FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 6, race 1, Norisring (GER)


Max Verstappen also wins at Norisring

Season round: 16 of 33
Track: Norisring
Winner: Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing)
Pole position: Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
Weather: sunny

Following his triple victory at Spa-Francorchamps, 16-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) continued his winning streak at the 2.3 kilometres long Norisring. The son of ex-Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen won the action-packed 16th season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship from Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) and Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). With his fifth win of the season, Verstappen moves up into second place of the drivers’ standings, he is currently 106 points down on the leader, Lotus F1 junior driver Esteban Ocon.

The race at the Norisring in Nuremberg had plenty of action. On the opening lap, Mitch Gilbert (Fortec Motorsports) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) collided and triggered a chain reaction. After that, Giovinazzi had to turn into the pits, just like Jules Szymkowiak (Van Amersfoort Racing). Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam) retired.

Racing resumed after three laps and Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) stayed in the lead from Esteban Ocon and Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin). Soon after that, Blomqvist damaged the front wing of his car and came into the pits for a replacement. Thus, he lost his third place to Lucas Auer. After Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam) and Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) collided, the safety car was deployed for the second time.

Esteban Ocon used the second restart of the race to claim the lead, but the Frenchman only held on to the top position for a brief while until Max Verstappen overtook him. After Tatiana Calderón (Jo Zeller Racing) had hit the wall and Antonio Giovinazzi failed to steer away from the car of the only lady racer in the field, the safety car was deployed for the third tme. Just before the end of the race, Jordan King (Carlin) provoked the fourth and final safety car intervention as he lost the front wing of his car on the track.

After 37 laps, Max Verstappen won from Esteban Ocon, Lucas Auer, Nicholas Latifi (prema Powerteam), Jake Dennis (Carlin), Felix Rosenqvist, Roy Nissany (kfzteile 24 Mücke Motorsport), Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3), Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Tom Blomqvist. Israeli Roy Nissany and Indonesian Sean Galeal scored their best results of the season to date.

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 6, race 1, Norisring (GER)

Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing): “In the battles during the early stages of the race, I had almost ruined the nose of my car. After that, I found a good pace, I was able to close up to the two drivers in front of me and then I also managed to overtake them. After that, I could control the race. My car was great and winning at the Norisring is fantastic.”

Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam): “My start was good, I slotted in behind Felix Rosenqvist. After the second safety car intervention, I overtook Felix and led the race for a while until Max overtook me three laps later. My speed wasn’t very good that is something we now have to work on. After Tom Blomqvist ran into the back of my car, I was worried initially that my car could be damaged, but fortunately, things worked out well for me.”

Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport): “My start was okay, I was able to keep my position. When Tom Blomqvist turned into the pits to get a new front wing, I was third. Later on, I was in a nice battle with my team-mate Felix Rosenqvist in which I managed to come out on top.”




American race driver Derek Hill, son of World Champion Phil Hill, will strap himself behind the wheel of the lone surviving Maserati Tipo 151, of which only three were ever constructed, to race in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Maserati is this year’s featured marque and will officially celebrate its 100th anniversary at the motorsports gathering.

Entered by Fratelli Auriana Racing from the collection of Lawrence Auriana, the Tipo 151 has been fully restored. Since its restoration, chassis 151.006 has competed in three successive Goodwood Revivals and last year in the 2013 Le Mans Legend. This will be the car’s first visit to Monterey and the challenging 2.238-mile road course.

The Tipo 151 will complement Maserati’s centennial display and provide a dynamic addition by having its pit crew working on the car throughout the weekend to keep it in race-ready condition.

Visitors also will see many other significant Maseratis that were responsible for propelling the Italian marque onto the racing scene. Iconic Tipo 60s and 61s, nicknamed the Birdcage, will be running as will the sleek 300S and 450S models that once competed in the famed Mille Miglia, Nurburgring and other punishing races. Additionally, the first-ever 4CL that Maserati produced in 1939, which was originally raced by factory drivers Luigi Villoresi, Carlo Felice Trossi and Franco Cortese, will be racing in Monterey.

““We are working closely with the Centennial team from Maserati North America and in Italy,” said Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “True Italian car enthusiasts won’t want to miss this event because of what they will only be able to see here on track and strolling through the paddock and marketplace. This is what makes the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion so special, seeing cars in motion that are normally housed in museums.”

Indeed, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion has often been likened to a museum that springs to life each August on the Monterey Peninsula, and this year is no exception as 550 historic and period-correct race cars have been accepted to compete in 15 race groups over the four-day gathering. U.S. entries will be joined by cars from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

The oldest car accepted is Brian Blain’s 1910 National 40. Sporting 100 horsepower, the National was driven by Charlie Merz in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 held in 1911, finishing seventh at an average speed of 70.36 miles per hour and in so doing, collecting $700 in prize money.

On the opposite end of the race group spectrum is Mazda’s 1992 RX-792P GTP (chassis 001), which is one of two prototypes that competed in the 1992 IMSA GTP championship. Price Cobb and Pete Halsmer were the original factory drivers to pilot the entirely new 720-horsepower car against the established Eagle Toyotas and factory Nissans.

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is one of the cornerstones of the renowned Monterey Classic Car Week and the largest event held annually in the scenic coastal community.  Visitors worldwide descend on the area to enjoy historic cars in action at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion competitions such as Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and a plethora of additional supporting activities that comprise the internationally acclaimed motoring week.





Renault will parade its amazing breadth of creativity at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Renault will exhibit a wide-ranging array of competition cars of extraordinary variety, and a series of concept cars that shine a glamorous light on the brand’s dazzling future. A celebration of Renault’s 37-year long commitment to Formula 1, highlights of Alpine’s mighty motorsport history and an impressive display of concept cars are part of the company’s substantial presence at the Festival in 2014.

- Renault’s creative drive is amply demonstrated by landmark vehicles from its sporting 115-year history, including the sensational 1978 Le Mans-winning Alpine A442B, the 1977 Groupe B Alpine A310 rally car, the enormous and extraordinary-looking 1926 Renault 40CV ‘des records’, a 1902 Renault Type K that was one of the world’s earliest racing cars, four Formula 1 show cars and the Formula E Spark-Renault SRT_01E. The F1 cars include Alain Prost’s carbonfibre chassis’d RE40, which won four times during the 1983 season, almost netting him the championship.

- The creative force around Renault right now is showcased with a truly arresting array of concept vehicles and the production models that have sprung from them. These cars are part of the ‘Renault, designed for life’s colourful journey’ theme that is driving the company’s impressive product creativity today. They include the Twin’Run concept and the exciting, all-new rear-engined Twingo that it inspired, which makes its first UK appearance at the Festival. Also displayed are the DeZir and the Clio that grew from it and the Captur crossover in both its concept and production forms. In addition, there’s a design studio model of the intriguing Frendzy and the full-size version of the colourful and cleverly configured R-Space concept. Equally diverting are Renault’s truly original all-electric ZOE supermini and Twizy.

- Drivers include René Arnoux, Oliver Webb (fresh from his podium with the Alpine A450 in the LMP2 class at Le Mans last week), Michel Leclere and Julien Piguet

- Goodwood will also host the UK debut of the new Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R driven by Laurent Hurgon who set the record lap time for a production front wheel drive car at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 7’54’’36 in May with this car.

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 6, race 1, Norisring (D)


Norisring stages FIA F3 European Championship season half-time event

Venue: Norisring
Track length: 2.3 kilometres
Lap record FIA F3: Felix Rosenqvist 2013 (0:48.306 minutes)
Distance: 42 laps

Just a week after having mastered the demanding Formula 1 circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, a.k.a. the Ardennes Rollercoaster, the young Formula 3 drivers now will have to face a completely different challenge: Nuremberg’s Norisring – a street circuit and with a length of 2.3 kilometres the shortest track on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship calendar. Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3) have particularly fond memories of Nuremberg. While the Swede won one of the races of the 2013 Norisring meeting and made it to the podium in the other two, Puerto Rico’s Serrallés secured two Norisring podiums in 2012.

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 2, Hockenheim (GER)

Both Rosenqvist and Serrallés must score as many points as possible, this weekend. With 15 races contested, the Swede holds only sixth position in the championship and Felix Serallés has to settle for being only 11th. Last weekend in Belgium, however, the 21-year-old Puerto Rican and his Team West-Tec F3 – a newcomer team on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid – demonstrated their potential and came very close to securing a podium.

Meanwhile, three of the top-five positions in the championship are held by extremely competitive Formula 3 rookies. France’s Lotus F1 Junior Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) is the championship leader, with the experienced Briton Tom Blomqvist following 94 points behind in second position. Rookie Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) won all the three Spa-Francorchamps rounds and consequently leaped to third place. With a total of four race wins, the Dutchman overtook Austria’s Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) who is tied for points with Verstappen. Italian Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam), a Ferrari Driver Academy protégé, holds fifth place and is the third rookie among the five top-placed drivers. All the three rookies are going to contest their first races at the Norisring while Blomqvist and Auer already know the circuit located in the heart of Nuremberg.

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport): “The Norisring layout looks easy but racing here is anything but a walk in the park. Furthermore, the racing is that close – particularly in the qualifying sessions –, that the slightest mistake can cost you numerous positions. On the positive side we’ve got the fact that the Norisring offers overtaking opportunities. I’ve got fond memories of this venue as the 2013 race meeting went really well, for me. In the years before I had my problems with the track but last year I realised that consistent work can pay off and helps you to even deliver at tracks that you believed to not suit you. My goal for the coming weekend: wins and many points to reduce my deficit in the championship.”

Nico wins Austria 2014

Formula 1


Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took a hard-fought one-two victory this afternoon at the Austrian Grand Prix to make it six one-two finishes in the opening eight races of the season – a feat only achieved once before in Formula One history. And Valtteri Bottas gets his first podium.

- Nico claimed his third win of the season and eighth consecutive podium after starting third on the grid.
- Lewis finished second after gaining seven places, securing the team´s sixth one-two finish in the 2014 season
- Both drivers ran two-stop strategies, running a tyre choice of option/prime/prime
- Seven of the top ten were powered by Mercedes-Benz and this was win 106 for Mercedes-Benz power in Formula One

- Weather – Warm and dry
- Temperatures – Air: 23-25 °C, Track: 43-50 °C

Nico Rosberg

That was an amazing weekend for us here. It was so great to be back again in Austria – for me, it felt almost like being at my home race in Germany! This is a great track, with amazing fans and at the end also with a great result for us. I have to thank the team for a great car and a perfect strategy. We chose the aggressive way to pit earlier and to overtake the Williams that way and that worked out quite well. We had to look after our brakes, which was a big job for the whole race. Also this worked out perfectly for me. Before the weekend, my target was to extend the lead in the championship, which I achieved. So I can be quite confident before the next home race for our team in Silverstone. A great job also from Williams, they were the second force today. Congratulations to them.

Lewis Hamilton

After what happened yesterday in qualifying, today was all about damage limitation for me, so I´m as happy as I can be with a P2 finish. I have had the pace in the car all weekend here but I wasn´t able to capitalise on that, so getting second place from a bad weekend is pretty good, I guess. I had a rocket start – it´s something we´ve be working hard on all year and it was one of the best I´ve ever had. You can´t ever plan what´s going to happen but I managed to put the car in all the right places and climb to P4 by the end of the first lap. We were managing the brakes a lot today, because I was in traffic for most of the race and it was the most important thing to bring the car home, so that was a real balancing act. But the strategy worked really well for me to get into second position, then I tried to start pushing Nico – but he didn´t make any mistakes and I didn´t have the chance to overtake. The guys did a fantastic job today to get us another one-two and the fans here in Austria have been insane. Next race is in Silverstone and all the positive energy from my home fans; it will be a special time and I´ll be going all out for the win.

Valtteri Bottas
 It’s difficult to explain how I feel right now. That was the best champagne I’ve ever tasted. All the hard work that the team puts in shows in moments like this. I had one pitstop that really put in me in the fight and that changed my race, so well done to the boys for that. I had put in a good lap before that and so I got in front on Felipe and from there I could manage my pace with the cars in front. Having both cars score good points is what we wanted and so third and fourth for the team is a great result. There are still two places to go up the podium, but for now we will enjoy this moment.
Toto Wolff

A fantastic result for us here in Austria and we are just delighted to get a one-two finish today. The race was all about management: managing the brakes because this is such a tough circuit for them, and also looking after the Power Unit to make sure we didn´t have any repeat of the problems in Canada. Nico and Lewis did an incredible job – a controlled drive from Nico, where he let the race come to him and let our strategy play out, which worked really well; then a really typical dynamic drive from Lewis, who just did an amazing first lap to climb from 9th to 4th. After that, the guys pushed each other hard but we made sure to bring the cars home, too. It´s a great day for the team to take another one-two finish and congratulations, too, to our partners at Williams, who made it four Mercedes Benz engines in the top four this afternoon.

Paddy Lowe

We woke up this morning knowing that we had a big job to do today given our less than ideal qualifying positions. We had a lot of work to do with the strategy to get the cars to the front. Both drivers had great starts and a good first lap, particularly from Lewis which meant we were in P3 and P4 after lap one. Behind the scenes we were doing a lot to manage the condition of the car during the race, at the same time as running a strategy to overtake the Williams, who looked to have very strong pace today. To finish where we did is a credit to the whole team. Well done to Williams for getting P3 and P4 and congratulations to Mercedes-Benz for securing seven out of the top ten positions with no retirements at this particulary demanding circuit.




What a weekend for Carlin – a fantastic one-two in Race 1 with Emil Bernstorff finishing second – and today the Brit went one better by pocketing his debut win in the category in dominant style. Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen GP) drove a determined race to finish second and Richie Stanaway (Status Grand Prix) took the final spot on the rostrum.
Glorious blue skies and warm temperatures were perfect racing conditions for the second GP3 race of the weekend in Austria with Carlin’s Luis Sa Silva starting from reverse pole. However, Marvin Kirchhöfer’s morning did not start well – the German rookie stalled on the pre-grid and despite the best efforts from his ART Grand Prix team, he was unable to start the race. Alex Fontana and Alfonso Celis. Jr started from the pitlane after grid penalties issued after Race 1.
Sa Silva from Angola made a good start but Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix) made a better one as the two diced wheel to wheel on the lap one with the Brit passing the Carlin driver on the second lap for the lead of the race. Sa Silva came back at him though in a great duel and re-claimed P1. GP3 Series leader Alex Lynn suffered a puncture after being tagged on the opening lap and had to pit for new Pirelli rubber and finished outside of the points.
At the front of the race, Jenzer Motorsport’s Mathéo Tuscher tried to make a move on Sa Silva and the two made contact, with the Swiss driver’s car going airborne for a quick moment. His race was over, while Sa Silva pitted to repair damage to his car. This incident caused a bottleneck to the drivers behind with Bernstorff grabbing the lead of the race and a swap of positions between the Status Grand Prix drivers with Kiwi Stanaway demoting Yelloly. Eriksson also found a way through to move into third ahead of the Brit during the incident.
Arden International’s Jann Mardenborough who was running in the points spun off into the gravel and retired from the race, whilst Bernstorff at the front began to build a margin to Stanaway and Eriksson. Trident’s Roman De Beer moved up the order and was up to fifth at the midway point of the race. Stanaway was soon in the clutches of Eriksson with the Swede making the move stick for second position.
The battle for the third became a four-way battle with Stanaway, Yelloly, De Beer and Patric Niederhauser (Arden International) all fighting fiercely for the podium place. Bernstorff held an eight second advantage over his next rival Eriksson, whilst South African rookie De Beer got the better of Yelloly to rise to P4.
At the chequered flag, the day would belong to Bernstorff and Carlin after signing off with a stylish win. Eriksson re-enforced his position in the standings to achieve a second podium of the weekend, whilst Stanaway took his second podium of the season. Trident and De Beer were all smiles as they celebrated their first points of the 2014 GP3 campaign, ahead of Yelloly, Niederhauser, Patrick Kujala (Marussia Manor Racing) and Dino Zamparelli (ART Grand Prix) completing the final points positions.
Lynn holds the lead in the Drivers’ Standings on 62 points but Eriksson has gained on him (49). Stanaway lies third on 45 with Bernstorff moving into contention on fourth with 36 after also pocketing two extra points for the fastest lap today. Carlin head the Teams’ Standings with 102, ahead of Status Grand Prix (61), Koiranen GP (49) and Art Grand Prix (45) respectively.
The third round of the GP3 Series will take place at the home of British motorsport: Silverstone! Enjoy the next instalment of the thrilling GP3 Series on 04-06 July.
Spielberg– Race 2
Emil Bernstorff
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
Roman De Beer
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
Adderly Fong
Jenzer Motorsport
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
Victor Carbone
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
Alex Lynn
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
Luis Sa Silva
Fastest Lap : Emil Bernstorff- Carlin: 1 :21.439 on lap 11

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