Kimi in Sepang 2013

Formula 1


Kimi in Sepang 2013

KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN TO MISS FINAL TWO RACES OF 2013 SEASON—

Lotus F1 Team can confirm that Kimi Räikkönen will miss the final two races of the 2013 Formula 1 season to undergo, and recover from, back surgery.
 
The team will make an announcement about the replacement driver for the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix in due course.

DS3 ERC

CITROËN TOP DRIVER


DS3 ERC

CITROËN TOP DRIVER – WALES RALLY GB – 14/17 NOVEMBER 2013
SECONDS OUT, FINAL ROUND—

20130311406PGBThe final round of the World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB will also mark the end of this year’s Citroën Top Driver series. And although the line-up for the race features no fewer than eleven DS3 R3s, only two crews still have a chance of claiming the title. Sébastien Chardonnet/Thibault de la Haye and Keith Cronin/Marshall Clarke are set for a fight to the death on the Welsh forests’ formidable gravel roads.

Having returned to its mid-November slot, no-one would be surprised if the British round served up the miserable conditions for which the rally is renowned and which might be summarily described as “cold, wet and muddy”. In addition to moving the service park to the north of Wales, there have been a few changes made to this year’s itinerary. The big classics such as “Hafren”, ”Sweet Lamb”, “Myherin” and “Gartheiniog” still feature but six new stages have been added, especially on Thursday with three brand new tests.

Current leader of the Citroën Top Driver standings, Sébastien Chardonnet admitted he’s looking forward to the race. “I’m on the verge of achieving one of my childhood dreams; it’s almost within my grasp but there’s still one race left to go, and what a race! With so many DS3 R3s competing, it promises to be a really good scrap. Thibault and I, we simply have to be up to the task. We have worked hard to prepare for this and we hope that the Citroën DS3 R3 will continue to be as reliable as it has been all season.”

The talented youngster, who secured the two-wheel drive World Championship title at the Rallye de France, has won once and finished as runner-up three times in the five rounds of the Citroën Top Driver contested thus far. Keith Cronin, his closest rival, is seven points behind him in the championship standings and, mathematically, is the only one who can still challenge Sébastien for the title. The Frenchman’s task will be all the more complicated as the Irishman will be competing on roads that he knows well.

“It’s going to be a great battle with Sébastien,” admitted Keith. “The conditions will be difficult and we know that this rally can throw up all sorts of challenges. The other crews competing in DS3 R3s will also be looking to get involved in the fight, which is going to pose even more problems for us but I really can’t wait for the rally to get started! Although I have never taken part in this rally, I have competed in other events in Wales and I have always liked this kind of terrain. The championship has been closely contested throughout the season and the last round will be exciting. The prize for the winner is very attractive and we’ll be giving our all to try and get the win.”

Currently third in the overall standings of the Citroën formula, Quentin Gilbert returned to winning ways with verve at the French round. Although he is no longer in the running for the title, Gilbert can still finish as runner-up if he produces a perfect performance in Wales.

Winner of this year’s Citroën Racing Trophy UK, the Finn Jukka Korhonen will line up for the rally with a simple target: test himself against an international field and get a feel for the pace of a World Championship event.

Lastly, two other French drivers will be completing the WRC 3 field. Winner of the first round of the Top Driver series, Bryan Bouffier will be competing on the muddy Welsh roads for the first time whilst Jean-Mathieu Léandri is set to experience a WRC event for the first time in the DS3 R3.

In the teams’ championship, Top Teams and Charles Hurst Citroën Belfast will be fighting it out for the title. Although there are 22 points separating the two outfits, the outcome of the championship is far from decided. Both teams will be entering two particularly sharp crews in the race, each of whom will be determined to pick up as many points as possible for their team.

“It’s all set up for a spectacular finale,” analysed an excited Marek Nawarecki, Customer Racing Manager for Citroën Racing. “Keith and Sébastien have demonstrated their potential throughout the season by finishing among the leading positions in their DS3 R3s. They have got yet another big test ahead of them in Wales and they’ll need to manage the pressure, the competition and the inherent difficulty of the rally. The fact that there are five other crews, mostly from the Citroën Racing Trophy UK and competing in DS3 R3s, will provide them with another obstacle to overcome. All that remains for us to do is to wish everyone the best of luck and… may the best man win!”

 

CITROËN TOP DRIVER DRIVERS’ STANDINGS

1. CHARDONNET                  91 pts

2. CRONIN                             84 pts

3. GILBERT                             62 pts

4. RIEDEMANN                      47 pts

5. BOUFFIER                           27 pts

6. CAMPEDELLI                      18 pts

7. VAINIONPÄÄ                     15 pts

8. FISHER                               13 pts

9. DELLA CASA                      8 pts

10. CONSANI                        6 pts

10ex. AL MUTAWAA              6 pts

12. PARLI                               4 pts

13. GARCIA OJEDA                0 pts

 

CITROEN TOP DRIVER TEAMS’ STANDINGS

1. TOP TEAMS                                                           153 pts

2. CHARLES HURST CITROEN BELFAST           131 pts

3. DELTA RALLY TEAM                                               33 pts

4. SAINTELOC RACING                                              31 pts

 

COTA

Formula 1


COTA

INTERVIEW WITH KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN AND ROMAIN GROSJEAN—

Kimi Räikkönen: “The US made me want to come back to F1”—

Kimi heads to Austin looking for a longer race than last time out, and expecting to enjoy some good ol’
fashioned American hospitality

What do you think of the Circuit of the Americas?
It’s a nice circuit. The layout is quite interesting and the racing last year was good. The sectors of the track
are fairly different, so there’s a challenge there. Last year the days started out pretty cold so it was very
slippery, but hopefully now it’s been used a bit more the track surface won’t be as shiny, so it should be
easier to get the car as we want it.

You’ll be using the shorter wheelbase car again; why is this?
It has a better feeling for me and seems to make it easier for me to get more of what I want from the car.
We’ve been trying to get rid of understeer to get the car more as I want it and the shorter car helps with
this.

Any thoughts looking back at your race in Abu Dhabi?
It wasn’t the longest race I’ve been in; certainly not as good as my 2012 race there either. Obviously it
wasn’t ideal, but that’s the way things go sometimes. We should have a much longer race in Austin.

What’s your previous experience of racing in the US?
I competed in seven Grands Prix at Indianapolis. Unfortunately the one time I felt I had a really strong car
there it was 2005 when only six cars raced and I wasn’t one of them. I did get pole position in 2003, but
none of the races there are ones I remember well. In 2011 I tried NASCAR. I did two races on the Charlotte
oval and I really liked it a lot. That was probably the experience I needed to open my eyes for racing again.
After that I really wanted to come back to Formula 1, while it was a tempting idea to do more NASCAR too.

How are you looking forward to racing in Austin again?
After going there for the first time last year – like everyone – I’m particularly looking forward to this one. I
like the American atmosphere, it’s just a relaxed environment. They know how to have fun, and most of all
they love racing.

What are your memories of last year’s race?
It was an okay day, but not a very easy one for us. I got a bad start and then I touched with another car on
the first lap so I had a lot of work to do. We were using quite hard tyres for the race so it was difficult to get
the performance you wanted from them; especially when it got cooler because of the clouds that day.
Hopefully it’ll be clear skies this year.

Do you think a better performance is possible this year?
The car has been feeling pretty good and we’ve seen some good races this year. We won’t know how good
it is in Austin until we’re out on track, but we’re certainly pushing for a good result.
Romain Grosjean: “I’m really looking forward to Austin”

He may have missed out on a fourth consecutive podium in Abu Dhabi, but Romain Grosjean is particularly
looking forward to Austin and reckons his strong form can continue in the US of A

How are you looking forward to Austin?
I am looking forward to it a lot. Last year we had a reasonable weekend there in what was Formula 1’s first
visit to the Circuit of the Americas, but this year I think there’s potential for a lot more. In 2012 the track
surface was new and temperatures were quite cool, so we struggled to find grip and also to get the best
setup as we learnt the new circuit. This year we have all the data from last time, we’re expecting warmer
temperatures and I know both the team and myself are working really well together to extract strong
performance from the car.

What particular challenges does the Circuit of the Americas present?
It’s quite a balanced circuit in that you don’t need one particular thing over another for the car to perform
well, but it should be a circuit where the E21 can go strongly once again. Last year the challenge was
finding the level of grip we wanted and I expect this to be a challenge again. The tyre allocation is quite
hard so you really have to work the tyres to get them in the best performance window. We expect warmer
temperatures this year which will help and the track surface will have changed a bit from the very new
surface we had last time. All in all, I think we have potential to go quite well.

You’ve been making some lightning starts recently; can we expect more of the same in Austin?
It’s fair to say the starts were not my strongest point last year, but I’ve been working hard with the team to
improve and it seems to have been working; particularly at the last few races. I was able to get into the lead
in Japan and in Abu Dhabi I was able to find a line on the slippery stuff around the outside through the first
few corners. I certainly want to qualify as near to the front as possible in Austin, then to make a great start
into the lead would be a perfect beginning to the race!

What do you think of America?
My first visit was for the race last year and I definitely like the USA. It’s such a big country and I know I’ve
seen only a very small part of it. Since last year I’ve bought myself a Harley Davidson, so visiting Austin
last year must have made an impression! I’ve had it customized so maybe I’ll have to ride it around the US
sometime in the future. As well as great motorbikes, we saw so many enthusiastic fans last time which was
really great.

Was it frustrating missing out on a fourth consecutive podium in Abu Dhabi?
Of course it was! I think I was around a second behind [Nico] Rosberg at the end and I’d been catching him
pretty well during the final few laps, but we just didn’t quite have the pace to get close enough before the
flag. It’s a shame we couldn’t make it four podiums in a row, but when you remember the issues we had in
FP2 and qualifying in Abu Dhabi I think to come away with fourth place is a decent result. On race pace
alone we could maybe even have pushed Mark [Webber] for second place, but that’s how it goes
sometimes and I think we got the maximum we could from the race.

Can you return to the podium in Austin?
We’re certainly aiming for the best performance we can get; let’s see what happens.

Patric Niederhauser (MW Arden)

GP3


Patric Niederhauser (MW Arden)

NIEDERHAUSER QUICKEST ON FINAL DAY OF POST-SEASON TESTING—

Swiss ace Patric Niederhauser clocked the best time on the third and final day of post-season testing at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. ART Grand Prix’s Oliver Rowland topped the morning session. Niederhauser’s personal best, a 1:55.372 was a tenth quicker than the fastest time from the morning test.
 
There were three new faces to the last day of the test: Levin Amweg and Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum – both for Jenzer Motorsport and Saeed Al Mehairi (Trident).
 
Jack Hawksworth (Status Grand Prix) was the early pace setter until Rowland who had made the switch to ART Grand Prix surged to the front. Fellow ART Grand Prix tester Alex Fontana shot into P2, whilst Rowland was the first to lap in the 1m55’s.
 
There was a short stoppage when Al Maktoum spun but the session quickly resumed. Rowland bettered his personal best by two tenths to increase his advantage at the top, whilst Patric Niederhauser who had moved to the MW Arden squad for the last day snuck into P2. As the clock ticked down, nobody was able to beat the best laptime of 1:55.467 posted by Rowland.
 
After the two and half hour session, the chequered flag was waved with the top ten as Rowland, Niederhauser, Fontana, Hawksworth, Emil Bernstorff and Jan Mardenborough (both MW Arden), Dino Zamparelli and Melville McKee with (Marussia Manor Racing), Jimmy Eriksson (ART Grand Prix) and Nick Cassidy (Status Grand Prix).
 
Following GP2’s turn on track since the Series’ are sharing the test sessions, the afternoon test got underway and once again it was Rowland who headed the timesheets early doors. The top three spots were held by ART Grand Prix as Fontana and Eriksson slotted into second and third. At the midway point Cassidy was on the move into P2, until Niederhauser bettered his time by three hundredths of a second.
 
With 30 minutes remaining Dean Stoneman (Koiranen GP) disposed of Rowland’s P1 with Eriksson rising up to second, but Rowland found some extra pace to reclaim his position at the head of the timesheet by a mere 0.008s. However, Niederhauser had other plans and knocked the Brit off the top spot with 15 mins left on the clock.
 
The second red flag occurred at the close of play with Al Maktoum spinning at Turn 2. This gave the 27 drivers one chance for a hot lap and it was Niederhauser who held on to claim top spot at the chequered flag. Rowland was second, two tenths off, ahead of Stoneman, Eriksson, McKee, Mardenborough, Bernstorff, Fontana, Cassidy and Hawksworth.
 
Today concludes the end of post-season testing, GP3 Series will be back early next year ready for its fifth season – time flies!
Day 3 Test – Morning Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Oliver Rowland
ART Grand Prix
1:55.467
30
2.
Patric Niederhauser
MW Arden
1:55.827
23
3.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:56.043
28
4.
Jack Hawksworth
Status Grand Prix
1:56.096
20
5.
Emil Bernstorff
MWArden
1:56.118
25
6.
Jan Mardenborough
MW Arden
1:56.148
25
7.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:56.238
28
8.
Melville McKee
Marussia Manor Racing
1:56.287
29
9.
Jimmy Eriksson
ART Grand Prix
1:56.436
21
10.
Nick Cassidy
Status Grand Prix
1:56.563
17
11.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:56.638
10
12.
Marvin Kirchhofer
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.662
22
13.
David Fumanelli
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.718
23
14.
Nicholas Latifi
Carlin
1:56.730
26
15.
Juan Branger
Trident
1:56.925
37
16.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:56.989
24
17.
Markus Pommer
RUSSIAN TIME
1:57.026
24
18.
Robert Cregan
Trident
1:57.294
26
19.
Lewin Amweg
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.447
33
20.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.804
20
21.
Gustavo Menezes
Status Grand Prix
1:58.023
32
22.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
1:58.562
18
23.
Ivan Taranov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:58.630
26
24.
David Pittard
Carlin
1:58.826
27
25.
Saeed Al Mehairi
Trident
1:59.098
24
26.
Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum
Jenzer Motorsport
2:02.505
24
Day 3 Test – Afternoon Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Patric Niederhauser
MW Arden
1:55.372
26
2.
Oliver Rowland
ART Grand Prix
1:55.557
26
3.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:55.565
14
4.
Jimmy Eriksson
ART Grand Prix
1:55.598
24
5.
Melville McKee
Marussia Manor Racing
1:55.640
21
6.
Jan Mardenborough
MW Arden
1:55.721
32
7.
Emil Bernstorff
MW Arden
1:55.789
28
8.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:55.848
30
9.
Nick Cassidy
Status Grand Prix
1:55.851
32
10.
Jack Hawksworth
Status Grand Prix
1:55.991
28
11.
Markus Pommer
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.063
33
12.
David Fumanelli
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.122
24
13.
Nicholas Latifi
Carlin
1:56.354
31
14.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:56.379
26
15.
Marvin Kirchhofer
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.525
11
16.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:56.703
21
17.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.024
32
18.
Ivan Taranov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:57.136
30
19.
Robert Cregan
Trident
1:57.255
20
20.
Levin Amweg
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.601
18
21.
Gustavo Menezes
Status Grand Prix
1:57.734
29
22.
David Pittard
Carlin
1:58.381
25
23.
Juan Branger
Trident
1:59.088
23
24.
Saeed Al Mehairi
Trident
1:59.310
12
25.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
2:00.571
25
26.
Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum
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Rio Haryanto quickest on Day 2

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Rio Haryanto quickest on Day 2

RIO HARYANTO QUICKEST ON DAY 2—

Rio Haryanto topped the second day of post season testing at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Indonesian who switched to EQ8 Caterham Racing today set a laptime of 1:49.203 this evening. In the morning session, it was FIA Formula 3 European Champion Raffaele Marciello who led the way. 

When the pitlane opened this morning, Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) was quick to set the early pace ahead of Rio Haryanto, the Indonesian driver having moved to Caterham for the day. Thirty minutes into the session however, it was Jolyon Palmer who topped the timesheet in 1:50.556 with the DAMS car. The Briton remained the fastest man on track until the final hour when Marciello broke under the 1m50s barrier with a laptime of 1:49.964. In the closing stages of the session, the Trident man found some extra pace and improved his personal best by four tenths. Julian Leal who switched to Arden today also dipped under 1m50s but remained four tenths slower than Marciello. At the Chequered flag, behind the pair of Marciello and Leal, Haryanto, Stéphane Richelmi, Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin), GP3 graduate Tio Ellinas (MP Motorsport), Hilmer’s Daniel Abt and Rene Binder, and Andre Negrao (Racing Engineering) completed the top ten.
 
When the second session of the day opened at night-time, Haryanto was quick to set the pace in 1:50.141, but it was Vandoorne who first dipped under 1m50s. The Belgian’s time was bettered then by Will Stevens (Caterham) with Johnny Cecotto (Lazarus) a shy one thousandth slower. The session was red flagged after Arthur Pic stopped his ART car on track. When the proceedings resumed, Haryanto found some extra pace to set a laptime of 1:49.203 which was never beaten. The final thirty minutes of the session saw Palmer surge to P2 ahead of Marciello and Vandoorne. Ellinas, Daniel Abt (Hilmer), Stevens, Cecotto, Negrao and Binder completed the top ten.
 
Tomorrow’s final day will see some more changes in the entry list starting with Vandoorne moving to DAMS whilst Conor Daly will test at ART alongside Nikolay Martsenko. Nathanaël Berthon will join Arden with Pic whilst Marciello and Mitch Evans will join Racing Engineering for the day. Carlin will welcome Andre Negrao and Addax will test with Facu Regalia. Johnny Cecotto will switch to Rapax. Trident will have a new line up made of Giovanni Venturini and Gianmarco Raimondo. Leal will move to Hilmer. Finally, Lazarus will test Dani Clos and Binder.
Morning results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident Racing
1:49.598
16
2.
Julian Leal
Arden International
1:49.917
26
3.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:50.261
27
4.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:50.341
26
5.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:50.471
27
6.
Jazeman Jaafar
Carlin
1:50.483
24
7.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
1:50.505
26
8.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:50.568
24
9.
Rene Binder
Hilmer Motorsport
1:50.602
25
10.
Andre Negrao
Racing Engineering
1:50.655
28
11.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:50.680
29
12.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:50.827
33
13.
Will Stevens
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:50.829
23
14.
Nico Müller
Racing Engineering
1:50.948
24
15.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.998
28
16.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:51.127
17
17.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:51.141
24
18.
Arthur Pic
ART Grand Prix
1:51.155
31
19.
Carlos Huertas
Carlin
1:51.389
31
20.
Giovanni Venturini
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:51.399
27
21.
Pietro Fantin
Arden International
1:51.495
33
22.
Sandy Stuvik
Rapax
1:51.589
21
23.
Adderly Fong
Trident Racing
1:51.965
30
24.
Jordan King
Barwa Addax Team
1:52.162
31
25.
Johnny Cecotto
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:52.718
28
26.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:53.281
43
Evening results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:49.203
27
2.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:49.338
34
3.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident Racing
1:49.411
33
4.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:49.542
29
5.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
1:49.630
32
6.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:49.645
23
7.
Will Stevens
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:49.664
25
8.
Johnny Cecotto
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:49.665
27
9.
Andre Negrao
Racing Engineering
1:49.744
29
10.
Rene Binder
Hilmer Motorsport
1:49.755
31
11.
Nico Müller
Racing Engineering
1:49.803
27
12.
Julian Leal
Arden International
1:49.859
23
13.
Jordan King
Barwa Addax Team
1:49.952
23
14.
Arthur Pic
ART Grand Prix
1:50.005
17
15.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:50.028
25
16.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:50.056
29
17.
Jazeman Jaafar
Carlin
1:50.207
29
18.
Giovanni Venturini
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:50.249
27
19.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:50.468
19
20.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.499
24
21.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:50.581
23
22.
Sandy Stuvik
Rapax
1:50.633
18
23.
Carlos Huertas
Carlin
1:50.706
28
24.
Pietro Fantin
Arden International
1:50.742
26
25.
Adderly Fong
Trident Racing
1:51.089
28
26.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:51.701
23

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