GASLY BURNS TO POLE IN BUDAPEST
The Red Bull tester’s best time of 1:25.612 was more than half a second faster than anyone, with the Frenchman setting the two fastest laps of the session as his rivals floundered while they tried to find any improvement. The session opened with a cooler track but higher air temperatures than this morning’s Free Practice, and everyone except the PREMA Racing pairing were immediately out to take advantage of the F1 rubber.
The times were tumbling almost every time someone crossed the line, with Oliver Rowland then Alex Lynn then Nobuharu Matsushita and finally Sirotkin grabbing the top spot, leaving most of the field on their in-laps just as Gasly and Giovinazzi emerged on-track, handing the pair a largely clean circuit with which to work: they put it to good use, lining up P1 and P3 respectively, just as the DAMS teammates re-emerged to see what they could do with it.
Lynn looked like he had a good lap in the bag but ran wide at Turn 11, with Nicholas Latifi similarly wayward: the rest of the field came out and their gamble hadn’t paid out. ART Grand Prix were leading the way, with Sirotkin improving his time a little but still unable to challenge Gasly, who also returned to the circuit and beat his own time, rubbing salt into his rivals’ wounds: an even better lap was missed when the Frenchman ran a slightly wide at Turn 12 on his final tour, with the chequered flag bringing an end to their torture.
Behind the top three Matsushita leads Norman Nato, Luca Ghiotto, Arthur Pic, Raffaele Marciello, Jordan King and Marvin Kirchhöfer, all of whom will be burning the midnight oil to make sure that their race pace is better than their qualifying, so that they can look towards a podium in tomorrow’s Feature Race.
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING HUNGARIAN AND GERMAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
GREEN WINS RACE ONE SUNDAY – BAD LUCK FOR WICKENS
The DTM had a fulminant start of its second season half. With his Audi RS 5 DTM, Jamie Green emerged as the buoyant winner from the race at Zandvoort in The Netherlands that remained thrilling and dramatic until the end. In a dominant way, the Brit, who started from pole position, drove to his first win of the season and the 13th of his DTM career. “I am overjoyed that I finally have won here at Zandvoort,” Green said at the finish. “I had to wait many years for this victory. Today, everything worked out. After the fast pit stop, the second set of tyres was very good and I was able to pull clear from Robert and Gary.” After 39 laps, he crossed the finish line with a margin of 9.731 seconds from Mercedes-AMG driver Gary Paffett. For Paffett, this was the first podium finish of the season. Audi driver Edoardo Mortara crossed the finish line in third place. In total, 38,000 spectators witnessed the DTM weekend in the Dutch seaside resort in bright sunshine.
Until the 34th lap of the race, Robert Wickens, Gary Paffett, and Christian Vietoris were following behind Green. Especially for Wickens, second place would have been important in the battle for the DTM title as it would have enabled him to significantly reduce the gap to Wittmann. After a puncture on the left front tyre, the Canadian had to come in for an unscheduled pit stop and crossed the finish line in 16th place. Likewise, Christian Vietoris lost the third place he had inherited after Wickens’s problem due to a puncture.
Especially Marco Wittmann benefited from the bad luck of the two Mercedes-AMG drivers. The BMW driver finished fourth and defended his lead in the drivers’ standings, in which he now has 105 points. With his victory, Jamie Green moved up to second in the championship (98 points). Edoardo Mortara is third with 88 points. Meanwhile, Robert Wickens dropped from second to fourth and has 83 points to his tally after ten races.
After a five weeks’ summer break, the DTM will be racing at Moscow Raceway in Russia, August 19-21. Close to the Russian capital, the eleventh and twelfth race of the season will be held.
PREMA DUO AHEAD OF CARLIN DRIVER ALESSIO LORANDI
Event: 06 Zandvoort
Session: Race 1
Track: Zandvoort, The Netherlands
Pole position: Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam)
Race winner: Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam)
Weather: overcast, 18.7 °C
At the 4.307 kilometres long Circuit Park Zandvoort, Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) extended his FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ lead with his sixth victory of the season. He has now 99 points more than his nearest rival, Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam). At the start of the race, the junior driver of the Williams Formula 1 team took the lead and drove an undisputed victory home. Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam) and Alessio Lorandi (Carlin) followed suit. For Italian driver Lorandi, it was his second podium in this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship after his victory in the prestigious Grand Prix de Pau in May.
Lance Stroll already laid the foundation for his victory at the start when, from fourth place on the grid, he took the outside line through Tarzan corer to overtake all his rivals and take the lead. Nick Cassidy, who had started the race from pole position, just managed to save second place on the first few metres from Alessio Lorandi, who used Stroll’s slipstream to move up into third place. Maximilian Günther slotted into fourth place from Callum Ilott (Van Amersfoort Racing) and the best-placed rookie, Niko Kari (Motopark).
In the following minutes, Stroll pulled clear from his main rival Cassidy with fast lap times, so that he had a margin of five seconds over his team-mate from New Zealand after nine laps. At this time, fifth-placed Callum Ilott made a slight error: he briefly came off the track and lost contact to Maximilian Günther. The Brit, who is racing for Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing, quickly caught up again and continued to bide his chance to challenge the German for fourth. Until the finish on lap 23, Ilott tried again and again to overtake Günther, but the Prema driver defended his fourth place until the end.
Up front, Stroll drove an undisputed victory home, followed by Cassidy and Lorandi. Günther just saved fourth place from Ilott. Niko Kari was next up as the best-placed rookie from George Russell (HitechGP), Ryan Tveter (Carlin), second-best rookie Anthoine Hubert (Van Amersfoort Racing), and David Beckmann (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), who took third place in the rookie classification.
Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam): „”I knew that this race would be the only one this weekend in which I could score points, so I used my chance. At the start, I saw the gap on the outside, because Nick pulled over to the inside. Then, I braked relatively late and coming out of the corner, I was in front. Some five laps before the end, I then had a critical moment when a seagull flew over me so closely that I even had to pull my head in. This victory was very important to me, after I was excluded after second qualifying yesterday and have to start the next two races from the back as a result. Yesterday, we were all frustrated that my car didn’t comply with the technical regulations, but mistakes do happen.”
Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam): “I am lacking experience at this track, something I noticed at the start. I wanted to close the inside line, but I didn’t pay attention to the outside. Lance then simply caught me by surprise with his move on the outside. After that, I wasn’t able to match his speed and I concentrated on bringing second place home.”
Alessio Lorandi (Carlin): “At the start, I did the same manoeuvre as Lance and I was also able to make up places on the outside. I had already thought of pulling off such a move prior to the start and I was able to execute it just like that. After two rather poor race weekends, I managed to do better in qualifying here and I am now happy to be back on the podium.”
NICK CASSIDY ON POLE FOR THE FIRST TIME
New Zealand’s Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam, 1:28.533 minutes) was unbeatable in first qualifying of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.307 kilometres long Circuit Park Zandvoort and claimed his first pole position of the season. Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam, 1:28.757 minutes) ended up second, 0.224 seconds behind his team-mate, followed by George Russell (HitechGP, 1:28.789 minutes). Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam, 1:28.842 minutes), who came to the Dutch North Sea coast as the points’ leader, had to make do with fourth place.
At the start of the 20 minutes’ qualifying session, there hardly was a car on track. Nikita Mazepin (HitechGP. 1:29.582 minutes), George Russell and Pedro Piquet (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:29.755 minutes) were the only ones to drive their laps. Only in the second half of qualifying, the other competitors also showed up on the track in the dunes and an entertaining battle for the positions up front followed. With five minutes remaining, Stroll lost first place to Günther, but the Canadian junior driver of the Williams Formula 1 team countered successfully and claimed back first place. This time, again, his joy didn’t last long either, because Cassidy posted an even faster lap time soon afterwards. While the New Zealander managed to maintain this position until the end of qualifying, Stroll even dropped back to fourth place behind Günther and Russell.
Callum Ilott (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:28.888 minutes) followed in fifth place as the best-placed representative of his Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing. Alessio Lorandi (Carlin, 1:29.183 minutes), who won the Pau Grand Prix in mid-May, was classified in sixth place from the three best rookies, Niko Kari (Motopark, 1:29.203 minutes), David Beckmann (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:29.229 minutes) and Anthoine Hubert (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:29.279 minutes), as well as stalwart Ryan Tveter (Carlin, 1:29.295 minutes).
Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam): “My maiden pole position, I am really happy! My car was great from the very beginning. Initially, I was slightly worried because of possible tyre degradation, but I was able to post fast lap times nevertheless. I reckon that I could have been even slightly faster, which is a particularly good feeling for second qualifying later today.