FORMULA 1

NICO HULKENBERG ON THE UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX AND HIS MOVE TO RENAULT IN 2017
NICO: “The weekend in Austin is one of the coolest of the whole year. It’s an event that ticks all the boxes: the track is fun, the city is interesting and the people are great. There’s a brilliant atmosphere, which you can feel as soon as you land in the city, and I really enjoy going there.
“I think COTA is one of the best tracks among the recent introductions to the calendar – they did a superb job with the layout. Sector one is very quick, with a great flow and high speeds. The whole lap has a good rhythm and overtaking is possible so you usually see some great racing.
“Last year was a very weird race, with some crazy rain on Saturday. When you get really wet weather, it adds to the challenge, because you have to keep focus while waiting around for the sessions to restart. You need to switch off and then be able to switch on again, but that’s part of being a racing driver.”
NICO ON RENAULT: “I’m very happy to join Renault Sport Formula One Team in 2017. Renault has always been a big player in the motorsport world that brings up incredible memories: in his stint at Renault, Michael Schumacher not only made Germany an F1 nation, he also sparked my enthusiasm and fire for racing. As a part of the Renault family, I want to develop the car and write new success stories.

“It has always been my dream to work for a manufacturer team. F1’s new regulations will change the game and give our team a good opportunity. In the years to come, Renault will play a challenger role, which fits my approach to racing 100%. I can’t wait to become part of the family.

“For the remaining races this year, I will give my best for Force India to reach fourth place in the constructors’ championship. This would be a great achievement for the whole Force India team, the biggest success in its history and a great end to a fantastic time there.

“I am grateful that Force India has given me the chance to take up this new opportunity.”

 

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

EUROPEAN CHAMPION LANCE STROLL SCORES A HAT-TRICK OF WINS IN THE SEASON FINALE

Event: 10 Hockenheim
Session: Race 3
Track: Hockenheimring / Germany
Pole position: Joel Eriksson (Motopark)
Race winner: Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam)
Weather: sunny, 13.9 °C

With a hat-trick of wins in the season finale, Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) is bowing out of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. In the third race at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the development driver of the Williams Formula 1 team claimed victory from Joel Eriksson (Motopark) and Jake Hughes (Carlin). Yesterday, Swedish driver Eriksson had already sealed the title for the best rookie of the year while Briton Hughes was making his debut in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Hockenheim. With his podium finish, he also made the series’ return of his Carlin team a successful one.

The final race of the season got underway with a nice duel for the lead, a position that Joel Eriksson still held after the start. His challenger Lance Stroll, however, was determined to get past the Swede and overtook him on lap two. A little bit later, Brazilian Sérgio Sette Câmara (Motopark) had to defend his fourth place against charging rivals. On lap twelve, Jake Hughes finally managed to overtake him while the member of the Red Bull Junior team lost another position to Alexander Sims (HitechGP) one lap later. Sette Câmara eventually managed to bring his sixth place home.

Out in front, Lance Stroll drove an undisputed victory home, ahead of Joel Eriksson. Jake Hughes claimed the final podium slot after successfully having put his rival Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam) under pressure during the closing laps of the race and finally having overtaken him on the penultimate lap. Alexander Sims, Sérgio Sette Câmara, Ben Barnicoat (HitechGP), Ralf Aron (Prema Powerteam), Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam) and Anthoine Hubert (Van Amersfoort Racing) rounded out the top ten.

Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam): “This weekend was really good. After starting from fourth place, I didn’t really expect a victory, but my start was very good already. Then I saw a chance against Joel and overtook him. My car was great and I was able to keep a good rhythm until the end. The final weekend has been great fun and I could hardly have hoped for more than a hat-trick of wins. All in all, my two years in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship have been very nice, I really have enjoyed them. They passed really quickly. The FIA Formula 3 European Championship is a great championship with very good drivers and teams.”

Joel Eriksson (Motopark): “My start was good, but Lance made an even better one. On the opening lap, I was still able to keep my lead, but on lap two, Lance went past. He was simply faster than I. After that, I safely brought my second place home. All in all, I am happy with this weekend.”

Jake Hughes (Carlin): “This was my first weekend in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. In qualifying, things were already going really well with third, second and another second place. In this race, I made a mistake in the opening stages, so that I dropped back to fifth. Then, I first managed to overtake Sérgio Sette Câmara and later also Nick Cassidy. My car ran perfectly and my team Carlin has done a really great job. On Friday, I made my FIA Formula 3 European Championship debut with only four days of testing in a Formula 3 car under my belt and I was able to go the speed straight away. I think that says all about the performance that Carlin has shown on its return in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.”

F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

STROLL AND ERIKSSON CLAIM FINAL POLE POSITIONS OF THE YEAR

Event: 10 Hockenheimring
Session: Qualifying 2
Track: Hockenheimring / Germany
Pole position race 2: Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam)
Pole position race 3: Joel Eriksson (Motopark)
Weather: overcast, 13.2 °C

The new FIA Formula 3 European Champion Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) turned out to be unbeatable in the final FIA Formula 3 European Championship qualifying of the year 2016. At the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, newcomer Jake Hughes (Carlin) posted the second-fastest lap time, which brought the Brit second place for his first race weekend in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Joel Eriksson (Motopark) and Sérgio Sette Câmara (Motopark) were classified third and fourth. In the ranking of the second-fastest laps, used to determine the starting grid positions for the third race of the weekend, Eriksson secured first place from Hughes, Callum Ilott (Van Amersfoort Racing) and debutant Lando Norris (Carlin).

Starting grid race two

Lance Stroll (1m31.733s) having inherited pole position for the first race of the final weekend after the car of his rival David Beckmann (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1m32.132s) was found to be not in compliance with the regulations, claimed first place in second qualifying on track. The Canadian moved up to the top of the standings in the final stages. Jake Hughes (1m31.912s) ended up in second place and thus ensured a successful comeback for British team Carlin after being absent at the previous two meetings. With third place, Joel Eriksson (1m31.968s) got himself a good position in the battle for the rookie title. Sérgio Sette Câmara (1m32.041s), Callum Ilott (1m32.050s), Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam, 1m32.090s), George Russell (HitechGP, 1m32.092s), David Beckmann, Lando Norris (1m32.144s) and Ralf Aron (Prema Powerteam, 1m32.152s) rounded out the top ten.

Starting grid race three

In the ranking of the second-fastest laps, rookie driver Joel Eriksson (1m32.057s) did even better: the Swede was classified in first place. The Motopark driver currently is leading the rookie standings and accordingly is the favourite in the battle for the rookie title. Jake Hughes (1m32.071s) confirmed his good performance with another second place from Callum Ilott (1m32.081s) and Lando Norris (1m32.149s), who, like his team-mate Hughes, is making his FIA Formula 3 European Championship debut at Hockenheim. FIA Formula 3 European Champion Lance Stroll (1m32.180s), Sérgio Sette Câmara (1m32.181s), George Russell (1m32.197s), Nick Cassidy (1m32.251s), Anthoine Hubert (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1m32.278s) and Formula 3 returnee Alexander Sims (HitechGP, 1m32.418s) followed in fifth to tenth place.

Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam): ”Once again, this was a good qualifying. My fastest lap was good, but my second-fastest lap wasn’t quite as good, because I was blocked and didn’t have a clear run. Eventually, I had a clear lap again, but at that time, the tyres weren’t at their peak anymore. As I already have sealed the title, I want to have fun this weekend and attack.”

Joel Eriksson (Motopark): “I think that my fastest lap was quite okay. I even did two laps in a row that were at an equal level. I also had a little bit of luck that I almost had a clean run on these two laps, so I was out there on my own and could drive the laps like I wanted to.”

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THE HOST SO HAPPY WITH THE MALAYSIAN KABLAMO AND THE RED BULL ONE TWO AND LET’S NOT FORGET FERNANDO’S OPENING LAP! NASIR IS BEGINNING TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT LCH WILL NOT WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SEASON AFTER HIS PERFORMANCE IN JAPAN…
AND HERE ARE SOME THOUGHTS ON THE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX FROM THE BOYS AT RENAULT F1…

Kevin Magnussen, #20, R.S.16-04: Started P17, finished P14

“I started the race on hard tyres against others around me on the softs and mediums – it was always going to be tough today. We can’t be completely satisfied with today’s race after scoring points in the last two races but we will work hard to get back into point-scoring position in the coming races. The next round is in the USA and it’s a pretty cool track to drive so I look forward to being there next.”

Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.16-05: Started P16, finished P12

“Tenth last week, twelfth this week, but this week everyone finished the race! We had a lot of luck last week and I think today was actually a stronger performance. We beat everyone that we could this afternoon. I’m pleased with how we went, the strategy, the pace, performance… Everything was good.”

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FORMULA E

RENAULT E.DAMS WIN HONG KONG EPRIX

Renault e.dams win Hong Kong ePrix

Renault e.dams opened season three of the FIA Formula E Championship in emphatic fashion with Sébastien Buemi taking his seventh career Formula E win and Nico Prost working his way back through the field to finish fourth in the HKT Hong Kong ePrix. The team leaves Hong Kong with 37 points in the Team Championship, ahead of ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport and Andretti Formula E who both have 18 points.

From fourth on the grid, Sébastian drove in a measured and assured fashion to take one position on merit, another thanks to a rival getting tangled up in another’s incident and finally P1 thanks to pit stop strategy. The win means Séb starts his Drivers’ Championship defence with 25 points to Lucas di Grassi’s 18.

If Séb’s race was measured, then Nico Prost’s was fully feisty from start to finish. From P10 on the grid, a mode selection issue meant Nico dropped positions on the initial lap and this was compounded by contact front and rear as the field compressed. On a charge and in the correct mode, Nico blasted past his rivals and worked up the order ending his race just shy of the podium in fourth.

Qualifying earlier in the day had been an eventful affair. Incidents in Q1, Q2 and Q3 meant delayed running and cancellation of Superpole, the net result for the Renault e.dams duo was P4 for Séb, P10 for Nico.

Renault e.dams, Sébastien and Nico will next be seen in action for the second round of season three, the Marrakesh ePrix in Morocco on November 12.

#9 Séb:

“Initially I thought we’d made a mistake when we made our pit stop under the safety car, but as we saw it all worked out perfectly. I’m happy with today’s result but we certainly had to fight for it. We saw in qualifying just how hard everyone was pushing and the race was not easy for us. I felt a lot happier with the second car today as we made some set-up changes but overall this has been a great weekend and a superb way to start the season.”

#8 Nico:

“I don’t know exactly what happened on the first lap as I got stuck in the wrong mode and I lost a load of places. Fortunately I was back into the correct mode on the straight so I fought like hell to overtake everyone I could; I was really going for every gap possible! In the end our race turned out really well and we had a great strategy. It was a fantastic result for the team today so I’m really happy for everyone.”

FORMULA 1

MAX VERSTAPPEN ON THE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX  

“We knew the start was going to be very decisive and we had a really good one today which allowed me to settle into my own rhythm. I’m pleased the starts are coming together, that’s two in a row now. I was then able to sit behind Nico (Rosberg) and control my tyres. The team gave me a really strong strategy, along with a car that felt very balanced so I was able to enjoy a successful race.  I was really happy to be able to get in-between the two Mercedes cars, it is a great result yet again for the team. In the race we had quick pace but I think Nico was still only cruising. When I sped up Nico could match it and if I slowed he did also, he was in control. Lewis (Hamilton) was obviously a bit quicker in the final stages and I knew he was going to catch me, the gap time on the pit board was dropping every lap. Into the last chicane I saw him coming in my mirrors so I defended my position, this allowed me to hang on for the second place.
I had some concerns about the blue flags, I think we need to talk about it. I have been in the same situation last year and earlier this year, I understand from their (back-markers) perspective you want to race but the guys lapping you are racing for a podium so you have to have a different approach.”

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