Caterham 2014

Formula 1


ALEXANDER ROSSI WILL DRIVE FP1 IN MONTREAL AND AUSTIN 

Leafield Technical Centre, UK – Friday 25th April 2014

Caterham F1 Team has confirmed that Alexander Rossi, Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver and Caterham Racing GP2 race driver, will drive in two FP1 sessions this season at the Canadian and US Grands Prix in Montreal and Austin respectively.

Rossi has been flying the US flag as one of Caterham F1 Team’s Reserve Drivers since 2012 in addition to his role as one of the team’s primary simulator drivers. He has completed multiple FP1 sessions and test days for the team since 2011 and Montreal and Austin will mark his first tastes of 2014 machinery on track, building on the extensive mileage he has already accumulated in the team’s state-of-the-art simulator at its Leafield, UK base. This is the continuation of Rossi’s development towards a F1 full time race seat and reflects the ongoing commitment that Caterham have to see him reach his ultimate goal.

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: “Alexander will be continuing his development with two more FP1 sessions for us in Canada and the USA. While his focus this year is firmly on GP2 we are pleased to give him more opportunities to play an active role in the F1 team’s race weekends and to have him help us develop our car at two races that are very important for us, both in terms of our season overall and with the strong support we have commercially in the North American continent.”

Alexander Rossi: “Each time I step into F1 machinery there is an important job to do. Montreal and Austin are important races for me and I want to thank Caterham for the opportunity to continue my development to a full time race seat in F1. My GP2 program combined with my F1 team Reserve Driver duties give me invaluable insight and experience for my future. I’ve built up a lot of hours in the F1 simulator already this year, but Montreal will be my first visit behind the wheel of the CT05 on track. I look forward to a positive runplan for both the Canadian and USA sessions.”

Audi S1 EKS Concept

WORLD RALLYX


 

EKS IS LATEST TEAM TO JOIN WORLD RX

EKS is the latest team to pledge support to the all-new FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy after the Swedish squad confirmed it will compete in 2014 with the brand-new Audi S1.

The team – which will be made up of two-time DTM driver Mattias Ekstrom and reigning Junior World Rally Championship winner Pontus Tidemand – will contest selected rounds in World RX.

Speaking about the news at the official World RX media day in Italy, Ekstrom explained: “This year our plans are to complete as much research and development of the car that we can for the future. Our goal is of course to build the best car. I grew up in the rallycross paddock because of my father and I’m very excited about driving a Supercar this year and to witness the sport growing as a World Championship.”

Pontus Tidemand added: “It feels really good to be with EKS, a team with a real ambition to win. There is a lot of experience in the team and it’s made up of members who love to compete – I can’t wait for the year ahead!”

Martin Anayi, World RX Managing Director at IMG Motorsport, concluded: “It’s a great honour to have Mattias at our official press day at Franciacorta, and of course we are delighted that Pontus has also confirmed he will also join us in 2014. With the addition of Mattias and Pontus, we now have the most diverse set of drivers in any motorsport championship in the world.  We’ve got champions from F1, WRC, Formula Drift, X Games, BTCC and now we have DTM and Junior World Rally champions to add into the mix.  It will be interesting to see how the Audi S1 Supercar fares on the grid too; now all the elements are in place for an unforgettable inaugural season.”

In mid-May, EKS will reveal more details about the team’s race calendar, its partners and some of its guest drivers.  “Behind the wheel of the second car we will put a number of interesting wildcard entries,” concluded Ekstrom with a smile.

MG took a brace of 1-2 finishes this weekend

BTCC


MG took a brace of 1-2 finishes this weekend
MG took a brace of 1-2 finishes this weekend

Sensational day of BTCC racing produces three different winners

Plato and Tordoff star for MG before Shedden wins a thrilling finale

Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff shared the spoils in the opening two races as the MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save squad showed its hand at Donington Park, before Gordon Shedden scored the first ever win for the Honda Civic Tourer in a frenetic finale.

Two-time champion Plato took a phenomenal pole position on Saturday, shaving more than six tenths of a second off the previous lap record, and he duly delivered in the opening race.

Young gun Tordoff passed the eBay Motors BMW of Colin Turkington to move into second early on before setting about attacking Plato ahead. There were clearly no team orders in play at the Triple Eight-run outfit as Tordoff hassled and harried his experienced team-mate until the chequered flag. Reigning champion Andrew Jordan claimed third for Pirtek Racing.

It was a role reversal in race two with Tordoff jumping Plato as the 31-cars roared into Redgate corner for the first time. Whilst the front two remained in command of the contest there was complete bedlam behind as two separate incidents had the huge crowd holding its collective breath.

BTCC legend Alain Menu, who has returned to the series in 2014 after 13 years away, endured a quite frightening moment on the opening lap. Minor contact with another car left the Swiss driver’s VW out of control at high speed and spinning wildly across the damp grass. The rollercoaster ride didn’t stop there, as his car speared back across the race track with a gaggle of cars approaching. Thankfully everyone was able to take immediate avoiding action and Menu’s car eventually came to rest in the gravel trap.

The drama continued after a safety car period when American racer Robb Holland and young Brit James Cole heavily damaged their cars in another spectacular shunt. Both cars made contact on the approach to Craners in avoidance of another spinning car before simultaneously being fired into the barrier, bringing a premature end to their respective day’s racing.

Back up at the front and Tordoff held on from Plato by just over a second, with Honda Yuasa Racing’s Shedden completing the podium.

Things would get even better for Scotsman Shedden when he won the final race of the weekend after a sensational last corner pass on Turkington.

With tussling taking place throughout the order it had seemed as though Turkington was home and dry after scampering clear in the early stages. Shedden initially made steady progress from fourth on the grid, but after disposing of team-mate Matt Neal and Plato’s MG6 he began to reel in the BMW ahead of him at a phenomenal rate.

As the duo began the final lap they were nose-to-tail with Turkington in full defensive mode. They went side-by-side on a number of occasions in the first half of the tour before doing so again on the approach to the final chicane. Both were seemingly late on the brakes and the two machines ran off the circuit, with Shedden returning to the tarmac first to cross the line ahead of the Ulsterman.

It was an extraordinary climax to a quite outstanding day of Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship racing at Donington Park. The fallout from the event sees Jordan and Plato joint at the top of the drivers’ standings with Shedden just a point further back. Turkington is four points off the championship summit, whilst Neal completes the early title picture.

Britain’s premier motor sport series now moves on to the fastest circuit in the UK, Thruxton in Hampshire, which is sure to provide a further three octane-fuelled thrillers over the weekend of 3-4 May.

Jason Plato said: “It’s nice to get a win in such tricky conditions. Race two was a mega result for the team. It’s so pleasing we’ve got a car working well in the wet and now we’re confident in all conditions. We didn’t quite get the set-up right in race three – I’ve got a pretty good idea of what the problem was and it’s just one of those things really. The target is to score 40 points every weekend, and if we do we’ll win, it’s a simple as that. The changes we’ve made over the winter to the front aero will help next time at Thruxton, and we were quick there last year. Let’s get another big haul of points there.”

Sam Tordoff said: “That was a fantastic win. It was really difficult to be honest and probably one of the hardest races I’ve ever driven, but I’ll take that result any day of the week! I aspire to be one of these top guys and that means beating JP (Plato) too, so I’m delighted. Overall it’s been a very very good weekend. We got back to the front, which is where we need to be. A second and a first is great, but I must admit I am a bit disappointed with the way race three went, but we’re back in the hunt for the championship.”

Gordon Shedden said: “What a race! From just managing to miss Andrew Jordan in turn one I was miles away from the lead, but the Tourer just came alive on the soft tyres. What a fantastic job the team has done, as soon as I got into clear air I couldn’t believe how good it was, I had so much traction all the way around. With five laps to go I was six seconds behind, and what a last lap. History has been made with a first win for the Tourer.”

Colin Turkington said: “My pace was really good at the start of the (final) race – the car hooked up from lap one, but towards the end of the race I could practically feel the rubber being ripped off my rear tyres so naturally the pace dropped off a fair bit! I had to graft hard, but we got a good haul of points this weekend and to be honest Donington has never been one of our strong circuits. It’s good to have stayed at the sharp end and now we’re going to some tracks, which should suit our car better.”

2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Donington Park – Race 1
1.    Jason PLATO    (MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save): 16 Laps
2.    Sam TORDOFF (MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save): +0.442
3.    Andrew JORDAN    (Pirtek Racing): +6.398
4.    Rob COLLARD (eBay Motors): +7.943
5.    Colin TURKINGTON     (eBay Motors): +16.094
6.    Gordon SHEDDEN    (Honda Yuasa Racing): +16.277

Race 2

1.    Sam TORDOFF (MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save): 19 Laps
2.    Jason PLATO    (MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save): +1.028
3.    Gordon SHEDDEN    (Honda Yuasa Racing): +2.493
4.    Andrew JORDAN    (Pirtek Racing): +3.544
5.    Matt NEAL   (Honda Yuasa Racing): +4.814
6.    Colin TURKINGTON     (eBay Motors): +7.145

Race 3

1.    Gordon SHEDDEN    (Honda Yuasa Racing): 18 Laps
2.    Colin TURKINGTON     (eBay Motors): +0.502
3.    Matt NEAL   (Honda Yuasa Racing): +3.937
4.    Mat JACKSON    (Airwaves Racing): +6.365
5.    Andrew JORDAN    (Pirtek Racing): +9.777
6.    Jason PLATO    (MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save): +13.587

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 1, race 3, Silverstone (GBR)

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP


 

Rookie drivers lock out Silverstone podium


Track: Silverstone
Winner: Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam)
Pole position: Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam)
Temperature air / track: 10.0 °C / 9.2 °C
Weather: overcast

The 5.891 kilometres long Formula 1 circuit at Silverstone in the UK seems to suit the rookie drivers in this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship in particular. 17-year-old Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) already having won the second race of the season, his team-mate of the same age, Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam) clinched the winner’s trophy after the third race. The Italian, a protégé of the Ferrari Driver Academy, finished ahead of 16-year-old Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing). Lotus F1 junior driver Esteban Ocon also stepped onto the podium after finishing third. He is leading the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings.

Antonio Fuoco laid the foundation for his maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship race win at the start as he managed to overtake Esteban Ocon, who had started from pole position. The Italian withstood the Frenchman’s attacks and already pulled clear from the rest of the field in the opening stages. While Fuoco extended his lead throughout the race, Ocon came under increasing pressure from Max Verstappen. On lap two, the Dutchman first overtook Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and also made his way past Ocon on lap eleven. The son of ex-Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen took the chequered flag in second place.

Initially, stalwart Tom Blomqvist ran in fourth place behind the three fast rookie drivers, but first Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam) and then Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) overtook the Brit, demoting him to sixth. Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Jordan King (Carlin) and Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3) were classified in seventh to tenth place.

Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam): “My race start was fantastic, I managed to overtake Esteban right away. I believe that was the key to success. This was my first weekend in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and I am really delighted that I can already celebrate my first win.”

Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing): “The first race didn’t go as I wanted. The second one was better already and the third one even better. I made a good start and I was able to battle for the top positions right away. Towards the middle of the race, my tyres started to degrade but I still maintained a good pace.”

Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam): “Antonio’s start was better than mine so that allowed him to overtake me for the lead. In the first two laps, I was faster, but I couldn’t overtake him. Perhaps, I was running too closely behind him at that time and ruined my front tyres while doing so. All in all, however, it has been a great weekend for me.”

Chinese GP Podium 2014

Formula 1


Chinese GP Podium 2014

2014 CHINESE GRAND PRIX – RACE

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS took its third consecutive one-two finish and fourth consecutive win today at the 2014 UBS Chinese Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton took his third victory of the season, with Nico Rosberg finished in second position.

• Lewis drove a lights-to-flag victory to claim his 4th win for the team and the 17th for the Silver Arrows in Formula One
• Lewis achieved the milestone of 25 career wins, equalling Niki Lauda and Jim Clark, and putting him 8th on the all-time list
• Lewis used a two-stop strategy, stopping on laps 17 and 38, running option/prime/prime
• Nico drove a composed race after a complete failure of the team’s telemetry system left his engineers without data throughout the race
• Nico also ran two stops, pitting on laps 13 and 37, also running option/prime/prime

Lewis Hamilton

The team have done an amazing job and all the hard work both here and at the factory is really paying off at the moment. This car is just unbelievable; in the final laps, I was pushing a little bit more to keep up the tyre temperatures and it just felt great to drive. I’m so, so happy today. We had to make a lot of changes after P2 in terms of the set-up of the car but after it rained on Saturday, we didn’t know exactly how it would go today. There was a lot of hard work done, sitting down with the engineers so that we didn´t guess anything and just made the right steps in anticipation for today. I really want to give a big shout-out to the team in Brackley and Brixworth for embracing me last year, for building this amazing car and engine and for continuously pushing forward with so much positive energy in 2014. We are definitely on a roll right now; I’m working hard, the team is working hard and we just want to improve even further when we get back to Europe. 

Nico Rosberg

That was not a perfect weekend for me. Too many things went wrong, beginning with a technical problem and a less than perfect job from me in qualifying. Today I didn’t have any telemetry, so there was no communication from the car to the pits. My engineers couldn’t see what was going on in my car and therefore they couldn’t set up my clutch for the start. The clutch was completely on the wrong place, which is why I had a really bad start. I had some contact with Bottas in Turn 1 and I thought that was it. Luckily my car wasn’t damaged and in the following laps the pace in the car seemed good, which meant I was able to climb some positions. To finish second in the end, on a weekend of damage limitation, is great. I collected some important points again, which makes me happy. It´s great to go back to Europe with the lead in the Championship. In Barcelona, the aim will be to have a normal weekend and be back in first place. It was again an amazing team result and the whole team can be very proud. Congratulations to Lewis on a fantastic weekend.

Toto Wolff

The result today looks easier than it actually was. It was a difficult race after losing telemetry on Nico’s car, which shows how much of an exceptional race he drove considering this was a big limitation. From the beginning, Lewis was a man on his own planet, looking quicker than everyone else and making the tyres last longer than we thought. It’s a great result for the team to get the third 1-2 in a row – congratulations to all the guys and girls who have worked so hard to put us at this level of performance today. Now we are aiming to continue this good form going into the European season.

Paddy Lowe

We’re very happy with the result today; it was a great team performance. Even before the race started, the laps to the grid were very important to perfect the balance of the car. It wasn’t an easy start as we quickly learned that Nico had no telemetry on his car, which we knew would make life difficult. Lewis made a good getaway but Nico suffered off the line and also ran into contact at the first corner as well. He survived that undamaged and did a fantastic job to make his way back from sixth, using a combination of pit stop strategy and the pace of the car. Graining of the front tyres had been a worry before the race, but both drivers managed the situation very well which was an important factor in our race result. Congratulations to Lewis on his third victory in a row for the first time in his career.

 

wtcc Paul Ricard 2014

WTCC


wtcc Paul Ricard 2014

POLE POSITION FOR YVAN MULLER

AUTO - WTCC LE CASTELLET 2014The French round of the FIA WTCC, a real festival of motorsport, had got off to the best possible start for Citroën Racing, with its three C-Elysée WTCCs claiming the top three spots in qualifying.

However, Sébastien Loeb and José-María López saw their times cancelled after scrutineering, due to faulty fuel shut-off valves.

Third-fastest qualifier Yvan Muller will therefore start the first race in pole position.

As in Marrakech, the Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs put in a superb team performance from the start. On Friday, during the first session of free practice, José-María López clocked the fastest time, ahead of Sébastien Loeb.

On Saturday, however, the tables were turned, with Loeb picking up the fastest time in the late-morning practice session. Despite recording the fourth-fastest time of the first practice session, Yvan Muller was frustrated to have damaged the front end of his car by hitting a tyre stack. Everything was back in order for the second half-hour practice session, however, which the Citroën drivers spent working on their worn-tyre setup.

When the time came for qualifying, the sun was shining brightly and the stands were packed full of spectators eager to witness the return of FIA World Championship action to the Paul Ricard Circuit. Yvan, Seb and Pechito had little trouble securing their place in Q2. Picking up the pace in the second qualifying session to fend off attacks from their increasingly speedy competitors, Yvan Muller, Sébastien Loeb and José-María López were the only three drivers to dip under the 1 minute 30 barrier.

In Q3, with a single flying lap to clock the fastest time he could, José-María López shaved a few hundredths of a second off his Q2 time. Sébastien Loeb then produced a perfect performance to record a lap time 92 thousandths of a second quicker than his Argentine teammate! Yvan Muller, the last to go, also drove impressively, but ultimately fell 0.33 seconds short of the nine-time World Rally Champion.

During the technical inspections, the scrutineers noticed that the fuel shut-off values on Sébastien Loeb and Pechito Lopez’s cars were not working. This component was, however, functioning properly on the C-Elysée WTCC driven by Yvan Muller. The race stewards decided to cancel the times clocked by Seb and Pechito, who will now start from the back of the grid in both races. Yvan Muller, meanwhile, will start from pole position in race 1.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY

Yves Matton, Team Principal, Citroën Racing: “We couldn’t wait to get out and race on a ‘real’ circuit to assess our cars’ true potential in relation to the competition. It was fantastic to claim the top three spots in qualifying, but we were disappointed when we heard about the punishment handed out to Seb and Pechito. It was a failure in a standard component sold by one of our suppliers. The valve doesn’t do anything to improve performance: it’s there to ensure safety, an area in which Citroën Racing has always tried to be ahead of its time. Our drivers will have their work cut out to recover tomorrow, but they have the talent to go out and get a positive result.”

Yvan Muller: “The day didn’t get off to the best start, with a minor collision in the first free practice session. But the mechanics did a great job again and I was the fastest driver in Q1 and Q2. I thought I put in a good lap in Q3, but it wasn’t enough to beat Seb and Pechito. Like all the drivers who were used to the old cars, I think we’re not getting the most out of our tyres yet. I’ve been handed pole position by default, but I don’t take any pleasure in it. Now I’m going to go out and try to win to make up some of the ground I lost in Marrakech.”

Sébastien Loeb: “It was really close between the three of us! We did some good work in free practice and my car was perfect, which meant I was able to push it close to its limits. I didn’t make a mistake. It was a faultless lap.”

José-María López: “We went out for qualifying without really knowing who would come out on top. I wasn’t that confident with my braking today, particularly at the Bendor corner. I’m not complaining, because the car was perfect, but I think that’s where Seb had the edge.”

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