Sam Bird Spa win

GP2


Sam Bird Spa win

Bird soars to Spa victory—
 
Briton on top as title rivals crumble—
 
Sam Bird has claimed a dominant victory as his title rivals fell away in dry but overcast conditions, easily dispatching the competition as he picked up his fourth win of the season in this afternoon’s feature race at Spa-Francorchamps ahead of Marcus Ericsson and Alexander Rossi.
 
The Englishman’s win was set up at the start, when a solid start from pole allowed him to lead James Calado, who made a faster getaway but was on the outside of Bird at La Source, Fabio Leimer, who was slow to get off the front row, and Rossi, who made a great start and picked up a spot when Ericsson went wide at the corner.
 
Behind them Jolyon Palmer also squeezed past Ericsson, who soon lost out to a fast charging Felipe Nasr at La Source, just before a safety car period for Daniel De Jong, who hit the wall at Eau Rouge: when the race went live Nasr tried to dive inside his teammate at La Source but the pair came together, with the Brazilian out on the spot and losing his chance to take the championship lead.
 
Meanwhile, Stefano Coletti had put his puncture blues from yesterday behind him to push up into the points: the Monegasque driver had a great start and was setting fast times to push up to P3 when he stopped on lap 12: a slow stop dropped him back down the order, and damage picked up when Dani Clos ran into his back out of Eau Rouge meant his hopes of extending his points lead were over.
 
With Bird well ahead of his rivals after a solid stop and just waiting for the last drivers to make their own pitstops, all eyes were on the fierce fight between Ericsson and Rossi: the American was fast everywhere, but the Swede had all the answers, easing home just over a second to the good, but seven seconds behind a cruising Bird when the chequered flag dropped. Fabio Leimer minimised the damage by coming home a quiet fourth, with Tom Dillmann and Julian Leal slotting home behind the Swiss driver. Stéphane Richelmi held off a late challenge from James Calado, who was undoubtedly disappointed with his slow stop but at least salvaged P8 and tomorrow’s pole position, with Hilmer duo Robin Frijns and Adrian Quaife Hobbs picking up the last points of the race.
 
With the title leaders failing to score there is no change at the top of the championship table, with Coletti still holding on from Nasr by 135 points to 129, while Leimer closes up on 122 points, one ahead of Bird, and Calado is in P5 on 94 points ahead of Ericsson on 82 ahead of tomorrow’s sprint race.
 
Spa-Francorchamps – Feature Race
 
Driver
Team
1.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
2.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
3.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
6.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
7.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
8.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
9.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
10.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
11.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
12.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
13.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
14.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
15.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
16.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
17.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
18.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
19.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
20.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
21.
Ricardo Teixeira
Trident Racing
22.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
 
Not Classified
 
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
 
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
 
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
 
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
 
 
 
Fastest Lap: Tom Dillmann (RUSSIAN TIME) – 1:59.644 on lap 19
Hamilton pole in Hungary 2013

Formula 1


 

Lewis Hamilton China Pole 2013

HAMILTON ON POLE FOR THE 2013 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX-

The capricious nature of the Ardennes made for an enthralling final 10 minutes as at one stage it appeared as though Paul Di Resta would be on pole.

But as the rain eased in the dying stages over the Spa-Francorchamps circuit and a dry line appeared, Di Resta dropped to fifth in his Force India.

In the final 30 seconds Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, then Red Bull’s Mark Webber and team-mate Sebastian Vettel were all on pole, only to be deposed by last man over the line Hamilton in his Mercedes.

For the fourth successive race Hamilton will lead away the field, the first time since Damon Hill in 1995 a Briton has achieved such a feat.

It is also the 31st pole of his F1 career, elevating him to seventh on the all-time list, just one behind another world champion Briton in Nigel Mansell.

Sainz achieves maiden pole in Spa-Francorchamps

GP3


Sainz achieves maiden pole in Spa-Francorchamps

Sainz achieves maiden pole in Spa-Francorchamps—
 
MW Arden secure front row lockout with Sainz and Kvyat in Belgium—
 
There was a massive smile on the face of Spaniard Carlos Sainz who delivered in qualifying today with his debut pole in the Series. MW Arden teammate Daniil Kvyat will start alongside him on the front row with ART Grand Prix’s Jack Harvey on the second row in third. Kvyat and Harvey lapped identical times but the Russian driver will start second after setting his time earlier.
 
The 30 minute qualifying session commenced in overcast conditions with track temperatures of 20 degrees. The 27 drivers made their way onto the 7.004km circuit ready for battle, eager to pocket four points for the coveted pole position.
 
Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was first to dip into the 2m05’s with his fresh set of tyres until Harvey shot to the top of the standings by a mere 0.014s. At the midway point of the session, the drivers returned to the pitlane for new Pirelli rubber and it was the ART Grand Prix duo of Conor Daly and Facu Regalia who headed the timings.
 
Korjus reclaimed his place back at the top of the timesheets until Kvyat recorded a flier, the first time in the 2m04’s to take provisional pole by fourth tenths. However, Sainz was busy lighting up the timing screen in purple, fastest in sector two and three and claimed pole position by over half a second with three minutes remaining.
 
Daly rose to P2 until Kvyat demoted the American to make it an MW Arden one-two in qualifying. At the chequered flag Harvey grabbed P3 ahead of Daly, Series leader Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing), Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport), Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Korjus, Regalia and Trident’s David Fumanelli.
 
Rain is forecast for Race 1 later today which starts at 17.20 local time, it promises to be a memorable encounter on this legendary circuit in the Ardennes as the fight for the GP3 crown continues!
 
 
Qualifying
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
2:04.125
11
2.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
2:04.518
11
3.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
2:04.518
12
4.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
2:04.524
12
5.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
2:04.856
11
6.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
2:04.970
10
7.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
2:04.972
11
8.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
2:05.027
12
9.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
2:05.066
12
10.
David Fumanelli
Trident
2:05.255
11
11.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
2:05.308
12
12.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
2:05.334
12
13.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
2:05.382
11
14.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
2:05.486
12
15.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
2:05.509
12
16.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
2:05.541
11
17.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
2:05.576
10
18.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
2:05.760
11
19.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
2:06.127
9
20.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
2.06.432
11
21.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
2:06.537
11
22.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
2:06.645
11
23.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
2:06.871
11
24.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
2:07.291
11
25.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
2:07.582
11
26.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
2:08.434
12
27.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
2:09.095
13

 

2009 Belgian Grand Prix - Thursday

Formula 1


2009 Belgian Grand Prix - Thursday

VETTEL ON TOP IN FINAL FRIDAY PRACTICE - 

SEBASTIAN VETTEL : First Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:55.636, Laps: 14 -
Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:49.331, Laps: 22 -
“We don’t know what happened when I got the puncture in P2. We lost the rear right, very suddenly, so we need to have a look – Pirelli is working on finding out why it happened. Other than that, it was a positive day. This morning was tricky with a few rain drops and the track was slippery; it’s a lot colder here than Hungary, but that’s Spa and part of this circuit. This afternoon, we had stable conditions and both of us seemed happy with what we had.”
SamBird

GP2


SamBird

Bird bags pole in Spa—

RUSSIAN TIME driver quickest in qualifying– 

Sam Bird is a happy man: the Brit was quickest in today’s qualification in Spa pocketing his first pole position of the season with a laptime of 1:56.957 set in the first ten minutes of the session. Fabio Leimer and James Calado completed the top 3.

The session opened under blue skies and on a dry track which meant all twenty-six drivers could put their Pirelli Soft tyres to the test of the Belgium track. Johnny Cecotto set the early pace, but Marcus Ericsson bettered the Venezuelan’s time to claim top spot. Calado improved as well and went four tenths quicker than the Swede. It was then Leimer’s turn to go fastest, one tenth better than the Brit 

However, Bird put his head down and found the extra pace to sit pretty at the top of the timing sheet with a laptime two tenths quicker than the Swiss. At the mid-session and as the drivers returned to the pits for a fresh pair of rubbers, Bird, Leimer and Calado were still top three ahead of Alexander Rossi and Jolyon Palmer. 

When the action resumed, Leimer improved slightly, but not enough to dethrone Bird who bagged pole at the chequered flag. Calado was unable to better his personal best and remained third. In the final stages of the session, Marcus Ericsson managed to move up to P4 ahead of Rossi. Nathanaël Berthon, Palmer Stéphane Richelmi, Sergio Canmasas (who will be dropped ten places following a grid penalty picked up in Budapest Sprint Race) and Felipe Nasr completed the top ten.

 

Spa-Francorchamps – Qualifying

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.957 9
2. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:57.156 9
3. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:57.404 9
4. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:57.538 9
5. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:57.578 11
6. Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:57.588 10
7. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:57.691 9
8. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:57.802 10
9. Sergio Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:57.804 11
10. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:57.839 10
11. Robin Frijns Hilmer Motorsport 1:57.881 10
12. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:57.924 9
13. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:57.950 10
14. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:58.271 11
15. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:58.384 11
16. Dani Clos MP Motorsport 1:58.385 11
17. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:58.419 10
18. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:58.463 10
19 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Hilmer Motorsport 1:58.534 8
20. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:58.618 10
21. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:58.789 9
22. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:58.803 10
23. Vittorio Ghirelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:58.831 10
24. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:59.022 13
25. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:59.253 10
26. Ricardo Teixeira Trident Racing 2:17.528 3

 

Conor Daly fastest in Free Practice in Belgium

GP3


Conor Daly fastest in Free Practice in Belgium

Daly sets the early pace in Spa-Francorchamps—
 
ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly fastest in Free Practice in Belgium—
 
Following the four week break, GP3 Series returned to action at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for Round 6 of the 2013 season. The 45 minute session got underway in warm temperatures with glorious blue skies at a circuit notorious for its changeable weather conditions. There is one change to the driver line-up for this weekend with Alexander Sims stepping in at Carlin to replace Eric Lichtenstein this weekend.
 
The ART Grand Prix duo of Jack Harvey and Facu Regalia led the que of 27 drivers onto the track as the field completed their first laps on scrubbed Pirelli tyres. Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas was first to clock a time in the 2m08s until Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus bettered his time by a mere 0.032s.
 
Finnish teammate Aaro Vainio broke into the 2m07s barrier and held P1 for a large chunk of the session. As the drivers returned to the pitlane for a new set of rubber, it was Dino Zamparelli who lit up the timing screens in purple and shot to P1, over one second faster than Vainio.
 
The times tumbled in the final ten minutes with Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport) claiming top spot until Series leader Ellinas became the first driver to lap in the 2m05s to reclaim back P1. MW Arden’s Carlos Sainz flew to the top of the timesheets in the dying moments but the session was to belong to American ace Conor Daly who went a tenth faster with seconds remaining.
 
At the chequered flag the top ten finished as Daly, Sainz, Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Ellinas, Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering), Sims, Regalia, Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering) and David Fumanelli (Trident).
 
Qualifying takes place at 09.45 CET tomorrow morning, who will get the vital four points for pocketing pole and what will the weather bring, wait and see!
 
 
Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
2:05.341
13
2.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
2:05.461
13
3.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
2:05.584
16
4.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
2:05.618
14
5.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
2:05.694
15
6.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
2:05.764
13
7.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
2:05.987
15
8.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
2:06.044
15
9.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
2:06.060
13
10.
David Fumanelli
Trident
2:06.158
15
11.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
2:06.167
17
12.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
2:06.206
15
13.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
2:06.490
13
14.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
2:06.593
17
15.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
2:06.841
16
16.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
2:06.963
13
17.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
2:06.982
15
18.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
2:07.504
16
19.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
2:07.639
10
20.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
2:07.848
15
21.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
2:07.889
12
22.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
2:08.540
17
23.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
2:09.261
11
24.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
2:09.262
15
25.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
2:09.512
9
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
2:09.852
16
27.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
2:11.925
14

 

The Premiere Motorsport Podcast