidence for me.”
 
You spent most of the race fighting hard with your teammate and then the Red Bulls in the closing stages…
“It was a really tough race and there was never a moment to relax. It was a big battle with Nico, but I enjoyed it. The end of the race was hard and the safety car really hurt our two-stop strategy. The Red Bulls had the tyre advantage and I was close to losing the podium so I had to push hard to keep up the pace. I think it was a good race for the sport with lots of entertainment.”
 
Does the podium change your expectations for the upcoming races?
“The target is to move on, keep improving and target more podiums. Bahrain was the first real opportunity I had to develop the car through the weekend without any issues so it felt like my season really started there. Now we need to think about how we can do better in China. At the same time we must not get carried away because we know how competitive Formula One is and how things can change very quickly.”

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Ferrari win Espana 2013

Stefano Domenicali resigns as Ferrari F1 boss


Ferrari win Espana 2013

STEFANO DOMENICALI HAS RESIGNED AS FERRARI FORMULA ONE PRINCIPAL AND BEEN REPLACED BY MARCO MATTIACCI.

The Italian glamour team, the oldest and most successful in the sport, have made a disappointing start to the season with two fourth places for Spaniard Fernando Alonso the team’s best results in three races so far.

Ferrari have not won a driver’s world championship since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007 and at the most recent race in Bahrain, Alonso and his Finnish team mate were ninth and 10th.

Mattiacci, current president of Ferrari North America, will take overall charge of the Gestione Sportiva – the carmaker’s sporting activities including the Formula One team – immediately.

“There are particular moments in all of our professional lives where you need the courage to take difficult and very painful decisions,” Domenicali, who took over as team principal from Jean Todt in 2008, said in a Ferrari statement.

“It’s time to make an important change. As boss, I take the responsibility – as I always have – for the situation we are going through.”

Domenicali, who has been with Ferrari for 23 years in various roles, said he had made his decision to shake things up for the good of the group and to help the team get back to where they should be.

He thanked Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and the fans “with the regret that we could not reap what we have sown so hard in these years”.

Montezemolo thanked Domenicali for his contribution and “the great sense of responsibility he has shown even today in putting Ferrari’s interests ahead of his own”.

Sainz wis at Monza 2014

SAINZ WINS AT MONZA


Sainz wis at Monza 2014

CARLOS SAINZ GETS HIS REVENGE AT MONZA

Carlos Sainz (DAMS) took his first win in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Unlucky yesterday, the Red Bull Junior Team driver answered by dominating qualifying and the race on the Autodromo di Monza. He won ahead of Marlon Stöckinger (Lotus) and Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports) and is now tied for the championship lead with Will Stevens (Strakka Racing) and Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport).

Following a technical incident that prevented him from demonstrating his speed during race 1, Carlos Sainz was back in dominating form on Sunday morning. After a contested first run, the Spaniard trounced the competition in the waning minutes of the session. His lap time of 1’32’’684 guaranteed the pole with a margin of 7/10ths of a second from Marlon Stöckinger. Jazeman Jaafar (ISR) and William Buller (Arden Motorsport) qualified on row two.

At the start of the formation lap, the car of Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) remained blocked on the starting grid. When the lights went out, Carlos Sainz put in a perfect launch to quickly pull away from the rest of the field led by Marlon Stöckinger, Sergey Sirotkin and Luca Ghiotto (International Draco Racing), who started seventh and ninth. Jazeman Jaafar (ISR) had the worst start, dropping to seventh place.

With a string of fastest laps, Carlos Sainz progressively increased his lead from his pursuers. The battles for position where further down the order. Pierre Gasly and Jazeman Jaafar battled for fifth place, while Nikolay Martsenko (Comtec Racing) passed several cars to move into the top 10.

At the end of a race in which he was fully in control, Carlos Sainz won going away. Marlon Stöckinger and Sergey Sirotkin joined him on the podium, followed by Luca Ghiotto and Pierre Gasly, the top rookies of the day. Nikolay Martsenko overtook Jazeman Jaafar on the final lap for sixth place. Pietro Fantin (International Draco Racing) and Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse) crossed the line ahead of Oliver Rowland, who picked up the one point for tenth place after having started the race from pit lane.

Quotes

Carlos Sainz: ”It has been a really good weekend. From the first laps in practice, I was confident with the car. Unfortunately, yesterday has been a lot of points thrown out, but these things happen in motor racing. I dominated all the sessions and I can’t thank the team enough for their work and dedication. We will not stop to work to get the points back.”

Marlon Stöckinger: ”The team did a really great job because I was really on pace all weekend. We knew we were competitive and we finally demonstrated all the work we did during winter testing. Congrats to the whole team for their support.”

Sergey Sirotkin: ”This podium brings to an end to what was a difficult weekend for the team. We didn’t stop looking to solve the problem and this allowed me to be closer to the front today. The key was the start, when I immediately moved up to third place before settling in to concentrate on my race.”

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