FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 9, race 3, Vallelunga (I)

F3 European Championship

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 9, race 3, Vallelunga (I)


In the 26th race of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) prevailed to win the race followed by Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Daniil Kvyat (Carlin). Thanks to this result, Prema Powerteam secured the title as best team of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship early. Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), currently second in the championship, finished ninth in the race held at Vallelunga, Italy, while a technical failure forced his rival in the battle for the title, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), into retirement right at the start. With the second race of the weekend contested, the lead of Ferrari’s young-gun Marciello over Sweden’s Rosenqvist amounts to 28.5 points. 

Prior to the start, the single-seater of Raffaele Marciello suddenly was engulfed in smoke. The Italian who held second position on the grid, couldn’t start due to technical problems and had to retire. Meanwhile, Alex Lynn made perfect use of his pole to take the lead – followed by Alexander Sims, Daniil Kvyat and Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam). 

Due to an off-track experience of Jann Mardenborough (Carlin), the safety-car was sent out as early as on lap one – and once again a few laps later, when Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport) failed to keep his Dallara on the track. After the two safety-car periods, Lynn succeeded in once again opening a gap on the field while Sims successfully fended off the attacks of his pressurising rival Kvyat. In the end, Lynn crossed the finish line with a five-second-lead over Sims, with Kvyat finishing third. Roman Eddie Cheever came fourth, in his home race, thus being pipped in the battle for the podium. Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam), Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing) and Sven Müller (Van Amersfoort Racing) secured the positions five to eight. 

Further back, Felix Rosenqvist tried hard to work his way up through the field. Due to an incident in the qualifying session, the Swede had had to settle for the last position on the grid and battled his way up to finish ninth. Meanwhile, John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsports) completed the top 10, thus delivering in fine style, on his first FIA Formula 3 European Championship weekend. 

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) 
“My pace was really good in this race. Other than Alexander Sims I had a fresh set of tyres and therefore, I had expected that I would be faster than him. But I hadn’t believed that I would be that much faster. In the end, it was a good race, ending with the great first place. I hope to again make it to the podium in race three, this afternoon.” 

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport)
“At times it was a lonely race for me. I contested the race on a used set of tyres and consequently, I wasn’t able to match the pace of Alex. Nonetheless, I think that I may be happy with my achievements as I was fourth on the grid and finished runner-up.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“My start was okay but Alex who stood diagonally behind me virtually rocketed away. The battles with him were big fun. Altogether I’m happy to be on the podium and secure some good results, in the closing stages of the season. But in the third race, this afternoon, making it to the podium once again will be difficult. From my eighth position on the grid I will need a dose of luck to do so.”

Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi powering his Abu Dhabi Citroen DS3 in Cyprus today.

FIA Middle East Championship

Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi powering his Abu Dhabi Citroen DS3 in Cyprus today.

Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi powering his Abu Dhabi Citroen DS3 in Cyprus today.


Nicosia, Cyprus 13th October, 2013: The UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi produced a tenacious drive to claim second place in the Cyprus Rally today as Nasser Al Attiyah secured victory to capture his ninth FIA Middle East Championship title. 

After a series of problems on the previous day had effectively ended his hopes of a first win on the Mediterranean island, Al Qassimi had to show all his fighting qualities to climb from third position overnight alongside co-driver Scott Martin in their Abu Dhabi Citroën Total DS3. 

The Emirati driver reached the finish back in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, 2min 51.8 secs away from Al Attiyah’s Ford Fiesta, having won a spectacular day-long battle with another Qatari, Abdulaziz Al Kuwairi, edging him out by 4.7 seconds for the second podium spot. 

That finish had looked in doubt when, early on the day’s first of eight special stages, Al Qassimi suffered a puncture and had to drive with caution for the next 11kms.

By the end of the stage, however he had overhauled Al Kuwairi who punctured on the same section, and then spent the rest of the day trying desperately to catch the Abu Dhabi Citroën. 

But while Al Qassimi had no hope of blocking Al Attiyah’s path to victory after his mechanical and dust problems on the previous leg, the Abu Dhabi Racing driver stayed calm under pressure to strengthen his grip on second place in the championship. He will now try to round off the debut season for Abu Dhabi Racing next month by beating the Qatari to score a third career victory in the Dubai International Rally, the final round of the Middle East series. 

Al Qassimi had reached the service halt on completion of the day’s first loop of four special stages to say: “We started the first stage with good momentum but then after 3km we hit a rock on the side of the road and that left us with a flat front right tyre. 

“I had to take it easy on the left corners to prevent the tyre sliding off the rim. But after yesterday’s problems we made some changes overnight and started with the car feeling much better today.

“I’m seeing a lot of lines from the two cars in front of me that look a bit dangerous to take. But if I don’t take them I lose a lot of time. The question is, do you take the risk, and that’s what’s going on in my head right now.” 

Earlier in the day it had emerged that Al Attiyah had gone perilously close to going out of the rally on Saturday’s last of eight special stages when his car hit a rock that had been pulled out of the ground on the racing line. The impact broke the sump guard, cross member and steering rack, and at one point retirement looked possible, but the Qatari survived to reach the service park where the damaged parts were replaced.

Cyprus Rally provisional results:

1. Nasser Al Atiyah / G. Bernacchini  QAT/ITA Ford  Fiesta RRC                          2:35:17.6

2. Shk Khalid Al Qassimi / S.Martin UAE/GBR Abu Dhabi Citroen DS3 RRC      2:38:09.4

3. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari / K.Duffy QAT/IRE Ford Fiesta RRC                               2:38:14.1

4. Misfer Al Marri / N.Arena QAT/ITA  Ford Fiesta RRC                                        2:45:16.9

5. Costas Georgiou / E. Pieri CYP/CYP Mitsubishi Lancer EVO  IX                       2:48:23.9

6. Kyriacos Kyriacou / C.Aristidou CYP/CYP Subaru  Impreza                               2:51:08.1

2013 FIA Middle East Rally Championship standings after 5 of 6 rounds:

1.         Nasser Al Attiyah                   118pts

2.         Sh. Khalid Al Qassimi            69pts

3.         Abdulaziz Al Kuwari              57pts

4.         Roger Reghali                         43pts

5.         Sh. Abdulla Al Qassimi          30pts

Japanese gp 2013

Formula 1

Japanese gp 2013

SEBASTIAN VETTEL :“A very rewarding win today; it’s a great feeling. I love this track and it’s just fantastic to win here. It was a horrible start to be honest; we found ourselves sitting in third place and then tried to go longer in the first stint. I had great traction after I got past Romain and after that the only threat was Mark who got stuck behind Romain. We could then manage the gap until the end of the race. The Championship is the big target of course, but the season is very long still and the best way to wrap it up is not to think about it. I’m happy to go home for a bit now and to relax before we go out to India. That’s an impressive country and I’m looking forward to racing there in a couple of weeks.”
“We were on the back foot a bit after Romain’s great start. I wanted to put pressure on him for the win. Sebastian was on a different strategy to me and in the end it worked out pretty similar. It’s hard to know which was right (a two or three stop strategy), as we were trying to cover off Romain. I did my best and in the end it was a good result.”

Romain Grosjean:

“It’s really good to be back on the podium again.”

“Today was just a very, very good race. What a start! It was superb to go past both the Red Bulls like that and it’ll be one of my best memories of the year. The car was fantastic on the first set of tyres and we managed to pull away, but then the Red Bulls were able to reel us in later on. Ultimately, we were the only car to almost catch the bull. It’s been a great home race for my engineer; it’s always good to come to Japan and it’s really good to be back on the podium again.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “A massive result for the team to achieve a one two in Japan. It was an exciting race that was dictated by the tyre strategy. We split the strategies between a three-stop for Mark and a two-stop for Seb, based on the expected tyre lives on the two cars. Both drivers managed to make it work to navigate their way past Romain Grosjean, in particularly brave moves down into Turn one. A great result for the Team and both Championships and congratulations to Renault for another one-two-three finish on the podium.”
THIERRY SALVI, Renault: “A perfect result for Renault today, and great to see us up there represented on the podium. We split strategies today for Mark and Seb and got a 1-2, which is of course good news for the Championship. However there are still four races to go so we’ll remain focused on the job in hand.” 
PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS                           

The Japanese Grand Prix                                         
Suzuka, Japan;                                                  
53 laps; 307.471km;                                             
Weather: Dry.                                                   


Pos  Driver             Team                         Time  
 1.  Sebatian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault        1h37m410s           
 2.  Mark Webber        Red Bull-Renault            +7.1s           
 3.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault               +9.9s           
 4.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                    +45.6s           
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault              +47.3s           
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg    Sauber-Ferrari             +51.6s           
 7.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari           +1m11.6s           
 8.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes                 +1m12.0s           
 9.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes         +1m20.8s           
10.  Felipe Massa       Ferrari                  +1m29.2s           
11.  Paul di Resta      Force India-Mercedes     +1m38.5s           
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +1 lap           
13.  Daniel Ricciardo   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +1 lap           
14.  Adrian Sutil       Force India-Mercedes       +1 lap           
15.  Sergio Perez       McLaren-Mercedes           +1 lap           
16.  Pastor Maldonado   Williams-Renault           +1 lap           
17.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Renault           +1 lap           
18.  Charlies Pic       Caterham-Renault           +1 lap           
19.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +1 lap           

Fastest lap: Mark Webber, 1m34.587s            

Not classified/retirements:                             

Driver               Team                         On lap      
Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes                          9               
Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault                  0               
Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth                 0               

World Championship standings, round 15:                 

Drivers:                    Constructors:              
 1.  Vettel        297        1.  Red Bull-Renault          445 
 2.  Alonso        207        2.  Ferrari                   297 
 3.  Raikkonen     177        3.  Mercedes                  277 
 4.  Hamilton      151        4.  Lotus-Renault             264 
 5.  Webber        148        5.  McLaren-Mercedes           83 
 6.  Rosberg       126        6.  Force India-Mercedes       62 
 7.  Massa          90        7.  Sauber-Ferrari             55 
 8.  Grosjean       87        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         31 
 9.  Button         60        9.  Williams-Renault            1 
10.  Hulkenberg     49                                          
11.  Di Resta       36                                          
12.  Sutil          26                                          
13.  Perez          23                                          
14.  Ricciardo      18                                          
15.  Vergne         13                                          
16.  Gutierrez       6                                          
17.  Maldonado       1
FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 9, race 1, Vallelunga (I)

F3 European Championship

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 9, race 1, Vallelunga (I)

Raffaele Marciello re-increases the gap—

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) made perfect use of his home-track advantage by winning the 25 race of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season at the 4.085-kilometre Autodromo Piero Taruffi. Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) joined the Ferrari Driver Academy protégé on the podium. As the effort of Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) to battle his way back up ended in 10th position, Italian Marciello could extend his lead in the overall standings to 32.5 points. 

From his pole position, Raffaele Marciello defended his lead and kept the gap on second-place Alexander Sims between 0.8 and 1.2 seconds throughout the race. Similarly easy was the race for Alex Sims and Alex Lynn who finished second and third respectively. Red Bull junior Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) came fourth, followed by Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam), who benefited from the retirement of Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports). Behind Roman Cheever, who lives just half an hour from the circuit, Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) had to defend his sixth position against Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) while Sven Müller (Van Amersfoort Racing) hoped for a mistake of the pairing driving ahead of him. Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing) finished ninth in his home race, with Felix Rosenqvist who impressed with remarkable fighting spirit and gained a lot of ground securing 10th place. Particularly in the first half of the race he passed driver by driver and battled his way up from 27th position on the grid to finish 10th. 

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) 
“It goes without saying that I’m happy about this win but it isn’t more important than any other win in this season. It definitely was a difficult race as Alex was pushing hard. During the small battle with Alex in the opening stages I didn’t think about the fight for the title. But I didn’t take too many risks and had he been much faster I’d have to let him go. For me, it was of major importance to finish ahead of Felix and I succeeded in doing so.” 

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport)
“I pressurised Raffaele a lot and gave my very best to force him into a mistake. But unfortunately, he didn’t do me this favour. So, I had no chance of passing him although my pace was as good as the one of Raffaele. I think we made a good team effort, here.”

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam)
“I think my race wasn’t too bad. We realised as early as in the qualifying sessions that my pace was really good and by securing a podium, I successfully made use of this pace. I added important points for the battle for third championship position to my tally and also reduced the gap to the second-placed driver, Felix Rosenqvist.”

Webber Pole Japan

Formula 1

Webber Pole Japan

“It’s a great track and we always enjoy driving here. The laps weren’t too bad today to be honest, but you always want a little bit more here and there. Sebastian had a problem in qualifying, so it’s a little bit of a hollow pole position if you like; he still did a phenomenal lap. But, I’m happy to be on pole; you have to grab the opportunities when you can and still get the laps in. It’s a very, very nice farewell for me to have pole position on my last attempt here at Suzuka. It’s a great circuit and I’ll never forget the first sector today, it’s what us guys strive for and it’s what our profession is all about; driving that is a real highlight for us.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “It’s great to have secured front row for tomorrow’s race. It was a very strong performance by Mark today to claim his first pole of the year and Sebastian, despite the failure of KERS on his car, produced a great lap also to get onto the front row for tomorrow’s race. We need to understand the issue with his car, as it’s the second session we had a KERS problem. Hopefully we can convert these very strong grid positions into a good points haul tomorrow.”
(Renault) THIERRY SALVI: “Seb had a KERS issue in qualifying, which he had to try and manage throughout the lap. I let you imagine the job he had to do during those timed laps, but at the end he did not have the benefit of any KERS boost. It was a brilliant effort by both drivers to lock out the front row. It takes the Renault total to 209 poles and a new record for engine manufacturers – something we can be very proud of. But equally important is the advantage it gives us for tomorrow.”
Pos Driver                Team                 Time            Gap    
 1. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m30.915s                  
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m31.089s  +0.174s         
 3. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m31.253s  +0.338s         
 4. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m31.365s  +0.450s         
 5. Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m31.378s  +0.463s         
 6. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m31.397s  +0.482s         
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari       1m31.644s  +0.729s         
 8. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m31.665s  +0.750s         
 9. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m31.684s  +0.769s         
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m31.827s  +0.912s         
Q2 cut-off time: 1m31.848s                                   Gap **       
11. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes     1m31.989s  +0.699s         
12. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m31.992s  +0.702s         
13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault     1m32.013s  +0.723s         
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m32.063s  +0.773s         
15. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m32.093s  +0.803s         
16. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m32.485s  +1.195s         
Q1 cut-off time: 1m32.875s                                    Gap *
17. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m32.890s  +1.066s         
18. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m33.357s  +1.533s         
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth    1m34.320s  +2.496s         
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault     1m34.556s  +2.732s         
21. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault     1m34.879s  +3.055s         
22. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth    1m34.958s  +3.134s
Stefano Coletti

F1Weekly podcast # 639

Stefano Coletti

Clark and Nasir have the Korean Grand Prix post race round-table discussion, we have Motorsports Mondial and special interview with Stefano Coletti.

was born in the Principality of Monaco on 6 April 1989. He weighs 73 kg and is 1.80 m tall.

According to his parents Stefano was born under a special star; Armande (of Monegasque nationality) and Gianluigi (of Italian nationality), Stefano was conceived on board Keke Rosberg’s yacht during a summer vacation – was this perhaps a sign of his destiny?

He was quite an unruly and quite hyperactive child. In order to channel his high levels of energy he started playing soccer at a young age, then tennis and lastly skiing. However he did not reach his full potential as a sportsman.

Armande then had the idea to take Stefano to the Arma di Taggia go-kart circuit to see if he enjoyed the experience. There followed an opportune encounter with Guido Mandracci, a motorbike champion in the 70s and manager of the circuit. Guido took Stefano under his wing and discovered a talented driver with an exceptional ability to analyse the track. Despite a slow start in karting, Guido was very optimistic about Stefano’s talent and persisted with his training. He knew what he was doing and a special bond developed between them, leading over time to a huge improvement in his performance and skill level.

Stefano, like the majority of the best drivers in Formula 1, began his career in karting, where he shone during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, becoming the European Champion, before moving on to single seaters. However, despite his raw speed on the circuit, he lacked consistency. Talent must be combined with hard work and training – a difficult concept for a teenager. From late 2010 Stefano had a step change in his attitude to the sport, due to his increasing maturity and awareness of his goals and what he had to do to get to them. His training has become relentless, with a daily workout of a combination of cycling, jogging, gym work and canoeing in the sea off Monaco – all under the supervision of a dedicated coach.

A naturally very strong athlete, Stefano challenges now his GP2 rivals with a mixture of determination, concentration and composure. In 2011 he obtained three victories in his debut year and after gaining more experience in 2012 has begun the 2013 season in the best way with two wins and three podiums in the first eight races in Malaysia, Bahrain, Spain and Monaco.

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